{You got to do better than that.}

In which it is the season to be a giver. . . sometime in April, you just can't get between a boy and his dog, no matter how ugly the dog happens to be, Mr. Joe Cobb Crawford receives a mysterious communication, Ms. Ellen Douglas teaches an admirer how to drink, and Mr.David Maddon sees a production of Henry V and is inspired to write a musical.

November 18, 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!

The Panther Merry Christmas Alex Cross The
                                    Bone Bed A Place in Time Proof of Heaven My Bookstore How to Create a Mind Joseph Anton The Innocent Carry the One Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey The Devil in the White City Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Custom Nation Heaven is for Real The Hare with Amber Eyes

Lord of the Flies
1984 The Litigators Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons MossyPete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes On the Night You Were Born Lincoln's Last Days Three Times Lucky


Author Readings

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Adult Writing Workshop on 11/28/2012 (13315)

Ayad Akhtar, author of American Dervish, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/28/2012 (13325)

John Noltner, author of A Peace of My Mind, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/28/2012 (13337)

Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 11/28/2012 (13368)

Greg Gutfield, author of The Joy of Hate, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 11/28/2012 (13383)

Ally Condie, author of Reached: Matched Book 3, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 11/28/2012 (13384)

Brenna M. Munro, author of South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 11/28/2012 (13385)

Barbara Kingsolver, author of Flight Behavior, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/28/2012 (13408)

Dorothy Foltz-Gray, author of With and Without Her: A Memoir of Losing and Being a Twin, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 11/28/2012 (13435)

Timothy Jay Smith will be appearing at Octavia Books, 11/28/2012 (13501)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Wilde Awards Live! on 11/29/2012 (13326)

Erik Larson will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/29/2012 (13334)

Ayad Akhtar will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 11/29/2012 (13338)

Oliver North, author of Heroes Proved, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 11/29/2012 (13345)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cherie Priest reads from The Inexplicables on 11/29/2012 (13357)

Naomi Benaron will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 11/29/2012 (13373)

Peter Kory, author of Sheltered from the Swastika, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 11/29/2012 (13386)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Christo's Surrounded (Pink) Islands 30th Anniversary on 11/29/2012 (13387)

Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/29/2012 (13409)

Charles Buchanan, author of Fading Ads of Birmingham, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/29/2012 (13432)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 11/29/2012 (13436)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Poetry reading & Open Mic: featuring Michael Chitwood & James Seay from Jacar Press? ?and love? anthology on 11/29/2012 (13437)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Smoky Mountain Chess Club on 11/29/2012 (13468)

Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 11/29/2012 (13532)

Ally Condie, author of Reached: Matched Book 3, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 11/30/2012 (13327)

Amy Willoughby-Burle, author of Out Across the Nowhere, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 11/30/2012 (13335)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event David Foster Wallace night / Both Flesh and Not release on 11/30/2012 (13348)

Melissa West, author of Gravity, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 11/30/2012 (13359)

Les Standiford will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 11/30/2012 (13388)

bbgb is hosting the event Cocktales and Cheese on 11/30/2012 (13389)

David Niose, author of Nonbeliever Nation, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 11/30/2012 (13410)

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald will be appearing at Turning Pages Books & More, 11/30/2012 (13429)

Cherie Priest, author of The Inexplicables, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 11/30/2012 (13438)

Fountain Bookstore is hosting the event Storytime With JO! on 11/30/2012 (13528)

Nathalie Dupree, author of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 11/30/2012 (13533)

Steve Millburg, author of Gone Pro: Alabama, will be appearing at Little Professor Book Center, 11/30/2012 (13561)

Lon D. Outen, author of A History of Lynches Forks and Extended Areas on Big and Little Lynches Rivers, South Carolina, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 11/30/2012 (13309)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Jazz By the Book on 12/01/2012 (13374)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Little Shop's Annual Gingerbread Party on 12/01/2012 (13414)

Turning Pages Books & More is hosting the event Holiday Bazaar and Merry Market on 12/01/2012 (13428)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 12/01/2012 (13439)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event The Monti Jr?s ?Classroom Confidential? teen storytelling event (ticketed $10) on 12/01/2012 (13440)

Stacy Marshall, author of Captain Courage & the Fear-Squishing Shoes, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/01/2012 (13445)

Lee Pace, author of The Golden Age of Pinehurst: The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/01/2012 (13450)

Charles Frazier, author of Nightwoods, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/01/2012 (13451)

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event NC Poetry Society's 80th Anniversary on 12/01/2012 (13463)

Kathryn Byer will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 12/01/2012 (13471)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Circling Faith on 12/01/2012 (13476)

That Bookstore in Blytheville is hosting the event KOBO Orientation on 12/01/2012 (13486)

Diane Wilkinson, author of The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 12/01/2012 (13487)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Jay Jennings - Escape Velocity discussion on 12/01/2012 (13488)

Ken Foster, author of I'm A Good Dog, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/01/2012 (13502)

Inkwood Books is hosting the event TAKE YOUR CHILD TO A BOOKSTORE DAY on 12/01/2012 (13517)

Stephen P. McCutchan, author of Let's Have Lunch, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/01/2012 (13518)

Fountain Bookstore is hosting the event Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day! on 12/01/2012 (13529)

Ennis Davis, author of Cohen Brothers: The Big Store , will be appearing at Book Mark, 12/01/2012 (13541)

Carolyn Brown, author of A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 12/01/2012 (13542)

Anne Butler will be appearing at Books Plus, 12/01/2012 (13567)

Cheryl Dubberly, author of He Bears a Resemblance, will be appearing at Books Plus, 12/02/2012 (13568)

Spellbound Children's Bookshop is hosting the event ROYAL Book Club December: Nick & Norah?s Infinite Playlist on 12/02/2012 (13423)

Mary White, author of Down Bohicket Road, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/02/2012 (13446)

Woody Durham will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/02/2012 (13452)

Jean Anderson will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/02/2012 (13453)

Katy Houston, author of Sweetness Follows, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 12/02/2012 (13477)

Geoff Brock, author of Pinocchio, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 12/02/2012 (13489)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Live Music: Generifus, Grimm Creeper, The Wandering Lake on 12/02/2012 (13490)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Reading Rainbow Book Club-Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenidies on 12/02/2012 (13493)

Tony La Russa, author of One Last Strike, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/02/2012 (13507)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event POETRIO: REBECCA BAGGETT, JOE MILLS & NAN WATKINS on 12/02/2012 (13543)

Mary Ann Bator-Gray, author of Jaden and the Weejum, will be appearing at Books Plus, 12/03/2012 (13569)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event T&F Transitionz: A Project of the Feminist Outlawz on 12/03/2012 (13494)

Christopher Buehlman, author of Between Two Fires, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/03/2012 (13503)

JT Ellison  will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/03/2012 (13508)

Bill Roorback, author of Life Among Giants, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/03/2012 (13262)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event BRIDGING DIFFERENCES BOOKCLUB on 12/03/2012 (13544)

Nancy Carter Crump, author of Dining with the Washingtons, will be appearing at Bookworks, 12/03/2012 (13562)

Gillian Royes, author of The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 12/04/2012 (13424)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Resident Choir of the Raleigh Boychoir on 12/04/2012 (13454)

Gennifer Weisenfield, author of Imaging Disaster, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/04/2012 (13464)

John Shelton Reed will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/04/2012 (13465)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event SPEAKING PAGES: A Spoken Word Event/Gathering on 12/04/2012 (13478)

Bill Finch will be appearing at Page & Palette, 12/04/2012 (13483)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Atlanta Square Pegs--a new LGBTQ social group forming on 12/04/2012 (13495)

Kit Wohl will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/04/2012 (13504)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Let's Talk Books with Donna Nicely and Marshall Chapman on 12/04/2012 (13509)

Barnhill's is hosting the event Drawing Circle on 12/04/2012 (13519)

Phyllis Wernsing, author of A Path, A Prayer, and God's Presence, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/04/2012 (13520)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Last Feminist Open Mic at University Ave on 12/04/2012 (13552)

Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm, will be appearing at bbgb, 12/04/2012 (13556)

David M. Tavernier, author of Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken's Winter Colony in the Gilded Age, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/04/2012 (13310)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Folk music duo Constellation on 12/05/2012 (13455)

Killick Hinds, author of The World For A Dying Antidote, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 12/05/2012 (13479)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Body Love Leads to Better Sex: A Workshop by Maisha Najuma Aza on 12/05/2012 (13496)

Julia Taylor Ebel will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/05/2012 (13521)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Eric Pearl - The Reconnection: Heal Yourself, Heal Others on 12/05/2012 (13531)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event Join host Jay Jacobi for a discussion of Silas Marner, by George Elio on 12/05/2012 (13545)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Trans Discussion Group on 12/05/2012 (13554)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Special Hanukkah Story Time! The Count's Hanukkah Countdown with authors Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fische on 12/06/2012 (13441)

MIchael Sulick, author of Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/06/2012 (13456)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Art Show: Laura Whitfield / Music by Trasspassers on 12/06/2012 (13491)

Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 12/06/2012 (13497)

Farrell Mason, author of Alma Gloria and the Olive Tree, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/06/2012 (13510)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Cookbook Club Meeting on 12/06/2012 (13534)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event WGOT Live Radio Show at Wild Iris Books on 12/06/2012 (13553)

Turning Pages Books & More is hosting the event Remembering Mary Hamilton on 12/06/2012 (13566)

Louis Sachar, author of Holes, will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 12/07/2012 (13570)

Margie Carroll, author of ZZ and the Daydream, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/07/2012 (13393)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event The 2012 Wilde Awards Live! on 12/07/2012 (13442)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Picking On Christmas - by Nixon, Blevins & Gage on 12/07/2012 (13457)

James Dean, author of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 12/07/2012 (13484)

Bruce Douglas, author of The Great Harvest: Remembering Tobacco in the Pee Dee, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/07/2012 (13538)

Stephan Drage, author of Mud Lane, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/07/2012 (13557)

Marguerite T. Cline will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/08/2012 (13394)

Gigi Amateau  will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 12/08/2012 (13411)

Fran Hasson, author of Allawe, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 12/08/2012 (13425)

Paul Smith, author of The Colors of Mississippi, will be appearing at Turning Pages Books & More, 12/08/2012 (13427)

Darwen Arkwright, author of The Insidious Bleck by AJ Hartley, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/08/2012 (13447)

Kelly Lyons  will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/08/2012 (13458)

Helen Scott Correll, author of Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration From Nature, will be appearing at Blue Ridge Books & News, 12/08/2012 (13469)

Penny Graham, author of The Button Sisters, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 12/08/2012 (13472)

Myron Kaufman, author of Finding Ida, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 12/08/2012 (13474)

Page & Palette is hosting the event Webkinz Road Trip on 12/08/2012 (13485)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood on 12/08/2012 (13498)

Bill Finch, author of Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/08/2012 (13505)

Lynn Tolley, author of Jack Daniel's Cookbook, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/08/2012 (13511)

Mona Ketner will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/08/2012 (13522)

Melinda Long, author of The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/08/2012 (13535)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event DECEMBER AUTHORS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN on 12/08/2012 (13546)

Brian Powell, author of Stranger in the Pulpit, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/08/2012 (13558)

Carole Townsend, author of Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/08/2012 (13559)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Hanukkah Storytime on 12/09/2012 (13571)

Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/09/2012 (13448)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Mishpacha Celebrates on 12/09/2012 (13459)

Harriet Hill, author of Escaping Viet Nam - H'Yoanh's Story: A Memoir of Determination, Defiance and Deliverance, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/09/2012 (13460)

John Carenen, author of Signs of Struggle, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 12/09/2012 (13480)

Marty and Hilda Stuart, author of Choctaw Gardens, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/09/2012 (13512)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event POEMS OF DEVOTION POETRY READING on 12/09/2012 (13547)

Rachel Ray, author of My Year in Meals, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/10/2012 (13461)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 12/10/2012 (13499)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MYSTERY BOOKCLUB on 12/10/2012 (13548)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Gender Equality Now! Art Exhibition on 12/10/2012 (13555)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Christmas - John Brown and His Big Band/Nnenna Freelon on 12/11/2012 (13462)

Maria de Guzman, author of , will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/11/2012 (13466)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 12/11/2012 (13470)

Buddy Valastro will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 12/11/2012 (13481)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Live music with Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin on 12/11/2012 (13513)

Sharman Burson Ramsey, author of Swimming With Serpents, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/11/2012 (13536)

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Gallows Bay Holiday Festival on 12/12/2012 (13426)

John Shelton Reed will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 12/12/2012 (13443)

Rachel Ray, author of My Year in Meals, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/12/2012 (13514)

N.M. Kelly, author of White Truffles in Winter, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 12/12/2012 (13303)

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Yawns Book Club on 12/13/2012 (13395)

James Salzman, author of In Drinking Water: A History, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/13/2012 (13467)

FoxTale Book Shoppe is hosting the event December's FoxTalk Book Club meeting on 12/13/2012 (13482)

Emily Ford, author of The Jews of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/13/2012 (13506)

Jon Meacham, author of Jon Meacham will discuss and sign Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/13/2012 (13515)

Laurance Daltroff Triplette, author of Gimme Some Sugar, Darlin': The Secret Lexicon of Southernness and One Old Bride's Guide to Cooking Southern, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/13/2012 (13523)

Buddy Valastro will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 12/13/2012 (13530)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine's 10th Anniversary Tour! With Davy and Peter Rothbart on 12/14/2012 (13444)

Mary Flinn will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/14/2012 (13524)

James Kilgore will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/14/2012 (13525)

Tom Poland, author of Save the Last Dance for Me: A Love Story of the Shag and the Society of Stranders, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/14/2012 (13539)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Little Shop's Annual Polar Express Party on 12/15/2012 (13572)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures! Amy Ray, T Cooper, & Scott Turner Schofield at the Star Bar One Night Only! on 12/15/2012 (13500)

Daisy King, author of Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/15/2012 (13516)

Jim McFarland, author of The Potters of Orange- 100 years of Pottery, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/15/2012 (13526)

John Carenen, author of Signs of Struggle, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/15/2012 (13537)

Anne Fiitten Glenn, author of Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 12/15/2012 (13549)

Jana Oliver, author of Foretold, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/15/2012 (13560)

Sherye Simmons Green, author of Abandon Not My Soul, will be appearing at Turning Pages Books & More, 12/15/2012 (13565)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures! Amy Ray, T Cooper, & Scott Turner Schofield on 12/15/2012 (13055)

Park Road Books is hosting the event New Dress A Day - Marisa Lynch on 12/16/2012 (13449)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Find Frank, The Fabulous Fiction Fan: 2012 on 12/16/2012 (13475)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event REMEMBER ME AS A TIME OF DAY POETRY READING on 12/16/2012 (13550)

Jerry John, author of Great Living - Every Day a Victory, will be appearing at Bookworks, 12/16/2012 (13563)

Carolina García-Aguilera will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/16/2012 (13564)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Fiction Book Club, Dec 2012 on 12/18/2012 (13492)

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event December Book Club reads Natasha Trethewey on 12/20/2012 (13399)

Carol Bjorlie, author of Behind the Cello, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 12/20/2012 (13473)

Susan D. Reynolds, author of Secrets of a Successful Loser - The Problems People Have With Weight Loss and How We've Solved Them, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/21/2012 (13540)

 


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Dearest readers,

Holidays are a season of giving, and now is the time to sign up to be a Giver for World Book Night, 2013. How many times have you pressed a favorite book into the hands of a friend and insisted, “you’ve got to read this!”? Imagine having twenty copies of that book to give away. Twenty chances to be an advocate for a book that changed your life — or at least just made you very happy!

World Book Night 2013The application process to be a WBN Giver is now open. Here are the guidelines and instructions on how to apply. (If you were a Giver last year, you still need to re-apply for 2013, since things happen. People move. Change their email addresses. Stuff like that.

The books to be given out on World Book Night 2013 has also been announced. The odds are there is at least one title on this list of thirty that you have read and loved. Several Southerners are in the collection, each of them no stranger to the Southern Indie Bestseller list: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward will all be among the books that eager readers hand out on street corners to total strangers in the hopes of gaining converts.

It that sounds almost like a religious calling, well perhaps it is. Introducing people to the magic of books. Can you think of a better thing you could be giving?

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 18, 2012

Columbia, SC -November 25, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, November 18, 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. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535144
2. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265
3. The Last Man
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595212
4. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
5. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062065247
6. Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $26.95, 9780385536820
7. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781616201326
8. The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers, Little Brown, $24.99, 9780316219365
9. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $35, 9780316228534
10. The Panther
Nelson DeMille, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446580847
11. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316210683
12. Back to Blood
Tom Wolfe, Little Brown, $30, 9780316036313
13. The Bone Bed
Patricia Cornwell, Putnam Adult, $28.95, 9780399157561
14. A Place in Time
Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, $26, 9781619020498
15. Winter of the World
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525952923

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664
2. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
3. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
4. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
5. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464873
6. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
William Manchester, Paul Reid, Little Brown, $40, 9780316547703
7. No Easy Day
Mark Owen, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525953722
8. The Signal and the Noise
Nate Silver, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204111
9. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
10. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $21.99, 9781451695182
11. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
Ronald Rice (Ed.), Black Dog & Leventhal, $23.95, 9781579129101
12. Guinness World Records 2013
Guinness, $28.95, 9781904994879
13. Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307957245
14. How to Create a Mind
Ray Kurzweil, Viking, $27.95, 9780670025299
15. Joseph Anton
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $30, 9780812992786

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
2. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Random House, $15, 9780812984415
3. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
5. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $14.99, 9780061804205
6. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
7. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
8. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
9. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
10. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
11. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
12. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
13. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $14.99, 9781455519002
14. Carry the One
Carol Anshaw, S&S, $15, 9781451656930
15. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $21, 9781451688092
3. The Swerve
Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343403
4. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
5. The Untethered Soul
Michael A. Singer, New Harbinger, $16.95, 9781572245372
6. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
7. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2013
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985736
8. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
9. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
10. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin, $15, 9780143121343
11. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
12. Custom Nation
Anthony Flynn, Emily Flynn Vencat, Benbella Books, $16.95, 9781937856106
13. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
14. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
15. F for Effort!
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9781452113227

Mass Market

1. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425250563
2. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
5. Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, Signet, $9.99, 9780451232854
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
8. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
9. The Litigators
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530561
10. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428

Children's Illustrated

okra1. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626

2. Safari: A Photicular Book
Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95, 9780761163800
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
5. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589
6. The Thankful Book
Todd Parr, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316181013
7. Bear Says Thanks
Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illus.), Margaret K. McElderry Books, $16.99, 9781416958567
8. Mossy
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399257827
9. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
10. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Star Wars Origami
Chris Alexander, Workman, $16.95, 9780761169437
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
4. Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
5. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
7. Lincoln's Last Days
Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Holt, $19.99, 9780805096750
8. Lego Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
Claire Sipi, DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756698126
9. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702
10. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson, Eleanor Taylor (Illus.), Frederick Warne and Company, $20, 9780723269106

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Kindred Spirits

Grit LitOn the green lawn that led down to the lake, Bailey’s boy tumbled with their two chocolate Labs, Buddy and Junior. The seven of us sat on Bailey’s veranda sipping bourbon and watching the boy and his dogs, watching partly because of what Bailey had just told us about the younger dog, Buddy’s proogeny, a fat brute and a bully. Bailey had chosen Buddy’s mate carefully, but the union had produced a pure idiot. A little genetic imbalance, Bailey said, hard to avoid with these popular breeds.

Watching Junior you could see that this dog was aggressively stupid. A reckless, lumbering beast with no light in his eyes, floundering onto old Buddy’s back, slamming into the boy and knocking him down. The boy is about ten or eleven and named Ulysses though they called him Lee (sort of a joke), thin as a ten penny nail, with spectacles like his mama. He was eating it up, rolling in the grass and laughing like a lord-god woodpecker, Junior rooting at him like a hog.

“I hate that dog,” Bailey said. “But Lee won’t let me get rid of him.”

Brad Watson, from Last Days of the Dog-Men, in Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader, edited by Brian Carpenter and Tom Franklin (USC Press, 2012)

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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).

The Crisis of ZionismLet him speak. That has been the steady message directed at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta since it disinvited author Peter Beinart, former editor of The New Republic magazine, to its festival almost two weeks ago. The story of center’s decision to rescind its invitation to Beinart, author of the provocative book The Crisis of Zionism, has generated considerable protest within some sectors of Atlanta’s Jewish community. In an open letter to the Atlanta Jewish community written by Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, Wolpe likened the center’s decision to censorship. Disinvited author sells out event

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Author Gossip

Ellen Douglas"I saw her sitting by herself at a writer's conference one time after I'd published my first novel, and I took my little glass of white wine over to sit with her," Shearer said. "She held up her glass of bourbon instructionally, and then eyed my white wine sardonically, and said, 'You got to do better than that.' ". Josephine Ayres Haxton, aka Ellen Douglas

When I was 16, I saw “Henry V” with Laurence Olivier. The opening credits show ancient London Bridge, with all the houses and shops on it. About 50 years ago, I saw the movie again, and I was intrigued. I made a note, “ancient London Bridge would be a great setting for a musical.” David Madden brings Southern sensibility to English epic

Upon opening, I was reminded of my long-ago experience of being sent a “summer reading list” by the college I was about to enter. Total panic. The Books that Mattered

Two Gaston County authors have won the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award for their individual books, which intertwine their family and friends with North Carolina history. Gastonia residents Joy Sparrow and Bobby Brown, who were both born and raised in Belmont, were chosen recipients for this honor by the North Carolina Society of Historians and awarded on Oct. 20 at the society’s annual banquet, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mooresville. A Sparrow’s Nest of Letters

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

Hester Bass  , Brandon, MS 01/16/2013 - 01/19/2013

Carole Bellacera  , destin , FL 12/24/2012 - 12/26/2012

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Bookstore Gossip

Parnassus Books celebrates its first anniversary

Mary Gay Shipley has sold That Bookstore in Blytheville, to Grant Hill, effective January 2. Hill, 22, will move to Blytheville, Ark., from Mountain Home and will reside about as close to the store floor as possible: in the bookstore attic. That Bookstore in Blytheville sold

…a handful of wise booksellers saw something the others did not, and enthusiastically pushed A Time to Kill. There were five of them; one was Mary Gay Shipley, of That Bookstore in Blytheville, Ark.. I’ve always suspected Mary Gay had a soft spot because I was born in Jonesboro, Ark., not too far away. When I was a kid I visited my grandfather’s music store on Main Street in Blytheville, so Mary Gay and I had some common ground, shaky as it was. John Grisham on That Bookstore in Blytheville

"You walk along those bookshelves and every Southern author that you ever wanted to emulate is there," Rick Bragg on Alabama Booksmith

Nancy Olson, owner and founder of Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, N.C., is putting the bookstore up for sale. At 71, Olson said, she wants to retire and spend more time with her husband, Jim. The couple plans to travel and spend time with friends and family. She is also looking forward reading more, saying, "I'll always be Quail Ridge's No. 1 customer. I still expect a discount." Quail Ridge Books for sale

 

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


Midwife of Hope River

The Midwife of Hope RiverMidwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

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Read This!

Okra Picks and Recommended Reading from Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA


Midwife of Hope RiverOkra Picks: The Midwife of Hope River

A debut novel featuring Patience Murphy, an Appalachian midwife in the 1930s struggling against disease, poverty, prejudices, and her own haunting past to bring new light and life into an otherwise cruel world.

Full set of Okra Picks here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended reading from Quail Ridge Books:

Great Gift Ideas for Tots to Teens

Skippyjon Jones and Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner
This Is Not My Hat by John Klassen
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons

Thursday Night MenI’m high on Europa’s international imports, and thoroughly enjoyed Tonino Benacquista’s The Thursday Night Men ($16). The novel follows three Parisian men who meet at a gathering of men who share their stories of heartbreak, confusion and other woes. The reader cannot resist engaging with the sympathetic protagonists in their surprising stories. This is not for everyone—there is lots of graphic sex—but I found it interesting and insightful into the male mind. And it ends on a wonderfully uplifting note. (Nancy Olson at Quail Ridge Books)

Recommendations from Avid Bookshop

The Dust BowlThe Dust Bowl by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns: This collection of beautiful photographs and stories is as enrapturing as a Ken Burns documentary. The Dust Bowl chronicles in stunning detail the great natural disaster from our country's not too distant past. (John, bookseller)

 

 

UnboredUnbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Joshua Glenn, Tony Leone, Mark Frauenfelder, Heather Kasunick, Mister Reusch: While looking at this I thought, "Man, I would've loved this as a kid." Then I thought, "Duh! I love it NOW! Since when did I not want to spend hours perusing a fun, crazy, eclectic book like this?" True story. I love it. (Janet, bookshop owner)

 

The Creature from the Seventh GradeThe Creature From the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast by Bob Balahan: Don't let the title fool you, this is a perfect book for boys and girls grades 3-5. It subtly deals with the bizarre changes of puberty in a comically absurd way. Charlie is a regular nerdy teenager whose social problems get more complicated when puberty causes him to genetically mutate into a dinosaur. Even more strange? His parents are totally cool with it. (Rachel, bookseller)

 

Starry River of the SkyStarry River of the Sky by Grace Lin: We are always amazed by children's literature. This book is beautiful and has garnered amazing reviews. It is considered a frontrunner for the Newbery Medal and would be a perfect holiday gift for a young reader in your life! (Janet, bookshop owner) 9780316125956

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Joe Cobb Crawford

Homeless: Tales from the Booksigning Trenches
Joe Cobb Crawford, author of When the Chickens Come Home to Roost

Joe Cobb CrawfordMark Twain said it: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t“. Truth’s possibilities flourished during my recent three day Book Sign-A-Rama. I heard and saw things that only J.K. Rowling might have imagined. Just a sampling of each will give you a hint.

On Day One of Sign-A-Rama, I met a lady who told me the most amazing story. The lady was a widow whose husband had recently died. She had met her husband forty-three years ago in Oklahoma. He was a soldier from north Georgia stationed in Oklahoma. After marriage, he moved her to his home in north Georgia to live. Her husband was active in local business and civic activities. They spent their lives together until his recent death. Now the amazing part: Recently, she had researched her ancestry. She learned her roots were originally in north Georgia. Her ancestors’ roots were in fact in the same part of Georgia where she had lived for the past forty-three years. In the late 1830s her ancestors had been removed from Georgia and forced to travel the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma. This Cherokee Native American woman was now back in her ancestors’ old tramping ground- where they had lived for centuries. True irony and tragedy unfettered by possibilities.

When the Chickens Come Home to RoostThe Sunday afternoon Sign-A-Rama was a total disaster. I even received a traffic light citation in the county of the signing. The owner hosting the signing was pilfered and several items were destroyed. He’s crippled and mans his store on crutches. Had I known what happened on the day before my scheduled signing, I possibly would have stayed home. I asked the bookstore attendant “Where is everyone?” No other authors attended the signing and few people showed. His answer was, “they may have been scared away”. He went on to tell me the place had been shut down the day before. Police had found what they thought to be a bomb located near the store. It turned out to be nothing but a grocery sack full of clothes. A homeless person had left them there. It happened. My limited chicken catcher imagination isn’t capable of dreaming up this stuff.

The second day of the Sign-A-Rama was actually the most interesting day. I met a scientist who worked at the Savannah River Nuclear Facility. He researched detection of explosive devices for the government. Also, I met a person who was maybe too interesting. Let me explain: A heavy-laden lady with books, papers, and a large bag walks up to my book signing table. Her face had a familiar expression- a look I’ve seen on teachers’ face at the end of a hectic day. She looked to be “in search of intelligent life in the universe”. She said nothing. She just looked at me like I was in trouble and would possibly be kept in at recess. The silence was getting deafening so I finally asked, “would you like a book?” She didn’t respond and continued to stare at me. Finally, she reached in her enormous bag, brought out a wrapped “Starburst” piece of candy, and handed it to me. Then slowly she uttered the words I can’t get out of my mind:

“The…Store…Manager…Here…Starts…His…Name…With…The…Letter…’T’…as in……..’Team!’” Still staring, she squint one eye and tilted her head at me as if to say “better you die first rather than forget these important words I just told you”. Then she flitted away.

I have absolutely no clue of the meaning of her words. If you do, consider writing a Fictional Novel and please let me know.

 

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