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{Armadillos in the vegetable garden.}

In which Mr. Richard Grant has an armadillo problem, Mr. John Gregory Brown is driven to steal a book, (it's a good one) and her ladyship misses her summer homework.

July 3, 2016

In This Issue

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


“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.” ― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 

Dearest Readers,

Summer was a time her ladyship, the editor, was especially fond of as a child. Not, as might be expected, because school was out and there was nothing to do during the long warm days but play -- this was certainly an attraction, but for every pick up baseball game she played in the street, for every hour spent roller-skating with her best friend (her toes still feel the pinch of the metal grip through her sneakers as she tightened the skate key two turns past comfort), for every hour spent this way she spent three hidden away in some secret corner of the garden or house, reading.

A Tree Grows in BrooklynSummer, you see, was the time of school reading lists. And almost the first thing her ladyship did when school was out was take a trip to the library to check out all the books on her list. Then, like young Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (a personal heroine) who used to retreat to her fire escape with her library books, her ladyship would find herself something to drink, a quiet spot, open the first book in her stack and start reading. And she would keep reading until she was missed by her parents and called in for supper.

So summer and books have always been associated in her ladyship's mind, which explains her fondness and endless curiosity about other people's summer reading lists. July is an especially rewarding month for southern reading lists. On July 1st, southern indie booksellers released their Summer Okra Picks -- thirteen new books that are coming out over the next couple months. Of course, thirteen new books might not last the summer for some of her ladyship's readers. Fortunately, on July 4th -- Independents' Day! -- the same southern indie booksellers announced the winners of the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize -- nine more fantastic southern books to stuff into your beach bag. 


Read Independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Read Savannah Liane MoriartyTruly, Madly, Guilty

#ReadSavannah! with Liane Moriarty

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

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

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Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The Cantaloupe ThiefJuly 5, ten years ago

Alberta felt every one of her eighty years, felt them deep in the rigid muscles that supported her slender neck. Her Fourth of July party last night was exhausting in a way it hadn’t been in previous years. This morning’s pancake breakfast with her teenage granddaughters was raucous, at least by her standards. She loved the girls, God knew – loved them with a ferocity that surprised her. Still, their exuberance was wearing.

She eased onto the sagging den sofa, solicitous of her aching hip, and kicked off her ecru pumps. Her chihuahua Dollie hopped up beside her, head cocked, waiting for a pinch of bread crust.

“Dollie, you’re my best girl,” she said, giving the cinnamon colored dog a small bite. “Though I don’t think poor Amanda wants to compete.”

The tête-à-tête earlier with her only daughter had been as difficult as she’d imagined, disclosing the long-held secret about her younger son, the family rogue. Alberta could tell that Amanda was shocked.

“At least that shut her up about my so-called dementia,” she told Dollie. Then the doctor’s visit with her older son, the stalwart one, the one she trusted. She’d given him a hard time over the years, she knew. But he’d remained steadfast.

Now all she wanted was to curl up on the end of this worn sofa with her sandwich and potato chips and a glass of Tabitha’s sweet iced tea. Her maid brewed tea better than the maids of anyone in her bridge club. Everyone said so.

--Deb Richardson-Moore, The Cantaloupe Thief (Lion Fiction, 2016) 9781782641926

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

My SunshineMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

"Revisit your 1980s childhood in this suspenseful tale of teenage obsession and desire set against the searing heat and swampy overgrowth of an idyllic neighborhood in Baton Rouge, La." -- Alissa at Square Books, Oxford, MS  9780425278109

But What If We're Wrong?But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

How will rock music be remembered in 500 years? And which artists will we remember? Is the greatest author of the 20th century as yet undiscovered, their works sitting unpublished at the bottom of a dresser drawer? Will today's obvious truths become tomorrow's patent falsehoods? But What If We're Wrong? is the perfect jumping-off point for these mind-bending and sometimes unsettling questions. --Lane at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC 9780399184123

The Bean TreesThe Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Meet Taylor Greer, a plucky Kentucky girl with twang and guts-- the kind of gumption that gets you out of a small town and across the country in a lil ole jalopy. Kingsolver gives us the magic of synchronicity and chance that will make your your heart squeeze with its truth. Filled with downpours, impossible gardens, tractor tires, and friends along the way. A warm book that will leave you smiling. One of my favorites!  --Amanda  at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC 9780062277756


A Thousand Miles from NowhereA Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown

"It's not often that I begin and end a book within hours, but A Thousand Miles from Nowhere became an obsession that I had to finish immediately. Truly spectacular, Henry Garrett's story unfolds despite Hurricane Katrina, not because of it. Fans of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy will not be disappointed." -- Rachel at Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA 9780316302807

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Okra Picks: The Cantaloupe Thief

The Cantaloupe ThiefToo many people are staying silent about a ten--year--old murder case--it's time for reporter Branigan Powers to investigate

Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees one--and the ten--year--old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut. Resnick was stabbed in her home after she let it slip that she was planning to change her will. There are plenty of suspects in the death of the matriarch of the town's founding family, but the killer has never been caught.

Now Branigan must do some serious digging to get her story. She knows the town's homeless community might have seen something; she also knows that the local cops wouldn't have thought of questioning these often--invisible people. There's a big problem, though; as Branigan starts digging, the homeless start dying. When her twin brother, a long--time addict, gets involved, the consequences of her investigation may hit a little too close to home.

Set in the fictional small town of Grambling, Georgia, The Cantaloupe Thief is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson-Moore. The author is herself a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless, lending weight to the portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunnit.

Okra Picks

The List: The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize - The Winners!

My Sunshine AwayThe Great Santini Fiction Prize Winner:

My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
“This debut author spins a tale that will grab you from the first page and keep you turning pages until the last.”– Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC   9780425278109



Above the WaterfallThe Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner:

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
“Beautiful language, I could not put this book down.  Read it in one day.” – Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans, LA  9780062349323

Bull MountainThe Beach Music Mystery Prize Winner:

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
“Reads like a twisty, dark TV series you can't help but binge-watch.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA  9780425282281



The Bone TreeThe Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize Winner:

The Bone Tree by Greg Isles (William Morrow & Company)
“Iles has written an intense, tightly plotted narrative with more than one shocking turn of events that will have readers racing to finish, but then pining away for the third installment of this massive and electrifying trilogy.” – Square Books, Oxford, MS  9780062311139

Soulfood LoveThe Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize Winner:

Soul Food Love by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers)
I really appreciate the goal of this cookbook - to make Soul food quick, inexpensive, tasty and healthy! The family history part of the cookbook was very interesting and I appreciated the honesty of the authors. I loved the pictures of the family & the finished product of the recipes.” – Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC  9780804137935

Dispatches from PlutoThe Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize Winner:

Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster)
"In Dispatches From Pluto, Richard Grant brings clarity, insight, and wit through his outsider's observations of a small and forgotten community in the Mississippi Delta. The situations he writes of and the people he comes to know as friends are brought warmly and enrichingly to life as he settles his family in a rotting and dilapidated plantation home in Pluto, Mississippi." – Pass  Books, Pass Christian, MS  9781476709642


JacksonlandThe Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize Winner:

Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press
“Great history! Loved the book, very well written”  – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC  9780143108313

MosquitolandPoppy's Pants Young Adult Prize Winner:

Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)
“Mim's voice in this amazing amalgam of a love story, a road trip novel, and a coming-of-age story, will stay with you long after you finish .” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC  9780147513656


Serafina and the Black CloakPoppy's Pants Youngster's Prize Winner:

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion)
“A wonderfully thrilling mystery for young readers that is as much a celebration of being "different" as it is pitch-perfect creepiness.”– Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA  9781484711873


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Book & Author Gossip

Dispatches from PlutoA Brit in the Land of Boiled Peanuts

After the first heavy rain, the plaster in his bedroom ceiling cracks and a sizable leak ensues. Even with two fireplaces, keeping warm with the antiquated heating system is problematic. Outdoors, armadillos root up his vegetable garden nightly. Alligators venture into the yard, poisonous snakes slither from the brush, hordes of mosquitoes and angry wasps pepper the property.  9781476709642

South Towards Home

South Toward HomeIn her introduction, Margaret Eby, originally from Birmingham, describes the nature of her book. It is “not meant to be an encyclopedia of Southern literature, nor is it a travel guide. It is an odyssey of sorts through a pocket of the South that I grew up in and learned to understand through reading.”  9780393241112

Quail Ridge Books Grand Opening

Raleigh’s nationally celebrated independent bookstore opens in its new location in the Lassiter District of North Hills on July 23-24 with a two-day party, complete with games, prizes and special author events. QRB, recently voted 2016 Best Bookstore in the Triangle by Indy Week readers, will celebrate the grand opening of its new 9,000-square-foot store, just across Lassiter Mill from its temporary “QRB On the Fly” location.

Carrie M. Brown interviews her husband

A Thousand Miles from NowhereCarrie M. Brown: Will you tell me again the story that made me fall in love with you?

John Gregory Brown: What story?

CMB: You know. The one about how you figured out you wanted to become a writer? The one about being a teenage thief.

JGB: Ok. But I really don’t think that’s why you fell in love with me. I was 13 and got sent to summer school. There was a Penguin paperback display, and I resented having to be in summer school, so my pathetic adolescent revenge was to steal one of the books. It happened to be John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which I read—the first grown-up book I’d ever made it through, and I was just stunned by the language, the story, the grand ambition. I decided that’s what I wanted to do. That’s what I wanted to make people feel. 

Literary Bookpost changes ownership and name

The Literary Bookpost, at 110 S. Main St., is under new ownership and will soon be under a new name. Wendy Beeker, who has been working at the Literary Bookpost for a year, will both own and run the store. Bill and Cora Greene were operating the store, but Beeker said they were ready to sell it. “Bill and Cora decided they wanted to sell the store and they approached me about buying it,” Beeker said. “We came to a good agreement.” Though most things won’t change at the store, one big change will be the name. Beeker is changing the name to South Main Book Company to reflect a fresh start.

Books Unlimited creates children's store

Suzanne Harouff, who owns Books Unlimited in historic downtown Franklin, North Carolina, is planning a July 1 opening for Unlimited Books for Kids, her new children's store. Books Unlimited’s 300-square-foot sister store will be right next door, set inside the neighboring commercial building located at 70 East Main. Harouff is planning to move all of the children’s books for ages zero to 12 from Books Unlimited’s 250-square-foot children’s area, which resembles a castle, to Unlimited Books for Kids.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Special to the Southern List

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


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Meet the Author: Ashley Terrell  (author appearance)
Ashley Terrell | 07/08/2016, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

John Hollan Signs Adventures of the Starfish Family  (author appearance)
John Hollan | 07/08/2016, 01:00 pm | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Curtis Blanton’s Book of Humdingers  (author appearance)
Curtis Blanton | 07/08/2016, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Flyleaf YA Book Club discusses Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens  (book club)
07/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

ESTHER K. SMITH presents MAKING BOOKS WITH KIDS  (author appearance)
Esther K. Smith | 07/08/2016, 11:00 am | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Beatriz Williams Author of A Certain Age  (author appearance)
Beatriz Williams | 07/08/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Meet the Author: Chris Kohler  (author appearance)
Chris Kohler | 07/09/2016, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Second Saturday Story Time Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM  (other event)
07/09/2016, 10:30 am | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Kyle Petit Signs 30 Shades of GrAyton!  (author appearance)
Kyle Petit | 07/09/2016, 11:00 am | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Super Duper Story Time with Miss Rachel - at ReBlossom  (other event)
07/09/2016, 11:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Beatriz Williams, A Certain Age  (author appearance)
Beatriz Williams | 07/09/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - THE THREE BODY PROBLEM  (book club)
07/09/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Shana Smith - Meditations for Moms and Dads: 108 Tips for Parents and Caregivers  (author appearance)
07/09/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
07/09/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

POETRY ON REQUEST  (other event)
07/09/2016, 03:30 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Children's Storytime with author Veaney McIrvin  (author appearance)
Veaney McIrvin | 07/09/2016, 11:00 am | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Ten-Minute Tarot  (other event)
07/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Southern Festival of Books Launch Party  (book festival)
07/09/2016, 05:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

YA for Not-so-YAs Book Club: TENDER MORSELS by Margo Lanagan  (other event)
07/10/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraHarrison Scott Key  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

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

Heather Havrilesky - How to Be a Person in the World  (author appearance)
Heather Havrilesky | 07/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

NC Writers' Network, Open Mic  (other event)
07/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Author event with David Bell author of Since Since She Went Away  (author appearance)
David Bell | 07/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Social Justice Book Club: DIETLAND by Sarai Walker  (author appearance)
Sarai Walker | 07/12/2016, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraA Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown  (author appearance)
John Gregory Brown | 07/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Ace Atkins with THE INNOCENTS  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Jennie Spallone, Fatal Reaction  (author appearance)
Jennie Spallone | 07/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Dalene Vickery Parker and Linda Jeffords Gilden  (author appearance)
Dalene Vickery Parker | 07/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Orville Vernon Burton and Eldred E Prince, Jr.  (author appearance)
Orville Vernon Burton | 07/12/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Emma Straub author of Modern Lovers  (author appearance)
Emma Straub | 07/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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