{On the art of being still.}

In which a woman finds herself homesick at Christmas, Ms. Margaret Maron tells us the five books that changed her life (they are not what you might expect), Mr. Silas House extolls the art of being still, and Ms. Celia Rivenbark refrains from peeing on a person, (for which we are all grateful).

November 25, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

Back to Blood Merry Christmas Alex Cross The
                                    Secret Keeper My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop Unbroken The Cove The Shoemaker's Wife The Perfect Hope The Innocent Call teh Midwife The Greater Journey To Heaven and Back Boomerang 1984 Kill Shot Three Day TownPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Pete the CAt Rocking in My School Shoes Lincoln's Last Days The Diviners


Author Readings

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Durham News Event on 12/05/2012 (13575)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Folk music duo Constellation on 12/05/2012 (13455)

Killick Hinds, author of The World For A Dying Antidote, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 12/05/2012 (13479)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Body Love Leads to Better Sex: A Workshop by Maisha Najuma Aza on 12/05/2012 (13496)

Julia Taylor Ebel will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/05/2012 (13521)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Eric Pearl - The Reconnection: Heal Yourself, Heal Others on 12/05/2012 (13531)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event Join host Jay Jacobi for a discussion of Silas Marner, by George Elio on 12/05/2012 (13545)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Trans Discussion Group on 12/05/2012 (13554)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event ART EVENT/INVASION: Space Invaders new book on 12/06/2012 (13580)

Matthew Reinhart, author of Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/06/2012 (13583)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Special Hanukkah Story Time! The Count's Hanukkah Countdown with authors Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fische on 12/06/2012 (13441)

MIchael Sulick, author of Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/06/2012 (13456)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Art Show: Laura Whitfield / Music by Trasspassers on 12/06/2012 (13491)

Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 12/06/2012 (13497)

Farrell Mason, author of Alma Gloria and the Olive Tree, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/06/2012 (13510)

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Cookbook Club Meeting on 12/06/2012 (13534)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event WGOT Live Radio Show at Wild Iris Books on 12/06/2012 (13553)

Turning Pages Books & More is hosting the event Remembering Mary Hamilton on 12/06/2012 (13566)

Louis Sachar, author of Holes, will be appearing at Little Shop of Stories, 12/07/2012 (13570)

Marianne Malone, author of Stealing Magic, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/07/2012 (13582)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event CORAL GABLES GALLERY NIGHT: Edna Glaubman on 12/07/2012 (13584)

Margie Carroll, author of ZZ and the Daydream, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/07/2012 (13393)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event The 2012 Wilde Awards Live! on 12/07/2012 (13442)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Picking On Christmas - by Nixon, Blevins & Gage on 12/07/2012 (13457)

James Dean, author of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 12/07/2012 (13484)

Bruce Douglas, author of The Great Harvest: Remembering Tobacco in the Pee Dee, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/07/2012 (13538)

Stephan Drage, author of Mud Lane, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/07/2012 (13557)

Jane Seymore, author of OPEN HEARTS FAMILY: Connecting with One Another, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/08/2012 (13585)

Priscilla Dames, author of How to Survive When Your Ship is Sinking , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/08/2012 (13586)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Live Music in the Courtyard: Debbie Orta Duo on 12/08/2012 (13587)

Marguerite T. Cline will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/08/2012 (13394)

Gigi Amateau  will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 12/08/2012 (13411)

Fran Hasson, author of Allawe, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 12/08/2012 (13425)

Paul Smith, author of The Colors of Mississippi, will be appearing at Turning Pages Books & More, 12/08/2012 (13427)

Darwen Arkwright, author of The Insidious Bleck by AJ Hartley, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/08/2012 (13447)

Kelly Lyons  will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/08/2012 (13458)

Helen Scott Correll, author of Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration From Nature, will be appearing at Blue Ridge Books & News, 12/08/2012 (13469)

Penny Graham, author of The Button Sisters, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 12/08/2012 (13472)

Myron Kaufman, author of Finding Ida, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 12/08/2012 (13474)

Page & Palette is hosting the event Webkinz Road Trip on 12/08/2012 (13485)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood on 12/08/2012 (13498)

Bill Finch, author of Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/08/2012 (13505)

Lynn Tolley, author of Jack Daniel's Cookbook, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/08/2012 (13511)

Mona Ketner will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/08/2012 (13522)

Melinda Long, author of The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/08/2012 (13535)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event DECEMBER AUTHORS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN on 12/08/2012 (13546)

Brian Powell, author of Stranger in the Pulpit, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/08/2012 (13558)

Carole Townsend, author of Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/08/2012 (13559)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Hanukkah Storytime on 12/09/2012 (13571)

Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 12/09/2012 (13448)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Mishpacha Celebrates on 12/09/2012 (13459)

Harriet Hill, author of Escaping Viet Nam - H'Yoanh's Story: A Memoir of Determination, Defiance and Deliverance, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/09/2012 (13460)

John Carenen, author of Signs of Struggle, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 12/09/2012 (13480)

Marty and Hilda Stuart, author of Choctaw Gardens, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/09/2012 (13512)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event POEMS OF DEVOTION POETRY READING on 12/09/2012 (13547)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Book Lovers Club Discussion: Bonsai on 12/10/2012 (13574)

Rachel Ray, author of My Year in Meals, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 12/10/2012 (13461)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 12/10/2012 (13499)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MYSTERY BOOKCLUB on 12/10/2012 (13548)

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Gender Equality Now! Art Exhibition on 12/10/2012 (13555)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event All Is Calm performers on 12/11/2012 (13573)

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Dan Leslie Bowden -- Reading of A Christmas Memory on 12/11/2012 (13588)

Luisa Valenzuela, author of La m?scara sarda, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/11/2012 (13589)

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event CD Christmas - John Brown and His Big Band/Nnenna Freelon on 12/11/2012 (13462)

Maria de Guzman, author of , will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/11/2012 (13466)

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 12/11/2012 (13470)

Buddy Valastro will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 12/11/2012 (13481)

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Live music with Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin on 12/11/2012 (13513)

Sharman Burson Ramsey, author of Swimming With Serpents, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/11/2012 (13536)

Sylvia Nissen, author of Gruau: Portraits of Men, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/12/2012 (13590)

John A. Powell, author of Racing to Justice, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/12/2012 (13591)

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Gallows Bay Holiday Festival on 12/12/2012 (13426)

John Shelton Reed will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 12/12/2012 (13443)

Rachel Ray, author of My Year in Meals, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/12/2012 (13514)

N.M. Kelly, author of White Truffles in Winter, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 12/12/2012 (13303)

Manuel Diaz, author of Miami Transformed, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/13/2012 (13592)

Pamela Fiori will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/13/2012 (13593)

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Yawns Book Club on 12/13/2012 (13395)

James Salzman, author of In Drinking Water: A History, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 12/13/2012 (13467)

FoxTale Book Shoppe is hosting the event December's FoxTalk Book Club meeting on 12/13/2012 (13482)

Emily Ford, author of The Jews of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 12/13/2012 (13506)

Jon Meacham, author of Jon Meacham will discuss and sign Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/13/2012 (13515)

Laurance Daltroff Triplette, author of Gimme Some Sugar, Darlin': The Secret Lexicon of Southernness and One Old Bride's Guide to Cooking Southern, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/13/2012 (13523)

Buddy Valastro will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 12/13/2012 (13530)

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine's 10th Anniversary Tour! With Davy and Peter Rothbart on 12/14/2012 (13444)

Mary Flinn will be appearing at Barnhill's, 12/14/2012 (13524)

James Kilgore will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/14/2012 (13525)

Tom Poland, author of Save the Last Dance for Me: A Love Story of the Shag and the Society of Stranders, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/14/2012 (13539)

Little Shop of Stories is hosting the event Little Shop's Annual Polar Express Party on 12/15/2012 (13572)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures! Amy Ray, T Cooper, & Scott Turner Schofield at the Star Bar One Night Only! on 12/15/2012 (13500)

Daisy King, author of Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 12/15/2012 (13516)

Jim McFarland, author of The Potters of Orange- 100 years of Pottery, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 12/15/2012 (13526)

John Carenen, author of Signs of Struggle, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 12/15/2012 (13537)

Anne Fiitten Glenn, author of Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 12/15/2012 (13549)

Jana Oliver, author of Foretold, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 12/15/2012 (13560)

Sherye Simmons Green, author of Abandon Not My Soul, will be appearing at Turning Pages Books & More, 12/15/2012 (13565)

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures! Amy Ray, T Cooper, & Scott Turner Schofield on 12/15/2012 (13055)

Park Road Books is hosting the event New Dress A Day - Marisa Lynch on 12/16/2012 (13449)

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Find Frank, The Fabulous Fiction Fan: 2012 on 12/16/2012 (13475)

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event REMEMBER ME AS A TIME OF DAY POETRY READING on 12/16/2012 (13550)

Jerry John, author of Great Living - Every Day a Victory, will be appearing at Bookworks, 12/16/2012 (13563)

Carolina García-Aguilera will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 12/16/2012 (13564)

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Fiction Book Club, Dec 2012 on 12/18/2012 (13492)

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event December Book Club reads Natasha Trethewey on 12/20/2012 (13399)

Carol Bjorlie, author of Behind the Cello, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 12/20/2012 (13473)

Susan D. Reynolds, author of Secrets of a Successful Loser - The Problems People Have With Weight Loss and How We've Solved Them, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 12/21/2012 (13540)


Authors Round the South
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Dearest readers,

This holiday season, while you are browsing the shelves of your neighborhood bookstore looking for the newest releases by your favorite writers so that you may force them into the reluctant hands of friends and family (books are  as rewarding to give as they are to receive), please take a moment to remember some of your favorite southern books of the year, because nominations for the 2013 SIBA Book Award are now open.

In order to be eligible for the award, the book

  1. must be southern in nature, or the author must be southern, or both. Preferably both.
  2. must have been published in 2012. Reprints do not count.

Books may nominated in several categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s, Young Adult and of course, Cooking.

Anyone who shops at a Southern Indie bookstore can nominate. You simply have to include the name of your local bookshop with your nomination.  Nominations will be open until Valentine’s Day.

Click here to nominate
Click here to see the current list of nominated books.

Is your favorite southern book on the list? If not, then take a moment to put it there.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 18, 2012

Columbia, SC -November 25, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, November 18, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

STARS - 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. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265
2. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535144
3. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $35, 9780316228534
4. Notorious Nineteen
Janet Evanovich, Bantam, $28, 9780345527745
5. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781616201326
6. The Forgotten
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446573054
7. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
8. Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $26.95, 9780385536820
9. The Round House
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062065247
10. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307596888
11. The Last Man
Vince Flynn, Atria, $27.99, 9781416595212
12. Back to Blood
Tom Wolfe, Little Brown, $30, 9780316036313
13. Winter of the World
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525952923
14. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316210683
15. The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton, Atria, $26.99, 9781439152805

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664
2. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
3. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
William Manchester, Paul Reid, Little Brown, $40, 9780316547703
4. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668
5. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464873
6. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
7. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
8. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
Ronald Rice (Ed.), Black Dog & Leventhal, $23.95, 9781579129101
9. The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
David Nasaw, Penguin Press, $40, 9781594203763
10. No Easy Day
Mark Owen, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525953722
11. Waging Heavy Peace
Neil Young, Blue Rider, $30, 9780399159466
12. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
13. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
14. The Signal and the Noise
Nate Silver, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204111
15. Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307957245

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419
2. Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Random House, $15, 9780812984415
3. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
5. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
6. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
7. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
8. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $14.99, 9780061804205
9. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
10. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $16, 9781250014764
11. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $15.99, 9780061257100
12. The Perfect Hope
Nora Roberts, Berkley, $16, 9780425246047
13. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $14.99, 9781455519002
14. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
15. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $21, 9781451688092
3. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
4. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
5. Call the Midwife
Jennifer Worth, Penguin, $16, 9780143123255
6. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
7. F for Effort!
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9781452113227
8. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2013
Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 9781571985736
9. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $20, 9780345408778
10. Dancers Among Us
Jordan Matter, Workman, $17.95, 9780761171706
11. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
12. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
13. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
14. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $16.95, 9780393343441
15. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279

Mass Market


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Kill Shot
Vince Flynn, Atria, $9.99, 9781416595229
6. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
8. Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, Signet, $9.99, 9780451232854
9. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425250563
10. Three-Day Town
Margaret Maron, Grand Central Publishing, $7.99, 9780446555777

Children's Illustrated

1. Safari: A Photicular Book
Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95, 9780761163800
okra2. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062110626

3. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
6. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illus.), Blue Sky Press, $16.99, 9780545416788
7. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589
8. Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Olé
Judy Schachner, Dial Books, $17.99, 9780803737822
9. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
10. This Moose Belongs to Me
Oliver Jeffers, Philomel, $16.99, 9780399161032

Children's Interest

1. Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illus.), Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
2. Lego Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
Claire Sipi, DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756698126
3. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson, Eleanor Taylor (Illus.), Frederick Warne and Company, $20, 9780723269106
4. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
5. Lincoln's Last Days
Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Holt, $19.99, 9780805096750
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
7. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Puffin, $9.99, 9780142402511
8. Star Wars Origami
Chris Alexander, Workman, $16.95, 9780761169437
9. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
10. The Diviners
Libba Bray, Little Brown, $19.99, 9780316126113

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The Christmas letter, homesick

The Christmas LettersIt is all so different here, all flat brown fields which stretch out from this farmhouse in three directions as far as the eye can see. But in the fourth direction, South—now this is the view from our little round window—there is the wide dark Neuse River moving slowly and mysteriously towar the Ocean which I have not yet seen and can scarecely imagine though Bill has promised to take us when he comes home. And way across the river, there’s the town. I can see it better at night when its lights make a pretty reflection in the water, like jewels. In fact the name of the movie theater in town is the Bijou which means jewel if I am correct. It is the colored lights of the Bijou which twinkkle in the water come dark, how I love to look at them.
Still I wish I could have come back up home to have my baby, and stayed with you all until Bill gets out of the War, but he would not hear a world about it, not a word, saying that “No,” his own parents would take good care of his wife and baby. Well it is the other way around if you ask me.

—Lee Smith, The Christmas Letters (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1996) 9781565123762

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

“We will not publish pieces about family reunions, or recipes, or beauty contests, or picturesque porches, or local anchormen, or picnicking, or interior decorating, or lovely gardens, or Southern soap opera stars.” It was The New Yorker with hot sauce

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Author Gossip

Margaret Maron“Jeremy Lynch of Crimespree Magazine recently asked me to list 5 books that changed my life. That made me wonder if indeed any book actually had.” 5 books that changed my life

 

Celia RivenbarkI want to wish Ms. Fowler continued success but, honestly, I wouldn’t pee on her if she was on fire. I wouldn’t give her air if she was trapped in a jug. Why didn’t I think of that

 

Silas HouseMany of the aspiring writers I know talk about writing more than they actually write. Instead of setting free the novel or short story or essay that is sizzling at the ends of their fingers, desperate to set fire to the world, they fret about writer’s block or about never having the time to write.  The Art of Being Still

 

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Hester Bass  , Brandon, MS 01/16/2013 - 01/19/2013

Carole Bellacera  , destin , FL 12/24/2012 - 12/26/2012

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Bookstore Gossip

In late February I am in my basement, which is really a very nice part of my house that is not done justice by the word basement. For the purposes of this story, let’s call it the Parnassus Fulfillment Center. The Bookstore strikes back

Sunshine BooksellersI
f you are driving around Collier County and see an independent, mainstream bookstore open for business, you're probably either mistaken or on Marco Island.  Marco's Sunshine Booksellers seems to be the only such bookstore remaining in Collier County, unless one opened in the past few days. Farmer life: avoid opening a bookstore

The day has arrived – we now have a new lease for 2013 next door to the Civic Media Center and the Citizens Co-op! We can’t thank you all enough for the support and good vibes Wild Iris Books is moving

 

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


“That was the summer I discovered my life’s work…and the summer my marriage fell apart.”

Beach House Memories

Beach House MemoriesBeach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe

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Read This!

Okra Picks and Recommended Reading from Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA


Mastering the Art of Southern CookingOkra Picks: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

"Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America." -Nathalie Dupree

Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a souffle and turning out the perfect biscuit-all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today's healthy lifestyle.

Mastering the Art of Southern CookingWith more than 750 recipes and 650 variations, making a perfect piecrust, a heavenly biscuit, mouthwatering vegetables, or crispy fried chicken is attainable for any home cook. The recipes and directions are easily accessible to kitchen novices as well as seasoned cooks-there is plenty here for everyone.

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Recommended reading from the staff, volunteers, and customers of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC

Her ladyship receives many newsletters from Southern indie booksellers, but the one that comes from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC is a favorite. Partly, this is because they take the trouble to write their own opinions of the books they are promoting instead of relying on catalog copy, but mostly she likes that they include recommendations not just from the store own, but the also from store staff, volunteers, friends, and customers. It's a newsletter not just of a community bookstore, but a community of readers.

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary SocietyMiss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth (Atria Books, paperback, $15.00) This novel takes you back to your childhood, when you knew some "wacky and different" people, especially in a small town. This story is about that small town life in Florida (1962). It just sizzles with humor, and five delightful folks trying to make a difference in their own lives. The author  leads you down a path full of wonder, crazy situations and lots of laugh. A great read for any time that you need something to laugh about. -Bill W., Fiction Addiction customer 9781451675238

The Boy in teh SnowThe Boy in the Snow by M.J. McGrath (The Viking Press, hardcover, $25.95) Highly recommended for fans of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series. An interesting view of the life of Inuits even farther north than Alaska. Another strong heroine who has a troubled past but tries to do what she can to make things right. I will definitely read the first book in the series, White Heat, to learn more about what drives Edie Kiglatuk. A December 2012 Indie Next pick. 9780670023691 -Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer

ScorchedScorched by Laura Griffin (Pocket, paperback, $7.99) I think this is the best book in Griffin's Tracers series. The pace is extremely fast, and the new characters are enjoyable in their lack of perfection. The plot of domestic terrorism and politics is far too believable. Any fan of Laura Griffin or romantic suspense will completely enjoy this book. 9781451617399 -Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer

The Dark WinterThe Dark Winter by David Mark (Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $25.95) A fantastic debut of a police procedural series that takes place in northern England. Just as Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy seems to be able to put himself in the mind of a killer, David Mark has developed his characters so completely that the reader can almost put himself in the mind of McAvoy as he is connecting dots that no one else even sees. McAvoy may be a gentle giant of a man but he is also determined to get at the truth even if his job is in jeopardy. Luckily, he finds a believer in his boss, another dedicated officer who also is fighting to keep her job. 9780399158643 -Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer

The CoveThe Cove by Ron Rash (Ecco, paperback, $14.99) Superstition and prejudice can destroy lives, as illustrated in The Cove. The residents of Mars Hill are convinced that Laurel Shelton is a witch and want nothing to do with her. Her handicapped brother strives to win the approval of his fiancée's father. When a mute stranger named Walter comes into their lives, the siblings hope for positive change, but Walter harbors a volatile secret that endangers them all. The power of Ron's work is that although the plot may be dark, his central character is not: Laurel is a beacon of light in the darkness of the cove and a world confronting the tragedies of world war for the first time. A December 2012 Indie Next pick. 9780061804205 -Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee, and Jill Hendrix, store owner

RuinsRuins by Orson Scott Card (Simon Pulse, hardcover, $18.99) After reading Pathfinder, the first book in Orson Scott Card's YA series, it immediately became one of my favorite books. Ruins, the sequel, is just as captivating. Rigg continues his journey with his fellow time-shifters to find out what really happened to the planet Garden at the beginning of its civilization, in order to try to forestall its ending. With Card's masterful handling of moral dilemmas, this is a book that fans of all ages can jump into, and it's a great way to get younger fans interested in the genius of sci-fi storytelling. 9781416991779 -Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee

The Shoemaker's WifeThe Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, hardcover, $26.99) When Ciro and Enza first meet as teenagers in Italy, they are each in the process of dealing with acute heartbreak. Circumstances conspire to keep them apart, but they each end up searching for a better life in America, without knowing that the other is there. They never forget each other, and their chance encounters over the years leave indelible imprints on their hearts. Filled with vivid descriptions of life in the early 20th century, The Shoemaker's Wife paints a portrait of the immigrant experience that so many readers can relate to in their own family history.  9780061257100 -Recommended by Nancy Rechtman, store employee

The Shadow SocietyThe Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $17.99) Darcy Jones was abandoned at age 5. She remembers nothing of her past, but as she works on a high school art project she begins drawing fantastical versions of Chicago's skyline that somehow seem familiar. Soon she's drawn into an alternate universe where humans and her kind -- Shades -- are at war, and she's in love with the enemy. I loved this high-octane read and recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games and I Am Number Four. A Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next pick. 9780374349059 -Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

Flight BehaviorFlight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, hardcover, $28.99) Dellarobia Turnbow is so hungry for a better life that she is willing to throw away the one she has and leaves. But before she reaches her destination, she comes upon a vision so beautiful and mysterious that she takes it as a sign to turn back -- millions of Monarch butterflies have inexplicably migrated to a mountainside in Tennessee instead of Mexico. While experts and fundamentalists clash over the meaning of this phenomenon, Dellarobia gains valuable insight about herself and those she loves. Readers can easily relate to the well-developed characters, even to those with whom they may disagree. I highly recommend this thought-provoking and timely novel for longtime Kingsolver fans, as well as first-time readers. A November 2012 Indie Next pick. 9780062124265 -Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $16.99) A wakes up in a different body every day, temporarily taking over that person's life and following one rule: try not to mess anything up. Until the day A wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon -- then A breaks the self-imposed rule, wanting nothing more than to be with Rhiannon and try to make her see past the changing bodies to the person inside who loves her. A unique, wonderfully written love story that addresses what love really is and what it takes to make it work. A Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next pick. 9780307931887 -Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee

CrewelCrewel by Gennifer Albin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $17.99) During mandatory school testing, 16-year-old Adelice's long-hidden talent is discovered and her life changes in an instant. She's violently ripped away from her family and trained how to weave time with matter, a skill the government needs to maintain order on Arras. This fast-moving novel can be read on several levels and would be great for a YA bookclub discussion group. 9780374316419 Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

The Future of UsThe Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (Razorbill, paperback, $9.99) When Emma loads a free AOL CD-ROM on her new computer in 1996, she gets a surprise: instead of the AOL login page, she's sent to her Facebook page from 15 years in the future. At first, she and her best friend Josh think it's a joke -- until things they change in 1996 have immediate repercussions on their 2011 Facebook pages. But what happens when one of them is happy with the future and the other one isn't? And is it true that even the tiniest change today can have a huge effect on tomorrow? 9781595145161 -Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books, paperback, $15.00) Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months -- rather than four years -- and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. 9780374533571 -Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

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