Lady Banks

In praise of mothers who read to their children

 


{In praise of mothers who read to their children}

In which a young boy is bullied into reciting a poem, Mr. Ace Atkins must fill some very large (gum)shoes, Mr. Thomas Willis White starts a literary journal even though he is in no way qualified, and Mr. Wiley Cash praises mothers who read to their children.

June 3, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
A Land More Kind Than Home The Cove Robert B. Parker's Lullaby The Sins of the Father Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk My Cross to Bear Killing Lincoln Let's Pretend This Never Happened The Amateur The President's Club Starting and Closing The Great Gatsby The Silver Sparrow The House at Tyneford Outliers Wreck This Journal Then Again How to Read Literature Like a Professor Empire of the Summer Moon The Hobbit Slaughterhouse-Five 1984 Ladybug Girl at the Beach Indestructibles: Baby Babble How to Babysit a Grandpa Where do Diggers Sleep at Night? Three Times Lucky The Outsiders  Charlotte's Web


Author Readings

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 06/15/2012

Melanie Gideon, author of The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Frances Osbourne, author of Park Lane, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Melanie Gideon, author of Wife 22, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/15/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/15/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/15/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/15/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 06/15/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event Back Porch Music Jam on 06/15/2012

Steve Berry, author of The Columbus Affair, will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/15/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/15/2012

John Amrhein, author of Treasure Island - The Untold Story, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/16/2012

Steven Hunter, author of Mount Magazine, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 06/16/2012

Claire Cook , author of Best Staged Plans, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/16/2012

Greg Stokes, author of Mother Did You Know, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/16/2012

Kay McGarry, author of A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/16/2012

John Lewis, author of Across That Bridge, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/16/2012

John Wood, author of The Names of Things, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/16/2012

Thea Summer Deer, author of Wisdom of the Plant Devas, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 06/16/2012

Stuart Fleishman, author of Learn to Live Through Cancer, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/16/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Bloomsday Reading on 06/16/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 06/16/2012

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/16/2012

Harvey Jackson, author of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera , will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/16/2012

Bill Bass, author of The Inquisitor?s Key, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 06/16/2012

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Kid's Book Reading Celebrating Father's Day on 06/16/2012

Octavia Books is hosting the event Octavia Books Book Club- THE ASK on 06/16/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/16/2012

Tara Hudson, author of Arise, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/16/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/16/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/16/2012

Wayne Caldwell, author of 27 Views of Asheville, will be appearing at Blue Ridge Books & News, 06/16/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/17/2012

Peter Edelman, author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/17/2012

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/18/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event COMIX CLUB DISCUSSES MY FRIEND DAHMER on 06/18/2012

Evelyn Lozada, author of The Wives Association, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/18/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/18/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Book Lovers Club Discussion on 06/18/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event T&F Transitionz: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz on 06/18/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/19/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event ALL ROMANCE ALL THE TIME BOOKCLUB DISCUSSES THE NEXT ALWAYS on 06/19/2012

Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/19/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/19/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Bayard Rustin Centennial: Lessons Learned Part 3 on 06/19/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/19/2012

John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/19/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 6/19/2012

John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/20/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/20/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 06/20/2012

Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/20/2012

Patrick J. O' Connor, author of The Last Will and Testament of Lemuel Higgins, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/20/2012

Richard Streitmatter, author of Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/20/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Culinary Historians of Piedmont NC on 06/20/2012

Mike Hubbard, author of Storming the State House, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/20/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event 50 SHADES OF GREY DISCUSSION on 06/20/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP: ANN PATCHETT'S on 06/20/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/21/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event June Book Club on 06/21/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/21/2012

Don and Diane Wells, author of Mystery of the Trees, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 06/21/2012

Jose Ignacio Valenzuela, author of Salida de emergencia , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/21/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Blast From the Past Reading Series on 06/21/2012

Amanda Bennett, author of The Cost of Hope: A Memoir , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/21/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/21/2012

Janet Goss, author of Perfect on Paper, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/21/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event Storytime: Summer Beach Stories on 06/21/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 06/21/2012

M. Dickson, author of The Day I Dumped My Dad, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 06/21/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Cliterati Open No-Mic Featuring Art-Amok All Stars Gabe, Hillary, and Malika on 06/21/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 06/21/2012

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Meet & Greet for Delegate to Congress Candidate Stacey Plaskett on 06/21/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event CITC presents 3rd Thursday Theater at Sundial! on 06/21/2012

Ruth Salvaggio, author of HEARING SAPPHO IN NEW ORLEANS: : The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/21/2012

Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 06/21/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/21/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Coffee with the Poet on 06/21/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 06/21/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event SMALL BUSINESS CONVERSATION on 06/22/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event CALLING ALL WRITERS FOR PITCHAPALOOZA! on 06/22/2012

Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/22/2012

Mary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Janet Goss, author of Perfect on Paper, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/22/2012

Ruth Watson, author of Blackberry Days of Summer, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/22/2012

Literary BookPost is hosting the event Downtown Salisbury's Arts Night Out on 06/22/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/22/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 06/22/2012

Alma Katsu , author of The Reckoning, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/22/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/22/2012

Bascom Wilson, author of Misguided Justice, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/23/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 06/23/2012

T. L. Bailey, author of Amulet of Kvasir, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 06/23/2012

Steve Lang, author of In the Company of Wolves, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/23/2012

JR Wagner, author of Exiled, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/23/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Book Arts Workshop Part 2 on 06/23/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/23/2012

Teresa Giudice, author of Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/23/2012

Jennifer Nicole Lee, author of The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/23/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event The Great Durham Turtlefest on 06/23/2012

Mark Hainds , author of Year of the Pig, will be appearing at Cavalier House Books, 06/23/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pitchapalooza: Attention Writers! Come Pitch Your Book on 06/23/2012

Fiona Zedde, author of Nightshade!, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/23/2012

Juli-ette Robin Goldston, author of Bowtie Brownlee Goes to School, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/23/2012

Warren Gray, author of Mountain Wolf, will be appearing at Sundial Books, 06/23/2012

Jill Jennings, author of Dead Man?s Flower, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 06/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy , author of Puzzled by Pink, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/23/2012

Geoff Wyss, author of How, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/23/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Improved Lighting Reading Series - in the Breezeway! on 06/23/2012

Bev Swanson, author of From This Day Forward, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/24/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Special Sunday Children?s Story Time with Sarah Frances Hardy on 06/24/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Cynthia Joyce Clay -- Flesh and Blooders Play Reading on 06/24/2012

Steven Raichlen, author of Island Apart, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/24/2012

Maureen D. Lee, author of Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race, 1868-1933, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/24/2012

Kate Lombardi, author of The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/24/2012

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/25/2012

Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/25/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Duke Young Writers Camp Reading on 06/25/2012

W. Glenn Jonas, author of Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812 2012, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/25/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 06/25/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club on 06/25/2012

Rebecca Lang, author of Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in the 30 Minutes or Less, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/26/2012

Jeaniene Frost, author of Once Burned, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/26/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MALAPROP'S CO-HOSTS HAL ACKERMAN AT THE NC STAGE COMPANY on 06/26/2012

Herman Wouk, author of Marjorie Morningstar, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/26/2012

Heather Andrea Williams, author of Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/26/2012

Selden Richardson, author of The Tri-State Gang in Richmond, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/26/2012

R. J. Smith, author of THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/26/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/26/2012

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/26/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/26/2012

Country Bookshop Inc is hosting the event Bookshop Bookclub on 06/26/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Literary Fiction Book Club on 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Scott's Bookstore, 06/27/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR ADHD WITH COACH RUDY on 06/27/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/27/2012

Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/27/2012

Lisa Alther, author of Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/27/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities Election Series on 06/27/2012

Gabrielle Javier, author of No Ordinary Woman, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/28/2012

Mallory McDuff, author of Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth?s Climate, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/28/2012

Pam Stone, author of I love me a turkey butt samwich, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/28/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event June Book Club on 06/28/2012

Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/28/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/28/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/28/2012

Wendy Watkins, author of The Joy Factor, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/28/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Yawn?s Book Club on 06/28/2012

Susan Tucker, author of NEWCOMB COLLEGE, 1886-2006: Higher Education for Women in New Orleans, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/28/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event KEITH FLYNN & ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW PRESENT THE MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS on 06/29/2012

Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/29/2012

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Meet the Poets: Ben Kopel & Kim Vodicka on 06/29/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Sugarbutch Chronicles, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/29/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event Poetry Reading - Chincoteague Writers Group on 06/29/2012

Tom Corcoran, author of The Quick Adios (Times Six), will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/29/2012

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/29/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/30/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/30/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event AUTOGRAPHING: Marco Rubio -- An American Son on 06/30/2012

Michael Buchanan, author of The Fat Boy Chronicles, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/30/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/30/2012

Lisa Kline, author of Summer of the Wolves, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/30/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event CLASSICS BOOK GROUP: Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov on 06/30/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at My Sister's Books, Inc., 06/30/2012

That Bookstore in Blytheville is hosting the event Where's Waldo Celebrates Birthday in July!! on 07/01/2012

Natalie Burns, author of If You are Concerned or Naked, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/01/2012

Inkwood Books is hosting the event MARCO RUBIO autographs AN AMERICAN SON - TICKETED EVENT on 07/01/2012

Martin Handford, author of Where's Waldo WOW Collection, will be appearing at Page After Page, 07/01/2012

Morgan James, author of Quiet the Dead, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 07/04/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event First Friday Author Round Up with Stephanie Lawton, Jim Lee, Mallory McDuff on 07/06/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/09/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 07/10/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/10/2012

Ann B Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 07/12/2012

E.L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, Girls Night Out Book Club at Page After Page, 07/13/2012

Terry Michelsen, author of Soaring on Wings of Word, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/13/2012

Jeanette DePatie, author of The Fat Chick Works Out!, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 07/14/2012

Jillian Medoff, author of I Couldn't Love You More, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/19/2012

Roberta Klein, author of Robert Swedroe; The Collages of Robert M. Swedroe, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 07/19/2012

Donald McKale, author of Nazis After Hitler, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 07/25/2012

Jennifer Arnold, author of Through A Dog's Eyes, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/26/2012

Mike Bunn, author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/25/2012

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012


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Dearest readers,

In one of her favorite scenes in one of her ladyship’s favorite books,  a little girl named Francie Nolan has just returned from her weekly trip to the library and is sitting on the fire escape with her book and a small dish of candy. She is determined to read every book in the library, starting with the “A”s. She is now up to the “B”s -- almost down with the Browns, soon to start on the Brownes.

Her devotion to this herculean task (one with which her ladyship wholly sympathizes) had its beginnings years earlier, when her mother would read to her every night before bed: One page from the Bible. One page from the Collected Works of Shakespeare. An entrancing thought.

A mother reading to her children

Like Francie Nolan, her ladyship is eternally grateful to her own mother, who also read to her as a child (although never from Shakespeare, alas). Mr. Wiley Cash writes that his mother did the same--a gift of love and literature that he still remembers with a full gratitude of his own. “it’s amazing how often I take my literacy for granted,” writes Mr. Cash,  “especially in my day-to-day life at the grocery store where I read labels on products, at the pharmacy where I read warnings on medicine, and at the doctor’s office where I read pamphlets and information about what may or may not be ailing me.”

Mr. Cash is currently on tour in the South for his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home --a regular on the Southern Indie Bestseller List. As part of his tour, he is donating part of the proceeds from book sales at each stop to a local literacy  organization in the town. “I can never repay the gift the reading community has given me,” he says “for the memories of those nights in my parents’ bedroom when my mom read to us, for the times in my life that were so hectic or horrible that reading was the only thing I could do to escape – but this is a start.”

Mr. Cash, your mother would be proud.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 3, 2012

Columbia, SC -June 12, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, June 3, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

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

Hardcover Fiction

1. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
2. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
3. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
4. Home
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $24, 9780307594167
5. A Blaze of Glory
Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, $28, 9780345527356
6. In One Person
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664126
okra7. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

8. Istanbul Passage
Joseph Kanon, Atria, $26, 9781439156414
9. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
okra10. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

11. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996
12. Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
Ace Atkins, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399158032
13. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
14. The Sins of the Father
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250000972
15. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Ben Fountain, Ecco, $25.99, 9780060885595

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. It Worked For Me
Colin Powell, Tony Koltz, Harper, $27.99, 9780062135124
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
3. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
4. Cronkite
Douglas Brinkley, Harper, $34.99, 9780061374265
5. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062030313
6. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
7. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
8. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
9. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
10. American Grown
Michelle Obama, Crown, $30, 9780307956026
11. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
12. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
13. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
14. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
15. Starting and Closing
John Smoltz, Don Yaeger, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062120540

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
5. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
6. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
7. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
8. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
9. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
10. Silver Sparrow
Tayari Jones, Algonquin, $13.95, 9781616201425
11. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
12. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
13. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
14. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451617481
15. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
3. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
4. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061988356
5. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
6. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
7. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
9. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
10. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
13. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $16, 9780812980950
14. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
15. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
3. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
4. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
5. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
6. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
8. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
9. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935

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. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
4. Ladybug Girl at the Beach
David Soman, Jacky Davis, Dial, $16.99, 9780803734166
okra5. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

6. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $15.99, 9781423151289
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
9. Indestructibles: Baby Babble
Kate Merritt (Illus.), Workman, $4.95, 9780761168805
10. How to Babysit a Grandpa
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illus.), Knopf, $16.99, 9780375867132

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
3. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
4. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
5. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?
Brianna Caplan Sayres, Christian Slade (Illus.), Random House, $16.99, 9780375868481
okra6. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702

7. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
8. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
9. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, Harper, $7.99, 9780061120268
10. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
5. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
6. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
7. The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #6)
Michael Scott, Delacorte, $18.99, 9780385735353
8. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425762
9. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316176194
10. Ivy and Bean
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The old poet and the young

Blood Done Sign My NameOne sunny day in the terrible spring of 1968, the poet laureate of Oxford accosted me on the sidewalk. I was nine years old and I had recently written my first poem, which I’d showed to my mother, who had immediately showed it to Thad without telling me. It is possible that I had not yet fully comprehended that adults are engaged in a relentless conspiracy against the privacy and dignity of their offspring. That was smoking an unfiltered Camel cigarette, about half of which seemed to fest into smoke with every deep drag. The smoke swirled around his head and sometimes shot out his nostrils suddenly, which scared me a little. “I hear you wrote a poem, boy,” he growled at me. “I want to hear it.”

Terrified, I reluctantly admitted authorship but firmly denied any memory of the text itself. “Don’t lie to me, boy,”  Thad spat. “You remember every goddamn word you ever wrote.” I was stunned to hear an adult use the g-d word right there on the sidewalk, where lightning could strike at any second. But the language had the desired effect. After I stammered through all three stanzas of “March Winds Blow and Kites Fly High,” which I will spare the reader here, Thad walked me up to Hall’s Drugstore and bought me an Eskimo Pie.

--Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name

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Book Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Imagine building a dollhouse-like structure, sitting it atop a post and putting it in the ground in front of a home or a park. Then fill it with books and watch what happens.  David Laufer did just that in April in front of his Druid Hills home. Since that time Laufer has met people he would not have met and gets recognized on the street. Little Free Libraries catching on

Twitty hopes to dispel some myths about slavery and food. All Southerners, for example, do not have the same food traditions. “We have a nasty habit in Sothern food culture of retrograding” all habits to the past, he said. Southerners, both enslaved and free people, ate what was available. Not every place had okra or grits. Scholar kicks off Southern Discomfort Tour

OysterThe State Library of Louisiana’s Center for the book is awarding John Biguenet as the recipient the 2012 Louisiana Writer Award. The novelist, short story writer, playwright, columnist, translator and essayist is being honored for his extraordinary contribution to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work. Biguenet to receive 2012 La. Writer Award

In May of 1834,Thomas Willis White, a printer in Richmond, Virginia, issued a prospectus for a literary magazine. It was to be called The Southern Literary Messenger, and it would “be devoted to every department of Literature and the Fine Arts” (Poe Log, p. 139). As White clearly knew, this was an ambitious promise and a highly risky venture. Southerners often subscribed to Northern and British journals, but they were listless supporters of local periodicals. Moreover, he himself was not highly qualified for the task of conducting a literary journal. Born in 1788 in Yorktown, Virginia, he had not been educated beyond what he had managed to learn while a printer’s apprentice.  The Messenger

Blood FeudIn January 1865, Harmon McCoy, a thirty-seven-year-old father of four with another child on the way, was murdered in cold blood by members of the Hatfield clan when he was just steps away from the cabin he shared with his family. This incident is generally agreed to be the opening salvo in the domestic disaster that would come to be known as the Hatfields and McCoys. Too Many Guns and Too Much Moonshine

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Author Gossip

Maryann McFaddenFeatured: Maryann McFadden
Author of The Booklover

After a harrowing trip into New York that included snow, ice and a train shut-down because of a terrorist alert, I was rewarded with a smile and these words from Victoria: “This is a wonderful book!”

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Ace AtkinsCrime novelist Ace Atkins straddles two worlds.  One is in the rural South where fictional sheriff Quinn Colson brings law and order to the Mississippi backwoods. The other is on the mean streets of South Boston, home of tough-guy Spenser, the one-named private eye created by the late Robert B. Parker. Big Gumshoes to Fill

Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd explained why seventy-something people gathered Thursday afternoon at the un-air conditioned bandstand in the middle of the court square.  “We are here today,” Floyd said to Natasha Trethewey, “because you are our rock star.” Decatur Embraces Its Poet Laureate

John Kennedy TooleAt that point, the Beats were fashionable, and Toole warmed to novels like the “The Subterraneans” by Jack Kerouac. Like Kerouac, he would die in 1969; both of them mama’s boys, for whom the literary life offered little but a premature exit. But before Toole got to the exit ramp, he had some living to do. The Butterfly in the Typewriter

“I write the book that I want to read,” said author Ann Patchett to a packed library last Wednesday. “I write what is missing.” Ann Patchett Electrifies Audience

Ferrol Sams“When my first book was published, a lady wrote to tell me she was so glad that there was finally something between ‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’ Author Ferrol Sams honored with lifetime achievement award

 

 

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

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

Kimberly Brock  ,
Greenville, SC 06/16/2012 - 06/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012 - 6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

Mark Hainds  ,
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy  ,
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012 - 6/24/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012 - 6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

Nancy Naigle  ,
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012 - 8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012

David Taylor  ,
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012 - 10/27/2012

Lori Verni-Fogarsi  ,
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012 - 7/22/2012

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Bookstore Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

A Novel ExperienceA Novel Experience http://www.anovelexperience.net

Located on the Courthouse Square in the heart of Zebulon, Georgia. Browse 20,000 new and used books, relax with a cup of coffee in front of the fireplace, or drop in to the Drop-in Book Club on the first Thursday of every month.  Gallery shows in a variety of media with special focus on the rural South. 

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OrchardistLand Arnold, of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, N.C., in addition to the new Barbara Kingsolver, is looking forward to The Vanishing Act (Norton) by Mette Jakobsen. Arnold's business partner, Jamie Fiocco, says that "it does seem to have a lot of buzz." The other book she's really enjoying is The Orchardist (HarperCollins) by Amanda Coplin, a big debut book that's getting a lot of great prepress. The Big Books at BEA

Complete Shorter Fiction of Herman MelvilleWhen I opened the doors of Malaprop's thirty years ago on June 1, 1982, the first people who walked in the door were a threesome--Marnie, Sandi, and Gretchen. My first customer was a gentleman. We talked for a while and he purchased the Selected Works of Herman Melville, the Random House edition. We became friends through the years and later I learned from him that he was the grandson of Houdini. His name was Henry Cohen, and the magic continues! Jimmie Margaret Gilliam and Geraldine Grossman read their work at our first poetry reading, Daniel Ladinsky was the first to read Hafiz at Malaprop’s, and Susun Weed presented our longest author event. A Life in Bookselling

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


There was a special group of people that I knew nothing about that I was introduced to...these were the midwives....they were some of the most spiritual people I’d ever met.

The Healing Book Trailer

The Healing

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Read This! Okra Picks


Great southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers

15 Seconds15 Seconds by Andrew Gross

“Fifteen seconds is all it took to cause an innocent man to start running for his life. The train of set-ups is so believable that it is no wonder that the police want to shoot Dr. Henry Steadman on sight. We are taken along for a white-knuckle ride as irrefutable evidence against him piles up and Henry’s only hope to survive and save his daughter is to avoid capture so he can find out who is framing him and why. This is the best yet from Andrew Gross.” — Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC.

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The Columbus AffairThe Columbus Affair by Steve Berry: I am the biggest Steve Berry dork fan.  Here comes an exciting new adventure-one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America. Fun adventure. Great attention to detail and break-neck pacing. He just keeps getting better and better! Kelly Justice, Fountain Books in Richmond VA

Alif the UnseenAlif the Unseen: A Novel, by G. Willow Wilson
“Alif is an Arab-Indian computer hacker who gets into deep trouble when he tries to erase himself from the web. His troubles only increase when he receives an ancient text — written by the mythological Jinn — that may be the key to unlocking a whole new way of programming. This smartly written, action-packed thriller is reminiscent of the early works of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. Unpredictable to the very end — I could not put it down!” — James Wilson, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA

Shout her Lovely NameShout Her Lovely Name, by Natalie Serber
“From the first page, this extraordinary collection of short stories grabbed me by the throat and would not let go. Each one is filled with poignant, thought-provoking observations on the tenuous, yet unbreakable, bond between mothers and daughter. Serber has given readers a remarkable, heartfelt book to be savored, shared, and passed on from one generation to another.” — Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

The Last PolicemanThe Last Policeman: A Novel, by Ben Winters
“The clichéd plot of the end of the world gets a new look in The Last Policeman. With an asteroid on its way to Earth, normal life has already shut down. Faced with certain doom, people decide working is a fool’s game and head off to fulfill their ‘bucket lists,’ except for a very few, including Detective Hank Palace. His only desire is to be a policeman, so he can’t help trying to solve crimes even though it’s a thankless job. Modern technology is useless with no workers to keep it going, so Hank uses old fashioned footwork and reasoned thinking to find a murderer. If certain doom ever becomes reality, I would include this series in my stack of books to read before the end!” — Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC

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Author 2 Author: Wiley Cash's Old School Book Tour


Wiley CashWiley Cash says discussing his first novel A Land More Kind Than Home in front of novelist Clyde Edgerton is like "playing basketball in front of Michael Jordan." It's a perfect analogy. Direct, local, populist but incisive. Like Clyde Edgerton, Michael Jordan is a Wilmington, NC hero – our town hero! They are both friendly, earnest, regular guys who've made it onto the national stage. Wiley Cash is like this too. Listening to him, one feels connected– to the places described in his novel, towns like ours, to the characters, to the author himself. The analogy works because  it reveals as much about its creator and his plain-spoken, working-man smarts as it does about the business of writing novels or anything else.

A Land More Kind Than HomeWilmington is the first stop on Wiley’s do-it-yourself, old school book tour. His comedian brother Clifton Cash lives here in town, and Wiley is hoping he can draw at least a small crowd, sell a few books, find a couch to sleep on and recharge for the next stop.

He's done more than that. The event gallery of our public radio station where he is speaking is packed with new admirers who want their books signed, want to meet the man who's written this light (in the sense of "full of light", not "lite") novel about a dark current of influence and deceit in the mountains of North Carolina and the tragic events it gives birth to. And this is the second of Wiley's events this day; an evening "book club" with radio commentator Nan Graham (another local favorite), who is effusive in her praise.

Wiley himself is full of down-to-earth advice on craft, stories about his mentors and heroes, like Ernest Gaines, with whom he studied, like Thomas Wolfe, about whom he seems somewhat obsessive. He's full of insight about the South, about story structure. Most of all he is full of collegial admiration for publishers, independent booksellers, organizations like SIBA (The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance), book readers, other writers, towns like this one. He's real. He seems so genuinely appreciative it makes the business of writing novels seem less mysterious, somehow, as good as his first novel is. Again, connected is what you feel.

It was earlier in the day at Pomegranate Books that Wiley met Clyde Edgerton for the first time, where he was then obliged to talk about his craft in front of the accomplished craftsman. That venue too was overflowing; the books sold out quickly, discussion went long. Wiley didn't recognize one of his literary heroes at first – in fact it was Edgerton who approached, introduced himself. Wiley had never met the novelist when, a year before, he sent him an early section of A Land More Kind Than Home. Edgerton read it, admired it, corresponded with the author, wrote the book jacket blurb for the publisher, in fact. Like many things that Wiley Cash is doing as a novelist, this is a non-standard approach that seems to be working quite well: You don't get to send your heroes your work and have them see something in it. You're not supposed to have a book tour when you write a first novel like this. You don't get to improvise the tour so it only stops where your in-laws and old college buddies live. You don't getto have a publicist, typically. But Wiley asked for one and got one. He's done all these things, and he's just getting started. He says it's only his ignorance of the book industry that has allowed him to take control of his first novel in this way.

There's something fresh and homemade about this book tour. There's a real buzz. Wiley Cash doesn't seem to have been either abandoned to do his own marketing, as unknown writers tend to be these days, or to be handing everything over to a team at the publisher's, as popular writers often do. Wiley has a well-written, regional, medium-sized novel on this hands, and Morrow seems to be letting him run with it. I wonder if the publisher isn't having as much of an adventure as Wiley seems to be with his get-out-the-indies book tour of the Southeast —the setting for his novel. Cash’s talent for making direct connections with writers, readers, and booksellers may be just what publishers, who lately find themselves as endangered as authors and independent bookstores, need right now.

Bookstores are in trouble, to be sure, but that's nothing new. They're lean and they're learning and they've never left their real constituency of readers and writers. For all the talk from big online retailers and publishers about "community," the readers, writers, small publishers, and independent booksellers whose interests publishers often seem not to have at heart are already realcommunity, as they always have been.

Now publishers are in trouble too – giant publishers – and they're beginning to realizeit. When the shoe hadn't fallen and they were doing what they could to update their business models and work with online retailers and e-readers and so forth, they weren't always very nice to writers, or to bookstores, or even to readers. They would herd them like chattel, they would circumscribe their booksellers, chide their readers, elide their authors' wishes. These practices  are now being taken up by the even bigger, even more online retailers, and are converging into a giant mess for the book industry – and I'd like to put "book industry" in quotes to set aside the soulful, abiding, industriousness of independent booksellers and avid readers and book clubs and writers...the players who have been here all along, and that's the point here. Publishers have been, in fact, keeping more than they should have in this profit chain. Colluding and making cynical choices about books and their potential market. And now publishers don't know what to do as they lose this game to new, big players using their playbooks.

So now, perhaps, because the publishers are as scared as anyone, they see that the "old model" isn't outdated, it’s classic: The model where a good writer like Wiley Cash writes a great first novel about a region such as ours, and then goes out into that very region to reach, directly, the readers who are touched by that novel, and uses the network of independent bookstores where books such as his have always gotten their start to connect to his readers, and to make book sales, and to sleep on couches, is something that should be celebrated, reinvested in, or at least allowed. When industrious authors like Wiley Cash take to the road, I think it augurs something good for publishing. If it doesn't save bookselling it at least puts it where it really is, where it always has been – in   the hands of the people who love good books.

--Ian Oeschger, Brownhen.com

 

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