{On following the good advice of grandmothers.}

In which Ms. Nora Fields trains her husband to eat leftovers, Mr. Randall Kenan finds New Orleans a bit overwhelming, the town of McAllen, Texas finds a better use for an abandoned Walmart, and Mr. Man Martin has a wholly new take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

July 28, 2013



Dearest Readers,

Have you ever been reading along in your book and come across a passage so good you just wanted to stop and read it out loud to someone? Just to share it?

(Come now. You know you have.)

JoylandThe third time this happened to Ms. Wanda Jewell with the new Stephen King novel, Joyland, she was struck by some inspiration of her own. Rather than keep interrupting her long-suffering husband, Ms. Jewell read the next favorite part to her iPhone and uploaded it to Youtube, so she could share it with everyone. Thus began “Parapalooza!” -- an open invitation for readers to send in videos of their own readings of favorite bits of books. 9781781162644

Her ladyship, who has been reading favorite passages to her dogs (a willing but ultimately unappreciative audience), was immediately inspired to record a few clips of her own (she asks that viewers excuse the state of her hair).  But even her best efforts were clearly not as much fun as Mr. Man Martin had, reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

Man Martin reads from Macbeth

here’s the full list
And if you’d like to send in your own recording, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy reading (out loud)!


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Walking on WaterNew Orleans
The night after I had seen the funeral march, I was so excited I called a friend in new York to tell him about it. Joe sighed and said, “Come on, Kenan, you can do better than that. Everybody has either seen one or seen footage of one. Tell us something we don’t know about.”

He was quite right, of course. New Orleans existed, like only a few other American cities, in a realm of mythology and fantasy and history and romance that made it more than a mere city. Perhaps that is what I meant when I wrote: “New Orleans is not really a city.” From Tennessee Williams to William Faulkner to Lillian Hellman to Walker Percy to Anne Rice; from Huey Long to Preservation Hall to Mardi Gras and A Confederacy of Dunces and Angel Heart, New Orleans is both part of and apart from the broad sweep of the American ethos. Like New York City, it is a center against which America defines itself; and, perhaps more so than New York, New Orleans is our most foreign city. There the loose, drunken, partying society we’ve come to think of as French and Catholic contrasts with the Protestant and the straitlaced and the early-to-bed/early-to-rise English. It is all a myth. But in New Orleans’s romantic decay, it is possible to project, and isolate, those antidotes to rectitude Americans want to have. We venture to New Orleans to party, to wallow in the much and beer of licentiousness;  to guffaw at the hijinks of corrupt politics; to eat too much, to drink too much, to sing and dance too much, to make fools of ourselves too much--in short  to enjoy ourselves too much. We Americans like to think we are neither excessive nor sinful but we need places to exorcise our demons, or at least exercise them. Perhaps that is why we like to think of New Orleans as one of the places where voodoo still has mojo working, where the black folks are mysterious, the white folks drunken, neurotic aristocrats under the thrall of some wistful antebellum bygone time--and all remains chaotically well on Bourbon Street, as long as sacrifices are made to Damballah, Legbah, and the governor.

--Randall Kenan “Zydeco Who?” in Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (Vintage, 2000) 9780679737889

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book


The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.

Hoppin' Johns Lowcountry CookingClassic Charleston Breakfast Shrimp

This is what most Charlestonians think of as shrimp and grits.  The secret to a nonpasty gravy is to cook the flour, which takes about 5 minutes. Even the largest shrimp need only cook for 3 minutes.

Serves 2

1 cup (1/2 pound) peeled shrimp
2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) fresh lemon juice
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
3 tablespoons bacon grease
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
Creamy Grits (see below)
1/4 to 1 cup hot water or stock (shrimp, chicken, or vegetable)

In a bowl, sprinkle the shrimp with  the lemon juice, salt, and cayenne and set aside. Heat the bacon grease in a skillet and sauté the onion and pepper over medium heat until the onion begins to become transparent, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir constantly for about 2 minutes, until the flour begins to brown. Add the shrimp and about 1/4 cup water or stock, stirring constantly and turning the shrimp so they cook evenly. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through and the gravy is uniformly smooth, thinning with a little extra water or stock if necessary. Serve immediately over grits.

Creamy Grits

2 tablespoons salted butter or 2 tablespoons unsalted plus 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1/2 cup stone- or water-ground whole-grain grits
1 to 2 cups milk, cream, half-and-half, water, or stock

Drop the butter into the water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits, return to a boil, and reduce the heat, allowing the grits to cook at a low boil for about ten minutes or so, until the grits are very thick and have absorbed most of the water, stirring occasionally to prevent the grits from sticking.

Add about 1/2 cup of the milk or cream to the pot and turn down the heat, allowing the grits to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. As the liquid evaporates or is absorbed, add more cream or milk, cooking the grits until the desired consistency is reached, a total cooking time of at least an hour. The grits should be piping hot when served, slightly soupy but full bodied enough that they do not run on the plate.

--John Martin Taylor, Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking: Recipes and Ruminations from Charleston and the Carolina Coastal Plain, 20th Anniversary Edition (UNC Press, 2012) 9780807837252
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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book


Country wisdom from practical people.

How to Sew a ButtonAdvice from grandmothers

“Always make your bed in the morning and never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink” --Mrs. Nora “Mimi” Field of North Dallas

“Eat leftovers: Don't let foods go to waste. If your husband doesn't like them, train him to by serving them until he eats them.” --Mrs. Nora “Mimi” Field of North Dallas

“Hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline, ‘so they'll smell sweet like the sunshine.’” --Mrs. Frances “Mimo”  Beckworth of Fort Worth, TX

--Erin Bried, How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (Ballantine Books, 2009) 9780345518750

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library. Abandoned WalMart turned into America’s largest library

New Southern Garden CookbookBoiled eggs aren't actually boiled. The secret to hard-cooked eggs that are not rubbery and have no green ring around the yolk is to cook them gently in very hot water rather than let them bounce around at a rolling boil. Sheri Castle on how to boil an egg 9780807834657

The North Carolina Republican Party is calling on UNC-TV to break its ties with host and columnist D.G. Martin.  Martin is the longtime host of the popular "NC Bookwatch" program on the statewide public television station. He's also a longtime political columnist whose left-leaning columns appear weekly in publications around the state. The two are separate ventures. NCGOP seeks ouster of UNC-TV Host

March: Book OneU.S. Rep. John Lewis, shown last October, will give the keynote address at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Aug. 30. “March: Book One” is the first of a three-part memoir the civil rights figure co-authored with Andrew Aydin. It’s in the style of a comic book, and was illustrated by Nate Powell. AJC Decatur Book Festival Lineup 9781603093002

JOB OPENING

John F. Blair, Publisher seeks applicants for a Sales Manager to manage the sales program for this 60-year-old independent press located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Essential Responsibilities:

A. Collecting and organizing data about new titles for biannual catalogs. This data includes new titles from 10+ independent presses, which are distributed by Blair plus the 10+ new titles that Blair produces annually.
B. Supervise timely submission of all new title information to databases.
C Sell to major accounts and supervise commission gift and book trade sales reps for other accounts.
D. Conduct sales conferences, supervise preparation of sales kits and tip sheets for reps and major buyers.
E. Oversee monthly mailing of review copies and communicate weekly publicity updates to buyers and sales reps.
F. Liaison with distribution clients to ensure timely submission of new title data, delivery of new books, and responses to customer service questions.
G. Play a major role in acquisition of new books and selection of book covers.
H. Supervise sales assistants and coordinate activities with marketing staff.
I. Oversee maintenance of Blair’s website and social media presence.
J. Oversee e-book sales.
K. Supervise Blair’s exhibits at trade shows and book festivals. Some travel is involved for these shows.
L. Oversee booking bookstore signings for author publicity tours.
M. Oversee backlist inventory. 

Minimum qualifications:

A. Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years of experience in the book industry.
B. Knowledge of current publishing industry practices and trends.
C. Ability to plan programs, meet deadlines, and work within budgets.
D. Ability to communicate orally, especially in sales presentations, and write clear, concise prose, especially for catalog copy.
E. Familiarity with social media.
F. Ability to manage a large number of diverse tasks.
G. Some experience with InDesign, Photoshop, and Excel is desirable.
H. Willingness to work with a small, but enthusiastic, staff.

Salary: $45,000 with bonus tied to increase in sales,
Health insurance, life insurance, 401(k)

Please email resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; no phone calls please. 

About John F. Blair, Publisher: Founded in 1954, John F. Blair, Publisher is one of the country’s most respected independent regional presses. Blair focuses on publishing quality books about the Southeastern United States. We publish one or two works of fiction each year as well as travel guides, history, biography, folklore, cookbooks, and the “occasional oddity.”

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Author Gossip

CharlestonThe home in Sea Pines where John Jakes wrote the North and South trilogy was razed by an out-of-town developer. We can't keep every home as a shrine, but we must appreciate what took place there. The Civil War trilogy written there, and dedicated to Island Packet co-founder and prolific writer Jonathan Daniels, sold 10 million copies. Most of John Jakes' 16 consecutive books on The New York Times bestseller list were written here. John Jakes to receive Literary Legend Award 9780451207333

 

 

 

 

Nothing Gold Can StayThe stories and novels of the Appalachian writer Ron Rash are steeped in the culture of the American south, but if you’re thinking Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, forget it. Rash’s characters are very much of our time: older farmers who are struggling to make a living, women who are drowning in loneliness, young people who have given in to the temporary comforts of crystal meth. In his most recent volume of stories, Nothing Gold Can Stay, the mountains of Carolina create a claustrophobic frame for lives of quiet desperation. Smoky Mountain Darkness 9780062202710

 


STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

Authors traveling right now:

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer  stars-authors-1.jpg

Decatur, GA
08/31/2013 to 09/01/2013
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Rock Hill, SC
08/31/2013 to 09/01/2013
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Shelby, NC
09/04/2013 to 09/05/2013
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Knoxville, TN
09/05/2013 to 09/06/2013
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Greenville, SC
09/07/2013 to 09/08/2013
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Beafort, SC
09/14/2013 to 09/15/2013
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Batesburg, NC
09/29/2013 to 09/30/2013
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Spartanburg, SC
10/02/2013 to 10/03/2013
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Salisbury, NC
10/04/2013 to 10/05/2013
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Chattanooga, TN
10/10/2013 to 10/11/2013
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Nashville, TN
10/11/2013 to 10/15/2013
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Pawley's Island, SC
10/18/2013 to 10/19/2013
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Spartanburg, SC
10/23/2013 to 10/24/2013
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Tampa, FL
10/26/2013 to 10/27/2013
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Tryon, NC
11/23/2013 to 11/24/2013
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Beaufort, SC
12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013
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Panama City, FL
02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014
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Danny BernsteinDanny Bernstein  stars-authors-1.jpg

Outer Banks, NC
08/02/2013 to 08/07/2013
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Katherine Scott CrawfordKatherine Scott Crawford  stars-authors-1.jpg

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, SC
08/03/2013 to 08/10/2013
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Sunset, SC
08/11/2013 to 08/12/2013
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Burnsville, NC
09/12/2013 to 09/14/2013
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Kaye Wilkinson BarleyKaye Wilkinson Barley  stars-authors-1.jpg

Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
09/08/2013 to 09/13/2013
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Deron HicksDeron Hicks  stars-authors-1.jpg

New Orleans, LA
09/20/2013 to 09/22/2013
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Nashville, TN
10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013
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Athens, GA
10/19/2013 to 10/20/2013
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Milledgeville, GA
11/09/2013 to 11/10/2013
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Lynne BarrettLynne Barrett  stars-authors-1.jpg

Panama City, FL
09/20/2013 to 09/21/2013
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Coral Gables, FL
10/24/2013 to 10/26/2013
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Sanibel, FL
11/07/2013 to 11/10/2013
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Deanna KlingelDeanna Klingel  stars-authors-1.jpg

Perryville, KY
10/05/2013 to 10/06/2013
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 Murfreesboro, NC
10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013
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See the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Bookstore Gossip

Miami native, Mitchell Kaplan sits surrounded by books.  In a time when the number of independent booksellers dropped from over 6,000 to just under 2,000, Kaplan has successfully built an arts and business hybrid that is Books & Books. His establishment is a success story, thanks in part he says, to his relationships with the authors that create the books he sells and to the community.  Books & Books

The independence of the store positively contributes to the 'book culture' of Knoxville, according to Robin Lovett, rising junior in Spanish. Lovett prefers shopping at Union Avenue Books, and finds in the store a better experience than most other bookstores and said it has "its own personality." Union Avenue Books

Mississippi’s Top Ten Reads:

The Ressurectionist1. “Yonalossee Riding Camp for Girls,” Anton DiSclafani (Riverhead, $27.95) 9781594486401
2. “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi,” John Hailman (University Press of Mississippi, $35) 9781617038006
3. “Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel,” James Lee Burke (Simon and Schuster, $27.99) 9781476710761
4. “The Resurrectionist,” Matthew Guinn (W. W. Norton & Co., $25.95) 9780393239317
5. “Wonder,” R. J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers, $15.99) 9780375869020
6. “Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train,” Scotty Moore & James Dickerson (University Press of Mississippi, $25) 9781617038181
7. “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt and Co., $15.99) 9780805092165
8. “But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry,” Julia Reed (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) 9781250019042
9. “The Son: A Novel,” Philipp Meyer (ecco, $27.99) 9780062120397
10. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Co., $27)

Compiled by University Press of Mississippi,  Reported by Bay Books (Bay St. Louis); Lemuria Books (Jackson); Square Books (Oxford) 9780316154697

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder


When I Married My Mother

When I Married My MotherJo Maeder was an ambitious DJ in New York City when she did the unthinkable: she moved to the Bible Belt to look after her frail, estranged mother, who had long been a source of intense frustration. Maeder's tumultuous journey from simply living with "Mama Jo" to learning to truly love her not only changed Maeder's life, but also was the catalyst for pulling her long-fractured family together again. Though often rocky, their "marriage" was a triumph that taught her about life, faith, and what really matters.

With an estimated 34 million informal caregivers in the United States today, more and more adult children are finding themselves in similar circumstances. Poignant and refreshingly funny, Maeder's story will resonate with this vast audience, providing an informative and inspirational roadmap for compassionate elder care. 9780985548216

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Read This! Summer Reading Recommendations from Pomegranate Books


Summer Reading List from Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC

Down the Wild Cape FearDown the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina by Phillip Gerard

Did you ever wonder when  you drove to the beach on Interstate 40 what the name of the river was you just passed over? Or what the sign “Entering the Cape Fear Watershed” meant? In this book, Phillip Gerard paddles the reader from the confluence of the Haw River and the Deep River in center of the North Carolina all the way to the coast: camping on sandbars, tipping canoes on the rapids, skulking through backyards, and always, always bringing the reader to live within the hidden world of birds and fish and the natural beauty of the river. The kind of book that lasts in your heart and mind. 9781469602073

 

Pappadaddy's Book for New FathersPapadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages by Clyde Edgerton

Hilarious! It’s what we’ve come to expect from Clyde Edgerton. The moment of clarity amidst the insanity that we’ve all learned to think of as normal. The way he types the word “Ring” 60 times just so the reader will get the flavor of joy and annoyance that the door bell has for the children and the Dad. The way he invokes his less decor-oriented cousins who use an ice cooler for a bassinet. The way he doesn’t learn to install a car seat properly. But the real message is both more simple and more profound: it is how Clyde the Dad is fully present with his children, fully open to their hearts and minds, that makes this advice worth taking for parents young and old. 9780316056922

When Women Were BirdsWhen Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

Mormon women write journals. So when Terry’s Mormon mother, Diane, died when Terry was in her early thirties Terry opened her fifty-four journals, and discovered all fifty-four were blank. It seems that Diane left them for Terry to fill. This book takes us through the struggles and successes not of Diane’s life but of Terry’s. Terry’s voice gives meaning to the life of a modern woman whose identity is not centered in submission to traditional power: the right of choice in motherhood, the determination to influence politicians to preserve the wilderness, and the power of art to open and change minds. 9781250024114

 

TheSecret of the Nightingale PalaceThe Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs

At the request of her estranged eccentric grandmother Goldie, young widow Anna agrees to drive the old woman from New York City to San Francisco to return some valuable art to a Japanese family she was friends with years ago. During the cross-country trip in Goldie’s vintage Rolls Royce, the two begin to heal their relationship, but there are secrets yet to be revealed. The novel goes back and forth between the two women narrators, and back in time to Goldie’s early life in San Francisco. A beautifully written and wonderfully satisfying novel. 9780062201034

 

 

Whistling Past the GraveyardWhistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

I stayed up all night reading this stunning new novel, set in Mississippi in the summer of 1963. Starla Claudelle, a 9-year-old with a sassy mouth and a mind of her own, sets out to walk to Nashville to find her long-lost mother who left years ago to become a country music star. Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby, and their incredible journey begins, in a volatile time and place. They endure hardship and violence, and ultimately learn the true meaning of family and love. Crandall’s novel evokes an important time in this country and emphasizes our continuing need to keep moving forward in our humanity. You will not forget these characters. 9781476707723

Praying For StrangersPraying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit by River Jordan

After both of her sons were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Jordan made a resolution to pray for one stranger every day for a year. Her encounters were random and “chosen” by an intuitive knowledge, and this resolution took her on an amazing and enlightening journey. The personal connections she made with these complete strangers were powerful and changed her life forever. Readers of this honest and uplifting book, no matter their personal beliefs, will be moved and inspired by the power and possibilities of the human spirit. A great book club selection.  9780425245606

 

LuckyLucky by Alice Sebold

Author of the The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold accounts the true story of her rape as an 18-ear-old college freshman and the incredible aftermath as she deals with a family who thinks it was her fault, and friends who can’t understand her now that she’s “damaged.” Told with frank honesty, “lucky” is what New York police officers labeled Alice as a survivor of the brutal attack although as Sebold’s story unfolds, it becomes clear that she’ll never be “lucky” again. Sebold’s memoir gives you a clear view into the mind and psyche of a rape victim who confronts her tragedy with conviction, and whose life takes a sharp turn when she confronts her demons. 9780316096195

 

The Silver StarThe Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Liz and “Bean” Holladay are forced to leave their home in California when their hippie, house-trotting, free-loving mother leaves them for a month. They travel cross-country to the small Virginian town where their mother was raised and stay with their uncle, finding that even though it’s the 70s in California where integration has long been in effect, it’s not the case in Byler. Walls’s ability at telling stories of neglect and survival has triumphed once again in her latest novel. 9781451661507

 

 

For Children

Eldritch ManorEldritch Manor by Kim Thompson

Summer vacation starts off disappointingly for Willa Fuller when she is told she will not make her usual visit to her grandfather’s seaside cottage. Things go from bad to worse when she loses her job selling newspaper subscriptions and is hired as a housekeeper at Eldritch Manor, a retirement home full of cranky, eccentric residents. As Willa gets to know the residents, she finds they have retired from a variety of extremely unusual professions and wish only to have a quiet old age. When the landlady leaves on urgent business, Willa is left to run the house, maintain peace among the residents, fend off the forces of darkness, staunch the unraveling of time, and distract the nosy neighbors. This is a rollicking tale with a clever, independent, resourceful protagonist. A great, old fashioned summer read!  9781459703544

North Carolina's Amazing CoastNorth Carolina’s Amazing Coast: Natural Wonders from Alligators to Zoeas by David Bryant, George D Davidson, Terri Kirby Hathaway, and Kathleen Angione

This delightful new volume joins our old stalwarts, Backyard Carolina by Andy Wood and Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast by Peter Meyer as a resource for the amateur naturalist. Published in cooperation with North Carolina Sea Grant, this book seeks to engage the youngest readers in the wonders of our coastal environment and answer such questions as “What species introduced for its fur is now more common as a varmint than a garment?” The content is arranged in alphabetical order, one creature per colorfully illustrated page. The short descriptions are just enough to whet the appetite for more in-depth research on the reader’s favorite plant or animal. The authors include a “Suggestions For Further Reading” to help with this. 9780820345109

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending July 28, 2013

STARS - 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 Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith, Mulholland, $26, 9780316206846
2. Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272591
3. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764
4. Inferno
Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385537858
5. The English Girl
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062073167
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062255655
okra7. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486401

8. Light of the World
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781476710761
9. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
10. The Son
Philipp Meyer, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062120397
11. The Silver Star
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $26, 9781451661507
12. The White Princess
Philippa Gregory, Touchstone, $27.99, 9781451626094
13. Blood & Beauty
Sarah Dunant, Random House, $27, 9781400069293
14. The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132468
15. Hidden Order
Brad Thor, Atria, $27.99, 9781476717098

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
2. This Town
Mark Leibovich, Blue Rider, $27.95, 9780399161308
3. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
4. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $27, 9781400069224
5. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
6. Breakpoint
Jeff Stibel, Palgrave MacMillan, $28, 9781137278784
7. William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Ian Doescher, Quirk, $14.95, 9781594746376
8. The Guns at Last Light
Rick Atkinson, Holt, $40, 9780805062908
9. Cooked
Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204210
10. The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart, Algonquin, $19.95, 9781616200466
11. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $28, 9781400064168
12. But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!
Julia Reed, St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250019042
13. It's All Good
Gwyneth Paltrow, Grand Central, $32, 9781455522712
14. Happy, Happy, Happy
Phil Robertson, Howard Books, $24.99, 9781476726090
15. The Unwinding
George Packer, FSG, $27, 9780374102418

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272
2. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
3. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
4. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $18, 9780316228589
5. The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781439152812
6. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
7. Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan, Anchor, $15.95, 9780345803450
8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
9. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
10. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $13.99, 9781451673319
11. World War Z
Max Brooks, Broadway, $14.95, 9780770437411
12. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
13. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
14. Joyland
Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $12.95, 9781781162644
15. The Bat
Jo Nesbo, Vintage, $14.95, 9780345807090

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
3. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
5. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
6. How to Be Interesting
Jessica Hagy, Workman, $10.95, 9780761174707
7. The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe, Vintage, $15, 9780307739780
8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279
9. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $15, 9780812981667
10. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
11. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
12. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
13. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
14. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $15.99, 9780060009427
15. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419

MASS MARKET


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780812550702
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
6. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
7. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
8. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
9. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
10. The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $8.99, 9780345339706

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED


1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
4. Where's Waldo?
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763634988
5. Steam Train, Dream Train
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9781452109206
6. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
7. Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198716
8. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589
9. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908

CHILDREN'S INTEREST


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
3. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
5. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
6. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
7. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
8. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
9. The Moon and More
Sarah Dessen, Viking, $19.99, 9780670785605
10. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
2. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
4. The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol.1)
Jacqueline West, Puffin, $6.99, 9780142418727
5. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
6. Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries, #6)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442449633
7. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
8. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
9. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
10. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023511
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In This Issue

Special to the
Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list) Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

The White Princess
Blood & Beauty
The Last Original Wife
Hidden Order
Breakpoint
The Drunken Botanist
But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!
Happy, Happy, Happy
The Unwinding
Fahrenheit 451
The Paris Wife
Night
How to Be Interesting
The Devil in the White City
F in Exams
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Gift From the Sea
Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
The Fellowship of the Ring
On the Night You Were Born
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book


Author Readings


(events in BOLD are STARS authors available for readings and meetings with bookclubs and other groups)

Actor’s Playhouse Preview  (other event)
Diane Chamberlain  stars-authors-1.jpg
07/13/2014, 12:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Sacrificial Poets Touchstones Open Mic  (other event) 08/07/2013, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Melody Moezzi  (author appearance)
Melody Moezzi
08/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

A Company Man by Marc-Antoine Caillot by Erin M. Greenwald  (author appearance)
Erin M. Greenwald
08/07/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Malaprop's Bookclub  (book club)
08/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

FRED BAHNSON  (author appearance)
Fred Bahnson
08/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Author event with Elaine Hussey - Author of The Sweetest Hallelujah  (author appearance)
Elaine Hussey
08/07/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Steve Yarbrough signs THE REALM OF LAST CHANCES  (author appearance)
Steve Yarbrough
08/07/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Play Reading: Azalea Path by Jack Wernick   (other event)
08/07/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Eric Firley -- The Urban Masterplanning Handbook   (author appearance)
Eric Firley
08/07/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Pre-School Story Time with Tatyana Feeney  (other event)
08/08/2013, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading & Open Mic  (other event)
08/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Peter Makuck  (author appearance)
Peter Makuck
08/08/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

CLAIRE CONNER discusses and signs Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right  (author appearance)
Claire Conner
08/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

The Realm of Last Chances by Steve Yarbroug  (author appearance)
Steve Yarbrough
08/08/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

SARAH DESSEN Presents THE MOON AND MORE Reading & Booksigning  (author appearance)
Sarah Dessen
08/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Bill Drake and Perry Wood Awake with Drake  (author appearance)
Bill Drake
08/08/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Bill Drake and Perry Wood Awake with Drake  (author appearance)
Bill Drake
08/08/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

After School Story Time  (other event)
08/08/2013, 03:30 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

George Bishop signs THE NIGHT OF THE COMET  (author appearance)
George Bishop
08/08/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Author signing: Laura Lewin & Barbara Green - V: Vagina Revolution  (author appearance)
Laura Lewin
08/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Lynne Cox -- Open Water Swimming Manual   (author appearance)
Lynne Cox
08/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

IT'S NOT LOVE, IT'S JUST PARIS Booktalk and Signing with PATRICIA ENGEL  (author appearance)
Patricia Engel
08/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

JENNA BLACK READS FROM REPLICA, A NOVEL FOR TEENS  (author appearance)
Jenna Black
08/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Christopher Bundy- Baby You're a Rich Man  (author appearance)
Christopher Bundy
08/09/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Rita Moreno -- Memorias  (author appearance)
08/09/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Signing With Georgia McBride  (author appearance)
Georgia McBride
08/09/2013, 05:00 pm
Page After Page Bookstore

Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
08/10/2013, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Marci Spencer- A History of Clingman’s Dome  (author appearance)
Marci Spencer
08/10/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Music in the Cafe: A Man Called Bruce  (other event)
08/10/2013, 07:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Elaine Hussey- Sweetest Hallelujah  (author appearance)
Elaine Hussey
08/10/2013, 01:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Florida Authors Academy Worshop   (author appearance)
08/10/2013, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

SUSAN REBECCA WHITE, A Place At the Table  (author appearance)
Susan Rebecca White  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/10/2013, 05:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Susan Reinhardt Reading & Booksigning  (author appearance)
Susan Reinhardt  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

C. Hope Clark, author of Carolina Slade Mystery series, booksigning  (author appearance)
C. Hope Clark  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/10/2013, 01:00 pm
Books on Broad  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Camden, SC

Author event with Jenni Schaefer and Jenny Thomas - Authors of Almost Anorexic  (author appearance)
Jenni Schaefer
08/10/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author signing: Chris'Ana Noel - The Crescent Street Crew  (author appearance)
Chris'Ana Noel
08/10/2013, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author signing: Lisa Kline - Season of Change & Chris Woodworth - Ivy in the Shadows  (author appearance)
Lisa Kline
08/10/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Eric Telchin -- See A Heart Share a Heart  (author appearance)
Eric Telchin
08/10/2013, 10:00 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Rita Moreno -- Memorias -- Museum of Art   (author appearance)
Rita Moreno
08/10/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Signing With Jo Maeder  (author appearance)
Jo Maeder  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/10/2013, 11:00 am
Page After Page Bookstore

Howard Owen  (author appearance)
Howard Owen
08/11/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Lyle Estille – Small Stories, Big Changes  (author appearance)
Lyle Estille
08/11/2013, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

YA for not-so-Y-As Book Club  (book club)
08/11/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

GET YOUR KIDS HIKING, Book Talk & Signing with JEFF ALT  (author appearance)
Jeff Alt
08/11/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Author event with Scotty Moore, in conversation with Marshall Chapman  (author appearance)
Scotty Moore
08/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author signing: Matthew Hemenway - Tiger-Man: The Devilish Numbers and the Serpents  (author appearance)
Matthew Hemenway
08/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Peter Rizzolo discusses his novel Forbidden Harvest  (author appearance)
Peter Rizzolo
08/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Grasping 21st Century Learning -- Taking the Stress out of Homework  (other event)
08/11/2013, 03:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Melody Moezzi  (author appearance)
Melody Moezzi
08/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Mystery Bookclub  (book club) 08/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

THE LULLABY OF POLISH GIRLS Booktalk and Signing with DAGMARA DOMINCZK  (author appearance)
Dagmara Dominczk
08/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

George Bishop, Jr. - NIGHT OF THE COMET  (author appearance)
George Bishop
08/13/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Wiggle Room by Darden North  (author appearance)
Darden North  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/13/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Author event with Jessica Young - Author of My Blue is Happy  (author appearance)
Jessica Young  stars-authors-1.jpg
08/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Kiese Laymon signs LONG DIVISION  (author appearance)
Kiese Laymon
08/13/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

PRB Geek Book Club - The Princess Bride by William Goldman  (book club)
08/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Bethenny Frankel -- Skinnygirl Solutions   (author appearance)
Bethenny Frankel
08/13/2013, 09:00 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Richmond Reporter Willie Black is back in Howard Owen's New Novel: The Philadelphia Quarry  (author appearance)
Howard Owen
08/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Richmond, VA

James' Choice Book Club  (book club)
08/14/2013, 12:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Sheri Booker: Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home Start: 19:30 End: 21:00 Six Feet Under meets The Wire in a dazzling   (author appearance)
Sheri Booker
08/14/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty's Gardening Letters, 1940-1949 by Julia Eichelberger  (author appearance)
Julia Eichelberger
08/14/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Annotations: Authors @ Cheekwood with Jeanne Ray  (author appearance)
Janisse Ray
08/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author signing: Fred Bahnson - Soil & Sacrement: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith  (author appearance)
Fred Bahnson
08/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Many Stories, One Miami Discussion -- Acts of Faith  (other event)
08/14/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Christopher Bakken recounts -Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table  (author appearance)
Christopher Bakken
08/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Richmond, VA

Pre-School Story Time  (other event)
08/15/2013, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

The Southern Tailgating Cookbook: A Game-Day Guide for Lovers of Food, Football, and the South  (author appearance)
Taylor Mathis
08/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

John Hannah - Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line  (author appearance)
John Hannah
08/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

August Book Club  (book club)
08/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

Long Division by Kiese Laymon  (author appearance)
Kiese Laymon
08/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

John Dufresne signs NO REGRETS, COYOTE  (author appearance)
John Dufresne
08/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Elaine Hussey signs THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH  (author appearance)
Elaine Hussey
08/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

John Dufresne -- No Regrets, Coyote  (author appearance)
John Dufresne
08/15/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Claudia Caporal -- La jefa de la casa   (author appearance)
Claudia Caporal
08/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Will McIntosh Presents -Love Minus Eighty  (author appearance)
Will McIntosh
08/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Richmond, VA

Rose Tomlin, Author- Duel of the Heart  (author appearance)
Rose Tomlin
08/16/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

EDWARD KELSEY MOORE, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat  (author appearance)
Edward Kelsey Moore
08/17/2013, 05:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Victoria Wilcox -Southern Son Book Tour  (author appearance)
Victoria Wilcox
08/22/2013, 05:00 pm
Sundog Books
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Phil Garrett Launch Party  (author appearance)
Phil Garrett
08/22/2013, 08:00 pm
Fiction Addiction  one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Greenville, SC

Randy Wayne White will introduce his latest novel Deceived  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
09/04/2013, 12:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

North Carolina Author B.J. Vaughn  (author appearance)
B.J. Vaughn
09/07/2013, 03:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC


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