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Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

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Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

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The Reading Life

Latest release on Jan 19, 2020

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Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

Rank #1: The Reading Life with Tina Freeman, Russell Lord and Robert Mann

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book is “Lamentations,” along with New Orleans Museum of Art curator of photography Russell Lord. And biographer Robert Mann talks about his book, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon.”

Nov 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: The Reading Life with Danielle Del Sol, Susan Langenhennig and Miki Pfeffer

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig of the Preservation Resource Center about their gorgeous new book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.” We’ll also hear from Miki Pfeffer, editor of “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns.” Megan Holt joins us to preview Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans , coming up November 21-24.

Nov 10 2019

28mins

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Rank #3: The Reading Life with Jami Attenberg

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Jami Attenberg, whose new book is “All This Could Be Yours,” her first set in New Orleans. And we’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, coming up November 2 in Baton Rouge.

Oct 27 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: The Reading Life with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and Daniel José Older

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of “The Revisioners,” a moving tale of lingering racism past and present, and a family of women healers who try to move beyond it. And Daniel José Older, author of “The Book of Lost Saints,” a dazzling novel about Cuban-Americans and the legacy of the revolution in Cuba.

Nov 03 2019

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Rank #5: The Reading Life with Lee Ledbetter

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans architect Lee Ledbetter, whose new book is “The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter Architecture and Interiors.”

Oct 13 2019

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Rank #6: The Reading Life with Sister Helen Prejean

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This week on The Reading Life: Sister Helen Prejean, whose new book is “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

Sep 01 2019

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Rank #7: The Reading Life with Josephine Sacabo, Dalt Wonk and Simon Blake

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Josephine Sacabo about her beautiful new photography book, “Structures of Reverie,” and Dalt Wonk and Simon Blake celebrate their collaboration in art and text for “Lonely Voyagers.” Plus, some musings on Edgar Allen Poe via music and an attempt to save a building that his lived in while in NYC.

Dec 16 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: The Reading Life with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

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This week on The Reading Life: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton talk about their new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.” Their appearance was presented by Octavia Books and recorded October 26 at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Dec 01 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: The Reading Life with Nevada Barr and Matt Sakakeeny

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with part-time New Orleanian Nevada Barr, whose new stand-alone thriller is “What Rose Forgot.” We’ll also hear from Matt Sakakeeny, co-editor of the provocative essay collection, “Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism to Authenticity.”

Sep 22 2019

28mins

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Rank #10: The Reading Life with Rachel Breunlin and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with University of New Orleans anthropologist Rachel Breunlin and musician Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, co-authors of “Le Ker Creole (The Creole Heart): Creole Compositions and Stories from Louisiana,” the most recent book from the Neighborhood Story Project.

Sep 29 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with TR Johnson

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Tulane University professor TR Johnson, editor of the impressive new essay collection, “New Orleans: A Literary History,” and watch for the upcoming literary symposium on the book, Saturday, January 25, at Tulane.

Jan 19 2020

28mins

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The Reading Life with Cheryl Gerber

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Cheryl Gerber talks about “Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women , " inspired by the 2017 Women's March. The book includes images that celebrate the achievements and style of New Orleans women, as well as essays by some of our finest writers.

Jan 13 2020

28mins

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The Reading Life with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade

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This week on The Reading Life: We roll into Carnival season with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade, who, along with Frank de Caro, are the authors of “Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans.”

Jan 05 2020

28mins

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The Reading Life: A Look Back on 2019

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This week on The Reading Life: We look back on an extraordinary literary year in Louisiana, highlighting such great books as "We Cast a Shadow," by Maurice Carlos Ruffin; "Solitary," by Albert Woodfox with Leslie George; "The Yellow House," Sarah Broom's National Book Award winner; "All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg; "The Revisioners," by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton; and many others. We'll also look back at the best visitors, festivals, and we will honor the writers we lost this year.

Dec 29 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Florence Jumonville and Anne Babson

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with archivist Florence Jumonville, author of “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” and poet Anne Babson reads from her new collection, “Messiah.”

Dec 22 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Josephine Sacabo, Dalt Wonk and Simon Blake

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Josephine Sacabo about her beautiful new photography book, “Structures of Reverie,” and Dalt Wonk and Simon Blake celebrate their collaboration in art and text for “Lonely Voyagers.” Plus, some musings on Edgar Allen Poe via music and an attempt to save a building that his lived in while in NYC.

Dec 16 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Jean Redmann and Greg Herren

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This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans crime novelists Jean Redmann, author of “Not Dead Enough,” her tenth book in the Micky Knight series, and Greg Herren, author of “Royal Street Reveillon,” the eighth in his series featuring detective Scotty Bradley, perfect holiday reading from a writer who loves Christmas in New Orleans.

Dec 08 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

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This week on The Reading Life: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton talk about their new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.” Their appearance was presented by Octavia Books and recorded October 26 at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Dec 01 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Tina Freeman, Russell Lord and Robert Mann

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book is “Lamentations,” along with New Orleans Museum of Art curator of photography Russell Lord. And biographer Robert Mann talks about his book, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon.”

Nov 24 2019

28mins

Play

The Reading Life with Danielle Del Sol, Susan Langenhennig and Miki Pfeffer

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig of the Preservation Resource Center about their gorgeous new book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.” We’ll also hear from Miki Pfeffer, editor of “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns.” Megan Holt joins us to preview Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans , coming up November 21-24.

Nov 10 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and Daniel José Older

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of “The Revisioners,” a moving tale of lingering racism past and present, and a family of women healers who try to move beyond it. And Daniel José Older, author of “The Book of Lost Saints,” a dazzling novel about Cuban-Americans and the legacy of the revolution in Cuba.

Nov 03 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Jami Attenberg

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Jami Attenberg, whose new book is “All This Could Be Yours,” her first set in New Orleans. And we’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, coming up November 2 in Baton Rouge.

Oct 27 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Jules Feiffer and Michael Pollan

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with authors who’ll be appearing at Improv NOLA: A Festival of Ideas. Jules Feiffer is known for his cartoons, novels, plays and screenplays, as well as his most recent graphic novel, “The Ghost Script.” He appears Saturday, November 9. And Michael Pollan, who has written so widely and beautifully about food and nature, talks about his most recent bestseller, “How to Change Your Mind.” He appears Friday, November 8. For more info, check out improvconferencenola.com .

Oct 20 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Lee Ledbetter

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans architect Lee Ledbetter, whose new book is “The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter Architecture and Interiors.”

Oct 13 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Robert Brantley and John Warner Smith

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Robert Brantley, author of “Sacred Ground: Cemeteries of New Orleans.” And John Warner Smith, Louisiana’s new poet laureate and author of "Muhammad’s Mountain," "Spirits of the Gods," "A Mandala of Hands," and Soul Be a Witness," with a new collection, "Our Shut Eyes: New and Selected Poems on Race in America," due out later this year.

Oct 06 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Rachel Breunlin and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with University of New Orleans anthropologist Rachel Breunlin and musician Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, co-authors of “Le Ker Creole (The Creole Heart): Creole Compositions and Stories from Louisiana,” the most recent book from the Neighborhood Story Project.

Sep 29 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Nevada Barr and Matt Sakakeeny

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with part-time New Orleanian Nevada Barr, whose new stand-alone thriller is “What Rose Forgot.” We’ll also hear from Matt Sakakeeny, co-editor of the provocative essay collection, “Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism to Authenticity.”

Sep 22 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Richard Sexton and Poppy Tooker

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is “Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River,” which accompanies an exhibit that opens this week at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We’ll also hear from Poppy Tooker, host of "Louisiana Eats," who’s celebrating her new book, “Drag Queen Brunch.”

Sep 15 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with J. Richard Gruber and Monique Truong

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with J. Richard (Rick) Gruber, director emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and author of "Dusti Bongé: Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York." We’ll also hear from novelist Monique Truong, whose new book, based on the life of Lafcadio Hearn, is “The Sweetest Fruits."

Sep 08 2019

28mins

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The Reading Life with Sister Helen Prejean

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This week on The Reading Life: Sister Helen Prejean, whose new book is “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

Sep 01 2019

28mins

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