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Lost colonies, illiteracy and ice cream trucks

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{Lost colonies, illiteracy and ice cream trucks}

In which Mr. Wendell Berry exhorts us to imagine, Ms. Harper Lee chastises a school board afraid of Marxists, a little girl invents an ice cream truck for books, Mr. Jonathan Franzen applies for the job of Norman Mailer (without success) and the lost colony may have been found under a Bertie County golf course.

April 29, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
The Cove

A Land More Kind Than Home

Defending Jacob

Unnatural Acts

Miss Julia to the Rescue

Stay Close

The Witness

In the Garden of Beasts

Midnight in Peking

Jesus Calling

American Heiress

Salvage the Bones

Lost in Shangri-La

To Marry an English Lord

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Empire of the Summer Moon

The Glass Castle

The Magic

1984

The Hobbit

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Llama Llama Wakey-Wake

The Care and Keeping of You

Hatchet

The Outsiders


Author Readings

Brett Anderson, author of Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/09/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Bagels and Grits, will be appearing at Hub City Bookshop, 05/09/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/09/2012

Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/09/2012

Sheila Turnage, author of Three Times Lucky, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/09/2012

Alexandra Wilson, author of By Invitation Only, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/09/2012

Patty Friedmann, author of No Takebacks, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/10/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event Children's Book Week Celebration and Booksignings on 05/10/2012

Jefferson Bass will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/10/2012

Sarah Oeschger, author of Novel Event book, will be appearing at Ian's house, 05/10/2012

Maureen LoBue, author of Where's the Manual for this Kid, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 05/10/2012

Marjorie Hudson , author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/10/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/10/2012

Sarah Shaber, author of Louise's War, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/10/2012

Aletia DuPree, author of Deliciously Southern: Southern Recipes and a Tour of the South, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/10/2012

Julia Alvarez, author of A Wedding in Haiti , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/10/2012

Lynn Sherr, author of Swim, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/11/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/11/2012

Augusten Burroughs, author of This is How, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/11/2012

Steve Hodges, author of It's No Accident, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/11/2012

Shelley Coriell, author of Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/11/2012

Hub City Bookshop is hosting the event Rereadings: Revisiting Words We Love on 05/11/2012

David Rees, author of How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/11/2012

Iran Issa-Khan, author of Iran Issa-Khan: Photography, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/11/2012

Sen George McGovern, author of What It Means To Be A Democrat, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/11/2012

Doreen Cronin, author of M. O, M. (Mom Operating Manual), will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/12/2012

Sara Pennypacker, author of Summer of Gypsy Moths, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/12/2012

Doreen Cronin, author of M. O, M. (Mom Operating Manual), will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/12/2012

Anne Butler, author of Main Streets of Lousiana, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/12/2012

Sam Talbot, author of The Sweet Life, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/12/2012

Park Road Books is hosting the event The Carolina Conspiracy on 05/12/2012

Leslie Crawford Costner, author of Goodnight Acadiana, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/12/2012

Peter J. Murray, author of Mokee Joe is Coming, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/12/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Hub City Bookshop, 05/12/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/12/2012

V. Mark Covington, author of 2012 Montezuma's Revenge, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 05/12/2012

Terra Elan McVoy, author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 05/14/2012

Sarah Oeschger, author of Novel Event book, will be appearing at Ian's house, 05/14/2012

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Pomegranate Books, 05/14/2012

Sherrie Dillard, author of The Miracle Workers Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/14/2012

Jon Jefferson, author of The Inquisitor's Key, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/15/2012

Kerri McCafferty, author of New Orleans New Elegance, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/15/2012

Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Start-Up, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/16/2012

Rachel Bertsche, author of MWF Seeking BFF , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/16/2012

Ken Budd, author of The Voluntourist: A Six-country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/16/2012

Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 05/16/2012

Terri McCord, author of In the Company of Animals, will be appearing at Hub City Bookshop, 05/16/2012

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/16/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/11/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/14/2012

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

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/25/2012 Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/1/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dearest readers,

A string of sudden storms swept over the Carolina coast last week, knocking out her ladyship's cable and internet connection, but happily not her electrical power. Her ladyship took this message from the universe in the spirit in which it was intended. She powered down her laptop, put on a kettle of water, ground up some coffee, and pulled a book off the top of the towering stack beside her reading chair. 

She spent the next several hours reading poetry from the SIBA Book Award finalists, and the following morning stepped out to a bright clear morning washed by rain and unsullied by email or the clamoring of facebook. The only twittering she heard were from actual birds.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 8, 2012

Columbia, SC -April 17, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, April 8, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

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

 

Hardcover Fiction


1. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
2. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996
3. The Wind Through the Keyhole
Stephen King, Scribner, $27, 9781451658903
okra4. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $26.99, 9780061804199

5. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
okra6. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

7. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
8. The Beginner's Goodbye
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307957276
9. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $24.95, 9780307378408
10. Defending Jacob
William Landay, Delacorte, $26, 9780385344227
11. Unnatural Acts
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158865
12. Miss Julia to the Rescue
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $25.95, 9780670023387
13. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
14. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525952275
15. The Witness
Nora Roberts, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399159121

Hardcover Nonfiction


1. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
2. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062030313
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
4. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
5. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
6. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $25, 9780307460981
7. The Big Miss
Hank Haney, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307985989
8. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
9. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
10. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399159015
11. What Money Can't Buy
Michael J. Sandel, FSG, $27, 9780374203030
12. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
13. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
14. Midnight in Peking
Paul French, Penguin, $26, 9780143121008
15. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884

Trade Paperback Fiction


1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
5. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
6. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
7. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
8. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451617481
9. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
10. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
11. The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka, Anchor, $13.95, 9780307744425
12. The American Heiress
Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312658663
13. The Snowman
Jo Nesbø, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307742995
14. Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury, $15, 9781608196265
15. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848

Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
2. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
4. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
5. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
6. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
7. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061988356
8. To Marry an English Lord
Gail MacColl, Carol McD. Wallace, Workman, $15.95, 9780761171959
9. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
Steve Harvey, Amistad Press, $13.99, 9780061728983
10. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
11. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307279187
12. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
13. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
14. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
15. The Magic
Rhonda Byrne, Atria, $12.99, 9781451673449

Mass Market


1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
8. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
9. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
10. The Affair
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246305

Children's Illustrated


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $15.99, 9781423151289
3. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
5. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson, HarperFestival, $7.99, 9780062086525
6. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
7. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
8. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
9. Llama Llama Wakey-Wake
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $5.99, 9780670013265
10. The Care & Keeping of You
Valorie Lee Schaefer, Norm Bendell (Illus.), Pleasant Company, $9.95, 9781562476663

Children's Interest


1. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
2. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
3. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
5. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
6. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
Emily Seife, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545457828
7. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
8. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illus.), Little Brown, $12.99, 9780316013697
10. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378

Children's Fiction Series Titles


1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316176194
5. Ivy and Bean
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
6. The Name of This Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
Pseudonymous Bosch, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316113694
7. Big Nate Goes for Broke
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $12.99, 9780061996610
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
9. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
10. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423101499

 

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Good Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Bringing It to the TableThe term “imagination” in what I take to be its truest sense refers to a mental faculty that some people have used and thought about with the utmost seriousness. The sense of the verb “to imagine” contains the full richness of the verb “to see.” --Wendell Berry: It all turns on affection

"Researchers at the British Museum in London, prompted by questions from an amateur historian who teaches economic development at UNC-Chapel Hill, found a symbol hidden for centuries under a patch on an Elizabethan map that could show where the settlers of the Lost Colony went after they vanished in 1587.  The missing colonists, it turns out, may have moved to what is now an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course in Bertie County."  Lost colony found?

Coming to RestBestselling poet and memoirist Maya Angelou, former state Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer (right), and 18th-Century explorer and naturalist John Lawson will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame this fall. NC Literary Hall of Fame

“I wrote down a list of things I’d like to see with Just 1 Book when it started. On that was an ice cream truck but for books,” Just 1 Book on wheels

To Kill a MockingbirdSurely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that "To Kill a Mockingbird" spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is "immoral" has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink. The problem is illiteracy, not Marxism

A Land More Kind Than HomeEach narrator in Wiley Cash’s debut novel attempts to redeem a disappearing world through the act of storytelling. This near-mythical land, set along the French Broad River in the Appalachian Mountains, is frozen in time, fiercely clinging to ancient customs.  A Land More Kind Than Home

The Blue StarThat morning, George Lendegger, a sponsor of the event and former owner of the local paper mill, said he'd been by to see Nelle (that is the novelist's first name, which she left off when she published her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird). When he told her he was in town to present the Harper Lee award, she asked, “Well, do I get one?” Harper Lee goes to lunch

When I look at the literary landscape today, I don’t see a Norman Mailer wandering around. I think Jonathan Franzen has applied for the job, but as far as I can tell the position remains unfilled.  Tony Earley: In praise of gatekeepers

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


Doris Betts: Journey into the Grand Canyon of the Soul
"Coming out of the Grand Canyon I thought,  well Herman Melville had the great ocean, but here is the great land metaphor."

VideoThe River Witch

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

TerroirIronweed

There is a shade of purple in
this flower near summer's end that makes
you proud to be alive in such
a world, and thrilled to know the gift
of sight. It seems a color sent
from memory or dream. In fields,
along old trails, at pasture edge,
the ironweed bares its vivid tint,
profoundest violet, a note
from farthest star and deepest time,
the glow of sacred royalty
and timbre of eternity
right here beside a dried-up stream.

-Robert Morgan, Terroir (Penguin,  2011) 9780143120193

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Okra Picks


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

Beach House MemoriesBeach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, May 2012
9781439170663
Mary Alice Monroe is a STARS author

"She felt it now. She was slipping into the insistent undertow of the past. There was no use fighting it. It was so easy to simply close her eyes. And relinquish."

Autumn brings its own haunting beauty to the sun-soaked beaches and dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia "Lovie" Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage with her daughter, Cara. Looking back as summer fades, Lovie can remember many island summers, but especially one. . . .

Beach House MemoriesIn 1974, America was changing, but Charleston remained eternally the same. Lovie had always done what was expected--marrying the son of a historic Charleston family, Stratton Rutledge, and turning over her fortune and fate to his control. But one thing she steadfastly refuses to relinquish: her family's old seaside cottage. The precious summers spent on the barrier island are Lovie's refuge. Here, she can escape with her children from the social expectations of her traditional Southern mother, and her overbearing husband's ambition and philandering. Here, she indulges her lifelong vocation as a "Turtle Lady," tending the loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the sea.

This summer, however, is different. Visiting biologist Russell Bennett arrives on the island to research the loggerheads. What begins as a shared passion for the turtles changes to a love far more passionate and profound than Lovie has ever known--but one that forces her to face the most agonizing decision of her life.

For Charleston's elite, divorce is an unforgivable scandal, and Stratton's influence is far-reaching. If Lovie dares to dream beyond a summer affair, she risks losing everything: her reputation, her wealth, even her precious children.

"Beach House Memories"--a poignant and emotional tale of a strong, passionate woman torn between duty and desire, between the traditions of the old South and the social changes sweeping America--will capture your heart. For Lovie, it is an empowering journey of seasons of self-discovery.
Until this autumn, this time of changing tides, of holding on and letting go.

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Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers: The SIBA Book

The Angel EsmereldaThe Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories, by Don DeLillo
(Scribner, $24, 9781451655841)

“This is the book DeLillo fans have been waiting for — his first collection of short stories written between 1979 and 2011. In these stories, DeLillo takes global themes and ideas, the conflicts we often don’t want to acknowledge, and makes them human. The subjects are true and resonant: a jogger who witnesses a kidnapping, an elderly nun working in poverty-stricken New York, an astronaut looking down on a war-ravaged Earth. Each story is textured in DeLillo’s precise, startling voice, one that can shout and whisper at the same time.”  —Michael Karpus, Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, FL

Lions of the WestLions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion, by Robert Morgan (A Shannon Ravenel Book, $29.95, 9781565126268)

“Following on the heels of his bestselling biography of Daniel Boone, Morgan gives readers an ambitious and authoritative work about the conquest of the American West and the 10 iconic figures who were determined to make Manifest Destiny a reality. Morgan’s storytelling prowess always keeps the narrative lively, and characters like Thomas Jefferson, Sam Houston, Kit Carson, and others come beautifully to life. This is a rousing work that should be devoured by more than just history buffs.”  —Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

The Art of FieldingThe Art of Fielding: A Novel, by Chad Harbach
(Little, Brown & Company, $25.99, 9780316126694)

“Despite having reservations about a ‘baseball book,’ reading this debut novel I discovered that baseball is every bit as exciting and excruciating as any thriller, as complicated as any psychological mystery, and as heartbreaking as my favorite romance. Harbach loves his characters, and never lets them off easily. All the words I want to use to describe this book — original, heartfelt, classic, hilarious, wise, unforgettable — are insufficient. I loved every word of it.”  — Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

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One Great Bookstore


An Indie Bookstore you should know

wild Iris Books
Wild Iris Books
in Gainesville, FL
802 West University Ave
352-375-747

Wild Iris Books Store Front

Established in 1992, Wild Iris is currently the only feminist bookstore still open in the State of Florida. Susan Keel and Kerry Godwin opened Iris Books in 1992. The inventory expanded to around 10,000 titles, ranging from feminist classics to books on women’s spirituality and recovery, feminist science fiction, and gender and queer theory. Despite the increased size, the store continued to serve as a kind of community center and organizing space. In 1996, new owners Dotty Faibisy and Bev White changed the store’s name to Wild Iris, and increased the non-book inventory offered. Pride paraphernalia, cards and bumper stickers, and woman-made crafts all became important parts of the store’s offerings. Faibisy also developed the store’s connection to the University of Florida’s Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and feminist and progressive faculty from around the university began to use Wild Iris as a resource for their course books.

In 2004, current owners Cheryl Krauth and Lylly Rodriguez ushered in the newest chapter of feminist bookselling in Gainesville’s long and dignified history. They have expanded the store’s range of merchandise, and Wild Iris now offers videos alongside its selection of new and used books, hand-beaded jewelry, artisanal soaps, and Fair Trade coffees. In the spring of 2004, more than twenty graphic design students at Santa Fe Community College competed to produce a new logo for Wild Iris, one that would convey the still-vibrant presence of what is not only a Gainesville institution, but also the only feminist bookstore remaining in Florida. Lynn Stuart’s organic, energetic, and colorful emblem captures vividly what Krauth and Rodriguez see as the mission for this feminist bookstore of the 21st century: “celebrating life and diversity.”

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STARS Authors on Tour

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

Kimberly BrockFeatured Author: Kimberly Brock
from Holly Springs, NC

Request Kimberly for your book club!

Kimberly Brock is the author of THE RIVER WITCH, Bell Bridge Books, April 2012. Kimberly lives north of Atlanta, where she has been for the last eight years. A former actor and special needs educator, she spends much of her non-writing time working as a Pilates instructor, enjoying her husband and three children, and encouraging storytelling in all its many forms.

The River WitchThe River Witch: Roslyn Byrne's charmed life as a professional ballet dancer is destroyed when a car wreck and a miscarriage leave her lost and grieving. The search for a new path leads her to the Georgia Sea Isles where Roslyn rents a house that once belonged to a conjure woman. There, she starts an unlikely friendship with the widowed landlord's daughter, ten-year-old Damascus Trezevant, and spends the summer caught up in a mysterious stew of past and present, of the dead and the dying who haunt the riverbank, and the imperatives of life that will not be denied.

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

Mark Hainds  ,
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012 - 5/17/2012
Oxford, MS 05/18/2012 - 05/18/2012
Jackson, MS 05/19/2012 - 05/19/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012

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

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012 - 5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012 - 6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy  ,
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012 - 5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012 - 5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012 - 5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012 - 6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012 - 6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012 - 6/24/2012

Tracy A. Spaine  ,
Cary, NC 5/14/2012 - 5/14/2012

Tamra Wilson  ,
Asheville, NC 5/17/2012 - 5/17/2012

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

Lisa Wingate  ,
Duck , NC 5/8/2012 - 5/17/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012 - 6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

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

Nancy Naigle  ,
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012 - 8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012