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{In praise of the square peg.}

In which Ms. Ann Patchett really, really wants you to read a book, Ms. Florence King no longer need suffer fools, and Ms. Mary Ellen Taylor explains how knowing the different between baking powder and baking soda can save your life.

January 10, 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


Dearest Readers,

While many of her ladyship's readers no doubt spent the past few days watching Youtube clips of David Bowie performances, (or seeing how many of his 100 favorite books they had heard of or actually read) her ladyship, the editor, was quietly mourning the loss of one of the South's truly original and unforgettable voices. The irascible Ms. Florence King passed away this weekend, and the world is a quieter place without her.

“No matter which sex I went to bed with, I never smoked on the street” ― Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

Ms. King was, as one of her ladyship's friends noted, "a true square peg" -- a woman with a sharp tongue backed by a sharper intelligence and a philosophy of not suffering suffering fools, gladly or otherwise. Her uncompromising eye and ruthless wit made even the steeliest of steel magnolias seem like tinsel. "Even my different drummer heard a different drummer" she once said.

One would say, 'rest in peace' except for the feeling that Ms. King would hate to spend an eternity peacefully. Here is hoping that when she went to that great front porch in the sky, she got to take her rifle with her.

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady Reflections of a Jaundiced Eye Southern Ladies adn Gentlemen

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Lady Banks' Pick of the Week


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Fallen LandPale light crept into the black stanchions of pine, the ashen ground, the red center of dying coals. The camped men rose, silent, and broke the bread of old pillage between blackened fingers. One of their number looked at his own. Soot and powder, ash and dirt. Neat crescents accrued underneath the nails, trim and black, like he’d tried to dig himself out of a hole in the ground. Or into one.

Some of the others chewed loudly, bread dry in dry mouths. No tins rattled. There was no coffee, not for some days. He always wanted to talk in this quiet of early morning, to speak something into the silence that assembled them into the crooked line of horse men. No colors among the trees. No badges, no uniforms. He wanted to ask what peace might be gained if they hovered here longer in the mist, did not mount and ride. But they always did.

--Taylor Brown, Fallen Land (St. Martin's Press, 2016) 9781250077974

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Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The MaraudersThe Marauders by Tom Cooper
($15.00, Broadway Books, 9780804140584)

A dark and offbeat crime novel set in blue collar, post-BP oil spill Gulf Coast.  The tension slowly ratchets up as it becomes clear all of the odd and sometimes nefarious characters are on a collision course with each other.  Memorable characters and setting make this a gritty and enjoyable read- think Elmore Leonard in the bayou. --  Jamie

 

The Buried GiantThe Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
($16.00, Vintage, 9780307455796)

Ishiguro's mastery of subtlety is second to none, and he puts it to good use in The Buried Giant, creating an atmosphere so tangible and thick you could cut it with a knife. Whether you get through it in one sitting or pace yourself, Ishiguro's post-Arthurian Britain will envelop you like a thick fog, leaving you dazed and confused (in the best way) for a long time after you put it down.  -- Lane

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Okra Picks


Okra Picks

 

Fallen LandA modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America's racial divide.

Fallen Land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, "Fallen Land" is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.

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Fallen Land

Fallen LandAuthor’s Note

Though Ava and Callum are creations of my imagination, and Fallen Land is by no means a history book, I endeavored to interweave my characters’ story with the world as it was at the time. Many of the episodes in the book are drawn from first person accounts and historical record, and I would be remiss not to mention the authors and scholars whose work helped me in this process: Virgil Carrington Jones, Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders: The Daring Exploits of the Confederate Guerillas (Promontory Press, 2004); Noah Andre Trudeau, Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea (Harper Perennial, 2009); David Power Conyngham, Sherman’s March Through the South: With Sketches and Incidents of the Campaign (HardPress Publishing, 2012); Joseph H. Ewing, Sherman at War (Morningside Bookshop, 1992); and Major John Scott, Partisan Life with Colonel John S. Mosby (Harper & Brothers, 1867).

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Book & Author Gossip

 

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford when he found out he had a very aggressive form of lung cancer. He decided to use part of the little time he had left to write a book, and that book, When Breath Becomes Air, is going to be published today. I’m making it my personal mission to urge everyone to buy it and read it, in part because the author isn’t around to do his own promotion, and in part because he’s left behind a wife and a young child who should get the royalties. I want everyone to read this book because it’s a brilliant piece of writing and a singular and profound piece of thinking, but it’s also more than that: When Breath Becomes Air makes us stop and think about how gorgeous life is, how heart-wrenching and brief and amazing. Paul Kalanithi’s life was short but utterly essential, as our lives are, in very different ways, short and essential. So read this book, please.

"Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in." -- Florence King

Florence King

Confessions of a Failed Southern LadyFlorence King, a columnist, author and professional misanthrope who was a constitutional crosspatch about all manner of things -- in particular those things that smacked in the slightest of what she decried as touchy-feely-late-20th-century liberalism -- dies on Wednesday at her home in Fredericksburg, VA. She was 80.

Florence King was often bored. But she never bored others

The novelist best known for “Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady” moved to Fredericksburg in 1983. She said living in a bigger city would be difficult “because I would meet people who would stimulate me intellectually and I’d spend time with them and I would get things out of my system in conversation that I now get out of my system in writing. It’s better to be intellectually frustrated and you will write because you must.”

Southern food expert Virginia Willis to get her own PBS series

Bon Appetit, Y'allThe show is being produced by Boston's WGBH-TV, which is also credited with creating Julia Child's iconic series The French Chef. Per a press release, the thirteen-episode, half-hour series will feature traditional Southern cuisine alongside "the vibrant new cooking of the modern South," and will chronicle Willis's journey through the region as she "visit[s] Southern farmers, artisans and producers, sharing their stories and the ways in which they impact the landscape of Southern cuisine." Willis's mile-long resume includes a popular eponymous blog as well as a recipe blog, Down-Home Comfort, for FoodNetwork.com and several cookbooks, such as Bon Appétit, Y'all 

Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron and Carl Sandburg inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame

Long Upon the LandOn Sunday, October 16, at 2:00 pm, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct three new members. Clyde EdgertonMargaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will join the fifty-seven inductees currently enshrined, in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year. A list of inductees, as well as samples of their work and video clips of past inductions, can be found online at www.nclhof.org.

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Meet Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen TaylorMary 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 BakeryThe Union Street Bakery

In the first novel of the Union Street Bakery series, Daisy McCrae learns how easily life can turn on a dime... 

Suddenly without a job or a boyfriend, Daisy now lives in the attic above her family's store, the Union Street Bakery, while she learns the business. It doesn't help that, as the only adopted daughter, her relationship with her sisters has never been easy. 
When an elderly customer dies, Daisy is surprised to inherit a journal from the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family--and her own heritage--than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to "find her," she is compelled to explore the past more deeply. 

Southern Traveling Authors Registration ServiceWhat she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending January 3. 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. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
3. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
6. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
7. The Guilty
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455586424
8. Rules for a Knight
Ethan Hawke, Knopf, $18, 9780307962331
9. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
10. Slade House
David Mitchell, Random House, $26, 9780812998689
okra11. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

12. The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks, Viking, $27.95, 9780670025770
13. The Lake House
Kate Morton, Atria, $28, 9781451649321
14. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399167454
15. House of the Rising Sun
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781501107108

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. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
4. My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, Random House, $28, 9780679456209
5. M Train
Patti Smith, Knopf, $25, 9781101875100
6. Thing Explainer
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24.95, 9780544668256
okra 7. The Southerner's Cookbook
Garden & Gun (Ed.), Harper Wave, $37.5, 9780062242419

8. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
9. The Invention of Nature
Andrea Wulf, Knopf, $30, 9780385350662
10. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
11. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
12. S.P.Q.R
Mary Beard, Liveright, $35, 9780871404237
13. Destiny and Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
14. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron, $26.99, 9781250077004
15. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
3. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
5. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
6. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
7. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
8. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
9. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
10. The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609452865
11. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
12. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
13. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385523240
14. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
15. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
3. In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick, Penguin, $17, 9780143126812
4. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
5. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
6. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
7. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons (Illus.), Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
8. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
9. Voices from Chernobyl
Svetlana Alexievich, Picador USA, $16, 9780312425845
10. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986696
11. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
12. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham, Random House, $16, 9780812985177
13. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac Books, $14.99, 9781600572012
14. Pogue's Basics: Life
David Pogue, Flatiron, $19.99, 9781250080431
15. #Girlboss
Sophia Amoruso, Portfolio, $16, 9781591847939

MASS MARKET

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
2. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
7. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
8. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
9. One Second After
William R. Forstchen, Tor Books, $9.99, 9780765356864
10. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

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. Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484730881
4. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!
Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illus.), Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442496736
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
9. Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover
John Churchman, Jennifer Churchman, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316273565
10. The Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illus.), FSG, $16.99, 9780374360962

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
2. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Adam Bray, et al., DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465437853
3. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections
Jason Fry, Kemp Remillard (Illus.), DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465438157
5. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852
6. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
okra7. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

8. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
9. The Isle of the Lost
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974
10. Carry On
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $19.99, 9781250049551

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
2. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
3. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9781101996980
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
5. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $22.99, 9780312642983
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures (DK Readers, Level 1)
David Fentiman, DK Publishing, $3.99, 9781465438140
7. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
8. Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I)
Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $8.99, 9780062024701
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
10. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316201568

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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.


Rules for a Knight The Secret Chord The Lake House Come Rain or Come Shinewidth= House of the Rising Sun The Southerner's Cookbook The Invention of Nature Killing Reagan Destiny and Power Furiously Happy The Goldfinch Big Little Lies At the Water's Edge The Great Gatsby The Devil in the White City Voices from Chernobyl The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016 The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016 Pogue's Basics: Life The Catcher in the Rye To Kill a Mockingbird 1984 American Gods” width= Good Omens One Second AfterDune Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!What Pet Should I Get?The Pout-Pout FishSerafina and the Black CloakThe Isle of the Lost


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Stewart O'Nan  (author appearance)
Stewart O'Nan | 01/13/2016, 01:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Martin Echavarria - Enabling Collaboration - Gables  (author appearance)
Martin Echavarria | 01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Eric Weiner - The Geography of Genius - Gables  (author appearance)
Eric Weiner | 01/13/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Val McDermid Booksigning  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Nina Dockey presents A Seeker's Guide: How to Use Intuition, Emotions, and Magic for Spiritual Growth  (author appearance)
Nina Dockery | 01/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

okraPaperback Tour: UNBECOMING by Rebecca Scherm  (author appearance)
Rebecca Scherm | 01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Charles Belfoure - House of Thieves  (author appearance)
Charles Belfoure | 01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Book Group discusses A Sudden Light  (book club)
01/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Ed Tarkington discusses his debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Carole Boston Weatherford - Freedom in Congo Square  (author appearance)
Carole Boston | 01/13/2016, 05:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Phillipe Diederich & Vanessa Blakeslee discuss and sign their debut novels  (author appearance)
Vanessa Blakeslee | 01/14/2016, 09:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Stewart O’Nan presents West of Sunset  (author appearance)
Stewart O'Nan | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Authors Helen Ellis & Martin Wilson: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE and WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US  (author appearance)
Helen Ellis | 01/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraMeet Taylor Brown: FALLEN LAND  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Val McDermid in Conversation with Greg Herren – Splinter the Silence  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Local writer Juyanne James joins us to share her new collection, THE PERSIMMON TRAIL AND OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Juyanne James | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ed Tarkington - Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Ian's house | Wilmington, NC

SIMRAN SETHI presents BREAD, WINE, CHOCOLATE: THE SLOW LOSS OF FOODS WE LOVE  (author appearance)
Simran Sethi | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Signing: Sandra Warren - We Bought A WWII Bomber  (author appearance)
Sandra Warren | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem- The Athaan in the Bull City  (author appearance)
Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

The Writing Show: The Art of the Short Story  (writers group)
01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Miriam Herin & Gregg Cusick - Double Author Night  (author appearance)
Miriam Herin | 01/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Ian's house | Wilmington, NC

FREDA LOVE SMITH presents RED VELVET UNDERGROUND  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Jessica Young author of All Paws on Deck: Haggis and Tank Unleashed  (author appearance)
Jessica Young | 01/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

FOR KIDS: Mike Muller - Mirabelle and the Butterfly - Gables  (author appearance)
Mike Muller | 01/16/2016, 10:30 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Lisandra Álvarez - Me lo contó la paloma - Gables  (author appearance)
Lisandra Álvarez | 01/16/2016, 03:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Louis K. Lowy - Pedal - Gables  (author appearance)
Louis K. Lowy | 01/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Nagari - Las Barcelonas - Gables  (other event)
01/16/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Mike Lupica presents The Extra Yard  (author appearance)
Mike Lupica | 01/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Local Author John Pence Graphic Novel Launch Party: THE BALLAD OF BRIGHID OF ATLANTA  (author appearance)
John Pence | 01/16/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Hoda Kotb – Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way  (author appearance)
Hoda Kotb | 01/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN  (book club)
01/16/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

CANDIDE JONES presents IN THE TREE TOP  (author appearance)
Candide Jones | 01/16/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robert A. Schultz, MD Author Event & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert A. Schultz | 01/16/2016, 01:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Author Signing: Vic Kirkman - Talking Trees  (author appearance)
Vic Kirkman | 01/16/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Signing: Steve Lang - 2 Minutes to Midnight: Strange Tales of the Unusual  (author appearance)
Steve Lang | 01/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

New Year's Resolution Author Panel Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Hannah Papp | 01/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Wine Tasting  (other event)
01/16/2016, 04:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
01/16/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Linda K. Wertheimer - Faith Ed - Gables  (author appearance)
Linda K. Wertheimer | 01/17/2016, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

David Unger - El manipulador - Gables  (author appearance)
David Unger | 01/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Dr. Robert Gaston - Oriental Herbology Clinical Notes - Gables  (author appearance)
Dr. Robert Gaston | 01/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Paperback Fiction Book Club: OUR SPOONS CAME FROM WOOLWORTHS by Barbara Comyns  (book club)
01/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

KRISTINA HORTON presents MARTYR OF LORAY MILL  (author appearance)
Kristina Horton | 01/17/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Debra Fine - Beyond Texting - Gables  (author appearance)
Debra Fine | 01/18/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

IW KIDS' Book Club! THE BAMBOO SWORD  (book club)
01/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Ardi Schneider presents What's Happening To Our Lagoon?  (author appearance)
Ardi Schneider | 01/18/2016, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Queer Fiction Book Club: THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson  (book club)
01/18/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Karen Marie Moning - FEVERBORN  (author appearance)
Karen Marie Moning | 01/18/2016, 09:00 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Writers Coffeehouse with Jake Bible  (writers group)
01/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Cookbook Club  (book club)
01/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Mary Morris - The Jazz Palace - Gables  (author appearance)
Mary Morris | 01/19/2016, 09:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Abby Geni with THE LIGHTKEEPERS  (author appearance)
Abby Geni | 01/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Award-winning author Carl Nordgen discusses his latest novel Worlds Between  (author appearance)
Carl Nordgren | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

View From Tuesday - Publisher's Perspective on Children's Books  (other event)
01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Ian's house | Wilmington, NC

STEVE SCHAPIRO presents BLISS  (author appearance)
Steve Schapiro | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

June Gardner  (author appearance)
June Gardner | 01/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Freda Love Smith author of Red Velvet Underground  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mary Lindemann - The Merchant Republics - Gables  (author appearance)
Mary Lindemann | 01/20/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

YAW: YA Wednesdays! SIMON v THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA  (book club)
01/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Eric Mitchko - NC Opera Preview of Eugene Onegin  (other event)
01/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

okraTaylor Brown: Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/20/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

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

okraTaylor 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

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

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

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)
J. J. | 01/24/2016, 04:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

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

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

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

okraTaylor 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

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. | 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

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. | 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

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

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

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

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. | 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

okraRoss Howell Jr. - Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell | 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

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

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

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

Ben Ratliff with Mac McCaughan, -Every Song Ever  (author appearance)
Ben Ratliff | 03/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Paul Goldberg -The Yid  (author appearance)
Paul Goldberg | 03/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Shilpi Somaya Gowda -The Golden Son  (author appearance)
Shilpi Somaya | 03/05/2016, 04:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Bart Ehrman -Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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