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{In praise of our grandmothers.}

In which a woman will buy a Cadillac if she wants to, thank you very much, Mr. Daniel Woodrell has learned to wait for the magic, and Mr. Jamie Kornegay explains to some nice ladies why he must write about difficult people in depressing circumstances.

April 26, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book Awards | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author Feature | Trailer Park | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

"I'm just real vocal about things and I've never, never stood back."
--Mrs. Tennie (Tennessee) S. Self

When Alysia Burton Steele's grandmother died -- over twenty years ago now -- she realized that although she had been taking photographers since she was a teenager, she had none of Mrs. Althenia Aiken Burton -- that is, none of "Gram." It was an era before smart phones and webcams. Before Facebook feeds and flickr albums.

Steele writes that she felt the loss keenly, and the loss only grew over the years. "...wondering what I could have done to preserve every single thing about her, before her ways, her tone, the color of her nail polish, her mannerisms, her looks at me became a shadow of a memory." That quest to preserve a memory grew into a kind of mission for Steele, which in turn became a book:

Delta Jewels
Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom
Portraits and Interviews with My Elders

If ever there was a perfect "Mother's Day" book, then this is it.  Burton interviewed and photographed the women of her grandmother's generation: the  matriarchs of the Mississippi Delta. "They are church women, female elders, living witnesses to to history. They are ordinary women who have lived extraordinary lives as they courageously faced the injustices of the Jim Crow era and experienced the hard-won changes and victories of the Civil Rights Movement.

The story of Mrs. Tennie (Tennessee) S. Self --the first in the book -- insisting that she had a right to buy a Cadillac if she wanted, and demanding that the phone company print her proper married name in the phone book (something they didn't do for black women at the time) is worth the price alone. 

Her ladyship, the editor, suspects that many of her readers know women who ought to be in this book. Part oral history, part love letter, Delta Jewels is a beautiful tribute to a generation of women who remain an inspiration in our lives. 

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 Bone TreeTONIGHT DEATH AND time showed me their true faces. We spend our lives plodding blindly through the slaughterhouse gate between past and future. Every second is annihilation: the death of this moment, the birth of this moment. There is no “next” moment.

There is only now.

While the pace of life seems stately in the living, we funnel through that gate like driven cattle, fearful, obedient, insensate. Even while we sleep, now becomes then as relentlessly as a river wearing away a rock. Cells burn oxygen, repair proteins, die, and replace themselves in a seemingly endless train: yet from the womb, those internal clocks are winding down to final disorder.

Only in the shadow of death do we sense the true velocity of time—while adrenaline blasts through our systems, eternity becomes tangible and all else blurs into background. It is then, paradoxically, that seconds seem to stretch, experience becomes hyper-real, and flesh and spirit unite in the battle to remain breathing, conscious, aware—afloat in the rushing stream of time. If we survive the threat, our existential epiphany quickly fades, for we cannot bear it long. Yet somewhere within us, a dividing line remains.

Before and after.

--Greg Iles, The Bone Tree

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SIBA Book Award

The best in Southern Literature from the people who would know: Southern Indie Booksellers

The SIBA Book Award Finalists


The Edible SouthHeritageBlue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck KitchenPimento Cheese: The Cookbook

  • The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
  • Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
  • Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
  • Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298
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Independent Bookstore Day!

May Second is Independent Bookstore Day!

That's this coming Saturday. Which indie bookstore are you going to stop by and visit?

It's time to celebrate your local bookshop. Stores across the country (some 50+ here in the South) will be celebrating with special events and parties, story times and readings, free food and general craziness.

Authors like Roz Chast, Stephen King, Sam McBratney and others have pitched in to show their support for indie bookstores by donating a host of limited edition prints, books, and gifts that will only be available at indie bookstores on that day.

Some of the (many, many) southern indie stores planning stuff for Bookstore Day:

Independent Bookstore Day | 09:00 am | City Lights Bookstore Sylva, NC

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY | 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore Elizabeth City

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY | Roxane Gay | 10:00 am | Inkwood Books Tampa, FL

Independent Bookstore Day | 10:00 am | Avid Bookshop Athens, GA

Independent Bookstore Day | 11:00 am | Charis Books & More Atlanta, GA

Independent Bookstore Day | 10:00 am | Prince Books Norfolk, VA

Independent Bookstore Day | David Joy | 10:00 am | Union Avenue Books Knoxville, TN

Independent Bookstore Day | 10:00 am | Fiction Addiction Greenville, SC

Independent Bookstore Day 2015 | 10:00 am | Books on Broad Camden, SC

Independent Bookstore Day | 09:30 am | Horton's Books & Gifts Carrollton, GA

Find the store closest to you on the map:

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Book & Author Gossip

PhenomenalParents without Borders

There seems to be a belief among educated North Americans of childbearing age that parenthood marks the end of any chance of having a rich, adventurous life. In this impoverished view of things, children should live in a clean house, never miss a day of school or a soccer game. Any parent who thinks otherwise is irresponsible or a dreamer or both.


William Styron: Southern Literature's Big Game Hunter

Darkness VisibleThe story you’re about to read is interrupted halfway through by Styron’s hospitalization for depression. A few years later, Styron instead published a fascinating account of his disease, Darkness Visible, a slim volume remarkable for its honesty and concision.



Daniel Woodrell talks to Mark Wisniewski

Watch Me GoWriting’s easier now because I know there’s no magic. Well, there is, but you know it won’t happen unless you’re sitting and putting up words. And then you simply deal with what happens when someone reads. Sometimes I think the supplies must run thin, and sometimes maybe they have, but if you now and then take a walk or go to the track or gaze at a body of water, some insight or line of dialogue always comes to mind.


The Evolution of Southern Gothic

SoilNice ladies have asked me why I write about difficult people in depressing circumstances. Because many of us Southerners would rather read about the aberrant among us, the lowly and damned. Maybe it's because we're always on the bottom and wouldn't mind looking down on someone else for a change.

Raising a glass at the Literary Bookpost

For those who enjoy a good book and a glass of wine, Tuesday’s Salisbury Planning Board meeting was a win-win.  Literary Bookpost on South Main Street downtown received approval from the board for a special-use permit to serve alcohol. The business wants to serve beer and wine, along with sodas, juice boxes and water, as another way to attract customers, according to store manager Leslie Cataldo. She said being able to serve beer and wine will enhance business and go well with events such as book signings.

From Mississippi to Minnesota

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks LeagueOdell relocated from Mississippi to Minnesota at the age of 29, an event that he described as more of an escape than a move. “I needed a place to re-invent myself after trying to live as a gay man in a very oppressive, religiously intolerant environment,” Odell recalled. After a number of years spent with a consulting firm in Minneapolis, he opted to write about the life in the South he had fled.

Bound to Be Read to Close

The number of independent bookstores in Atlanta continues to dwindle as Bound to Be Read Books in East Atlanta Village announced its closure in an email to customers and supporters yesterday. Owner Jeff McCord has been trying to sell the store since 2013 and said a group of literature lovers had banded together last year to try and purchase the store, but were not able to get financing in order.

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Greg Iles

"I get asked a lot how much truth there is in Natchez Burning and the trilogy that follows. There's quite a bit, actually."

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Meet Natasha Boyd

Natasha BoydNatasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romantic southern fiction. She has a background in marketing and public relations and her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer's Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker on book marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cast of characters in her head.

Upcoming Trips


Deep Blue Eternity"Boyd skillfully navigates the scorching physical desire and personal insecurities of her protagonists, crafting a relationship that is tense, torrid and sure to keep the pages turning." ~ RT Book Reviews

The highly anticipated new release from the award-winning author of Eversea.

Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of Daufuskie Island, off the Carolina coast, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The Bone Tree
by Greg Iles

Lowcountry Boneyard#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles continues the electrifying story he began in his smashing New York Times bestseller Natchez Burningwith this highly anticipated second volume in an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice.

Southern prosecutor Penn Cage is caught in the darkest maelstrom of his life. The heartbreaking but seemingly straightforward death of his father's African-American nurse, Viola Turner, has fractured Penn's family and turned Dr. Tom Cage into a fugitive from justice. And in the search for his father and his reasons for running, Penn has unwittingly started a war with a violent offshoot of the KKK, the Double Eagles, whose members seem to know much more about Tom's past than Penn or his mother ever did.

Desperately following his father's trail, Penn finds himself in a maze of mirrors, beset on all sides by a family of criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches into the highest levels of state government. To even the odds, Penn must rely on allies whose objectives are very different from his own. FBI special agent John Kaiser sees Tom Cage as the key to closing not only countless civil rights murders, but also the ultimate cold case: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Penn's fiancee, journalist Caitlin Masters, is chasing the biggest story of her career and believes Tom can lead her to evidence of America's most secret, shameful history. In the end, all roads will lead to the mysterious Bone Tree, a legendary killing site that may conceal far more than the remains of the forgotten.

Penn now knows that the death of Viola Turner is a door to the darkest chapters of America's past. In the civil rights battleground that was 1960s Mississippi and Louisiana, powerful men had audacious, sweeping agendas, and their violent race murders concealed a conspiracy that ran wide and deep, involving the New Orleans Mafia, a Double Eagle hit squad, and a world- altering murder in Dealey Plaza in 1963. And if the FBI can be believed, somehow Dr. Tom Cage stands at the center of it all.

Enthralling, captivating, and utterly engrossing, The Bone Tree is a masterpiece of modern suspense and the next novel in the monumental trilogy that Greg Iles was born to write.

Buy from an indie | Read the first chapter!

More Okra Picks!

Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Page and Palette in Fairhope, Alabama

Rosie EffectStaff Picks

The Rosie Effect (Hardcover) By Graeme Simsion

Prepare to die. LAUGHING! This hilarious sequel to The Rosie Project romps right along with our endearing geneticist/geek Don Tillman. With zero social skills he still manages to get a lot of things right. --Carolyn O'Brien



UnbecomingBy Rebecca Scherm

A fresh treatment of suspense, the lovely Grace masterminds a crime then leaves her partners holding the bag. One of them is her husband and she wonders if Paris is far enough away from Tennessee to keep him from hunting her down. A beautifully nuanced thriller and a fascinating psychological study of what it means to face our deepest flaws with honesty. --Carolyn O'Brien


The Nightingale

The NightingaleBy Kristin Hannah

This remarkable WWII historical fiction features the escapades of two French sisters as they endure the Nazi occupation. Even as Viann and Isabel struggle to survive the war, they are also battling family misunderstandings which put them at odds with each other at a time when family unity would be most helpful in resisting the enemy. Beautifully written, the lives of these women come alive and provide a riveting and haunting story of tenacity and loyalty during a brutal time of war. A fantastic story! I loved it and couldn’t put it down. --Stephanie Crowe


Love and Ghost Letters (Paperback)

Love and Ghost LettersBy Chantel Acevedo

This is the first novel of Chantel and it is as good as her other two.  Josephina is the daughter of a cuban police sergeant in pre-Castro Cuba. She leads a wonderful life until she falls for a poor man. She becomes estranged from her father and at one point thinks her father is dead. But he is not and the letters he writes to her (she thinks she is getting letters from a ghost) reveals his family relationship and his love for her. A wonderful story of family with a pervasive Cuban flavor. I loved it! This book won the 2006 International Latino Book Award. --Stephanie Crowe


Leaving Before the Rains Come

Leaving Before teh Rains ComeBy Alexandra Fuller

While Fuller’s first book, Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, paints an exquisite picture of her early life in Africa, this memoir portrays her later life as she tries to navigate the world outside her African experience. She marries an American in the hopes that he will take her away from her unorthodox upbringing only to discover that her life does not fit as she had hoped.  She confronts her life and its difficulties, revealing the complexity of her family as they deal with suffering and loss. A poignant narrative that is worth reading. --Stephanie Crowe


RedeploymentBy Phil Klay

This book is due to become a classic in the genre of war stories. Klay’s powerful novel of experiences in Iraq is a must read! Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award. --Stephanie Crowe



Before He Finds Her

Before He Finds HerBy Michael Kardos

A compelling read about fear, love, and lies. One evening in 1991 Ramsey Miller throws a block party, then murders his entire family...but one escaped. A definite page turner with an ending the reader won't see coming. --Kay Johnson


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

The Turth About the Harry Quebert AffairBy Joel DickerSam Taylor (Translator)

A page-turning thriller with many plots and any number of potential killers in which nothing is as it seems. Set in New Hampshire involving two authors, with one arrested for the murder of a 15 year old girl. -- Kay Johnson



Whispering Shadows

Whispering ShadowsBy Jan-Philipp Sendker

Sendker’s new novel, Whispering Shadows, is sure to be as big a hit as The Art of Heart of Hearing Heartbeats. Sendker focuses again on what he does best, the human condition; love, trust and friendship are exquisitely woven  into a beautiful narrative that draws the reader into a another world. Paul Leibovitz has made his home in Hong Kong and has had a very successful life. A personal tragedy involving his son leaves him bereft and isolated. As he struggles to navigate the losses in his life, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing American businessman. Paul and his Chinese friend, Zhang, attempt to discover the truth and are caught in a web of distrust and lies. Chinese culture and  it’s past political history  play a significant role in resolving the crime. Sendker offers significant insight into the Chinese psyche as he explores the important issues of love, trust and friendship in this poignant novel. A fascinating story that captured my imagination in the first paragraph and didn’t let me go until the end! Loved it! --Stephanie Crowe


The Harder They Come

The Harder They ComeBy T. Coraghessan Boyle

Inspired by a true story. I've always enjoyed T. C. Boyle's books because of the relationships he builds about the American psyche. This book is about the relationship between three people and how it propels them to tragedy. This book does not disappoint. --Jeanne Raggio


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead WakeBy Erik Larson

Engrossing non-fiction. I loved learning about the passengers, crew and history of that fateful voyage. Very good read. --Jeanne Raggio



The Same Sky

The Same SkyBy Amanda Eyre Ward

This novel tells the heartrending story of undocumented immigrants. Very honest and soul searching. This book stays with you and hopefully gives a broader perspective of this issue. --Jeanne Raggio


More bookseller recommendations

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 19, 2015. 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. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
5. The Stranger
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953500
6. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385523233
7. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780525427094
8. The Dream Lover
Elizabeth Berg, Random House, $28, 9780812993158
9. Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson, Peter De Jonge, Little Brown, $26, 9780316410977
10. Cuba Straits
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158148
11. The Liar
Nora Roberts, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399170867
12. The Harder They Come
T.C. Boyle, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062349378
okra 13. Soil
Jamie Kornegay, S&S, $26, 9781476750811

14. The Patriot Threat
Steve Berry, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250056238
15. The Fifth Gospel
Ian Caldwell, S&S, $25.99, 9781451694147


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
2. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
3. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Michael Carroll, Twelve, $32, 9781455504213
6. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
7. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
J.K. Rowling, Little Brown, $15, 9780316369152
8. The Power of Being Yourself
Joe Plumeri, Da Capo Lifelong Books, $24.99, 9780738218298
9. Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
Cokie Roberts, Harper, $27.99, 9780062002761
10. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
11. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West
Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher, Holt, $32, 9781627795074
12. Between You & Me
Mary Norris, Norton, $24.95, 9780393240184
13. Small Victories
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296
14. A Fine Romance
Candice Bergen, S&S, $28, 9780684808277
15. Girl in a Band
Kim Gordon, Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062295897


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
3. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
4. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804171472
6. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
7. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
8. One Plus One
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143127505
9. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
10. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin, $16, 9780143126829
11. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
12. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
13. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
14. I Always Loved You
Robin Oliveira, Penguin, $16, 9780143126102
15. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
okra2. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 9780307885920

3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
4. A Fighting Chance
Elizabeth Warren, Picador USA, $17, 9781250062253
5. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
6. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
7. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378
8. Flash Boys
Michael Lewis, Norton, $16.95, 9780393351590
9. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
10. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Marina Keegan, Scribner, $15, 9781476753911
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
12. Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers
Marianne Gingher (Ed.), University of North Carolina Press, $20, 9781469622392
13. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17, 9781451617535
14. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
15. How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006884


1. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Harper, $9.99, 9780062311092
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
6. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Harper, $9.99, 9780062376572
7. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
8. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
9. Voyager
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780440217565
10. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719


1. Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life
James Dean, et al., Harper, $12.99, 9780062351357
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
4. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
5. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654
6. Aqualicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780062330161
7. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375
8. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat, Little Brown, $17, 9780316199988
9. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
10. Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
2. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
4. Matilda
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142410370
5. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763644321
6. Minecraft: Construction Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685177
7. Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera, Dial, $16.99, 9780803738225
8. The Island of Dr. Libris
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780385388443
9. How Things Work: Facts and Fun, Questions and Answers, Things to Make and Do
Okido, Thames & Hudson, $18.95, 9780500650448
10. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763676711


1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439136365
2. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062387240
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
5. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
6. Kingdom Keepers: The Return
Ridley Pearson, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781423184317
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
8. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
9. A Forest Divided (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, #5)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780062063625
10. Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant & Piggie )
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423199571

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Special to the Southern List

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

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law Cuba Straits Soil The Patriot Threat The Power of Being Yourself Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868Small Victories A Fine Romance Girl in a Band Redeployment The Great Gatsby The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition) I Always Loved You The Light Between Oceans Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir The Devil in the White City Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers The Girls of Atomic City Bad Feminist 1984 Natchez Burning Lord of the Flies Good OmensAnimal FarmVoyagerDuneA Storm of SwordsPete the Cat's Groovy Guide to LifeThe Giving TreeLove You ForeverDragons Love TacosMatildaBecause of Winn-DixieHow Things Work: Facts and Fun, Questions and Answers, Things to Make and Do


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

Amy Reed | 04/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman  (author appearance)
04/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Guy De La Valdene & Charles Gaines  (author appearance)
04/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Thomas Rain Crowe | 04/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jazz Writer/Photographer Ken Franckling  (author appearance)
Ken Franckling | 04/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

SARAH GERARD debut author of BINARY STAR  (author appearance)
04/30/2015, 04:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Rupert Nacoste discusses his education book Taking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect  (author appearance)
Rupert Nacoste | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

CHRIS McDOUGALL presents NATURAL BORN HEROES  (author appearance)
Chris McDougall | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Scott Ellsworth - The Secret Game  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Christopher McDougall  (author appearance)
05/01/2015, 05:30 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Erik Larson - Dead Wake  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 05/01/2015, 07:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Carlos Alamilla - College Avenue  (author appearance)
05/01/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Poetry Salon Luncheon  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 11:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Live on Sage  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Poetry Salon Luncheon  (other event)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 11:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Live on Stage: Billy Collins, Marie Howe and Tracy K. Smith  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

James O. Born  (author appearance)
05/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Indie Bookstore Day  (other event)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

FOR KIDS: Cynthia Zak - El maestro eres tu, descubre todo lo que sabes - Gables  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 11:00 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Lea Black - Red Carpets & White Lies - Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 02:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

FOR KIDS: I Am Jazz - Jazz Jennings - Gables  (author appearance)
Jazz Jennings | 05/02/2015, 03:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Marco Borges - The 22 Day Revolution - Gables  (author appearance)
Marco Borges | 05/02/2015, 03:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Elliot Ackerman - Green On Blue - Gables  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Young Voices Poetry Reading  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Young Voices Poetry Reading  (other event)
Marie Howe | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Roxane Gay | 05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 11:00 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Independent Book Store Day  (book festival)
Steve Berry | 05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 09:30 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Booksigning  (author appearance)
Tana Ackerly | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

Book signing  (author appearance)
Mary Anne | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

Independent Bookstore Day  (other event)
05/02/2015, 09:00 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Author Event: Jennifer O'Toole - Sisterhood of the Spectrum  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Independent Bookstore Day 2015  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends to Go  (author appearance)
David Joy | 05/02/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
David Joy | 05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

Yue Chi -Travel Adventurer  (author appearance)
05/03/2015, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Connie Jordan Green, author of Household Inventory  (author appearance)
05/03/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Elizabeth Berg -Read It & Eat Author Luncheon  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Berg | 05/04/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Tom Hayden - Listen, Yankee! - Gables  (author appearance)
05/04/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

More Paddles in Paradise Authors Ed & Deb Higgins  (author appearance)
Ed and Deb Higgins | 05/05/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

Pedro González Munné - Ebrio de luz - Gables  (author appearance)
05/05/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Elizabeth Alexander - The Light of the World - Gables  (author appearance)
05/05/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Book launch for LESSER BEASTS by MARK ESSIG  (author appearance)
05/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Elizabeth Alexander - The Light of the World - Temple Israel  (author appearance)
05/06/2015, 11:00 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jan-Philipp Sendker   (author appearance)
Jan-Philipp Sendker | 05/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Ella Luna - The Crossroads of Should and Must - Gables  (author appearance)
05/07/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

DO OVER with author JON ACUFF  (author appearance)
Jonathan Acuff | 05/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

okraSign between the Wines with Author Susan Boyer  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 05/07/2015, 05:00 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

NY Times Bestselling Author Greg Iles- Wine & Sign Author Event  (author appearance)
Greg Iles | 05/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Andrés Hernández Alende - El paraíso tenía un precio - Gables  (author appearance)
05/08/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Neal Dorst - Hurricane Pioneer - Gables  (author appearance)
05/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes - Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You - Gables  (author appearance)
05/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Gables  (author appearance)
Richard Flanagan | 05/11/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

05/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Marc Di Maggio - The Unseen Colors of the 40's - Gables  (author appearance)
05/12/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Angela Williams Book Launch  (author appearance)
Angela Williams | 05/12/2015, 04:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Gene Baur - Living the Farm Sanctuary Life - Gables  (author appearance)
Gene Baur | 05/13/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meryl Shriver-Rice - Inclusion in New Danish Cinema - Gables  (author appearance)
05/14/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Gene Baur  (author appearance)
Gene Baur | 05/14/2015, 06:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Frye Gaillard Books Signing  (author appearance)
Frye Gaillard | 05/14/2015, 05:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Jo Ivester - The Outskirts of Hope - Gables  (author appearance)
05/15/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Ángela Oramas Camero - Lluvias y sueños - Gables  (author appearance)
05/16/2015, 03:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Alexis Romay - La apertura cubana - Gables  (author appearance)
05/16/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Glenn Parris Book Signing  (author appearance)
Glenn Parris | 05/16/2015, 01:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

KIDS' BOOK CLUB - EL DEAFO  (book club)
Cece Bell | 05/18/2015, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Jorge Posada - The Journey Home - Gables  (author appearance)
05/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Glenda Travieso - Sanar es una elección - Gables  (author appearance)
05/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Eleni N. Gage - The Ladies of Managua - Gables  (author appearance)
05/21/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

INKWOOD'S Official Book Club! -- SPARE PARTS  (book club)
Joshua Davis | 05/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

ACE ATKINS here with Robert B. Parker's KICKBACK  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 05/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Adia Kamaria - Yellow Tulips and Red Buses - Gables  (author appearance)
05/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

John Connell Books Signing  (author appearance)
05/23/2015, 11:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Chuck Palahniuk - MAKE SOMETHING UP - MDC Chapman Conference Center  (author appearance)
Chuck Palahniuk | 05/26/2015, 07:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Author Events Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books & Books - Juan Carlos Botero - Gables LIVE STREAM  (other event)
05/26/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Noemi Capote - La musa - Gables  (author appearance)
05/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Sofía Segovia - El murmullo de las abejas - Gables  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Bob Brink - Murder in Palm Beach - Gables  (author appearance)
05/29/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Cindy Henry McMahon, author of Fresh Water from Old Wells  (author appearance)
05/31/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Charles Martin Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Charles Martin | 06/01/2015, 06:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Judy Blume - In the Unlikely Event - Temple Judea  (author appearance)
06/15/2015, 07:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Robert Venditti Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert Venditti | 06/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Dog Days of Summer Open House  (other event)
08/26/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Authors Round the South

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