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{On learning to shut up and listen.}

In which Mr. Jackie Cooper locks his door and turns off his phone so he can finish a book, Ms. Martina Boone explains Southern Gothic from a young adult's perspective (must have swoony southern boys) Mr. David Arnold's book makes a woman cry and freaks out her children, and Ms. Tiffany Quay Tyson explains how she learned to shut up and listen.

August 2, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author Feature | Trailer Park | Author 2 Author | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar


Dearest Readers,

Last week her ladyship, the editor, discussed southern book festivals and in particular the birth of one such, and the demise of another. She also, as rather an afterthought, provided what she hoped would be a helpful list of some of the upcoming book festivals in the South, since a great many of them occur next month.

That generous impulse had consequences. Within an hour of her newsletter being sent, she was duly informed (with, it must be said, great good humor) that her list of festivals was far from complete -- a fact which should surprise no one. This is the South, after all. Stories are as important as football.

Therefore, if any of her ladyship's readers are planning an itinerary of book-festival-hopping, her ladyship is not only envious, she has a few other stops to add to their route:

The Louisiana Book Festival, October 31, 2015
The Miami Book Fair International, November 15 - 22, 2015

Triangle ReadsAnd, if you happen to be among the lucky people who live in that promised land of bookstores, the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area (also known as "The Triangle" since so many book lovers so missing for hours on end in their favorite bookshops) then on September 20th you can attend

Triangle Reads
September 20, 2015

Sponsored by She Reads and Reader Meet Writer, Triangle Reads is not a book festival, exactly. It is more of a sit-down-to-supper-with-a-writer festival. But after the meal (which is actually lunch, or what civilized people used to call noonday dinner) there is an afternoon filled with author panels and book discussions. Oh, yes, and author signing. Five of the area independent bookstores have come together to provide books for the event (because indies are cooperative like that). The ticket not only gives you entre, but lunch and $20 to spend at the book table. Good books, good company, good food. What better thing could you possibly have to do? 

Read independently. And shop local.


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

The Curse of Crow HollowSay there, friend!

Come on out that sun and tell me hello. Devilish out, ain't it? Hard to believe only a few months back, me an everybody else's pining for summer. Now here I sit, wishing the leaves'd hurry up and turn. Ain't that just how folks are? They want all but what they got.

Seen you driving up the road all slow, like you went and got yourself turned around. Don't nobody ever come up this way on purpose. Was a time folks would. They'd take these back roads up from Mattingly and Camden every Sunday after filling their souls and bellies, stop here long enough to realize both the Exxon and the grocery was closed for Sabbath.

Preacher Ramsay used to call it an abomination to have business on the Lord's Day. He had a tight grip on this town back then, before the Trouble. The Reverend, I'm saying. Lord did too, I suppose, thought for a long while after the witch it was unsettled whether He did still. Some said God had gone out of this holler, never to return. Others say even in the blackest dark a light will burn, and there it will gather and build and drive that darkness away. You ask me which it is now, I can't say. All I'll tell you is this ain't no place to be lost in, friend. Not a year ago, but especially not now.

--Billy Coffey, The Curse of Crow Hollow (Thomas Nelson, 2015) 9780718026776

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Author 2 Author:
Jamie Kornegay talks to Tiffany Quay Tyson


Jamie Kornegay  Tiffany Quay


JK: For starters, kudos on writing a modern-day novel set in the Mississippi Delta. You don't see that very often. But you grew up in Jackson, right? I'm not from here either, but it's interesting to try and explain to people who don't live here that the Delta is so different from the rest of Mississippi. What was your experience like in the Delta and how do you see it as being different from the rest of the state?

Three RiversTQT: Yes, I grew up in Jackson. It wasn’t until college that I made my way to the Delta. After I graduated from Delta State, I landed a job as a newspaper reporter for the Greenwood Commonwealth. I worked there for about a year before moving away from Mississippi. So, all told, I spent about four years in the Delta. I do think the Delta is different from other parts of Mississippi. And I agree with you that it’s a tough thing to explain. Some of it has to do with the traditions, I think. The past just seems more present in the Delta. When I lived there in the late 80s and early 90s, it seemed much more segregated than other parts of the state, and it’s not like Jackson was so progressive. Also, during my time at the Commonwealth, I covered a capital murder trial, the circuit clerk was arrested for voter fraud, a block of houses burned down, several children drowned, they reopened the case against Byron De La Beckwith, and there was a pretty destructive flood. I only worked there for a year. That’s a lot of big news for a town that size, but no one seemed to think it was particularly unusual. I moved to Austin, Texas when I left Greenwood and everyone was rallying to “Keep Austin Weird.” As far as I could tell, Austin wasn’t half as weird as the Delta. It’s a strange place, but wonderful in its way. Some of the best people I know are people I met during that time in my life. I learned a lot about myself. I guess that’s why it looms so large for me and why I chose to set the story there. 

I learned to “shut up and listen.”

JK: I too have a background in journalism, and I found it really helped my writing. It taught me to shut up and listen, to let people talk, and it taught how to write on a deadline. It also put me into contact with a lot of strange, interesting people whose paths I might never have crossed otherwise. Did you find that sort of work useful for your fiction?

TQT: Definitely. Frankly, the ability to meet deadlines is the most valuable professional skill I possess. That’s true not only for writing, but for my working life as a whole. Working in news also taught me the value of building trust. No one will tell you their story unless they trust you. Like you, I learned to “shut up and listen.” I also learned how to think through both sides of an issue. No matter my opinions on a subject, I work hard to understand the people who feel differently. With the fragmented news streams we have now it would be easy to just plug in to media that reflects my own views, but I push hard against that. I want to understand all sides of a story. I want to understand why people feel the way they do. That search for balance and opposing viewpoints is definitely a product of my news background.

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2015 SIBA Book Award Winners


Booklover's Giftwrap


Book & Author Gossip

A Peach of a Pair is an end of summer hit

A Peach of a PairSummer is winding down. The kids are almost back in school. The trips to the beach are becoming fewer and fewer. Still there is time for one more good beach read and luckily for readers everywhere we have a "peach" of a book by Kim Boykin. It is titled A PEACH OF A PAIR and it is as enjoyable and heartwarming as any book I have read in months. This is the kind of book that makes you want to lock the door, turn off the phone and read every page straight through to the end.

 

Martina Boone explains Young Adult Southern Gothic

CompulsionI highlighted the roots of the Southern Gothic, really played up the fantasy elements and mystery, and made it all a bit more accessible for teens. The result is a book that sits between a contemporary story and a fantasy, with a Southern setting, forbidden love, and a gorgeous, swoony Southern boy . . . Think of it as a TV drama like PRETTY LITTLE LIARS or OUTLANDER, with a lot of different interconnected characters and a lot of mysteries you glimpse in bits and pieces until the whole is eventually revealed.

M. Judson Books to Open in Downtown Greenville, S.C.

M. Judson Books, "a project now two years in the making" and the "vision a trio of entrepreneurs has for a specialty bookstore" in downtown Greenville, S.C., has found a home in the city's historic County Family Court building, the Greenville News reported. Co-owners of the bookshop and café are author Ashley Warlick; Samantha Wallace, publisher of Edible Upcountry magazine; and Tricia Lightweis, owner of Booksmith in Seneca.

Mosquitoland: Cry ugly

MosquitolandDamn you, David Arnold. Thanks to you, I freaked out my kids, spontaneously sobbing on page 334 of your book, Mosquitoland. They missed the earlier weeping at key moments in this tale of 16-year-old Mim Malone, on a solo trek from her father and stepmother's home about 900+ miles to Cleveland, where she once lived with her mom and dad, prior to their divorce. When her dad picks her up and moves her to Mississippi, the weekly letters she used to get from her mom stop.

 

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird as an Adult

To Kill a MockingbirdI see a connection with what also appealed to me years ago in Harper Lee's Scout. She defeated monsters, too, when she helped defuse the mob in front of the jail. It's one of the best scenes in the novel (if not entirely believable). But Scout herself doesn't hold up for me today because I just don't believe her voice. She often sounds too mature for an eight-year-old, as when near the end of the book she thought (according to her adult self) "there wasn't much else for us to learn, except possibly algebra."

Wild Fig Bookstore reopens

“Owning a bookstore has become somewhat of a niche market,” Davis admits,  “especially for used-book stores: you must cater to a certain group of readers or run the risk of not surviving. But we didn’t cater to a niche with the old store and national chains have cornered the general interest for used books here in Lexington; though we paid out the most in acquisitions, we lost out to the convenience of presence and accessibility that the chains represented.” To remain viable, Wild Fig will be more specific in its reopening to meet the needs of the current market. It will cater more to patrons’ specific interests and not be as much of a used-book catch-all, especially in the new, smaller location. In addition, Wild Fig will now carry more new books than old, and will expand upon the limited coffee service. The new Wild Fig will now offer lattes and smoothies, and limited selections of additional items like jewelry and clothing from local craftspeople.

The book that kept you up late at night

Empire of the Summer MoonThe book that kept me up late last night was S.C. Gwynne’s remarkable Empire of the Summer Moon, about the rise and fall of the Comanches. It’s powerful and bloody, wading as it does into the grim details of the clash of civilizations that took place along the Texas frontier. The story of Quanah, the half-Comanche, half-white war chief-cum-school board chairman is compelling, and the crisp writing carries you along.

DBF: Read Different

On Tuesday, the full schedule was released for the 10th annual Decatur Book Festival, sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The theme for this year’s festival, which take place Sept. 4-6 in downtown Decatur, is“Read Different,” urging book lovers to “read beyond what you normally do,” especially as it relates to race, gender, form and genre.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Amy Hill Hearth talks about Dreamsville

"I wanted to focus on Collier county because my husband grew up there in the 1960s"

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Meet Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill HearthAmy Hill Hearth (pronounced "HARTH") is a New York Times Bestselling Author and an American Library Association “Notable Book” and Peabody Award Winner. She is also a nationally-known public speaker. She will be on tour in the South from September 2015 through the winter and spring of 2016 to promote her new novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE LOST HEIRESS OF COLLIER COUNTY, a sequel to her first novel. It will be published by Atria Books/​Simon & Schuster on September 8, 2015. Amy lives in New Jersey but maintains deep ties to the South. She spent her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended public schools, and her young adult years in Florida, where she was a newspaper reporter. Most of her family still resides in the Tampa Bay area. Amy's first book, an oral history, was the much-loved 1993 nonfiction hit, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS.

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier CountyIn this sequel to Amy Hill Hearth's "funny and charming" ("Publishers Weekly") debut novel, "Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society," the eponymous book club reunites one year later, in the late summer of 1964. 
Their mission: to fight a large development along the tidal river where member Robbie-Lee grew up and where his mother, Dolores Simpson, a former stripper turned alligator hunter, still lives in a fishing shack. 

The developer is Darryl Norwood, ex-husband of narrator Dora Witherspoon, who returns to Collier County to assist in the battle. An old land deed, the discovery that one of the key characters has been using a false name, and a dramatic court hearing are just a few of the highlights. Not to mention the reappearance of the Ghost of Seminole Joe. 

Just as Hearth's debut explored the ways we can find a sense of belonging in other people, her latest novel shows how closely tied each of us is to our sense of home--and the conflicts that can arise when our idea of that home becomes threatened. For Darryl, the river is a place ripe for development. For Dora, who's known as the Turtle Lady because she rescues Everglades "snappers," it's a place that belongs to the critters. And for Dolores, former stripper, it's a place to hide from the world...


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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Miss EmilyThe American debut of an award-winning Irish writer that brings to life Emily Dickinson and will enthrall fans of "Longbourn "and "Mrs. Poe" 

Nuala O Connor's enchanting American debut novel, "Miss Emily," reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America's most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family's Irish maid. 

Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster's life at home. But Emily's passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada's safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences.

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More Okra Picks!


Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From the September IndieNext List

Sweet CaressSweet Caress: A Novel, by William Boyd
(Bloomsbury, 9781632863324, $28)

“Boyd’s new novel is the story of Amory Clay, whose father, a troubled World War I veteran, is absent. Amory’s Uncle Greer gives her a camera and teaches her about photography, and it is this gift that allows her to make her own way in the world. As a young woman, she goes to Berlin in the ‘20s, New York in the ‘30s, and then to France during World War II, where she makes her mark as one of the first female war correspondents. Later in life, Amory continues to pursue her passions and dreams as she experiences love, marriage, children, and yet another war. Boyd employs actual photos to accentuate this sweeping tale of a life lived to the fullest, and demonstrates yet again why he is one of our greatest chroniclers of the human heart.” —Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

House of ThievesHouse of Thieves: A Novel, by Charles Belfoure
(Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781492617891, $25.95)

“The Cross family has it all. Born into the wealthy class in the 1880s and related to the Astors of New York City, their lives are envied. John, the patriarch, is a highly regarded architect; his wife, Helen, a beauty; and his children, George, Julia, and Charlie, each accomplished. But all is not as it seems. George has a gambling problem, and his inability to control himself causes criminals to threaten his family for repayment. Belfoure weaves a fascinating story that reveals the descent of this family into the underworld of crime. The endeavor to save George and the drama that ensues not only captivates the Cross family, but the reader as well. A great read!” —Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

More bookseller recommendations


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending July 19, 2015. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

HARDCOVER FICTION

okra1. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
4. The English Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062320131
5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Crown, $25, 9780553418774
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Harper, $25.99, 9780062420701
8. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $25, 9781476789637
9. In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume, Knopf, $27.95, 9781101875049
okra10. Bull Mountain
Brian Panowich, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399173967

11. The Rumor
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316334525
12. Naked Greed
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399174667
13. Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $24, 9781101875896
14. Armada
Ernest Cline, Crown, $26, 9780804137256
15. Among the Ten Thousand Things
Julia Pierpont, Random House, $26, 9780812995220

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
4. The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America
Arthur Brooks, Broadside, $27.99, 9780062319753
5. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
6. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
7. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
8. The Quartet
Joseph J. Ellis, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385353403
9. The Oregon Trail
Rinker Buck, S&S, $28, 9781451659160
10. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County
Kristen Green, Harper, $25.99, 9780062268679
11. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
12. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari, Penguin Press, $28.95, 9781594206276
13. Sick in the Head
Judd Apatow, Random House, $27, 9780812997576
14. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
William Finnegan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594203473
15. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
2. Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101946343
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Perennial, $14.99, 9780060935467
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
okra5. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

6. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
7. The Vacationers
Emma Straub, Riverhead, $16, 9781594633881
8. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
9. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
10. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
11. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
12. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
13. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
okra14. The Girls of August
Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central, $15, 9780446698313

15. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
3. Shareology: How Sharing Is Powering the Human Economy
Bryan J. Kramer, Morgan James Publishing, $16.95, 9781630473846
4. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
5. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
7. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
8. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
9. The Artful Mandala Coloring Book: Creative Designs for Fun and Meditation
Cher Kaufmann, Countryman Press, $14.95, 9781581573527
10. The Opposite of Loneliness
Marina Keegan, Scribner, $15, 9781476753911
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $17.6, 9780375725609
12. Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens
Nikolett Corly, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
13. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Marja Mills, Penguin, $17, 9780143127666
14. How Not to Be Wrong
Jordan Ellenberg, Penguin, $17, 9780143127536
15. The Lady in Gold
Anne-Marie O'Connor, Vintage, $17.95, 9781101873120

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719
5. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
8. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
9. Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780440215622
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345514400

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
Elise Parsley, Little Brown, $17, 9780316376570
3. Barnyard Dance!
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781563054426
4. Llama Llama Sand and Sun
Anna Dewdney, Grosset & Dunlap, $12.99, 9780448496399
5. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $8.99, 9780451474575
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763635008
8. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordonez (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250009340
9. Where's Waldo? In Hollywood
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763635015
10. Where's Waldo?
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763634988

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
2. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
3. The Isle of the Lost
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974
4. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
5. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green, David Levithan, Speak, $10.99, 9780142418475
7. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278
8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jesse Andrews, Amulet, $9.95, 9781419719462
9. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $7.99, 9781416936473
10. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $8, 9780316201568
2. Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen (Dork Diaries, #9)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442487697
3. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy, #3)
Jeffrey Brown, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545621267
4. The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $18, 9780316406895
5. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
6. The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil, #3)
Soman Chainani, Harper, $17.99, 9780062104953
7. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
9. I Will Take a Nap! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $9.99, 9781484716304
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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Special to the Southern List

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To Kill a Mockingbird “Bull Mountain
Our Souls at Night Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Husband's Secret The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition) Fahrenheit 451 Unbroken
Outliers
The Artful Mandala Coloring Book: Creative Designs for Fun and Meditation
Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee The Lady in Gold Dune Lord of the Flies Ender's Game Slaughterhouse-Five Dragonfly in Amber I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! Barnyard Dance! Llama Llama Sand and Sun Llama Llama Red Pajama Where's Waldo? In Hollywood Where's Waldo?” width= Hatchet


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Book Lovers club at Flyeaf disscuses Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng  (book club)
06/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Pre-school Story Time with Special guest Kathy Mcgougan & Buddy the Dog  (other event)
07/10/2016 | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

AUTISM BOOK CLUB discusses COLIN FISCHER  (book club)
08/05/2015, 01:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

MALAPROP'S BOOKCLUB discusses THE BOYS IN THE BOAT  (author appearance)
08/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Monte Burke  (author appearance)
Monte Burke | 08/06/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Barbara Davis launches her new novel Summer at Hideaway Key  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis | 08/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

ADAM CARESS presents THE DAY ALTERNATIVE MUSIC DIED  (author appearance)
Adam Caress | 08/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Clay and Susan Griffith - Crown & Key Series  (author appearance)
Clay and Susan Griffith | 08/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

David Payne -Barefoot to Avalon  (author appearance)
David Payne | 08/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

First Friday Author Round Up- Jenn Burkett, Annie Dike, Tammi Dixon, Linda Knowles, Marona Posey  (author appearance)
Jenn Burkett | 08/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Roe Pagano  (author appearance)
Roe Pagano | 08/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Rinker Buck - Oregon Trail  (author appearance)
Rinker Buck | 08/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Jennifer Steil author of The Ambassador's Wife  (author appearance)
Jennifer Steil | 08/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Panel Discussion and Signing with Beverly Tiernan and Wolf Schimanski  (author appearance)
Beverly Tiernan | 08/08/2015, 01:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet Georgia Author & Poet John Charles Griffin: AFTER THE MELTDOWN  (author appearance)
John Charles Griffin | 08/08/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Fiona Zedde's BLISS: a 10th Anniversary Celebration  (author appearance)
Fiona Zedde | 08/08/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Wilford Corbin on Growing Up in Appalachia  (author appearance)
Wilford Corbin | 08/08/2015, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

CHRIS KINSLEY signs EXPLORING BILTMORE ESTATE FROM A TO Z  (author appearance)
Chris Kinsley | 08/08/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Susan Eaddy author of Poppy's Best Paper  (author appearance)
Susan Eaddy | 08/08/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

GARY REID signs THE BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME & THE MUSIC OF THE STANLEY BROS.  (author appearance)
Gary Reid | 08/09/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

MIRANDA RICHMOND MOUILLOT presents A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE  (author appearance)
Miranda Richmond Mouillot | 08/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Martha Ertman  (author appearance)
Martha Ertman | 08/09/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Making Space: A Community Writing Group for Activists, Healers, and Every Day Heroes  (writers group)
08/10/2015, 06:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

MYSTERY BOOKCLUB discusses RAVEN BLACK  (book club)
08/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Cynthia Joyce - Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans after Katrina  (author appearance)
Cynthia Joyce | 08/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Margaret Maron - Long Upon the Land  (author appearance)
Margaret Maron | 08/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Adi Alsaid author of Never Always Sometimes  (author appearance)
Adi Alsaid | 08/11/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

DAVID PAYNE presents BAREFOOT TO AVALON  (author appearance)
David Payne | 08/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

I Am Enough Salon  (other event)
08/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

DAVID PAYNE presents BAREFOOT TO AVALON  (author appearance)
David Payne | 08/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

John Scalzi - The End of All Things  (author appearance)
John Scalzi | 08/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Debbie Macomber - Silver Linings  (author appearance)
Debbie Macomber | 08/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
08/12/2015, 06:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Bradley Somer author of Fishbowl  (author appearance)
Bradley Somer | 08/12/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Dana Gynther  (author appearance)
Dana Gynther | 08/13/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Melissa Baldwin  (author appearance)
Melissa Baldwin | 08/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Meet Author John Scalzi: THE END OF ALL THINGS  (author appearance)
John Scalzi | 08/13/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

DR. NEIL SPECTOR presents GONE IN A HEARTBEAT  (author appearance)
Dr. Neil Spector | 08/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: David Payne - Barefoot to Avalon  (author appearance)
David Payne | 08/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Amy McCready - The Me, Me, Me Epidemic  (author appearance)
Amy McCready | 08/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Barbara Davis signing Hideaway Key  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis | 08/14/2015, 04:00 pm | MacIntosh Books and Paper | Sanibel, FL

Author Appearance: Mandi Carrigan and Nancy Wolfe  (author appearance)
Mandi Carrigan | 08/15/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Comic Creators  (other event)
08/15/2015, 10:30 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

FL. Authors Academy Writing Workshops  (writers group)
08/15/2015, 10:00 am | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/15/2015, 02:00 am | Turning Pages Books & More | Natchez, MS

Tina FireWolf Workshop- How to Ignite Everyday Enlightenment  (other event)
08/15/2015, 12:45 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

JEFF ALT presents THE ADVENTURES OF BUBBA JONES: TIME TRAVELING THROUGH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS  (author appearance)
Jeff Alt | 08/15/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Martha Rucker - The Adventure of Peanut: Daddy's Girl  (author appearance)
Martha Rucker | 08/15/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Michael Swanwick - Chasing the Phoenix  (author appearance)
Michael Swanwick | 08/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Dennis Bryon author of You Should Be Dancing: My life with the Bee Gees  (author appearance)
Dennis Bryon | 08/15/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Anna Watson Carl author of The Yellow Table Cookbook  (author appearance)
Anna Watson | 08/15/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
08/16/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Paperback Fiction Book Club: EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng  (book club)
08/16/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Queer Fiction Book Club: IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan  (book club)
08/17/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author Event: Ellen Urbani - Landfall  (author appearance)
Ellen Urbani | 08/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tuesday Murder Club  (book club)
08/18/2015, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/18/2015, 05:00 am | Turnrow Books | Greenwood, MS

COMIX CLUB discusses IT'S OH SO QUIET  (book club)
08/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

MICHAEL SWANWICK presents CHASING THE PHOENIX  (author appearance)
Michael Swanwick | 08/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

David Payne -Barefoot to Avalon  (author appearance)
David Payne | 08/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

YAW - YA Wednesdays! THE ARCHIVIST WASP by NICOLE KORNHER-STACE YAW - YA Wednesdays!  (book club)
08/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Katy Simpson Smith  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 08/19/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Messages To the Heart Salon  (author appearance)
Elise Okrend | 08/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Jeff Diamant - Heist: The $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft  (author appearance)
Jeff Diamant | 08/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Margaret Maron - Long Upon the Land   (author appearance)
Margaret Maron | 08/19/2015, 12:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Cliterati No Open Mic Featuring Maryann "Leaf" Hopper  (author appearance)
Maryann Hopper | 08/20/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Sandra Beasley- Count the Waves  (author appearance)
Sandra Beasley | 08/20/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Dr. Ray Barfield - The Book of Colors  (author appearance)
Dr. Ray Barfield | 08/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Avid Poetry Series: L.S. McKee, Jenny Gropp, and Andre Nance  (other event)
08/21/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author Event - Theresa M. Williams: From Agnostic to Deacon  (author appearance)
Theresa M. Williams | 08/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

YA Book Club  (book club)
08/21/2015, 06:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Event: Gail Z. Martin - War of Shadows & Iron and Blood  (author appearance)
Gail Z. Martin | 08/22/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Louise Mason  (author appearance)
Louise Mason | 08/23/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

New & Notable Book Club: H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald  (book club)
08/23/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

JOHN SHEFFIELD presents ROSELAND'S SECRET  (author appearance)
John Sheffield | 08/23/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

John Rosenthal - AFTER  (author appearance)
John Rosenthal | 08/23/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

PAM DURBAN presents SOON: STORIES  (author appearance)
Pam Durban | 08/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Katy Simpson Smith   (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 08/25/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Book Club of the Fantastic: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik  (book club)
Naomi Novik | 08/25/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Writing With Intent--New Night!  (writers group)
08/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Michael Martin - Extended Remark  (author appearance)
Michael Martin | 08/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Eric Litwin Performance and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Eric Litwin | 08/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

I Am Enough Salon  (other event)
08/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Laura McNeal Book Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 08/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Dog Days of Summer Open House  (author appearance)
08/26/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Bestselling Author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS  (author appearance)
Vanessa Diffenbaugh | 08/27/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America  (author appearance)
Tamara Winfrey-Harris | 08/27/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses GRANMA NINETEEN AND THE SOVIET'S SECRET  (book club)
08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dirk Philipsen- The Little Big Number  (author appearance)
Dirk Philipsen | 08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Coloring, Cocktails and Conversation  (other event)
08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Jena Lee Nardella - One Thousand Wells  (author appearance)
Jena Lee | 08/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author Event: Robert Burns - Flipping Men's Footwear  (author appearance)
Robert Burns | 08/29/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

PIH ENGAGE PUBLIC HEALTH BOOK CLUB  (book club)
08/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

ELIOT COWAN presents PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE  (author appearance)
Eliot Cowan | 08/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Just Add Water with Author Robert Yehling  (author appearance)
Robert Yehling | 09/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

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