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The Reading Life with Patricia Austin Becker and Randy Fertel

This week on The Reading Life: Patricia Austin Becker, author of "Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and Her Circle at Melrose Plantation." And Randy Fertel previews the upcoming conference, " Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World ." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Barbara Trevigne will discuss "The Creoles of Color" at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is part of the regularly scheduled meeting of

The Reading Life with Jason Berry

Hello, and welcome to The Reading Life, your weekly look at the Louisiana literary scene. I'm Susan Larson. Today, I'll be talking with Jason Berry about his new book, "City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Sally Asher and artist Melissa Vandiver sign "Mermaids of New Orleans, Sunday, November 11 , from noon to 3p.m. at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas during the Weeki Wachee Mermaids performance. They will also

The Reading Life with Sheryl St. Germain

This week on The Reading Life: Louisiana Writer Award winner, poet and essayist Sheryl St. Germain, who will receive her award at the Louisiana Book Festival, Saturday, November 10, at the State Capital in Baton Rouge. A New Orleans native, her most recent book is the poetry collection, "The Small Door of Your Death." Poet Anne Boyer , author of "The Romance of Happy Workers" and "Garments Against Women," presents a reading Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium at Tulane University.

The Reading Life with Bryan Batt and Katy Danos

This week on The Reading Life: At the beach, at the beach! Bryan Batt and Katy Danos take a walk down memory lane with "Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Brian Kilmeade discusses "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans" with historian Ron Drez, Sunday, October 28, at 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are available at Octavia Books. There will be a Not So Spooky Halloween costume party and story

The Reading Life with Michael Allen Zell and Lou Berney

This week on The Reading Life: Thrillers! Michael Allen Zell, author of "City Krystal Soulman," the latest in his New Orleans-set Bobby Delery series, a nd Lou Berney, author of "November Road," a thriller which takes off from the Kennedy assassination and imagines the Carlos Marcello empire. Sunday at noon, Tuesday at 1:30, and Wednesday at 8.

The Reading Life with Kiese Laymon

This week on The Reading Life: Kiese Laymon, author of "Heavy: An American Memoir." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Le Petit Theatre is partnering with Octavia Books for a Book Club, to be hosted by Christina Pellegrini and including special guests from each production. The first meeting is Sunday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at Le Petit Theatre; the book for discussion is "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," by Terry Teachout. Poet Melinda Palacio reads from "Bird Forgiveness,"

The Reading Life with Ken Foster and Alison Pelegrin

This week on The Reading Life: Ken Foster talks about "City of Dogs: New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and The People Who Love Them." It's a great way to look at a city! Poet Alison Pelegrin reads from and discusses her most recent chapbook, "Our Lady of the Flood." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Poet Paul Benton reads from and signs "Luckland," Sunday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar. Dacre Stoker, great grandson of Bram Stoker, and his coauthor J. D.

The Reading Life with Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the 2018 winners of the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. Ellen Hart, whose most recent book in the Jane Lawless series is "A Whisper of Bones," is the winner for the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. We'll also hear from Marcie Rendon, winner of the Prize for Debut Novel, for her book "Murder on the Red River." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Journalist Martin Fletcher discusses and signs "The Promised

The Reading Life with Kalamu ya Salaam and Tena Clark

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Kalamu ya Salaam, whose new book of collected writings from his long career is "Be About Beauty." We'll also hear from Tena Clark, songwriter and music producer and author of the new memoir, "Southern Discomfort." Here's what's on tap in the literary life this week: Shane Bauer discusses and signs "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment," Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. The Friends of the

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

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