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{Reading real books is where it all starts.}

In which Ted and Matt Lee dance on television, Ms. Laura Lane McNeal explains how going on a book tour is like walking around naked, and many many people think that reading books can make a difference.

June 21, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author Feature | Trailer Park | Author 2 Author | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

Last week all the branches of the Charleston Public Library shut their doors to mourn the loss of one of their own. Cynthia Hurd, who worked with the county’s libraries for 31 years, serving as branch manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990 to 2011 before becoming manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, was one of the nine people killed in the dreadful shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

In an article in the Post and Courier, Hurd was quoted from a 2003 interview: “I like helping people find answers,” adding that the best thing about being a librarian was service. “Your whole reason for being there is to help people.”

"She really opened up to me what library service meant," said Kim Odom, who succeeded Hurd as manager of the John Dart branch after her promotion. "[It's] not just a building where you come for storytime but a place where you really can get help... whether it is helping someone with a resume or helping them use a computer a little bit better."

Her ladyship can't help but think that if the young man arrested for the shooting had spent even an eighth of the time Ms. Hurd had in a library, this tragedy would not have happened. Cynthia Hurd, or someone like her, would have been there to help him "find answers." Row upon row of books would have been available to help him find another way.

Toward the Meeting of the WatersDr. Chad Williams (Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis) and Kidada Williams have some reading suggestions. They created #Charlestonsyllabus, a suggested reading list for educators (or anyone, really) who are looking for more information in the conversation about racial violence.

And if you'd like to donate a book to the Charleston Public Library in memory of Cynthia Hurd, here is the information on how to do that.

As Mr. John Evans of Lemuria Bookstore notes below, "reading real books is where it all starts."

Read bravely, and compassionately. And shop local.

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.

Brown Girl Dreamingat the end of the day

There are white men working at the printing press
beside Daddy, their fingers blackened
with ink so that at the end of the day, palms up
it's hard to tell who is white and who is not, still
they call my grandfather Gunnar,
even though he's a foreman
and is supposed to be called
Mr. Irby.
But he looks the white men int he eye
sees the way so many of them can't understand
a colored man
telling them what they need to do.
This is new. Too fast for them.
The South is changing.

Sometimes they don't listen.
Sometimes they walk away.
At the end of the day, the newspaper is printed,
the machines are shut down and each man
punches a clock and leaves but

only Colored folks
come home to Nicholtown.
Here, you can't look right or left or up or down
without seeing brown people.
Colored Town. Brown Town. Even a few mean words
to say where we live.

My grandmother tell us
it's the way of the South. Colored folks used to stay
where they were told that they belonged. But
times are changing.
And people are itching to go where they want.

This evening, though,
I am happy to belong
to Nicholtown.

--Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014) 9780399252518

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Book & Author Gossip

Erica Jong and Roxane Day to headline Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival marks its 10th anniversary on Labor Day Bad Feministweekend with two powerhouse authors who together have helped shape feminist thought for more than 40 years. Erica Jong will be the keynote speaker. Her iconoclastic 1973 novel “Fear of Flying” about the amorous adventures of Isadora Wing helped fuel the sexual revolution. She comes to the festival for the launch of her new novel, “Fear of Dying,” about Vanessa Wonderman, a 60-year-old former actress whose sexless marriage leads her into the darker corners of the World Wide Web. For her keynote appearance, Jong will be interviewed on stage by Roxane Gay, who also curates the author’s track at this year’s festival. Gay published two critically acclaimed books last year. “Bad Feminist” is a collection of essays on everything from “Girls” and “The Help” to female friendships and abortion. “Untamed State” is a novel of suspense and terror about a kidnapping in Haiti. Together they prompted Time magazine to proclaim 2014 “the year of Roxane Gay.”

Name that book: A test of NC authors

An Infuriating AmericanA short book by North Carolina’s best political and cultural essayist about another provocative writer, one who has been called “the greatest American journalist of the last century and possibly the best writer of American English ever.” 

John Grisham at the Mississippi Book Festival

In my 40 years of bookselling, I have witnessed the power of real books in the hands of readers. In our first statewide book festival, The Mississippi Book Festival, we will celebrate the joys of reading and the authors who bring our culture to the page. Reading real books is where it all starts.

Sharyn McCrumb received Patricia Winn Award

The Rosewood CasketOn June 4th at the Clarksville Writers Conference banquet, the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council honored novelist Sharyn McCrumb with the first-ever Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction. . . In her novels, Sharyn returns again and again to the theme that the past has a continuing impact upon the present. She says, “I find that the more I write, the more fascinated I become with the idea of the land as an intricate element in the lives of the mountain people, and of the past as prologue for any contemporary narrative. This connection to the land is personal as well as thematic.” 

Resurrecting the poetry of Frank Stafford

The Collected Poems of Frank StaffordThink of all the poems ever written — scratched on clay tablets, inscribed on paper, transformed into pixels. A few poems achieve immortality, but most poets and their poems are interred in what writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón calls “the cemetery of forgotten books.”  And then there’s Frank Stanford, an Arkansas poet who wrote gritty, lyrical, moonstruck poetry with death as a main character. Stanford died in 1978, age 29, when he shot himself. For decades his work was read by a very few. 

Southern Lit Fest: Bourbon and Books

One of the 20th century’s most preeminent southern authors was the main topic during a Southern Litfest presentation. At the Newnan Carnegie Library in downtown Newnan Saturday morning, the southern literature festival welcomed one of the leading William Faulkner scholars in the country, Dr. Jay Watson. He has been a professor at Ole Miss for 25 years and has received numerous accolades for both his teaching and his research into the works of the acclaimed, Nobel Prize-winning author from Oxford, Miss. In Watson’s presentation, “William Faulkner’s Civil Wars,” he analyzed the recurring themes and references to the Civil War in Faulkner’s novels. Watson noted how 14 of the author’s 19 novels and more than 100 short stories examined the Civil War.

5 things to know about the new Lee Bros. television show

3. Southern Uncovered focuses on food, but the show isn't just shots of the hosts stuffing their faces and saying "yum." For example, Matt and Ted meet up with a potter who produces plates for local restaurants and, in another episode, learn how to create foam drawings from the top latte art barista in the country. "We're showing the breadth and the depth of Southern food culture," Matt tells us. 4. There will be dancing.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park


DollbabyA big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets. 

When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. 

For Fannie's own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby's arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby's hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. 

For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time. 

By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts.

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Meet Laura Lane McNeal

Laura Lane McNealLaura Lane McNeal was born and raised in New Orleans. After receiving two undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she went on to earn an MBA from Tulane University. She spent most of her career in advertising, working for agencies in New York and Dallas, before returning to New Orleans where she started her own marketing consulting firm and became a free-lance writer as well as a decorative artist. The devastation of Katrina is what led her to fulfill her lifetime dream of becoming a writer. Laura presently resides in New Orleans. She is married with two sons.

Most recent book: Dollbaby

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Author 2 Author:
Patti Callahan Henry & Laura Lane McNeal

A conversation with Patti Callahan Henry and Laura Lane McNeal

Laura Lane McNealPatti Callahan Henry

PCH: I feel like I knew you before we met. But I do remember the first time we met -- at a friend's house in Birmingham, Alabama when you were on book tour for your debut novel, Dollbaby. You are about to go on the paperback tour for the same book. What was that first experience like?

LLM:  Getting published and going on your first tour is like presenting yourself naked to the world because you have no idea if people will like your book! I was thrilled when a mutual friend invited you to the party they were having for me when I visited Birmingham, but I didn’t really expect a New York Times Bestselling author to come, much less pay a lick of attention to me, but there you were at the party in Birmingham giving me a big welcome hug. From the moment I saw your adorable face, I thought this is a person I would love to get to know, not because of your success as a writer, but because I felt this spark—I knew I’d met a very special person. And I was right. You reached out and picked me up, told me it was okay to breathe, and offered your friendship and advice wholeheartedly! I can’t begin to tell you how much that meant to me. What I’ve come to learn is that meeting new friends is the best part of this business, and I’m always amazed to hear other author’s stories.

Patti, your new novel, The Idea of Love is your eleventh novel. That is quite an accomplishment! How has writing, or the business of writing and publishing, changed along the way for you?

PCH: Laura, you know I felt the same way the minute I met you. And you’re right, almost any author will say that finding your “tribe” is such a special part of being an author. It’s as if you go out into the world with your new book and discover that you aren’t alone in the world. But publishing has changed so much over the past twelve years. I submitted my first novel in a brown envelope after I’d made a copy at Kinkos. Now, we just hit send from the computer. And yet the writing has not changed so much for me. Sure, I’m more comfortable in the skin of it all, but I still get stuck in the middle, I still have to sit and find a new way to say something that might have already been said. The thing that has changed the most for me is my trust in the process of it all. I don’t get so worried when I am floundering. (I worry, but not as much). Trust in the process.

So, Laura, I know that you trusted that process and Dollbaby has been called a love story to the city of New Orleans. How do you feel about that?

"If I was going to have to start my life over again,
I was going to do it the way I wanted to."

LLM: Sometimes it takes a life changing experience to kick you in the rear end and set you on a new path. That’s what happened to me in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina blew in and destroyed our way of life. I had to move away for five months and put my kids in school in a totally new environment, not knowing if we’d ever be able to return to New Orleans. During this time I did a lot of reflecting, and what I decided was this -- if I was going to have to start my life over again, I was going to do it the way I wanted to, and that was to embark on the writing career I’d put off for so long, and to write about New Orleans in a way that I felt no one else had. It was my way of putting New Orleans back on the map, my way of giving back. So yes, in a sense, Dollbaby is a love song to the city of New Orleans. We all reinvent ourselves in one way or another at different points in our life. Which brings me to your new novel, The Idea of Love, about two people trying to cope with losses or failures and figuring out a way to come through it even when the possibilities are not perfect. So tell me Patti, how did you come up with the story for The Idea of Love, and do you think life experiences give you the ability to cope with issues in a different way?

PCH: It does take life experiences to push us in new directions. But this story, The Idea of Love, came from experiences that happen to me over and over. The seed of this story started on book tour two years ago. Over and over readers say to me “ I have this great story.” And I reply, “You should write it. I don’t want to steal your story.” And that got me to thinking, “Can we steal a story? What does that even mean?” That’s where Blake Hunter, a fictional failed screenwriter entered my imagination. I started toying with the idea of stealing a real story, a love story in particular. So he lies. He goes into the world to meet women, and lies about who he is and what he’s doing. Until finally he meets his match. So, although my first novel came from a deep desire to finally pursue writing, this novel was born of a certain everydayness, a way of seeing what is normal in a new way.

So, Laura, are any of the characters in Dollbaby from your life? Anyone you know?

LLM: I suppose that’s a question we as writers get asked often, especially because of the old adage ‘write what you know.’ Most of the characters in Dollbaby are fictional, but certainly traits can be taken from real life people we know. Fannie, for instance, has my grandmother’s demeanor and in fact Fannie was my grandmother’s name, but Fannie is not my grandmother. Ibby is not me, although I did take certain aspects from my childhood and add them to the story, such as having that silly pageboy haircut, having to wear little puffy sleeved dresses, and celebrating birthdays at Antoine’s restaurant. There are a few characters that did exist, such as Mr. Henry and Lucy the Duck Lady. The rest of the characters embody what I visualize as New Orleans, what makes it such a unique and wonderful place. As in your novel, many of the characters in Dollbaby are hiding secrets in their past. Do you think we all harbor secrets, and is that what makes The Idea of Love something we all can relate to?

PCH: Ah, secrets and lies—fodder for good stories, for sure! Yes, in The Idea of Love, we learn that even a small un-truth can start to wind itself outward into more lies. But we also look at what this might do for good. Ella, the character who is telling the love story to the screenwriter, begins to see what she wants her life to be instead of what it is. Like you, I don’t write about myself or people I know in real life, but I do gather characteristics from those around me and use the most interesting ones. Both the main characters in this novel are disappointed with the turns their life has taken, so they are trying their best to find new ways to live. Sometimes, as we know, this gets a little messy! I think this has happened in almost all of my novels – the characters get themselves into a mess while trying to get themselves out of a mess. Irony at its best. I know Dollbaby is your first novel, do you see yourself repeating some of those themes in your next novel? What are you working on now?

LLM: When I wrote Dollbaby, I sought to write a novel that would endure the test of time, and to do so involves writing about universal themes such as love, loss, hate, redemption, prejudice, sacrifice and family. Each of the main characters in Dollbaby are seeking the answer to a life’s question we all ask ourselves at one point  – where do I fit into this world? For this reason alone, I think Dollbaby has translated into much more than just a Southern story. Many of these themes will again be translated into my next novel, which begins on Christmas eve 1926 on River Road in Louisiana when a menagerie of misfits congregate at an old family home isolated in a bend of the Mississippi River, brought together by the devastation of the Great Flood and Depression, where each must find a new way to navigate through life.

Patti, you’ve found outstanding success as a novelist! I find it amazing that you’ve been able to write eleven novels in eleven years. How do you find new ways to tell stories, and most importantly, what’s next for Patti Callahan Henry?

"Each story asks a question"

PCH: Laura, you are so sweet! I don’t know if I find new ways to tell stories, but I do find new stories to tell. I think you’re right—each story asks a question. And often my characters find themselves at a cross roads in life. They are going about their life doing what they do and seeing what they see and living how they live and something stops them in their tracks. It is then that they realize they can’t move forward in the ways they have before. They must make choices and they must change. But how? The bigger questions are asked and they have to do with love, family, loss, friendship, jobs, marriages and all that encompasses the life we lead. But each novel seems to have an overarching question. The Idea of Love asks, “Can something that started out wrong turn out right?” Among many other questions. The next novel I’m working on asks, “When is love enough to change a life?”

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

A Week at the Lake
by Wendy Wax

A Week at the LakeFrom the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point comes a powerful novel about secrets, loyalty, and the bonds of true friendship . . .  

Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.

It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.

But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to . . .

Included in this edition only—Wendy Wax’s novella, Christmas at the Beach

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

Our Souls at NightFrom Sarah: One of my favorite authors, Kent Haruf, passed away November 30th, but left a wonderful gift in his final novel, Our Souls at Night (Knopf $24), which went on sale yesterday. Like several of his previous novels, including the splendid Plainsong and Benediction, this short, bittersweet novel is set in fictional Holt, Colorado, where everyone's business is well known. When 70-something Addie Moore and her neighbor, Louis Waters, both widowed, start spending time together to get through the lonely nights, they have to contend with small-mindedness from some, including their grown children. A beautifully told story of second chances, acceptance, and love, not easily forgotten. 

The All of ItFrom Mamie: A customer waved The All of It by Jeannette Haien (Harper $12.99) in front of me, insisting I must read it! I’m so glad he did. When parishioner Kevin Dennehy dies at 63, his wife Enda comes to Father Declan with a terrible confession: She and Kevin never married. From this beginning the novel unfolds in a quiet and powerful way. Haien has interwoven the story of how the couple came to be perceived as husband and wife with Father Declan's love for fly fishing and his subverted love for Enda. This is the perfect book for people who want a beautifully written novel with a hopeful ending. 


Love May FailFrom Emily Catherine: With each of his books, I grow more and more concerned about what must go on in the mind of Matthew Quick. In his new novel, Love May Fail (Harper $25.99), he astounds with the ability to identify with a self-proclaimed failed feminist 40-something, giving up the luxury of trophy wifedom after watching her pornographer husband have an affair through the slats of her closet door. I imagine Quick's research, hiding in the back rooms of salons and under the bleachers at cheerleading practices, scribbling away with grimaces of revelation so that's why those dates in college went so poorly! Readers are sure to find comfort in his endearingly crude Portia, struggling to save her former English teacher in hopes that the journey will lead her back to where she left herself. 

The UnderwritingFrom Sandra: The Underwriting by Michelle Miller (G.P. Putnam's Sons $26.95). North Carolina native Michelle Miller brings a great corporate thriller in time for your summer reading. With lots of office politics and sex in a San Francisco start-up getting ready for an IPO as well as in a Wall Street investment banking firm, there's a murder to solve and characters to love and hate. The author was part of that financial world, so she writes with the voice of one who knows. You'll have fun with this! 

EchoFrom Carol: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. Bookended with a fairy tale and tied together by the healing power of music, ECHO is three stories of triumph over oppression and discrimination in the 20th century. Jewish sympathizers in Nazi Germany, orphans during the Depression, and Mexican children in California defeat the forces that would keep them down. In each case, music inspires courage and brings beauty to ugliness around. 9780439874021

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 14, 2015. 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. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume, Knopf, $27.95, 9781101875049
3. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
4. All the Single Ladies
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132567
5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $24, 9781101875896
7. Radiant Angel
Nelson DeMille, Grand Central, $28, 9780446580854
8. Beach Town
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250065933
okra 9. The Bone Tree
Greg Iles, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062311115

10. Seveneves
Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $35, 9780062190376
11. Finders Keepers
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781501100079
12. The Truth According to Us
Annie Barrows, Dial Press, $28, 9780385342940
13. The Sound of Glass
Karen White, NAL, $26.95, 9780451470898
14. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
15. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385523233


1. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
4. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
5. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. A Lucky Life Interrupted
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $27, 9781400069699
8. Between You & Me
Mary Norris, Norton, $24.95, 9780393240184
9. Capital Dames
Cokie Roberts, Harper, $27.99, 9780062002761
10. Very Good Lives
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $15, 9780316369152
11. The Quartet
Joseph J. Ellis, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385353403
12. It's a Long Story
Willie Nelson, Little Brown, $30, 9780316403559
okra 13. The World's Largest Man: A Memoir
Harrison Scott Key, Harper, $26.99, 9780062351494

14. Hold Still
Sally Mann, Little Brown, $32, 9780316247764
15. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682


1. The Vacationers
Emma Straub, Riverhead, $16, 9781594633881
2. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
3. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
4. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
5. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
6. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
okra8. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

9. The Summer's End
Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781476709024
10. The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton, Ecco, $16.99, 9780062306845
11. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804170123
13. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
14. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
15. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $16, 9780345544940


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
3. How Not to Be Wrong
Jordan Ellenberg, Penguin, $17, 9780143127536
4. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
5. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
6. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
7. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
8. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
9. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $16, 9780385349192
10. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
Sam Kean, Back Bay, $17, 9780316182355
11. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
12. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
13. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062301673
14. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Marja Mills, Penguin, $17, 9780143127666
15. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
5. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
okra 8. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Harper, $9.99, 9780062311092

9. Zoo
James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Grand Central, $8, 9781455591237
10. Designated Daughters
Margaret Maron, Grand Central, $8, 9781455545278


1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordonez (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250009340
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Llama Llama Sand and Sun
Anna Dewdney, Grosset & Dunlap, $12.99, 9780448496399
5. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
6. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
7. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 9780451474575
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
9. I Wish You More
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $14.99, 9781452126999
10. Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life
James Dean, Kimberly Dean (Illus.), Harper, $12.99, 9780062351357


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
2. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
5. Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780451474704
6. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
7. A Long Walk to Water
Linda Sue Park, Houghton Mifflin, $7.99, 9780547577319
8. Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142422861
9. Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399252518
10. Circus Mirandus
Cassie Beasley, Dial, $17.99, 9780525428435


1. Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen (Dork Diaries, #9)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442487697
2. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
4. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
John Grisham, Dutton Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780525426387
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. I Will Take a Nap! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $9.99, 9781484716304
9. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
10. The Heir (The Selection, Book 4)
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062349859

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Beach Town The Bone Tree The Sound of Glass Gray Mountain At the Water's Edge A Lucky Life Interruptedwidth=Between You & Me Capital Dames It's a Long Story The World's Largest Man: A Memoir Hold Still Killing Patton The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Summer's End The MiniaturistWhere'd You Go, BernadetteNightWreck This JournalInto the WildThe Tale of the Dueling NeurosurgeonsThe Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy PeopleThe Devil in the White CityHow to Read Literature Like a ProfessorThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper LeeThe Catcher in the Ryewidth=Slaughterhouse-FiveLord of the FliesA Clash of KingsNatchez BurningZooDesignated DaughtersLlama Llama Sand and SunLlama Llama Red PajamaI Wish You MorePete the Cat's Groovy Guide to LifeA Long Walk to WaterCircus Mirandus


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Writers Okla Elliott, Raul Clement, Paul Crenshaw, and Ross White  (author appearance)
Raul Clement | 06/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Book Lovers club at Flyeaf disscuses Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng  (book club)
06/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Possibilities by Turner Simkins  (author appearance)
Turner Simkins | 06/25/2015, 05:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

VONA/Voices Faculty Readings - Coral Gables Congregational Church  (other event)
06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Robert Macala - The Immigrant Expert - Gables  (author appearance)
Robert Macala | 06/25/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Gina Folk will discuss her book PEOPLE LEADERSHIP  (author appearance)
Gina Folk | 06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Jim Shepard with THE BOOK OF ARON  (author appearance)
Jim Shepard | 06/25/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Bruce Hillman - The Man Who Stalked Einstein  (author appearance)
06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Matthew Quick -Love May Fail  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Science Café: Tiny Goat Studios  (author appearance)
06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Salon@615 with Annie Barrows author of The Truth According to Us  (author appearance)
Annie Barrows | 06/25/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Victoria Schwab author of A Darker Shade of Magic  (author appearance)
Victoria Schwab | 06/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Robin Lim Lumsden - The Belcour Cookbook - Gables  (author appearance)
Robin Lim | 06/26/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Matthew Quick discusses his new novel Love May Fail  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Guest Bartender: Tina Firesheets  (other event)
06/26/2015, 06:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Wine with the Author - Jim Shepard in conversation with Gary Fisketjon  (author appearance)
Jim Shepard | 06/26/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Chefs of the Coast  (author appearance)
John E. Batchelor | 06/27/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Florida Authors Academy  (writers group)
06/27/2015, 10:00 am | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Kayla Aimee- ANCHORED:FINDING HOPE IN THE UNEXPECTED  (author appearance)
Kayla Aimee | 06/27/2015, 04:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

David Burnsworth and Susan M. Boyer – Molly Weston’s Mysterypalooza  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 06/27/2015, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Matthew Quick – Love May Fail  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/27/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Morris Glass - Chosen for Destruction/Amnesty International  (author appearance)
06/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

okraWendy Wax Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax | 06/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Robert Blagojevich, author of Fundraiser A  (author appearance)
Robert Blagojevich | 06/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters, authors of A Year in the Secret Garden  (author appearance)
Valarie Budayr | 06/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
06/28/2015, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

New & Notable Book Club: SPINSTER by Kate Bolick  (book club)
06/28/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

NCPS Readings with Eric Weil, Mark Smith-Soto, Gail Peck  (author appearance)
Mark Smith-Soto | 06/28/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Mystery Tour- Susan Boyer, Gretchen Archer, David Burnsworth  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 06/28/2015, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Russel Lazaga - Managing Bubbie - Gables  (author appearance)
Russel Lazaga | 06/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

okraLaura Lane McNeal- Doll-baby  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 06/29/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Katie Stout, Jenny Martin, Rachael Allen, and Lauren Morrill  (author appearance)
Katie Stout | 06/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Alexander D. Barder - Empire Within - Gables  (author appearance)
Alexander D. | 06/30/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

06/30/2015, 11:00 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Scott Hawkins Book Launch The Library At Mount Char  (author appearance)
Scott Hawkins | 06/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jane Porter  (author appearance)
Jane Porter | 06/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Young Adult Authors- Becky Albertalli, Katie M. Stout, Gina Ciocca, YA Author and Melissa E. Hurst  (author appearance)
Melissa E. | 06/30/2015, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group discusses Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness  (book club)
06/30/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Salon@615 with Candace Bushnell, author of Killing Monica  (author appearance)
Candace Bushnell | 06/30/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Art Talk with Denise Baker  (other event)
07/01/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

The 6:41 to Paris  (author appearance)
Jean-Phille Blondel | 07/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Kent Wascom - SECESSIA book launch!  (author appearance)
Kent Wascom | 07/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Sage Rountree -Everyday Yoga  (author appearance)
Sage Rountree | 07/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Patti Callahan Henry- THE IDEA OF LOVE  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry | 07/07/2015, 06:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Suzanne Palmieri - THE WITCH OF BOURBON STREET  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri | 07/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Patti Callahan Henry - The Idea of Love  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry | 07/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Benjamin Hedin -In Search of the Movement  (author appearance)
Benjamin Hedin | 07/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraLaura Lane McNeal - DOLLBABY  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 07/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Joe Ricker with WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT  (author appearance)
Joe Ricker | 07/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraHarrison Scott Key - The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Edd Clay | 07/09/2015, 10:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Big Freedia - BIG FREEDIA: God Save the Queen Diva launch!  (author appearance)
Big Freedia | 07/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Susan Crandall with THE FLYING CIRCUS  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/10/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Flyleaf YA Book club discusses Conversion  (book club)
07/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Pre-school Story Time with Special guest Kathy Mcgougan & Buddy the Dog  (other event)
07/10/2016 | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Suzanne Palmieri- The Witch of Bourbon Street  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri | 07/11/2015, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Where's Waldo 5K  (other event)
Martin Handford | 07/11/2015, 08:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - THE CARBON DIARIES  (book club)
07/11/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Public Reading - To Kill a Mockingbird  (other event)
07/11/2015, 09:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Free Prompt-Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
07/11/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Steve Lindahl - Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions  (author appearance)
Steve Lindahl | 07/11/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Elizabeth Harris - What Am I To Do Now Mama?  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Harris | 07/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

S T Kimbrough, JR- The Cadillac Poems of Steven Forris Kimbrough 1958–2010  (author appearance)
07/11/2015, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraThe Hilarious Harrison Scott Key Presents The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Neighing with Fire by Kathryn O'Sullivan  (author appearance)
Kathryn O'Sullivan | 07/11/2015, 06:00 pm | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

Miranda Kenneally Returns with Jesse's Girl  (author appearance)
Miranda Kenneally | 07/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Public Viewing of To Kill a Mockingbird (Film)  (other event)
07/13/2015, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Brian Panowich discusses his debut novel Bull Mountain  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 07/14/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Duke Young Writers Camp  (writers group)
07/14/2015, 07:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

GO SET A WATCHMAN Book Launch Day!!  (other event)
07/14/2015, 10:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Dr. Saif Ataya- WHAT IS THIS? THE DEMYSTIFICATION OF ISLAM  (author appearance)
Saif Ataya | 07/15/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Julia Pierpont with AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS  (author appearance)
Julia Pierpont | 07/16/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Martin Clark - The Jezebel Remedy  (author appearance)
Martin Clark | 07/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Mark Shulman - MOM AND DAD ARE PALINDROMES  (author appearance)
07/17/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Jon Acuff- Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck  (author appearance)
Jonathan Acuff | 07/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Randy Blythe, Lamb of God Vocalist, Presents Dark Days: A Memoir  (author appearance)
Randy Blythe | 07/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE SPACE BETWEEN   (book club)
07/18/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Myra DeBruhl - Changing Places  (author appearance)
Myra DeBruhl | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tom Young -The Hunters  (author appearance)
Tom Young | 07/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Event  (author appearance)
Barbara Claypole White | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Hard Sci Fi Author Carolyn Ives Gilman Brings Us Into Dark Orbit  (author appearance)
Carolyn Ives | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Author Event: Laura McNeill - Center of Gravity  (author appearance)
Laura McNeill | 07/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Elliot Engel - A Bit of Bronte, a Dollop of Dickinson, an Offering of Austen  (other event)
07/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Susan Crandall -The Flying Circus  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Katie Rose Guest Pryal -Engtanglement  (author appearance)
Katie Rose | 07/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Reveille UMC Book Review - Kristen Green  (author appearance)
Kristen Green | 07/22/2015, 10:30 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

The Lost Nomads - Live Concert  (other event)
07/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

okraHarrison Scott Key - The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Lisa Jakub - You Look Like That Girl  (author appearance)
Lisa Jakub | 07/24/2015, 01:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ace Atkins with THE REDEEMERS  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/25/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Margaret Thornton - Charleston  (author appearance)
Margaret Thornton | 07/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Signing - Lois Szymanski  (author appearance)
Lois Szymanski | 07/27/2015, 11:00 am | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

Duke Young Writers Camp  (writers group)
07/28/2015, 07:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Event: Ace Atkins - The Redeemers  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Samuel Fromartz -In Search of the Perfect Loaf  (author appearance)
Samuel Fromartz | 07/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Event: Martin Clark - The Jezebel Remedy  (author appearance)
Martin Clark | 07/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jaclyn Spainhour   (author appearance)
Jaclyn Spainhour | 07/30/2015, 12:30 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

Ace Atkins - The Redeemers  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Authors Round the South

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