Lady Banks

You are where you come from


{You are where you come from.}

In which the 2012 SIBA Book Awards are announced, Mr. Robert Morgan contemplates the advisability of taking an Indian wife, we remember a time when not eating mangoes was not a micropolitical statement, and a woman praises the Southerner’s knack for keeping family secrets.

June 24, 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!
Spring Fever

Porch Lights

A Land More Kind Than Home

The Innocent

Heading Out to Wonderful


The Cove


An American Son


My Cross to Bear


Blood Feud


Dust to Dust


Starting and Closing


This is How


Sea Change


A Discovery of Witches


The Weird Sisters


How to Read Literature Like a Professor


Heaven is For Real


The Glass Castle


Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey


To Heaven and Back


Destiny of the Republic


The Hobbit


Lord of the Flies


Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons


Ladybug Girl at the Beach


Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes


Three Times Lucky


Looking for Alaska


Author Readings

Liza Wieland , author of Quickening, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 07/06/2012

Marco Rubio, author of An American Son: A Memoir, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/06/2012

Mark H. Saunders, author of Ministers of Fire, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/06/2012

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

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 07/07/2012

Mark de Castrique, author of The 13th Target, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/07/2012

Jerri McCloud, author of The Liberators, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/08/2012

Christopher Benfey, author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family & Survival, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/08/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/09/2012

Amy Unell, author of Starting at the Finish Line: Words of Wisdom from a Duke Legend, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 07/09/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic on 07/09/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 07/09/2012

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

Donald Taylor, author of Balancing the Budget is a Progressive Priority, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 07/10/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Chatham County Line free in-store performance for their new live album SIGHT & SOUND on 07/10/2012

Joseph Scott Morgan , author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 07/10/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event REIKI WORKSHOP WITH DEBORAH LLOYD on 07/10/2012

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 07/10/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Let's Talk Books with Donna Nicely on 07/10/2012

Sapphire, author of The Kid, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/10/2012

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

Mark de Castrique, author of The 13th Target, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/11/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities 2012 Election Series (ticketed) on 07/11/2012

Eric Wilson, author of Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can?t Look Away, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/11/2012

Carter Phipps, author of [Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea] Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/11/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/11/2012

Morgan James, author of Quiet Killing, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 07/12/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Flyleaf Poetry Reading & Open Mic Series on 07/12/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time and Activity on 07/12/2012

Bob Garner, author of Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue: North Carolina's Favorite Food, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/12/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 07/12/2012

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

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/12/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event CULTIVATING YOUR CREATIVE LIFE- PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH ALENA HENNESSY on 07/12/2012

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event YA Book Club Meeting - Pretty Little Liars on 07/12/2012

Burry Bookstore is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 07/12/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Summer story time with Nancy Van Camp on 07/12/2012

Donna VanLiere, author of The Good Dream, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/12/2012

E.L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, will be appearing at Page After Page, 07/13/2012

Frank Turner Hollon, author of Austin & Emily, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/13/2012

Matthew Hemenway, author of Tiger-Man: An Uncertain Time, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/13/2012

Lisa Unger, author of Heartbroken, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 07/13/2012

Maria Duenas, author of Time In Between, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/13/2012

George and Elizabeth Ellison, author of Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokies, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/13/2012

Lama Marut, author of A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/13/2012

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

Lindi Peterson, author of Summer's Song, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/14/2012

Candice Ransom , author of Rebel McKenzie, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/14/2012

sr johannes , author of Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, Book1) , will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 07/14/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Prompt Writing Class with Nancy Peacock on 07/14/2012

Cole Smith, author of To Catch a Unicorn, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/14/2012

Ren and Helen Davis, author of Atlanta?s Oakland Cemetery, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/14/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/14/2012

A Reader's Corner Bookstore is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 07/14/2012

Vivan Swift, author of Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/14/2012

Mary Gilmartin, author of Adventures with Easton, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/14/2012

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

Michael Hardy, author of Civil War Charlotte, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/15/2012

Elise I. Johnson, author of You Never Cook Alone , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/15/2012

Debra Spark, author of The Pretty Girl: Novella and Stories, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/15/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Duke Young Writers Camp Reading on 07/16/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event T&F Transitionz on 07/16/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 07/16/2012

Pomegranate Books is hosting the event Tibetan Bowls Sound Healing with Laura Church on 07/16/2012

Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther, will be appearing at Bound To Be Read Books, 07/16/2012

Alex Kava, author of FIREPROOF, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/17/2012

D. M. Webb, author of Mississippi Nights, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 07/17/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Jai-Alai Magazine Reading on 07/18/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/18/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club discusses State of Wonder with Ann Patchett on 07/18/2012

Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/18/2012

Mark Wortman, author of The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta, will be appearing at Bound To Be Read Books, 07/18/2012

Iris and Roy Johansenwill be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/19/2012

Stacy Bierlein, author of A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/19/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/19/2012

Dr. S. B. Jones-Henrickson, author of Economic Essays on St. Kitts and Nevis, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 07/19/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Coffee with the Poet on 07/19/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event July Book Club on 07/19/2012

Ryka Aoki, author of Seasonal Velocities, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/19/2012

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

David Dorondo, author of Riders of the Apocalypse, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/20/2012

Brett Evans, author of , will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/21/2012

Stacy Bierlein, author of Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/21/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy , author of Puzzled by Pink, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/21/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event The Writer's Plot Conference on 07/21/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Poetry and Publishing Workshop on 07/21/2012

Steven Hunter, author of Mount Magazine, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 07/21/2012

Ed McKeown, author of , will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/22/2012

Marc Auslander, author of The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family, will be appearing at Bound To Be Read Books, 07/22/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/23/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club on 07/23/2012

Sophie Hannah, author of The Other Woman's House, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/24/2012

Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/24/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/24/2012

Gary Stamper, author of Awakening the New Masculine, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/25/2012

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

Daniel Silva, author of The Fallen Angel, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/26/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 07/26/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event The Kickin' Grass Band on 07/26/2012

Rachel Reynolds, author of Four Seasons for Charlotte: A Parent's Year with Pediatric Cancer , will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/27/2012

Margaret King, author of Y'all Twins?, will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/28/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Special Children?s Story Time on 07/28/2012

Jan-Philipp Sendker, author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/31/2012

Ryan Holiday, author of TRUST ME, I'M LYING: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 07/31/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/31/2012

Lynn Garson, author of Southern Vapors, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/31/2012

 


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Dearest readers,

Language is a powerful thing. This first week of July her ladyship, the editor has been driven indoors by one single phrase: “95 F with a heat index of 115 F.” 

There is hot, and then there is HOT.

So rather than spend a sweltering day pretending to be comfortable reading on the beach,  her ladyship retired to her work table in her air-conditioned library, and decided to revisit the books that had just been announced as the winners of the 2012 SIBA Book Award:

  • The New Southern Garden CookbookChildren’s Winner:
    Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond 
    by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

  • Cooking Winner:
    The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)

  • Fiction Winner:
    Iron House 
    by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)

  • Iron HouseNonfiction Winner:  
    Lions of the West 
    by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

  • Poetry Winner:
    Abandoned Quarry
     by John Lane (Mercer University Press)

  • Young Adult Winner:
    Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
     by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

The SIBA Book Award is given to southern books that were bookseller favorites the previous year.  This means, if you’ve been putting off reading them, or if you’ve let them drift too far down in the TBR stack, now is the time to put them back at the top of the list. Most of them are in paperback now, so it is time to see what you have been missing.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 24, 2012

Columbia, SC -July 6, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, June 24, 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. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
3. Spring Fever
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642716
4. Porch Lights
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $25.99, 9780061961298
5. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
6. Mission to Paris
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9781400069484
7. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
okra8. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

9. The Red House
Mark Haddon, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385535779
10. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996
11. Heading Out to Wonderful
Robert Goolrick, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781565129238
12. A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's, $25, 9781936365746
13. A Blaze of Glory
Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, $28, 9780345527356
14. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
okra15. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199


Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
2. An American Son
Marco Rubio, Sentinel, $26.95, 9781595230942
3. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Barack Obama: The Story
David Maraniss, S&S, $32.5, 9781439160404
7. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
8. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
9. Blood Feud
Lisa Alther, Lyons Press, $24.95, 9780762779185
10. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
11. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
12. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
13. Dust to Dust
Benjamin Busch, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062014849
14. Starting and Closing
John Smoltz, Don Yaeger, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062120540
15. This Is How
Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin's, $24.99, 9780312563554

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. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
stars6. Sea Change
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451236760

7. Maine
J.Courtney Sullivan, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307742216
8. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
9. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
10. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
11. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
12. A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness, Penguin, $16, 9780143119685
13. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
14. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
15. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
3. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
4. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
5. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
6. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
7. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
8. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
9. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
10. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
11. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
12. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
13. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
14. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
15. Destiny of the Republic
Candice Millard, Anchor, $16, 9780767929714

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 Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $8.99, 9780345339683
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
10. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith, Grand Central, $7.99, 9781455510184

Children's Illustrated


1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442457027
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
okra4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

5. Ladybug Girl at the Beach
David Soman, Jacky Davis, Dial, $16.99, 9780803734166
6. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
7. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
10. Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801

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. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
5. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
okra6. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702

7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
9. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142402511
10. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
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. Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442411920
7. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425762
8. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
9. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
10. Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316206716

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Lions of the WestOn the advisability of taking an Indian wife.

It is probably impossible for us in the twenty-first century to understand what land meant to poor white people in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Newly released indentured servants, called redemptionists, who had never owned a square foot of property of their own  looked west at regions where for a few cents and acre they might acquire tracts of rich farmland along streams and running back to picturesque hills. People of ambition who already had land in the East dreamed of gaining even more land and greater riches and prominence in the West.

For those in debt, or in trouble with the law, the frontier offered an opportunity for salvation, to start over, with a clean slate, in a place where no one knew them. Beginning with nothing but two hands, a few tools, and determination, they might clear land and work it and rise to prosperity. Or failing again, they could move on farther into the new territory and try once more. There seemed no end to the wild lands to the west--if only Indians could be cleared away--and no limits to hope. All you needed were an ax, a rifle, and a wife, and maybe a horse or ox. But even if you had no wide, one could be found among the Indians. In fact, for settling down at the edge of the wilderness, an Indian wife might be best of all.

--Robert Morgan, Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion (Algonquin Books at Chapel Hill, 2011)

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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).

5 Must Read Books By Local Authors: Charlotte | Tampa | Atlanta

Registration is open for the Sanibel Writers Conference. Keynote is Susan Orlean. Guest speaker is Tim O’Brien. Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels in publishing & editing; and nightly readings & concerts—all presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers. The conference is open to any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.  The dates are November 8-11, 2012.

Look out, Pat Conroy. Spartanburg’s Susan Tekulve was recently named this year’s winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Competition. The annual writing contest is hosted by the South Carolina Arts Commission as part of the Literary Arts Program. In conjunction with Hub City Press, The Humanities Council S.C., and the South Carolina State Library, it aims to promote the work of authors who have not been previously published. Tekulve is the competition’s fifth winner. Spartanburg author wins S.C. First Novel Competition

The 13th TargetA tense, timely and provocative thriller set during an age of Wall Street corruption, financial meltdowns, and the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The 13th Target takes aim at the secretive Federal Reserve. Long the target of conspiracy theorists, the Federal Reserve controls the nation’s money supply. But who controls the Federal Reserve? Mark de Castrique’s 13th Target

Southern writer Flannery O’Connor dismissed it as a children’s book that "does all right." Carson McCullers once huffed that it poached "on my literary preserves." Critics today charge that its view of black Southerners is painfully one-dimensional.  Mockingbird sings at half song

The InnocentThe 2013 Savannah Book Festival committee is excited to announce that author David Baldacci will deliver the honoree closing address on Sunday, February 17 at Trustees Theater in downtown Savannah. Baldacci’s talk will focus on his latest and 24th thriller novel, The Innocent. Baldacci closing 2013 Book Festival

It’s a writer who has a southern voice, not just in terms of our various accents, but one who can convey our passion for places, traditions, lore, gardening, religion, and, certainly, our recipes. Our particular pace, idioms, charm, of course, and our sophisticated knack for preserving and protecting family secrets. What is a southern writer

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Author Gossip

Karen WhiteFeatured: Candace Ransom
Author of Rebel McKenzie

Candice Ransom is the author of more than one hundred children’s books—picture books, chapter books, easy readers, mid-grade novels, biographies, nonfiction, even board books. She also teaches writing for children in Hollins University’s summer MA/MFA program.

Three things to know about Candace:

  1. She once kept a flea circus in a cologne bottle, but the cologne was still in the bottle so the fleas drowned. If you shook the bottle, it was like a creepy snow globe.
  2. She still talks to her childhood toy, a 55-year-old stuffed elephant named Ellsworth.
  3. She is a terrible cook

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More gossip:

“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,’” Ferrol Sams

Don ShareI do see myself as a Southern writer. My first book, Union, was very explicitly about Memphis and about the South in general. I don’t live there now, but its whole way of life has warmly permeated everything I think and do; it never leaves me. The music, the food, the weather, the way people talk—these things are not clichés; they nourished me every step of the way. You are where you come from. Don Share

 

Katherine Anne PorterIt’s easy to forget that not too long ago, eating local was just…eating. Back then, refraining from mid-winter mangoes wasn’t a micropolitical statement. It was a like-it-or-not reality. Katherine Anne Porter, serial locavore

 

 

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  ,
Asheville, NC 07/14/2012 - 07/14/2012
Waynesville, NC 07/15/2012 - 07/15/2012
Spartenburg, SC 07/21/2012 - 07/21/2012
Dalton, GA 08/09/2012 - 08/09/2012
Greenwood, MS 08/14/2012 - 08/15/2012
Tupelo, MS 08/16/2012 - 08/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
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).

Charis Books & MoreCharis Books and More, Atlanta, GA the South's oldest and largest feminist bookstore. We specialize in diverse and unique children's books, feminist and cultural studies books, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction and non-fiction.
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A good bookstore should be a place for community and NOBODY does that better than me.  I am the unofficial chamber of commerce in town.  I tell all who grace my doors, let me shop be your home away from home.  You can stay as long as you like and we love having company! Let's hear it for the indie bookstores!

We’re all readers, whether it be children’s books or business books, every single person here reads a ton and is quite vocal about their choices. We have customers just come in for conversation, which is exactly what we want our community to do. Spotlight on an indie bookstore

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


“My father, my hero, is gone now, and I miss him dearly.”

The Guest Book

The Guest Book

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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 byAndrew Gross

"A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!"
--Harlan Coben

"A top-notch thriller writer."
--Chicago Sun Times

"A master of no-nonsense, good, old-fashioned suspense."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

A writer "in the company of Child and Coben" (Connecticut Post), New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is the acclaimed author of The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, and other exceptional suspense thrillers. Now, with 15 Seconds, he delivers an electrifying, lightning-paced story of a desperate man on the run, trying to save his family from the faceless enemy that's determined to destroy them all. 

Read the first chapter!

15 Seconds

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I Gotta Draw!I Gotta Draw! Charlie Muttnik is the pup with the pencil, the mutt with the marker, the dog with the drawing pad, the chap with the chalk! He draws all the time.  But when Charlie doodles all over his homework, there's trouble at school. It's only when his strict teacher, Miss Rich, tries something new that both realize Charlie can be a great artist at school and at home.  ~ Burry Bookstore in Hartsville, SC

ArcadiaArcadia is the story of the Stone family who participate in one of the 1970s great commune experiments.  Bit, the first child of Arcadia, is the central figure.  Although Bit has greater perception than most children of Arcadia, he is aware of the dirt, starvation and general deprivation that occur around him.  The relationships are confusing and confounded by his naivety in the beginning of the book.  Things become clearer and more troubling as Bit ages reaching an understanding of the difficulties Arcadia’s families endure in their attempt to create a more perfect community.  Lauren Groff’s first book, The Monster’s of Templeton, introduced readers to a writer very concerned with character.  Groff doesn’t allow Bit to stray from his optimistic or idealized world view even when he experiences tragedies.  The reader can't help but hope for a happy ending even when it's unlikely to occur. ~Laurie at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

Age of MiraclesThe Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: This is the summer read that will haunt you as you go about your day. Apocalyptic in an interesting sciencey way, the observations of a middle school protagonist may break your heart. Middle school is hard for everyone, but the slowing of the earth's rotation during the year Julia turns 11 is life-changing. It's a great crossover: marketed to adults but appropriate for young adults. ~Rachel,  Avid Bookshop

Ethical ChicEthical Chic by Fran Hawthorne: Does your favored corporation really abide by the ethical principles its image seems to suggest?  Hmmmm... Fran Hawthorne's Ethical Chic sets out to discover just that, with surprising results. Very interesting.  ~Liz, Avid Bookshop

Time and AgainTime & Again by Jack Finney: If you like any of the following things, you will love this book:  1. New York;  2. very light sci-fi;  3. time travel;  4. history;  5. urban development;  6. strong lead characters;  7. wondering how any one thing could have altered your life forever. I LOVE this book! ~Janet, Avid Bookshop

The Cloud SpinnerThe Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool: This beautifully illustrated book weaves a poignant story of conservancy and our responsibility to each other in the way we use the limited resources of the world we live in. Alison Jay’s illustrations are masterfully executed, and there’s even a blurb in the book about the process by which they were created. ~Tom, Avid Bookshop

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