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The Reading Life with Justin Nystrom and Patty Friedmann

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Justin Nystrom, author of" Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture." Yummy! We'll also hear from Patty Friedmann about her new short story collection, "Where Do They All Come From?" Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Keith O'Brien discusses and signs "Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History," Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. Registration

The Reading Life with Alex Beard and Josh Wheeler

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Alex Beard, whose new children's book is "The Lying King." We'll also hear from essayist Josh Wheeler, who's the author of "Acid West." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Kim Vaz-Deville, author of "Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans," and Ladee Hubbard, author of "The Talented Ribkins," will discuss their work, Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Jonathan

The Reading Life With Bernice McFadden And Anne Babson

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Bernice McFadden, author of "Praise Song for the Butterflies," a searing account of ritual servitude in West Africa. We'll also hear from poet Anne Babson, whose new collection is "Polite Occasions." **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life with Frank Perez and Howard Philips Smith

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Frank Perez (2018 Southern Decadence Grand Marshal) and Howard Philips Smith about their new book, "Southern Decadence in New Orleans," a history of the long-running LGBTQ Labor Day celebration. Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Poets Carolyn Hembree, Anne Babson and Tiana Nobile read from their work Sunday, August 26 at 4 pm at TREO, 3835 Tulane Ave. to mark Women's Equality Day and to benefit the New Orleans Abortion Fund.

The Reading Life with Anne Boyd Rioux

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with University of New Orleans English professor Anne Boyd Rioux, author of "Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters," as that venerable novel celebrates its 150th birthday - and Susan also talks with Chris Smith of the Jefferson Parish Library, about a self-publishing seminar on Saturday, August 25th.

The Reading Life with Julia Reed

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Reed, author of "South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land." It's full of tales of critters, cuisine, and plain old fun! August 12 calendar Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Dogfish presents Nordette Adams and FreeQuency reading their work Thursday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere. Four local poets – Anne Babson, author of "Polite Occasions," Gina Ferrara, author of "Fitting the Sixth Finger,

The Reading Life with Keith O'Brien and Brad Richard

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Keith O'Brien, author of a page-turner of a group biography,"Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History," and Brad Richard talks about terrific new developments in the South Louisiana Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Amy Bonnaffons signs "The Wrong Heaven," Monday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Vicki Salloum signs her novel, "Waiting for You

The Reading Life with Amy Bonnaffons and Gillian Rodger

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Amy Bonnaffons, whose marvelous debut story collection is "The Wrong Heaven." Imagine getting a personal phone call from Barack Obama — what would you ask him? We'll also hear from Gillian Rodger, author of "Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage." New Orleans was a big stop on the variety circuit — remember the Mardi Gras tale of chanteuse Lydia Thompson. Here's what's on tap in the literary life this

The Reading Life with Blaine Roberts & an Extended 'Tricentennial Reading List' with Jason Berry

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Blain Roberts, co-author, with her husband Ethan Kytle, of "Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy." Who owns history in Charleston, SC? Roberts talks bout historical quandaries in memorialization and the whitewashing of slavery --in landmarks, monuments, museums, tours for tourists. And there's a surprising detour into musical territory as well. Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Kim

The Reading Life with Blaine Roberts & an Extended 'Tricentennial Reading List' with Jason Berry

The Reading Life with Louis Maistros and Melinda Palacio

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louis Maistros, author of "The Sound of Building Coffins," who has just published a revised, expanded version of this book. Poet Melinda Palacio talks about what went into her most recent collection, "Bird Forgiveness." Audio extra: Melinda Palacio read's poem, How to Wash a Duck from "Bird Forgiveness" July 15 calendar Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Lexi Ostrow signs " A Heavenly Kind of Love ," Sunday, July 15, at 2 at

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