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{Can you play rock'n'roll and still go to heaven?}

In which her ladyship ponders a particular species of haunted house, Mr. Sean Brock explains why his grandmother's recipe for Hillybilly Black Walnut Fudge includes one pound of Velveeta Cheese, and Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis asks a question that Elvis Presley refuses to answer.

October 26, 2014

Dear readers,

Her ladyship, the editor, is not one for watching reality television. In fact, when asked about what shows she enjoys, she is not above saying "Candid Camera." And she will tell you that the last episode of reality TV she actually saw on TV (stray youtube clips from her facebook feed do not count) was when Kelly Clarkson won American Idol.

However, she is not being completely honest. There is at least one reality show that she will...if not make a point of watching, will at least allow herself to stop on if she notices it playing while she is channel surfing.

Ghost Hunters.

The premise caught her attention first--plumbers by day! Ghost hunters by night!  But the thing that really grabbed her with an iron grip were the locations: the empty, abandoned houses. The disused prisons. The old, ruined hotels and hospitals. Her ladyship, the editor, does not actually believe in ghosts. She does, however, believe in gothic.

The Ghost Will See You NowOn her bedside right now is a book that the gentleman of Ghost Hunters could use for at least a dozen upcoming shows: The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South. 9780895876317

What is it about old hospitals? Why are they so creepy? Creepier than graveyards, if you want to know. Perhaps it is because graveyards are for the dead, but in the halls and operating rooms of old hospitals hope warred with despair, and despair often won.

Some of the places and the stories in the book will be familiar-- the old Highland Hospital, which burned to the ground in 1948, was the setting of Lee Smith's last novel, Guests on Earth. Now people report seeing a woman with frizzy hair walking near the site, wearing red shoes and accompanied by the smell of smoke.

Others stories are not so well known--like the ghost of the "wobbly headed woman" who wanders the grounds near an abandoned medical center building in Oteen, North Carolina. No one seems to know who the woman is, but people report that her head flops from one side to another, her neck having been broken when she hanged herself.

It's a little book, with quite a lot of stories, and even a few pictures --always of the buildings, of course. Never of the ghosts.

...and a final note: Congratulations to Keebe Fitch, Katherine Walton, and Ed Southern....all of whom correctly noted that the books in her ladyship's quiz a couple weeks ago were all written by booksellers. Watch your mailboxes!

Read Independently, and Shop Local!

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

The Ice GarenWalking to school

After the incline came two things that were at once both terrifying and exhilarating. One was the creek itself, which ran under the sidewalk and the street through a culvert and along the edge of the Odd Fellows gardens. Sometimes, when it was swollen with rainwater, practically a river, we'd dare a first- or second-grade child to drop below the street and hang out over the rushing water, clinging to the little ledge, and walk hand over have the way you did on monkey bars, from one side to the other, legs dangling. A few had fallen this way--we'd seen the broken arms, cracked teeth. Yet we still threw out the dare now and then. Just past the creek was the marble settee we called the "murder bench," set in a bit from the sidewalk, surrounded by climbing roses. We didn't know the details, but during the war (nobody knew which war) a soldier had slit a girl's throat there because he loved her.

When I walked to school with my friends, they always pointed out the rust brown line that ran along a crack on the back part of the bench and said, "Blood can never wash away." That was a thrilling moment in our walk--everything took on a new dimension, darker, graver. We thought it was outrageous what grown-up people did when they were infected by love--we were happy to still be in grade school, immune.

--Moire Crone, The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press, 2014) 9780932112965

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Book & Author Gossip

Can you play rock'n'roll and still go to heaven?

Jerry Lee LewisThe question that seems to have most tormented him, however, was whether you could play rock ’n’ roll and still go to heaven. When a troubled Lewis asked Elvis, who had come from an identical background, the question, Elvis's face, he claims, “turned blood red” and he snapped back: “Don’t you never ask me that again.” 9780062078223

Charis Books celebrates 40 Years

We have been so honored to be a part of Atlanta’s LGBTQ, feminist, and progressive literary scene since 1974. It is significant for any bookstore or community space to reach its 40th anniversary because so much of our culture has been moving away from investing in media as objects. First many record stores closed, then bookstores, then video stores and movie theaters. We are all for the digital content revolution but what folks often don’t realize is that when we lose the stores we lose the communal gathering spaces around which we build new ideas and culture.

"It's really just a moment in time you're capturing."

A life in recipes

HeritageHe was happy to include a recipe for his grandmother’s “Hillbilly Black Walnut Fudge,” made with a pound of Velveeta cheese. .It’s really just a moment in time that you’re capturing,” Brock said. “There was an opportunity to capture a moment of time in my life, not just the restaurants,’ not just a place. The book started to become more personal. I decided I had an opportunity to possibly influence people, and maybe influence people to maybe take the same journey that I’ve taken as a chef.”  What had been envisioned as a cookbook documenting the foods and purveyors of South Carolina’s Low Country became a book documenting his personal journey.

2015 SBF Lineup announced

The Savannah Book Festival organizers revealed Thursday the lineup of authors for the 2015 festival.  Headliners this year are Janet Evanovich, author of the bounty hunting Stephanie Plum mysteries, satirist writer P.J. O'Rourke, and mother and son authors Anne and Christopher Rice.

"To tell the truth, at times we felt as if we were traveling along with them."

The Music of Appalachia

Wayfaring StrangersWe reached back to explore medieval troubadours in the south of France, wandering minstrels who fanned out across Europe, and Scottish ballad collectors, composers, singers, and fiddlers. Above all, though, our book is primarily about the nameless families—across many generations—who held onto the one thing that cost nothing, took up no space in their travel trunks, and was perhaps their most valuable symbol of identity: the songs and tunes they carried over centuries and the miles ....They often seemed drawn to the distant horizon and their journeys have been a carrying stream of music, fed by so many sources and in turn feeding out along countless tributaries. As Scots-Irish, many found Appalachian homes and new ways of sharing their long-held musical traditions. To tell the truth, at times it felt as if we were traveling along with them, and we developed a real affinity for their unshakeable spirit and their incredible persistence in keeping their music and traditions alive.

The World Made Straight Movie Release

The World Made Straight"The World Made Straight" was shot in WNC in March 2013, and according to Deadline Hollywood, will be released in the United States in February. Millennium Entertainment acquired domestic rights to the thriller this summer, Deadline Hollywood reports. According to Madison County Tourism Development Authority, the film was shot in Madison County. "The World Made Straight" is a 2006 novel by Rash, and is set in the 1970s in WNC. In the book, a teenage boy gets entangled in a marijuana drug ring, and his present day challenges become further complicated by corruption and distress in the community.


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STARS Authors

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

Andra Watkins

Sheri CastleAndra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She's still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she'd end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014. Read more about Andra at

Request Andra for a book club or event

Andra's Profile Page on STARS

To Live ForeverTo Live Forever


A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE READING ADVENTURE UNLIKE ANY OTHER. GIVE IT A TRY - I DARE YOU! Cassandra King, NY Times Bestselling Author of Moonrise and The Sunday Wife

Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madam mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.

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

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Paulette Livers reads from Cementville

CementvilleCementville has a breathtaking set up: 1969. A small Kentucky town, known only for its excellent bourbon and passable cement, direct from the factory that gives the town its name. The favored local sons of Cementville’s most prominent families all joined the National Guard hoping to avoid the draft and the killing fields of Vietnam. They were sent to combat anyway, and seven boys were killed in a single, horrific ambush.

The novel opens as the coffins are making their way home, along with one remaining survivor, the now-maimed town quarterback recently rescued from a Vietnamese prison camp. Yet the return of the bodies sets off something inside of the town itself —a sense of violence, a political reality, a gnawing unease with the future — and soon, new bodies start turning up around town, pushing the families of Cementville into further alienation and grief.
Presented as the Our Town of its time, we’ll meet Maureen, the young sister of a recently returned solider who attempts to document the strange changes going on in her town; Harlan O’Brien, a war hero just rescued from three years in a POW camp whose PTSD starts bending his mind in terrifying ways; Evelyn Slidell, the wealthy icon and oldest woman in town, a descendent of the its founders and no stranger to what grief does to a family; Giang Smith, the ‘war bride’ who flees the violence of Vietnam with her new American husband only to encounter echoes of it in her new home; and the notorious Ferguson clan, led by the violent Levon and his draft-dodging younger brother Byard, who carry a secret that could further tear the town apart.

With the Civil Rights Act only a few years old, a restless citizenry divided over the war, and the Women’s Movement sending tremors through established assumptions about family life, Cementville provides a microcosm of a society shedding the old order and learning how to live with grief — a situation with resonant echoes concerning war and community still being confronted today.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Sister Golden Hair
by Darcey Steinke

Sister Golden HairWhen Jesse's family moves to Roanoke, Virginia, in the summer of 1972, she's 12 years old and already mindful of the schism between innocence and femininity, the gap between childhood and the adult world. Her father, a former pastor, cycles through spiritual disciplines as quickly as he cycles through jobs. Her mother is dissatisfied, glumly fetishizing the Kennedys and anyone else that symbolizes status and wealth. The residents of the Bent Tree housing development may not hold what Jesse is looking for, but they're all she's got. Her neighbor speaks of her married lover; her classmate playacts being a Bunny at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Club; the boy she's interested in fantasizes about moving to Hollywood and befriending David Soul. In the midst of it all, Jesse finds space to set up her room with her secret treasures: busts of Emily Dickinson and Shakespeare, a Venus flytrap, her Cher 45s, and "The Big Book of Burial Rites," which she reads obsessively. But outside awaits all the misleading sexual mores, muddled social customs, and confused spirituality. Girlhood has never been more fraught than in Jesse's telling, its expectations threatening to turn at any point into delicious risk, or real danger.

Buy from an indie | Read the first chapter!

More Okra Picks!

Recommended Reading from Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida

 A Brief History of Seven KillingsA BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS by MARLON JAMES - "I was first introduced to Marlon James through his incredible novel The Book of Night Women. I'd never read anyone quite like him, and his debut - John Crow's Devil, which I read immediately afterwards - is just as stunning. So I was thrilled when  I got my hands on this, his newest book, which centers around the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Told from a vast array of characters, from warring gang members of West Kingston to ghosts long gone to CIA operatives on the island, we're catapaulted from the Marley Catalyst into the 80s and 90s and the drastically reconstructed Jamaica. This is a fascinating look into the political and social complexities of Jamaica, the history and effect of meddlesome U.S. policies, and - unsurpisingly - a smashing good story." AMANDA 9781594486005

The ExpeditionersTHE EXPEDITIONERS and the SECRET OF KING TRITON'S LAIR - "The West children are back in another action-packed installment of the steampunk series The Expeditioners! Kit has recieved another secret map from his father, the famous expeditioner Alexander West, and this time must delve into the deep and dangerous seas of King Triton's Lair to figure out his dad's cryptic message. Kit's willing to risk everything to figure it out, but when it comes to the lives of his brother and sister, and of his best friend Sukey, does he really have what it takes? I LOVE this series. Wonderful characters, beautiful illustrations, a great story and a great message." AMANDA 9781938073717

CementvilleFLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY by JOANNE ROCKLIN - "Set in 1952, Franny is learning to accept her polio diagnosis and the emotions that come with it. Charlotte's Web has just been published and Franny is hoping to find a friend like Charlotte to comfort her. Enter Fleabrain, a funny, heartwarming bug that lives on the end of her dog's tail. Rocklin's sense of humor and writing style will appeal to readers who loved Out of My Mind and Wonder. Perfect for families to read together, classroom discussions and a sure pick for media specialists. I loved Franny, Fleabrain and this book. Don't miss it!" STEFANI 9781419710681

How to Build a GirlHOW TO BUILD A GIRL by CAITLIN MORAN - "In the council estates of Wolverhampton, England in 1990, 14-year old Johanna humiliates herself on live television. Shortly thereafter, she decides to re-invent herself as Dolly Wilde, a fast-talking, hard-drinking sex-adventurer who writes for the local music rag. Never mind the fact that she doesn't drink, that she's a virgin, and that her music collection is comprised solely of the Beatles and the Bee Gees. Armed with eyeliner, a fair amount of Thunderbird 20/20, and pure determination, Dolly breaks onto the scene and makes a new life for herself. But, as she comes to realize, the hardest - and most heartbreaking - changes are the ones we make within. Absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious, inspiring and profound, Moran has written the coming-of-age of our time, one I hope every woman - no matter what stage of "building" she's in - will read." AMANDA 9780062335975

"I want to give this book to everyone I have ever or will ever meet."

I'll give You the SunI'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by JANDY NELSON - "How to do justice to a novel that allows you to know each character so intimately that their pain and triumphs are your own? I fell head-over-heels for twins Noah and Jude. I couldn’t resist Noah, who has a penchant for contextualizing his life into paintings, or Jude, who takes to keeping onions in her pockets to avoid serious illness. The two share an almost other-worldly bond, but as life rapidly spins beyond their control and they retreat into their own internalized worlds, they lose touch with the others’ heart. Their journey back to one another is absolutely stunning. Peppered with beautiful imagery and quirky excerpts from Grandma Sweetwine’s folksy bible, I’ll Give You the Sun is a book you’ll wanna hold close to your heart. Or maybe I should just say, I want to give this book to everyone I have ever or will ever meet." AMANDA 9780803734968

 A Little Something DifferentA LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by SANDY HALL - "A Little Something Different is a contemporary romance told in a unique way. The reader is introduced to 14 different points of view and not one of them are the main characters, Lea and Gabe. Each and every one of the characters that the reader is exposed to believe that Lea and Gabe are perfect for each other and they are all doing their part to try and make sure that they both see that they belong together. Overall, this book was a cute and light read." Erin 9781250061454

THE MATHEMATICIAN'S SHIVA by STUART ROJSTACZER - Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch's mother, Rachela,  is a famous mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin. The family would like to mourn her death with the traditional Jewish shiva, but there is a rumor that Rachela has solved a famous mathematical problem and taken the solution to her grave. A hilarious and socially awkward group of mathematicians arrives in Madison to crash the shiva and will stop at nothing to find out if  the rumor is true. Very funny and quirky, the author - a Ph.D. geophysicist - brilliantly captures human nature and our will to solve the impossible." STEFANI 9780143126317

The Un-AmericansTHE UN-AMERICANS by MOLLY ANTOPOL – “The characters that inhabit Antopol’s absurdly excellent debut story collection are all tossed between the Old World and the New, both figuratively and literally. She deals masterfully with the plight of the emigrant, of the perpetual outsider, looking for home and hoping it still exists. From the newly widowed Ukrainian woman returning home to the Jewish grandmother recalling her escape from the communist wave in Europe, these are tales of survival; of the common and uncommon bonds of humanity; and of the breaking-down and building-up of life.” Amanda 9780393349962

Young ElitesTHE YOUNG ELITES by MARIE LU - "The Young Elites is a dark spellbinding adventure that will keep you on your toes. Personally, I did not want it to end and can't wait for the next in the series. While the setting and the plot held their own it was the characters that made the book. They were all fascinating and yet devastating at the same time. If you are a fan of supernatural and/or dystopian read than this book is for you!" ERIN 9780399167836

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 19, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28, 9780345544926
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
okra 4. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447

5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857
6. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, FSG, $26, 9780374187613
7. The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell, Random House, $30, 9781400065677
8. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95, 9780399167065
9. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
okra10. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780
11. Some Luck
Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700315
12. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
13. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385353304
14. Personal
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780804178747
15. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594633119


1. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
2. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham, Random House, $28, 9780812994995
3. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
4. The Innovators
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781476708690
5. Worthy Fights
Leon Panetta, Penguin Press, $36, 9781594205965
6. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Cary Elwes, Touchstone, $26, 9781476764023
7. Rebel Yell
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $35, 9781451673289
8. Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
James M. McPherson, Penguin Press, $32.95, 9781594204975
9. Ocean
Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $25.95, 9780761180517
10. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
11. The Meaning of Human Existence
Edward O. Wilson, Liveright, $23.95, 9780871401007
12. Agents of the Apocalypse
David Jeremiah, Tyndale House, $24.99, 9781414380490
13. Everything I Need to Know about Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780553497359
14. What If?
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 9780544272996
15. Factory Man
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316231435


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
4. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451693577
5. Someone
Alice McDermott, Picador USA, $15, 9781250055361
6. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341570
7. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
8. Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Nancy Horan, Ballantine, $16, 9780345516541
9. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
10. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
11. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
12. This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper, Plume, $16, 9780142181713
13. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton, Back Bay, $18, 9780316074292
14. Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341556
15. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812974492
3. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062236685
4. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
5. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
6. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
7. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
8. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo, Random House, $16, 9780812979329
9. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
10. Rise of Isis: A Threat We Can't Ignore
Jay Sekulow, Howard Books, $12.99, 9781501105135
11. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $18, 9780812981483
12. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
13. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
14. How to Sit
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006587
15. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014
Deborah Blum, Tim Folger (Eds.), Mariner, $14.95, 9780544003422


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
4. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
5. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780345543240
6. The Hot Zone
Richard Preston, Anchor, $7.99, 9780385479561
7. Dust
Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425270042
8. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
9. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
10. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935


1. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
2. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Llama Llama Trick or Treat
Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books, $5.99, 9780451469786
5. Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers, Philomel, $26.99, 9780399167911
6. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
7. Otis and the Scarecrow
Loren Long, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399163968
8. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803735842
9. Happy Halloween, Ladybug Girl!
David Soman, Jacky Davis, Grosset & Dunlap, $6.99, 9780448478609
10. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905


1. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
2. Skink: No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $18.99, 9780375870514
3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
4. Minecraft: Construction Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685177
5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
8. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880
9. Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685160
10. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illus.), Hyperion, $24.99, 9781423183648


1. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Five)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146735
2. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
3. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
4. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
5. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894
6. Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After (Dork Diaries, #8)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781481421843
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
9. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062289858
10. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Big Little Lies
The Invention of Wings
Station Eleven
Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
Agents of the Apocalypse
Factory Man
Me Before You
Dark Places
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
The Great Gatsby
Sharp Objects
Fahrenheit 451
Rise of Isis: A Threat We Can't Ignore
Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Hot Zone
A Clash of Kings
The Name of the Wind
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Book Thief
Thirteen Reasons Why
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Author Event with Chris Cox  (author appearance)
Chris Cox
11/01/2014, 03:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
11/01/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Seven NBlue - The Lunatics  (author appearance)
Seven NBlue
11/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos   (author appearance)
Richard Blanco
11/01/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Meet Author/Illustrator Lori Nichols  (author appearance)
Lori Nichols
11/01/2014, 05:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Athens NaNoWriMo Kickoff  (writers group)
11/01/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Kit Wohl: New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes  (author appearance)
Kit Wohl
11/01/2014, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Leigh Bardugo - RUIN and RISING  (author appearance)
Leigh Bardugo
11/01/2014, 05:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

McIntyre's Books Author Events Charlie Lovett – First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love and Jane Austen  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett
11/01/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Suszet Parker - Shhh... No More Secrets  (author appearance)
Suszet Parker
11/01/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Dolores Andral - Prissy On The Moon  (author appearance)
Dolores Andral
11/01/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Compelling Reads Tour  (author appearance)
Kimberley Griffiths Little
11/01/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Poetry Reading featuring Betty Adcock & Al Maginnes   (author appearance)
Betty Adcock
11/01/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

NaNoWriMo Kickoff with Deb Hosey White  (writers group)
11/01/2014, 03:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Jessica Leake Launch Party  (author appearance)
Jessica Leake
11/01/2014, 05:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Prose Local/Mic  (author appearance)
11/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

POETRIO  (author appearance)
Megan Volpert
11/02/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

George Mallinckrodt- Getting Away with Murder   (author appearance)
George Mallinckrodt
11/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Young Reader's Book Club: THE GENIUS FILES: MISSION UNSTOPPABLE by Dan Gutman  (book club)
11/02/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Anne and Christopher Rice: Prince Lestat and The Vines, respectively (Ticketed Event)  (author appearance)
Anne and Christopher Rice
11/02/2014, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Edward E. Baptist - THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD: Slavery and the Making of American Captalism  (author appearance)
Edward E. Baptist
11/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Cari Lynn - MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans  (author appearance)
Cari Lynn
11/02/2014, 04:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Compelling Reads Tour (featuring Martina Boone, Kimberley Griffiths Little, S.E. Greene, Claudia Gray, Meagan Spooner, Beth Revis, and Megan Shepherd)  (author appearance)
Martina Boone
11/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Cooks & Books: Reception with Gabrielle Hamilton  (author appearance)
Gabrielle Hamilton
11/02/2014, 05:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Peter Reinhart - Bread Revolution  (author appearance)
Peter Reinhart
11/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Smedes York & John Lawrence Sharpe - Growing Up with Raleigh  (author appearance)
John Lawrence Sharpe
11/02/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Mary Flinn  (author appearance)
Mary Flinn
11/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Jason Ryan, Hell Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob, with music by The V-Tones  (author appearance)
Jason Ryan
11/02/2014, 04:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Book event for Whatever Happened to Patient 2410  (author appearance)
Shea Lazarov Sulkin
11/02/2014, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Meagan Spooner
11/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Cristina Saralegui - Rise Up & Shine!  (author appearance)
Cristina Saralegui
11/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Alper JCC Miami Book Festival presents Allen Salkin discussing From Scratch: Inside the Food Network - Alper JCC  (author appearance)
Allen Salkin
11/03/2014, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Fair Preview Night! featuring Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books  (other event)
11/03/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Charis Birthday Week: Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) Reads at Georgia Center for the Book  (author appearance)
Azar Nafisi
11/03/2014, 07:15 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Natalie C. Parker (BEWARE the WILD) - TESSA GRATTON (THE BLOOD JOURNALS) - Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY)  (author appearance)
Julie Murphy
11/03/2014, 05:30 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Tristan and Isolde and Morris and Mitchko  (author appearance)
Jay Hunter Morris
11/03/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Salon@615 with R.J. Palacio - Author of 365 Days of Wonder  (author appearance)
R.J. Palacio
11/03/2014, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

11/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

NaNoWriMo!  (writers group)
11/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

CHRIS GUILLEBEAU Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Chris Guillebeau
11/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Warriors Event with Erica Sussman  (other event)
11/04/2014, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Marcella Rosen en conversación con Manny Ruiz - El pequeño dínamo  (author appearance)
Marcella Rosen
11/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Steve Martorano - It Ain't Sauce, It's Gravy  (author appearance)
Steve Martorano
11/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Paula Morton - Tortillas  (author appearance)
Paula Morton
11/04/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Feminist Book Club Meeting  (book club)
11/04/2014, 08:00 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9 The Long Haul - Book Release Party!  (author appearance)
Jeff Kinney
11/04/2014, 04:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Charlie Lovett discusses First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett
11/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Writers Night Out  (writers group)
11/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Ron Rash, author of Something Rich and Strange  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
11/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Artist and Author Judi Light, Creator of the World of Twigshire  (author appearance)
Judi Light
11/05/2014, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

AUTISM Book Club discusses UNSTRANGE MINDS  (book club)
11/05/2014, 01:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

MALAPROP'S BOOK CLUB discusses DRIFTLESS  (book club)
11/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Judy Schachner  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner
11/05/2014, 04:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Nicola Griffith Returns to Atlanta with Hild!  (author appearance)
Nicola Griffith
11/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Tina Freeman & Morgan Molthrop - ARTIST SPACES  (author appearance)
Tina Freeman
11/05/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities' Humanities in Action: Environmental Markets with Andrew Yates, Assistant Professor of Economics  (other event)
11/05/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Rochelle Greyer - Cultivating Garden Style  (author appearance)
Rochelle Greyer
11/05/2014, 05:30 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Deborah Wiles signs REVOLUTION  (author appearance)
Deborah Wiles
11/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Anna Quindlen  (author appearance)
Anna Quindlen
11/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Paul Austin--Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed  (author appearance)
Paul Austin
11/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Savor the South - April McGreger and Debbie Moose  (author appearance)
Debbie Moose
11/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Compelling Reads YA Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Meagan Spooner
11/05/2014, 05:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Richmond Beer Book Launch  (author appearance)
Lee Graves
11/05/2014, 05:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Breakfast with the Reps!  (other event)
11/06/2014, 09:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Book signing with AMY REED  (author appearance)
Amy Reed
11/06/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Ludovica Squirru - Horóscopo Chino 2015  (author appearance)
Ludovica Squirru
11/06/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Luis Martínez-Fernández - Revolutionary Cuba: A History  (author appearance)
Luis Martínez-Fernández
11/06/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Sally J. Ling  (author appearance)
Sally J. Ling
11/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Charis Birthday Week Continues with former Charis co-owner Sandra Lambert Reading From The River's Memory  (author appearance)
Sandra Gail Lambert
11/06/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Anna Quindlen  (author appearance)
Anna Quindlen
11/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Barbara Davis - The Wishing Tide  (author appearance)
Barbara Davis
11/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Jean Anderson- Mad for Muffins: 70 Amazing Muffin Recipes from Savory to Sweet  (author appearance)
Jean Anderson
11/06/2014, 12:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ron Rash- Something Rich and Strange  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
11/06/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Kenan-CDS Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art Public Reading, Reception, and Book Signing with Eula Biss  (author appearance)
Eula Biss
11/06/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Charlie Lovett  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett
11/06/2014, 05:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Triple-Treat Author Event  (author appearance)
Gaynell Gavin
11/06/2014, 04:00 pm
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

okraWiley Cash Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Wiley Cash
11/06/2014, 02:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author event with Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones Snow What  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner
11/06/2014, 04:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Author event with Raymond White, author of An Irish Mystery  (author appearance)
Raymond White
11/06/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Authors Round the South

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