Special to the Southern List
(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)
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Brian Shawcroft, author of 50 YEARS OF HOUSES at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 6 2011)
John Michael Greer, author of Apocalypse Not: Why Everything You Know about 2012 at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA (September 6 2011)
Terry Brooks, author of The Measure of the Magic at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (September 6 2011)
Terry Brooks, author of THE MEASURE OF THE MAGIC at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 7 2011)
Lisa McMann, author of The Unwanteds at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 7 2011)
Alma Katsu, author of The Taker at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA (September 7 2011)
Margaret Haddix, author of AMONG THE HIDDEN at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 7 2011)
Robert Olen Butler, author of A Small Hotel at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL (09/07/2011)
Jenny Wingfield, author of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA (September 7 2011)
John Grisham, author of Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL (September 7 2011)
Thomas Averill, author of Rode at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR (September 7 2011)
Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (September 8 2011)
Linda Niemann, author of Boomer: Railroad Memoirs at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA (September 8 2011)
Harlan Coben, author of Shelter at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL (September 8 2011)
Robert Olin Butler, author of A Small Hotel at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR (September 8 2011)
Joseph D’Agnese, author of Signing Their Rights Away at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (September 8 2011)
Celia Rivenbark, author of You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC (September 8 2011)
Elizabeth Letts, author of THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION: SNOWMAN, THE HORSE THA at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 9 2011)
Ilsa Bick, author of Draw the Dark at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (September 9 2011)
Diana Pinckney, author of Green Daughters at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC (September 9 2011)
Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC (September 9 2011)
Marlin Barton, author of The Cross Garden at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL (09/09/2011)
Tracey Smith, author of Love's Fate at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR (September 10 2011)
Barry Parham, author of The Middle-Age of Aquarius at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC (September 10 2011)
Barbara Dowd Wright, author of An Awakening Heart at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC (09/10/2011)
Melissa Conroy, author of Grandma is an Author at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC (September 10 2011)
Doug Dahlgren, author of The Son: Silas Rising at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC (September 10 2011)
Ellyn Bache, author of The Art of Saying Goodbye at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC (September 11 2011)
Alan Gerson, author of THE 9-11 COMIC BOOK at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA (September 11 2011)
Ray McManus, author of Red Dirt Jesus at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC (September 12 2011)
Jack Gantos, author of DEAD END IN NORVELT at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL (September 13 2011)
Ron Rash, author of Saints at the River at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC (September 13 2011)
Jack Gantos, author of Dead End in Norvelt at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC (September 14 2011)
Dr. Nortin Hadler, author of Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in a at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC (September 14 2011)
Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL (September 14 2011)
Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL (September 14 2011)
Authors Round the South
Like many little girls, her ladyship, the editor dutifully took piano lessons when she was a young girl. And, like many little girls, she eventually gave it up when she discovered that not all piano pieces were as easy to play as Bartok's Finger Exercises. (Plus, she developed an overwhelming hatred of the infuriating little metronome that sat on top of her piano).
Still, her ladyship credits her love of Beethoven, Bach and Chopin to those early days of attempting to bang out a credible version of The Moonlight Sonata. (She never managed it). So when she was offered a small organ from a friend who was moving, she agreed to take it. Now, forty years after she last put down her sheet music, her ladyship is once again practicing Bartok.
Without the metronome.
Happy, happy reading!
her ladyship, the editor
Southern Indie Bestsellers
For the week ending Sunday, August 28, 2011
Columbia, SC - September 4, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, August 28, 2011. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.
- A STARS Author | - A SIBA Okra Pick
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.
1. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper, $26.99, 9780062049803
2. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
3. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
4. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $35, 9780553801477
5. The Family Fang
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $23.99, 9780061579035
6. Flash and Bones
Kathy Reichs, Scribner, $26.99, 9781439102411
7. The Most Dangerous Thing
Laura Lippman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780061706516
8. The Magician King
Lev Grossman, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022311
9. Iron House
John Hart, Thomas Dunne, $25.99, 9780312380342
10. Portrait of a Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $26.99, 9780062072184
11. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $25, 9780345525543
12. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $24.95, 9780399155345
13. The Keeper of Lost Causes
Jussi Adler-Olsen, Dutton, $25.95, 9780525952480
14. The Night Train
Clyde Edgerton, Little Brown, $23.99, 9780316117593
15. The American Heiress
Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312658656
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
2. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
3. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594202995
4. A Stolen Life
Jaycee Dugard, S&S, $24.99, 9781451629187
5. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $37.50, 9781416571766
Charles C. Mann, Knopf, $30.50, 9780307265722
7. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $26.99, 9780316056861
9. The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine, $26, 9780345521088
10. Prime Time
Jane Fonda, Random House, $27, 9781400066971
11. My Reading Life
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385533577
12. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper, $26.99, 9780061988349
13. The 17 Day Diet
Dr.Mike Moreno, Free Press, $25, 9781451648652
14. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Dutton, $26.95, 9780525952244
15. The Dukan Diet
Pierre Dukan, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307887962
Trade Paperback Fiction
1. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
2. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
3. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
5. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
6. Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616200701
7. The Postmistress
Sarah Blake, Berkley, $15, 9780425238691
8. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
9. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
10. One Day
David Nicholls, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307946713
11. The Cookbook Collector
Allegra Goodman, Dial, $15, 9780385340861
12. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, Dial, $15, 9780385341004
13. Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $14.99, 9780446547604
14. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
Trade Paperback Nonfiction
1. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
2. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
5. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
6. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
7. Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times
Clark Howard, Avery, $18, 9781583334331
8. The Shallows
Nicholas Carr, Norton, $15.95, 9780393339758
9. You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl
Celia Rivenbark, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312614201
10. Just Kids
Patti Smith, Ecco, $16, 9780060936228
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
Keith Richards, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316034418
13. Tuesdays With Morrie
Mitch Albom, Broadway, $13.99, 9780767905923
14. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
15. The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $18, 9781439170915
1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
3. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
4. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
8. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780345342966
9. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
10. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117
1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
3. Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Judy Schachner, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525422280
4. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220
6. King Jack and the Dragon
Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illus.), Dial, $17.99, 9780803736986
7. Llama Llama Home with Mama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670012329
8. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
10. Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School
Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (Illus.), Greenwillow, $9.99, 9780062032744
1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
3. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
4. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880
5. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
7. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257
8. Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (Illus.), Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316101875
9. Stone Fox
John Reynolds Gardiner, HarperTrophy, $5.99, 9780064401326
10. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L Konigsburg, Aladdin, $6.99, 9780689711817
Children's Fiction Series Titles
1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
4. The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)
Pittacus Lore, Harper, $17.99, 9780061974557
5. Big Nate on a Roll
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $12.99, 9780061944383
6. Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425571
7. Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers
Dav Pilkey, et al., Scholastic, $9.99, 9780545175326
8. Dogs in the Dead of Night (Magic Tree House #46)
Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375868245
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
10. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113454
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).
The town of Clover, Virginia has long since disappeared, but its most famous daughter has at last been honored. A historical highway marker commemorating the legacy of Henrietta Lacks now marks the place of her childhood home.
"To grow up in the South," writes Margaret Eby, "is to be fed a steady diet of grits and ghost stories." Eby's lovely tribute to Alabama writer and folklorist Katherine Tucker Windham appears in The Paris Review this week.
The Bookmaker's art is the subject of an ongoing exhibit at The Gainesville State College Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. Two book artists, Margot Ecke and Eileen Wallace, will have their work featured. Ecke's work focuses on passages from the Bible dealing with love, Corinthians specifically, in anticipation of her marriage this fall. Wallace is a letterpress printer and book artist specializing in custom printing and bookbinding.
And the Vero Beach Book Center is one of the reasons that Vero Beach has been called "the friendliest town in Florida."
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
Eudora Welty to William Maxwell, December 22, 1942
Dear Mr. Maxwell:
I will tell you the truth, your letter somehow got in my unabridged dictionary--do your letters often do that?--and was out of sight, out of mind, till just now when after a long arid period I again went to look up a word...
William Maxwell to Eudora Welty, January 7, 1943
Dear Miss Welty:
Some of my letters get into my checkbook, and some into my overcoat pocket (which has a hole in it, so that I don't know what happens to them after that) and some into The Milwaukee Settlement Cook Book, and some into the top dresser drawer, which is theoretically sacred to socks. So I am in a perfect position to understand and condone your leisurely reply...
--from What There is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
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Greg Olear, Fathermucker
Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
Self-defense with Amy Stolls
Join in and learn a few practical self-defense moves as performed in The Ninth Wife. I didn't get my blue belt in Tae Kwon Do for nothing!
Books are the World with Caroline Todd
Travel is my passion. Is it yours? Learn how to keep a great travel journal and preserve those exciting memories.
Club Read: The Graphic Novel with Heather Newton Grab a Sharpie and a stapler and join Heather in commemorating Club Read in cartoon form.
COME TO CLUB READ!
Great southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers
A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
Grove Press (August, 2011)
Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A Small Hotel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after twenty-four years of marriage. The book begins on the day that the Hays are to finalize their divorce. Kelly is due to be in court, but instead she drives from her home in Pensacola, Florida, across the panhandle to New Orleans and checks into Room 303 at the Olivier House in the city's French Quarter--the hotel where she and Michael fell in love some twenty-five years earlier and where she now finds herself about to make a decision that will forever affect her, Michael, and their nineteen-year-old daughter, Samantha. An intelligent, deeply moving, and remarkably written portrait of a relationship that reads as a cross between a romance novel and a literary page turner, A Small Hotel is a masterful story that will remind readers once again why Robert Olen Butler has been called the "best living American writer" (Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
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Explore the authentic architecture and marvelous science behind the construction of Old Salem’s buildings. Discover the crafts and domestic skills popular in early America. Experience early Southern culture through furniture, paintings, ceramics, and metals. Acknowledge both the plight and the contributions of African Americans living in the Salem community. Find serenity in our restored landscape and gardens. Realize your impact on history by reconnecting with the past at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
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Imagine if you will, Tommy Franklin in drag (I’ve seen him wearing Beth’s thigh-high red boots) writing one of his gristle tales with Ron Rash at his side, nudging him and suggesting changes, as the two collaborate on a blockbuster novel.
Quite the vision, isn’t it?
Well, you don’t have to wait for Tommy & Ron to get around to it. Jane Bradley’s You Believers is that book. Haunting. Chilling. A relentless narrative with a Pow! Wow! drumbeat. It will leave you panting in places. (Not in that Tommy Franklin in drag way but you know what I mean.)
I first heard of Jane Bradley when Fred Ramey at Unbridled asked if I would read You Believers. I get asked to read a lot of books. Some I like. Some I don’t. Some I LOVE.
You Believers is one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever read. The journalist in me holds in high regard anyone who can take a crime story and turn it into a work of art, the way Jane Bradley has done.
Based upon the true-life 1998 abduction of Peggy Carr, who was taken in broad daylight at a Wilmington, N.C. shopping mall, You Believers will cause you to reconsider evil and grace in a deeper way, a way that leaves you pondering this thing we call faith. Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves --- will we be counted among the You Believers?
Join the conversation as author Karen Spears Zacharias talks with author Jane Bradley of Toledo, Ohio about her debut novel You Believers.
KAREN: What made you decide to write this story as fiction vs. non-fiction, given that the story of Katy parallels that of a very real victim, Peggy Carr?
JB: First, I wrote it as fiction to protect the privacy of all the real people involved. And even though the true events offer plot points that add up to a story, fiction allows us to create a more meaningful plot, a deeper sense to a plotless and random world. Through fiction I wanted to give far-reaching and even mythic significance to events that open troubling questions about good and evil, making meaning, and finding faith in a random world.
KAREN: Tell us how you came across the story of Peggy Carr.
JB: Well I’d have to say the story found me.
I was looking to buy a house, and on the way to the first showing and meeting my realtor, I saw an old woman collapsed on a sidewalk in a bad part of town, and in front of a cemetery. It was hot July day, and as I moved closer toward her in the traffic, I saw that she looked lost or abandoned and no one was helping.
So I pulled over, talked with her, saw she was disorientated and dehydrated. I asked if she knew where she lived, and with great certainty she gave me an address. I offered to get her some water and take her home. She was delighted. After much mapping and searching, I found her house was boarded up. Seeing I was a good half hour late for my appointment, I asked if she’d mind going with me to look at a house and then I would work to find where she currently lived.
When I showed up about forty five minutes late to the house, I saw my realtor standing on the porch, arms crossed, and looking quite frustrated with me for keeping her waiting. This was years before I had a cell phone. When I explained that I was late because I’d found an old woman by the side of the road. She looked and saw that tiny woman hunched and waiting in my car, and tears came to her eyes and she said, “My daughter Peggy would have done such a thing.”
My realtor was the mother of the victim who inspired my book.
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Ellyn Bache is the author of nine novels, including "Safe Passage," which was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon, and a short story collection that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. Also a journalist, teacher, and editor, she lives in Greenville, SC, where she serves as fiction editor for the literary magazine, Emrys Journal. Her current novel, "The Art of Saying Goodbye," is a SIBA summer Okra Pick, the story of four women trying to help a longtime neighbor who has fallen ill, who in the process undergo remarkable transformations of their own. Booklist termed it "sweet, profound, and sweeping in its themes," while Publishers Weekly called it a "moving, gratifying, and inspiring reminder to live life to its fullest and demonstrate love in every possible way to friends and family."