{What to read if you are planning a filibuster}

In which Asheville is either the "freak capital" or the Paris of the South, a sermon is given on the evils of drink, politicos learn where to go to find reading material for their next filibuster and Miss Lisa Wingate explains where she is from.

July 29, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
Calico Joe

The Paris Wife

The Cove

Black List

Dust to Dust

Jesus Calling

Stand Up That Mountain


My Cross to Bear

Sea Change

Bared to You


Into the Wild

How to Reead Literature Like a Professor

Hemingway's Boat

Destiny of the Republic

Lord of the Flies

Safe Haven


On the Night You Were Born

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Dragons Love Tacos

Love You Forever


Misty of Chincoteague

Because of Winn-Dixie

Author Readings

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Julia Child Dinner on 08/09/2012 (12293)

Kay Hooper, author of Haven, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 08/09/2012 (12306)

Kathryn Kirkpatrick, author of Unaccountable Weather, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 08/09/2012 (12307)

Alice Wisler, author of Still Life in Shadows, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 08/09/2012 (12310)

Anna North, author of Margins of Tolerance, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 08/09/2012 (12347)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Summer story time with Nancy Van Camp on 08/09/2012 (12386)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/09/2012 (12179)

Tracy Crow, author of Eyes Right: Confessions of a Woman Marine, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/09/2012 (12245)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event YA Event Insider Information on 08/10/2012 (12294)

Cecilia Gonzales-Andrieu, author of Bridge to Wonder , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 08/10/2012 (12295)

Kay Hooper, author of Haven, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 08/10/2012 (12314)

H. Byron Ballard, author of Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks? Hoodoo, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 08/10/2012 (12348)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Mornin Old Sport & Richard the Lionhearted concert! on 08/10/2012 (12376)

Tom Angleberger, author of The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, will be appearing at bbgb, 08/10/2012 (12381)

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Andrea Ford Returns with an Enneagram Seminar on 08/10/2012 (12284)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Family Day on Aragaon -- Star Wars Origami on 08/11/2012 (12296)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock on 08/11/2012 (12308)

Pamela Binnings Ewen, author of Chasing The Wind, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 08/11/2012 (12327)

Deshawn Snow, author of Lil Shawnee, will be appearing at Bound To Be Read Books, 08/11/2012 (12328)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event LAMA KHANDRO DISCUSSES BUDDHA NATURE on 08/11/2012 (12349)

Tom Angleberger, author of The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, will be appearing at Sundial Books, 08/11/2012 (12355)

Donna Barnard, author of Okie: The Next 30 Years Bk 2, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 08/11/2012 (12377)

Mark de Castrique, author of The 13th Target, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 08/11/2012 (12266)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event PJ Library Story Time on 08/12/2012 (12297)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event PJ Library Story Time on 08/12/2012 (12298)

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event International Festival of Food Benefiting Bethlehem House Shelter on 08/12/2012 (12336)

Howard Owen, author of Oregon Hill, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 08/12/2012 (12187)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Dr. Dan Ariely talks about The Honest Truth about Dishonesty on 08/13/2012 (12309)

Anna North, author of America Pacifica, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 08/13/2012 (12311)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 08/13/2012 (12323)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Book Babies on 08/13/2012 (12364)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Town meeting: Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission: An Appraisal on 08/13/2012 (12188)

Joel Mintz, author of Enforcement at the EPA , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 08/14/2012 (12299)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event CHINESE MEDICINE HEALTH SERIES WITH KATH BARTLETT: ACUPUNCTURE FOR PAIN RELIEF on 08/14/2012 (12350)

Howard Owen, author of Oregon Hill, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 08/14/2012 (12353)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 08/14/2012 (12366)

Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - especially Ourselves, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 08/14/2012 (12189)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 08/14/2012 (12213)

Harvey H. Jackson, author of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 08/14/2012 (12276)

Tom Angleberger, author of The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 08/15/2012 (12352)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club: The Rules of Civility on 08/15/2012 (12387)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/16/2012 (12180)

Benjamin W. Farley, author of Three Thousand Days and Nights, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/16/2012 (12246)

Daniel Wolff, author of Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 08/16/2012 (12248)

Joseph Scott Morgan , author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 08/18/2012 (12321)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Local Poet Fest on 08/18/2012 (12378)

Margaret Dunbar Cutright, author of A Case For Solomon, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 08/18/2012 (12143)

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/18/2012 (12200)

Marybeth Whalen, author of The Guest Book, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/20/2012 (12176)

Emily Colin , author of The Memory Thief, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 08/22/2012 (12265)

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 08/23/2012 (12162)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/23/2012 (12181)

Courtney Miller Santo, author of The Roots of the Olive Tree, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/24/2012 (12177)

Lee Patterson, author of The Assassination of the President of Iran, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/24/2012 (12273)

Mike Bunn, author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/25/2012 (11537)

Julie Cannon, author of Twang, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 08/25/2012 (12325)

Gregory E. Pence, author of How to Build a Better Human, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 08/27/2012 (12320)

Courtney Miller Santo, author of Roots Of The Olive Tree, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 08/27/2012 (12106)

Robert Leleux, author of Roots Of The Olive Tree, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/29/2012 (12360)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/30/2012 (12182)

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic on 09/04/2012 (12380)

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic on 09/04/2012 (12249)

Louise Penny, author of The Beautiful Mystery, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 09/05/2012 (12326)

Ruth Hawkins, author of Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 09/09/2012 (12226)

Holli Rovenger, author of The Simple & Sassy Guide to Financial Empowerment, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 09/13/2012 (12362)

Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 09/13/2012 (12277)

Jane Hankins, author of Madge's Mobile Home Park, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 09/14/2012 (12288)

Tasia Malakasis, author of Tasia's Table: Cooking With the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chevre, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 09/18/2012 (12278)

Carolyn Guinzio, author of Spoke & Dark, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 09/21/2012 (12146)

Fred Thompson, author of Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 10/12/2012 (12280)

Kim O' Donnel, author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 10/21/2012 (12247)

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012 (11562)

Sheila Ingle , author of COURAGEOUS KATE, A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and FEARLESS MARTHA, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 11/10/2012 (12201)


Authors Round the South

Dearest readers,

In a few weeks both the Democratic and Republican parties will come south for their National Convention. The GOP will congregate in Tampa, Florida, and the Democrats will flock to Charlotte, North Carolina.  One can only hope that there will not be a re-enactment of the Late Unpleasantness (by which her ladyship means the weeks-long 100-plus degree weather we had to endure in July, not the Civil War, which was so much more than “unpleasant”).

The New York Times recently ran an “unconventional” guide for political tourists that might be convention bound, and asked, among other things, where one might find “the best place to pick reading material for your next filibuster.” The answer for Charlotte was indeed unconventional: they suggest the Billy Graham Library. Apparently nothing gets to Republicans like Democrats quoting Billy Graham.

The answer for Tampa, on the other hand, was Inkwood Books. “it’s survived the incursion of the book superstores and online book warehouses,” quotes a man named Mr. Solomon,  “because it caters especially to filibusterers who need long, expensive books from which to spew the mountains of words designed to see that the nation’s work does not get done.”

Tongue in cheek tone aside, the suggestion is a good one for people of any political persuasion. Years ago--two presidential elections ago, in fact, her ladyship was having a drink with Ms. Leslie Reiner, one of the owners of Inkwood Books. It was the height of the primary season and every presidential candidate and media pundit had written a book about what was wrong with American and what he (or she) would do about it. We were naturally talking shop.  “Do you ever actually sell these political books?” wondered her ladyship. Ms. Leslie Reiner smiled. “We are having an open mind sale,” she said. “Buy one book of one political persuasion and you can get a book of the opposite persuasion for half off.”

Her ladyship thought that was rather a brilliant idea. “Has anyone taken you up on it?” she asked. 

“No.” she answered.

Ah well. One can always dream.

Happy Reading!

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending July 29, 2012

Columbia, SC -August 8, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, July 29, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

Hardcover Fiction

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. Broken Harbor
Tana French, Viking, $27.95, 9780670023653
3. Creole Belle
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781451648133
4. The Fallen Angel
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062073129
5. Where We Belong
Emily Giffin, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312554194
6. Shadow of Night
Deborah Harkness, Viking, $28.95, 9780670023486
7. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
8. The Prisoner of Heaven
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Harper, $25.99, 9780062206282
9. A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's, $25, 9781936365746
10. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
11. Mission to Paris
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9781400069484
12. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
okra13. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

14. Black List
Brad Thor, Atria, $27.99, 9781439192986
15. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper, $25.99, 9780061928123

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
3. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
4. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
5. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
6. Dust to Dust
Benjamin Busch, Ecco Press, $26.99, 9780062014849
7. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
8. Stand Up That Mountain
Jay Erskine Leutze, Scribner, $27, 9781451679007
9. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
10. Mick
Christopher Andersen, Gallery, $27, 9781451661446
11. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
12. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
13. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
14. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
15. Darth Vader and Son
Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452106557

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
2. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
5. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
6. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
7. Sea Change
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451236760
8. Maine
J.Courtney Sullivan, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307742216
9. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
10. Bared to You
Sylvia Day, Berkley, $15, 9780425263907
11. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
12. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
13. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
14. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
15. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
3. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
4. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
5. I Remember Nothing
Nora Ephron, Vintage, $14, 9780307742803
6. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
7. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin, $15, 9780143121343
8. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
9. Hemingway's Boat
Paul Hendrickson, Vintage, $16.95, 9781400075355
10. Destiny of the Republic
Candice Millard, Anchor, $16, 9780767929714
11. Tiny Beautiful Things
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307949332
12. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
13. 1493
Charles C. Mann, Vintage, $16.95, 9780307278241
14. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
15. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446547574
8. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
9. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
10. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $8.99, 9780345339683

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
3. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442457027
okra4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
7. Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801
8. Rocket Writes a Story
Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, 9780375870866
9. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
10. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375

Children's Interest

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316201575
4. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378
5. Seraphina
Rachel Hartman, Random House, $17.99, 9780375866562
6. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
7. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
8. Misty of Chincoteague
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illus.), Aladdin, $5.99, 9781416927839
9. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
10. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
2. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
4. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
5. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House, #48)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868269
7. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
8. The Last Guardian
Eoin Colfer, Hyperion, $18.99, 9781423161615
9. Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442411920
10. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951


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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

American SermonsDemon Drink

They say Sam Jones speaks in hyperbole and Jones exaggerates; they charge me with that frequently. I will tell you what I will do: I will go to some homes in Kentucky where the poor drunkards are buried, and I defy earth and hell to exaggerate the picture. Will words paint anything darker and more fearful than that? Things have happened in Lexington in the last ten years that I have referred to; are they exaggerated? Take that husband in his downward course and see him as he progresses in his ruin, he loses all his self-respect, his love for his wife, and then see the wife’s feet gradually being brought to the grave day by day, and see the wife’s heart as the blood trickles from it drop by drop, hour after hour, until its last crimson drop is exhausted, and she sinks into the grave, and the little children  brought to shame, and desolation and want, and see that whole family, and when you have, bring it and throw its shadow into one picture before your eyes--a ruined man, a ruined soul, a broken-hearted wife and beggared children, and hope blasted forever. Is there a word painter in the universe of God who can exaggerate that picture? The only difference between the man who has done that and you, brother, is that he has gone a little further than you. You have the same disease, and unless it is arrested in its course you will reach the same point before long. I have been very strong in my denunciations of some things, and I denounce a thing in proportion as I see it is an evil; as I see it ruin humanity I denounce it in that proportion. I have said in the pulpit that no one but an infernal scoundrel would sell, and no one but an infernal fool would drink whiskey. “That is strong language,” they say, “you ought not to say it.” The liquor dealers at Chattanooga said: “Damn it, he insults a man to his face!” and have cussed about the promiscuously about what I said in the pulpit, and I have been cussed about as much as I have been discussed, too. I told them, too, the next time they heard me to meet me the next morning, and go down to a certain street with me until we arrived at the desolate home and see that pallid woman, and see themselves what a horrid wreck their trade has made of a once happy home. See the wrecked fireside, the wretched children on the floor, and then ask what woman who was her father and how was she raised, whom she married and what has become of her husband, and then place your ear to her heart and hear the blood dripping, dripping from it, and then see the besotted form and bleared eyes of the bloated man lying drunk on the floor in the back room, and then say if I exaggerate.

--Samuel P. Jones, Sermon of  August 2, 1885 (in American Sermons, edited by Michael Warner, Library of America 1999) 1883011655

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Bily Graham Nearing HomeAsheville, the “Paris of the South,” is home to thousands of artists, including painters, dancers, sculptors and writers. The mountain town has been called both a “freak capital” and “the torn notch of the Bible Belt,” while also voted as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America” and one of the top seven places to live. The Paris of the South

Best Place to Pick Up Reading Material for Your Next Filibuster:
Charlotte: Mr. Nguyen: “The Billy Graham Library. There’s all sorts of reading material here but I’d suggest Billy Graham’s biography, or Billy Graham’s Theology 101. If you want to impress Republicans, bust out some Billy Graham.” Tampa: Mr. Solomon: “Inkwood Books Store. The dream and passion of bibliophiles Carla Jimenez and Leslie Reiner, it’s survived the incursion of the book superstores and online book warehouses because it caters especially to filibusterers who need long, expensive books from which to spew the mountains of words designed to see that the nation’s work does not get done.” An unconventional guide to the conventions

“In the last decade or so, the field of Southern Studies has changed dramatically,” Brinkmeyer said. “Many scholars are now looking at the South through a lens that is simultaneously local and international. Scholars often talk about ‘the many Souths’ rather than ‘the South,’ examining the many vibrant subcultures operating within operating within Southern culture. In other words, the South’s diversity is now at front and center in scholarly research.” The changing nature of Southern Studies

With a novel that traces the hopes and hardships of three generations of immigrant coal miners, Susan Tekulve of Spartanburg has won the 2012 S.C. First Novel Competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission and Hub City Press of Spartanburg. Competition judge Josephine Humphries, a well-known S.C. novelist, said the work had “a remarkable sensitivity to the mystery of how place affects human souls” and called Tekulve “a writer who definitely has what it takes . . . to make a real contribution to Southern literature.” Susan Tekluve wins SC First Novel Competition

The Herat is a Lonely HunterHand in hand with this theme of loneliness and alienation is a related theme, and the two are tied together in the novel’s title. Each of McCullers’s main characters is yearning for something, and although they try to express this yearning (futilely!) through connection and relationship, relationship is the impossible means to the impossible end, not the end itself. The heart is a lonely hunter

Next year the Amelia Island Book Festival will move from its long-time February slot to the last weekend in April just one week prior to the island’s annual shrimp festival. At an July event honoring its volunteers – Pricilla Puckett and Penny Sansbury were given service awards, festival organizers also announced that all segments of its free Saturday festival will be held at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center.  Amelia Island Book Festival moving

Cold MountainThe North Carolina Literary Review is marking its second decade of publication with a special feature section on North Carolina literature into film.  The issue includes essays by “Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier, eastern North Carolina’s Jim Grimsley, and Timothy Tyson, author of the provocative “Blood Done Sign My Name.”  “But don’t expect to read of these writers’ frustration over filmmakers ‘ruining’ their work,” writes editor Margaret Bauer in her introduction to the special feature section. “Rather, you will read of their appreciation of the hard work involved in creating this other medium for their stories.” NCLR Literature into film

The Dark HorseHuntington native and best-selling author Craig Johnson will speak about his mystery novels at this fall's West Virginia Book Festival.  Johnson, a Marshall University graduate who lives in Wyoming, has written a series of novels that chronicle the life of Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire. His novel "The Dark Horse" was named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of the year in 2009, and "Another Man's Moccasins" earned the Western Writers of America Spur Award for the best novel of 2008. Craig Johnson to speak at West Virginia Book Festival

Organizers of the West Virginia Book Festival are seeking volunteers to assist with the event. The West Virginia Book Festival, an annual two-day event celebrating books and reading, is scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center West Virginia Book Festival seeks volunteers.

The Savannah Book Festival, which set records for attendance with more than 8,000 attendees in 2012, has even bigger plans for next year.  The Feb. 14-17 event will expand events to downtown Savannah's Trustees Theater, which has a capacity of 1,100, organizers announced Wednesday morning. All six 2013 venues, including Trustees, are within walking distance of Telfair Square, festival central. Savannah Book Festival expands

The 2013 Savannah Book Festival has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation to support the festival’s mission in bringing authors to reach young people through local schools. Savannah Book Festival awarded $5000 grant

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Author Gossip

Ashley MemoryFeatured: Joseph Scott Morgan
Author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator

"I hate the theatrics of it, but this book has been all about facing fear," Morgan said. Then his voice trailed off, his eyes teared up, and he paused to stare out into the empty restaurant. "It's the first time I've been in here since 2004," he said. The Journey of a southern death investigator

Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987, the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country. During the day, Morgan worked in the morgue, and at night investigated for the coroner. In 1992 Morgan became the Senior Investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta. Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University, where he teaches a death investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop. He and his family reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Joseph holds a Master of Forensic Sciences degree and is a Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with "Fellow" status conferred by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Blood Beneath My FeetHave you ever been locked in a cooler with piles of decomposing humans for so long that you had to shave all the hair off your body in order to get rid of the smell? Joseph Scott Morgan did. Have you ever lit a Marlboro from the ignited gas of a bloated dead man's belly? Joseph Scott Morgan has. Have you ever wept over a dead dog while not giving a shit about the dead owner laying next him? Morgan did. Were you named after a murder victim? Joseph Scott Morgan was.

This isn't Hollywood fantasy--it's the true story of a boy born into the deprivations of a white trash trailer park who as an adult gets further involved in the desperate backdoor sagas of the "new South." No hot blondes here, just maggots, grief, and the truth about forensics and death investigation.

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More gossip:

Lisa WingateI am from the white, flat-roofed Florida house with rains billowing off the sea, and endless princess games of let's pretend, and rockets blazing trails to the moon. Lisa Wingate

"A thoughtful book doesn't sell itself in America, so I'm on tour to sell it myself. I've hit smaller bookstores than this and I'll tell you, you go to some small bookstores and they have the complete support of the community, and you go to a big one and two people show up. I like stores like this because in the end, if you reach one person, that's the goal. One more person is reading the book." Benjamin Busch

Janet LembkeStaunton poet, teacher, translator and essayist Janet Lembke was honored with a banquet at the annual gathering of the North Carolina Writers Conference in New Bern, Saturday, July 28. Janet Lembke




STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What 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.

see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Kimberly Brock  
Dalton, GA 08/09/2012 - 08/09/2012
Jackson, MS 08/13/2012 - 08/13/2012
Greenwood, MS 08/14/2012 - 08/15/2012
Tupelo, MS 08/16/2012 - 08/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Hester Bass  
New York City, NY 08/31/2012 - 09/01/2012
Greenville, SC 09/14/2012 - 09/16/2012
Spartanburg, SC 09/17/2012 - 09/18/2012
Richmond, VA 09/19/2012 - 09/20/2012
Washington, DC 09/21/2012 - 09/22/2012
Staunton, VA 09/29/2012 - 09/29/2012
Birmingham, AL 10/19/2012 - 10/21/2012

Nancy Naigle  
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012 - 8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012
Lynchburg, VA 09/28/2012 - 09/30/2012
Rocky Mount, NC 10/01/2012 - 10/31/2012
RIchmond, VA 10/19/2012 - 10/21/2012

David Taylor  
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012 - 10/27/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

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Bookstore Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

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Literary Bookpost opened in August, 1998, to serve a need in the Salisbury-Rowan community for a local independent bookstore that serves no specific reading--or corporate--interests.  We opened to encourage and nurture unfettered devotion to independent thinking, community support, and the love of books.  Their mission is thus:

First, Literary Bookpost is and will remain a bookstore that provides the personality, the purpose, and the passion of an independent, non-corporate purveyor of the finest, carefully-chosen, selection of reading material possible.  As a shop, and each of their booksellers, are dedicated to the written word in its finest form, and willingly share their passion and knowledge with each member of their reading community.  For them, books are life.

Second, Literary Bookpost is and will remain an active member of the Salisbury-Rowan community, contributing to the quality of life that a small city can provide.  They are ardent supporters of the community through local shopping, active civic involvement, and contribution to the arts which enliven and enrich us all.  To this end, they support to the best of their abilities non-partisan artistic, community, and environmental causes.  They also seek to increase awareness among customers of the need to support their local artists, non-profits, and merchants.

Finally, their Mission is to ensure that the best books are available to you, as quickly as you want them.  They will remain, foremost, a place for bibliophiles to gather and discuss their truest passion:  reading.

Remember Me as a Time of DayMalaprop's announces the launch of "Remember Me as a Time of Day," an anthology of poetry by women from the Women on Words poetry group. A book release and signing event is set for Sunday, August 26 at 3 p.m. Free. The book is $14.95 and can be pre-ordered at www.malaprops.com.
Malaprops publishes poetry anthology

Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books turns ten years old on Sunday, celebrating a decade of slinging coffee and peddling books along the Outer Banks. Owned by partners Allen Lehew and John Power, Duck’s Cottage prides itself on its “eclectic, hand-picked mix of fiction, nonfiction, cookery, children’s biographies, and local and regional books.” Duck's Cottage turns ten

Every book has an ending.  Unfortunately, Cherry Books will reach its final page on September 29, 2012.  Thank you for helping us create new chapters for Cherry Books during the last five years Cherry Books closing

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park

Hemingway's Girl

Hemingway's Girl

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Read This! War and Art; Summer Reading from Pomegranate Books

Life ClassWar and Art: Let me say from the start that I am a huge Pat Barker fan. I believe her Regeneration trilogy to be one of the finest collections of novels written about war and its aftermath.  My devotion and admiration for them is comparable to how I feel about Margaret Laurence’s Manawaka cycle.  For me, there is no higher praise....I'd recommend reading Life Class now and Toby's Room as soon as it is available in October. War and Art by Flyleaf Books

Summer Reading from Pomegranate Books, Wilmington NC:

The Long ExileThe Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic by Melanie McGrath
Sometimes reading about colder climates helps us cool off on a steamy summer’s day. This book is a meticulously researched, grippingly told account. McGrath uses the film Nanook of the North as a focal point to explore the forced relocation of a group of Inuit families to an area north of the Arctic Circle in an effort by Canada to establish mineral rights. Having lived with the Inuit, McGrath conveys people’s unique culture, including a sense of time radically different from our own.

Along the WatchtowerAlong the Watchtower by Constance Squires
Squires has been compared to Pat Conroy, and she covers some of the same territory in this coming-of-age novel about Lucinda, the feisty and observant eldest daughter in a military family stationed in Germany. Faced with the isolation of a strange place and the pressures of family strife, Lucinda uses popular music to forge bonds and find solace. This debut novel highlights the fact that entire families are involved in service to our country.

Granta 115 The F WordGranta 115: The F Word (Feminism)
Those of you who got a chuckle hearing Helen Simpson reading from “Night Thoughts” on NPR will enjoy reading the entire piece of imagined male-female role reversal. The rest of this issue offers a stellar roster of writers (Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, A.S Byatt, Jeanette Winterson), as well as poets and visual artists. It’s great fun to pick and choose among the entries, depending on your mood. Eudora Welty’s classic, “Gentlemen” is the icing on the cake.

Twelve by TwelveTwelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream by William Powers. The author spends a month in a small cabin in rural North Carolina and tells wonderful tales of the characters he encounters while examining his own life.


Twleve by TwelveTales From a Free-Range Childhood by Waynesville native Donald Davis. The author’s delightful memoir of growing up in the North Carolina mountains.




Watery Part of the WorldThe Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker. A fictional tale of survival on a North Carolina barrier island in the 1800’s. Parker is a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature and is the author of five novels.

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