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{The secrets we will never know.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, prepares for a storm, again, Mr. Daniel Connolly opens a package, Mr. Kelly Guidry creates an angel, and mothers are full of secrets.  

October 2, 2016

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | Okra Picks | The List | Event Calendar | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author


Dearest Readers

Once again, her ladyship is making preparations. In a few days  she will have Hurricane Matthew as an unwelcome visitor, and so she is dutifully running through her usual pre-storm routine: fill the car with gas. Do all the laundry. Vacuum and clean the kitchen counters. Grind enough coffee to last three or four days. 

Pick out what to read when the power goes out.

This last item always seems to take the most thought. Beth Macy's Truevine is on the list, and Jonathan Rabb's Among the Living. The new Sharyn McCrumb novel, Prayers the Devil Answers, is a possibility. But then so is The Hidden Life of Trees

Truevine Among the Living Prayers the Devil Answers The Hidden Life f Trees

Perhaps her ladyship needs more than one stormy weekend.

Be safe. Read Independently. And shop local when the sun comes back out.

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.

The Book of IsaiasAbout nine months before graduation

Isaias spent the summer before his senior year working with Dennis and his parents on painting jobs, and in one house in Germantown, a well- to-do suburb, he used his cell phone to take a picture of himself in a mirror, then posted it on Facebook— his glasses off, a serious expression, his head haloed by light streaming from a window behind him, his shirt paint- spattered. After school started, he continued to do painting jobs on the weekends.

One day early in the school year, Isaias hurried to the vocational center near Kingsbury High to speak with Corey A. Davis, an instructor. Isaias sometimes ran from place to place, and he arrived sweating and tired, as if he’d just completed a race, Mr. Davis recalled. Isaias told him that he needed permission to sign up for the audio recording class. No problem— Mr. Davis agreed.

The class was optional, and Isaias wanted it badly. He’d sit behind an actual mixing board with knobs and sliders, learning to create songs and sound effects. He’d listen to NPR for ideas on how to edit radio stories. Every day, he would walk from the main high school building to the vocational center, and he’d stay there for about three hours, working contentedly.

But for many other Kingsbury students, the start of the school year would bring not contentment, but long hours of sitting in a gymnasium with nothing to do.

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

Quail Ridge Books, in Raleigh, North Carolina

HystopiaFrom Mamie: David Means’ short story collection, Assorted Fire Events, was full of dark and dystopian stories. These two adjectives would also apply to his latest novel, Hystopia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux $26). It is 1970. John F. Kennedy has lived through several assassination attempts and is still President. Veterans of the Vietnam war are dealing with their PTSD by taking the drug Tripizoid and undergoing a process called Enfolding. Some vets, like Rake, are so incorrigible that they can’t be enfolded, and therein lies the tale. It is a novel within a novel, complete with Editor’s Notes and Author’s Notes that provide a sense of truth and realism to the fictional story. This and other novels pertaining to Vietnam remind us that the psychological damage from war is heartbreaking, and often unmanageable.   9780865479135

Imagine Me GoneAward-winning author Adam Haslett is at it again with one of my earlier staff picks, Imagine Me Gone(Little Brown $26). The book has been nominated for the 2016 Kirkus Prize, and is long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award. A beautifully written story of a family besieged by mental illness.  9780316261357

Tales of the CityFrom Ceewin: Tales of the City (Harper $15.99). The more things change, the more things stay the same. Or so it seems in this novel by Armistead Maupin. Set in 1970s San Francisco, we follow a dozen city dwellers chasing their version of their dream life in this bustling metropolis. While certain details are amusingly out-of-date, the main themes still ring true today: friendship, companionship, heartbreak, loss, deciding what type of life you want to live and what type of person you want to be.   9780062421081

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpFrom Ceewin: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed $16.99). “The question of what you want to own is actually a question of how you want to live your life!” Kondo exclaims. While I am still working my way at decluttering my space, following the advice of this book has been fairly straight forward. The concept is pretty simple: get rid of physical baggage so you can focus on living your life (and maybe cutting some other types of baggage too). It’s empowering, it’s not being beholden to material possessions, it’s learning how to make your space serve you, and it’s deciding what you want for your life as the person you are today. Now that is life-changing.   9781607747307

The Lost GirlsTwo from Mari Lu: The Lost Girls (William Morrow $25.99), a debut novel by Heather Young, is the story of three generations of women and mainly set in a desolate part of Minnesota. In 1935 a six-year-old girl disappears without any explanation, and she's never heard of or seen again. The novel explores the effects Emily's disappearance has on her siblings and succeeding generations of women in the family. It's haunting and beautifully written.  9780062456601



The German WarThis one really grabbed me, a 570-page history of WWII, The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 (Basic $35), by Nicholas Stargardt, an historian at Oxford. It explores the feelings and changing beliefs of ordinary Germans and their reactions to the war as it progresses. It's incredibly well-written, not text-bookish at all, and I couldn't put it down. It is based on correspondence between, for example, German soldiers and their wives, mothers, fiancées as well as memoirs. I hesitated to recommend this book because of its length, but that was not an impediment to me as I got into it. It's not your ordinary history book.  9780465018994

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The Book of Isaias

"I thought it would be bigger."

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Okra Picks: The Book of Isaias

The Book of Isaias"The Book of Isaias has a light touch and a conversational narrative style, and doesn't concern itself overly with the vagaries of immigration politics. Yet it will hit you over the head over and over again with its presentation of life as many immigrant families know it." -Kat Leache, The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis, TN.

In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college.

Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury High in Memphis, a school where many students have difficulty reading. But Kingsbury’s dysfunction, expensive college fees, and forms printed in a language that’s foreign to his parents are all obstacles in the way of getting him to a university.

Isaias also doubts the value of college and says he might go to work in his family’s painting business after high school, despite his academic potential. Is Isaias making a rational choice? Or does he simply hope to avoid pain by deferring dreams that may not come to fruition? This is what journalist Daniel Connolly attempts to uncover in The Book of Isaias as he follows Isaias, peers into a tumultuous final year of high school, and, eventually, shows how adults intervene in the hopes of changing Isaias’ life.

Mexican immigration has brought the proportion of Hispanics in the nation’s youth population to roughly one in four. Every day, children of immigrants make decisions about their lives that will shape our society and economy for generations. This engaging, poignant book captures an American microcosm and illustrates broader challenges for our collective future.


Okra Picks

The List: TRIO 2017

Next week will begin a new periodic section in this newsletter. Once a month her ladyship, the editor, will focus on one of the book/author/musician/artist combinations that make up the 2017 TRIO exhibit. But this week she wanted to highlight the books themselves. Together they make a unique reading list full of both familiar names and unexpected discoveries.  You can see the schedule for the current exhibit here and even put in a request to have TRIO come to your town.

The Way I Used to Be The River Witch Sounds of Silence Lies and Other Acts of Love  My Best Friend's Exorcism Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce Hanging Mary Bull Mountain  Ruby Lee and Me The Cordoba Connection The Last Season Secret Wisdom of the Earth  Over the Plain Houses Z Razor Girl 

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Book & Author Gossip

Becoming Southern Writers“The South struck me as being a little like my mother: full of secrets I would never know and truths I would not hear in full,”

Essay collection honors Charles Joyner

"at first, I didn’t realize what the noise was, then I ran upstairs and saw glass everywhere.”

Car slams into Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville

A Gentleman in Moscow"I think this a gem, a literary jewel, and I want everyone to read it."

A bookseller talks about her favorite book (of the moment) 



The Book Angel

Guidry created a book angel, which he named “Libby” for libraries and librarians.

El PasoGroom's confidence as a storyteller is one of the book's main strengths

Long awaited new novel from Winston Groom


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Daniel Connolly on immigration in the South.

Interview of Daniel Connolly, author of The Book of Isaias, by Kat Leache, high school friend of Daniel’s and bookseller at the Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis.

Daniel ConnollyDaniel: I guess I’ll just start by saying thanks for doing this again.

Kat: My pleasure. It was so much fun to read. I mean, hard to read at times, but fun. What was the origin story of the book?

Daniel: I’ve been really interested in immigration for a long time. I almost always spoke with adults, Mexican immigrants. And I was interested in doing a big project, possibly a book and didn’t really know exactly what I was going to do. Then I went to lunch with this guy, Mauricio Calvo, who’s head of the group Latino Memphis. In that interview he brought up that he was very concerned about immigrants’ children. And he talked about all the challenges that they’re dealing with, like domestic violence in some cases, and kids dropping out of school. And he asked this question in Spanish: “¿Qué nos espera?” Which means “What awaits us?” That was really the genesis of focusing on kids. I got the idea of embedding in a school from a journalism conference. I heard of somebody who did that in Philadelphia. That came later. I actually called that person and asked how to do it. I called some other people who’d done similar things and got some practical tips.

Book of IsaiasKat: I just loved the way you take the reader through the lives of these kids in just such a conversational, direct way, and you never hit anyone over the head with some of the heavier issues, yet it’s in your face the entire time you’re reading - what potential is there, what limits them, what inequality actually looks like. 

Daniel: I spent a lot of time with this group of children of Mexican immigrants through their senior year of high school and for a couple of years afterward. And what I’m trying to do is show how they can contribute to the society, the obstacles that are standing in their way now, and offer some ideas of how we as a society could help. And I’m telling that in a story about these individuals, just a really interesting group of people that I met while doing embedded reporting at a high school.

I was very lucky to meet Isaias and the Ramos family. They did a lot for the book. They basically let me into their home, time after time, let me hang out with them over and over. And we’re talking about a period of years. . . . Looking back at it, I have a sense of just gratitude that everything worked out the way it did.

Kat:  What else can you tell me about writing the book? 

Daniel: I had to learn what we call immersion journalism, which is basically following people around. And so it’s like you see this in a documentary movie, where it’s just a camera following somebody as they do something. It’s a technique that I had to learn as I did the book. A lot of what appears in the book is overheard dialogue and scenes that I observed. I’m not asking people about it afterward, I was actually in the room as these things happened.

And so the experience of doing this was so much different than the experience of writing an article for the daily newspaper. An article I would do for the newspaper is more like a snapshot, and this is more like a movie.

Kat: You write that, “at its heart, the illegal immigration system is inherently exploitative and aims to give the worker as little as possible.”

This book is engaging in a million ways, but what I liked best about it for me as a thinker and a member of society is it made the problems of the current immigration system very clear, in very specific ways.

Daniel: What I argue in the book - and this is based on interviewing immigrants going back to 2004 - that what we call ‘illegal immigration’ isn’t really illegal. It’s a phenomenon that our federal government in both Republican and Democratic administrations has tolerated. Illegal immigration is a method for bringing workers into the country. If the government tries to enforce immigration law in a city, that means they’re taking workers from businesses, and businesses don’t like that. They complain to members of Congress and they get it stopped. So what ends up happening is, the class of people who are here illegally, basically no one’s trying to get them out, but they live here with limited rights.

I don’t really take a strong stance on what our immigration policy should look like. I do say we should support immigrants’ kids for a variety of practical reasons. And I guess the last thing I’d say about the immigration question is it’s just so important to understand that illegal immigration isn’t really illegal, because once you understand that, everything else that happens out there starts making a lot of sense.

Kat: Somewhere early in the book you say ‘Memphis looked like real life,’ kind of speaking for the Ramos family once they got here.

Daniel: Isaias said that. He’d seen this British TV show ‘Bernard’s Watch’ and he was expecting Memphis to be like that, but it wasn’t. The story, it could be anywhere in America, but it’s very, very specific to this one Southern city. There is a peculiar racial history of desegregation, busing and how this all white school became a Hispanic and African-American and Asian school. And it’s a view of the South that we’re not talking about magnolias and mint juleps. We’re talking about a modern, multicultural South that I don’t think has been written about that much.

Kat: I loved the photos you included in the book.

Daniel: I worked with two photographers during the course of this project. It was Karen Focht here in Memphis and Dominic Bracco in Mexico. So we have a visual record of everything from a really crucial meeting that took place in Isaias’ house to Isaias playing rock music. I actually took that photo myself. 

I appreciate you getting all the way through it and reading it. It’s a commitment. It’s a short book, but still . . . 

Kat: It was easy to read. It will be an easy book for people to pick up. You really do a good job of just reporting facts, mostly, but then putting your own personality and thoughts into it just enough to give it personality but to still seem like the straightforward account that it is. It came together really well, I really enjoyed reading it. I think that other people will in Memphis and elsewhere. It really couldn’t be any more timely. 


DANIEL CONNOLLY has for more than a decade reported on Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. An award-winning journalist, he has received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Center for Journalists and the Fulbright program. He lives in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 2. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
See the full list here
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. Commonwealth
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062491794
2. Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385349741
3. The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542364
4. Nutshell
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $24.95, 9780385542074
5. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Viking, $27, 9780670026197


1. Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen, S&S, $32.50, 9781501141515
2. Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance, Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546
3. Killing the Rising Sun
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9781627790628
4. Hero of the Empire
Candice Millard, Doubleday, $30, 9780385535731
5. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Joshua Foer, et al., Workman, $35, 9780761169086

Also of note:

6. The Year of Voting Dangerously
Maureen Dowd, Twelve, $30, 9781455539260
8. Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
Dave Barry, Putnam, $27, 9781101982600
7. North Carolina's Roadside Eateries: A Traveler's Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints
D.G. Martin, University of North Carolina Press, $16, 9781469630144

Special to the Southern List
The RisenBest State EverThe Rules of CivilityNC Roadside Eateries

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list and the books that are Special to the Southern List here.

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Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you

Craig Johnson – An Obvious Fact  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson | 09/17/2017, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Amelia Martens  (author appearance)
Amelia Martens | 10/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Sophia Amoruso - Nasty Galaxy - Gables  (author appearance)
Sophia Amoruso | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Emma Donoghue Book Signing  (author appearance)
Emma Donoghue | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Author Jim Grimsley: HOW I SHED MY SKIN  (author appearance)
Jim Grimsley | 10/06/2016, 02:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Book Launch: Meet Author/Illustrator Patrick McDonnell   (author appearance)
Patrick McDonnell | 10/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Alex Beard: A BRUSH WITH NATURE  (author appearance)
Alex Beard | 10/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

The South in Color by William Ferris  (author appearance)
William Ferris | 10/06/2016, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Okra Pick!Daniel Connolly with THE BOOK OF ISAIAS  (author appearance)
Daniel Connolly | 10/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Barbara Claypole White discusses her new novel Echoes of Family  (author appearance)
Barbara Claypole White | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!THOMAS MULLEN presents DARKTOWN  (author appearance)
Thomas Mullen | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Enduring the Night with Co. Author Natalie Committee  (author appearance)
Natalie Committee | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Elissa Altman - Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw  (author appearance)
Elissa Altman | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Storytime Thursday  (other event)
10/06/2016, 10:30 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Elizabeth Cox  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Cox | 10/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Special Edition Salon@615 featuring Rick Riordan author of The Hammer of Thor  (author appearance)
Rick Riordan | 10/06/2016, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

James and Kimberly Dean  (author appearance)
James and | 10/06/2016, 06:00 pm | Hooray For Books | Alexandria, VA

Nathan Weathington  (author appearance)
Nathan Weathington | 10/07/2016, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

First Friday Author Round Up - Michael Hewes, Jenny Tilbury & Ann Warner  (author appearance)
Michael Hewes | 10/07/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

KIDS: Soman Chainani - The School for Good and Evil: The Never Ever Handbook - Gables  (author appearance)
Soman Chainani | 10/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Robert Buschel - Silent Majority - Gables  (author appearance)
Robert Buschel | 10/07/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Local Author Mandi Mathis Book Launch: The Littlest Inventor   (author appearance)
Mandi Mathis | 10/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Avid Bookshop and LLEGO present: Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning  (author appearance)
Mariana Souto-Manning | 10/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Bill Ferris with THE SOUTH IN COLOR  (author appearance)
Bill Ferris | 10/07/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Elliott Moss | 10/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Emma Donoghue - The Wonder  (author appearance)
Emma Donoghue | 10/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Manuel Rosa - Christopher Columbus: The Untold Story  (author appearance)
Manuel Rosa | 10/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Alan Gratz: Monster War  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz | 10/07/2016, 04:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Stan Jakubowicz - Isra & Lito - Gables  (author appearance)
Stan Jakubowicz | 10/08/2016, 11:30 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Rob Connely Book Signing  (author appearance)
Rob Connoley | 10/08/2016, 03:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Avid Bookshop & the Georgia Review present Author Julia Elliott  (author appearance)
Julia Elliott | 10/08/2016, 12:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Constance Lombardo | 10/08/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Children's Author Reading: Mary Parry - Sadie McGrady Runs for President  (author appearance)
Mary Parry | 10/08/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Elissa Altman, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw  (author appearance)
Elissa Altman | 10/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Book Signing with Brandon Russell  (author appearance)
Brandon Russell | 10/08/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Jorge A. Barriere-Mendez - Out of the Woods - Gables  (author appearance)
Jorge A. Barriere-Mendez | 10/09/2016, 05:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Books and Brunch with Joel Salatin  (author appearance)
Joel Salatin | 10/09/2016, 12:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

GLENIS REDMOND presents WHAT MY HAND SAY  (author appearance)
10/09/2016, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Ruth Moose - Wedding Bell Blues  (author appearance)
Ruth Moose | 10/09/2016, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Robert Olen Butler  (author appearance)
Robert Olen Butler | 10/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Alan Wieder Book Signing  (author appearance)
Alan Wieder | 10/10/2016, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Winston Groom - EL PASO: A Novel  (author appearance)
Winston Groom | 10/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Dreamland by John M. Floyd  (author appearance)
John M. | 10/10/2016, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Candice Millard with HERO OF THE EMPIRE  (author appearance)
Candice Millard | 10/10/2016 | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Okra Pick!Elizabeth Cox discusses her new novel A Question of Mercy  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Cox | 10/10/2016 | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Chris Grabenstein - Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel  (author appearance)
Chris Grabenstein | 10/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

D. G. Martin - North Carolina's Roadside Eateries: A Traveler's Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints  (author appearance)
D.G. Martin | 10/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Vivian Howard Experience: Deep Run Roots (*ticketed event!)  (author appearance)
Vivian Howard | 10/10/2016, 06:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

María Carla Chicuén- Achieve the College Dream - Gables  (author appearance)
María Carla | 10/11/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Paperback Launch: Joshilyn Jackson's THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 10/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Hero of the Empire  (author appearance)
Candice Millard | 10/11/2016, 05:30 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Beverly Lowry with WHO KILLED THESE GIRLS  (author appearance)
Beverly Lowry | 10/11/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Belle Boggs discusses her memoir The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood  (author appearance)
Belle Boggs | 10/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

ANN PATCHETT presents COMMONWEALTH **ticketed event**  (author appearance)
Ann Patchett | 10/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Therese Huston - How Women Decide  (author appearance)
Therese Huston | 10/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Chef Vivian Howard Book Signing (food truck sold out!)   (author appearance)
Vivian Howard | 10/11/2016, 04:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Garth Nix author of Goldenhand  (author appearance)
Garth Nix | 10/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Josephine Ensign Shares Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net  (author appearance)
Josephine Ensign | 10/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi  (author appearance)
Kristi Yamaguchi | 10/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Hooray For Books | Alexandria, VA

Kristi Yamaguchi - Cara's Kindness  (author appearance)
Kristi Yamaguchi | 10/11/2016, 06:00 pm | Hooray For Books | Alexandria, VA

Nicole Feliciano - Mom Boss - Gables  (author appearance)
Nicole Feliciano | 10/12/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

El Paso by Winston Groom  (author appearance)
Winston Groom | 10/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Okra Pick!Robert Olen Butler with PERFUME RIVER  (author appearance)
Robert Olen Butler | 10/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

LIDIJA DIMKOVSKA presents A SPARE LIFE  (author appearance)
Lidija Dimkovska | 10/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: D.G. Martin - North Carolina Eateries  (author appearance)
D.G. Martin | 10/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Kristi Yamaguchi - Cara's Kindness (signing line ticket)  (author appearance)
Kristi Yamaguchi | 10/12/2016, 04:30 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Maestro William Henry Curry & Jackson Cooper - Playing the Race Chord  (author appearance)
William Henry | 10/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Tim Crothers - The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion  (author appearance)
Tim Crothers | 10/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Witch, Whore, Crone: A Poetry Reading  (author appearance)
Kathleen Nalley | 10/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Claudia Palacios - Perdonar lo imperdonable - Gables   (author appearance)
Claudia Palacios | 10/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meet Troy Gilbert, artist Billy Solitariou and Chef Matthew Mayfield and learn about ON THE COAST: Mississippi Tales and Recipes!  (author appearance)
Matthew Mayfield | 10/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry  (author appearance)
Beverly Lowry | 10/13/2016, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Ashley Christensen with POOLE'S - At the Lyric Theater  (author appearance)
Ashley Christensen | 10/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Book Signing With Sally Whitney   (author appearance)
Sally Whitney | 10/13/2016, 05:00 pm | Diana's Books and More | Elkin, NC

Megan Shepherd | 10/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Belle Boggs - The Art of Waiting  (author appearance)
Belle Boggs | 10/13/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Author Panel Talk & Signing   (author appearance)
Erika Marks | 10/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Megan Alexander author of Faith in the Spotlight  (author appearance)
Megan Alexander | 10/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Nancy Grace - Murder in the Courtroom - Gables  (author appearance)
Nancy Grace | 10/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Winston Groom with EL PASO  (author appearance)
Winston Groom | 10/14/2016, 12:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

SONYA JONES presents A SHORT BOOK ABOUT KILLING  (author appearance)
Sonya Jones | 10/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jodi Picoult - Small Great Things   (author appearance)
Jodi Picoult | 10/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Marie Lu - The Midnight Star  (author appearance)
Marie Lu | 10/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Bruce J. Hillman - A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS  (author appearance)
Bruce J. | 10/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Authors Round the South


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