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{Gerry makes a list.}

In which Ms. Harper Lee spends Christmas in New York, Ms. Rebecca Scherm remembers watching television with her grandmother, and a man named Gerry makes a list.

December 13, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book and Author Gossip | Author 2 Author | STARS Author Feature | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

This might be her ladyship's favorite story of the holiday season. Every year a man named Gerry sends the folks at Parnassus Books a long list of people he needs to buy gifts for, and asks them to pick out books for everyone on the list. "Gerry's List" is now a tradition at the store, such that even at other times of the year they are thinking about the people on Gerry's list:

"Now that we know the family, we think of them all year. Our booksellers will periodically say, “I wonder if Laurel’s read this yet?” or “This would be perfect for Molly,” or “We ought to set aside a signed copy of this for Sean.” Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes get in on it as well, looking over the list and making suggestions to help match the right book to the right Byrne. (The Parnassus elves always throw in a few surprises for Gerry, too. We figure he spends all year thinking of the right books to give others; he deserves a little personalized Christmas cheer.)

“Working on Gerry’s list is probably my favorite part of Christmas at Parnassus,” says Niki Coffman, Parnassus marketing director. “I constantly pester Gerry to make a sojourn out to Nashville so we can finally meet him and the lovely Laurel.” We love telling the story of Gerry’s list and what it means to us, but it’s even better when he tells the story of what it means to him."

Here's Gerry's story:

Read Independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Postmark Bayou CheneFat Landry said:

It all started with that empty skiff, if you ask me. Oh, I'd a noticed it right off because of the colors, even if it hadn't come floating around the bend empty. Unless, of course, you counted the dog, which I did. Wasn't in the skiff so much as floating alongside, towed by the bowline around its neck.

Wasn't good  daylight yet. April mornings take their time walking up in South Louisiana. You know how it is. Come August, now, it's a different story. That summer sun rouses up so quick and strong, it's like it never went to bed at all but just stepped behind the trees and come out on the other side.

But back to that empty skiff. I was bailing rainwater out of my boat when here it comes looking like an alligator gone blind. It bumped into Ron Theriot's log dog like it was looking for something and then poked its nose into a mat of willow roots on the bank. That's when the current caught the stern around, the willows let go of the bow, and that dog's body swung out just as graceful as a cast net.  That's when I saw it was a skiff not built around here. Blue and black, at that!

Out here on the Chene our skiffs flare out on the sides so they float high like an acorn cap; it makes them quick to steer with an extra push on one oar or the other. This skiff floated deep and straight like a water trough or a coffin.

--Gwen Roland, Postmark Bayou Chene, (Louisiana State University Press, 2015) 9780807161449

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Holiday Gift Guide: Illustrated Children's Books

Gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself! As suggested by Southern Indie Booksellers

Caillou, Storybook TreasuryCaillou, Storybook Treasury: Ten Bestselling Stories

If you are buying for a young reader this holiday season, or for someone who listens to bedtime stories, you should check out this collection of 10 bestselling Caillou stories. This 240 page book will make a great gift and is a perfect way to introduce children to the many adventures of Caillou! These stories are full of positive messages and are appropriate for preschool aged kids! Check out this video to learn more about the stories this collection includes:


Pete the Cat and the Bedtime BluesPete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kimberly Dean, James Dean

Pete the Cat is back and just in time to get under your Christmas tree! This time, the cool cat needs to go to bed but none of his friends that he invited over to a sleepover will cooperate. Eventually, he reads them all a favorite story of his to help soothe their minds and put them to sleep. This book is a great bedtime story for any fan of the Pete the Cat series!  Check out this video of the story:


The Day the Crayons Came HomeThe Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

If you are buying for anyone this holiday season aged 5-8 years old, do not miss out on the sequel to the blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit! Duncan’s crayons are a colorful bunch of characters and after soothing the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. This book is bound to be a hit, especially among fans of the first (and be sure to look for the special glow in the dark page).

The Nonsense ShowThe Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

Sure to bring lots of giggles from strait under the tree, The Nonsense Show features characters like ducks that grow out of bananas and mice that catch the cat! A perfect gift for ages 3-7 years, it provides the chance to talk with your kids about what makes each page silly! Author Eric Carle has a gift for jump starting children’s love for stories and this book is no exception, including the gorgeous illustrations his books are known for. Check out this video about the book:

One Day, The EndOne Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Fred Koehler

If you are shopping this Christmas for any children aged 3-8 years old, you should definitely check out this unique, first of its kind picture book! What makes this story so delightful is that it uses an original and incredibly deep combination of text and art to invite readers to make up stories of their own. This picture book provides the perfect way to start up sweet conversations with your kiddos, and to get their imaginations pumping.  

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Book & Author Gossip

Harper Lee: My Christmas in New York

Go Set a WatchmanTo a displaced southerner, Christmas in New York can be rather a melancholy occasion, not because the scene is strange to one far from home, but because it is familiar: New York shoppers evince the same singleness of purpose as slow-moving southerners; Salvation Army bands and Christmas carols are alike the world over; at that time of year, New York streets shine wet with the same gentle farmer’s rain that soaks Alabama’s winter fields. I missed Christmas away from home, I thought. What I really missed was a memory, an old memory of people long since gone, of my grandparents’ house bursting with cousins, smilax and holly. I missed the sound of hunting boots, the sudden open-door gusts of chilly air that cut through the aroma of pine needles and oyster dressing. I missed my brother’s night-before-Christmas mask of rectitude and my father’s bumblebee bass humming Joy To The World. 

Quail Ridge Books is moving

Quail Ridge Books, in business for more than 30 years, has a spectacular selection of children’s books, bestsellers and music and a reader’s choice of any number of friendly staff people. Former owner Nancy Olson, the store’s founder, created Quail Ridge’s culture of quiet excellence, but the store was bought – and its atmosphere maintained – by Lisa Poole in 2013. Now, after nearly 20 years in its Ridgewood Shopping Center location in Raleigh, Quail Ridge is moving on to North Hills shopping center. The space will be smaller, but Poole promises people will feel at home.

The Displaced Person

A Good Man is Hard to FindLike many in the South, O’Connor abhorred racism but was slow to embrace integration, feeling that to rush things would lead to more violence. This stance may have been part and parcel of her attitude toward topical writing. To be topical, she thought, was to risk arguing for social changes that couldn’t be brought about by mere idealism, but by the hard, messy, and sometimes violent work of transforming hearts. And yet “The Displaced Person” is undeniably topical, right down to its title—and its topic makes it peculiarly resonant at present, when governors are vowing to refuse Syrian refugees and Donald Trump has outlined an arrantly bigoted plan to bar all Muslims from entering the U.S. 

An Interview with Rebecca Scherm

UnbecomingWhen I used to visit my grandparents in the summer, my grandmother and I spent a lot of long, hot Florida afternoons watching Antiques Roadshow. I loved the small suspense of it: the tension between the objects, both the obviously beautiful and the homely, and their owners, and then the big reveal of “market value.” When I was a bit older, in New York, I was making my own art (unlike Riley, I was all ideas, lousy execution) and rebelling against the ideas about history and craftsmanship that I’d learned growing up, when my family never missed an opportunity to tour a historic home. But soon enough, I became more interested in ideas about art—“worth,” intention, influence, ownership, taste—than I was in making art myself.  9780143128311

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Meet Scott Seeke

Scott SeekeScott Seeke is a writer for print and screen best known for his 2015 book "Uncle Bush's Live Funeral" and the award winning 2010 film "Get Low," which starred Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. He also writes for "The Lutheran" magazine. On weekends he serves as pastor of a Lutheran church. A native of upstate New York and passionate Syracuse University fan, he lives in Atlanta with his wife, two children, and a seventy pound lap dog named Chipper Jones.


Uncle Bush's Live Funeral

Uncle Bush's Live FuneralThis book tells the incredible true story of Bush Breazeale, a Tennessee hermit who attracted ten thousand strangers to the funeral he held while still alive in 1938. Bush was the inspiration for the 2010 film "Get Low," which starred Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. Writer Scott Seeke had begun researching "Get Low" as an outsider, a New Yorker married into a skeptical East Tennessee family. By the time "Get Low" arrived in theaters ten years later, he had earned their trust. They opened doors that allowed him to finally learn why Bush had his funeral while he was still alive, and why so many people came. He found the moving story of a man trapped by his culture and past, desperate to rewrite his life's story before it was too late. "Uncle Bush's Live Funeral" shows that any outcast can find acceptance, and any label can be overcome, all masterfully told by "Get Low" writer Scott Seeke.Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks:

False PositiveFor fans of Craig Johnson and James Lee Burke "False Positive" follows up the powerful punch of Andrew Grant's novel "RUN" with a staggering second dose of thrills and suspense that is just as smart, atmospheric, and soul-searing. 

Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux makes no apologies for his luxe lifestyle or the way he does his job. Most cops haven t lived the kind of life he has starting out as an orphan, raised by a grizzled cop savior and most don t use his kind of high-risk tactics. But he may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who's fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares. 

A seven-year-old boy has disappeared from his home in the Birmingham suburbs. But the more Devereaux digs into the missing child's background, the more he discovers about his own, eventually shaking loose a series of harrowing truths about bloodlines, mass murder, obsession, and what two damaged detectives have in common with the innocent victim they re so desperate to save. This twisty page-turner the debut of the Detective Cooper Devereaux series hurtles at a mile a minute through an action-packed search for a missing child, culminating in an ending that no reader will see coming. 

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From The Indie Next List

My Name Is Lucy BartonMy Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel, by Elizabeth Strout
(Random House, 9781400067695, $26)

“Strout has the incredible ability to take ordinary, even mundane situations and use them to make acute observations on the human condition. A mother’s visit to her daughter in the hospital becomes the vehicle for an astute examination of daily needs, desires, yearnings, wishes, and dreams that become so much of the remembered experience. Using spare, precise, but beautiful language, she has produced another masterpiece in a growing list of impressive work.” —Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Fallen LandFallen Land: A Novel, by Taylor Brown
(St. Martin’s Press, 9781250077974, $25.99)

“Fallen Land by debut novelist Brown is like a blend of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. In the setting of the southern Appalachians and crossing Georgia during Sherman’s March to the Sea, Brown shares the beautifully written story of Callum, a young Irish immigrant, and Ava, the orphan daughter of a Carolina doctor who perished in the war. Together they stay one step ahead of a loosely formed band of vicious bounty hunters at the trailing end of Sherman’s scorching destruction of the South. Determination, survival, and love all combine to form a thrilling and romantic story set during the final days of the Civil War.” —Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA

The VsitorsThe Visitors: A Novel, by Simon Sylvester
(Melville House, 9781612194639, trade paper, $18.95)

“Neil Gaiman meets Tana French in this debut thriller that takes place on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Flora is as independent, vulnerable, and anxious for adulthood yet yearning for magic in all of its guises as any teen you’re likely to meet in literature. It is no surprise that she is drawn into the mystery of a man and his daughter moving into the abandoned Dog Cottage next door. The braiding of Scottish myth into this tale of suspicious disappearances adds a compelling twist to the wonderfully evocative setting and great cast of supporting characters.” —Sarah Hinckley, Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA

Only Love Can Break Your HeartOnly Love Can Break Your Heart: A Novel, by Ed Tarkington
(Algonquin Books, 9781616203825, $25.95)

“Tarkington’s debut novel feels positively Shakespearean in its sense of family dynamics and the sometimes destructive power of love, but it speaks with the deceptively plain, poignant language of a Neil Young song. Set in the 1980s in a small Virginia town, the book tells the coming-of-age story of Rocky Askew as he copes with fraternal abandonment, dangerous liaisons, caregiving, and one town scandal after another with little help other than his brother Paul’s old vinyl collection. Only Love Can Break Your Heart speaks to anybody working to function, however imperfectly, in any type of family.” —Andrew Hedglin, Lemuria Bookshop, Jackson, MS

The Sound of GravelThe Sound of Gravel: A Memoir, by Ruth Wariner
(Flatiron Books, 9781250077691, $27.99)

“This is a memoir made extraordinary simply by the fact that the author lived to tell the tale. Wariner grew up in a polygamist cult across the Mexican border, the 39th of her father’s 41 children. Surrounded by crushing poverty and repeated tragedy, little Ruth was taught that girls are born to be used by callous men and an angry God. However, she had just enough contact with her maternal grandparents and the outside world to realize the bizarre practices at home didn’t match up with the rest of civilization. With quiet persistence, she grew into an adolescent and began to consider the possibility of escape. Riveting and reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle.” —Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending December 6. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539432
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Mitch Albom, Harper, $25.99, 9780062294418
4. House of the Rising Sun
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781501107108
5. The Guilty
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455586424
6. The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, Atria, $28, 9781501116971
7. Avenue of Mysteries
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664164
8. The Crossing
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316225885
9. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
10. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399167454
11. The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks, Viking, $27.95, 9780670025770
12. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
13. See Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $27, 9781455520619
14. Tom Clancy Commander in Chief
Mark Greaney, Putnam, $29.95, 9780399176760
15. Slade House
David Mitchell, Random House, $26, 9780812998689


1. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
2. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391
3. Destiny and Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067657
4. The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II
Winston Groom, National Geographic, $30, 9781426215490
5. Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
Daniel de Vise, S&S, $26, 9781476747736
6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
7. Thing Explainer
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24.95, 9780544668256
8. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937
9. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
10. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $27.95, 9781591848066
11. My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, Random House, $28, 9780679456209
okra12. The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories
Garden & Gun (Ed.), Harper Wave, $37.5, 9780062242419

13. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627792417
14. The Witches
Stacy Schiff, Little Brown, $32, 9780316200608
15. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard, Liveright, $35, 9780871404237


1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
3. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385523240
4. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, Picador USA, $16, 9781250074843
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633942
6. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $15.95, 9781616204778
7. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
8. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
10. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
11. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
12. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
13. Dog Songs
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $16, 9780143125839
14. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $17, 9781594633928
15. Tightrope
Simon Mawer, Other Press, $15.95, 9781590517239


1. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993
4. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615193028
5. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
6. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
Leanne Brown, Workman, $16.95, 9780761184997
7. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
8. In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick, Penguin, $17, 9780143126812
9. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
10. Pogue's Basics
David Pogue, Flatiron, $19.99, 9781250080431
11. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986696
12. Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty
David DiBenedetto, Harper Wave, $15.99, 9780062242372
13. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
14. Patterns of the Universe
Alex Bellos, Edmund Harriss (Illus.), Experiment, $14.95, 9781615193233
15. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
4. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
5. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
6. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101905005
7. The Inferno
Dante Alighieri, Signet, $5.95, 9780451531391
8. Suspect
Robert Crais, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425278277
9. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
10. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488


1. Dream Snow
Eric Carle, Philomel, $9.99, 9780399173141
2. The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $18.99, 9780399172755
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780394800790
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illus.), FSG, $16.99, 9780374355494
7. The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B, $20, 9780976990703
8. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
9. The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition
Chris Van Allsburg, Harcourt, $19.99, 9780544580145
10. Naughty Mabel
Nathan Lane, Devlin Elliott, Dan Krall (Illus.), Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781481430227


1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
2. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
3. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Adam Bray, et al., DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465437853
4. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278
5. The Marvels
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $32.99, 9780545448680
6. It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
Chelsea Clinton, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399176128
okra7. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

8. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Barbara Robinson, HarperTrophy, $5.99, 9780064402750
9. The Doldrums
Nicholas Gannon, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062320940
10. Crenshaw
Katherine Applegate, Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250043238


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (2015)
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $39.99, 9780545790352
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (Dork Diaries, #10)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781481457040
5. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
7. I Really Like Slop! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $9.99, 9781484722626
8. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $22.99, 9780312642983
9. Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110695
10. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114

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Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

House of the Rising Sun Come Rain or Come Shine The Secret Chord Circling the Sun Tom Clancy Commander in Chief My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show The Wright Brothers The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories Killing Reagan The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Me Before You The Goldfinch Dog Songs Tightrope Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day Just Mercy The Devil in the White City Pogue's Basics Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty We Should All Be Feminists Patterns of the Universe” width= To Kill a Mockingbird 1984The Diary of a Young GirlThe HobbitThe InfernoSuspectThe Name of the WindThe Catcher in the Rye The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout FishNaughty MabelIt's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!Crenshaw


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Book Launch with Local Author Rick LaFleur aka Dr Illa Flora: Where the Wild Things Are in Latin: UBI FERA SUNT  (author appearance)
Rick LaFleur | 12/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Dear Games: Feminist Video Game Studies with Dr. Shira Chess  (author appearance)
Shira Chess | 12/16/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

David Coogan Signs Writing Our Way Out  (author appearance)
David Coogan | 12/16/2015, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Lisa Randall - Science Up Close - Gables  (author appearance)
Lisa Randall | 12/17/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Randi Janelle  (author appearance)
Randi Janelle | 12/17/2015, 10:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Book Talk: Dick Wall  (other event)
12/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

Daniel de Visé RETURNS to Sign More Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show  (author appearance)
Daniel de Visé | 12/17/2015, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Cesar Brioso - Havana Hardball - Gables  (author appearance)
Cesar Brioso | 12/18/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Sandy Wells Launch Party  (author appearance)
Sandy Wells | 12/18/2015, 04:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Beardby  (other event)
12/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

A Heartwarming Signing with Stuart Perkins, Contributor to Chicken Soup For The Soul: Volunteering & Giving Back  (author appearance)
Stuart Perkins | 12/18/2015, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Noon Banned Book Club   (book club)
12/19/2015, 10:00 am | Blue Ridge Books

Dr. Etti - Sexi Juicing - Gables  (author appearance)
Dr. Etti | 12/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Holiday Party and Sale Featuring Chef Virginia Willis and Indie Craft Market  (author appearance)
Virginia Willis | 12/19/2015, 11:00 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Author Event: Derek Maul - In My Heart I Carry a Star  (author appearance)
Derek Maul | 12/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Author Signing: Christina Berkau Pope & Thomas Berkau - 123 Charlotte  (author appearance)
Christina Berkau Pope | 12/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Magic of History Panel Talk & Signing   (author appearance)
Michael Livingston | 12/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Kim (Daisy) Nelson  (author appearance)
Kim Nelson | 12/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
12/19/2015, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Herb-Infused Wine Workshop  (other event)
12/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Poetry Reading with Phillip Barron, Arthur McMaster, and Nancy Dew Taylor  (author appearance)
Phillip Barron | 12/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Sunday Sleuths Book Club  (book club)
12/20/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Queer Fiction Book Club: CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell  (book club)
12/21/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

THE GRINCH IS COMING TO FOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!  (other event)
12/21/2015, 10:30 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Book Club of the Fantastic: RADIANCE by Catherynne Valente  (book club)
12/22/2015, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Caroline Vermillion  (other event)
12/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Shirley Seligman - Feeling Out Loud - Gables  (author appearance)
Shirley Seligman | 12/27/2015, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Stephanie Arnold - 37 Seconds - Gables  (author appearance)
Stephanie Arnold | 12/29/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Last Tuesday Book Club  (book club)
12/29/2015, 11:00 am | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

Al Watson  (other event)
12/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraYoung Readers' Book Club: SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty  (book club)
01/03/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Poetrio featuring PHILLIP BARRON and two other poets TBA  (author appearance)
Phillip Barron | 01/03/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Graphic Novel Book Club: AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE: A MARVELOUS MEMOIR by Stan Lee  (book club)
01/04/2016, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

01/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN paperback launch for FIRST FROST!  (author appearance)
Sarah Addison Allen | 01/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Michael Livingston discusses his debut historical fantasy novel, The Shards of Heaven  (author appearance)
Michael Livingston | 01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

WILD BOOK CLUB discusses THE TIME IN BETWEEN  (book club)
01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

01/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Ed Tarkington author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
Ed Tarkington | 01/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Club -- My Brilliant Friend  (book club)
01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Karol Brandt-Gilmartin and Robby D'Angelo: The Struggle is Real  (author appearance)
Karol Brandt-Gilmartin | 01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Carly Hallman, YEAR OF THE GOOSE, in Conversation with Cate Dicharry, THE FINE ART OF F$#KING UP  (author appearance)
Carly Hallman | 01/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

AUTISM BOOK CLUB discusses A MIND APART  (book club)
01/06/2016, 01:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

01/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Wendy's Book Club  (book club)
01/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

Author event with David D. Plater author of The Butlers of Iberville Parish, Louisiana  (author appearance)
David D. Plater | 01/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Happy Hour with Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro  (author appearance)
B.A. Shapiro | 01/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Author event with Angela Howell author of Finding the Gift  (author appearance)
Angela Howell | 01/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - WOOL  (book club)
01/09/2016, 10:45 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Free Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
01/09/2016, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

SARAH KAUFMAN presents THE ART OF GRACE  (author appearance)
Sarah Kaufman | 01/09/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Stewart O’Nan  (author appearance)
Stewart O’Nan | 01/09/2016, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

WIL WELDON presents his documentary about Reynolds Price, PASS IT ON  (author appearance)
Wil Weldon | 01/10/2016, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

James Rollins - THE BONE LABYRINTH  (author appearance)
James Rollins | 01/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

01/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Ben Montgomery  (author appearance)
Ben Montgomery | 01/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Meet Author Lynn Cullen: TWAIN'S END  (author appearance)
Lynn Cullen | 01/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraRebecca Scherm discusses her novel Unbecoming  (author appearance)
Rebecca Scherm | 01/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Val McDermid Booksigning  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

okraPaperback Tour: UNBECOMING by Rebecca Scherm  (author appearance)
Rebecca Scherm | 01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Book Group discusses A Sudden Light  (book club)
01/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Ed Tarkington discusses his debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (author appearance)
01/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
01/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Authors Helen Ellis & Martin Wilson: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE and WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US  (author appearance)
Helen Ellis | 01/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Val McDermid in Conversation with Greg Herren – Splinter the Silence  (author appearance)
Val McDermid | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Local writer Juyanne James joins us to share her new collection, THE PERSIMMON TRAIL AND OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Juyanne James | 01/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Simran Sethi | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem- The Athaan in the Bull City  (author appearance)
Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem | 01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

The Writing Show: The Art of the Short Story  (writers group)
01/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

FREDA LOVE SMITH presents RED VELVET UNDERGROUND  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/15/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Jessica Young author of All Paws on Deck: Haggis and Tank Unleashed  (author appearance)
Jessica Young | 01/15/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Hoda Kotb – Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way  (author appearance)
Hoda Kotb | 01/16/2016, 05:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN  (book club)
01/16/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

CANDIDE JONES presents IN THE TREE TOP  (author appearance)
Candide Jones | 01/16/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robert A. Schultz, MD Author Event & Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert A. Schultz | 01/16/2016, 01:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

KRISTINA HORTON presents MARTYR OF LORAY MILL  (author appearance)
Kristina Horton | 01/17/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Karen Marie Moning - FEVERBORN  (author appearance)
Karen Marie Moning | 01/18/2016, 09:00 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Writers Coffeehouse with Jake Bible  (writers group)
01/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Abby Geni with THE LIGHTKEEPERS  (author appearance)
Abby Geni | 01/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Award-winning author Carl Nordgen discusses his latest novel Worlds Between  (author appearance)
Carl Nordgren | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

STEVE SCHAPIRO presents BLISS  (author appearance)
Steve Schapiro | 01/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Freda Love Smith author of Red Velvet Underground  (author appearance)
Freda Love Smith | 01/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Taylor Brown discusses his debut novel Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 01/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Alexandra Fuller – Leaving Before the Rains Come  (author appearance)
Alexandra Fuller | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author event with Alexandra Bracken author of Passenger  (author appearance)
Alexandra Bracken | 01/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Clay Stafford author of Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded  (author appearance)
Clay Stafford | 01/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Holly LeCraw – The Half-Brother  (author appearance)
Holly Lecraw | 01/23/2016, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Julie Cantrell with THE FEATHERED BONE  (author appearance)
Julie Cantrell | 01/26/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Music Critic Rashod Ollison Presents His Memoir Soul Serenade at Steady Sounds  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Tim Dorsey  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/29/2016, 05:00 pm | Book Swap of Carrollwood | Tampa, FL

Lindsay Starck launches her debut novel Noah's Wife  (author appearance)
Lindsay Starck | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Carol Wall's husband Dick Wall – Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening  (author appearance)
01/29/2016, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Rashod Ollison- Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl  (author appearance)
Rashod Ollison | 01/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

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