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The Reading Life With Erica Spindler And Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with bestselling author Erica Spindler about her chilling new suspense novel, "The Other Girl , " perfect for that last trip to the beach. And New Orleans native Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, who's making a big debut with her remarkable novel, "A Kind of Freedom ," describes her switch from practicing law to writing wonderful fiction. **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life With Ladee Hubbard And Tom Sancton

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Ladee Hubbard about her debut novel, "The Talented Ribkins ." We'll also hear from journalist Tom Sancton about "The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris." **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life With Bill Fagaly And Megan Holt

This week on The Reading Life: Bill Fagaly, former curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art, talks about about his wonderful essay in "Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans," about the Arthur Roer Gift to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Literacy activist Megan Holt previews the citywide reading initiative, One Book One New Orleans, and this year's selection, "Counting Descent," by poet Clint Smith.

The Reading Life with Rebecca Hamilton, Jessica Peterson, And Sara White

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. We'll also hear from book artists Jessica Peterson and Sara White, who have an exhibit, "Convergence," up at Antenna Gallery Reading Room. Jessica also offers book arts classes at her studio, Southern Letterpress. **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life with Rebecca Hamilton, Jessica Peterson, And Sara White

The Reading Life With Julia Glass And Ellen Gilchrist

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Glass, whose wonderful new novel is A House Among the Trees ; she has fond memories of her career taking off after she won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's prize for novella. Ellen Gilchrist, who's coming to town this week, talks about the hard won wisdom that comes with time in her new collection, Things Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years .

The Reading Life with Benjamin Moser

This week on The Reading Life: Benjamin Moser, author of "Why This World? A Biography of Clarice Lispector , " talks about his longstanding affection for the Brazilian writer and his stewardship of her literary legacy. And Susan has a review of Roxane Gay's "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body."

The Reading Life With Bill Loehfelm And Emma Fick

This week on The Reading Life: Bill Loehfelm's policewoman Maureen Coughlin takes on Mardi Gras in " The Devil's Muse ." We'll also hear from artist Emma Fick, who has created the very charming and colorful sketchbook, "Snippets of New Orleans."

The Reading Life With Mark VanLandingham And Joanne O'Sullivan

This week on The Reading Life: We'll be talking about the Vietnamese community in Louisiana in fact and in fiction. Mark VanLandingham talks about his scholarly study, Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery Among Vietnamese Americans . And Joanne O'Sullivan, author of the young adult novel, Between Two Skies, a story of a a Cajun girl who falls in love with a budding Vietnamese bluesman in her home town of Bayou Perdu.

The Reading Life With Yuri Herrera And Paige Bowers

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane professor Yuri Herrera, whose third book set in the world of Mexican drug culture is " Kingdom Cons." Journalist/historian Paige Bowers of Baton Rouge, author of "The General's Niece: The Little Known DeGaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France ,' talks about her quest to tell the story of Genevieve DeGaulle. **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life With Jon McCarthy And Michael Allen Zell

This week on The Reading Life: Jon McCarthy, author of "Hard Roll: A Paramedic's Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans. " Michael Allen Zell previews Bloomsday 2017, that annual celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," and catches us up on books coming from the new imprint, Crescent City Books.

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