Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, Debra Shriver


This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, whose new book is “The Flight: A Father’s War, A Son’s Search”. We will also hear from Debra Shriver, author of “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish”.

Here’s what’s going on in literary life this week:

And just a reminder: with changing COVID restrictions, it’s best to check with venues before attending in-person events, and be sure to mask yourself.

In Baton Rouge:

Blake Sanz discusses and signs “The Boundaries of Their Dwelling”, Sunday, October 24 at 4 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Gallery – as part of their Sundays @ 4 series – and again or at an artist-in-residence event on Wednesday November 3, 6-7: 30am at the Chloe Hotel in New Orleans. ‘

In New Orleans:

Debra Shriver signs her book, “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish”, Friday October 22 at 5 p.m. at South, 4021 5525 Magazine, Wednesday October 27 at 5 p.m. at Hazelnut, 5525 Magazine St., and again Tuesday November 2, from 6 to 8 at the Cabildo.

The Garden District Book Shop presents Shea Serrano for a Virtual Book Release Event, for Hip-Hop (And Other Things), Tuesday October 26 at 6 pm via Crowdcast. Login information will be sent to anyone who purchases a book from the Garden District Bookstore.

Walter Isaacson discusses and signs his new book, “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” Tuesday, October 26 at 7 pm at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required, as are masks and proof of vaccination. More information on

Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras appear in a virtual chat with Sam O’Brien to discuss their new book, “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide,” on Wednesday, October 27 at 7 pm. Register on Eventbrite or

Tyler Bridges discusses his book, “The Flight: A Father’s War, A Son’s Search,” Thursday, October 28, 5-8, with historian Rob Citino at the National World War 11 Museum, and appears again on Monday, October 1. November. at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The Louisiana Book Festival goes virtual this year, from October 30 to November 13, with new free content every weekend. Visit for the full schedule. Forthcoming authors include Fatima Shaik, Louisiana Writer Award winner, Louisiana poet laureate Mona Lisa Saloy, James Gill, Howard Hunter, Ricki Lee Jones, Alecia Long, Josh Prager, Steven V. Roberts, Maurice Carlos Ruffin and many more. ‘others.


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