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{Fat Tuesday, feathered masks, and Lowcountry bordellos.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, celebrates Mardi Gras vicariously, Mr. Chris Offutt becomes a writer despite his father's best efforts, Ms. Paula Vauss practices slash and burn divorce law, and Mr. Wendell Berry honors the peace of wild things.

February 7, 2016

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

For those of you who did not spend Fat Tuesday dressed in suggestive outfits, feathery masks, and strings of cheap colored beads, do not despair. Veronica from Octavia Books in New Orleans offers up a reading list for those (her ladyship is among them) who prefer to experience the Mardis Gras Carnival vicariously, from the safety of their own armchairs:

Unfathomable CityI have at least half a bookshelf containing books about or connected to New Orleans in some fashion. If I tunneled through all my piles of books, I could probably fill that other half. People dig books (or really anything) about New Orleans, and writers love to tell the city’s stories. It goes without saying this list is not all encompassing, and if I compile a list next week, it will contain ten different books.

In fact, when you start reading about New Orleans, you might want to start with Nine Lives by Dan Baum or The World that Made New Orleans by Ned Sublette or Unfathomable City by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker or… Anyway, in honor of Mardi Gras (which, by the way, we start celebrating on Twelfth Night), here’s a good start. 

Here is the full list

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.


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 Secret to Hummingbird CakeI glanced at the grandfather clock. Almost midnight. I padded across the dark hardwood floor of my living room to peer out the window.

Again.

Where was he? Just as I reached for the curtain, the phone rang and I nearly jumped out of my skin. Somewhere in the background, I heard my long-gone grandmother asking, "Guilty conscience?"

I'd certainly been nursing one of those lately.

I looked at the caller ID. A man, but not the one I was looking for. The familiar pang of remorse punched me in the belly. I'd brought this on myself, and what was I supposed to do about Cell Phone Romeo now?

"What are you doing?" came a voice behind me.

I jumped. "Good Lord, Laine, don't you ever knock?"

She plopped down on my sofa. "Come on, Carrigan. I'm your best friend. I've been living across the street from you forever. Why start knocking now> And why did you look like a deer in headlights when I walked in?"

I shrugged. No sense in bringing up issues that would send her into one of her classic tizzies. "I don't know, just jumpy, I guess. I tend to get that way when somebody breaks into my house in the middle of the night. What are you doing still up?"

"I had to make a cake for the bake sale tomorrow," she said. "I've been so busy today. I just got the layers in the oven. Your lights were on, so I decided to kill that fifty minutes over here."

My mouth watered. I could taste the creamy white icing and the sweet pineapple. "One of those cakes?"

"Yes, one of those cakes."

--Celeste Fletcher McHale, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, (Thomas Nelson, 2016)  9780718039561

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Read This!


Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a FistYour Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

($26.00, Lee Boudreaux Books) Sunil Yapa's debut novel reaches our ears and hearts with undeniable force. It takes place during the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, when demonstrators chained themselves together, blocking key intersections and inviting batons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. With deep empathy and propulsive prose, Yapa imagines the tangled human stories that intersect with global forces, from the estranged son of the Seattle police chief to a protester haunted by her past. At a moment when police violence, global trade, and the role of protest are at the forefront of the national conversation, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist insists to be read now. -- Travis  9780316386531

The GunThe Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

($25.00, Soho Crime)Written in short and staccato prose that will drag you into the obsessive psyche of a man captivated by the power and beauty of a revolver he finds at a crime scene. The reader can feel the presence of the gun pressing in against every action the narrator takes, a la Poe's "Telltale Heart". A quick read with an ending that satisfies the slow burn of anticipation of the rest of the novel.  --  Lane  9781616955908

 

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Okra Picks


Okra Picks

 

The Secret to Hummingird CakeWhy won t you just tell me what's in that cake? I d been trying to get Laine's recipe for years. We all had.

When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

In the South you always say yes, ma am and no, ma am. You know everybody's business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food especially dessert is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you're lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

Buy from an indie | Read the first chapter

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Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park


The Peace of Wild Things

The Collected PoemsThe Peace of Wild Things

BY WENDELL BERRY

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things" from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. 9780865471979

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Book & Author Gossip

Wendell Berry donates farming legacy to Catholic College

The Selected Poems of Wendell BerryThe Berry family has lived in these parts for nine generations. While pursuing a prolific writing career, Berry never stopped caring for the land of his ancestors. Now, the 81-year-old writer wants to pass on his family’s farming legacy to a new generation. He decided against teaming up with a large university agricultural program, and instead selected a small Catholic liberal arts college about an hour’s drive from Louisville, run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  9781582430379

 

Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr receive Thomas Wolfe Award

Wayfaring Strangers"We believe this is a book that will serve as the standard in the field of Western North Carolina music history for decades to come," judges for the Western North Carolina Historical Association said. "The Panel applauds the ambition and scholarship of the authors and the publisher. The work is thoroughly researched, beautifully written, exceptionally well designed and illustrated, and as an appropriate coda, includes a wonderful illustrative CD of the music it honors."  9781469618227

 

The story of Virginia Christian

ForsakenVirginia Christian is the only African-American juvenile woman ever executed in the state of Virginia. She was executed the day after her 17th birthday in 1912. This fact is the backdrop for the historical novel "Forsaken" (New South Books/2016). The book tells the story of Christian through the lens of a young, idealist reporter Charles Mears. It's a tale woven with historical fact and fictional narrative that combines racial prejudice with hope and redemption.  9781588383174

 

Detective story meets Hindu fable

The Opposite of EveryonePaula Vauss is the type of ruthless Atlanta divorce attorney we love to hate and learn to love. Dig the improvised pitch she makes to a noxious, upmarket client: “You want to take that company he’s so proud of, and hack it up, and set the bits on fire. Make him watch while we sell the burning pieces for a chunk of capital. You want to raze his fields and salt his earth so nothing ever grows there again … You want your own small sins explained, so it’s clear you were driven to them. By him.”  9780062105684

 

Chris Offutt's unusual memoir

My Father the PrnographerIn 1990, when Chris Offutt called his father to tell him about publishing his first book, “Kentucky Straight,” his father said: “I’m sorry. … I didn’t know I’d given you a childhood terrible enough to make you a writer.” He had. A troubled home life is often the raw material skilled writers mine to tell their own stories. In “My Father, the Pornographer,” Chris Offutt shows he has much to work with. 9781501112461

SBF ready to blast off

“We invite the authors to talk about their writing life,” she said. “Usually they use it as a springboard for their most recent titles, but not always. We do ask them to not read at length, because we don’t want them to read, we want them to engage the audience.

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Meet Susan Boyer

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer loves three things best: her family, books, and beaches. She’s grateful to have been blessed with a vivid imagination, allowing her to write her own books centered around family, beaches, and solving puzzles wherein someone is murdered. Susan lives in Greenville, SC, and runs away to the coast as often as she can. Susan’s debut novel, Lowcountry Boil (a Liz Talbot Mystery) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, and an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL, the second book in the Liz Talbot series, was released September 3, 2013. LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD and LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO will be released in May 2015 and September 2015, respectively. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal among others. Visit Susan on the web at http://susanmboyerbooks.com.

 

Lowcountry BordelloLowcountry Bordello 9781943390175

The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot’s dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid.

With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons…and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 31. 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

1. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. The Forgotten Room
Karen White, et al., NAL, $26, 9780451474629
6. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
7. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
okra8. Fallen Land
Taylor Brown, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250077974

9. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
10. The Guest Room
Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385538893
11. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
12. The Bands of Mourning
Brandon Sanderson, Tor, $27.99, 9780765378576
13. The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616203573
14. Dictator
Robert Harris, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307957948
15. NYPD Red 4
James Patterson, Marshall Karp, Little Brown, $28, 9780316407069

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
2. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
3. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
6. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
7. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
8. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
9. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
10. The Name of God Is Mercy
Pope Francis, Random House, $26, 9780399588631
11. Destiny and Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
12. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
13. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
14. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
15. The Witches
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $32, 9780316200608

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
3. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
4. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
5. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
6. The Danish Girl
David Ebershoff, Penguin, $16, 9780143108399
7. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
8. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
9. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385523240
10. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Katarina Bivald, Sourcebooks Landmark, $16.99, 9781492623441
11. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Vintage, $16, 9780307455796
12. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
13. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
14. God Help the Child
Toni Morrison, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307740922
15. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
3. In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick, Penguin, $17, 9780143126812
4. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
5. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
6. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Sheri Fink, Broadway, $17, 9780307718976
7. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
8. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
9. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
okra10. Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
Richard Grant, S&S, $16, 9781476709642

11. You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero, Running Press, $16, 9780762447695
12. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
13. #Girlboss
Sophia Amoruso, Portfolio, $16, 9781591847939
14. Daring Greatly
Brene Brown, Avery, $17, 9781592408412
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 978081297932

MASS MARKET

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
3. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
6. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
7. The Choice
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $7.99, 9781455588985
8. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719
9. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Grosset & Dunlap, $8.99, 9780448489322
2. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
5. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Emily Winfield Martin, Random House, $17.99, 9780385376716
6. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
7. Silly Wonderful You
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Patrick McDonnell (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 9780062271051
8. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
9. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
10. Barnyard Dance!
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781563054426

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
2. Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780553513349
3. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780553510409
okra4. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

5. The Siren
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062391995
6. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
7. When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead, Yearling, $7.99, 9780375850868
8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary
Pablo Hidalgo, DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465438164
9. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
10. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures (DK Readers, Level 1)
David Fentiman, DK Publishing, $3.99, 9781465438140
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
8. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9781101996980
9. The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763665111
10. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
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Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.


 The Forgotten Room Fallen Land The Muralist NYPD Red 4 My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Dead Wake The Wright Brothers Destiny and Power The Witches The Danish Girl At the Water's Edge The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend A Brief History of Seven Killings The Devil in the White City Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Just Mercy I Am Malala Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta Daring Greatly Behind the Beautiful Forevers A Game of Thrones Good Omens 1984 Of Mice and Men The Diary of a Young GirlDune Lord of the FliesTo Kill a MockingbirdGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction SiteThe Wonderful Things You Will BeSilly Wonderful You Barnyard Dance! Serafina and the Black Cloak When You Reach Me Charlotte's Web


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Women’s National Book Association Meeting w/Talia Carner author of Hotel Moscow  (author appearance)
02/10/2016, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Garden District Book Shop Book Club  (book club)
02/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Karen Branan discusses her memoir The Family Tree  (author appearance)
Karen Branan | 02/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Gavriel Savit - Anna and the Swallow Man  (author appearance)
Gavriel Savit | 02/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Ashley Warlick - The Arrangement  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 02/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meet Author Ashley Warlick: THE ARRANGEMENT  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Alex Berenson signs The Wolves  (author appearance)
Alex Berenson | 02/11/2016, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic, featuring Hilde Weisert and Ralph Earle  (other event)
02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Book Sign: Steven W. Kohlhagen - Chief of Thieves  (author appearance)
Steven W. Kohlhagen | 02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Robert Weiss - On Carolina Ballet's Macbeth  (other event)
02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Robert Weiss & J. Mark Scearce - On Carolina Ballet's Macbeth  (other event)
02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Karen Branan - The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia  (author appearance)
Karen Branan | 02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Books to Fall in Love With Author Panel Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Jessica Leake | 02/11/2016, 05:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

The Writing Show: Successful Self-Publishing  (writers group)
02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Yona Zeldis McDonough author of The House on Primrose Pond  (author appearance)
Yona Zeldis Mcdonough | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Professor Mary Frances Berry Discusses Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy  (author appearance)
Mary Frances Berry | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

The Wolves (John Wells #10) by Alex Berenson  (author appearance)
Alex Berenson | 02/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Sunil Yapa - YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST  (author appearance)
Sunil Yapa | 02/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Flyleaf YA Book Club discusses More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera  (book club)
02/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Gavriel Savit discusses his debut YA novel, Anna and the Swallow Man  (author appearance)
02/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Multiple Author Event: Intimacy, an Anthology  (other event)
02/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Valentine's Cabaret with Ellen Ciompi & Glenn Mehrbach  (other event)
02/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Samar Yorde Erem - Soy saludable - Gables  (author appearance)
Samar Yorde | 02/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/13/2016, 04:30 pm | Hooked On Books | Islamorada, FL

Booksigning with Ron Brechner  (author appearance)
Ron Brechner | 02/13/2016, 11:00 am | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Meet UGA Alumnus and Southern Author Tom Poland: GEORGIALINA  (author appearance)
Tom Poland | 02/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club  (book club)
02/13/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
02/13/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Arcadia Press event featuring MARILYN BALL & BILL ALEXANDER  (author appearance)
Marilyn Ball | 02/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

RICHARD KRAWIEC, KATHERINE SONIAT & contributors present INTIMACY  (other event)
02/13/2016 | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

George Hodgman – Bettyville  (author appearance)
George Hodgman | 02/13/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Lindsay Starck – Noah’s Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 02/13/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: David Burnsworth - Burning Heat: A Brack Pelton Mystery  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 02/13/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Signing: Susan Mills Wilson - Her Lying Eyes  (author appearance)
Susan Mills Wilson | 02/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with Dr. Gretchen Eick author of Maybe Crossings  (author appearance)
Dr. Gretchen Eick | 02/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Colorful Love: A Valentine’s Day Coloring Night at Avid  (other event)
02/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

ROSS HOWELL, Jr. presents FORSAKEN  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/14/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Alafair Burke Booksigning  (author appearance)
Alafair Burke | 02/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/15/2016, 01:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Parnassus Book Club - Vanessa and Her Sister  (book club)
02/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mary Lois Timbes Adshead- An Appreciation of Harper Lee & Discussion of Go Set a Watchman  (other event)
02/16/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Tuesday Murder Club Book Group discusses Billy Boyle by James R. Benn  (book club)
02/16/2016, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of Persuasion by Jane Austen  (book club)
02/16/2016, 10:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars: Leadership Challenges in the College Sport Industry with Deborah Stroman  (other event)
02/16/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

COMIX CLUB  (book club)
02/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dr. Pauletta Bracy - On Multicultural Magnificence  (author appearance)
Dr. Pauletta Bracy | 02/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

An Evening with Carl Safina  (author appearance)
Carl Safina | 02/16/2016, 07:30 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Why We Love Romance Novels - A Panel Discussion  (other event)
02/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Thesderina McGurglestein presents Garden Of Verses  (author appearance)
Thesderina McGurglestein | 02/17/2016, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Mary Frances Berry - FIVE DOLLARS AND A PORK CHOP SANDWICH: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy  (author appearance)
Mary Frances Berry | 02/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

ED TARKINGTON presents ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 02/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Cooks & Books: Lunch with Toni Tipton-Martin  (author appearance)
02/17/2016, 01:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: David Cross  (author appearance)
David Cross | 02/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Melanie Benjamin - The Swans of Fifth Avenue  (author appearance)
Melanie Benjamin | 02/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
02/17/2016, 06:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Dr Lisa Damour at Harpeth Hall School  (author appearance)
Dr Lisa | 02/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mark Johnson- Apprehensions & Convictions: Adventures of a 50-Year-Old Rookie Cop  (author appearance)
Mark Johnson | 02/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Illustrator R. Gregory Christie: FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE  (author appearance)
R. Gregory | 02/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraTaylor Brown signs Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

okraJoshilyn Jackson Book Launch  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 02/18/2016, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

MEREDITH LEIGH presents THE ETHICAL MEAT HANDBOOK  (author appearance)
Meredith Leigh | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Melanie Benjamin – The Swans of Fifth Avenue  (author appearance)
Melanie Benjamin | 02/18/2016, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: Ed Tarkington - Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

okraRoss Howell Jr - Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with C.J. Redwine author of The Shadow Queen  (author appearance)
C.J. Redwine | 02/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraCharles Todd Booksigning.  (author appearance)
Charles Todd | 02/19/2016, 07:00 am | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Booksigning with James Dworkin  (author appearance)
James Dworkin | 02/20/2016, 11:00 am | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Special Story Time with Author Henry Cole: THE SOMEWHAT TRUE ADVENTURES OF SAMMY SHINE  (author appearance)
Henry Cole | 02/20/2016, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Avid Poetry Series: Margaret Ross, Rosalie Moffett, and Robby Bailey  (author appearance)
Margaret Ross, | 02/20/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE MARAUDERS  (book club)
02/20/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraJOSHILYN JACKSON & SARA GRUEN in conversation *ticketed event*  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 02/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Ben Spencer - The Brick Mason's Sons  (author appearance)
Ben Spencer | 02/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Sunday Sleuths Book Club  (book club)
02/21/2016, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Lincoln Peirce – Big Nate Blasts Off  (author appearance)
02/21/2016, 03:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

WRITERS AT HOME READING SERIES  (other event)
02/21/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Poets Respond to Race with AL BLACK & LEN LAWSON  (other event)
02/21/2016, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

okraRoss Howell Jr. - Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/21/2016, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Peter Golden presents Wherever There Is Light  (author appearance)
Peter Golden | 02/22/2016, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Tim Dorsey - Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/22/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Writers' Coffeehouse with JAKE BIBLE  (writers group)
02/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Arne Weingart author of Levitation for Agnostics  (author appearance)
02/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Dr. Eugenio Rothe - Vampiros: ¿Por qué se volvieron tan populares en nuestra cultura?  (other event)
02/23/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Hannah Papp presents The Mystical Backpacker : How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World  (author appearance)
Hannah Papp | 02/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Author Celeste Fletcher McHale: THE SECRET TO HUMMINGBIRD CAKE  (author appearance)
Celeste Fletcher | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Tim Dorsey signs Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/23/2016, 07:30 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Marisa Marchetto - ANN TENNA  (author appearance)
Marisa Marchetto | 02/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of On the Road  (book club)
02/23/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

RICHARD JUDY presents THRU: AN APPALACHIAN TRAIL LOVE STORY  (author appearance)
Richard Judy | 02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Patricia Bell-Scott - The Firebrand and the First Lady  (author appearance)
Patricia Bell-Scott | 02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Travis Mulhauser: SWEETGIRL  (author appearance)
Travis Mulhauser | 02/23/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Victoria Schwab author of A Gathering of Shadows  (author appearance)
Victoria Schwab | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraHarry Kollatz Interviews Ross Howell About His Richmond-Based Historical Novel: Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Laura Mullen - COMPLICATED GRIEF  (author appearance)
Laura Mullen | 02/24/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Salon@615 with Debbie Macomber author of A Girl's Guide to Moving On  (author appearance)
Debbie Macomber | 02/24/2016, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Ariel Lawhon author of Flight of Dreams  (author appearance)
Ariel Lawhon | 02/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraTaylor Brown (FALLEN LAND) in Conversation with Kent Wascom (SECESSIA)  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 02/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraRoss Howell Jr. discusses his new historical novel, Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

SUSAN DENNARD & VERONICA ROSSI Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Veronica Rossi | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses THE STORY OF MY TEETH  (book club)
02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

William Henry Curry - On NC Symphony  (other event)
02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

A Community Conversation on Climate Change with Jedediah Purdy and After Nature  (author appearance)
Jedediah Purdy | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

David Burnsworth  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 02/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Katy Simpson Smith author of Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 02/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Authors Brett Lauer & Monica Fambrough: FAKE MISSED CONNECTIONS and SOFTCOVER  (author appearance)
Brett Lauer | 02/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

DENNIS COVINGTON presents REVELATION  (author appearance)
Dennis Covington | 02/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robin Moore - In Search of Lost Frogs  (author appearance)
Robin Moore | 02/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

WomanKind 2016  (other event)
02/26/2016, 04:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

STORYTIME WITH DIANE OCHILTREE - IT'S A SEASHELL DAY!  (author appearance)
Diane Ochiltree | 02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Georgia Author Nicole Castroman: BLACKHEARTS  (author appearance)
Nicole Castroman | 02/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sacrificial Poets Voicebox Youth Slam  (other event)
02/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

PETER LAURENCE presents BECOMING JANE JACOBS  (author appearance)
02/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Christine McKinley - Physics for Rock Stars  (author appearance)
Christine McKinley | 02/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jacar Press Poets - A Trio of Talent  (other event)
02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Tim Dorsey author of Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Carole Boston Weatherford: Freedom in Congo Square  (author appearance)
Carole Boston | 02/28/2016, 02:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

NANCY DILLINGHAM & CELIA MILES present IT'S ALL RELATIVE  (author appearance)
Nancy Dillingham | 02/28/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

NCPS Reading Series  (other event)
02/28/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Katy Simpson Smith - Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 02/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Julia Claiborne Johnson author of Be Frank With Me  (author appearance)
Julia Claiborne | 02/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Trudy Nan Boyce presents Out Of The Blues  (author appearance)
03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Julie Smith (editor), Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, O'Neil DeNoux, and Maurice Ruffin: New Orleans Noir: The Classics  (other event)
03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Ben Ratliff with Mac McCaughan, -Every Song Ever  (author appearance)
Ben Ratliff | 03/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Paul Goldberg -The Yid  (author appearance)
Paul Goldberg | 03/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Ashley Warlick  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 03/02/2016, 12:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

okraChris Offutt discusses and signs his book, My Father the Pornographer  (author appearance)
Chris Offutt | 03/03/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Meet the Author: David K. McDonnell  (author appearance)
David K. | 03/04/2016, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Meet the Author: David K. McDonnell  (author appearance)
David K. | 03/05/2016, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Mari Redondo - Menopause & M.A.R.I. - Gables  (author appearance)
Mari Redondo | 03/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

National League of American Pen Women Boca Branch Book Talk  (other event)
03/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

okraMeet Author Ross Howell, Jr.: FORSAKEN  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 03/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

C.S. Harris signs her book, When Falcons Fall  (author appearance)
03/05/2016, 01:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Shilpi Somaya Gowda -The Golden Son  (author appearance)
Shilpi Somaya | 03/05/2016, 04:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Katy Simpson Smith discusses and signs her book, Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 03/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Bart Ehrman -Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Garden District Book Shop Book Club  (book club)
03/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Bart Ehrman – Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/12/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

RANDY WAYNE WHITE  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Pajama Story Time with Picture Book Author & Illustrator: Philip and Erin Stead  (author appearance)
Phillip and | 03/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Atlanta Author Trudy Nan Boyce: OUT OF THE BLUES  (author appearance)
Trudy Nan | 03/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Author Virginia Reeves: WORK LIKE ANY OTHER  (author appearance)
Virginia Reeves | 03/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Randy Wayne White Booksigning.  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Global Georgia Initiative: Paul Sutter – LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS GULLIES: PROVIDENCE CANYON AND THE SOILS OF THE SOUTH  (author appearance)
Paul Sutter | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Erik Larson – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/26/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

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