Lady Banks

On wearing a tie in the middle of the week


{On wearing a tie in the middle of the week}

In which Governor Bill Haslam makes a campaign promise to read one hundred books by the end of his term, Ms. Dorothy Allison has a story she doesn’t want to tell you, Ms. Debra Moffitt cultivates her secret garden, and Mr. William Faulkner is forced to wear a tie in the middle of the week.

May 12, 2013




 

Dearest readers,

It is strawberry season here on the coast of North Carolina, which means that her ladyship, the editor, has a bowl full sitting on the small table next to her reading chair. Strawberries are one of her ladyship’s most favorite foods to read by--followed closely by blueberries, fresh figs, and cheese powdered popcorn.  When it comes to armchair travelling, her ladyship does not require excessive provisions, but she is picky about what she takes. A good book is food for the mind. So one ought to ensure there is good food for the brain on hand to support the journey. A bowl of fresh strawberries is excellent support.

Happy reading.


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 5, 2013

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

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067688
okra2. Z
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250028655

3. Best Kept Secret
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250000989
okra4. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $24.95, 9781565122550

5. The Hit
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9781455521210
6. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, $27.99, 9780316176484
7. Paris
Edward Rutherfurd, Doubleday, $32.50, 9780385535304
8. 12th of Never
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316210829
9. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
10. NOS4A2
Joe Hill, Morrow, $28.99, 9780062200570
11. Maya's Notebook
Isabel Allende, Harper, $27.99, 9780062105622
12. The Woman Upstairs
Claire Messud, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307596901
13. The Accursed
Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco Press, $27.99, 9780062231703
14. The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594488399
15. All That Is
James Salter, Knopf, $26.95, 9781400043132

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
2. Cooked
Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204210
3. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
4. Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $32.95, 9780670025442
5. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
6. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528
7. Gulp
Mary Roach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393081572
8. Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir
Amanda Knox, Harper, $28.99, 9780062217202
9. The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart, Algonquin, $19.95, 9781616200466
10. The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
Cy Wakeman, Jossey-Bass, $27.95, 9781118413685
11. Mom & Me & Mom
Maya Angelou, Random House, $22, 9781400066117
12. But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry
Julia Reed, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250019042
13. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper, $28.99, 9780062133434
14. Vader's Little Princess
Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452118697
15. Letters to a Young Scientist
Edward Osborne Wilson, Liveright, $21.95, 9780871403773

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
2. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
3. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
4. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
5. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239
6. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
7. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce, Random House, $15, 9780812983456
9. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
10. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
11. Phantom
Jo Nesbo, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307951151
12. The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316219341
13. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Rhonda Riley, Ecco Press, $15.99, 9780062099440
14. The Forgotten
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $14.99, 9781455523153
15. World War Z
Max Brooks, Three Rivers, $14.95, 9780307346612

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
4. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $15, 9780812981667
5. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
6. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $16, 9780374533557
7. Why Does the World Exist?
Jim Holt, Liveright, $16.95, 9780871403599
8. Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns
Glenn Beck, Threshold Editions, $12, 9781476739878
9. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
10. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Broadway, $15, 9780307460998
11. America the Beautiful
Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912
12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
13. You're Only Human: A Guide to Life
The Gecko, Workman, $11.95, 9780761174820
14. Midnight in Peking
Paul French, Penguin, $16, 9780143123361
15. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853

MASS MARKET


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
4. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
8. Stolen Prey
John Sandford, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425260999
9. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
10. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED


1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Steam Train, Dream Train
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9781452109206
4. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
5. The Dark
Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316187480
6. Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703843
7. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375
8. Otis and the Puppy
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399254697
9. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
10. This Is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990

CHILDREN'S INTEREST


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
3. Poems to Learn by Heart
Caroline Kennedy, Jon J Muth (Illus.), Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423108054
4. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
5. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
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. House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, Greg Call (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 9780062192462
10. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763660505

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
3. Stallion by Starlight (Magic Tree House, #49)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780307980403
4. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
7. The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)
John Stephens, Yearling, $7.99, 9780375872716
8. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)
Rick Riordan, Miramax, $7.99, 9781423103349
9. Disney After Dark (Kingdom Keepers, #1)
Ridley Pearson, Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423123118
10. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545175364
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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The CoveBeyond the farmhouse, another marked tree showed the way into  t he cove. At first what he followed was more the memory of a trail, places where weeds and saplings grew instead of trees., but as he moved downward the granite cliff narrowed and an old path emerged. Where the land leveled for a few yards, an ash tree rose on the left, one thick limb leaning into the cliff. Bottles and tin scraps hung from the limb like wind chimes. Shards of colored glass and yellow salt from a cow lick littered the ground. He’s seen a similar collage in Tennessee, been told its purpose was to keep evil from coming through.

-Ron Rash, The Cove (Ecco, 2012) 9780061804205

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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).

Gov. Bill Haslam says he began his time in office two years ago with a goal: finish 100 books before he completes his first term. On top of the newspapers, magazines and reports he has to read as governor, Haslam’s challenge to himself means he must maintain an ambitious pace of finishing two books a month. But the Republican governor says making the time to read for pleasure has been worthwhile. “Reading is the one thing I can look forward to at the end of the day, no matter how bad the day has been,” he said. “I didn’t want to lose the perspective that comes with reading beyond the news of the day.” TN Gov. Bill Haslam shares favorite reads

More than 100 authors, plus poets, book enthusiasts and book dealers will participate in the S.C. Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia.  The festival will also feature an antiquarian book fair, children's pavilion and book signings. Visiting authors include Ron Rash, Mary Kay Andrews, Patti Callahan Henry and Bronwen Dickey.   http://www.scbookfestival.org

The Lee Bros. Charleston KitchenThe Charleston Kitchen reminds me that so many of the area’s foods are communal. Rather than composed plates, there are big bowls of soup, platters of finger foods and serving dishes piled with Southern sides to pass around the table. A lot of these dishes, while simple to prepare, require some time. Simmered vegetables and long-cooking main courses means whiling away hours with those you’re serving. To me, that is the heart of the Charleston kitchen. Food always tastes better when you’re sharing it with good friends. Going home with the Lee Brothers 9780307889737

In its quiet way, Life After Life, McCorkle’s sixth novel, is a daring venture — an attempt to tell a big story inside a tiny orbit. At the Pine Haven retirement center in the author’s familiar, fictional Fulton, N.C., dinner is finished early, which is fine with sunny Sadie, “who likes to watch ‘Jeopardy’ in her pajamas.” McCorkle has an ear for Southern banter, both funny and sad. Late Bloomers

Out of the EasyBut it's Josie's emotional journey that really made the story shine for me. My word, I loved her. She's clever and tough, and brave enough to open her heart to love even though she's faced some hardcore rejection. Josie's tone is never "woe is me." It's more, "here I go." And my gosh, you want to go with her. You root for her more and more at every brilliant twist. Some of my favorite stories are the kind that flip preconceived notions of "good" vs. "bad", which happens a bit here. Out of the Easy 9780399256929

Boykin’s Faulkner-esque regionalism heightens the interest for born-and-raised Carolinian readers, but I would shoot so far as to say our numerous Northern imports would also enjoy this read. A little sentimental, a little raw, and a lot local, Boykin’s “The Wisdom of Hair” is a thoughtful but breezy poolside read. The Wisdom of Hair

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Author Gossip

Trash“Almost everything I write begins with dialogue,” Dorothy Allison told me when I interviewed her last week. “Then, trying to figure out who these people are. They have to be challenging enough, and make me curious enough to follow them, otherwise the story stalls….I have a series of stories I’ve been working on and they are all based about ‘what kind of story is this.’ There’s usually a repeating line: ‘This is a true story. This is a story I don’t want to tell you.’ That sets up different constructions. You tell the one version of the story and then you back up and start over.” Dorothy Allison: This is a southern story 9780452283510

 

A Land More Kind than HomeThe title comes from Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again, which hints at author Wiley Cash's geographic roots and literary aspirations. Cash comes amazingly close to reaching his goal, and we eagerly await his future efforts.The plot unfolds in convoluted but always engaging threads (if not already informed, you will learn a good deal about burley tobacco, for instance), weaving back and forth in time to draw individuals and events into a shattering conclusion. The reader is left with figures that haunt and questions that nag. Wiley Cash 9780062088239

 

 

William Faulkner 1952 Film

“So you’re the reason I have to wear a tie in the middle of the week” -- William Faulkner, to the reporter who told him he’d won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Early in his life, William Faulkner had an epiphany: “I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about, and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” And so, as he told The Paris Review in 1956, “by sublimating the actual into the apocryphal” Faulkner was able to take his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, and the surrounding countryside and use it to create his own imaginary cosmos. He called it Yoknapatawpha County. Rare 1952 Film of William Faulkner in Oxford, MS.

 

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

Via Shelf Awareness: On its Facebook page, Gottwals Books, which has five locations in Georgia, displayed a photo of a new work-in-progress with the message: "Shhh... it's a secret! We've got a new bookstore location coming soon... here's a shot from the inside. We're not going to reveal its location yet. Construction crews are working hard to make this a beautiful store. More images will follow as work progresses!" Gottwals's website, however, offers a pretty good clue regarding the new location: "New Orleans, La., Coming Soon!"

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


Sarah Dessen: The Moon and More

The Moon and MoreLuke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

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Read This! Recommendations from Parnassus Books, Avid Book Shop and the local authors at Fiction Addiction


From Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN

The ShallowsI recently read Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.  This is a perfect book for Parnassus.  After all, we are a business founded by two introverts (Karen Hayes and myself), staffed with introverts (probably everyone in the store except Niki and Lauren who run events and therefore really can’t be introverts). We feature a product mostly created at home by introverts (books), which we then sell primarily to introverts (readers).  In short, it’s our kind of book.  I was talking about this to Sissy Gardner, a charming and super-friendly introvert bookseller, who said she liked Quiet but thought it dragged on (I agree). She then pointed me to a similar sort of book which she considered to be superior, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brain, by Nicholas Carr, and because I admire Sissy in all matters, I bought the book, took it home, and read it. Now this is a book to shake up the world, to make us put down our iPhones and head back to the bookstore. Less is More: Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books 9780393339758


The Burgess BoysFrom Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA

I hugged The Burgess Boys when I finished it. Strout's descriptions of characters' interior lives are remarkable & unparalleled. She remains one of my favorite fiction writers. This would be a great treat for you or your Mama! (Janet, owner) 9781400067688

 

From the local authors at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC

Sandcastle GirlsThe Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (Vintage Books, paperback, $15.95) When Bohjalian says that this book is the most important one he's written, believe him. In a story that draws on his Armenian roots and shifts between Bronxville, NY, in 2012, and Aleppo, Syria, in 1915, he combines the love story of the narrator's grandparents with the tale of the extermination of a million and a half Armenians. It's a gripping tale, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartrending. Yet despite the grim backdrop of WWI, the book is not unrelentingly dark. Like all of Bohjalian's novels, it's supremely readable, with a cast of Ellyn Bache engaging characters, an intricate and fast-moving plot, and finally, a whisper of hope. Book clubs will find lots to discuss. -Recommended by Ellyn Bache, author of The Art of Saying Goodbye 9780385534796

Frozen in TimeFrozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff (HarperCollins, hardcover, $28.99) Frozen in Time by Mitchel Zuckoff is a well-written, engaging, and informative story of planes lost in Greenland during World War II, of attempts to rescue the crews and sometimes the rescuers, and of a modern attempt to locate the lost planes. Greenland is an unforgiving environment where thesurvival of anyone from a plane crash seems Jim McFarlane a miracle. Recommended for anyone who enjoys history and true survival stories. A May 2013 Indie Next Pick. -Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope  9780062253750

 

City of WomenCity of Women by David R. Gillham (Amy Einhorn Books, paperback, $16.00) Berlin in 1943 is a City of Women because the men have gone to war. It is also a city of rationing, drabness, enforced patriotism, fear, and suspicion. Sigrid Schroder lives in a small apartment and argues with her mother-in-law while her husband fights on the Eastern Front. Then dutiful Sigrid meets a mysterious man and becomes involved -- in lots of things. This well-written and compelling debut novel by David R. Gillham is a character study, a morality tale, and a thriller. One of the best novels I've read this year. A May 2013 Indie Next Pick. -Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope  9780425252963

The Carrion BirdsThe Carrion Birds by Urban Waite (William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99) This literary thriller and modern western presents real characters with human motivations and vulnerabilities in the realistic setting of New Mexican desert and scrubland where completing one last job will allow Ray Lamar to abandon his life of violence. The simple job goes awry because the rules of the game have changed. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind violence and doesn't have a plane to catch -- I almost missed my connection while reading this book. A May 2013 Indie Next Pick. -Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope 9780062216885

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Author 2 Author: Debra Moffitt

Interview with Author, Debra Moffitt

Debra Moffitt

Carolyn: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my all time favorite books. It is in a secret garden that both children heal. You make reference to “the secret garden” in your book, Garden of Bliss. Was this deliberate?

Garden of BlissDebra: I lived many years in Europe, and I often heard references to the secret garden. Someone would say to me, “Keep that reflection to explore in your secret garden.” The image was so powerful that I wondered what they meant. When I researched, I learned that secret gardens date back to the Middle Ages, a time when nothing could thrive in the chaotic, war-torn, drought-stricken land. Closed walls went up to create a place where delicate herbs and fruit trees could grow in protected places. Some secret gardens still exist inside castle grounds and behind monastery walls. The secret garden, for me, is a symbol of the sacred inner terrain of the soul where we can discover our gifts and cultivate a more peaceful and joy-filled life in a protected inner place. Later when presenting a writing workshop called “Journey into the Secret Garden” one of the participants said, “Have you read the book, The Secret Garden?” I hadn’t at that point. I find that the children’s book is much inspired by the European legend.

Carolyn: Your book is a journey of self-discovery.  What motivated you to turn inward and seek answers?

Debra: I had been doing everything you were supposed to do: working hard at a corporate job to make money; having a “successful” marriage; creating a beautiful place to live. But at a certain point I just felt empty. Nothing “out there” in the material world was satisfying me. My heart felt empty and I wasn’t happy. As I looked around at people who had much more money than I did I saw they hadn’t found happiness either. So trying to get more money and things wasn’t the answer. I started to pay attention to dreams, and looked into my heart which guided me to journey both outside to places like Egypt and India, and also to explore inside where I ultimately found a sense of peace and joy. Happiness is different from joy and bliss. Happiness relies on outer things, while joy touches on inner, spiritual life. Bliss is the spiritual jackpot.

Carolyn: You talk about synchronicity and how people or events cross your path to offer guidance, encouragement, or aid. Could you share an example of this in your life?

Debra: When I made a commitment to follow my intuition, or my “secret gardener” as I call it/her in the book, a whole series of synchronicities kicked in to lead me to the places and people I was supposed to meet to help me learn and grow. The first was a “nose”, a perfumer in Grasse, who led me to an Egyptian perfumer in Cairo. The perfumer in Cairo was psychic, and he immediately began to tell me things about my life that he could not have known otherwise. This opened a new world to me and taught me to begin to trust my own intuition and psychic abilities. I believe we all experience both synchronicity and intuition but often we ignore it and let opportunities pass.

Carolyn: I think the garden is a lovely metaphor for going inward, preparing the soil for new growth, planting, weeding, and finally harvesting. Meditation is one of the first steps. You offer many helpful suggestions for beginners at meditation. Is there a special place you go to meditate? Where is your secret garden?

Debra: My secret garden is inside. When I go beneath the worry and craziness of my mind I can feel the harmony and peace. I connect with this place by creating an altar at home where I meditate each day. I also find that same experience of peace in nature. Walking outdoors in a forest immediately brings me in tune with the harmony and beauty. I ideally seek to carry this experience of peace and joy back into the less peaceful places, but I find I have to keep touching inward to do this.

Carolyn: The book is filled with supportive quotes for many cultures and many belief systems. Who inspires you and why?

Debra: There are so many people and wise teachers who I find inspiring. Gandhi and his practice of non-violence inspired me as a teenager. Another one who really touched me deeply was Sathya Sai Baba in India. He created water projects and brought water to villages where people had to walk miles for fresh water. He also created state-of-the-art hospitals where healthcare is free. His work helped to transform India. Leaders and people from around the world came to see him before he died.

Carolyn: Who can benefit from reading your book? 

Debra: Readers who are curious about exploring their inner landscape – and also for those who want a good story. It’s written in memoir style and shows how dreams and synchronicities worked for me, and it offers an invitation and encouragement to readers to begin to trust their own intuition and pay attention to the signs. There’s a whole world that’s ready to open up to us if we’re willing. Garden of Bliss gently encourages readers to go inside to find the love, peace, and joy that is waiting there if they’re willing to dig deep and allow the seeds to take root.

Carolyn: Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Do you believe he referred to the type of journey advocated in Garden of Bliss? 

Debra: I don’t know if a life without introspection is “not worth living”. But a life lived with introspection and some self-inquiry certainly provides some good opportunities to grow and learn. It can also keep us from repeating the same old mistakes over and over. Life is like an iceberg. If we take everything on a superficial level, then we’re missing out on 99% of what’s going on! There’s an awful lot of stuff below the surface that’s worth paying attention to.

Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and Garden of Bliss. A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at http://www.awakeintheworld.com and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/DebraMoffittAwakeintheWorld

Carolyn Haines is the author of the popular Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta Mystery series. The 13th book, Smarty Bones, (St . Martin’s Minotaur) will be released May 21. She is also the author, writing as R.B. Chesterton, of the recently released Southern gothic, The Darkling (Pegasus Books). More at www.carolynhaines.com

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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
The Accursed
The Girls of Atomic City
The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Letters to a Young Scientist
A Land More Kind Than Home
The Art Forger
The Yellow Birds
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
The Forgotten
World War Z
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Drift
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
You're Only Human: A Guide to Life
Midnight in Peking
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
The Outsiders


Author Readings


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

Lauren Oliver -- Requiem  (author appearance)
Lauren Oliver
05/11/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Happy Hour Book Club  (book club)
05/14/2013, 05:30 pm
Curiosity Shop Bookstore
Murphy, NC

Life Happens: YA Tour with Lurlene McDaniel, Elizabeth Laban, and Lauren Morrill  (author appearance)
Lurlene McDaniel
05/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Clyde “Papadaddy” Edgerton’s Advice to New Fathers  (author appearance)
Clyde Edgerton
05/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Pomegranate Books
Wilmington, NC

Carol Peppe Hewitt shares Financing Our Foodshed  (author appearance)
Carol Peppe Hewitt
05/14/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Let's Talk Books with Donna Nicely and Georgeanne Chapman  (other event)
05/14/2013, 01:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Denise Kiernan  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

An Evening with Cathy Maxwell, Elizabeth Boyle and Lorraine Heath  (author appearance)
Lorraine Heath
05/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Elaine Neill Orr Author, A Different Sun  (author appearance)
Elaine Neill Orr
05/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Mountain Writers Group  (writers group)
05/14/2013, 01:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books & News
Waynesville, NC

CHARLES MARTIN discusses and signs UNWRITTEN  (author appearance)
Charles Martin
05/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Black and White on the Rocks  (author appearance)
Michael Barnett
05/14/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

David Levithan & Andrea Cremer -- Invisibility  (author appearance)
David Levithan
05/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa  (author appearance)
Elaine Neill Orr
05/14/2013, 04:30 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Bobby Horton - Civil War Day  (other event)
05/14/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

STRESS EFFECTS & WHOLE-SELF HEALING WITH MICHELE FULLER  (other event)
05/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Grant Llewellyn on Rite of Spring  (other event)
05/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

FANCY NANCY Mobile Tour  (author appearance)
Robin Preiss Glasser
05/15/2013, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

CHOP NC gathering with Chef Bill Smith of Crook's Corner  (other event)
05/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Meet Jeff Chu, Author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?  (author appearance)
Jeff Chu
05/15/2013, 06:00 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

Eve Olive  (author appearance)
Eve Olive
05/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

DATE CHANGE! Launch Event for Dean King's The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys  (author appearance)
Dean King
05/15/2013, 06:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Ophira Eisenberg - Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy  (author appearance)
Ophira Eisenberg
05/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Sheri Joseph talks craft and reads from Where You Can Find Me  (author appearance)
Sheri Joseph
05/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

KIDS: Soman Chainani -- The School for Good & Evil  (author appearance)
Soman Chainani
05/15/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Daniel Wallace - The Kings and Queens of Roam  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
05/15/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

BLUEPRINT YOUR BESTSELLER: ADVICE FOR WRITERS FROM STUART HORWITZ  (author appearance)
Stuart Horwitz
05/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Steve Yates - Some Kinds of Love  (author appearance)
Steve Yates
05/15/2014, 04:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

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

Coffee with the Poet  (other event)
05/16/2013, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Okra Pick!Rash & Singleton Grit Lit Reading  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
05/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Cliterati Open No Mic Featuring Tiffannie LaSawn  (other event)
05/16/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Summer Reading Kickoff Party with The Class Acts Tour!!!  (author appearance)
Jarrett Krosoczka
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Peggy Payne & Carrie Knowles- Crazy Ladies Book Tour  (author appearance)
Carrie Knowles
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Write on Main Writer's Group  (writers group)
05/16/2013, 02:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Denise Kiernan shares The Girls of Atomic City  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/16/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

After School Story Time  (other event)
05/16/2013, 03:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Robert Benson  (author appearance)
Robert Benson
05/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Brandt Ayers  (author appearance)
H. Brandt Ayers
05/16/2013, 01:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle -- Life After Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
05/16/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

May Book Club  (book club)
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

Art Chat: Christy Gast in conversation with Thom Collins  (other event)
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Writing for Excellence and Publication  (writers group)
05/16/2013, 05:45 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Gay Christian author JEFF CHU presents DOES JESUS REALLY LOVE ME?  (author appearance)
Jeff Chu
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Emily Matchar discusses Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity  (author appearance)
Emily Matchar
05/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Stuart Horwitz  (author appearance)
Stuart Horwitz
05/17/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Dean King - Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys  (author appearance)
Dean King
05/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Larry Colton  (author appearance)
Larry Colton
05/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Author Event - The Crazy Ladies Book Tour  (author appearance)
Peggy Payne
05/17/2013, 11:00 am
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Author Event - Denise Kiernan's The Girls of Atomic CityAuthor Event - Denise Kiernan's The Girls of Atomic City  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/17/2013, 04:30 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Dershie McDevitt- Just Holler Bloody Murder  (author appearance)
Dershie McDevitt
05/17/2013, 07:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

SC Book Festival Opening Night Reception  (book festival)
05/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

HOLLY HERRICK, THE FRENCH COOK: SAUCES  (author appearance)
Holly Herrick
05/17/2013, 06:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Nell Dickerson: Porch Dogs...with the LSPCA with adoptable dogs and a Doggy Kissing Booth  (author appearance)
Nell Dickerson
05/17/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

The Frog Who Croaked and more!  (author appearance)
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
05/17/2013, 04:00 pm
bbgb
Richmond, VA

Author event with Rae Ann Parker - Part of Children's Book Week!  (author appearance)
Rae Ann Parker
05/17/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Cookbook Tasting! Peter and Laura Zeranski Present Dishes from Polish Classic Desserts  (author appearance)
Peter and Laura Zeranski
05/17/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Harriet Hill & H'Yoanh Buonya - Escaping Viet Nam  (author appearance)
H'Yoanh Buonya
05/17/2013, 12:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Emily Matchar  (author appearance)
Emily Matchar
05/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

JON BUCHAN PRESENTS HIS LEGAL DRAMA, CODE OF THE FOREST  (author appearance)
Jon Buchan
05/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Raleigh Write to Publish  (writers group)
05/18/2013, 06:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Olson Huff - Why The Clown Wouldn't Smile  (author appearance)
Olson Huff
05/18/2013, 11:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Lauryn Marie Burks - My 100 Hands  (author appearance)
Lauryn Marie Burks
05/18/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Jeff Klinkenberg -- Alligators in B-Flat  (author appearance)
Jeff Klinkenberg
05/18/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

TEENS: Margaret Papillon -- The Legend of Quisqueya  (author appearance)
Margaret Papillon
05/18/2013, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Wendy Williams -- Ask Wendy  (author appearance)
Wendy Williams
05/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ann Melton Presents I Will Lift My Eyes  (author appearance)
Ann Melton
05/18/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Denise Kiernan discusses The Girls of Atomic City  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/18/2013, 12:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Kids' Ink Saturday Morning Story Time  (other event)
05/18/2013, 11:00 am
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

Poetry Reading with Theresa Davis & Collin Kelley  (author appearance)
Theresa Davis
05/18/2013, 07:30 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

THE CHERRY COLA BOOK CLUB BY ASHTON LEE  (author appearance)
Ashton Lee
05/18/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Octavia Books Book Club  (book club)
05/18/2013, 10:30 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Alex Beard - CROCODILE'S TEARS  (author appearance)
Alex Beard
05/18/2013, 11:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Saturday Story Time with Heather Montgomery, Author of Wild Discoveries: Wacky New Animals!  (other event)
05/18/2013, 10:30 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Anthony Marra - Author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomina  (author appearance)
Anthony Marra
05/18/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Children's Story Time  (other event)
05/18/2013, 11:00 am
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Deanna Raybourn is Back with A Spear of Summer Grass  (author appearance)
Deanna Raybourn
05/18/2013, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

TEEN BOOK CLUB LAUNCH PARTY WITH YA SUPERSTAR RICK YANCEY, THE 5TH WAVE  (author appearance)
Rick Yancey
05/18/2013, 02:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Jason Graves- Blood Roses  (author appearance)
Jason Graves
05/18/2013, 02:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK CELEBRATION with children's book authors & illustrators SHERRY NEIDIGH & AUDREY PENN  (author appearance)
Audrey Penn
05/18/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK CELEBRATION continues with J.E. THOMPSON, author of middle grade book THE GIRL FROM FELONY BAY  (author appearance)
J. E. Thompson
05/18/2013, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

The Artful Parent- Jean Van’t Hul  (author appearance)
Jean Van’t Hul
05/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Aspiring Children's Book Creators  (writers group)
05/19/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Pat Davies - Wizard Jasper and the Wandering Princess  (author appearance)
Pat Davies
05/19/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

TEENS: Alix Flinn -- Towering   (author appearance)
Alix Flinn
05/19/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Tre Miller Rodriguez discusses Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoir  (author appearance)
Tre Miller Rodriguez
05/19/2013, 03:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Meet Local Author and Poet Charles Asbury  (author appearance)
Charles Asbury
05/19/2013, 04:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Paperback Fiction Book Club: THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO  (book club)
05/19/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Peggy Frankland with Susan Tucker: Women Pioneers of Louisiana Environmental Movement  (author appearance)
Peggy Frankland
05/19/2013, 02:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Appalachian Gateway: An Anthology of Comtemporary Stories and Poetry  (other event)
05/19/2013, 03:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

TEA PARTY AND STORY TIME WITH TEA REX!  (other event)
05/19/2013, 03:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

GAIL GODWIN 7PM Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Gail Godwin
05/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

So you want to write a children's book...: A Workshop for Adults  (writers group)
05/19/2013, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Gail Godwin   (author appearance)
Gail Godwin
05/20/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jonathan Evison  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison
05/20/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Okra Pick!Lunch with Jill McCorkle  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
05/20/2013, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

St. John's Lutheran Church Book Club  (book club)
05/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

David Gillham: City of Women  (author appearance)
David Gillham
05/20/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Parnassus Book Club: Beautiful Ruins  (book club)
05/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Ruth Behar -- Traveling Heavy  (author appearance)
Ruth Behar
05/20/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Club!  (book club)
05/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Pioneer in Gay Fiction EDMUND WHITE Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Edmund White
05/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Bill Loehfelm - THE DEVIL IN HER WAY  (author appearance)
Bill Loehfelm
05/21/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Wine with the Author event with Kevin Powers - Author of The Yellow Birds  (author appearance)
Kevin Powers
05/21/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
05/21/2013, 06:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Newcomers of the Eastern Shore Luncheon- Featured Speaker Sonny Brewer  (other event)
05/21/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

David Gillham- City of Women  (author appearance)
David Gillham
05/21/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Emma Brockes -- She Left Me the Gun   (author appearance)
Emma Brockes
05/21/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

JONATHAN EVISON speaking & signing on Caregiving  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison
05/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

COMIX CLUB - Marbles  (book club)
05/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Jonathan Evison  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison
05/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Karen Booth discusses and signs her novel Bring Me Back  (author appearance)
Karen Booth
05/22/2013, 07:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Daniel Wallace - The Kings and Queens of Roam  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
05/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event with Bill Cheng - Author of Southern Cross the Dog  (author appearance)
Bill Cheng
05/22/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

David Gillham- City of Women  (author appearance)
David Gillham
05/22/2013, 07:00 pm
The Book Mark

Daniel Wallace  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
05/22/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Mitchell Zuckoff  (author appearance)
Mitchell Zuckoff
05/22/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jason Wood -- From Fighting to Forgiving/De la lucha al perdón  (author appearance)
Jason Wood
05/22/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Liliana Paez -- Female Power  (author appearance)
Liliana Paez
05/22/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

British journalist EMMA BROCKES presents her chilling memoir SHE LEFT ME THE GUN  (author appearance)
Emma Brockes
05/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Cate Lineberry  (author appearance)
Cate Lineberry
05/23/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Hub City Book Club- Where'd You Go, Bernadette  (book club)
05/23/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Authors Nathaniel Rich and Bradley Bazzle  (author appearance)
Nathaniel Rich
05/23/2013, 06:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Introduction to the Right Brain Business Plan: Grow Your Creative Life!  (other event)
05/23/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Claudia Gray - SPELLCASTER  (author appearance)
Claudia Gray
05/23/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Write on Main Writer's Group  (writers group)
05/23/2013, 02:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

After School Story Time  (other event)
05/23/2013, 03:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Craig Havighurst  (author appearance)
Craig Havighurst
05/23/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Booksigning with Sarah Elle Emm   (author appearance)
Sarah Elle Emm
05/23/2013, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

CUBA THEN, CUBA NOW with Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
05/23/2013, 06:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Ambushed by W. R. Tustin  (author appearance)
W. R. Tustin
05/23/2013, 05:30 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

David Ebenbach -- Into the Wilderness & The Artist’s Torah  (author appearance)
David Ebenbach
05/23/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Leila Cobo - Jenni Rivera  (author appearance)
Leila Cobo
05/23/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Write Night  (writers group)
05/23/2013, 05:45 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

DANIEL WALLACE, author of Big Fish, presents new novel THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ROAM  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
05/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Jayne Bowers Author Event  (author appearance)
Jayne Bowers
05/23/2013, 05:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

On The Same Page Art Auction  (other event)
05/24/2013, 05:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Matías de Stefano -- Vivir en la tierra/Vivir en el universo  (author appearance)
Matías de Stefano
05/24/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Solange Mayo -- A Very Bright Sun   (author appearance)
Solange Mayo
05/24/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

NEAL THOMPSON IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE KIERNAN  (author appearance)
Neal Thompson
05/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Storytime with Author Sandra Thomas  (other event)
05/25/2013, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Dielle Ciesco to Read and Perform Healing Tonal Music  (author appearance)
Dielle Ciesco
05/25/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

THE CURIOUS VISION OF SAMMY LEVITT by Cliff Graubart  (author appearance)
Cliff Graubart
05/25/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Summer of Stories: Tea Rex Tea Party  (other event)
05/25/2013, 02:00 pm
Cavalier House Books
Denham Springs, LA

Saturday Story Time  (other event)
05/25/2013, 10:30 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Jacqueline Loss -- Dreaming in Russian and Odette Casamayor-Cisneros  (author appearance)
Jacqueline Loss
05/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

A Green One for Woody- Patrick O'Sullivan  (author appearance)
Patrick O'Sullivan
05/25/2013, 02:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

MAY AUTHORS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN  (other event)
05/25/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Karen Pullen - Cold Feet: A Stella Lavender Mystery  (author appearance)
Karen Pullen
05/26/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

New & Notable Book Club: THE GIRL WITH NO NAME  (book club)
05/26/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Jeff Shaara, author of Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg  (author appearance)
Jeff Shaara
05/26/2013, 03:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

WRITERS AT HOME: A Reading and Celebration for The Great Smokies Review  (other event)
05/26/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

David Gillham - City of Women  (author appearance)
David Gillham
05/27/2013, 01:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

POLITICS OF FOOD BOOKCLUB  (book club)
05/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY: KATEY SCHULTZ PRESENTS SHORT STORY COLLECTION: FLASHES OF WAR  (author appearance)
Katie Schultz
05/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

David Gillham  (author appearance)
David Gillham
05/28/2013, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Town Meeting on Gun Violence  (other event)
05/28/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Poetry Reading with Thibault Raoult and Heidi Lynn Staples  (author appearance)
Heidi Lynn Staples
05/28/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

ERIKA ROBUCK, CALL ME ZELDA  (author appearance)
Erika Robuck
05/28/2013, 06:00 am
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Ozark Poets & Writers Collective  (other event)
05/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

NORA GASKIN READS FROM HER MYSTERY UNTIL PROVEN  (author appearance)
Nora Gaskin
05/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Norman Fischer  (author appearance)
Norman Fischer
05/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

John Scalzi  (author appearance)
John Scalzi
05/29/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Tamar Myers - The Girl Who Married an Eagle: A Mystery  (author appearance)
Tamar Myers
05/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Book Your Lunch With Rhonda Riley  (author appearance)
Rhonda Riley
05/29/2013, 04:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Bookaholics Anonymous at Union Ave Books  (book club)
05/29/2013, 12:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Deborah Coonts -- Lucky Bastard   (author appearance)
Deborah Coonts
05/29/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

CALL ME ZELDA -READING & SIGNING WITH NOVELIST ERIKA ROBUCK  (author appearance)
Erika Robuck
05/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Ian Baucom  (author appearance)
Ian Baucom
05/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour  (author appearance)
Junie B. Jones
05/30/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Michael Avery discusses his book The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals  (author appearance)
Michael Avery
05/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

John Scalzi signs, The Human Division  (author appearance)
John Scalzi
05/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

After School Story Time  (author appearance)
05/30/2013, 03:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Tammy Algood - Author of Farm Fresh Southern Cooking  (author appearance)
Tammy Allgood
05/30/2013, 05:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Erika Robuck Book Club Giveaway Frenzy for Call Me Zelda!!!  (author appearance)
Erika Robuck
05/30/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Cristina Suarez Krumsick -- No Bake Makery  (author appearance)
Cristina Suarez Krumsick
05/30/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Staff Favorites Book Club - The End of Vandalism  (book club)
05/30/2013, 06:30 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Writing for Excellence and Publication  (writers group)
05/30/2013, 05:45 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

SUFI PIR SHABDA KAHN  (author appearance)
Shabda Kahn
05/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Gabriel Paletz  (other event)
05/31/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Omar Manejwala Author, Craving  (author appearance)
Omar Manejwala
05/31/2013, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Yolo Akili: Dear Universe Atlanta Book Release Party  (author appearance)
Yolo Akili
05/31/2013, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Workshop: How to Turn Your Passion for Food into a Career  (author appearance)
Dianne Jacob
05/31/2013, 06:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

An Evening with David Sedaris  (author appearance)
David Sedaris
05/31/2013, 06:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Linda Felker  (author appearance)
Linda Felker
05/31/2013, 06:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Meet authors of young adult novels LURLENE MCDANIEL & LAUREN MORRILL  (author appearance)
Lurlene McDaniel
05/31/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Book Signing - The Renegades by Tom Young  (author appearance)
Tom Young
06/01/2013, 11:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Storytime: Origami Ninja with Jenny Maxwell  (other event)
06/01/2013, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Launch Event for The Guest House by Erika Marks  (author appearance)
Erika Marks
06/04/2013, 07:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Charlie Lovett - The Bookman's Tale  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett
06/04/2013, 05:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Robert Edsel - Saving Italy The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis  (author appearance)
Robert Edsel
06/06/2013, 07:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

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

Live music: Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Native American  (other event)
06/08/2013, 09:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Okra Pick!Karen White- The Time Between  (author appearance)
Karen White
06/10/2013, 07:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

10:00am Morning Club  (book club)
06/10/2013, 10:00 am
Bayou Book Company
Niceville, FL

6:00pm Evening Club  (book club)
06/10/2013, 06:00 pm
Bayou Book Company
Niceville, FL

Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
07/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Ray McAllister  (author appearance)
Ray McAllister
07/17/2013, 02:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC

Ann Ipock  (author appearance)
Ann Ipock
07/18/2013, 04:00 pm
Quarter Moon Bookstore
Topsail Beach, NC


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