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{Save a turtle, read a book}

In which Tayari Jones knows why she sings, a sea turtle named Jammer is grateful to Mary Alice Monroe's readers, a couple of people get hot and bothered in Brevard, and Charlaine Harris discusses whether she is, or is not, a vampire.

May 6, 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!
The Cove

The Healing

A Land More Kind Than Home

Death Comes to Pemberley

Rules of Civility

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

What Teachers Make

Jesus Calling

We Can All do Better

The Big Miss

Salvage the Bones

Trapeze

Empire of the Summer Moon

The Best Advice I Ever Got

Word of Mouth Marketing

Dead Reckoning

The Lucky One

Lord of the Flies

Only Time Will Tell

Pete the Cat: I Love White Shoes

Hatchet

Heaven is Real for Kids

Out of My Mind

Ghost Knight


Author Readings

Andy Cohen, author of Most Talkative, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/17/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/17/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event Storytime: Ladybug Girl and Bingo on 05/17/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership with Kathe Schaaf on 05/17/2012

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Third Thursday Spinners on 05/17/2012

Reynolds Price, author of Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/17/2012

Dave Waldrop, author of Am I, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 05/17/2012

Meredith Goldstein, author of The Singles, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 05/17/2012

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Stillpoint Literary Magazine 2012 Launch on 05/17/2012

Sherry Jones , author of Four Sisters, All Queens, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 05/17/2012

Country Bookshop Inc is hosting the event Preschool Activity & Storytime on 05/17/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event May Book Club on 05/17/2012

okraRon Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/17/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event CITC presents 3rd Thursday Theater at Sundial! on 05/17/2012

Barnhill's is hosting the event Karen Fritz Writing Class on 05/17/2012

Tamara Wilson, author of Dining With Robert Redford and Other Stories, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/17/2012

Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/17/2012

Gordon E. Ettie, author of Power Plug-In, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/18/2012

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, author of Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 05/18/2012

Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/18/2012

Marly Youmans, author of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/18/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 05/18/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event Sundial Back Porch Music Jam on 05/18/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 05/18/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST on 05/18/2012

John Hutton, author of Flowers for the President, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 05/19/2012

West Freeman, author of The Garden District of New Orleans, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/19/2012

John Conchett, author of Vintage Tampa Storefronts, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 05/19/2012

Jennifer Paddock, author of The Weight of Memory, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 05/19/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 05/19/2012

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Women's Liberation: Where Do I Fit In? on 05/19/2012

Jedwin Smith, author of Our Brother's Keeper, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 05/19/2012

K. M. Deal, author of The Messenger, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 05/19/2012

Katherine Schlosser, author of The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 05/19/2012

Marly Youmans, author of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage , will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 05/19/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy , author of Puzzled by Pink, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 05/19/2012

Jeryl Christmas, author of The Alphabug Bully Busters, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/19/2012

Jaytoe Anthony Tukan, author of Turning of the Tide, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/19/2012

Regina Lane, author of From Victim to Victory, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 05/19/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Schmooze on 05/20/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 05/20/2012

Literary BookPost is hosting the event Riot In the Pasture on 05/20/2012

Tom Spector, author of Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/20/2012

Chris Matthews, author of Jack Kennedy, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/21/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event T&F Transitionz: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz on 05/21/2012

John Smoltz, author of Starting and Closing , will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 05/21/2012

Frank Deford, author of Over Time: My Life As A Sportswriter, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/21/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 05/21/2012

okraWiley Cash-Harper, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/21/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event COMIX CLUB: A FLIGHT OF ANGELS on 05/21/2012

Jim Carpenter, author of First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/21/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Whole Brain Community Artist's Way Class on 05/22/2012

Kevin Duffus, author of War Zone: World War ll Off the North Carolina Coast, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/22/2012

Carolyn Turgeon, author of The Next Full Moon, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/22/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Book Lovers Club discusses: Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality on 05/22/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Literary Fiction Book Club on 05/22/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/22/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event SHORT STORIES OF JAMES STILL READ BY TED OLSON on 05/22/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/22/2012

Marly Youmans, author of Death at the White Camellia Orphanage, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/23/2012

Robert M. Craig, author of The Architecture of Francis Palmer Smith, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 05/23/2012

Katerina Katsarka Whitley, author of Around a Greek Table, will be appearing at Pomegranate Books, 05/23/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event Meet the Faces Behind A Face to Meet the Faces on 05/23/2012

Barnhill's is hosting the event Susan Surman: Children's Books from Concept to Completion on 05/23/2012

Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb's Crossing, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/23/2012

Tamar Myers, author of The Boy Who Stole the Leopard?s Spots, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/24/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School story time & activity on 05/24/2012

Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb's Crossing, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/24/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 05/24/2012

okraRon Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/24/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 05/24/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event AUTISM PANEL WITH AUTHOR ANN PALMER & GUESTS on 05/24/2012

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 05/24/2012

Mark Pinksy, author of Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/24/2012

Corey McLauchlin, author of The Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 05/24/2012

Ariel Coro, author of El salto, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/25/2012

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event The Kids Are Alright music/poetry/reading series on 05/25/2012

Leigh Somerville McMillan, author of All Good Things, will be appearing at Barnhill's, 05/25/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event SMALL BUSINESS CONVERSATION on 05/25/2012

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/25/2012

Donna Blagdan, author of Southerrn Dharma Retreat Center's 30th Anniversary Cookbook, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/25/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Peerless Book Store, 05/26/2012

Mary Lee, author of When Grandma's False Teeth Fly, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/26/2012

Siebumger, author of Diamonds & Mildew, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/26/2012

Carol Eckerman, author of Lessons in Simply Being: Finding the Peace within Tumult, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/26/2012

MariJo Moore, author of A Book of Ceremonies & Spiritual Energies Thereof, will be appearing at Blue Ridge Books & News, 05/26/2012

Bob Plott, author of Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 05/26/2012

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Young Adult Book Club Discussion of on 05/26/2012

Barnhill's is hosting the event Barnhill's Book Club on 05/26/2012

Kerri McCaffety, author of New Orleans Elegance, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/26/2012

Bonnie Beuth, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/26/2012

Anne Butler, author of Main Streets of Louisiana, will be appearing at Cavalier House Books, 05/27/2012

Steve Repak, author of Dollars and Uncommon Sense, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/27/2012

Jenny Bennett, author of Murder at the Jumpoff, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/27/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Writing With Intent on 05/28/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club on 05/28/2012

Russell Snyder, author of Hearts and Mines: A Story of Psychological Warfare in Iraq, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/28/2012

Michael Fournier, author of Hidden Wheel, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/29/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Letra Urbana on 05/29/2012

Wild Iris Books, Inc. is hosting the event Feminist Open Mic on 05/29/2012

Country Bookshop Inc is hosting the event Bookshop Bookclub on 05/29/2012

Tayari Jones, author of , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/29/2012

Robert McCammon, author of The Providence Rider, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 05/30/2012

Diana Anhalt, author of COMPLEX ALLEGIANCES: Exploring Constellations of Immigration, Citizenship & Belonging, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 05/30/2012

JAMES SWAIN, author of , will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 05/30/2012

Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/30/2012

Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/30/2012

Undercover Books & Gifts is hosting the event Undercover Book Club Discussion of on 05/30/2012

Erik Lars Myers, author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/30/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event PRACTICAL PARENTING STRATEGIES FOR ADHD CHILDREN WITH COACH RUDY on 05/30/2012

Regulator Bookshop is hosting the event Voyager Academy Seventh Grade Book Launch on 05/31/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School story time & activity on 05/31/2012

Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/31/2012

Rosecrans Baldwin, author of Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/31/2012

Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/31/2012

Theresa Payton, author of Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/31/2012

Nnedi Okorafor, author of Who Fears Death, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 05/31/2012

Harold Littleton, author of Jesus: A Would Be King, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 06/02/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event The Best of Frontier Tales on 06/02/2012

Susan Mallery, author of Summer Days, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/02/2012

Amy Elizabeth Smith, author of All Roads Lead to Jane Austen: A Year-Long Journey With Jane, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/02/2012

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/02/2012

C. Hope Clark, author of Lowcountry Bribe: A Carolina Slade Mystery, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/02/2012

Rich Cohen, author of THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE: The Life and Times of America's Banana King, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/04/2012

Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/04/2012

Jack Hurst, author of Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest--Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 06/04/2012

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey on 06/05/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/05/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/05/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/06/2012

Claire Cook , author of WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/06/2012

Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/07/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 06/07/2012

Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss: A Novel, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/07/2012

Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/08/2012

Mary Kay Andrew, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/09/2012

Elizabeth Scott, author of Miracle, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/09/2012

Literary BookPost is hosting the event 52nd Annual NSSA Awards Weekend Book Signing on 06/10/2012

Ruth Moose, author of Neighbors and Other Syrangers: Stories, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/10/2012

Claire Cook , author of Best Staged Plans, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/11/2012

Leonard Pitts, author of Freeman, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 06/11/2012

Paddy Lynch PhD, author of , will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/11/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/12/2012

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 06/12/2012

Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/12/2012

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 06/13/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Rebecca Godwin, author of Keeper of the House, will be appearing at Edisto Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/14/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 06/14/2012

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

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

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

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

okraMary 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oneal Smalls, author of Blessed Be the Ties that Bind, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/18/2012

okraWiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/25/2012

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/1/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/12/2012

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

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

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

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

Jeff Shaara, author of A Blaze of Glory, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/8/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event Classics Group on December 24 2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event Foreign Film Club on December 9 2012
 


Authors Round the South
www.authorsroundthesouth.com



Dearest readers,

Not long ago the Seattle Times ran an article on how one of its most important local businesses--I'm sure you can guess which one--contributed almost nothing to the community in the way of charitable donations. It contributes best, said its owner and CEO, by being a good and successful business. Well, there is that. It is rather a cold comfort, though.

Mary Alice MonroeContrast this with the account that Mary Alice Monroe gives of her latest appearance at Litchfield Books. Ms. Monroe is a woman passionate about many causes--especially environmental ones. She has advocated for Monarch butterflies and coastal conservation and sea turtle rescue.  Sea turtles were especially on her mind the afternoon she was visiting Litchfield Books, and she spent some time telling her audience about the expansion plans for the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. Ms. Monroe must be as compelling a speaker as she is a writer, for by the end of her talk, the glass jar set aside for donations had over $600 in it.

And what can $600 do for sea turtles? Well it could pay for the remaining care and recovery of Jammer and Hamlin Creek--two adult loggerhead turtles that were brought to the hospital with terrible infections.  Thanks to the Sea Turtle Hospital, Jammer and Hamlin Creek have recovered fully (after nearly a year's treatment) and will be released on May 18.

Jammer

It costs about $34 a day to nurse a turtle back to health. Thanks to Mary Alice Monroe, Litchfield Books, and most especially their readers and customers, a few more turtles enjoy a few more days of care.

It doesn't seem like much, but putting back into the community you love is truly the best investment.  One that repays itself a hundred times over.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 6, 2012

Columbia, SC -May 16, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, May 6, 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. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
2. Deadlocked
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $27.95, 9781937007447
okra3. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $26.99, 9780061804199

4. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
5. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996
6. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
7. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $24.95, 9780307378408
8. The Healing
Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese, $26, 9780385534673
9. The Wind Through the Keyhole
Stephen King, Scribner, $27, 9781451658903
10. The Beginner's Goodbye
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307957276
okra11. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

12. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
13. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
14. The Newlyweds
Nell Freudenberger, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307268846
15. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
2. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
3. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062030313
4. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
5. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
6. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
7. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $25, 9780307460981
8. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
9. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
10. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
Clint Hill, Gallery, $26, 9781451648447
11. What Teachers Make
Taylor Mali, Putnam Adult, $19.95, 9780399158544
12. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
13. End This Depression Now!
Paul Krugman, Norton, $24.95, 9780393088779
14. We Can All Do Better
Bill Bradley, Vanguard Press, $24.99, 9781593157296
15. The Big Miss
Hank Haney, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307985989

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. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
5. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
6. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
7. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
8. The Last Boyfriend
Nora Roberts, Berkley, $16, 9780425246030
9. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
10. The Family Fang
Kevin Wilson, Ecco Press, $13.99, 9780061579059
11. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
12. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
13. Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $15, 9781608196265
14. The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka, Anchor, $13.95, 9780307744425
15. Trapeze
Simon Mawer, Other Press, $15.95, 9781590515273

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. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
4. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
5. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
6. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
7. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
10. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
11. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
12. The Best Advice I Ever Got
Katie Couric, Random House, $15, 9780812982589
13. Then Again
Diane Keaton, Random House, $16, 9780812980950
14. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
15. Word of Mouth Marketing
Andy Sernovitz, Greenleaf, $15.95, 9781608323661

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. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
5. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
6. Dead Reckoning
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $7.99, 9781937007355
7. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
8. The Lucky One
Nicholas Sparks, Vision, $7.99, 9780446618328
9. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
10. Only Time Will Tell
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $9.99, 9780312539566

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
3. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
David Soman, Jacky Davis, Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
okra4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

5. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $15.99, 9781423151289
6. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
7. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
10. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

Children's Interest

1. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
2. Bitterblue
Kristin Cashore, Dial, $19.99, 9780803734739
3. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
4. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
5. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
6. Heaven Is for Real for Kids
Todd Burpo, et al., Thomas Nelson Publishers, $14.99, 9781400318704
7. Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys, Speak, $8.99, 9780142420591
8. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
9. Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum, $6.99, 9781416971719
10. Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke, Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316056144

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
2. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
5. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
7. The Invaders (The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2)
John Flanagan, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399256202
8. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316176194
9. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
10. Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $9.99, 9780062086945

 

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Good 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).

"Literary Friendships is the theme, so it’s only fitting that “Mortal Instruments” author Cassandra Clare and “Spiderwick Chronicles” author Holly Black (real-life BFFs, duh) will deliver the keynote speech on that very topic."  YALLFest Line up announced

Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir"The sultry, predatory, arrogant young thing on the cover of Reynolds Price’s 2009 memoir Ardent Spirits was something of a shock to most readers; here was a louche, bestubbled hot-shot, a postwar Bret Easton Ellis sprawled amidst the morning’s cups and jars, already plotting the night’s absinthe-fuelled prowl." Midstream, an Unfinished Memoir by Reynolds Price

The actor's turn as playwright Tennessee Williams will follow his appearance in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and "Black Dog, White Dog" with Olivia Wilde and James Franco.  Logan Marshall Green is joining the cast of Lonely Hunter, a film exploring the life of Southern writer Carson McCullers. Marshall Green is set to play Tennessee Williams opposite Jena Malone’s McCullers. Oh no, they didn't

Silver SparrowThe best advice I ever received was to "do whatever you have to do to survive the draft." The same person said, "Once you write it, you can fix it." -- Tayari Jones knows why she sings.

"Bestselling author Pat Conroy will be among the headliners at the 16th annual SC Book Festival which will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from May 18 through May 20, 2012. " SC Book Festival celebrates 16 years

Dead Rockoning"Harris spent the evening answering audience questions and talking with Chamber executive director Liz Smith about her history as a writer, her role in the HBO show "True Blood," offering advice for aspiring writers and discussing whether or not she is, herself, a vampire." Charlaine Harris at the Ritz

Iguana Tree"Like many farmers across the country, they raised crops harvested by undocumented workers willing to work hard for not a lot." 'The Iguana Tree': Field workers’ stories leave politics in the dirt

"If somebody writes something and I want to read it, and pay fees into a library, that's my right," he said. "And when they tell me what our values should be, I feel like they're treading on my rights."  Library ban on best-seller sparks Florida censorship debate

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright

"I did what I did, and that's on me."

VideoWhat Dies in Summer

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The Next Step in the DanceThe Big Gator

The Big Gator was mostly an old folks'  dance hall, and between the noise from the Cajun band and the big bug zapper over the bar, it would be hard to carry on a conversation. He tried to think of a better place, maybe in the next town, but the whole region was much like Tiger Island, small villages spread out along the Chieftan River, peopled by Cajuns, Cajunized Germans, maudlin Italians, and a sprinkling of misplaced Bible Belt types, whom Paul's grandfather called les cous rouges. Tiger Island was the most knuckle-knocked of the river towns: The only theater was the Silver Bayou Drive-In; the largest building was a metal shed where oil-field equipment was sandblasted. The best restaurant was in the Big Gator, next to the dance floor, where Nelson Orville's band would sing French versions of old rock songs, accompanied by pawnshop guitars and a ten-button accordion.  The favorite sport of the town's young men was still fistfighting, which broke out as indiscriminately as swamp gas on Friday nights. Six thousand people lived inside the city limits, patronizing twelve churches and eighteen bars.

--Tim Gautreaux, The Next Step in the Dance (Picador, 1999)

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Okra Picks


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

Three Times LuckyThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

ISBN:  0803736703    EAN:  9780803736702
Publisher: Dial Books
US SRP: $ 16.99 US
Binding: Hardcover
Pub Date:  May 10, 2012

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred.She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Three Times LuckyAlthough Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

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Read This!


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen KellerAnnie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
written and illustrated by Joseph Lambert - “I confess to be continually fascinated by the story of Annie and Helen, and the format of this illustrated book made even familiar elements fresh and dramatic. The courage, perseverance, and devotion of these two unlikely women is wonderfully portrayed here, with the illustrations helping to convey the darkness of Helen’s world as well as the light Annie helped to bring to her. There is nothing cloying or sentimental here, in fact Annie often looks like Abe Lincoln with a bun, but the slim volume is moving and inspiring.” Leslie at Inkwood Books


The Art of Hearing HeartbeatsThe Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker - As the publisher’s description says: ‘Imagine a love story…between a crippled girl and a blind boy who don’t see each other for fifty years’ – and then, as I did, overcome your cynicism to read this novel. The story unfolds as a NY lawyer travels to Burma to solve the mystery of her father’s sudden disappearance. Superstition and devout Buddhism are quietly in the background, as the themes of family loyalty, disability, secrets and suffering unfold through the fully realized characters, leading to a surprising and entirely satisfying ending. This huge bestseller in Europe is receiving welcome reception among readers here as well.” Carla at Inkwood Books

Ghost KnightGhost Knight by Cornelia Funke
Jon Whitcroft feels abandoned by everything. After being sent to boarding school in Salisbury, Jon thinks the only things he will have to worry about are fitting in and homesickness. Yet shortly after arriving, he discovers an ancient family curse and four vengeful spirits set on sending him to meet his ancestors. Only with the help of his friend Ella and a noble ghost named William Longspee will Jon be able to survive. Filled with murder, betrayal, lies, loyalty, and of course true friendship, this book will satisfy the noble knight in all of us. A must-read for any Cornelia Funke fan! -Recommended by Gretchen at Fiction Addiction

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
"I haven't read a book in only 4 days in awhile. This was enchanting. Slow at first but the story wove itself into my brain and I couldn't put it down. I wish I had paid more attention to the dates at the beginnings of the chapters from the beginning. I generally abhor books made into movies but I thought about this coming to life on the big screen every few chapters. It could be a magical film adaptation if someone honored it's elegant, classy tone." -- Rachel at the Avid Bookshop

White House BurningWhite House Burning by Simon Johnson
It's a "sure-to-be-controversial account of whether the massive national debt of the U.S. government actually matters. Readers of all political persuasions will find a compelling account of how the national debt began to grow, why it is willfully misrepresented by politicians  and misunderstood by much of the citizenry and whether it is likely to cripple the richest nation in the world". The discussion of the Founding Fathers' divisive struggles over taxes and spending give context to today's debates. And, the authors also provide a clear and compelling vision for how our debt crisis can be solved while strengthening our economy and preserving the essential functions of government. C.C. at A Novel Experience

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One Great Bookstore


An Indie Bookstore you should know

TBIB

That Bookstore in Blytheville

in, ah, Blytheville (Arkansas)

316 West Main, Blytheville, AK 72315
870-763-3333 / 800-844-8306 (toll-free)

When Mary Gay Shipley opened her bookshop in Blytheville, Arkansas, in 1976, she had no idea that it would develop a reputation that has made it a unique Mid-America landmark.

The store's 2400 square feet with more than 25,000 titles in stock invites visitors to browse while sipping a cup of coffee. You can relax in a rocking chair next to a wood stove, engage in conversation about the book you've just read or enjoy a spontaneous reading of the new favorite children's book of the day.

Secret insider’s tip from Susan Gregg Gilmore: If you get a chance to pay call on the store, go around the corner afterwards to Sharecroppers for delectable chocolate meringue pie!

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STARS Authors on Tour

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


Mark HaindsFeatured: Mark Hainds

Andalusia, AL
Topics: Boar Hunting, Forestry, Ecology

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Request Mark for a book club or school

Mark was raised as the sixth generation on a small, diversified farm in Missouri. He is a lifelong hunter, fisher, and trapper. Mark has lived and worked in Alabama and Georgia since he started an MS program in Forest Biology from Auburn University in 1992. He has worked since 1995 as a Research Associate with Auburn University and Research Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance. His professional career has mainly focused on the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, with much of his research focused on artificial regeneration of longleaf pine and understory restoration of native herbaceous species.

Year of the PigBook: Year of the Pig
University of Alabama Press, $16.95

Year of the Pig is a personal account of one avid hunter’s pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states. Mark Hainds tied his mission to the Chinese calendar’s Year of the Pig in 2007 and journeyed through longleaf forests, cypress swamps, and wiliwili forests in search of his prey. He used a range of weapons—blackpowder rifle, bow and arrow, knife, and high-powered rifle—and various methods to stalk his quarry through titi, saw palmetto, privet hedge, and blue palm. Introduced pig populations have wreaked havoc on ecosystems the world over. Nonnative to the Western Hemisphere, pigs originally arrived in the southeast with de Soto’s entrada and in the Hawaiian Archipelago on the outriggers of South Pacific islanders. In America feral hogs are considered pests and invaders because of their omnivorous diet and rooting habits that destroy both fragile native species and agricultural cropland. Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.

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

Kimberly Brock  
Charlotte, NC 06/15/2012 - 06/15/2012
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  
Oxford, MS 05/18/2012 - 05/18/2012
Jackson, MS 05/19/2012 - 05/19/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy  
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012 - 5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012 - 5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012 - 6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012 - 6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012 - 6/24/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012 - 5/20/2012
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

Dorothy St. James  , Columbia, SC 5/18/2012 - 5/20/2012

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

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

Renea Winchester  , Canton, GA 05/19/2012 - 05/20/2012