{Lord, you know some in our family can’t boil water.}

In which Pat Conroy says what he really thinks, Flannery O’Connor says her prayers, Lynita (Stubby) Tate says Grace, and herladyship, the editor, says “Thanks.”

November 10, 2013



Dearest Readers,

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, her ladyship, the editor has just returned from the supermarket somewhat disheveled, having become inadvertently embroiled in an argument between two women and a store clerk over the half price sale signage on the shelf containing the Lilly’s Canned Pumpkin. Her ladyship was not arguing, mind you, she was merely trapped in the aisle by the abundance of badly-steered shopping carts, and was thus forced to spend several uncomfortable minutes avoiding the nearby hostilities by contemplating on the opposite shelf the numerous varieties of ketchup available in a squeeze bottle which her ladyship had no intention of buying.

The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry CookingAh, Thanksgiving. Isn’t it supposed to be about giving thanks?

One of her favorite things about Joseph E. Dabney’s wonderful book The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cooking is that he includes an entire section on the tradition of blessings and saying grace at table, along with some of his favorites from a lifetime of collecting such things.
Her ladyship has included one of the more amusing of these below--one that she is sure everyone will relate to--but her favorite comes from the Reverend Danny Spear, former chaplain at Atlanta’s Hartsville-Jackson International Airport:

“Much obliged, Lord!”

Read independently,


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry CookingA Lowcountry Blessing

Hello, Lord. Thank you for allowing us to come together to eat a wonderful meal, made from loving hands and hearts of the people here today.

Lord, you know some in our family can’t boil water and don’t know the difference between frilled and burned, but their help has not gone unnoticed. They’ve run to the store for that “vital missing ingredient” and have kept the little ones out of the kitchen.

Today we’d like to give you the praise and let you know it’s our honor to be called your children. And for me, it’s an honor to be a part of this family. Thank you, Amen

-- from Lynita (Stubby) Tate, a former member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cooking  9781402230981

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book


The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.

One Big TableAlice Persons’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

“To Mom, a day without bourbon is like a day without sunshine. She enjoys her Maker’s Mark with a little water. She enjoys her pecan pie with a little Maker’s Mark.”

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed fakr brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Maker’s Mark or other good bourbon
1/2 recipe Pie Day Committee’s Crust (see below)
2 cups pecan halves or pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Beat in corn syrup, vanilla, and bourbon.

2. Roll out the pastry and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Arrange 1 cup of the pecans on the bottom of the crust. Pour the filling over the pecans, then sprinkle the rest of the pecans on top.

3. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes 1 9-inch pie

Pie Day Committee’s Crust

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening (preferably Crisco)
6 to 7 tablespoons cold water

1. Combine the flour and the salt. Place the shortening in the bottom of a large bowl and, using a fork or handheld pastry blender, gently work the dry ingredients into the shortening.

2. When the mixture resembles cornmeal, make a well in the center and add 6 tablespoons water. Blend, adding the additional tablespoon of water if necessary, until the dough comes together in a ball.

3. Divide into 2 balls, pat each into a thick, flat disk, wrap with waxed paper, and refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling out.

--from One Big Table by Molly O’Neill (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book


Country wisdom from practical people.

Sometimes, the hardest part of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a houseful of people is keeping the children (big and little) out of the kitchen.

Thanksgiving party games

Bean Toss - Players take turn trying to toss beans into a container.

Bobbing for Apples - Often associated with Halloween, bobbing for apples is fun anytime, and apples are plentiful this time of year. In a large bucket or container, float apples in water. Players try to grab an apple, using only their teeth!

Candy Corn Guess – Fill a jar with candy corn and let everyone guess how many pieces are inside. The player with the closest guess wins! You could do this with any fall object, such as acorns.

Clothespin Drop – Players take turns trying to drop a clothespin into a jar.

Leaf Treasure Hunt – Rake up a giant pile of leaves and hide small toys and objects in the pile. Let the kids jump in and see what they find.

Nature Hike –Send everyone outdoors to find interesting nature items – pinecones, berries, acorns, leaves, etc.

Pass the Pumpkin – Played just like Hot Potato but with a pumpkin!

Pin the ….nose on the scarecrow, nose on the pumpkin, stem on the pumpkin, hat on the pilgrim…

Pumpkin Bowling – Try to knock over some bowling pins (or plastic water bottles) by bowling with a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Golf – Hitting a golf ball into a hollowed out pumpkin

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Book & Author Gossip

A Prayer Journal“Hell seems a great deal more feasible to my weak mind than heaven,” she writes in one. “I can fancy the tortures of the damned but I cannot imagine the disembodied souls hanging in a crystal for all eternity praising God. It is natural that I should not imagine this. If we could accurately map heaven some of our up-&-coming scientists would begin drawing blueprints for its improvement, and the bourgeois would sell guides 10c the copy to all over 65.” Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal 9780374236915

It is the religious sensibility reflected in this journal that makes it as eloquent on the subject of creativity as it is on the subject of prayer. O’Connor’s awareness of her gifts gives her a special kind of interest in them. Having concluded one early entry by asking the Lord to help her “with this life that seems so treacherous, so disappointing,” she begins the next entry: “Dear God, tonight it is not disappointing because you have given me a story. Don’t let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story — just like the typewriter was mine.” Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal

Requiem for a NunPerched close to the northwest corner of the Cooper-Young intersection, and looming over its surrounds, is the reigning landmark of what has become (as this month’s cover story shows) one of the city’s liveliest and most idiosyncratic districts. This particular house is architecturally somewhat out of sync with the modish high life of Midtown, but this antique place has a history that fits it right in.  “This” is the Captain Harris House, a two-story clapboard mansion built in the Queen Anne style that dates from the turn of the previous century, that fin-de-siecle age which yielded the likes of Oscar Wilde across the water and the kind of  raffish and rascally types in northern Mississippi that would give a sometime Memphis habitue named William Faulkner enough material for a Nobel Prize novelist’s career. The ghost of Cooper-Young 9780307946805

DescentFormer N.C. Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer, of Sylva, and novelist Terry Roberts, of Asheville and Chapel Hill, will receive awards at the North Carolina Book Awards on Nov. 22. The event is the culmination of the annual meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Kathryn Stripling Byer 9780807147504

 

 

 

 

Nothing Gold Can StayOctober turned out to be a good month for collecting awards for Western Carolina University faculty member and author Ron Rash, who was honored for his literary body of work by organizations in both Carolinas while also pulling in an award for his latest book from the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Ron Rash 9780062202710

 

 

 

The Summer the Archduke DiedLouis D. Rubin, Jr., a curmudgeonly patron of contemporary Southern writing who as an author, teacher, editor and publisher helped establish and advance the careers of John Barth, Annie Dillard and dozens of others, has died. He was 89.  Eva Redfield Rubin said by telephone that her husband, who lived at a North Carolina retirement home, died Saturday, just three days before his 90th birthday.  A Charleston, S.C., native who switched from journalism to academia in the 1950s, Rubin for decades mentored and published Southern writers. He was among the first to write a scholarly analysis on the posthumous reputation of Thomas Wolfe, taught such future stars as Barth, Dillard and Kaye Gibbons and, through Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, published fiction by Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith and many more. Louis D, Rubin, Jr. 9780826218100

Every Day by the SunSadly, Dean Faulkner Wells died last year shortly after publishing her delightful memoir about her uncle, famed Southern novelist William Faulkner. Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi was favorably reviewed. It would be hard to write an uninteresting book about her colorful, eccentric family. She did several media interviews and then was felled by a stroke, age 75, appropriately expiring in the Mississippi Faulkner hometown of Oxford, which was the fictionalized backdrop for many Faulkner novels. Dean Faulkner Wells 9780307591050

 

The House GirlTo say it was a novel seemed ambitious, silly. This was in the summer of 2006. Conklin was a corporate lawyer in London, on maternity leave with her first child. But she had always been a scribbler of stories, and here was one story about a young slave named Josephine she couldn’t put aside.  “I became obsessed,” Conklin says. “I dreamed about her. I talked to her during the day. This character just really took hold of me.” Tara Conklin 9780062207517

 

 

The Death of SantiniEven the most loyal reader may wonder what else Conroy could possibly have to say about the man. Simply answered: a lot.  Conroy has the reflective ability that only comes with age. He has a deeper understanding of his father and the havoc he brought to his family. “When I grew up, I found the word ‘father’ to be an obscenity. … He bewildered his children by failing to know a single one of us,” he writes. Pat Conroy 9780385530903

You attended the Citadel and lived during the Vietnam War. Does it surprise you how the public treats enlisted personnel now? It’s different. People seem much more grateful to these kids who volunteer. I don’t see one thing over there (Iraq and Afghanistan) I’d like to have. I don’t like these wars. They just seem to kill people and there seems to be no reason for them. Interview with Pat Conroy

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.

Authors traveling right now:

Kay Wilkinson BarleyKaye Wilkinson Barley   
Birmingham, AL | 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer   
Tryon, NC | 11/23/2013 to 11/24/2013 | Detail | Request this author! 
Panama City, FL | 02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Birmingham, AL | 02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Dahlonega, GA | 03/07/2014 to 03/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Greenville, SC | 04/07/2014 to 04/08/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Bluffton, SC | 05/14/2014 to 05/15/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Columbia, SC | 05/16/2014 to 05/18/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Laine CrosbyLaine Crosby   Atlanta, GA | 12/20/2013 to 12/29/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Kaye Hinckley   Atlanta, GA | 12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

C.D. MitchellC.D. Mitchell   
Dahlonega, GA | 03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Fairhope, AL | 03/28/2014 to 03/29/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Jonesboro , AR | 04/03/2014 to 04/05/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Epworth by the Sea, GA | 06/13/2014 to 06/18/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Bryan Robinson   
Spartanburg, SC | 01/16/2014 to 01/17/2014 | Detail | Request this author!
Charlotte, NC | 02/22/2014 to 02/23/2014 | Detail | Request this author! 
Asheville, NC | 03/07/2014 to 03/08/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

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

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Bookstore Gossip

Where do you like to read? Anywhere. I'm about to get on a plane and I will be happy to read on that plane. Frankly, I'm also pretty sleepy at the moment so I would like to be reading in bed. Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books

The seven buildings that were destroyed by fire on Sept. 25 are slowly reappearing on Front Street ¬– one stroke of a paint brush at a time.  Asher Robinson, a local artist, is painting a mural of the lost buildings on the side of the new home of Harborwalk Books, one of the businesses destroyed in the blaze.  Michelle Overton, who bought the book store business from Anne Carlson days after the fire, originally wanted to have “Harborwalk Books” painted on the side of the building, which sits at the corner of Front and Screven streets. That’s just across from the Town Clock. Harborwalk Books

On September 25, the fire in Georgetown, S.C., that leveled eight buildings on the town's historic Front Street also destroyed Harborwalk Books, a 38-year-old independent bookstore. Before the fire, Michele Overton and her husband, Dolphin Overton, had been speaking with Ann Carlson, Harborwalk's owner of 15 years, about buying the store when she was ready to retire. The pair had no bookselling experience--Michele worked as a real estate broker and appraiser, while Dolphin was a pilot for FedEx--but were close friends with Richard and Lisa Howorth, owners of Square Books in Oxford, Miss., and with novelist Mark Richard. Between getting to know the Howorths and their store, and joining Richard on the bookstore tour for his novel Fishboy, they fell in love with the idea of owning an indie bookstore. "It seemed like such a neat thing to do; our plan was take over after my husband retired," recounted Michele Overton. "But two days after the fire, Ann said she needed to talk." New owner for Harborwalk Books

The sole mission of Flyleaf Books is not to sell books.  Instead, owner Jamie Fiocco said Flyleaf strives to sell the experience of buying a book.  “The goal is to be a resource for the community and to share our love of books,” she said. Flyleaf Books celebrates 4th anniversary

Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan was at the table when it started 30 years ago, an overachieving book festival that became the phenomenon known as the Miami Book Fair International. Miami Book Fair

If you're planning on selling a used book in Augusta, the process could become more difficult. Some proposed regulations would require customers to provide their ID whenever they sell a used book. Bookstores would also have to videotape the transaction. David Hutchison owns The Book Tavern in Augusta and he says the regulations could be costly. New rules for Augusta bookstores?

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
Chickens in the Road


Respect Yourself

 

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Read This! Okra Picks


Okra Picks


Respect YourselfRespect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
By Robert Gordon
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596915770, 480pp.)
Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Read the first chapter

The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960’s segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heights to a tragic demise. Everything is lost, and the sanctuary that flourished is ripped from the ground. A generation later, Stax is rebuilt brick by brick to once again bring music and opportunity to the people of Memphis.

Respect YourselfSet in the world of 1960s and ‘70s soul music, Respect Yourself is a story of epic heroes in a shady industry. It’s about music and musicians—Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, and Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Stax’s interracial house band. It’s about a small independent company’s struggle to survive in a business world of burgeoning conglomerates. And always at the center of the story is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive city struggling through heated, divisive years.

Told by one of our leading music chroniclers, Respect Yourself brings to life this treasured cultural institution and the city that created it.


Recommended Reading: Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA) and Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)

Park Road Books:

Two from Sally:

May We Be ForgivenMayWe Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes is just the book to make you feel better about your own (dysfunctional?) family this Thanksgiving. Black comedy at its best! [Ed. note: recently released in paperback.] 9780147509703

 

 

 

 

 

Someone Else's Love StoryOnce you start reading Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, you will not be able to stop until you either finish it or pass out from sheer exhaustion. I found myself up hours past my bedtime trying to get to the end of Joshilyn's sixth and most accomplished novel. No one else has that ability to suck you into her story and into her character's lives and into the magic of the unexpected. 9780062105653

 

 

 

Two from Rachel:

SS. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is the book I didn't know I wanted. It's part "classic literature", part treasure hunt, and part thriller - I have not had this much fun reading a book in a long time! 9780316201643

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyperbole and a HalfI have been a fan of Hyperbole and a Half's comic book meets David Sedaris essay style for a long time, so naturally I was very excited when I heard that Allie Brosh was putting together a book of some of her best pieces (plus new material). A hilarious collection about one millennial's attempt to cope with the trials of adulthood, like killing spiders for yourself, being a dog-owner, and getting to the bank before it closes! [Ed. note: I heartily concur with Rachel. I recently heard Ms. Brosh on a deeply moving segment of NPR's Fresh Air, where she frankly and honestly spoke about her struggles with severe depression. Click here to check out one of her classic posts about the perils of trying to move with dogs.] 9781451666175

Two from Susan:

One Way BridgeThe One Way Bridge is quirky small-town Maine at its best - great characters, down home charm. Cathie Pelletier does it again! 9781402287619

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrree Can Keep a Secret- Archer Mayor writes about the darker side of Vermont - I've been reading his books for almost 20 years and I've loved every one, but Three Can Keep A Secret might be my favorite yet! 9781250026132

 

 

 

 

 

Three from Trudy:

VanishedVanished by Wil S.Hylton. On September 1, 1944, a B-24 Bomber crashed into the South Pacific carrying eleven airmen. Vanished is their true story. Some of their families were made to believe stories that some survived and were living elsewhere, abandoning their loved ones. It took sixty years to uncover the wreckage. One of the divers was the son of one of these airmen who vanished. Remarkable read and gift! 9781594487279

 

 

 

The Boys in the BoatTrudy also likes The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the inspiring story of the rowing team from the University of Washington, and their triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Booklist calls it "a book that informs as it inspires." 9780670025817

 

 

 

 

 

Great Balls of CheeseGreat Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi is a great cookbook for making 50 unusual mouth watering cheese balls for every kind of festive gathering. That's right, cheese balls. Amy Sedaris says, "Pages and pages of nothing but cheese balls. No doubt this terrific book is just rolling off the shelf." A great, quirky gift. 9781118497203

 

And two from Sherri:

LocomotiveLocomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca, is a richly detailed history/storybook told through the "eyes" of the locomotive, telling the story of the building of the railroad and the 1869 journey of a family from East to West. The book is illustrated not just on the pages but from the inside covers, the rhythm of the words flow like the train on the track and this book begs the reader to sit still and slowly absorb it. I find myself constantly rereading this book. A must if you like David Macaulay's The Way Things Work, history, art, and trains. 9781416994152

 

Fortunately, The MilkNeil Gaiman's Fortunately, The Milk is a gem of a story full of nonsense and humor, very Roald Dahl meets Monty Python. A quick read and great for the holidays, Milk tells the tale of the father who goes to the corner store for milk to feed his children their breakfast. When Dad finally returns to his very hungry son and daughter, he weaves a tale of aliens, pirates, dinosaurs, and pretty horses, all the while saving the universe with the Milk. A tale for anyone aged 8 to 100 and for those needing an answer to "what took you so long?" 9780062224071

 


 

We Were LiarsAvid Bookshop Staff responds to We Were Liars: 9780385741262
Of course I have to give this book five stars. It was #$@!*$! beautiful. BUT IT ALSO WRECKED ME, AND I WANT THAT NOTED ON THE OFFICIAL LEDGER.  This book will break your heart. -- Frankie Brown

My first reaction: #$@!*#?!
It is true. Nothing should be said or revealed about this novel. Just know this: it is an EXPERIENCE that falls nothing short of being truly spectacular. I can't even... I don't even... what? -- Will Walton

It's hard to talk about this book without giving too much away (because giving anything away is too much) so I will just tell you that my jaw dropped--by how good it is and other reasons--and leave it at that. -- Tyler Goodson

In sum: utterly MIND-BENDING. It's difficult to find a way to describe this novel without giving anything away, so I'll just say that it is, without a doubt in my mind, worth your time. As a migraine sufferer and patient advocate, I appreciated Lockhart's apt descriptions of what it's like to cope with chronic migraine. As a lover of well-crafted stories and deft plot twists, I appreciated Lockhart's talent for crafting a story I never expected to read. Five stars. -- Janet Geddis

We Were Liars will cause you to dog-ear pages, even if you are not that kind of reader. So many moments literally took my breath away, made me physically pause, and gasp audibly. Don't talk about it with anyone who hasn't read it. Just press it into their hands and tell them they must read it - immediately. E. Lockhart spins such a spectacular tale; I guarantee this is the book *everyone* will be buzzing about next May - just in time for summer. -- Rachel Watkins

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Southern Indie Bestsellers: Highlights

For the week ending November 10, 2013. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
4. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg, Random House, $27, 9781400065943
okra7. Guests on Earth
Lee Smith, Shannon Ravenel Books, $25.95, 9781616202538
9. The Longest Ride

Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $27, 9781455520657

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385530903
9. The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
10. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062236678
13. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

okra 11. Life After Life
Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel Books, $14.95, 9781616203221

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

4. Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
Celia Rivenbark, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9781250029232
14. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup, Penguin, $16, 9780143125419

MASS MARKET

8. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530578

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062198693
5. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, Harper, $17.99, 9780062275561

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

8.The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686

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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! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

Guests on Earth
Identical
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
Unbroken
The Silent Wife
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
The Great Gatsby
Life After Life
Dark Witch
The Last Runaway
The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think
Rude BitchesChasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
In the Garden of Beasts
The Soundtrack of My Life
Night
Lord of the Flies
Good Omens
Alphaprints: ABC
Little Santa
The Outsiders
The Giver


Author Readings


(events in BOLD are STARS authors available for readings and meetings with bookclubs and other groups

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Party  (other event)
11/14/2014, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

CHOP NC Gathering (3rd Wednesdays) featuring Frances Mayes, author of Under The Tuscan Sun Cookbook  (author appearance)
Frances Mayes
11/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author event: Carrie Knowles - Ashoan's Rug  (author appearance)
Carrie Knowles
11/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Stella Bain By Anita Shreve  (author appearance)
Anita Shreve
11/20/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips  (author appearance)
Jayne Anne Phillips
11/20/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Kate Cooper--Band of Angels  (author appearance)
Kate Cooper
11/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/20/2013, 05:30 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Visual Artists Discuss Acrylics, followed by a booksigning with Phil Garrett  (author appearance)
Phil Garrett
11/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP  (book club)
11/20/2013, 12:00 pm
A Novel Experience
Zebulon, GA

Meg Cabot Booksigning  (author appearance)
Meg Cabot
11/20/2013, 08:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Wednesday Murder Club  (book club)
Bryan Robinson
11/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Jan Brett Author Event!  (author appearance)
Jan Brett
11/20/2013, 05:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Simran Singh Presents: The Rebel Road  (author appearance)
Simran Singh
11/20/2013, 05:00 pm
A Reader's Corner Bookstore
Louisville, KY

Salon@615 with Nikki Giovanni - Author of Rosa  (author appearance)
Nikki Giovanni
11/20/2013, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Parnassus Book Club - The Round House  (book club)
11/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Come Celebrate Steve Weddle's Book Launch for Country Hardball!  (author appearance)
Steve Weddle
11/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Patricia Moore-Pastides  (author appearance)
Patricia Moore-Pastides
11/20/2013, 12:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

PRB Foodie Book Club - Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano  (book club)
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women by Kate Cooper  (author appearance)
Kate Cooper
11/21/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Lee Smith  (author appearance)
Lee Smith
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Oliver North discusses his new book American Heroes on the Homefront: The Hearts of Heroes  (author appearance)
Oliver North
11/21/2013
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Nancy Peacock THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PERSIMMON WILSON  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock
11/21/2013, 04:30 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Jessica Kirk Drenna, Esq. - Divorce in Alabama: The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect  (author appearance)
Jessica Kirk Drenna
11/21/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

BOOK CLUB NIGHT  (book club)
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

John Besh  (author appearance)
John Besh
11/21/2013, 11:00 am
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Frog Trouble Day featuring Frog Trouble by Sandra Boynton  (author appearance)
Sandra Boynton
11/21/2013, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

NO MEAT ATHLETE: Matt Frazier booksigning  (author appearance)
Matt Frazier
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

November Book Club  (book club)
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Bound To Be Read

The Hunger Games (Little Shop Edition)  (other event)
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Okra Pick!Joshilyn Jackson signs Someone Else's Love Story  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 12:00-2:00 PATRICIA MOORE-PASTIDES, GREEK REVIVAL: COOKING FOR LIFE — A TASTING AT LEANING LADDER PREMIUM OLIVE OIL AND VINEG  (author appearance)
Patricia Moore-Pastides
11/21/2013, 12:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Jayne Anne Phillips signs QUIET DELL  (author appearance)
Jayne Anne Phillips
11/21/2013, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet: Workshop with Kathryn Byer  (author appearance)
Kathryn Byer
11/21/2013, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Jonathan Miles  (author appearance)
Jonathan Miles
11/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Books

John Besh - Cooking from the Heart  (author appearance)
John Besh
11/22/2013, 05:30 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Readers' Circle  (book club)
11/22/2013, 03:00 pm
Copperfish Books

Okra Pick!JOSHILYN JACKSON presents her novel Someone Else's Love Story  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/22/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Double Down at the Atlanta Press Club  (author appearance)
Mark Halperin
11/22/2013, 12:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Meet Hugh Acheson: Cookbook Signing  (author appearance)
Hugh Acheson
11/22/2013, 07:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Meet Danny Ellis  (author appearance)
Danny Ellis
11/22/2013, 07:00 pm
The Book Tavern
Augusta, GA

Okra Pick!Book Your Lunch With Joshilyn Jackson  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/22/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

William Woodson Author of Waccamaw Gold  (author appearance)
William Woodson
11/22/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Nicholas Dawidoff signs COLLISON LOW CROSSERS  (author appearance)
Nicholas Dawidoff
11/22/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Okra Pick!Lee Smith – Guests on Earth  (author appearance)
Lee Smith
11/23/2013, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Jan Brett - Cinders  (author appearance)
Jan Brett
11/23/2013, 10:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella By Jan Brett  (author appearance)
Jan Brett
11/23/2013, 05:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jordan MacLean  (author appearance)
Jordan MacLean
11/23/2013, 03:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Tom Bailey- The Complete Guide to Northern Gulf Seafood  (author appearance)
Tom Bailey
11/23/2013, 10:00 am
Sundog Books
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

WILLIAM CONESCU reading from his novel Kara Was Here  (author appearance)
William Conescu
11/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

ANSWERING THE CONTEMPLATIVE CALL by Carl McColman  (author appearance)
Carl McColman
11/23/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Room 220 Presents Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas - Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker, + other contributors - The Allways Lounge  (other event)
11/23/2013, 04:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Andrew Vaughan - Author of John Hartford  (author appearance)
Andrew Vaughan
11/23/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Monte Dutton Book Signing  (author appearance)
Monte Dutton
11/23/2013, 04:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Book Your Lunch With Mary Whyte and Martha Severens  (author appearance)
Martha Severens
11/23/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Meet Chaser the Dog And Dr. John W. Pilley  (author appearance)
John W. Pilley
11/23/2013, 04:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Dianne de Las Casas - The House that Santa Built - Uptown  (author appearance)
Dianne de Las Casas
11/23/2013, 11:30 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Tommy Hays Reading and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Tommy Hays
11/23/2013, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Cooks & Books: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey Reception with Chef John Currence  (author appearance)
Chef John Currence
11/24/2013, 03:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Stacey Marshall - Captain Courage and the World's Most Shocking Secret  (author appearance)
Stacey Marshall
11/24/2013, 03:30 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Whisper Falls By Elizabeth Langston   (author appearance)
Elizabeth Langston
11/24/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Merl Reagle, Crossword Expert  (author appearance)
Merl Reagle
11/24/2013, 02:00 pm
Oxford Exchange
Tampa, FL

New & Notable Book Club: FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL  (book club)
11/24/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Bark if You Love Storytime  (other event)
11/24/2013, 03:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Author event: Pat Conroy - The Death of the Santini & Cassandra King - Moonrise  (author appearance)
Pat Conroy
11/25/2013, 05:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Okra Pick!Someone Else's Love Story By Joshilyn Jackson   (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

An Italian Palate with Robert St. John  (author appearance)
Robert St. John
11/25/2013, 06:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Nicholas Dawidoff  (author appearance)
Nicholas Dawidoff
11/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Books

A Special Luncheon with Patricia Wells to celebrate her new book: The French Kitchen Cookbook  (author appearance)
Patricia Wells
11/25/2013, 11:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Book Launch -- Robert J. Taylor  (author appearance)
Robert J. Taylor
11/25/2013, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

Politics Of Food Bookclub reads Upton Sinclair's The Jungle  (book club)
11/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Stephen Davis Book Signing  (author appearance)
Stephen Davis
11/25/2013, 07:15 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Writing With Intent: Inviting the Night In--Telling Autobiographical Stories in Meaningful Ways  (writers group)
11/25/2013, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Kami Kinard Create a Character Writer's Workshop and Indies First!  (author appearance)
Kami Kinard
11/25/2013, 03:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Author event: Keith Larson - That Season of Hope  (author appearance)
Keith Larson
11/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence By Patricia Wells  (author appearance)
Patricia Wells
11/26/2013, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Moonrise By Cassandra King  (author appearance)
Cassandra King
11/26/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

NAPPY HOUR STORY TIME - HERMAN AND ROSIE  (other event)
11/26/2013, 11:00 am
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

November Book Club- The Lowland  (book club)
11/26/2013, 06:30 pm
Oxford Exchange
Tampa, FL

Okra Pick!Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly  (author appearance)
Beth Ann Fennelly
11/26/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Okra Pick!JOSHILYN JACKSON- SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson
11/26/2013, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Trustee Luncheon with Layte Bowden -- Under the Radar During Camelot: My Front Row Seat to History  (author appearance)
Layte Bowden
11/26/2013, 11:45 am
Books & Books Inc.

Juan Antonio López Benedí -- La comunicación integral  (author appearance)
Juan Antonio López Benedí
11/26/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Kolie Cutcher -- Electric Living  (author appearance)
Kolie Cutcher
11/26/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn
11/29/2013, 10:00 am
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Okra Pick!The Tilted World by Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin  (author appearance)
Beth Ann Fennelly
11/29/2013, 12:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Y'All Come Over by Amy Lyles Wilson  (author appearance)
Amy Lyles Wilson
11/29/2013, 02:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

William Woodson Author of Waccamaw Gold  (author appearance)
William Woodson
11/29/2013, 11:00 pm
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Story Time with Mrs. Claus  (other event)
Bryan Robinson
11/29/2013, 05:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Raul Rubio -- La Habana  (author appearance)
Raul Rubio
11/29/2013, 06:30 pm
Book & Books Inc.

Adam Rubin- Dragons Love Tacos  (author appearance)
Adam Rubin
11/29/2013, 12:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books

Author event: Sheri Wren Haymore - A Higher Voice  (author appearance)
Sheri Wren Haymore
11/30/2013, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Deborah Lystrom - Dancing to my Heartbeat  (author appearance)
Deborah Lystrom
11/30/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Rivers by Michael Farris Smith  (author appearance)
Michael Farris Smith
11/30/2013, 11:00 am
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Banjo's Dream by Marshall Ramsey  (author appearance)
Marshall Ramsey
11/30/2013, 03:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Indies First Day featuring Daniel Wallace, Rosecrans Baldwin & Alan Shapiro!  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
11/30/2013, 09:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Irene Irelynn -The Forgotten Book and the Gatekeeper's Circle  (author appearance)
Irene Irelynn
11/30/2013, 01:00 pm
Little Professor Book Center
Homewood, AL

Book Signing With Deb Sharp  (author appearance)
Deborah Sharp
11/30/2013, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

JENNIFER PHARR DAVIS presents her hiking memoir Called Again  (author appearance)
Jennifer Pharr Davis
11/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

CLASSICS BOOK GROUP  (book club)
11/30/2013, 07:00 pm
A Novel Experience
Zebulon, GA

Charles McNair- Pickett’s Charge  (author appearance)
Charles McNair
11/30/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Meet Deron Hicks  (author appearance)
Deron Hicks
11/30/2013, 11:00 am
The Book Tavern
Augusta, GA

Mary Popham Book Signing  (author appearance)
Mary Popham
11/30/2013, 01:00 pm
A Reader's Corner Bookstore
Louisville, KY

Indies First Saturday with Pearl Cleage, Isabel Wilkerson, and Fiona Zedde  (other event)
11/30/2013, 11:00 am
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Celebrate Indies on Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/30/2013, 10:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Eerie South Carolina Author Event  (author appearance)
Sherman Carmichael
11/30/2013, 02:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Celebrate Small Business and Small Press Saturday!  (other event)
11/30/2013, 10:00 am
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Welcome Home, Indigeax! Author/Illustrator Reading and Signing  (author appearance)
Wendy Woods
11/30/2013, 02:00 pm
Cavalier House Books
Denham Springs, LA

William Woodson Author of Waccamaw Gold  (author appearance)
William Woodson
11/30/2013, 02:00 pm
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

M.A. Kirkwood - Claire Ange - Uptown  (author appearance)
M.A. Kirkwood
11/30/2013, 11:30 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

RONALD D. LANKFORD -- Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells and Silent Nights  (author appearance)
RONALD D. LANKFORD
11/30/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Lauren Rothman -- Style Bible: What to Wear to Work  (author appearance)
Lauren Rothman
11/30/2013, 05:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Alexander J. Motyl -- Sweet Snow  (author appearance)
Alexander J. Motyl
11/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Books Books Inc.

Horace Feliu -- The Nativity Conspiracy   (author appearance)
Horace Feliu
12/01/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Donna Schaper -- Grace at Table  (author appearance)
Donna Schaper
12/02/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Josh Ruxin -- A Thousand Hills to Heaven   (author appearance)
Josh Ruxin
12/02/2013, 08:00 pm
Book & Books Inc.

Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some  (author appearance)
John Currence
12/03/2013, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Ann Patchett - This is the Story of a Happy Marriage  (author appearance)
Ann Patchett
12/03/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Bernice Berger Miller -- Liver Transplant: My Story  (author appearance)
Bernice Berger Miller
12/03/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Victoria Wilson in conversation with Foster Hirsch -- A Life of Barbara Stanwyck  (author appearance)
Victoria Wilson
12/03/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

La quiebra del Estado Constitucional -- Luis Fernando Torres  (author appearance)
Luis Fernando Torres
12/04/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

James W. Hall -- Going Dark   (author appearance)
James W. Hall
12/04/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Estrella Flores-Carretero -- Piel de agua   (author appearance)
Estrella Flores-Carretero
12/05/2013, 06:30 pm
Book & Books Inc.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez -- Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill  (author appearance)
Luis Gutierrez
12/05/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Regina Anavy -- Out of Cuba  (author appearance)
Regina Anavy
12/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Coral Gables Gallery Night: Elyse Littenberg -- 2013 The Living Series: The Long and Winding Road from the Exterior to the Interior  (author appearance)
Elyse Littenberg
12/06/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc.

Local Authors Booksigning  (author appearance)
12/07/2013, 01:00 pm
Highland Books
Brevard, NC

Theresa Crater signing The Star Family  (author appearance)
Theresa Crater
12/14/2013, 03:00 pm
Moravian Book & Gift Shop


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