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

The Reading Life

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

The Reading Life with Lee Ledbetter

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."

The Reading Life with Robert Brantley and John Warner Smith

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.

The Reading Life with Rachel Breunlin and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

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.

The Reading Life with Nevada Barr and Matt Sakakeeny

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."

The Reading Life with Richard Sexton and Poppy Tooker

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."

The Reading Life with J. Richard Gruber and Monique Truong

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."

The Reading Life with Sister Helen Prejean

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

The Reading Life with Sarah Broom

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Sarah Broom about her critically acclaimed new book, "The Yellow House: A Memoir," a tale of what draws us home and what makes us leave, and a chronicle of a sprawling, complicated family and the house in New Orleans East that binds them all together in shared memory. And Susan has a few words about the passing of Toni Morrison.

The Reading Life with Minrose Gwin and Kate Lacour

This week on the Reading Life: Susan talks with Minrose Gwin, whose most recent novel is "The Accidentals." We'll also hear from Kate Lacour, whose odd and beautiful new art book is "Vivisectionary: A Convocation of Biological Art."

The Reading Life with Rich Cohen and Nick Courage

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Rich Cohen about "The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation." And New Orleans native Nick Courage takes us into the world of his new young adult novel, "Storm Blown."

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