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{The gold standards of redneckedness.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, is not a fan of vampires, Mr. Rick Bragg is not the gold standard of redneckedness, and Mrs. Elsie Hickam considers in detail what makes an alligator "handsome."

October 18, 2015

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Her ladyship, the editor, has a confession: Despite being an appreciative fan of the early Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, she's really not all that enamored of vampire stories. Or zombie apocalypse stories. Or demonic possession stories, werewolf tales, witch stories, murderous cursed dolls, evil creatures gremlins that live in the forgotten dark corners of old houses, or poltergeists on rampages. She has slightly---slightly---more tolerance for ghosts in novels, but only under quite specific circumstances that do not, as a rule, include the possibility that they will be wielding blood-spattered axes or chainsaws that never seem to run out of gas or reach the end of their extension cords.

In other words, her ladyship is not much for the horror story. She prefers the eerie to the outright gory, and the suspense of uncertainty to the actual sight of slavering monsters with oddly sturdy and sharp teeth nestled within decaying and bleeding gums. She is, however, a fan of the kinds of stories that readers are apt to describe as "dark" and (better yet) "twisted." That is, she is a fan of Southern Gothic...without the vampires. 

So in honor of the upcoming holiday -- which she approves of for the pumpkin carving and the chance for children to play dress up without needing an excuse -- her ladyship offers for you Jamie Kornegay's list of the 10 Best Southern Gothic Books:

These are sophisticated stories shrouded in darkness and mystery, set in an old mannered South that has soured. The mansions are gray, and there’s something not right about the residents. There may be magic and illusion. There is death, most certainly, and bad behavior committed by the righteous. There is God and the Devil, standing in the muddy, snake-swarmed baptismal river, holding hands.

Sanctuary Wise Blood Salvation on Sand Mountain Child of God Twilight Yonder Stands Your Orphan Heaven of Mercury Smonk House of Prayer No.2 Citrus County

Short on vampires, but long on the dark and downright creepy.

 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.

Carrying Albert HomeWhen Elsie came outside into the backyard to see why her husband was shouting her name, she saw Albert lying on his back in the grass, his little legs splayed apart and his head thrust backward. She was sure something awful had happened to him but when her alligator raised his head and smiled at her, she knew he was all right. The relief she felt was palpable and nearly overwhelming. After all, she loved Albert more than just about anything in the whole world. She knelt and scratched his belly while he waved his paws in delight and grinned his most toothsome grin.

At just a little over two years old, Albert was nearly four feet long, which was big for his age according to a book Elsie had read about alligators. He was covered with a thick skin of exquisite olive-colored scales with yellow bands on his sides that the book said would disappear over time. Raised ridges rippled down his length, even to the tip of his tail, and his belly was soft and creamy. His expressive eyes were the color of gold but glowed a compelling red at night. His face was quite striking, his nostrils perfectly placed atop the tip of his snout to allow him to breathe while resting in the water, and an endearing overbite that presented rows of brilliantly white teeth. He was, Elsi believed, about the handsomest alligator there ever was.

--Homer Hickam, Carrying Albert Home (William Morrow & Company, 2015) 9780062325891

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Book & Author Gossip

My Southern Journey“I may not be much account, these days, by the gold standards of redneckedness, but I try.”

--Rick Bragg, 5 quotes about being a Southerner

To Dance with the White Dog, 25 Years Later

To Dance with the White DogSometimes we ponder what it is about this myth of an old man and a stray dog that causes some readers to cherish it almost as if it were holy writ. “Perhaps,” Terry says, “it’s because in the South myth is as powerful as religion . . . or maybe it is religion.”

Octavia Books celebrates 15 years

Dress as your favorite literary character for a chance to win a prize. Included in the festivities will be song and music by piano man Phil Melancon while New Orleans' fastest caricature artist Steve Lindsley will capture your essence on paper before you can tell what's happened. We hope we have and will continue to enrich your life and the life of our precious community. Thanks for being part of the story with us. And, as with many of the books we read, we know the best is yet.

Harrison Scott Key Interview

The World's Largest ManI came here to be a speech writer for the president of the university, which was great fun, because I’ve always enjoyed telling other people what to say, just to see if they would say it.  My Ph.D. is in playwriting, and speechwriting is no different:  It’s just inventing words and stage directions for a character who happens to be real.  The only real difference is that the character can fire you, which has a way of improving your focus.

Undead Souths

Undead SouthsThe editors — Taylor Hagood, Daniel Cross Turner and Eric Gary Anderson — wanted to write a serious work of literary scholarship on a fun topic. Their collection of essays spans the southern United States’ campy culture of horror from the 1800s to present. Inspired by pop culture fascinations with television shows such as “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead,” Hagood said they all discovered a “strain of undeadness” prevalent in southern literature. Though such undeadness occasionally included zombies and vampires, he said sometimes its themes were more subtle. “One essay considers early photographic capturings of dead bodies on Civil War battlefields and the ways that the Old South basically died and then came roaring back to life as a cherished undead thing,” Hagood said.

Taylor Kitchings Interview

Yard WarWhy did you want to write about racism? Why is that an important topic to you? It’s an important topic because I grew up with it, and the novel sort of indicates how I grew up with it. Trip is based largely on me, but I made him a little older. [The events in the story] happened to me when I was about 8 years old. When I was 8, I threw the football in the front yard with our maid’s son, and after we had gone outside and played and done that a couple of times, my mother had to come tell me one night that I could not play with my friend anymore because the neighbors were calling and complaining about it.

Copperfish Books voted "best bookstore"

We are so honored to be named Finalist in the "Book Store" category of the Charlotte Sun’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards! You -- our wonderful customers -- are the reason that we exist. You have demonstrated that you want an independent book store in Punta Gorda, and we are committed to giving you our best.

Interview with Kevin Watson

The Land BreakersOur first novel was a reprint of John Ehle’s (pronounced Ee-lee) The Land Breakers, first published by Harper & Row in 1964. After bringing on Sheryl Monks as a partner in January of 2006, we discussed publishing bigger books. My original idea was to publish short fiction and poetry, since that was what I loved and they were the two types of writing most overlooked and undervalued by bookstores and other publishers. Sheryl suggested that we publish novels and I was open to the idea. I suggested republishing out-of-print classics, if we could find one, and The Land Breakers kind of dropped in our laps. That book was acquired last year by the New York Review of Books Classics, which I see as a success story, and we still publish novels and other books that are out of print by North Carolina writers. It’s our way of paying homage to our home state and its rich literary history.

Bookstore Burglar caught

Surrounded by books, Stefanie Beddingfield has always felt safe alone at her South Tampa store, until a burglary last month. “Who would rob a bookstore? It’s kind of silly,” she said. Inkwood Books lost a door, a laptop and $100. But Beddingfield said the break-in could have been worse. “He missed a deposit bag. We had a deposit bag with the word deposit on it right by the laptop and that wasn’t touched so I was kind of grateful,” she said.

Between the lines with T. Geronimo Johnson

Welcom to BraggsvilleJohnson says the role of social media in the escalating the storyline, especially once the lynched student is found, is crucial. "It’s an important role in the book. It also speaks to the collapse of the 'reflection period.' Social media often means there’s very little reflection left between when we decide to share something and when we actually share it. So not only do we have less filtering going on, but we have much less context.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Burdy

Carrying Albert HomeBig Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys the basis of the movie October Sky.

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: Me or that alligator After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.

Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

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Meet Summer Kinard

Summer KinardSummer Kinard is the mother of five, a tea lover, soprano, and author of inspiring novels and curricula for active learners. Summer’s first novel, Can’t Buy Me Love, was a USA TODAY Happy Ever After pick for Women’s Fiction. Her Orthodox Christian fantasy, The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin, has received glowing reviews from readers. Summer’s next novel, Tea and Crumples, will be out in November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers. Summer writes Southern fiction about faith, tea, and love in journeys of healing.

 

The Salvation of Jeffrey LapinThe Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin

Ancient faith confronts an old evil in the battle for one man's soul. The winner also gets his heart.

After 125 years of demon possession, Jeffrey Lapin wants to end his life of torment. A failed suicide attempt puts him in touch with Maddy, an Orthodox Christian police officer whose helping hand burns Jeffrey's skin. Her touch shows him the solution to his problem: he will convert to Orthodoxy and say goodbye to the world when he gets baptized. But Jeffrey's so focused on dying that he overlooks the first part of baptism: the exorcism. Parted forever from the demon that tormented him, Jeffrey has to learn to live as a Christian, free from the demon but not his own tendencies to mess up. With compassion and coffee, confession and cake, Jeff's new Orthodox family teaches him to accept the grace given him to live into true eternal life. Strengthened by new habits of faith, Jeffrey finds a new direction, purpose, and maybe even love. Fans of The Screwtape Letters and The Sayings of the Desert Fathers will resonate with this story of redemption and love rooted in ancient Christian teachings.

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Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks:

Carrying Albert HomeBig Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys the basis of the movie October Sky.

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: Me or that alligator After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.

Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

Among the Ten Thousand ThingsAmong the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont: Though it covers the dissolution of a marriage, I never wanted to stop reading this. The writing, world, and characters felt somehow different from anything else--I kept losing myself, forgetting where I was. This is a book is full of so many moments that make you stop and sigh and think "oh it is just so good." (Tyler)

DietlandDietland by Sarai Walker: I already know this will be one of my top books of 2015. I have been craving something exactly like it: a delicious feminist revenge fantasy. (Frankie)

 

 

 



UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik: Uprooted makes me so happy. It feels a lot like a classic fairytale, if classic fairytales had feminist, snarky, flawed, and supremely real protagonists. I love this book. (Gemma)

Bull MountainBull Mountain by Brian Panowich: Reads like a twisty, dark TV series you can't help but binge-watch. The dialogue is fast-paced, and I felt for all the characters--including the ones I loathed. This type of book isn't what I'd usually pick up, but the author is so damned nice (nice enough you'll wonder where these dark visions came from!), so I decided to give it a shot. And wow: I'm so glad I did! (Janet)

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 11. 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. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
3. The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks, Viking, $27.95, 9780670025770
okra4. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
6. After You
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780525426592
7. Purity
Jonathan Franzen, FSG, $28, 9780374239213
8. The Survivor
Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills, Atria, $28, 9781476783451
9. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $28, 9780812998917
10. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
11. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399167454
12. The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $26.95, 9780385540353
13. Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062349316
14. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
15. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. M Train
Patti Smith, Knopf, $25, 9781101875100
2. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron, $26.99, 9781250077004
3. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
4. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
6. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
7. Deep South
Paul Theroux, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.95, 9780544323520
8. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
9. A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
Patrick J. Kennedy, Stephen Fried, Blue Rider, $28.95, 9780399173325
10. Rising Strong
Brene Brown, Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812995824
11. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
12. Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780804138147
13. Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days
David Jeremiah, Tyndale House, $24.99, 9781414380520
14. Primed to Perform
Neel Doshi, Lindsay McGregor, HarperBusiness, $29.99, 9780062373984
15. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


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
4. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
5. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633928
6. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9781101964873
okra7. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

8. Dog Songs
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $16, 9780143125839
9. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
10. The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609452865
11. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
12. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, Picador USA, $16, 9781250074843
13. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455559817
14. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
15. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091

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. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
5. Do Unto Animals
Tracey Stewart, Lisel Ashlock (Illus.), Artisan, $19.95, 9781579656232
6. Factory Man
Beth Macy, Back Bay, $17, 9780316231411
7. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $20, 9781451673296
8. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
9. One Nation
Ben Carson, Sentinel, $15, 9781595231222
okra10. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $16.99, 9780062078247

11. Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens
Nikolett Corly, Nikolett Corley, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
12. World Order
Henry Kissinger, Penguin, $18, 9780143127710
13. Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined
Steve McDonald (Illus.), Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452149578
14. Secret Paris: Color Your Way to Calm
Zoe De Las Cases (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316265829
15. Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me
Millie Marotta, Lark Books, $14.95, 9781454709107

MASS MARKET


1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
4. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
5. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
8. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, Bantam Classics, $5.95, 9780553210798
10. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED


1. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
2. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
3. Spooky Pookie
Sandra Boynton, Robin Corey Books, $5.99, 9780553512335
4. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues
James Dean, Kimberly Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062304308
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062304186
7. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670013968
8. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween
Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Little Brown, $18, 9780316283045

CHILDREN'S INTEREST


1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
2. It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
Chelsea Clinton, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399176128
3. Carry On
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $19.99, 9781250049551
4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
5. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
6. The Odds of Getting Even
Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, $16.99, 9780803739611
7. Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo, Holt, $18.99, 9781627792127
okra8. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

9. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852
10. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
2. Twilight Tenth Anniversary Edition
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $21.99, 9780316268394
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
4. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions)
Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316123044
7. Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Little Brown, $14.99, 9780316284806
8. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
10. The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years)
John A. Flanagan, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399163616

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After You Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Above the Waterfall The Girl on the Train Circling the Sun My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Deep South Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days Primed to Perform Being Mortal Gray Mountain The Invention of Wings Dog Songs The Story of the Lost Child Lila Memory Man Station Eleven The Rosie Project Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson The Devil in the White City One Nation Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens” width= World Order Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and ImaginedSecret Paris: Color Your Way to CalmAnimal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw MeTo Kill a Mockingbird Lord of the FliesOf Mice and MenThe Name of the Wind1984 A Walk in the WoodsThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Diary of a Young GirlWhat Pet Should I Get?The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly HalloweenWonder


Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Book Lovers club at Flyeaf disscuses Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng  (book club)
06/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Andrew Malan Milward with I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY  (author appearance)
Andrew Malan Milward | 08/27/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Orchard   (author appearance)
Donna Orchard | 10/23/2015, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookbook Author at Athens Farmers Market: Nicole A. Taylor: THE UP SOUTH COOKBOOK  (author appearance)
Nicole Taylor | 10/24/2015, 10:00 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Author Matthew Guinn: THE SCRIBE  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn | 10/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Lee Peterson signs The Spy on the Tennessee Walker  (author appearance)
Linda Lee Peterson | 10/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

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

Linda Lee Peterson signs The Spy on the Tennessee Walker  (author appearance)
Linda Lee Peterson | 10/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Little Professor Book Center | Homewood, AL

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

Avid Poetry Series: Ed Pavlić, Ginger Ko, and Jaydn DeWald  (author appearance)
Ed Pavlic, | 10/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Catherynne M. Valente: Explore Uranus with RADIANCE  (author appearance)
Catherynne M. | 10/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

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

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

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

Fall 2015 Mystery Panel Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Linda Lee Peterson | 10/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | 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

Okra Pick!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

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

Linda Lee Peterson signs The Spy on the Tennessee Walker  (author appearance)
Linda Lee Peterson | 11/03/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Gerry Wilson with CROSSCURRENTS AND OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Gerry Wilson | 11/04/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Wright Thompson with THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTSWRITING  (author appearance)
Wright Thompson | 11/05/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Richard Grant with DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO  (author appearance)
Richard Grant | 11/05/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

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

Wright Thompson, Seth Wickersham, Don van Natta, Scott Eden, Chris Jones and Chris Ballard with BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2015  (author appearance)
Wright Thompson | 11/06/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

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

Roberta Kaplan with THEN COMES MARRIAGE  (author appearance)
Roberta Kaplan | 11/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

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

Vu Tran with DRAGONFISH  (author appearance)
Vu Tran | 11/12/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

Neely Tucker with MURDER, DC  (author appearance)
Neely Tucker | 11/13/2015, 12:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Peter Guralnick with SAM PHILLIPS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK 'N' ROLL  (author appearance)
Peter Guralnick | 11/13/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

Deborah Diesen with THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT POUT FISH  (author appearance)
Deborah Diesen | 11/14/2015, 03:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriett Brill Outlaw- Wine & Sign Author Event  (author appearance)
Harriett Brill Outlaw | 12/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

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