{Reading and rain go together.}

In which Ms. Ruta Sepetys has a life changing moment while consulting on American Idol, the Mount Vernon and the Marmet County Public Libraries are both extremely well-endowed (albeit in rather different ways), the Lee Brothers deem supermarket-brand instant grits a “cultural embarrassment…better suited for spackling walls,” Mr. Ron Rash explains why writing a novel is like being a mule, and the best thing to do on a rainy day is read a book.

February 24, 2012



Dearest readers,

Do you keep a diary? Her ladyship, the editor, does not. But she does keep a file on her computer called “Daybook.doc” which stays open whenever the computer is on, and in which her ladyship records such trivialities about her life as interest her and she thinks might be of use to remember. It serves as a gardener’s notebook, a reading journal, a receipt archive, a bird list and a writer’s workbook; it’s electronic pages filled with drafts of poems about luna moths, notes about a particular mint chocolate chip cookie recipe, brief comments about books, and a steady account of the things that appear unexpectedly in her ladyship’s flower beds.

Empire of LibertyThis is why her ladyship knows that by this time last year, she already had peas coming up in the garden and the carrots were well established. She was reading books about the American Revolution and the short stories of James Still.  The fig tree was leafing out. She had just tried a new recipe for rye bread.

This year, the peas and carrots have just been planted, and although it was a warm winter it has been a very nippy spring, so the fig tree has yet to show any leaves. Her ladyship has moved on from reading about the American Revolution and is now reading about the Roman Republic. And the bread rising today on her kitchen counter is not rye, but an Italian sourdough seasoned with parmesan cheese, thyme and sage. 

The Rise of RomeHer ladyship had, she must admit, felt somewhat frustrated by the late season cold snap. She felt as though she were losing time to get her seeds planted, and missing her early spring days spent reading on her back deck in the warm sun. Her daybook is a source of comfort to her, as it reminds her that there really is no such thing as “falling behind” in life. Life is all about the living of it, day to day to day.


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 24, 2013

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. Tenth of December
George Saunders, Random House, $26, 9780812993806
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
3. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273574
4. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $24, 9780770437855
5. Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307957238
6. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $26, 9780345528674
okra7. Wash
Margaret Wrinkle, Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 9780802120663

8. Alex Cross, Run
James Patterson, Little Brown, $28.99, 9780316097512
okra9. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $24.99, 9780062202710

10. A Memory of Light
Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Tor, $34.99, 9780765325952
11. Ghostman
Roger Hobbs, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307959966
12. Insane City
Dave Barry, Putnam Adult, $26.95, 9780399158681
13. My Brother's Book
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.95, 9780062234896
14. Suspect
Robert Crais, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399161483
15. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99, 9780062124265

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. The Future
Al Gore, Random House, $30, 9780812992946
2. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
3. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884
4. Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95, 9781594631290
5. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, Random House, $35, 9781400067664
6. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
7. Coolidge
Amity Shlaes, Harper, $35, 9780061967559
8. Going Clear
Lawrence Wright, Knopf, $28.95, 9780307700667
9. A Higher Call
Adam Makos, Larry Alexander, Berkley, $26.95, 9780425252864
10. Detroit: An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205347
11. Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition
Garry Wills, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024872
12. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
13. The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor
Jake Tapper, Little Brown, $29.99, 9780316185394
14. The World Until Yesterday
Jared M. Diamond, Viking, $36, 9780670024810
15. Killing Kennedy
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805096668

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION


1. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316
2. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
3. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307950659
4. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
5. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
6. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239
7. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
8. A Good American
Alex George, Berkley Publishing Group, $16, 9780425253175
9. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
10. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books, $14, 9781451696196
12. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
13. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432
14. The Newlyweds
Nell Freudenberger, Vintage Books, $15.95, 9780307388971
15. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780547848419

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION


1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
3. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
4. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $13.95, 9780399533464
5. Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
Madeleine Albright, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062030344
6. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
7. Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $21, 9781451688092
8. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247
9. ObamaCare Survival Guide
Nick J. Tate, Humanix, $19.95, 9780893348625
10. An Invisible Thread
Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski, Howard Books, $14.99, 9781451648973
11. Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Random House, $20, 9780345408778
12. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
13. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419
14. Citizens of London
Lynne Olson, Random House, $17, 9780812979350
15. Tiny Beautiful Things
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307949332

MASS MARKET


1. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Harper, $9.99, 9780062238863
2. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
5. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Signet, $9.99, 9780451233967
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
8. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553573428
10. V Is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425250563

CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Emeraldalicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780061781261
3. This Is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990
4. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
5. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
6. I Am a Bunny
Ole Risom, Richard Scarry (Illus.), Golden, $5.99, 9780375827785
7. The Real Mother Goose
Blanche Fisher Wright, Blanche Fisher Wright (Illus.), Scholastic, $9.95, 9780590225175
8. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
9. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illus.), S&S, $7.99, 9780689711732

CHILDREN’S INTEREST


1. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
okra4. Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel Books, $17.99, 9780399256929
5. Homeland
Cory Doctorow, Tor, $17.99, 9780765333698
6. Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
7. Little Brother
Cory Doctorow, Tor, $10.99, 9780765323118
8. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702
9. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
10. Falling Kingdoms
Morgan Rhodes, Razorbill, $18.99, 9781595145840

CHILDREN’S FICTION SERIES TITLES


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419705847
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
3. Big Nate Flips Out
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $13.99, 9780061996634
4. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545175364
5. Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077033
6. Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures, #3)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316123518
7. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9780312642969
8. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
9. Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures, #2)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Little Brown, $9.99, 9780316077040
10. Ivy and Bean No News Is Good News (Ivy & Bean, #8)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Chronicle, $5.99, 9781452107813

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

SmonkTelling time by the bottle tree

It was the eve of the eve of his death by murder and there was harmonica music in the air when E. O. Smonk rode the disputed mule over the railroad tracks and up the hill to the hotel where his trial would be. It was October the first of that year. It had been dry and dusty for six weeks and five days. The crops were dead. It was Saturday. Ten after three o’clock in the afternoon accord to the shadows of the bottles on the bottle tree.


--Tom Franklin, Smonk (Harper Perennial, 2007) 9780061142772

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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).

Philanthropist David Rubenstein is giving $10 million to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia to build a library for the president's books and papers. Mount Vernon officials say the gift announced Sunday surpasses their fundraising goal of $100 million for the project. It also marks what would have been Washington's 281st birthday Friday. Mount Vernon receives gift to build library

“There’s a great crowd despite it pouring outside,” said local author Patricia Terrell, chief organizer of the event intended to fight illiteracy. “Reading and rain go together. This may sound cliché, but everyone knows that the best thing to do on a rainy day is read a book.” Book ‘Em draws large crowd to Lumberton

Marmet, West Virginia is a town of 1,500 people living in a thin ribbon along the banks of the Kanawha River just below Charleston. The town's public library is only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It's housed in a small building the size of a trailer, which the state of West Virginia describes as an "extremely small facility with only one Internet connection." Which is why it's such a surprise to learn the Marmet Public Library runs this connection through a $15,000 to $20,000 Cisco 3945 router intended for "mid-size to large deployments," according to Cisco. Why a one-room library in West Virginia needs a $20,000 router.

"Slavery is America’s original sin. While many of us can’t bear to face its legacy, brilliant writers who fearlessly explore it can bring back vital truths."

WashSlavery is America’s original sin. While many of us can’t bear to face its legacy, brilliant writers who fearlessly explore it can bring back vital truths. Books like William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Edward P. Jones’ The Known World and Russell Banks’ Cloudsplitter form a kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of their own. Add Margaret Wrinkle’s Wash to that illustrious company. Wrinkle, who also made the award-winning documentary broken/ground about race relations in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala., builds a lyrical story of courageous human beings transcending the cruelty and degradation of their slave-holding society. Wash

House GirlAt the start of her assured and arresting debut novel, The House Girl, Tara Conklin subtly evokes the eventual doom of the cruel and depraved Old South as she describes, through Josephine's discerning eyes, the Bells' faltering Virginia tobacco plantation. As the once stately white mansion falls into despair and decay, brilliantly colored flowers surge free of the once stringently defended garden borders. Josephine herself, haunted by painful memories and determined to live a life of her choosing, is intimately imagined and instantly compelling. We will follow her anywhere. The House Girl

The Next Time You See MeYou can feel the grit in their daily lives - in the air, in the crunch of the leaves, at the factory and in the angst at the school. There is misery and exposed secrets and violence – all interconnected in the Kentucky town bordering Tennessee. The Next Time You See Me

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Author Gossip

Dottie FrankFrank told festival goers this morning how she didn’t start writing until she was about 40. She had left the business world and was very active in volunteer work when she became stressed with the death of her mother. She wanted to earn some money to buy back her childhood home on Sullivan’s Island outside Charleston and was looking at a popular novel in Kmart one day in 1992 when she decided she would write a novel. The Story Behind the Story

Ruta SepetysSepetys first talked about how she was an unlikely candidate to be an author, having majored in international finance in school. She spent time in the music industry, even with a consulting gig on American Idol representing songwriters and helping finalists choose songs to sing. After a self-awakening exchange with one of the show’s contestants, in which he asked Sepetys “What’s your story?” she realized she didn’t have a very solid answer. Ruta Sepetys, What’s Your Story?

We tried to draw connections between the new and the old. So many books that have come out of Charleston have looked lovingly at one period and have tended to ignore recent history, and so we wanted to embrace it all. Lee Brothers

Lee Brothers

Matt Lee and Ted Lee exhibit a Southern politeness that speaks to their background growing up in genteel Charleston, South Carolina. Ask the brothers about instant grits, though, and they pull no punches. The pair once described the supermarket variety as “cream-wheat bland, a cultural embarrassment” and recently declared that the white stuff is better suited for spackling walls than for consumption. True Grits

Tara ConklinAs I was doing the research, you know, I read a lot of slave narratives, and the thing that just struck me is that, you know, 250 years of slavery and there are so few accounts of what their lives were actually like. And I started thinking a lot about who writes history, and what are the voices that we don't hear. Tara Conklin on NPR

"I want to make sure, all kids can see themselves and their history reflected in books."
~Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling LyonsAs an author, Lyons says her books are not just about sharing her background and culture, but about making every child feel included. "When I was younger, I didn't see myself in books," Lyons said. "I want to make sure, all kids can see themselves and their history reflected in books." Kelly Starling Lyons

Ron RashI think writing a poem is like being a greyhound. Writing a novel is like being a mule. You go up one long row, then down another, and try not to look up too often to see how far you still have to go. Short fiction is the medium I love the most, because it requires that I bring everything I’ve learned about poetry—the concision, the ability to say something as vividly as possible—but also the ability to create a narrative that, though lacking a novel’s length, satisfies the reader. A Good Man is Hard to Find is as perfect as any story I know. - How I Write  

"I think writing a poem is like being a greyhound. Writing a novel is like being a mule."~Ron Rash

Nothing Gold Can StayNothing Gold Can Stay is excitingly versatile, covering time periods from the Civil War to the present and ranging in mood from wryly comic to brutal. The 14 stories are united by clean, tough specificity, courtly backwoods diction, and a capacity for sending shivers. (Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling would have loved the story “A Sort of Miracle.”) Be careful of the locals

There’s an art to exclusion, to what a writer decides to leave out of sentences and story lines. Ron Rash is a careful master of that art, withholding key facts and actions so that the reader must fill them in. While reading his fiction, we have to become Rash’s characters, figure out what they might do in a situation, consider what we might do, bring ourselves into the room.  Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay

If you ever find yourself as a character in a Ron Rash story, even in the best of circumstances: Run, run, run as fast as you can!

If you ever find yourself as a character in a Ron Rash story, even in the best of circumstances: Run, run, run as fast as you can! Get out of that story because if you stay, something bad is bound to happen.  Ron Rash

“I like to think that all that I’ve written forms a kind of quilt about the Appalachian mountains,” Ron Rash says in the wake of publishing his most recent book, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” a collection of 14 stories. The world of Ron Rash

The stories are usually grim. When there is violence, it comes in a startling form. But there are also moments of morbid beauty. Review of Nothing Gold Can Stay

Gigi Amateau

Gigi AmateauGigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market." She is also the award-winning author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, was selected by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Fall 2012 Okra Pick. Gigi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has worked in the health and human services sector for more than twenty years. Born in northeastern Mississippi in 1964, she was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and lives with her husband and daughter in Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, and watching birds. Connect with her at http://www.gigiamateau.com.

Request Gigi for an event or book club

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.

Authors traveling right now:

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

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Bookstore Gossip

Cory Doctorow speaking about the technology and privacy issues behind his novel Homeland at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC on February 16th, 2013. Plus an introduction to SplatSpace, Durham's Hackerspace. Cory Doctorow at Flyleaf Books

Three independent bookstores are suing online bookseller behemoth Amazon and the publishers known as the Big Six, claiming that the group has created a monopoly in the sale of e-books. Fiction Addiction, a store based in Greenville, S.C.; Posman Books, a New York City store which has three locations; and Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza of Albany, N.Y., filed the class action lawsuit. Three indie bookstores file lawsuit against Amazon

Octavia Books is one of my favorite bookstores in the city. It is nestled in a residential area only a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of upper Magazine. The tiny store is crammed floor to ceiling with textual treasures new and old. Octavia Books Has Got Brooke Hooked

The Invisible War is an investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. The Invisible War brings to light rape within in the military through interviews with veterans from different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Film viewing at Wild Iris Books April 1

"We look for authors whom our Asheville community will support, as well as not-so-well-known authors who we know our customers will love. Our primary objective is to be a matchmaker between our customers and our authors" ~Alsace, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe
At 31-year-old Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, N.C., “events are responsible for at least 25% of sales, but are even more important in terms of improving cash flow on a month-to-month basis,” said manager and co-owner Linda Barrett Knopp. “For our events program we look for authors whom our Asheville community will support, as well as not-so-well-known authors who we know our customers will love. Our primary objective is to be a matchmaker between our customers and our authors,” added Malaprop’s events coordinator Alsace Walentine. Despite the fact that the store doesn’t schedule events in December during the run up to the holidays, she estimated that Malaprop’s averages at least one event a day. Next month the store’s events range from a ticketed reading with Terry Tempest Williams, which includes the cost of a paperback copy of When Women Were Birds, to an authorless event about Europa Editions titles, which is geared to book club leaders. Events help boost indies

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park: Why Book Clubs should read The Lost Saints of Tennessee

hint: dancing hedgehogs


Lost Saints of Tennessee

Lost Saints of Tennessee

 

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Read This! Okra Picks and picks from Little Shop of Stories & Avid Book Shop


Nothing Gold Can StayNothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash

PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.

In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In "Something Rich and Strange," a diver iNothing Gold Can Stays called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface.The violence of Rash's characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.

Full set of Okra Picks here


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Far Far AwaySpring Picks from Childen’s Booksellers:
Dave Shallenberger and Diane Capriola, co-owners of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Ga. (via PW)

Shallenberger: One absolutely, positively, unbelievably good YA title is Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Knopf, June). It’s a Grimm fairy tale set in a small town in the modern-day northern plains, and it is phenomenally well written. The narrative takes its time but the quality of the writing is so engaging that you’re willing to ride with it until the story starts taking off. It’s a perfect book for readers who liked Adam Gidwitz’s In a Glass Grimmly, and I can see it having a strong crossover into adult. 9780375849725

"Terra is great at capturing the teenage voice, and this moves at a really quick pace. I’ll sell it to teens looking for realistic fiction, which more and more teens are asking for."~Diane, Little Shop of Stories

The Wells BequestCriminalCapriola: One book that I could not put down is Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon Pulse, May), who is actually one of our booksellers. It’s her best book yet. It’s about a teenage girl who is in a bad relationship with a guy and is blinded to some of the things that are going on. It’s all about realizing the mistakes she’s made and the consequences of choices she made. Terra is great at capturing the teenage voice, and this moves at a really quick pace. I’ll sell it to teens looking for realistic fiction, which more and more teens are asking for. I’m also looking forward to selling Polly Shulman’s The Wells Bequest (Penguin/Paulsen, June), which continues the story of The Grimm Legacy and has a really cool time-travel aspect. This is a good novel for higher middle-grade girls as well as boys, since it has a really strong boy protagonist.

Recommendations from Avid Bookshop, Athens GA:

"Lavish, often emotional illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the rhythmic, moving poetry that tells the tale of Passover."~Janet, Avid Book Shop

The Longest NightThe Longest Night by Laurel Snyder: Lavish, often emotional illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the rhythmic, moving poetry that tells the tale of Passover. I admit that I only vaguely understood the story of Passover myself (I knew there was something about painting the door...or the house...or something?). Things I learned long ago came back to me as I read this story. Despite the tale's darkness, children will be comforted by the end, knowing they are part of something beautiful and whole. ~ Janet, owner

Why We WriteWhy We Write edited by Meredith Maran: Anyone who's ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most—and least—about their vocation.

Doug UnpluggedDoug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino: Yaccarino's illustrations are distinctive and his newest is timely given the prevalence of e-readers even for very young readers. Doug the robot learns an important lesson in this colorful book: it's more fun to learn while DOING (unplugged) than just memorizing facts (plugged). Yaccarino is subtly sending this message of unplugging to parents as well as kids and I like it! ~ Rachel, events & PR

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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!
Wash
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Suspect
Killing Lincoln
A Higher Call
The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor
Killing Kennedy
A Land More Kind Than Home
A Good American
Fifty Shades Darker
The Newlyweds
ObamaCare Survival Guide
An Invisible Thread
Catherine the Great
The Devil in the White City
Gift From the Sea
Citizens of London
1984
Killing Floor
The Diary of a Young Girl
V Is for Vengeance
The Real Mother Goose
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Little Blue Truck
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Out of the Easy
Little Brother
Three Times Lucky
Falling Kingdoms


Author Readings

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others By Daniel H. Pink  (author appearance)
Daniel H. Pink
03/05/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sarah Carr - HOPE AGAINST HOPE: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children  (author appearance)
Sarah Carr
03/05/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Stacey Cordery, Girl Scout Leadership Luncheon  (author appearance)
Stacey Cordery
03/05/2013, 11:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Author Talk - KG Dowling  (author appearance)
KG Dowling
03/05/2013, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books, LLC
Punta Gorda, FL

FLORIDA HISTORY: T.D. Allman -- Finding Florida  (author appearance)
T.D. Allman
03/05/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Randy Wayne White  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
03/05/2013, 03:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL

Dana Sachs  (author appearance)
Dana Sachs
03/06/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Brad Parks Returns with The Good Cop: A Mystery  (author appearance)
Brad Parks
03/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Author event with Terry Tempest Williams  (author appearance)
Terry Tempest Williams
03/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Book Your Lunch with Jessica Maria Tuccelli  (author appearance)
Jessica Maria Tuccelli
03/06/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

HEALTH/BODY: Dr. Ramani Durvasula -- You Are WHY You Ea  (author appearance)
Dr. Ramani Durvasula
03/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Maryanne O'Hara -- Cascade  (author appearance)
Maryanne O'Hara
03/06/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Signing Event With Randy Wayne White!  (author appearance)
White, Randy Wayne
03/06/2013, 06:30 pm
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Author Jessica Maria Tuccelli Glows  (author appearance)
Jessica Maria Tuccelli
03/07/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice By Terry Tempest Williams  (author appearance)
Terry Tempest Williams
03/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Gordon Mantler: Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974  (author appearance)
Gordon Mantler
03/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

RANDY WAYNE WHITE, NIGHT MOVES  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
03/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Jamie Mason Presents Three Graves Full  (author appearance)
Jamie Mason
03/07/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Elsa Hahne - THE GRAVY: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians  (author appearance)
Elsa Hahne
03/07/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Special eBook event  (author appearance)
Ora Mendels
03/07/2013, 7:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Book signing with Joanna Fluke  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/07/2013, 02:30 pm
Classic Bookshop of the Palm Beaches Inc.
Palm Beach, FL

Ken Burger signs Salkehachie Soup  (author appearance)
Ken Burger
03/07/2013, 05:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Susanne Fincher with Coloring Mandalas 4  (author appearance)
Susanne Fincher
03/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

DANA SACHS: THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE  (author appearance)
Dana Sachs
03/07/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Jodi Picoult -- The Storyteller   (author appearance)
Jodi Picoult
03/07/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ronlyn Domingue: The Mapmaker's War  (author appearance)
Ronlyn Domingue
03/07/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

AUTHOR: Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/07/2013, 02:30 pm
Classic Bookshop of the Palm Beaches Inc.
Palm Beach, FL

A Novel Music Tour: Acoustic concert by Lee Coulter & book signing with Sharisse Coulter  (author appearance)
Sharisse Coulter
03/08/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Brain Awareness Talk  (author appearance)
Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
03/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Murder Below Montparnasse By Cara Black  (author appearance)
Cara Black
03/08/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Kitty Snow Signs From a Richmond Streetcar  (author appearance)
Kitty Snow
03/08/2013, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Mary Ellen Taylor Book Signing & Recipe Swap  (author appearance)
Mary Ellen Taylor
03/08/2013, 03:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS *ticketed event  (author appearance)
Terry Tempest Williams
03/08/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

The Audacity of Dope -Monte Dutton   (author appearance)
Monte Dutton
03/08/2013, 06:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

SPANISH EVENT: Mercedes Marti -- Comer sano, morir en el intento  (author appearance)
Mercedes Marti
03/08/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

NATHAN KOTECKI & PT MCHUGH - Double YA Fantasy Bill  (author appearance)
Nathan Kotecki
03/09/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Praying in Pamlico by Sam Mordecai  (author appearance)
Sam Mordecai
03/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor  (author appearance)
Mary Ellen Taylor
03/09/2013, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Red Velvet Cupcake Murders  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/09/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Barnacle Bill Bedlam Book Signing  (author appearance)
Barnacle Bill Bedlam
03/09/2013, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Beth Lindsay Templeton Book Signing  (author appearance)
Beth Lindsay Templeton
03/09/2013, 11:00 am
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

MOHSIN HAMID presents his astounding new novel: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia  (author appearance)
Mohsin Hamid
03/09/2013, 01:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

DENISE KIERNAN PRESENTS THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY  (author appearance)
Denise Kiernan
03/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Randy Wayne White- Night Moves  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
03/09/2013, 07:00 pm
Book Mark
Neptune Beach, FL

Ellen Meister -- Farewell, Dorothy Parker  (author appearance)
Ellen Meister
03/09/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Cal Ripkin Jr. -- Wild Pitch   (author appearance)
Cal Ripkin Jr.
03/09/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

C. S. Harris: What Darkness Brings  (author appearance)
C. S. Harris
03/09/2013, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/09/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Barbara-Ann Wheeler Book Signing  (author appearance)
Barbara-Ann Wheeler
03/09/2013, 01:00 pm
That Bookstore in Blytheville
Blytheville, AR

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia By Mohsin Hamid  (author appearance)
Mohsin Hamid
03/10/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Out of The Easy By Ruta Sepetys  (author appearance)
Ruta Sepetys
03/10/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Gina Holmes - Wings of Glass  (author appearance)
Gina Holmes
03/10/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Robert Macomber thriller author signing  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
03/10/2013, 2:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Niki Tulk's SHADOWS & WINGS Book Launch  (author appearance)
Niki Tulk
03/10/2013, 04:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

The World of Wal-Mart: Discounting the American Dream  (author appearance)
Christine Labuski
03/10/2013, 04:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Horton's Birthday Party  (other event)
First name Last name
03/11/2013, 02:00 pm
Horton's Books & Gifts
Carrollton, GA

Okra Pick!WNBA Spring Meet the Authors Evening  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin
03/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

VLADIMIR ALEXANDROV  (author appearance)
Vladimir Alexandrov
03/11/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Randy Wayne White -- Night Moves   (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
03/11/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Guest Author Joshilyn Jackson  (author appearance)
Jackson, Joshilyn
03/11/2013, 06:00 pm
Book Exchange
Marietta, GA

Okra Pick!Lee Brothers  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Panic By Sharon M. Draper  (author appearance)
Sharon M. Draper
03/12/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Aimee Agresti - INFATUATE  (author appearance)
Aimee Agresti
03/12/2013, 05:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Kara and Jeff Oliver  (author appearance)
Kara and Jeff Oliver
03/12/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Chuck Malkus -- The Ultimate Ponzi Scheme   (author appearance)
Chuck Malkus
03/12/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

KIDS: Loren Long -- Otis & the Puppy  (author appearance)
Loren Long
03/12/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Paul Dorrell: Living the Artist's Life  (author appearance)
Paul Dorrell
03/12/2013, 05:30 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Timber Hawkeye Takes You to Buddhist Boot Camp  (author appearance)
Timber Hawkeye
03/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Joanne Fluke Reading and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Robert J. Norrell  (author appearance)
Robert J. Norrell
03/13/2013, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

TAIYE SELASI PRESENTS HER NOVEL GHANA MUST GO  (author appearance)
Taiye Selasi
03/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Book Signing with Anna Jean Mayhew's Dry Grass of August  (author appearance)
Anna Jean Mayhew
03/13/2013, 06:30 pm
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Jessica Alba in conversation with Jackie Nespral  (author appearance)
Jessica Alba
03/13/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

CUBAN HISTORY: Joan Mellen -- The Great Game in Cuba  (author appearance)
Joan Mellen
03/13/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/13/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Buddhist Boot Camp By Timber Hawkeye  (author appearance)
Timber Hawkeye
03/14/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Reading with Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/14/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Joanne Fluke Reading and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author event with Dr. Jennifer Howard  (author appearance)
Dr. Jennifer Howard
03/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons: Etiquette for the Dark Side with author Tara Laskowski  (author appearance)
Tara Laskowski
03/14/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Deborah Hicks- The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America  (author appearance)
Deborah Hicks
03/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore/ Cafe

Nathanael Johnson -- All Natural  (author appearance)
Nathanael Johnson
03/14/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/14/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Beth Hermes, THE LIGHTBEARERS: FOUND  (author appearance)
Beth Hermes
03/15/2013, 06:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

The Lee Bros. sign Charleston Kitchen  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/15/2013, 05:30 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Reading with Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Ron Rash Presents His New Short Story Collection  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
03/15/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

BUDDHIST BOOT CAMP WITH TIMBER HAWKEYE  (author appearance)
Timber Hawkeye
03/15/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/15/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Reading with Loren Long  (author appearance)
Loren Long
03/15/2013, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Buddhist Boot Camp with Timber Hawkeye  (author appearance)
Timber Hawkeye
03/16/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Kid Chef Eliana - COOL KIDS COOK  (author appearance)
Chef Eliana
03/16/2013, 01:30 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Marta Felber- How to Handle the Death of a Family Pet  (author appearance)
Marta Felber
03/16/2013, 02:00 pm
Barnhill's
Winston-Salem, NC

Carol L. Clark -- Addict America   (author appearance)
Carol L. Clark
03/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Katherine Getty, M.D. with  (author appearance)
Katherine Getty, M.D.
03/16/2013, 11:00 am
Yawn's Books & More
Canton, GA

Art Smith author of a new collection of poems, The Fortunate Few  (author appearance)
Art Smith
03/17/2013, 03:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Randy Wayne White -- Night Moves  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White
03/18/2013, 12:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Reading with Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Joanne Fluke
03/19/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

John Mackey -- Conscious Capitalism   (author appearance)
John Mackey
03/19/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Joanne Fluke  (author appearance)
Fluke, Joanne
03/19/2013, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Walter Bennett author of Leaving Tuscaloosa  (author appearance)
Walter Bennett
03/20/2013, 06:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Brady Author's Symposium with Sena Jeter Naslund  (author appearance)
Sena Jeter Naslund
03/21/2013, 11:00 am
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

Manatee Library Foundation Luncheon with Adriana Trigiani  (author appearance)
Adriana Trigiani
03/22/2013, 11:00 am
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Okra Pick!THE LEE BROS. CHARLESTON KITCHEN Book Signing  (author appearance)
Matt and Ted Lee
03/22/2013, 05:30 pm
Preservation Society of Charleston Book & Gift Sho
Charleston, SC

Harlan Coben- Six Years   (author appearance)
Harlan Coben
03/23/2013, 07:00 pm
BookMark
Charlotte, NC

An Evening with Garrison Keillor  (other event)
03/25/2013, 7pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Robin Cook  (author appearance)
Robin Cook
03/26/2013, 04:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL

Tim Hollis - See Alabama First: The Story of Alabama Tourism  (author appearance)
Tim Hollis
03/27/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Jon Buchan signs Code of the Forest  (author appearance)
Jon Buchan
03/28/2013, 06:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Kathy Bertone  (author appearance)
Kathy Bertone
03/28/2013, 04:00 pm
Sunshine Booksellers
Marco Island, FL

Jamie Quatro - I Want to Show You More  (author appearance)
Jamie Quatro
04/03/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble! with Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/04/2013, 05:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Jill McCorkle - Life after Life  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/08/2013, 4pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

The official launch of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble!  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
04/09/2013, 5pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore
Hendersonville, NC

Read It & Eat with William Kent Krueger  (author appearance)
William Kent Krueger
04/11/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Okra Pick!Jill McCorkle Book Signing!  (author appearance)
Jill McCorkle
04/15/2013, 5pm
That Bookstore in Blytheville
Blytheville, AR

Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray  (author appearance)
Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff-Gray
04/17/2013, 05:00 pm
Undercover Books & Gifts
Christiansted, VI

 


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