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The Reading Life: Megan Burns, Peter Cooley

This week on 'The Reading Life', Susan Larson talks with Megan Burns about the New Orleans Poetry Festival, and poet Peter Cooley, about his new poetry collection, “The One Certain Thing.”


April 2 calendar

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Rickie Lee Jones discusses her new memoir, “Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour,” with Jamie Dell’Apa, Tuesday, April 6, in the Preservation Hall Courtyard. This is an in-person, ticketed event; tickets at gardendistrictbooks.com.

Katie Russell Newland discusses her book “A Season with Mom: Love, Loss, and the Ultimate Baseball Adventure” in a zoom conversation with Ti Martin, Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30. Tickets at gardendistrictbooks.com.

Tiana Nobile and other adoptee poets celebrate the launch of her book, “Cleave,” Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. online via zoom. Check out tiananobile.com for info.

Robert W. Fieseler, a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association "Journalist of the Year" and author of "Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation," reads from his work in a zoom  live presentation Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. as part of the Delgado Reading series.

The New Orleans Poetry Festival continues throughout the month of April. Check out nolapoetry.com for complete schedule.

And a big shout out to Tulane history professor Andy Horowitz, who received the 2021 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his “Hurricane Katrina, A History: 1915-2015.”

The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.