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{A thing for Buick Skylarks and the natural world.}

In which Ms. Jill Hendrix explains how to start a book club (she is in a position to know), Matthew Wolfson and Stacy Kranitz challenge the hillbilly stereotype and the romance of rural poverty, and Ms. Ellen Malphrus has a thing for Buick Skylarks (who can fault her?).

October 12, 2015

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Her ladyship adores the month of October. The summer heat that drives a body indoors in search of air conditioning is past. The days are warm, and the nights are cool. The garden gets its second wind and flowers that had been dormant in the suffocating temperatures suddenly wake up and bloom in profusion. The harvests are coming into the farmers markets and the tables are filled with bushels of apples, sweet potatoes, and acorn squash. Even the supermarket is filled to the brim with local produce, if one can overlooked the annoying profusion of "pumpkin spice" flavored things (who, her ladyship asks in all seriousness, could possible want to drink Pumpkin spice flavored beer?) and piles of Halloween candy. 

The Southerner's CookbookToo Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook

And there is another harvest arriving as well -- fall is the busiest time of the year in the book industry as publishers try to take advantage of the generosity of spirit possessed by holiday shoppers (she writes, without irony). More books are released in the fall than at any other time of the year. Which is what makes this season's Okra Picks especially tasty. That, and the fact that two of the picks are cookbooks: If you really want to do it up with a Southern spread this upcoming holiday season, then you want a copy of The Southerner's Cookbook from the editors at Garden & Gun Magazine. But if the thought of being chained to the stove makes you want to cry, then Debora Coty's Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook will save you a lot of unnecessary grief. (And give you time to read some of the other books on the Okra Picks list.)

 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.

Grant ParkMartin Luther King stood at the railing, facing west. The moon was a pale crescent just rising in the early twilight to share the sky with a waning sun. He leaned over, joking with the men in the parking lot below. A couple of them were wrestling playfully with James Orange, a good-natured man with a build like a brick wall.

"Now you be careful with preachers half your size," King teased him. 

"Dr. King," called Orange in a plaintive voice, "it's two of them and one of me. You should be asking them not to hurt me."

"Doc," someone called out from below, "this is Ben Branch. You remember Ben."

"Oh yes," said King. "He's my man. How are ya, Ben?"

Another voice yelled up from below. "Glad to see you, Doc."

As Malcolm Toussaint moved toward King, it struck him that the preacher seemed somehow lighter than he had the last time Malcolm had seen him. It had been late one night a week before, by the Dumpsters out back of the Holiday Inn. The man Malcolm met that night had seemed...weighted, so much so that even Malcolm had found himself concerned and moved--Malcolm, who had long scorned the great reverend doctor, who had, in the fashion of the young men hip, impatient, and cruel, mocked him as "De Lawd."

--Leonard Pitts, Jr., Grant Park (Bolden, 2015) 9781932841916

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Book & Author Gossip

Untying the MoonA thing for Buick Skylarks

For Malphrus -- a writer of fiction, essays and poetry -- it's this connection to the land, and to rivers in particular, that runs like a strong current through her own life as well as her debut novel "Untying the Moon" due out this month. "It affects everything in my life," she says. "And most definitely my writing life." Like the novel's protagonist -- Bailey Martin, a free-spirited adventurer -- Malphrus has also traveled extensively. And, like Martin, she's a child of the Lowcountry and has a thing for Buick Skylarks and the natural world.  9781611176100

Rural poverty and country noir

Winter's BoneIf you had to coin a phrase for the genre, it would be “rural noir”—with a few exceptions, there’s a dark, criminal cast to these stories. Many of them center on crimes, normally drug-related; others show people fooling around, drinking and robbing convenience stores. The protagonists are mostly white, with a smattering of blacks, Latinos and American Indians. They run the gamut from old to middle-aged to young, and attractiveness is not a high priority. Their lives are exercises in preservation—they use the skills they’ve inherited to preserve what they have, which is some degree of independence in the ruins of post-industrial capitalism.  9780316066419

Shucking the hillbilly stereotype

Back in 2012, Stacy Kranitz’s photographs of Appalachia caused a storm online when a selection of them were published by CNN. One of the more thoughtful responses to the furore came from Roger May, a documentary photographer and “proud Appalachian”. “After spending some time on [Kranitz’s] site,” he wrote on his blog Walk Your Camera, “I began to notice a sort of pattern CNN must have used when selecting photos ... They skipped over image after image of ‘everyday lives of the people of Appalachia’ and settled instead for the most common stereotypical images from our collective darkest preconceptions of this region. In short, they perpetuated the visual myth of Appalachia. The KKK and strippers?”

Zacharias returns to Appalachia with second novel

BurdyFollowing the disappearance of his father during World War II and his mother’s suicide, young Rain is brought up by the close-knit community of Christian Bend in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee. His mother’s friend Burdy Luttrell is a stable fixture in his life, enabling him to shut the door on his painful past and make his own way in the world. A random shooting threatens Burdy’s life, and she realizes she has perhaps waited too long to reveal a shameful secret she has kept from Rain for almost 30 years.  9780881465396

Virginia Children's Book Festival

Brown Girl DreamingAuthors and illustrators who have won some of the biggest awards in children’s literature will share the magic Friday and Saturday at the Virginia Children’s Book Festival in Farmville. Kwame Alexander, who won the top Newbery prize for his book “The Crossover,” and Jacqueline Woodson, who won the National Book Award for “Brown Girl Dreaming,” are among the stars who will read from their works, participate in panels, create new stories and even taste the blackberry fool from Sophie Blackall’s “A Fine Dessert.”  9780399252518

How to Start a Book Club

“You need at least four or five people who will come every month,” she said. “Decide whether you want a larger group or one that is more intimate. Sometimes, if a group gets too large it becomes more about socializing and less about the book.”

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Burdy

Parapalooza! Reading from Burdy by Karen Spears Zacharias

BurdyWhen it is a healing they need, the people at Christian Bend, Tennessee, turn to one woman—Burdy Luttrell. Melungeon by birth, Burdy learned the therapeutic properties of roots from the women in her family. When Burdy discovers that Lincoln Memorial University is hosting a class on healing roots, she persuades her friend, Mayne, to drive her up. The two women make a fateful stop at Laidlow Pharmacy at Bean Station where an armed gunman executes three people and critically injures another. Burdy—the woman able to cure others—is now fighting for her life at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. One thing is keeping Burdy alive—she has to tell Rain, the boy she has cared for since birth, the secret she’s kept from him all these years. Rain was a deaf toddler when his father Zebulon Hurd was reported presumed dead following the Normandy Invasion. The news sent Maizee Hurd, Rain’s mother, headlong into a mental collapse from which she never recovered. When the now grown Rain gets word that Burdy has been shot, he leaves his job in Rhode Island and rushes back home to Tennessee, completely unaware of Burdy’s secrets and how the shooting at Bean Station will transport them all to another time and place—1950s, Bayeux, France. Karen Spears Zacharias has crafted a mesmerizing novel of tragedy and transformation, a beautiful rendering of fact and fiction, and a tenderhearted narrative of survivors and the battles they face.

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Meet John Reynolds

John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds was born in Troy, Alabama, and spent seven years working with Dr. Martin Luther King as a Field Secretary in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. After leaving SCLC in 1971, John settled in Providence, RI, where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Rhode Island College. He served as Assistant Chaplain at Brown University for three years, and then worked for several years in social service agencies, including the Martin Luther King Center in Newport and the Smith Hill Center in Providence. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 2000 and served as Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pawtucket, RI, from 2000 to 2008, having previously served as Interim Pastor at Bethany from 1997 to 2000. In 2012 his book, The Fight for Freedom; A Memoir of My Years in the Civil Rights Movement, was published. Rev. Reynolds currently lives near Charleston, South Carolina.

The Fight for FreedomThe Fight for Freedom

In the summer of 1965, an eighteen-year old boy, filled with frustration and anger at the injustices of the segregated society in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, volunteered to help Civil Rights workers sent to Alabama by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as part of a campaign to register black people to vote. A few short months later he found himself in Atlanta, standing in the sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church, being interviewed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for a position on SCLC’s field staff. As a young foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, John Reynolds was an eyewitness to history. In The Fight for Freedom, he shares his experiences in some of the hot spots of that day, such as Selma, Birmingham, and Mississippi. He describes the planning and tactics that went into major campaigns, protests, and negotiations, and he talks about SCLC’s victories and setbacks. He shares his heartbreak at the assassination of Dr. King and describes the difficult days following that tragedy. A passionate and dedicated soldier, Reynolds went through some of the toughest battles of the Movement and played a role in awakening the national conscience and redeeming the soul of America.  9781477210147.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks:

Grant Park"A novel as significant as it is engrossing." "Booklist," starred review 

"Grant Park" is a page-turning and provocative look at black and white relations in contemporary America, blending the absurd and the poignant in a powerfully well-crafted narrative that showcases Pitts's gift for telling emotionally wrenching stories. 

"Grant Park" begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King's final days in Memphis. The story then moves to the eve of the 2008 election, and cuts between the two eras. Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column's publication. 

While a furious Carson tries to find Toussaint while simultaneously dealing with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a 60s activist Toussaint is abducted by two white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Barack Obama's planned rally in Chicago's Grant Park. Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as young men, when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement.

Meet the author at an indie bookstore:

okraAuthor Signing: Leonard Pitts Jr - Grant Park  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 10/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

okraLeonard Pitts Jr. - Grant Park  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 10/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

okraLeonard Pitts - GRANT PARK  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 11/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Buy from an indie | More Okra Picks!


Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

Wind/PinballWind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami: Murakami's first 2 novels, newly available in English. I thoroughly enjoyed them. Strange little pictures of half-painted figures. Early glimmers of his themes, strategies, and even a few characters. Quiet stories formed from scraps. Unexpected connections between suicidal science fiction authors, solitude's borders, and an elusive pinball machine. The introduction, which Murakami wrote for this edition, is one of the few good introductions I've ever read. (Nick)  9780385352123

 

 

Infinite HomeInfinite Home by Kathleen Alcott: This is a novel about a woman who owns an apartment building in New York, and the tenants who have made their homes there with her. This book floored me--it's achingly beautiful and I felt like I found a home in this world, this writing, and these characters. (Tyler)  9781594633638

 

 

 

Saint MazieSaint Mazie by Jami Attenberg: This is a special book about an extraordinary person: Mazie Phillips, queen of the Bowery in the 20s and 30s. Mazie and the world she inhabits feel as real to me as the room I'm sitting in--I never met her, but I am so, so glad to know her. (Tyler)  9781455599899

 

 

 

Saint MazieMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman: Adults don't read enough fairy tales and Fredrik Backman aims to change that with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. This modern day fairy tale has superheroes, warriors, snow-angels, and monsters as well as Wikipedia and audio books. I adored this book and found Elsa to be a brilliant mighty girl: up for the challenge her grandmother left her, not afraid to ask questions, able to mourn then forgive, and with an uncanny take on the nuances the past can have on one's future. Did I mention she's seven? (Rachel W.)  9781501115066

More bookseller recommendations


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 4. 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.

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. After You
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780525426592
3. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
4. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
5. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
6. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399167454
7. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
8. Make Me
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28.99, 9780804178778
9. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
okra10. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

11. The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $26.95, 9780385540353
12. The Murder House
James Patterson, David Ellis, Little Brown, $28, 9780316410984
13. The Nature of the Beast
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250022080
14. Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg, Gallery/Scout Press, $26, 9781476798172
15. Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062349316

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
3. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
4. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
5. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004
6. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
7. Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
Paul Theroux, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.95, 9780544323520
8. Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780804138147
9. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
10. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
11. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
12. Rising Strong
Brene Brown, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812995824
13. In This Together: My Story
Ann Romney, Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99, 9781250083975
14. Killing the Messenger
David Brock, Twelve, $28, 9781455533763
15. Plunder and Deceit
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $27, 9781451606300

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
2. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
3. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
5. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
6. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
7. A Sudden Light
Garth Stein, S&S, $15.99, 9781439187043
8. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
9. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9781101964873
10. The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant, Scribner, $16, 9781439199367
11. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633928
12. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $14, 9780307887443
okra13. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

14. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
15. Dog Songs
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $16, 9780143125839

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
4. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
5. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
6. So, Anyway...
John Cleese, Three Rivers Press, $16, 9780385348263
7. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Broadway, $15.99, 9781101905494
8. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
9. This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein, S&S, $16.99, 9781451697391
okra10. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $16.99, 9780062078247

11. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
12. Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes
John Besh, Andrews McMeel, $25, 9781449469177
13. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986696
14. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
15. Splendid Cities
Rosie Goodwin (Illus.), Alice Chadwick (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316265812

MASS MARKET

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
2. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
3. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
4. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
5. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
7. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
9. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
10. Macbeth
William Shakespeare, Washington Square Press, $5.99, 9780743477109

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
5. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
6. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335
7. Waiting
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062368430
8. Thank You and Good Night
Patrick McDonnell, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316338011
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. Seven Orange Pumpkins
Stephen Savage, Dial, $6.99, 9780803741386

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
2. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
4. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
5. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
6. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
7. It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
Chelsea Clinton, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399176128
8. Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo, Holt, $18.99, 9781627792127
9. The Isle of the Lost
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974
10. Crenshaw
Katherine Applegate, Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250043238

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
2. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810983915
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
10. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110725

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Special to the Southern List

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


  The Nature of the Beast Above the Waterfall My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South In This Together: My Story Killing the Messenger Plunder and Deceit The Husband's Secret A Sudden Light The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition) The Boston Girl Ready Player One The Invention of Wings Me Before You Dog Songs So, Anyway... The Devil in the White City This Changes Everything Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story In the Garden of Beasts We Should All Be Feminists Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016 Wild” width= Splendid Cities The Diary of a Young GirlA Walk in the WoodsLord of the Flies Animal Farm The Catcher in the Rye1984MacbethThank You and Good NightThe Outsiders


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Fierce Reads Tour  (author appearance)
Leigh Bardugo | 10/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Pajama Story Time with Illustrator/Author Mike Curato, Author of LITTLE ELLIOT Books  (author appearance)
Mike Curato | 10/13/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Peter Zheutlin- Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway  (author appearance)
Peter Zheutlin | 10/13/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Cynthia Lejeune Nobles: The Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans  (author appearance)
Cynthia LeJeune Nobles | 10/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Meet Chelsea Clinton when she comes to Octavia Books to sign IT'S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going   (author appearance)
Chelsea Clinton | 10/13/2015, 05:30 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

David Sansing with A TROUBLED HISTORY  (author appearance)
David Sansing | 10/13/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

An Evening with Nicholas Sparks (at the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill)  (author appearance)
Nicholas Sparks | 10/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford discusses his story collection Let Me Be Frank with You  (author appearance)
Richard Ford | 10/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Howard Jacobson - Proteinaholic  (author appearance)
Howard Jacobson | 10/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Bland Simpson -Little Rivers and Waterway Tales  (author appearance)
Bland Simpson | 10/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Jenny Milchman Mini Workshop & Signing   (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/13/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Women's National Book Association Meeting  (author appearance)
Lauren Groff | 10/14/2015, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

John Pope - GETTING OFF AT ELYSIAN FIELDS: Obituaries from the New Orleans Times-Picayune (launch!)  (author appearance)
John Pope | 10/14/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities in Action: Globalization: How It Has Transformed our World since 1945  (other event)
10/14/2015, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Eric Mitchko - Previews NC Opera's Madame Butterfly  (other event)
10/14/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Corban Addison Shares The Tears of Dark Water  (author appearance)
Corban Addison | 10/14/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Inkwood's Official Book Club! A DEADLY WANDERING  (book club)
10/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Sloane Crosley with THE CLASP  (author appearance)
Sloane Crosley | 10/15/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Fierce Reads Tour featuring Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills, and Leila Sales!  (author appearance)
Leigh Bardugo | 10/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Bookends reads Lawrence Durrell – Balthazar   (book club)
10/15/2015, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Dannye Romine Powell - Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore  (author appearance)
Dannye Romine Powell | 10/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Douglas Waller - Disciples  (author appearance)
Douglas Waller | 10/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Stuart Woods Booksigning  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 10/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet Author S.C. Gwynne: REBEL YELL  (author appearance)
S.C. Gwynne | 10/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ron Rash Returns with His New Novel  (author appearance)
Ron Rash | 10/16/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Opening Celebration for the West End Poetry Festival  (author appearance)
Tsitsi Jaji | 10/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Brian Selznick - The Marvels (Offsite event)  (author appearance)
Brian Selznick | 10/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Live Music featuring Al Watson  (other event)
10/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

BOOK LAUNCH for BOUNCE: Boomerang # 3  (author appearance)
Noelle August | 10/17/2015, 05:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Jenny Milchman Book Event  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/17/2015, 01:00 pm | MacIntosh Books and Paper | Sanibel, FL

Cheryl Hollon Booksigning  (author appearance)
Cheryl Hollon | 10/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Octavia Books Book Club - THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 10/17/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Emily Witcher with A HOUSE DIVIDED  (author appearance)
Emily Witcher | 10/17/2015, 11:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Paul Smolen - Can Doesn't Mean Should  (author appearance)
Paul Smolen | 10/17/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Patricia Ottaviano - Girl World  (author appearance)
Patricia Ottaviano | 10/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth Langston - Wishing for You  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Langston | 10/17/2015, 03:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

S.C. Gwynne Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
S.C. Gwynne | 10/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
10/17/2015, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
10/18/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Killing People for a Living: The Popularity of Crime Fiction”Discussion & Signing  (author appearance)
Nancy J. Cohen | 10/18/2015, 01:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Garth Risk Hallberg- City on Fire  (author appearance)
Garth Risk Hallberg | 10/18/2015, 03:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Harry Wurster – When the Ice Melts  (author appearance)
Harry Wurster | 10/18/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

S.C. Gwynne - Rebel Yell  (author appearance)
S.C. Gwynne | 10/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nicholas Sparks Book Signing  (author appearance)
Nicholas Sparks | 10/18/2015, 03:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Jenny Milchman with AS NIGHT FALLS  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Elizabeth Sanders - THE LAST LIGHT  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Sanders | 10/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Scott Cheshire discusses his newest novel, High As the Horses' Bridles, in conversation with Brook Wilensky-Lanford  (author appearance)
Scott Cheshire | 10/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Susan Carol McCarthy discusses and signs A Place We Knew Well  (author appearance)
Susan Carol McCarthy | 10/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

YA Author Visit: Gina Ciocca, Rachael Allen, Lauren Morrill, Julie Reece, and Katie Stout  (author appearance)
Gina Ciocca, | 10/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Garth Risk Hallberg with CITY ON FIRE  (author appearance)
Garth Risk Hallberg | 10/20/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group discusses Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison  (book club)
10/20/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Adam Rubin & Dan Salmieri - Robo-Sauce  (author appearance)
Adam Rubin | 10/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Joy Hensley & Courtney Stevens Discuss Contemporary YA Reading and Writing!  (author appearance)
Courtney C. Stevens | 10/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

YAW - YA Wednesdays! SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo  (book club)
10/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Hank Phillippi Ryan- What You See  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan | 10/21/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Rick Bragg- My Southern Journey: True Stories From the Heart of the South  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg | 10/21/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

John Biguenet - SILENCE (with Object Lessons Series Editor Christopher Schaberg)  (author appearance)
John Biguenet | 10/21/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities in Action: Thinking Historically about the Cuba-U.S. Rapprochement with Louis A. Pérez, Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History  (other event)
10/21/2015, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ian Millhiser discusses his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted  (author appearance)
Ian Millhiser | 10/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

David Menconi - Comin' Right at Ya  (author appearance)
David Menconi | 10/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Maggie Shipstead: Author Event  (author appearance)
Maggie Shipstead | 10/21/2015, 06:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Pam Webber Presents The Wiregrass: A Novel  (author appearance)
Pam Webber | 10/21/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Meet the Cookbook Author Nicole Taylor: THE UP SOUTH COOKBOOK: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen  (author appearance)
Nicole Taylor | 10/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Joy Williams with THE VISITING PRIVILEGE  (author appearance)
Joy Williams | 10/22/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Lori Ostlund discusses her debut novel After the Parade  (author appearance)
Lori Ostlund | 10/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ree Drummond - The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime (Signing only)  (author appearance)
Ree Drummond | 10/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Andrea Kleine In Conversation With Noah Scalin  (author appearance)
Andrea Kleine | 10/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Patrick Kendrick Booksigning  (author appearance)
Patrick Kendrick | 10/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Athens Paperback Book Launch: Jessica Handler for INVISIBLE SISTERS  (author appearance)
Jessica Handler | 10/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraBrian Panowich Presents Debut Novel  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 10/23/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Kathryn Aalto – The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh  (author appearance)
Kathryn Aalto | 10/23/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Julia Elliott - The New and Improved Romie Futch  (author appearance)
Julia Elliott | 10/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Rick Bragg - Presented By The Friends of the Chesterfield Library Systems  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg | 10/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Delilah Dawson (writing as Lila Bowen), Victoria Schwab & Cherie Priest, Wake of Vultures  (author appearance)
Lila Bowen | 10/24/2015, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Poppy Tooker - TUJAGUE'S COOKBOOK  (author appearance)
Poppy Tooker | 10/24/2015, 01:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraTaylor Kitchings - YARD WAR  (author appearance)
Taylor Kitchings | 10/24/2015, 03:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraDiane Chamberlain – Pretending to Dance  (author appearance)
Diane Chamberlain | 10/24/2015, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Jenny Milchman – As Night Falls  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/24/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Signing: Landis Wade - The Christmas Heist: A Courtroom Adventure  (author appearance)
Landis Wade | 10/24/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ben Matthews In-Store Signing  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 10/24/2015, 11:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Mixing It Up with the Mystery Writers of America!  (other event)
10/24/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

New and Notable Book Club: THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL by Naomi Jackson  (book club)
10/25/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Michael K. Brantley discusses his memoir Memory Cards  (author appearance)
Michael K. Brantley | 10/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kathryn Aalto discusses her new book, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood  (author appearance)
Kathryn Aalto | 10/25/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

NCPS Reading Series  (author appearance)
Michael Beadle | 10/25/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Ned Sublette - The American Slave Coast  (author appearance)
Ned Sublette | 10/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

KIDS BOOK CLUB! The Nethergrim  (book club)
10/26/2015, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Book Lovers Club at Flyleaf discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  (book club)
10/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Robert Reich - Saving Capitalism: with special guests!  (other event)
10/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Book Club of the Fantastic: WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson  (book club)
10/27/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett  (book club)
10/27/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Michael Gutierrez discusses his new novel, The Trench Angel  (author appearance)
Michael Gutierrez | 10/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kathryn Aalto - The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh  (author appearance)
Kathryn Aalto | 10/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Richard Wall Discusses Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening  (author appearance)
Richard Wall | 10/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

A Conversation with Hammet Prize-Winner Howard Owen, Author of The Bottom  (author appearance)
Howard Owen | 10/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

MARKUS ZUSAK returns to TAMPA!!  (author appearance)
Markus Zusak | 10/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Richard Campanella - THE PHOTOJOURNALISM OF DEL HALL, 1950s-2000s: New Orleans and Beyond  (author appearance)
Richard Campanella | 10/28/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraBrian Panowich with BULL MOUNTAIN  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 10/28/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities in Action: Russia and Security after the Cold War with Graeme Robertson, Associate Professor of Political Science  (other event)
10/28/2015, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

A.G. Riddle discusses his latest novel Departure  (author appearance)
A.G. Riddle | 10/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Bruce Hillman - Man Who Stalked Einstein  (author appearance)
Bruce Hillman | 10/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Nancie McDermott & Nongkran Daks - Double Cookbook Event  (author appearance)
Nongkran Daks | 10/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Keija Parssinen -THE UNRAVELING of MERCY LOUIS  (author appearance)
Keija Parssinen | 10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Bonnie Jo Campbell with MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS  (author appearance)
Bonnie Jo Campbell | 10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraAuthor Signing: Leonard Pitts Jr - Grant Park  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 10/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

James Joseph - Saved for a Purpose  (author appearance)
James Joseph | 10/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Day Before Halloween Party  (author appearance)
Nancy Cohen | 10/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

okraLeonard Pitts Jr. - Grant Park  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 10/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Tiny Tots Fall Festival  (other event)
10/31/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Solange Ritchie Booksigning- Burning Man  (author appearance)
Solange Ritchie | 11/01/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

MEET THE AUTHORS Bland and Ann Simpson!!  (author appearance)
Bland and Ann Simpson | 11/06/2015, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Jeff Lindsay Booksigning  (author appearance)
JEFF LINDSAY | 11/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Carolina Writers at Home: Kathryn Byer and Thomas Rain Crowe  (author appearance)
Kathryn Byer | 11/06/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Pamela Newkirk - SPECTACLE: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga  (author appearance)
Pamela Newkirk | 11/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Rachel E. Kelly Presents Her Colorworld Series  (author appearance)
Rachel E. | 11/09/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Ned and Constance Sublette - THE AMERICAN SLAVE COAST  (author appearance)
Ned and | 11/12/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Nina Romano and D.J.Niko Booksigning  (author appearance)
Nina Romano | 11/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Mark de Castrique Returns with a New Mystery Novel  (author appearance)
Mark de Castrique | 11/13/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

okraLeonard Pitts - GRANT PARK  (author appearance)
Leonard Pitts | 11/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Eberhard Lo Faber   (author appearance)
Eberhard Lo | 11/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Open House  (other event)
11/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Deborah Diesen - NOT VERY MERRY POUT POUT FISH  (author appearance)
Deborah Diesen | 11/20/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Wine & Cheese Party- Robert N. Macomber's 10th Annual Central Florida Reader Rendezvous  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 11/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Wine and Cheese with Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber | 11/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Muse Book Shop | Deland, FL

Meet the Author: featuring Ben Matthews  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 11/21/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

An Evening with Mitch Albom - THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO  (author appearance)
Mitch Albom | 11/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Shawn Gibson   (author appearance)
Shawn Gibson | 11/28/2015, 01:00 pm | Diana's Bookstore | Elkin, NC

Robert N. Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 12/02/2015, 07:30 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Daniel de Visé – Andy and Don  (author appearance)
Daniel de | 12/04/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Manger Mouse with Special Guest  (author appearance)
Sarah Martin | 12/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Diana's Bookstore | Elkin, NC

Robert N. Macomber Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 12/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

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