Susan Larson, book editor of The Times-Picayune from 1988 to 2009, now hosts WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life. As a founder of the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans and a board member of both the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library, she continues to support and share New Orleans’ literary heritage.
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The Book Lover's Guide to New Orleans
The literary tradition of New Orleans spans centuries and touches every genre. Its living heritage winds through storied neighborhoods and is celebrated at numerous festivals throughout the city. For booklovers, a visit to the Big Easy is not complete without whiling away the hours in an antiquarian bookstore in the French Quarter or stepping out on a literary walking tour. Perhaps only among the oak-lined avenues, Creole townhouses and famed hotels does the lust of A Streetcar Named Desire, the zaniness of A Confederacy of Dunces, the chill of Interview with the Vampire or the search of Walker Percy’s Moviegoer begin to resonate in all their richness.
Susan Larson’s revised and updated edition of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans is the definitive resource for understanding the city’s long love affair with literature. She not only explores the legacy of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner through historical landmarks, but also draws in modern-day celebrities such as Anne Rice and James Lee Burke and details the literary resilience of a post-Katrina New Orleans.
Whether you’re attracted to the relics of Kate Chopin’s Southern society, the Gothic subculture of Poppy Z. Brite or the amphibious, socially striated future of Moira Crone, this comprehensive guide provides a key to knowing the books, authors, festivals, bookstores and famed addresses that make the Crescent City a literary destination.
Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.