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{In praise of the story keepers.}

In which libraries are like mushrooms, Penelope Niven remembers her imaginary friends (she had three), and you must turn your face to the glory hours as they come.

August 31, 2014

Dear readers,

How often is it that you open your newspaper (assuming you still read your newspaper) and find the lead story is about books? When her ladyship, the editor strolled down to the end of her driveway this morning to restock the little library she has under her oak tree and to pick up her morning paper, she unfolded it to find this headline dominating page one: 

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES POPPING UP IN AREA NEIGHBORHOODS mushrooms, apparently. But better smelling and better for you. 

As it turns out, the story was covering several initiatives by community groups to place Little Free Libraries in the various county parks. There is even one on the site of her ladyship's local farmer's market. Won't it be something when there are more Little Free Libraries than highway billboards?

That day may be coming soon. What struck her ladyship, the editor, most strongly in the article in her newspaper was that the map currently used by the Little Free Library Foundation to show where people have put up their own libraries is full. Sometime during the month of July Google said "no more" and stopped accepting pins for the map:


(Her ladyship might be mistaken, but it looks as though according to that map there is a little library approximately every 2 miles along the Appalachian Trail.)

Of course there are more. And still more. So for now they exist as an appendix until Google comes to its senses or the world gets bigger. 

Read Independently! And shop local. And drop a few books off at the Little Library nearest you.

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 Story KeeperThis is the glory hour. This is the place the magic happens.

The thought fell quietly into place, like a photographer’s backdrop unfurling behind the subject of a portrait. Its shimmering folds caught my attention, bringing to mind a bit of advice from Wilda Culp, the person without whom I would’ve ended up somewhere completely different. Someplace tragic.

It’s strange how one person and a handful of stories can alter a life.

The trick, Jennia Beth Gibbs, is to turn your face to the glory hours as they come. I heard it again, her deep-raspy Carolina drawl  playing the unexpected music of a bygone day. The saddest thing in life is to see them only as they flit away.

They’re always a passing thing. . . .

My first afternoon in the war room at Vida House Publishing was a glory hour. I felt it, had an inexplicable knowing of it, even the story keeper before George Vida shuffled in the door and took his place at the head of the table to begin the weekly pub board meeting—my first at Vida House. This meeting would be different from all other such gatherings I’d attended over the past ten years at a half-dozen companies, in a half-dozen skyscrapers, in and about Manhattan.

There was magic in the air here.

--Lisa Wingate, The Story Keeper (Tyndale House, 2014) 9781414386898

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Book & Author Gossip

Thornton Wilder

Penelope Niven

In a 1991 interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Niven said her parents encouraged her to use her imagination. She had two imaginary girlfriends, Goddy and Dreena, as well as an imaginary boy named Yellow, who married her when she was three. “My parents read to me and we talked,” she said. “I grew up with words in ways I’ve come to cherish.” 9780060831370


Flannery O'Connor, fifty years later

A Prayer JournalAs her characters’ preconceptions and prejudices are excoriated away, what remains is the truth of who they are and a chance to reconcile themselves with the way the world really is. This is often brought about through shocking violence as characters are wantonly maimed, but for O’Connor the violence is necessary: “All human nature vigorously resists grace, because grace changes us and the change is painful.” 9780374236915

Little Free Libraries are sprouting like mushrooms in Southeastern NC

Last month, New Hanover County Parks and Gardens and the New Hanover County Public Library planted two new library boxes at locations in Arrowhead and Kings Grant parks. Both are already being used by neighborhood residents, according to Paige Owens, assistant director of the county library. Meanwhile, Poplar Grove Plantation in Scotts Hill opened a brand-new library box near its agriculture building. The box is popular during the plantation's farmers market, according to director Caroline Lewis.

Helen Exum, famed newspaper editor, cookbook writer

Helen Exum's Chattanooga Cook BookWhile she worked closely with her father in business and family affairs, she headed the Lifestyle section and was the newspaper's first food editor, a position which spawned her famous cookbooks that she wrote to help pay her children's tuition. She had no way of knowing "The Chattanooga Cookbook" and "Helen Exum's Cookbook" would make her a celebrity of sorts and up until her death she delighted in autographing many now-worn editions.

Octavia named Best Bookstore in New Orleans

There are more books out there than hours in a lifetime, so how to curate a reading list to make the most of a reading life? The folks at Octavia Books will help you do just that, whether its breaking down an esoteric classic or recommending the latest crime noir.

Indie Bookstores thrive on the personal touch

As online giant Amazon continues to face backlash for its alleged bully tactics against writers published by Hachette Book Group and speculation rages as to whether big-box chain Barnes & Noble is headed for the same fate as the now-defunct Borders, independent booksellers in the Triangle are moving to take back the local marketplace. The past year has been a transitional period for local bookstores. New ones have opened, including Raleigh's So & So Books, a 300-square-foot space shared with architecture firm In Situ Studio, and used bookstoreLetters in Durham. Meanwhile, 30-year Raleigh mainstay Quail Ridge Books & Music saw the retirement of founding owner Nancy Olson. Quail Ridge just finished its first year under new owner Lisa Poole, a member of the Waste Industries-founding Poole family.

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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.

Lisa Wingate

Lisa WingateLisa Wingate is a magazine columnist, speaker, and the author of nineteen mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel, Blue Moon Bay, was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. When not dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read.

Request Lisa for a book club or event

Renea's Profile Page on STARS

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

The Story Keeper

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

Read the first chapter

The Story KeeperWhen successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen's suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.

The Story Keeper

More Okra Picks!

Staff Picks from Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA

One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One Kick"One Kick features a fast-paced, thrilling plot paired with a heroine you just have to root for. Really fun & dark read, definitely for a mature audience." -Janet, bookshop owner 9781476749785







How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl"The best word to describe How to Build a Girl is rollicking. It's a coming-of-age story about a girl named Johanna as she tears through her teen years, partying with the biggest rock stars, going to the best shows, and having every kind of sex imaginable. But Johanna does more than just wreak havoc on London's rock scene: she writes about it. The title of this book could easily be How to Build a Writer or How to Build a Feminist or How to Build a Legend. All would be accurate." -Frankie, bookseller 9780062335975


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks"By the middle of the first sentence, I knew I was in for it. By the end of the first sentence I loved Holly Sykes, and would follow her anywhere. I got to follow her everywhere. With this book, we'll remember why we already love David Mitchell, and be amazed that he could top himself again. I'm increasingly convinced that, like some of his characters, he too has lived many different lives. I don't know how one person could equally portray the variety of people, places, and times he does, but I think he might just be that good, and there are passages so beautiful you'll have to pause to read them again. He puts us there, from first sentence to last. This is the kind of book you will want to get lost in and never be found. All you have to do is open it up." -Tyler, bookseller 9781400065677

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams“I will probably re-read parts of this book for years. I want to give it to everyone, but especially my female friends, because I know that exhibiting anything 'less than' Amazonian strength feels like a betrayal of Strong Female Character status. No one wants to be the wounded woman. But there's this dichotomy -- strong female characters are supposed to take on the pain of the world without becoming vulnerable to it. To be both the weeping Madonna and Katniss-freaking-Everdeen.” -Frankie, bookseller 9781555976712



Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals"This is likely my favorite book of poetry. I haven't read much poetry, but Patricia is delightfully weird, braiding together images and ideas in ways I've never seen before. Try pages 26 and 45, then keep going and come talk to me about it!" -Frankie, bookseller 9780143126522





Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar"In Meg Wolitzer’s YA debut, Jam Gallahue enrolls at The Woodward Barn, a therapeutic boarding school for 'troubled' teens. On her first day, she discovers she’s been placed in a mysterious, selective Special Topics in English class, one that specializes in trauma. This semester, Jam’s class will be reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, but why? How could reading about one person’s trauma possibly help her and her classmates process their own? But there’s something in the air around Jam’s Special Topics in English class. . . Something otherworldly, with powers. . . Something from a place called 'Belzhar.' This book offers an insightful look into the lives of teens experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. Its lessons about love, life, resilience, and forgiveness, as well as its compelling cast of varied characters, propel Wolitzer’s Belzhar into the realm of the unforgettable and, certainly, un-put-down-able." -Will, bookseller 9780525423058

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending August 24, 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.


1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385352109
2. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95, 9780399167065
3. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
okra5. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780
6. The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling, Mulholland, $28, 9780316206877
7. The Heist
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062320056
8. Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780670024377
9. Wayfaring Stranger
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781476710792
10. The 6th Extinction
James Rollins, Morrow, $27.99, 9780061784811
11. Haunted
Randy Wayne White, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399169762
12. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159343
13. The Magician's Land
Lev Grossman, Viking, $27.95, 9780670015672
okra14. Dollbaby
Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95, 9780670014736
15. The Book of Life
Deborah Harkness, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025596


1. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
2. Factory Man
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316231435
3. A Spy Among Friends
Ben Macintyre, Crown, $27, 9780804136631
4. In the Kingdom of Ice
Hampton Sides, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535373
5. The Mockingbird Next Door
Marja Mills, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205194
6. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
Daniel J. Levitin, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525954187
7. My Conference Can Beat Your Conference
Paul Finebaum, Gene Wojciechowski, Harper, $26.99, 9780062297419
8. The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat
Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452134239
9. One Nation
Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson, Sentinel, $25.95, 9781595231123
10. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
11. The Southerner's Handbook
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
12. Carsick
John Waters, FSG, $26, 9780374298630
13. America
Dinesh D'Souza, Regnery, $29.99, 9781621572039
14. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
15. Vader's Little Princess
Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452118697


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780307588371
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
4. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
5. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Bantam, $16, 9780553393613
6. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $16, 9781594632389
7. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
8. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
9. The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan, Ecco, $16.99, 9780062107329
10. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319
11. We Are Water
Wally Lamb, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780061941030
okra12. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $16, 9781594632709
13. The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143125778
14. The Lowland
Jhumpa Lahiri, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307278265
15. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262


1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812974492
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
4. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
5. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812986181
6. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
7. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
8. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
9. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
10. A Higher Call
Adam Makos, Berkley, $17, 9780425255735
11. Business Adventures
John Brooks, Open Road Media, $16.99, 9781497644892
12. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
13. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
14. What We See When We Read
Peter Mendelsund, Vintage, $16.95, 9780804171632
15. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
5. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
6. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543240
7. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
8. W Is for Wasted
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425271575
9. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
10. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
4. Pete the Cat and the New Guy
Kimberly Dean, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780062275608
5. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illus.), FSG, $16.99, 9780374360955
6. The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House
Eric Litwin, Scott Magoon (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316322447
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780140544510


1. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
2. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
4. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illus.), Hyperion, $24.99, 9781423183648
5. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
6. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
7. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
8. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
9. Where She Went
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780142420898
10. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545669931


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
2. Four: A Divergent Collection
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062345219
3. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
4. Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda)
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419709333
5. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
7. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
8. A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $18, 9780316406819
9. Return of the Padawan (Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Book 2)
Jeffrey Brown, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545621250
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.

Factory Man
My Conference Can Beat Your Conference
One Nation
The Southerner's Handbook
Jesus Calling
Vader's Little Princess
The Alchemist
The Valley of Amazement
Fahrenheit 451
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
The Girl You Left Behind
Wreck This Journal
A Higher Call
Business Adventures
The Devil in the White City
What We See When We Read
Gift From the Sea
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the FliesAnimal FarmThe Pout-Pout Fish Goes to SchoolThe Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut HouseThe True Story of the 3 Little Pigs


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

TONY EARLEY presents MR. TALL  (author appearance)
Tony Earley
09/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Alina Garcia-Lapuerta
09/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

An Evening with Roberta Bondi: Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude  (author appearance)
Roberta Bondi
09/04/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Katy Simpson Smith - THE STORY of LAND and SEA  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith
09/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Karen Abbott signs LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY  (author appearance)
Karen Abbott
09/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Ron Johnson-North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition  (author appearance)
Ron Johnson
09/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Charlotte, NC

Margaret Stohl discusses her young adult novel Idols  (author appearance)
Margaret Stohl
09/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Barbara Davis discusses her novel The Wishing Tide  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis
09/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author event: J Phillips Johnston - True South: Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes  (author appearance)
09/04/2014, 05:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Larry Rogers - Sword and Scalpel: A Doctor Looks Back on Vietnam  (author appearance)
Larry Rogers
09/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Susan Vreeland Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Susan Vreeland
09/04/2014, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author event with Carla Jean Whitley, author of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio  (author appearance)
Carla Jean Whitley
09/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

First Friday Author Round Up-Ken Kilner, Philip Levin, Warren Freeman, Jacqueline Schnitzer  (author appearance)
Ken Kilner
09/05/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Coral Gables Gallery Night Opening - Spirit of Yoga by Frank Navas  (other event)
Frank Navas
09/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Mark Schapiro - CARBON SHOCK  (author appearance)
Mark Schapiro
09/05/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Deborah Wiles signs REVOLUTION  (author appearance)
Deborah Wiles
09/05/2014, 11:00 am
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Jenny Bennett Returns with a New Novel  (author appearance)
Jenny Bennett
09/05/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Meet the Author: Barbara Davis!  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis
09/05/2014, 05:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Roland Lazenby: Michael Jordan: The Life  (author appearance)
Roland Lazenby
09/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Tracy Guzeman: THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS  (author appearance)
Tracy Guzeman
09/05/2014, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Susan Vreeland, Author of Lisette's List  (author appearance)
Susan Vreeland
09/05/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Matthew Paul Turner, author of Our Great Big American God  (author appearance)
Matthew Paul Turner
09/05/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

D.S. Lliteras- Fire and Smoke Visible: A Fire Fighter's Tale  (author appearance)
D.S. Lliteras
09/05/2014, 02:00 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

JAMES PATTERSON SIGNING  (author appearance)
James Patterson
09/06/2014, 06:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Sharyn Brotz - Wally B Can Jump!  (author appearance)
Sharyn Brotz
09/06/2014, 10:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Authors Academy Workshop   (writers group)
09/06/2014, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Richard Flanagan signs THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH  (author appearance)
Richard Flanagan
09/06/2014, 06:30 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Tracy Guzeman discusses her novel The Gravity of Birds  (author appearance)
Tracy Guzeman
09/06/2014, 11:00 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author event/poetry reading: Glenn Proctor - Kicking Bottles, News & Dust  (author appearance)
Glenn Proctor
09/06/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Michelle Icard - Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years  (author appearance)
Michelle Icard
09/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Sampson Parker signs Unthinkable Choice  (author appearance)
Sampson Parker
09/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Charles Martin Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Charles Martin
09/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Writers on the Rock  (author appearance)
Wayne Caldwell
09/07/2014, 01:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

POETRIO  (other event)
09/07/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings - I am Jazz  (author appearance)
Jazz Jennings
09/07/2014, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Amy Parker's ASTRAY launch party at SPLITSVILLE  (author appearance)
Amy Parker
09/07/2014, 02:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

James Baldwin Book Club - The Fire Next Time  (book club)
09/07/2014, 03:00 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Young Readers’ Book Club: THE THICKETY by J. A. White  (book club)
09/07/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Author event: Jennifer Murphy - I Love You More  (author appearance)
Jennifer Murphy
09/07/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Eric Litwin  (author appearance)
Eric Litwin
09/07/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jan Karon  (author appearance)
Jan Karon
09/07/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mystery Book Club discusses DEFENDING JACOB  (book club)
09/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Benny Lewis - Fluent 3 Months  (author appearance)
Benny Lewis
09/08/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Young Adult Book Club!  (book club)
09/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Making Space: A Community Writing Group for Activists, Healers, and Every Day Heroes  (writers group)
09/08/2014, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Gregory Sherl signs THE FUTURE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE  (author appearance)
Gregory Sherl
09/08/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Karen Abbott  (author appearance)
Karen Abbott
09/08/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Tony Earley- Mr. Tall: a Novella and Stories  (author appearance)
Tony Earley
09/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Eric Litwin Performance & Signing  (author appearance)
Eric Litwin
09/08/2014, 06:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: Karen Abbott in Conversation with Denise Kiernan  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
09/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Scott Berg  (author appearance)
Scott Berg
09/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

ION Conference - TAMPA  (author appearance)
Tristan Gooley
09/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Morgan Molthrop - ANDREW JACKSON'S PLAYBOOK: 15 Strategies for Success  (author appearance)
Morgan Molthrop
09/09/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Katy Simpson Smith signs THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA  (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith
09/09/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Tony Earley discusses his novella/short story collection Mr. Tall  (author appearance)
Tony Earley
09/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

PRB Geek Book Club  (book club)
09/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Margaret Maron- Designated Daughters  (author appearance)
Margaret Maron
09/09/2014, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Eric Schlosser  (author appearance)
Eric Schlosser
09/09/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Francine Bryson Launch Party  (author appearance)
Francine Bryson
09/09/2014, 06:30 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

J. A. Jance Author of Remains of Innocence  (author appearance)
J. A. Jance
09/09/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Michael Glasscock, author of The Life and Times of Jamie Lee Coleman  (author appearance)
Michael Glasscock
09/09/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism   (author appearance)
Edward Baptist
09/09/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Mindfulness Practices for ADHD  (other event)
09/10/2014, 05:30 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

09/10/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Lou Anders  (author appearance)
Lou Anders
09/10/2014, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Mary Simses - The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe  (author appearance)
Mary Simses
09/10/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Meet Author Rosemary Griggs  (author appearance)
Rosemary Griggs
09/10/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Peggy Webb signs THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE and THE OLEANDER SISTERS  (author appearance)
Peggy Webb
09/10/2014, 12:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Curtis Wilkie
09/10/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Margaret Peterson Haddix & Lisa McMann discuss their middle grade fantasy novels Revealed and Island of Legends  (author appearance)
Margaret Peterson Haddix
09/10/2014, 05:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Tony Earley- Mr. Tall: a Novella and Stories  (author appearance)
Tony Earley
09/10/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Barbara Davis: THE WISHING TIDE  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis
09/10/2014, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

An Evening with Winston Groom  (author appearance)
Winston Groom
09/10/2014, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author event with Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy  (author appearance)
Karen Abbott
09/10/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

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