Lady Banks

On cracklin’ bread and the tediousness of vampires


{On cracklin’ bread and the tediousness of vampires.}

In which Ms. Harper Lee explains how the South fell, some gardeners are especially sneaky, an Elvis impersonator goes on an anti-government organ donor conspiracy crusade, and Ms. Jill McCorkle has had it with vampires.

April 21, 2013



"First, catch your pig."

Dearest readers,

Do you know why the South didn’t win the war? They were brought down by their addiction to cracklin bread.

That, anyway, is the opinion of Ms. Harper Lee, who provides the recipe that felled the Southern States in the endlessly fascinating volume called The Artists and Writers Cookbook:

The Artists and Writers CookbookFirst, catch your pig. Then ship it to the abattoir nearest you. Bake what they send back. Remove the solid fat and throw the rest away. Fry fat, drain off liquid grease, and combine the residue (called “cracklings”) with:
1 ½ cups water-ground white meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
Bake in very hot oven until brown (about 15 minutes).
Result: one pan crackling bread serving 6. Total cost: about $250, depending upon size of pig. Some historians say this recipe alone fell the Confederacy.

This redoubtable volume, brought to her ladyship’s attention here, also contains Mr. Erkine Caldwell’s recipe for fried chicken (it includes “a dollop of Tabasco sauce”) and a sketch of Mr. Burl Ives’ famous barbecue sauce, although southerners, especially east of the mountains, will not be impressed. Two of the ingredients are Turkish coffee and saki.

Her ladyship, the editor has a weakness for cookbooks of great historical interest and little usefulness. Such books are full of character, if not of very clear directions. Just how much Tabasco sauce is contained in “a dollop” or how much cornmeal is to be found in “a handful” are questions that are open to interpretation. But when the same book (Bull Cook’s Authentic Historical Recipes) advises one to always keep a five pound tin of ground coffee in the pantry, and to stockpile tobacco, because these two items will be better than currency after a nuclear Armageddon, well how can one resist following such advice? 

Meanwhile, until such a time as Armageddon comes, her ladyship continues to indulge in reading such odd little books, secure in her easy access to refrigeration, running water, and electricity, so that she does not need to catch a pig, kill it and send it to an abattoir, but can instead buy porkchops and ribs at her supermarket, and grind up coffee beans in her electric grinder.

Happy reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 14, 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


okra1. Z
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250028655

2. The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067688
okra3. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $24.95, 9781565122550

4. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
5. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, $27.99, 9780316176484
6. Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780670026104
7. Unintended Consequences
Stuart Woods, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399159879
8. Six Years
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953487
9. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $26, 9780345528674
10. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855
11. The Golden Egg
Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802121011
12. The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594488399
13. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574
14. The Storyteller
Jodi Picoult, Atria, $28.99, 9781439102763
okra15. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $24.99, 9780062202710


HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
2. Sum It Up
Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins, Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385346870
3. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
4. Gulp
Mary Roach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393081572
5. The FastDiet
Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer, Atria, $24, 9781476734941
6. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528
7. Salt Sugar Fat
Michael Moss, Random House, $28, 9781400069804
8. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884
9. Mom & Me & Mom
Maya Angelou, Random House, $22, 9781400066117
10. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
Rod Dreher, Grand Central, $25.99, 9781455521913
11. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $27, 9781400067558
12. The Great Deformation
David A. Stockman, PublicAffairs, $35, 9781586489120
13. It's All Good
Gwyneth Paltrow, Grand Central, $32, 9781455522712
okra14. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Matt Lee, Ted Lee, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307889737

15. Toughness
Jay Bilas, NAL, $26.95, 9780451414670

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
2. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
3. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
4. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
5. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
6. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce, Random House, $15, 9780812983456
7. The Yard
Alex Grecian, Berkley, $16, 9780425261279
8. The Forgotten
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $14.99, 9781455523153
9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
10. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
11. A Different Sun
Elaine Neil Orr, Berkley, $16, 9780425261309
okra12. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

13. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
14. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
15. Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341556

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. America the Beautiful
Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912
4. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
5. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
6. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
7. Escape From Camp 14
Blaine Harden, Penguin, $15, 9780143122913
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $16, 9780374533557
9. ObamaCare Survival Guide
Nick J. Tate, Humanix, $19.95, 9780893348625
10. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $18, 9781439127728
11. Most Talkative
Andy Cohen, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9781250031464
12. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
13. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
14. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
15. Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi, Pantheon, $13.95, 9780375714573

MASS MARKET


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
7. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
8. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
10. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024

CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED


1. The Dark
Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316187480
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Isabella: Star of the Story
Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin (Illus.), Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99, 9781402279362
4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
5. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
6. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
7. Miss Maple's Seeds
Eliza Wheeler, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399257926
8. This Is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908

CHILDREN’S INTEREST


1. Poems to Learn by Heart
Caroline Kennedy, Jon J Muth (Illus.), Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423108054
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660505
4. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
6. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
8. Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419705342
9. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
10. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254

CHILDREN’S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Stallion by Starlight (Magic Tree House, #49)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780307980403
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810994737
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
5. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
6. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023498
7. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
8. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
9. Big Nate Flips Out
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996634
10. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140603
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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

A Southern GardenFooling the neighbors

Praise a gardener for abundance of bloom, and he will say modestly, “I don’t know how it is, but flowers just seem to grow for me.”
Flowers do not just grow for me. I have no green or growing hand. Nor do I believe what old-timey people say, that flowers grow for those who love them. On the contrary, I believe that gazing upon them too fondly and too intently is the death of many. For this reason (and others) the failure of a plant in my garden does not mean that this plant will languish in all gardens in these parts. In fact I have only to say that a plant will not grow in the Middle South, to have a dozen people come forward to prove that it will--for them. When it became obvious that delphiniums do not grow as vigorously in North Carolina as in Maine, Mr. Jacques Busbee (that excellent gardener and perverse citizen) took delight in confounding his neighbors with the height and fullness of his blue spires. They did not know that be bought new plants of Dreer each and every spring and set them out in the dead of night. Of course, only Mr. Busbee’s special magic could have raised them to any height even then.

--Elizabeth Lawrence “An Apology for Myself as a Gardener” in A Southern Garden (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) 9780807849309
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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).

The new, state-of-the-art facility contains a specialized collection of over 20,000 catalogued volumes including books, periodicals, vertical files, microforms, CDs, archival material, and rare books and manuscripts, which focus on southern history, southern artisans and their trades, Moravian history, and southern material culture and decorative arts. It is a non-circulating library except for staff and visiting scholars. However, scholars, genealogists, and others are welcome to use the materials and further their research inside the facility. The Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library

Heart of PalmHeart of Palm isn’t some vapid beach read full of cheating husbands and damsels in distress (though there is a husband who strays, and the three leading ladies aren’t the most well-adjusted bunch). And while the Florida drawl and Southern charm do run deep, none of the characters are flighty or mawkish, nor can they be accused of employing passive aggression to win their arguments. Instead, Heart of Palm’s leading family — the Bravo clan — tells it like it is, from their hardscrabble beginnings through moments full of excruciating beauty and insufferable loss. Heart of Palm 9780802121028

WashMargaret Wrinkle, a filmmaker and seventh-generation Southerner, had almost nothing to go on when she decided to investigate a rumor that one of her ancestors was involved in slave breeding. When her research yielded little more than another rumor, Wrinkle decided to fill in the blanks with her debut novel, “Wash.” Wash 9780802120663

The Mississippi man the FBI has arrested for allegedly sending ricin through the mail to a senator and President Obama is an Elvis impersonator who crusades against the deadly conspiracy, facilitated by the shadow government, to trade in body parts. No, really Elvis, the poisoner?

The Leaf Men and the Brave Good BugsA war of good vs. evil unfolds in a miniature, green world populated by insect-like beings: it’s a computer animated 3D adventure that promises to be, well… Epic. Loosely based on William Joyce’s 1996 picture book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, the new animated movie from Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Animation features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, and Beyoncé Knowles. The movie is directed by Chris Wedge (the Ice Age franchise, which has grossed over $700 million domestically) and premieres on May 24. Joyce, who teamed with Wedge on Robots (2005), was a producer for the film and contributed to the screenplay. William Joyce’s Epic ISBN: 0064438171   EAN: 9780064438179

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Author Gossip

I have experienced a world of both the sublime and the bizarre.

TelevengeHaving cut my teeth on the back of a church pew, I found myself revisiting the revival tents, tabernacles, and the grand cathedrals of my youth as I wrote Southern Fried Women and then, my new novel, Televenge. Exploring religion, spirituality, and the unexplained where characters hang ripe for the picking, I have experienced a world of both the sublime and the bizarre. The Accent of a Southern Writer 9781935874164

Requiem for a NunA lawsuit filed by William Faulkner's heirs over a quote in the Woody Allen film "Midnight in Paris" has been scheduled for trial April 7, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Oxford.  The Faulkner estate sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October 2011, saying the company infringed on copyright when actor Owen Wilson slightly misquoted a line from Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun. The past is never dead 9780307946805

SereaIt’s a long way from Boiling Springs to the Academy Awards, but Ron Rash suddenly finds himself living in both worlds. Rash, who speaks Wednesday as part of the Central Piedmont Community College arts festival Sensoria, is a master of Southern Gothic in both his novels and short stories. Later this year, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her starring role in the blockbuster “The Hunger Games,” and Bradley Cooper will co-star in the movie version of Serena, Rash’s 2008 novel. (The Hunger Games was filmed in Charlotte and other parts of North Carolina.) The book, like much of Rash’s work, is set in the Appalachians of North Carolina. From Boiling Springs to Hollywood 9780061470844

Rash is a master of the American short story — less meat than Alice Munro, less absurdity than George Saunders, but never the poorer for it. In this collection he introduces his America. It makes for thrilling, sometimes terrifying, reading. Thrilling because his stories are like a galloping horse you’ve been yanked up onto; they are sharp, sometimes coldly humorous, and they never give too much away. Terrifying in the sense that, if his depiction is at all accurate, the world’s dominant economy has a lot to worry about. Rash’s America is a mean place. There’s no such thing as Real America

Rash is well aware that lives are that bit harder in the Appalachian region; he was born in South Carolina and was raised in the north of the state, between Charlotte and Asheville. He is a realist whose use of language shimmers with meaning and intent. Unexpectedly earthbound

I cannot do one more vampire. I've just had it with vampires.

"I have to say," McCorkle said by phone and between fits of coughing — she'd been hit hard by the spring pollen — "I've taught now for almost 28 years, and I've always been very open-minded. But about three years ago, I had that semester where I finally said to my students: I cannot do one more vampire. I've just had it with vampires. Jill McCorkle’s Disappearing Act

Life After LifeThe novelist Walker Percy used to say that the country club was to mid-20th century America what the cathedral and cathedral square was to the European Middle Ages: the gathering place, exercising centripetal force that brought people together for all sorts of reasons — faith, commerce, social conversation and romance. Perhaps in our own time, now that people are living much longer, the retirement community will take over that role. Jill McCorkle delivers fine novel 9781565122550

Calling Me HomeI did not learn about my grandmother’s relationship until many years after her death—more than a decade. My father, who was an only child, told me out of the blue one day, seven or eight years ago. Calling Me Home 9781250014528

 

Sometimes we describe it as tasting like asparagus with olive oil already on it.
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen"Chainey briar is a native weed or vine," Ted explains. "It's Smilax botanically. It's something that grows on fence lines, it grows on sand dunes at the beaches and it has, in the spring right about now, a tender tip, a shoot that is delicious." It looks, quite frankly, like a weed, and might be a bit of an acquired taste — but the brothers say it's worth acquiring. "It's pretty rangy, and that's the appeal, in terms of flavor," Matt says. It tastes like asparagus but with this extra sort of reckless green thing. Sometimes we describe it as tasting like asparagus with olive oil already on it." Foraged and forgotten foods9780307889737
 

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:

 

See the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Bookstore Gossip

Avid Book Shop

That was the sign this afternoon outside Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia. What a great bookstore. Go, the South! And look, if there is a friendlier bookstore clerk anywhere in the country than Frankie, I don’t know where she would be. I love the South

Karin Wilson, third-generation owner of Page & Palette bookstore, spoke this month at the Fairhope Museum of History about her love of books and authors, as well as the challenges facing independent bookstores, including her own—a downtown landmark and destination point for fans of the written word for nearly half a century. Page & Palette seeks community support

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
So you want to work at an indie bookstore


Down Bohicket Road

Down Bohicket RoadArtist Mary Whyte's Down Bohicket Road includes two decades worth of watercolors--depicting a select group of Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, and their stories. In 1991, following Whyte's recovery from a year of treatment for cancer, she and her husband moved to a small sea island near Charleston, seeking a new home where they could reinvent themselves far removed from the hectic pace of Philadelphia. In this remote corner of the South, Whyte first met Alfreda LaBoard and her devoted group of seniors who gathered weekly to make quilts, study the Bible, and socialize in a small rural church on Bohicket Road. Descendants of lowcountry slaves, these longtime residents of the island influenced Whyte's life and art in astonishing and unexpected ways.

Whyte soon began a series of watercolors depicting these women, honoring their lives and their dedication to family and faith. As her friendships with these women grew, their matriarch Alfreda LaBoard claimed Whyte as her "vanilla sister." Alfreda's World, a collection of Whyte's detailed watercolors and poignant recollections of the women at the senior center, was published a decade later, drawing attention and support from the community to the small church on Bohicket Road.

Down Bohicket Road continues the story of Whyte's relationship with these extraordinary women, following the passing of Alfreda, against the backdrop of the ongoing commercial development of Johns Island. For Whyte, the heart of this community remains in the simple homes clustered along Bohicket Road, in the island's winding tidal creeks, and in a small church where eighteen hardscrabble women gather in fellowship each week. In her book Whyte illustrates that both watercolors and friendships can be the unpredictable results of an abundance of blessings. As shared through touching words and vibrant paintings, Down Bohicket Road celebrates a unique way of coastal life and a remarkable friendship that transcends all barriers--even death itself--in praise of the unifying power of art.
All royalties from the sale of this book benefit the Hebron Saint Francis Senior Center on Johns Island.

 

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Read This! Okra Picks and SIBA Book Award Finalists


Something old and something new? This week saw the announcement of two different kinds of great southern reading lists. The SIBA Book Award finalists--bookseller favorites from last year-- and the Summer Okra Picks--forthcoming books that booksellers can’t wait for them to, uh, come forth:

Summer Okra Picks:

 Place at the TableAnd Then I Found YouThe Astronaught Wives ClubThe Girl from Felony BayHeart of PalmIn the Garden of StoneLooking for MeMoonriseThe Time BetweenWhistling Past the GraveyardThe Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GirlsZ

SIBA Book Awards
Because this is the South, these judges know what’s important. Unlike the Pulitzers, the SIBA contest includes a “cooking” category, and the finalists have no-nonsense titles such as Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Washington Post

The Story:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk took him through A Land More Kind Than Home, down to The Cove where the Sea Changes, and A Million Suns Shine Shine Shine on its Fathomless waves, holding him in Thrall. His Descent led Down Bohicket Road towards his Permanent Camp overlooking The Accidental City, its buildings climbing the far slope to Stand Up That Mountain in the distance. It’s just a piece of Stray Decorum, he thought walking through the streets, dodging Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as it swatted at the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, who no longer lived in the old apartment building on the corner but had left the critters to flutter about, nonetheless. He wandered past My Bookstore and walked into the Back in the Day Bakery, where a class on Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking was underway (you could tell by the smell of fried chicken). He thought, “I’m hungry,” as he and my sister and Pete all gathered Around the Southern Table, laden with heaping platters of ole Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides. Billy Lynn turned to my sister and said “I just want to Chomp on 34 Pieces of You.” And she smiled. “Wouldn’t that make me Three Times Lucky,” she said. I knew then I was Losing My Sister to him.

2013 SIBA Book Award Finalists:

Fiction
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco Press)
The Cove by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
Sea Change by Karen White (New American LIbrary)
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer (St. Martins Press)
Stray Decorum by George Singleton (Dzanc Books)

Poetry
Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)
Permanent Camp by George Ellison (History Press)
Thrall by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Nonfiction
The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell (Harvard University Press)
Down Bohicket Road: An Artist S Journey. Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. with Excerpts from Alfreda S World by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
Losing My Sister by Judy Goldman (John F. Blair Publisher)
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by Ron Rice (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)
Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

Cooking
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day & Griffith Day (Artisan)
Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate by Fred Thompson (University of North Carolina Press)
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith Publishers)
Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang (Oxmoor House)

Children's
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (HarperCollins)

Young Adult
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (Simon Pulse)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Razorbill)
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers:

Indie Next Picks for May

Woke Up LonelyWoke Up Lonely: A Novel, by Fiona Maazel (Graywolf Press, $26, 9781555976385) “Woke Up Lonely is a wild thing of genius, so funny and so smart. Maazel presents us with a warped mirror of our country and the time we live in. The Helix, a cult of the lonely, and its founder, Thurlow Dan, along with his ex-wife, Esme, and their daughter, Ida, head a superb cast of characters. The story unfolds in a winding, fun-house fashion, sporting locales from Washington, D.C. to North Korea to Cincinnati. I envy those who are about to read this truly one-of-a-kind work of fiction.” —Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Reconstructing AmeliaReconstructing Amelia: A Novel, by Kimberly McCreight  (Harper, $25.99, 9780062225436) “Throw out all the clichéd superlatives! McCreight’s remarkable debut novel is about Kate Baron, a high-powered lawyer who believes that her daughter Amelia has committed suicide — until she receives the anonymous text — ‘She didn’t jump.’ I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as Kate races to reconstruct her daughter’s life. This novel will have crossover appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult as well as young adults and is also perfect for discussion groups.” —Jerry Brown, The Bookstore, Radcliff, KY

The Guilty OneThe Guilty One: A Novel, by Lisa Ballantyne  (William Morrow Paperbacks, $14.99, 9780062195517) “The Guilty One is a profound, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, must-read. While it is primarily the story of a little boy accused of murder and his lawyer, it is also a mesmerizing study of the three main characters and how they are each affected by horrible events in their past. It is a compelling story that pulls you into the lives of the characters and won’t let you leave.” —Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

GulpGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, by Mary Roach  (W. W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 9780393081572) “Roach has explored the ‘life’ of a cadaver and everything you’d want to know about sex, and has taken us into space. Now, she takes us on an uproarious tour of the last bodily frontier. Think eating is a simple process? Or the process of elimination? From spit to farts — which have more scientists studying them than you’d imagine — and with Elvis and his colon thrown in, you’ll dive into those gastric juices and just go with the flow.” —Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
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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!

Life After Life
Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
Unintended Consequences
The Aviator's Wife
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Sum It Up
The Girls of Atomic City
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
The Great Deformation
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
Toughness
The Forgotten
Rules of Civility
A Different Sun
A Land More Kind Than Home
Sharp Objects
ObamaCare Survival Guide
The Presidents Club
Most Talkative
The Four Agreements
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Persepolis
Killing Floor
Lord of the Flies
Isabella: Star of the Story
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Miss Maple's Seeds
Charlotte's Web
The Giver

 


Author Readings

Hale and he(art)y- Nathan Hale visits bbgb!  (author appearance)
Nathan Hale
04/23/2013, 04:00 pm
bbgb
Richmond, VA

Okra Pick!Book Your Lunch With Therese Fowler  (author appearance)
Therese Fowler
04/23/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Eric Mitchko  (other event)
04/23/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Fiction Book Club  (book club)
04/23/2013, 05:30 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

World Book Night  (other event)
04/23/2013, 06:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Aaron White discusses What Are They Thinking?!: The Straight Facts about the Risk-Taking, Social-Networking, Still-Developing Teen Brain  (author appearance)
Aaron White
04/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Between God & Green: An Earth Day Discussion with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson  (author appearance)
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
04/23/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

World Book Night   (other event)
04/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Jen Sincero: You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life  (author appearance)
Jen Sincero
04/24/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

STEVE CRIMI PRESENTS THE WORK OF ENGLISH MASTER GARDENER ALAN CHADWICK  (author appearance)
Steve Crimi
04/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

All Henrico Reads The Shoemaker's Wife with Adriana Trigiani  (book club)
04/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Bookaholics Anonymous  (book club)
04/24/2013, 12:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Dr. James Hunt author of Restless Fires  (author appearance)
Dr. James Hunt
04/24/2013, 06:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Author event with John Boyne - Author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas  (author appearance)
John Boyne
04/24/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Nell Dickerson - Porch Dogs  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
04/24/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Kagyu Shedrup Choling- What is Buddhism?  (other event)
04/24/2013, 07:00 pm
The Bookstore in the Grove
Coconut Grove, FL

Aaron White  (author appearance)
Aaron White
04/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Ben Bullington- folk/Americana music  (other event)
04/24/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
04/24/2013, 06:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

UNC Humanities: Humanities in Action (ticketed):The Global Economy at Risk  (other event)
04/24/2013, 05:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Elin O'Hara Slavick launches her new book After Hiroshima  (author appearance)
Elin O'Hara Slavick
04/24/2013, 07:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Clay Rice- Silhouettes  (author appearance)
Clay Rice
04/24/2013, 10:00 am
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Okra Pick!Hub City Book Club- In the Garden of Beasts  (book club)
04/24/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Paul Reid -- The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965  (author appearance)
Paul Reid
04/24/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

THE RECIPROCATING TOUCH: POEMS REACHING TOWARD THE DIVINE, WITH BRUCE BEASLEY & LUKE HANKINS  (author appearance)
Bruce Beasley
04/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

After School Story Time  (other event)
04/25/2013, 03:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

JEFF KLINKENBERG discusses and signs ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT  (author appearance)
Jeff Klinkenberg
04/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

S. R. Lewis Will be Signing Falling Into Place  (author appearance)
S. R. Lewis
04/25/2013, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Okra Pick!Therese Anne Fowler   (author appearance)
Therese Anne Fowler
04/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Read It & Eat with Patti Callahan Henry  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry
04/25/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Adaptation Screening and Book Talk  (other event)
04/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Dr Nortin Hadler discusses his new book: The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System  (author appearance)
Dr Nortin Hadler
04/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Ann Ross- Book Signing  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/25/2013, 06:00 pm
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

An Evening of Poetry and Prose with Myra Shapiro  (author appearance)
Myra Shapiro
04/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Ben Katchor -- Hand-Drying in America  (author appearance)
Ben Katchor
04/25/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

David Rifkind -- The Battle for Modernism   (author appearance)
David Rifkind
04/25/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

LITERARY DOGS, A HUB CITY PRESS EVENT WITH GEORGE SINGLETON, JOHN LANE, TOMMY HAYS & HELEN CORRELL  (author appearance)
George Singleton
04/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Ben Katchor -- Hand-Drying in America  (author appearance)
Ben Katchor
04/26/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Author Reading: Natalie Goldberg  (author appearance)
Natalie Goldberg
04/26/2013, 06:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Ann Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/26/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Nadia Dean Presents Her Narrative History and Discusses Genealogy  (author appearance)
Nadia Dean
04/26/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Author Reading: Natalie Goldberg  (author appearance)
Natalie Goldberg
04/26/2013, 06:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Performance  (other event)
Frannie Oates
04/26/2013, 05:30 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents: Can You Read?: Finding the Poetry in Toni Morrison  (author appearance)
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
04/26/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

BOOKSIGNING WITH BOB TIMBERLAKE & MARK ERWIN  (author appearance)
Mark Erwin
04/27/2013, 01:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

ELAINE NEIL ORR PRESENTS A DIFFERENT SUN, A NOVEL OF AFRICA  (author appearance)
Elaine Neil Orr
04/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

ELAINE NEIL ORR PRESENTS A DIFFERENT SUN, A NOVEL OF AFRICA  (author appearance)
Elaine Neil Orr
04/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Victoria Stilwell -- Train Your Dog Positively   (author appearance)
Victoria Stilwell
04/27/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Kiko Ricote -- Miami Visually Speaking  (author appearance)
Kiko Ricote
04/27/2013, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Kristin Hannah -- Fly Away  (author appearance)
Kristin Hannah
04/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Storytime with Annette Wertz  (other event)
04/27/2013, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

The Quilt CD and Book signing with Kathryn Scheldt & Frye Gaillard  (author appearance)
Frye Gaillard
04/27/2013, 02:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

SC Academy of Authors Induction Ceremony and Reception  (writers group)
04/27/2013, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Susan Reynolds and Katherine Gettys  (author appearance)
Susan D. Reynolds
04/27/2013, 10:30 pm
Burry Bookstore
Hartsville, SC

Michael Pollan--Now Sold Out  (author appearance)
Michael Pollan
04/27/2013, 07:30 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Hands on children’s event with Jean Van’t Hul: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity  (author appearance)
Jean Van’t Hul
04/27/2013, 11:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Farther Along  (other event)
04/27/2013, 10:00 am
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

Bethany White - Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants  (author appearance)
Bethany White
04/27/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Poetry Event: Bruce Beasley's Theophobia  (author appearance)
Bruce Beasley
04/27/2013, 04:30 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Celebrate THE YEAR OF THE MOON GOOSE with T. W. Burger  (author appearance)
T. W. Burger
04/27/2013, 02:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Talk & Fund Raiser  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
04/27/2013, 11:00 am
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Charis Presents Recording Artists Indigie Femme  (other event)

04/27/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

SC Academy of Authors Induction Ceremony and Reception  (other event)
04/27/2013, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

ANN ROSS PRESENTS HER NOVEL MISS JULIA STIRS UP TROUBLE  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Spring into Future Tour: Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi, Anna Carey, & Cynthia Hand   (author appearance)
Veronica Rossi
04/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Carrie Knowles and Peggy Payne   (author appearance)
Carrie Knowles
04/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

George Estreich discusses The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir  (author appearance)
George Estreich
04/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Georgann Eubanks - Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina  (author appearance)
Georgann Eubanks
04/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Nell Dickerson author of Porch Dogs  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
04/28/2013, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

POLITICS OF FOOD BOOKCLUB  (book club)
04/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle -- Life After Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/29/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Nell Dickerson - Porch Dogs  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
04/29/2013, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Caryn Rosenthal- Dumped   (author appearance)
Caryn Rosenthal
04/29/2013, 07:00 pm
The Book Mark

Exploring Feminist and Womanist Spirituality and Ethics  (book club)
04/29/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Emily Clark - THE STRANGE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN QUADROON  (author appearance)
Emily Clark
04/30/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Bill Loehfelm: The Devil in Her Way  (author appearance)
Bill Loehfelm
04/30/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

PORCH DOGS: A TRUE SOUTHERN TRADITION WITH NELL DICKERSON  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
04/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Philip Kerr -- A Man Without Breath  (author appearance)
Philip Kerr
04/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Wine with the Author event with Maria Semple - Author of Where'd You Go Bernadette  (author appearance)
Maria Semple
04/30/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

C. David Gelly  (author appearance)
C. David Gelly
05/01/2013, 06:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Tom Earnhardt   (author appearance)
Tom Earnhardt
05/01/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

H. Brandt Ayers - In Love With Defeat:The Making of a Southern Liberal  (author appearance)
H. Brandt Ayers
05/02/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Beth Dunlop -- The Tropical Cottage  (author appearance)
Beth Dunlop
05/03/2013, 07:00 pm
The Bookstore in the Grove
Coconut Grove, FL

Dale Neal- The Half-Life of Home  (author appearance)
Dale Neal
05/03/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Tom Earnhardt - Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt  (author appearance)
Tom Earnhardt
05/04/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Book Your Lunch With Denise Kiernan  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/10/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Sallie Bissell author of Music of Ghosts  (author appearance)
Sallie Bissell
05/13/2013, 06:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Book Your Lunch with Ann B. Ross (Tickets required)  (author appearance)
Ann B Ross
05/16/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Launch Event  (author appearance)
Erika Marks
06/04/2013, 07:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

David Sedaris  (author appearance)
David Sedaris
06/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, N


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