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{A bagel is a biscuit that's been saved.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, returns from a book show with aching feet but boxes full of books, Mr. Bland Simpson recalls the many mornings he spent with his wife on the waters of North Carolina's small rivers, Ms. Pam Durban walks the smelly streets of Southern history, and Mr. Rick Bragg explains bagels to people who prefer to eat biscuits for breakfast.

September 20, 2015

In This Issue

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

Dearest Readers,

SIBA booksHer ladyship, the editor, has returned from her trip to the the SIBA Discovery Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, tired but most contented and with a box full of books such as would make her readers weep with envy: new books from Rick Bragg, Homer Hickham, Joshilyn Jackson, John Gregory Brown, Karen Spears Zacharias, Barry Moser, and Padget Powell.  Her ladyship's feet are hurting and her back feels the strain of five days' worth of helping to carry things from one end of the hotel to the other (there is, her ladyship is certain, some as-yet-unnamed law of motion that may be applied to both hotels and airports such that wherever one happens to stand, the next place one has to be will be at the point farthest distant from one's present location, with an inverse correlation between the distance one must travel and the time one has to get to the intended destination). But her ladyship is largely content, despite her aching feet. Feet can be put up, as long as there is a stack of books to be opened within reach. 

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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.

Little Rivers and Waterway TalesHow well do I recall the bright cold January afternoon when Ann and I, just two weeks wed, put our jonboat into eastern waters for the first time together, onto the Pungo River just east of Belhaven beside the low bridge at Leechville, and were off and away up river through the marshes under a proud blue winter sky, hundreds of buzzards kettling above us as if in some ancient dance, whether celebratory or penitential. And I well remember too sitting up into the night one other January, writing songs with Jim Wann, he with his mahogany Gibson blues guitar, at Hughes Motel and Marina, the old fisherman's spot right on the Shallotte River at Shallotte Point, within sight of inlet and sea. And late one June crossing with Hunter in the Whaler in the broad Bay River shoal at its mouth at May Point, and, another time, sitting with Ann on that same river's long dock one steaming July morning up in Bayboro, after a whippoorwill in the road in broad daylight had stopped us in our tracks, and walking with her years later in the late0day mists of one gorgeous gray rainy May evening along the swamps of Camden's North River just to sing hosannas to the wild blue iris standing tall, roadside, flying their flags.

Bland Simpson, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian's Eastern Streams (UNC Press, 2015) 9781469624938

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Book & Author Gossip

Rick Bragg's Southern Journey

My Southern JourneyWhen journalist, author and essayist Rick Bragg lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he lost 30 pounds and got healthy. A bagel, he writes, is a biscuit that’s been saved. When he got back to his South and those grilled shrimp on cornbread, the fried oyster po’boys, the footlongs and other traveling food like cracklin’s, well, “Help me, somebody.”

Back to the mothers

Life After Life“I have thought about that for years,” McCorkle writes in the American Scholar, “slowly making my way into his camp of thought. It fascinated me that some of the last work of his life – after many years of not working – did in fact include his mother, and I find myself now in a place where I try to imagine life from my mother’s point of view and by way of that, to see myself from another angle. I often say to students when discussing a story, Where’s the mother? And, amazingly, a door often swings wide open.”

Ron Rash, violence and redemption

Above the WaterfallThe award-winning author of Serena returns to Appalachia with Above the Waterfall, a breathtaking novel weaving violent pasts and uncertain futures. Les, a sheriff nearing retirement, and Becky, a park ranger who survived a childhood trauma, narrate alternating chapters of the story as they investigate a poisoned stream with dangerous consequences.

Wiley Cash becomes writer in residence at UNC Asheville

This Dark Road to MercyBest-selling novelist Wiley Cash will return to his alma mater to teach courses and mentor students as writer-in-residence for the 2016-17 academic year at UNC Asheville. “Since graduating in 2000, I’ve taken every opportunity to return to UNC Asheville, whether it be as a member of the National Alumni Council or as the speaker at the 2015 May commencement, but I never imagined that I’d be able to return as writer-in-residence,” Cash said in a news release. “It’s an honor to have the chance to work with such intelligent, creative students alongside literature and language faculty members I’ve so long admired.”

From a football game to a cross burning: Yard War

Yard WarTaylor Kitchings brings a fresh perspective to the struggle for civil rights in "Yard War," his debut middle-grade novel. The story asks an important question of young readers: Why didn't "nice" white people question the justice of segregation?

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Author 2 Author:Pam Durban, Short Story Master


on why —and how —she WRITES ABOUT WHERE SHE’S FROM—THE SOUTHERN US.   She’s touring to bookstores and festivals throughout the south on the event of the publication of the collection “SOON” by Pat Conroy’s imprint at the University of South Carolina’s Story River Books. Durban, pronounced Dur-ban, is not often thought of as a Southern writer, though she considers herself a Southern writer and has won multiple awards and a southern-set story was included in the national collection Best Short Stories of the Century.

Pam DurbanSoon: Stories 

Your fiction writing has been praised for its documentary, literary style. Is that an apt description?

Yes, especially when I’m writing about the Southern past. As a white southerner, I have so many learned and inherited filters available to help me resist or sentimentalize or avoid taking an honest look. In my writing, I want to remove as many of those filters as I can in order to see more of the truth, recognizing of course that there is no such thing as pure and absolute truth.  For me, the way into the past is through research into details of everyday life—and into my own attitudes.

What’s the intended effect?

I write about the past the way I do because I believe that the past is remade by every generation and passed on through stories that become part of our collective memory, and if that’s true then I have an obligation to make my writing reflect the complexities I’ve discovered through my research into the past and my own inherited attitudes so that I hand on a fuller and hopefully more truthful story than the one I was told. And I don’t think we need to fear a more truthful story, though we could be more humble in the face of it.

"To me, sentimentality is like a perfumed handkerchief held to the nose as we walk the smelly streets of Southern history."

How would you describe sentimental writing?

In his book about the Rwandan genocide, Philip Gourevitch  wrote that “A precise memory of the offense is necessary to understand its legacy.”  A precise memory is a complex thing while sentimental remembering is reductive, it discards difficult or troubling aspects of the past in favor of a simpler and more comforting story. Sentimentalizing the past strikes me as one of the great dangers of southern writing about the past, of any writing, really, because it holds us back from actually confronting our own history. To me, sentimentality is like a perfumed handkerchief held to the nose as we walk the smelly streets of Southern history.  I want to make my memory, and the story I tell about the act of remembering, as precise and detailed as I can. 

What do you think happens by removing sentimentality from a story?

A more complex reality emerges, a fuller, more inclusive and darker truth.  Over time, by researching and writing about the South the way I do, I’m trying not to hand on unchanged or unchallenged stories about the past, to try and come to terms with it, perhaps to acknowledge, in some personal way, what I’ve come to understand about the part white southerners played in creating the story that we—white people and black people—have lived together for so long.  And to include myself and my people in that history.  It seems necessary to me to acknowledge the part we play in things because by owning up to who you are and what you’ve done, you break down the belief in your own innocence, and that’s a healing act.

Who are your people? Give us some details!

I come from generations of Georgians and South Carolinians, and I was raised on stories about the past and among the people of my grandmother’s generation whose lives had touched the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. There was an old uncle who constructed elaborate genealogies and kept the ancestral Confederate uniform in a dry cleaner’s bag in the closet. Another uncle commanded a troop of boy soldiers who wore Confederate uniforms and performed close-order drills with little wooden rifles over their shoulders. One of my mother’s relatives hid under a porch in Columbia, SC and threw rocks at Sherman’s troops.  My mother’s mother was born on the family plantation in Georgia and prophesied over by old black woman, a family retainer who remained loyal to the family after Emancipation. And of course, all of my slave-holding relatives were kind masters who never mistreated their people.

I was taught from history books that I’ve since learned were vetted and placed in the schools by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. I lived in a segregated world and though I might have had questions, there was nowhere to turn for answers. Ideas about race and history were treated as facts of life.  My father was a serious Civil War buff, and one summer we spent our vacation touring battlefields and historic sites, following the war from Harper’s Ferry to Antietam to Gettysburg, and on the return trip we stopped at Appomattox. At Gettysburg, we stood at the base of the Virginia monument on Seminary Ridge while our father unscrolled the story of Pickett’s Charge and how we should feel about it, defiant and proud, the attitudes that the story of the Lost Cause drags with it through time.

Is there any specific plantation history you need to confess?

My ancestors on both sides of the family owned plantations, and for a short time in the early 1970’s I lived at Willtown Bluff, a very old plantation on the Edisto River south of Charleston, S.C. I’ve seen the place marked on a French trading map dated 1698, and over its long history it was an Indian village, a town called New London—wiped out twice by malaria—an indigo and a rice plantation.  When I lived there, the outlines of that older world were still visible:  the big house on the river bluff, live oaks hung with Spanish moss, the shape of the rice fields still sketched in the marshes, a row of collapsing shacks back in the pines.  At the time, the significance of that place as anything more than a world of ease and beauty, was invisible to me and silent.  Nothing in my education or upbringing had taught or encouraged me to see or understand it as anything more than another romantic setting of the southern past.

Is there a moment you’d cite as pivotal to your coming to write about the South?

I lived outside the deep South for ten years, in Iowa, New York state, Ohio and Kentucky. One day I was driving with friends through the bluegrass country outside of Paris, Kentucky, where many of the big thoroughbred racing stables and farms are located.  The road there is lined on both sides with miles and miles of white fences with gleaming horses grazing in the lush green grass behind them and columned mansions set back in groves of old oaks.  Parallel to the fences and closer to the highway on both sides of the road ran these low stone walls.  Up close, you could see how intricate they were—double-sided, beautifully fitted, with stones lining the top that fit precisely, like a lid, over the lower wall.  One of my friends said there was a man in Lexington who owned a business that specialized in repairing the walls, a descendant of one of the slaves who built the walls, he said. 

That hit me like a blow, a flash of light.  Maybe I was ready, the way your eyes adjust to changing light.  Maybe in the time I’d lived outside the South my eyes had adjusted to history, but I saw something that day in those long, intricate, beautiful stone walls and the way they fit so easily into the landscape of ease and beauty of the thoroughbred farms.  What I think I saw was that though the walls were a necessary part of that world, they belonged to another larger world as well.  I realized how much of the beauty that defines the south, the houses and the intricate iron gates in Charleston,  the stone walls in Kentucky, that great romantic landscape was part of another, larger story that we’d folded into white history but which did not belong to us. My interest in that larger, fuller story began then, and it’s carried me through two novels and a few stories as well.

Your writing is so remarkably, vividly detailed you create a world the reader can live in. How do you start a story or a novel?

A character, an event, an image or an idea sets a story in motion, and of course, not all of my writing is about the past.  I start to follow that story and pretty soon, if I’m writing about the past, I need to know more about the world I’m writing about.  That’s where research comes in. I do a lot of research, and I guess I’d define my method with a line from Roethke’s poem, “The Waking”: “I learn by going where I have to go.”  And where I have to go seems to be deep into the details of the daily life of the time and place I’m interested in.  I want to get as close as I can to the past as it was lived and the way to do that seems to be to immerse myself in the details of daily life, the actualities of time and place.  Each detail carries me deeper into the life of the time, each detail dissolves the abstractions of history and restores a sense of immediacy to the past. Each is also a layer, a fragment of a larger story.  In a way, I see research as a kind of archaeological dig in which I might uncover a bone fragment that suggests something about the world it was once a part of.

Do you travel to find these details?

The research for So Far Back took me repeatedly to Charleston and Columbia, SC, to the SC Historical Society and the Charleston Library Society and the South Caroliniana Library, where I looked at, touched and read everything I could find. The fine stitching on a baby gown sewed by an enslaved woman in South Carolina.  The edge of a wooden yoke worn thin and smooth against a human neck. A financial ledger in a box of family papers. An extraordinary document from the South Caroliniana Library, called “A Blacklist Against the Whore of Babylon,” which was a list of the transgressions of an enslaved woman--two pages of crabbed, angry looking script written in thick black ink by someone bearing down hard on the page.  The title, the angry handwriting, the weight and feel of the paper—each one of those details carries its own meaning and suggests a world beyond itself.  Each is a piece of a bigger story. So is the feel of the air in Charleston, the smells and sounds.

For your novel The Tree of Forgetfulness, your research uncovered details that made vivid how your ancestors—and so you—are connected to the not innocent history of South Carolina. Can you talk about this?

That novel centers  around an episode of racial violence in my hometown of Aiken, South Carolina that was a big national story at the time but which had dropped into the silence of history.  Wisps of this story had drifted past me all my life. A family of black bootleggers had killed the sheriff and were killed in turn by a mob that took them from the jail. On the night of the murders, so my grandmother said, my grandfather went out late and he came home close to dawn.  She waited up for him, and when he came in, he said that those people had paid for what they’d done.  The deeper into the story my research took me, the more personal it became as the names of my grandmother’s father and brothers (all doctors) turned up on the Coroner’s Report and on a confession by one of the murder victims, a woman, written on a page from a prescription pad, and the extent to which they (and we) were implicated in this crime became clear. The shape and focus of the book evolved from my growing understanding of how deeply we were involved, which is another level of “research” for me: an exploration of my own thinking about my family and the story of our innocence that seems part of the standard Southern approach to history.  I wanted to try and get below that, to speak as a descendant of at least one person who stood in the crowd that night and witnessed three murders and who, by his silence, agreed that it was necessary.  I wanted to recover and restore more pieces of that history and break that silence.

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2015 SIBA Book Award Winners

Meet Anna Faktorovich

Anna FaktorovichDr. Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught college English for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels. She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released the first in a historical novels series, The Romances of George Sand (2014), which will be followed by, The Battle for Democracy (2015). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim’s Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009; it is available on EBSCO, ProQuest and in print. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson

Rebellion as Genre in the Nvels of Scott, Dickens and StevensonWhen three of Britain's best-loved and best-selling authors each publish at least two novels with a historical rebellion theme, there might be an interesting pattern worth examining. This is a long overdue study of the previously overlooked rebellion novel genre, with a close look at the works of Sir Walter Scott (Waverly and Rob Roy), Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities and Barnaby Rudge), and Robert Louis Stevenson (Kidnapped and The Young Chevalier). The linguistic and structural formulas that these novels share are presented, along with a comparative study of how these authors individualized the genre to adjust it to their needs. Scott, Dickens and Stevenson were led to the rebellion genre by direct radical interests. They used the tools of political literary propaganda to assist the poor, disenfranchised and peripheral people, with whom they identified and hoped to see free from oppression and poverty.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks: a look back at the summer list

Bloody Royal PrintsThe Flying CircusBull MountainSerafina and the Black CloackRuthlessMiss EmilyGo Set a WatchmanYard WarThe Gates of EvangelineThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThe Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoA Free State

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Inkwood Books, Tampa, Florida

New American StoriesNew American Stories Edited by Ben Marcus

Recommended by DONOVAN:

"Quite simply, this collection reminds you just how jaw-droppingly awesome the short story form can be. From realism to hyperrealism to post-modernism to post-post-modernism to so-far-after-modernism-that-we-don’t-even-know-what-to-call-it-anymore-modernism. Everything in this anthology is pulsing and alive, and there’s not a story in here that won’t stick with you in the days to follow despite your best attempts to shake it off. Marcus does a phenomenal job finding the very best and stylistically diverse writers working today, and if you’re at all interested in where fiction’s going and just what amazing, weird, crazy awesome things it’s doing right now, then you have to read this book." 9780804173544

The Watchmaker of Filigree StreetThe Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Recommended by AMANDA:

"It takes a special talent to have a reader truly suspend disbelief, but Pulley succeeds spectacularly well in this debut. In 1880s London, Thaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist whose life is saved by a very timely pocket watch. When he meets its maker, Keita Mori, his entire life is upended and made more beautiful -- and dangerous. The clock is ticking on this new friendship, and Thaniel must use his ingenuity and previously untapped bravery to save Keita's life and his own future. Fans of David Mitchell and Erin Morgenstern will be intrigued, and I think it's safe to say that we can expect great things from Pulley.” 9781620408339

Where Woen are KingsWhere Women are Kings by Christie Watson

Recommended by AMANDA:

"This stunning novel falls into the category of "so tragically sad but so true and beautiful that everyone ought to read it," kind of like Little Bee or What is the What. It's story of seven-year-old Elijah who, after being taken from his Nigerian immigrant mother, bounces around London from foster home to foster home. When he lands with Nikki and Obi, a couple deeply committed to being Elijah's forever family, things seem hopeful. But as they delve further into Elijah's troubled past, and into the deeply rooted beliefs his mother has left him with, the success of the match and the safety of the family falls into question. Watson gracefully walks the line between storytelling and tackling the difficult issues, and while she never comes off as preachy you walk away from this book with a deeper understanding of culture, race, and their possible implications on adoption." 9781590517093

Will Not AttendWill Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation

Recommended by STEFANI:

"Resnick, a former writer for Late Night with David Letterman is anti-social and proud of it. These stories explain in hilarious detail “the who, what, when and how” he came to be the funny man that hates parties and small talk. I read this one out loud to anyone that would listen and laughed myself silly. A memoir without pretense or self-congratulation. Just honest straight-up true stories of the dysfunction that shapes us all. You want a funny book? Read this." 9780147516213

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending September 13. 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.


1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
okra2. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

3. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. Make Me
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28.99, 9780804178778
6. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
7. The Nature of the Beast
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250022080
8. Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062349316
9. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
10. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
11. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $28, 9780812998917
12. X
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $28.95, 9780399163845
13. Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg, Gallery/Scout Press, $26, 9781476798172
14. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Crown, $25, 9780553418774
15. Secondhand Souls
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779787


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. Rising Strong
Brene Brown, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812995824
5. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
6. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
7. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
Damon Tweedy, Picador USA, $26, 9781250044631
8. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
9. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $30, 9781101903452
10. Barbarian Days
William Finnegan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594203473
11. Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Steve Silberman, Avery, $29.95, 9781583334676
12. Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Random House/Disney, $9.99, 9780736434256
13. Exceptional
Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, Threshold Editions, $28, 9781501115417
14. A Full Life
Jimmy Carter, S&S, $28, 9781501115639
okra15. The World's Largest Man: A Memoir
Harrison Scott Key, Harper, $26.99, 9780062351494


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
2. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
3. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
4. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
5. The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant, Scribner, $16, 9781439199367
6. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
7. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
8. The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609452865
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
okra10. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

11. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
12. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
13. A Paris Apartment
Michelle Gable, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250067777
14. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $16, 9780345544940
15. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542


1. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Broadway, $15.99, 9781101905494
4. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
5. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
6. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
Leanne Brown, Workman, $16.95, 9780761184997
7. The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander, The New Press, $19.95, 9781595586438
8. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
9. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
10. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
11. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
12. The Meaning of Human Existence
Edward O. Wilson, Liveright, $14.95, 9781631491146
13. Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition
Guinness World Records, $14.99, 9781910561096
14. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Karen Abbott, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062092908
15. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250012166


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
3. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
6. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
9. The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bantam Classics, $3.95, 9780553210095
10. By Book or by Crook
Eva Gates, NAL, $7.99, 9780451470935


1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
4. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
5. You're Here for a Reason
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9781250056269
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803740303
8. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670013968
9. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Emily Winfield Martin, Random House, $17.99, 9780385376716
10. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335


1. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
2. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852
3. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
4. Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook
Scholastic, $11.99, 9780545795661
5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
okra 6. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

7. Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illus.), Disney/Hyperion, $24.99, 9781423183655
8. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Stephanie Milton, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780545823265
9. Savvy
Ingrid Law, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142414330
10. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022


1. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780553538410
2. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
3. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
4. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
5. The Shepherd's Crown: A Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld)
Terry Pratchett, Harper, $18.99, 9780062429971
6. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
7. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062269676
8. The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies)
Pittacus Lore, Harper, $18.99, 9780062194756
9. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062372857
10. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461

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Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Stuart Stevens with THE LAST SEASON  (author appearance)
Stuart Stevens | 09/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

BMC Event: Maureen O'Neill -Josef & Anni Albers, the Painters of BMC  (other event)
09/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Pre-school Story Time with Special guest Kathy Mcgougan & Buddy the Dog  (other event)
Kathy McGougan | 09/25/2015, 10:30 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Live Music featuring Beardby  (other event)
09/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraLisa Wingate- Moveable Feast Luncheon and Booksigning  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/25/2015, 12:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Beth Bachmann and David Baker  (author appearance)
Beth Bachmann | 09/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/26/2015, 12:00 pm | Quarter Moon Bookstore | Topsail Beach, NC

Reflexology with Carlos O'Neal  (other event)
09/26/2015, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Wisdom of the Body with teacher Mary Busse  (other event)
Bob Anderson | 09/26/2015, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Charles Wyatt, author of Goldberg - Variations  (author appearance)
Charles Wyatt | 09/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

New & Notable Book Club: LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean  (book club)
09/27/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Live Music featuring Michael Buffalo  (other event)
09/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens  (author appearance)
Elisabeth Egan | 09/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Sonja Williams -Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom  (author appearance)
Sonja Williams | 09/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Stuart Stevens, author of The Last Season  (author appearance)
Stuart Stevens | 09/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

John Sledge  (author appearance)
John Sledge | 09/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Meet the Author: Steve Sheinkin  (author appearance)
Steve Sheinkin | 09/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Writing With Intent--New Night!  (writers group)
09/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Meet the Author: C. Alexander London  (author appearance)
C. Alexander London | 09/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraKathy Giuffre -The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato  (author appearance)
Kathy Giuffre | 09/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Salon@615 with Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy  (author appearance)
Jenny Lawson | 09/30/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Matthew Guinn with THE SCRIBE  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn | 10/01/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Katherine Applegate: CRENSHAW  (author appearance)
Katherine Applegate | 10/01/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Johnathon Scott Barrett, Rise and Shine!  (author appearance)
Johnathon Scott Barrett | 10/02/2015, 06:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

First Fridays at Joe’s Place  (other event)
10/02/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Lisa Lewis Tyre, Last in a Long Line of Rebels Book Launch Party  (author appearance)
Lisa Lewis Tyre | 10/03/2015, 05:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Ellen Fischer -If an Elephant Went to School  (author appearance)
Ellen Fischer | 10/03/2015, 11:00 am | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

JJ Johnson -Believarexic  (author appearance)
JJ Johnson | 10/03/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Authors In The Country  (author appearance)
various authors | 10/03/2015, 11:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Meet the Author - Ben Matthews  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 10/03/2015, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Rick Bragg signs My Southern Journey  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg | 10/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Karin Salvalaggio -Bone Dust White & Burnt River  (author appearance)
Karin Salvalaggio | 10/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

What*s Your Story? A reading  (writers group)
various authors | 10/06/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jeff High- The Splendor of Ordinary Days  (author appearance)
Jeff High | 10/06/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Bruce Levingston with BRIGHT FIELDS: THE MASTERY OF MARIE HULL  (author appearance)
Bruce Levingston | 10/06/2015, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Damon Tweedy--Black Man in a White Coat  (author appearance)
Damon Tweedy | 10/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Brian Bandell Booksigning  (author appearance)
Brian Bandell | 10/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet Local Author Jed Rasula: DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE  (author appearance)
Jed Rasula | 10/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

K.C. Morrison with AARON HENRY OF MISSISSIPPI  (author appearance)
K.C. Morrison | 10/07/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

John Rosenthal -After the Silence of the Lower 9th Ward  (author appearance)
John Rosenthal | 10/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Robert N. Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Local Author/Illustrator Joey Weiser: Mermin Book 4 Launch  (author appearance)
Joey Weiser | 10/08/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Bernard Lee Jr signs A Look In Time  (author appearance)
Bernard Lee | 10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Jonathan Evison with THIS IS YOUR LIFE HARRIET CHANCE!  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison | 10/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Meet Local Author and UGA Professor Emeritus of Horticulture: Allan M. Armitage  (author appearance)
Allan M. | 10/09/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meg Waite Clayton- The Race for Paris  (author appearance)
Meg Waite Clayton | 10/09/2015, 12:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Kenneth Oppel with THE NEST  (author appearance)
Kenneth Oppel | 10/09/2015, 04:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Robert N. Macomber Discussion & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 10/10/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Lucy Rozier -Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph  (author appearance)
Lucy Rozier | 10/10/2015, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
10/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Meet the Author - Lou Sahadi  (author appearance)
Lou Sahadi | 10/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

The Bookies Book Club Discuss Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner  (book club)
10/12/2015, 10:30 am | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Paul Theroux with DEEP SOUTH  (author appearance)
10/12/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Fierce Reads Tour  (author appearance)
Leigh Bardugo | 10/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Pajama Story Time with Illustrator/Author Mike Curato, Author of LITTLE ELLIOT Books  (author appearance)
Mike Curato | 10/13/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Peter Zheutlin- Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway  (author appearance)
Peter Zheutlin | 10/13/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

David Sansing with A TROUBLED HISTORY  (author appearance)
David Sansing | 10/13/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Bland Simpson -Little Rivers and Waterway Tales  (author appearance)
Bland Simpson | 10/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Women's National Book Association Meeting  (author appearance)
Lauren Groff | 10/14/2015, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Sloane Crosley with THE CLASP  (author appearance)
Sloane Crosley | 10/15/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Stuart Woods Booksigning  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 10/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Live Music featuring Al Watson  (other event)
10/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Jenny Milchman Book Event  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/17/2015, 01:00 pm | MacIntosh Books and Paper | Sanibel, FL

Cheryl Hollon Booksigning  (author appearance)
Cheryl Hollon | 10/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Emily Witcher with A HOUSE DIVIDED  (author appearance)
Emily Witcher | 10/17/2015, 11:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
10/18/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Killing People for a Living: The Popularity of Crime Fiction”Discussion & Signing  (author appearance)
Nancy J. Cohen | 10/18/2015, 01:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Jenny Milchman with AS NIGHT FALLS  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Garth Risk Hallberg with CITY ON FIRE  (author appearance)
Garth Risk | 10/20/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Hank Phillippi Ryan- What You See  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan | 10/21/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Maggie Shipstead: Author Event  (author appearance)
Maggie Shipstead | 10/21/2015, 06:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Joy Williams with THE VISITING PRIVILEGE  (author appearance)
Joy Williams | 10/22/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Patrick Kendrick Booksigning  (author appearance)
Patrick Kendrick | 10/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Delilah Dawson (writing as Lila Bowen), Victoria Schwab & Cherie Priest, Wake of Vultures  (author appearance)
Lila Bowen | 10/24/2015, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Horror Trivia Night hosted by author Mark Gunnells  (author appearance)
Mark Gunnells | 10/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraBrian Panowich with BULL MOUNTAIN  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 10/28/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Bonnie Jo Campbell with MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS  (author appearance)
Bonnie Jo | 10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Spanish Writer's Club  (writers group)
10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Day Before Halloween Party  (author appearance)
Nancy Cohen | 10/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Tiny Tots Fall Festival  (other event)
10/31/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Open House  (other event)
11/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Wine & Cheese Party- Robert N. Macomber's 10th Annual Central Florida Reader Rendezvous  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 11/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Wine and Cheese with Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber | 11/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Robert N. Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 12/02/2015, 07:30 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Robert N. Macomber Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 12/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Authors Round the South

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