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{On strawberry jam and Green Eggs and Ham.}

In which Mr. Lenard Moore explains how Green Eggs and Ham was instrumental in his decision to become a poet, Mr. Pat Conroy worries about his future fame, and her ladyship, the editor, attempts to make strawberry jam, with dubious success.

May 1, 2016

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | The Pat Conroy Prize | Okra Picks | The Trailer Park | Book and Author Gossip | Stars Author | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

One Book, One South, Jr

Dearest Readers, It is strawberry season here in coastal North Carolina. Last week her ladyship, the editor, spent a day in the kitchen with a flat of strawberries from the farm over on Gordon Road, a bowl full of Meyer lemons, and Mr. Sean Brock's recipe for Strawberry-Meyer Lemon jam. 

It took all day to make the jam. ALL DAY.

This is because in the instructions to make the jam, (which her ladyship did not bother to read carefully before beginning -- let that be a lesson to her readers, haste is always regretted),  the following direction: "Remove the zest from the lemons with a sharp vegetable peeler. Using a paring knife, carefully remove any white pith from the zest. Cut the zest into very fine strips. Then, with a sharp knife, cut away all the white pith from the lemons. Working over a bowl to catch the juices, cut between the membranes to release the segments: reserve. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into the bowl. Discard the membranes." 

In other words, one should treat the lemons as one would a grapefruit, only with the added attitude and care of a perfectionist. Of which her ladyship, the lackadaisical editor, is not. She doesn't mind scraping pith from peel, and she can tolerate removing it from fruit. But carefully liberating lemon sections from their membranes was its own special kind of torture.

The Jemima CodeIn any case, it took her ladyship over an hour to properly prepare the Meyer lemons, not including the time spent muttering balefully at Mr. Sean Brock's picture in his cookbook. It was not made easier by the foreknowledge that all these carefully prepared segments zests and juices were all destined to be cooked into the jam anyway. Then another hour to cook the jam to the required temperature for setting. Only to discover that the apple pectin called for by the recipe was of an inferior quality and did not let the jam set. So the whole batch had to be rescued (it can be done) using regular fruit pectin. 

Nevertheless, the jam was a success, eventually. Thank you, Mr. Brock.  Her ladyship, the editor, is never doing that again. Ever.

Read Independently! And shop local. And eat fresh fruit.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

The ScribeSeptember 29, 1881

Canby sighted down the ridgeline, down the crest of the low mountain tufted with crimson and gold trees and fringed with outcroppings of granite, toward the afternoon sun. By his estimate he had an hour of daylight left, maybe a few minutes more, before the sun would drop behind the ridge and the valley would fill with the deep and sudden mountain dusk. Time enough to get back to his tethered horse at the Old Branch Road, if he could finish his business here first, time enough maybe to have a sip of whiskey back at the jail before heading home to his dark house. Except for one thing: he realized with a sinking feeling that the ridge in front of him was not Sugar Mountain. Not a single of the dogwoods that bloomed white each spring and had given the mountain its name dotted the steep slope. It was maybe Catlick Mountain, maybe Little Roundtop, he couldn't be sure. He was lost.

"You damned city-bred fool," he muttered.

--Matthew Guinn, The Scribe (W.W. Norton, 2015) 9780393239294

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms In A Digital Age -- From Picture Books To EBooks And Everything In Between (Paperback) By Jason Boog

Born ReadingFor any parent or parent-to-be of young children, this book is an absolute necessity right alongside What to Expect. Boog synthesizes the current research on raising children who will love to read and thrive intellectually as the grow in easy-to-read, enjoyable prose peppered with stories of his own daughter’s early experiences with books and reading. He also includes recommended books for different developmental stages, as well as suggestions for navigating the perils of the digital age to produce a born reader. I’m so glad I found this book while expecting my first child. -Shannon

Guantanamo Diary (Hardcover) By Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Guantanamo DiaryA harrowing and disturbing story of an ongoing crime we as Americans are complicit in, and guilty of. Slahi has been held in Guantanamo for 13 years without charge and has been the victim of every torture imaginable. If this were happening in another country we would find it outrageous, but we hardly notice. Slahi’s story is a demand for justice and a deeply human document. - Steve


From Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

The Year of the RunawaysThree young men from India come to England through very different means and one Sikh woman in England has her part to play. What plays out in the first year the men are in England is tense, heart-wrenching, and eventually hopeful. Immigration is tough. – Catherine Bock 

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

FlawedIn Celestine’s world, people who commit moral crimes are labeledFlawed and divided from society. Celestine is a perfect example of everything that is not flawed — right up until she makes a single, painful choice. A beautiful story about standing up against what’s wrong even when you have everything to lose. – Grace Wright 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeLike any good sci-fi, Illuminae may be about planetary assaults, bio-engineered weapons, and one crazy AI, but what it is really about are the current issues we face every day: war, the refugee crises, fear-mongering, and — somehow, incredibly, in the middle of the madness — the love that makes us stand up and fight. – Grace Wright 

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Summer Before the WarSame time and place as Downton Abbey, with similarly lovable characters and the issues they face. Helen Simonson beautifully renders the manners and mores of small town Britain in the story of schoolteacher Beatrice Nash and her challenges as an independent woman living under the “old ways,” while learning to love a man. Yeah, it’s really good! – Kathy Schultenover 


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Okra Picks

Julia Reed's SouthNo one embodies the decadent spirit of throwing a great Southern party more than Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert. Thrown everywhere from lush gardens and gracious interior spaces to a Mississippi River sandbar, Julia Reed’s parties capture the celebratory nature of entertaining in her native South. Here, her informative and down-to-earth guide to giving an unforgettable party includes secrets she has collected over a lifetime of entertaining.

For this book, she offers up a feast of options for holiday cocktails, spring lunches, formal dinners, and even a hunt breakfast. Twelve seasonal events feature delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from fried chicken to Charlotte Russe and signature cocktails or wine pairings—she introduces her talented friends (rum makers, potters, fabric designers, bakers) along the way. Each occasion includes gorgeous photographs showing her inspiring approach to everything from invitations and setting a table to arranging flowers and creating the mood. A handbook section provides practical considerations and sources. This irresistible book is the ultimate primer for every party-giver.


Okra Picks

Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park


JuventudeGrowing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plans to run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await. 

In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collection "Train Shots, " Vanessa Blakeslee's "Juventud" explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
The Short List

The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Where All the Light Tends to Go The Bone Tree Descent Rogue Lawyer The Scribe
WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO | David Joy | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 9780399172779
THE BONE TREE | Greg Iles | William Morrow & Company | 9780062311115
DESCENT | Tim Johnston | Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill | 9781616204778
ROGUE LAWYER | John Grisham | Doubleday Books | 9780385539432
THE SCRIBE | Matthew Guinn | W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393239294

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Book & Author Gossip

The Eternal Protagonist: Remembering Pat Conroy

The Prince of TidesI am fuzzy about the time—1985, I believe it was—but we were in the hills of North Carolina, not far from Highlands, and we were sitting outside on a twilight evening that had both summer and autumn in it. Sweet smell of pine forest and honeysuckle, fireflies blinking, song of a nightbird—the sort of setting he might have written about with such exuberance, the words could have posed for a portrait. We had hiked the hills and had had dinner and were drinking wine fit for the occasion. Good vintage, but not extraordinary. The mood was melancholy, as it always was in the comedown from hours of merriment that marked the energy of those blissfully young days. That is when he said it: “Boys, they’re about to make me famous, and I don’t know how to handle it.”

Flyleaf Books and Felicia Day fight HB2

you're never weird on the internetIn another example of how North Carolina bookstores are being creative in the fight against the state's new discriminatory law HB2, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill last night hosted Felicia Day for the paperback release of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir(Touchstone). Not only did Day not cancel her event to protest the law; she, the bookstore and Touchstone publicist Jessica Roth decided to bring in Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign, both of which are fighting for the law's repeal. 


Jemima Code author wins James Beard Award

The Jemima CodeIn a night full of Lucky Peach wins and a lifetime achievement award for Deborah Madison, former Austinite Toni Tipton-Martin won a James Beard Award last night for her book, “The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks.”  Tipton-Martin, whose book was published through the University of Texas Press and who lived in Austin until last year, has had a long career in food writing, but it wasn’t until she dug deep into a subject she’d pursued for years — the African American cookbooks in her own library and the existing books she did not yet own — that the nation’s foremost journalism awards acknowledged her efforts.  9780292745483

A spellbinding story of witchcraft and disobedience

Over the Plain HousesIt is a truth universally acknowledged that narratives about witchcraft — whether real or imaginary — are usually narratives about women surviving under circumstances that entirely justify the practice. That is, whether embracing the lush thrum of nature or signing one's name in the devil's book, it is never idle, never not-warranted. 

Lenard Moore: Mastering the art of Haiku

A Temple LoomingLenard Moore's bus ride to his segregated school in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was long, and often boring, but he quickly found that books could fill the void. At first it was just "Green Eggs and Ham"  and "The Gingerbread Man." But those turned out to be the simple beginnings of a love for literature that blossomed into a career as a poet. 


Brian Lampkin reviews I Will Find You

I Will Find You“Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid,” is the self-lacerating mantra that Joanna Connors plays in her head. Her non-fiction account of her own rape— and of her search for the life and history of her rapist—is filled with an unrelenting honesty about sexual violence, race in America, and the realities of incarceration and poverty. This is not a memoir of survival or an uplifting story of the spirit overcoming the life-denying degradations of violence and misery. It’s much more of a journalistic exploration of the consequences of brutal poverty and hopelessness. And the consequences of being raped. 

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Meet Abbie Williams

John LavelleAbbie Williams is a natural-born storyteller. Blame it on her Irish roots, rowdy imagination, or her love of American frontier folklore and steamy romance, but telling stories is her thing. She lives in the wilds of Minnesota, where she spends her time writing, researching, teaching, and taking care of her busy family of five. When not curled over her keyboard, you can find her listening to bluegrass music, lounging near one of the 10,000 lakes in her home state, and simply enjoying nature in all its gorgeous, colorful seasons, a place where she never fails to find inspiration. Books include - HEART OF A DOVE, 2015 Gold Medalist at the Independent Publishing Awards in New York. Book one in the Dove Series, HEART OF A DOVE introduces the story of Lorie Blake, a war orphan forced into prostitution near the end of the Civil War. Hailed by Publishers Weekly, the novel combines history, romance, danger and adventure. SOUL OF A CROW is book two in the Dove Series, the sequel to HEART OF A DOVE which continues the dark and increasingly dangerous journey of Lorie Blake and her newfound love and family. SUMMER AT THE SHORE LEAVE CAFE is book one in the Shore Leave Café Series, a contemporary romance saga featuring three generations of women who live in the small lakeshore town of Landon, MN. Family curses? Cheating husbands? Tragedy? The Davis women have faced all of this and more, and their strength and humor pull them through every time. Book one introduces readers to the charming and quirky town of Landon and its cast of characters. Steamy romance, humor, and a hint of the paranormal await readers. The story continues in books two and three, SECOND CHANCES and A NOTION OF LOVE, due autumn of 2016.

Soul of a CrowSoul of a Crow

It is 1868 and the country is still reeling from the brutal effects of the Civil War. Lorie Blake, a war-orphan who escaped the miserable prison of her life as a prostitute in a Missouri whorehouse, embarks on a breathtaking overland journey northwest. With Lorie is her newfound family brothers Boyd and Malcolm Carter, experienced horseman Sawyer Davis, and his beloved paint mare, Whistler. For the first time in years, there seems reason to hope. Thrown together by fate, and now deeply bound by love, each of them are determined to begin new lives as homesteaders in Minnesota. But, the past refuses to die. Former Confederate soldiers Sawyer and Boyd are haunted by the specters of the War, a conflict never truly put to rest. New friends emerge and old enemies arise, as ancient hatreds boil over in the hearts of the men who survived. In the face of incredible odds, Lorie must rely upon all of the strength in her soul as she battles for the life of her true love and the enduring promise of a new beginning in the north.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 24. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
2. The Last Mile
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781455586455
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
6. Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House, $28, 9781400068326
7. Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $28, 9780525955092
8. The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson, Random House, $28, 9780812993103
9. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
10. Miller's Valley
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $28, 9780812996081
11. Journey to Munich
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $26.99, 9780062220608
12. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
13. The Little Red Chairs
Edna O'Brien, Little Brown, $27, 9780316378239
14. The Obsession
Nora Roberts, Berkley, $28, 9780399175169
15. Family Jewels
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $28, 9780399174698


1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
2. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
okra4. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027

5. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
6. Lab Girl
Hope Jahren, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101874936
7. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
8. Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two
Jim Koch, Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250070500
9. The Third Wave
Steve Case, S&S, $26.95, 9781501132582
10. First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $28.99, 9780062439659
11. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
12. The Sleep Revolution
Arianna Huffington, Harmony, $26, 9781101904008
13. Hamilton: The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Grand Central, $40, 9781455539741
14. Lust & Wonder
Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9780312342036
15. The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats
William Geroux, Viking, $28, 9780525428152


1. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Broadway, $16, 9780553418798
2. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
5. The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124944
6. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
7. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $15.99, 9781476789644
8. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781501115073
siba book award finalist9. My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh, Putnam, $16, 9780425278109

okra10. Lies and Other Acts of Love
Kristy Woodson Harvey, Berkley, $15, 9781101987063

11. The Life of Elves
Muriel Barbery, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609453152
12. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
13. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780307887443
14. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
15. Armada
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780804137270


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408877
2. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
3. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
4. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
5. The Soul of an Octopus
Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16, 9781451697728
6. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
Jill Leovy, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385529990
7. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408853
8. NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
NOFX, Jeff Alulis, Da Capo Press, $22.99, 9780306824777
9. Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $16, 9780316776967
10. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
11. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
12. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $15.99, 9780062305206
13. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
14. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
15. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
David Sibley, Knopf, $19.95, 9780307957917


1. Make Me
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780804178792
2. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
4. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
7. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
8. The English Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $9.99, 9780062320148
9. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Harper, $9.99, 9780062376572
10. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342


1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
5. Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484730881
6. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
7. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $6.99, 9780547248288
8. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. Waiting
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062368430


okra1. Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763681173

2. Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442468351
3. The BFG
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142410387
4. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
5. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
6. Matilda
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142410370
7. Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399160301
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142410318
9. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein, Yearling, $6.99, 9780307931474
10. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $7.99, 9781416936473


1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)
Newt Scamander, Arthur A. Levine Books, $9.99, 9780545850568
5. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
6. Firelight (Amulet, #7)
Kazu Kibuishi, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545433167
7. The 52-Story Treehouse (The Treehouse Books)
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $13.99, 9781250026934
8. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Marissa Meyer, Square Fish, $9.99, 9781250007209
9. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062387240
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
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Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

Fates and Furies The Obsession Family Jewels Dimestore: A Writer's Life Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies The Sleep Revolution The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats Lies and Other Acts of Love The Life of Elves The Alchemist Ready Player One Armada Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America In the Garden of Beasts NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories Me Talk Pretty One Day The Devil in the White City Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House Harry Potter Coloring Book The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America American Gods The Catcher in the RyeOutlander 1984To Kill a MockingbirdA Game of ThronesAmerican SniperAnimal Farm The Giving Tree Waiting Sisters Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Hatchet


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Patricia Engel - The Veins of the Oceans - Gables  (author appearance)
Patricia Engel | 05/04/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Mark Beaver: Suburban Gospel, Julia Franks: Over The Plain Houses  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 05/04/2016, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Katarina Bivald - THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND  (author appearance)
Katarina Bivald | 05/04/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Lucia Peel Powe: The Osprey's View  (author appearance)
Lucia Peel Powe | 05/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Jasmine Kumalah, Holding Demons In Small Jars  (author appearance)
Jasmine Kumalah | 05/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

YA Book Club  (book club)
E. Lockhart | 05/04/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Star Wars Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
05/04/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Star Wars Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
05/04/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Launch for Jaime Reed - Keep Me In Mind  (author appearance)
Jaime Reed | 05/04/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Diane Guerrero - In the Country We Love: My Family Divided - Gables  (author appearance)
Diane Guerrero | 05/05/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Thomas Swick - The Joys of Travel  (author appearance)
Thomas Swick | 05/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Author & UGA Alumna Amber Brock: A FINE IMITATION  (author appearance)
Amber Brock | 05/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jeremy Logan Book Launch -Smitten  (author appearance)
Jeremy Logan | 05/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Katarina Bivald- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  (author appearance)
Katarina Bivald | 05/05/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Children’s Book Trivia  (other event)
05/05/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Padre Santiago Martín - El evangelio secreto de la virgen María - Gables   (other event)
05/06/2016, 12:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

John Dufresne - I Don't Like Where This is Going - Gables  (author appearance)
John Dufresne | 05/06/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Katarina Bivald Signing  (author appearance)
Katarina Bivald | 05/06/2016, 04:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Mary Alice Monroe Author of A Lowcountry Wedding  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/06/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Lisa McCourt- Good Night, Stinky Face- Gables  (author appearance)
Lisa McCourt | 05/07/2016, 12:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Dilcia Ruan - Conexión, padres e hijos - Gables  (author appearance)
Dilcia Ruan | 05/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Marisella Veiga - We Carry Our Homes with Us - Gables  (author appearance)
Marisella Veiga | 05/07/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Children's Book Week Story Time: IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO with Illustrator Sara Lynn Cramb  (other event)
Sara Lynn Cramb | 05/07/2016, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day  (other event)
05/07/2016, 09:00 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!John Hart: Redemption Road  (author appearance)
John Hart | 05/07/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Fun with Bad Kitty  (other event)
05/07/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Scavenger Hunt   (other event)
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman | 05/08/2016, 03:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Ethan Canin - A Doubter's Almanac - Gables  (author appearance)
Ethan Canin | 05/09/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Brian Lies-- Gator Dad  (author appearance)
Brian Lies | 05/09/2016, 04:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

SECOND TUESDAY POETRY NIGHT with Laura McDermott!  (author appearance)
05/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Okra Pick!Authors Julia Franks & Mark Beaver: OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES and SUBURBAN GOSPEL  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 05/10/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Crystal R. Sanders - A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle  (author appearance)
Crystal R. Sanders | 05/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Sit. Sip. Write. Creative Writing Group  (writers group)
05/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Betsy Lerner - THE BRIDGE LADIES - Gables  (author appearance)
Betsy Lerner | 05/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meet Author Matthew Griffin: HIDE  (author appearance)
Matthew Griffin | 05/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ace Atkins-ROBERT B. PARKER’S SLOW BURN  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 05/11/2016, 07:30 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Willie Drye - For Sale: American Paradise: How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida  (author appearance)
Willie Drye | 05/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

J. Patrick Redmond - Some Go Hungry - Gables  (author appearance)
J. Patrick Redmond | 05/12/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Avid Poetry Series  (other event)
Philip Lee Williams | 05/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Elise Blackwell - The Lower Quarter  (author appearance)
Elise Blackwell | 05/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Dawson Carr: NC 12 Gateway to the Outer Banks  (author appearance)
Dawson Carr | 05/12/2016, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

THOMAS SWICK - The Joys of Travel - Gables  (author appearance)
Thomas Swick | 05/13/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Diamonds & Rust: Live Band  (other event)
05/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!John Hart Author of Redemption Road  (author appearance)
John Hart | 05/13/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Karen Gross- Lady Lucy's Quest- Gables  (author appearance)
Karen Gross | 05/14/2016, 10:00 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Taylor Moxey- The Adventure of Taylor the Chef- Gables  (author appearance)
Taylor Moxey | 05/14/2016, 01:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

MICHAEL JARVIS - Dog Head - Gables  (author appearance)
Michael Jarvis | 05/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE - The Romanovs - Gables  (author appearance)
Simon Sebag Montefiore | 05/14/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

ACE ATKINS here with Robert B. Parker's SLOW BURN  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 05/14/2016, 02:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Ancient Greece Party  (book festival)
Rick Riordan | 05/14/2016, 01:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - THE FIFTH SEASON  (author appearance)
05/14/2016, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Adele Rodriguez - The Way To Happiness - Gables  (author appearance)
Adele Rodriguez | 05/15/2016, 04:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Syrrup: Live Band  (other event)
05/15/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Richard Shapiro - The Endangered Customer - Gables  (author appearance)
Richard Shapiro | 05/17/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Inkwood Adult Book Club  (book club)
05/17/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Pam Tyler - NEW ORLEANS WOMEN AND THE POYDRAS HOME  (author appearance)
Pamela Tyler | 05/17/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Books & Beyond: Book Club  (book club)
Marilynne Robinson | 05/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Martha Hall Kelly Author of Lilac Girls  (author appearance)
Martha Hall Kelly | 05/17/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

History Night! Bruce Venter Presents Kill Jeff Davis  (author appearance)
Bruce Venter | 05/17/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Brenda Marie Osbey - ALL SOULS with James Borders - MARKING TIME, MAKING PLACE  (author appearance)
Brenda Marie Osbey | 05/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Story Time @ 10:30 AM  (other event)
05/18/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Story Time @ 3:30 PM  (other event)
05/18/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Launch Party for Zachary Reid’s Cuba, More of Less  (author appearance)
Zachary Reid | 05/18/2016, 06:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author PATRICIA ENGEL here with THE VEINS OF THE OCEAN  (author appearance)
Patricia Engel | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Michael Perry - The Jesus Cow  (author appearance)
Michael Perry | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Everything’s Coming Up Rosés  (other event)
05/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Sit. Sip. Color  (other event)
05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Gregg E. Brickman Booksigning  (author appearance)
Gregg E. Brickman | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Ashton Applewhite - This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism  (author appearance)
Ashton Applewhite | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Jennie Holton Fant Author of The Travelers' Charleston  (author appearance)
Jennie Holton Fant | 05/20/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author Camille Perri: THE ASSISTANTS  (author appearance)
Camille Perri | 05/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS  (book club)
05/21/2016, 11:45 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
05/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Chuck Walsh  (author appearance)
Chuck Walsh | 05/21/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Grady Query  (author appearance)
Grady Query | 05/21/2016, 04:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Michael Buffalo Smith  (other event)
05/22/2016, 02:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Kids' Book Club!  (book club)
05/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Natasha Robinson - Mentor for Life  (author appearance)
Natasha Robinson | 05/24/2016, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Mary Kubica- Don’t You Cry  (author appearance)
Mary Kubica | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Warren Bingham Presents George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour  (author appearance)
Warren Bingham | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/26/2016, 11:30 am | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Mukasonga, Scholastique | 05/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Stephanie Danler – SWEETBITTER  (author appearance)
Stephanie Danler | 05/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Rien Fertel - The One True Barbecue  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Buddy Story Time: Kathy McGougan & Buddy the Dog  (author appearance)
Kathy McGougan | 05/27/2016, 10:30 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Facts & Fiction: Literary Trivia Night  (other event)
05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Mary Kay Andrews Author of The Weekenders  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/27/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
05/28/2016, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
05/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Signing with Guy S. Fasciana  (author appearance)
Guy S. | 05/28/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Fred Leebron - Christiania  (author appearance)
Fred Leebron | 05/29/2016, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Karen White  (author appearance)
Karen White | 05/29/2016, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Singer/Songwriter Robert Bertinelli  (other event)
05/29/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Nevada Barr - BOAR ISLAND  (author appearance)
Nevada Barr | 05/31/2016, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Dorothea Benton Frank Author of All Summer Long  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 05/31/2016, 02:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Authors Round the South


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