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{"All we did was write stories."}

In which Mr. D.G. Martin explains why Deborah Knott is like Billy Graham, Mr. Chris Offutt explains why he likes possum (it's partly their opposable thumbs), a young woman promises to go to the next revival "even if it rains frogs" (it thankfully doesn't), Mr. Taylor Brown remembers his first grade teacher, and the source of Ms. C.D. Wright's cool will remain a mystery forever.

January 17, 2016

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | Okra Picks | The Trailer Park | Book and Author Gossip | Author 2 Author | STARS Author Feature | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar


oranges 

Dearest Readers,

OrangesWinter has, at last, arrived. Her ladyship, the editor, knows this because it became cool enough to put on her warm fuzzy slippers. And also because the bowl of fruit in the middle of her library table is now filled with oranges. Specifically, Cara Cara oranges. Last year her ladyship bought some by accident, thinking she was picking up regular navel oranges and not paying close attention to the bin she was standing in front of. It was a happy mistake, however, and now she looks for them every winter -- the only time they seem to appear in the grocery stores. Indeed, the first sign of spring may well be that pomegranates and cara cara oranges disappear from the supermarkets, leaving one to subsist on bananas and winter storage apples until the strawberries start to appear in late spring. Some people mark the passing of the seasons by the sports teams they are cheering or the holidays they are shopping for. Her ladyship seems to mark them by fruit.  9780374512972

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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.

A Mysterious Life &  CallingI was spending a while with a friend, Miss Myra Rivers, a young Christian, who was quite interested in my soul. I could not see the need of a change. I held myself good enough. But I was resting upon morality, because I had not reasoned otherwise. I could not see the use of her shouting at meeting,and was quite a pest to her on the matter. However, she prayed God should make me see the need. Do you wonder at this, dear reader? When you know I had nothing to shout for. Well, one beautiful moonlight night, indeed, this is reality, we enjoyed the delightful evening out on the stoop until drowsiness overtook us, and we retired to bed, and in the vision of my mind; a man came in the door and up to my bedside and spoke to me with an authority to be obeyed, “Get up and come with me.” I arose and put on my slippers and went to the door to see what—the moon was still up shining as I left it to go to bed.
“Follow me,” he said. And I followed—couldn’t help it, drawn as I were as by magnetism. So he led me through a beautiful passage up to a beautiful building, into a spacious room, and as I entered I heard the most melodious, inspiring songs. The man said to me, “Join in the song, and shout around.” “Oh, no,” said I, “for I don’t believe in the exercise.” So he sang and joined in with the assembly, and before I knew who I was I was among the shouters and had to be
taken away, as the last one of the assembly. The very man was with me on all occasions. They took me safely through the moonlight back to my rooms, and as we got up to the door he spoke to me like this, “Now, I want you to meet me at the same house about three weeks from to-night.” I could do no more nor less than to consent to meet him again in that very pleasant and enjoyable association
of persons. Then he wanted a pledge. As a trial of my sincerity, he says, “Suppose it rains frogs?” “Sir, I shall come.”

--Charlotte S. Riley, A Mysterious Life & Calling (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016) 9780299306748

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Read This!


Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

TruthwitchJill:  Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch is the start to a fabulous YA fantasy series about two teenage girls trained in sword and sorcery, who discover they may be the prophesied Cahr Awen. If so, the hopes of a world on the brink of war and fearful of magic's waning power will soon rest on their shoulders.

Melissa:  Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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

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Okra Picks


Okra Picks

 

A Mysterious Life & CallingA rare discovery, A Mysterious Life and Calling is the autobiography of Charlotte Levy Riley, who was born into slavery but after emancipation achieved a fulfilling career as a preacher in the South Carolina Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, schoolteacher, and civil servant. Although several nineteenth-century accounts by black preaching women in the northern states are known, this is the first memoir by a black woman preaching in the South, both before and after the Civil War, to be discovered.

Born in 1839, Charlotte Riley recounts her unusual experiences growing up as a young slave girl in Charleston under the protection of her parents and the dominion of her wealthy owners. She was taught to read, write, and sew, despite laws forbidding black literacy, and while still a slave married a free black architect. Raised a Presbyterian, she writes in her memoir of her conversion at age fourteen to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, embracing its ecstatic worship and led by her own spiritual visions. After the war, she separated permanently from her husband, who objected to her call to preach, and despite poor health pursued a career into the early twentieth century as a licensed minister of the AME church, a powerful preacher at multiracial revivals, and a school teacher and principal. She contributed to the civic development of South Carolina in the post-Reconstruction era and early twentieth century, including appointment in 1885 as postmistress of Lincolnville, an all-black incorporated town in South Carolina. She published her autobiography around 1902.

Crystal J. Lucky discovered Riley’s forgotten book in the archives of the Stokes Library at the historically black Wilberforce University in Ohio. She provides an introduction and notes to the narrative, explaining Riley’s references to contemporaries, events, society, and religious practice throughout her childhood and the turbulent years of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Lucky also places A Mysterious Life and Calling in the context of other spiritual autobiographies and slave narratives. 

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Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park


Margaret Maron at Bouchercon

Long Upon teh Land

"This is my third "life time achievement" honor -- I think they're trying to tell me something" --Margaret Maron

"[Deborah Knott] is a North Carolina icon -- she's like Billy Graham!" -- DG Martin, NC Bookwatch

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Book & Author Gossip

C.D. Wright 1949-2016

Deepstep Comes ShiningI first saw C. D. Wright when I was a seventeen-year-old high-school senior enrolled in a pre-college writing program at Brown University. It took about five minutes of her reading in her distinctly Arkansan accent from her most recent book—I believe it was “Tremble”—before I realized I was in the presence of an utterly original American artist. When I returned to Brown as a freshman that fall, I followed her around, weaseled my way into her classes, and tried to figure out the source of her cool and how to siphon something from it. I never really figured it out. None of us has ever really figured it out. You can’t imitate unaffectedness and unpretentiousness and such peculiar brilliance in the classroom or on the page. But you know it when you see it, hear it.

Why Chris Offutt loves possum

My Father the PornographerBefore entering the realm of food preparation, I’d like to make absolutely clear how much I love possums. They live the way I feel most of the time—a nomadic living fossil, a loner unable to tolerate company except during mating season. Fortunately for them that occurs every six months. Possum, opossum, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

Booksellers who become librarians

I wanted to create a Tolkien-themed library to honor one of my favorite writers. Tolkien's works, particularly The Hobbit, have served for so many as a gateway into a life of reading. I sat down with Jon and we selected Tolkien images for three sides of the library: Smaug, The Tree of Gondor, and Rivendell. Jon beautifully painted those images based on Tolkien's original illustrations. We glued a gnome statuette on the roof to serve as Guardian of the Library.Fallen Land

Taylor Brown on First Grade Teachers

Taylor Brown can’t say exactly when he fell in love with the written word, but he gives some credit to Nancy Pruitt, his first-grade teacher at St. Simons Elementary, and his bad feet as a kid. “I don’t know what anybody else did in first grade,” he said, “but all we did was write stories.”

 

Lafayette Reads chooses community read

Spare PartsLafayette Reads Together is back, choosing “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” by Joshua Davis as the community read. Here’s how it works, Acadiana readers enjoy how four Latino students overcame the odds to take on MIT and other top-notch schools in a national underwater robotics competition and then discuss and enjoy events planned around the book, including a visit from the author on Feb. 23. 

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Meet Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Michelle Nelson SchmidtMary Ellen Taylor, author of THE UNION STREET BAKERY , grew up in a southern family that embraced stories of all kinds, from a well-told anecdote to a good yarn or a tall tale. It may have been inevitable that Mary Ellen would take her storytelling heritage to new heights, moving beyond the oral tradition to become a published author. "I realized early on the tremendous power stories have to inspire laughter, love, sorrow and even fear. It didn't matter if they were found in the pages of a book, spoken in hushed tones around a campfire, or shared at an old-fashioned family reunion. Stories created connections, and I knew that's what I wanted to do," says Mary Ellen. In addition to her writing, Mary Ellen finds cooking and baking to be important creative outlets and she explores some of the challenges and comforts of those pursuits in THE UNION STREET BAKERY . Honing her skills and incorporating her own ideas about taste, texture and presentation has not only been gratifying, but increased Mary Ellen’s respect for those who do it well. "I liken it a bit to my efforts as a writer. You need to learn the basics and respect the tools that give you the freedom to develop your story while helping you avert disaster -- much the way knowing the difference between baking powder and baking soda can be a real lifesaver." 

The Union Street BakeryJonathan James and the Whatif? Monster (with plush!)

Whenever Jonathan James finds himself in a new situation, he hears his Whatif Monster asking all kind of questions to stop him trying something new: What if it's scary? What if they laugh? What if it's hard?  Finally, Jonathan James has some questions of his own: What if they don't? What if it isn't? What then?

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 10. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
5. The Guilty
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455586424
6. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
7. The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616203573
8. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
9. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
10. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Crown, $25, 9780553418774
11. The Guest Room
Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385538893
12. The Lake House
Kate Morton, Atria, $28, 9781451649321
13. Rules for a Knight
Ethan Hawke, Knopf, $18, 9780307962331
14. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Ed Tarkington, Algonquin, $25.95, 9781616203825
15. Felicity
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $24.95, 9781594206764

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
3. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
4. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
5. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. Destiny and Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
8. Notorious RBG
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Dey Street, $19.99, 9780062415837
9. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
10. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
11. M Train
Patti Smith, Knopf, $25, 9781101875100
12. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard, Liveright, $35, 9780871404237
13. My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, Random House, $28, 9780679456209
14. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
15. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Vintage, $16, 9780307455796
3. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
4. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
5. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
6. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
7. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
8. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
9. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
10. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
11. The Song of Hartgrove Hall
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $16, 9780147517593
12. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
13. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
14. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
15. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, Picador USA, $16, 9781250074843

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
4. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986696
5. Imagine Heaven
John Burke, Baker Books, $14.99, 9780801015267
6. In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick, Penguin, $17, 9780143126812
7. #Girlboss
Sophia Amoruso, Portfolio, $16, 9781591847939
8. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
9. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
10. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228
11. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
12. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
13. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
14. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
15. I Heart Coloring
Felicity French, Price Stern Sloan, $9.99, 9780399541285

MASS MARKET

1. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
2. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
3. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
6. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
7. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $7.68, 9780449213940
8. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
9. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. The 36-Hour Day
Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins, Grand Central, $10, 9781455521159

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
3. Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Grosset & Dunlap, $8.99, 9780448489322
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
5. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
6. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
7. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
8. Mix It Up!
Herve Tullet, Chronicle, $15.99, 9781452137353
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
2. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
3. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
4. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763680862
5. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780553510409
okra6. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

7. Passenger
Alexandra Bracken, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484715772
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
9. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections
Jason Fry, Kemp Remillard (Illus.), DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465438157

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9781101996980
5. Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House, #54)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780553510850
6. Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire, Book 8)
Tui T. Sutherland, Scholastic, $16.99, 9780545685443
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)
Newt Scamander, Arthur A. Levine Books, $9.99, 9780545850568
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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Special to the Southern List

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


The Muralist Circling the Sun The Little Paris Bookshop The Lake House Rules for a Knight Only Love Can Break Your Heart The Wright Brothers Destiny and Power Dead Wake My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South The Great Gatsby Big Little Lies The Song of Hartgrove Hall The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Lila The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016 Imagine Heaven Just Kids The Four Agreements I Am Malala I Heart Coloring The Catcher in the Rye Lord of the Flies” width= A Game of Thrones Ender's GameGood Omens All Quiet on the Western FrontAnimal FarmThe Diary of a Young GirlThe 36-Hour DayBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? On the Night You Were Born Mix It Up! Oh, the Places You'll Go! Because of Winn-Dixie Serafina and the Black Cloak Passenger


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

De un solo tajo - Andrés Hernández Alende - Gables  (author appearance)
Andrés Hernández | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

IW BOOK CLUB - DESCENT  (book club)
01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Okra Pick!Taylor Brown discusses his debut novel Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Alexandra Fuller – Leaving Before the Rains Come  (author appearance)
Alexandra Fuller | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Kenneth Janken -The Wilmington Ten  (author appearance)
Kenneth Janken | 01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Coloring, Cocktails, & Conversation — Girls’ Night In at Fiction Addiction  (other event)
01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Alexandra Bracken author of Passenger  (author appearance)
Alexandra Bracken | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Crónicas del Caribe - Jesús Díaz Loyola - Gables Esta es la biografía, escrita en primera persona y con trazos novelescos, de un asturiano que d  (author appearance)
Jesús Díaz | 01/22/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Selah Saterstrom, Kristen Nelson & Sara Renee Marshall  (author appearance)
Selah Saterstrom | 01/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

LUKE HANKINS presents THE WORK OF CREATION  (author appearance)
Luke Hankins | 01/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Margaret Haddix & James Riley - Two Thrillers for Kids  (author appearance)
Margaret Haddix | 01/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Jeffrey J. Lefko Launch Party  (author appearance)
Jeffrey J. Lefko | 01/22/2016, 05:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Port Wine Tasting  (other event)
01/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Clay Stafford author of Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded  (author appearance)
Clay Stafford | 01/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

José Fernández - Reta tu vida - Gables  (author appearance)
José Fernández | 01/23/2016, 01:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

CJ Schuster - Yo ... Anina y tú  (author appearance)
CJ Schuster | 01/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Kakalak Journal Reading  (other event)
01/23/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Holly LeCraw – The Half-Brother  (author appearance)
Holly Lecraw | 01/23/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Signing: Michele Young-Stone - Above Us Only Sky  (author appearance)
01/23/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Signing: Peter Golden - Wherever There is Light  (author appearance)
Peter Golden | 01/23/2016, 01:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
01/23/2016, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Dasha Kelly - Almost Crimson - Gables  (author appearance)
Dasha Kelly | 01/24/2016, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

New & Notable Book Club  (book club)
01/24/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

WRITERS AT HOME READING SERIES  (other event)
01/24/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Workshop & Signing with BETH REVIS author of PAPER HEARTS  (author appearance)
Beth Revis | 01/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Diversity in Our Community - What's Going On?: Islamophobia  (other event)
01/24/2016, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

J. J. Johnson - Believarexic  (author appearance)
JJ Johnson | 01/24/2016, 04:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!TAYLOR BROWN presents FALLEN LAND  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nonfiction Book Club - The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens  (book club)
01/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Neil J Young - We Gather Together - Gables  (author appearance)
01/26/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Author Ben Montgomery with Grandma Gatewood's Walk  (author appearance)
Ben Montgomery | 01/26/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Okra Pick!Julie Cantrell with THE FEATHERED BONE  (author appearance)
Julie Cantrell | 01/26/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Foodie Book Club - Best Food Writing of 2015 edited by Holly Hughes  (book club)
01/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Nick Bruel - Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet  (author appearance)
Nick Bruel | 01/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Taylor Brown- Hub City Writers Project  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Harvey and Myrna Frommer - It Happened in Miami | When it Was Just a Game - Gables  (author appearance)
Harvey and Myrna Katz Frommer | 01/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Deborah Graham - Get Your Head Out of Your App - Gables  (author appearance)
Deborah Graham | 01/27/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Nick Bruel - Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet  (author appearance)
Nick Bruel | 01/27/2016, 04:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Author Signing: Zoe Burke - No Gun Intended (Annabelle Starkey Mystery #2)  (author appearance)
Zoe Burke | 01/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jay Williams - Life Is Not an Accident  (author appearance)
Jay Williams | 01/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

León Febres-Cordero - El teléfono de García Lorca - Gables  (author appearance)
León Febres-Cordero | 01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Janice Y. K. Lee - The Expatriate - Gables  (author appearance)
Janice Y K Lee | 01/28/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Karen White, Beatriz Williams & Lauren Willig - The Forgotten Room  (author appearance)
Karen White | 01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

LINDSAY STARCK presents NOAH'S WIFE  (author appearance)
Linsday Starck | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS  (book club)
01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Taylor Brown - Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jay Williams - Life Is Not An Accident  (author appearance)
Jay Williams | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Spanish Writers  (writers group)
01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Music Critic Rashod Ollison Presents His Memoir Soul Serenade at Steady Sounds  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/29/2016, 05:00 pm | Book Swap of Carrollwood | Tampa, FL

Liane Sangollo - SOS Love - Gables  (author appearance)
Liane Sangollo | 01/29/2016, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Chaos, Dictatorship and Rebirth - Gables  (author appearance)
Katia D. Ulysse | 01/29/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Lindsay Starck launches her debut novel Noah's Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Carol Wall's husband Dick Wall – Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening  (author appearance)
01/29/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Pre-School Story Time: Kathy McGougan & Buddy the Dog  (author appearance)
Kathy McGougan | 01/29/2016, 10:30 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Rashod Ollison- Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

Susan Meissner - Stars Over Sunset Boulevard  (author appearance)
Susan Meissner | 01/30/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Byron Ballard Presents Her New Book of Hillfolks’ Hoodoo  (author appearance)
Byron Ballard | 01/30/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Book Signing: Glenn Schaefer - Oh! You're One Of Those People  (author appearance)
Glenn Schaefer | 01/30/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

David Frauenfelder - The Staff and the Shield  (author appearance)
David Frauenfelder | 01/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Al Watson  (other event)
01/30/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Daymond John - The Power of Broke - Gables  (author appearance)
Daymond John | 01/31/2016, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jeremy Taylor -Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine  (author appearance)
Jeremy Taylor | 01/31/2016, 04:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Graphic Novel Book Club: SET TO SEA by Drew Weing and SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE by Eleanor Davis  (book club)
02/01/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Frank Lentricchia - The Morelli Thing  (author appearance)
Frank Lentricchia | 02/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Watt Key  (author appearance)
Watt Key | 02/02/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Book Club -- The Plover  (book club)
02/02/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Book Launch: Brendan Reichs & Kathy Reichs - Trace Evidence  (author appearance)
Kathy and Brendan Reichs | 02/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Lindsay Starck -Noah's Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 02/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Book Signing: Lawrence M. Schoen - Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard  (author appearance)
Lawrence M. Schoen | 02/03/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Travis Mulhauser - Sweetgirl  (author appearance)
Travis Mulhauser | 02/03/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Elizabeth McKenzie - The Portable Veblen  (author appearance)
Elizabeth McKenzie | 02/03/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Rafael Baralt - Identidad compartida - Gables  (author appearance)
Rafael Baralt | 02/04/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jim & Mary Angelo - I Found Someone to Play With  (author appearance)
02/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet Author Gavriel Savit: ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN  (author appearance)
Gavriel Savit | 02/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Lawrence M. Schoen - Barsk  (author appearance)
Lawrence M. Schoen | 02/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Travis Mulhauser - Sweetgirl  (author appearance)
Travis Mulhauser | 02/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Veronica Cervera - La cocina Cubana de Vero - Gables  (author appearance)
Veronica Cervera | 02/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Author Gail Karwoski: THE WEDDING HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD: America's First Gay Marriage  (author appearance)
Gail Karwoski | 02/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

RESCHEDULED: George Singleton’s New Short Story Collection  (author appearance)
George Singleton | 02/06/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

David Joy – Where All the Light Tends to Go  (author appearance)
David Joy | 02/06/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: Dr. Felicia Williams-McGowan - Hattie's Journey  (author appearance)
Felicia Williams-McGowan | 02/06/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

David Burnsworth Launch Party   (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 02/06/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Philip Warburg--Harness the Sun  (author appearance)
Philip Warburg | 02/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

2016 Teen Writing Seminar  (writers group)
02/08/2016, 04:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

New Town Revue: Jessica Handler, Hope Hilton, and Dave Marr  (author appearance)
Jessica Handler | 02/09/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Gavriel Savit - Anna and the Swallow Man  (author appearance)
Gavriel Savit | 02/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Ashley Warlick - The Arrangement  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 02/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meet Author Ashley Warlick: THE ARRANGEMENT  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Book Sign: Steven W. Kohlhagen - Chief of Thieves  (author appearance)
Steven W. Kohlhagen | 02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Robert Weiss - On Carolina Ballet's Macbeth  (other event)
02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Karen Branan - The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia  (author appearance)
Karen Branan | 02/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Books to Fall in Love With Author Panel Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Jessica Leake | 02/11/2016, 05:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Sunil Yapa - YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST  (author appearance)
Sunil Yapa | 02/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Multiple Author Event: Intimacy, an Anthology  (other event)
02/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Valentine's Cabaret with Ellen Ciompi & Glenn Mehrbach  (other event)
02/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Samar Yorde Erem - Soy saludable - Gables  (author appearance)
Samar Yorde | 02/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/13/2016, 04:30 pm | Hooked On Books | Islamorada, FL

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club  (book club)
02/13/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Book Signing: David Burnsworth - Burning Heat: A Brack Pelton Mystery  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 02/13/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Signing: Susan Mills Wilson - Her Lying Eyes  (author appearance)
Susan Mills Wilson | 02/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/15/2016, 01:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Mary Lois Timbes Adshead- An Appreciation of Harper Lee & Discussion of Go Set a Watchman  (other event)
02/16/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Dr. Pauletta Bracy - On Multicultural Magnificence  (author appearance)
Dr. Pauletta Bracy | 02/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Mary Frances Berry - FIVE DOLLARS AND A PORK CHOP SANDWICH: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy  (author appearance)
Mary Frances Berry | 02/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Book Signing: David Cross  (author appearance)
David Cross | 02/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Melanie Benjamin - The Swans of Fifth Avenue  (author appearance)
Melanie Benjamin | 02/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
02/17/2016, 06:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Mark Johnson- Apprehensions & Convictions: Adventures of a 50-Year-Old Rookie Cop  (author appearance)
Mark Johnson | 02/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Book Signing: Ed Tarkington - Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Okra Pick!Ross Howell Jr - Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Octavia Books Book Club - THE MARAUDERS  (book club)
02/20/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Book Signing: Ben Spencer - The Brick Mason's Sons  (author appearance)
Ben Spencer | 02/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Okra Pick!Ross Howell Jr. - Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/21/2016, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Tim Dorsey - Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/22/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Dr. Eugenio Rothe - Vampiros: ¿Por qué se volvieron tan populares en nuestra cultura?  (other event)
02/23/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Author Celeste Fletcher McHale: THE SECRET TO HUMMINGBIRD CAKE  (author appearance)
Celeste Fletcher | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Marisa Marchetto - ANN TENNA  (author appearance)
Marisa Marchetto | 02/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Patricia Bell-Scott - The Firebrand and the First Lady  (author appearance)
Patricia Bell-Scott | 02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Travis Mulhauser: SWEETGIRL  (author appearance)
Travis Mulhauser | 02/23/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Laura Mullen - COMPLICATED GRIEF  (author appearance)
Laura Mullen | 02/24/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Taylor Brown (FALLEN LAND) in Conversation with Kent Wascom (SECESSIA)  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 02/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

A Community Conversation on Climate Change with Jedediah Purdy and After Nature  (author appearance)
Jedediah Purdy | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Robin Moore - In Search of Lost Frogs  (author appearance)
Robin Moore | 02/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

STORYTIME WITH DIANE OCHILTREE - IT'S A SEASHELL DAY!  (author appearance)
Diane Ochiltree | 02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Book Signing: Christine McKinley - Physics for Rock Stars  (author appearance)
Christine McKinley | 02/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jacar Press Poets - A Trio of Talent  (other event)
02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Katy Simpson Smith - Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 02/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

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