This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller, president and CEO emeritus of the National World War II Museum, about his new book, "Everything We Had: D-Day, 6.6.44."

Circe Denyer

Every email, text message, or letter tells a story. But what about the stamps that we put on those letters? The Crescent City Stamp Club is drawing upon the city's storied past to show how stamps and other postal ephemera speak volumes about our culture. This weekend, stamp collectors, or philatelists, will descend on New Orleans for the NolaPEX Stamp and Postcard Show. Postal historian Doug Weisz joins NolaVie's Brian Friedman in the studio to give us a preview of the event.

Welcome to The Tricentennial Reading List. Today, Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, in part five of her conversation with professor emeritus of history at Tulane University, Larry Powell.

  • New Orleans, 1718-1812: An Economic Historyby John Clark
  • Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783, by Daniel Usner
  • A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America, by Jon Kukla
  • Bienville’s Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans, by Richard Campanella
  • Bounded Lives, Bounded Places: Free Black Society in Colonial New Orleans, 1769-1803, by Kimberly Hanger
  • Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans, by Shannon Lee Dawdy
  • Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America, by Eberhard Faber
  • The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, by Ned Sublette
  •  A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, by Marc Antoine Caillot, edited with an introduction by Erin Greenwald, translated by Teri F. Chalmers 
  • Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century, by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall 
  •  Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, by Freddi Williams Evans
  •  Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society, 1727-1834, byEmily Clark
  •  Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760, by Emily Clark
  • Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708-2018, by Hilary Somerville Irvin, Florence umonville, Heather Veneziano, and Stephanie Bruno


TriPod Xtras: Peter Marina (Podcast Edit)

Sep 13, 2018

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new TriPod Xtra segment. As part of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s literary ‘Arts and Letters’ series, Laine Kaplan-Levenson spoke with sociologist Peter Marina in front of a live audience about his book ‘Down and Out in New Orleans.’ The two discussed the various informal economies in New Orleans, and alternative lifestyles people choose as a way to live outside of mainstream society. Laine starts the conversation with what Marina’s book is inspired by.