{The Sound and the Fury in purple and green ink.}

In which various cities decide to read various books, Mr. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury gets gussied up, Mr. John Grisham decides there is no future in watering plants for a dollar an hour, and Mr. Andy Griffith explains southern football.

July 1, 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!
Porch Lights

Spring Fever

A Land More Kind Than Home

The Shoemaker's Wide

The Cove


The Innocent


An American Son


My Cross to Bear


Steve Jobs


What Really Happened


The Presidents Club


Stand Up That Mountain


Prague Winter


Blood Feud


Sea Change


Bared to You


House at Tyneford


How to Read Literature Like a Professor


To Heaven and Back


Into the Wild


Lord of the Flies


The Affair


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes


Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes


Three Times Lucky


The Emerald Atlas


Pinkalicious:The Princess of Pink Slumber Party


Author Readings

Alex Kava, author of FIREPROOF, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/17/2012

D. M. Webb, author of Mississippi Nights, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 07/17/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Book Lovers Club at Flyleaf discusses The Emperor of All Maladies on 07/17/2012

Charis Books & More is hosting the event Beyond the Short Term African-American Women Loving Women and Creating Strong Families on 07/17/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/17/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/17/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event COMIX CLUB on 07/17/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event ALL ROMANCE ALL THE TIME CLUB DISCUSSES MAID TO MATCH on 07/17/2012

Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/17/2012

bbgb is hosting the event Post With the Most on 07/17/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Jai-Alai Magazine Reading on 07/18/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/18/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club discusses State of Wonder with Ann Patchett on 07/18/2012

Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/18/2012

Joseph Terrell, author of Tide of darkness, will be appearing at Island Bookstore, 07/18/2012

Maryann Cusimano, author of Sleep, Baby, Sleep, will be appearing at Island Bookstore, 07/18/2012

Betty Shotton, author of Liftoff Leadership, will be appearing at Island Bookstore, 07/18/2012

Bascom Wilson, author of Misguided Justice, will be appearing at Island Bookstore, 07/18/2012

John Staddon, author of The Malign Hand of the Markets, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 07/18/2012

K. Carl Smith, author of Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite America's Passion for Liberty, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/18/2012

Eric Wilson, author of Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can?t Look Away, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/18/2012

River Jordan, author of Praying For Strangers!, will be appearing at Quarter Moon Bookstore, 07/18/2012

Iris and Roy Johansenwill be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/19/2012

Stacy Bierlein, author of A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/19/2012

Dr. S. B. Jones-Henrickson, author of Economic Essays on St. Kitts and Nevis, will be appearing at Undercover Books & Gifts, 07/19/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Coffee with the Poet on 07/19/2012

Bound To Be Read Books is hosting the event July Book Club on 07/19/2012

Ryka Aoki, author of Seasonal Velocities, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/19/2012

Jillian Medoff, author of I Couldn't Love You More, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/19/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 07/19/2012

Molly Read Woo, author of The Red and Black Breed, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 07/19/2012

Roberta Klein, author of Robert Swedroe; The Collages of Robert M. Swedroe, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 07/19/2012

David Leddick, author of Georgeous Gallery, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/19/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event El Centro Cultural Argentina -- Una charla con Fernando Iglesias on 07/19/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Parnassus Book Club discusses State of Wonder with Ann Patchett on 07/19/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Summer story time with Nancy Van Camp on 07/19/2012

David Dorondo, author of Riders of the Apocalypse, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/20/2012

Amanda Padoan, author of Buried in the Sky, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/20/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 07/20/2012

Chef Marcus Samuelsson, author of Yes, Chef, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 07/20/2012

Andrew Cogar, author of Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/20/2012

Anne Freels, author of Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/20/2012

Brett Evans, author of , will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/21/2012

Stacy Bierlein, author of Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/21/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy , author of Puzzled by Pink, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/21/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event The Writer's Plot Conference on 07/21/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Poetry and Publishing Workshop on 07/21/2012

Steven Hunter, author of Mount Magazine, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 07/21/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Saturday Morning Story Time on 07/21/2012

Kacy Allen Tedder, author of Fly, Sally, Fly!, will be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 07/21/2012

Eagle Eye Book Shop is hosting the event Nez Crosby on 07/21/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/21/2012

Octavia Books is hosting the event Octavia Books Book Club on 07/21/2012

Joseph Kanon, author of Istanbul Passage , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/21/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Margarita Montemar -- Women & Wealth Workshop on 07/21/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Story Time with Tad Hills on 07/21/2012

Ed McKeown, author of , will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/22/2012

Andrew Gross, author of 15 Seconds, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/22/2012

George and Elizabeth Ellison, author of Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokies, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 07/22/2012

Warren Phillips, author of Newspaperman, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/22/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/23/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Science Fiction Book Club on 07/23/2012

Susanne Jacoby-Hale, author of Shades of Gray, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/23/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event Our PRIDE Academy -- The Shakespeare Project on 07/23/2012

Deborah Harkness, author of Shadow of Night, will be appearing at Parnassus Books, 07/23/2012

Sophie Hannah, author of The Other Woman's House, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/24/2012

Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/24/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/24/2012

Jack H. McCall, author of Pacific Time on Target, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 07/24/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT: DISPELLING MYTHS, UNDERSTANDING THE REALITY OF DISORDERED EATING on 07/24/2012

Gary Stamper, author of Awakening the New Masculine, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/25/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/25/2012

Stan Ulanski, author of Fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks, will be appearing at Island Bookstore, 07/25/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities 2012 Election Series on 07/25/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 07/25/2012

Union Avenue Books is hosting the event Bookaholics Anonymous on 07/25/2012

Courtney Miller Santo, author of The Roots of the Olive Tree, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 07/25/2012

Donald McKale, author of Nazis After Hitler, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 07/25/2012

Jennifer Arnold, author of Through A Dog's Eyes, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/26/2012

Daniel Silva, author of The Fallen Angel, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/26/2012

Iris and Roy Johansen, author of Close Your Eyes, will be appearing at Inkwood Books, 07/26/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event The Kickin' Grass Band on 07/26/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 07/26/2012

Beth Hermes, author of Lightbearers: AWAKE, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/26/2012

Parnassus Books is hosting the event Summer story time with Nancy Van Camp on 07/26/2012

Rachel Reynolds, author of Four Seasons for Charlotte: A Parent's Year with Pediatric Cancer , will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/27/2012

Liza Klaussman, author of Tigers in Red Weather, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/27/2012

Margaret King, author of Y'all Twins?, will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/28/2012

City Lights Bookstore is hosting the event Special Children?s Story Time on 07/28/2012

Melinda Long, author of The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/28/2012

Musiq Soulchild, author of 143:Love According to Musiq, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 07/28/2012

Ashley Memory , author of Naked and Hungry, will be appearing at Union Avenue Books, 07/28/2012

Tami Lynne, author of Running the Moon, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/28/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 07/29/2012

Philip and Judith Joy, author of Murder as a Call to Love, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/29/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 07/30/2012

Jose Baez, author of Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/30/2012

Jan-Philipp Sendker, author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, will be appearing at Page & Palette, 07/31/2012

Ryan Holiday, author of TRUST ME, I'M LYING: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 07/31/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/31/2012

Lynn Garson, author of Southern Vapors, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 07/31/2012

Tom A. Breslin, author of The Great Anglo-Celtic Divide in the History of American Foreign Relations, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 07/31/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Waldo Celebration! on 08/01/2012

Kay Hooper, author of Haven, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/01/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/02/2012

Stephanie Powell Watts, author of We Are Taking Only What We Need, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 08/02/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 08/03/2012

Juli-ette Robin Goldstonwill be appearing at Avid Bookshop, 08/04/2012

Millie West, author of The Cast Net, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/04/2012

Marcia Moston, author of Call of a Coward, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/04/2012

Pam Stone, author of I Love Me a Turkey Butt Samwich, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/06/2012

Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 08/07/2012

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Turn of Mind on 08/07/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event GAVRIEL LIPKIND and the LIPKIND QUARTET on 08/07/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/09/2012

Tracy Crow, author of Eyes Right: Confessions of a Woman Marine, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/09/2012

Mark de Castrique, author of The 13th Target, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 08/11/2012

Howard Owen, author of Oregon Hill, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 08/12/2012

Quail Ridge Books & Music is hosting the event Town meeting: Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission: An Appraisal on 08/13/2012

Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - especially Ourselves, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 08/14/2012

Blue Ridge Books & News is hosting the event Mountain Writers Group on 08/14/2012

First name Last name, author of , will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/16/2012

Benjamin W. Farley, author of Three Thousand Days and Nights, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/16/2012

Daniel Wolff, author of Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 08/16/2012

Margaret Dunbar Cutright, author of A Case For Solomon, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 08/18/2012

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/18/2012

Marybeth Whalen, author of The Guest Book, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/20/2012

Emily Colin, author of The Memory Thief, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 08/22/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 08/23/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/23/2012

Courtney Miller Santo, author of The Roots of the Olive Tree, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/24/2012

Lee Patterson, author of The Assassination of the President of Iran, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 08/24/2012

Mike Bunn, author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/25/2012

Courtney Miller Santo, author of Roots Of The Olive Tree, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 08/27/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Story Time on 08/30/2012

Cavalier House Books is hosting the event Book Club Meeting - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic on 09/04/2012

Ruth Hawkins, author of Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage, will be appearing at That Bookstore in Blytheville, 09/09/2012

Carolyn Guinzio, author of Spoke & Dark, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 09/21/2012 Kim O' Donnel, author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 10/21/2012

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012 Sheila Ingle, author of COURAGEOUS KATE, A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and FEARLESS MARTHA, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 11/10/2012

 


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Dearest readers,

The Bridge of San Luis ReyWhat is your town reading this summer?

The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded its annual “The Big Read” grants--a program designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Nearly eighty grants were given out this year, in amounts ranging from $2500 to $1700.  All going to fund a particular community’s program to come together over a single book.

Joy Luck ClubThe books at center of these Big Read programs are often familiar: Fahrenheit 451 will be discussed in 9 different towns this year. The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby (the choice of her ladyship’s own town) and Their Eyes Were Watching God were all popular, and well-deserving choices.  Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana will all be reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

Call of the WildBut there were some unexpected titles as well.  The town of Brunswick, Georgia will be talking about one of her ladyship’s very favorite stories, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. In the hot summer of Ashland, Kentucky the people will be reading about the frozen Alaskan wilderness of The Call of the Wild. And in Charlottesville Virginia, the topic of discussion will be Amy Tan’s lovely first book, The Joy Luck Club.

All wonderful books, but it does beg the question--what book do you wish your entire city would read?

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending July 1, 2012

Columbia, SC -July 16, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, July 1, 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. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
2. Mission to Paris
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9781400069484
3. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
4. Porch Lights
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $25.99, 9780061961298
5. Spring Fever
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642716
6. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
7. The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker, Random House, $26, 9780812992977
8. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
9. A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's, $25, 9781936365746
10. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $35, 9780553801477
okra11. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

12. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
okra13. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

14. In One Person
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664126
15. The Innocent
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $27.99, 9780446572996

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
3. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
4. An American Son: A Memoir
Marco Rubio, Sentinel, $26.95, 9781595230942
5. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
6. Barack Obama: The Story
David Maraniss, S&S, $32.5, 9781439160404
7. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
8. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
9. What Really Happened
Rielle Hunter, Benbella, $24.95, 9781937856403
10. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
11. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
12. Stand Up That Mountain
Jay Erskine Leutze, Scribner, $27, 9781451679007
13. American Grown
Michelle Obama, Crown, $30, 9780307956026
14. Prague Winter
Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062030313
15. Blood Feud
Lisa Alther, Lyons Press, $24.95, 9780762779185

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
3. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
4. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
5. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
stars6. Sea Change
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451236760

7. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
8. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
9. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
10. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
11. Bared to You
Sylvia Day, Berkley, $15, 9780425263907
12. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
13. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
14. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
15. Maine
J.Courtney Sullivan, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307742216

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
2. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
3. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
6. Destiny of the Republicdent
Candice Millard, Anchor, $16, 9780767929714
7. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
8. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
9. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
10. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. I Remember Nothing
Nora Ephron, Vintage, $14, 9780307742803
13. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
14. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin, $15, 9780143121343
15. The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine, $16, 9780345521095

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
5. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
8. The Litigators
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345530561
9. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $8.99, 9780345339683
10. The Affair
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246305

Children's Illustrated

1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442457027
okra2. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

3. Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801
4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
6. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
7. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
8. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
9. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
10. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
4. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
5. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
okra6. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702

7. The Emerald Atlas
John Stephens, Yearling, $7.99, 9780375872716
8. Between the Lines
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer, Emily Bestler Books, $19.99, 9781451635751
9. Pinkalicious:The Princess of Pink Slumber Party
Victoria Kann, Harper, $3.99, 9780061989629
10. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
4. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
5. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
6. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
7. Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442411920
8. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
9. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425762
10. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Checking OutSwimming: XXVI

They’d come from the red dirt roads
out behind the drive-in screen
riding K Mart bikes with wide
handle bars and banana seats,
popping wheelies up the driveway
past the dried-up fountain,
then weave into a single file
of long-haired punk kids,
hiding their bikes behind the
building that formed its brick mouth
into a horizontal C around the pool,
then sneak up the cement steps out
through the breezeway at 114.

Some days
when I knew the owner was gone,
I’d ignore them for an hour,
their crazed dives and wild whoops,
the cutoff jeans and bruised legs.
But then I’d have to do my job,
sneak around the corner, surprise them
with my voice, “What you boys doing here?”
I’d ask as if I’d never seen them before,
and they’d always reply, Playing along,
“We’re staying in those rooms back there,”
already filing out the pool gate, wet and
headed back to dirt roads, hot trailers,
dangerous alcoholic stepfathers.

--Tim Peeler, Checking Out (Hub City Press, 2010)

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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).

Andy Griffith

"The second episode that we shot I knew Don should be funny and I should play straight for him," Griffith said. "That opened up the whole series because I could play straight for everybody else. And I didn't have to be funny. I just let them be funny."  ... "What are the state police gonna think when they get here and find we got an empty jail?" rants Barney in one episode, worried about appearances, as always. "They're gonna think this is just a hick town where nothing ever happens!"  "Well, now," Taylor says calmly, "you got to admit that's about the size of it."  Andy Griffith

And not to be missed: Andy Griffith,  on football

North Carolina—and the Network in particular—had a pretty good showing in the recently announced 2012 Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Awards North Carolina “Represents”

Color-coded Faulkner

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, the Folio Society is printing Faulkner's 1929 novel the way he intended, with different colours marking chronological shifts in the story. Color-coded Faulkner  

The most literary small town in the South has no university. It hosts no famous arts festival. And the nightlife consists almost exclusively of two dank taverns about a hundred feet from each other. The South’s Most Creative Small Towns

Dried apple         a. An extreme kind of damn as in "I don't give a dried-apple damn if you do it or not!" The Dictionary of Quaint Southernisms

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman is the latest addition to this year's West Virginia Book Festival lineup. Nobleman is the author of more than 70 books for young people and will speak about his work at a book signing at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the festival at the Charleston Civic Center. His works include "Boys of Steel" and "Bill the Boy Wonder," which tell the stories of the real heroes behind superheroes Batman and Superman -- the writers who created them. Boys of Steel author joins Book Festival lineup

The Sound and the FuryFaulkner's best novels refuse such tidiness. In its place they give us "sound and fury" - the sound and fury of experience unmastered, not yet graced by retrospective understanding. Faulkner grasped that we are born into a family and into a culture that hardly waited for our entry to bristle with motives and complications of every sort. We are born innocent, but the surrounding world into which we are born is never innocent. The 'sound and fury' of great literature

This rich form of writing is a victim of modern times, Kay told those who came to hear his talk on a hot day in May. Gone with the vanishing rural South and its distinct culture is the chief source for such literature — its people, he said. Terry Kay says Southern Literature is dead

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Author Gossip

David TaylorFeatured: David Taylor
Author of Success: Stories

David Taylor writes for Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Outside, Village Voice, American Scholar, and other publications. His documentary films have appeared on PBS, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. He is the author of Soul of a People (Wiley), which was a People's Choice Award finalist in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards, as well as the award-winning books Ginseng, the Divine Root (Algonquin) and a collection of fiction, Success: Stories (WWPH). He teaches writing at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Success: Stories

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More gossip:

Donald J. Sobol"Thanks to Donald, generations of children have learned to read and solve mysteries alongside Encyclopedia Brown, one of the most iconic characters in children's literature," Donald J. Sobel dies at 87

“Oh gosh he's so intelligent; he's so down to earth,” said Mollie Rasor who’d come to meet Rubio at Quail Ridge Books & Music. “I think he's wonderful because he knows how to approach and do things for the middle class.” Marco Rubio signs his new book in Raleigh

Tayari Jones

Overall, Leaving Atlanta portrays an interesting perspective about a little-known important event; viewing the situation from the eyes of children is both refreshing, and it also allows the author to hint at her own point of view throughout the tale, masked in the innocence and the openness of the young. Tayari Jones comes to BOOKmarks Festival

William Faulkner

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner. The writer’s hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, is remembering him with a marathon reading of his final novel at Rowan Oak, keynote addresses in the courthouse and a screening of “The Reivers” at The Lyric Theater tonight. We decided to mark the occasion with a list of some of the best Faulkner mentions in pop culture. Top 10 References to Faulkner in Pop Culture

William Faulkner reads his Nobel Prize speech

John GrishamAs a teen, John Grisham worked at a nursery, watering bushes for a dollar an hour. That is, until he was promoted to a fence crew, where he got a 50-cent raise. But Grisham decided “there was no future in it,” and took a job with a plumbing contractor. The day jobs they quit

It turned out that he was born ridiculously wealthy and that his early life was scattered with the deaths, including suicides, of close family members. His biography actually sounds like a Parisian flâneur and an old plantation patriarch had a baby. Finding Southern Roots in Walker Percy

Walker Percy

 

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.

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

Kimberly Brock  ,
Spartenburg, SC 07/21/2012 - 07/21/2012
Dalton, GA 08/09/2012 - 08/09/2012
Jackson, MS 08/13/2012
Greenwood, MS 08/14/2012 - 08/15/2012
Tupelo, MS 08/16/2012 - 08/16/2012
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

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

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

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

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Bookstore 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).

Charis Books & More

City Lights in Sylva, NC

City Lights is located in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked between the Great Smokies and the Balsams, two mountain ranges in the highest part of the southern Appalachians. Our goal is to share the literature of the Appalachian region with the world, and the world of good books with our community.  Founded by Sylva writer Gary Carden in 1984, City Lights was purchased by Joyce Moore in 1986. In 1993 Joyce moved the store, (paraded up Main Street accompanied by a pipe & drum band, and many friends and neighbors), to Dr. Morgan's former office building on the corner of Spring and East Jackson Streets, one short block up the hill from Main Street. Joyce sold the bookstore to long-time employee, Chris Wilcox in January, 2010.

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Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL, is partnering with the NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION and PROJECTS WITH PURPOSE to provide books for children in Orlando area schools with limited resources. The joint effort perfectly reflects the theme of the  Annual Convention, Celebrate COMMunity. http://www.inkwoodbooks.com/NCAProjectswithPurpose

On July 16th Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC moved to a new and larger location.  They can now be found at  1175 Woods Crossing Rd (Shops by the Mall behind Haywood Mall).

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, NC celebrated its fifth anniversary on Friday the 13th. As fate would have it, Jo Gilley and Allison Best held the grand opening for their shop on Friday, July 13, 2007.

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


Alex Kava at Page and Palette

Fireproof

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Read This! Okra Picks


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

Precious BonesMeet ten-year-old Bones, whose playground is the Florida swamps, brimming with mystical witches, black bears, alligators and bobcats. Bones' father, Nolay, a Miccosukee Indian, is smart and mischievous. Her Mama, practical as corn bread, can see straight into Bones' soul. 

It's summer, and Bones is busy hunting and fishing with her best friend, Little Man. But then two Yankee real estate agents trespass on her family's land, and Nolay scares them off with his gun. When a storm blows in and Bones and Little Man uncover something horrible at the edge of the Loo-chee swamp, the evidence of foul play points to Nolay. The only person that can help Nolay is Sheriff LeRoy, who's as slow as pond water. Bones is determined to take matters into her own hands. If it takes a miracle, then a miracle is what she will deliver.

Precious Bones

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Inkwood Books' July Unchained Choices

Eat and RunEat And Run: My Unlikely Journey To Ultramarathon Greatness By Scott Jurek - “For all of you Born to Run groupies out there, here’s a great new memoir by Scott Jurek, the ultra-running legend many of us met for the first time in McDougall’s ode to the Tarahumara Indians. Jurek chronicles his ascension from the slowest kid in the field to the nigh-unbeatable (and some would say unstoppable) champion he is today, attributing his success to a difficult childhood, stubborn resolve and —interestingly — his vegan diet. He mixes together childhood and racing memories with running strategies and favorite recipes to create an inspirational and useful guide to endurance sports. It’s a must-read for runners (even the die-hard carnivores), though anyone who roots for the underdog will appreciate Jurek’s candid story.” Amanda.

FreemanFreeman By Leonard Pitts - "Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Pitts brings his fine craft to fiction in this stirring novel of the months immediately following the end of the Civil War, when old rules no longer apply but both black and white Americans are unsure what the new order means for them. Sam - a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army - leaves his safe haven in Philadelphia to walk back to Mississippi to find his wife, Tilda, the mother of his only child. Meanwhile, Tilda is forced at gunpoint to walk with her owner from the charred remains of his farm to where rebels haven't accepted defeat. Like the best historical fiction, Freeman includes rich historic detail without being obvious, while bringing to life distinct and diverse characters - male, female, black, white - who you will never forget. The varied reactions of freed slaves, well-intentioned abolitionists out of their element, and fear-driven rebels not ready to give up their way of life or their slaves form a compelling story - with much to relate to current events." (Limited number of signed copies available.) Carla.

GoldGold By Chris Cleave  – “Gold is, quite simply, a ridiculously beautiful and compelling story that had me breathless till the very end. Chris Cleave, of Little Bee fame, has once again written out the hopes, dreams, tragedies and frailties of real life in the flawless, flowing prose we’ve all grown to love. The novel takes place within the adrenaline-fueled world of Olympic track cycling, on the eve of London 2012, and centers around the sometime friends, sometime bitter rivals Zoe and Kate, both at top form and racing towards their last Olympic games. Woven in and around these two women is 8-year old Sophie, an irresistibly adorable and precocious Star Wars fanatic engaged in the fight for her life. Gold will have your heart pounding — in excitement, in sadness, and in anticipation — and will leave you puzzling over your own goals and priorities. Do yourself a favor: Drop everything and read this book!” Amanda.

A Good Hard LookA Good Hard Look By Ann Napolitano - “While A Good Hard Look is a fictional account of the final years of writer Flannery O'Connor, it is also a beautiful examination of a certain time and place. Women's roles in the South were in painful transition, and Napolitano explores the consequences of following the pull of the heart, giving in to expectations or, as Flannery did, following the call to write. The story is beautifully written, with unexpected images and characters, and is impossible to put down. Full of the very charm, tradition, heartbreak and resilience of the culture it describes, A Good Hard Look would be a great book group selection.” Leslie.

A Hologram for the KingA Hologram For The King By Dave Eggers - “54-year old Alan Clay has come to Saudi Arabia as a last ditch effort to pay off a plethora of loans, keep his daughter in college, and pick up the scattered pieces of his shredded self-worth. With the nascent King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) serving as a backdrop, Alan’s life story takes us through the perils of outsourcing, the realities of our economic situation, and the potential awkwardness of an American in the Middle East. I know this one sounds like a heavy read, and it is, but it’s punctuated with enough moments of humor and insight that I feel compelled to recommend it to everyone I know. It’s a book of our times, and my hope is that it will serve to open up more dialogue not only on our economy, but on the impact our choices make on our country and on the world at large.” Amanda.

Invisible MOnstersInvisible Monsters Remix By Chuck Palahniuk – “Originally released as a paperback in 1999, Invisible Monsters is the dark comedy of a super model whose sudden accident leaves her horribly disfigured and unable to speak. Aided by her closest friend, a transgender con artist, the two embark on a crime filled, mind bending road trip of doom. In Invisible Monsters REMIX, Palahniuk has published his ultimate hardcover edition, adding a new introduction, new chapters and revisions that will have the reader jumping between chapters and staring into mirrors to piece together the new story elements.” Christian.

Juliet in AugustJuliet In August By Dianne Warren - "Warren has written an amazing book of overlapping stories, like a box of chocolates with every piece just the one you want. A tiny, dusty town of 1,011 people, Juliet manages to contain more than enough drama and humor, courage and passion within its borders: among them a shy couple, well past middle age, discovering a love no less diminished by its unexpectedness...a harried mother of six who, while never getting anything right, actually never loses sight of what is important...a rancher discovering the story behind his adoption...a bank manager, burdened by his knowledge and his sense of inadequacy. Warren alternates their stories in chapters covering a short span of hours, but the richness of her writing and the lives she examines makes you feel as though you have known the characters all their lives. I was reminded of the heartfelt simplicity of Plainsong, and the unassuming power of the writing of other Canadian treasures, Carol Shields and Alice Monroe. This is a book you hold to your heart." Leslie.

People's PopsPeople's Pops: 55 Recipes For Ice Pops, Shave Ice, And Boozy Pops From Brooklyn's Coolest Pop Shop By Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell And Joel Horowitz - "Well, the title doesn't leave me a lot to say except that it's summer, and a perfect time to have homemade healthy but incredibly appealing treats on hand for all your family and friends to chill. These recipes really deliver with combos never before seen on a stick: trendy tastes like Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar and Apple & Salted Caramel; creative ideas like Fig Jam & Yogurt and Roasted Nectarine & Basil; and tips for coming up with your own inventive refreshers." Carla.

Tiger LilyTiger Lily By Jodi Lynn Anderson - "As a big fan of the original Peter Pan, I was initially a little wary of Anderson's re-telling, but only a few sentences in and I was completely sold! Before the Wendy Bird there was Tiger Lily, a mysterious and wild young woman from one of Neverland's many tribes. She and the infamous Peter Pan share a love story that is beautiful, tenuous and doomed from the get-go. Anderson brings Neverland back to life in a gritty and very real way, and I loved being immersed in that world. Here is a beautiful page turner that will satisfy any reader who loves a good story." Amanda.

Rules of CivilityRules Of Civility By Amor Towles - "This is a grand read, a masterful yet seemingly effortless old-fashioned novel set in the late 1930's New York. Told as a flashback when Katey Kontent unexpectedly comes across a photo of a man she knew 28 years ago, the novel is an amazing look at a fascinating time in American history. Kontent is a thoughtful, unsparingly honest and perceptive narrator, and her chance encounters with unforgettable characters make this a book you can't put down. There is grace and wisdom in the writing, and the look into the life and loves of a young working woman in Manhattan is absorbing. One of the best books I have read in a long time." Leslie.

Untold StoryUntold Story  By Monica Ali - "Untold Story is the perfect follow-up to the royal wedding frenzy of last summer. Using a fictional character similar to Princess Diana, this compelling novel asks the question of what would have happened if the former Princess of Wales had faked her death and reinvented herself in a new life. Royal watchers or not, all will enjoy this book." Avery.

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