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The Reading Life with Lisa Herrington and Brad Vogel

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Lisa Herrington, director of the Bayou Writer's Club, which has more than 300 members. We'll also hear from Brad Vogel of the Walt Whitman Initiative; he's coming to town as part of the Whitman Bicentennial to present a lecture on the poet's transformative time in Louisiana at the Louisiana Landmarks Society.

The Reading Life with Nancy Penrose

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Seattle-based writer and editor Nancy Penrose, the co-author, with Angela Gregory, of "A Dream and a Chisel: Louisiana Sculptor Angela Gregory in Paris, 1925-1928."

The Reading List with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, whose long-awaited new novel, "We Cast a Shadow," is on all the 2019 must-read lists.

The Reading Life with Daniel José Older

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning author Daniel José Older, whose new book for middle grade readers is "Dactyl Hill Squad." He is also the creator of the urban fantasy series, "Bone Street Rumba," as well as the "Shadowshaper" series for young adults.

The Reading Life with James Lee Burke

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with bestselling author James Lee Burke, whose most recent Dave Robicheaux novel is "The New Iberia Blues."

The Reading Life with Rodger Kamenetz

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Rodger Kamenetz — memoirist ("The Jew in the Lotus," "Stalking Elijah," and "Terra Infirma: My Mother's Life in Mine"), dream practitioner ("The History of Last Night's Dream") and poet ("The Lowercase Jew," "To Die Next to You"). He has a new poetry collection, "Yonder." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Here in New Orleans: Brandi Perry discusses and signs her novel, "Splintered," Sunday, January 6, from 2-3:30 at Garden

The Reading Life with Jack Bedell and a look back at 2018.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louisiana state poet laureate Jack Bedell, whose new book is "No Brother, This Storm," and we take a look back at 2018.

The Reading Life with David Benedetto and J.T. Blatty

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with David Benedetto of WRBH radio, host of The Writer's Forum and Figure of Speech, and photographer J.T. Blatty, whose beautiful new book is "Fish Town: Down the Road to Louisiana's Vanishing Fishing Communities."

The Reading Life with Vanessa Schmid and Sally Asher

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Vanessa Schmid, about the new catalogue, "The Orleans Collection," accompanying the exhibit currently on view at NOMA until January 27. We'll also hear from Sally Asher about her very charming book, "The Mermaids of New Orleans."

The Reading Life with Winston Groom and James Nolan

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist and historian Winston Groom, whose new book is "The Allies, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II." We'll hear about U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith's visit to Louisiana this week, as well as some poetry from James Nolan, whose new book is "Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems."

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