{On the importance of pudding}

In which Mr. Albala teaches us about ink, Lawson’s Fork teaches us about water, Cassandra King teaches us about research, and people who love William Faulkner get their panties in a twist.

September 15, 2013



Dearest Readers,

Just in case you have been preoccupied with other, less important things and have therefore missed the dire sweeping controversy that has swept the nation, her ladyship, the editor, feels obliged to make you aware of the following earth-shatteringly dreadful event: Mr. William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying has been recently re-released with a movie tie cover to correspond with the upcoming film directed by James Franco. Here it is:

As I Lay Dying

Her ladyship will now pause briefly while you swoon in distress.

…have you recovered sufficiently? Yes? Yes, that is Mr. Franco himself on the cover the book, no doubt causing many to wonder about the man’s grasp of the difference between fiction and reality.  Yes, the new cover has been doing what movie tie in covers have done ever since they were invented by publisher marketing departments--horrifying the readers who love the book. The outrage in this instance has resembled the kind of uproar one might find at a ladies’ social club when members must deal with the after effects of having eaten too many beans for supper. The responses to Mr. Franco’s presence on the jacket have ranged from the politely scrunched-nose “What’s that smell?” to the outraged  “I must leave this room, immediately.”

Here is a little secret her ladyship will share about the book. The picture on the cover does not actually change the words in the text.  You may still safely read As I Lay Dyingas the marvelous work of fiction that it is, even if you feel compelled to cover it in a plain brown wrapper first.

Read independently!


her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Elemental SouthWhat the Creek Teaches
It is in my region’s water that I see most clearly my own love of wildness reflected. When I look to the piedmont’s creeks and rivers I see enduring beauty over time. I see shoals and slow backwater. I see the lovely floodplains full of sycamore and river birch. It’s here we can see some of the largest trees left in a region that, from the interstates and highways, looks as if it’s been given over fully to development.

What’s happened in the southern piedmont shows me that a place, even a place with a “sense of place,” is always in danger of being surveyed, bought, and developed. It’s my belief that the whole of the world cannot, should not, be bought and sold. I’ve never believed in the primary concepts of the “free market” extending over all; I can accept that everything has a price, including the air, land, and water.

I often look to my own backyard--to Lawson’s fork, the creek that flows out beyond my study--to find my wildness. It is bigger than I am. It’s my own little Yosemite and I walk it every day looking to be surprised and delighted.

The Spartanburg suburbs pushed in around the creek’s edges in the 1960s, and it still runs red from construction runoff upstream with every rain event. It’s still threatened by non-point source pollution--runoff from roads and lawns and discharge from septic fields. But I like to think Lawson’s Fork is still wild at its cool, flowing core. That wildness is somewhere deep in the steady current. the migration patterns of wildlife  drawn to it, the slow meander over time across the flood-plain.

--John Lane, “What the Creek Teaches” in Elemental South, an anthology of Southern nature writing (University of Georgia Press, 2004) 9780820326894

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Lady Banks' Receipt Book


The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.

North Carolina & Old Salem CookeryPuddings

Tipsy Pudding

Cut sponge cake into slices, dip in sherry wine, and over it pour a boiled custard flavored with brandy. On top put whipped cream flavored with wine. Over all spread almonds that have been blanched and chopped very fine.

Jeff Davis Pudding

Sift together 3 cups sifted flour, 1 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1  teaspoon grated nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon allspice. Add 1 cup sorghum, 1 cup finely chopped beef suet, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup currants, and 1 cup raisins. Mix well and pour into a large greased mold. Cover tightly and steam for 4 hours.

Snow Cream

To a large pan of clean, fluffy white snow stir in enough chilled boiled custard to make it about the consistency of ice cream. Flavor to taste with vanilla. Serve at once.

For an easier snow cream, stir evaporated milk into clean show with sugar and vanilla to taste.

--Beth Tartan, North Carolina & Old Salem Cookery, New and Revised Edition (UNC Press, 1992) 9780807820353

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Lady Banks' Housekeeping Book


Country wisdom from practical people.

Country Almanac of Home RemediesThe epistolary art (part 2: the ink)

Now to make your ink. Find some oak galls. They are those weird little hard, apple-like growths on oak branches that form when a  wasp invades the tree and lays its larvae. Take a handful of these balls, crush them up, and let the crushed galls soak in an old iron pot, or throw in a handful of iron nails, a little rusty is even better. The color comes out only with the addition of iron. After about 1 week boil this mixture until dark and strain through a filter. You will have to add some gum arabic, which can be bought at an art supply shop, to thicken it to writing consistency. Or, as in the old days, you can pulverize some dry clean bones into a fine powder. After writing with your ink, dust some of the powder over and blow the rest off. This was standard practice up until about a century ago. Even the Victorian inkwell I have on my desk has a little shaker for bone powder and two wells for ink.

--Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger Henderson, The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home (Perigree, 2012) 9780399537776
Next week, part 2, the ink

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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).

Like coffee and singing along to the radio, books are one of the joys of life. Maybe I should stitch that on a decorative pillow. Books are part of my features coverage here at the newspaper, and a joy of my job is the opportunity to share a good literary find with readers. Books, book festival, and more books

Thomas Healy grew up in Charlotte. Carrie Jane Knowles lives in Raleigh. And Sharyn McCrumb and John Milliken Thompson, who both make their homes in Virginia, have chosen North Carolina as the setting for new historical novels. New books with North Carolina ties

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your AssIt’s September and the American Library Association-sponsored Banned Books Week is right around the corner. To celebrate, local Richmond author Meg Medina went and got herself banned. Medina is author of four well-received books for children, including a picture book that won the national Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for 2012 as well as her latest semi-autobiographical young adult novel about surviving a middle-school bully, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. “What can you do, except say, ‘Really’?” says Medina. Cumberland School disinvites author 9780763658595

 

Five Days at Memorial"Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital," journalist Sheri Fink's probing account of the deaths of several gravely ill patients inside New Orleans' Memorial Hospital, opens with an apocalyptic scene.  It's four days after Hurricane Katrina and the once-thriving, orderly hospital stinks of human excrement. Hospital staff euthanize beloved pets abandoned by desperate owners. Dehydrated, nearly pulseless patients cling to life. The few remaining doctors anguish over what to do with these most vulnerable of invalids who are fighting liver failure, mesothelioma and other fatal diseases. An order comes down that the hospital must be vacated by nightfall, although rescue boats and helicopters have been slow in coming for days. 5 Days at Memorial 9780307718969

Mother of RainAbout six years ago a writer who has since become a dear friend of mine came to Crossville and stayed in a cabin at the invitation of another friend and wrote the rough draft of a novel that is scheduled for release Sept. 10, 2013 published by Mercer Press.  "Mother of Rain," the new novel by author Karen Spears Zacharias, will capture your heart if you love tales and adventures of historic Appalachia and Tennessee. Crossville Chronicle 9780881464481

In the book world, there has been much ado about a new cover of William Faulkner’s 1930 novel “As I Lay Dying.” The cover photo, which features a brooding, scruffy-looking James Franco, is part of the In the book world, there has been much ado about a new cover of William Faulkner’s 1930 novel “As I Lay Dying.” The cover photo, which features a brooding, scruffy-looking James Franco, is part of the promotional push for Franco’s upcoming film adaptation of the book, and has inspired varying degrees of exasperation and rage amongst book critics. James Franco & Faulkner

The S.C. Honors College and the University of South Carolina Press are sponsoring the first annual S.C. High School Writing Contest, open to current high school juniors and seniors who are residents of South Carolina.  Grand prize winners will be selected by best-selling author Pat Conroy, known for novels such as “The Prince of Tides.” Story Contest

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Parapalooza! Paragraphs worth spreading:
Clifford Brooks reads "Poetry Readings" by Charles Bukowski


Clifford Brooks reads "Poetry Readings" by Charles Bukowski

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Author Gossip

 

More awards for award-winning books: From facebook comes the annoucements that Kathryn Stripling Byer's poetry collection, Descent, has won the Roanoke-Chowan award from the NC Literary and Historical Society. And Wiley Cash's novel A Land More Kind Than Home has won the Appalachian Writers' Association's Book Award for fiction.

The MoviegoerI believe more research often goes into a good novel than into nonfiction. In nonfiction, usually you’re laying out the facts, reporting, presenting your research as it is. In fiction, your characters actually “use” whatever it is you’ve researched.  Cassandra King, Moonrise

It’s an interesting exercise to think about what, from a writer’s perspective, keeps the South still such a distinctive region, and so fertile for the writer’s imagination. The Southern Gothic thing is so tiresome, but it comes from somewhere. I think it emerges from the shock modern Americans have at confronting things that are bizarre and even horrifying, but that exist right here, right now. In my experiences outside the South, I find that when Southerners tell stories about what happened back home, or is happening, non-Southerners can’t quite believe it. We tell these stories usually because they’re funny, but also because, well, they’re true, but beyond that, they reveal something about the human condition that just seems more vivid down here, somehow. Walker Percy, Writers, & the Advantages of Place 9780375701962


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.

Larissa ReinhartAuthors traveling right now:

Larissa Reinhart stars-authors-1.jpg
Birmingham, AL
11/02/2013 to 11/03/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Danville, KY
10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

 

C.D.MitchellC.D. Mitchell stars-authors-1.jpg
Epworth by the Sea, GA
06/13/2014 to 06/18/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

 

Lisa WingateLisa Wingate stars-authors-1.jpg
Maryville, Knoxville, TN
09/16/2013 to 09/17/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Atlanta area, GA
09/24/2013 to 09/26/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Aiken, SC
09/27/2013 to 09/30/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Charlotte, Gastonia & Raleigh, NC, NC
09/30/2013 to 10/02/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Outer Banks, NC various locations, NC
10/03/2013 to 10/09/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

Michelle Nelson-SchmidtMichelle Nelson-Schmidt stars-authors-1.jpg
Tampa, FL
10/14/2013 to 10/18/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

 

Karen  Spears ZachariasKaren Spears Zacharias stars-authors-1.jpg

Smryna, GA
09/17/2013 to 09/18/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

New Orleans , LA
09/19/2013 to 09/22/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Fairhope, AL
09/25/2013 to 09/26/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Pawleys, SC
09/27/2013 to 09/28/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Asheville , NC
09/28/2013 to 09/29/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Greeneville, TN
09/29/2013 to 09/30/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Nashville, TN
10/11/2013 to 10/12/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

Susan BoyerSusan M. Boyer stars-authors-1.jpg
Batesburg, NC
09/29/2013 to 09/30/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Salisbury, NC
10/04/2013 to 10/05/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Chattanooga, TN
10/10/2013 to 10/11/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Nashville, TN
10/11/2013 to 10/15/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Mt. Pleasant, SC
10/31/2013 to 11/01/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Pawley's Island, SC
10/18/2013 to 10/19/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Spartanburg, SC
10/23/2013 to 10/24/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Tampa, FL
10/26/2013 to 10/27/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Vero Beach, FL
10/29/2013 to 10/30/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Columbia, SC
11/18/2013 to 11/19/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Tryon, NC
11/23/2013 to 11/24/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Beaufort, SC
12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Panama City, FL
02/01/2014 to 02/02/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

Bluffton, SC
05/14/2014 to 05/15/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

 

Kaye Wilkinson BarleyKaye Wilkinson Barley stars-authors-1.jpg
Birmingham, AL
02/08/2014 to 02/09/2014 | Detail | Request this author!

 

 

Deron HicksDeron Hicks stars-authors-1.jpg
New Orleans, LA
09/20/2013 to 09/22/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Nashville, TN
10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Athens, GA
10/19/2013 to 10/20/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Milledgeville, GA
11/09/2013 to 11/10/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Lynne BarrettLynne Barrett stars-authors-1.jpg
Panama City, FL
09/20/2013 to 09/21/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Coral Gables, FL
10/24/2013 to 10/26/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Sanibel, FL
11/07/2013 to 11/10/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

Deanna KlingelDeanna Klingel stars-authors-1.jpg
Ridgefield, CT
09/28/2013 to 09/29/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Perryville, KY
10/05/2013 to 10/06/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Murfreesboro, NC
10/12/2013 to 10/13/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

Debra MoffittDebra Moffitt stars-authors-1.jpg
all, SC
05/01/2013 to 12/31/2013 | Detail | Request this author!

 

 

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

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Bookstore Gossip

Bound To Be Read Books in East Atlanta Village has been put up for sale by owner Jeff McCord.  Bound the Be Read opened eight years ago this month during the East Atlanta Strut. Since then, it’s played host to hundreds of signings, book club meetings, poetry readings, fundraisers and has become a destination for book lovers from around the city. The long, narrow space on Flat Shoals Avenue in the heart of EAV harkens back to a time when every neighborhood had a cool, indie bookstore. Bound to Be Read even has a beloved bookstore cat, Kona, who loves to sleep in the front window and slink between the bookshelves. Bound to be read books for sale

Independent bookseller Esther Shaver is writing the next chapter for her eponymous bookstore, a downtown fixture on Madison Square since 1975.  Shaver posted on Facebook late last week that she intends to sell E. Shaver, bookseller. “After 38 wonderful years bringing books and friendship to Savannah, I have decided to retire to Beaufort to be with my husband,” she wrote. “My house and the bookstore are officially on the market. The store is available under excellent terms with my sincere hopes that E. Shaver, bookseller will be purchased by someone who will continue the tradition.” E. Shaver Bookseller looking for a happy ending

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen


Lost Lake

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else.  Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal.  Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake.  It was a place for dreaming.  But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on.  Lost Lake's magic is gone.  As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life?  Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again.  And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found. 

 

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Read This! Okra Picks and recommendations Reading Rock Books, Booklover's Bookstore, and Quail Ridge Books


Okra Picks


MoonriseMoonrise by Cassandra King

Download the first chapter

In this novel of second chances, the conflicts begin because Emmett remarries quickly and brings his new wife, Helen, into the world he had occupied with Rosalyn before her puzzling death. At Helen's insistence, the couple retreats for the summer to the grand and eerie mansion in the mountains of Highlands, N.C., known as Moonrise, the estate that Emmett has inherited from Rosalyn. Cassandra King explores friendships and isolation

 

 

 

Bookseller Recommendations:

The Summer GirlsThe Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery) Recommended by Fran at Booklovers Bookstore Aiken SC

Three half-sisters, Carson, Dora and Harper, and their grandmother reconnect at the Sea Breeze cottage on Sullivan’s Island, SC after years of living their own lives.  Their lives have not been all they had hoped for and each sister is at a turning point in their life. They each accept their grandmother, Mamaw’s, invitation to her 80th Birthday Party and a summer at Sea Breeze - and learn the true meaning of Family.  This is Carson’s story and the story of a wild dolphin, Delphine, who saves her life. This is the story of Wild Dolphins in the Charleston harbor and rivers. This is the story of wild dolphins everywhere.  This is, also, the story of Dora’s son who is autistic and his interaction with Delphine. Mary Alice does her research and it shows. 9781476709000

American NationsAmerican Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (Penguin Books) Recommended by Julia at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

United States? Not according to Woodard.   Explore the eleven regional nations which make up the United States of America and learn how and why this country developed as it did (and is still doing). As a resident of four of these nations, and having traveled extensively in three others, I was amazed at the conclusions drawn here concerning regional differences that stemmed from initial immigration and remain today. Despite the ease of migration now, those regions maintain their original characteristics.  There were many “Aha!” moments for me on such things as voting tendencies, why New York City functions the way it does (so different from upstate New York), and why Portland, Oregon connects to Portland, Maine. This is a fascinating read! 9780143122029

From Frazer Dobson, Park Road Books:

Smoke & PicklesOne of my favorite cookbooks of the summer (disclosure: it is published by a division of Workman) has been Edward Lee's Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. Chef Lee is Korean, grew up in Brooklyn, then, as an adult, moved south to Louisville, Kentucky, where he has opened two restaurants. The book is just terrific: an inspired combo of Asian and Southern flavors, such as a rice bowl with bulgogi-style beef and collard greens. The book is filled with recipes and stories from Lee's time in the South--and Lee, I should mention, did not use a ghostwriter.

Sally and I went down to Charleston this past weekend, and had the privilege of meeting Chef Lee when we dropped off some books for him to sign for an event. (We also saw another of our favorite Lees at the event--Matt Lee of the Lee Brothers.) Later in the weekend, Sally's sister Nancy and I whipped up two of his recipes: Curried Pork Pies (mini-pies with spiced ground pork and bacon inside, not too spicy, and Chef Lee says they freeze very well) and his WTF Potato Salad, which purists might balk at but which contains a riot of contrasting textures and flavors. We provided books for a luncheon, but we returned home with a very limited number of signed copies of Smoke and Pickles. First come, first served. It's a great cookbook--some of the recipes are complicated, but nothing you can't handle. I've made numerous recipes from it and they've all been spectacular. A perfect gift for the cookbook nerd. 9781579654924

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Author 2 Author: Jo Maeder Talks to Susan Crandall


Susan CrandallJo: The South, to me, is filled with fabulous, exotic names. Like Starla. How can you not love a character named Starla? Is there a story behind her name? Eula, too. Or shall it remain “one of Egypt’s mysteries”?

Susan: I can see Starla has influenced your phrasing.  She had a way of doing that to me too!

Before I begin the actual writing process, I do a lot of character development (and not much in the way of plotting).  In choosing a name, I usually think about when and where my character was born, who his/her parents were … how I’m going to feel about it after typing and retyping it for months on end.  That said, I didn’t do any of that with either Starla or Eula.  Oddly enough, they both sprang into my head with their names already pinned on them.  Which, I suppose, actually is “one of Egypt’s mysteries,” even to the author.

Jo: Your writing is so rich, in part by the great colloquialisms that season each page. How do you find them, or do they find you?

Whistling Past the GraveyardSusan: It’s a combination.  Many of them have no defined origin.  They’ve just always been in my head, so I must have been hearing them since birth.  A few of them I made up (it is fiction, after all).  The rest have come from reading and traveling.  A good writer is a good observer—and not ashamed to shush her husband so she can hear nearby conversations more clearly.

Jo: Have you ever changed a character’s name—or book title—in the eleventh hour?

Susan: Never a character’s name.  By the eleventh hour, they are so real to me that it would be like changing the names of my grown children.

Book titles are something else entirely.  A rarely have a title in mind when I begin writing, probably because I’m not always sure where my characters are going to take me.  More than once I’ve had a “negotiation process” with a publisher to find the right title.  Most of the time, as with Whistling Past the Graveyard, it appears to me in the writing process.  When I typed the opening line of Chapter 8 of WPTG, I immediately thought, “That’s the title!”  When that happens it provokes a little happy dance around my office.

Jo: Reading this story, I thought about the challenges of writing in the present time. Technology like cell phones and Amber Alerts, and the political correctness that smoothes away a lot of conflict, makes the past richer soil in which stories can grow. Was that why you set yours in the early 1960s?

Susan: Well, put!  That is exactly why I started exploring time periods when planning this book.  I began looking for a time when a child could go missing and the whole world wouldn’t be called to action within hours.  Then I settled on 1963 Mississippi because of, as you say, “the richer soil.”  It was a time of great change in our country overall, and so much of it centered around the Civil Rights movement.  And as you said, it’s all about building conflict.  Placing my duo in the segregated South placed the most obstacles in their path.  At times it was very difficult to put my beloved characters into some of their harsh situations, but I felt it was important to not shy away from the reality of the time.  The icing on the cake for my choice was that I was around in the 60s.  I could draw from my own memories for many of the “childhood” details.

Jo: A child in danger or distress is immediately gripping. What were the challenges in writing  from her perspective that you wouldn’t have had with an adult?

Susan: There were so many, more than I’d prepared myself for at the outset.  By having Starla tell her story immediately, purely as a child (think Huckleberry Finn), as opposed an adult recounting an event that happened when he/she was a child (think Scout Finch), I limited my vocabulary and how I could present complicated situations.  There was no adult understanding with which to ground the events.  I had to present them with Starla’s child’s understanding and somehow infer to the reader that she was misinterpreting.  It was challenging, but I feel it made for a much more intense narration.

Jo: As someone who lives in Indiana and has written books set in the South, how do you feel about Hemingway’s statement: “Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.”

Susan: I do believe he has a point, although the world is much smaller for us than it was for Hemmingway.  People are more transient.  Mass media keeps us intimately connected with people and places far from us.

When you’re immersed in a particular culture, it is all you know (take Starla for example).  In order to understand how it fits into the wider world, you have to remove yourself and experience life from an alternate viewpoint.  Like I said, it’s much easier for us than for Hemingway.  Which is a lucky thing, although I often do a research trip, I’m quite the homebody.

Jo: What writing advice would you give, to an amateur and a professional? (It can be the same or different for each.)

Susan: For both the writer in the beginning stages of development and those who have experience in publishing, there are two key things to keep at the forefront

1) Hone your craft.  Learn from every experience.  I feel I’m a much better writer now than when my first book was published … and I’m light-years ahead of where I was when I wrote my first five unpublished novels (that number says you must persevere to succeed).  You learn from reading, from critiquing, from interacting with other writers, from workshops. 

And 2) I believe Michael Connelly said it most concisely and best, “Write with your head down.”  When you’re in the writing process, it should just be you and the page in front of you.  Don’t let all of the distractions of expectations and worry about what’s going on in the publishing world outside your door.  Shut it all out and bury yourself in your work.  Give it your best, focused writing self, and allow your voice to sing.

Jo: Your book cover is sensational. Is there anything you’d like to say about it and book covers in general?

Susan: Whistling Past the Graveyard does have a great book cover, doesn’t it?  I’m thrilled with it.  I know I gave the team at Gallery Books a difficult task to capture the essence of this story (especially with a title that could be interpreted as paranormal or gothic!) and they rose to the occasion. 

I think it’s important to give the reader the proper expectation of what’s behind that cover.  A great marketing/sales cover is great, but only if the reader isn’t misled.

Jo: What are you working on now?

Susan: I’m writing a novel set in 1923 that features three displaced people, Henry, a 16-year-old orphan of German immigrants; Gil, a WWI veteran pilot; and Cora, an 18-year-old debutant whose family has lost their fortune.

These people have all been set adrift by life-altering circumstances and find themselves bound together by mutual need.  Their tumultuous journey is fueled by blind obsessions and conflicting goals.  They criss-cross the heartland, exploring the rapidly expanding role of aviation: from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a wildly popular flying circus to the newly founded and dangerous sport of air racing.  Their lives entwine with farmers and tycoons, tent revivals and bootleggers.  Love, both unrequited and otherwise, will bloom and wither; betrayals will occur.  I haven’t yet decided who will achieve their goals and who will falter, but that makes my ride almost as fun as the reader’s.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending September 8, 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. Never Go Back
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780385344340
okra 2. Lookaway, Lookaway
Wilton Barnhardt, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250020833

3. MaddAddam
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $27.95, 9780385528788
4. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
5. Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272591
6. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764
7. The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith, Mulholland, $26, 9780316206846
8. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
okra 9. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486401

10. Light of the World
James Lee Burke, S&S, $27.99, 9781476710761
11. Deceived
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399162077
12. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062255655
13. Night Film
Marisha Pessl, Random House, $28, 9781400067886
14. The Childhood of Jesus
J.M. Coetzee, Viking, $26.95, 9780670014651
15. How the Light Gets In
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $25.99, 9780312655471

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $27, 9781400069224
2. This Town
Mark Leibovich, Blue Rider, $27.95, 9780399161308
3. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697
4. Salinger
David Shields, Shane Salerno, S&S, $37.50, 9781476744834
5. Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949
6. Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently--And Succeeding
Seth Goldman, Barry Nalebuff, Crown Business, $23, 9780770437497
7. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
8. Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book
Grumpy Cat, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452126579
9. These Few Precious Days
Christopher Andersen, Gallery, $27, 9781476732329
10. Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle
Si Robertson, Howard Books, $22.99, 9781476745374
11. William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Ian Doescher, Quirk, $14.95, 9781594746376
12. I Could Chew on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452119038
13. The Liberty Amendments
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $26.99, 9781451606270
14. Lawrence in Arabia
Scott Anderson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385532921
15. It's All Good
Gwyneth Paltrow, Grand Central, $32, 9781455522712

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Silent Wife
A.S.A. Harrison, Penguin, $16, 9780143123231
2. Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272
3. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
4. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
5. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
6. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
7. The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160
8. This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631771
9. The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781439152812
10. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
11. The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $18, 9780316228589
12. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
13. NW
Zadie Smith, Penguin, $16, 9780143123934
14. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
15. In Falling Snow
Mary-Rose MacColl, Penguin, $16, 9780143123927

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Proof of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199
2. Orange Is the New Black
Piper Kerman, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780385523394
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
4. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
5. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $16, 9780374533557
6. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986030
7. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542
10. Stand Up That Mountain
Jay Erskine Leutze, Scribner, $18, 9781451682649
11. Guns, Germs, and Steel
Jared Diamond, Norton, $18.95, 9780393317558
12. Midnight in Peking
Paul French, Penguin, $16, 9780143123361
13. Escape From Camp 14
Blaine Harden, Penguin, $15, 9780143122913
14. Waging Heavy Peace
Neil Young, Plume, $18, 9780142180310
15. The Untethered Soul
Michael A. Singer, New Harbinger, $16.95, 9781572245372

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
5. The Racketeer
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530578
6. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780812550702
7. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
8. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
9. Gone
Randy Wayne White, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425261293
10. A Wanted Man
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246312

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670013951
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
5. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654
6. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Peter Brown, Little Brown, $18, 9780316200639
7. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.95, 9780060254926
8. I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9780312553685
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
10. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
4. Frog Trouble. . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $16.95, 9780761171768
5. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
6. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
7. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
8. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
9. Locomotive
Brian Floca, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781416994152
10. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
2. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (Origami Yoda, #4)
. Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419708589
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $12.99, 9781442485389
5. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
7. Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore! (Fancy Nancy I Can Read Series)
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $3.99, 9780062083104
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810970687
9. Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781416980063
10. City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $12.99, 9781416972242

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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!


 The Husband's Secret
 The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Deceived
  Light of the World
The Childhood of Jesus
These Few Precious Days
Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle
It's All Good
The Alchemist
The Secret Keeper
Fifty Shades of Grey
In Falling Snow
The Four Agreements
 The Glass Castle
Stand Up That Mountain
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Midnight in Peking
Escape From Camp 14
The Untethered Soul
Gone” hspace=
A Wanted Man
The Giving Tree
Where the Wild Things Are” hspace=
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
The GiverLocomotive

 


Author Readings


(events in BOLD are STARS authors available for readings and meetings with bookclubs and other groups

Okra Pick!Cassandra King signs MOONRISE  (author appearance)
Cassandra King
09/16/2013, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

Parnassus Book Club - Little Century  (book club)
09/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Reid Wilson--Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents  (author appearance)
Reid Wilson
09/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Okra Pick!John Milliken Thompson: LOVE AND LAMENT  (author appearance)
John Milliken Thompson
09/16/2013, 05:30 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Christine Montross discusses her memoir Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis  (author appearance)
Christine Montross
09/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Sue Hitzmann -- The MELT Method  (author appearance)
Sue Hitzmann
09/16/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Lori St John -- Corruption of Innocence: A Journey for Justice  (author appearance)
Lori St John
09/16/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Local Matters Bookclub  (author appearance)
09/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

CAROLYN TURGEON discusses and signs THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL  (author appearance)
Carolyn Turgeon
09/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

St. John's Book Club  (book club)
09/16/2013, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Colin McAdam- A Beautiful Truth  (author appearance)
Colin McAdam
09/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Poppy Tooker - LOUISIANA EATS!  (author appearance)
Poppy Tooker
09/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Amy Lyles-Wilson and Patsy Caldwell - Authors of Bless Your Heart  (author appearance)
Amy Lyles-Wilson
09/17/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Sean Kenney  (author appearance)
Sean Kenney
09/17/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ursula Vernon  (author appearance)
Ursula Vernon
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sean Kenney, LEGO artist, author of the new book Cool Creations in 35 Pieces  (author appearance)
Sean Kenney
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Sena Jeter Naslund - The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman  (author appearance)
Sena Jeter Naslund
09/17/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Anna Dewdney -- Llama Llama and the Bully Goat  (author appearance)
Anna Dewdney
09/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

James McBride -- The Good Lord Bird  (author appearance)
James McBride
09/17/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

ASK THE CAREER EXPERTS JOB SEARCH SERIES: INTERVIEWING FOR SUCCESS  (other event)
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

COMIX CLUB - Mouse Guard  (other event)
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

R. Ira Harris discusses and signs ISLAND OF THE WHITE ROSE  (author appearance)
R. Ira Harris
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

COLIN MCADAM presents A Beautiful Truth BOOK LAUNCH with our friends from SAVE THE CHIMPS  (author appearance)
Colin McAdam
09/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Mark Rosenberg Book Signing  (author appearance)
Mark Rosenberg
09/17/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Fiat Lux Book Club: Exploring Catholic Faith through Literature  (book club)
09/17/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Literary Trivia Night  (other event)
09/18/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

Parnassus Book Club - Little Century  (book club)
09/18/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Okra Pick!Author signing: John Thompson - Love & Lament  (author appearance)
John Milliken Thompson
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Eric Mitchko on Opera  (other event)
09/18/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

CHOP NC Gathering featuring Sandra Gutierrez, author of Latin American Street Food  (author appearance)
Sandra Gutierrez
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!Read It & Eat with Lee Smith  (author appearance)
Lee Smith
09/18/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Elizabeth Wein -- Rose Under Fire  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Wein
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

COLIN MCADAM Reading from his Novel A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH  (author appearance)
Colin McAdam
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Barry's Book Club  (book club)
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

JEFF LINDSAY presents Dexter's Final Cut  (author appearance)
JEFF LINDSAY
09/18/2013, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright Book Signing  (author appearance)
Tal McThenia
09/18/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Raghavan Iyer cooks and signs, Indian Cooking Unfolded  (author appearance)
Raghavan Iyer
09/18/2013, 12:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Parnassus Morning Book Club - Little Century  (book club)
09/19/2013, 10:00 am
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Llama Llama Pajama Party with Author Anna Dewdney  (author appearance)
Anna Dewdney
09/19/2013, 04:00 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author signing: Sue Grafton - W is for Wasted  (author appearance)
Sue Grafton
09/19/2013, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Jasper Fforde  (author appearance)
Jasper Fforde
09/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Bookends Book Club: The Awakening by Kate Chopin  (book club)
09/19/2013, 04:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Pre-School Story Time  (other event)
09/19/2013, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Rick Mulkey  (author appearance)
Rick Mulkey
09/19/2013, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Storytime with Miss Connie & Miss Stephanie  (other event)
09/19/2013, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

R. Ira Harris -- Island of the White Rose   (author appearance)
R. Ira Harris
09/19/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ismael Cala -- CALA Contigo  (author appearance)
Ismael Cala
09/19/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Samuel G. Freedman -- Breaking the Line   (author appearance)
Samuel G. Freedman
09/19/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

LAUREY MASTERTON PRESENTS HER NEW FRESH HONEY COOKBOOK  (author appearance)
Laurey Masterton
09/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

HISTORY OF DAVIS ISLANDS by RODNEY KITE-POWELL  (author appearance)
Rodney Kite-Powell
09/19/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Story Time  (other event)
09/19/2013, 01:30 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

Melissa Ginsburg - Dear Weather Ghost  (author appearance)
Melissa Ginsburg
09/19/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Danny Ellis - The Boy at the Gate   (author appearance)
Danny Ellis
09/19/2013, 06:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Joe Baroody- Chronicles of an Irreverent Reverend  (author appearance)
Joe Baroody
09/20/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Kat Carlton Booksigning   (author appearance)
Kat Carlton
09/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Nancy Peacock  (author appearance)
Nancy Peacock stars-authors-1.jpg
09/20/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mark Rosenberg discusses Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping with My Crazy Family  (author appearance)
Mark Rosenberg
09/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

An Evening with Rick Bragg: A Friends of the Homewood Public Library Fundraiser  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
09/20/2013, 06:30 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

John Searles in conversation with Chris Bohjalian -- Help for the Haunted  (author appearance)
Chris Bohjalian
09/20/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

DAN PIERCE Presents His Book CORN FROM A JAR  (author appearance)
Daniel Pierce
09/20/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Colin McAdam Book Signing  (author appearance)
Colin McAdam
09/20/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Saturday Story Time  (other event)
09/21/2013, 10:30 am
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author signing: Sherry Ways - Feel-Good Spaces  (author appearance)
Sherry Ways
09/21/2013, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Wimpy Kid 8 Hard Luck Truck  (other event)
09/21/2013, 05:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

McIntyre's Books Author Events Daniel Wallace – The Kings and Queens of Roam  (author appearance)
Daniel Wallace
09/21/2013, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara discusses her short story collection Damn Love  (author appearance)
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
09/21/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHING: CeeLo Green -- Everybody’s Brother  (author appearance)
CeeLo Green
09/21/2013, 02:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

RICHARD RUSSELL  (author appearance)
Richard Russell
09/21/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Florida Authors Academy Workshop   (writers group)
09/21/2013, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Story Time  (other event)
09/21/2013, 10:30 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

KATHLEEN HOWARD and ROSALIND BUNN—THE BUTTERBEAN LADY; SOPHIE MAY AND THE SHOE UNTYING FAIRY  (author appearance)
Kathleen Howard
09/21/2013, 11:00 am
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Andrea Beaty - Rosie Revere, Engineer  (author appearance)
Andrea Beaty
09/21/2013, 11:00 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Ellen Stimson - Author of Mud Season  (author appearance)
Ellen Stimson
09/22/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author event: Tony Reevy - Old North  (author appearance)
Tony Reevy
09/22/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Okra Pick!Wilton Barnhardt's 27 Views of Raleigh  (author appearance)
Wilton Barnhardt
09/22/2013, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

NCPS Reading Series  (author appearance)
09/22/2013, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Fiction & sportswriter Mike Lupica   (author appearance)
Mike Lupica
09/22/2013, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

A Discussion and Workshop on Being Fully Present  (author appearance)
Trey Carland
09/22/2013, 01:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Pensters  (writers group)
09/22/2013, 02:30 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

A Memorial Poetry Reading: Judith Berke, Fred Witkoff, and Henry Logan  (other event)
09/22/2013, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

BANNED BOOKS BOOK CLUB  (book club)
09/22/2013, 04:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

New & Notable Book Club: ZEALOT  (book club)
09/22/2013, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

D.J. MacHale  (author appearance)
D.J. MacHale
09/23/2013
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Flyleaf Book Lovers Club Discussion  (book club)
09/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Sena Jeter Naslund  (author appearance)
Sena Jeter Naslund
09/23/2013, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jesmyn Ward -- Men We Reaped  (author appearance)
Jesmyn Ward
09/23/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

THE ARTIST'S WAY FOR BUSY ADULTS WITH ASHER LEIGH  (other event)
09/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Mick Herron & Cara Black Booksigning   (author appearance)
Mick Herron
09/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Nelson Demille- The Quest  (author appearance)
Nelson DeMille
09/23/2013, 07:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Writing With Intent: Protagonist Pep Up  (writers group)
09/23/2013, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Book Your Lunch With Robert Inman  (author appearance)
Robert Inman
09/24/2013, 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Author event with Susan Gregg-Gilmore - Author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen  (author appearance)
Susan Gregg-Gilmore
09/24/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

M.K. Asante  (author appearance)
M.K. Asante
09/24/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ann Prospero  (author appearance)
Ann Prospero
09/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Letra Urbana Encuentros  (other event)
09/24/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Nelson DeMille -- The Quest  (author appearance)
Nelson DeMille
09/24/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

HENRIETTE LAZARIDIS POWER Reads From Her Novel THE CLOVER HOUSE  (author appearance)
Henriette Lazaridis Power
09/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

ROY PETER CLARK teaches us HOW TO WRITE SHORT!  (author appearance)
Roy Peter Clark
09/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Feminist Open Mic  (other event)
09/24/2013, 07:30 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Sena Jeter Naslund Book Signing  (author appearance)
Sena Jeter Naslund
09/24/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Charles McNair Author Visit  (author appearance)
Charles McNair
09/24/2013, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

Music at Maple Street: Saul Conrad  (other event)
09/24/2013, 07:00 pm
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Stories and Sweets With Cassandra King  (author appearance)
Cassandra King
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Greenville, SC

Author event with V. E. Schwab - Author of Near Witch  (author appearance)
V. E. Schwab
09/25/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Dan Collins  (author appearance)
Dan Collins
09/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

UNC Humanities in Action: The Arab Spring Revisited  (other event)
09/25/2013, 05:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Sonya Sones discusses her novel for young readers To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story  (author appearance)
Sonya Sones
09/25/2013, 07:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!Read It & Eat with Karen Spears Zacharias & Ann Hite  (author appearance)
Ann Hite stars-authors-1.jpg
09/25/2013, 12:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston -- Frozen  (author appearance)
Melissa de la Cruz
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Tracy Devine Guzman -- Native and National in Brazil: Indigeneity after Independence  (author appearance)
Tracy Devine Guzman
09/25/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

MIND OVER MARRIAGE WITH GREGG BLANTON  (author appearance)
P. Gregg Blanton
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

BANNED BOOKS WEEK SPEAKEASY AND OPEN-MIC NIGHT  (other event)
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Charles McNair Book Signing- Pickett's Charge  (author appearance)
Charles McNair
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

COVER ME: Book Signing & Reading by Peter Ames Carlin, author of BRUCE + Musical Tribute  (author appearance)
Peter Ames Carlin
09/25/2013, 07:00 pm
Avid Bookshop one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Athens, GA

Sonya Sones: TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST  (author appearance)
Sonya Sones
09/26/2013, 04:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Carol Orsborn - Author of Fierce with Age  (author appearance)
Carol Orsborn
09/26/2013, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author event: Daniel Coston - North Carolina Musicians: Photographs and Conversations  (author appearance)
Daniel Coston
09/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Quail Ridge   (author appearance)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
09/26/2013, 04:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Allan Gurganus  (author appearance)
Allan Gurganus
09/26/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Summer Reading Challenge Event 3  (other event)
09/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Literary BookPost
Salisbury, NC

Pre-School Story Time  (other event)
09/26/2013, 10:30 am
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Shelley Stewart & Don Keith - Mattie C.'s Boy  (author appearance)
Shelley Stewart
09/26/2013, 05:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Ally Carter -- United We Spy   (author appearance)
Ally Carter
09/26/2013, 07:00 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Salman Rushdie in conversation with Mitchell Kaplan -- Joseph Anton  (author appearance)
Salman Rushdie
09/26/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

V.E. SCHWAB Reading from her Novel VICIOUS  (author appearance)
V. E. Schwab
09/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

DOUGLAS CORLEONE discusses and signs GOOD AS GONE  (author appearance)
Douglas Corleone
09/26/2013, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Poetry at Tech  (other event)
09/26/2013, 07:30 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Ann B. Ross  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross
09/27/2013, 05:30 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Okra Pick!Karen Spears Zacharias, Author of Mother of Rain AND Ann Hite, Author of Storycatcher  (author appearance)
Karen Spears Zacharias stars-authors-1.jpg
09/27/2013, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Carrie Knowles Artist and Author   (author appearance)
Carrie Knowles
09/27/2013, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Robin Sloan discusses his novel Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore  (author appearance)
Robin Sloan
09/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

An Evening of Appalachian Poetry and Music  (author appearance)
Hilda Downer
09/27/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Garrincha - Náufrago   (author appearance)
09/27/2013, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Ally Carter -- United We Spy  (author appearance)
Ally Carter
09/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Consuming Passion: Four Perspectives on Food in Our Lives  (other event)
09/27/2013, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

ROBERT INMAN Reading & Signing of his novel THE GOVERNOR'S LADY  (author appearance)
Robert Inman
09/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Joan Rylen- Big Easy Escapade  (author appearance)
Joan Rylen
09/27/2013, 06:00 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Meet The Author - Christian Freed  (author appearance)
Christian Freed
09/28/2013, 11:00 am
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

BOOKAPALOOZA TIME  (other event)
09/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Fountainhead Bookstore

Storytime with artist Bobbi Adams  (other event)
09/28/2013, 10:30 am
Books on Broad one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Camden, SC

Gatherings from the Garden Booksigning with Bobbi Adams  (author appearance)
09/28/2013, 01:30 pm
Books on Broad one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Camden, SC

Author event with Tammy Andrews - Author of Of Human Misery  (author appearance)
Tammy Andrews
09/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Danny Ellis Recalls The Boy at the Gate: A Memoir  (author appearance)
Danny Ellis
09/28/2013, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Richmond, VA

Sharyn McCrumb Returns with a New Ballad Novel  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb
09/28/2013, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Jill Smith Entrekin  (author appearance)
Jill Smith Entrekin
09/28/2013, 01:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Sindo Pacheco -- Un pie en lo alto y otras encerronas   (author appearance)
Sindo Pacheco
09/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Abbe Smith & Monroe Freedman -- How Can You Represent Those People?  (author appearance)
Abbe Smith
09/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

MEET GENE BELL & READ 2 SUCCEED ASHEVILLE!  (other event)
09/28/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Okra Pick!NOVELISTS ANN HITE & KAREN SPEARS ZACHARIAS  (author appearance)
Karen Spears Zacharias stars-authors-1.jpg
09/28/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Florida Authors Academy Workshop   (writers group)
09/28/2013, 10:00 am
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Story Time with Miss Maureen   (other event)
09/28/2013, 11:30 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Poppy Tooker - Louisiana Eats  (author appearance)
Poppy Tooker
09/28/2013, 11:30 am
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Author event with Hannah Kent - Author of Burial Rites  (author appearance)
Hannah Kent
09/29/2013, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books one-book-at-a-time-1.jpg
Nashville, TN

Author event: Kathleen Purvis - Bourbon & Belinda Ellis - Biscuits  (author appearance)
Belinda Ellis
09/29/2013, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Lucy Daniels Writer, clinical psychologist, children's advocate  (author appearance)
Lucy Daniels
09/29/2013, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Carrie Jane Knowles – Ashoan’s Rug  (author appearance)
Carrie Jane Knowles
09/29/2013, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

SHARYN MCCRUMB Reading & Signing her New Ballad Novel KING'S MOUNTAIN  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb
09/29/2013, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Sunday Sleuths   (book club)
09/29/2013, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Author event: Lisa Wingate - The Prayer Box  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate stars-authors-1.jpg
09/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Nicholas Sparks in conversation with Jackie Nespral -- The Longest Ride  (author appearance)
Nicholas Sparks
09/30/2013, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Politics Of Food Bookclub  (author appearance)
09/30/2013, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Lynn Cullen signs Mrs. Poe  (author appearance)
Lynn Cullen
09/30/2013, 07:15 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Alan Gurganus - Local Souls  (author appearance)
Alan Gurganus
10/01/2013, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Author event: Sharyn McCrumb - King's Mountain  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb
10/03/2013, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

The Tears on Her Face are From Laughter: Queer Stories of Survival by Julie Marie Wade, Sassafras Lowrey, and Alysia Angel  (author appearance)
Sassafras Lowrey
10/05/2013, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA


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