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The Reading Life with Joel Dinerstein and Chris Champagne

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Tulane University professor Joel Dinerstein , whose new study of cool — "The Origins of Cool in Postwar America" — goes back to its start. Chris Champagne, author of Secret New Orleans, a guide to some wonderful and unexpected sights, describes his travels around the city.

The Reading Life with Brian Boyles and Nancy Dixon, and Cassie Pruyn

The week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Brian Boyles of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Nancy Dixon of Dillard University about New Orleans and the World, 1718 - 2018, Tricentennial Anthology . And Cassie Pruyn, previews her new book is Bayou St. John: A Brief History. Audio extra: Brian Boyles and Nancy Dixon talk about what they discovered while putting together New Orleans and the World, 1718 - 2018, Tricentennial Anthology . Audio extra: Brian Boyles and Nancy Dixon

The Reading Life with with Joe DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Joe DeSalvo , Jr., and Rosemary James about 27 years of Faulkner House Books and 20 years of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans .

The Reading Life with Jesmyn Ward

This week on The Reading Life: We celebrate our seventh anniversary show with MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, whose new novel is "Sing, Unburied, Sing." Jesmyn made history earlier this month by becoming the first woman to win two National Book Awards . Her first book was in 2011 for "Salvage the Bones"; her second, for the brilliant "Sing, Unburied, Sing," This follows winning a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship .

The Reading Life With Walter Isaacson

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native son and bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author of a great new biography, "Leonardo da Vinci."

The Reading Life with Eileen Myles and Simeon Marsalis

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet Eileen Myles , whose new memoir is Afterglow , and Simeon Marsalis, whose new novel is As Lie Is to Grin .

The Reading Life With Richard Campanella, Susan Tucker And Lee Grue

This week on The Reading Life: I'll be talking with Richard Campanella, whose insightful new book of essays is Cityscapes of New Orleans . We'll also hear from Susan Tucker and Lee Grue about their fascinating anthology, Mending for Memory: Sewing in Louisiana – Essays, Stories, and Poems , and I'll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, October 28 at the State Capitol. **Lagniappe Audio**

The Reading Life With Morgan Babst And David Fulmer

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Morgan Babst about her new novel, The Floating World . And we'll hear from David Fulmer about Eclipse Alley , the newest entry in his Storyville-set mystery series.

The Reading Life With John Magill And David Cuthbert With Bob Bruce

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with John Magill about this new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street." David Cuthbert and Bob Bruce, who've adapted their musical show, "Cinderella Battistella," into a children's fairy tale Nawlins style, whoop it up. And Susan has a review of Jesmyn Ward's magnificent National Book Award finalist, "Sing, Unburied, Sing."

The Reading Life With Russell Lord And Ronlyn Domingue

This week on The Reading Life: Russell Lord, NOMA curator of photographs, talks about East of the Mississippi; Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography . We'll also hear from Baton Rouge novelist Ronlyn Domingue about The Plague Diaries , the third in her series, The Chronicles of Secret Riven .

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