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{Cookies at Christmastime.}

In which Mr. Greg Iles makes a plea, it's a happy holiday for the Vero Beach Book Center, and her ladyship is busy baking cookies.

December 20, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book and Author Gossip | Author 2 Author | STARS Author Feature | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

The chances are good that her ladyship's readers are nearly finished with their shopping and are now very busy cooking. Holiday meals are even more important than holiday gifts, don't you think? Like many people, her ladyship grew up with certain holiday traditions--especially food traditions. Christmas dinner might change from year to year -- ham, or a roast, or a turkey. But some things could always be counted upon: lasagna for dinner Christmas eve. Apple Crisp for dessert on Christmas day. And cookies. Weeks and weeks worth of cookies:

Date Pinwheels, Buckeye Balls, Pfeffernusse, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pizzelle, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, Gingerbread cookies, Sugar cookies (with lots of icing and lots of sprinkles) . . . Christmas was always about the cookies when her ladyship was young.

Simply Sensational CookiesHere is one recipe her ladyship has added to her Christmas Cookie repertoire:

Double Chocolate Sour Cherry Cookies

It comes from Nancy Baggett's Simply Sensational Cookies . . . her ladyship's second favorite cookie cookbook after Rose Levy Berenbaum's Rose's Christmas Cookies went out of print.

A very merry and happy holiday season to all of her ladyship's readers.

Read Independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

This DayIV

They sit together n the porch, the dark
Almost fallen, the house behind them dark.
Their supper done with, they have washed and dried
The dishes--only tow plates now, two glasses,
Two knives, two forks, two spoons--small work for two.
She sits with her hands folded in her lap,
At rest. He smokes his pipe. They do not speak.
And when they speak at last it is to say
What each one knows the other knows. They have
One mind between them, now, that finally
For all its knowing will not exactly know
Which one goes first through the dark doorway, bidding
Goodnight, and which sits on a while, alone.

--Wendell Berry, Sabbath Poems, (Counterpoint, 2013) 9781619021983

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Holiday Gift Guide: Young Adult Literature

Gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself! As suggested by Southern Indie Booksellers

My Diary from the Edge of the WorldMy Diary from the Edge of the World

From the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird, Jodi Lynn Anderson brings us a tale of science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice. The book is told in diary form by the irresistible, spirited and restless Gracie Lockwood who is a typical girl in an atypical world. If you’re shopping for any young reader who is a fan of fantasy, check out this fun book where history and reality are very different; sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die. 

Shadow of a DoubtShadow of a Doubt

Are you shopping this week for any young readers who are animal lovers? Be sure and check out Skylar James’ debut novel about friendship, family and perseverance! Fyfe Flynn and her best friend Shadow the horse dream of racing in the Kentucky Derby, even though Shadow was bred to be a workhorse. With the help of her father, an acclaimed jockey, and all the animals on Flynn farm, Fyfe and Shadow must overcome a number of trials and tribulations in order to achieve their dreams. Shadow of a Doubt is a heartfelt book about taking risks and believing in those we love. Shadow and Fyfe are sure to win the hearts of anyone lucky enough to join in their inspirational story. 

Voyagers: Project AlphaVoyagers: Project Alpha

If you’re hunting for a good little middle grade sci-fi adventure story for someone on your Christmas list this week, check out the first book in a new series by New York Times bestselling author D. J. MacHale. The action makes this a true page turner and as it’s the first of a six book series (all coming out this year) this book will provide tons of out-of-this-world fun! The story is set during a time when the Earth is about to go dark unless a new power source is found. A global competition begins to determine which four kids will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and strategic alliances. 

Circus MirandusCircus Mirandus

Shopping for a lover of Young Adult books this week? You should definitely check out this blockbuster hit by Cassie Beasley! Fans of Big Fish, Peter Pan, and Roald Dahl will love this celebration of finding magic in the ordinary world. The story revolves around a special circus that requires a particular entry ticket that only works if you believe in magic. Micah Tuttle has grown up believing in Circus Mirandus. He’s lived with his Grandpa Ephraim since he was four years old and was raised hearing about this wonderful place. Now at the age of ten, Micah goes in search of Circus Mirandus hoping to find the Lightbender in a last ditch effort to have him save his dying grandfather. This story is one of hope and miracles and is sure to by loved by all who read it; kids and adults alike! 


Alex Gino has brought us one of the most important novels to date touching on the sensitive subject of gender identity! George is a sensitive, honest, and much-needed story about a girl who was biologically born as a boy. It follows George as she longs to play Charlotte in her school play but is told she cannot even audition for the part because she is a boy. However, she knows that she's a girl and she wants more than anything for the rest of the world to see it. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. 

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Book & Author Gossip

The Bone TreeGreg Iles on the Mississippi state flag

At a friend's recommendation, I went to hear Natchez native and best-selling author Greg Iles speak at the seventh annual Statehood Day program at the Old Capitol. He told his life story and then made an impassioned plea to change the Mississippi state flag.  As far as authors go, 55-year-old Greg Iles is the real deal with 14 novels selling more than 12 million copies. One of his latest books, the 800-page Natchez Burning, debuted last year at number two on the New York Times bestseller list, just ahead of another Mississippi author, Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt of Grenada. Awhile back I read a Greg Iles novel. It pretty much discouraged me from writing the Great American Novel. I couldn't imagine how I could ever write as well as Iles. 

Avid Bookseller working on second novel

Anything Could HappenIf you’ve walked into Avid Bookshop, you’ve probably been helped by, cheered up by or laughed with Walton. He’s full of excellent recommendations and candid reviews. He’s the reason online booksellers can’t hold a candle to shops like Avid. His presence is reflected in his writing: Anything Could Happen is considerate and warm; it delights in the joys of rich friendships, loving family and dance parties; yet it’s also funny, sharp and irreverent. 

Copperfish Books is moving and expanding

After three years of being located "off the beaten path," we've seized an opportunity to move to a larger space right in the heart of downtown Punta Gorda!

Charis Books puts building up for sale

After 41 years of calling Little Five Points home, Charis Circle, a haven for Atlanta’s literary, feminist and LGBT communities, has decided to put its purple enclave up for sale. The decision to sell the outpost was jointly made by the organization’s board of directors and co-owners Sara Look and Angela Gabriel.  “This means only that our building is for sale,” says Elizabeth Anderson, Charis Circle Executive Director. “It does not mean that Charis Books is for sale or that the store or the Circle are closing.”

Car crashes into Quail Ridge Books storefront

No one was injured Sunday when a car ran into the entrance of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh's Ridgewood Shopping Center. According to authorities, a woman accidentally hit the gas pedal, instead of the brakes, and ran into the business.

Vero Beach Bookseller gets Christmas gift from James Patterson

Bestselling author and Palm Beach resident James Patterson this week handed out a total of $250,000 worth of annual holiday bonuses to independent booksellers throughout the U.S., and only one Florida bookseller made the list: Debbie Sentance, with the Vero Beach Book Center in Vero Beach.

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Meet Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill HearthAmy Hill Hearth (pronounced "HARTH") is a New York Times Bestselling Author and an American Library Association “Notable Book” and Peabody Award Winner. She is also a nationally-known public speaker. She will be on tour in the South from September 2015 through the winter and spring of 2016 to promote her new novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE LOST HEIRESS OF COLLIER COUNTY, a sequel to her first novel. She spent her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended public schools, and her young adult years in Florida, where she was a newspaper reporter. Amy's first book, an oral history, was the much-loved 1993 nonfiction hit, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS. Amy wrote six more nonfiction books before trying her hand at fiction in 2012 with the successful debut of MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY WOMEN'S LITERARY SOCIETY, set in Florida in the early 1960s.


Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier CountyIn this sequel to Amy Hill Hearth's funny and charming ("Publishers Weekly") debut novel, "Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society," the eponymous book club reunites one year later, in the late summer of 1964. 
Their mission: to fight a large development along the tidal river where member Robbie-Lee grew up and where his mother, Dolores Simpson, a former stripper turned alligator hunter, still lives in a fishing shack. 

The developer is Darryl Norwood, ex-husband of narrator Dora Witherspoon, who returns to Collier County to assist in the battle. An old land deed, the discovery that one of the key characters has been using a false name, and a dramatic court hearing are just a few of the highlights. Not to mention the reappearance of the Ghost of Seminole Joe. 

Just as Hearth's debut explored the ways we can find a sense of belonging in other people, her latest novel shows how closely tied each of us is to our sense of home and the conflicts that can arise when our idea of that home becomes threatened. For Darryl, the river is a place ripe for development. For Dora, who's known as the Turtle Lady because she rescues Everglades snappers, it's a place that belongs to the critters. And for Dolores, former stripper, it's a place to hide from the worldSouthern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks:

Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal StreetTap dancing on sidewalks, especially in the city's French Quarter, is a New Orleans tradition as familiar to some as Jazz, Creole and Cajun food and Mardi Gras. For generations, Black youngsters have danced for tourists on the streets of New Orleans some because they enjoy it, but many others to earn money for their families. Instead of dancing in store bought tap shoes, young boys and girls stamp and grind bottle caps into the soles of their sneakers until the bottle caps stay firmly in place at the toe. And they don't miss a beat! Clickity-clack, Clack......tipity-tap, tap tap......tipity-tap, tap In Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street, award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia introduces two bottle cap dancers, brothers Randy and Rudy. Through rich and upbeat rhyme, Williams-Garcia gives voice to the dancing and the youngsters who keep this unique New Orleans tradition alive. Damian Ward's exuberant illustrations are perfect complements to Williams Garcia s perfectly pitched poetry.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

PT 109From Helen: PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy by William Doyle (William Morrow $27.99). You read spellbound as young JFK swims miles behind enemy lines in shark infested waters with the life jacket strap of his oldest and most injured crew member clinched in his teeth, leading his sailors to safety on a deserted island. He goes back out alone in the black sea, treading water for hours hoping to flag down a passing American ship. JFK was only 25 years old, on his own, having volunteered for combat. Years later he kept a glass paperweight on his desk in the oval office that contained the coconut that he had carved a message in and sent to his base alerting his commander to his crew's location. Fabulous history! 

The Hunt for VulcanFrom Kent: The Hunt for Vulcan: ...And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson (Random House $26). It seems that a key driver to inventing higher mathematics over the centuries has been the desire to predict where planets go. Isaac Newton's theory of gravity enabled astronomers to reliably chart their orbits, and later to discover Neptune right where it was predicted to be, based on the way it perturbed the orbit of Uranus. However, when Mercury's path was observed to be a smidge askew of the equations, the new planet posited to explain this, Vulcan, proved quite elusive. Thus, Albert Einstein was inspired to develop his theory of relativity to explain why Newton's math failed there. I love books like this that remind us how math and science continually empower our desire to describe the universe. 

Chocolate The Consuming PassionTwo from Rosemary: Chocolate: The Consuming Passion by Sandra Boynton (Workman $12.95). It's chocolate as explained by Boynton's adorable critters--enough said. But if that isn't enough... you'll actually learn quite a bit on the history and production of chocolate, while giggling all the way. A great gift for a chocoholic--and who isn't one? Wrap with a candy bar and you'll be golden. 



Bad Kitty ChristmasA Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel, for ages 4 and up (Roaring Brook $16.99). You wouldn't think it possible to give a fresh spin to The Night Before Christmas, but Nick Bruel pulls it off. The wild and (really not) Bad Kitty races through alphabets of holiday greed. But time with a wise new friend, and help from a faithful old one, ensure a happy holiday for all. Bruel's created a colorful, bold, frenetic Christmas keeper. (Join us Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. when we welcome Nick Bruel with his forthcoming Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet.) 

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending December 13. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Mitch Albom, Harper, $25.99, 9780062294418
6. The Guilty
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455586424
7. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
8. See Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $27, 9781455520619
okra9. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

10. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
11. Avenue of Mysteries
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664164
12. City on Fire
Garth Risk Hallberg, Knopf, $30, 9780385353779
13. The Relic Master
Christopher Buckley, S&S, $26.95, 9781501125751
14. Welcome to Night Vale
Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Harper Perennial, $19.99, 9780062351425
15. Felicity
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $24.95, 9781594206764


1. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
2. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
3. Thing Explainer
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24.95, 9780544668256
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
okra6. The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories
Garden & Gun (Ed.), Harper Wave, $37.5, 9780062242419

7. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
8. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937
9. Destiny and Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
10. Notorious RBG
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Dey Street, $19.99, 9780062415837
11. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
12. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
13. My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, Random House, $28, 9780679456209
14. Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
Daniel de Vise, S&S, $26, 9781476747736
15. The Witches
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $32, 9780316200608


1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385523240
3. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
5. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
6. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
7. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
8. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
9. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
10. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
11. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
okra12. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

13. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780307887443
14. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609452339
15. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, Picador USA, $16, 9781250074843


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick, Penguin, $17, 9780143126812
4. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
5. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
6. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac Books, $14.99, 9781600572012
7. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
8. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
Leanne Brown, Workman, $16.95, 9780761184997
9. Do Unto Animals
Tracey Stewart, Lisel Ashlock (Illus.), Artisan, $19.95, 9781579656232
10. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
11. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
12. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
13. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
14. Patterns of the Universe
Alex Bellos, Edmund Harriss (Illus.), Experiment, $14.95, 9781615193233
15. George Washington's Secret Six
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $16, 9781595231109


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
5. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
6. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
7. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
8. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719
9. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
10. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342


1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
3. The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition
Chris Van Allsburg, Harcourt, $19.99, 9780544580145
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
7. Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484730881
8. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
9. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
10. Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Harcourt, $14.99, 9780544320413


1. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
2. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
okra3. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Barbara Robinson, HarperTrophy, $5.99, 9780064402750
6. The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin, Little Brown, $17, 9780316380867
7. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)
Daniel James Brown, Viking, $17.99, 9780451475923
8. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Adam Bray, et al., DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465437853
9. A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle, Square Fish, $6.99, 9780312367541
10. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
5. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
6. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
7. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
8. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
9. Dory Fantasmagory
Abby Hanlon, Puffin, $7.99, 9780147510679
10. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085

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Special to the Southern List

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

City on Fire The Relic Master Welcome to Night Vale My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show Me Before You The Invention of Wings Ready Player One Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016 Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day Do Unto Animals Just Mercy Patterns of the Universe George Washington's Secret Six A Game of Thrones 1984 To Kill a Mockingbird Good Omens The Catcher in the Rye Dune Animal Farm Where the Wild Things Are Serafina and the Black CloakThe Best Christmas Pageant EverA Wrinkle in Time


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Shirley Seligman - Feeling Out Loud - Gables  (author appearance)
Shirley Seligman | 12/27/2015, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Stephanie Arnold - 37 Seconds - Gables  (author appearance)
Stephanie Arnold | 12/29/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Last Tuesday Book Club  (book club)
12/29/2015, 11:00 am | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

Al Watson  (other event)
12/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Young Readers' Book Club: SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty  (book club)
01/03/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Poetrio featuring PHILLIP BARRON and two other poets TBA  (author appearance)
Phillip Barron | 01/03/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Graphic Novel Book Club: AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE: A MARVELOUS MEMOIR by Stan Lee  (book club)
01/04/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

01/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN paperback launch for FIRST FROST!  (author appearance)
Sarah Addison Allen | 01/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Michael Livingston discusses his debut historical fantasy novel, The Shards of Heaven  (author appearance)
Michael Livingston | 01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

WILD BOOK CLUB discusses THE TIME IN BETWEEN  (book club)
01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Ed Tarkington author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 01/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Club -- My Brilliant Friend  (book club)
01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Karol Brandt-Gilmartin and Robby D'Angelo: The Struggle is Real  (author appearance)
Karol Brandt-Gilmartin | 01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Carly Hallman, YEAR OF THE GOOSE, in Conversation with Cate Dicharry, THE FINE ART OF F$#KING UP  (author appearance)
Carly Hallman | 01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

AUTISM BOOK CLUB discusses A MIND APART  (book club)
01/06/2016, 01:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

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

Wendy's Book Club  (book club)
01/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

Author event with David D. Plater author of The Butlers of Iberville Parish, Louisiana  (author appearance)
David D. Plater | 01/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Happy Hour with Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro  (author appearance)
B.A. Shapiro | 01/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Author event with Angela Howell author of Finding the Gift  (author appearance)
Angela Howell | 01/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - WOOL  (book club)
01/09/2016, 10:45 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
01/09/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

SARAH KAUFMAN presents THE ART OF GRACE  (author appearance)
Sarah Kaufman | 01/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Stewart O’Nan  (author appearance)
Stewart O’Nan | 01/09/2016, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

WIL WELDON presents his documentary about Reynolds Price, PASS IT ON  (author appearance)
Wil Weldon | 01/10/2016, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

James Rollins - THE BONE LABYRINTH  (author appearance)
James Rollins | 01/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

01/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Ben Montgomery  (author appearance)
Ben Montgomery | 01/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Meet Author Lynn Cullen: TWAIN'S END  (author appearance)
Lynn Cullen | 01/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraRebecca Scherm discusses her novel Unbecoming  (author appearance)
Rebecca Scherm | 01/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Val McDermid Booksigning  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Paperback Tour: UNBECOMING by Rebecca Scherm  (author appearance)
Rebecca Scherm | 01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Book Group discusses A Sudden Light  (book club)
01/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Ed Tarkington discusses his debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Authors Helen Ellis & Martin Wilson: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE and WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US  (author appearance)
Helen Ellis | 01/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Val McDermid in Conversation with Greg Herren – Splinter the Silence  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Local writer Juyanne James joins us to share her new collection, THE PERSIMMON TRAIL AND OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Juyanne James | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Simran Sethi | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem- The Athaan in the Bull City  (author appearance)
Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

The Writing Show: The Art of the Short Story  (writers group)
01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

FREDA LOVE SMITH presents RED VELVET UNDERGROUND  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Jessica Young author of All Paws on Deck: Haggis and Tank Unleashed  (author appearance)
Jessica Young | 01/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Hoda Kotb – Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way  (author appearance)
Hoda Kotb | 01/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN  (book club)
01/16/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

CANDIDE JONES presents IN THE TREE TOP  (author appearance)
Candide Jones | 01/16/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robert A. Schultz, MD Author Event & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert A. Schultz | 01/16/2016, 01:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

KRISTINA HORTON presents MARTYR OF LORAY MILL  (author appearance)
Kristina Horton | 01/17/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Karen Marie Moning - FEVERBORN  (author appearance)
Karen Marie Moning | 01/18/2016, 09:00 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Writers Coffeehouse with Jake Bible  (writers group)
01/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Abby Geni with THE LIGHTKEEPERS  (author appearance)
Abby Geni | 01/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Award-winning author Carl Nordgen discusses his latest novel Worlds Between  (author appearance)
Carl Nordgren | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

STEVE SCHAPIRO presents BLISS  (author appearance)
Steve Schapiro | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Freda Love Smith author of Red Velvet Underground  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Taylor Brown discusses his debut novel Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Alexandra Fuller – Leaving Before the Rains Come  (author appearance)
Alexandra Fuller | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author event with Alexandra Bracken author of Passenger  (author appearance)
Alexandra Bracken | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Clay Stafford author of Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded  (author appearance)
Clay Stafford | 01/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Holly LeCraw – The Half-Brother  (author appearance)
Holly Lecraw | 01/23/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Julie Cantrell with THE FEATHERED BONE  (author appearance)
Julie Cantrell | 01/26/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Music Critic Rashod Ollison Presents His Memoir Soul Serenade at Steady Sounds  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/29/2016, 05:00 pm | Book Swap of Carrollwood | Tampa, FL

Lindsay Starck launches her debut novel Noah's Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Carol Wall's husband Dick Wall – Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening  (author appearance)
01/29/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Rashod Ollison- Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/13/2016, 04:30 pm | Hooked On Books | Islamorada, FL

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 02/15/2016, 01:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

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