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SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
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The Commonplace Book | Read This! | The List | {Book} Trailer Park | Okra Picks | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Events


{On the books we look forward to reading.}

In which Mr. Jeff Klinenberg risks giving journalism a good name, Mr. Daren Wang finds a printing press in his basement, and her ladyship, the editor takes a working vacation and gloats more than a little bit.

Her ladyship, the editor, is writing today from the forty-ninth floor of her hotel in New Orleans. Not that she enjoys the full benefit of the view -- heights make her ladyship, well, "swimmy-headed," as her Aunt Ruth used to say. But from a safe distance from the windows, the harbor is beautiful.

This weekend is the annual Discovery Show for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in New Orleans. It is a weekend spent talking to authors about their new books, publishers about their fall and winter lists, and booksellers about the books they are most excited about.

Some of the authors coming to the show

Envious? No doubt next week her ladyship will also be writing about all the new and forthcoming books she can't wait to read, by writers she met and found utterly charming. Envious now? Did she mention this event is held in New Orleans' French Quarter? How about now?

Good books. Good food. Great people. This is her ladyship's idea of a working vacation.

Read Independently! And shop local.


her ladyship, the editor


 

ReadNOLA

 

A Piece of the World   Christina Baker Kline  Joshylin Jackson The Almost Sisters 

Sponsored by the wonderful and indefatigable women at She Reads, and featuring Christina Baker Kline and Joshilyn Jackson.

Click here to purchase your tickets and to see other confirmed authors.



Lady Banks' Pick of the Week


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The Hidden Light of Northern FiresThe Railroad

The shoes had been sound when he set out, but the frozen fields and mountain crossings had worn through the soles, tearing apart the stitching at the heels and toes. Joe had bound them together three nights earlier with a length of rough twine he found by the side of the road and had not taken them off since, afraid they would fall apart and leave him nothing.

Every step broke the crust of snow with a crackling noise and the fine powder beneath sifted into his shoes through the holes and the split seams. The faint sound echoed across the frozen meadow.

He felt as if he'd been hungry forever. He had spent the day hiding in a luggage car under a horse blanket, and the crust of bread he'd eaten had been so dry it had made his gums bleed. The porter, a freedman named Mayfield, had brought it to him along with instructions: "Get off at Alden. The stop after that is Town Line, and the station agent there is a serious one. Checks for stowaways most every night. When we slow down, get yourself off the back of the train so no one will notice you. Stay away from the road. Head west and look for a barn with a white horseshoe. About three miles. Keep your head low. Don't mess around with no one else.
There's copperheads in Town Line and they're looking for anyone they can make a reward from, free or slave."

"Is there a sign for Alden?" Joe asked.

"You read?" Mayfield asked, surprise in his voice.

"Yes."

Daren Wang, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017) 9781250122353

Meet the author:

Daren Wang with THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES  (author appearance)
Daren Wang | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Daren Wang discusses his novel The Hidden Light of Northern Fires  (author appearance)
Daren Wang | 09/26/2017, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Daren Wang, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires  (author appearance)
Daren Wang | 09/28/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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Alligators in B Flat" If Jeff Klinkenberg isn't careful, he might give journalism a good name."

keep reading: Alligators in B-Flat

 

 


The Making of a Racist" I wanted to tell the story of how I had become a racist."

keep reading: Charles B. Dew 


Read This! Books with Street Cred

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah WeissI was hooked at the line, "He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn." Leah Weiss's debut goes right for the heartstrings with a brutal portrayal of the difficult life in small town Appalachia. Protagonist Sadie Blue is pregnant, and two weeks into her marriage to Roy Tupkin, realizes it was all a mistake. Armed with Loretta Lynn and a new friend in town, she begins to fight for a way out. Told from the perspective of a number of townsfolk, the reader develops a more thorough understanding of all the forces and characters at play in the community. Plus, it has a killer ending!

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss ($15.99*, Sourcebooks Landmark), recommended by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.

A Summer 2017 Okra Pick!



My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling is a brand new debut novel that you will be hearing a lot about. Abbe and I found it remarkable and compelling, as have a host of other readers, while some have been repulsed by it. A disturbing, authentic, and suspenseful account of the worst and best that can coincide in the world, My Absolute Darling contains gorgeous descriptions of the natural world of the California coast, original and complex characters, and encounters with intimate, inescapable evil. Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is the hero and she and her father are individuals you will not be able to get out of your mind.

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent ($27.00*, Riverhead Books), recommended by Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC.

 


The Salt Line by Holly GoddardI was not planning on getting addicted to a novel, but after reading the first scene of The Salt Line I was hopelessly riveted. Let me say that Holly Goddard Jones' take on post-apocalyptic fiction involves an America ravaged by a particularly vicious species of tick, so this book might get you feeling phantom itches. I loved The Salt Line for its combination of suspense, social commentary, and a well-drawn cast of characters that had me constantly questioning my loyalties. Pick up this top-notch literary thriller and pack the bug spray-- not that it will save you.

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard, ($2600*, GP Putnam's Sons), recommended by Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.

A Summer 2017 Okra Pick!


More bookseller recommendations

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Winter's Bone"I'd strongly plug Daniel Woodrell's books to anybody interested in rural noir. His novels are hard-hitting, his writing poetic."

keep reading: Good lands and bad guys

 

 


The Moviegoer "Somewhat ironically, "The Moviegoer" has never been adapted into a movie, although director Terrence Malick reportedly toyed with the idea in the 1980s."

keep reading: Walker Percy


The List: Eight Fabulous Fall Books, from Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

Sing, Unburied, Sing The Ninth Hour Wolf Season Bonfire Silencer Mean Too Shattered for Mending Dear Martin 

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A Personal Journey: Daren Wang

Personal Journey

"There were leftovers of a printing press in the basement, and this ancient shotgun..."


The Okra Pick of the Week

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang"Splendid―a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." ―Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain

"A wise and timely book." ―Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena

Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart.

Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family's farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.

When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father's barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South.

As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang | Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250122353 | Read the first chapter

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

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

See the full list here.
The Southern Book Prize | A SIBA Okra Pick | Special to the Southern List
Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. Glass Houses
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250066190
2. My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent, Riverhead, $27, 9780735211179
3. A Legacy of Spies
John le Carré, Viking, $28, 9780735225114
4. Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $26, 9781501126062
5. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Viking, $27, 9780670026197

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance, Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546
2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Norton, $18.95, 9780393609394
3. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Al Franken, Twelve, $28, 9781455540419
4. Hue 1968
Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 9780802127006
5. Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
Kurt Andersen, Random House, $30, 9781400067213

Special to the Southern List 

Sing, Unburied, Sing  Jesmyn Ward  The Hidden Light of Northern Fires  Daren Wang  Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South  Vivian Howard  If the Creek Don't Rise  Leah Weiss

HARDCOVER FICTION

7. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $26, 9780425284681
14. Secrets in Death
J.D. Robb, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250123152
15. The Hidden Light of Northern Fires
Daren Wang, Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99, 9781250122353

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

4. Hue 1968
Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 9780802127006
6. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $25, 9780812993547
8. Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South
Vivian Howard, Little Brown, $40, 9780316381109
13. Guinness World Records 2018
Guinness World Records, $28.95, 9781910561720
15. The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
Dale Bredesen, Avery, $27, 9780735216204

PAPERBACK FICTION

6. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, 9781250080400
8. If the Creek Don't Rise
Leah Weiss, Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99, 9781492647454
10. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan, Broadway, $16, 9781101906774
11. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143121169
13. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007

13. It
Stephen King, Scribner, $19.99, 9781501175466

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

3. The Lost City of the Monkey God
Douglas Preston, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455540013
4. White Trash
Nancy Isenberg, Penguin, $17, 9780143129677
5. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
6. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
7. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Anchor, $17, 9780307947901
10. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Lysa TerKeurst, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9781400205875
11. The Perfect Horse
Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine, $18, 9780345544827
12. At the Existentialist Cafe
Sarah Bakewell, Other Press, $17.95, 9781590518892
13. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
Peter Cozzens, Vintage, $20, 9780307948182
14. Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
Richard Grant, S&S, $16, 9781476709642
15. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Al Gore, Rodale, $25.99, 9781635651089

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Events

What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?

See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you.

M. Evelina Galang in conversation with Edwidge Danticat  (author appearance)
M. Evelina Galang | 09/15/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Victoria Landis Booksigning  (author appearance)
Victoria Landis | 09/15/2017, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Matthew Baker's New Book on His Mountain Heroes  (author appearance)
Matthew Baker | 09/15/2017, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Craig Johnson - The Western Star: A Longmire Novel  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson | 09/15/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Jim Fergus Author of The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill: A Novel  (author appearance)
Jim Fergus | 09/15/2017, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Conversations at NPL presents Dr. Ibram X. Kendi  (author appearance)
Ibram X. | 09/15/2017, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Will Schwalbe author of Books for Living  (author appearance)
Will Schwalbe | 09/15/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Margarita Engle  (author appearance)
Margarita Engle | 09/16/2017, 11:30 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Claudia Molina  (author appearance)
Claudia Molina | 09/16/2017, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

David Uribe  (author appearance)
David Uribe | 09/16/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Ruth Hartman Berge and Prudy Taylor Board  (author appearance)
Ruth Hartman Berge | 09/16/2017, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Roger Johns, Dark River Rising with Trudy Nan Boyce & Tracee de Hahn  (author appearance)
Roger Johns | 09/16/2017, 02:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Robert Beatty - SERAFINA  (author appearance)
Robert Beatty | 09/16/2017, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Sharyn McCrumb to Present Her New Novel  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb | 09/16/2017, 07:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Book Event with Illustrator: Matt Myers - Infamous Ratsos   (author appearance)
Matt Myers | 09/16/2017, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Eric Braeden - I'll Be Damned  (author appearance)
Eric Braeden | 09/16/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Mike Lupica - Lone Stars  (author appearance)
Mike Lupica | 09/16/2017, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Phil Cohen - The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace  (author appearance)
Phil Cohen | 09/16/2017, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Author Pop-Up with Dr. Laurel Shaler  (author appearance)
Dr. Laurel | 09/16/2017, 09:00 am | M. Judson, booksellers and storytellers | Greenville, SC

An After Hours Event with Dr. Michael Marcades  (author appearance)
Michael Marcades | 09/16/2017, 06:00 pm | Words of Wisdom Bookstore | Hermitage, TN

Author Event: Ana Homayoun - Social Media Wellness   (author appearance)
Ana Homayoun | 09/17/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

MINDFUL PARENTING: From Chaos to Calm -- with Sumi Loundon Kim  (author appearance)
Sumi Loundon | 09/17/2017, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

David Burnsworth Launch Party  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 09/17/2017, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Crystal Day, author of Mason the Bull  (author appearance)
Crystal Day | 09/17/2017, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Stuart Gibbs, bestselling children's book author  (author appearance)
Stuart Gibbs | 09/17/2017, 04:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Meet & Greet: John Sledge  (author appearance)
John Sledge | 09/18/2017, 05:30 pm | Ernest & Hadley Booksellers | Tuscaloosa, AL

Gabrielle Zevin - Young Jane Young  (author appearance)
Gabrielle Zevin | 09/18/2017, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Maryn McKenna - Big Chicken  (author appearance)
Maryn McKenna | 09/18/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Jim Fergus - The Vengeance of Mothers  (author appearance)
Jim Fergus | 09/18/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Reading and Signing with Sharyn McCrumb  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb | 09/18/2017, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Leah Weiss  (author appearance)
Leah Weiss | 09/19/2017, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Alastair Gordon in conversation with Bart Voorsanger  (author appearance)
Bart Voorsanger | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

James Ponti at Winter Park Public Library  (author appearance)
James Ponti | 09/19/2017, 06:30 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Celeste Headlee - We Need to Talk   (author appearance)
Celeste Headlee | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Property Brothers - It Takes Two: Our Story  (author appearance)
Jonathan and | 09/19/2017, 07:30 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Sonny Seals & George Hart: Historic Rural Churches of Georgia  (author appearance)
Sonny Seals | 09/19/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop at Five Points | Athens, GA

Book Launch Party and Mandala Workshop  (author appearance)
Susanne Fincher | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Christopher Kelly: America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil.  (author appearance)
Christopher Kelly | 09/19/2017, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Buddy Roemer - SCOPENA: A Memoir of Home  (author appearance)
Buddy Roemer | 09/19/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Mark Bray discusses his book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook  (author appearance)
Mark Bray | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

AN EVENING OF SPECULATIVE FICTION & FANTASY with Becca Gomez Farrell, Mur Lafferty, & James Maxey  (author appearance)
Rebecca Gomez | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Nancy Learned Haines, We Answered With Love  (author appearance)
Nancy Learned | 09/19/2017, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Dr. Mary Jane Ingui  (author appearance)
Dr. Mary | 09/20/2017, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Anaïs Depommier  (author appearance)
Anaïs Depommier | 09/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jimmy Webb - The Cake and The Rain  (author appearance)
09/20/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Author Maryn McKenna: BIG CHICKEN  (author appearance)
Maryn McKenna | 09/20/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Leah Weiss, If The Creek Don't Rise  (author appearance)
Leah Weiss | 09/20/2017, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Karen Zacharias, Christian Bend  (author appearance)
Karen Zacharias | 09/20/2017, 02:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Panny Mayfield with LIVE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA  (author appearance)
Panny Mayfield | 09/20/2017, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Double Author Event: Brock Adams & Holly Goddard Jones  (author appearance)
Brock Adams | 09/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Gabrielle Zevin - Young Jane Young  (author appearance)
Gabrielle Zevin | 09/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

John Sledge  (author appearance)
John Sledge | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author and Journalist Celeste Headlee: WE NEED TO TALK  (author appearance)
Celeste Headlee | 09/21/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Cliterati Open No Mic Featuring Andrea Jurjević  (author appearance)
Andrea Jurjević | 09/21/2017, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Patty Friedmann: An Organized Panic: A Novel  (author appearance)
Patty Friedmann | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Daren Wang with THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES  (author appearance)
Daren Wang | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Eileen Myles with AFTERGLOW  (author appearance)
Eileen Myles | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Kelly Lenox  (author appearance)
Kelly Lenox | 09/21/2017, 10:30 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Local Author Event: Alessandra Macaluso - Real Deal Bridal Bible  (author appearance)
Alessandra Macaluso | 09/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Emily Herring Wilson - The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own  (author appearance)
Emily Herring Wilson | 09/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Michael Hardt, Assembly  (author appearance)
Michael Hardt | 09/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Jamie Ford author of Love and Other Consolation Prizes  (author appearance)
Jamie Ford | 09/21/2017, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Reading and Signing with Brian L.Tucker (Swimming the Echo)  (author appearance)
Brian L.Tucker | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Star Line Books | Chattanooga, TN

Book signing with Leah Weiss  (author appearance)
Leah Weiss | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

An After Hours Event with Jim Nesbitt  (author appearance)
Jim Nesbitt | 09/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Words of Wisdom Bookstore | Hermitage, TN

Annalee Newitz, Founding Editor of iO9, Presents Autonomous  (author appearance)
Annalee Newitz | 09/21/2017, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

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