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Week of October 29th, 2017

The Commonplace Book | Read This! | The List | {Book} Trailer Park | Okra Picks | Does Place Still Matter? | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Events

{Does place still matter?}

In which Mr. Wendell Berry notes the difference between knowing and believing, Mr. George Saunders gives pep talks to his stories, her ladyship, the editor, wonders what makes Sing, Unburied, Sing such a good book, and Ms. Kim Wright explains what makes it Southern.

"Sorrow is food swallowed too quickly, caught in the throat, making it nearly impossible to breathe."
--- Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied SingHave you ever read a book you thought was amazingly good, only to spend the next ten minutes struggling to explain exactly why? Her ladyship, the editor, found herself in just this position recently when talking to a good friend about Jesmyn Ward's book, Sing, Unburied, Sing. And the friend, also enamored of the book, likewise had difficulty articulating what it was about the novel that made such an impression.

"It's more than just the setting, but the setting is beautifully done."
"Yes, I agree. "setting" is only part of it. Also it's a strong story. The events really grip you -- but it is more than just ''a good story" too."
"Right. Lots of people can tell a good story. This is moves beyond just "setting" or "story.""
"It's the characters, I think. Their voices are amazing."
"It's like she forces the reader inside her characters. There's no escaping."
"And the language is beautiful."
"Beautiful! Poetic, but also conversational."
"That must have been so hard to do."
"I agree. I don't know how she did it."

...and so on. Clearly there is a reason why her ladyship, for all her affinity for language and literature, never went in to literary criticism as a career.

Last Ride to GracelandSomewhat serendipitously, while this conversation was going on, Kim Wright was accepting the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for her book Last Ride to Graceland. In her acceptance speech, she talks about what makes Southern fiction "Southern." It isn't primarily setting.

The full speech is below, but here are two things Wright points to about "Southern" literature: "It's conversational." she says. "It comes out of an oral storytelling tradition."

"I once burst into laughter when I overheard two young female baristas in a Starbucks. One of them asked "What'd you do last night?" and her friend sighed and said "The wrong thing." Now that's the start of a perfect southern story, even if this particular Starbucks did happen to be in Philadelphia."

It's biblical, she adds. "it was raised on the poetic cadences of the King James Bible."

Conversational, poetic, the sing-song formalism of biblical verse. Perhaps that is what her ladyship was hearing in Jesmyn Ward's novel.

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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.

Our Only world There is an always significant difference between knowing and believing. We may know that the earth turns, but we believe, as we say, that the sun rises. We know by evidence, or by trust in people who have examined the evidence in a way that we trust is trustworthy. We may sometimes be persuaded to believe by reason, but within the welter of our experience reason is limited and weak. We believe always by coming, in what we can imagine or "picture" in our minds, in what we feel to be true, in what our hearts tell us, in experience, in stories--above all, perhaps, in stories.

--Wendell Berry Our Only World (Counterpoint, 2017) 9781619027008

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Lincoln in the Bardo "I've always said to my stories: 'Don't bloat. Don't bloat! Let's get in and out of here as fast as we can' "

keep reading: George Saunders wins Man Booker for Lincoln in the Bardo



"I'm passionate about the festival, Decatur, and learning new things"

keep reading: Julie Wilson named interim director of the Decatur Book Festival

Read This! Books with Street Cred

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

White Tears/Hari Kunzru
In a guest post on Lemuria Books' blog, writer Jim Ewing recommends White Tears by Hari Kunzru.

"What if there's a subtle, hidden sound, a tone, or chord, a riff that can transcend time and space, communicating through music a key or gate to hidden truths? This is the essential question that leads a New York acoustic engineer named Seth on the path toward solving a mystery in Hari Kunzru's novel White Tears...It's a saga that leads to madness, blood, and shame. Readers will be left reeling, wondering how many more mournful, deadly vibrations still reverberate all around us, just beneath the surface of our world." Continue reading...

White Tears by Hari Kunzru ($26.95, Knopf Publishing Group), recommended by Jim, Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS.

Adam Tatum is a disgraced American ex-cop when his British father in law gets him a job with a powerful investment banker. Adam and his young family travel to London and he ends up in a high power conference at 10 Downing St. Soon after his meeting a bomb goes off and he becomes a suspect.

Keep Calm is a powerfully written political conspiracy where one innocent man is caught in the expanding web of lies and deceit, and must protect his family from the crossfire while he attempts to stay alive and prove his innocence. Action packed and full of suspense, this debut author has written a winner.

Keep Calm by Mike Binder (Henry Holt & Company) Recommended by Nancy at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC


The High Line is a one-and-a-half-mile-long public park on an elevated stretch of obsolete freight railway on the West Side of Manhattan.

Before I had actually visited (and then immediately fallen in love with) the High Line, somebody tried to describe it to me and I just couldn't envision it. If only this book had existed then, I may have understood something of the magic that awaited me.

Documenting in exquisite detail the design, development, and construction of the project, as well as the history of the area, the book is a perfect little window onto a very special place. And like everything that Phaidon does, it is elegant, sumptuous, and stunning.

The High Line by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio, Renfro (Phaidon Press) Recommended by Tony at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

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"Conroy's style continues to shape, influence, and encourage both seasoned and blossoming writers, and will for years to come." 

keep reading: The Pat Conroy Literary Center selected as a landmark

Last Ride to GracelandOne of them asked "What'd you do last night?" and her friend sighed and said "The wrong thing."  Now that's the start of a perfect southern story. 

keep reading: Kim Wright wins Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction



"What physical bookstores are good for is discovering books, and that's [what] Violet Valley Bookstore will do for the larger community. " 

keep reading: LGBTQ bookstore opens in Water Valley, Mississippi

The List: Justin's Staff Picks from Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, North Carolina

"favorites are a mix of translated fiction, weird Southern lit and Kurt Vonnegut. "
(See the full list)

In the Distance The Sarah Book Affections The Consequences  How to Set a Fire and Why Our Dead World The Deaths of Henry King The Little Buddhist Monk 

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The Rooster Bar "John Grisham didn't realize two years ago that the subject of his latest legal thriller, "The Rooster Bar," would be so topical when the book was released. It was inspired by an article in The Atlantic called "The Law-School Scam"

keep reading: The Rooster Bar



"Since I can't sing, and I'm African-American, nine times out of 10 I'm put in the box of rap music"  

keep reading: James Lindsey in Oxford American Kentucky Music issue

"Beloved Main Street bookshop Blue Ridge Books is headed to Hazelwood, and as part of its moving preparations, co-owners Allison Lee and Jo Gilley are donating over 500 books to Within Reach Resale Shop. Sales support REACH of Haywood County, the local nonprofit for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse.  

keep reading: Blue Ridge Books donates 500 books to local nonprofit

The {Book} Trailer Park: Look & See, A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Look & See

"Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling,
for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake
of the objective–the soil bulldozed, the rock blasted.
Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now."

The Okra Pick of the Week

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings by Wendell Berry "Berry's essays, continuing arguments begun in The Unsettling of America 40 years ago, will be familiar to longtime readers, blending his farm work with his interests in literature old and new . . . Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Wendell Berry's profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this new gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. Mr. Berry believes that American cultural problems are nearly always aligned with their agricultural problems, and recent events have shone a terrible spotlight on the divides between our urban and rural citizens. Our communities are as endangered as our landscapes. There is, as Berry outlines, still much work to do, and our daily lives―in hope and affection―must triumph over despair.

Mr. Berry moves deftly between the real and the imagined. The Art of Loading Brush is an energetic mix of essays and stories, including "The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age," which explores Agrarian ideals as they present themselves historically and as they might apply to our work today. "The Presence of Nature in the Natural World" is added here as the bookend of this developing New Agrarianism. Four stories from an as-yet-unfinished novel, better described as "an essay in imagination," extend the Port William story as it follows Andy Catlett throughout his life to this present moment. Andy works alongside his grandson in "The Art of Loading Brush," one of the most moving and tender stories of the entire Port William cycle. Filled with insights and new revelations from a mind thorough in its considerations and careful in its presentations, The Art of Loading Brush is a necessary and timely collection.

The Art of Loading Brush by Wendell Berry| Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382 | Read the first chapter

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Author 2 Author: Does Place Still Matter? Three Way to Write Southern Today

by Kim Wright

Kim WrightSome people argue that the south isn't really the capital-S South any more.  After all, with chain restaurants and social media and people moving in and out of the region (mostly in) all the time, it's pretty easy to make a case that America's growing more homogenized every day.  Is an upscale suburb in Atlanta really all that different from a suburb in Seattle or Houston? And if the south is just a slightly more humid version of Everywhere USA, does that mean southern literature is doomed to slowly die out?
First of all, spoiler alert:  No. Not even close.  Southern literature, to borrow the words of William Faulkner isn't merely enduring, it's prevailing.  The confusion comes from the fact we've been defining "southern" all wrong for years.

You can't just open a book in Louisiana or South Carolina and think your work is done. Geography is the most shallow approach possible to setting and calling a book southern based on theme isn't much better.  People like to say that southerners write about family, faith, race, and redemption but let's face it - pretty much all writers tackle these topics.  I personally think what makes a book southern isn't where it's set or what it's about, but is more a function of how the story is told.  Here are three factors in evoking that elusive southern style.

It's conversational.  Southerners lean toward a certain type of voice, one that grows out of an oral storytelling tradition.  The southern voice weaves and rambles, with long sentences and plenty of asides, gradually getting to the point in a way that's more circular than linear. It may be an old south grandpa on the porch or a new south woman in the wine bar, but the message is the same:  Pull your chair closer.  I have a story to tell.  So seriously, closer.  I'd only say this to you. 

I once burst into laughter when I overheard two young female baristas in a Starbucks.  One of them asked "What'd you do last night?" and her friend sighed and said "The wrong thing."  Now that's the start of a perfect southern story, even if this particular Starbucks did happen to be in Philadelphia.  There's a confessional aspect of the Southern story.  We just can't stop washing my dirty laundry in public.  I'll show you my shame if you show me yours.

Of course, when a regional voice grows out of a oral tradition, it's no surprise that the books come out sounding like human speech. I recently met a woman who narrates audiobooks for a living and she told me southern writers were her favorite.  She's a New Yorker and I originally assumed it was because she liked playing around with the accent.  Yeah, that was part of it, she said, but the truth is that southern books are just plain easier to read out loud. 

It's Biblical.  Another thing unique to the southern voice is that it was raised on the poetic cadences of the King James Bible, which means that at times it takes on a weird formality.  It may sound contradictory to say that the southern voice is on one hand casually chatty and then on the other hand employs the most exalted of speech, but this winding back and forth between the highest and the lowest types of diction is precisely what gives southern fiction its secret sauce.  Flannery O'Connor was especially gifted at getting her characters down and dirty and then suddenly employing an elegant "as if" midway through a sentence, drawing back the curtains of realism to reveal the heavenly realms beyond. We southerners are hanging by a thread to this earthly realm and expecting the rapture pretty much any minute.  It makes our writing style a wee bit schizophrenic.

Last Ride to GracelandAnd the weird thing about southerners suddenly veering off-road into religious language - you don't have to be a churchgoer to pick it up. My son in law is a devout agnostic but his four year old, my granddaughter, is quick to yell "Lord help," if she overturns her orange juice.  I think we suck the holy spirit in through sheer osmosis.

It's tribal.  And one final quirk of the southern storytelling style.  We have to be one of the few categories of writers left who use the collective "we" and "our." You see it in a classic like Faulkner's A Rose for Emily or Marybeth Whalen's modern tale of a high school football community, When We Were Worthy.  Southerners will assemble themselves into a tragic chorus at the slightest provocation, wailing "We just didn't know what to think when Lucy didn't show up for bridge."  There's a kind of tribal unity that sometimes filters into southern stories, reminding us that while we've certainly (ahem)had our squabbles in the past, we're quick to pull together if we perceive a threat from outside the circle.

So there's more to Southern fiction than what you write about or where you set your stories.  But as long as southern writers keep quilting together a voice that has elements of conversation, church, and collectivism, I think our fiction will stay alive and well - and utterly distinct. 

Kim Wright is the author of Last Ride to Graceland, Love in Mid AirThe Unexpected Waltz, and The Canterbury Sisters. A two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, she has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for magazines such as Wine SpectatorSelfTravel & Leisure, and Vogue. She also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 29. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.


See the full list here.
The Southern Book Prize | A SIBA Okra Pick | Special to the Southern List
Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's



1. The Rooster Bar
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541176
2. Origin
Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385514231
3. Uncommon Type
Tom Hanks, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101946152
4. Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan, Scribner, $27, 9781476716732
5. Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders, Random House, $28, 9780812995343


1. Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781501139154
2. We Were Eight Years in Power
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590566
3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Norton, $18.95, 9780393609394
4. Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance, Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546
5. Grant
Ron Chernow, Penguin Press, $40, 9781594204876

Special to the Southern List

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $26,  Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World Eric Metaxas, Viking, $30,  Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami Roben Farzad, Berkley, $26,  If the Creek Don't Rise Leah Weiss, Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99,


10. Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $26, 9781501126062
11. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $26, 9780425284681
12. The Last Ballad
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062313119
14. Quick & Dirty
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $28, 9780735217140
15. To Be Where You Are
Jan Karon, Putnam, $28, 9780399183737


6. The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $28, 9781476794044
9. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives

Ree Drummond, Morrow, $29.99, 9780062225269
10. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
Eric Metaxas, Viking, $30, 9781101980019
12. S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco
David Dibenedetto, Harper Wave, $45, 9780062445148
13. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $28, 9780316154727
14. Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami
Roben Farzad, Berkley, $26, 9781592409280


4. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143121169
6. A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
7. If the Creek Don't Rise
Leah Weiss, Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99, 9781492647454
8. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, 9781250080400
10. The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Vintage, $16, 9780679731726
11. The Fix
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455586547
13. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15.99, 9781451673319


2. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $10, 9780062695697
5. Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris, Little Brown, $16, 9780316776967
6. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2018
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571987358
8. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
9. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017
Hope Jahren, Tim Folger, Mariner, $15.99, 9781328715517
10. Holidays on Ice
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $12, 9780316078917
11. Victoria & Abdul
Shrabani Basu, Vintage, $16, 9780525434412
12. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
13. The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
Laura Thompson, Picador USA, $17, 9781250099549
15. Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation
Anne Sebba, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250136015

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What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?

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

Bryan Stevenson @ Fairhope UMC  (author appearance)
Bryan Stevenson | 11/03/2017, 07:30 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Elizabeth Heiskell - What Can I Bring?   (author appearance)
Elizabeth Heiskell | 11/03/2017, 12:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Steve Paul - Hemingway at Eighteen   (author appearance)
Steve Paul | 11/03/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Book Launch for Heidi Lynn Nilsson: For the Fire From the Straw  (author appearance)
Heidi Lynn Nilsson | 11/03/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sharyn McCrumb - The Unquiet Grave  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb | 11/03/2017, 05:30 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Decatur, GA

Simeon Marsalis - AS LIE IS TO GRIN - in conversation with Zachary Lazar  (author appearance)
Simeon Marsalis | 11/03/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan  (author appearance)
Joe Hagan | 11/03/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Jane Stanley with JANE: A MEMOIR OF FAMILY AND FAITH  (author appearance)
Jane Stanley | 11/03/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

MICHAEL CARLEBACH presents SOME OF US  (author appearance)
Michael Carlebach | 11/03/2017, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Meet the Author: Alice Gallop West  (author appearance)
Alice Gallop | 11/03/2017, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City, NC

Author Event: Robert Watson - Ghost Ship of Brooklyn  (author appearance)
Robert Watson | 11/03/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Lea E. Williams, We Who Believe in Freedom  (author appearance)
Lea E. Williams | 11/03/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Salon@615 with Tamora Pierce, author of Tortall: A Spy's Guide  (author appearance)
Tamora Pierce | 11/03/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Women's Expo with Valerie Bertinelli & TBoz  (author appearance)
Valerie Bertinelli | 11/04/2017 | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Decatur, GA

Sally Kilpatrick, Bless Her Heart Book Launch Party  (author appearance)
Sally Kilpatrick | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Lynn Hesse  (author appearance)
Lynn Hesse | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | Tall Tales Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly  (author appearance)
Michael Connelly | 11/04/2017, 01:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Michael Connelly with TWO KINDS OF TRUTH (in conversation with Ace Atkins)  (author appearance)
Michael Connelly | 11/04/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Deborah Schlag to Discuss Brain Injury & Healing  (author appearance)
Deborah L. Schlag | 11/04/2017, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

ANNE BOGEL presents READING PEOPLE: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything  (author appearance)
Anne Bogel | 11/04/2017, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Storytime: Author Jacqueline Leigh  (author appearance)
Jacqueline Leigh | 11/04/2017, 10:30 am | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Author Event: J.J. Gesher - A Narrow Bridge  (author appearance)
J.J. Gesher | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Celebrating Twain, A National Read-Aloud-A-Thon: The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine  (other event)
11/04/2017, 11:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Diane Chamberlain Tea Party  (author appearance)
Diane Chamberlain | 11/04/2017, 01:00 pm | Quarter Moon Bookstore | Topsail Beach, NC

Christa Miller Launch Party   (author appearance)
Christa Miller | 11/04/2017, 12:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Carmela Head Open-House Signing  (author appearance)
Carmela E. Head | 11/04/2017, 01:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Linda Lovely signing event at Split Creek Farm   (author appearance)
Linda Lovely | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | M. Judson | Greenville, SC

Kathleen Nalley book launch party! Gutterflower  (author appearance)
Kathleen Nalley | 11/04/2017, 07:00 pm | M. Judson | Greenville, SC

Launch Party with Jamie and Max of Shenanigoats Yoga, authors of Goat Yoga  (author appearance)
Shenanigoats Yoga | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Reading & Signing with Lois Ruby  (author appearance)
Lois Ruby | 11/04/2017, 02:00 pm | Star Line Books | Chattanooga, TN

An Afternoon with Garth Risk Hallberg A Conversation and Signing  (author appearance)
Garth Risk Hallberg | 11/05/2017, 02:00 pm | The Oxford Exchange | Tampa, FL

Sharyn McCrumb, Southern Author, at North Georgia Reads  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb | 11/05/2017, 01:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Decatur, GA

Children's Author Event: Crystal Day - Mason the Bull  (author appearance)
Crystal Day | 11/05/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tanner Lutheran, Detached  (author appearance)
Tanner Lutheran | 11/05/2017, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Author event with Carson Morton, author of Hunting Mona Lisa  (author appearance)
Carson Morton | 11/05/2017, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Sandra Worsham: Going to Wings  (author appearance)
Sandra Worsham | 11/06/2017, 04:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kate Hudson in conversation with Emily Giffin  (author appearance)
Kate Hudson | 11/06/2017, 06:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon  (author appearance)
Nicholas Gannon | 11/06/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

J.J.Gesher: A Narrow Bridge with the Burke Singers  (author appearance)
J.J. Gesher | 11/06/2017, 06:00 pm | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Author and Music Event: Radney Foster  (author appearance)
Radney Foster | 11/06/2017, 07:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Salon@615 with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, author and illustrator of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid  (author appearance)
Colin Meloy | 11/06/2017, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Leslie Anne Tarabella  (author appearance)
Leslie Anne Tarabella | 11/07/2017, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Lynne Farwell White: Gifts and Giving: The Art of Thoughtful Giving   (author appearance)
Lynne Farwell White | 11/07/2017, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

A Mississippi Palate by Robert St. John, illustrated by Wyatt Waters  (author appearance)
Robert St. John | 11/07/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Khizr Khan - An American Family (Offsite Event)  (author appearance)
Khizr Khan | 11/07/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Layton Green, Written in Blood  (author appearance)
Layton Green | 11/07/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Denise Kiernan Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan | 11/07/2017, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Reading and signing with Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs  (author appearance)
Beth Ann Fennelly | 11/07/2017, 05:30 pm | Burke's Book Store | Memphis, TN

Author event with Nora McInerny, author of It's Ok to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)  (author appearance)
Nora McInerny | 11/07/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Meet-and-greet with Nic Stone: Dear Martin  (author appearance)
Nic Stone | 11/08/2017, 04:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

C. Morgan Babst: The Floating World  (author appearance)
C. Morgan Babst | 11/08/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Tricia Booker - THE PLACE OF PEACE AND CRICKETS  (author appearance)
11/08/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jim Carmody, Big Nasty: Mississippi's Coach by Ronald F. Borne  (author appearance)
Jim Carmody | 11/08/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Robert St. John & Wyatt Waters with A MISSISSIPPI PALATE  (author appearance)
Robert St. John | 11/08/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Dorie Clark - Entrepreneurial You  (author appearance)
Dorie Clark | 11/08/2017, 05:00 pm | Country Bookshop, The | Southern Pines, NC

LADY PASSION and *DIUVEI double launch of RITUALS AND SABBATS: Sacred Rites and Seasonal Celebrations and CANDLE MAGIC: Working with Wax, Wick, and Fl  (author appearance)
Lady Passion | 11/08/2017, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Local Author Event: Landis Wade - The Christmas Redemption  (author appearance)
Landis Wade | 11/08/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe  (author appearance)
Dava Sobel | 11/08/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Layton Green: Written in Blood  (author appearance)
Layton Green | 11/08/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Lynda Harrison Hatcher In-Store Book Signing   (author appearance)
Lynda Harrison | 11/08/2017, 05:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus  (author appearance)
Dashka Slater | 11/08/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Reading and Signing with Lauren J. Brown  (author appearance)
Lauren J. Brown | 11/08/2017, 05:30 pm | Star Line Books | Chattanooga, TN

Emily Blejwas  (author appearance)
Emily Blejwas | 11/09/2017, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Quin Hillyer  (author appearance)
Quin Hillyer | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Jeff Kinney  (author appearance)
Jeff Kinney | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun Booksigning  (author appearance)
Troy Amdahl | 11/09/2017, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Author Suzanne Rutledge: From The Rut To The Ledge  (author appearance)
Suzanne Rutledge | 11/09/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop at Five Points | Athens, GA

Ready Player Two: Women Gamers and Designed Identity with Shira Chess  (author appearance)
Shira Chess | 11/09/2017, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Marie Benedict, The Other Einstein  (author appearance)
Marie Benedict | 11/09/2017, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Joel Dinerstein in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin: The Origins of Cool in Postwar America   (author appearance)
Joel Dinerstein | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly  (author appearance)
Beth Ann Fennelly | 11/09/2017, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Luncheon with James A. Autry  (author appearance)
James A. | 11/09/2017, 12:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Angela Ball with TALKING PILLOW  (author appearance)
Angela Ball | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic  (author appearance)
Joseph Bathanti | 11/09/2017, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Sara Foster  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 11/09/2017, 06:30 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Event with the Illustrator: Ashley Quach - Santa's Husband  (author appearance)
Ashley Quach | 11/09/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Nishani Frazier, Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality...and the Rise of Black Power Populism  (author appearance)
Nishani Frazier | 11/09/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Stuart Dischell, Children With Enemies, with music by Laurent Estoppey  (author appearance)
Stuart Dischell | 11/09/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Author event with Jen Hardy author of The Sick Mom's Guide to Having Fun Again  (author appearance)
Jen Hardy | 11/09/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book signing with Paula Johnson, author of Lost Restaurants of Knoxville  (author appearance)
Paula Johnson | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

An After Hours Event with C J Redwine  (author appearance)
CJ Redwine | 11/09/2017, 06:00 pm | Words of Wisdom Bookstore | Hermitage, TN

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