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{Don't hope it will get easier. Just keep trying.}

In which Ms. Susan M. Boyer does not take ghosts for granted, Mr. Greg Iles has some information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Messrs. Ted and Matt Lee try to get a half dozen chefs to sit still, and someone has invented a solution to the sock that goes missing when you are doing the laundry.

April 19, 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,

Independent Bookstore Day is coming up in about a week and a half, so make sure your plans for May 2 involve a stop at your own local bookstore. It's kind of a big party, with special favors (her ladyship, the editor, is still looking to grab a couple of the tea towels).

Independent Bookstore DayHere are some of the things that will be happening that day at bookstores around the south:

Malaprop's in Asheville, NC, has asked western North Carolina authors to name a book that they consider "life-changing" and say why. The store is going to have a display of all the books with author photos and what the authors said. It's kind of the ultimate "you've got to read this" display.

Page After Page in Tryon, NC is having a store full of authors who will be on hand to talk about their books and the writing life.

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC has tied in the event with their annual Reader's Club sale -- so not only cool stuff, but cool stuff at a discount!

Fountain Bookstore  in Richmond, VA has four authors coming to talk about their books, and doing a "Buy 2, get 1 free" special on their books

Square Books in Oxford, MS has some special stuff available, including a t-shirt from designer Laurie Fisher (Where Do They Go On Game Day). Raffles and prizes all day long!

Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA has so much live entertainment planned they are taking over the Historic Fire Hall next door.

The Writer's Block Bookstore in Winter Park, FL is hosting a scavenger hunt and raffles.

At Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN Nashville writers are going to create an original story right in front of everyone.

Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC is hinting at "adult refreshments -- maybe even something with flames" to go along with the launch of The World is on Fire by Joni Tevis., pretty much every bookstore joining the party is promising snacks. Click on the map to find your local independent bookstore, and be a part of the celebration on May 2nd.

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 TreeThe dead are not generally fretful of mortal affairs. My friend Colleen passed from this world to the next seventeen years ago last June. She can’t be bothered with global warming, the national debt, or those Duck Dynasty folks from Louisiana. She’s careful to stay focused on her mission, namely, protecting Stella Maris, our South Carolina island home, from the evils of high-rise resorts, timeshares, and all such as that. But occasionally, she fixates on what appear to be random concerns, mostly cases I’m working. Colleen minds my business, is what I’m saying.

To be fair, I make my living minding other people’s business. I’m a private investigator, licensed by the state. Roughly half of my casework is pre-trial investigation for criminal defense attorneys. Another quarter involves domestic misunderstandings. The remainder is a mixed bag of human comedy and suffering—everything from conspiracy to kidnap a prize hound for stud services to conspiracy to commit murder. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which I’m dealing with at first, but I pray for the wildly farcical.

--Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Boneyard 9780062311115

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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


Brown Girl DreamingThe Ghosts of Tupelo LandingA Snicker of Magic

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707
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Independent Bookstore Day!

May Second is Independent Bookstore Day!

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.


Throx: the cure for the missing sock. Because who hasn't had socks go missing after the laundry is done?

If you just have to have it, find the store closest to you on the map:

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Book & Author Gossip

The Patron Saint of LiarsDon't hope it will get easier, just keep trying

During her keynote address, Patchett, a literary star in her own right as well as co-founder of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., said her career as a writer started when she left her waitressing job at a TGI Friday’s in the early 1990s for a seven-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. During that time, she wrote her first novel, “The Patron Saint of Liars.” Patchett talked about the delicate balance between working hard at writing and doing well in the rest of one’s life, whether it be as a spouse or a friend. “Don’t hope it will get any easier over time,” she said, addressing the writers in the room. “Just keep trying.” 9780547520209

Taking ghosts for granted

Lowcountry BoneyardBoyer, speaking from her home, says Colleen was not in the first few drafts of “Lowcountry Boil,” but she needed to have a way to make Liz driven and seeking control. Colleen is it — Liz’s childhood friend who died, and Liz thinks she’s to blame. “Most people really like Colleen,” Boyer says. “Even reviewers like her.” Some would rather ditch the paranormal element, but because the books are set in the South Carolina lowcountry, known for its history and ghosts, “People sort of take it for granted here.” 9781941962473


The Bone Tree

Bone TreeIn terms of plot direction, "The Bone Tree" is something of a digression from the primary storyline in "Natchez Burning." To my surprise, this book took something of a left turn into the JFK assassination, through its history in New Orleans. I feel a little guilty, because on the 50th anniversary of the assassination a journalist asked me what the trilogy would disclose about the assassination, and at the time I didn't believe I was going to pursue it deeply. But sometimes books themselves take charge of their direction, and I had to follow where the story led. 9780062311115

A new era for Old Tampa Bookstore

Brown would scour estate sales and buy up whole houses worth of books. Most books sold through the store at $5 to $10. But occasionally he would run across a diamond in the rough. Once, he found a first edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s classic, “Lolita,” that was printed in Paris as two paperback volumes. “That was not even allowed in the United States at the time,” Brown said. The book soon sold in Brown’s shop for $2,000, though Brown said copies are now going for $5,000 to $10,000. Often, Brown found that rare books he acquired and sold here in Tampa would show up in New York City stores, listed for 10 times the price. “I like the variety of finding books that are odd or different,” Brown said. “I’d pick it up wondering who would ever buy this book, then a few days later, it was gone, sold.”

Cookbook Boot Camp

Simple Fresh SouthernAnd boot camp is six hours of seminars each day for two days (granted there are breaks and lunch!) Most chefs haven’t sat still for that long since grade school. The day after last year’s boot camp, Duane Nutter checked in to MUSC with exhaustion. I’m convinced it’s because for someone who’s constantly on the move, to have to sit down in one place for that long messes with one’s biology! 9780307453594

The moveable feast, southern style

Ketron said authors love the Moveable Feast, with some, such as Bill Noel, Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Alice Monroe returning with every new book.  “They really didn’t eat well (on their book tours) and they weren’t treated like the royalty that they so deserve,” Ketron said. “So the Moveable Feast was like this perfect venue where they got to talk first so that whatever table I sat them at they got to relax and enjoy the lunch.”

Shades of Faulkner

Welcome to BraggsvilleThat is not to say that this big, fat, juicy literary novel is for all tastes, because I for one did not, in my pursuit of an English degree and happiness, genuflect at the altar of Faulkner. Faulkner’s condensed prose style was often difficult to parse, which is obviously an indictment on me as a scholar and not on Mr. Faulkner as a writer. So the comparison to Faulkner in “Welcome to Braggsville” is both a compliment and also a bit of a caution, because it is obvious that T. Geronimo Johnson can write rings around this world, but at points in his journey he left me behind, cleaning my glasses. 9780062302120

Singleton inducted into Fellowship of Southern Writers

Between WrecksWofford College professor and acclaimed author George W. Singleton III will be inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers Saturday April 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Singleton holds the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities at Wofford. The Southern author has written several collections of short stories and three novels. His latest book, “Between Wrecks,” his sixth book of short stories, was published in 2014. 9781938103797

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Raymond Atkins reads from Sweetwater Blues

Sweetwater BluesRodney Earwood and Palmer Cray had been best friends for as long as either could remember.  They were brothers in all but name, each born late in the lives of good women who had given up on the dream of motherhood by the time their respective miracles occurred.  

They wandered the hills of north Georgia, hunted the pine woods, fished the cool, green streams, and camped under the stars.  They shared each other’s clothing, each other’s families, and each other’s homes.  They grew into tall young men, and on a hot May afternoon soon after they turned eighteen, they both graduated from Sweetwater High School.

Shortly thereafter, Rodney and Palmer flew a Camaro into a tree, Palmer flew into a haystack, Rodney flew into the great beyond, and nothing in Sweetwater, Georgia, was ever quite the same.

Follow Palmer in the aftermath of his one great mistake as he confronts regret at his own fallibility, endures punishment for his actions, finds unexpected redemption, and is given a second chance to try to make it all right.

Palmer is joined in his journey by an unlikely cast of associates including a methamphetamine dealer named Cheddar, a junkyard owner called Ottis Lee, a coffee-can addict named Bay-Annette, and an Alzheimer’s patient who was once Rodney’s mother.  Together they face each day and try to overcome their Sweetwater Blues.

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Meet Susan M. Boyer

Susan M. BoyerSusan M. Boyer loves three things best: her family, books, and beaches. She’s grateful to have been blessed with a vivid imagination, allowing her to write her own books centered around family, beaches, and solving puzzles wherein someone is murdered. Susan lives in Greenville, SC, and runs away to the coast as often as she can. Susan’s debut novel, Lowcountry Boil (a Liz Talbot Mystery) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, and an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL, the second book in the Liz Talbot series, was released September 3, 2013. LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD and LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO will be released in April 2015 and Fall 2015, respectively. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal among others. Visit Susan on the web at

Upcoming Trips

Lowcountry BoneyardWhere is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes. But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk. Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.

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Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Lowcountry Boneyard
by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry BoneyardWhen a father hires PI Liz Talbot to find his heiress daughter, Liz suspects the most difficult part will be convincing the overbearing patriarch she left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes. But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk. Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina

The Buried GiantThe Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

A wonderful meditation on memory, The Buried Giant is the melancholic story of Beatrice and Ax, who set off across the post-Arthurian English countryside to find their lost son and discover the reason that a strange mist has descended upon their land, obscuring memories, good and bad. On their travels, they link up with a brave boy, a Saxon warrior, and an aging knight. Amidst a landscape of fantastical ogres, pixies, dragons, Kazuo Ishiguri is asking us to decide if, given the choice, we would keep our painful memories or we would be happier without them. —Betsy Teter

You Are Doing a Freaking Great JobYou Are Doing a Freaking Great Job And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness by Workman Publishing

This fat little 400-page brick of a book belongs on everyone's desk, whether you're a writer, painter, or just plain human. Over 200 artists have collaborated to illustrate the best pick-me-up mantras you could ask for. On the opposite pages, there's tidbits of delightful information - a recipe for chocolate espresso mug cake, tips on lucid dreaming, a list of famous gap-toothed smiles. Pick it up and give it a flip - you're guaranteed to feel better afterwards. —Rachel Richardson

HausfrauHausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Be prepared to hear about Hausfrau quite a bit this spring. Billed as a kind of 50 Shades of Grey for the academic crowd, it's creating quite a polarizing stir in book review circles. Hausfrau is the story of Anna, an unhappily married American woman who relocates to Zurich and engages in riskier and more impulsive affairs. Those scenes are intercut with scenes of Anna talking to her Jungian therapist about whether we actually choose the path our lives take. Essbaum's prose is captivating and the characters complex--however you feel about the choices they make, it's an absorbing read form beginning to end. —Meg Reid

Falling UpwardsFalling Upwards: How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning by Richard Holmes

I didn't know how much I wanted to know about ballooning until I picked up this book. Holmes has written a fascinating history of ballooning, covering the earliest attempts at liftoff, the use of balloons in warfare, and several harebrained schemes along the way. A perfect mix of story and science—it even includes pictures! —Casey Patrick


Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Like Romeo and Juliet, Eleanor and Park are two-star crossed lovers who are destined for each other, but the odds are against them. Comic books, music, and a school bus pull them together but the real world tries to pull them apart. Rowell dives deep into serious real life situations, such as poverty, abuse, and the pressures teenagers face from their parents. Rowell beautifully captures the essence of what it is like to be a teenager from different two different angles, filling the story with love, humor, drama, and darkness—a young adult novel that is bound to relate to anyone who is or once was a teenager.—Whitney Rauenhorst

Fate Moreland's WidowFate Moreland's Widow by John Lane

John Lane has written an important book that brings the complex and often violent history of Southern textile mill towns to glowing life. He sheds light on the convoluted cross-class relationships and intense power struggles that shadow many small mill towns into the present day. Lane’s vivid sense of place and his deftness with the telling detail draw you in and make you care about his narrator, mill accountant Ben Crocker, and about his people. —Melissa Walker 

SoilSoil by Jamie Kornegay

Jay Mize is a man with a problem. His wife and son have abandoned him to his wild dreams of sustainable farming, which is bad enough, until the day he finds a body on his soggy property. Meanwhile, the hornball deputy Shoals knows something is amiss. Kornegay's sentences are as wild as the story behind Soil, which is equal parts twisted and hilarious. Kornegay is absolutely an author to watch.—Rachel Richardson


A Reunion of GhostsA Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

Middle-aged and living together in their Manhattan apartment, the three Alter sisters are writing their collective suicide note. They're the last in their cursed family line—a curse that began three generations back—and they're planning to end it all on December 31, 1999. But first, they're determined to record their tangled family history. Darkly funny and with a twist that sets the sisters on an unexpected path, this novel is captivating from start to finish.—Casey Patrick


Save the Cat!Save the Cat!: The Last Book and Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Synder

Looking for an insider’s guide to how to write well? Synder moves the reader through the different steps and guidelines of writing a story. Although this book has screenwriting in the title, it provides tips that can also be used for other styles of writing, such as fiction and nonfiction. Synder says storytelling is common sense; he pinpoints what works and what does not work as well as how to fix various issues while writing. This refreshing resource is organized and presents unique and helpful techniques.—Whitney Rauenhorst

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 12, 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. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385523233
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. Blood on Snow
Jo Nesbo, Knopf, $23.95, 9780385354196
6. The Stranger
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953500
7. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037
8. The Harder They Come
T.C. Boyle, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062349378
9. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $26.95, 9780525427094
10. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
11. The Fifth Gospel
Ian Caldwell, S&S, $25.99, 9781451694147
12. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $25.95, 9781616203047
13. Emma: A Modern Retelling
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $25.95, 9780804197953
14. Hot Pursuit
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $27.95, 9780399169168
15. Falling in Love
Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802123534


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. Between You & Me
Mary Norris, Norton, $24.95, 9780393240184
4. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $27.99, 9780062305190
5. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
6. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
7. In Defense of a Liberal Education
Fareed Zakaria, Norton, $23.95, 9780393247688
8. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
Elle Luna, Workman, $16.95, 9780761184881
9. A Fine Romance
Candice Bergen, S&S, $28, 9780684808277
10. Men in Green
Michael Bamberger, S&S, $27, 9781476743820
11. Words Without Music: A Memoir
Philip Glass, Liveright, $29.95, 9780871404381
12. Better Than Before
Gretchen Rubin, Crown, $26, 9780385348614
13. What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir
Abigail Thomas, Scribner, $24, 9781476785059
14. 17 Carnations
Andrew Morton, Grand Central, $28, 9781455527113
15. Get What's Yours
Laurence J. Kotlikoff, et al., S&S, $19.99, 9781476772295


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
2. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
3. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
5. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador USA, $16, 9781250077585
6. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin, $16, 9780143126829
7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
8. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
9. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
10. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
11. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
12. Still Alice
Lisa Genova, Gallery, $16, 9781501106422
13. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
14. One Plus One
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143127505
15. The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure, Sourcebooks Landmark, $14.99, 9781402294150


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
3. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
4. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378
okra5. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 9780307885920

6. Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers
Marianne Gingher (Ed.), University of North Carolina Press, $20, 9781469622392
7. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
8. How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006884
9. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $16, 9780812981605
10. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
11. Wreck This Journal Everywhere
Keri Smith, Perigee, $10, 9780399171918
12. The Lady in Gold
Anne-Marie O'Connor, Vintage, $17.95, 9781101873120
13. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
14. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
15. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
5. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Harper, $9.99, 9780062376572
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $8.99, 9780756404741
8. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780441172719
9. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
3. Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, Harper, $12.99, 9780062351357
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
6. Aqualicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780062330161
7. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat, Little Brown, $17, 9780316199988
8. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
9. Robert Crowther's Pop-Up Dinosaur ABC
Robert Crowther, Candlewick, $19.99, 9780763672966
10. Home
Carson Ellis, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763665296


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
2. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
3. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
4. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810989955
5. Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399252518
6.The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
7. Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera, Dial, $16.99, 9780803738225
8. Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard, HarperTeen, $17.99, 9780062310637
9. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $7.99, 9781416936473
10. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Richard Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780142425831
5. Four: A Divergent Collection
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062345219
6. Dorothy Must Die
Danielle Paige, Harper, $9.99, 9780062280688
7. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
8. The Penderwicks in Spring
Jeanne Birdsall, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375870774
9. Big Nate Lives It Up
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111081
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031

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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 Descent Hot Pursuit The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion Men in Green Words Without Music: A MemoirWhat Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir 17 Carnations Get What's Yours Me Before You The Great Gatsby Still Alice The Paris Architect Wreck This Journal Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers The Devil in the White City Wreck This Journal Everywhere The Lady in Gold The Four Agreements 1984 A Game of Thrones Good OmensThe Name of the WindDuneThe Diary of a Young GirlA Storm of SwordsFrozen (Little Golden Book)Robert Crowther's Pop-Up Dinosaur ABCThe Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself BookBrown Girl DreamingMs. Rapscott's GirlsHatchet


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

Chantel Acevedo   (author appearance)
Chantel Acevedo | 04/22/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Gay Leonhardt - SHAKING UP PROHIBITION IN NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Courtney Maum reads from her novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Cooks & Books: Samples with Sandra Guiterrez  (author appearance)
Sandra Gutierrez | 04/22/2015, 05:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Salon@615 with Steve Berry, author of The Patriot Threat  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/22/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Janice Law  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 11:00 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Brigadier General Dan Cherry  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 10:00 am | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Author Event with Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman: DUMPED: STORIES OF WOMEN UNFRIENDING WOMEN  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Frederick Barton- In the Wake of the Flagship  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraAMY GREENE presents LONG MAN  (author appearance)
Amy Greene | 04/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Bookends Book Club discusses Southern Ladies and Gentlemen  (book club)
04/23/2015, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author event with Joseph Ingle, author of Slouching Toward Tyranny  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

GREG SESTERO here with THE DISASTER ARTIST -- about the making of the cult classic THE ROOM  (author appearance)
Greg Sestero | 04/24/2015, 05:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Steve Berry signs The Patriot Threat  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Mary Willingham and Jay Smith discuss Cheated  (author appearance)
04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

David Baldacci  (author appearance)
David Baldacci | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Eric Jerome Dickey  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with Kid President at Harding Academy  (author appearance)
04/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Wyatt Prunty and Adam Vines  (author appearance)
Wyatt Prunty | 04/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Joe Samuel Starnes  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Little Professor Book Center | Homewood, AL

Ari Friendlander  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

William Everett Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
William Everett | 04/25/2015, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Tim Spira | 04/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Craig LeHouiller – Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Bernie Schein - Famous All Over Town  (author appearance)
Bernie Schein | 04/25/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with Rick Hall, author of The Man from Muscle Shoals  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

MEL RYANE presents TEACHING WILL  (author appearance)
04/26/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: James Scott - Target Tokyo  (author appearance)
James Scott | 04/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Adam Pelzman  (author appearance)
04/27/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

04/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Eric Jerome Dickey signs One Night  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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