Lady Banks

On telling the stories that deserve to be remembered

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{On telling the stories that deserve to be remembered.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, moves outdoors, Mr. Robert Inman pleads guilty, and Ms. Sharyn McCrumb tries to tell the stories that deserve to be remembered.

April 20, 2014

Dear readers,

The weather has warmed up enough for her ladyship, the editor, to relocate to her other home office [picture].  She is sometimes asked why she never leaves the house. The picture should make that clear.

Home Office

What you can't see in the photograph, because the stack is behind the laptop computer on the deck table, is the stack of books her ladyship keeps to hand to read whenever she grows tired of staring at her Facebook feed and twitter page. In the stack this week are books by a couple writers who recently passed away:

The Cloud Forest One Hundred Years of Solitude

So if her ladyship is a little slow in responding to emails and instant message alerts, now her readers know why.

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.

PopularI first met Kenzie two years ago on the first day of school. She was sitting alone, wearing a studded belt, and her frizzy hair was pulled back into a menacing ponytail. All I could think was, "Gosh, I hope she doesn't kill me." Little by little our classes forced us together and we soon became close, although it's clear that she could still take me out in a fight. She's really cool despite her dark aura. She's my opposite in every way, but she's one of the few people who doesn't make me feel like an outsider.

Seeing my Hispanic facial features but light skin, kids here ask if I'm Mexican. I answer that my mom is half, so that meakes me a quarter. Actually, my mother is a mix of English, French, Spanish, Jewish, Mexican Indian, and African. I'm not sure how you classigy that, but on her it's beautiful. For me, in a school district that is 98 percent Hispanic, I'm told I don't have enough of the right DNA to be part of team-Latino. Ironically, off the border, I consider myself mexican.

Maybe with Kenzie being Korean, me not being Mexican enough, and neither of us with sufficient knowledge of Spanish to ask directions to a bathroom, we connected by not fitting in anywhere else.

--Maya Van Wagenen, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (Dutton, 2014) 9780525426813

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Book & Author Gossip

Elizabeth Spencer wins Rea Award

Starting OverElizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize. The 92-year-old Spencer has won the Rea Award for lifetime achievement in short fiction, the Dungannon Foundation announced Monday. Previous recipients include John Updike, Alice Munro and Spencer's longtime friend, Eudora Welty.

A native of Mississippi who now lives in North Carolina, Spencer has published nine novels and eight story collections. Her latest book of stories, "Starting Over," came out earlier this year. She is best known for the novella "Light In the Piazza," which has been adapted into a feature film and Broadway show. The Dungannon Foundation is a nonprofit established in 1986 by the award's founder, Michael Rea, to administer the prize.

Sharyn McCrumb receives Hobson Prize

The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter“As a native North Carolinian, I have always been interested in the history and folklore of the Carolina mountains. There are wonderful, little-known stories in western NC, and significant people who never got the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she explains. “I try to tell the stories that deserve to be remembered. Most of my recent works are concerned with the idea of preserving and sharing North Carolina’s heritage.” 9780451403704

Come Landfall

Come Landfall"Growing up in Mobile, my uncle, through his absence, was an enduring presence. My mother had been extremely close to her older brother and there were photographs of him in military dress on our mantle. That I was named for him always made me feel a special connection. As a child, I only knew that he had been a prisoner of some sort and never came home. As I got older, I learned that he’d been in Corregidor with the 4th Marines, part of the Allied forces that fell to the Japanese. After more than two years in a POW camp in Manila, he was marched with others onto what became known as a “hellship” for transport to Japan as slave labor. Although my uncle was ultimately declared lost at sea, it was many years later that a more detailed letter came from the Department of the Navy explaining that Roy had died on an “unmarked Japanese ship …bombed by American aircraft … the remains of Major Robinton were non-recoverable.” The story, still forever shrouded in mystery, left an open wound in my family that never truly healed.” 9780817318307

A failed southern belle

The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to LifeA Southern belle never wears white after Labor Day. Her slip never shows; she is never disheveled, and her hair is always perfectly arrayed. “If I could have been her, my mother would have died happy,” says the novelist Cassandra King.






Robert Inman pleads guilty

The Governor's LadyAuthor Robert Inman has received extensive national acclaim since leaving journalism and politics behind, but if his latest effort seems like a return to the “old days,” he’ll happily plead “guilty.” It was not just his writing that returned home, but Inman himself.

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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.

Mark Hainds

Mark HaindsMark was raised as the sixth generation on a small, diversified farm in Missouri. He is a lifelong hunter, fisher, and trapper. Mark has lived and worked in Alabama and Georgia since he started an MS program in Forest Biology from Auburn University in 1992. He has worked since 1995 as a Research Associate with Auburn University and Research Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance. His professional career has mainly focused on the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, with much of his research focused on artificial regeneration of longleaf pine and understory restoration of native herbaceous species.

Request Mark for a book club or event

Mark's Profile Page on STARS

The Year of the PigThe Year of the Pig

"Feral pigs threaten vast portions of U.S. ecosystems, so Hainds, a forester, did good by spending 2007 hog-hunting in 11 states. Hainds’ anecdotes, titled by a tree of each different ecosystem, wield dry humor and the admirable values of a farmer’s son to critique the current state of hunting. His sympathetic intelligence suffuses this seriously funny nonfiction."--Sierra Club

"Hainds is an avid (obsessed?) outdoorsman who has written this fun book of hunting tales featuring wild hogs as the quarry. While I have read many of the classic hunting stories, from Archibald Rutledge to Tom Kelly, I'm unaware of any that feature the hog. Thus, this book is a welcome addition to the genre. However, what is really special about the book is how the author weaves some serious current environmental concerns and ecological ideas, as well as discussions of hunters' ethics, into his descriptions of the chase. . . . With any luck, the enjoyable nature of these hunting stories will carry the more important messages of correct hunting behaviors and environmental awareness farther into the thicket than it has already penetrated."--Mobile Press-Register

"Year of the Pig provides an enjoyable and educational read to hunters and invasivores alike, filled with riveting accounts and useful tips on pursuing and preparing feral pigs."

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

Rockin a Hard Place

Rockin a Hard PlaceJohn Jeter was a burnt-out journalist living in Florida when his younger brother, who once saved Jeter's life by donating one of his kidneys, telephoned with life-altering news: he found the perfect spot in Greenville, South Carolina, for the concert hall they always dreamed of opening a nearly abandoned cotton mill fluttering with pigeons . . . and potential.

Rockin' a Hard Place is the story of The Handlebar, an intimate "listening room" that has presented thousands of artists John Mayer, Joan Baez, Zac Brown, and Sugarland among them and hosted a quarter-million fans since its opening in 1994. A promoter's memoir, this is the story of a na ve plunge into an industry that Hunter S. Thompson once called a "cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free."

With a wry and irreverent voice, Jeter describes the concert business from the bottom of its food chain, where one band's backstage demand includes "one hamster dressed like Indiana Jones


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Bookstore Gossip

What's selling at Books & Books

SparkyWe are doing really, really well with Sparky by Jenny Offill, which came out in March. We sold out of our initial order in a couple of weeks. It’s a picture book about a girl who thinks she’s very cool because her pet is so different from anyone else’s – it’s a sloth. Chris Appelhans’s cover art is wonderful – it shows a sloth lying on a tree branch doing what sloths do: nothing at all. The girl does everything she can think of to coax her pet to do something, and the frustration on her face is very funny. We have the book on display, and adults just crack up when they read it – and kids do too. It’s a very endearing book about how we’ve got to love others for what they can offer. 9780375870231

JourneyAnd Aaron Becker’s Journey is a picture book I love pushing. The illustrations are gorgeous, and it’s one of those books that I still get chills reading. We’re located southwest of Miami, and our customer base is very multicultural. Since it is wordless, I recommend this as a book that parents can read in any language. We have many Spanish-language customers, and I’m from Haiti, and am hearing more and more French and Creole spoken in this area. 9780763660536


Tween Panel Extravaganza with Fountainhead Books

What I Came to Tell YouAccording to the attendees, the Tween Panel Extravaganza held at the Skyland Cinema in Hendersonville, NC was a wild success.  The SCAT (or Super Cool Authors for Tweens) involved were:  Natalie Lloyd, author of Snicker of Magic (which was just well-reviewed in the NYT Book Review); Donna Gephart, whose newest book is Olivia Bean Trivia Queen; John Thompson, author of The Girl From Felony Bay; Alan Gratz whose newest book is Prisoner B-3087; Tommy Hays with his newest "What I Came to Tell You;" and Deron Hicks, author of the Shakespeare Mysteries.

After the Panel discussion, authors moved to the lobby of the historic Skyland Hotel (Fitzgerald used to stay here) to sign books and talk more with their fans.  There was also a scavenger hunt and a word collecting game.  Kilwins brought ice cream to celebrate Snicker of Magic, and Dancing Bear Toys brought a cool sand garden (tie-in with Girl from Felony Bay) and a trivia game because of Olivia Bean Trivia Queen.

Haiku bamboo nursery provided bamboo in various forms.  Bamboo features prominently in "What I Came to Tell You."

One parent commented that it meant a lot to his children to hear the authors talk about their writing processes and their path to being professional writers.  "They now see that there's no one "right" way to be a writer, and that it takes hard work, passion, and practice."

Pat's Paperbacks closed on Tax Day

Another sad thing happened on Tax Day this year. Pat’s Paperback Exchange, a used book emporium at North 17 Shopping Center, closed April 15 after 32 years in business. Proprietor Pat Malpass said it was just time. “We’ve been treading water for the last two years,” said Malpass, who hadn’t even drawn a salary for the past six months. Lease on the space runs out at the end of the month, so Malpass decided to close on the 15th and spend the rest of the month clearing out

Bookswap of Carrollwood profiled

“Not everyone collects books once they have read them, and people can recycle their books here,” says Cynthia Floyd, who has owned Book Swap since 2007. “Our books are not free, like the library, but our prices are reduced quite a bit.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek  
by Maya Van Wagenen

9780525426813 |  Dutton Books | 04/15/2014

Read the first chapter!

PopularCan curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?

Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out.

Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at "pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here," Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. 

The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.

More Okra Picks!

Read This! Recommendations from Southern Indie Booksellers

Fiction from the 2014 SIBA Book Award Long List (Part I):

A Different Sun
Elaine Neil Orr
Berkley Publishing 

A Murder in Passing
Mark De Castrique
Poisoned Pen Press

A Place at the Table
Susan Rebecca White

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg
Random House

The Alligator Man
James Sheehan
Center Street

And Then I Found You
Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin's Press

Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen

Blood of Heaven
Kent Wascom

Calling Me Home
Julie Kibler
St. Martin's Press

The Check Out
Richard Lester
self published

Duel of the Heart
Rose Tomlin
Evening Post Books

A Different Sun A Murder in Passing A Place at the Table The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion The Alligator Man And Then I Found You Bad Monkey The Blood of Heaven Calling Me Home The Check Out Duel of the Heart

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 13, 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.


1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616203214
2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
okra3. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

4. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
5. In Paradise
Peter Matthiessen, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594633171
okra6. Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780670026111

7. Be Careful What You Wish for
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250034489
8. Frog Music
Emma Donoghue, Little Brown, $27, 9780316324687
9. By Its Cover
Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802122643
10. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
okra11. This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062088253

12. NYPD Red 2
James Patterson, Marshall Karp, Little Brown, $28, 9780316211239
13. Missing You
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953494
14. Carnal Curiosity
Stuart Woods, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399164163
15. Stone Cold
C.J. Box, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399160769


1. Flash Boys
Michael Lewis, Norton, $27.95, 9780393244663
2. Living With a Wild God
Barbara Ehrenreich, Twelve, $26, 9781455501762
3. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
4. 10% Happier
Dan Harris, It Books, $25.99, 9780062265425
okra5. Under Magnolia
Frances Mayes, Crown, $26, 9780307885913

6. How Jesus Became God
Bart D. Ehrman, HarperOne, $27.99, 9780061778186
7. Thrive
Arianna Huffington, Harmony, $26, 9780804140843
8. Big Tent
Mallory Factor, Elizabeth Factor, Broadside, $26.99, 9780062290694
9. A Call to Action
Jimmy Carter, S&S, $28, 9781476773957
10. John Wayne
Scott Eyman, S&S, $32.5, 9781439199589
11. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549
12. Bourbon
Dane Huckelbridge, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062241399
13. Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, $24.99, 9780062024350
14. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
15. The Doctor's Diet
Travis Stork, M.D., Bird Street, $25.95, 9781939457035


1. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
2. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
3. The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead, $17, 9781594632341
4. The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $15, 9780812979510
5. The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062132475
6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
7. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Bantam, $15, 9780345528681
8. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
9. A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki, Penguin, $16, 9780143124870
10. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
11. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
12. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
13. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491
okra14. Z
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250028662

15. Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947475


1. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
2. Behind the Beautiful
Forevers Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
3. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $16, 9781451617535
4. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
5. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
6. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
7. The Plantagenets
Dan Jones, Penguin, $18, 9780143124924
8. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
9. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812986181
10. Total Body Transformation
Michelle Bridges, Zinc Ink, $23, 9780553392609
11. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $17.99, 9781451666175
12. Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker, University of California Press, $29.95, 9780520274044
13. Gulp
Mary Roach, Norton, $15.95, 9780393348743
14. On This Day in Outer Banks History
Sarah Downing, History Press, $14.99, 9781626192829
15. Reasons My Kid Is Crying
Greg Pembroke, Three Rivers Press, $15, 9780804139830


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
3. Never Go Back
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246329
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Mythology
Edith Hamilton, Grand Central, $10, 9780446574754
6. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
8. The English Girl
Daniel Silva, Harper, $9.99, 9780062073181
9. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
10. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741


1. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
Mo Willems, Disney Press, $16.99, 9781423190875
2. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
Kimberly Dean, James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198679
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter
Victoria Kann, HarperFestival, $4.99, 9780062187727
7. Frozen (Big Golden Book)
Bill Scollon, Disney Storybook Artists (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $9.99, 9780736430654
8. God Gave Us Easter
Lisa Tawn Bergren, Laura J. Bryant (Illus.), Waterbrook Press, $10.99, 9780307730725
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. Richard Scarry's Bunnies
Richard Scarry, Golden Books, $8.99, 9780385385183


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
2. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
okra4. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426050

5. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
okra6. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, $16.99, 9780803736719

7. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763660406
8. Rush Revere and the First Patriots
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476755885
9. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
10. Here Comes the Easter Cat
Deborah Underwood, Claudia Rueda (Illus.), Dial Press, $16.99, 9780803739390


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
2. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
3. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
4. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711329
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
7. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
8. Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done
Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660512
9. The First Battle (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, #3)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780062063533
10. Big Nate: In the Zone
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996658

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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

Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover
Be Careful What You Wish for
Frog Music
This Dark Road to Mercy
NYPD Red 2
Missing You
Carnal Curiosity
Under Magnolia
Big Tent
John Wayne
Killing Jesus
Learning to Walk in the Dark
The Last Original Wife
The Aviator's Wife
The Great Gatsby
Beautiful Ruins
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
The Power of Habit
Total Body Transformation
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
On This Day in Outer Banks History
Reasons My Kid Is Crying
The English Girl
Under Magnolia
God Gave Us Easter
Where the Wild Things Are
Richard Scarry's Bunnies
Three Times Lucky
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Rush Revere and the First Patriots



Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

David Altshuler - Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World  (author appearance)
David Altshuler
04/25/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Phyllis Green - Fired at 50: A Survivor's Guide Prosperity   (author appearance)
Phyllis Green
04/25/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

AT HOME WITH HARLAN COBEN  (author appearance)
Harlan Coben
04/25/2014, 06:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Andrew Gross Booksigning  (author appearance)
Andrew Gross
04/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Coffee and Cookies with Cokie Roberts: Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies  (author appearance)
Cokie Roberts
04/25/2014, 08:45 am
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Drew Perry signs KIDS THESE DAYS  (author appearance)
Drew Perry
04/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Zachary Lazar signs I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT  (author appearance)
Zachary Lazar
04/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Sonja Condit’s Tale of a Haunted House  (author appearance)
Sonja Condit
04/25/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Katherine Applegate discusses The One and Only Ivan  (author appearance)
Katherine Applegate
04/25/2014, 04:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

04/25/2014, 04:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

TUPELO HONEY Tasting & New Cookbook Booksigning with Brian Sonoskus & Elizabeth Sims  (author appearance)
Brian Sonoskus
04/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

okraAuthor event: Coffee with Cassandra  (author appearance)
Cassandra King
04/25/2014, 12:30 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Stuart Woods- Carnal Curiosity  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods
04/25/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Tim Jackson: Gone Pro: North Carolina  (author appearance)
Tim Jackson
04/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Book Your Lunch with Janette Turner Hospital  (author appearance)
Janette Turner Hospital
04/25/2014, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

okraAnn B. Ross, Author of Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/25/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Myrna Quiles - Twice Out of My Body  (author appearance)
Myrna Quiles
04/26/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Celso Gonzalez-Falla - My Lost Cuba  (author appearance)
Celso Gonzalez-Falla
04/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Phyllis Hain  (author appearance)
Phyllis Hain
04/26/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jen Feuerstein of Save the Chimps  (other event)
04/26/2014, 03:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

CLASSICS BOOK GROUP: Fanny Birney's Evalina  (book club)
04/26/2014, 07:00 pm
A Novel Experience
Zebulon, GA

Jan McCanless  (author appearance)
Janet McCanless
04/26/2014, 11:00 am
Winston-Salem, NC

Author Event - Bart D. Ehrman  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman
04/26/2014, 03:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books & News
Waynesville, NC

Ben Vendetta discusses his rock-influenced novel Wivenhoe Park  (author appearance)
Ben Vendetta
04/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

04/26/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Jane Hubbard Brown – Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish  (author appearance)
Jane Hubbard Brown
04/26/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

okraFrances Mayes – Under Magnolia  (author appearance)
Frances Mayes
04/26/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Katen Matthews signing: The Legend of Lizard Lick: A North Carolina Folktale  (author appearance)
Karen Matthews
04/26/2014, 11:00 am
Moravian Book & Gift Shop
Winston-Salem, NC

Author event: Aretha Thomas - Maintaining You While Loving Him  (author appearance)
Aretha Thomas
04/26/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Ashley English - Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties  (author appearance)
Ashley English
04/26/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

CarolinaKinder's Storytime  (other event)
04/26/2014, 10:30 am
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Shelia P. Moses  (author appearance)
Shelia P. Moses
04/26/2014, 01:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Authors in the Country: Spring 2014  (writers group)
04/26/2014, 11:00 am
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

SC Academy of Authors Induction Ceremony  (other event)
04/26/2014, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author event with Bob Johnson, author of Child of Time  (author appearance)
Bob Johnson
04/26/2014, 01:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Soman Chainani - School for Good and Evil #2   (author appearance)
Soman Chainani
04/27/2014, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Jimmy Santiago Baca - Singing at the Gates: Selected Poems  (author appearance)
Jimmy Santiago Baca
04/27/2014, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
04/27/2014, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

New & Notable Book Club: THE UNAMERICANS by Molly Antopol  (book club)
04/27/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

NC POETRY SOCIETY READING  (author appearance)
04/27/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

North Carolina Poetry Society Readings with Joseph Bathanti & Betty Adcock  (author appearance)
Joseph Bathanti
04/27/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Myra Johnson - Whisper Goodbye  (author appearance)
Myra Johnson
04/27/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Learn About Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Diabetic Alert Dogs with Contributor Capri Smith and Her Working Dog!  (other event)
04/27/2014, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

okraJon Sealy- The Whiskey Baron  (author appearance)
Jon Sealy
04/27/2014, 04:00 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Joseph Uscinski - The People's News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism  (author appearance)
Joseph Uscinski
04/28/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Writing With Intent: Getting to know you-plumbing the depths of your character's possibilities  (writers group)
04/28/2014, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Ellen Gilchrist signs ACTS OF GOD  (author appearance)
Ellen Gilchrist
04/28/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Politics of Food Book Club  (book club)
04/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Kim Church: Byrd  (author appearance)
Kim Church
04/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author event with Sharon Weil, author of Donny and Ursula Save the World  (author appearance)
Sharon Weil
04/28/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Carlos Viola - León Negro  (author appearance)
Carlos Viola
04/29/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Eduardo Montes-Bradley  (other event)
04/29/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Author Kate Nixon  (author appearance)
Kate Nixon
04/29/2014, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books

Teeny Lamothe signs, Teeny's Tour of Pies  (author appearance)
Teeny Lamothe
04/29/2014, 07:00 am
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Dixie Ann Black
04/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Richard Sexton - CREOLE WORLD: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere  (author appearance)
Richard Sexton
04/29/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Michael Parker signs ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD  (author appearance)
Michael Parker
04/29/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Bolton Anthony discusses his book Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life and Aging in the Community  (author appearance)
Bolton Anthony
04/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

YA/Teen Book Club *New*  (book club)
04/29/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

PRB Foodie Book Club - More Bread Please: High-end Dining from the Pro Server's Perspective by Markus Roberts **AUTHOR IN ATTENDANCE**  (author appearance)
Markus Roberts
04/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

John Kasson-  (author appearance)
John Kasson
04/29/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Alena Graedon: The Word Exchange  (author appearance)
Alena Graedon
04/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Leila Cobo - Apunta a las estrellas  (author appearance)
Leila Cobo
04/30/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

BOOK CLUB NIGHT with publishing rep extraordinaire Toni Hetzel!  (book club)
04/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town an Earth Month event co-sponsored by GA WAND  (author appearance)
Ellen Griffith-Spears
04/30/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Ben Tanzer, Lost in Space + Bill Hillmann, The Old Neighborhood  (author appearance)
Ben Tanzer
04/30/2014, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Roy Hoffman - COME LANDFALL  (author appearance)
Roy Hoffman
04/30/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

okraGreg Iles signs NATCHEZ BURNING  (author appearance)
Greg Iles
04/30/2014, 05:30 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Frances Mayes discusses her memoir Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir  (author appearance)
Frances Mayes
04/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

04/30/2014, 05:30 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Author event: Daniel Friedman - Don't Ever Look Back  (author appearance)
Daniel Friedman
04/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Middle Grade Mania  (author appearance)
Kate Samworth
04/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jen McConnel: Daughter of Chaos  (author appearance)
Jen McConnel
04/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

69th Junior League Book and Author Dinner  (other event)
04/30/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Leading up to Poetry Life Weekend  (other event)
05/01/2014, 05:30 pm

Scott Nikolas Nappalos/Monica Kostas - Lines of Work  (author appearance)
05/01/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the DarkBarbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark  (author appearance)
Barbara Brown Taylor
05/01/2014, 07:15 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Because I Said So! Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth  (author appearance)
Annie Oeth
05/01/2014, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books

Alena Graedon discusses her novel The Word Exchange  (author appearance)
Alena Graedon
05/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Kami Kinard signs The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy  (author appearance)
Kami Kinard
05/01/2014, 04:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Book Talk & Signing With Mystery Author Daniel Friedman  (author appearance)
Daniel Friedman
05/01/2014, 05:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

The Craft of Poetry  (author appearance)
Sandra Alcosser
05/02/2014, 10:00 am

Mark Doty and Kevin Young Live on Stage  (book festival)
Mark Doty Kevin Young
05/02/2014, 07:30 pm

The Craft of Poetry  (author appearance)
Kevin Young
05/02/2014, 10:00 am
Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

The Craft of Poetry  (author appearance)
Mark Doty
05/02/2014, 10:00 am
Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota, FL

First Friday Meet the Author: Lawrence Earley  (author appearance)
Lawrence Earley
05/02/2014, 04:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Larry Ketron, Author -Bluffing  (author appearance)
Larry Ketron
05/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Young Voices Poetry Reading  (other event)
05/03/2014, 10:00 am

Community Favorite Poem Reading  (other event)
05/03/2014, 03:00 pm

Above and Beyond Luncheon  (other event)
Mark Doty Kevin Young
05/03/2014, 12:00 pm
Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

Rose Senehi signs Dancing on Rocks  (author appearance)
Rose Senehi
05/03/2014, 12:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Ashton Lee, The Reading Circle  (author appearance)
Ashton Lee
05/03/2014, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Meet the Author: Kay Goldstein  (author appearance)
Kay Goldstein
05/03/2014, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author event: Kim Church - Byrd  (author appearance)
Kim Church
05/03/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

The Quaker Cafe - Author Event and Booksigning with Brenda Remmes  (author appearance)
Brenda Remmes
05/03/2014, 01:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

J. Michael Holloway's Greenville Launch Party  (author appearance)
J. Michael Holloway
05/03/2014, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Paul Hohmann Children's Book Signing  (author appearance)
Paul Hohmann
05/03/2014, 11:00 am
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Ryan Holiday: The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph  (author appearance)
Ryan Holiday
05/05/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Kim Sunee - A Mouthful of Stars  (author appearance)
Kim Sunee
05/06/2014, 05:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

1718 Society - Afton Wilky   (author appearance)
Afton Wilky
05/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Cara Hoffman - BE SAFE I LOVE YOU  (author appearance)
Cara Hoffman
05/06/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Web of Water -Release Event  (author appearance)
John Lane
05/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Author event with David Horowitz, Melissa Cannon, and Donika D. Ross  (author appearance)
David Horowitz
05/06/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

okraGreg Iles, Natchez Burning  (author appearance)
Greg Iles
05/07/2014, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

okraGreg IlesTalk and Signing  (author appearance)
Greg Iles
05/08/2014, 06:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Charles Marsh - Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer  (author appearance)
Charles Marsh
05/09/2014, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Jeff Kinney, Jon Scieszka, Dan Santat & Dav Pilkey  (author appearance)
Dav Pilkey
05/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Robert Talisse and Scott Aikin, authors of Why We Argue (and How We Should)  (author appearance)
Robert Talisse
05/09/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Megan McDonald - JUDY MOODY  (author appearance)
Megan McDonald
05/10/2014, 10:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Gabrielle Zevin - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  (author appearance)
Gabrielle Zevin
05/12/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Children's Book Week - Children's Book Award Discussion  (other event)
05/12/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Marie Rutkoski, Lindsay Smith, Anna Banks, and Katie Finn  (author appearance)
Katie Finn
05/13/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Robin Roberts Signs Everybody's Got Something  (author appearance)
Robin Roberts
05/16/2014, 06:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Indies First Storytime Day with Edward Bloor author of Tangerine  (author appearance)
Edward Bloor
05/17/2014, 11:00 am
Family Book Shop
Deland, FL

Elaine Viets Booksigning  (author appearance)
Elaine Viets
05/17/2014, 06:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Randall Balmer Book Signing  (author appearance)
Randall Balmer
05/19/2014, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Meet the Author: Casey Peeler  (author appearance)
Casey Peeler
05/24/2014, 10:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Wendy Wax  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax
05/30/2014, 02:00 pm
Roswell, GA

Meet the Author: Sarah Downing  (author appearance)
06/14/2014, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

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