{On not cooking by voodoo magic.}

In which Mr. Drew Perry explains why the beach is like a funhouse,  Ms. Toni Tipton-Martin explains why cooking is not like voodo, Mr. Greg Iles explains why it can be difficult to write about the South, and Ms. Dixie Grimes explains the secret of her grandmother’s sausage gravy.

March 16, 2014

Dear readers,

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery CookbookThe cookbook sitting open on her ladyship, the editor’s kitchen counter today is The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook, which is a bit of a misnomer. The B.T.C. Grocery is a relatively new small town grocery in the town of Water Valley, Mississippi. But in the four years it has been open, it has gained a reputation not just for great local produce and locally-produced goods, but also for seriously fantastic breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and most especially desserts.  The latter is due to a woman named Dixie Grimes, who apparently showed up at the store one day and took command of the kitchen in a manner reminiscent of General MacArthur.

The recipes in the book are classic Southern fare. The skillet biscuits are made with lard, milk, and buttermilk. Mayonnaise is its own food group. (The recipes usually call for Helmann’s, but her ladyship has been substituting Duke’s.) Casseroles get their own chapter. So do sandwich fixings.  In fact, the only thing you might find on a diner menu that is not in the book is, inexplicably, fried chicken.  Her ladyship is of the opinion that they needed the room for the extra catfish recipes.

But like all great southern cookbooks, what is most enticing about the B.T.C. Cookbook (aside from the name -- extra points to anyone who can tell her ladyship what “B.T.C.” stands for) is the stories. All good recipes come from great stories:

I’m not even sure what possessed me to open a business other than a deep and abiding vision of what could be in the brick building on the corner of Main Street and a certainty that no one else was going to make that vision happen. So in February, 2010, I sent my husband, Kagan, an email. “Honey,” it began, “Let’s open a funky little produce place, with Billy Ray’s milk, nothing fancy, for really cheap.”

I had a two-year-old and a ten-month-old. I’d never worked a cash register. I’ve never even sold anything except loaves of bread at the farmer’s market I helped manage which would set up under the magnolia tree across Main Street.

Kagan thought it was a great idea.

So, it turns out did everyone else in the town of Water Valley, Mississippi, which can be found off one of the unmarked exits off Highway 7.

A certainty that no one else was going to make that vision happen.

That, dear friends, in a nutshell is why local businesses are so vital, so important to support. No one else--no one--is as committed to what your community is and could be than the people who live there, work there, have invested their hopes and dreams for the future there.

Read independently. And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery CookbookDixie’s Sausage Gravy

I am what folks around here call a Yankee, though my Virginian mother’s heart breaks every time she hears that. I had never tried sausage gravy before Dixie’s. I still actually have never eaten anybody else’s, but judging by the look on folks’ faces when they eat Dixie’s, it’s good. Y’all should feel really special she’s sharing this recipe. It came from her grandmother and is so closely guarded that we’ve had her cousins in the store, asking if we know how she makes it.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound country sausage
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 cups heavy cream
4 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
t teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground anise
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
Dash of ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg

In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil. Ass the sausage and cook, breaking up any lumps with the back of a spoon, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 7 more minutes. Using a whisk, ass the cream, whisking until there are no lumps. Add the Tabasco, granulated garlic, granulated onion, pepper, mustard, anise, sage, and cinnamon. Season with nutmeg and salt to taste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally to keep the gravy from burning. When the gravy starts to thicken, after about 15 to 20 minutes, it is ready.

Serve immediately over freshly baked biscuits.

--Alexe Van Beuren with Dixie Grimes, The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook (Potter, 2014) 9780385345002

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Book & Author Gossip

Open letter from NCAC and ACLU to the SC Senate Finance Committee

We strongly urge the Senate to reject funding cuts, approved by the South Carolina House of Representatives, imposed on the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate, because of objections to assigned reading. The proposed cuts of $52,000 and $17,142, respectively, represent the amounts spent on read-ing programs for incoming students; some members of the legislature object to the programs’ spending because selected books contain lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. Penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements of the educational program is educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect: it threatens academic freedom and the quality of education in the state, and could well expose the state to potential liability on First Amendment grounds.

MS:  And why beach towns?

Kids These DaysDP:  Because they show us who we are in a kind of funhoused way, and because they carry on them several different kinds of desperation, all useful for the novelist. Plus the landscape’s good. And the sandwich shops, and the bars. There is also the notion of the ocean itself, of seeing the horizon, the curve of the earth, of feeling, standing there on the beach, that you could just hop a boat and sail away forever. That idea turned out to be pretty fertile ground. Or water.


Tackling the “Jemima Code”

The Blue Grass CookbookToni Tipton-Martin finds hope for the future in the dusty pages of old cookbooks. A culinary journalist based in Austin, Texas, she’s built a project out of historic cookbooks and artifacts that relate to African-American women and food.  Tipton-Martin’s “The Jemima Code” includes a traveling exhibition, a blog and a book, due out in 2015, that focuses on 150 historic cookbooks.

Q: Is there one historic African-American cookbook you wish we could rediscover?

A: In 1912, a chef instructor at Hampton University in Washington wrote a textbook type of cookbook (”The Southern Cookbook,” by S. Thomas Bivins). It’s the basis from where I measure the knowledge of African-American cooks at the time. It shows they were educated. We’ve always been perceived as cooking by instinct, by voodoo magic. This book shows we learned like everyone else.”

Sheri Fink wins NBCC Nonfiction Award

Five Days at MemorialChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian-born novelist, has won the National Book Critics Circle’s award for fiction for “Americanah,” her sweeping tale of immigrants, and Sheri Fink has taken the top nonfiction honor for “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” a chronicle of the horrific events that occurred at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina.

NoVa Teen Book Festival Makes Its Debut

Close to 300 guests attended the first NoVa (Northern Virginia) Teen Book Festival, which took place on Saturday, March 8 at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.  Danielle Ellison, a bookseller at One More Page Books and the author of Salt, organized the festival with co-coordinator Nico Piro, a librarian at Arlington Central Library, and a team of event planners and other volunteers.

okraNot a big plot guy

This Dark Road to MercyWiley Cash admits he's “not a big plot guy.” And while his novels are generally considered mysteries, he has no clue how to construct a police procedural, a thriller or anything associated with the genre.  But the former professor of English at Bethany College, near Wheeling, W.Va., has done well despite those self-professed limitations. “I do think I know something about developing interesting characters,” says Cash

Faulkner in the attic

“I was looking for a tape by (pianist) Barbara Blegen and I found one of her 10-inch reel-to-reel tapes from 1972,” said Steven Hesla. “Next to it – nothing to do with chronological or alphabetical placement – I also found this 7-inch reel-to-reel tape that said ‘William Faulkner.’ ”  Both amused and perplexed, Hesla retrieved an old reel-to-reel player from his attic and gave the tape a spin. Like a ghost from the past, Faulkner’s voice came scratchy, his words hardly audible, at least at first.  “After listening to it 10 times, I could hear the words,” Hesla said.

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STARS Authors: Meet Anne Barnhill

STARSWhat 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.

Katherine Scott Crawford

Katherine Scott CrawfordI was born and raised in the blue hills of the South Carolina Upcountry, the history and setting of which inspired my first historical novel, Keowee Valley. Winner of a North Carolina Arts Award, I'm a former newspaper reporter and outdoor educator, a college English teacher, and an avid hiker. I live with my family in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where I try to resist the siren call of my passport as I work on my next novel. Connect with me on Facebook or via Twitter @WritingScott.

Request Katherine for a book club or event

Katherine's Profile Page on STARS

Keowee ValleyKeowee Valley

Spring, 1768. The Southern frontier is a treacherous wilderness inhabited by the powerful Cherokee people. In Charlestown, South Carolina, 25 year-old Quincy MacFadden receives news from beyond the grave: her cousin, a man she'd believed long dead, is alive--held captive by the Shawnee Indians. Unmarried, bookish, and plagued by visions of the future, Quinn is a woman out of place ... and this is the opportunity for which she's been longing. Determined to save two lives, her cousin's and her own, Quinn travels the rugged Cherokee Path into the South Carolina Blue Ridge. But in order to rescue her cousin, Quinn must trust an enigmatic half-Cherokee tracker whose loyalties may lie elsewhere. As translator to the British army, Jack Wolf walks a perilous line between a King he hates and a homeland he loves. When Jack is ordered to negotiate for Indian loyalty in the Revolution to come, the pair must decided: obey the Crown, or commit treason ...

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

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Bookstore Gossip

An empty bench

O.J. Brisky hated his first name, but he loved books, old dusty books, books with a little mildew or history hidden among the pages. For decades, he bought them by the thousands and sold them at his beloved North Florida store, O. Brisky Books. Brisky, who helped start the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, which celebrates its 33rd year this weekend in St. Petersburg, would perch behind the counter next to his rotary-dial phone and hold court about one antique book or another. If a customer was unable to locate a desired book, Brisky could almost always put his hand on it, which seemed impossible given that neatness and a dependable filing system was a low priority.  After he sold a book, writing out a receipt because he hated computers, he'd retreat to the bench in front of his store with a book, perhaps The Tragedies of Sophocles or As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, ignite a Lucky Strike and start reading.

Now the bench is abandoned. Brisky died from lung cancer complications on Jan. 20.

One bookseller visits another

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida at the lovely shop she runs with co-proprietor Serena Wyckoff.  As you can see, the sun is still shining in Florida, while we have had over a foot of snow during the past twenty-four hours at home in Stanley, New York!... I saw some interesting Florida pieces here, and purchased a decorated binding and a book by James Whitcomb Riley in a beautiful early jacket, illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy and with page decorations by Virginia Keep.

Replanted Wild Iris

Wild Iris Books is thriving in its new location on the outskirts of downtown Gainesville. Formerly located on W. University Avenue, Wild Iris Books moved last year to its current location at 22 SE 5th Ave., Suite D, behind a storefront of businesses that include the Civic Media Center. In fact, the book store shares its courtyard with the Civic Media Center.  Erica Merrell, co-owner of the book store with Cheryl Calhoun, said financial considerations drove the move to the downtown location.  "It was bittersweet to have to move," Merrell said. "Sometimes you're sad and can't quite understand why you're losing things, but it's just preparing you for something better. The support here has been amazing."

Little Shop of Stories sees the light, gets on the bus.

During May and June of last year Little Shop of Stories replaced the majority of its light bulbs. Incandescent spotlights were switched out for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). There is a Decatur Metro post about this here. Working with the wonderful folks at Intown Ace Hardware, Little Shop invested over $1,000 with the hope of recouping costs within a year.  Actually, the LEDs paid for themselves in electricity savings alone in less than six months. Georgia Power bills were reduced by an amazing 23%. Only one bulb (out of over 80) has burned out.

"For about a year-and-a-half we've had this idea in our heads of creating some kind of bookmobile - taking an old school bus and just kind of revamping it and turning it into something really fun. We didn't have the cash to do it until now," Capriola said.  Capriola and Dave Shallenberger opened Little Shop of Stories nine years ago. After several years, Capriola said she and Shallenberger soon learned that to stay in business, Little Shop of Stories had to become much more than just a bookstore.  "The thing that we learned is that to survive we can't just sell books," Capriola said. "We've got to create events and really get out there, [sharing] books with people."

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
Greg Isles on Natchez Burning

Natchez Burning

When you write about the South, as I do, and you’re from the South…it can be a difficult thing. Like writing about your family.

Natchez BuringRaised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies waiting to tear their family apart. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only a single thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancee, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs. With every step costing blood and faith, Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?

Drenched in southern atmosphere, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

A Snicker of Magic
By Natalie Lloyd

read the first chapter!

A Snicker of MagicIntroducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing. 

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart. 

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster. 

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

More Okra Picks!

Read This! Recommendations from Southern Indie Booksellers

Good Kings Bad KingsFrom Quail Ridge Books:

From Trish: Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum (Algonquin $14.95). This unforgettable novel won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Nussbaum reveals the stories of the staff and residents in an institution for disabled juveniles, as they grapple with an astounding number of issues. When the residents see an opening to voice their concerns in the community, suddenly the balance of power shifts and many lives are changed.


Die EmptyFrom Sue: Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry (Portfolio $26.95). This book doesn't focus on increasing your paycheck or power or status, but on how to work in a way that leaves you, as you go to bed each night, satisfied that your best self was well-used and fully-engaged working toward something that genuinely matters to you. Henry wrote this as a practical and thoughtful career guide for those in the corporate universe. But I think that many others, like serious students, or those who are self- or under-employed, or retirees, will find the book valuable too.

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 9, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
okra2. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

3. Words of Radiance
Brandon Sanderson, Tor, $28.99, 9780765326362
4. The Martian
Andy Weir, Crown, $24, 9780804139021
okra5. This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062088253

6. Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400065752
7. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
8. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $27.99, 9781451693560
9. Bone Deep
Randy Wayne White, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399158131
10. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999
11. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
12. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
13. Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Nancy Horan, Ballantine, $26, 9780345516534
14. Bark Lorrie
Moore, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594136
15. Ripper 
Isabel Allende, Harper, $28.99, 9780062291400    


1. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
2. The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
3. Uganda Be Kidding Me
Chelsea Handler, Grand Central, $27, 9781455599738
4. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, Holt, $28, 9780805092998
5. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549
6. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet
Mark Hyman, Little Brown, $28, 9780316230025
7. Duty
Robert M. Gates, Knopf, $35, 9780307959478
8. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
9. Grain Brain
David Perlmutter, Little Brown, $27, 9780316234801
10. You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
Dave Barry, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399165948
11. The Future of the Mind
Michio Kaku, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385530828
12. Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening
Carol Wall, Putnam, $25.95, 9780399157981
13. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025817
14. The Body Book
Cameron Diaz, HarperWave, $25.99, 9780062252746
15. Unbroken 
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $28, 9781400064168 


1. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307743725
2. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
5. Cockroaches
Jo Nesbo, Vintage, $14.95, 9780345807151
6. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
7. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Bantam, $15, 9780345528681
8. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
9. Tenth of December
George Saunders, Random House, $15, 9780812984255
10. Americanah Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
okra11. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

12. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
13. The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien, Mariner, $14.95, 9780618706419
14. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
15. A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth L. Ozeki, Penguin, $16, 9780143124870


1. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
3. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup, Penguin, $16, 9780143125419
4. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
5. The Wolf of Wall Street
Jordan Belfort, Bantam, $16, 9780345549334
6. Philomena
Martin Sixsmith, Penguin, $16, 9780143124726
7. The Power of Kindness
Piero Ferrucci, Tarcher, $13.95, 9781585425884
8. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $17.99, 9781451666175
9. Detroit: An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff, Penguin, $17, 9780143124467
10. Lone Survivor
Marcus Luttrell, Back Bay, $17, 9780316324106
11. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
12. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
13. Dance of the Reptiles
Carl Hiaasen, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345807021
14. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
15. The 5 Love Languages 
Gary Chapman, Northfield, $14.99, 9780802473158    


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
6. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780449213940
7. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
8. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
9. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789 


1. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
6. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
Kimberly Dean, James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198679
7. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
8. Frozen
Bill Scollon, Disney Artists (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $9.99, 9780736430654
9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800165
10. Good Night, Gorilla 
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035   


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
3. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
4. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763660406
5. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
okra6. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426050

7. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
8. Half Bad
Sally Green, Viking, $18.99, 9780670016785
9. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green, David Levithan, Speak, $9.99, 9780142418475
okra10. A Snicker of Magic 
Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, $16.99, 9780545552707


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
2. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
3. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
4. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! (An Origami Yoda Book)
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419710520
5. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545586177
6. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
7. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545663267
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711329
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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

This Dark Road to Mercy
Bone Deep
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Killing Jesus
You Can Date Boys When You're Forty
The Aviator's Wife
The Great Gatsby
A Land More Kind Than Home
The Light Between Oceans
The Things They Carried
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Power of Kindness
Dance of the Reptiles
The 5 Love Languages
A Feast for Crows
All Quiet on the Western Front
Little Blue Truck
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
Half Bad
A Snicker of Magic


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Kim Harrison- The Undead Pool  (author appearance)
Kim Harrison
03/10/2015, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Ira Katznelson - Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of our Time  (author appearance)
Ira Katznelson
03/20/2014, 03:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Velma Palmer - Untold Miracles: An Undeniable Memoir of Faith  (author appearance)
Velma Palmer
03/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Carol Wall - Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening  (author appearance)
Carol Wall
03/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

WhoDunIt Book Club  (book club)
03/20/2014, 05:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

WhoDunit Book Club by Elsie Souza  (book club)
Helen McInnes
03/20/2014, 05:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Self Pub Club Open House!  (other event)
03/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

RHONDA RILEY presents The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope  (author appearance)
Rhonda Riley
03/20/2014, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Peter Ramos and Jenny Gropp Hess  (author appearance)
Peter Ramos
03/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

March Book Club  (book club)
03/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Bound To Be Read Books
Atlanta, GA

Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Tamara Madison  (other event)
03/20/2014, 07:30 am
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

John Pritchard Signs Sailing to Alluvium  (author appearance)
John Pritchard
03/20/2014, 06:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Bill Cotter signs THE PARALLEL APARTMENTS  (author appearance)
Bill Cotter
03/20/2014, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Terry Michelsen  (author appearance)
Terry Michelsen
03/20/2014, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Pre-School Storytime  (other event)
03/20/2014, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

JAN-PHILIPP SENDKER  (author appearance)
Jan-Philipp Sendker
03/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Author event: Johnny Molloy - Hiking NC's National Forests  (author appearance)
Johnny Molloy
03/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

John Buchanan- The Road to Guilford Courthouse  (author appearance)
John Buchanan
03/20/2014, 02:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

The Writing Show  (writers group)
03/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Caroline M. Grant shows how The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat  (author appearance)
Caroline M. Grant
03/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

David Cleveland - Love's Attraction  (author appearance)
David Cleveland
03/21/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Michael Stephans - Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion  (author appearance)
Michael Stephans
03/21/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Carolyn O’Neil, Slim Down South Cookbook  (author appearance)
Carolyn O’Neil
03/21/2014, 07:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

The Parallel Apartments by Bill Cotter  (author appearance)
Bill Cotter
03/21/2014, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books

Joyce Johnson (biographer and member of the Beat literary scene) discusses The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac and Minor Characters:   (author appearance)
Joyce Johnson
03/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

03/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

TONY ABBOTT  (author appearance)
Tony Abbott
03/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

New Southern Voices Reading Eric Ekstrand & Laura Eve Engle  (other event)
03/21/2014, 07:30 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Kathryn Wall- St. John’s Folly  (author appearance)
Kathryn R. Wall
03/21/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Graham Nash, author of Wild Tales  (author appearance)
Graham Nash
03/21/2014, 12:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Sarah Baird, author of Kentucky Sweets  (author appearance)
Sarah Baird
03/21/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

R. & M. Cossio - Tullybeth  (author appearance)
R. & M. Cossio
03/22/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Marc Williams   (author appearance)
Marc Williams
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Dr. Lanzisera Book Signing  (author appearance)
Lisa and Frank Lanzisera
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Oxford Exchange
Tampa, FL

JANE GREEN presents Tempting Fate  (author appearance)
Jane Green
03/22/2014, 01:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

OVIASC Vero Man Event  (other event)
03/22/2014, 04:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Seth & Caralyn Tucker Booksigning and Artist Event  (author appearance)
Tucker, Seth
03/22/2014, 01:00 pm

Jasper, GA

Classics Group  (book club)
03/22/2014, 07:00 pm
A Novel Experience
Zebulon, GA

Meet Poet Tyro AKA the Killer Boxing Poet  (author appearance)
Poet Tyro
03/22/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Atlanta Word Works Youth Poetry Slam  (other event)
03/22/2014, 06:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Jeff High, More Things in Heaven and Earth  (author appearance)
Jeff High
03/22/2014, 12:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Book Signing and Art event  (author appearance)
03/22/2014, 01:00 pm
The Book Worm Bookstore
Powder Springs, GA

Storytime with Miss Maureen  (other event)
03/22/2014, 11:30 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Christian Faith in the Old Testament: The Bible of the Apostles by Gareth Cockerill  (author appearance)
Gareth Cockerill
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Lemuria Books

Writing in Excellence Class  (writers group)
03/22/2014, 10:00 am
Winston-Salem, NC

Juan Delgado discusses his poetry collection Vital Signs (accompanied by art from UNC MFA students)!  (author appearance)
Juan Delgado
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

03/22/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Andrea Weigl
03/22/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I  (author appearance)
Anne Clinard Barnhill
03/22/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Timothy Huffman - Snakebite Remedy  (author appearance)
Timothy Huffman
03/22/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Lawrence Thackston - Tidal Pools  (author appearance)
Lawrence Thackston
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Ed Williams LIBERATING DIXIE  (author appearance)
Ed Williams
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Storytime and Booksigning with Cathy Tolley - A Weed in the Garden  (author appearance)
Cathy Tolley
03/22/2014, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Author event with D.G. Driver, author of Cry of the Sea  (author appearance)
D.G. Driver
03/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

OFFSITE - Junius W. Williams Speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church  (author appearance)
Junius W. Williams
03/22/2014, 01:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Book Signing - James Carpenter  (author appearance)
James Carpenter
03/22/2014, 11:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Author Appearance  (author appearance)
David Cleveland
03/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Contemporary Poetry Book Club  (book club)
Sharon Olds
03/23/2014, 05:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
03/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

New & Notable Book Club: HOTHOUSE  (book club)
03/23/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Raleigh Mann discusses Jumping With Mixed Feelings: A Family Memoir  (author appearance)
Raleigh Mann
03/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

DONNA GLEE WILLIAMS  (author appearance)
Donna Glee Williams
03/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

McIntyre's Books Author Events NCPS Poetry Society Readings with Jay Bryan, Ann Deagon, & David Radavich  (author appearance)
David Radavich
03/23/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Andrea Weigl - Pickles & Preserves (A Savor the South Cookbook)  (author appearance)
Andrea Weigl
03/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Harlan Coben  (author appearance)
Harlan Coben
03/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Anthony Abbott  (author appearance)
Anthony Abbott
03/23/2014, 02:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Ediberto Roman - Those Damned Immigrants: America’s Hysteria Over Undocumented Immigration  (author appearance)
Ediberto Roman
03/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Natural Hair Slideshow for Women’s History Month  (other event)
03/24/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Writing With Intent Featuring Special Guest Teacher Tamara Madison  (writers group)
03/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Daniel Jones (editor of the New York Times’ Modern Love series) discusses his book Love Illuminated (proceeds benefit Orange County Literacy Council  (author appearance)
Daniel Jones
03/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

DAVID CHRISTOPHER LEWIS  (author appearance)
David Christopher Lewis
03/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Graham Nash  (author appearance)
Graham Nash
03/24/2014, 12:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Stories & Sweets With Lynette Eason  (author appearance)
Lynette Eason
03/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

At Home with Harlan Coben Live Stream  (other event)
03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers  (author appearance)
Rachel Kushner
03/25/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Author Appearance  (author appearance)
Ann Hood
03/25/2014, 06:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Meg Wolitzer Book Signing  (author appearance)
Meg Wolitzer
03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Michael Parker discusses his novel All I Have in This World  (author appearance)
Michael Parker
03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

YA/Teen Book Club  (book club)
03/25/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Virtual Event with HARLAN COBEN  (other event)
03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Park Road Books Foodie book club - The Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli  (book club)
03/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Authors Round the South

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