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In which her ladyship, the editor, goes shopping, and encourages her readers to do the same.

December 1, 2013



Dearest Readers,

‘Tis the Season. No doubt most of her ladyship’s readers are not reading her ladyship at all, but instead running hither and yon in search of gifts for friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, secret santas, and not so secret office gift exchange parties.

Shop SmallThis season, to make everyone’s life just a little bit easier, her ladyship will be providing  a holiday gift guide culled from the catalogs and gift guides sent out by some of the Southern indie bookstores. This week is all about kids, middle grade, and young adult literature. Which, let’s be honest, are the kinds of books we have the most fun buying! Raise your hand if you end up getting copies for yourself sometimes…..yes, that’s right, her ladyship thought as much.

Happy holiday book buying. Remember to read independently!


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

A Different SunA bouquet.

A ruffle of wind came up the hill from the creek and Emma hugged her chest. She hop-scotched to the center of her back yard and turned in a circle. Now she smelled biscuits and turned her eyes toward the kitchen where Uncle Eli’s daughter. Mittie Ann, was making breakfast. The windows of the small building  flowed as the wood stove inside it glowed and Emma knew when Mittie Ann opened the oven, little sparks would fly. She let her feet follow the dirt path between the kitchen and back stairs. A low stone wall ran along the perimeter of the house for flower beds and rather than step up and into the house, Emma launched herself onto this elevated path, taking it all along the side of the house parallel with  the street and to the front yard, watching her feet, her arms extended straight out at her sides. In a moment, she caught sight of her mother moving across the grass with her red scissors and a flat basket. Emma stepped down, her arms still out.

“Good morning, missy. You’re mighty early. Are you warm enough?” Mama said. “Come. I’m making a nice chrysanthemum bouquet for you.”

The house faced to the south and the sun struck here first, just as now. Emma leaned over the blooms, catching their sharp, oily scent as her mother cut the stems long, each one curved in its cutting and laid them in the basket. They would go in the tall crystal vase at the center of the dining table.

“Quick to put them in water,” Mama said, placing a hand at Emma’s neck. Then she was gone, the rustle of her dress behind her.

--Elaine Neil Orr, A Different Sun (Berkley, 2013) 9780425261309

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book


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

Back in the Day Bakery CookbookHot Chocolate Mix

The Aztecs would give our hot chocolate blend a thumbs-up because of its tough of spice an dhint of heat. The cayenne offers a subtle wake-me-up without being blaringly hot.

Makes 4 cups

2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all 12 ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container for up to 12 months.

Hot Chocolate for Four:

In a large saucepan, heat 2 1/2 cups whole milk and 2 cups half-and-half over medium heat just until steaming. Turn the heat to low and simmer the milk for 6 to 7 minutes; do not let it boil. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately, with Vanilla Marshmallows.

--Cheryl and Griffith Day, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook(Artisan, 2012) 9781579654580
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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book


Country wisdom from practical people.

How to Sew a ButtonHow to Scent Your Home without Candles

Step 1: Put that $30 you were about to spend on a fancy candle back in your pocket

Step 2: Pour water into a small pot and place it on the stove over low heat.

Step 3: Add several cinnamon sticks (or a few shakes of ground cinnamon), and if you’d like, cloves and peels of a lemon, orange, or apple.

Step 4: Let simmer for as long as you’d like , making sure there’s always water in the pan.

More nifty tips:

  • If the weather is warm, open your windows. Fresh air smells so sweet!
  • Had fish for dinner? Cracked a rotten egg? Forgot to take the trash out? A bowl of white vinegar, set on the countertop, will absorb the foul odors in the air.

--Erin Bried, How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (Ballantine, 2009) 9780345518750

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From the Holiday Gift Guide: Dream Animals


Dream Animals

Dream AnimalsIdeal for bed time reading, this book will appeal to parents and children who love Grandfather Twilight and On the Night That You Were Born. Author, illustrator, and creator of The Black Apple Etsy shop, Emily Martin convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.

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Book & Author Gossip

This Dark Road to MercyThe inspiration for this novel came from several sources. One source is a story my wife told me: when she was a child she and her father used to walk to the baseball field near their home and throw ball during the summer. I thought it was a beautiful image: a father and his daughter on a ball field at dusk in the summer. Wiley Cash Interview

 

 

 

 

The Prince of FrogtownI cannot remember everything, but I remember that stingy moon, remember a sliver of cold in a black sky, thin and useless. You might as well try to light your way with a piece of broken glass, for all the good it was. My flashlight, a relic from the Korean War, had died about eighteen seconds after full dark. The boys in front of me, friends, brothers, and cousins, mostly, were barely better off. They had to shake their hand-me-down batteries every few steps to coerce a last feeble glint of electricity, but I could have shaken mine like a Birmingham Hoochie Koo and still been walking in the dark. Only my brother Sam, who was born grown, who already had sideburns at age thirteen, had a good battery in his light. He was irritating that way. People said the day he was born he just dusted himself off in the hospital and walked home. Rick Bragg on Boys and Coon Dogs

A Lesson Before DyingOne morning in November, sometime before World War II in the worker's quarters of an old Louisiana sugar cane plantation, a young boy named Sonny wakes up to find his little world falling apart. I don't know who's calling me, he says, but it must be Momma because I'm home. I don't know who it is because I'm still asleep, but it must be Momma. A Long Day Into November by Ernest Gaines

 

 

 

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:

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

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer   
Panama City, FL | 02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Birmingham, AL | 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Dahlonega, GA | 03/07/2014 to 03/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Greenville, SC | 04/07/2014 to 04/08/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Bluffton, SC | 05/14/2014 to 05/15/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Columbia, SC | 05/16/2014 to 05/18/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Laine CrosbyLaine Crosby   Atlanta, GA | 12/20/2013 to 12/29/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Kaye Hinckley   Atlanta, GA | 12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

C.D. MitchellC.D. Mitchell   
Dahlonega, GA | 03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Fairhope, AL | 03/28/2014 to 03/29/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Jonesboro , AR | 04/03/2014 to 04/05/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Epworth by the Sea, GA | 06/13/2014 to 06/18/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Bryan Robinson   
Spartanburg, SC | 01/16/2014 to 01/17/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Charlotte, NC | 02/22/2014 to 02/23/2014 | Detail | Request this author! 
Asheville, NC | 03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014 | 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

Octavia Books

Octavia Books -- On Being Indie.

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Indie Holiday Catalogs:Children's, Middle Grade and Young Adult


How to Train a TrainHow to Train a Train
Have a little one on your Christmas shopping list who loves trains? This adorably illustrated children’s book is the perfect gift for them! Author Jason Carter Eaton has teamed up with award winning illustrator, John Rocco (Blackout), to create How to Train a Train, where readers will discover everything there is to know about having a “pettrain, from how to catch one, to how to care for it. This book reads as a “how-to-guide” for the little locomotive enthusiasts out there, who would prefer a pet train to a pet dog or cat. The pictures of all the different train types are beautiful and the story is humorous, perhaps the funniest book on trains out there.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime JourneyDream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
Looking for a great bedtime story? Perfect for fans of On the Night That You Were Born, this beautifully illustrated book by Emily Martin, convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. This sweet little book turns sleep into an adventure, where kids go on a journey through the stars, with the help of animal guides. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible and would make a wonderful Christmas gift!

Madeline and the Old House in ParisMadeline and the Old House in Paris
You can’t go wrong with a classic Madeline book for a Christmas!  For years we enjoyed many books in this series by Ludwig Bemelmans and now his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano. In the newest addition, Madeline and Pepito find themselves exploring after an attack on their old house in Paris, and ghostly cries lead them there where they find none other than the ghost of Felix de La Morte. It is now up to Madeline and Pepito to help their new ghost friend find his telescope so that he can catch a comet that he’s been waiting to see for hundreds of years. This not-so-scary ghost story is perfect for any fans of the Madeline series!

If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your PawsIf It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws
The perfect Christmas, winter feel, If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws, is a hilarious rendition of the infamous song that brings together a group of furry friends who play and tumble around in the snow. This masterful work, by the same team who brought us the delightful Ten on the Sled, Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff, is not just a read along, but a sing-a-long too! This fun picture book will have your little ones laughing and singing along, as they dream of all the fun they can have in the snow!

Grandma Loves You!Grandma Loves You!
Hello Grandma’s! If the title doesn’t give it away, this is the perfect little gift for you to give to your grandkids! In Grandma Loves You!, by author Helen Foster James and illustrator Petra Brown, Grandma Bunny, who has been anxiously waiting the new member of her family, joyously welcomes the new arrival through warm and tender rhyme. Grandma’s touching endearments reflect the sentiments of anyone who has welcomed a new member of the family. In this story, the love that grandparents have for their grandchildren is put front and center, and it even includes space, in the last three pages, dedicated to the child’s name, their photo and a special letter from the grandma to the grandchild. Truly the perfect gift that expresses the love a person has for that special child.

FriendsFriends
Just in time for Christmas, author and illustrator Eric Carle, the creator of the hit classic Very Hungry Caterpillar, brings us a sweet story about the power of friendship. After a young boy’s best friend moves away, he embarks on an adventure to find her. In this dreamlike story you will find artwork that is unmistakably Carle’s, created with painted tissue papers, as collage elements. Young readers will cheer on the boy as he braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend. A story alive with love and perseverance, brightened with vibrant art and Eric Carle's trademark fostering of imagination.

An Otis ChristmasAn Otis Christmas
Don’t pass up the next holiday classic this Christmas! From the #1 bestselling creator of Otis and the illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, comes this sure-to-be holiday favorite, An Otis Christmas. In this sweet story we find a different Christmas miracle thanks to Otis, the friend you can always count on. This is warm, feel-good Christmas tale that can honestly be read at any time, but is perfect for this season, full of beautiful illustrations and holiday cheer!

Pete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat
If you’re looking for a fun set to get your kiddos this Christmas, you should definitely check out Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses as well as Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons! James Dean's picture books are not only New York Times bestsellers, they are also a sure hit with kids, that tell the adventures of Pete, the ‘cool’ cat. In The Magic Sunglasses, Pete is feeling a little sad and it’s up to his friend, Toad, to cheer him up with a pair of magic sunglasses; in this tale Pete learns that happiness has been inside him all along. In the other Pete book, His Four Groovy Buttons, he wears his favorite shirt that includes four different colored buttons. When one of the buttons falls off, he handles it by keep singing along, because the only thing cooler than a four buttoned shirt, is one with three. These precious whimsical tales teach children how to cope with everyday problems with a good attitude and smiles.

The Blessing CupThe Blessing Cup
The Blessing Cup, by Patricia Polacco, is a companion story to the beloved and bestselling classic The Keeping Quilt. This story follows Anna, a young Russian Jewish girl in the early 1900s, whose family lived a hard life with few possessions and in constant fear of the Czar’s soldiers. Their only treasure is a beautiful china tea set, which promises a blessing from anyone who drinks from it. When they leave Russia for America, they bring this tea set with them, which in deed brings many blessings. This tender tribute to the importance of a loving lineage would make the perfect Hanukkah gift, or present to anyone who wants to teach their kids about the bond of love that unites a family throughout the generations.

I’d Know You Anywhere, My LoveI’d Know You Anywhere, My Love
This widely acclaimed, bestselling children’s book would make a perfect gift for any child! With over 5 million copies sold, Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt, celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that "you are loved." She touches on the subject, that every young one wonders: what would it be like to be different? Yes, every child is special and unique, but at some time or another, every child also loves to dream of being something different. A perfect gift for any occasion, I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love, profoundly reassures a young audience that there is comfort in knowing that, no matter what, they will always be loved.

Dear SantasaurusDear Santasaurus
Looking for a little something to give your kiddos pre-Christmas? Dear Santasaurus, by author Stacy McAnulty and illustrator Jef Kaminsky, is a hilarious story about the countdown to Christmas that is sure to put the holiday spirit in the air. Told through a series of 17 letters written to Santasaurus, with beautiful illustrations, your kids are sure to have fun reading this book with you, and sharing their favorite holiday with a cast of prehistoric characters!

The MischieviansThe Mischievians
An ‘Elf on the Shelf’sort of book, The Mischievians is a kind of encyclopedia of all things that make mischief, make mayhem, make noise and make you crazy! The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award–winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, have brought us yet another hit thatdeals with the everyday child [and sometimes every adult] drama of where’s my other sock and what’s that in my belly button… and no it’s not their fault! It’s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. Readers young and old will get a kick out of this book that answers those simple questions that none of us ever seem to be able to answer… who always moves the remote?

Frog TroubleFrog Trouble
A Southern young‘n’s Christmas Dream! In this fully illustrated song book and CD, bestselling author Sandra Boynton has put together the works! This set includes music from Nashville’s biggest stars such as Alison Krause, Ben Folds, Dwight Yoakam, Darius Rucke and Brad Paisley, to name a few. If you’re a country music fan or know one, you really shouldn’t miss out on this perfect gift. Not only is the album great and full of original tracks, it also includes a read-along section, sheet music section, and extras like "How to talk like a cowboy" and dance steps to the Alligator Crawl.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris  LessmoreThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
If you’re looking for a holiday gift that truly celebrates the joy and gift of reading, this is the book for you! Bestselling author William Joyce offers another imaginative story that teaches, in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again. In a beautiful collection of illustrations, this story is sure to leave an impression on your child’s heart about the love of reading.

The SnatchabookThe Snatchabook
In this cute whimsical bedtime story, author Helen Docherty and illustrator Thomas Docherty, tell a story about bedtime stories through fable and rhyme. It follows a young rabbit name Eliza, who one night settles down to read a story when a Snatchabook arrives. Shortly after, one by one, all over town, books start disappearing. Eliza comes up with a sweet solution, if the Snatchabook returns the book, everyone in town will take turn reading bedtime stories, which is the only thing the little creature wanted after all. This is a cute little bed time stories about how everyone out there loves a good bedtime story.   

Spot the DotSpot the Dot
This book is the perfect gift for your tech-savvy kiddo! In Spot the Dot, pop-up master and bestselling children's author David A. Carter adapts his creative app game into an engaging novelty book that plays with COLORS in a fun, hands-on way! With eye-popping, interactive search-and-finds throughout, toddlers and preschoolers will love this colorful adventure as they SPOT THE DOT hidden in lift-the-flaps, turn-wheels, pull-tabs, and a giant pop-up that leaps off the page! The bright, graphic illustrations and vibrant colors are sure to keep kids on the hunt as they turn the pages, lift the flaps, pull the tabs, and discover a world of colors--dot-by-dot. And if you want to seem like an even cooler adult, you can help them download the app on any app friendly device!

Middle Grade

The Unwanteds: Island of FireThe Unwanteds: Island of Fire
Islands of Fire is the third book in Lisa McMann’s Unwanted series, and is a great holiday gift for the pre-teen/teen in your life who loves adventure stories! Fans of Percy Jackson, The Beyonders and The False Prince series will love this story, which, has been described as The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter. The story follows the lives of identical twin brothers who live in a society where all thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. When the two boys are placed into separate categories, we learn the secret behind the Unwanteds is that they aren’t actually put to death, but rather sent away to learn how to cultivate magic. Island of Fire is the 3rd installment of the unfinished series (book 4 will come out September, 2014), so you should consider buying this as a gift set for your kiddo, because this bestselling blockbuster is sure to be devoured over the holiday break!

Fortunately, The MilkFortunately, The Milk
At any given moment, life can change and we’re suddenly on an adventure- even a quick trip out for milk can become life altering, especially with Neil Gaiman around! Topping every bestseller list, the Newbery Medalist and bestselling author has teamed up with illustrator Skottie Young, to bring us Fortunately, The Milk, an incredibly imaginative, whirl wind of a tale. You should definitely check this one out for the Holiday’s and find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of breakfast cereal and time travel with pirates, aliens, and wumpires.

Dork DiariesDork Diaries
If you’re looking for a great gift set for your middle school gal, you should totally check out Dork Diaries! Now with the release of the 6th book, which has over 8 million copies in print, this series has truly touched the hearts of millions of girls all over the world. Dork Diaries follows 8th grader Nikki Maxwell as she trucks through the dramas of middle school. In this Tales from A Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker, it’s finally time for the girls of Dork Diaries to tackle the subject of love. They’re getting ready for the biggest dance of the year and Nikki is anxiously hoping her crush will ask her to be his date.

Will in ScarletWill in Scarlet
Need a stocking stuffer for the adventurer at heart? Or how about someone who loves Fairy Tale re-tellings? Then you should check out this rendition of the Robin Hood legend, where we discover the young boy behind the bandit hero’s rise to fame. Brought to us by Matthew Cody, the same author who wrote the hit Super and Powerless, you will find a fast paced story about a band of mischiefs who become heroes.  

 

Ghost HawkGhost Hawk
Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, brings us another tale of adventure and friendship using her famous poetic and descriptive prose. This book, about the friendship of a young Native American and a colonial New England settler, would be a good holiday gift for the YA reader in your life who is a fan of historical fiction.

 

 

Michael Vey: Battle of the AmpereMichael Vey: Battle of the Ampere
Michael Vey is an international bestselling series that would be a great addition on any Young Adult fantasy/supernatural booklovers shelf. Battle of the Ampere is the 3rd book of a planned 7 book series, which follows high school student Michael Vey, who is for the most part, your everyday teenager except for suffering from Tourette’s syndrome. However, as it turns out, he is anything but normal, holding special electrical powers. As the story unfolds, he learns that he isn’t the only kid with special powers, and they must all join together to fight terrorism. A fast paced YA book that both teenagers and adults can enjoy, this is a safe bet for a holiday buy! 

The Lord of OpiumThe Lord of Opium
The Lord of Opium is the sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, which won the National Book Award, as well as a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. The story follows the life of Matt, a clone of the Lord El Patrón. The lord is the only person who doesn’t treat Matt like a monster, but that’s only because the Lord loves himself above everything else and is a terrible, evil ruler. The first book is full of thrills and controversy as Matt has to try and escape the evil grips of his clone master while in The Lord of Opium, Matt finds himself suddenly in the position of ruling over his own country. This book is truly special.

Knowledge EncyclopediaKnowledge Encyclopedia
Do you have any curious kiddos on your holiday shopping list? The Knowledge Encyclopedia is a perfect, practical gift that the whole family can enjoy and is definitely worth checking out! Created in conjunction with the Smithsonian, the Knowledge Encyclopedia is not your Mom’s dusty old encyclopedia- it’s full of illustrations that include fascinating facts, maps, timelines, and graphics. The latest CGI imagery and rendered 3D images not only makes the images beautiful, it also makes exploring the wonders of the world fun. It is separated into 6 different categories; space, earth, nature, human body, science & technology, and history & culture, plus a reference section -- a wide range of topics come to life.  And it’s presented in a way that makes complex subjects easy to understand- so a perfect resource for kids, whether to help them with homework or to pique their curiosity.

ChompChomp
Carl Hiaasen’s latest book Chomp is a great book for just about anyone. Hiaasen received a Newbery Honor Award for his Children’s book Hoot, which touches on themes of environmental issues, as do all of his MG/YA books. In Chomp, Hiaasen explores the consequences of reality TV and wildlife issues through the life of Whaoo Cray, who lives in a zoo with his father. When money gets tight Whaoo’s father decides to take a job with a reality TV show and the stations egotistical host (think of an over-the-top Steve Erwin type, with a fake Australian accent). This book is funny and a non-stop adventure, which would make a great gift for anyone who both likes humorous books and animals. 

Three Times LuckyThree Times Lucky
This debut novel, by Sheila Turnage, is a hilarious, southern, Young Adult thriller that will entertain both kids and adults! Full of wisdom, humor and wonderful characters, it’s not only a Newbery Honor Winner, it an exciting book as well! Based in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in a place where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. This is a sweet family friendly YA novel, full of hope, friendship and the true meaning of family.

34 Pieces of You34 Pieces of You
34 Pieces of You, is a page turning mystery that would make a great Christmas gift for YA fans of books like The Fault in Our Stars, Skinny or If I Stay. A bit on the heavier side, the book is about a girl, Ellie, who dies from an overdose and how it affects her 3 best friends afterward.  Ellie was a daring, charismatic, broken young girl and after she dies her best friends find a box with 34 clues, 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed, which hold the secrets of a brief and painful life. This book sheds light into the, often hidden, struggles of a teenager’s life. It does a good job of showing how important it is for friends to pay attention and how important it is to take certain things seriously. It also shows how dangerous drugs can be, and is also an entertaining book that has been well received within the YA genre.

A Million SunsA Million Suns
Got any sci-fi, fantasy readers on your Christmas list? If so, you really have to check out the Across the Universe trilogy, by Beth Revis. This is a timeless space story with the works; love, betrayal, family, a quest to save lives- and it is sure to be adored by any fantasy lover who hasn’t stumbled upon the series yet! The three books in this trilogy have all been published (as of earlier this year) and follows the life of Seventeen-year-old Amy. Amy and her parents have been frozen and are riding as cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed, on their way to a new planet which is far away (like three hundred years in the future, far). However, when her frozen slumber comes to an end fifty years too soon, Amy is thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

FathomlessFathomless
Fathomless is part of Jackson Pearce’s shelf of fairy tale retellings, and is one of her best works so far. A modern day spin on the Little Mermaid, this book would be a great gift for any fan of the mega-popular YA genre right now. Here we’ve got fantasy/fable creatures, supernatural gifts and of course a bit of love, making it the perfect combination for our Twilight, Vampire Academy (etc.) fans! This book has already sold millions of copies and is a safe bet if you’re looking for an ‘under the tree’, special read! If this book sounds right for someone on your gift list, you should consider buying them a Fairytale Retellings set, which includes three other novels based on the classic stories, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and The Snow Queen.

Spirit AnimalsSpirit Animals
If you have a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson fan on your Christmas list this year, you should consider snagging a copy of Wild Born, which is part of the Spirit Animals series. This series has a unique concept in that each book will be written by different bestselling authors. The first book, and currently the only one that has been released, is written by Brandon Mull, one of the greatest imaginations in YA and MG literature today! Spirit Animals is set in the world of Erdas, where children go through a coming-of-age ritual to determine if they have a “spirit animal,” which represents a bond between human and beast that bestows each with great power. The story centers on four children from different cultures who undergo the ritual and discover they have been chosen for a greater destiny. The next book is written by another great and hugely famous author, Maggie Stiefvater.

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Author 2 Author: Meet Jeff High

Meet Jeff High, author of More Things in Heaven and Earth

Jeff High

After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing.  He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in open-heart surgery.

More Things in Heaven and EarthHis first novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth, is also the first in a new series set in the fictional Watervalley, Tennessee.

As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee—and immediately stumbles into one disaster after another.  Will he be labeled the town idiot before he’s even introduced as the new doctor? 

Very quickly he faces some big challenges—from resuscitating a three-hundred-pound farmer who goes into cardiac arrest to not getting shot by a local misanthrope for trespassing. He expects the people of Watervalley to be simple, but finds his relationships with them are complicated, whether he’s interacting with his bossy but devout housekeeper, the attractive schoolteacher he consistently alienates, or the mysterious kid next door who climbs trees while wearing a bike helmet. 

When a baffling flu epidemic hits Watervalley, Luke faces his ultimate test. Whether the community embraces him or not, it’s his responsibility to save them. And he’ll soon discover that while living in a small town may not be what he wants, it may be just what he needs…

Meet Jeff:

Favorite book as a child?
Treasure Island! I mean, come on, who doesn’t love Robert Louis Stevenson.

What are you reading right now?
Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Country Doctor, by Patrick Taylor. We both write about doctor’s in a small town and have become good friends.

Why independent bookstores matter?
Because even imaginary places like Watervalley, Tennessee need bookstores with imagination.

Favorite part of writing a book?
Writing words that genuinely make you laugh and unexpectedly make you cry.

Least favorite part of writing a book?
Knowing when you have made it the best it can be. I am a tormented rewriter, constantly, continuously, searching for the perfect sentence.

Are you working on anything new?
Yes, the sequel to “More Things in Heaven and Earth,” called “Each Shining Hour.”

Comment on the writing life...
At the end of the day, it’s just work. It requires discipline, focus, tenacity. But if you love it… it can be oh so wonderful work!

Hardest part of the creation to publication experience?
There’s a lot of waiting the process… waiting for edits, waiting for pub dates, waiting sales info, …waiting for this sentence to end.

Why do you write?
Because I tried being other things like, you know, a ninja, cowboy, test pilot, neurosurgeon… all boring. Writing is the real challenge. 

When did you know you were a writer?
Without a doubt… when I was fifteen or sixteen. That was forty years ago. Okay, I’m kind of a procrastinator.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers: Highlights

For the week ending November 24, 2013. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
3. Aimless Love
Billy Collins, Random House, $26, 9780679644057
4. King and Maxwell
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455521319
5. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg, Random House, $27, 9781400065943
okra 6. Guests on Earth
Lee Smith, Shannon Ravenel Books, $25.95, 9781616202538

7. The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan, Ecco, $29.99, 9780062107312
okra8. Someone Else's Love Story
Joshilyn Jackson, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062105653

9. The First Phone Call From Heaven
Mitch Albom, Harper, $24.99, 9780062294371
10. Takedown Twenty
Janet Evanovich, Bantam, $28, 9780345542885
11. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Viking, $28.95, 9780670024858
12. Doctor Sleep
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781476727653
13. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
14. Dog Songs
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204784
15. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $28, 9780385349178
2. The Death of Santini
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385530903
3. The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $40, 9781416547860
4. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
5. The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
6. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549
7. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062236678
8. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781595231031
9. Stitches
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594632587
10. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $27, 9781400069224
11. One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780767919401
12. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Little Brown, $26, 9780316322409
13. Cooking From the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way
John Besh, Andrews McMeel, $40, 9781449430566
14. Double Down
Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594204401
15. Grain Brain
David Perlmutter, Little Brown, $27, 9780316234801

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307743725
2. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
4. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $14, 9780385346856
5. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062065254
6. The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson, Random House, $15, 9780812982626
7. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
8. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631771
9. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
okra10. The House Girl
Tara Conklin, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062207517

11. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272
okra12. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $14.95, 9781616203221

13. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
14. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
15. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Unlikely Loves
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761174424
2. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $17.99, 9781451666175
3. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
4. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986030
5. Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
Celia Rivenbark, Griffin, $14.99, 9781250029232
6. Think Happy, Be Happy: Art, Inspiration, Joy
Workman, $8.95, 9780761177579
7. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup, Penguin, $16, 9780143125419
8. Dog Shaming
Pascale Lemire, Three Rivers Press, $15, 9780385349345
9. How Music Works
David Byrne, McSweeney's, $20, 9781938073533
10. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
11. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $20, 9780812979480
12. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
13. Stories of Old Currituck Outer Banks
Travis Morris, History Press, $19.99, 9781626193161
14. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419
15. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812986181

MASS MARKET

1. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
2. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
3. Speaker for the Dead
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780812550757
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
6. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
8. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530578
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062198693
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. An Otis Christmas
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163951
5. Little Santa
Jon Agee, Dial, $17.99, 9780803739062
6. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
8. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, Harper, $17.99, 9780062275561
9. Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803735835
10. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.95, 9780060254926

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476755861
4. Frog Trouble . . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $16.95, 9780761171768
5. Fortunately, the Milk
Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illus.), Harper, $14.99, 9780062224071
6. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
7. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
8. Hatchet Gary
Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
9. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
10. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711329
2. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
3. The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146728
4. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
5. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
6. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545586177
7. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023511
8. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
9. Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice)
John Flanagan, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399163609
10. When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions)
Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316123051

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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! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Guests on Earth
Someone Else's Love Story
The Husband's Secret
And the Mountains Echoed
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
Zealot
Cooking From the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way
Grain Brain
Life After Life
The Great Gatsby
A Land More Kind Than Home
Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
Think Happy, Be Happy: Art, Inspiration, Joy
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
F in Exams
Stories of Old Currituck Outer Banks
Gift From the Sea
A Storm of Swords
1984
Little Santa
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Hatchet
Paper Towns


Author Readings


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

Author event: Robert Inman - The Governor's Lady  (author appearance)
Robert Inman
12/05/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

The 2013 Wilde Awards for Children's Literature  (other event)
12/05/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Acoustic Performance by FISTFUL  (other event)
12/05/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Boooks

JAMES W. HALL presents Going Dark: A Thorn Novel  (author appearance)
James W. Hall
12/05/2013, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Signing and Dinner with Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde - Uptown  (author appearance)
Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde
12/05/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Rich Cohen - MONSTERS: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football  (author appearance)
Rich Cohen
12/05/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

The Genius of Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic by Dial Parrott  (author appearance)
Dial Parrott
12/05/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Ann Patchett signs THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE  (author appearance)
Ann Patchett
12/05/2013, 05:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Elliott Smith Meet and Greet with the Beltway Boys: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and the Rise of the Nationals  (author appearance)
Elliott Smith
12/05/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

HISTORIC INNS OF ASHEVILLE BOOKSIGNING WITH AMY RIDENOUR  (author appearance)
Amy Ridenhour
12/05/2013, 08:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Estrella Flores-Carretero -- Piel de agua   (author appearance)
Estrella Flores-Carretero
12/05/2013, 06:30 pm
Book & Books Inc.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez -- Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill  (author appearance)
Luis Gutierrez
12/05/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Emily Levine  (author appearance)
Emily Levine
12/05/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Nancy Stancill- Saving Texas  (author appearance)
Nancy Stancill
12/05/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Dana Wildsmith Presents Her Christmas Chapbook  (author appearance)
Dana Wildsmith
12/06/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

James W. Hall  (author appearance)
James W. Hall
12/06/2013, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

The Matchstick Cross by Laurie Parker  (author appearance)
Laurie Parker
12/06/2013, 12:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

okraJoshilyn Jackson signs SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
12/06/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

All Aboard Virginia's Legendary Santa Trains with Donna Strother Deekens and Doug Riddell  (author appearance)
Doug Riddell
12/06/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Mary Alice Monroe, Author, A Butterfly Called Hope  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
12/06/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Regina Anavy -- Out of Cuba  (author appearance)
Regina Anavy
12/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Coral Gables Gallery Night: Elyse Littenberg -- 2013 The Living Series: The Long and Winding Road from the Exterior to the Interior  (author appearance)
Elyse Littenberg
12/06/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Nixon, Blevins & Gage- PICKING ON CHRISTMAS  (other event)
12/06/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL Just Us Girls and Parenthood editions.  (other event)
12/07/2013, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Author event: Clarkie Brown - A Dasher Christmas  (author appearance)
Clarkie Brown
12/07/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Hunting for Hemingway author Diane Madsen  (author appearance)
Diane Madsen
12/07/2013, 02:00 pm
Copperfish Books

Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day  (other event)

12/07/2013, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Special Story Time with Local Author Kacy Tedder  (other event)
12/07/2013, 10:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Erica Glasener & Walter Reeves Book Launch  (author appearance)
Erica Glasener
12/07/2013, 12:00 pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Meet Kaye Park Hinckley-A Hunger in the Heart  (author appearance)
Kaye Park Hinckley
12/07/2013, 02:00 pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Scott Schuman -- The Sartolialist  (author appearance)
Scott Schuman
12/07/2013, 11:00 am
Books & Books

Tom Bianchi -- Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 -- Miami Beach  (author appearance)
Tom Bianchi
12/07/2013, 05:00 pm
Books & Books

Angel Valdes -- Undercover Angels: Utilizing Spirituality as a Resource to Help Children Cope with their Experience in Foster Care -- Gables  (author appearance)
Angel P. Valdes
12/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books

Cecilia Fernandez -- Leaving Little Havana -- Gables  (author appearance)
Cecilia Fernandez
12/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books

okraTom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly: The Tilted World  (author appearance)
Tom Franklin
12/07/2013, 03:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

John Currence: Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey: Recipes From My Three Favorite Food Groups (and Then Some)  (author appearance)
John Currence
12/07/2013, 03:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Chef John Besh at the Crescent City Farmers Market - COOKING FROM THE HEART  (author appearance)
John Besh
12/07/2013, 09:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Grandmaster Jesse Kraai - LISA: A Chess Novel - reading, signing & blindfold chess demonstration  (author appearance)
Jesse Kraai
12/07/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Where Do They Go On Game Day? by Laurie Fisher  (author appearance)
Laurie Fisher
12/07/2013, 11:00 am
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Melissa Townsend signs A DELTA MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS  (author appearance)
Melissa Townsend
12/07/2013, 10:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Seeds of Evidence by Linda J. White  (author appearance)
Linda J. White
12/07/2013, 11:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Donna Strother Deekens and Doug Riddell- Virginia's Legendary Santa Trains   (author appearance)
Donna Strother Deekens
12/07/2013, 10:00 am
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Local Authors Booksigning  (author appearance)
12/07/2013, 01:00 pm
Highland Books
Brevard, NC

Rachel Niketopoulos- The Carnival of the Animals  (other event)
12/07/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author event: Lionel Vatinet - A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker  (author appearance)
Lionel Vatinet
12/08/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Poetry Local Mic  (other event)
12/08/2013, 02:00 pm
Bookstore 1 Sarasota

YA for not-so-Y-As Book Club: COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN  (book club)

12/08/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Poetry of the Keys: Deborah Linker & Leonel Valle -- Gables  (author appearance)
Deborah Linker
12/08/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books

George Ohr: Sophisticate and Rube - Author Event and Booksigning  (author appearance)
Ellen Lippert
12/08/2013, 01:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

DANNY ELLIS PRESENTS HIS POWERFUL MEMOIR THE BOY AT THE GATE  (author appearance)
Danny Ellis
12/08/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Stacy McAnulty- Dear Santasaurus  (author appearance)
Stacy McAnulty
12/08/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Boooks & Music

Pam Saulsby- Holding it Down  (other event)
12/08/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Bestselling Author Pat Conroy  (author appearance)
Pat Conroy
12/09/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

You’re Invited to the 2013 Holiday Author Party  (other event)

12/09/2013, 06:30 pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Daniel Chacon - HOTEL JUAREZ: Stories, Rooms, and Loops; Jonathan Kline - THE WISDOM OF THE ASHES  (author appearance)
Daniel Chacon
12/09/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Kenneth L. Wooten signs BLACKBERRIES at the Power House  (author appearance)
Kenneth L. Wooten
12/09/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Mystery Book Club  (book club)
12/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Celia Rivenbark  (author appearance)
Celia Rivenbark
12/09/2013, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

okraAuthor event: Lee Smith - Guests on Earth  (author appearance)
Lee Smith
12/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

okraBestselling Author Cassandra King  (author appearance)
Cassandra King
12/10/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

JAMES HALL discusses and signs GOING DARK   (author appearance)
James Hall
12/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Christmas Bliss at Christine’s Creations  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews
12/10/2013, 06:30 pm
Fox Tale Book Shoppe

Temeko Richardson -- Get a Clue -- Gables  (author appearance)
Temeko Richardson
12/10/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

Robert Wilson -- Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation & Jill Enfield -- Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes -- Gables  (author appearance)
Robert Wilson
12/10/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

The Hero Among Us: Jim Ingram by James Dickerson  (author appearance)
James Dickerson
12/10/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Colin Brady - Hermitage Museum and Gardens  (author appearance)
Colin Brady
12/10/2013, 12:30 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Children's Event with Judy Schachner - Author of the Skippyjon Jones Series!  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner
12/10/2013, 04:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

ODYSSEY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WRITING & ILLUSTRATION SHOWING  (other event)
12/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Meagan Spooner Booksigning  (author appearance)
Meagan Spooner
12/10/2013, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Reid Buckley reads from Infinity  (author appearance)
Reid Buckley
12/10/2013, 05:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Ten Thousand Breakfasts, A Tale of Wonder  (author appearance)
Ann Ehringhaus
12/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

The Raleigh Boychoir  (other event)

12/10/2013, 05:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

PRB Geek Book Club - Sabriel by Garth Nix  (book club)
12/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Mothership: Tales From Afrofuturism and Beyond  (other event)
12/11/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Norman Van Aken -- No Experience Necessary -- Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
Norman Van Aken
12/11/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books

Rebecca Snedeker - Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas - Uptown  (author appearance)
Nathaniel Rich
12/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Patricia Moore-Pastides, Author, Greek Revival From the Garden  (author appearance)
Patricia Moore-Pastides
12/11/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

MEET THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS AT MALAPROP'S  (other event)
12/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson  (author appearance)
Sarah Bryan
12/11/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author event: Larry Meyer - Mother Fracker  (author appearance)
Larry Meyer
12/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading & Open Mic  (other event)

12/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

The Christmas Village children’s Author Melissa Goodwin  (author appearance)
Melissa Goodwin
12/12/2013, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books

Relying on the Moon: Companying Grief for 29 Days: an event with Lesley Brogan  (author appearance)
Lesley Brogan
12/12/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Dale Stanton -- The Hooker's Daughter -- Gables  (author appearance)
Dale Stanton
12/12/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

Pedro Medina -- Mañana no te veré en Miami -- Gables  (author appearance)
Pedro Medina
12/12/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

Brian Latell -- Castro's Secrets -- Gables  (author appearance)
Brian Latell
12/12/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

A Delta Magazine Christmas by Melissa Townsend  (author appearance)
Melissa Townsend
12/12/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

RTD columnist Bill Lohmann and photographer Bob Brown lead us to Back Roads: People, Places and Pie from Around Virginia  (author appearance)
Bill Lohmann
12/12/2013, 02:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Salon@615 with Doris Kearns Goodwin - Author of Team of Rivals  (author appearance)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
12/12/2013, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Pat Conroy  (author appearance)
Pat Conroy
12/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sandra Balzo Booksigning  (author appearance)
Sandra Balzo
12/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

OTSP Grand Finale! Grace Lin at Presser Hall  (other event)
12/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Mauricio Puerta -- Las Edades Zodiacales del Ser Humano -- Gables  (author appearance)
Mauricio Puerta
12/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books

Ángel Llerandi -- Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis -- Gables  (author appearance)
Ángel Llerandi
12/13/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

Marietta McCarty sits us down at The Philosopher's Table  (author appearance)
Marietta McCarty
12/13/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

George Weinstein, Author, Hardscrabble Road  (author appearance)
George Weinstein,
12/13/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Grown Up Science Night at Hands On!  (other event)
12/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Author event: Scott Fowler - 100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die  (author appearance)
Scott Fowler
12/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Prompt Writing with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
12/14/2013, 10:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Authors Ed & Deb Higgins  (author appearance)
Ed and Deb Higgins
12/14/2013, 05:00 pm
Copperfish Books

Book Signing - Steve Gibbs  (author appearance)
Steve Gibbs
12/14/2013, 11:00 am
Hooked On Books
Islamorada, FL

YA Author Vivi Barnes signs and discusses Olivia Twisted  (author appearance)
Vivi Barnes
12/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Jessica Handler Book Signing  (author appearance)
Jessica Handler
12/14/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Special Story Time + Music: Local Author & Illustrator of IF YOU WERE A JELLYBEAN  (author appearance)
Dodd Ferrelle
12/14/2013, 10:30 am
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Dac Crossley Book Launch  (author appearance)
Dac Crossley
12/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Feminist Women's Health Center Presents: Who Needs Feminism? Open Mic  (other event)
12/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Letra Urbana Encuentros -- Patricia E. Blumenreich -- Gables  (other event)
12/14/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books

Lilian Vizcaíno -- A través de mis ojos -- Gables  (author appearance)
Lilian Vizcaíno
12/14/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books

Music for Haiti Healthy Kids -- Gables  (other event)

12/14/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books

Candice Russell -- Masterpieces of Haitian Art -- Gables  (author appearance)
Candice Russell
12/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books

Theresa Crater signing The Star Family  (author appearance)
Theresa Crater
12/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Moravian Book & Gift Shop

Errol Barron - ROMA OSSERVATA  (author appearance)
Errol Barron
12/14/2013, 04:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Storytime with the Grinch  (other event)
12/14/2013, 10:00 am
Square Books
Oxford, MS

A Discussion of Romance with Sabrina Jeffries, Mary Burton and Joanna Bourne  (author appearance)
Sabrina Jeffries
12/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Pat Conroy, Author, The Death of Santini  (author appearance)
Pat Conroy
12/14/2013, 06:00 pm
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Live Music Coffeehouse - Brik Cash and Anna Ferris  (other event)
12/14/2013, 03:15 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Meet The Grinch!  (other event)
12/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
12/15/2013, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Paperback Fiction Book Club: THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX  (book club)
12/15/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Stacy Conde -- The Red Speck -- Gables  (author appearance)
Stacy Conde
12/15/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

Mercedes Martí -- Sentirse joven y no arrugar en el intento -- Gables  (author appearance)
Mercedes Martí
12/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books

Maury Levine  (author appearance)
Maury Levine
12/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

Celia Rivenbark, Author, Rude Bitches Make Me Tired  (author appearance)
Celia Rivenbark
12/17/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

COMIX CLUB - Black Hole  (other event)
12/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Alex Albright  (author appearance)
Alex Albright
12/17/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Singing Along to Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs with Ronald D. Lankford, Jr.  (author appearance)
Ronald D. Lankford, Jr.
12/18/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Caroline Herring Concert  (other event)
12/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Maple Street Book Shop Holiday Party with John Besh - Cooking From the Heart - Uptown  (author appearance)
John Besh
12/19/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Local Photographer Will Daniel Shares My Virginia Rivers  (author appearance)
Will Daniel
12/19/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Book Signing- My Pen Pal Santa by Melissa Stanton  (author appearance)
Melissa Stanton
12/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Theresa Levitt-   (author appearance)
Theresa Levitt
12/29/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC


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