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{One loves deepest the finite thing.}

In which Mr. J. Drew Lanham walks the edges in life and in art, Mr. Wayne Flynt regards "intellectual" as a compliment, Parnassus Books offers some resolutions for readers (can one really strength train by hoisting heavy books?) and Mr. Michael Eric Dyson gives a much-needed sermon.

January 15, 2017

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | The List | Okra Picks | The Home Place | Event Calendar | Southern Indie Bestsellers


Dearest Readers

This week, the New York Times published an interview with outgoing president Barack Obama about the importance of books and reading during his tenure in the White House. He called novels " a kind of bridge that might span usual divides" and "a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day."  Judy Blume, when asked about her frequently banned books, said that customers would come up to her in her Key West bookstore to thank her and say "I wouldn't have known anything without your books." And in an interview with Ol' Curiosities Bookshop, the Southern historian and scholar says he "embraces the role of public intellectual" and has a obligation to work for the things his dear friend Nelle Lee valued - the extension of justice, community, tolerance, and racial reconciliation.

Books and the importance and value of a reading life remain strong in our culture -- an up swell of deep passion and commitment and evidence (often overlooked in the fog of the twitter-cloud) of our better natures. Indeed, as anyone who remembers the sixties and seventies can attest, it is in times of adversity and divided beliefs that we become the most eloquent. More than ever we feel the need to make ourselves heard and understood.

"What I need to say can only be said as a sermon" writes Michael Eric Dyson, the very first line in his electrifying book, The Tears We Cannot Stop. We each, if we are awake at all, have a sermon inside us, something we want to say and want to be heard that can't be diluted down to 140 characters. So we write. And we read. Books are our way forward.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Mockingbird Songs"I embrace the role of “public intellectual” and could not ethically remain in Alabama without working constantly for the goals Nelle embraced: the extension of justice, community, tolerance, and racial reconciliation." 

Wayne Flynt, Mockingbird Songs


Margaret the First"What's on your nightstand?
Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. It's beautifully written. She credits Virginia Woolf as an influence, and it reads like I'm floating along in scenes the way I feel with Woolf."

What Linda Marie Barrett is Reading


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Tears We Cannot StopWhat I need to say can only be said as a sermon. I have no shame in that confession, because confession, and repentance, and redemption play a huge role in how we can make it through the long night of despair to the bright day of hope. Sermons are tough, not only to deliver, but, just as often, to hear. Yet, in my experience, if we stick with the sermon—through its pitiless recall of our sin, its relentless indictment of our flaws—we can make it to the uplifting expressions and redeeming practices that make our faith flow from the pulpit to the public, from darkness to light. There is a long tradition of a kind of sermon, or what some call the jeremiad, an extended lamentation about the woes we face, about the woes we embody, a mournful catalogue of complaint, the blues on page or stage. Henry David Thoreau was a friend to the form; so was Martin Luther King, Jr. Instead of blasting the nation from outside the parameters of its moral vision, the jeremiad, named after the biblical prophet Jeremiah, comes calling from within. It calls us to reclaim our more glorious features from the past. It calls us to relinquish our hold on—really, to set ourselves free from—the dissembling incarnations of our faith, our country, and democracy itself that thwart the vision that set us on our way. To repair the breach by announcing it first, and then saying what must be done to move forward.

Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop (St. Martin's Press, 2017) 9781250135995

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"I was fortunate to have teachers that inspired me and also to have a family that valued reading and always made sure I had access to books." 

Read With Me Children's Bookstore opening in Raleigh, NC in March

Marguerite's Landing"She was the only woman, aside from her servants, on the island"

Marguerite's Landing


Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

Not I I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Parker is blind and has been for years. She copes by not caring what anyone thinks of her -- as long as they follow The Rules, a set of what she considers common sense guidelines for dealing with someone who's blind. Rules she enforces even more since her best friend Scott broke her heart two and a half years ago. But when Scott shows back up, Parker starts to realize that maybe she doesn't know everything she thought she did. Lindstrom has a way of getting you into his character's head, making you see things from her perspective that you wouldn't otherwise be able to. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstom ($9.99, Poppy Books), recommended by Melissa, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

My childhood favorite - read uncountable times.  What young girl doesn't identify with Meg?  After several years, L'Engle wrote several sequels, but Time is a standalone gem.

A Wrinkle in Time ($6.99, Square Fish), recommended by Rosemary at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC.





Beachhead by Jeffery Hess

Beachhead is a suspense novel with lots of action, twists and turns.  Hess brings the 1980’s Tampa to life with a descriptive narrative that is well-written and kept me guessing.  With its interesting plot and realistic characters this is a must read for anyone wanting to learn a little bit of Florida history. Beachhead by Jeffery Hess ($16.95, Down & Out Books), recommended by the staff at Bookswap of Carrollwood, Tampa, FL.




The Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

In a near future where items are mass produced and duplicated endlessly, Katya is a traveling salesman of sorts - an expert who locates and deals in "authenticities and captures" (vintage items that carry a hefty price tag). Katya's clients are typically of the wealthy and influential sort, and Katya fancies herself a generally in-the-know person. But when she ventures into a remote area where her A.I. drops off the grid, Katya encounters a hunter in the woods that brings into question her understanding of the world. The level of world building in this short book is staggering! A ton of fun to read and will leave you pondering for days after.

The Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal ($9.99, TOR), recommended by Lane, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.


Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez, Sabra Field

This is a stunningly beautiful all-ages book about grieving that can accommodate varied belief systems. It ultimately provides the comforting message that we carry the people we love in our heart and that they are always with us in some way. There really aren’t any books that address loss like this one. I find it very comforting.

Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez, Sabra Field (illus) ($16.95. Triangle Square Books for Young Readers), recommended by Kelly at Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.

More bookseller recommendations

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Across That Bridge“Hours after President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, labeling the Democrat’s Atlanta district as a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape,” Lewis’ 1999 memoir sold out.”

John Lewis memoir and graphic novels sell out after Trump's twitter tirade.


The 2017 Doris Betts Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. The contest awards the first-place winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review.



The List: Jamie Rogers Southern's Best Reads of 2016

Jamie is the Operations Director of Bookmarks, the Winston-Salem based book festival which has just signed a lease to open a bookstore in the downtown area, in partnership with a local brewery. The top ten picks of the board of directors is here

Americanah Animal Dreams Truevine Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore The Trespasser Underground Railroad Unless Crooked Kingdom Six of Crows Life After Life Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Words of Radiance

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Guests on South Battery"Maybe it’s because I’ve been with these characters for eight years, but I love writing the series more than any of my other books."

Back to ghost hunting for Karen White


Hide by Matthew Griffin wins the Crook's Corner Book Prize


Okra Picks

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

"Elegantly written,Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish.” ―Toni Morrison

"Here’s a sermon that’s as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you’re black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. If you’re black, you’ll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph. If you’re white, Dyson tells you what you need to know―what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen.” ―Stephen King

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it "an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain" and "crushingly powerful," and Beyonce tweeted about it. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop―a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. In the tradition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time―short, emotional, literary, powerful―this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.


Okra Picks

"So grab the heaviest book you can find and LIFT! LIFT! LIFT!" 

Parnassus Books's New Year's Resolutions for Readers.


Virgin and Other Stories"It's like, thank you, thank you, my mother never told my anything and I wouldn't have known anything without your books"

Judy Blume on banned books, including her own


Author 2 Author: Shari Smith talks to J. Drew Lanham


The Home Place: Shari Smith talks to J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew LanhamHe is, by his own definition an “eco-addict”, a “wildling, born of forests and fields”, and “more comfortable on unpaved back roads and winding woodland paths than in any place where concrete, asphalt, and crowds prevail”. In the words of others he is “wise and beautiful”,  “thoughtful and relevant”, “lyrical”. To me, the writing of J. Drew Lanham is where solace lives, serenity in the gentle rocking from one sentence to the next, and comfort that even though the losses to the Southern literary community have been near to unbearable, there is still greatness among us. There still lives the storytellers, the wordsmiths, the inner torture of loving a piece of the map and knowing its demons, of defending a land and a people we still struggle to understand.

Drew Lanham is a Southern writer. His art has been shaped by his geography, by clay. In reading his journey we better understand our own, the conflict and bond of the hunter and the hunted, the love and war of what lives around us and in us, the best and worst thinking of those that came before us. What better gift, what more can we ask of a writer, of an artist? Even in the pain of the past Drew seeks a bond with nature and with his fellow man.

And he knows a Fox Sparrow from a Song Sparrow by only a poorly worded description over the phone.

Shari: Great writers; nature or nurture? Are great writers born or built by teachers, experience, and circumstance?

Drew: It’s mostly an amalgam I think. Writing comes from within but it is both hard-wired and learned too. The hard-wiring is the instinct to turn a word—to love words and putting them together artfully in ways that make stories that people other than you want to read. The learned is the honing that you do by doing and then having others sharpen it by their perspective.

Writing is where you’re from womb-wise but then what soil your feet first touched too.  We can travel all over the place and write deeply about it but I think it always comes back to home. Writing is a primal thing that can’t be forced—unless you’re willing to be called a journalist.

Yes, there are people who influence you—people who raised or praised you. People you love and love you and then too, the people that failed and flailed at you. All those comforts and conflicts and coming and going is what makes the story go. Writing is a tensed spring that should slowly uncoil—or sometimes maybe suddenly and violently undo itself onto the screen or page. I’m trying to nurture that tension as best I can. Nature is at the center of each and every story I write.

Shari: I often defend some of my stories by saying that hunters and farmers were the first environmentalists and tree huggers are late to the party. Explain the balance between protecting wildlife while being a hunter?

Drew: I believe that one loves deepest the finite thing. Life is a finite thing. Understanding the limits of it help us love the limited nature of it. Looking at tree rings on a stump that used to be some old tree should take us through the decades like Leopold taught us in “The Good Oak”. But then looking at some big old granddaddy tree clattering bare-boned in a winter wind or seeing warblers coursing through new green spring leaves like feathered lifeblood ought to give us an appreciation for seasonal abundance that will one day die. As a hunter, I am in the woods seeking Second quotevenison for my body and virtue for my soul. Funny thing is I’m out there as so many things are dying—or at least going dormant –going towards some state of suspended animation. I’m also out there as deer—bucks and does are in the midst of tryst. They are trying to make more of themselves and there I am trying to stop them from doing it—so that I can make more of me. They are trying to procreate and I’m out there in some sort of buckus interruptus trying to intercept hormonal urge and end it so that I can eat. It’s like being a voyeur on life and seeing the limits from the long view. It becomes an immediate and emotional thing when I do kill. I realize in the moment I shoot—then retrieve—and maybe have myself elbow-deep inside the warm body of a formerly living being  pulling out its guts that I am closest to life—the end of it for the deer—and the continuation of if for me. That on a personal level gives me a greater appreciation for life. I can tell you that I let way more deer walk than I let into my freezer.  I am fully out as an omnivore and so in that  claim I need to know that the meat I eat once blinked. That’s a link to life and maybe helps complete some sort of circle for me. As a conservationist, I know that hunters –ethical hunters—have literally paid and paved the way for conservation to go forward in ways that have saved a shit ton of habitat and staved off the extinction of some species.  Note that I stress ethical hunting. Hunters on the other side of that word have done a great deal of damage that on occasions have done the opposite of conservation—degradation.  I’m proud to be on the good side of issue. A deer or two a year is what I take--usually a buck and a doe in most years. The venison becomes food for friends and family. My time in the stand rejuvenates and centers me.  It’s essential.

Shari: Who do you most want to read this book and what do you want them to take from it?

The Home PlaceDrew: I want everyone to read it. Everybody should buy it!  I think there are elements in it that will appeal to everyone—especially southerners. I used the word “colored” in the title because at some level we are all “colored”. But then too, I want folks to understand how being black—or a person of a darker color—unbalances the conservation conversation. Being a southern black American dispossessed of land can lead to dire consequences. There’s the syndrome of the diaspora where we try hard to reconnect to the mother that raised us. That’s why I said earlier that good writing as far as I define it begins with a home story. Home might be a house—an address. But then that house sits on soil. It doesn’t have to be hundreds of acres or even rural land. But that connection to bedrock—whether under asphalt or some agrarian or wild landscape somewhere—there’s connection we crave. And so I want black folks to read this book and see that what we have in the South is a chance to regain that reconnection. I think our reparations are in part soil-bound. I want us all to be a part of the conversations about how we move forward sustainably with respect for nature and its role in our lives and our role in making sure there’s abundance left for generations to come.

Shari: You’re being compared to both great outdoor writers and the gods of Southern literature. Are you inspired by the comparisons or daunted by them?

Drew: I’m humbled. Truly humbled.  I write because it’s the closest thing to art that I can do. When someone reads my words and compares them to anyone else who’s had some sort of deep impact I am inspired too. I am inspired to be different and make a different difference.  I’m new at this creative writing thing in many ways and so any traction that I can gain to go forward in ever more evocative ways is what I’m after. I’m grateful for any comparisons to greatness. I want to work really hard  to earn the good that comes from such expectations.

Shari: You’re a man of science who practices in the magic of words. How do you see yourself, more as one or the other?

Second quoteDrew: I’m a hybrid. I cruise the narrow edge between objectivity and advocacy. I like to think of myself as literally crepuscular. Science is seeking. As a conservation scientist that means I’m looking for “data” and descriptive phenomena that lead to a deeper understanding of nature or better and more effective ways of sustaining it. What I do with words is to describe that journey in ways that hopefully draws others to nature in some more appreciative mode.  I think conservation has to be advanced by both head and heart—thinking and feeling. That connection then has to be pressed forward to action—our hands. The connection of the three—head to hand to heart—is what my a few of my closest friends and I call, “the sweet spot”. Our words can be a huge part of that sweetness. And so as a “man of science” who’s goal is conservation, I must necessarily be an edge animal living life on the borders of several different realms. Writing is my corridor among them.

Shari: Is Life on Book Tour the way you imagined it?

Drew: The “tour” has been a sort of fragmented thing that’s taken me to lots of cool places meeting lots of different people but it’s been less structured than I thought it would be. It’s been wonderfully validating to have people come up to you and ask for your signature as they tell you how much they like your writing. That’s a heady thing.  It’s been a life changer in some ways and I want more. I’m greedy that way. I love people and hearing their stories too. It all makes a great deal of difference to my life to have my work beyond the science that I’ve always done, appreciated. I love traveling but then I need to re-center back home on the regular. I do hope that I’m able to spread the word of “The Home Place” further and wider in the coming months.

Shari: What’s next?

Drew: I really want to stretch the “Home Place” as far as I can. But then there’s the next set of stories I’m already working on. I think that the untold conservation stories are the ones that connect people to nature. I think many of those connections come through culture.  I want to write stories that delve deeply into who we are as southerners—of all colors—and how those identities connect us to nature. And so I’m searching for those stories and writing them within my own quests in wild and birdy places.  And so I’ve got at least three more books in mind—one of them is a novella that takes pieces of the Home Place and stretches it into the fictional realm. And—I’m still working on my poetry and want that to evolve into something that’s as accepted as my other writings. 

What he's reading now: the books on Drew's bedside table:

Trace From the Leopold Shack Between the World and Me Homeground Weed Time


J. Drew Lanham was born and raised in rural South Carolina. He is an Associate Professor and Certified Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University. While he is widely published in his scholarly field, "The Home Place" is be his first book for a general audience. He lives in Seneca, SC.

Shari Smith, author of I Am a Town, stories from her adopted hometown of Claremont, North Carolina, and a contributor to The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul also is the producer of the “Shoe Burnin’ Show”, stage production of authors and music. 


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"I’ve been going to Booksellers since I was 4 years old, and it’s always been my favorite bookstore" 

Student petitions to save bookstore


Virgin and Other Stories". . .commonplace situations and rites – funerals, first dates, cocktail parties, piano lessons – turn perverse and menacing in the hands of a talented young writer"

The Virgin and Other Stories

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 8. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
See the full list here
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. The Whistler
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541190
2. The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542364
3. Commonwealth
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062491794
4. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Viking, $27, 9780670026197
5. Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28.99, 9780345544957


1. Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance, Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546
2. The Undoing Project
Michael Lewis, Norton, $28.95, 9780393254594
3. The Book of Joy
The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Avery, $26, 9780399185045
4. Books for Living
Will Schwalbe, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385353540
5. Atlas Obscura
Joshua Foer, et al., Workman, $35, 9780761169086

Also of note: Debuts

6. Difficult Women
Roxane Gay, Grove Press, $25, 9780802125392
7. Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success
Angie Morgan, et al., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544716186

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list and the books that are Special to the Southern List here.

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Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you

Heather Ann Thompson  (author appearance)
Heather Ann Thompson | 01/19/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Lydia Peelle with THE MIDNIGHT COOL  (author appearance)
Lydia Peelle | 01/19/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Okra Pick!Susan Rivers, author of The Second Mrs. Hockaday  (author appearance)
Susan Rivers | 01/19/2017, 12:00 pm | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

CHRISTINE SIMOLKE presents CHILDREN OF ITALY  (author appearance)
Christine Simolke | 01/19/2017, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur  (author appearance)
Sylvia Inks | 01/19/2017, 06:30 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Lynne Hinton (Branard) - Traveling Light  (author appearance)
Lynne Hinton | 01/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nancy Peacock - The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock | 01/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Salon@615 Special Edition with Zadie Smith at Belmont University  (author appearance)
Zadie Smith | 01/19/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Lean UX Event with Jeff Gothelf at CarMax - Registration Required   (author appearance)
Jeff Gothelf | 01/19/2017, 06:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Ashley M. Jones - MAGIC CITY GOSPEL - Gables  (author appearance)
Ashley M. Jones | 01/20/2017, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Author James Marshall Smith: My Road From Physicist to Novelist: The 9/11 Connection  (author appearance)
James Marshall Smith | 01/20/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Elise Parsley Author Event!!!  (author appearance)
Elise Parsley | 01/20/2017, 06:00 pm | Little Shop of Stories | Decatur, GA

Michael Bonner & Fritz Hamer Author of SC in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras  (author appearance)
Michael Bonner | 01/20/2017, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Salon@615 Special Edition: Veronica Roth, author of Carve the Mark  (author appearance)
Veronica Roth | 01/20/2017, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Take the Challenge Party  (other event)
01/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Book Swap of Carrollwood | Tampa, FL

Kristy Kryszczak - UNEXPECTED LOVE - Gables  (author appearance)
Kristy Kryszczak | 01/21/2017, 05:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

SAVING PHOEBE MURROW - Herta Feely - Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
Herta Feely | 01/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Chris Bohjalian - The Sleepwalker  (author appearance)
Chris Bohjalian | 01/21/2017, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Dana Middleton - The Infinity Year of Avalon James  (author appearance)
Dana Middleton | 01/21/2017, 04:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Veronica Roth - Carve the Mark  (author appearance)
Veronica Roth | 01/21/2017, 07:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE NAME OF THE ROSE (January 2017)  (book club)
01/21/2017, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

HEATHER LYN MANN presents OCEAN OF INSIGHT  (author appearance)
Heather Lyn Mann | 01/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nancy Peacock – The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock | 01/21/2017, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Steve Lindahl - Hopatcong Vision Quest  (author appearance)
Steve Lindahl | 01/21/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Abigail Dowd - Album Release Party  (author appearance)
Abigail Dowd | 01/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Virginia Steele signs Mommy Has Cancer and That's Okay  (author appearance)
Virginia Steele | 01/21/2017, 02:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Kevin Smokler - BRAT PACK AMERICA: A LOVE LETTER TO 80S TEEN MOVIES - Gables  (author appearance)
Kevin Smokler | 01/22/2017, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Kimberly Belle -- The Marriage Lie  (author appearance)
Kimberly S. Belle | 01/22/2017, 02:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Frank Reddy  (author appearance)
Frank Reddy | 01/22/2017, 03:00 pm | Tall Tales Book Shop, Inc. | Atlanta, GA

Kevin Wilson signs Perfect Little World  (author appearance)
Kevin Wilson | 01/23/2017, 05:00 pm | Alabama Booksmith | Birmingham, AL

Y/A: Len Vlahos - Life in a Fishbowl - Gables  (author appearance)
Len Vlahos | 01/23/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Maria Gabriela Hoch - Diario de una mujer vital - Gables  (author appearance)
Maria Gabriela Hoch | 01/23/2017, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Kate O’Hearn presents The Runaway (Valkyrie Series)  (author appearance)
Kate O'Hearn | 01/23/2017, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Ramin Ganeshram | COOKING WITH COCONUT  (author appearance)
Ramin Ganeshram | 01/23/2017, 06:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Kate O'Hearn Author Event!!!  (author appearance)
Kate O'Hearn | 01/23/2017, 07:00 pm | Little Shop of Stories | Decatur, GA

Okra Pick!Tim Gautreaux - SIGNALS: New and Selected Stories  (author appearance)
Tim Gautreaux | 01/23/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller  (author appearance)
Mary Miller | 01/23/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Okra Pick!Susan Rivers with THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY  (author appearance)
Susan Rivers | 01/23/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Nancy Peacock, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock | 01/23/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Karen White Book Talk & Signing   (author appearance)
Karen White | 01/23/2017, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Becky Chambers - Whole Body Vibration: The Future of Good Health - Gables  (author appearance)
Becky Chambers | 01/24/2017, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

The Leper Spy Author Ben Montgomery  (author appearance)
Ben Montgomery | 01/24/2017, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Steph Post Book Talk + Signing!  (author appearance)
Steph Post | 01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Kidliterate Book Club Reads Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom  (book club)
01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Kimberly Belle -- The Marriage Lie  (author appearance)
Kimberly S. Belle | 01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Kimberly Belle -- The Marriage Lie  (author appearance)
Kimberly Belle | 01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Tim Gautreaux: Signals: New and Selected Stories  (author appearance)
Tim Gautreaux | 01/24/2017, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers  (author appearance)
Susan Rivers | 01/24/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Mary Miller with ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR  (author appearance)
Mary Miller | 01/24/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Loving Vintage  (author appearance)
Nancy LaPonzina | 01/24/2017, 06:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Judy Hogan - The Penny Weaver Mysteries  (author appearance)
Judy Hogan | 01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

A Travel Guide to Old Age with Cheryl Davis and Carol Roan  (author appearance)
Carol Roan | 01/24/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Kevin Wilson signs Perfect Little World  (author appearance)
Kevin Wilson | 01/24/2017, 06:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with J.Ronald M. York author of Kept in the Dark  (author appearance)
J.Ronald M. York | 01/24/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

KIDS: KATE O’HEARN - The Runaway - Gables  (author appearance)
Kate O'Hearn | 01/25/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Frank Palmeri - State of Nature, Stages of Society - Gables  (author appearance)
Frank Palmeri | 01/25/2017, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

John Lescroart presents Fatal  (author appearance)
John Lescroart | 01/25/2017, 04:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Okra Pick!Signals by Tim Gautreaux  (author appearance)
Tim Gautreaux | 01/25/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Kevin Wilson with PERFECT LITTLE WORLD  (author appearance)
Kevin Wilson | 01/25/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Dmitry Orlov discusses his book Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies That Limit Our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom  (author appearance)
Dmitry Orlov | 01/25/2017, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Susi Gott Seguret  (author appearance)
Susi Gott Seguret | 01/25/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

ReadUp All Year Young Adult & Middle Grade Author Events at Greenville Bookstores Fiction Addiction & M. Judson  (author appearance)
Megan Shepherd | 01/25/2017, 05:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Susan Rivers signs The Second Mrs. Hockaday  (author appearance)
Susan Rivers | 01/25/2017, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Okra Pick!Author event with Lauren Mitchell author of The Doulas  (author appearance)
Lauren Mitchell | 01/25/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Okra Pick!Susan Rivers  (author appearance)
Susan Rivers | 01/26/2017, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Tim Dorsey Returns!  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Heather Graham & Jon Land sign The Rising  (author appearance)
Heather Graham | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Writers @ The Wrecking Bar | THE PORTABLE VEBLEN by Elizabeth McKenzie  (author appearance)
Elizabeth McKenzie | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Melissa Range - SCRIPTORIUM  (author appearance)
01/26/2017, 06:30 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Author Dale Wiley: Southern Gothic  (author appearance)
Dale Wiley | 01/26/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Hospital Land USA: Adventures in Medicalization  (author appearance)
Wendy Simonds | 01/26/2017, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Tim Gautreaux with SIGNALS  (author appearance)
Tim Gautreaux | 01/26/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Diane Williams with MISSISSIPPI FOLK AND THE TALES THEY TELL  (author appearance)
Diane Williams | 01/26/2017, 06:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

David Billings discusses his book Deep Denial:The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life  (author appearance)
David Billings | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Joseph Bathanti, poetry reading  (author appearance)
Joseph Bathanti | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

Author Event: Devyn Spence Benson - Antiracism in Cuba  (author appearance)
Devyn Spence Benson | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Dmitry Orlov - Shrinking the Technosphere  (author appearance)
Dmitry Orlov | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

David Mitchell - We Hold These Truths - with Ken Lewis and Tim Tyson  (author appearance)
David S. Mitchell | 01/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet the Author: Nancy Peacock  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock | 01/26/2017, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Timothy J. Boyce  (author appearance)
Timothy J. Boyce | 01/26/2017, 05:30 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Kevin Wilson author of Perfect Little World  (author appearance)
Kevin Wilson | 01/26/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Authors Round the South


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