Lady Banks

What ever you do, don't write a novel



{What ever you do, don't write a novel.}

In which her ladyship, the editor is very lazy about weeding her garden, Ms. Jill McCorkle gets rid of the ghosts, Ms. Alexandra Savage learns there are good things about the world, and a writer's husband pleads, "Whatever you do, don't write a novel!" She doesn't listen.

May 18, 2014

Dear readers,

According to Ms. Ira Wallace, the author of the highly useful Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, the first thing a body will be doing in their garden come May is weeding. In fact, she has titled the chapter "Harness the jungle" for the way a garden will suddenly explode with life in the long warm days. Alas, in her ladyship's garden she fights a losing battle with the weeds, frequently putting off such a tedious task because she wants to finish her book, so that by the end of this month her carefully raked paths have started to become overgrown with more tenacious things.

Vegetable Gardening in the SoutheastBut there are weeds and there are weeds. Her ladyship is diligently ruthless in pulling up the caterpillar grasses, the vetch, and the goats-foot morning glories that will eventually take over a garden bed like her ladyship's own personal version of kudzu.  But she leaves the cut-leaf primrose to spread into her paths, because it is indestructible and she is fond of the carpet of pale yellow flowers that open up at dusk and stay softly glowing in the gloom until dawn.  And she leaves the passion flower vines that appear everywhere along the edges of her garden beds because the bees and the butterflies love them, and because the flowers themselves look so very strange, like a creature from a science fiction story or a sea anemone. She also lets a couple of the Virginia creeper vines twine along her garden fence simply because she loves the way they look in the fall, when the leaves turn a bright red.

But in all other things in her garden, she does her best to follow to the advice of Ms. Ira Wallace, who is one of the founders of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and knows whereof she speaks. And at this time of year, she says "mulch." So her ladyship mulches. And weeds, in a desultory fashion. 9781604693713

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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.

Deep Rooted WisdomFried Apple Pies

Perhaps because of his limited time, everything in Richard's garden is where it is because that is where it's most useful. There are no cleverly designed birdhouses to hide the sprinkler heads, and no hidden hoses. And there is deinitely o putting fruits or veggies off to the side. Sitting at a little table surrounded by hosta and caladium in the shade of an oak, Richard can simply read up and pick a fig. This reminds him to tell me of his childhood, where he grew up in a yard full of edible, useful plants and flowers: "W did everything outside, in the yard where we had apples, roses, tulpips, rhubarb, strawberries, peaches, grapes, cherries, and lilies all mixed around the house and tool sheds"--all those are beautiful and edible plants. They were the backbone for the cottage garden. He says:

"I think of an old, green apple tree, growing right in the yard. You know, in warm climates you grow those summer apples, kind of little, mostly green, but so good for fried apple pies. We'k pick bushels, peel them and but them in the yard, slice them, and put oout hundred of slices to dry in the sun on the tool shef roof--we'd scrub the roof really good first. They'd hang in cloth bags in the pantry. Momma used the dried apples to make little fired apple pies all winter long."

--Richard Hager to Augustus Jenkins Farmer, Deep-Rooted Wisdom (Timber Press, 2014)  9781604694529

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Book & Author Gossip

okraAlexandra Duncan: More Than Escape

SalvageI grew up in an unhappy home, and I much preferred fantasizing about wielding a lightsaber and fighting for the Rebel Alliance to what was going on in my own life. I read and watched movies to get out, to give myself a safe place, to keep myself going through the motions until I could get out for real. But once I left for college and started living on my own, I began to discover that there were good things about the real world. I didn’t want out of it anymore, or at least not all the time; I wanted to understand it. 9780062220141

 

Dixie Dew

Doing It at the Dixie DewNorth Carolina writer Ruth Moose has written four volumes of acclaimed short stories and a couple of volumes of poetry, but she'd never written a novel. "Whatever you do, don't write a novel," her husband allegedly advised her. "It takes too long." Moose ignored that, and look what happened: Her debut effort, "Doing It at the Dixie Dew," won the "Best First Traditional Mystery" award at Malice Domestic, the Washington, D.C., mystery fan fair. 9781250046383

Conroy and Story River Books

South Carolina writer Pat Conroy, whose books have sold millions, made it clear Sunday he is giving not just his name and fame to a new division of the University of South Carolina Press, but also his time. IIf we sell them right, we can be like Simon & Schuster,” Conroy said of his new, unpaid role as editor at large for Story River Books, a USC Press imprint, which will seek works of high quality fiction with S.C. ties.

okraGeorge Singleton returns for round two

Between WrecksThirty-five stories later, George Singleton is lifting his non-alcoholic beverage to toast the end of Stet Looper.  The recurring character, who first appeared in “Stray Decorum” to narrate his life story while working on a low-residency master’s degree in Southern culture studies, finally publishes his thesis in Singleton’s latest book, “Between Wrecks,” out Tuesday. Both collections were spawned from an incident a few years ago with a New York City copy editor who Singleton said kept changing his thoroughly Southern dialogue. “If I had a character saying something like ‘I ain’t got no money,’ she would change it to ‘I do not have any money,’” he said. 9781938103797

okraWriting without worry

Life After LifeThe best advice I ever received about writing came from the novelist George Garrett when he visited my graduate writing workshop. He said that when we sat down to write, we needed to clear the room of ghosts. Whoever comes and stands behind you, breathing on your neck, judging and editing and saying things like It never happened that way, Where did you learn such bad language? Who do you think you are, anyway?Whoever that person may be: teacher, preacher, spouse, friend, foe, get them out of your space. 9781616203221

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STARS Authors

STARSWhat 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.

Meet Wendy Wax

Wendy WaxWendy Wax, freely admits to her Downton Abbey addiction and the role it's played in the creation of her latest novel, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY. As Season 2 ended, she found herself thinking about characters who were also fans of the show. "That was all well and good," she says, "but I didn't have a book for them-at least not until I let Downton Abbey itself bring them together." She adds that once she saw how the show might actually help change their lives, the story "came alive." The novel takes place at the Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building whose British concierge invites residents to weekly screenings of Downton Abbey. That’s how Samantha, Claire, Brooke and Edward, who have little else in common, forge bonds that sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, humor, and lives of Downton Abbey. Wendy’s writing, including her recent books Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road, has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she “writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations.” Her books have been featured in national publications such as USA Today and Woman’s World, and at online book blogs and sites such as On A Clear Day You Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Night Owl Reviews and Fresh Fiction. In 2011 she was honored by the City of St. Pete Beach, where she was born and raised, when the City Commission declared May 12 “Wendy Wax Day.” The mother of a toddler and an infant when she decided to change careers, Wendy admits it may not have been the best timing in terms of productivity. “I’m still not certain why I felt so compelled to write my first novel at that particular time,” she says, “but that first book took forever.” Since then she’s written eight others, including Magnolia Wednesdays, the Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist The Accidental Bestseller, Leave It to Cleavage and Single in Suburbia. Her novel 7 Days and 7 Nights was honored with the Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award. Her work has been sold to publishers in fifteen countries and to the Rhapsody Book Club, and her novel, Hostile Makeover, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. Wendy is currently at work on her next novel, which takes characters introduced in Ten Beach Road (St. Pete Beach) and Ocean Beach (Miami) and sets them loose in Key West. Her first e-original, a holiday novella, Christmas at the Beach, also reunites those protagonists and will be published in the fall. When not writing, she spends much of her time speaking to writer’s groups and book clubs, enjoying time with her family, visiting relatives in St. Pete, and devouring books. She lives in Atlanta.

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While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyWhen the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…
Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.
Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.
And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.
For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.

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

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of NoughtAt sixteen, Wendy Redbird Dancing flies her freak flag high; she’s a scary-smart white girl with a hippie mom, a missing father, and a rarefied Michael Jackson obsession. It doesn’t help that her mother just uprooted them yet again, this time from California to North Carolina. Now Wendy has to survive a new school and fight bullies who rule this Southern roost.

But one black girl reaches out––Tanay––and she and Wendy forge a friendship to help her fight back. Her mother’s new boyfriend, Shaye, turns out to be decent-not the usual sleaze, but instead, a charming and attractive guy. As he gains her trust, Wendy’s crush ignites, and her hopes for a stable future soar.

When Shaye starts flirting, Wendy is flattered but confused. When things take a terrible turn, she must go underground, waiting for the day she can escape to London for Jackson’s final tour.

All seems lost when the King of Pop dies. But Wendy suddenly hears his ethereal voice, offering guidance and sending her west. Is St. Michael now the only one she can trust?

Lyn Fairchild Hawks’s debut novel melds modern teen life with a parable of betrayal and trust, sharing the light and the dark of human relationships.

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Bookstore Gossip

Gottwals moves to new location

Book lovers in North Macon may be very happy soon. The Macon Gottwals book store is moving from Northside Drive to a larger building on Riverside Drive. This new Riverside location, it's bigger. It's certainly a sign that we've made an impact in this community," Shane Gottwals, the CEO of the chain said. "Everybody loves us, everybody embraces us," says Gottwals.

Barnhill's Books to close June 1

Like any great duo you can name, books and wine pair naturally together. Triad residents had plenty of reasons to rejoice back in 2010 when Barnhill's opened in downtown Winston-Salem, because finally here was a store dedicated not only to promoting local authors and publishers, but also committed to sharing regional—as in North Carolina—wine. Unfortunately, in an e-mail sent May 10, Barnhill's announced it would be closing its doors on June 1, with the intention that “down the road we will reopen, though that date has not yet been set.”

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Between Wrecks 
by George Singleton

9781938103797   |  Dzanc | May 2014
Between Wrecks

"[The] unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"George Singleton writes about the rural South without sentimentality or stereotype but with plenty of sharp-witted humor. . . . A raconteur of trends, counter-trends, obsessions and odd characters."--NPR "Morning Edition"

"Thank God for George Singleton, who makes us laugh and makes us think."--"The Times-Picayune"

There's a place just down the way where a trip to the salvage yard reveals infidelity and theft. There's another where an unlicensed entomologist celebrates his freedom with a compulsive liar while a manhunt ensues on the streets outside. Places where a con man and his nephew sell stolen parachutes to veterans in case the ground beneath them should suddenly give way and where Chuck Norris's face graces only the walls of the finest trailers. A place where tongues get left in rental cars and a place where everyone insists an absolute stranger is your boyhood friend.

Between Wrecks takes readers on a raucous bar crawl through an America both startlingly familiar and hilariously absurd, examining paranoia, fear, relentless "truths," longstanding personal habits gone awry, and what it means to look toward a horizon that may or may not be a mirage.

George Singleton is the author of two novels and five short story collections, including "Stray Decorum." A 2013 SIBA Book Award finalist, his work has appeared in "Atlantic Monthly," "Harper's Magazine," and "Playboy." A former Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the Hillsdale Award for Fiction by the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2011. He holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently teaches writing at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

More Okra Picks!


Read This! Recommendations from Southern Indie Booksellers

Fiction from the 2014 SIBA Book Award Long List (Part III):

King's Mountain
Sharyn McCrumb
St. Martin's Press
9781250011404

The Kings and Queens of Roam
Daniel Wallace
Touchstone
9781476703978

Ladies' Night
Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press
9781250019660

Life After Life -- a finalist!
Jill McCorkle
Algonquin
9781616203221

Lookaway, Lookaway
Wilton Barnhardt
St. Martin's Press
9781250020833

Looking For Me
Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books
9780143125433

Love & Lament
John Milliken Thompson
Other Press
9781590515877

Lowcountry Bombshell
Susan Boyer
Henery Press
9781938383564

The Maid's Version
Daniel Woodrell
Little Brown
9780316205856

Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
Ann Ross
Viking
9780143124894

 

King's Mountain Kings and Queens of Roam Ladies Night Life After LifeLookaway Lookaway Looking for MeLove & Lament Lowcountry Bombshell The Maid's Version Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 11, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
okra2. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062311078

okra3. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

4. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616203214
5. The Target
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455521203
6. Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385351850
7. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
8. Delicious!
Ruth Reichl, Random House, $27, 9781400069620
9. The Serpent of Venice
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779763
10. The Last Kind Words Saloon
Larry McMurtry, Liveright, $24.95, 9780871407863
11. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
12. Frog Music
Emma Donoghue, Little Brown, $27, 9780316324687
13. Unlucky 13
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $28, 9780316211291
14. The Snow Queen
Michael Cunningham, FSG, $26, 9780374266325
15. Walking on Water
Richard Paul Evans, S&S, $19.99, 9781451628319

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Flash Boys
Michael Lewis, Norton, $27.95, 9780393244663
2. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
3. A Fighting Chance
Elizabeth Warren, Metropolitan, $28, 9781627790529
4. Everybody's Got Something
Robin Roberts, Grand Central, $27, 9781455578450
5. Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, $24.99, 9780062024350
okra6. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
Frances Mayes, Crown, $26, 9780307885913

7. Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty, Belknap Press, $39.95, 9780674430006
8. 10% Happier
Dan Harris, It Books, $25.99, 9780062265425
9. Congratulations, by the Way
George Saunders, Random House, $14, 9780812996272
10. James Madison: A Life Reconsidered
Lynne Cheney, Viking, $36, 9780670025190
11. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
12. The Closer
Mariano Rivera, Little Brown, $28, 9780316400732
13. Thrive
Arianna Huffington, Harmony, $26, 9780804140843
14. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Roz Chast, Bloomsbury, $28, 9781608198061
15. Killing Jesus
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805098549

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780307588371
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
4. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
5. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
6. The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $15, 9780812979510
7. The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $15, 9781455520640
8. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
9. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
10. The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062132475
okra11. Z
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250028662

12. The Circle
Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345807298
13. A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki, Penguin, $16, 9780143124870
14. Looking for Me
Beth Hoffman, Penguin, $16, 9780143125433
15. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Harper, $15.99, 9780060883287

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849922077
2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
3. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Michael Pollan, Penguin, $17, 9780143125334
4. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
5. The Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen, Penguin, $17, 9780143105510
6. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
7. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
8. A Higher Call
Adam Makos, Berkley, $17, 9780425255735
9. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $16, 9781451617535
10. Empty Mansions
Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Ballantine, $17, 9780345534538
11. Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker, University of California Press, $29.95, 9780520274044
12. The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman, Northfield, $14.99, 9780802473158
13. The Plantagenets
Dan Jones, Penguin, $18, 9780143124924
14. Frozen in Time
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062133403
15. Show Your Work!
Austin Kleon, Workman, $11.95, 9780761178972

MASS MARKET

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
3. The Quiet Game
Greg Iles, Signet, $9.99, 9780451180421
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Never Go Back
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246329
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Silken Prey
John Sandford, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425267769
8. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
9. Turning Angel
Greg Iles, Pocket, $9.99, 9780743454162
10. The Devil's Punchbowl
Greg Iles, Pocket, $9.99, 9781416524557

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
Mo Willems, Disney Press, $16.99, 9781423190875
4. Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062083197
5. Frozen (Big Golden Book)
Bill Scollon, Disney Storybook Artists (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $9.99, 9780736430654
6. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
7. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too
Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books, $17.99, 9780670012275
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
9. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
10. Duck & Goose Go to the Beach
Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, 9780385372350

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
4. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Scholastic, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545669931
okra5. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426050

6. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
7. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
8. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook
Scholastic, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685153
9. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763660406
10. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
2. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
3. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
4. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
5. The One (The Selection, #3)
Kiera Cass, Harper, $17.99, 9780062059994
6. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
7. The 26-Story Treehouse (13 Story Treehouse)
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $13.99, 9781250026910
8. Frozen: Big Snowman, Little Snowman (Step Into Reading Series)
Tish Rabe, Disney Storybook Artists (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736431194
9. The 13-Story Treehouse
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $13.99, 9781250026903
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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


Frog Music
Walking on Water
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
10% Happier
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered
Jesus Calling
Killing Jesus
The Light Between Oceans
The Last Original Wife
Looking for Me
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Snow Leopard
The Monuments Men
A Higher Call
Empty Mansions
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
The 5 Love Languages
Show Your Work!
The Quiet Game
1984
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Devil's Punchbowl
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too
Three Times Lucky


Events

Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Jana McGraw  (author appearance)
Jana McGraw
05/24/2014, 01:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Memorial Weekend Special Reading: THIRTY GIRLS  (author appearance)
Susan Minot
05/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Barbara Brown Taylor Book Signing  (author appearance)
Barbara Brown Taylor
05/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

WENDY HIGGINS, Sweet Reckoning  (author appearance)
Wendy Higgins
05/24/2014, 02:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Author Event - Meet Victoria A. Casey   (author appearance)
Victoria A. Casey
05/24/2014, 03:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books & News
Waynesville, NC

okraGeorge Singleton Returns with a New Short Story Collection  (author appearance)
George Singleton
05/24/2014, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

David Downing – Jack of Spies  (author appearance)
David Downing
05/24/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Adelle Waldman – The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.  (author appearance)
Adelle Waldman
05/24/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Meet the Author: Casey Peeler  (author appearance)
Casey Peeler
05/24/2014, 10:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author event: Sheri Wren Haymore - A Deeper Cut  (author appearance)
Sheri Wren Haymore
05/24/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Allan Gurganus - Local Souls  (author appearance)
Allan Gurganus
05/24/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

CarolinaKinder's Storytime  (other event)
05/24/2014, 10:30 am
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jana McGraw- Pieces of You  (author appearance)
Jana McGraw
05/24/2014, 01:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

New & Notable Book Club: PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX by Rebecca Goldstein  (book club)
05/25/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

NCPS Reading Series-Maureen Sherbondy, Terri Kirby Erickson, Eve Olive  (author appearance)
Terri Kirby Erickson
05/25/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Michael Beas - Strump: A World of Shadows  (author appearance)
Michael Beas
05/25/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Politics of Food Book Club  (book club)
05/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Ozark Poets and Writers Collective  (writers group)
05/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books and Books - Pas de Deux   (other event)
05/27/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Unleashing the Muse: a five week writing course with author Tamara Madison  (writers group)
05/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark  (author appearance)
Barbara Brown Taylor
05/27/2014, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Ben W. McClelland- Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Diabetic Alert Dogs  (author appearance)
Ben W. McClelland
05/27/2014, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books
JACKSON, MS

Michael Henry signs FINDING ISHMAEL  (author appearance)
Michael Henry
05/27/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars: English Alive and Going Viral, with English and Comparative Literature professor Connie C. Eble  (other event)
05/27/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Book Lovers Club discusses The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt   (author appearance)
05/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL WITH JANE CARTER  (author appearance)
Jane Carter
05/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Craig Johnson – Any Other Name  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson
05/27/2014, 06:30 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Book launch: Aaron Gwyn - Wynne's War  (author appearance)
Aaron Gwyn
05/27/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

okraBook Your Lunch With Jon Sealy  (author appearance)
Jon Sealy
05/27/2014, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo - Cuba in Splinters  (author appearance)
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
05/28/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Elaine Viets - Catnapped!  (author appearance)
Elaine Viets
05/28/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

okraMeet Author of THE WHISKEY BARON, Jon Sealy  (author appearance)
Jon Sealy
05/28/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Corban Addison discusses his novel The Garden of Burning Sand  (author appearance)
Corban Addison
05/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES SERIES  (other event)
05/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Book event: Barbara Birge - Awakening of the Desert  (author appearance)
Barbara Birge
05/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Craig Johnson- Any Other Name  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson
05/28/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Monica Byrne: The Girl in the Road  (author appearance)
Monica Byrne
05/28/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

B.O.B. Book Club - Inappropriate Behavior  (book club)
05/28/2014, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Maruchi Mendez / Roxanne Vargas - 100 Things To Do In Miami Before You Die  (author appearance)
Maruchi Mendez
05/29/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

MICHELLE & RANDY ROSADO present Pursuing Your Destiny  (author appearance)
Michelle and Randy Rosado
05/29/2014, 05:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Writing the Tough Stuff Workshop with Jessica Handler  (author appearance)
Jessica Handler
05/29/2014, 06:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Benjamin Ross Book Signing  (author appearance)
Benjamin Ross
05/29/2014, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Jamie Anderson discusses her rock ‘n’ roll memoir Drive All Night  (author appearance)
Jamie Anderson
05/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

CORBAN ADDISON READING & SIGNING  (author appearance)
Corban Addison
05/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

okraAuthor event: George Singleton - Between Wrecks  (author appearance)
George Singleton
05/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Charles Marsh- Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer  (author appearance)
Charles Marsh
05/29/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Aaron Gwyn: Wynne's War  (author appearance)
Aaron Gwyn
05/29/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Dangerous Creatures  (author appearance)
Kami Garcia
05/29/2014, 05:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Kai Bird - The Good Spy  (author appearance)
Kai Bird
05/30/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Craig Johnson Book Signing  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson
05/30/2014, 12:15 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Wendy Wax  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax
05/30/2014, 02:00 pm
Bookmiser
Roswell, GA

okraJohn Warley, A Southern Girl  (author appearance)
John Warley
05/30/2014, 06:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Aaron Gwyn discusses his novel Wynne’s War (with proceeds benefitting the NC Therapeutic Riding Center)!  (author appearance)
Aaron Gwyn
05/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

okraJohn Sealy: The Whiskey Baron  (author appearance)
John Sealy
05/30/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Corban Addison- The Garden of Burning Sand  (author appearance)
Corban Addison
05/30/2014, 07:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Peter Warren- The Horry County Murders  (author appearance)
Peter Warren
05/30/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

DR. BEN CARSON'S ONE NATION BOOK TOUR  (author appearance)
Ben Carson
05/31/2014, 07:30 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

okraokraAlexandra Duncan to Read From Salvage  (author appearance)
Alexandra Duncan
05/31/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

BEN MONTGOMERY READING & SIGNING  (author appearance)
Ben Montgomery
05/31/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Aaron Gwyn – Wynne’s War  (author appearance)
Aaron Gwyn
05/31/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Joe Miller - Adventure Carolinas  (author appearance)
Joe Miller
05/31/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Saturday Storytime!  (other event)
05/31/2014, 11:00 am
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

C. Hope Clark- Palmetto Poison  (author appearance)
C. Hope Clark
05/31/2014, 01:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Stories and Sweets with Dorothea Benton Frank  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank
06/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Evelyn J. Hadden signing - Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise Between the Sidewalk and the Curb  (author appearance)
Evelyn J. Hadden
06/05/2014, 01:00 pm
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Winston-Salem, NC

First Friday Artwalk Feturing Artist, Donna Strickland + Meet the Author, Toby Tate  (author appearance)
Toby Tate
06/06/2014, 05:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Book Your Lunch with Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews
06/07/2014, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Khaled Hosseini - AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED  (author appearance)
Khaled Hosseini
06/08/2014, 05:30 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

okraTalk and Signing: Karen White  (author appearance)
Karen White
06/08/2014, 03:00 am
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Meet the Author: Sarah Downing  (author appearance)
SARAH DOWNING
06/14/2014, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

okraMeet the Author: Barbara Claypole White  (author appearance)
Barbara Claypole White
06/16/2014, 04:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Book Your Lunch with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
06/18/2014, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Luncheon with Marie Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe
06/28/2014, 12:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Meet the Author: John Sauls  (author appearance)
John Sauls
07/19/2014, 05:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC


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