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{Sugar snap peas and Granma's famous icebox blueberry pie.}

In which Ms Iris Murdoch and Ms. Flannery O'Connor share a crazy Atlanta fan, somebody blows up Lee Smith's daddy's dimestore, Mr. Pat Conroy blames Thomas Wolfe for his flaws as a writer, and her ladyship picks, and picks, and picks, and picks, peas from her garden.

May 15, 2016

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | The Pat Conroy Prize | Okra Picks | Author 2 Author | STARS Author | Book and Author Gossip | One Book, One South | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar


Dearest Readers,

Four pounds. That is the amount of sugar snap peas her ladyship, the editor, picked from her garden this past weekend. 

Sugar snap peas are the reason her ladyship first began a vegetable garden. Nature's candy, they are our reward for enduring the winter. In the past it was rare for her ladyship to pick a bowl of peas and have them last long enough to reach the kitchen. Sitting on the back deck, eating peas and drinking tea is the point of spring.

But as the years progressed, her ladyship's garden has expanded, which has meant more garden fence, and thus, more peas. And while freshly-picked sugar snap peas will bring out the glutton in anybody, even her ladyship cannot eat four pounds in one sitting. Not that she hasn't attempted the task.

Thus, in recent years her ladyship has taken to collecting recipes which help her to use up this brief but bountiful harvest. From the recent group of finalists in the Cookbook category of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, both Sara Foster's Fosters Market Favorites and The Southerner's Cookbook have recipes for sugar snaps: "Quick-Braised Spring Vegetables" (Fosters Market Favorites) uses a little of every kind of vegetable one is likely to see in the farmer's market stands this time of year, including sugar snap peas.  And the "Jeffersonian Spring Salad" from The Southerner's Cookbook, with its baby lettuces, peas, and hard-cooked eggs in a Dijon-tarragon dressing is practically a main course meal.

Foster's Market Favorites The Southerner's Cookbook The New Southern Garden Cookbook

But her ladyship's favorite book for dealing with a surfeit of sugar snap peas is Sheri Castle's The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Castle has an entire section devoted to garden peas that includes not just salads like her "Sweet Peas with Spring Onions and Lettuce" but more elaborate dishes, such as "Chilled Garden Pea and Mint Soup" and "Peas and Parmesan Dip." Tonight, once her ladyship has finished this newsletter, she will be making "Peas, Tuna, and Noodles in Creamy Cheese Sauce" -- which may seem like rather too much of a good thing, but remember, her ladyship has four pounds of peas to deal with. She already has too much of a good thing.

Read Independently! And shop local. And eat fresh fruit.

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.

Voyage of the Sable VenusSummer

Last summer, two discrete young snakes left their skin
on my small porch, two mornings in a row. Being

postmodern now, I pretended as if I did not see
them, nor understand what I knew to be circling

inside me. Instead, every hour I told my son
to stop with his incessant back-chat. I peeled

a banana. And cursed God--His arrogance,
His gall--to still expect our devotion

after creating love. And mosquitoes. I showed
my son the paper dead skins so he could

know, too, what it feels like when something shows up
at your door--twice--telling you what you already know.

--Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems. (Knopf, 2015) 9781101875438


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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN

When We CollidedWhen We Collided By Emery Lord

Reader, I think you’re going to fall for Vivi Alexander in the space of about three pages. It’s pretty hard not to. She’s warm, funny, artistic, and determined to make you her new friend. Her voice simply leaps off the page and into your heart before you’ve even had time to realize what’s happened.

I also think you’re going to fall for Jonah Daniels, but it might take a few more pages than it did for you to fall for Vivi. Jonah’s a little quieter than Vivi, you see, but he’s got a lot going on: His family’s kind of falling apart, and he’s just trying to keep it together and get through the day. And then he meets Vivi.

But don’t go thinking When We Collided is your average girl-meets-boy romance. Emery Lord is interested in something much more complicated, messy, and honest than that. In sentences so beautiful you’ll want to read them over and over again, she has written the story of two people who save each other and themselves. When you reach the end, you’ll discover these words on your heart: “Vivi was here.” -- Stephanie Appell, Manager of Books for Young Readers

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 By Adam Hochschild

Spain in Our HeartsFrom award-winning, bestselling author Adam Hochschild (To End All Wars; Bury the Chains; King Leopold’s Ghost) comes a fascinating history of a war that at one time was all over the international headlines. The Spanish Civil War changed the way wars were fought and foreshadowed the coming darkness of World War II. In Hochschild’s account, we view events through the eyes of a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and lesser-known but equally fascinating soldiers and civilians, ranging from honeymooners to reporters.

Using personal letters and diaries of volunteer soldiers and their families, Hochschild illuminates the spirit of those who felt compelled to leave the comfort of home and dedicate themselves to a cause. Some 2,800 Americans flooded to Spain to support the Republic’s efforts to stave off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini, and nearly a quarter of them perished there. Hochschild also sheds light on those who supported Franco, most notably the role that Texaco played in supplying fuel to the fascists.

What can we learn today from this tale of a hard-fought, failed cause? Plenty. History lovers, consider it a must-read. -- Andy Brennan

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Ask Kate

Ask Kate

Raymie NightingaleThis spring, Kate DiCamillo's new book, Raymie Nightingale, was chosen by Southern Independent Booksellers as their inaugural One Book, One South, Jr pick. For the past month booksellers have been coordinating with teachers and librarians in their communities to read Raymie Nightingale to classes and at storytimes. Then they had kids write down questions they'd like to ask the author. Earlier this month, Kate answered their questions during a Facebook Q&A.

As we all know, kids ask excellent questions, so for the next couple weeks we're going to pass along some of them, along with Kate's answers.

Why was Archie black? Was it another contrast and contradiction because black can symbolize bad luck, but yet he was lucky at the end? – Jasmine

Kate: I knew that Archie was a black cat because Louisiana told me that he was.

We noticed that Louisiana was the happiest character even though she had no parents/siblings and lived with her grandma in a broken down house. Was this your purpose to teach us a lesson from a character with this kind of attitude? – Laila

Kate: Oh, I never want to try and teach you a lesson.  But I think you are right—Louisiana is the happiest character.  She is the most hopeful.

Don't you think if you're fixed on one thing for too long, you won't get to see anything else and enjoy life? I thought that about Raymie at first because she was so fixed on her objectives. – Charlie

Kate: Yes.  I think that is true.  You can be so obsessed with an idea that you miss what is happening right in front of you.  But Raymie changes in this story—she opens up.

Okra Picks

Redemption RoadJohn Hart's dark thriller offers the deepest look into his characters of any of his novels. With his usual intricately-woven story lines and plot twists, Redemption Road is one you absolutely must travel on. It may be an Edgar-winning hat trick. - Rosemary, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.

Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times Bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with DOWN RIVER and THE LAST CHILD. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet. 


A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen…

This is a town on the brink.

This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, REDEMPTION ROAD proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.


John Hart’s newest novel, Redemption Road, is a thriller. Innocents are dying, people are being chased and tortured and the good guys are hard to tell from all of the bad. It is about Elizabeth Black, a decorated hero cop with a deep dark secret. But, in addition to being a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout it is a compelling and very emotional story of love – love that is sick and twisted, love that is so blind it allows horrible things to be done in its name, love so hidden by guilt it is hard to see, love born out of despair and a love that is so pure and good it allows hope to shine through. It is obvious that John Hart has poured all of his heart and soul into this beautifully written story of sadness, despair, love and hope.

-Nancy M., store volunteer (seconded by Jill Hendrix, store owner, and Melissa O., store employee) Fiction Addiction, Greenville SC 

New York Times bestselling author; Hart delivers another masterful thriller. Full of dark twists and turns, this book keeps you guessing until the very end. A young policewoman tracks a serial killer in a small North Carolina town. Beautifully drawn characters, hurt and damaged, deal with brutal, horrifying secrets. Full of tension and memorable scenes, I couldn't put this book down!

- Helen at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh NC
Okra Picks

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Welcome to Braggsville

Welcome to BraggsvilleWelcome to Braggsville is a much-welcome, fresh take on the modern South. Those expecting the same old small-town values and mores will be shocked to find out the South is a much more complex place than they think it is. — Jonathan Sanchez, Blue Bicycle Books

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
The Short List

The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Dispatches from Pluto Leaving Orbit My Southern Journey Our Only World The World is on Fire
DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO: LOST AND FOUND IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA | Richard Grant | Simon & Schuster | 9781476709642
LEAVING ORBIT: NOTES FROM THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN SPACEFLIGHT | Margaret Lazarus Dean | Graywolf Press | 9781555977092
OUR ONLY WORLD: TEN ESSAYS | Wendell Berry | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619024885
THE WORLD IS ON FIRE: SCRAP, TREASURE, AND SONGS OF APOCALYPSE | Joni Tevis | Milkweed Editions | 9781571313478

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Meet Sean Crenshaw

John LavelleShawn Crenshaw is the founder of Crossthreads Ministries, a web-ministry which uses blogs, video messages and written articles to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He currently resides near Charlotte, NC with his wife Tosheen and children, Azaria and Micah.




Embrace the Real YouEmbrace the Real You

Everyone is looking for an identity. Whether it is the hottest celebrity or the latest fashion trend, everyone is looking for someone or something to identify with. In Embrace the Real You, author Shawn Crenshaw enlightens us as to how we can find our true identity and purpose. Our true identity and purpose can only be found by embracing who we are in the eyes of God and using that revelation to drive our focus and lives. Using eloquence and straight-talk, Embrace the Real You will challenge and provoke us to live the life that God desires. By employing the practical teaching found in Embrace the Real You, we will be empowered to operate from our position of authority.

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Book & Author Gossip

Flannery O'Connor, Iris Murdoch, and the file clerk at the Atlanta Retail Credit Company

Living on Paper“Did I tell you my crazy Atlanta fan has surfaced again?” Murdoch wrote Lebowitz, in 1983. “She has started ringing me up at 3 a.m. Atlanta, 8 a.m. here (I’m glad it’s not the other way round). Yesterday she said would I please have a blood test to determine whether I am male or female? (She thinks I am male, only no one knows this but her.)” Murdoch continued, “In spite of such delusions she managed, till lately retiring, to hold down a regular job in an insurance office.” 


Ron Rash on imagery

Above the Waterfall“It doesn’t come easy,” Rash said in a recent phone interview. “I usually do about 15 drafts of anything. And my last draft is purely about the way the vowels and consonants sound when they rub off against each other. You’re trying to make the language as precise, as evocative. … The minor details like that, I think are really important. And the reader on some level doesn’t notice that, but their ear does.” 


Interview with Lee Smith

DimestoreFirst let me say that I have been writing fiction all my life and publishing it for 47 years. I’ve never made a real living, but writing has given me a real good life. So why did I decide to turn to memoir now, after all these years? Quite simply, I got a kick start when my Appalachian hometown was demolished by a flood control project. I was present to witness the destruction of my father’s Dimestore, which he owned and ran for 55 years. They blew it up along with 60 other main street stores and homes along the Levisa Fork River.

Adding creativity to Southern flavors

Melissa's Southern CookbookThe stories the author shares are very interesting, especially the one about her "Granma's Famous Blueberry Icebox Pie." Her Granma Minnie "raised and fed 13 children without a single written recipe." In fact, the blueberry pie recipe was known to her grandmother alone until she decided to share it with her granddaughter, and now we also can enjoy this "secret" recipe. 


New movie on Thomas Wolfe

Look Homeward AngelIt’s hard to be lukewarm about Thomas Wolfe.  Jack Kerouac idolized Wolfe, inspired by Wolfe’s “rolling style” to write his first novel, and later “On the Road." "Most flaws I have as a man and a writer I can trace directly to the early influence of Thomas Wolfe,” admitted Pat Conroy. Faulkner hailed Wolfe as the most talented writer of their generation, but a few years later, the Nobel winner said Wolfe’s long novels read “like an elephant trying to do the hoochie-coochie.” Hemingway was more dismissive, calling Wolfe “the over-bloated Li’l Abner of American literature.” 

New novel details slaves' escape to Tompkins

Chasing the North StarBased on a writer’s good instinct and research and writing over a number of decades, Robert Morgan creates two striking characters who discover themselves and what being free is like over the course of their journey. They are not unlike Huck Finn, or Richard Farinas’ persona in “Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me,” or the beleaguered character of Moll Flanders. Jonah and Angel are, however, original, interesting, and it is their own ability to figure out how to go forward that saves them, not to some other force that rescues them from harm.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 8. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. Everybody's Fool
Richard Russo, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307270641
2. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
okra4. Redemption Road
John Hart, Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99, 9780312380366
5. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
6. Zero K
Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27, 9781501135392
7. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
Chris Cleave, S&S, $26.99, 9781501124372
8. The Last Mile
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781455586455
9. Miller's Valley
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $28, 9780812996081
10. The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson, Random House, $28, 9780812993103
11. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
12. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
13. 15th Affair
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $28, 9780316407076
14. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
15. Extreme Prey
John Sandford, Putnam, $29, 9780399176050


1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
okra2. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin Books, $24.95, 9781616205027
3. Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
Lesley Stahl, Blue Rider, $27, 9780399168154
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges
James Stone, Houghton Mifflin, $26, 9780544749009
6. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
7. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
8. Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing
Eric Langshur, Nate Klemp, North Star Way, $26, 9781501129087
9. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
10. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
11. Amazing Moms: Love and Lessons from the Animal Kingdom
Rachel Buchholz, National Geographic, $9.95, 9781426216671
12. Hamilton: The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Grand Central, $40, 9781455539741
13. Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice
Baron Baptiste, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401947538
14. First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $28.99, 9780062439659
15. Lab Girl
Hope Jahren, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101874936


1. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
2. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Broadway, $16, 9780553418798
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143109464
4. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
5. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Ballantine, $16, 9780553394399
6. A Lowcountry Wedding
Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781501125430
7. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781501115073
8. Life's Golden Ticket
Brendon Burchard, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780062456472
9. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $15.99, 9781476789644
10. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
11. In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873984
12. The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124944
13. Girl Waits With Gun
Amy Stewart, Mariner, $14.95, 9780544800830
siba book award finalist14. My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh, Putnam, $16, 9780425278109
15. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408877
2. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $17, 9781476728759
3. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
4. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
5. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
6. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
William Finnegan, Penguin, $17, 9780143109396
7. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
8. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
David Sibley, Knopf, $19.95, 9780307957917
9. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
10. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
Sally Mann, Back Bay, $18.99, 9780316247757
11. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
12. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $15.99, 9780062305206
13. The Gifts of Imperfection
Brene Brown, Hazelden, $14.95, 9781592858491
siba book award finalist14. Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
Richard Grant, S&S, $16, 9781476709642
15. Between You & Me
Mary Norris, Norton, $15.95, 9780393352146


1. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. Make Me
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780804178792
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
8. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Vision, $9.99, 9781455559800
9. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
10. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $9.99, 9780143130154


1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484730881
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
6. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375
7. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654
8. There Is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith, Roaring Brook Press, $18.99, 9781626720565
9. Good Night North Carolina
Adam Gamble, Anne Rosen (Illus.), Good Night Books, $9.95, 9781602190337
10. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Richard Scarry, Golden, $15.99, 9780307157850


1. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781484732748
2. Pax
Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062377012
3. The BFG
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142410387
4. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278
5. Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $14.99, 9781484732786
6. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
7. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana: Words of Wisdom from the World of Curious George
H.A. Rey, Justin Martin, HMH Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 9780544656482
8. Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399162596
9. Matilda
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142410370
10. Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442468351


1. The Crown (The Selection, Book 5)
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $19.99, 9780062392176
2. The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423178286
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 2)
Sarah J. Maas, Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books, $18.99, 9781619634466
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
7. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
9. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423101482
10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)
Newt Scamander, Arthur A. Levine Books, $9.99, 9780545850568

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Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Richard Shapiro - The Endangered Customer - Gables  (author appearance)
Richard Shapiro | 05/17/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Inkwood Adult Book Club  (book club)
05/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Pam Tyler - NEW ORLEANS WOMEN AND THE POYDRAS HOME  (author appearance)
Pamela Tyler | 05/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

SALLY MANN presents HOLD STILL  (author appearance)
Sally Mann | 05/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Books & Beyond: Book Club  (book club)
Marilynne Robinson | 05/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Martha Hall Kelly Author of Lilac Girls  (author appearance)
Martha Hall Kelly | 05/17/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Anton DiSclafani, author of The After Party  (author appearance)
Anton DiSclafani | 05/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

History Night! Bruce Venter Presents Kill Jeff Davis  (author appearance)
Bruce Venter | 05/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Meet Authors Bronwen Dickey and John Lane  (author appearance)
Bronwen Dickey | 05/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Brenda Marie Osbey - ALL SOULS with James Borders - MARKING TIME, MAKING PLACE  (author appearance)
Brenda Marie Osbey | 05/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

AUTHORS FOR ACTION: KILL THE BILL **Ticketed Event**  (other event)
05/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Story Time @ 10:30 AM  (other event)
05/18/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Story Time @ 3:30 PM  (other event)
05/18/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Launch Party for Zachary Reid’s Cuba, More of Less  (author appearance)
Zachary Reid | 05/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Sharyn McCrumb, Prayers the Devil Answers  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Blue Ridge Books

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author PATRICIA ENGEL here with THE VEINS OF THE OCEAN  (author appearance)
Patricia Engel | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Roy Blount: Save Room For Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations, an Offisite Event at Catfish & Henry  (author appearance)
Roy Blount, Jr. | 05/19/2016, 04:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Katherine Soniat: Bright Stranger: Poems  (author appearance)
Katherine Soniat | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Science on the Sound: The Mathews Men & the Battle of the Atlantic  (author appearance)
William Geroux | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Duck's Cottage | Manteo, NC

Michael Perry - The Jesus Cow  (author appearance)
Michael Perry | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Everything’s Coming Up Rosés  (other event)
05/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Sit. Sip. Color  (other event)
05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Wine with the author featuring John Hart author of Redemption Road  (author appearance)
John Hart | 05/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Gregg E. Brickman Booksigning  (author appearance)
Gregg E. Brickman | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Ashton Applewhite - This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism  (author appearance)
Ashton Applewhite | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Jennie Holton Fant Author of The Travelers' Charleston  (author appearance)
Jennie Holton Fant | 05/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Lee Clay Johnson author of Nitro Mountain at Brown's Diner  (author appearance)
Lee Clay | 05/20/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Camille Perri: THE ASSISTANTS  (author appearance)
Camille Perri | 05/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Tom Woodward Book Launch/Signing  (author appearance)
Tom Woodward | 05/21/2016, 01:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

William Dunlap: Short Mean Fiction, an Offsite Event at Catfish & Henry  (author appearance)
William Dunlap | 05/21/2016, 11:00 am | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS  (book club)
05/21/2016, 11:45 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jake Bible | 05/21/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

PHILIP GERARD presents THE DARK OF THE ISLAND  (author appearance)
Philip Gerard | 05/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
05/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Chuck Walsh  (author appearance)
Chuck Walsh | 05/21/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Grady Query  (author appearance)
Grady Query | 05/21/2016, 04:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraAuthor event with Harrison Scott Key and Michael Perry  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 05/21/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

New & Notable Book Club: EVICTED: POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY by Matthew Desmond  (book club)
05/22/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Rien Fertel and Denny Culbert @ MoPho (514 City Park Avenue): The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/22/2016, 03:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

GARRARD CONLEY & GARTH GREENWELL in conversation with ELIZABETH KOSTOVA  (author appearance)
Garrard Conley | 05/22/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Singer/Songwriter Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
05/22/2016, 02:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Jean Malone author of Dexter The Very Good Goat  (author appearance)
Jean Malone | 05/22/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kids' Book Club!  (book club)
05/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Michael Murphy in Conversation with Stanton Moore, Meschiya Lake, & Jan Ramsey: Hear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Rich Musical Heritage & Lively Cu  (author appearance)
Michael Murphy | 05/23/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

05/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Parnassus Classics Club - Kidnapped  (book club)
05/23/2016, 10:00 am | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraJohn Hart  (author appearance)
John Hart | 05/24/2016, 08:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Pres Kabacoff: Revitalizing Cities: The HRI Vision  (author appearance)
Pres Kabacoff | 05/24/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

JEFF HALPER presents WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE  (author appearance)
Jeff Halper | 05/24/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Natasha Robinson - Mentor for Life  (author appearance)
Natasha Robinson | 05/24/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Teen Book Club  (book club)
05/24/2016, 04:30 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Mary Kubica- Don’t You Cry  (author appearance)
Mary Kubica | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

RIEN FERTEL presents THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Sit. Sip. Craft.  (other event)
05/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Salon@615 with Louise Erdrich and Jane Hamilton  (author appearance)
Louise Erdrich | 05/25/2016, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Warren Bingham Presents George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour  (author appearance)
Warren Bingham | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/26/2016, 11:30 am | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Mukasonga, Scholastique | 05/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Stanley I. Thangaraj author of Desi Hoop Dreams  (author appearance)
Stanley I. Thangaraj | 05/26/2016, 06:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Rien Fertel author of The One True Barbecue  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Stephanie Danler – SWEETBITTER  (author appearance)
Stephanie Danler | 05/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

RICK YANCEY presents THE LAST STAR **Ticketed Event**  (author appearance)
Rick Yancey | 05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Rien Fertel - The One True Barbecue  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Buddy Story Time: Kathy McGougan & Buddy the Dog  (author appearance)
Kathy McGougan | 05/27/2016, 10:30 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Facts & Fiction: Literary Trivia Night  (other event)
05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Mary Kay Andrews Author of The Weekenders  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Damien Durr author of Journey to Greatness  (author appearance)
Damien Durr | 05/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Robert Bailey  (author appearance)
Robert Bailey | 05/28/2016, 01:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

okraHARRISON SCOTT KEY presents THE WORLD'S LARGEST MAN  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 05/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
05/28/2016, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
05/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Guy S. Fasciana  (author appearance)
Guy S. Fasciana | 05/28/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Fred Leebron - Christiania  (author appearance)
Fred Leebron | 05/29/2016, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Karen White  (author appearance)
Karen White | 05/29/2016, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Singer/Songwriter Robert Bertinelli  (other event)
05/29/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Meet Mary Kay Andrews!  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/30/2016, 09:00 am | Duck's Cottage | Manteo, NC

Grand Re-Opening  (other event)
05/31/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Nevada Barr - BOAR ISLAND  (author appearance)
Nevada Barr | 05/31/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Elizabeth Carlson | 05/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dorothea Benton Frank Author of All Summer Long  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 05/31/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Salon@615 with Richard Russo author of Everybody's Fool  (author appearance)
Richard Russo | 05/31/2016, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Ansley T. Erickson author of Making the Unequal Metropolis  (author appearance)
Ansley T. Erickson | 05/31/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

ALISON STEWART presents JUNK  (author appearance)
Alison Stewart | 06/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

AUTISM BOOK CLUB discusses WITH THE LIGHT, VOL. 2  (book club)
06/01/2016, 01:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dorothea Benton Frank  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 06/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Book Club Night  (book club)
06/02/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon with John Lane, Coyote Settles in the South  (author appearance)
Bronwen Dickey | 06/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

YA Author Panel: Amy Reed, Megan Shepherd, Robin Constantine, and Amber Smith  (author appearance)
Robin Constantine | 06/04/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

MATTHEW QUICK presents EVERY EXQUISITE THING  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Young Readers' Book Club: SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie  (book club)
06/05/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Pamela Skjolsvik: Death Becomes Us  (author appearance)
Pamela Skjolsvik | 06/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

POETRIO  (other event)
06/05/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Graphic Novel Book Club: PAPER GIRLS by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang  (book club)
06/06/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

LGBTQ BOOK CLUB  (book club)
06/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Howard T. Weir, III Native American History Talk: A Paradise of Blood - The Creek War of 1813-14  (author appearance)
Howard T. Weir | 06/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Susan Tucker: City of Remembering: A History of Genealogy in New Orleans  (author appearance)
Susan Tucker | 06/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

WILD BOOK CLUB discusses THE SUMMER BOOK  (book club)
06/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 06/07/2016, 12:00 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Book Signing with Donna Rhodes  (author appearance)
Donna Rhodes | 06/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

New York Times Bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke!!!!  (author appearance)
Ben Hatke | 06/07/2016, 04:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

okraJohn Hart: Redemption Road  (author appearance)
John Hart | 06/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Garden District Book Shop Book Club reads The Sellout by Paul Beatty  (book club)
06/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

ANTON DISCLAFANI presents THE AFTER PARTY  (author appearance)
Anton DiSclafani | 06/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Women's History/Music History Author Quincy Whitney Presents American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins  (author appearance)
Quincy Whitney | 06/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Judge Edward Butler, Sr.: Galvez/Spain - Our Forgotten Ally in the American Revolutionary War: A Concise Summary Of Spanish Assistance  (author appearance)
Judge Edward Butler Sr. | 06/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Randy Johnson, Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon  (author appearance)
Randy Johnson | 06/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Ten-Minute Tarot  (other event)
06/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

T. John Hughes: Talk on Architecture and Preservation  (author appearance)
T. John Hughes | 06/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Mark Cooper Book Launch for Mapping Your Adventure at St. James’ Episcopal  (author appearance)
D. Mark Cooper | 06/12/2016, 11:30 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

David J | 06/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sloane Crosley: The Clasp  (author appearance)
Sloane Crosley | 06/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Morgan Guyton, How Jesus Saved the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity  (author appearance)
Morgan Guyton | 06/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

DAWN TRIPP presents GEORGIA  (author appearance)
Dawn Tripp | 06/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jeffrey & Carole Boston Weatherford You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen  (author appearance)
Jeffrey and Carole Boston Weatherford | 06/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Harper Lee Theme Dinner with The Author of Mockingbird, Charles Shields at Camden’s Dogtown Market  (author appearance)
Charles Shields | 06/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Meet Author Alison Umminger: AMERICAN GIRLS  (author appearance)
Alison Umminger | 06/16/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Stephen Jurovics -Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change  (author appearance)
Stephen Jurovics | 06/16/2016, 07:00 am | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet Author Sally Kilpatrick  (author appearance)
Sally Kilpatrick | 06/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Have Lunch with Elin Hilderbrand!   (author appearance)
Elin Hilderbrand | 06/17/2016, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Paperback Fiction Book Club: IN BETWEEN DAYS by Andrew Porter  (book club)
06/19/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Social Justice Book Club: BLACK GIRL DANGEROUS by Mia McKenzie  (book club)
06/20/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Waldo 5K  (other event)
06/25/2016, 08:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

New & Notable Book Club: THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Alexander Chee  (book club)
06/26/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Patrick Hemstreet: The God Wave  (author appearance)
Patrick Hemstreet | 06/26/2016, 02:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Debut Mystery Novelist Heather Weidner Launch Party for Secret Lives and Private Eyes at Uptown Alley  (author appearance)
Heather Weidner | 06/26/2016, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Duke Young Writers' Camp, Readings at The Regulator  (writers group)
06/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

We Welcome Back Timber Hawkeye, Author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless  (author appearance)
Timber Hawkeye | 06/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Jason Morgan Ward- Hanging Bridge  (author appearance)
Jason Morgan Ward | 06/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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