Local authors get prime time spots at Jazz Fest today _lowres

Photo provided by MICHAEL WILSON -- Lyle Lovett

The book tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival today takes its cue from “Locals Day,” the popular name for the Fest’s Thursday offerings. Local authors appear in prime time in the tent, hosted by the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association.

Thursday, May 1

Noon to 1 p.m., Susan Larson, “The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans.” The longtime Times-Picayune book editor and WWNO radio show host releases an updated version of the resource guide she originally wrote when moving to the city a couple of decades ago.

2 to 3 p.m., Bill Loehfelm, “The Devil in Her Way.” The Garden District resident pens his fourth mystery novel, about a rookie cop on the New Orleans police force.

3 to 4 p.m., Bonnie Warren, “New Orleans Historic Homes.” House and garden columnist warren teams up with photographer Cheryl Gerber on a book that profiles dozens of local homes.

4 to 5 p.m., Michael Murphy, “Eat Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City.” Murphy’s book guides readers to more than 250 places where they can find the most delicious samples of traditional New Orleans dishes — from snowballs to red beans and rice.