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{Not all stories are sob stories..}

In which children's authors reach out in support of North Carolina's LGBT youth, Scuppernong Books finds another excuse to play with sock puppets, and Ms. Rose Levy Beranbaum asks Mr. Pat Conroy for a non-existent recipe, and then proceeds to invent it.

April 3, 2016

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Her ladyship, the editor, has yet to plant her tomato seedlings, but Southern indie booksellers have already harvested a new peck of Okra picks -- a batch of great new Southern books to look forward to this spring:

Lies and Other Acts of Love Chasing the North Star Raymie Nightingale The Other Widow Julia Reed's South Over the Plain Houses Redemption Road Lily and Dunkin Highly Illogical Behavior Last Ride to Graceland ield of Graves A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

. . . as if your beside stack wasn't already top-heavy with the books from the last season's list. Read about all the Okra Picks (and see the ones from earlier seasons) at

http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/okra

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.


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.

Lies and Other Acts of LoveMy grandmother, Lovey, says that there are two types of people in the world: the kind who flee to the shelters at the first threat of a hurricane, and the kind who wait it out, hovering over their possessions as if their fragile lives offer any protection against a natural mother that can take them out of the world as quickly as she brought them into it.

I come from a long line of the hovering kind.

As I sit across from my grandmother in her stately living room, the dimmed bulbs of the chandeliers reflecting off the scotch that I most certainly will not drink, I laugh as she says, "Well, why wouldn't I go to the beach? I've ridden out every other hurricane of the last half century there. Haven't blown away yet."

--Kristy Woodson Harvey, Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley, 2016) 9781101987063

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Read This!


Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

from Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA:

The VegetarianTyler loves The Vegetarian by Han Kang: This book is so weird. So creepy. And I can't stop thinking about it.  9780553448184

Innocents and OthersWill loves Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta:  Absolutely, 100% engrossing. A story about friendship, purpose, and the peaks and pitfalls of ambition, Innocents and Others unspools multiple threads from its central narrative, the lifelong friendship of two acclaimed filmmakers, and not a single one of them is any less compelling than the last.  9781501122729

 

 

What is Not Yours is Not YoursRachel K. loves What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi: The author's sly wit and enchanting prose masterfully build characters who are at once both completely extraordinary and disarmingly realistic, and the paths she takes readers down are gloriously wild with briars, wolves, and sinister swamps. Those who love their stories a little off-kilter and fable-like will find themselves captivated and not a little unsettled by these spellbinding tales.  9781594634635

The VegetarianWill loves Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton: To read this book is to dream it. We swallow fish, melt into snow, burst into stardust, and swell along with the currents of the ocean. Daring, impressive, lovely, compelling, and deeply, deeply heartfelt, Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First is a classic for our time.  9781936787357

 

 

UprootedHannah loves Uprooted by Naomi Novik: The book is both unlike and fairy tale you've read and reminiscent of the best fairy tales you've ever read. You'll find yourself sucked in to Novik's carefully crafted world, where the Dragon is a man, the woods are wicked, and the hero is a quick-witted village girl.  9780804179058

The Turner HouseTyler loves The Turner House by Angela Flournoy: This is the story of a house in Detroit, and of the Turner family, two parents and thirteen children, who grew up there and moved away. As we read to learn the fate of the house itself, you fall in love with the people who have inhabited it, and hurt when they struggle and dream when they dream.  9780544705166

 

All Tomorrow's PartiesRachel K. loves All Tomorrow's Parties by Rob Spillman: I have never read a book quite like this one. I wanted not just to travel to the time periods and places Rob Spillman was living in, but to be in his shoes and inhabit his experiences. His lively, enrapturing prose made that nearly possible. Spillman has incredible insight; here is someone laying bare for you many of his youthful aspirations, mistakes, and acquired knowledge, always with the intent of expressing to the reader that a true artist’s calling, the chasing of a dream, is never easy, but always necessary.  9780802124838

THammer HeadRachel W. loves Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin:  I love reading memoirs and Nina MacLaughlin's was one of the best I've read in awhile. Tightly written with plenty of context on the many layers involved in a woman working as a carpenter, this book was a great read. Hand this book to a friend who is feeling stuck in their current career path. It's possible to take a totally different route and find yourself fulfilled in ways you might not imagine.  9780393352320

Lust and WonderRachel K. loves Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs: I have been reading Augusten’s books since I was an adolescent, struggling with self-discovery and feeling like my experiences as a marginalized person isolated me. Like many lives, Augusten’s is riddled with wrong turns and bad choices, but the same path has led him to bliss. This book offers hope to those who still haven’t quite figured out this thing called life, and who, despite it all, are still determined to view it through a lens of lust and wonder.  9780312342036

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Okra Picks


Lies and Other Acts of LoveDEAR CAROLINA author Kristy Woodson Harvey presents a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth . . .

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. 

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

BUY FROM AN INDIE  |  Read the first chapterOkra Picks



Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park


Sheila Turnage books

 

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
Exploring the Long List


Thrillers on the Long List

The Bone Tree Descent False Positive Fragile Brilliance The Gates of Evangeline The Jezebel Remedy The Mauraders The Redeemers Rogue Lawyer Scribe Season of Fear Shark Skin Suite Speaking in Bones Unbecoming Where All the Light Tends to Go

 

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Book & Author Gossip

Children's authors write open letter to NC young people in response to new law

As artists, we strive to create books that promote acceptance of all people regardless of race, religion, or gender identity. We will continue to do so; however, we cannot and will not support a state government that promotes discrimination. Each one of us will have to consider our participation in conferences and festivals in North Carolina while this law is in place. But you have our word that we will never abandon our thousands and thousands of readers in North Carolina. We stand with those who share our guiding principles and fundamental beliefs of equality, inclusion, and fair treatment. Thus, we will continue to visit your schools and libraries. We will spread kindness and inspire compassion and hope, as we believe books, in their best moments, always have and always will.

Scuppernong Books presents "Gender and Soxuality in North Carolina

A cook's tribute to Pat Conroy

The Prince of TidesPat Conroy is my favorite contemporary writer. When I read this poignant passage from his most recent novel, The Prince of Tides I considered it to be the most exquisitely enticing culinary prose I had ever read and became intent upon reproducing the recipe. The very words scuppernong grapes resounded with magic that I had to know first hand and the phrase "the meat was the color of wild roses" all but sent me into anticipatory culinary ecstasy. So I wrote what is probably my very first fan letter and a year later when I still had received no response, wrote again.  9780553381542

Would you like to buy a bookstore?

The Book Worm, which "has occupied a prominent spot in the heart of our community," Powder Springs, Ga., is for sale, Authors 'Round the South wrote. Owned by Susan Smelser, the Book Worm began as an online store but was doing so well that in 2005, Smelser opened its bricks-and-mortar location, which stocks about 30,000 new and used titles, CDs and DVDs. Smelser said she is looking for a new owner who is, "above all, someone who has their heart in the community. Merchants in Powder Springs are a close-knit group. We're all just two doors down."

A writer's Appalachian roots

DmestoreHowever, Smith makes clear: “This is my story, then, but it is not a sob story.”Dimestore also contains a wealth of humor and joyful memories, such as an account of a 1966 rafting trip Smith took down the Mississippi River with 15 of her college classmates from Hollins, the inspiration for her novel The Last Girls. She writes beautifully of her epiphany upon meeting Eudora Welty and realizing that this master storyteller wrote “[p]lain stories about country people and small towns, my own ‘living world.’ ”  9781616205027

SBF gets new Director

Kim Bockius-Suwyn has been named executive director of the Savannah Book Festival, replacing Robin Gold, who left the position after this year's festival. A longtime resident of Savannah, Bockius-Suwyn was mostly recently COO and co-owner of Enriched Business Strategies and earlier was development director for the Historic Savannah Foundation. She has held several leadership positions in many local community organizations and chaired the annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens.

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Meet Adam W. Jones

Danny Bernstein.Adam W. Jones was born in Raleigh, NC and is one of five siblings who all were brought up to be free thinkers. After a year-long sojourn across Europe after high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After finishing with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications he worked for fifteen years in advertising and marketing before starting his own real estate firm in 2002. Adam has had children's and travel stories published in a variety of local and regional magazines throughout the years, and Fate Ball is his first drafted novel. Adam is a husband and a father of two young girls. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his family and their two dogs.

 

 

Fate BallFate Ball

Fate Ball, by breakout author Adam W. Jones, recounts the love story between Able Curren and Ava Dubose, whose relationship ignites in Savannah, Georgia. Able is entranced by the beautiful Ava's devil-may-care spirit, and the two become inseparable. As their story unfolds, however, it becomes apparent that Ava's spirit includes a destructive and addictive side that injects a tortured element into their relationship. Although love keeps them connected despite all obstacles, this youthful love story becomes Able's determined quest to save his first love from herself. Fate Ball tells the all-important story of the many sides of an intense and enduring love.

Readers Favorite has recognized Fate Ball with many 5-star reviews. Cheryl E. Rodriguez writes, "Fate Ball is an unforgettable romantic tragedy [. . .] Jones elegantly portrays love and calamity, faith and fate, and heartache and despair. How can love be so wonderful and so horrible? Fate Ball magnifies the eternal truth—love never fails." Tracy E. Fisher writes, "Wow. Just, wow. That's almost all I can say after finishing...[It is] a story so searing that a reader's heart will actually ache."

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 20. 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. The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson, Random House, $28, 9780812993103
2. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
4. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
6. Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $28, 9780525955092
7. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
8. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
9. At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier, Viking, $27, 9780525953005
10. The Waters of Eternal Youth
Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802124807
11. Deep Blue
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $27, 9780399173516
12. Flight of Dreams
Ariel Lawhon, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385540025
okra13. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

14. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
15. Private Paris
James Patterson, Mark Sullivan, Little Brown, $28, 9780316407052

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
okra2. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027

3. In Other Words
Jhumpa Lahiri, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101875551
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry
John Feinstein, Doubleday, $27.95, 9780385539418
6. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
7. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
8. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
9. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
10. The Immortal Irishman
Timothy Egan, Houghton Mifflin, $28, 9780544272880
11. American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
Nancy Jo Sales, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353922
12. On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
John O'Leary, North Star Way, $26, 9781501117725
13. On My Own
Diane Rehm, Knopf, $23.95, 9781101875285
14. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
15. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Broadway, $16, 9780553418798
2. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
5. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
6. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
7. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
8. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
9. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
10. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780307887443
11. The Dream Lover
Elizabeth Berg, Ballantine, $16, 9780345533807
12. The Guilty
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455586431
13. The Sellout
Paul Beatty, Picador USA, $16, 9781250083258
14. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
15. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408877
2. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
3. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
4. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
5. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
6. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
7. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
8. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
9. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
10. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
11. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408853
12. Isaac's Storm
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375708275
13. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
14. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
15. Coloring for Contemplation
Amber Hatch, Alex Ogg (Illus.), Watkins Publishing, $7.95, 9781780289274

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
4. Finders Keepers
Stephen King, Pocket, $9.99, 9781501100123
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719
7. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
8. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
9. Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington, Signet, $5.95, 9780451531476
10. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $7.68, 9780449213940

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
Kimberly Dean, James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198679
3. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
6. Llama Llama Easter Egg
Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, $5.99, 9780451469823
7. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
8. The Bunny Book
Patsy Scarry, Richard Scarry (Illus.), Random House, $7.99, 9780553535877
9. When Spring Comes
Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illus.), Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062331397
10. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442468351
2. Pax
Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062377012
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
5. Jacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Jimmy Patterson/Little Brown, $13.99, 9780316262491
6. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
7. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780553510409
8. Althea & Oliver
Cristina Moracho, Speak, $10.99, 9780142424766
9. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
10. Rebel of the Sands
Alwyn Hamilton, Viking Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780451477538

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
5. Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard, HarperTeen, $17.99, 9780062310637
6. The Apprentice's Quest (Warriors: A Vision of Shadows)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780062386373
7. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
8. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
9. Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (Dork Diaries, #10)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781481457040
10. Big Nate Blasts Off
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111111
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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.


Deep Blue Flight of Dreams Go Set a Watchman Dimestore: A Writer's Life The Legends Club American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life On My Own Jesus Calling A Brief History of Seven Killings The Husband's Secret Ready Player One The Dream Lover The Sellout The Devil in the White City The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two The Boys in the Boat In the Garden of Beasts Isaac's Storm I Am Malala Coloring for Contemplation A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings 1984 DuneAnimal Farm Of Mice and MenUp from SlaveryAll Quiet on the Western FrontPete the Cat: Big Easter AdventureOh, the Places You'll Go! The Bunny Book When Spring Comes Althea & Oliver


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

okraBook Club -- The Flying Circus  (book club)
Susan Crandall | 04/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Bad Dyke Allison Moon Reads From Girl Sex 101  (author appearance)
Allison Moon | 04/06/2016, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Ann Packer discusses her novel The Children's Crusade  (author appearance)
Ann Packer | 04/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Tim Johnston – Descent  (author appearance)
Tim Johnston | 04/06/2016, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

James S. House -Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy  (author appearance)
James S. | 04/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Story Time at Joe’s Place  (other event)
04/06/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Story Time at Joe’s Place  (other event)
04/06/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Dr. Jason Miller Discusses Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 04/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Kathleen Grissom  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

APR Local Chef Rebecca Lang Cookbook Launch: THE SOUTHERN VEGETABLE BOOK  (author appearance)
Rebecca Lang | 04/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Emery Lord discusses her new YA novel, When We Collided  (author appearance)
Emery Lord | 04/07/2016, 12:45 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

John Donovan and Caren Zucker discuss their book In a Different Key: The Story of Autism at the Chapel Hill Public Library  (author appearance)
John Donovan | 04/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Emery Lord and Renee Ahdieh discuss their new YA releases  (author appearance)
Emery Lord | 04/07/2016, 08:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Danielle Ofri, 2016 Emerson Lecture  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/07/2016, 05:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Stuart Gibbs author of Spaced Out  (author appearance)
Stuart Gibbs | 04/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Meet Author Peter Selgin  (author appearance)
Peter Selgin | 04/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Rob Bell discusses his new book How to Be Here  (author appearance)
Rob Bell | 04/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ann Ross - Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Morning event at QRB On the Fly)  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/08/2016, 10:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Stephanie Storey -Oil & Marble  (author appearance)
Stephanie Storey | 04/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Sara Foster In-Store Book Signing  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 04/08/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Carl Galante Photography Exhibition  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Susan Boyer - Author of Lowcountry Bordello  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 04/08/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Special Story Time: Local Authors & Illustrators: Bart King, Dodd Ferrell, Jacob Wenzka, and Cameron Bliss Ferrelle  (other event)
Bart King, | 04/09/2016, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Southern Cookbook Author & Restaurateur Sara Foster: FOSTER'S MARKET FAVORITES  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 04/09/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
Nancy Peacock | 04/09/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Sara Foster  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 04/09/2016, 01:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraAuthor event with Ross Howell Jr. author of Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 04/09/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

TOM HART - ROSALIE LIGHTNING author talk & book signing  (author appearance)
Tom Hart | 04/10/2016, 03:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

John Hanson: Farewell to an Angel: It All Began in Old New Orleans  (author appearance)
John Hanson | 04/10/2016, 03:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

okraJeff Zentner discusses his debut YA novel The Serpent King  (author appearance)
Jeff Zentner | 04/10/2016, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Erik Larson  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 04/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

William Joyce: Ollie's Odyssey  (author appearance)
William Joyce | 04/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Quincy Whitney discusses her book American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins-- the Art and Science of the Violin  (author appearance)
Quincy Whitney | 04/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Matt Gallager -Youngblood  (author appearance)
Matt Gallager | 04/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

2016 Teen Writing Seminar   (writers group)
Shari Smith | 04/11/2016, 04:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Ginger Manley author of Proud Flesh  (author appearance)
Ginger Manley | 04/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraAuthor M.O. Walsh: MY SUNSHINE AWAY  (author appearance)
M.O. Walsh | 04/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Pajama Story Time Book Launch with Dan Santat for ARE WE THERE YET?  (author appearance)
Dan Santat | 04/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Josh Rosenthal discusses his book The Record Store of the Mind in conversation with Steven Weiss  (author appearance)
Josh Rosenthal | 04/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Fred Chappell - A Shadow All of Light (off-site event)  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell | 04/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Jason Miller -Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 04/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Ann B. Ross Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/12/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Stephanie Storey - Oil and Marble   (author appearance)
04/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Stephanie Storey  (author appearance)
Stephanie Storey | 04/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Sit. Sip. Write. Creative Writing Group  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Julie Buxbaum in conversation with Jeff Zentner  (author appearance)
Julie Buxbaum | 04/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Garden District Book Shop Book Club  (book club)
Nell Zink | 04/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

okraM.O. Walsh discusses his New York Times bestselling debut novel, My Sunshine Away  (author appearance)
M.O. Walsh | 04/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

okraKristy Woodson Harvey Book Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Steve Berry author of The 14th Colony  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Local Author Frances Kwiatkowski Launch Party: KINGDOM OF LONGLEAF  (author appearance)
Frances Kwiatkowski | 04/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kathleen Grissom  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Katie Parla: Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City  (author appearance)
Katie Parla | 04/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

okraLee Smith - Dimestore: A Writer's Life  (author appearance)
Lee Smith | 04/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Dan Santat Book Talk & Signing   (author appearance)
Dan Santat | 04/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

The Writing Show: Writing the Mystery  (author appearance)
Carla Damron | 04/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Tom Bissell author of Apostle  (author appearance)
Tom Bissell | 04/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

JABBIES: Judge-A-Book-By-Its-Spine with Craig Popelars and Michael Reynolds  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Charlie Price  (author appearance)
Charlie Price | 04/15/2016, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

AMBER TAMBLYN discusses and signs DARK SPARKLER  (author appearance)
Amber Tamblyn | 04/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

okraSigning with Author Kristy Woodson Harvey  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

South Carolina Academy of Authors 30th Anniversary  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/15/2016, 10:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Singer Ashley Hale & her ukelele  (other event)
04/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Bo Petersen - Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds  (author appearance)
Bo Petersen | 04/15/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner  (author appearance)
Alicia Ybarbo | 04/15/2016, 05:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kathleen Grisson, Glory Over Everything  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grisson | 04/16/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Ann B. Ross Presents New Miss Julia Novel  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/16/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Jennifer L. Collins  (author appearance)
Jennifer L. | 04/16/2016, 01:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Book Signing with Jamie Mason  (author appearance)
Jamie Mason | 04/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Saluda River Strings: Live Band  (other event)
04/16/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Brooks Benjamin author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights  (author appearance)
Brooks Benjamin | 04/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Singer/Songwriter Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
04/17/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Jessica Knoll author of Luckiest Girl Alive  (author appearance)
Jessica Knoll | 04/17/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Parnassus Book Club - The Color of Water  (book club)
Shari Smith | 04/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

DAVID SEDARIS!!!!!!!  (author appearance)
David Sedaris | 04/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

okraRoss Howell  (author appearance)
Ross Howell | 04/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science with Jennifer Singh  (author appearance)
Jennifer Singh | 04/19/2016, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

William Barnwell: Called to Heal the Brokenhearted: Stories from Kairos Prison Ministry International  (author appearance)
William Barnwell | 04/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Ernest Cline discusses his sci-fi novel Armada  (author appearance)
Ernest Cline | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Fred Chappell - A Shadow All of Light  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Terry Barr  (author appearance)
Terry Barr | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Books & Beyond: Book Club  (book club)
Liane Moriarty | 04/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Sam Trull discusses her photo book Slothlove  (author appearance)
Sam Trull | 04/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
04/20/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Story Time at Joe’s Place  (other event)
04/20/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with NOFX - TICKETED  (author appearance)
NOFX Authors | 04/21/2016, 05:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Mandala Launch Party  (other event)
various authors | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Melissa Ginsburg: Sunset City  (author appearance)
Melissa Ginsburg | 04/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Jonathan K. Rice  (author appearance)
Jonathan K. Rice | 04/21/2016, 10:30 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

okraAward-winning novelist Robert Morgan reads from his new novel, Chasing the North Star  (author appearance)
Robert Morgan | 04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ken Ilgunas - Trespassing Across America  (author appearance)
Ken Ilgunas | 04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Robyn Carr author of What We Find  (author appearance)
Robyn Carr | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

National Poetry Month Event - John Guzlowski Reads from Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded  (author appearance)
John Guzlowski | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

David Sedaris at the Straz!  (author appearance)
David Sedaris | 04/22/2016, 08:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Local Author Book Launch for Melia Keeton-Digby's THE HEROINES CLUB  (author appearance)
Melia Keeton-Digby | 04/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kim Michele Richardson, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field Book Launch  (author appearance)
Kim Michele | 04/22/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Launch Party for Hub City's Spring Titles  (other event)
Julia Franks | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Facts and Fiction: Literary Trivia at Joe’s Place  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraKristy Woodson Harvey - Author of Lies and Other Acts of Love  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/22/2016 | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Belmont University's Spring Leadership Luncheon with Arianna Huffington  (author appearance)
Arianna Huffington | 04/22/2016, 11:00 am | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraKristy Woodson Harvey, Lies and Other Acts of Love  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/23/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Josh Franks Discusses Paranormal Events  (author appearance)
Josh Franks | 04/23/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Kim Michele Richardson Presents Her New Novel  (author appearance)
Kim Michele | 04/23/2016, 06:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
04/23/2016, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraAuthor Kristy Woodson Harvey: LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author event with middle grade authors Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, Gail Nall and Lois Stephban  (author appearance)
Gail Nall | 04/24/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

KIDS' Book Club - Special VIP Q&A with author Shannon Hitchcock! Book signing to follow  (author appearance)
Shannon Hitchcock | 04/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Author event with J.A. Jance author of Clawback  (author appearance)
J.A. Jance | 04/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kidliterate Book Club Reads Modern Classic The Great Gilly Hopkins  (book club)
Katherine Paterson | 04/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

An Evening with Stephen Corey and The Georgia Review  (author appearance)
Stephen Corey | 04/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with NOFX authors of The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories  (author appearance)
NOFX Authors | 04/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Black Feminist Book Club Facilitated by Susana Morris  (book club)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Darlyn Finch Kuhn - Sewing Holes  (author appearance)
Darlyn Finch | 04/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Felicia Day signs her memoir YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) at the Cat's Cradle  (author appearance)
04/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Adam Skolnick discusses his book One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits  (author appearance)
Adam Skolnick | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kathleen Grissom - Glory Over Everything  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Richard Zacks author of Chasing the Last Laugh  (author appearance)
Richard Zacks | 04/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Jason Reynolds Meet & Greet  (author appearance)
Jason Reynolds | 04/28/2016, 05:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author J. Aaron Sanders: SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD: A WALT WHITMAN MYSTERY  (author appearance)
Aaron Sander | 04/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Robin Kirk - Peculiar Motion  (author appearance)
Robin Kirk | 04/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Roy Neel author of The Electors  (author appearance)
Roy Neel | 04/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

William Geroux  (author appearance)
William Geroux | 04/29/2016, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Avid Poetry Series: Lindsay Tigue, Jacob Sunderlin & Kameel Mir  (author appearance)
Lindsay Tigue, | 04/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sit. Sip. Color.  (other event)
04/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Join the Party: Independent Bookstore Day is Back!  (other event)
Chris Riddell | 04/30/2016, 11:00 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

John Shelton Reed discusses his Savor the South book Barbecue  (author appearance)
John Shelton Reed | 04/30/2016, 01:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Independent Bookstore Day featuring Kathleen Grissom and Gil Allen  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/30/2016, 09:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
04/30/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Independent Bookstore Day  (author appearance)
Lee Brockington | 04/30/2016, 11:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with S. Teague and Shana Thornton authors of Seasons of Balance  (author appearance)
Shana Thornton | 04/30/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Independent Bookstore Day 2016!  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/30/2016, 10:00 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Francine Bryson- Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen  (author appearance)
Francine Bryson | 05/02/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Katarina Bivald- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  (author appearance)
Katarina Bivald | 05/05/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Brian Lies-- Gator Dad  (author appearance)
Brian Lies | 05/09/2016, 04:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Gregg E. Brickman Booksigning  (author appearance)
Gregg E. Brickman | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Mary Kubica- Don’t You Cry  (author appearance)
Mary Kubica | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/26/2016, 11:30 am | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses OUR LADY OF THE NILE  (book club)
Mukasonga, Scholastique | 05/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

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