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In which Ms. Kelly Justice is mad that Harlan Ellison is not a household name, Ms. Julia Jackson stitches some not very lady-like things on her sampler, and her ladyship doesn't want people to kill kittens.

October 5, 2015

In This Issue

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

Dearest Readers,

TyIf you ever needed a good reason to shop at your local indie, here is one for you: shopping local saves kittens. 

A couple weeks ago Ms. Kelly Justice, owner and force of nature behind the wonderful Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, (see the interview in Lit Hub, and especially the Staff Picks) posted to her Facebook page that she had taken in a hurt, feral kitten and was looking for a home for it. Her ladyship, who collects stray animals with only slightly less enthusiasm than she collects books, commented jokingly that if she only lived less than a four hour-drive away, she could take her. Ms. Justice, sensing blood in the water, replied immediately:

"I'll meet you halfway."

Which, she did. So earlier this week, during the deluge that was drowning most of parts South, her ladyship met up with Ms. Justice and her kitten in the parking lot of a convenient Waffle House off the Rocky Mount exit of I 95, and took possession of a very sweet, if somewhat grumpy, little cat.

So this is Ty, a sweetheart whose future would be in doubt were it not for the existence of independent bookstores.  Bookstore owners, after all, are not just in your community but of your community. They not only sell you books, they volunteer at local shelters, buy tickets for local concerts, and regularly let themselves be talked into buying cookies for your Girl Scout, popcorn for your Cub Scout, and candy to raise money for uniforms for your son's school band. And they save puppies and kittens. And talk other people into saving puppies and kittens. So shop local, or you hate kittens.

 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.

Pretending to DanceMorrison Ridge, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Daddy sat across from me in his wheelchair at the small table in the springhouse, a beam of sunlight resting on his thick dark hair.

"Check it out," he said, nodding toward the window, and I turned to see a dragonfly on the inside of the glass. Centered in one of the wavy panes, it looked as though it had been painted there with a fine-tipped brush.

I got up for a closer look. "A common green darner," I said, although I wasn't certain. "There was one in my bedroom last night, too," I added, sitting down again. "I think it might have been a dragonhunter."

Daddy looked amused. "You just like the sound of that name," he said.

"True. It was pretty, whatever it was." I'd forgotten a lot of what I'd learned last summer when I was thirteen and so into insects I thought I'd grow up to be an entomologist. This was the summer nothing felt quite right. One minute I wanted to ride my bike at top speed up and down Morrison Ridge's hilly dirt roads. The next minute I was shaving my legs and tweezing my eyebrows. Even nature seemed confused this summer in the mountains where we lived outside Swannanoa, North Carolina. The laurel was trying to bloom again, even though it was July, and the dragonflies were everywhere. I was careful when I touched the porch railing or the handle of my bicycle, not wanting to squash one of them.

--Diane Chamberlain, Pretending to Dance (St. Martin's Press, 2015) 9781250010742

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Book & Author Gossip

SlippageAn Interview with Fountain Bookstore

On the upside, ownership has made me more active in improving my neighborhood, city and world. I feel truly invested in making our customers both in the store and online happier. Period. Welcoming people into our Fountain Family is very important to me. Being open to readers from all walks of life with all kinds of favorite books: that means more to me than anything.

A Book Festival for an author

The Death of SantiniPlanning a literary festival around a single author -- no matter how beloved -- can be a tricky thing. Which is why when planners sat down to brainstorm the upcoming "Pat Conroy at 70" literary festival, they wanted to make sure the three-day event was as much about those who were attending as the author himself. "We really went at this trying to come up with a series of programs that would be a gift to Pat as well as his readers and the attendees," said festival co-chair Jonathan Haupt.  9780385343527

New cookbook coming from Sean Brock

Golden boy of Southern cuisine Sean Brock has just announced plans for his second cookbook, per Eater Charleston: "Titled Husk, [it] will focus on recipes from Brock's restaurants of the same name." Hurry up and wait, Brock fans, because this one's not coming out on Artisan Books till 2018. The chef's first book, Heritage, nabbed a James Beard Award this year.

Who Was Alabama Faulkner?

William Faulkner: Essays, Speeches & Public LettersOn a front page of William Faulkner's first published collection of essays, "These Thirteen," is an unusual dedication: "To Estelle and Alabama." Estelle, of course, was his wife. But Alabama? Although characters from Alabama would figure prominently in some of Faulkner's most famous novels, in this case, he wasn't referring to the state neighboring his native Mississippi. He was referring to his first-born child, a daughter named Alabama.  9780812971378

Books and Booze coming to Page and Palette

Books and booze? Page and Palette, a quaint, bookstore/coffee shop in downtown Fairhope has purchased a space to host book signings and add a wet bar, according to Fairhope Times. The space was a former art supply store on De Le Mar St. There's not a date scheduled for opening, according to the report, but fun events are in the future for the small town hotspot.

Clyde Edgerton receives Thomas Wolfe Prize

The Bible SalesmanThe University of North Carolina Chapel Hill English department plans to award the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Prize to University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Clyde Edgerton. The award is given annually to writers with distinguished bodies of work. In addition to this honor, Edgerton is a renowned author and Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor. Edgerton will give a public lecture at UNC Chapel Hill next month. Past recipients of this prize include Sandra Cisneros, Josephine Humphreys, and Lee Smith.  9780316117579

Businesses pick up the pieces after SC Flooding

Next door, Lee Burton didn't know if he would rebuild. He owned a South Carolina bookstore inside of Webb Rawls Gallery. Monday, he came back to survey the damage. The shelves were uprooted and laid on their sides.  He'd lost every single book. And without costly flood insurance, he was left with nothing. He surveyed the damage and didn't know where to start."I had some very rare South Carolina books in there. They're gone. The flood just rearranged everything," Burton said. "Pretty much everything in the store is a total loss. Just going to have to take it out, put it in a dumpster and have it hauled off."

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2015 SIBA Book Award Winners

Meet Rona Simmons

Rona SimmonsRona Simmons grew up in a military family with its constant duty rotations denying her the luxury of establishing roots and the comfort of the familiar, but gaining the invaluable opportunity to live abroad and experience diverse cultures. After graduating from Newcomb College in New Orleans and then Georgia State Graduate School of Business, she spent thirty years in corporate America. There she honed her skills in analysis and research, never knowing that she’d make use of those same talents after retiring in unearthing, examining, and constructing stories from the smallest kernel of information. Postcards from Wonderland is her most recent work of fiction (due out in March 2015) Previous works include The Quiet Room, a novel set in Evansville, Indiana, her mother's hometown and based loosely on her grandmother's life, a ghostwritten biography of a prominent Atlanta businessman, a collection of short stories compiled from interviews of family and friends from the early to mid 1900s, articles for a local Atlanta magazine and a horticultural journal, and flash fiction broadcast on Internet radio. Rona also speaks to groups, sharing life lessons and her favorite topic: looking past the ordinary to discover the extraordinary in all of us. Rona lives with her husband and (she swears) the last member of a passel of cats outside Atlanta, Georgia on eight pine-studded acres.

Postcards from WonderlandPostcards from Wonderland

Set in New England in 1921, "Postcards from Wonderland" is the story of Rose Margolin, a newly married young woman who finds her life turned upside down the night her husband is arrested. He's become the latest victim of the local mob's hijacking of bootlegged alcohol and likely to spend considerable time in jail. Fearing he might talk, the mob sends a warning to Rose in the form of a leg-breaker, Earl Bloom. Earl does more than impart the warning, he is overcome by lust and rapes Rose. Alone and terrified, Rose finds a way to free her husband. Isador returns home with dreams larger than ever. Soon, he finds himself once again entangled with the mob and arrested for more serious offenses. His missteps drag Rose into the midst of the brutal criminal gang and she catches the eye of the mob boss, who takes her as his mistress. As Rose sinks further into the nightmare of her new life with its bleak future, she gathers her wits and devises a plan of escape.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks: The Fall List!

Bottle Cap BoysPretending to DanceMy Sweet VidaliaGrant ParkDispatches from PlutoCarrying Albert HomeThe Southerner's CookbookToo Blessed to Be Stressed CookbookWailing WallSam PhillipsTime of DepartureWelcome to SerenityFalse Positive

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

SlippageSlippage The Harlan Ellison Collection

KELLY RECOMMENDS: Despite a 40+ year career, over 70 books and over a gillion awards: Harlan Ellison is not a household name. That makes me mad. He is one of our most gifted living writers and more gifted than a lot of the dead ones. I am overjoyed to see these reprints (of which Slippage is the most recently written) bringing him to a new audience. His stories my have fantastic settings and plots, but no one gets closer to portraying the essentials of the human condition that remain the same across place and time: beauty, tragedy, cruelty, kindness, humor and the whole glorious horrific mess of it all.  9781497643246

The Story of the Lost ChildThe Story of the Lost Child

MAUREEN RECOMMENDS: I led the charge on #FerranteFever at Fountain, begging my fellow booksellers to join me in my obsession. I was nearly apoplectic waiting for book four. Everyone is safe now that it’s out and I’ve read it. But now it’s over! What an experience: a beautiful story of a friendship and a country. A masterpiece.  9781609452865

Rebel YellRebel Yell

CARL RECOMMENDS: From New York Times bestselling author a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson” became a great and tragic American hero.” One of my favorite characters of the Civil War, “Rebel Yell” goes in depth with the well-respected soldier, feared opponent, loving husband and doting father (something his opponents on the field would not experience)! Civil War nerds like myself will not be able to put this down!


One Word from SophiaOne Word form Sophia

DIANE RECOMMENDS: Sophia is trying every fancy word she can think of to get her one true desire for her birthday: a pet giraffe. There are only four things standing in her way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad, and Grand-mama. Turns out she only needed one word. Guess which one it is!  9781481405140


The Last PolicemanThe Last Policeman

STEVE RECOMMENDS: Honestly, the first book isn’t the greatest mystery I’ve ever read, but as a story about a man obsessed with maintaining his principles in a world that literally has an expiration date, this series is pretty special- I’m thinking about the ending as I type this and am literally getting goosebumps. Really good stuff.


Subversive Cross StitchSubversive Cross Stitch

BETH RECOMMENDS: Being a crazy, crafty mama with a potty mouth, this book made her scream with glee! I’ve been stitching away at such comforting designs as: “Don’t Be Such A Baby” and “Cheer Up, Loser” and many others that cannot be printed here.  9781576877555



Better on ToastBetter on Toast

NATALIE RECOMMENDS: When I started at Fountain recently, I didn’t realize I would be working with so many people who enjoyed cooking and sharing good food as much as I do! This book makes me happy. The recipes are simple, easy, wholesome, comforting and delicious  9780062329042

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending September 20. 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 Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
okra3. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

4. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95, 9780399167454
5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
6. Make Me
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28.99, 9780804178778
7. Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062349316
8. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
9. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
10. X
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $28.95, 9780399163845
11. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
12. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $28, 9780812998917
13. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
14. Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg, Gallery/Scout Press, $26, 9781476798172
15. The Marriage of Opposites
Alice Hoffman, S&S, $27.99, 9781451693591


1. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Henry Holt & Company, $30, 9781627792417
3. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
7. My Southern Journey
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
8. The Art of Memoir
Mary Karr, Harper, $24.99, 9780062223067
9. Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780804138147
10. Killing the Messenger
David Brock, Twelve, $28, 9781455533763
11. Conscious Uncoupling
Katherine Woodward Thomas, Harmony, $26, 9780553446999
12. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
13. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
14. Guinness World Records 2016
Guinness World Records, $28.95, 9781910561027
15. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
2. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
3. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
okra4. The Sea Keeper's Daughters
Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House Publishers, $14.99, 9781414386904

5. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455559817
6. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
7. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
8. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
9. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
10. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
11. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9781101964873
okra12. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Berkley, $16, 9780425276211

13. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
14. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633928
15. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
4. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Broadway, $15.99, 9781101905494
5. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
6. One Nation
Ben Carson, Sentinel, $15, 9781595231222
7. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
8. Vive Le Color! Butterflies
Marabout, Abrams Noterie, Harry N. Abrams, $9.95, 9781419719806
9. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
10. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
11. Zendoodle Coloring
Nikolett Corly, Nikolett Corley, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
12. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
13. This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein, S&S, $16.99, 9781451697391
14. Secret Paris
Zoe de Las Cases (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316265829
15. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
okra 6. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Harper, $9.99, 9780062311092

7. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
8. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
9. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
10. Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse, Bantam Classics, $5.99, 9780553208849


1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr.Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Waiting
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062368430
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
7. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335
8. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062304186
9. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
10. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670013968


1. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
2. It's Your World
Chelsea Clinton, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399176128
okra3. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

4. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
5. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
6. Flora and Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763676711
7. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
8. Crenshaw
Katherine Applegate, Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250043238
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jesse Andrews, Amulet, $9.95, 9781419719462
10. The Isle of the Lost
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974


1. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
2. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780553538410
3. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
4. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann, Aladdin, $7.99, 9781442407695
9. The Knight at Dawn (The Magic Tree House #2)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824121
10. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114

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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.

Above the Waterfall The Marriage of Opposites My Southern Journey Killing the Messenger The Road to Character The Sea Keeper's Daughters Memory Man Big Little Lies The Husband's Secret Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good The Story of a New Name The Paying Guests The Devil in the White City Vive Le Color! Butterflies We Should All Be Feminists The Glass Castle' Zendoodle Coloring This Changes Everything Secret Paris In the Garden of Beasts The Catcher in the Rye 1984 Lord of the Flies Natchez Burning” width= Ender's Game OutlanderSiddharthaOh, the Places You'll Go!Serafina and the Black CloakFlora and Ulysses


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Robert N. Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Local Author/Illustrator Joey Weiser: Mermin Book 4 Launch  (author appearance)
Joey Weiser | 10/08/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Bernard Lee Jr signs A Look In Time  (author appearance)
Bernard Lee | 10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

C.C. Lockwood - LOUISIANA WILD: The Protected and Restored Lands of The Nature Conservancy  (author appearance)
C.C. Lockwood | 10/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jonathan Evison with THIS IS YOUR LIFE HARRIET CHANCE!  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison | 10/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic, featuring the winners of the Flyleaf Poetry Contest  (other event)
10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Bland and Ann Simpson - LIttle Rivers and Waterway Tales  (author appearance)
Bland and Ann Simpson | 10/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Meet Local Author and UGA Professor Emeritus of Horticulture: Allan M. Armitage  (author appearance)
Allan M. Armitage | 10/09/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meg Waite Clayton- The Race for Paris  (author appearance)
Meg Waite Clayton | 10/09/2015, 12:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Romance Writers of America Unite  (author appearance)
Jeana Mann | 10/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Kenneth Oppel with THE NEST  (author appearance)
Kenneth Oppel | 10/09/2015, 04:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Sheila Turnage discusses her newest novel, The Odds of Getting Even, at Chapel Hill Public Library  (author appearance)
Sheila Turnage | 10/09/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Panel Representing David Lee - Gulf Stream Chronicles  (other event)
10/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Robert N. Macomber Discussion & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert N. Macomber | 10/10/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club   (book club)
10/10/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books 15th Anniversary Celebration  (other event)
10/10/2015, 12:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ben McPherson discusses his novel, A Line of Blood  (author appearance)
Ben McPherson | 10/10/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Free Prompt-Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
10/10/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

An Evening of Murder & Mayhem - FOUR Mystery Authors  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Lucy Rozier -Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph  (author appearance)
Lucy Rozier | 10/10/2015, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Launch Party and Talk  (author appearance)
C. Hope Clark | 10/10/2015, 04:00 pm | Edisto Bookstore | Edisto Island, SC

Ben Carson Book Signing  (author appearance)
Ben Carson | 10/10/2015, 03:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
10/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Meet the Author - Lou Sahadi  (author appearance)
Lou Sahadi | 10/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Jenny Milchman discusses her new novel As Night Falls  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 10/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

YA Panel: Alexandra Duncan, Amy Reed, and Jaye Robin Brown discuss their latest novels  (author appearance)
Alexandra Duncan | 10/11/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

The Bookies Book Club Discuss Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner  (book club)
10/12/2015, 10:30 am | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

RESCUE ROAD: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway  (author appearance)
Peter Zheutlin | 10/12/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kristin Hersh - DON'T SUCK, DON'T DIE: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt  (author appearance)
Kristin Hersh | 10/12/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Paul Theroux with DEEP SOUTH  (author appearance)
10/12/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Alex Matsuo discusses her new book The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater  (author appearance)
Alex Matsuo | 10/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet the Author featuring Lou Sahadi  (author appearance)
Lou Sahadi | 10/17/2015, 06:00 pm | 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horror Trivia Night hosted by author Mark Gunnells  (author appearance)
Mark Gunnells | 10/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish Writer's Club  (writers group)
10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

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

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