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{Food, people, memories. Corn whiskey, meth, and beauty.}

In which a new book festival rises from the ashes of the old, Mr. Barry Moser notes you can't get rich pumping gas, and Ms. Stefani Beddingfield threatens would-be robbers with lengthy recitations from James Joyce's Ulysses.

September 27, 2015

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Sufur butterfly on tithoniaAt last, October is upon us. The hot, stifling and humid days of summer are past. The risk of hurricanes are (hopefully) over. The constant background roar of running air conditioners has been silenced. This is the time of year her ladyship throws open every window in her house and lets the warm breezes run through rooms that have been sealed against the heat for months. Instead of the smell of air freshener, there is the smell of fresh air. Of afternoon showers and warm cut grass. 

And unless it is threatening a down pour, her ladyship pretty much moves out of doors to live on her back deck.  For some reason things are just better out there. Coffee tastes better. The apples she cuts up to eat taste better. Her ladyship is of the opinion that the books she reads are noticeably better written when read out on the deck, than when read in her living room that is long overdue for a good vacuuming. The presence of hummingbirds and sulfur butterflies just improves a book's literary style. 

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.

We Were BrothersMy father made a lot of money. I have an incongruous photograph of him wearing a shirt and bow tie with STANDARD OIL embroidered above the breast pocket. He has a change marker hanging from his belt. But a man doesn't make the kind of money Arthur Boyd made, nor live as well as he did, by pumping gas. No. He made his money illegally. He shot craps in basements in Chattanooga, a rough and tumble town in those days. Even when I was a boy, the city had one of the highest crime rates in the nation, a manifestation, I was told, of making illegal corn whiskey. Ironically, it also boasted one of the highest per capita ratios of churches.

He drove around town in a big black Buick convertible. Mother said that it was the only car in Chattanooga with a radio in it. I don't know whether that was true or not. When he had a particularly good night at the local tables he'd come home and wake up Mother and off they'd go to Chicago to shoot craps in speakeasies in the Windy City. Mother told stories about the mobsters she ran into and the machine funs she saw p int he balconies of the Chicago gambling joints.

--Barry Moser, We Were Brothers: A Memoir (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015) 9781616204136

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Book & Author Gossip

In the Creole Twilight

In the Creole TwilightMusician, poet and folklorist Joshua Clegg Caffery of Franklin reinvents the lyrical folk heritage of southern Louisiana with his new book of poetry, "In the Creole Twilight: Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore," published by LSU Press. Caffery, author of "Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana" and currently a visiting professor in folklore at Indiana University in Bloomington, uses rhythmic structure, styles and narratives of Louisiana oral and song traditions with stories that range from the freaky folklore of the loup garou to the heartfelt story of a father playing imaginary dinosaurs with his daughter, based on benedictions used at rural French weddings. Poems include an Irish Bend resident in love with a Native American girl whom he abandons after the birth of their child. The child dies and becomes the fearful feufollet, or swamp gases, until the youngest in town attempts to "finish this thing." There's a sing-song poem relating old superstitions and something humorous about two mischievous godparents named Gabriel and Madeline with roaming eyes, among so many other wonderful tales.  9780807161548

New Book Festival for Columbia, SC

When the Humanities Council SC announced this summer that it would dissolve the 17-year-old South Carolina Book Festival, Annie Boiter-Jolley and Darien Cavanaugh quickly decided the Midlands wouldn’t be the same without it. “We felt like we couldn’t let this happen,” said Boiter-Jolley, operations manager for Jasper Magazine. “Columbia needs a literary festival and we figured that we just needed to jump on it so that there would be no gap from one year to the next.” That’s why this month, Boiter-Jolley and local writer Cavanaugh announced the start of a new literary festival that will launch in February. The festival, Deckle Edge – named after the rough, uncut edges of paper formed by the deckle device in a paper-making machine – will be built on the foundation of the South Carolina Book Festival, Boiter-Jolley said.

Food, people, memories

My Southern JourneyRick Bragg’s collection of essays My Southern Journey is a love song to the South. Collected from years of writing — some pieces appeared in Southern LivingSmithsonian, and Bon Appetit magazines– the articles portray and investigate the nuances of Bragg’s home region.  Born in the Appalachian foothills in northern Alabama, Bragg was reared on cracklins and stories. His love of food and memories from childhood fuel his writing.  9780848746391

The Mid-South Book Festival overcomes the odds

For the number of problems Memphis is said to have, we don't deserve the arts scene that we have." So said Dan Conaway, public relations stalwart, city bard, and a cousin of mine. We were talking among a group of writers at the recent Well Read Reception, the party to kick off what, by all accounts, was a rousingly successful Mid-South Book Festival. Put on by Literacy Mid-South, an organization whose mission it is to stamp out illiteracy in our area, the weekend welcomed 80 authors and 5,000 attendees.

Beauty and Meth

Above the WaterfallUsing the voices of the sheriff and the park ranger, Rash describes the local lovely mountains in passages throughout the book, beginning with its opening paragraph. “Though sunlight tinges the mountains, black leatherwinged bodies swing low. First fireflies blink languidly. Beyond this meadow, cicadas rev and slow like sewing machines. All else ready for night except night itself. I watch last light lift off level land. Ground shadows seep and thicken. Circling trees form banks. The meadow itself becomes a pond filling, on its surface dozens of black-eyed susans.” Balancing the mountains’ beauty are the ugly realities of life, like the struggles of poverty and drug addiction.   9780062349316

#watchyoself: Inkwood Books is robbed

 Ulysses...a new customer, after hearing news of the robbery, bought a whole heap of books. Others have offered to organize a fundraiser to donate money to replace what was lost. To that, Beddingfield replies: "We have a crowdfunding model already — it's book sales," she said. "Just come buy books."  She has always felt safe during her two and a half years as owner of Inkwood, and she still does. But if another thief decides to target her store, Beddingfield has a plan: "My only weapon is a copy of Ulysses. If you try this again, we're just going to start reading this really big book to you," she joked.  9780679722762

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Twain's End

From the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of the "page-turning tale" ("Library Journal," starred review) "Mrs. Poe "comes a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America's most iconic writer: Mark Twain. 

Twain's EndIn March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction." Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy? 

In "Twain's End," Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter. 

Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, "Twain's End" explores this real-life tale of doomed love.

 

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2015 SIBA Book Award Winners


Meet Hester Bass

Hester BassAn energetic performer who enjoys meeting readers, Hester grew up in rural Georgia to become a singer in a Boston rock band, New York actress, singing telegram messenger, and winner in the Hot Seat on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" - but likes being a writer best of all. 

SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA SIBA Okra Pick! Thank you, SIBA booksellers!Discover how the black and white citizens of one Alabama city chose peace over violence in the struggle to end segregation. From Candlewick Press, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Junior Library Guild selection and winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Honor. Starred reviews in PW and Booklist. Also reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. Represented Alabama at the 2015 National Book Festival.  9780763669195

Seeds of FreedomTHE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Candlewick Press) is a picture book biography of perhaps the South's most intriguing artist, a man who risked everything to bring himself and nature into one thing called art. Available as a hardcover picture book and as a chapter book perfect for book reports in paperback and hardcover. Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English, and the SIBA Book Award. It received a starred review in Kirkus. The book is also an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, was on CCBC Choices, one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of the Year, Bank Street's Best Books of the Year, and was chosen for the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival representing both Alabama and Mississippi. 
SO MANY HOUSES, illustrated by Alik Arzoumanian (Scholastic Library Publishing) is a rhyming multicultural look at houses around the world for beginning readers. Available in paperback. 
Have books, will travel. Loves tea and dark chocolate.

To bring children and books together, contact Hester
Request an author appearance

Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks: a look back at the summer list

Bloody Royal PrintsThe Flying CircusBull MountainSerafina and the Black CloackRuthlessMiss EmilyGo Set a WatchmanYard WarThe Gates of EvangelineThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThe Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoA Free State

More Okra Picks!


Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

Sunday DinnerThe introduction alone to Bridgette Lacy’s Sunday Dinner (UNC Press, $19, on sale 9/28/15) is worth the cover price. Her moving recollections centering around family, friends, fellowship and food help to illustrate the beauty and value in sharing a good meal with those you care about. Sunday Dinner will not only remind you about that savory tradition you may have grown up with but will also inspire you to get busy cooking and baking up new culinary traditions of your own. -- Nancy 9781469622453



In God's KingdomWhen I started reading God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher I fell into a kind of reverie, induced by his mesmerizing descriptions of the northeast corner of Vermont, the beauty and simplicity of language he uses, and the compelling story he tells. Told from the viewpoint of 14 year-old Jim Kennison in the 1950's, it's a coming-of-age story, a morality play, and an adventure story, full of events and people that are horrible and wonderful and sometimes very funny. God's Kingdom is one of those rare books, like To Kill a Mockingbird, that should become an American classic for all ages for many years to come.  - Sarah 9781250069481


The Secret ChordThe Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (10/6/15) Geraldine Brooks is one of our best historical novelists, able to transport the reader completely into whatever time period she chooses. In this case, it's the formative period of Israel 3000+ years ago and the life of King David. We come to know David the scorned son, gifted poet and musician, lover, father, and sometimes tortured statesman, as well as the giant killer and warrior. How fortunate we are to have Brooks bring ancient history and legends to life in such a captivating way  9780670025770

More bookseller recommendations


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.

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
okra2. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

3. Make Me
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28.99, 9780804178778
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
6. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
7. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
8. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
9. Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062349316
10. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $28, 9780812998917
11. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
12. The Nature of the Beast
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250022080
13. X
Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $28.95, 9780399163845
14. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Crown, $25, 9780553418774
15. Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg, Gallery/Scout Press, $26, 9781476798172

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
3. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
4. Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780804138147
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. The Art of Memoir
Mary Karr, Harper, $24.99, 9780062223067
8. Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government
David Brock, Twelve, $28, 9781455533763
9. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
10. Rising Strong
Brene Brown, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812995824
11. Guinness World Records 2016
Guinness World Records, $28.95, 9781910561027
12. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
13. My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own
Alice Waters, Fanny Singer, Pam Krauss Books, $24.99, 9780804185288
14. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
15. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
Damon Tweedy, Picador USA, $26, 9781250044631

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
okra2. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

3. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
4. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
5. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
6. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
7. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455559817
8. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9781101964873
9. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
10. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
11. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
12. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633928
13. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
14. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
15. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, NAL, $25, 9780451474018

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Broadway, $15.99, 9781101905494
4. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
5. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $16.99, 9780062268358
6. One Nation
Ben Carson, Sentinel, $15, 9781595231222
7. Zendoodle Coloring
Nikolett Corly, Nikolett Corley, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
8. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
9. The Organized Mind
Daniel J. Levitin, Plume, $17, 9780147516312
10. Secret Paris
Zoe De Las Cases (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316265829
11. All Over But the Shoutin'
Rick Bragg, Vintage, $15.95, 9780679774020
12. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279
13. Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition
Guinness World Records, $14.99, 9781910561096
14. Vive Le Color! Butterflies
Marabout, Abrams Noterie, $9.95, 9781419719806
15. Empire of Sin A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Gary Krist, Broadway, $16, 9780770437084

MASS MARKET

1. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543257
4. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
5. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
6. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Bantam, $4.95, 9780553212471
9. By Book or by Crook
Eva Gates, NAL, $7.99, 9780451470935
10. Mythology
Edith Hamilton, Grand Central, $10, 9780446574754

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

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. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062304186
4. Waiting
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062368430
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335
8. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
9. You're Here for a Reason
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9781250056269
10. Dewey Bob
Judy Schachner, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741201

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
2. It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
Chelsea Clinton, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399176128
3. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
4. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
6. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jesse Andrews, Amulet, $9.95, 9781419719462
9. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
10. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)
Daniel James Brown, Viking, $17.99, 9780451475923

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780553538410
2. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
3. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545504928
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
5. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062269676
6. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780142425831
7. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
8. The Shepherd's Crown: A Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld)
Terry Pratchett, Harper, $18.99, 9780062429971
9. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110725
10. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781

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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 My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own The Road to Character Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine The Invention of Wings The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Husband's Secret Orphan Train Americanah Edge of Eternity Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925 Zendoodle Coloring Secret Paris All Over But the Shoutin' Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition Vive Le Color! Butterflies Empire of Sin A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans A Game of Thrones The Name of the Wind 1984 Frankenstein” width= By Book or by Crook MythologyDewey BobThe OutsidersSerafina and the Black Cloak


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

John Sledge  (author appearance)
John Sledge | 09/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Meet the Author: Steve Sheinkin  (author appearance)
Steve Sheinkin | 09/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Writing With Intent--New Night!  (writers group)
09/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Fredrick Barton - IN THE WAKE OF THE FLAGSHIP  (author appearance)
Fredrick Barton | 09/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Meet the Author: C. Alexander London  (author appearance)
C. Alexander London | 09/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraKathy Giuffre -The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato  (author appearance)
Kathy Giuffre | 09/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Salon@615 with Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy  (author appearance)
Jenny Lawson | 09/30/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Preston Lauterbach - BEALE STREET DYNASTY: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis  (author appearance)
Preston Lauterbach | 10/01/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Matthew Guinn with THE SCRIBE  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn | 10/01/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Katherine Applegate: CRENSHAW  (author appearance)
Katherine Applegate | 10/01/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Johnathon Scott Barrett, Rise and Shine!  (author appearance)
Johnathon Scott Barrett | 10/02/2015, 06:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Renee Ahdieh - THE WRATH AND THE DAWN & Claudia Gray - A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU  (author appearance)
Claudia Gray | 10/02/2015, 05:30 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers - Imaginary Fred  (author appearance)
Eoin Colfer | 10/02/2015, 06:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

First Fridays at Joe’s Place  (other event)
10/02/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Lisa Lewis Tyre, Last in a Long Line of Rebels Book Launch Party  (author appearance)
Lisa Lewis Tyre | 10/03/2015, 05:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Ellen Fischer -If an Elephant Went to School  (author appearance)
Ellen Fischer | 10/03/2015, 11:00 am | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

JJ Johnson -Believarexic  (author appearance)
JJ Johnson | 10/03/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Authors In The Country  (author appearance)
various authors | 10/03/2015, 11:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Meet the Author - Ben Matthews  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 10/03/2015, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Rick Bragg signs My Southern Journey  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg | 10/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Michael Allen Zell - RUN BABY RUN  (author appearance)
Michael Allen Zell | 10/05/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jonathan Evison - This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!  (author appearance)
Jonathan Evison | 10/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Karin Salvalaggio -Bone Dust White & Burnt River  (author appearance)
Karin Salvalaggio | 10/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

What*s Your Story? A reading  (writers group)
various authors | 10/06/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jeff High- The Splendor of Ordinary Days  (author appearance)
Jeff High | 10/06/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Sybil Haydel Morial - WITNESS TO CHANGE  (author appearance)
Sybil Haydel Morial | 10/06/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Bruce Levingston with BRIGHT FIELDS: THE MASTERY OF MARIE HULL  (author appearance)
Bruce Levingston | 10/06/2015, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Sheila Turnage - The Odds of Getting Even  (author appearance)
Sheila Turnage | 10/06/2015, 05:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Diane Chamberlain - Pretending to Dance  (author appearance)
Diane Chamberlain | 10/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Damon Tweedy--Black Man in a White Coat  (author appearance)
Damon Tweedy | 10/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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

Meet Local Author Jed Rasula: DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE  (author appearance)
Jed Rasula | 10/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

K.C. Morrison with AARON HENRY OF MISSISSIPPI  (author appearance)
K.C. Morrison | 10/07/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Art Taylor & Susan Boyer - Two Award-Winning Mystery Authors  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 10/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

John Rosenthal -After the Silence of the Lower 9th Ward  (author appearance)
John Rosenthal | 10/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Jo Campbell with MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS  (author appearance)
Bonnie Jo | 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

Leonard 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

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

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

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