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{Passing through the waters.}

In which Ms. Karen White overcomes her fear of the ocean, Mr. Mitch Kaplan has a formula for the perfect bookstore, and Mr. Barry Moser picks his top five Southern memoirs.

November 15, 2015

In This Issue

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

Dearest Readers,

Many of you are no doubt looking ahead to the holiday season at this particular moment. Thinking about Christmas gifts and planning dinner menus. Digging out the holiday decorations and trying to coordinate your schedules and plans with your extended family and friends. Given the recent news and the kind of year we have had, you are also most likely thinking off all the things you have to be grateful for, all the blessings in your life. If you live in South Carolina and are drinking water from your own tap, then you are doubly thankful.

It hardly seems possible that only a little over a month ago people in South Carolina were hit by "the October Storm" -- a deluge of rainfall that broke hundred-year records and left thousands of people flooded out of their homes and stranded without access to clean, drinkable water. In Columbia, where the offices of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance are located, SIBA folks endured for five days without water that was safe to drink or to wash in. Hundreds of people lost homes and businesses to flooding. 

When You Pass Through the WatersSouth Carolina author Nicole Seitz was lucky. She remained high and dry in her home in Mount Pleasant. Her brother-in-law, forty minutes away and on lower ground, was not lucky. The creek overflowed and entered his home, filling it with two feet of water. Nearly everything was lost, and the family of four was displaced. They moved in with parents while the damage could be assessed and the home rebuilt.

The widespread flood damage became personal to Seitz, and she wanted a way to help not just her family, but people who had suffered loss from the deluge. So she contacted friends who, being writers and more to the point, being southerners, jumped at the chance to help. 

One month later, When You Pass Through Waters was created. The anthology is inspiring and thought-provoking as the 18 beloved and bestselling authors share their water-related memories, fears, and wisdom. Her ladyship's readers will see many familiar and much-loved names among the contributors: Karen White, Marjory Wentworth, Cassandra King, Brett Lott, Julie Cantrell, Fred Bassett, Batt Humphreys, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, as many more. The cover artwork was done by Nicole Seitz, who is also an artist, illustrator, and art teacher.

A meditation on water, an anthology of heartfelt poetry and prose such as only a group of southerners could create, and a gesture of love and respect for people in need. Proceeds of sales of the book go towards helping victims of the flooding in South Carolina.

Find out more about the book here

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 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.

When You Pass Through the WatersTerra Firma

I lived a landlocked childhood, my glimpses of the ocean rare occasions that I dreaded as much as I anticipated. Maybe that's what fueled my perception to almost mythical proportions. If familiarity breeds contempt, maybe the unknown fuels the imagination. My memories of sitting on the shore with my grandmother, the salty-breeze on my face, the calming rhythm of the waves in my ears, battled with the terror of being set adrift in deep water. 

It was irrational, I knew. My friends loved going to the beach. And then, as I grew older, my friends continued the tradition with their children. Not wanting my own children to be left out, I began selecting a coastal destination for each vacation: Jekyll Island, Hilton Head, Kiawah, Folly Beach, Isle of alms. To my great surprise, I fell in love with the Lowcountry. It had me at the first smell of the pluff mud.

--Karen White, "Terra Firma" in When You Pass Through Waters, edited by Nicole Seitz (Water Books, 2015) 9780996940207

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Book & Author Gossip

The Southern books on the Kirkus Best Fiction of 2015 


My Sunshine Away"Celebrate, fiction lovers: The gods of Southern gothic storytelling have inducted a junior member." The 1989 rape of a 15-year-old golden girl profoundly alters her suburban Baton Rouge neighborhood and all those who love her. Read full book review >

PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls"Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake." Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter's scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again. Read full book review >

THE PINCH by Steve Stern

The Pinch"Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction." The Pinch—for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis—has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. Read full book review >

MINNOW by James E. McTeer II

Minnow"An evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up." A young boy sets out on an almost mythical quest through a vividly imagined American South in this debut novel. Read full book review >


Capitol Book & News to close

We've spent over 40 years (37 of them as owners of Capitol Book) in a business we love, and now we want to take it easy for a while. We're really looking forward to it. Our only regret is that we won't have an independent bookstore to visit in Montgomery. "Well, that's not our only regret. We'll miss all of you, too. You have meant more to us than you can ever know. We owe nearly everything we have to you, and we'll never forget it.... Thank you for every minute of the past 37 years.

Take time for Sunday Dinner

Sunday DinnerA few tablespoons of fig balsamic vinegar, some pinches of Herbes de Provence, a dash of Angostura bitters: Those might be the most highfalutin ingredients in Sunday DinnerBridgette A. Lacy's inspiring new meditation on the merit of meals shared with friends and enjoyed over the course of a restorative afternoon. 

The Books & Books Formula for creating a bookstore

What is your formula for creating an engaging independent bookstore? Well, it's all about place. I'm not just a retailer. For me, it's the sense of community and I think that's a part of the formula. The formula, it's not something you can manufacture. It has to come from a place, real and genuine. It's almost like being a writer. You have to have a real and genuine voice. As a retailer, you have to have a genuine voice as well. I think authenticity is really what people respond to.

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Author 2 Author: Barry Moser's Top Five Southern Memoirs

Barry Moser’s Top Five Southern Memoirs

We Were BrothersPreeminent illustrator Barry Moser’s first memoir, We Were Brothers (Algonquin Books), was published earlier this fall. Moser was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other museums around the world. He has illustrated and/or designed over 350 books, including Moby-Dick, Frankenstein, The Divine Comedy, and the King James Bible. His edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland won a National Book Award. He is currently Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Art and the printer to the college at Smith College. 


One Writer's Beginnings1. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

I am sure that this book ranks first place on many lists of favorite Southern memoirs, but simply stated, it ranks with Ben Shahn’s The Shape of Content as one of the most important and instructional books I have ever read. 

North Toward Home2.  North Toward Home by Willie Morris

Willie and I made similar journeys from the deep South to what he called “the Kingdom of the Yankee” (though his fondness for Manhattan was considerably greater than mine). North Toward Home resonated deeply with me—and warmly. I have found my spiritual home here in Massachusetts among Yankees, and I intend to stay, but I do still yearn for things southern from time to time (friends, food, and manners, mostly). 

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 3.  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

This was one of the most intense lessons in what it was like to be black—to be a slave—in the antebellum South. As a white man it made me deeply ashamed. Douglass wrote some of the most vivid visual prose I’ve ever encountered.

The Death of Santini 4. The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

To bring the character I came to know through The Great Santini (Bull Meecham) into my life as a real human being (Donald Patrick Conroy) was deeply satisfying and deeply unsettling. I can say the same for the brutal honesty Conroy serves up: both disturbing and refreshing. 



Hold Still5. Hold Still by Sally Mann

Mann’s honesty, like Conroy’s, is brilliantly intense. I was particularly struck by the balance she achieves between the emotional issues of her life, her family, historic issues, anecdotes, her meditations on her philosophies of her work habit, and the technical aspects of her work. Her prose is peppered with splendid turns of phrase. A sampling: “the forgiving scrim of recall,” “the miraculous quotidian,” and “felicitous, gift-giving chance.” The philosophy she teaches her students could be an overview of her book: “photograph what is important, what is closest to you, photograph the great events of your life.”  9780316247764


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Meet Clay Stafford

Clay StaffordAs a writer, Clay has written articles, poetry, essays, novel adaptations, TV series, feature films, nonfiction books, live theater, book & film reviews, and newspaper articles. He sold his first short story when he was ten for a whopping $15. Since then, his retellings of American children’s classics released through Dalmatian Press have sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone. His films and literary works have been released in over 14 languages. He has written for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Esquire Magazine, among others. His latest deal was with Sony Pictures for a new nighttime TV drama. He is currently working on several literary projects, including a screenplay based upon Pork Pie Hat by bestselling horror / mystery author Peter Straub. As an editor, he has edited several PBS companion books that accompanied national series and is currently editing a mystery/thriller anthology with new stories from bestselling authors such as Jeffery Deaver, Jefferson Bass, Donald Bain, Heywood Gould, and Robert Dugoni. A voracious reader, he reviews an average of one book per day for Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day series. Because of all his activities, Publishers Weekly named Clay as one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” (Source: Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013) Though he has made money from writing his whole life, he has had a double profession as an actor before becoming a producer / director and still retains a certain amount of residual celebrity status from his appearances on such shows as the daytime soap Days of Our Lives and TV specials such as Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery with Martin Mull.

Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded 

Killer Nashville NoirBestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paula Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called. Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more… Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades... This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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The Southerner's CookbookFrom Garden & Gun, the magazine that features the best of Southern cooking, dining, cocktails, and customs comes this heirloom-quality guide to the traditions and innovations that define today's Southern food culture, with more than 100 recipes and full-color photography throughout.

From hole-in-the-wall Mississippi fried chicken joints to North Carolina roadside barbeque stands to sophisticated New Orleans Creole restaurants, the South has long been celebrated for its culinary diversity. In The Southerner's Cookbook, the editors of the magazine that is defining a new generation of Southern food culture immerses readers in the places, people, and ingredients that have shaped the South's food traditions.

Feast on twenty-five of Garden & Gun's best chef-sourced recipes from acclaimed Southern chefs as well as seventy-five all-new recipes developed exclusively by the magazine. Enjoy mouthwatering game and meat dishes, main courses, soups and stews, vegetables and sides, pickles and preserves, and desserts, as well as traditional cocktails and party bites that will be the hit of any get-together.

The editors of Garden & Gun offer their own creative twists and updates on tried-and-true classics rabbit-instead-of-chicken and dumplings or Po boys transformed into party canapes. Each recipe in The Southern Cookbook tells a story about the food and its origins, whether it's uniquely regional dishes like sonker Piedmont, North Carolina's take on cobbler or Minorcan chowder, Florida's own version of clam chowder. The Southerner's Cookbook also offers easy-to-follow instructions for traditional Southern food preparations from roasting a whole hog to throwing a low-country boil as well as essays from many of the magazine's notable contributors like Julia Reed and John T. Edge, and Rick Bragg; regional Southern cuisine maps; classic ingredient combinations (Watermelon & Salt, Pork Rinds & Hot Sauce); and a full glossary of Southern cooking terms to help you eat like a true Southerner.

As beautiful as it is practical, The Southerner's Cookbook offers much more than just a collection of recipes it is a true reflection of the South's culinary past, present, and future.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

Books on the November Indie Next List

The Muralist#1 Pick: The Muralist: A Novel, by B.A. Shapiro
(Algonquin Books, 9781616203573, $26.95)

“With the same level of intrigue and attention to detail that drew readers to The Art Forger, The Muralist focuses on the early days of WWII and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism. Shapiro brings to life New York City artists Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, who are both inspired by the novel’s brave and talented protagonist, Alizee Benoit. As these struggling artists find traction within their trade, Benoit attempts to bring awareness to the plight of European refugees and to defuse anti-Semitic politics in the U.S. through her art. Moving from past to present, readers will cheer for Benoit’s grandniece, Danielle, who is researching her family history to find the truth about Alizee’s mysterious disappearance and shed light on the sacrifices and contributions she made through art. Shapiro delivers another fascinating and compelling story.” —Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

Slade HouseSlade House: A Novel, by David Mitchell
(Random House, 9780812998689, $26)

“Every nine years, on the last Saturday in October, an iron gate appears in Slade Alley. It is small and easy to miss, but every nine years someone is looking for it and for the promises and mysteries it offers. Like all ghost stories, the end to this tale is inevitable, but anticipation is an opiate. Who will be trapped next? What form will the deception take? With Slade House, Mitchell adds another layer to a tightly wound fictional universe cast with the characters of his previous works. With each new novel, past, present, and future seep into one another, but the center holds.” —Adie Smith, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

Dear Mr. YouDear Mr. You, by Mary-Louise Parker
(Scribner, 9781501107832, $25)

“Parker’s debut memoir is a poetic revelation about being human. The casual wordplay is barefoot and silly at times, but equally substantial and pervasive. Her one-way correspondences about loved ones, ancestors, and strangers are kind, doting, and frank, and the chapters roll out like sentinels from Parker’s life of artistry and her examination of womanhood. She woos the reader with concise language that both charms and offends, but will not back down. I am smitten!” —Jilleen Moore, Square Books, Oxford, MS


Speed KingsSpeed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World,by Andy Bull
(Avery, 9781592409099, $26.95)
“What a ride! And what unforgettable characters — a Rhodes scholar who boxed and won gold medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics; a high-society playboy; a Hollywood has-been; and the star of them all, who was born with a silver spoon and turned it into gold medals racing anything that went fast. Bull covers the lives of his speed kings from London, Hollywood, St. Moritz, and the Pacific with great depth and breadth, including the development of bobsled racing with all of its real dangers. An excellent read for anyone who loves sports, is interested in history, or simply appreciates well-crafted books.” —Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC

And West Is WestAnd West Is West: A Novel, by Ron Childress
(Algonquin Books, 9781616205232, $26.95)

“Ethan is a young Wall Street quant who writes an algorithm that allows his company to profit from the financial upheaval caused by antiterrorist strikes. Jessica is a young Air Force drone pilot who is discharged because she has discussed a questionable UAV strike in a letter to her father. This book is a powerful wake-up call to understand how fear, greed, and war inform our technological advances. Childress has truly earned his PEN/Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.” —Karen Tallant, Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN

Carrying Albert HomeCarrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, by Homer Hickam
(William Morrow, 9780062325891, $25.99)

“This thoroughly delightful story chronicles Hickam’s parents’ road trip from their coal-mining town in West Virginia to Orlando, Florida, to return Elsie Hickam’s pet alligator, Albert, to a home in a more suitable climate. Along the way, the travelers — Homer Sr., Elsie, Albert, and an elusive rooster — encounter famous American authors, movie stars, and minor league baseball teams and become embroiled in union strikes and bank robberies. It’s hard to say what is true and what isn’t, but either way, Carrying Albert Home is a very enjoyable journey!” —Lori-Jo Scott, Island Bookstore, Kitty Hawk, NC

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 8. 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.


1. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. See Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $27, 9781455520619
4. Slade House
David Mitchell, Random House, $26, 9780812998689
5. A Banquet of Consequences
Elizabeth George, Viking, $28.95, 9780525954330
6. City on Fire
Garth Risk Hallberg, Knopf, $30, 9780385353779
7. Career of Evil
J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, Mulholland, $28, 9780316349932
8. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
9. The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks, Viking, $27.95, 9780670025770
10. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
11. The Lake House
Kate Morton, Atria, $28, 9781451649321
12. After You
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780525426592
13. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
14. Welcome to Night Vale
Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Harper Perennial, $19.99, 9780062351425
15. Felicity
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $24.95, 9781594206764


1. M Train
Patti Smith, Knopf, $25, 9781101875100
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
4. The Witches
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $32, 9780316200608
5. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
6. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
7. Brave Enough
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $16.95, 9781101946909
8. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
9. My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, Random House, $28, 9780679456209
10. Notorious RBG
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Dey Street, $19.99, 9780062415837
11. A More Perfect Union
Ben Carson, Candy Carson, Sentinel, $26.95, 9781591848042
12. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
Elvis Costello, Blue Rider, $30, 9780399167256
13. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
14. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
15. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Carrie Brownstein, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486630


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
2. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
3. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455559817
4. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, Picador USA, $16, 9781250074843
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
6. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
7. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
8. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9781101964873
9. Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
Susan Elia MacNeal, Bantam, $15, 9780804178709
10. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
11. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
12. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15.99, 9781451673319
okra13. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

14. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
15. The Best American Short Stories
T.C. Boyle, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner, $14.95, 9780547939414


1. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
4. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
5. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
6. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
7. One Nation
Ben Carson, Sentinel, $15, 9781595231222
8. Do Unto Animals
Tracey Stewart, Lisel Ashlock (Illus.), Artisan, $19.95, 9781579656232
9. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
10. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Broadway, $15.99, 9781101905494
11. Voices from Chernobyl
Svetlana Alexievich, Picador USA, $16, 9780312425845
12. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
13. Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens
Nikolett Corly, Nikolett Corley, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
14. The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle, New World, $15, 9781577314806
15. Fantastic Cities
Steve McDonald (Illus.), Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452149578


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
2. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
3. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
5. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
6. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
7. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
8. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
9. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017


1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Little Tree
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163975
5. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062304186
6. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335
7. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
8. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues
James Dean, Kimberly Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062304308


1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
2. Crenshaw
Katherine Applegate, Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250043238
3. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016
4. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
5. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
6. Carry On
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $19.99, 9781250049551
7. The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illus.), Disney/Hyperion, $14.99, 9781484722848
8. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278
9. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein, Yearling, $6.99, 9780307931474
10. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
3. Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (Dork Diaries, #10)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781481457040
4. I Really Like Slop! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $9.99, 9781484722626
5. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
7. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780142425831
8. The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763665111
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
10. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $8, 9780316201568

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Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

The Natural Wonders of Charlotte County, a presentation by Charlie Sobczak  (author appearance)
Charlie Sobczak | 11/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Debbie Diesen presenting The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish  (author appearance)
Debbie Diesen | 11/18/2015, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Avid & THE GEORGIA REVIEW present Author Julia Elliott  (author appearance)
Julia Elliott | 11/18/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Eberhard Lo Faber   (author appearance)
Eberhard Lo Faber | 11/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Don Winslow with THE CARTEL  (author appearance)
Don Winslow | 11/18/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
11/18/2015, 06:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Travel Talk: Cuba, with Adeline Talbot  (other event)
11/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Meet Author Valerie J. Frey: PRESERVING FAMILY RECIPES: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions  (author appearance)
Valerie J. Frey | 11/19/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Tanwi Nandini Islam: Bright Lines  (author appearance)
Tanwi Nandini Islam | 11/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

okraTom Piazza with A FREE STATE  (author appearance)
Tom Piazza | 11/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

George Singleton discusses his newest story collection, Calloustown  (author appearance)
George Singleton | 11/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Will Read for Food! with the UNCG MFA Faculty  (other event)
11/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Strangers On a Bridge Book Signing   (author appearance)
Mary Ellen Donovan Fuller | 11/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Winston Groom  (author appearance)
Winston Groom | 11/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Avid Poetry Series  (other event)
11/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Avid Poetry Series: Shamala Gallagher and Carrie Lorig  (author appearance)
11/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Dasha Kelly reads from Almost Crimson  (author appearance)
Dasha Kelly | 11/20/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Open House  (other event)
11/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Deborah Diesen - THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH  (author appearance)
Deborah Diesen | 11/20/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Al Povall with A TAPESTRY OF RED AND BLUE  (author appearance)
Al Povall | 11/20/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot  (author appearance)
Ari Berman | 11/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Is Social Media Making Us Anti-Social? -conversation with Natasha Nicole Lake  (other event)
11/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Live Music featuring Al Watson  (other event)
11/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Litchfield Holiday Gift Books Review with the Litchfield Books Staff  (other event)
11/20/2015, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Banned Book Club  (book club)
11/21/2015, 10:00 am | Blue Ridge Books

Wine & Cheese Party- Robert N. Macomber's 10th Annual Central Florida Reader Rendezvous  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 11/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Sara Foster with FOSTER'S MARKET FAVORITES  (author appearance)
11/21/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Freckles & the Great Beach Rescue- with Ellen Lloyd and special appearance by Freckles!  (author appearance)
Ellen Lloyd | 11/21/2015, 11:00 am | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Meet the Author - Ben Matthews  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 11/21/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Meet the Author featuring Steve Doughty  (author appearance)
Steve Doughty | 11/21/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Wine Tasting  (other event)
11/21/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Johnathon Scott Barrett   (author appearance)
Johnathon Scott Barrett | 11/22/2015, 01:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Rick Bragg  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg | 11/22/2015, 05:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber | 11/22/2015, 01:30 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

New & Notable Book Club: THE WITCHES by Stacy Schiff  (book club)
11/22/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

An Evening with Mitch Albom - THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO  (author appearance)
Mitch Albom | 11/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Poets Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar and J. Scott Brownlee  (author appearance)
Dorianne Laux | 11/22/2015, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Live Music featuring Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
11/22/2015, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Patricia Vermillion with HOUND DAWG  (author appearance)
Patricia Vermillion | 11/23/2015, 03:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Book Lovers Club at Flyleaf discuss How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan  (book club)
11/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

NC Writers Network Open Mic  (other event)
11/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Author DL Havlin  (author appearance)
DL Havlin | 11/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Book Club of the Fantastic: DUPLEX by Kathryn Davis  (book club)
11/24/2015, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kidliterate Book Club: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley, And Me, Elizabeth  (book club)
11/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Peggy Scott Laborde and Judi Bottoni - NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MOMENTS (Launch!)  (author appearance)
Judi Bottoni | 11/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jon Meacham Book Signing  (author appearance)
Jon Meacham | 11/24/2015, 12:00 pm | Reed's Gum Tree Bookstore | Tupelo, MS

Jon Meacham | 11/24/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov  (book club)
11/24/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Tony Reevy and Pablo Delano, The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano  (author appearance)
Tony Reevy | 11/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Kate Alcott -A Touch of Stardust  (author appearance)
Kate Alcott | 11/28/2015, 03:00 pm | Blue Ridge Books

Cynthia Carris Alonso - Passage to Cuba - Gables  (author appearance)
Cynthia Carris | 11/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

The YA Book Club Christmas Party discussing The Maze Runner by James Dashner  (book club)
11/28/2015, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Shawn Gibson   (author appearance)
Shawn Gibson | 11/28/2015, 01:00 pm | Diana's Bookstore | Elkin, NC

Charlie Lovett: The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett | 11/28/2015, 10:30 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Celebrate Indies First  (author appearance)
Anna Burger | 11/28/2015, 11:00 am | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

Guest Booksellers from the Chincoteague Island Writer's Project!   (other event)
11/28/2015, 02:00 pm | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

11/29/2015, 12:00 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

David Brock - Killing the Messenger - Gables  (author appearance)
David Brock | 11/30/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Photographer Ken Abbott- Useful Work  (author appearance)
Ken Abbott | 11/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Alex Wolff -The Audacity of Hoop and the Age of Obama  (author appearance)
Alex Wolff | 12/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

David Baldacci presents The Guilty  (author appearance)
David Baldacci | 12/02/2015, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Todd Mouton - WAY DOWN IN LOUISIANA: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music  (author appearance)
Todd Mouton | 12/02/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Sara Foster -Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 12/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Katherine Clark & Pat Conroy  (author appearance)
Katherine Clark | 12/03/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Johnny Moore -100 Things Duke Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die  (author appearance)
Johnny Moore | 12/03/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author James Dashner: THE GAME OF LIVES, Book 3 of The Mortality Doctrine  (author appearance)
James Dashner | 12/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Daniel de Visé – Andy and Don  (author appearance)
Daniel de Visé | 12/04/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Carolina Writers at Home  (other event)
12/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Wine Tasting  (other event)
12/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Tom Poland Author of Georgialina  (author appearance)
Tom Poland | 12/04/2015, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Ann Woodford -When All God’s Children Get Together  (author appearance)
Ann Woodford | 12/05/2015, 03:00 pm | Blue Ridge Books

Meet the Author: Jason Vines  (author appearance)
Jason Vines | 12/05/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day  (other event)
12/05/2015, 10:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Wine Tasting  (other event)
12/05/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Anna Burger  (author appearance)
Anna Burger | 12/05/2015, 01:00 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

PoetryLocalMic  (other event)
12/06/2015, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Book Club -- Miss Emily  (book club)
12/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Manger Mouse with Special Guest  (author appearance)
Sarah Martin | 12/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Diana's Bookstore | Elkin, NC

NancyKay Wessman  (author appearance)
NancyKay Wessman | 12/08/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Barry Saunders -And the Horse You Rode in On Saunders  (author appearance)
Barry Saunders | 12/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Robert N. Macomber Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 12/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Judy Hogan--The Sands of Gower  (author appearance)
Judy Hogan | 12/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Dick Schmidt & Dean Mosher  (author appearance)
Dick Schmidt | 12/11/2015, 05:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Flyleaf YA Book Club discusses Going Bovine  (book club)
12/11/2015, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Meet the Author: Kay Stone  (author appearance)
Kay Stone | 12/12/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Story Time with Santa Claus and Miss Rachel  (other event)
12/12/2015, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
12/12/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Meet the Author featuring Lou Sahadi  (author appearance)
Lou Sahadi | 12/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Avid Poetry Series: Meghan Lamb, Ginger Ko & Jay Morris  (author appearance)
12/15/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Live Music featuring Beardby  (other event)
12/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Authors Round the South


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