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{Writing is a contact sport.}

In which Ms. Dannye Romaine Powell does her homework, and very well, Mr. Pat Conroy explains writing as a contact sport, Ms. Rheta Grimsley remembers her life by the dogs she has known, and a bookseller offers a cautionary tale on the dangers of vacuuming.

July 10, 2016

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | The Pat Conroy Prize | Okra Picks | Book Trailer Park | The Southern Bookstore | Book and Author Gossip | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar


“To him, good writing was like good basketball: a contact sport. In order to achieve loft in storytelling, you had to be willing to wade in and risk ridicule; to lose a little skin in the game.” ― Janis Owens, on Pat Conroy

Dearest Readers,

Lyle Lovett sings ChurchHer ladyship's readers may have noticed. The Commonplace newsletter has been growing ever lengthier as time has passed. It no longer resembles a collection of short memorable pieces as is the usual practice for commonplace books. Instead it has started to resemble one of those rather interminable sermons of the sort Mr. Lyle Lovett sings about in "Church".  Her ladyship suspects her own readers in are need of sustenance should they persevere to the very end of her verbose missive on the literary happenings and gossip to be found throughout the Southern states.

Her ladyship blames her readers, who all have such good taste in books. And the Southern authors who keep writing them. And the Southern booksellers who are forever talking about them. Really, it is quite fantastic that the Lady Banks' Commonplace Book is not a weekly publication the size of the Federal tax code.

Nevertheless, her ladyship, the editor, has some concerns the vitally important things at the end of each newsletter are rarely seen by her readers, so taken are they with the vitally important things to be found at the beginning (excepting, of course, this oft-rambling little introductory note). Therefore, beginning next week, the Lady Banks Commonplace Book will look a little different -- featuring short highlights of some regular sections such as the Southern indie bestseller lists, and only the upcoming week's list of events on the Southern calendar. There will be more excerpts, and book lists, and links to longer literary pieces of note.

There will also be a second, highly informative and valuable, note sent in the latter half of the week, "Lady Banks' ARTS Calendar." It will feature the full list of upcoming events at Southern indie bookstores (so many there is never room for all of them in the Commonplace Book), in order by state, then store, so that readers can easily find the book events and author readings closest to them.

Readers may choose to receive one or both emails, of course, or opt-out altogether and rely instead upon the occasional tweet or Facebook post reminder. But her ladyship hopes that the new calendar will show her readers just how exciting the literary scene is in their own backyards, at their own local independent bookshops. You may not know what you are missing!

Read Independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Read Savannah Liane MoriartyTruly, Madly, Guilty

#ReadSavannah! with Liane Moriarty

#ReadSavannah is a ticketed event open to the public, a Readers' Afternoon Delight that will include lunch with authors, panels and other programs to allow readers to meet and mingle with presenting authors.

The Hilton DeSoto Savannah | September 18, 2016 | 12 noon - 5 PM

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Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The Promise of Jesse Woods


The elevated train clacked outside my apartment, meandering on its predetermined path through Chicago. Beyond the tracks loomed the Cabrini-Green housing project, where Dantrelle Garrett lived. Dantrelle sat on my couch tossing a weathered baseball into my old glove, watching the final game of the NLCS between the Cubs and Padres.

“Who’s that?” Dantrelle said, pointing at a picture on my bookshelf.

“My brother and me. That was a long time ago.”

He studied the photo. “You’re not from around here, are you?”

It was the first time in the three months since I’d met Dantrelle that he had asked anything about my background.

I took it as an invitation.

“I grew up in Pittsburgh, then moved to a little town in West Virginia.”

“Where’s that?”

“A long way from Cabrini,” I said.

“Do you love you mama and daddy?”


“Then how come you don’t have a picture of them?”

--Chris Fabry, The Promise of Jesse Woods (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016) 9781414387772

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The Promise of Jesse Woods Book Trailer

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

OreoOREO by Fran Ross
(New Directions, $14.95)

A playful, modernized parody of the classical odyssey of Theseus with a feminist twist, immersed in seventies pop culture, and mixing standard English, black vernacular, and Yiddish with wisecracking aplomb set in the sizzling streets of Manhattan. Recommended by Katelyn, Square Books, Oxford, MS


The Girl with All the GiftsTHE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
(Orbit, $15.00)

"As briskly paced as your favorite comic book and as wise as your grandma's stories, The Girl With All the Gifts will remind you that the "post" in post-apocalypse can be something to look forward to." -- Currie, Square Books, Oxford, MS 

The DinnerTHE DINNER by Herman Koch
(Hogarth, $15.00)

"An unreliable narrator attends a dinner with a friend and politician to discuss a vile crime for which their teenage sons have yet to be found guilty." -- Pace, Square Books, Oxford, MS 



SabrielSabriel by Garth Nix
($9.99, HarperCollins)

Along with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy, Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy strongly shaped and influenced my love of reading during my formative years. The world was richly developed and complex; at times bleak and disappointing, and other times hopeful and fun. The main characters were multifaceted and true. (And sometimes a little annoying--which is a good thing.) Sabriel, the first in the Abhorsen trilogy, introduces Sabriel as a strong necromancer with a painful past. Over the years I have recommended this book/series many times and never have I heard a complaint. --Banshion, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

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Okra Picks: The Cantaloupe Thief

The Promise of Jesse Woods"A tender coming-of-age story of first love, innocence lost, and the soul-freeing power of truth."— Charles Martin, New York Times bestselling author

The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley’s childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt’s family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.

As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse’s family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another . . . and severs the bond of their friendship.

Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse’s upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he's determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.


Okra Picks

The List: Dannye Romaine Powell's 12 Southern Books

A local book club gave me a lovely assignment. The organizer of the June meeting said her group wanted to read Southern writers, and she asked for a list of 12 novels, short stories or essays:

A Long and Happy Life Dreams of Sleep Poems Dimestore Ellen Foster Stories A Good Man is Hard to Find Byrd Raney Beasts of Southern Wild Sweet Girl The Book of Colors

1. Reynolds Price’s first novel, “A Long and Happy Life,” set in rural northeast North Carolina about Rosacoke Mustian’s love for the elusive, motorcycle-riding Wesley Beavers. 

2. Josephine Humphreys’ first novel, “Dreams of Sleep,” filled with her remarkable insights as she enters the minds of three Charleston women, one of whom suspects her husband of infidelity. 

3. James Dickey’s astonishing long poem, “Falling,” enters the mind of a stewardess who is falling slow motion from a plane over Kansas. Another side of the man’s brain who wrote the novel, “Deliverance.” 

4. Lee Smith’s “Dimestore,” a memoir of growing up. She deliciously dissects the Southerner’s preoccupation with family dynamics. 

5. Kaye Gibbons’s first novel, “Ellen Foster,” in my opinion her best, about an orphan’s touching quest to belong. 

6. Eudora Welty’s short story, “The Worn Path.” An old grandmother’s fable-like journey into town for medicine for a grandson. 

7. Flannery O’Connor’s masterpiece of a short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” set in Georgia, is sprinkled with wicked digs about the Southerner’s two-faced emphasis on “courtesy.” 

8. Kim Church’s novel, “Byrd,” set in Raleigh and Greensboro. A young woman longs for the son she surrendered for adoption. 

9. Clyde Edgerton’s hilarious short novel, “Raney.” A newly-married couple – a Baptist and an Episcopalian – try to comprehend each other’s cultural differences. 

10. Doris Betts’s short story, “The Ugliest Pilgrim.” Violet Karl catches a bus in Spruce Pine, N.C., for Tulsa, in hopes that a TV evangelist will heal her facial scar. 

11. Travis Mulhouser’s short novel, “Sweet Girl,” is set in Michigan (Mulhouser lives in Durham) among meth users but laced with Southern themes of family and dysfunction. 

12. “The Book of Colors,” by Raymond Barfield. A “mixed,” pregnant 19-year-old attempts to organize her life and her self in a row house by the Memphis railroad tracks. 


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The Southern Bookstore


Richard Grant

When I try to explain to people outside the South that Mississippi has some of the best bookshops in America, if not the world, I usually hear a “huh” noise that reminds me of a puzzled dog tilting its head. As a bookhound who moved to Mississippi from New York City, and grew up in London, England, it was a surprise to me too.

Oxford was my gateway drug to the rest of Mississippi, and Oxford is unimaginable without Square Books at its geographical and cultural heart. I linger there for the atmosphere and conversation as much as anything, but the store also pries my wallet open with remarkable ease. Enthusiasm for books spreads like a gentle contagion among the staff and the customers, and I invariably buy more books than I was intending, and feel refreshed for doing so.

Dispatches from PlutoWhen I bought an old house in the Mississippi Delta, near the tiny farm settlement of Pluto, my cultural lifeline was Turnrow Books in Greenwood. I would make the 50-mile drive there at least twice a week. It’s a marvel that such a first-rate bookstore can exist in such a modest-sized town. Turnrow has become a hub for the community, a lunch spot and meeting place, a venue for musical and literary events, a bastion of civilization in the old crumbling cotton town.

Now I live in Jackson, within walking distance of the Lemuria Book Store, yet another Mississippi independent that rivals anything in London and New York, and outmatches it for charm, hospitality and comfort. Down on the Gulf Coast in Pass Christian, Pass Books is another state treasure, and chooses its coffee beans with the same care and good taste as its books. All these independent bookstores add so much to the pleasure of living here. They do what the big chain bookstores were never able to do, and that is to make you fall in love with them.



The Transformation of the World The Bloody Shirt Barkskins Life is Meals

The Transformation of the World, by Jurgen Ostenhammel. Lately I start my days at 5am and read this massive, dense, intellectually dazzling history of the 19th century for an hour. In this way, I strike a small blow against the internet, and the damage it’s doing to my powers of concentration.

The Bloody Shirt, by Stephen Budiansky. A blistering indictment of Southern racial violence and terrorism after the Civil War, and a necessary corrective to Southern mythology about Reconstruction.

Barkskins, by Annie Proulx. I’ve just finished this epic saga about the ransacking of the world’s forests. Exhaustively researched and brilliantly told, it requires Proulx to kill off dozens of characters over the centuries, which she does with perverse glee. At 80 years old, she seems at the height of her powers.

Life Is Meals, by James and Kay Salter. This delicious collection of bite-sized vignettes about food and drink is best enjoyed in bed at night, and preferably read out loud by your bedmate.

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Book & Author Gossip

15 Great Appalachian Novels

Over the Plain HousesEveryone loves To Kill a Mockingbird and Southern Gothic fare, but sometimes it seems as if southern literature lists limit their scope to stories from the deep, swampy South. As a book nerd who grew up in the Piedmont of South Carolina, I've often wondered, where are the great Appalachian novels, with the mountains and springs and black bears? 


Remembering Pat Conroy on Porch Talk

My Losing SeasonTo him, good writing was like good basketball: a contact sport. In order to achieve loft in storytelling, you had to be willing to wade in and risk ridicule; to lose a little skin in the game. He was the first one to admit it was a perilous occupation. When asked about the high rate of mental illness among writers, he pointed out that one of the requirements of the life was that you sat alone all day in a room, just you and a desk and four walls. It was solitary confinement. With critics. 


Coming out in the South is no walk in the park

Crooked Letter iThe book "Crooked Letter i – Coming Out in the South" was at the Alabama Book Fair recently. Alabama, by the way, so far hasn't drafted anti-gay legislation like North Carolina and Mississippi and others. It has been busy dealing with a Supreme Court chief justice who forbade probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a former speaker of the house convicted of ethics charges and a governor who's in a marriage predicament all his own. Who has the time to draft a hate bill? 

Nancy Olson inducted into the Wake County Hall of Fame

Nancy Olson, who was credited with sparking a literacy renaissance in North Carolina through the founding of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.  The Hall of Fame honors outstanding educators, alumni and community leaders who through their lives have either deeply impacted the Wake County school system or, as an alumnus, dramatically added to the quality of life in this city, state or nation.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson on the dogs she has known

The Dogs Buried Over the BridgeIt wasn’t a reach at all to write about my life using my best dogs as markers, demarcations. I hope it’s not a contrived approach, and it did not feel that way to me. The dogs I chose—or who chose me—seemed to suit my needs at any given time. There were a couple of notable exceptions I had no business adopting because I had not the space or time to make their lives enjoyable. As I like to say, career newspaper people are like dogs in that you can multiply our age by seven, and it seems to fit. That would make me 441 years old, which is about how I feel after my current book tour. 

Literary intelligence

I once asked Shelby Foote, the author of the celebrated Civil War trilogy, to comment on the qualities of a good writer. “There’s a high intelligence in a good writer,” he said. “It might not take the form of having any business sense and so forth, but he knows what he’s doing, and he’s got an acuteness of observation that can only come from intelligence. Faulkner was a highly intelligent man. It sounds silly to say it. But people pay no attention to it. “And a dumb fellow, a fellow who was pretty thick in the head, like Thomas Wolfe, he pays a big price for that lack of intelligence. It keeps him from being Faulkner.”

A cautionary tale of vacuuming

A popular bookstore and wine bar in the Grove Arcade will likely be closed through the weekend after a Friday morning break-in and suspicious fire set off sprinklers, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Thomas Wright, owner of the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, received a call about 5:30 Friday morning and learned a vacuum cleaner, one that had been forgotten and unused in the back of a closet for years, had been pulled out. It was unplugged and had somehow caught fire, Wright said. The fire was small, but set off sprinklers that caused water damage to an estimated 2,000 or 3,000 books.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending July 3. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. The Girls
Emma Cline, Random House, $27, 9780812998603
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Before the Fall
Noah Hawley, Grand Central, $26, 9781455561780
4. First Comes Love
Emily Giffin, Ballantine, $28, 9780345546920
5. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
6. A Hero of France
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9780812996494
7. Barkskins
Annie Proulx, Scribner, $32, 9780743288781
8. End of Watch
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781501129742
9. Vinegar Girl
Anne Tyler, Hogarth, $25, 9780804141260
10. Sweetbitter
Stephanie Danler, Knopf, $25, 9781101875940
11. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
12. Here's to Us
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316375146
13. All Summer Long
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062390752
14. The House of Secrets
Brad Meltzer, Grand Central, $28, 9781455559497
15. Lilac Girls
Martha Hall Kelly, Ballantine, $26, 9781101883075


1. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They perate
Gary J. Byrne, Center Street, $27, 9781455568871
2. Tribe
Sebastian Junger, Twelve, $22, 9781455566389
3. Grunt
Mary Roach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393245448
4. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
5. The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
6. But What If We're Wrong?
Chuck Klosterman, Blue Rider, $26, 9780399184123
7. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
9. Grit
Angela Duckworth, Scribner, $28, 9781501111105
10. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
11. Hamilton: The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Grand Central, $45, 9781455539741
12. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Nancy Isenberg, Viking, $28, 9780670785971
okra13. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027
siba book award finalist14. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
15. The View From the Cheap Seats
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062262264


1. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143109464
2. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
3. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Broadway, $16, 9780553418798
4. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $16.95, 9781101872000
5. The Lake House
Kate Morton, Washington Square Press, $17, 9781451649352
6. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
7. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
8. Avenue of Mysteries
John Irving, S&S, $17, 9781451664171
9. The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124944
10. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $15.99, 9781476789644
siba book award finalist11. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062409867
12. A Lowcountry Wedding
Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781501125430
13. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
14. The Marriage of Opposites
Alice Hoffman, S&S, $16, 9781451693607
15. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $16, 9780345534200


1. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $17, 9781476728759
5. Barbarian Days
William Finnegan, Penguin, $17, 9780143109396
6. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408877
7. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
8. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari, Penguin, $17, 9780143109259
9. You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero, Running Press, $16, 9780762447695
10. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062301673
11. The Soul of an Octopus
Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16, 9781451697728
12. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
13. Faithfully Religionless
Timber Hawkeye, Hawkeye Publishers, $12.99, 9780985836955
14. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
15. Sick in the Head
Judd Apatow, Random House, $18, 9780812987287


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
4. Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse, Bantam, $5.99, 9780553208849
5. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
6. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
7. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
8. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
9. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780062073488


1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
4. Where's Waldo?
Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763634988
5. Our Great Big Backyard
Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Jacqueline Rogers (Illus.), Harper, $18.99, 9780062468352
6. Beach Baby
Kate Merritt, Workman, $5.95, 9780761187325
7. Barnyard Dance!
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781563054426
8. The Night Gardener
Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9781481439787
9. Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484730881
10. Just Grandma and Me
Mercer Mayer, Random House Books for Young Readers, $3.99, 9780307118936


1. The BFG
Roald Dahl, Puffin, $7.99, 9781101997697
2. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781484732748
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
okra5. Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763681173
6. The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Puffin, $8.99, 9780147510488
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142410318
8. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
9. Smile
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545132060
10. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein, Yearling, $6.99, 9780307931474


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
2. Return to the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484750711
siba book award finalist3. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $7.99, 9781484711873
4. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
5. The Last Star: The Final Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Putnam, $18.99, 9780399162435
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
7. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, $14.99, 9780545139700
9. Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave (I Can Read! Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062404213
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017

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Special to the Southern List

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


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

okraJohn Gregory Brown with A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE & Carrie Brown with THE STARGAZER'S SISTER  (author appearance)
Carrie Brown | 07/13/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Erik Lars Myers discusses his guide North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, with a free beer tasting  (author appearance)
Erik Lars Myers | 07/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Chuck Palahniuk, - Fight Club 2 - Graphic Novel  (author appearance)
Chuck Palahniuk | 07/13/2016, 04:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Juli Brenning author of Maggi and Milo Make New Friends  (author appearance)
Juli Brenning | 07/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Undoing Monogamy: Queer Feminist Science with Angie Willey  (author appearance)
Angie Willey | 07/14/2016, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Trials of the Earth Book Celebration  (other event)
07/14/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic featuring Bill Blackley and Julie Suk  (other event)
07/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Sybil MacBeth signs "Pray and Color"  (author appearance)
Sybil MacBeth | 07/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

okraAuthor event with John Gregory Brown in conversation with Lee Boudreaux  (author appearance)
John Gregory Brown | 07/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Diane Cameron Shares Her Memoir - Never Leave Your Dead: A True Story of War Trauma, Murder, and Madness  (author appearance)
Diane Cameron | 07/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Meet the Author: Shane Wilson  (author appearance)
Shane Wilson | 07/15/2016, 05:30 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Carrie Highley's Memoir  (author appearance)
Carrie Highley | 07/15/2016, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

DAVID LEVITHAN & STEPHANIE PERKINS present You Know Me Well and Summer Days and Summer Nights  (author appearance)
Stephanie Perkins | 07/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Emily Edwards Author of Bars, Blues, and Booze  (author appearance)
Emily Edwards | 07/15/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Meet the Author: Adam W. Jones  (author appearance)
Adam W. | 07/16/2016, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Cynthia Eden  (author appearance)
Cynthia Eden | 07/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Trudy Nan Boyce, Out of the Blues  (author appearance)
Trudy Nan Boyce | 07/16/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE SYMPATHIZER  (book club)
07/16/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ashley Terrell Presents Her New Book  (author appearance)
Ashley Terrell | 07/16/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Author Event: Selah Jessie - 26 Weeks: Lessons in Life, Love and Relationships  (author appearance)
Selah Jessie | 07/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Sean Patrick Flanery Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Sean Patrick Flanery | 07/16/2016, 04:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Cathryn J. Prince signs American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer  (author appearance)
Cathryn J. Prince | 07/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with Amanda K. Morgan author of Secrets, Lies and Scandals  (author appearance)
Amanda K. Morgan | 07/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Paperback Fiction Book Club: AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont  (book club)
07/17/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Writer's Group of the Triad  (writers group)
07/17/2016, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Cake Tasting and Talk with Caroline Wright!  (author appearance)
Caroline Wright | 07/17/2016, 04:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Patrick Ryan with THE DREAM LIFE OF ASTRONAUTS  (author appearance)
Patrick Ryan | 07/18/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Elizabeth George - A Banquet of Consequences  (author appearance)
Elizabeth George | 07/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Kevin Lacz  (author appearance)
Kevin Lacz | 07/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

okraBill Loehfelm - LET THE DEVIL OUT  (author appearance)
Bill Loehfelm | 07/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Brad Watson with MISS JANE  (author appearance)
Brad Watson | 07/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

BETH REVIS presents A WORLD WITHOUT YOU in conversation with Alexa Duncan  (author appearance)
07/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nicole Cox -Itchy Pig (NH Storytime at Midtown Park)  (author appearance)
Midtown Park) | 07/19/2016, 10:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Duke Young Writers' Camp, Readings at The Regulator  (writers group)
07/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Mary M. Dalton & Laura R. Linder, The Sitcom Reader  (author appearance)
Mary M. Dalton | 07/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

okraDonald Ray Pollock signs "The Heavenly Table at Crosstown Arts story booth  (author appearance)
Donald Ray | 07/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

The Many Faces of Fantasy with David B. Coe and Jack Heckel  (author appearance)
David B. Coe | 07/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

okraDonald Ray Pollock with THE HEAVENLY TABLE  (author appearance)
Donald Ray | 07/20/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Hilda Gurdian - Discover Your Path to Success  (author appearance)
Hilda Gurdian | 07/20/2016 | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

okraJulia Franks, Over the Plain Houses  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 07/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Shared Worlds: Nnedi Okorafor and Jeff VanderMeer  (author appearance)
Nnedi Okorafor | 07/20/2016, 06:30 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Parnassus Book Club - Small Moments with special guest Mary Barrow  (book club)
Mary M. Barrow | 07/20/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mark Landler Book Signing  (author appearance)
Mark Landler | 07/21/2016, 06:30 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Robert Hamlin with MYSELF AND THE WORLD *At main SB location*  (author appearance)
Robert Hamlin | 07/21/2016 | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Newton Smith  (other event)
07/21/2016, 10:30 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Author Event: Charlotte Corbin Barnes - Tom Dooley Files  (author appearance)
Charlotte Corbin | 07/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

okraJulia Franks, Over the Plain Houses  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 07/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Free Book Talk & Signing with J.R. Thornton at Trade Route  (author appearance)
J.R. Thornton | 07/21/2016, 04:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Brad Watson with MISS JANE  (author appearance)
Brad Watson | 07/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

okraJulia Franks Author of Over The Plain Houses  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 07/22/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Joseph Finder  (author appearance)
Joseph Finder | 07/23/2016, 05:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Jane Green, Falling: A Love Story  (author appearance)
Jane Green | 07/23/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Sheila Grinell - Appetite  (author appearance)
Sheila Grinell | 07/23/2016, 02:00 pm | Tall Tales Book Shop, Inc. | Atlanta, GA

Tyler Cook Presents His New Fantasy Novel  (author appearance)
Tyler Cook | 07/23/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

WILL FREY presents EASE INTO FREEDOM  (author appearance)
Will Frey | 07/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Ericka Spradley- 30 Min. Career Coach  (author appearance)
Ericka Spradley | 07/23/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Adam Jones: Fate Ball  (author appearance)
Adam Jones | 07/23/2016, 04:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

New & Notable Book Club: BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley  (book club)
07/24/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE Pre-Performance Warm-Up  (other event)
07/24/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Classics Book Club: MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot  (book club)
07/25/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ace Atkins signs The Innocents  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Parnassus Classics Club - Heart of Darkness  (book club)
07/25/2016, 10:00 am | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kidliterate Book Club Reads Dominic by William Steig  (book club)
07/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Author Event: James Rosebuch - True Reagan  (author appearance)
James Rosebuch | 07/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Shared Worlds: Tobias Buckell, Julia Elliott, Leah Thomas, Nathan Ballingrud, and Terra Elan McVoy  (author appearance)
Tobias Buckell | 07/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Morgan Matson signs The Unexpected Everything  (author appearance)
Morgan Matson | 07/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

NYT Bestseller John Hart at Reveille UMC Book Review  (author appearance)
John Hart | 07/26/2016, 10:30 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

ERICA WESTLY presents FASTPITCH  (author appearance)
Erica Westly | 07/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Morgan Matson author of The Unexpected Everything  (author appearance)
Morgan Matson | 07/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

An Evening of Mystery with Wendy Sand Eckel, author of Death at the Day Lily Cafe  (author appearance)
Wendy Sand | 07/27/2016, 08:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Jeanie Thompson  (author appearance)
Jeanie Thompson | 07/28/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

07/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Triad Storytellers Exchange: Story Slam  (other event)
07/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Jeff VanderMeer and Thomas Olde Heuvelt  (author appearance)
Jeff Vandermeer | 07/28/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Odie Lindsey signs We Come to Our Senses  (author appearance)
Odie Lindsey | 07/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

What's Going On In YA These Days? With Five Authors In Discussion!   (author appearance)
Megan Shepherd | 07/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Byron Motley Book Signing  (author appearance)
Byron Motley | 07/29/2016, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

West Fraser Author of Painting the Southern Coast  (author appearance)
West Fraser | 07/29/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Harry Potter Ministry Ball  (other event)
07/30/2016, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Harry Potter Magical Midnight Release Party  (other event)
07/30/2016, 10:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Bob Mustin Presents New Short Story Collection  (author appearance)
Bob Mustin | 07/30/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Midnight Release Party  (other event)
07/30/2016, 10:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

SHARED WORLDS reading & signing  (author appearance)
Nathan Ballingrud | 07/30/2016, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD launch party & midnight release!  (other event)
07/30/2016, 08:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Catherine Pike Plough - The Blu Phenomenon  (author appearance)
Catherine Pike | 07/30/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two - Release Party  (other event)
07/30/2016, 10:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- RELEASE PARTY!  (other event)
07/30/2016, 11:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Kyle T. Webster, Please Say Please!  (author appearance)
Kyle T. | 07/30/2016, 11:00 am | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

TICKET REQUIRED: Harry Potter Midnight Countdown Party  (other event)
07/30/2016, 08:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Penny Parsons - Foggy Mountain Troubadour with live music  (author appearance)
Penny Parsons | 07/31/2016, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Emily Giffin- First Comes Love  (author appearance)
Emily Giffin | 08/02/2016, 07:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Barbara J. Taylor Book Signing  (author appearance)
Barbara J. Taylor | 08/02/2016, 06:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Randy Johnson - Grandfather Mountain  (author appearance)
Randy Johnson | 08/03/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Meet the Author: Michael Baughan  (author appearance)
Michael Baughan | 08/05/2016, 05:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Meet the Author: Michael Baughan  (author appearance)
Michael Baughan | 08/06/2016, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Star Wars Book Club: HEIR TO THE JEDI  (book club)
08/08/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Danny Johnson -'The Last Road Home  (author appearance)
Danny Johnson | 08/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Local Author Book Launch: AND WIND WILL WASH AWAY by Jordan Rothacker  (author appearance)
Jordan Rothacker | 08/13/2016, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Atlanta Author Terra Elan McVoy: THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER  (author appearance)
Terra Elan McVoy | 08/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

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