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{On novels written in spiral-bound notebooks.}

In which okra is once again in season, a reviewer notes the benefits of a profanity-laced vocabulary, and Mr. Jamie Kornegay recalls submitting his first novel to a New York publisher, hand-written in a spiral-bound notebook. He was in the third grade. The novel was rejected.

March 29, 2015

In This Issue

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

Dearest Readers,

A new season doesn't just mean new birds at the feeder or new plants in your garden. It's also time to pick up a new stack of books to tide you over until summer arrives. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has some ideas about what should be in that stack -- they've just announced their 2015 Spring Okra Picks:

Phenomenal Trisha's Table The Water and the Wild Lowcountry Boneyard The Bone Tree Valiant Minnow At the Corner of King Street World's Largest Man The Evidence Room Duncan the Story Dragon A Week at the Lake

Read Independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

PhenomenalThe relatively flat section of the lower trail leading to the monarchs' hibernation site was flanked by trees with very little underbrush, likely due to grazing livestock. The evergreens' trunks were impossibly straight. As Flor and I climbed, the brush got dense, and the path got steeper.

I began to wonder just how far up we were going, so I asked a nearby vaquero accompanying us on horseback, "How much longer do we have to ride?"

"Two," he said, making a peace sign.

"Two minutes?" I asked, hopefully.

"Two hours," he replied, amused.

I resolved not to ask any more questions I didn't really want to know the answer to.

Somehow, Flor and I began to take the lead, but it wasn't long before we reached a point in the path where Flor refused to climb. I looked up and saw a stretch of unearthed stone so precipitous that the trail took on a switchback pattern, as if we were being asked to crawl up a downhill ski slope.

Paco was riding behind me. "Andale!" I heard him shout.

"Andale," I said to Flor, and she began to move.

I leaned forward until my body was pressed against the hard horn of my saddle. The trail was so coarse, so difficult to negotiate that Flor was starting to sweat. I could see the hair on her neck beginning to clump. To our right was an endless green chasm. My life and Flor's were intertwined. If I had been nervous before, I was absolutely fearful now.

"Everything is okay," I told Flor softly, "Todo esta bien."

--Leigh Ann Henion, Phenomenal

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SIBA Book Award

The best in Southern Literature from the people who would know: Southern Indie Booksellers

Fiction from the end of the alphabet

Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martins Press, 9781250019691
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech, William Morrow & Company, 9780062307521
The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson, Amy Einhorn Books, 9780399157721
A Shelter of Others by Charles White, Fiddleback Press, 9780988687257
The Sheltering by Mark Powell, USC Press, 9781611174342
Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain, St. Martins Press, 9781250010711
Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke, Tin House Books, 9781935639947
Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon, Putnam Adult , 9780399167447
A Southern Girl by John Warley, Story River Books , 9781611173918
Southern Heat by David Burnsworth, Five Star, 9781432828004
Starting Over: Stories by Elizabeth Spencer, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871406811
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414388267
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith, Harper, 9780062335944
Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martins Press, 9781250040312
Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery Books, 9781476709017
Tell the World You're a Wildflower by Jennifer Horne, University of Alabama Press, 9780817318451
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
Thorn Tree by Heather Marshall, MP Publishing, 9781849823074
Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo, William Morrow, 9780062130549
Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey, William Morrow, 9780062092816
To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425253021
The Whiskey Baron by Jon Sealy, Hub City Press, 9781891885747
The Wilds by Julia Elliott, Tin House, 9781935639923
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis, Minotaur Books, 9781250053190

Save The Date Season of the Dragonflies The Secret of Magic A Shelter of Others The Sheltering Silent SisterSister Golden Hair Something Rich and Strange Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good A Southern Girl Southern HeatStarting Over: StoriesThe Story Keeper The Story of Land and Sea Stories We Tell Summer WindTell the World You're a Wildflower This Dark Road to MercyThorn TreeThree Story HouseTiger Shrimp TangoTo See the Moon AgainThe Whiskey BaronThe WildsWink of an Eye

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Independent Bookstore Day!

May Second is Independent Bookstore Day!

It's time to celebrate your local bookshop. Stores across the country (some 50+ here in the South) will be celebrating with special events and parties, story times and readings, free food and general craziness.

Authors like Roz Chast, Stephen King, Sam McBratney and others have pitched in to show their support for indie bookstores by donating a host of limited edition prints, books, and gifts that will only be available at indie bookstores on that day.

So true.

If you just have to have it, find the store closest to you on the map:

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Book & Author Gossip

ByrdKim Church's 5 Most memorable books

A Room for Cathy, by Catherine Woolley is a 1956 Scholastic Book I read many years before I discovered Virginia Woolf. Cathy, determined to have a private space in her family’s tiny house, transforms a corner of the dank basement.


The long gestation of the "debut" novel

SoilIn third grade, I submitted a novel, hand-written in a spiral-bound notebook, to a New York publisher. They promptly sent me a form rejection letter. It was probably good to be rejected so early because there was plenty more to follow. I wrote two other novels that will never be published. I must have finally gotten it right with "Soil."



The Big D Read

True GritAre you the kind of person who hates doing anything alone? I think you should talk to someone. But before you do, why don’t you join a city-wide book club and check out this year’s Big D Reads’ selection, True Grit. Even if you’ve read it before (or seen the movies), you should read it again



a strong, intelligent voice, a profanity-laced vocabulary.

MosquitolandMary Iris Malone, or more commonly known by her "acroname" Mim, travels from Mississippi to Ohio to rescue her mother in David Arnold’s debut novel, the young adult tale "Mosquitoland," but changes her outlook on life in the miles she journeys by bus, truck and foot.



Harper Lee novel cover released

Go Set a WatchmanHarper Lee’s upcoming Go Set a Watchman doesn’t hit shelves until July, but publisher Harper Collins gave fans a sneak peak of the cover Wednesday to tide them over until summer.

Small Bookstore, Big Mission

As Florida’s only feminist bookstore, Gainesville’s Wild Iris Books serves a unique role in its community. The store, which opened in 1992, goes well beyond its four walls to create a place for social, cultural, and educational events that celebrate diversity and originality. “Wild Iris is really a special, different place because it’s always been based on a mission,” said store co-owner Erica Merrell. “Bookselling is a really great perk that comes out of the really great work that we do.”

Screening Serena

SerenaOf all Rash’s novels, Serena was perhaps most difficult because this story really happened, to real people in real places. The infamous logging era of the Smokies is so rooted in the Appalachian history books, so well chronicled that readers would tolerate only a small measure of poetic license.

E Shaver Booksellers, sold

It really was no secret E Shaver Books was on the market. .Esther Shaver announced her retirement more than a year and a half ago. If you walked by the bookstore you saw empty spaces inside the bookstore, but if you didn't read that fine print, you might think they were closing and the rumors were true that they were closing in just a few days. But don't always believe what they say. "No, we are not going anywhere," Jessica Osborne, E Shaver employer, told WTOC.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

True Places Never Are

True Places Never AreIn her debut collection, Cate McGowan introduces us to an assortment of characters, a passenger manifest voyaging through loss and salvation. The book's title borrows from "Moby Dick" "It is not down on any map; true places never are." McGowan's characters are indeed off the map; they venture into wondrous worlds as knotty and distressing as the places they aim to leave.

In prose highlighted by moving observations and vivid imagery, McGowan's characters represent an unusual hodgepodge of everyman--children, men, and women who inhabit different eras and countries, all sharing the need for deliverance. They populate the aftermath of tragedy. Deeply affecting and varied in tone, the nineteen stories in the collection are a colony of laundromats and the Louvre; of mule pulls and boxing rings; of Georgia red clay and cobblestones.

In this collection, true places are indeed hard to find, yet hope is every person's traveling companion. In "True Places Never Are," McGowan reminds us that wherever you are in the world, redemption might not be far away.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

by Leigh Ann Henion

PhenomenalElizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love
“What a cool and fascinating ride. Leigh Ann Henion has tackled one of the great questions of contemporary, intelligent, adventurous women: Is it possible to be a wife and mother and still explore the world? Her answer seems to be that this is not only possible, but essential. This story shows how. I think it will open doors for many.”

Heartfelt and awe-inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart. A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own varied experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

Phenomenal begins in hardship: with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn. The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women. Convinced that the greatest key to happiness—both her own and that of her family—lies in periodically venturing into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder.

Henion’s quest takes her far afield, but it swiftly teaches her that freedom is its own form of parenting—one that ultimately allows her to meet her son on his own terms with a visceral understanding of the awe he experiences every day at the fresh new world. Whether standing on the still-burning volcanoes of Hawai‘i or in the fearsome lightning storms of Venezuela, amid the vast animal movements of Tanzania or the elegant butterfly migrations of Mexico, Henion relates a world of sublimity and revelation.

Henion’s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern-day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists. She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena. These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead. And, somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them.

A breathtaking memoir, Phenomenal reveals unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature.

Ruth Ozeki , author of A Tale for the Time Being
“Leigh Ann Henion’s exhilarating book (and life!) is everything the title suggests and more. Reading Phenomenal will give you courage—courage to explore the world we live in, and further, courage to explore your self. With moments of breath-stealing beauty, wild intelligence, and unrelenting honesty, Phenomenal is a true gift for everyone who’s ever been curious.”

Buy from an indie | Read the first chapter!

More Okra Picks!

Recommended by Indie Booksellers

Recommended (sort of) by the dogs at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee

Run Wolfie the Bunny To Kill a Mockingbird Bird By Bird The Unraveling of Mercy Louis The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Mosquitoland Frog Music

Run by Ann Patchett

I love to run. There’s definitely some running in this, but not on every single page like I had hoped. More running, please. – Sparky

Wolfie the Bunny  by Ame DyckmanZachariah OHora

A baby wolf is adopted by a family of rabbits. People are calling this story “cute” and “sweet” and “heartwarming,” but I mostly find it “insane,” because rabbits are “delicious.” – Opie

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This isn’t about bird hunting at all. False advertising, Ms. Lee. – Gracie

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

See above. Another misleading title raises hopes only to dash them. – Belle

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

I had a rope toy once. My baby brother Woodstock unraveled it, and then we both got in trouble for making a mess. Personally, I can’t handle another unraveling story. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

Bad news, folks: That red stripe on the cover is NOT bacon. There is zero bacon in this story. – Bear

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Is this about the transmission of heartworms? I’ll pass. – Sparky

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

I have no interest in Frog Music, but I would very much like a Frog Sandwich. – Bear

More bookseller recommendations

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 22, 2015. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037
6. Where All Light Tends to Go
David Joy, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399172779
7. World Gone By
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $27.99, 9780060004903
8. Leaving Berlin
Joseph Kanon, Atria, $27, 9781476704647
9. A Dangerous Place
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $26.99, 9780062220554
10. Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260
11. The Fifth Gospel
Ian Caldwell, S&S, $25.99, 9781451694147
okra12. Soil
Jamie Kornegay, S&S, $26, 9781476750811

okra13. My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399169526

14. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
okra15. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
4. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
5. The Hormone Reset Diet
Sara Gottfried, M.D., HarperOne, $27.99, 9780062316240
6. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
7. Girl in a Band
Kim Gordon, Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062295897
8. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
Laura Ingalls Wilder, South Dakota State Historical Society, $39.95, 9780984504176
9. Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas
Jeremy Gutsche, Crown Business, $25, 9780385346542
10. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
11. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
okra12. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

13. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)
Dave Barry, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399165955
14. Leaving Before the Rains Come
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594205866
15. Every Day I Fight
Stuart Scott, Larry Platt, Blue Rider, $26.95, 9780399174063


1. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
3. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin, $16, 9780143126829
4. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
5. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
6. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
7. The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure, Sourcebooks Landmark, $14.99, 9781402294150
8. Midnight in Europe
Alan Furst, Random House, $16, 9780812981834
9. The Burning Room
Michael Connelly, Grand Central, $16, 9781455524198
10. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
11. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
12. The Last Days of Video
Jeremy Hawkins, Soft Skull Press, $15.95, 9781619024854
13. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
14. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
15. The Matchmaker
Elin Hilderbrand, Back Bay, $17, 9780316099691


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
3. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
5. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
6. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Morrow, $15.99, 9780062376336
7. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
8. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
9. 10% Happier
Dan Harris, Dey Street, $15.99, 9780062265432
10. Alan Turing: The Enigma
Andrew Hodges, Princeton University Press, $16.95, 9780691164724
11. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
12. All Over But the Shoutin'
Rick Bragg, Vintage, $15.95, 9780679774020
13. When Paris Went Dark
Ronald C. Rosbottom, Back Bay, $18, 9780316217439
14. Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time
Craig Lehoullier, Storey Publishing, $19.95, 9781612122083
15. How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006884


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
3. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
4. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Harper, $9.99, 9780062376572
5. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543240
6. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
7. The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $8, 9781455584734
8. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
9. The Quiet Game
Greg Iles, Signet, $9.99, 9780451180421
10. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
3. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat, Little Brown, $17, 9780316199988
4. Aqualicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780062330161
5. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
6. Wolfie the Bunny
Ame Dyckman, Zachariah Ohora (Illus.), Little Brown, $17, 9780316226141
7. Easter Egg
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399252389
8. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
2. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
3. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
4. Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera, Dial, $16.99, 9780803738225
5. The Crossover
Kwame Alexander, Houghton Mifflin, $16.99, 9780544107717
6. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
7. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
8. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763676711
9. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
10. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729


1. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
3. Big Nate Lives It Up
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111081
4. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062387240
5. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
6. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062372857
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
8. The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $8, 9780316003957
9. Four: A Divergent Collection
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062345219
10. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781

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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.

Where All Light Tends to Go Soil My Sunshine Away Gray Mountain The Invention of Wings The Hormone Reset DietEverything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster) Leaving Before the Rains Come Every Day I Fight The Paris Architect The Great Gatsby The Last Days of Video My Brilliant Friend The Matchmaker Wreck This Journal The Devil in the White City Alan Turing: The Enigma All Over But the Shoutin' When Paris Went Dark Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time Lord of the FliesOutlanderGood OmensThe Quiet GameThe Catcher in the RyeWolfie the BunnyOn the Night You Were BornLove You ForeverMs. Rapscott's GirlsThe Crossover


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

Little Writer's Workshop  (other event)
04/04/2015, 10:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Meet Author Nina MacLaughlin: HAMMER HEAD - THE MAKING OF A CARPENTER  (author appearance)
04/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN presents THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS  (author appearance)
Chris Grabenstein | 04/04/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Cookbook Day!!!  (author appearance)
04/04/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Vanessa Hoffman  (author appearance)
04/04/2015, 02:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Young Readers' Book Club: PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M. A. Larson  (book club)
04/05/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

An Evening with Amanda F*cking Palmer  (author appearance)
04/05/2015, 08:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Graphic Novel Book Club: HOW TO BE HAPPY by Eleanor Davis  (book club)
04/06/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Chris Grabenstein - The Island of Dr. Libris  (author appearance)
Chris Grabenstein | 04/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
Billy Collins | 04/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Nina MacLaughlin reads from Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter  (author appearance)
04/07/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Mike Curato - LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY  (author appearance)
Mike Curato | 04/07/2015, 04:30 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Pate McMichael  (author appearance)
04/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

A Conversation About War with Elliot Ackerman and Kevin Powers  (author appearance)
04/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Robin Oliveira reads from I Always Loved You at Georgia Center for the Book  (author appearance)
Robin Oliveira | 04/08/2015, 07:15 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Barbara Hemphill discusses Less Clutter More Life  (author appearance)
Barbara Hemphill | 04/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

NINA MACLAUGHLIN presents HAMMER HEAD  (author appearance)
04/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Christine Lang - The Body Whisperer  (author appearance)
04/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Your Lunch with Cheryl and Griffith Day  (author appearance)
Cheryl and Griffith Day | 04/08/2015, 12:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Stuart Woods Booksigning   (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Justin Nystrom - NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR  (author appearance)
04/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading featuring NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and Judy Hogan  (author appearance)
Judy Hogan | 04/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Wendy Wax | 04/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Mary Kratt - Watch Where You Walk  (author appearance)
04/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Alysia Burton Steele- Delta Jewels  (author appearance)
04/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Okra Pick!Amy Greene author of Long Man  (author appearance)
Amy Greene | 04/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Verse and Vibes  (other event)
04/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

T.K. Thorne  (author appearance)
T.K. Thorne | 04/10/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Lou Berney Booksigning  (author appearance)
04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet Author Michael Buffalo Smith: REBEL YELL: An Oral History of Southern Rock  (author appearance)
Michael Buffalo Smith | 04/10/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Stuart Woods-Hot Pursuit talk and signing  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Alexis Coe discusses her YA non-fiction book Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis  (author appearance)
04/10/2015, 06:15 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Nancie McDermott discusses (and shares samples) Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking  (author appearance)
Nancie McDermott | 04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Special Story Time with Author Kirsten Gant: THE MATTER OF THE MOO COW  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Cookbook Authors Cheryl & Griffith Day: BACK IN THE DAY, MADE WITH LOVE  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Maggie Heyn Richardson: Hungry For Louisiana: An Omnivore's Journey  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 08:00 am | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Dale Curry - GUMBO  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Amanda Palmer - THE ART OF ASKING  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 09:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Robbin Gourley presents Talkin' Guitar, her illustrated kids' biography of Doc Watson, with music by Jake Fussell!  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

CAT WARREN presents WHAT THE DOG KNOWS  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 04/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Cheryl McCullough - Absent: One From Another  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Sheila Huntington  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Poetry Local/Mic  (author appearance)
Doug Knowlton | 04/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Author Event: Christy Knight - Layni The Lady Bug  (author appearance)
04/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Book Club-- An Unnecessary Woman  (book club)
04/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

Andrew Gross Booksigning  (author appearance)
Andrew Gross | 04/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Stuart Woods - HOT PURSUIT  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

PETER VAN BUREN presents WE MEANT WELL  (author appearance)
04/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill read from Mermaids in Paradise and Last Things  (author appearance)
Jenny Offill | 04/14/2015, 08:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ann B. Ross Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/14/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Boarding Pass to Murder  (book club)
Ian Hamilton | 04/15/2015, 05:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

CHOP NC featuring Kelly Alexander, author of Peaches: A Savor the South Cookbook  (author appearance)
Kelly Alexander | 04/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

JOSEPH BATHANTI reading & signing  (author appearance)
Joseph Bathanti | 04/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!Jamie Kornegay: Soil  (author appearance)
Jamie Kornegay | 04/16/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

STEVEN SHERRILL presents JOY, PA  (author appearance)
04/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Robin Moore - In Search Of Lost Frogs  (author appearance)
04/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ashton Lee  (author appearance)
Ashton Lee | 04/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

The Southern Writers Book Group  (book club)
04/16/2015, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Okra Pick!Susan M. Boyer Booksigning  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 04/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet Local Poets: Eugene Bianchi, Clela Reed and Bob Ambrose, Jr.  (author appearance)
Clela Reed | 04/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

ANN B. ROSS presents MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Jeanne Bogino - Rock Angel  (author appearance)
04/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Richard Lange  (author appearance)
04/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

L. Kevin Coleman - DIFFERENT SPRINGS  (author appearance)
04/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Cat Warren discusses her book What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 04/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: David Burnsworth - Southern Heat  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 04/18/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Reita Pendry - Two Wrongs  (author appearance)
04/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

E.J. Simon signs Death Logs In  (author appearance)
E.J. Simon | 04/19/2015, 03:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

04/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Poetry Sunday: Doris Browder, Kimberlyn Blum- Hyclak, and Julie Ann Cook  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

N. Turner Simkins  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Dawn Coppock author of As Sweet As It's Going To Get  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

CHRIS HOKE & BRYAN BLISS  (author appearance)
04/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Margaret Read MacDonald  (author appearance)
04/21/2015, 04:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Chantel Acevedo   (author appearance)
Chantel Acevedo | 04/22/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Gay Leonhardt - SHAKING UP PROHIBITION IN NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Courtney Maum reads from her novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Janice Law  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 11:00 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Event with Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman: DUMPED: STORIES OF WOMEN UNFRIENDING WOMEN  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 04:30 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!AMY GREENE presents LONG MAN  (author appearance)
Amy Greene | 04/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Steve Berry signs The Patriot Threat  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Mary Willingham and Jay Smith discuss Cheated  (author appearance)
04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

David Baldacci  (author appearance)
David Baldacci | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Eric Jerome Dickey  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Ari Friendlander  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Tim Spira | 04/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Bernie Schein - Famous All Over Town  (author appearance)
Bernie Schein | 04/25/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: James Scott - Target Tokyo  (author appearance)
James Scott | 04/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Adam Pelzman  (author appearance)
04/27/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Eric Jerome Dickey signs One Night  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman  (author appearance)
04/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Jazz Writer/Photographer Ken Franckling  (author appearance)
Ken Franckling | 04/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

Rupert Nacoste discusses his education book Taking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect  (author appearance)
Rupert Nacoste | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Scott Ellsworth - The Secret Game  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Erik Larson - Dead Wake  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 05/01/2015, 07:30 pm | Books Books Inc.

Poetry Salon Luncheon  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 11:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Live on Sage  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Indie Bookstore Day  (other event)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Young Voices Poetry Reading  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Author Event: Jennifer O'Toole - Sisterhood of the Spectrum  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Dog Days of Summer Open House  (other event)
08/26/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC


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