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{On the pleasures of reading slowly.}

In which a woman has a spell and blocks the grocery store aisle, Mr. Charles Blow likes to linger over his literature, the Grimke sisters are run out of the Holy City, Mr. Jamie Kornegay admits he is the most congenial when everyone else is still asleep, and her ladyship, the editor, gives a little test.

October 5, 2014

Dear readers,

Here is a little quiz for you. What, besides being written by southerners, and of course being great books you want to read, do these books have in common?

Flying ShoesFlying Shoes by Lisa Howorth

Soil by Jamie Kornegay

The Last Days of Video by JeremyHawkins

The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your guess and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a selection of SIBA Book Award books. (As a hint, scroll down to Jamie Kornegay's note in the Author 2 Author section)

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.

Each Shining HourEstelle

As I approached, I could see that getting past her was going to be difficult. The woman, bless her heart, was large, blocking part of the grocery aisle. Her askew and drifting cart was barricading the rest of it.

She seemed lost to another world, intensely focused on a mid-shelf item. And there was something about the red spandex covering her lower half that was difficult to ignore. Even though her vibrant and oversized Christmas-themed sweater hung sloppily past her considerable hips, the spandex was clearly not the most complementary fashion choice, like memory foam that had lost its memory. For anywhere in the South, and especially for here in Watervalley, Tennessee, the outfit took unabashed flamboyance to a new level. Moreover, although the scent was pleasant, she had apparently chosen to marinate herself in perfume.

Absorbed in the moment, she was oblivious to my presence. I was about to utter a simple “excuse me” when suddenly the woman bolted upright. She jerked violently with a convulsion that seemed to start at her ankles and rippled viciously up through her entire body, ending with a fierce shuddering of her head and hands.

“Sweet Jesus,” she exhorted, “that was a big one!” She took a deep breath, regaining herself. After a stunned moment, my doctor instincts kicked in.

“Ma’am, are you okay?”

I had startled her, if that was possible given what I had just witnessed, and she gasped lightly. Then, just as quickly she responded with radiant animation.

“Oh, hi, sugar! I did not see you standing there.”

“Ma’am, do you need to sit down?”

She smiled broadly and flipped her hand airily toward me.

“No, no, no, I’m fine, sweetie. I was just having one of my moments.” I gauged her to be about fifty and despite her robust size she had a lively, pretty face with near perfect chocolate brown skin. She wore no shortage of holiday-colored bracelets and beads and ornate earrings, all of which were adventurous by Watervalley standards but just short of gaudy. And despite her gushy delivery she spoke with a subtle articulation that wasn’t the norm for around here. It had definitely been molded in an urban setting.

She reclaimed her wandering shopping cart and smiled warmly at me again, speaking with another quick gesture of her hand. “You have a nice day!” Then with an emphatic, cheery nod she proclaimed, “Happy holidays,” and was off.

--Jeff High, Each Shining Hour (New American Library, 2014) 9780451419279

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Book & Author Gossip

Semifinalists announced for Thomas Wolfe literary award

King's MountainFor the first time in the history of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, the Western North Carolina Historical Association selected ten semifinalists for the 2014 prize.

This year's semifinalists were chosen from an original group of 28 nominations. The semifinalists encompass a broad range of genres including novels, poetry, history, true crime and guidebooks. The semifinalists are:

"The Mountains to the Sea Trail Across North Carolina," Danny Bernstein,
"Blue Ridge Mountain Trails of NC: Guide to Music etc," Fred Fussell with Steven Kruger et al, Flora, Gail Godwin,
"Kings Mountain," Sharyn McCrumb
"Its Day Being Gone," Rose McClarney
"The Road From Gap Creek," Robert Morgan
"Met Her On The Mountain," Mark Pinsky
"The Bird Dreamer," Michael Francis Reagan
Guests on Earth," Lee Smith,
"The History of Medicine in Asheville," Freeman Irby Stephens.

Charles M. Blow: By the Book

Fire Shut Up in My BonesI was a slow reader, and still am. I can't read a powerful, beautiful sentence and move on. I must linger. I will read it again, and then a third time. I take a long time to read books that I love, and I rarely finish books I don't love.

USC Fall Literary Festival

Columbia’s literary life will get a little livelier in October when the University of South Carolina holds its 15th Fall Literary Festival. This year’s readings begin on Thursday, Oct. 9, with Eliza Griswold and continue with Ron Rash on Oct. 16 and Tony Hoagland on Oct. 30.

The Red Clay Reader Fall book Club

Red Clay Readers' fall book clublooks at the stirring coming-of-age story One Mississippi"One Mississippi" by Alabama native Mark Childress. Based in the 1970s, the book centers around teenager Daniel Musgrove, who has moved to a small Mississippi town in time for the court-ordered integration of the state's schools. As the story unfolds, Musgrove works his way through high school with a good friend - and commits a small crime that threatens to damage the whole town. Are you wondering how a 1970s-era story relates to 2014 in Alabama? Throughout October we will take a look at the book and in-depth topics it breeds, from interracial relationships to how homosexuality is approached in Alabama schools today.

It's time for Charleston to reclaim the Grimke sisters.

On Slavery and AbolitionAngelina was born 13 years after Sarah, and shared her views - and was much more vocal about it. Eventually, as adults they escaped the South and moved to Philadelphia (Sarah left first, Angelina followed 13 years later). They became Quakers, but soon found even that group stifled their beliefs too much. In 1831, they began to read anti-slavery papers. When Angelina wrote to one publication's editor, praising his work, she found her private letter published in a subsequent issue. The sisters had found their voice. Soon, Angelina wrote an "Appeal to Southern Women," reminding her audience that although they could not vote, they were the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of the men who made all the decisions. They should exert their influence, Angelina wrote, as she was trying to exert hers. When her "Appeal" was published in 1837, copies were publicly burned in Charleston. Their mother was warned the sisters would be arrested if they ever showed their face in the Holy City. They would never return.

NC Literary Hall of Fame

Four poets will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines.  Betty Adcock, Ronald H. Bayes, Jaki Shelton Green and Shelby Stephenson will join the 53 previous inductees. According to organizers, “The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year.” A list of inductees, as well as samples of their work and video clips of past inductions, can be found online at http://www.nclhof.org.

An interview with Karen Abbott

Liar Temptress Soldier SpyThe idea of female traitors had been unthinkable before the war began. War, like politics, was men’s work, and women were supposed to be among its victims, not its perpetrators. Women’s loyalty was assumed, regarded as a prime attribute of femininity itself, but now there was a question—one that would persist throughout the war—of what to do with what one Lincoln official called “fashionable women spies.” Their gender provided them with both a psychological and physical disguise; while hiding behind social mores about women’s proper roles, they could hide evidence of their treason on their very person, tucked beneath hoop skirts or tied up in their hair.

 

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STARS Authors

STARSWhat are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

John J. Davis

Sheri CastleJohn J. Davis is the author of the Granger Spy Novel series, including Blood Line and the soon to be published sequel, Bloody Truth, available Spring 2015. Davis grew up in the Southeastern US and after university traveled extensively in North America during his career as a regional sales rep and independent broker for leaders in the transportation, shipping and pharma industries. His years sitting in lobbies and airports honed his skill for human observation and fed his talent for writing fast-paced, character-driven stories. His inspiration for the Granger family-of-spies comes from the people he has known and his family roots in the Carolinas—the extraordinarily strong and gentle women and men, whose lives are defined by the love, trust and respect for family. Currently at work on the third Granger Spy Novel and a screenplay, Davis lives near Atlanta with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

Request John for a book club or event

John's Profile Page on STARS

Blood LineBlood Line

“Sharply written, with characters that readers will be happy to see again.” —Kirkus Reviews Blood Line is a high-voltage spy thriller that redefines rogue—the Granger Spy Novel series introduces a loving family with lethal issues caught in the crosshairs of global arms dealers. When a simple home invasion turns out to be not so simple, Ron Granger must put aside his quiet rural life and return to the Central Intelligence Agency. Aided by his brilliant wife, Valerie, and resourceful teen daughter, Leecy, Ron must quickly decide who to believe among the calculating opportunists, shrewd criminals, and power-hungry rival agencies racing to possess the technology that will change modern warfare forever. But when Leecy is kidnapped, Ron and Val must choose between the mission and a rescue. With time quickly running out, Ron only knows one thing: When you can’t trust anyone else, trust your family.

See the full list of authors in the STARS Program online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Serena Movie Trailer

Serena“Macbeth moves to the Depression-era Great Smoky Mountains in the finest novel yet by Ron Rash. Ambitious newlywed timber moguls George and Serena Pemberton ravage the mountain landscape while savaging their competitors and fiercely resisting allies of the budding conservation movement. Filled with Shakespearean levels of deception, cruelty, and retribution (mountain-style), Serena speaks to current times with its portrait of modern business greed colliding with a very old land and its inhabitants.”-- John Grooms, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Each Shining Hour
by Jeff High

Each Shining HourWelcome to the timeless charms of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee—where young Dr. Luke Bradford is beginning to feel at home… 

When he comes to the aid of a woman at the grocery store, Luke is fascinated to learn she is Estelle Pillow, the cheery sister to his prickly housekeeper, Connie. Estelle wants to open a bakery in town—and Connie’s disapproval of the venture stirs up a whirlwind of emotions between the siblings. But Luke’s attention is soon diverted when he learns about a long-ago double murder. . .

During World War II, an unknown traveler arrived in town, and before the day was over, he and the local baker lay dead near the bandstand at the local lake. The incident has since been exaggerated into Watervalley lore—with the newcomer rumored to have been a German spy. As Luke pieces together exactly what happened, he realizes that the consequences of this event have rippled painfully into the lives of townsfolk he has come to know.

As winter gives way to spring, Luke keeps busy at the medical clinic and enters a tentative, exhilarating romance. And when his support of Estelle’s bakery collides with new revelations about the old murder, Luke witnesses the true power of reconciliation working in the hearts of those he holds dear—a revelation that will change his life.

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More Okra Picks!


Recommended Reading from Fountain Bookstore, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and Quail Ridge Books

A Deadly WanderingRecommended, by Kelly Justice from Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Virginia

I know we're all tired of hearing phrases like that about books, but I really believe this book can change lives and save lives. Matt Richtell has written an investigative book on the use of cell phones while driving.  It is as compelling as it is damning. A Deadly Wandering shows that there is now enough scientific evidence to support that driving while texting and talking on the phone (even speaker phone) can be as deadly or even more deadly than driving drunk. I have personally almost been hit several times while walking by a texter or phone user.  You probably have too.  This book proves that no one can both drive and use their phone at the same time and not be a danger to others and themselves. We can move the needle on this one, my friends. Please read it. Because, really: what a stupid way to die.

Brown Girl DreamingThe Booksellers at Laurelwood (posted to their facebook page):

Every now and then, a book comes along that you love and know that you MUST share. Jacquline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming" is one of those. We here at the Booksellers know that books have the power to change lives. We also believe that sharing books like this one fosters empathy, while empowering readers young and old to tell their stories, and listen to -- and learn from -- each other. We invite you to read "Brown Girl Dreaming" with us this October, and hope that this book moves you same way it has moved us

Recommended from the staff at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Power and the GloryFrom Nancy: Back on my Graham Greene kick, I read The Power and the Glory (Penguin $15), which contains an insightful introduction by John Updike. The novel takes place in 1930's Mexico, when the government abolished religion, destroying church buildings and persecuting its priests. One last priest is on the run from the Red Shirts. He refers to himself as “the whiskey priest” (indicating one of his weaknesses) and is the character upon whom the novel's most important moral questions center. Considered Greene's masterpiece, it is one of Time Magazine's top hundred books published since 1923.

Memories and ScenesFrom Julia: Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers by Jacob Dinezon (Jewish Storyteller Press $19.95). Transport yourself to another time, place and culture with these heart-warming stories written by the “uncle” of modern Yiddish literature. Jacob Dinezon introduces us to his colorful village characters and teaches us life-lessons, sharing memories of his childhood that are both humorous and uplifting. With this first-ever English translation, it becomes apparent that this friend and mentor of the accepted giants of Yiddish literature deserves recognition of his own for these superbly written gems. These are to be savored! (Publisher Scott Davis joins us with the book this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.)

Small BlessingsFrom Sarah: Set on the idyllic campus of a women's college in the mountains of Virginia, Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof (St. Martin's $25.99) is a charming first novel with characters who are both sympathetic but also deeply wounded by life's arbitrary injustices. Will they risk their limited, mostly comfortable lives for a chance at greater happiness but also the possibility of humiliation and failure? NPR's Woodroof has written a poignant story about the lives of lovely, imperfect people and their difficult choices. (We'll welcome Woodroof with the book Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m.)

Two from Mamie: Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert (William Morrow $25.99). Naomi has been one step away from being a successful jazz singer for a decade while her daughter, Sophie, deals with the instability and emotional roller coaster of Naomi's quest for fame. Set in Chicago in the sixties, and told from alternating viewpoints of mother and daughter, Rotert's debut novel will break your heart.

A Soldier of the Great WarI was gratified to see that one of my top ten favorite books made the list of recommended books about World War I from Shelf AwarenessA Soldier of the Great War (Mariner $16.95) by the very brilliant writer, Mark Helprin, is the story of Alessandro Giuliani, an Italian soldier, prisoner of war, and ultimately a deserter during The Great War. Set in the 1960s, Alessandro, a college professor, explores his past through a random friendship with a young uneducated factory worker he meets on the road. (You can find links to the rest of the list here.)

 

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Jamie Kornegay Goes to SIBA wearing a different hat

Jamie Kornegay 

SoilI’m no stranger to book trade shows. I've been to the nationals and regionals, L.A. to New York, Chicago to New Orleans. I've made the rookie mistake of taking too many galleys. I've waited in long lines for signed books, and I've wandered the booths in a blank stupor. During all of those visits -- eight years selling for the famous Square Books in Oxford, and the latest eight for my own store, Turnrow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi -- I was determined to one day attend as an author.

It finally happened this year at SIBA in Norfolk, where I was invited to preview my first novel, Soil, coming in March 2015 from Simon & Schuster. Maybe it's a testament to the familial nature of bookselling that it was an easy shift from bookseller to author.

I write in the quiet dark before dawn, before the kids go to school and before the bookstore opens. I need and crave that lonesome time. I'm never a more functional, cooperative human than when I'm on task and the words are flowing.

Bookselling, on the other hand, is a public endeavor. It's where I reconnect with people, test out ideas, and even collect (steal) bits for my stories. Similarly, the trade shows are a great way to come out of your cave and rejoin the wider bookselling world. It's a time to mine new ideas and tactics, to strengthen connections and forge new ones.

My publisher reps were among my most generous advocates at Norfolk. They're all excited for my book. Most have read it, or are reading it, and now they're crossing company lines to tell booksellers about it.

For me, it affirms their love of books and their abiding friendship. Their sales calls to Greenwood are like visits from old friends. Many are former booksellers themselves, so they understand the challenges I face. They visit so many other stores that they have a solid understanding of the business from a retail and corporate vantage. I think of them as the warm glove on the cold hand of business.

I also ran into several writer friends who'd been to Turnrow over the summer -- Patti Callahan Henry, Michael Pitre, Karen White -- and they were all enthusiastic at my turn as published writer. So it felt appropriate to stand behind the author's table and sign galleys at SIBA's First 180 Days party. It was my first official event in conjunction with the novel, and I was relieved that I knew the drill. Here is where the solitude of creation and the exhibitionism of sales dovetailed.

As I was signing, a bookseller cleverly asked, "Sell this to me as if I were in your store."

Here it was, the sale to be made, just like any other book I love. "Think the Coen Brothers meet Crime and Punishment – in Mississippi," I said, reciting the publisher marketing spiel. And then I began to riff. "It concerns an organic farmer and his estranged wife and son. There's a flood and a dead body. A hasty cover-up and a horny deputy. It reads quick with a care for language. It bounces and twists along on a string of misperceptions. It masquerades as a thriller – not a whodunit so much as, Okay, how the hell are we getting out of this one?"

The bookseller was intrigued enough to pick up a copy, something to take home and consider selling in her own store. Cha-ching! How fun is this gonna be, I thought, when I have a stack to put at the register back at Turnrow?

So I guess what I learned pulling double duty at SIBA is that being an author selling his book isn’t so different from being a bookseller selling someone else’s book. Just like reading is akin to writing. We take these wonderful ideas and experiences into our own private darkness, explore and consume and refashion, and then bring them back into the light to share with everyone. It's a great day job that I just can't quit.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending September 28, 2014. 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. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
okra2. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447
3. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
4. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594633119
5. Personal
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780804178747
6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385352109
7. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
8. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
9. The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell, Random House, $30, 9781400065677
10. Wolf in White Van
John Darnielle, FSG, $24, 9780374292089
11. The King's Curse
Philippa Gregory, Touchstone, $28.99, 9781451626117
okra12. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780
13. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95, 9780399167065
14. The Long Way Home
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250022066
15. The Secret Place
Tana French, Viking, $27.95, 9780670026326

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
2. World Order
Henry Kissinger, Penguin Press, $36, 9781594206146
3. 13 Hours
Mitchell Zuckoff, Twelve, $28, 9781455582273
4. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
5. Factory Man
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316231435
6. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
Ali Almossawi, Alejandro Giraldo (Illus.), The Experiment, $14.95, 9781615192250
7. What If?
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 9780544272996
8. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Geoffrey C. Ward, Knopf, $60, 9780307700230
9. The All-Day Energy Diet
Yuri Elkaim, Hay House, $25.95, 9781401945688
10. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success
Steve Harvey, Amistad Press, $25.99, 9780062220325
11. Ocean
Dan Kainen, Workman, $25.95, 9780761180517
12. The Mockingbird Next Door
Marja Mills, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205194
13. A Spy Among Friends
Ben Macintyre, Crown, $27, 9780804136631
14. One Nation
Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson, Sentinel, $25.95, 9781595231123
15. This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein, S&S, $30, 9781451697384

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
4. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
5. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
6. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239
7. This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper, Plume, $16, 9780142181713
8. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper Perennial, $10, 9780062349538
11. This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088260
12. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341570
13. The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143125778
14. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319
15. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9780553393613

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812974492
3. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
4. The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $22, 9781416547877
5. One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $16.95, 9780767919418
6. Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
Jennifer Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761174417
7. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
8. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
9. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $18, 9780812981483
10. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
11. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
12. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
13. Still Foolin' 'Em
Billy Crystal, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250051844
14. The Heart of Everything That Is
Bob Drury, Tom Clavin, S&S, $17, 9781451654684
15. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609

MASS MARKET

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
4. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543240
5. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. Hamlet
William Shakespeare, Washington Square Press, $5.99, 9780743477123
8. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
9. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
10. W Is for Wasted
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425271575

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Llama Llama Trick or Treat
Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books, $5.99, 9780451469786
4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. Otis and the Scarecrow
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163968
6. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
Keith Richards, Theodora Richards (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316320658
7. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
8. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803735842
9. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375
10. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Skink--No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780375870514
2. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
3. Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685160
4. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
5. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
6. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545669931
7. Where She Went
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780142420898
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
9. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685153
10. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
2. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
3. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
4. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894
5. Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda)
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419709333
6. Four: A Divergent Collection
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062345219
7. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, Book 2)
Rick Yancey, Putnam Juvenile, $18.99, 9780399162428
8. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545504904
9. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
10. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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Wolf in White Van
The King's Curse
The Invention of Wings
Factory Man
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The All-Day Energy Diet
Ocean
The Mockingbird Next Door
A Spy Among Friends
One Nation
A Land More Kind Than Home
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The Art of Racing in the Rain
This Dark Road to Mercy
Dark Places
The Girl You Left Behind
Fahrenheit 451
One Summer: America, 1927
Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal 
Kingdom
The Devil in the White City
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies
Hamlet
A Clash of Kings
1984
W Is for Wasted
On the Night You Were Born
Love You Forever
Little Blue Truck


Events

Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

MARK SCHIMMOELLER presents SLOWSPOKE  (author appearance)
Mark Schimmoeller
10/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Russell C. Weigel III - Capital For Keeps - Gables  (author appearance)
Russell C. Weigel III
10/09/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

YOGA NIGHT with MELISSA CARROLL  (author appearance)
Melissa Carroll
10/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

What*s Your Story? A Reading  (other event)
10/09/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Barbara Barnes Sims  (author appearance)
Barbara Barnes Sims
10/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Oliver A. Houck - DOWNSTREAM TOWARD HOME: A Book of Rivers  (author appearance)
Oliver A. Houck
10/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

T Cooper signs REAL MAN ADVENTURES  (author appearance)
T. Cooper
10/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading   (other event)
10/09/2014, 08:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Rick Najera- Almost White  (author appearance)
Rick Najera
10/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

E.C. Hanes- Billy Bowater  (author appearance)
E.C. Hanes
10/09/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Randy Russell Event  (author appearance)
Randy Russell
10/10/2014, 07:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Southern Exposure: A Flannery O'Connor Portrait Zine Reading  (author appearance)
Laura Relyea
10/10/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy - YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WITHOUT MY COFFEE  (author appearance)
Grace Millsaps
10/10/2014, 05:30 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Joint Reading and Discussion for LGBT History Month  (other event)
10/10/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Flyleaf YA Book Club discusses The Miseducation of Cameron Post (in belated honor of Banned Book Week)!  (book club)
10/10/2014, 05:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Southern Festival of Books  (book festival)
10/10/2014, 12:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
Alison McGhee
10/11/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Author and TV Personality Scott C. Marlowe Presents Cryptozoology: The Study of Enigmatic Animal Life  (author appearance)
Scott C. Marlowe
10/11/2014, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books

Star Wars Reads Day  (other event)
10/11/2014, 10:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Pamela Druckerman - Bringing up Bebe - Gables  (author appearance)
Pamela Druckerman
10/11/2014, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Howard & Ellen Goodman - Disoriented - Gables  (author appearance)
Howard & Ellen Goodman
10/11/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Ada Limón, Michael Robins, and Adam Clay  (author appearance)
Ada Limón
10/11/2014, 07:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Bonnie Warren and Cheryl Gerber  (author appearance)
Bonnie Warren
10/11/2014, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - DANGEROUS VISIONS  (book club)
10/11/2014, 10:30 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
10/11/2014, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Tim Keim discusses The Dynamic Dozen: 12 Accessible Yoga Poses for Building Bone Density, Strength, and Balance  (author appearance)
Tim Keim
10/11/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Catherine Farley - Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island  (author appearance)
Catherine Farley
10/11/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Heath Lee - Winnie Davis  (author appearance)
Heath Lee
10/11/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Storytime with Ellen Fischer  (other event)
10/11/2014, 11:00 am
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Southern Festival of Books  (book festival)
10/11/2014, 10:00 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

TOMMY HAYS in conversation with PAT SCALES  (author appearance)
Tommy Hays
10/12/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Amina Gautier - Now We Will Be Happy - Gables  (author appearance)
Amina Gautier
10/12/2014, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

YA for not-so-Y-As Book Club: THE 39 DEATHS OF ADAM STRAND  (book club)
10/12/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Bob Garner discusses his book Food That Makes You Say Mmm-mmm  (author appearance)
Bob Garner
10/12/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Carolyn Schwartz – It’s Been On My Mind  (author appearance)
Carolyn Schwartz
10/12/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Rebecca Petruck - Steering Toward Normal  (author appearance)
Rebecca Petruck
10/12/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Southern Festival of Books  (book festival)
10/12/2014, 12:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

MYSTERY Book Club discusses DEADLIEST OF SINS  (book club)
10/13/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Paul Williams & Tracey Jackson - Gratitude and Trust - Gables  (author appearance)
Tracey Jackson
10/13/2014, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Young Adult Book Club!  (book club)
10/13/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Tim Duffy signs WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS!  (author appearance)
Tim Duffy
10/13/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

PlayMakers discussion of Into The Woods and A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (other event)
10/13/2014, 06:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Howard Fuller--No Struggle No Progress  (author appearance)
Howard Fuller
10/13/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Salon@615 Special Edition - Martina McBride  (author appearance)
Martina McBride
10/13/2014, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Elsie's Barista Book Club  (book club)
John Green
10/14/2014, 09:00 am

Jay Asher- 50 States Against Bullying Event  (author appearance)
Jay Asher
10/14/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Barbara Dorman  (author appearance)
Barbara Dorman
10/14/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Rabbi Herbert Baumgard - The Miracle of Jesus and the Miracle of the Early Hebrew Prophets - Gables  (author appearance)
Herbert Baumgard
10/14/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Second Tuesday Poetry Night  (other event)
10/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Grace Hawthorne- Shorter's Way: a Political Love Story About Rambunctious Georgia Politics in the 1920s  (author appearance)
Grace Hawthorne
10/14/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Margaret Thornton signs CHARLESTON  (author appearance)
Margaret Thornton
10/14/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Marjorie Belson discusses her memoir Nothing Is Promised  (author appearance)
Marjorie Belson
10/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

okraDiane Chamberlain- The Silent Sister  (author appearance)
Diane Chamberlain
10/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Middle Grade Mania - Three Authors in One Night  (author appearance)
Rebecca Petruck
10/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Terrence Holt -Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories  (author appearance)
Terrence Holt
10/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author event with Stephen Mansfield, author of The Miracle of the Kurds  (author appearance)
Stephen Mansfield
10/14/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Hank Phillippi Ryan Booksigning  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
10/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Learn about the Amelia Bloomer Project: Recommending Feminist Literature from birth to age 18  (other event)
10/15/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Carl Hiassen - SKINK--NO SURRENDER  (author appearance)
Carl Hiassen
10/15/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

James McPherson signs EMBATTLED REBEL  (author appearance)
James McPherson
10/15/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities' Humanities in Action: Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, with Stanley W. Black, Lurcy Distinguished Professor of Economi  (other event)
10/15/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

okraCHOP NC featuring Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region  (author appearance)
Marcie Ferris
10/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

TIFFANY REISZ & ANDREW SHAFFER-   (author appearance)
Andrew Shaffer
10/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Donald McCaig – Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind  (author appearance)
Donald McCaig
10/15/2014, 06:30 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Carolina McMullen - Vicenta De Paul  (author appearance)
Carolina McMullen
10/15/2014, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Donald McCaig- Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Noel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind  (author appearance)
Donald McCaig
10/15/2014, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

James and Kimberly Dean- Pete the Cat and the New Guy  (author appearance)
James Dean
10/15/2014, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jimmy Creech -Adam's Gift  (author appearance)
Jimmy Creech
10/15/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Parnassus Book Club - Ordinary Grace  (book club)
10/15/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Boarding Pass to Murder  (book club)
Esmahan Aykol
10/16/2014, 05:00 pm

INKWOOD'S Official Book Club!  (book club)
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Meet Author Olivia deBelle Byrd at the Athens-Clarke County Library  (author appearance)
Olivia deBelle Byrd
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

October Book Club- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay  (book club)
10/16/2014, 07:30 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

Hank Phillipi Ryan signs Truth Be Told  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Michael A. Ross- The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era  (author appearance)
Michael A. Ross
10/16/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Jasper Fforde signs EYE OF ZOLTAR (Dragonslayer #3)  (author appearance)
Jasper Fforde
10/16/2014, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Wesley Satterwhite  (other event)
10/16/2014, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Jeff Babcock discusses his mountaineering memoir Should I Not Return  (author appearance)
Jeff Babcock
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

MARGARET BRADHAM THORNTON presents her debut novel CHARLESTON  (author appearance)
Margaret Thornton
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Bookends Book Club Discusses Green Mansions  (book club)
10/16/2014, 04:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Debra Tate - Sharon Tate: Recollection  (author appearance)
Debra Tate
10/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

James M. McPherson- Embattled Rebel  (author appearance)
James M. McPherson
10/16/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author event with Angela Doll Carlson, author of Nearly Orthodox  (author appearance)
Angela Doll Carlson
10/16/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Book Club -The Dovekeepers  (book club)
10/17/2014, 09:00 am
Copperfish Books

Clifton Meador  (author appearance)
Clifton Meador
10/17/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Gerald E. Poyo - Exile and Revolution - Gables  (author appearance)
Gerald E. Poyo
10/17/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Anjanette Delgado - The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho  (author appearance)
Anjanette Delgado
10/17/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Meet the Author of THE NEVER GIRLS Series: Kiki Thorpe  (author appearance)
Kiki Thorpe
10/17/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA


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