{“Red” is a flavor, and Southerners sure know how to talk.}

In which Mr. Adrian Miller explains that “Red” is a flavor, there ain't no law that saws two people have to be in love to get married, her ladyship sings the praises of her cast iron skillet, and Southerners sure know how to talk.

October 6, 2013



Dearest Readers,

Unlike most people, her ladyship, the editor’s favorite time for a good spring cleaning is in the fall. I think this is because, having been born a Yankee, she has never really taken winter very seriously here in the South--she tends to leave windows and even doors wide open to the wind and weather on most days, so there is never time for the house to get that stuffy, musty feeling that comes from being shut up for months on end.

Summer, on the other hand, is quite a different story. Once again, having been born a Yankee, her ladyship still finds it a trial to contend with the heat of high summer on the Carolina Coast, where temperatures often stay in the nineties, but not infrequently reach into the triple digits. Everything is hot, and damp, and sticky. This is the time her ladyship shuts her doors and windows, turns on the air conditioning, and changes and showers twice on a gardening day. 

So when the temperatures finally dipped below 80F and the nights cooled down into the balmy sixties (cool enough to deter mosquitoes, but not cool enough to hinder the moonflower vine from blooming), her ladyship threw open the windows, washed all her sheets and hung them to dry in the warm and windy October afternoons.

And then she picked up a book from one of her less dusty “to be read” stacks while she waited for the sheets to dry. Because the best thing about spring or fall cleaning is the procrastinating. And nothing can turn a day’s worth of cleaning into a week’s worth better


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Men We ReapedWe’d been knowing each other since we was little things, running around Hog Hammock in our bare feet, seining in the canals, climbing trees, and scaring the fire out of each other by telling stories of haints and such. a hammock was a high place in a low area, and that was just what me and Roger was. We lived in a place higher than everybody else without being uppity. Nope. Just plain old happy and simple, that was us. Before Mama passed, she had a hope that I had me a husband in Roger. I never had the heart to tell her we wasn’t nothing but good friends. Of course, there wasn’t no law that said a man and a woman had to be in love to be married. Lord, that kind of thing was only for folks who didn’t have to worry about making a living. Mama died thinking her oldest child had her a husband. This gave her peace. But I was alone, while my brother took out to live a fine life on the mainland. He last hardly no time before he got himself in a mess and died. Times was enough to choke a horse, so I couldn’t fault him none for leaving. But if he had stayed put on the island, I would’ve had him to lean on, and he would have stayed alive.

--Ann Hite, The Storycatcher(Simon and Schuster, 2013) 9781451692273
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Lady Banks' Receipt Book


The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.

The Fearless Frying CookbookSweet Potato Fritters
(makes 8 fritters)
You can make this variation on hushpuppies to serve as a side dish. They can be deep- or pan-frieds. If you can’t find good sweet potatoes, use a winter squash and call them “squashpuppies.”
Peanut oil for frying
1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes or winter squash (about 1/2 pound raw)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Cayenne pepper to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons minced onion (optional)
1. In a stockpot, Dutch oven, or deep skillet over medium heat, begin heating the oil to 375F. To deep-fry, you will need about 3 inches of oil. To pan-fry, you will need only 3/4 inch. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and set aside.
2. Thoroughly mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil. In deep fat, the fritters should take about 2 minutes. In a shallow pan, you may have to cook them a little longer and turn them so that each side is browned. The exterior should be crisp and the inside moist and mousse-like. Maintain the oil temperature while you fry the fritters; as they are done, remove them to the wire rach to drain. Serve hot.

--Hoppin’ John Martin Taylor, The Fearless Frying  Cookbook (Workman, 1997) 9781563058479

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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book


Country wisdom from practical people.

Cast Iron

The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook At the beginning of the summer, her ladyship, the editor, bought herself a large, pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. It changed her life. Eggs could suddenly be fried without the danger of sticking. Cornbread …ah, the cornbread! It cooked perfectly, either fried on the top of the stove, or baked in the pan in the oven.
Over the summer, her ladyship has been slowly replacing all of her cooking pans with cast iron versions. Her cooking has improved in ratio to the weight of her pots and pans, and she no longer feels the need to lift weights to strengthen her arms.

Accumulated wisdom for the care and keeping of cast iron pans:

  • Never let your cast iron skillet or cookware "air dry". You want to make sure that you thoroughly dry it with a towel. Any moisture left on cast iron can cause rust.
  • When cooking with cast iron, you always want to preheat your cast iron skillet before putting your food into in. This promotes browning.
  • One of the most important things to do with your cast iron skillet is to remember to coat it with oil after each use/cleaning.
  • Store them with the lids off or with the lids ajar. This is to keep moisture from building up and causing rust.
  • To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of Kosher salt and water.
  • Stubborn food residue may also be loosened by boiling water in the pan. Or, boil a bit of vinegar and salt in an iron skillet to remove burned on bits.
  • Cast iron remains hot long after you remove it from the stove. As a reminder to be careful, drape a thick towel or a mitt over the handle.
  • To avoid getting smudges on all your kitchen towels, designate one to use exclusively for drying your cast-iron skillet.
  • Cooking in cast iron increases the iron content in food. The longer the food is in contact with the skillet, the more it absorbs.

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Parapalooza! Paragraphs worth spreading:
Adrian Miller read from Soul Food


What? Red Kool Aid was invented by a white dude living in Nebraska in the 1920s?

Adrian Miller reads from Soul Food

Soul FoodIn this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks"--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity.

Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes.

 

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Book & Author Gossip

The Infinite Moment of UsMyracle spoke of the booksellers who’ve told her that they’ve turned teens away from her titles because they felt they weren’t age-appropriate, adding, “I think the only person who has a right to tell a kid what to read is that child’s parent.” The issues explored in a book, she noted, don’t fade if the book is banned: “Parents are angry because they’re scared.” Children’s Books at the SIBA Trade Show 9781419707933


“And it was because of talk — porch talk, pillar talk, hearth talk, table talk. It was the singing in church, the shouting in the fields, talking in the pulpit, in the classroom, in the courtroom. As a friend of mine used to say, ‘It’s all just talk, darlin’, just good ol’ Southern talk.’ We may have the highest illiteracy rate in the nation, but we sure know how to talk.” Southern Festival of Books

Nothing Gold Can StayProbably the form I enjoy the most is short story. It seems to me that it’s the hardest to do well. It’s the most challenging, I think, because you have to bring so much of what you bring to a poem, and so much of what you bring to a novel, and somehow fuse those things together.  There is very little margin for error, and yet, as in a novel, you have to give the reader a sense that the story is complete. And to do that in 10 or 15 pages is hard. Ron Rash 9780062202710

I’ve heard people say, “Well, if I were not married and had children, I would be a writer.” I’ve heard people say, “If I could just stop doing this, I would be a writer.” I don’t believe that. I think if you’re going to write you’re going to write, and nothing will stop you. Writing advice from William Faulkner

Lookaway, Lookaway“About the time that I began writing this book I also began dealing with that deep, dark secret that I am a Southerner,” Barnhardt says. “And I really do love it here, and I really fit in better here than I did probably in any of the other places that I lived.” Avoiding the South, then finding it 9781250020833

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Days at MemorialMost of all, if you ever face a significant disaster, do your best to keep up the spirits of those around you, act flexibly and creatively to help, try to sort rumors from truth, and remember that the decisions you make will have repercussions after the disaster has passed.  The moral values, ethical codes and laws that guide our choices in normal times are, if anything, even more important to help us navigate the confusing and disorienting time of a disaster. Sheri Fink 9780307718969

 

 

 

 

ThrallTrethewey’s carefully crafted poems explore the South and racial perceptions that haunt Mississippi and even Trethewey’s own life. As a child who grew up in the South with bi-racial heritage, Trethewey’s understanding and questioning of racial categorization intertwines with her personal history and family as well as the history of Mississippi. Her 2006 collection, “Native Guard,” details the native guard regiment of African-American slaves stationed off the Mississippi coast on Ship Island and focuses on this intersection of history and race. Mighty Mississippian 9780547571607


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:

Nell DickersonNell Dickerson   
Nashville, TN | 10/11/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!

Laine CrosbyLaine Crosby   
Fredericksburg, VA | 10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Fredericksburg, VA | 10/25/2013 to 10/26/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Atlanta, GA | 12/21/2013 to 12/23/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

Elizabeth O. DulembaElizabeth O. Dulemba   
Nashville, TN | 10/11/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

Kay Wilkinson BarleyKaye Wilkinson Barley   
Birmingham, AL | 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014 Detail | Request this author!

 

 

 

Larissa ReinhartLarissa Reinhart   
Danville, KY | 10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Birmingham, AL | 11/02/2013 to 11/03/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

C.D. MitchellC.D. Mitchell   
Epworth by the Sea, GA | 06/13/2014 to 06/18/2014 Detail | Request this author!

 

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer   
Chattanooga, TN | 10/10/2013 to 10/11/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Nashville, TN | 10/11/2013 to 10/15/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Pawley's Island, SC | 10/18/2013 to 10/19/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Spartanburg, SC | 10/23/2013 to 10/24/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Tampa, FL | 10/26/2013 to 10/27/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Vero Beach, FL | 10/29/2013 to 10/30/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Mt. Pleasant, SC | 10/31/2013 to 11/01/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Columbia, SC | 11/18/2013 to 11/19/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Tryon, NC | 11/23/2013 to 11/24/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Beaufort, SC | 12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Panama City, FL | 02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014 Detail | Request this author!
Bluffton, SC | 05/14/2014 to 05/15/2014 Detail | Request this author!

Michelle Nelson-SchmidtMichelle Nelson-Schmidt   
Tampa, FL | 10/14/2013 to 10/18/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

Karen Spears ZachariasKaren Spears Zacharias   
Nashville, TN | 10/11/2013 to 10/12/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

 

 

 

 

Deron HicksDeron Hicks   
Athens, GA | 10/19/2013 to 10/20/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Milledgeville, GA | 11/09/2013 to 11/10/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Nashville, TN | 10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

 

Lynne BarrettLynne Barrett   
Coral Gables, FL | 10/24/2013 to 10/26/2013 Detail | Request this author!
Sanibel, FL | 11/07/2013 to 11/10/2013 Detail | Request this author!

 

 

 

Deanna KlingelDeanna Klingel   
Murfreesboro, NC | 10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 Detail | Request this author!

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

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Bookstore Gossip

One of the oldest feminist bookstores in the nation was hit with anti-gay graffiti the night it held a standing room only literary event as part of its "Stride into Pride" for Atlanta Pride activities.  Lesbian-owned Charis Books & More, which turns 39 in November and is one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in North America, had anti-gay and anti-women graffiti spray painted on the side of its building Thursday night after a successful literary event, "Stride Into Pride: Atlanta Literary All Star Showcase." Charis Books

No one who was in Fulton Chapel for the 1995 Oxford Conference for the Book will ever forget the appearance on stage of Pat Conroy, and lined up beside him, his editor, his agent, his publicist, his high school English teacher, and his father, Donald Conroy, the model of LtCol Bull Meechum, or "The Great Santini." The unforgettable moment that caused the audience to gasp, audibly, occured when Pat Conroy mentioned he had an announcement to make, news that made him "very happy," then saying he had just learned that his father -- standing nearby -- was terminally ill with cancer. Square Books

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
The Storycatcher


The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

The Storycatcher  Shelly Parker, a sixteen-year-old servant who works for the tyrannical Pastor Dobbins and his family, has had the gift of sight for as long as she can remember. She's grown accustomed to coexisting with the spirits of the dead who roam Black Mountain, telling Shelly their stories and warning her of the dangers that surround her. When the ghost of Arleen Brown, a poor woman who died on the mountain during childbirth five years earlier, begins to pursue the Pastor's daughter Faith—hell-bent on revealing a terrible secret that she took to her grave—Shelly is the only person that can help her. The two young women soon find themselves tangled up in a web of secrets and lies that takes them from Black Mountain to the murky saltwater marshes of Georgia, uncovering long-hidden truths that put their own lives in danger... Atmospheric and infused with supernatural elements, Hite's novel is a rich and wonderfully eerie tale that will stay with you long after the story ends. 9781451692273

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Read This! Okra Picks and recommendations from the Indie Next list


Okra Picks


The Alligator ManThe Alligator Man by James Sheehan
Center Street, $23.00 October
978145550864

Read the first chapter!

Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed The Alligator Man since pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason in the world to want Johnson dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary trial lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight the courtroom battle for Billy's life.
The Alligator Man is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end-- and risk everything--for the truth.


Bookseller Recommendations: Staff Picks from Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL

via Indie Next

419419 by WILL FERGUSON "Winner of the Giller Prize, 419 is a novel about greed and generosity, love and loss, responsibility and redemption. Laura, a copy-editor devastated by her father's suicide, finds she must follow the trail that began with one of the all-too-familiar emails "Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat...”. Ferguson takes the reader into the frightening (American and international oil company created) madness that is Nigeria today, and details the lives of an ambitious internet scammer, a pregnant woman who walks from her sub-Saharan African village, and the heart-breaking Nnamdi, son of a story-teller, who moves through the various worlds into which he is thrown with an unwavering integrity and humor. These four lives collide in Lagos City, and the resolution is astonishing. Ferguson's knowledge of and respect for the people of Nigeria, his blunt assessment of the price other countries pay for Western energy consumption, his magical ability to create fully realized characters, results is a book as disturbing as it is satisfying. Like Nnambi's beloved father who told the villagers the stories that they carried with them, Ferguson knows how to break your heart, how to make you care. One of my favorite books this year.” Leslie. 9780143188728

Best Lunchbox EverBEST LUNCHBOX EVER by KATIE SULLIVAN MORFORD-- ”I’ve been making lunches for almost 14 years for both my kids and in a couple words, I’m over it. Thankfully, after reading this new cookbook I have a renewed interest in making their lunches more creative and nutritious. Even better, the recipes are easy enough for kids to make themselve! The section on using leftovers is helpful for busy families without a lot of time. The Cobb Salad with Everyday Vinaigrette is yummy enough for your own lunchbox!” Stefani. 9781452108292

 

 

The Boy on the PorchTHE BOY ON THE PORCH by SHARON CREECH—“I think Sharon Creech is one of the best writers for middle readers we have. This story is one you will hold to your heart from the first to last page. A young childless couple discovers a boy on their porch who does not speak but communicates love and joy in so many ways. There is a twist in the middle of the book which changes the course of the couple’s lives forever. A powerful story for adoptive parents, foster parents or anyone who has ever loved a child who others see as different.” Stefani. 9780061892356

 

 

 

Counting by 7sCOUNTING BY 7s by HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN—“Sloane has written a book about a very peculiar 12 year old genius, obsessed with medical conditions and botany, but she has written with such insight and tenderness every reader will identify with her. Willow Chance, adopted and cherished, loses her parents in a freak car accident, and is ripped out of her comfort zone of counting 7s. Taken in by fast-thinking Mai, another student forced to see the hapless school counselor, Willow suddenly becomes a part of a family that in rescuing her finds their life transformed as well. Funny, heart-breaking, and heart-opening, Counting by 7s is a celebration of life, and loss, and the miracles that connect us all. (Like Auggie in Wonder, Willow somehow, by her very oddness, touches the part in all of us that feels like an outsider, and brings us together.)” Leslie. 9780803738553

The Daughters of MarsTHE DAUGHTERS OF MARS by THOMAS KENEALLY—“Keneally, author of Schindler's List, has written a remarkable story about two Australian sisters, Naomi and Sally, who volunteer as nurses in World War I.This is one of those massive (520 pages) historical dramas that you cannot put down, and will not forget. Keneally combines the story of ordinary sibling tensions with the vast scope of that war (from Gallipoi to the Western Front), and pays tribute to the huge sacrifices made by ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary-and-horrifying-situations. Not for the delicate stomach, The Daughters of Mars does not shy away from the carnage of that war, nor the profound losses even the survivors had to face. Yet the book is full of love and humor as well, and is a reminder of the power of compassion and decency in a world at war.” Leslie. 9781476734613

Maude the Not-So-Noticeable ShrimptonMAUDE THE NOT-SO-NOTICEABLE SHRIMPTON by LAUREN CHILD illustrated by TRISHA KRAUSS—“The popularity of Quiet by Susan Cain has brought introverts to the forefront. Some kids just like to keep to themselves and one of those kids is Maude. In a family of extroverts, Maude Shrimpton does not stand out. Wherever the Shrimptons went, people noticed them and they hated to be missed. Mrs. Shrimpton has her flamboyant hats, Mr. Shrimpton has his twirly mustache, Penelope can stop traffic, but Maude blends into the wallpaper—literally. For her birthday, Maude asks for a goldfish, but this is far too boring for the rest of her family. Instead, she receives a tiger, which her family loves to walk down the street much to the embarrassment of Maude. In the end, Maude proves to her family blending in isn’t always a bad thing.” Lindsay. 9780763665159

Moosewood Restaurant FavoritesMOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT FAVORITES: THE 250 MOST-REQUESTED NATURALLY DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST-LOVED RESTAURANTS by THE MOOSEWOOD COLLECTIVE—“Moosewood Restaurant has been cooking amazing vegetarian dishes way before it was trendy to be vegetarian. Founded in 1973, the restaurant has been the recipient of several James Beard awards and named one of the thirteen most influential restaurants of the 20th century by Bon Appetit magazine. To celebrate its 40th birthday, Moosewood has compiled this collection of 250 recipes even carnivores would devour, including my personal favorites Southwestern Bean Burgers, Thai Noodle Salad, and Spinach-Cheese Burritos (there’s also a few fantastic fish recipes if you’re a pescatarian, such as Coconut-Lime Cashew Crusted Fish). My mouth is already watering!” Lindsay. 9781250006257

NW NW by ZADIE SMITH—“The Zadie Smith of White Teeth is back with her absolutely brilliant and heartbreaking novel, NW. In the council estates of northwest London, four lives intersect and intertwine in the complicated ways common to big cities everywhere. Firmly rooted in London, but universal to all urban communities, Smith unsparingly depicts the horror and beauty in our quiet, everyday lives. NW is thought-provoking, deeply resonant, and so beautifully written that I've gone so far as to say that it's the perfect novel.” Amanda. 9780143123934

 

 

 

Short Nights of the Shadow CatcherSHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: THE EPIC LIFE AND IMMORTAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDWARD CURTIS by TIMOTHY EGAN—“Near the turn of the century, the self-made and much acclaimed Seattle photographer Edward Curtis set out on one of the greatest - and most extensive - anthropological projects ever undertaken. His goal was to capture in his lens the disappearing tribes of Native Americans, from ‘the Southwest to the Northwest, from the California Coast to the Great Plains.’ Curtis’ quest took him from the wildest country in North America to the drawing rooms of the White House, and turned him from documentarian to passionate advocate for American Indian rights. As a result of his perseverance - nearly 35 years and 40,000 photographs - we have the treasured documentation of people and cultures driven to near or complete decimation. Egan’s account reads like an adventure tale, and is the perfect read for any history or photography buffs.” Amanda. 9780544102767

SomeoneSOMEONE by ALICE MCDERMOTT—“There is really no point in summarizing the story in Someone because the magic in this book, in every McDermott book, is the writing. McDermott makes the recollections of Marie, an ordinary child in pre- WWII Brooklyn, her first experience with death, her adolescence and first heartbreak, the mystery of her brother Gabe who leaves the priesthood, the unexpected love and compatibility she finds in Tom- rich and profound in their simplicity. Like O'Nan in Emily, Alone or Strout in Olive Kitteridge, McDermott has written a quiet masterpiece, full of insight and love.” Leslie. 9780374281090

 


Telegraph AvenueTELEGRAPH AVENUE by MICHAEL CHABON—“On the surface, Telegraph Avenue is the story of Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe - longtime proprietors of Brokeland Records, a community staple in the variegated neighborhoods of Oakland, California - who face an invasion of Wal-Mart proportions. But intertwined with the struggle is an exploration of so much more, specifically love (in all its forms), race, gentrification, modern medicine, blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs and the absolute greatness of jazz and funk. I don’t think there’s a writer alive who can structure a sentence the way Chabon does, and he’s given us yet another masterful, unsparing novel whose vivid characters will inhabit your heart long after the last page.” Amanda. 9780061493355

This is How You Lose HerTHIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by JUNOT DIAZ—“I must confess that I am mightily biased towards Junot Diaz, as in my mind the writer of Oscar Wao can do no wrong, but with that minor caveat out of the way please believe me when I say that Diaz is one of our greatest living writers, and that this collection is, in a word, stunning. In his second book of short stories Diaz explores love in many of its manifestations, and the ways in which we are prone to sabotaging ourselves. His prose is clear and compelling, his insight acute, and when I reached the last page I wanted to start all over again.” Amanda. 9781594631771

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Southern Indie Bestsellers: Highlights

For the week ending September 29, 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

3. The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $27, 9781455520657

okra5. Moonrise
Cassandra King, Maiden Lane Press, $26.95, 9781940210001


okra 7. Lookaway, Lookaway
Wilton Barnhardt, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250020833

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

7. Men We Reaped
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $26, 9781608195213

8. Si-Cology 1
Si Robertson, Howard Books, $22.99, 9781476745374

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

6. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

10. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419
11. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986030

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789

8. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530578

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

10. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

7. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
8. Al Capone Does My Shirts
Gennifer Choldenko, Penguin, $6.99, 9780142403709

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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!
Moonrise
Lookaway, Lookaway
The Husband's Secret
Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change
Wilson
Men We Reaped
Si-Cology 1
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done
Lawrence in Arabia
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
The Secret Keeper
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Paris Wife
The Great Gatsby
Winter of the World
Gift From the Sea
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Convert Every Click” hspace=
Black Fridays
A Wanted Man
Ollie's Halloween” hspace=
Little Blue Truck
Paper Towns
Al Capone Does My Shirts


Author Readings


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

Artist's Way Second Class (Registration Required)  (other event)
10/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

McIntyre's Books Author Events Lee Craig – Josephus Daniels  (author appearance)
Lee Craig
10/04/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Teresita Shelton -- Wow! My Cuban-American Recipes  (author appearance)
Teresita Shelton
10/11/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Still Lost in the Cosmos: Walker Percy and the 21st Century Conference  (other event)
10/11/2013, 10:00 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir  (author appearance)
Tim Parrish
10/11/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Jack Ford signs THE WALLS OF JERICHO  (author appearance)
Jack Ford
10/11/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

MINDI MELTZ Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Mindi Meltz
10/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Becky Billingsley, Author of A Culinary History of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand  (author appearance)
Becky Billingsley
10/11/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Author event: Keith Larson live broadcast & signing - That Season of Hope  (author appearance)
Keith Larson
10/11/2013, 09:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Francis Koster - Discovering the New America: Where Local Communities are Solving Local Problems  (author appearance)
Francis Koster
10/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Victoria Casey McDonald Presents Her New Book  (author appearance)
Victoria Casey McDonald
10/12/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Bruce R. Wilk -- The Running Injury Recovery Program  (author appearance)
Bruce R. Wilk
10/12/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Vera Clemente -- Clemente:The True Legacy of an Undying Hero  (author appearance)
Vera Clemente
10/12/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

M.J Fievre & Nicholas Garnett -- All That Glitters  (author appearance)
M.J Fievre & Nicholas Garnett
10/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Denise McConduit - The Boy Who Wouldn't Read  (author appearance)
Denise McConduit
10/12/2013, 11:30 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Laurie Fisher signs WHERE DO THEY GO ON GAME DAY?  (author appearance)
Laurie Fisher
10/12/2013, 10:00 am
Square Books
Oxford, MS

CHATTOOGA RIVER BOOKSIGNING WITH LAURA GARREN  (author appearance)
Laura Ann Garren
10/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Stacy Hawkins Adams Speaks at Appomattox Regional Library for Lead Me Home  (author appearance)
Stacy Hawkins Adams
10/12/2013, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Tom Young  (author appearance)
Tom Young
10/12/2013, 06:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Rose Tomlin  (author appearance)
Rose Tomlin
10/12/2013, 12:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

The Raleigh Write to Publish Group presents How to Write and Publish Your Memoir  (author appearance)
Margaret Harrell
10/12/2013, 06:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock   (writers group)
10/12/2013, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Alan Biermann discusses his biography for children Chuck Yeager Goes Supersonic  (author appearance)
Alan Biermann
10/12/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

YA for not-so-Y-As Book Club: FANGIRL  (book club)
10/13/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

JEFF HIGH reading & signing his new Watervalley novel  (author appearance)
Jeff High
10/13/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Bill Leslie and Will Leslie  (other event)
10/13/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Encore Anthology  (other event)
10/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Poetry reading: Dede Wilson, Near Waking & Lucinda Grey, Blue Hills  (author appearance)
Lucinda Grey
10/13/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Vero Beach Bookies  (book club)
10/14/2013, 10:30 am
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Erica Jong Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Fear of Flying  (author appearance)
Erica Jong
10/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Genie Milgrom -- My 15 Grandmothers   (author appearance)
Genie Milgrom
10/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Michael Deibert -- The Democratic Republic of Congo  (author appearance)
Michael Deibert
10/14/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gitwitz  (author appearance)
Adam Gitwitz
10/14/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Mystery Book Club  (book club)
10/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!TARA CONKLIN: THE HOUSE GIRL  (author appearance)
Tara Conklin
10/14/2013, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Parnassus Book Club - The Great Santini  (book club)
10/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Stuart Woods  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods
10/14/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author event: TA Barron - Atlantis Rising  (author appearance)
T.A. Barron,
10/14/2013, 05:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Terry L. Howard  (author appearance)
Terry L. Howard
10/15/2013, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Chick Gallin -- Everything  (author appearance)
Chick Gallin
10/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

José Benegas -- Seamos libres  (author appearance)
José Benegas
10/15/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Stephen Jimenez -- The Book of Matt -- Gables  (author appearance)
Stephen Jimenez
10/15/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody  (author appearance)
Matthew Cody
10/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

ASK THE CAREER EXPERTS JOB SEARCH SERIES: FINDING THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET  (other event)
10/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

COMIX CLUB - Castle Waiting  (book club)
10/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Dana Trent  (author appearance)
Dana Trent
10/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

John A. Blackburn HEALTHY STABLES BY DESIGN: A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF HORSES  (author appearance)
John A. Blackburn
10/15/2013, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Book Your Lunch With John Milliken Thompson  (author appearance)
John Milliken Thompson
10/15/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

David Wiesner with Mr. Wuffles  (author appearance)
David Wiesner
10/15/2013, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

John Claude Bemis hosts children's book roundtable  (author appearance)
J.J. Johnson
10/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Barbara Davis discusses her novel The Secrets She Carried  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis
10/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Hank Phillippi Ryan  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
10/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Artist's Way Third Class (Registration Required)  (other event)
10/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Richard A. Serrano Recounts the Stories of -Last of the Blue and Gray  (author appearance)
Richard A. Serrano
10/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Kissing Oscar Wilde  (author appearance)
Jade Sylvan
10/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Adam Gidwitz  (author appearance)
Adam Gidwitz
10/16/2013, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars: Girls' Education in Africa (ticketed)  (other event)
10/16/2013, 05:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Lightsey Darst  (author appearance)
Lightsey Darst
10/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews
10/17/2013, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews
10/17/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Bruce Cameron signs THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS  (author appearance)
Bruce Cameron
10/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Allan Gurganus signs LOCAL SOULS  (author appearance)
Allan Gurganus
10/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Susan Boyer, Author of Lowcountry Bombshell  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer
10/18/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Ron MacLean  (author appearance)
Ron MacLean
10/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

The Raleigh Little Theatre- Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  (other event)
10/18/2013, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Robert Jordan signs OLE MISS: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY  (author appearance)
Robert Jordan
10/18/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Dean Swinford  (author appearance)
Dean Swinford
10/19/2013, 02:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Raleigh Write to Publish  (writers group)
10/19/2013, 06:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
10/20/2013, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Richard Serrano  (author appearance)
Richard Serrano
10/20/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Brett Martin signs DIFFICULT MEN  (author appearance)
Brett Martin
10/20/2013, 01:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Mark Pinsky  (author appearance)
Mark Pinsky
10/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Elizabeth George  (author appearance)
Elizabeth George
10/21/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

John Bemelmans Marciano signs MADELINE AND THE OLD HOUSE IN PARIS  (author appearance)
John Bemelmans Marciano
10/21/2013, 10:00 am
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Alan Wieder  (author appearance)
Alan Wieder
10/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Celia Rivenbark  (author appearance)
Celia Rivenbark
10/22/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Tommy Hays- What I Came to Tell You  (author appearance)
Tommy Hays
10/22/2013, 06:30 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Brian Biggs  (author appearance)
Brian Biggs
10/23/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mr. Lemony Snicket  (author appearance)
Lemony Snicket
10/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mark Tatulli  (author appearance)
Mark Tatulli
10/24/2013, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

George Pelecanos signs THE DOUBLE  (author appearance)
George Pelecanos
10/24/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Lisa Patton signs SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE  (author appearance)
Lisa Patton
10/25/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Muse Workshop- Reading for Writers: The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb  (writers group)
10/26/2013, 10:00 am
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Brian McDonald  (author appearance)
Brian McDonald
10/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Charles McNair  (author appearance)
Charles McNair
10/28/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Feminist Open Mic  (other event)
10/29/2013, 07:30 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Charles McNair  (author appearance)
Charles McNair
10/29/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Lawrence Earley  (author appearance)
Lawrence Earley
10/29/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Erskine Clarke  (author appearance)
Erskine Clarke
10/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Cat Warren  (author appearance)
Cat Warren
10/30/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Robert Khayat signs THE EDUCATION OF A LIFETIME  (author appearance)
Robert Khayat
10/31/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS


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