Lady Banks

God works in mischievous ways


{God works in mischievous ways.}

In which the high school reading list becomes a rite of passage, 5:30 pm is far too early for dinner, Ms. Cassandra King does not fit in well with sorority sisters, Ms. Kim Boykin missed out on the good chromosomes, and Ms. Fannie Flagg is inadvertently locked in a broom closet.

May 5, 2013




 

Dearest readers,

One of the finalists for the 2013 SIBA Book Award in the nonfiction category is My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop.  It is, as you might guess, various writers’ paeans to the bookstores they love. That’s “love” in the present tense--these are all stories about bookstores that are still here, still open,  still doing the thing writers love best about bookstores--introducing new readers to their books, sometimes in unexpected ways. “Just minutes before my last signing,” Fannie Flagg recalls with unforced fondness, “poor Karin locked me in a broom closet by mistake and had to call a locksmith to get me out.”

Quarter Moon Books & Gifts
Her ladyship's bookstore: Quarter Moon Books & Gifts in Topsail, NC

In other words, these bookstores are not just “stores” to the writers in the book. They are stories -- a writer’s stock-in-trade. Perhaps that’s why the book is called My Bookstore, because it is really about  our part in the story of the bookstore.

We all have one, don’t we? A place where the stories aren’t just on the shelves, but in the aisles, visible through the shop front windows? Where the moment we walk through the door, the tinkling bell signals not just that we have come in, but that we are now part of that story.

Happy reading.


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 28, 2013

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

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Hit
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9781455521210
2. The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067688
okra3. Z
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250028655

4. Paris: The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd, Doubleday, $32.50, 9780385535304
okra5. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $24.95, 9781565122550

6. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, $27.99, 9780316176484
7. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
8. Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780670026104
9. Six Years
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953487
10. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855
11. Maya's Notebook
Isabel Allende, Harper, $27.99, 9780062105622
12. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574
13. All That Is
James Salter, Knopf, $26.95, 9781400043132
okra14. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $24.99, 9780062202710

15. The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594488399

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
2. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
3. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204210
4. Gulp
Mary Roach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393081572
5. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
6. Sum It Up
Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins, Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385346870
7. It's All Good
Gwyneth Paltrow, Grand Central, $32, 9781455522712
8. Porch Dogs
Neil Dickerson, John F. Blair Publisher, $29.95, 9780895875976
9. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
10. The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart, Algonquin, $19.95, 9781616200466
11. Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Carol Burnett, S&S, $24.99, 9781476706412
12. Vader's Little Princess
Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452118697
13. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
Dan Jones, Viking, $36, 9780670026654
14. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884
15. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
2. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
3. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
4. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
5. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
6. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
okra7. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
9. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
10. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce, Random House, $15, 9780812983456
11. The Orchardist
Amanda Coplin, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062188519
12. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
13. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
14. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
15. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
3. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019
5. America the Beautiful
Ben Carson, Zondervan, $14.99, 9780310330912
6. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $15, 9780812981667
7. How to Be Interesting
Jessica Hagy, Workman, $10.95, 9780761174707
8. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279
10. An Invisible Thread
Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski, Howard Books, $15.99, 9781451648973
11. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $16, 9780374533557
12. The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman, Northfield, $14.99, 9780802473158
13. Why Does the World Exist?
Jim Holt, Liveright, $16.95, 9780871403599
14. When Women Were Birds
Terry Tempest Williams, Picador, $15, 9781250024114
15. Some Assembly Required
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $16, 9781594486678

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. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Dell, $7.99, 9780440246138
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Vision, $9.99, 9780446572989
6. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
10. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
3. Miss Maple's Seeds
Eliza Wheeler, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399257926
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
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. Steam Train, Dream Train
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9781452109206
8. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
9. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Poems to Learn by Heart
Caroline Kennedy, Jon J Muth (Illus.), Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423108054
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. What Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen, Speak, $9.99, 9780142423837
4. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
5. House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, Greg Call (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 9780062192462
6. Jokelopedia, Third Edition: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever!
Eva Blank, et al., Workman, $11.95, 9780761171898
7. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
8. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
9. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
10. Ninth Ward
Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316043083

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023498
4. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
6. Puppy Party (Fancy Nancy I Can Read Series)
Jane O'Connoer, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival, $3.99, 9780062086273
7. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
8. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quartet, #1)
Madeleine L'Engle, Square Fish, $6.99, 9780312367541
9. Big Nate Flips Out
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996634
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

My BookstoreA flyleaf is that blank piece of paper at the beginning and ending of a real hold in your hand and turn the pages book. That blank page is alike a curtain rising, the promise of what is to come, and at the end, it is the curtain closing, that collected pause before you face the slow return to the outer world. It’s exactly what it feels like when you open the door to Flyleaf Books and step into that comfortable and stimulating world; when you leave, it’s with the knowledge that you can always turn around and come right back, and the chances are that Jamie or Sarah will be there to greet you. For me, a visit to Flyleaf is like opening your favorite book--once-upon-a-times and happily-ever-after here in a great and thriving wonderland of independent booksellers.

--Jill McCorkle, “Flyleaf Books” in My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop,edited by Ronald Rice (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2012) 9781579129101
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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).

Among the many traditions driving life at Catholic High School in Little Rock is “the list” — the roster of books each student must complete. It’s a heady dose of literature for each year’s student body, capably shepherded by generations of the English department. The reading list as a rite of passage

To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, filed a lawsuit Friday to re-secure the copyright to it.  The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages from the son-in-law of Lee's former literary agent and companies he allegedly created.  The lawsuit alleges the son-in-law, Samuel Pinkus, failed to properly protect the copyright of the book after his father-in-law, Eugene Winick — who had represented Lee as a literary agent since the book was published in 1960 through the firm McIntosh and Otis — became ill a decade ago. The 87-year-old author alleges Pinkus took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book's copyright to him and a company he controlled. Harper Lee sues for copyright 9780446310789

With her first novel, The House Girl, Tara Conklin jumps in with both feet to the challenge of writing not only in two voices, but in two time periods. In alternating chapters, the novel tells the story of Josephine Bell, a house slave in Virginia in 1852, and Lina Sparrow, a present-day attorney in New York City.  Their lives intersect when Lina is assigned to work on a slavery reparations case for an influential client and needs to find the right plaintiff to be the “face” of the case. House Girl

Who in the hell wants dinner at 5:30?

Life After Life“Who in the hell wants dinner at 5:30?” wonders Rachel Silverman, a sharp Boston lawyer who has mysteriously washed up in the fictional Pine Haven Retirement Community in the nonfictional Fulton, N.C.  “You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out how a place like this works; a later dinner would require a later work shift for those in the kitchen and so on. It’s a business,” Ms. Silverman reasoned. The Retirement Home, Alive with Intrigue 9781565122550

Whether probing the lives of the kindhearted or the selfish, the old or the young, the author creates such voluminous reality that it’s hard to stop reading. Though the denouement jars in its abruptness, the reading experience is pleasant enough to withstand the jolt. This is a classic Southern tale, full of engaging characters and fascinating stories sugared with old-fashioned gossip. It’s also full of hope and second chances. Jill McCorkle

“I grew up with a lot of elderly relatives. I’ve spent so much of my life in and out of these places, and there’s still a lot of life going on there. For all the sadness and grief that you witness, you also witness a lot of joy. There’s a lot of humor, too.” It ain’t over ‘til it’s over

Jones does so well is create tension and fear while at the same time whispering in our ear that everything is going to be all right. But it isn’t going to be all right, that’s the problem

The Next Time You See MeThere are few stories or collections that have left me weeping, but Holly Goddard Jones’s Girl Trouble is one of them. A mixture of Flannery O’Connor and Denis Johnson, with a sprinkle of John Cheever, what Jones does so well is create tension and fear while at the same time whispering in our ear that everything is going to be all right. But it isn’t going to be all right, that’s the problem — it will never be the same again. Neo-Noir Fiction 9781451683363

Some people call it “literature,” or “literary fiction,” but I distrust both those people and those words. Rather than cage it up with a term, I’d just observe that Faulkner wants you to notice his language. William Faulkner’s unknown epic fantasy

Faulkner wants you to notice his language.

A Land More Kind than HomeSo these people in the novel are willing to pick up snakes and drink poison and speak in tongues and try to heal an autistic child; but, because they get carried away, they’re also willing to hide the death of this woman, which opens the novel (and then the death of a boy). ... None of them ever stop and investigate anything they believe. Interview with Wiley Cash­ 9780062088239

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Author Gossip

There's a handful of Southern cookbook writers who also are ambassadors for the way of life

There's a handful of Southern cookbook writers who also are ambassadors for the way of life that brought us shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy and sweet tea.  Among them are Matt and Ted Lee, brothers from Charleston, S.C., who have embraced their native dishes and become chroniclers of what some say is the only original American cuisine. Bringing Southern Charm

The Light in the PiazzaElizabeth Spencer’s most famous book is called “The Light in the Piazza.”  It’s the story of an American girl who falls in love with a man in Italy.  And it’s been adapted to a movie and a stage musical.  But Elizabeth has created a large body of work, though none is quite so famous. There’s a new documentary based on Elizabeth Spencer’s life called “Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story.” Landscapes of the Heart 9780878058372

“I couldn’t become my sister to write this book. I couldn’t get inside her head,” she said. She said that her office started to feel really crowded because she was so concerned about her family. “I was worrying about everyone in my family and whether I was portraying them correctly,” Henry said. When family becomes fiction

I knew I didn’t fit in with the beauty queens and sorority sisters

“The stirring of something I was later to recognize as feminism was very deep in my subconscious, but I had no way of articulating it at the time,” she said. “I knew I didn’t fit in with the beauty queens and sorority sisters who filled the dorms of my college, but I had no idea where I belonged instead.” Cassandra King

I had two older sisters who were thirteen months apart, not quite Irish twins but close enough that they cannon balled into the gene pool and got all the good chromosomes.

The Wisdom of HairMy life reads a little like a fairy tale, but not like you think. I had two older sisters who were thirteen months apart, not quite Irish twins but close enough that they cannon balled into the gene pool and got all the good chromosomes. Or at least the ones that are considered important 0-21 years old. They were great students in all their subjects, even math, and great test takers, turning in eye-popping scores on their SATs. Meanwhile, I was sitting on the end of my bed every report card period with my sweet Mom, who in a very loving, non-threatening, and mostly bewildered kind of way, wondered out loud, “Why can’t you be like your sisters?” Kim Boykin 9780425261057

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

Among the many people that I got to meet, several were grandparents who were excited to send their grandchildren a new book. Plus a few of them promised to read the book first, since they hadn’t read a young adult book in a while. To see their smiling faces, is an experience I will never forget. One woman was a retired educator, who had traveled the world teaching young children. She started reading her book right away and made sure to come back and thank me, since she was already enjoying it so much. World Book Night at My Sisters Books

Independent bookstores like Parnassus don’t only want to sell you a product, they strive to be community centers where readers and writers can gather to celebrate books and reading. And we can only continue to thrive — with storytimes for children and hosting events with some of the best authors in the world with our locals supporting us. We aim to ensure our community remains a place where the written word is important and valued. It’s easy to support local

There’ll be no wondering how to fill the days this summer at the Vero Beach Book Center, as the Leonard family, owners of the store for 38 years, move the main store’s stock into the soon-to-be renovated children’s store. The consolidation will shrink the business’s total size from 20,000 square feet to 12,500. But that suits Chad Leonard fine. “It’s always been too big, especially for a small town,” says Leonard, the 38-year-old son of founders Tom and Linda Leonard. “Twelve thousand five hundred is still a very big book store,” he adds. Vero Beach Book Store to consolidate

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


Sea Change

Sea ChangeFor Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn't realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever..." For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew's ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn't know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife's death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew's family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place--or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

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Read This! Okra Picks and recommendations from Fox Tale Book Shoppe and Indie Next


I took it with me everywhere, reading in clandestine places when I had a spare moment and reading it aloud to anyone who would listen. 

Camp RedemptionI finished Ray Atkin’s “Camp Redemption” yesterday.  I hated to.  Finish it, that is.  After beginning the book late Sunday, I took it with me everywhere, reading in clandestine places when I had a spare moment and reading it aloud to anyone who would listen. Those who did, laughed out loud with me and I sold one right on my porch after reading a passage to a friend.  This book was rich in character and place as true Southern writing is.  You’ve never been to a camp like Camp Redemption.  But you DO want to go and hang out with Early and Ivey and their ragtag band of campers…  You’ll find yourself there, in one of them.  Fully flawed humans shuffling along on the road to grace.  God indeed works in mischievous ways, just walk the path with Early for a while and you’ll agree. Karen at Foxtale Book Shoppe 9780881464269

A Constellation of Vital PhenomenaA Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel, by Anthony Marra  (Hogarth, 9780770436407, $26) “In A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Marra expertly balances the pain and suffering inflicted during the Chechen conflict with exquisite moments of loyalty, sacrifice, humility, and enduring love. He intricately connects the lives of a group of unforgettable characters in wholly unexpected ways, slowly revealing their collective past, present, and future. As their breathtaking stories compel you forward, I urge you to slow down and savor the vivid imagery and lyrical prose on each and every page. Aptly named, Marra’s debut is indeed phenomenal.” —Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

FloraFlora: A Novel, by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury, 9781620401200, $26) “In the last months of America’s war with Japan, 10-year-old Helen is left in the care of Flora, a relative from Alabama, while her father leaves to work on a secret government project. A polio scare soon quarantines the woman and child at home where they are unable to escape each other. As Helen sees it, she is the most mature female in the house and is the one in control, until one evening tragedy strikes on a deserted road and she discovers the truth. Anyone curious as to why Godwin has been honored with so many awards only needs to read this book to learn why.” —Hunter Coleman, The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL

Wallace continues to explore the nature of truth, revealing anew that it is not what is seen but what is believed.

The Kings and Queens of RoamThe Kings and Queens of Roam: A Novel, by Daniel Wallace (Touchstone, 9781476703978, $24) “Wallace is a craftsman of the modern fairy tale, and The Kings and Queens of Roam does not disappoint. The story follows the insular lives of two sisters — one blind and beautiful, the other able to see, but ugly — as they press against the edges of their small town. When they are orphaned, the sisters must rely on each other to survive, but their faults begin to overshadow their virtues as they grow older. As he did in Big Fish and Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, Wallace continues to explore the nature of truth, revealing anew that it is not what is seen but what is believed.” —Adie Smith, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

The Enchanted Life of Adam HopeThe Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel, by Rhonda Riley (Ecco, 9780062099440, paper, $15.99) “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is one of the most exquisitely beautiful novels that I have ever read. Unconditional love in the face of an extremely unusual beginning to a relationship is one of the hallmarks of Riley’s debut. The ability to just be, to enjoy each day to the maximum, and to let love grow and expand for years to come is something we all desire. I could not put this book down!” —Nona Camuel, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY
 
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Author 2 Author: C. Hope Clark

A Conversation with C Hope Clark, author of Tidewater Murder and Lowcountry Bribe by Janna McMahon.

C. Hope Clark

JM: Commercial agriculture is an unusual backdrop for a crime novel. People don’t usually think of farmers as being bad guys, but Carolina Slade sure seems to find plenty of criminal types with green thumbs. I hear you worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 25 years. Did you see a lot of crimes that inspired your writing career?

Tidewater MurderHC: Yes, I did, Janna. Most of the incidents were small time activities, like selling a few head of livestock and keeping the money instead of paying the loans that bought the livestock, that sort of behavior. But I also saw major crimes. Yes, some have grown marijuana and made a healthy living from it. Some have lied about crop losses when they actually killed the crops or never planted the fields in question. A crop insurance fraud ring was just busted in North Carolina. Farming is a business, and like any business venture, you have good, honest business people and then you have the scammers and manipulators. However, the majority of farmers are doing what they do because they love nature and land stewardship. It’s an extremely difficult profession, and I respect those who pursue it.

JM: The Inspector General’s office in South Carolina was recently formed to detect, expose and deter fraud throughout state government, but one gets the impression from Tidewater Murder that things aren’t always on the up and up inside such agencies. You paint a pretty realistic picture of power-hungry, backstabbing bureaucrats. Did you mean to paint the “system” with all its rules and hierarchy as a separate antagonist holding Slade back from breaking the case?

HC: Actually, yes, I did. The IG in Lowcountry Bribe is at the federal level, but the concept is the same: to deal with waste, fraud and abuse of government funds. But just like you have good and bad farmers, you have good and bad players in the IG as well. I worked with many IG agents in my 25 years. Some were shrewd and savvy, able to ferret out illegal activity missed by the average person. Others were lazy, some not very professional, and others were just nasty. But that’s life, in any profession. In law enforcement, you find the nice cops and then there are those who enjoy their power a little too much. I wanted to raise the odds against Slade by making the IG and its system yet another obstacle in her life, so I drew upon the negative types I’ve met in my past. IGs do important work for the government, but like any organization, it’s not perfect. I capitalized on those imperfections.

JM: Speaking of reading newspapers, the first book in your series, Lowcountry Bribe, was inspired by a true crime. Is Tidewater Murder also ripped from the headlines?

HC: No, Tidewater Murder is pure fiction based upon my knowledge of how migrant workers have been abused in the past and how a few farmers I’ve known have scammed by altering facts when selling their commodities at the market. When I pursued minor investigations with my work with the US Department of Agriculture, I was frustrated by not being able to go after every proven case of fraud. I drew upon some of that emotion to mold this story.

JM: Do you research a lot? Do you interview people? How do you inform your characters and plots?

HC: My degree is in agriculture, and as said earlier, I have 25 years of experience with USDA. However, I do research the areas, try to keep up with agriculture changes and update myself on cropping practices I may have forgotten or become outdated in my knowledge. I’m about to start the fourth Carolina Slade book, and I’m to the point I need to speak to some chicken growers as well as USDA specialists. I still have contacts within the agency. Hopefully, they’ll open their doors to me so I can nail down the details with accuracy. But the plots are just a game of “what if?” Keep in mind that my husband was a USDA Federal Agent with the IG. Between his experiences and mine, we have a wealth of information to draw upon. He helps keep me honest when I’m trying to create crimes to solve, enlightening me about what the IG would and would not do. It’s great fun bouncing ideas off him. He uses our conversations as his excuse to go to the porch with a new cigar and a glass of bourbon.

JM: What made you select Lowcountry agriculture as the setting of Tidewater Murder? I read that you grew up around family farmers in Mississippi. What type of farm? Was it close to the coast? Do you have clay dirt and pluff mud in your veins?

HC: Actually, I grew up as an Air Force brat, but my grandfather was a cotton farmer in the Mississippi Delta. It was very rich farmland that grew some serious cotton. Not near the coast, but in my work with USDA, I spent a lot of time with coastal farming. I grew up near Charleston as well, so the smell of pluff mud is very homecoming to me. I head to Edisto Beach several times a year to breathe my mandatory dose of saltwater.

JM: Carolina Slade is a people person. She’s a daughter, a mother, a friend and a lover. While she wants to be good at her job, she seems to value life in terms of relationships. She even oversteps job boundaries in defense of strangers because she feels it’s the right thing to do. Do you think this is a uniquely feminine quality in a character and one that makes her relatable to a wide range of readers?

HC: I think most women prefer that relationships take precedent over jobs, rules, most everything in life short of safety and health. How wonderful life would be if we knew that family and friends would stand by us without reservation, without conditions. We all wish life was fair, and we’ve all experienced rules that seemed to violate what was fair.

Having handled a lot of personnel, administrative and borderline criminal cases during my previous career, I witnessed many cases based on an absolute interpretation of rules without consideration for common sense. Many people are afraid to be independent in their thoughts, hunting for rules to tell them what to do. I wanted Slade to learn in Lowcountry Bribe that the rules aren’t always right, and I wanted her to dare cross the rules and use her good sense, in the name of doing the right thing by people. There’s something very empowering and uplifting about being so bold. I feel we all wish we had that trait inside us, and had the strength to step up and use it. And yes, I hoped that readers would relate.

JM: Do you enjoy writing love scenes? What’s different about writing a sex scene and writing a fight scene? Is Slade turned on by danger?

HC: Actually, love scenes are difficult to write for me. I worry they will come across staged. I prefer an action scene and I write them differently. Love scenes are slow to write, methodical. Fight scenes are written in layers, getting the main action down then going back and adding in body movements, who hits who, how an injury handicaps and how it feels to be incapacitated or feel physically vulnerable.

I don’t think Slade is turned on by danger. Instead, I believe it’s more that she doesn’t think out the liabilities of her choices. If a situation involved just her, she would most likely take the coward’s way out, like most people. But in most of her danger moments, other people are involved: her best friend, her boyfriend, her children. So danger is not an issue as she attempts to aid those she loves. It’s how we all ought to be. Relationships should mean commitment at all cost.

JM: Carolina Slade is like Dirty Harry, she takes a beating and keeps coming back for more. She gets shot, stabbed, and nearly drowned. What makes her so tough?

HC: Again, her ideal of fairness and commitment to those she loves. I love that about her.

JM: You write about the Gullah culture, conjure bags and shamans, food and language. Do you find it takes a certain talent to write about cultures different from your own? Do you know a lot of Gullah folks from your time working in agriculture? Did you research this?

HC: Writers learn to write whatever it takes to tell the story. That often means research to such a level that the writer develops a strong comfort with the culture, setting, whatever pieces form a story. Our writing has to appear natural, and only with deep study of what we do not know can we speak it . . . write about it. I have met a few Gullah folk in my past dealings with agriculture. I lived a year in Beaufort and have a very dear friend in that area who taught me much about the culture. I read a lot about Gullah culture, in particular, books written by and about Sheriff James McTeer. He became well-versed in the culture in his 37 years as sheriff. He paints a fantastic picture of that population giving me a great feel for dialect and voodoo practices. Every writer has to do her research to get the facts straight. Readers can tell when they are not.

JM: What’s next in your series? Are you going to stay in the agricultural milieu or perhaps move offshore to a shrimping venture or down the coast to a fish hatchery? Or maybe Carolina Slade will start a new relationship with a ranger.

HC: Tidewater Murder is out in April 2013, set in Beaufort, touching upon the Gullah culture. The third is Palmetto Poison, in which I move Slade to the middle of the state, to a small town called Pelion, connecting the worlds of peanuts and state politics, with a particularly cute subplot involving not only her family but Wayne Largo’s as well. I love this story. The fourth book I hope to map out in Newberry, SC, touching upon chickens or dairy. Newberry is ripe with history and old Southern culture, to include quite a few skeletons in the closet.

I could write Carolina Slade stories for years. They are so enjoyable. I love talking about South Carolina’s rural flavor that the average visitor has never seen. This state is about more than Charleston and Hilton Head.

JM: You have one of the most popular blogs and newsletters for writers in the country. Can you tell us about Fundsforwriters.com? What advice would you provide an emerging writer?

HC: FundsforWriters was created to fill a niche I didn’t realize existed until I met with a small writer’s group outside Atlanta in 1999. Writing for the Internet was new, like eBooks are now. I was enjoying this new world and writing for whoever would take my work online. The topic turned from how to write for online markets into a string of complaints about how to earn a living as a writer. At that time I was fighting to establish a freelance career of my own. Not only had I collected many resources for markets, publishers and contests, but I already knew about grants, so I started talking to the group about their options. After the meeting, people inundated me with emails, with more questions seeking help, so I started the newsletter out of desperation to define my time and reduce the number of emails responses. Once Writer’s Digest magazine recognized the site as promising in their 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2001, interest skyrocketed. FundsforWriters.com has received this award for the past 12 years. Today I have 35,000 to 40,000 readers, and I speak around the country at writing conferences about these same subjects, trying to help writers see paths to potential writing careers. I’ll be in GA, MO, IA, KY, NC, WV, NV and SC this year. I was lucky enough to receive a nod to be a panelist at the 2013 SC Book Festival in Columbia, SC, and I’m excited about that new appearance.

Emerging writers need to define their niche or goal, and then decide if they need immediate funds or if their writing projects are more long term in nature. A novelist will not make money for several years, while a freelancer can jump out of the chute landing gigs that earn income. I tell all writers to write for paying markets like magazines and blogs. Not only does it bridge the income dilemma, but the practice also builds platform. Anyone can write for trade magazines. Anyone can enter contests, which do wonders for spring-boarding careers. But I think the most important advice I can give to any writer, whether storytelling as a hobby, working part-time or writing fulltime, is to do it daily. Without fail. Writers get better only by writing. Each word makes us improve. When we hit and miss, skipping days, even weeks, we only postpone success. We are what we pour into our work.

JM: What is the question you are asked most often when you give readings?

HC: Where did I find my characters and how much of the story and characters are real. When an audience learns that I worked for agriculture, was offered a bribe, and ultimately married the agent on the case, they immediate make the leap that the entire story in Lowcountry Bribe is more memoir than fiction. I have to explain that the real life situation, while traumatic, wasn’t nearly tragic or dangerous enough to make for a thrilling mystery. So I turned the bribe attempt as a catalyst for a who-dunnit mystery, playing “what if” to my heart’s content. My personal experience only planted the seed . . . I just watered and fertilized it and gave it sun to grow.

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Life After Life
Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
A Week in Winter
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Sum It Up
Porch Dogs
Jesus Calling
Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
A Land More Kind Than Home
Life of Pi
Rules of Civility
State of Wonder
The Art Forger
Wolf Hall
How to Be Interesting
The Four Agreements
An Invisible Thread
When Women Were Birds
Some Assembly Required
The Innocent
The Diary of a Young Girl
Miss Maple's Seeds
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
On the Night You Were Born
What Happened to Goodbye
Charlotte's Web
Jokelopedia, Third Edition: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever!
Ninth Ward


Author Readings

Al Munn & Jim Scancarelli - Diary of Squandered Valor  (author appearance)
Al Munn
05/08/2013, 12:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Carol Hewitt  (author appearance)
Carol Hewitt
05/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Clyde Edgerton  (author appearance)
Clyde Edgerton
05/08/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Wenonah Hauter - Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America  (author appearance)
Wenonah Hunter
05/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event with Jess Walter - Author of Beautiful Ruins  (author appearance)
Jess Walter
05/08/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Sharon Socol -- Plus One  (author appearance)
Sharon Socol
05/08/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Preston Allen -- Every Boy Should Have a Man  (author appearance)
Preston L. Allen
05/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Lee Craig author of Josephus Daniels  (author appearance)
Lee Craig
05/08/2013, 06:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Book Club!  (book club)
05/08/2013, 07:30 pm
The Bookstore in the Grove
Coconut Grove, FL

Tamlin Allbritten  (author appearance)
Tamlin Allbritten
05/09/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Clyde Edgerton  (author appearance)
Clyde Edgerton
05/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Nathaniel Philbrick  (author appearance)
Nathaniel Philbrick
05/09/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Writing for Excellence and Publication  (writers group)
05/09/2013, 05:45 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading & Open Mic  (other event)
05/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Rhonda Riley - The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope  (author appearance)
Rhonda Riley
05/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Anti-Book Club Book Club  (book club)
05/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Jean Morgan Meaux: In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers' Tales 1879-1909  (author appearance)
Jean Morgan Meaux
05/09/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

The Oracle @ WiFi: an Interactive Art event  (other event)
05/09/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Ann Helen Wainer -- Jewish and Brazilian Connections to New York, India, and Ecology: A Collection of Essays  (author appearance)
Ann Helen Wainer
05/09/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Dr. Jeffrey Arnett -- When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?  (author appearance)
Dr. Jeffrey Arnett
05/09/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ben Greenman -- The Slippage  (author appearance)
Ben Greenman
05/09/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Haitian Novelist ELSIE AUGUSTAVE Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Elsie Augustave
05/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

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

Wenonah Hauter  (author appearance)
WENONAH HAUTER
05/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Mary Robinette Kowal  (author appearance)
Mary Robinette Kowal
05/10/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sarah Hunter- Downsize...Start Now!  (author appearance)
Sarah Hunter
05/10/2013, 05:30 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Pat Jobe With Nan Lundeen  (author appearance)
Pat Jobe
05/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Storytime with Sheila Booth-Alberstadt- Wayne Academy Field Trip  (other event)
05/10/2013, 10:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Carl Abbott -- Informed by the Land  (author appearance)
Carl Abbott
05/10/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Kate Cambell & Dr. Wayne Flynt - Live at the Library  (other event)
05/10/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Novelist RHONDA RILEY presents The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope  (author appearance)
Rhonda Riley
05/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

David Carter -Pop-Up Master  (author appearance)
David Carter
05/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

STARSSands Hetherington  (author appearance)
Sands Hetherington
05/11/2013, 11:00 am
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Sylvia Patzold- The Goblet  (author appearance)
Sylvia Patzold
05/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Wrenwyck Williams  (author appearance)
Wrenwyck Williams
05/11/2013, 05:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Gwen Clifford  (author appearance)
Gwen Clifford
05/11/2013, 10:00 am
Blue Ridge Books & News
Waynesville, NC

Sallie Bissell to Read from Music of Ghosts  (author appearance)
Sallie Bissell
05/11/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Prompt Writing with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
05/11/2013, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Hap Lea - The Darkness of Light #2: Tomb of Shadows  (author appearance)
Hap Lea
05/11/2013, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Maudy Fowler & Gail Hunt - Angel Whispers: Messages of Hope and Healing from Loved Ones  (author appearance)
Maudy Fowler
05/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Jackson Galaxy: Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean  (author appearance)
Jackson Galaxy
05/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Rebecca Emberley - The Itsy Bitsy Spider  (author appearance)
Rebecca Emberley
05/11/2013, 11:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Stone Skipping with Author J. J. Ferrer: Children's Book Week Party  (author appearance)
J. J. Ferrer
05/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Randy and Pam Golden – 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Atlanta  (author appearance)
Randy and Pam Golden
05/11/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

ALEX HUGHES, SHARP: A MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION NOVEL   (author appearance)
Alexandra Hughes
05/11/2013, 05:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

L.A Campbell -- Cartboy and the Time Capsule  (author appearance)
L.A Campbell
05/11/2013, 01:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHING: George Lopez -- I'm Not Gonna Lie  (author appearance)
George Lopez
05/11/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Storytime with Author Constance Brown  (other event)
05/11/2013, 10:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Sustain-a-Bull Day at the Regulator  (other event)
05/11/2013, 10:00 am
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

THE ARTFUL PARENT: A hands-on children’s event with Jean Van’T Hul  (author appearance)
Jean Van’t Hul
05/11/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS  (author appearance)
Andria Alefhi
05/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

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

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle  (other event)
05/12/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

STARSDale Neal - The Half-Life of Home  (author appearance)
Dale Neal
05/12/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

The Good Life Ride & Hangout  (other event)
05/12/2013, 08:30 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Celebrate Sara Baker's Book Launch!  (author appearance)
Sara Baker
05/12/2013, 04:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Does Jesus Really Love ME?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America  (author appearance)
Jeff Chu
05/13/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mindsweat: Lulu Lemon Book Club - Daring Greatly  (book club)
05/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

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

Author in the Shop!- Erin Hunter  (author appearance)
Erin Hunter
05/13/2013, 04:00 pm
bbgb
Richmond, VA

Julia Reed: But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry  (author appearance)
Julia Reed
05/13/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Writing With Intent  (writers group)
05/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Rachel Hawkins -- School Spirits  (author appearance)
Rachel Hawkins
05/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Marianne Cusato -- The Just Right Home  (author appearance)
Marianne Cusato
05/13/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

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

10:00am Morning Book Club  (book club)
05/13/2013, 10:00 am
Bayou Book Company
Niceville, FL

6:00pm Evening Book Club  (book club)
05/13/2013, 06:00 pm
Bayou Book Company
Niceville, FL

ZEN TEACHER CHERI HUBER and her co-author present new book  (author appearance)
Cheri Huber
05/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

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

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

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

STARSA 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S. Frederick Starr - UNE BELLE MAISON  (author appearance)
S. Frederick Starr
05/16/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
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

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

Storytime: Origami Ninja with Jenny Maxwell  (other event)
05/18/2013, 10:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STARSMary 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

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


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