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{A natural born mentor.}

In which you don’t have to have a snake-handling daddy in the pokey to know what it means to feel trapped, some legislators get some schooling, and Mr. Pat Conroy will be remembered for far more than his books.

March 6, 2016

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Southern literature lost another beloved voice this past week. Pat Conroy, one of the South's grand old men of southern literature, and a writer who inspired fierce devotion from not only his readers but almost anyone who knew him, succumbed at last to the cancer he announced last month he had been fighting. His wife, novelist Cassandra King, said simply "The water is wide but he has now crossed over."

Obituaries and retrospectives abound, focusing mostly on how Conroy turned his dark life into the novels that so many people love. "Tortured" is the word the New York Times used. But there is another part of Mr. Conroy's life that her ladyship, the editor, has noted and admired for a long while -- Pat Conroy has been a generous and supportive presence in the lives of many new Southern writers. He mentored them, encouraged them, lent his support and his time. It is not uncommon --- indeed, it is all too common -- to talk to an author with a new or debut novel and find that Pat Conroy had offered advice on an early draft, answer a query with a lengthy response, or offered to read future work (a promise he always made good on). Recently he helped to start Story River Books, an imprint from the University of South Carolina Press, with the specific goal of nurturing the writers in his home state of South Carolina:

"Literature can choose anywhere it wants to be born. It can come from a nursing home in Seneca or Summerville, from an old mill town near Greenville, from a peach orchard in York, or from anywhere the sting and loveliness of language goes to dwell. I want Story River Books to find and nurture those voices, and for writers young and old in this infinitely variable state to be recognized and heard."

Her ladyship's readers will recognize some of the books in the Story River Books imprint:

A Southern Girl Fate Moreland's Widow Soon Untying the Moon

"Pat was a natural-born mentor," writes Karen Spears Zacharias in her own tribute, "Quick-witted and quick to praise. He once told me he was a blurb-slut. He was referring to his tendency to be generous with other writers, always trying to help out where he could. Some of the best writing advice I ever got came from Pat. But it was the way he cared about others, his generosity of spirit that remains with me . . . While Miss Nelle hid away, denying audience to all but a select few, Pat Conroy spent his lifetime casting a wide net and drawing us all in.  Many a writer owes their start to Pat."

The state of Southern literature is a better place today because of Mr. Conroy's dedication to the next generation of Southern writers.  That is the Pat Conroy we know in the South.

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.


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.

HideI was wiping the blood off my hands when I saw him. I was twenty-three years old, and outside, the whole town, buildings and trees and the first green buds of tentative spring, was coated in a casing of ice from a late winter storm like something in a museum, something fragile and important that had to be preserved, kept from all the grubby hands that would want to touch it. The power lines sagged beneath the weight, and the trees and streets and sidewalks held themselves tense, waiting for the snap. But in those last minutes of afternoon, as the trees darkened and flattened into  silhouettes against the sky, the ice began to loosen, gathering slow into cold drops that hung so heavy and still it seemed they would never fall.

-- Matthew Griffin, Hide (Bloomsbury, 2016) 9781632863386

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Read This!


Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC:

Free MenFrom Sarah: I loved Katy Simpson Smith's Free Men (Harper $26.99), a novel set in 1788, in what will become Alabama, and based on the true story of an escaped slave, a white orphan, and a Creek Indian who are on the run together after committing a serious crime. As in Smith's first novel, The Story of Land and Sea (Harper $15.99), set on the NC coast during the Revolution, and which I also loved, she demonstrates a remarkable ability to fully immerse the reader in a bygone era. Free Men is part crime thriller and part meditation on freedom and the personal cost of clashing societies in a new world. Joseph Ellis has called Smith "the most sophisticated historical novelist of her generation." 

My Name is Lucy BartonFrom Samantha: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Random House $26). As I read this, one word kept running through my mind: "Gentleness". This is a story about the co-existence of pain and comfort that is a hallmark of any significant relationship. But it is told with such disarming gentleness of voice, you find that its truths have touched your very soul - ever so gently. 

PersepolisPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon $14.95). This was my introduction to a graphic novel. I reread it this year to prepare for leading a book discussion on it. I love the drawings and it is interesting to see how someone in the 1% of Iran has lived through their turmoil.—Denise 

 

 

Children of ParadiseTwo from Ran: An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. My reading each year is influenced by what is going on in North Carolina and the world. This is a play written in 1882 about democracy and the roles and powers of majorities and minorities on issues. It is also about science colliding with vested interests, public debates driven by rumor, the collusion of the media with the powerful, and the fate of whistleblowers.  9780143105589

 

 

Banker to the PoorBanker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus (PublicAffairs, $15, $14.95), and Freedom From Want by Ian Smillie (Kumarian $24.95). These books are about the successes of two nonprofits I admire. Grameen and BRAC have dramatically reduced the poverty rate in one of world's poorest countries, Bangladesh, cutting infant mortality, and increasing literacy and the number of girls in schools. They have created an entirely new industry in microcredit and microfinance.

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Okra Picks


The Serpent King"The Serpent King" is a book you won t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page. John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner.

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father's extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

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Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park


How We Choose Our Books

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
Exploring the Long List


Young Adult literature in the Long List

Anything Could HappenBettyville Mosquitoland The Odds of Getting EvenPersuasion Ruthless TErminal The Trouble with DestinyValiant The Wrath and the Dawn

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 9780525426509)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Persuasion by Martina Boone (Simon Pulse, 9781481411257)
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (Simon Pulse, 9781481422628)
Terminal by Kathy Reichs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9781595145284)
The Trouble with Destiny by Laureen Morrill (Delacorte Press, 9780553497977)
Valiant by Sarah McGuire (Egmontusa, 9781606845523)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)

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Book & Author Gossip

Prince of TidesPat Conroy dies

Pat Conroy, whose tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal South Carolina served as unending sources of inspiration for his fiction, notably the novels "The Great Santini," "The Lords of Discipline" and "The Prince of Tides," died on Friday. He was 70. 

 

Painful, Brave  and Beautiful Things: A Tennessee coming of age story

The Serpent KingJeff Zentner, a songwriter and musician who has recorded with major acts like Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, and Debbie Harry , got inspired to write YA fiction by volunteering at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, where he was reminded of the struggles and hardships of adolescence and discovered an urge to tell stories for and about the lives of young people. With The Serpent King, he has achieved something extraordinary, at once capturing the laughter, heartache, and yearning of growing up, in a setting that is both distinct and universal. Dill Early’s circumstances are highly uncommon and his problems profound, but you don’t have to have a snake-handling daddy in the pokey to know what it means to feel trapped, or torn between your family’s expectations and your own hopes, or misunderstood by almost everyone, or afraid to show the world who you really are, or — as Zentner writes near the novel’s conclusion — to struggle to find the courage to do “painful, brave, and beautiful things.” I hope you’ll enjoy reading the book as much as I did 

Jemima Code wins Art of Eating Prize

The Jemima CodeThe 2016 Art of Eating Prize for best food book of the year goes to The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press). She’ll received $10,000 and a specially crafted hand-wrought ladle, an emblem of the prize. Toni Tipton-Martin writes about food and nutrition and she is an activist. She founded the nonprofit SANDE Youth Project; she is  a co-founder of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a founder of Foodways Texas. In 2015, she hosted Soul Summit: A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power and Food, a three-day event held in Austin, Texas. She is also the owner of a rare collection of more than 300 African-American cookbooks. 

Four Triangle area cookbooks are finalists

Foster's Market FavoritesThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announced the semifinalists for its annual Southern book awards and four Triangle food writers are on the list. The SIBA semifinalists in the cookbook category include Chapel Hill chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, who wrote “Crabs & Oysters: A Savor the South Cookbook,” Sara Foster, owner of Foster’s Market in Durham, who wrote “Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection,” Chapel Hill cookbook author Nancie McDermott, who wrote, “Southern Soups and Stews: More Than 75 Recipes from Burgoo and Gumbo to Etouffee and Fricassee,” and Raleigh author Bridgette Lacy’s “Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook.” 

22 copies of Beloved and the Bluest Eye sent to Virginia lawmakers

The Bluest EyeIt wasn’t easy to find 22 copies of “Beloved” and “The Bluest Eye.” But a government watchdog group said lawmakers should read the novels by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison before they vote on a bill that would allow parents to block their children from reading those and other books with sexual content in school. And so Anna Scholl, executive director of left-leaning Progress Virginia, had the books delivered to the Richmond offices of 21 Republican senators and one Democrat she said probably will favor the bill. “I think senators should be educated on the subject they’re voting on,” she said. 

2015 Florida Book Awards announced

With its tenth annual competition now complete, the Florida Book Awards has announced winners for books published in 2015. More than 200 hundred eligible publications were submitted across the nine categories of competition. Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

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Meet T. M. Causey

TM CauseyT. M. Causey is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Toni McGee Causey of the Bobbie Faye Series fame. She now writes dark southern Gothic suspense and mysteries including her March 2016 breakout novel, THE SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND. A screenwriter, she began her career writing for magazines, including Redbook and Mademoiselle. She lives and writes in New Orleans, where she and her husband, Carl, are renovating a building in the French Quarter. You can visit her at www.ToniMcGeeCausey.com

 

The Saints of the Lost and FoundThe Saints of the Lost and Found

Avery Broussard has the curse of seeing lost things (and make no mistake, it is a curse). Missing belongings, beloved pets, lost love and fortunes—she sees it all. Long ago, that curse caused her to flee her Louisiana home, vowing never to return. She’s kept that promise, too, until a phone call from her estranged grifter father forces her hand: Her big brother is dying, and she may be his last remaining hope.
Avery would like nothing more than to help her brother, but another little girl has gone 
missing, and the abduction is tied to the killer Avery failed to help the FBI catch back in Chicago. With no time to spare, Avery realizes her curse might be the only thing she can trust. Is it too much to hope that she might save her brother and find the lost girl before she becomes the Little Princess Killer’s next victim?

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 28. 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 Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
2. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
4. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
okra5. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

6. Midnight Sun
Jo Nesbo, Knopf, $23.95, 9780385354202
7. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
8. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
9. Coconut Cowboy
Tim Dorsey, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062240040
10. The Arrangement
Ashley Warlick, Viking, $26, 9780525429661
11. The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812997170
12. The Widow
Fiona Barton, NAL, $26, 9781101990261
13. A Doubter's Almanac
Ethan Canin, Random House, $28, 9781400068265
14. Free Men
Katy Simpson Smith, Harper, $26.99, 9780062407597
15. Cometh the Hour
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250061621

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
4. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
5. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends
Martin Lindstrom, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250080684
8. In Other Words
Jhumpa Lahiri, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101875551
9. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
10. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
11. The Name of God Is Mercy
Pope Francis, Random House, $26, 9780399588631
12. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
13. Notorious RBG
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Dey Street, $19.99, 9780062415837
14. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
15. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard, Liveright, $35, 9780871404237

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
2. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
3. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
4. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
5. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
6. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
7. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
9. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
10. The Life of Elves
Muriel Barbery, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609453152
11. Where All Light Tends to Go
David Joy, Putnam, $16, 9780425279793
12. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
13. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
14. The Rumor
Elin Hilderbrand, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316334518
15. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Perennial, $14.99, 9780060935467

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
3. Doctor Who Coloring Book
Price Stern Sloan, $14.99, 9780399542299
4. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
5. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
6. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
7. You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero, Running Press, $16, 9780762447695
8. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
9. On the Move: A Life
Oliver Sacks, Vintage, $16.95, 9780804170932
10. Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338030006
11. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
12. The Gifts of Imperfection
Brene Brown, Hazelden, $14.95, 9781592858491
13. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
14. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
15. Missoula
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $16.95, 9780804170567

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
3. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
4. Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, $9.99, 9780807014295
5. Cuba Straits
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $9.99, 9780425280096
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
8. The Fifth Gospel
Ian Caldwell, Pocket, $9.99, 9781501131967
okra9. The Bone Tree
Greg Iles, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062311139

10. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
3. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
6. Waiting
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062368430
7. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
8. Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena, Christian Robinson (Illus.), Putnam, $16.99, 9780399257742
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
10. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399160301
2. Pax
Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062377012
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
5. Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780553513349
6. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
7. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
okra8. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

9. Number the Stars
Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin, $7.99, 9780547577098
10. Paper Towns
John Green, Penguin, $10.99, 9780147517654

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
3. Big Nate Blasts Off
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111111
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
6. Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)
Brandon Sanderson, Delacorte, $18.99, 9780385743600
7. Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat (I Can Read! My First Shared Reading Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062303882
8. Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
Victoria Aveyard, Harper, $19.99, 9780062310668
9. The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9781101996980
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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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.

Cocnut Cowboy The Arrangement The Widow Free Men Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends Dead Wake My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Dark Money S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Goldfinch The Life of Elves Where All Light Tends to Go To Kill a Mockingbird The Devil in the White City The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book The Gifts of Imperfection I Am Malala In the Garden of Beasts A Game of Thrones The Name of the Wind Man's Search for Meaning Cuba Straits Animal FarmLord of the Flies The Fifth GospelThe Bone TreeSlaughterhouse-FiveOh, the Places You'll Go!Waiting Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The Marvels Serafina and the Black Cloak Number the Stars


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Ariel Lawhon  (author appearance)
Ariel Lawhon | 03/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

okraJoshilyn Jackson, The Opposite of Everyone  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 03/08/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group: The Tin Drum by Günter Grass  (book club)
03/08/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Bart Ehrman -Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraAuthor event with Jeff Zentner author of The Serpent King  (author appearance)
Jeff Zentner | 03/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Jeffery Deaver -- The Steel Kiss  (author appearance)
Jeffery Deaver | 03/09/2016, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Garden District Book Shop Book Club  (book club)
03/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Marlene Trestman - FAIR LABOR LAWYER: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin  (author appearance)
03/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities in Action: “Plato to NATO”: What You Need To Know About Central Asia  (other event)
03/09/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

TEGAN WREN author of INCONCEIVABLE & SAMANTHA BRYANT author of GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE  (author appearance)
Samantha Bryant | 03/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: John A. Connell - Spoils of Victory  (author appearance)
John A. Connell | 03/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Willie Drye- For Sale: American Paradise: How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida  (author appearance)
Willie Drye | 03/09/2016, 06:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Grandmother Storyteller Class with Connie Cazort  (other event)
03/10/2016, 01:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

T. M. Causey (Toni McGee Causey) The Saints of the Lost and Found  (author appearance)
T.M. Causey | 03/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Travis Ian Smith - INDIE DARLING--Launch!  (author appearance)
Travis Ian Smith | 03/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic featuring Diana Pinckney and Tony Morris  (other event)
03/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

ZELDA FITZGERALD DAY  (other event)
03/10/2016, 06:30 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

A Conversation on Organic Pioneer Bill Dow and his Memoir -What I Stand On -with Fred Broadwell  (other event)
03/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

The Writing Show: Publishing Your Children's Book  (writers group)
03/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

JIM GRIMSLEY presents HOW I SHED MY SKIN  (author appearance)
Jim Grimsley | 03/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Coloring & Conversation: A Girls’ Night Out  (other event)
03/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Michelle Gable-- Author of I'll See You in Paris  (author appearance)
Michelle Gable | 03/11/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley author of The War That Saved My Life  (author appearance)
Kimberly Brubaker | 03/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - ELYSIUM  (book club)
03/12/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
03/12/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

BRYCE PALMYRA presents THINGS TO BRING MY FAMILY WHEN I DIE: A GO-TO GUIDE FOR THE SOUTHERN CHEF  (author appearance)
Bryce Palmyra | 03/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Bart Ehrman – Jesus Before the Gospels  (author appearance)
Bart Ehrman | 03/12/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: Carmen Owens - Katy, The Cooking Kangroo  (author appearance)
Carmen Owens | 03/12/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Signing: Michelle Gable - I'll See You in Paris  (author appearance)
Michelle Gable | 03/12/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
03/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with William M. Akers author of Mrs. Ravenbach's Way  (author appearance)
William M. Akers | 03/12/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

FABIENNE JOSAPHAT with DANCING IN THE BARON'S SHADOW  (author appearance)
Fabienne Josaphat | 03/13/2016, 03:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

MATT CASHION presents LAST WORDS OF THE HOLY GHOST  (author appearance)
Matt Cashion | 03/13/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Another Sunday - Cynthia Strauff  (author appearance)
Cynthia Strauff | 03/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Matt De La Peña  (author appearance)
Matt De La Pena | 03/13/2016, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with LynnMarie Rink author of Wrap Your Heart Around It  (author appearance)
LynnMarie Rink | 03/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

ANNIE NOVAK presents THE ROOFTOP GROWING GUIDE  (author appearance)
Annie Novak | 03/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Parnassus Book Club - The Marauders  (book club)
03/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Katy Simpson Smith  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 03/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

RANDY WAYNE WHITE  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Sanibel Island Bookshop | Sanibel, FL

Pajama Story Time with Picture Book Author & Illustrator: Philip and Erin Stead  (author appearance)
Phillip Stead | 03/15/2016, 06:00 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Roy Blount Jr. - SAVE ROOM FOR PIE: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations  (author appearance)
03/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of The Stranger  (book club)
03/15/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

View From Tuesday - Diversity: What Is It?  (other event)
03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Kit Wienert, -Analogs of Eden  (author appearance)
Kit Wienert | 03/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Paul Houle  (author appearance)
Paul Houle | 03/15/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

John A. Connell - Author of Spoils of Victory  (author appearance)
John A. Connell | 03/15/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Journalist Christy Feinberg  (author appearance)
Christy Feinberg | 03/16/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Dirk Lammers - BASEBALL'S NO-HIT WONDERS @ LOVE'S  (author appearance)
Dirk Lammers | 03/16/2016, 05:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

YA Wednesday! FIRSTS by Laurie Flynn  (book club)
03/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

UNC Humanities in Action: The Idea of India: From Gandhi to Modi  (other event)
03/16/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

MELISSA BURCH presents MY JOURNEY THROUGH WAR & PEACE  (author appearance)
Melissa Burch | 03/16/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)  (writers group)
03/16/2016, 06:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Denise Ditto  (author appearance)
Denise Ditto | 03/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Story Time at Joe’s Place  (other event)
03/16/2016, 10:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Inkwood Adult Book Club - THE EVIL HOURS  (book club)
03/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Author Ryan Gravel: WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: RECLAIMING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A NEW GENERATION OF CITIES  (author appearance)
Ryan Gravel | 03/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Peter Bergen - UNITED STATES OF JIHAD: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists  (author appearance)
Peter Bergen | 03/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich discusses her latest novel, The Total Package  (author appearance)
Stephanie Evanovich | 03/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

DANA CARPENTER, author of BOHEMIAN GOSPEL & ERICA WRIGHT, author of THE GRANITE MOTH  (author appearance)
Dana Chamblee Carpenter | 03/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Bookends Book Club discusses Hawthorne’s Short Stories  (book club)
03/17/2016, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

okraCharles Todd Returns to Celebrate the Publication of No Shred of Evidence  (author appearance)
Charles Todd | 03/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Atlanta Author Trudy Nan Boyce: OUT OF THE BLUES  (author appearance)
Trudy Nan Boyce | 03/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jonah Winter discusses his picture-book biography, Hillary  (author appearance)
Jonah Winter | 03/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

NICOLE SARROCCO presents ILL-MANNERED GHOSTS  (author appearance)
Nicole Sarrocco | 03/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Stephanie Evanovich: THE TOTAL PACKAGE  (author appearance)
Stephanie Evanovich | 03/18/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Matt Cashion  (author appearance)
Matt Cashion | 03/18/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

A Blind Date with a Cabbie: Wine Tasting  (other event)
03/18/2016, 05:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Bill Noel - Author of Boneyard Beach  (author appearance)
Bill Noel | 03/18/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

RANDY WAYNE WHITE returns with DEEP BLUE  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/19/2016, 02:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Author Virginia Reeves: WORK LIKE ANY OTHER  (author appearance)
Virginia Reeves | 03/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING  (book club)
03/19/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

BRIAN FREEMAN presents GOODBYE TO THE DEAD  (author appearance)
Brian Freeman | 03/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

okraSusan Higginbotham – Hanging Mary  (author appearance)
Susan Higginbotham | 03/19/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: Taji Warren Hillson - Katie and Me: Triumph Over Tragedy  (author appearance)
Taji Warren | 03/19/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Signing: Jack Hammond Jr. - The Last Hanging in Scots Bend  (author appearance)
Jack Hammond | 03/19/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Beecher's Fault: Live Band  (other event)
03/19/2016, 02:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
03/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Melissa Burch author of My Journey Through War and Peace  (author appearance)
Melissa Burch | 03/19/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Female Pioneers of Fort Myers  (author appearance)
Robin C. | 03/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Writers at Home with Tommy Hays  (other event)
03/20/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

NCPS Reading Series  (other event)
03/20/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Book Signing: Carmela E. Head - Be Transformed: Empowering You For Destiny  (author appearance)
Carmela E. | 03/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Singer/Songwriter Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
03/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Barry Day - The World of Raymond Chandler  (author appearance)
Barry Day | 03/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Classic Bookshop of the Palm Beaches Inc. | Palm Beach, FL

Writers Coffeehouse with Jake Bible  (writers group)
03/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Bill Cobb  (author appearance)
Bill Cobb | 03/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

SHORTS Book Club -- The Red Collar  (book club)
03/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Randy Wayne White Booksigning.  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Keith Lee Morris - TRAVELERS REST  (author appearance)
Keith Lee Morris | 03/22/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group continues their discussion of The Tin Drum  (other event)
03/22/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Professor Kenneth Robert Janken discusses his book, The Wilmington Ten  (author appearance)
Kenneth Robert | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

LIBBY WARE presents LUM  (author appearance)
Libby Ware | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Amber Smith - The Way I Used to Be  (author appearance)
Amber Smith | 03/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

UNC Humanities in Action: Muslim Societies since 1945  (other event)
03/23/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

ERIK LARSON in conversation with DENISE KIERNAN -ticketed event at UNCA's Humanities Lecture Hall  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

William Brettmann discusses War Poets of the Western Front  (author appearance)
William Brettmann | 03/23/2016, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

okraLee Smith - 'Dimestore: A Writer's Life' (off-site event; free admission; signing line ticket)  (author appearance)
Lee Smith | 03/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Henry Petroski -The Road Taken  (author appearance)
Henry Petroski | 03/23/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Happy Hours Book Club  (book club)
03/24/2016, 03:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Global Georgia Initiative: Paul Sutter – LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS GULLIES: PROVIDENCE CANYON AND THE SOILS OF THE SOUTH  (author appearance)
Paul Sutter | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Laurent Dubois, -The Banjo: America's African Instrument  (author appearance)
Laurent Dubois | 03/24/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Erik Larson: Dead Wake  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

okraRoss Howell Jr.  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 03/24/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Alison Goodman, Alwyn Hamilton, Rachel Hawkins, Sabaa Tahir and April Genevieve Tucholke  (author appearance)
Alison Goodman | 03/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Avid Poetry Series: Lydia Conklin and Amber Dermont  (author appearance)
Lydia Conklin | 03/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Erik Larson - Dead Wake (off-site ticketed event)  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/25/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Jan Ellison - Author of A Small Indiscretion  (author appearance)
Jan Ellison | 03/25/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author Philip R. Wright: A GEECHEE HOMECOMING  (author appearance)
Philip R. | 03/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraJ.T. Ellison, No One Knows; Ariel Lawhon, Flight of Dreams  (author appearance)
J.T. Ellison | 03/26/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Sacrificial Poets Voicebox Youth Slam  (other event)
03/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Erik Larson – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 03/26/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Lindsay Starck – Noah’s Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 03/26/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Double Book Signing: Gail Z. Martin - Shadow and Flame & Vendetta  (author appearance)
Gail Z. Martin | 03/26/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

KIDS' Book Club - Special VIP Q&A with author Greg Neri! Book signing to follow  (author appearance)
Greg Neri | 03/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Baz Dreisinger - INCARCERATION NATIONS: A Journey to Prisons Around the World  (author appearance)
03/28/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

There’s a Story Here with Jordy Searcy  (other event)
03/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Raymond Arroyo: WILL WILDER: THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS  (author appearance)
Raymond Arroyo | 03/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

MATTHEW GRIFFIN presents HIDE  (author appearance)
Matthew Griffin | 03/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

UNC Humanities in Action: The Challenges to Democracy in Latin America  (other event)
03/30/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

okraSusan Higginbotham discusses her historical novel Hanging Mary  (author appearance)
Susan Higginbotham | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

KEITH LEE MORRIS presents TRAVELERS REST  (author appearance)
Keith Morris | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Katherine Clark - Expressions of Poetry in Season  (author appearance)
Katherine Clark | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Michael Muhammad Knight -Why I am a Salafi  (author appearance)
Michael Muhammad | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

DAVID KUSHNER discusses and signs ALLIGATOR CANDY  (author appearance)
David Kushner | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Book Party: THE WILD TREASURY OF NATURE - Philip Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer, and Janice Simon  (author appearance)
Philip Juras, | 03/31/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses THE ISLANDERS  (author appearance)
03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Steve Jurovics - Hospitable Planet (at QRB On the Fly)  (author appearance)
Steve Jurovics | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Darnelle Arnoult -Galaxie Wagon  (author appearance)
Darnelle Arnoult | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Keith Lee Morris  (author appearance)
Keith Lee Morris | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

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