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In which Ms. Joshilyn Jackson explains that it is possible to be a nice, pound cake-baking, church-going, flat heeled-wearing Southern woman of a certain age and still write the kind of books she writes.

February 21, 2016

 

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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,

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." -- Atticus Finch

The South of today is profoundly different from the South of last week, because Ms. Nelle Harper Lee is no longer in it. She passed away this past week at the age of 89, leaving a legacy the impact of which can hardly be overstated. Even now, more than fifty years after it was published her first (and, some still insist, her only) novel is often the starting point by which race is still discussed in this country. It regularly tops anyone's list of "Books that every person should read." The characters of Scout, Jem, Dill, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch are iconic in the American imagination. 

Thank you, Ms. Nelle, for writing To Kill a Mockingbird. You made a difference in the lives of everyone who read it. You may have saved the country.

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The Opposite of EveryoneI was born blue.

If my mother hadn't pushed me out quick as a cat, I would have been born dead and even bluer; her cord was wrapped tight around my neck. She looked at my little blue lips, my blue toes and baby fingers, and she named me after Kali. Kali Jai.

My mother was in the middle of a six-month stint in juvie for shoplifting and possession when I was born. She had thirty-six hours with me in the hospital before the state took her to finish out her sentence. My grandparents--stiff, unhappy couple that they were--got temporary custody.

Kai told them my name, but my prune-mouthed gramma filled out the paperwork. Gramma would later claim to have misheard, saying What I put on that birth certificate sound like whatever that was you said, but in American. My mother didn't know until she was released back into her parents' custody. By then, everyone in town was calling me Paula Jane.

--Joshilyn Jackson, The Opposite of Everything (William Morrow, 2016) 9780062105684

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Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh  

The Glass PalaceTo read a novel by the masterful Amitav Ghosh is to be swept along in a sea of facts, linguistic oddities, and almost fantastical characters on a grand scale. Elephants with anthrax! Exiled royalty! The teak forests of Burma, the rubber plantations of Malaysia, WWII, photography, love, trade, nationalism, family. A page-turning epic. -- Elese at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

 

 

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illus. Meg Hunt

Interstllar CinderellaFantastical space-age illustrations, inventive rhyming text, and a playful spin on the classic Cinderella story make this fairy tale retelling a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf!  This Cinderella is a whiz at rocket repair and dreams of working on the fastest starships.  The prince notices her not for her appearance, but because of her quick handiwork with a socket wrench.  This would make a great gift for any fairy tale enthusiast or gear-head of any age (or any gender)! --  Johanna at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

Free Men by Katy Simpson Smith

Free MenI loved Katy Simpson Smith's Free Men, a novel set in 1788, in what will become Alabama, and based on the true story of an escaped slave, a white orphan, and a Creek Indian who are on the run together after committing a serious crime. As in Smith's first novel, The Story of Land and Sea, set on the NC coast during the Revolution, and which I also loved, she demonstrates a remarkable ability to fully immerse the reader in a bygone era. Free Men is part crime thriller and part meditation on freedom and the personal cost of clashing societies in a new world. Joseph Ellis has called Smith "the most sophisticated historical novelist of her generation." -- Sarah at Quail Ridge Books & Music

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Okra Picks


The Opposite of EveryoneA fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story and gods in Alabama an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula's birth name, Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. With the two of them separated, each holding her own secrets, the intense bond they once shared was fractured.

These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn t seen Kai in fifteen years, she's still making payments on that karmic debt until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mystifying note: I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.

Then Kai's most treasured secret literally lands on Paula's doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it's too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together her own.

The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us . . . and make us whole. Laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is beloved New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.

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Harper Lee Tribute

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From Bookshelf to Fork: Southern Food New Releases


Writing in the KitchenWriting in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways
by David A. Davis (Editor); Tara Powell (Editor); Jessica B. Harris (Foreword by) 
University Press of Mississippi, Paperback, 9781496807977, 258pp.

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Fried Chicken & FriendsFried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook
by Gregory Llewellyn (Author), Naomi Hart
Thunder Bay Press, Hardcover, 9781626865884, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

 

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United Tastes of TexasUnited Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State
by Jessica Dupuy 
Oxmoor House, Hardcover, 9780848745806, 272pp.

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Country Cooking from a Redneck kitchenCountry Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen
by Francine Bryson; Ann Volkwein 
Clarkson Potter Publishers, Paperback, 9780553448450, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

 

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BarbecueBarbecue: A Savor the South® Cookbook
by John Shelton Reed 
University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9781469626703, 128pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2016

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BBQ RulesMyron Mixon's BBQ Rules: The Old-School Guide to Smoking Meat
by Myron Mixon, Kelly Alexander
Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, April 2016

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Book & Author Gossip

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee dies at 89

Harper Lee, whose first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American, has died. She was 89.

 

A novel about friendship and loss

The Secret of Hummingbird CakeSome feelings are too powerful to bottle up inside. That is what Celeste Fletcher McHale discovered while writing “The Secret to Hummingbird Cake.” Taking inspiration from life around her, she found a way to transform those feelings into a debut novel.

Pat Conroy announces he has cancer

Death of SantiniI celebrated my 70th birthday in October and realized that I’ve spent my whole writing life trying to find out who I am and I don’t believe I’ve even come close. It was in Beaufort in sight of a river’s sinuous turn, and the movements of its dolphin-proud tides that I began to discover myself and where my life began at fifteen. I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it.

Little Shop of Stories to expand

Little Shop of Stories, the popular children’s bookstore in downtown Decatur, is planning to expand into the space next door. Vivid Boutique, the store between Little Shop of Stories and Starbucks on the Square in Decatur, decided to move down the street to West Ponce de Leon Ave. Little Shop of Stories is taking over Vivid’s old location and will tear down the wall to add more retail space.

Experiments in biography

My Father the PornographerReading The Quest for Corvo, from a safe distance, I relished reading Rolfe’s vitriolic letters, excerpts from his novels dense with Latinate neologisms and anecdotes about his idiosyncratic behavior. Chris Offutt, though, experienced first-hand life with The Difficult Writer: his father was a Rolfe-like pornographer and science-fiction writer named Andrew Offutt, who wrote under the alias John Cleve.

Allen Susser of  The Cafe at Books & Books recognized

Allen Susser, on the strength of his pioneering restaurant Chef Allen’s, earned a nod as a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef, a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast and a four-star Miami Herald review — all by 1994. He closed his Aventura restaurant in 2011 after a 25-year run. Where other chefs would hang up their accolades and call it a day, Susser, 59, is a more visible presence in the South Florida culinary scene than ever.

Indie Bookstores: Selling Diverse Books

“We have to be proactive and task certain kids or parents to read the titles we deem most important, so that we can garner community trust and actually sell what we buy. These days the titles that deal with traditionally sensitive issues, like racial discrimination, are purchased by parents and grandparents obligingly, apologetically even. The edgier books about war-torn countries, human rights, gender-identity questions, religious/ethnic clashes, and environmental concerns still feel a bit like a horse pill going down. It is sometimes discouraging.” --Jilleen Moore, Square Books, Jr.

Joshilyn Jackson: Get Out of Your Own Way

Opposite of EveryoneWhen my mom and dad moved, they threw a dinner party to get to know the folks at their new church. After the meal, a rather stuffy lady – we’ll call her “Peggy” – sitting at my mother’s own table said, “You two are not what I expected. You’re so lovely and gracious! How did nice Christian folks like you raise up a girl who would write such dirty, dirty books?”

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Meet Lisa London

Lisa LondonLisa began writing books as The Accountant Beside You when she realized nonprofit and religious organizations often had non-accountants doing the bookkeeping, but had few resources on how to do it. The books in her Accountant Beside You series are being used by thousands of organizations across the world. Lisa is looking for a nonprofit in Antarctica, just so she can claim it has been read on every continent. Having been bit by the writing bug, she began to see stories all around her. When her neighbor Hilde mentioned how much she had enjoyed her Hitler Youth group, Lisa was intrigued. Not long after that, Lisa was helping her 100 year-old Granny pack up things and found a beautiful embroidered tablecloth that looked almost new. “Granny, I’ve never seen you use this. Why not?” Sadness engulfed her grandmother’s face. “My brother, Bud, told me he got it off a German family when he was in the war. Every time I used it, I pictured that poor German family with a bare table.” Needless to say, it broke Lisa’s heart to see her grandmother so sad. When she mentioned it to her German neighbor, Hilde stopped her. “Tell your grandmother her brother helped a German family. We were starving after the war. So people would trade their table linens for food. If the American soldiers had not ignored the non-fraternization rules, many of us would have starved.” Not only did this make her grandmother feel much better, at that point, Lisa knew she had a novel that had to be written–a World War II novel written from the German civilian perspective. Darker the Night was released in February 2016 in honor of Hilde's 90th Birthday. Lisa’s husband Skip and their four children think she has completely forgotten how to cook or to help on their small farm in North Carolina. When not writing, Lisa enjoys spending time on the coast, paddle boarding, kayaking, and boating with the family.

Darker the NightDarker the Night

Inspired by a true story and told from a fresh perspective, this fascinating tale tracks an extraordinary young woman persevering through the challenges of growing up in Hitler's Germany.

Hedy spends her childhood playing with her Hitler Youth group in the hills of Western Germany. When the Führer's troops march across Europe, Hedy is determined to help the soldiers by becoming a physical therapist. The Nazis, however, have other plans. Suddenly she finds herself assembling airplanes, dodging bombs, battling hunger, and standing up to invading tanks.

As the pride in her country is shattered with the news of the Nazi atrocities, her father reminds her, "The darker the night, the brighter the stars." Is her star the charming American Counter-Intelligence Agent who keeps appearing in the oddest places? Hedy must decide between her love of country and her newfound desires.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 14. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
2. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
6. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
7. The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812997170
8. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
okra9. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

10. Be Frank With Me
Julia Claiborne Johnson, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062413710
11. The Expatriates
Janice Y.K. Lee, Viking, $27, 9780525429470
12. The Wolves
Alex Berenson, Putnam, $28, 9780399176142
13. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
14. Georgia
Dawn Tripp, Random House, $28, 9781400069538
okra15. Fallen Land
Taylor Brown, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250077974

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
4. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
5. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. In Other Words
Jhumpa Lahiri, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101875551
8. The Name of God Is Mercy
Pope Francis, Random House, $26, 9780399588631
9. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
10. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937
11. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
12. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
13. On My Own
Diane Rehm, Knopf, $23.95, 9781101875285
14. My Southern Journey
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
15. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard, Liveright, $35, 9780871404237

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
5. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
6. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
7. God Help the Child
Toni Morrison, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307740922
8. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
9. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
10. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
11. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
12. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
13. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
14. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
15. Outline
Rachel Cusk, Picador USA, $16, 9781250081544

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
3. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
4. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
5. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
6. 13 Hours
Mitchell Zuckoff, Twelve, $16.99, 9781455538447
7. 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
Andrew Morton, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455527106
8. Bettyville
George Hodgman, Penguin, $17, 9780143107880
9. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
10. Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes
John Besh, Andrews McMeel, $25, 9781449469177
11. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
12. Isaac's Storm
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375708275
13. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
14. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
15. Empire of Cotton: A Global History
Sven Beckert, Vintage, $17.95, 9780375713965

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
3. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. Cuba Straits
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $9.99, 9780425280096
6. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
7. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $7.68, 9780449213940
8. Les Miserables
Victor Hugo, Fawcett, $5.99, 9780449300022
9. Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen, Bantam, $4.95, 9780553213102
10. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345350688

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Grosset & Dunlap, $8.99, 9780448489322
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
5. Valentines from the Heart
Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, LB Kids, $5.99, 9780316283243
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
7. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
8. Llama Llama I Love You
Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, $5.99, 9780451469816
9. Plant a Kiss
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Peter H. Reynolds (Illus.), HarperFestival, $7.99, 9780062416520
10. Here Comes Valentine Cat
Deborah Underwood, Claudia Rueda, Dial, $16.99, 9780525429159

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Pax
Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062377012
2. Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399160301
3. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780553510409
4. Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit, Knopf, $17.99, 9780553513349
5. The Siren
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062391995
6. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
7. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
8. Hoot
Carl Hiaasen, Yearling, $6.5, 9780440421702
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary
Pablo Hidalgo, DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465438164
okra10. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

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. Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
Victoria Aveyard, Harper, $19.99, 9780062310668
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
6. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9781250091840
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
8. Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110695
9. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer, Square Fish, $9.99, 9781250007209
10. Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story
Marissa Meyer, Square Fish, $9.99, 9781250073556

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Go Set a Watchman Be Frank With Me The Expatriates Circling the Sun Georgia The Fallen Land Dead Wake On My Own My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome The Alchemist Station Eleven The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Americanah Outline The Devil in the White City H Is for Hawk 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History Bettyville The Four Agreements Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes Unbroken Isaac's Storm Empire of Cotton: A Global History To Kill a MockingbirdOf MIce and Men 1984A Game of ThronesCuba StraightsThe Catcher in the RyeAll Quiet on the Western Front Les Miserables Pride and Prejudice The Autobiography of Malcolm X Plant a Kiss Hoot Serafina and the Black Cloak


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Dr. Eugenio Rothe - Vampiros: ¿Por qué se volvieron tan populares en nuestra cultura?  (other event)
02/23/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Hannah Papp presents The Mystical Backpacker : How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World  (author appearance)
Hannah Papp | 02/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

okraAuthor Celeste Fletcher McHale: THE SECRET TO HUMMINGBIRD CAKE  (author appearance)
Celeste Fletcher McHale | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraJoshilyn Jackson signs her newest- The Opposite of Everyone!  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Kidliterate Reads The Ropemaker  (book club)
02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Tim Dorsey signs Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/23/2016, 07:30 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Marisa Marchetto - ANN TENNA  (author appearance)
Marisa Marchetto | 02/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of On the Road  (book club)
02/23/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Last Tuesday Book Club  (book club)
02/23/2016, 11:00 am | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

RICHARD JUDY presents THRU: AN APPALACHIAN TRAIL LOVE STORY  (author appearance)
Richard Judy | 02/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

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

Author event with Victoria Schwab author of A Gathering of Shadows  (author appearance)
Victoria Schwab | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraHarry Kollatz Interviews Ross Howell About His Richmond-Based Historical Novel: Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell | 02/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Fergus Bordewich - The First Congress - Gables  (author appearance)
Fergus Bordewich | 02/24/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Laura Mullen - COMPLICATED GRIEF  (author appearance)
Laura Mullen | 02/24/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Salon@615 with Debbie Macomber author of A Girl's Guide to Moving On  (author appearance)
Debbie Macomber | 02/24/2016, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Ariel Lawhon author of Flight of Dreams  (author appearance)
Ariel Lawhon | 02/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Rafael Adamuz - La memoria varada - Gables  (author appearance)
Rafael Adamuz | 02/25/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

okraTaylor Brown (FALLEN LAND) in Conversation with Kent Wascom (SECESSIA)  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 02/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraRoss Howell Jr. discusses his new historical novel, Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

SUSAN DENNARD & VERONICA ROSSI Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Veronica Rossi | 02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses THE STORY OF MY TEETH  (book club)
02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

William Henry Curry - On NC Symphony  (other event)
02/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, 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

Scott Ellsworth: The Secret Game  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 02/25/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

David Burnsworth  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 02/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Katy Simpson Smith author of Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 02/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Authors Brett Lauer & Monica Fambrough: FAKE MISSED CONNECTIONS and SOFTCOVER  (author appearance)
Brett Lauer | 02/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

DENNIS COVINGTON presents REVELATION  (author appearance)
Dennis Covington | 02/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robin Moore - In Search of Lost Frogs  (author appearance)
Robin Moore | 02/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

WomanKind 2016  (other event)
02/26/2016, 04:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

STORYTIME WITH DIANE OCHILTREE - IT'S A SEASHELL DAY!  (author appearance)
Diane Ochiltree | 02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Georgia Author Nicole Castroman: BLACKHEARTS  (author appearance)
Nicole Castroman | 02/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sacrificial Poets Voicebox Youth Slam  (other event)
02/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

PETER LAURENCE presents BECOMING JANE JACOBS  (author appearance)
02/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Christine McKinley - Physics for Rock Stars  (author appearance)
Christine McKinley | 02/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jacar Press Poets - A Trio of Talent  (other event)
02/27/2016, 04:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Story Time with My Dream Girls Tutus  (other event)
02/27/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Tim Dorsey author of Coconut Cowboy  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Carole Boston Weatherford: Freedom in Congo Square  (author appearance)
Carole Boston Weatherford | 02/28/2016, 02:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

NANCY DILLINGHAM & CELIA MILES present IT'S ALL RELATIVE  (author appearance)
Nancy Dillingham | 02/28/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

NCPS Reading Series  (other event)
02/28/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Mary R. Arno - THANKSGIVING  (author appearance)
Mary R. Arno | 02/29/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Katy Simpson Smith - Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 02/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Julia Claiborne Johnson author of Be Frank With Me  (author appearance)
Julia Claiborne | 02/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Trudy Nan Boyce presents Out Of The Blues  (author appearance)
03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Julie Smith (editor), Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, O'Neil DeNoux, and Maurice Ruffin: New Orleans Noir: The Classics  (other event)
03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Emilie Bahr - URBAN REVOLUTIONS: A Woman's Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation  (author appearance)
Emilie Bahr | 03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

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

Writers' Night Out  (writers group)
03/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

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

Ashley Warlick  (author appearance)
Ashley Warlick | 03/02/2016, 12:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

okraChris Offutt discusses and signs his book, My Father the Pornographer  (author appearance)
Chris Offutt | 03/03/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Anne Boyd Rioux - Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist + Miss Grief and Other Stories  (author appearance)
Anne Boyd Rioux | 03/03/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Meet the Author: David K. McDonnell  (author appearance)
David K. McDonnell | 03/04/2016, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Yuri Herrera - SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD & Lina Wolff - BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS  (author appearance)
03/04/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author event with David Dark author of Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious  (author appearance)
David Dark | 03/04/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Meet the Author: David K. McDonnell  (author appearance)
David K. McDonnell | 03/05/2016, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Mari Redondo - Menopause & M.A.R.I. - Gables  (author appearance)
Mari Redondo | 03/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

National League of American Pen Women Boca Branch Book Talk  (other event)
03/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

okraMeet Author Ross Howell, Jr.: FORSAKEN  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 03/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Special Story Time with Mo O'Hara: MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH  (author appearance)
Mo O'Hara | 03/05/2016, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

C.S. Harris signs her book, When Falcons Fall  (author appearance)
03/05/2016, 01:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

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

Book Signing with Tyffani Clark Kemp  (author appearance)
Tyffani Clark | 03/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Ronald Kidd author of Dreambender  (author appearance)
Ronald Kidd | 03/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

2nd Anniversary Celebration  (other event)
03/06/2016, 12:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Liz Johnson author of The Red Door Inn  (author appearance)
Liz Johnson | 03/06/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Katy Simpson Smith discusses and signs her book, Free Men  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 03/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

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

okraAuthor event with Jeff Zentner author of The Serpent King  (author appearance)
Jeff Zentner | 03/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Garden District Book Shop Book Club  (book club)
03/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Marlene Trestman - FAIR LABOR LAWYER: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin  (author appearance)
03/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Willie Drye- For Sale: American Paradise: How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida  (author appearance)
Willie Drye | 03/09/2016, 06:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Travis Ian Smith - INDIE DARLING--Launch!  (author appearance)
Travis Ian Smith | 03/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

A Conversation on Organic Pioneer Bill Dow and his Memoir -What I Stand On -with Fred Broadwell  (other event)
03/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

The Writing Show: Publishing Your Children's Book  (writers group)
03/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley author of The War That Saved My Life  (author appearance)
Kimberly Brubaker | 03/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - ELYSIUM  (book club)
03/12/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Bart Ehrman – Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/12/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author event with William M. Akers author of Mrs. Ravenbach's Way  (author appearance)
William M. Akers | 03/12/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mark De La Peña  (author appearance)
Mark De | 03/13/2016 | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with LynnMarie Rink author of Wrap Your Heart Around It  (author appearance)
LynnMarie Rink | 03/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Parnassus Book Club - The Marauders  (book club)
03/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

RANDY WAYNE WHITE  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Pajama Story Time with Picture Book Author & Illustrator: Philip and Erin Stead  (author appearance)
Phillip Stead | 03/15/2016, 06:00 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Roy Blount Jr. - SAVE ROOM FOR PIE: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations  (author appearance)
03/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Kit Wienert, -Analogs of Eden  (author appearance)
Kit Wienert | 03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Paul Houle  (author appearance)
Paul Houle | 03/15/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)  (writers group)
03/16/2016, 06:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Denise Ditto  (author appearance)
Denise Ditto | 03/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Peter Bergen - UNITED STATES OF JIHAD: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists  (author appearance)
Peter Bergen | 03/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraCharles Todd Returns to Celebrate the Publication of No Shred of Evidence  (author appearance)
Charles Todd | 03/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Atlanta Author Trudy Nan Boyce: OUT OF THE BLUES  (author appearance)
Trudy Nan Boyce | 03/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Matt Cashion  (author appearance)
Matt Cashion | 03/18/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Meet Author Virginia Reeves: WORK LIKE ANY OTHER  (author appearance)
Virginia Reeves | 03/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING  (book club)
03/19/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Beecher's Fault: Live Band  (other event)
03/19/2016, 02:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
03/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Melissa Burch author of My Journey Through War and Peace  (author appearance)
Melissa Burch | 03/19/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Singer/Songwriter Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
03/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Randy Wayne White Booksigning.  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Keith Lee Morris - TRAVELERS REST  (author appearance)
Keith Lee Morris | 03/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Henry Petroski -The Road Taken  (author appearance)
Henry Petroski | 03/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Global Georgia Initiative: Paul Sutter – LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS GULLIES: PROVIDENCE CANYON AND THE SOILS OF THE SOUTH  (author appearance)
Paul Sutter | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Laurent Dubois, -The Banjo: America's African Instrument  (author appearance)
Laurent Dubois | 03/24/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraRoss Howell Jr.  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Alison Goodman, Alwyn Hamilton, Rachel Hawkins, Sabaa Tahir and April Genevieve Tucholke  (author appearance)
Alison Goodman | 03/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Philip R. Wright: A GEECHEE HOMECOMING  (author appearance)
Philip R. | 03/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Erik Larson – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/26/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Baz Dreisinger - INCARCERATION NATIONS: A Journey to Prisons Around the World  (author appearance)
03/28/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Raymond Arroyo: WILL WILDER: THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS  (author appearance)
Raymond Arroyo | 03/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Michael Muhammad Knight -Why I am a Salafi  (author appearance)
Michael Muhammad | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Darnelle Arnoult -Galaxie Wagon  (author appearance)
Darnelle Arnoult | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Keith Lee Morris  (author appearance)
Keith Lee Morris | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

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