Lady Banks' Commonplace Book is a newsletter for people interested in Southern literature, sponsored by booksellers who are members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and featuring an overview of the literary news and events found on Authors 'Round the South.


Click Here to Subscribe


click here to view in your browser

{Make something beautiful and true.}

In which Mr. Daniel Wallace doesn't see anything wrong with wearing pajamas to work, Ms. Anne Lamott shares the hazy and the crazy, and her ladyship explains why it is always worth going to hear an author read in person.

November 23, 2014

"Everyday of my life I try to make something. I think I will live forever if I can make something beautiful and true." --Alan Gurganus, Charlotte, NC

Dearest Readers,

Her ladyship, the editor, spent this past weekend in the somewhat intimidating city of Charlotte, North Carolina (oh, the traffic! the endless detours for road work! the potholes, the drenching cold rain!), attending the North Carolina Writers' Network's annual Fall Conference -- which was not intimidating at all. One of her ladyship, the editor's favorite things at a writing conference is the time set aside for readings and "open mic" -- when people come up to read their work, mostly on impulse, mostly unrehearsed, in front of a crowd of other writers. Her ladyship loves the spontaneity of the moment, the way the words--so carefully worked over at home, sometimes rush out breathlessly, tumbling over each other driven by the nervous energy of someone who has learned to be brave on paper but is still trying to find how to be brave out loud.

In his keynote address at the conference, Wilton Barnhardt told his listeners to take the risky go ahead and do the things you have no business doing, write about the things you have no business writing about. Many of the writers who walked up to the front of the room in the late-night open mic session had no business being in front of a microphone. And her ladyship found it impossible not to feel amazed and rather awed that they went up there anyway. And when they would occasionally get it right, when the stars aligned and some little bit of magic happened that made the words on the page gripped with nervous fingers flow out through an uncertain voice and hit their listeners...well, it is as if those words are given twice the power they had on paper.

Indies FirstAnd we, the fortunate listeners, do not forget that moment. It's not something that will ever happen when you click on a button to buy a book.

This is why her ladyship, the editor, so enjoys hearing writers read from their work. And why, this coming Saturday, she will be among many people who will say "Indies First" and spend some time at her local indie bookstore, where writers will also be congregating to help with the holiday hopping. November 29th is "Small Business Saturday" and many of your own local bookstores have invited area authors to be on hand to talk to people and even do a little reading.

Here is a map of participating stores, along with some of the writers who will be on hand that day. And here are some of the events on our calendar:

Indies First Day  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Fountainhead Bookstore

Indies First & Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Indies First/Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Celebrate Small Business and Small Press Saturday  (author appearance)
11/29/2014, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Make time to visit, and maybe you'll find your own version of that magical moment.

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.

Lilies in the ValleyVirginia Dare (for Grandma)

Perhaps it is a pardon to name a child
after the first fruit of scavengers,
those Englishmen

who found enduring fortune
in a black market.  Maybe
it's just pretty or maybe

your parents got just enough book learning
to think of you like hope
and named you with a prayer

for your colorized offspring,
that they wouldn't be lost.
Even in a colored schoolshack

you could fall in love
with the sunlit side
of an outcome.

--Cedric Tillman, Lilies in the Valley (Aquarius Press, 2013) 9780989735711

top | share this fb tw

Lady Banks' Gift Guide

Lady Banks' Gift Guide: Cookbooks

Mexico: The CookbookMEXICO: THE COOKBOOK

How many cookbooks are there on your shelf that call themselves "the bible" of whatever cuisine they are covering? How many really deserve it? The truth his, on my cookbook shelf my "bible" for Italian cooking is anything by Marcella Hazan, and my "bible" for American food is a battered copy of The Joy of Cooking. But here is a book that really does deserve to be called "the definitive bible of Mexican home cooking." A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Cookbook pick for fall, Mexico: The Cookbook contains more than 700 recipes. Eva Longoria raves, “[Margarita] takes us on a delicious tour of what Mexican cuisine has to offer.” Phaidon Press (9780714867526) $49.95

Around the TableAROUND THE TABLE

by Martina McBride. What is it about country singers that makes them all such good cooks? One of country music’s most beloved singers shares her most inventive party ideas for all seasons, complete with mouthwatering recipes and décor inspiration. William Morrow & Company (9780062323910) $29.99



Christmas All Through the SouthCHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH

from Southern Living. Take a journey of celebrations through the South, from the low country and the pan-handle to the Texas ranch and Williamsburg farmhouse. Foreword by Rick Bragg. Oxmoor House (9780848742560) $40.00




from Southern Living. Southern food and food stories come together in this recipe collection that reflects the people who claim Southern food as their own. Oxmoor House (9780848743543)$29.95






from Taste of Home. This new edition of the bestselling cookbook is packed with more than 1,300 recipes, 1,200 color photos, kitchen tips, storage guidelines, how-to photos and more. Reader’s Digest Association (9781617652936) $29.99



from Taste of Home. An enormous collection of more than 475 family favorite recipes for familiar classics that are universally recognized as pure comfort.Reader’s Digest Association (9781617653216)$17.99



Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical PantryMRS. WHEELBARROW’S PRACTICAL PANTRY

by Cathy Barrow. What I love about this book is that it lives up to its name, "practical." Even if you are new to the idea of canning and "putting up" Mrs. Wheelbarrow has dozens of no fail recipes and techniques that will make you feel like an expert. The author of food blog “Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen” delivers a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fl eeting abundance of the farmers market into a well-stocked pantry. W.W. Norton & Company (9780393240733) $35.00


by Perre Coleman Magness. Wouldn't it be fun to have a pimento cheese cook off at your next chili cook off? The creator of the popular blog “The Runaway Spoon” offers recipes for spicing up the basic, no-frills version of this southern favorite. Features more than 50 recipes. St. Martin’s Griffin (9781250047298)$21.99



by Marcie Cohen Ferris. Okay, this is more of a history book than a cookbook, but it is a must for anyone in your life who has a strong opinion about such vital topics as barbecue: tomato sauce or no tomato sauce? Cornbread -- sugar or no sugar? Ferris tells a richly illustrated story of southern food and the struggles of whites, blacks, Native Americans, and other people of the region to control the nourishment of their bodies and minds, livelihoods, lands, and citizenship. University of North Carolina Press (9781469617688) $35.00


by Sean Brock. This book became my go-to volume for planning holiday meals with my visiting family. It's as good as it is gorgeous, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients right from the garden or farmer's market. The chef behind game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s shares all of his inspired recipes, accompanied by notes that explain his background and give the context of his food and essays. Artisan Publishers (9781579654634)$40.00


Fabio's American Home KitchenFABIO’S AMERICAN HOME KITCHEN

by Fabio Viviani. If you are going to use a book by a restaurant chef, then use one that talks about the meals he makes at home. This is a classic case in point. There is a world of difference between a great Italian restaurant and a great Italian meal. You don't need to go to the former to have the latter. The chef, restaurateur, and media personality shares more than 125 recipes from his home kitchen for his favorite American dishes, infused with his own special Italian flair. Hyperion Books (9781401312848) $30.00


by Morgan Murphy. Doesn't the title just say it all? The truth is, this is an easy book to gift because there is not a person in the South who doesn't have some one in their life who is a fan of either Bourbon or Bacon. Probably both! And as everyone knows, adding a little of one or the other to your cooking will make any dish taste better. Includes 140 amazing recipes using one (or both) of these ingredients, accompanied by hilarious Southern tales. Oxmoor House (9780848743161) $22.95

The Search for Good WineTHE SEARCH FOR GOOD WINE

by John Hailman. Some people are wine aficionados. And some of us are not, but have to fine the perfect present for those of our friends who are. This book, along with a bottle of one of the recommended vintages, is a life-saving solution to that particular dilemma. The author of Thomas Jefferson on Wine delivers 100 amusing, practical essays on how to enjoy and afford good wines. University Press of Mississippi (9781628461367) $29.95



by Heather Greene. I'll bet you never knew that whiskey was a woman's thing! Greene breaks through the glass, uh, tumbler with her new book about a passion I secretly suspect many women enjoy. I'm tempted to dare you to give the book to that man in your life who thinks he knows everything he needs to know about whiskey because his daddy's daddy ran moonshine back in the day.  In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier translates today’s hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers. Penguin Putnam (9780670016808) $25.00

top | share this fb tw

Book & Author Gossip

Miss Alice Lee

Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday at age 103. Lee practiced law until a few years ago, following the footsteps of her father — the model for small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, the driving character in "Mockingbird." For a time, Lee was Alabama's oldest practicing lawyer.  But perhaps most famously, Leehelped guard the privacy of her Something Rich and Strangefamous sister Nelle Harper Lee, who in 1961 won the Pulitzer Prize for her only published novel. Requests to interview Harper Leeoften landed on the desk of Alice Lee, and the answer was always a firm, but polite, "No."

Something Rich and Strange

I don't want to throw too many titles at you or just give you a laundry list. I'll say this, though — reading this collection is like taking a long walk into that haunted gorge where the ginseng grows wild. Trust me: In here you'll find many things, even the dark matters, quite wonderful. 9780062349347

The Miami Book Fair

Sister Golden HairEdwidge Dandicat: This is where a lot of people land, whether they come by boat — and a lot of people do come by boat — or whether they come by plane. It’s a lot of people’s first homes. So that brings with it a lot of voices, but also a lot of voices — how the voices merge, how they interact, how they don’t interact. And that’s always exciting for literature.

Sister Golden Hair

Swift, sharply comic and often heartbreaking, Sister Golden Hairis a wonderful novel. Darcey Steinke’s eye for the telling detail and her terrific comic timing bring the gawky preteen to life. Step into young Jesse’s head, and you’re 12 years old again and heading into junior high, with all the excitement and misery that implies.  9781935639947 The Cat's Pajamas

The Cat's Pajamas

His illustrations are colorful and imbue the sense of joy that childhood can be, when a little listener delights in hearing about a bunch of crazy cats who all want to wear pajamas to school, and even the parents, too. Indeed, Wallace has the right idea about wearing pajamas to work, though we might all end up laying about like cats after that, like “The Cat’s Pajamas” says. 9781941758007

top | share this fb tw

STARS Authors

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

Alice Osborn

Mary BurtonI'm a poet, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and author of Right Lane Ends, my first book of poetry (Catawba, 2006). Since I was a fourth grade, I've known I wanted to be a writer. However, I didn't seriously jump into a writing career until 2003 where I found my voice through poems, journals, and stories. Writing poetry helps me examine the intricacies and ironies of life and relationships through sound, words, and images. I enjoy writing memoir poems in free verse (many of my poems spring from my childhood), as well as historical and narrative poems. In addition, I also teach memoir, journaling, poetry and fiction to adults and middle school students. My favorite section of the Sunday paper is the Arts and Living section of the News & Observer and on my nightstand you'll find books I need to review for Pedestal Magazine, along with a few nonfiction favorites such as In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Raleigh, NC with my husband, son, and daughter.

Request Alice for a book club or event

Alice's Profile Page on STARS

After the Steaming StopsAfter the Steaming Stops

From snakes to movie stars to childhood memories of parents, lesbian neighbors and more, Alice Osborn's book of poetry persistently captures a certain wonder and bewilderment of the existing child inside us all. Some poems end with powerful lines and insight such as regarding her mother's emotional distance and disdain, or give a declaration about her father's beer drinking and unorthodox behavior. This is a book crammed with images, explicit descriptions, characters and emotions. Nothing goes unnoticed. Osborn's eye, and what it falls upon, is her enduring story, leavened with unflinching candor. These poems are wonderfully narrative, and cannily crafted, luring the reader in with their easy inviting gait. In these poignant poems, Alice Osborn hauntingly and painfully updates and expands the use of domestic imagery as an expression of that narrow dream's tyranny, adding to it the expectations and regimentation inherited from a successful military grandfather, and the inevitable insufficiency of everything else. 9781599483535

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

top | share this fb tw

Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

The Walled City

The Walled CityThe Walled City tells the story of three teenagers whose lives took a turn for the worse. Dai traffics drugs for the most ruthless man in the Walled City and needs a runner in order to carry out his plan to freedom. Jin is a girl disguised as a boy, surviving in the Walled City so she can find her sister. Mei Yee is a girl who has been trapped in a brothel for two years. She dreams of escaping but becomes discouraged when watching other girls try and fail. When she’s close to giving up, Mei Yee is greeted by a stranger at her window who promises her freedom.

This novel is great for many reasons. The different perspectives of the three protagonists Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee constantly made me interested in reading the novel. All three of their perspectives made me want to learn more about their lives and how each of their stories were connected. The Walled City is also a thriller novel, which interested me because the action taking place throughout kept me wanting to read so I could find out what happened next. The Walled City is a novel I would recommend to thrill seekers and to people who love young adult literature. However, this novel has a lot of violence and light swearing so be cautious if you are uncomfortable with either of those two things.

--Lorrane Simmons

top | share this fb tw

Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The Walled City
by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City730. That's how many days I've been trapped.18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....
JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....
MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window.....
In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Buy from an indie

More Okra Picks!

Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Small VictoriesSmall Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, by Anne Lamott

(Riverhead, 9781594486296, $22.95)

“Thank Annie’s god for her continued willingness to share the obvious, the hazy, and the crazy with us. This collection of new and selected essays is such that her ‘old’ stuff sounds new, and Small Victories becomes a refresher course in why we love Annie’s books and her advice ‘to fall in love with your own crazy, ruined self.’” —Hope W. Mays, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA -


The Heart Does Not Grow BackThe Heart Does Not Grow Back: A Novel, by Frank Venturini

(Picador, 9781250052216, paper, $16)

“If you possessed the power of human regeneration, what would you do with it? In the case of Dale Sampson, debut novelist Venturini’s antihero, you use your ‘gift’ for the ultimate good: reality television. After a horrific incident in high school, Dale realizes he has the ability to spontaneously regenerate his organs and limbs. Following years of depression, he decides — with the help of his longtime best friend and spurred on by the disastrously romantic idea of saving a high school sweetheart — to give himself up to the reality show moguls in Hollywood. As outlandish as the plot may sound, this novel is thought-provoking and inspirational, with more than a few laughs along the way.” —Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

Texts from Jane EyreTexts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations With Your Favorite Literary Characters, by Mallory Ortberg

(Henry Holt & Company, 9781627791830, $23)

“If this book were liquor, I’d buy shots for the whole bar. If it were a YouTube video, I’d be walking around showing it to strangers on my phone. But it’s a book, so I’m going to buy multiple copies and hand them out to everyone I know who loves to read. The combination of irreverent, modern text-speak and classic literary characters makes for one hilarious imaginary conversation after another. The exchange between the husband and wife from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper had me snort-laughing! Every English major, every bookseller, every reader of any sort needs this book!” —Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

top | share this fb tw

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 16, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
2. Revival
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781476770383
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
4. Let Me Be Frank With You
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062
5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857
6. Prince Lestat
Anne Rice, Knopf, $28.95, 9780307962522
7. The Burning Room
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316225939
okra8. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447
9. The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $18.95, 9780756410438
10. Some Luck
Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700315
11. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
12. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, FSG, $26, 9780374187613
13. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
14. First Impressions
Charlie Lovett, Viking, $27.95, 9780525427247
15. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437


1. 41: A Portrait of My Father
George W. Bush, Crown, $28, 9780553447781
2. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
3. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296
4. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
5. Make It Ahead
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464880
okra6. Jerry Lee Lewis
Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223
7. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
8. Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780553497359
9. Ocean
Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $25.95, 9780761180517
10. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
11. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
12. Good Dog
David Dibenedetto, Harperwave, $25.99, 9780062242358
13. Rebel Yell
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $35, 9781451673289
okra14. Heritage
Sean Brock, Artisan Publishers, $40, 9781579654634
15. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520


1. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
2. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
3. Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $16, 9780812976892
4. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
5. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
6. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451693577
7. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $14.99, 9780061122415
8. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton, Back Bay, $18, 9780316074292
9. This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper, Plume, $16, 9780142181713
10. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
Ariel Lawhon, Anchor, $15.95, 9780345805966
11. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
okra12. Guests on Earth
Lee Smith, Shannon Ravenel Books, $14.95, 9781616203801
13. Missing Person
Patrick Modiano, David R. Godine Publisher, $16.95, 9781567922813
14. The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $15, 9781455556557
15. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026


1. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062236685
4. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
5. George Washington's Secret Six
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $16, 9781595231109
6. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
7. The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $22, 9781416547877
8. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
9. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
10. Ava's Man
Rick Bragg, Vintage, $13, 9780375724442
11. The Heart of Everything That Is
Bob Drury, Tom Clavin, S&S, $17, 9781451654684
12. Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker, University of California Press, $29.95, 9780520274044
13. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015
Old Farmer's Almanac, $7.95, 9781571986368
14. Eat Bacon, Don't Jog
Grant Petersen, Workman, $13.95, 9780761180548
15. The Girls of Atomic City
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $16, 9781451617535


1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
4. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
5. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
6. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
7. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
8. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
9. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981
10. And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie, HarperTorch, $6.99, 9780062073488


1. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
2. Skippyjon Jones Snow What
Judy Schachner, Dial, $17.99, 9780803737891
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. The Animals' Santa
Jan Brett, Putnam Juvenile, $17.99, 9780399257841
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Harcourt, $14.99, 9780544320413
7. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062198693
8. Frozen (Little Golden Book)
Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney, $3.99, 9780736430517
9. Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers, Philomel, $26.99, 9780399167911
10. The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around
Mike Berenstain, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062075611


1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein, Yearling Books, $6.99, 9780307931474
2. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
3. Skink: No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $18.99, 9780375870514
4. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545669931
5. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
6. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
7. Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685160
8. Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476789873
9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Malala Yousafzai, Little Brown, $17, 9780316327930
10. Minecraft: Construction Handbook
Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545685177


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Five)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146735
3. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
4. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375871153
7. Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House, #27)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780375806155
8. Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant & Piggie)
Mo Willems, Disney/Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423199571
9. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
10. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894

top | share this fb tw

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

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

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
The Children Act
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Motivation Manifesto
Good Dog
Rebel Yell
J.J. Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet
Just Mercy
Me Before You
The Alchemist
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
The Signature of All Things
Guests on Earth
Missing Person
The Best of Me
The Bully Pulpit
Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Wreck This Journal
Ava's Man
The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015
Eat Bacon, Don't Jog
The Girls of Atomic City
A Dance With Dragons
A Game of Thrones
Good Omens
Animal Farm
A Storm of Swords
And Then There Were None
The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Skink: No Surrender
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores

Nanci E LaGarenne  (author appearance)
Nanci E LaGarenne
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Indies First Day  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Fountainhead Bookstore

Indies First & Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
11/29/2014, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

George Weinstein- The Caretaker  (author appearance)
George Weinstein
11/29/2014, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Indies First/Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Zeata Ruff's Holiday Guest Storytime-The Gumdrop Tree: A Christmas Story   (author appearance)
11/29/2014, 11:00 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Jaki Shelton Green & Shelby Stephenson  (author appearance)
Jaki Shelton Green
11/29/2014, 04:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Celebrate Small Business and Small Press Saturday  (author appearance)
11/29/2014, 06:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Tom Angleberger-   (author appearance)
Tom Angleberger
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Kirk Mariner  (author appearance)
Kirk Mariner
11/29/2014, 01:00 pm
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Prose Local/Mic  (author appearance)
11/30/2014, 02:00 pm
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

SHAKESPEARE SALON: A Tragic Fall  (other event)
11/30/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Author Event: Vic Kirkman - The Whimsical Pen  (author appearance)
Vic Kirkman
11/30/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Scott Mason - Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys Across North Carolina  (author appearance)
Scott Mason
11/30/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

BRIDGING DIFFERENCES Book Club discusses LITTLE FAILURE  (book club)
12/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day  (other event)
12/01/2014, 10:00 am
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Sanibel, FL

Walter Isaacson - THE INNOVATORS (Uptown JCC)  (author appearance)
Walter Isaacson
12/01/2014, 07:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Alan Gratz Book Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz
12/01/2014, 04:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

WILD Book Club discusses THE WILDS  (book club)
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Book Club Night with Stephanie & Anderson- Gift Buying Event!  (book club)
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Mason James Cole - BUSTER VOODOO & Alex Jennings - HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES  (author appearance)
Mason James Cole
12/02/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Muriel Summers -The Leader in Me  (author appearance)
Muriel Summers
12/02/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author Robert Macomber Returns to Copperfish Books!  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
12/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

AUTISM Book Club discusses LIFE, ANIMATED  (book club)
12/03/2014, 01:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

MALAPROP'S Book Club discusses TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS  (book club)
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Anne Byrn signs Anne Byrn Saves the Day! Cookbook  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Ibrahima Seck - BOUKI FAIT GOMBO  (author appearance)
Ibrahima Seck
12/03/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

John Flanagan - Scorpion Mountain  (author appearance)
John Flanagan
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Carl Nordgren- Anung's Journey  (author appearance)
Carl Nordgren
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Ron Rash Reading  (author appearance)
Ron Rash
12/03/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Okra Pick!Chef Sean Brock in conversation with Jason Isbell  (author appearance)
Sean Brock
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Holiday Party With Margaret Bradham Thornton  (author appearance)
Margaret Bradham Thornton
12/03/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Laura Kelley - THE IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
Laura Kelley
12/04/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Red Clay Ramblers - Carolina Jamboree  (other event)
12/04/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Lynn Chandler Willis- Wink of an Eye: A Mystery  (author appearance)
Lynn Chandler Willis
12/04/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Lynn Seldon- Virginia’s Ring  (author appearance)
Lynn Seldon
12/04/2014, 05:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Author event with Perre Coleman Magness, author of Pimento Cheese  (author appearance)
Perre Coleman Magness
12/04/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Sanibel Luminary Celebration with Ron Base  (other event)
12/05/2014, 06:00 pm
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Sanibel, FL

Michael Wiley Booksigning  (author appearance)
Michael Wiley
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Claudia Rankine and Lindsay Tigue  (author appearance)
Claudia Rankine
12/05/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Illustrator Dinny St. John Signs Fred the Red Frog at Christmas in the Pass  (author appearance)
Dinny St. John
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Kel Landis III - The Little Book of Do  (author appearance)
Kel Landis III
12/05/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Julia Elliott--The Wilds  (author appearance)
Julia Elliott
12/05/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Rachel Lacey: UNLEASHED  (author appearance)
Rachel Lacey
12/05/2014, 01:00 pm
The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Bernie Schein Author of Famous All Over Town  (author appearance)
Bernie Schein
12/05/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Anne Byrn Saves the Day!  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/05/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Meet the Author of JUSTICE WHILE BLACK: Robbin Shipp  (author appearance)
Robbin Shipp
12/06/2014, 07:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Renee Rosen- What The Lady Wants  (author appearance)
Renee Rosen
12/06/2014, 02:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Four Poems and a Party  (other event)
12/06/2014, 01:00 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Anne Byrn Saves the Day: 125 Guaranteed-To-Please, Go-To Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion  (author appearance)
Anne Byrn
12/06/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Saturday Storytime  (other event)
12/06/2014, 10:30 am
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

POETRIO  (other event)
12/07/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Lisa Boalt Richardson signs Modern Tea -with tea tasting!  (author appearance)
Lisa Boalt
12/07/2014, 02:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Virginia Willis- OKRA  (author appearance)
Virginia Willis
12/07/2014, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Becky Hunt- My Grandma’s Crazy  (author appearance)
Becky Hunt
12/07/2014, 03:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Sundry Poets feat. Terri Kirby Erickson, Joe Mills, & Deborah Miller  (author appearance)
Deborah Miller
12/07/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Author event with Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, authors of This Is A Book For Parents of Gay Kids  (author appearance)
Kristin Russo
12/07/2014, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

MYSTERY Book Club discusses THE OTHER TYPIST  (author appearance)
12/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

John Bicknell - America 1844  (author appearance)
John Bicknell
12/08/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

An Evening with Livingston Press: Gregg Cusick, L.C. Fiore, and Miriam Herin  (author appearance)
L.C. Fiore
12/08/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

JAYE ROBIN BROWN presents NO PLACE TO FALL  (author appearance)
Jaye Robin Brown
12/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

E.J. Simon Booksigning  (author appearance)
E.J. Simon
12/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/09/2014, 07:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo - THIS IS a BOOK for PARENTS of GAY KIDS  (author appearance)
Dannielle Owens-Reid
12/09/2014, 07:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Carolyn Mitchell - With CD Inner Smile  (other event)
12/09/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!RICK BRAGG presents JERRY LEE LEWIS: HIS OWN STORY  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/10/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Ralph Adamo, Ava Leavall Haymon, Gina Ferrara, Andy Young - POETRY READING  (author appearance)
Ralph Adamo
12/10/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Fred Chappell - Familiars: Poems  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell
12/10/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Art Chansky- The Blue Divide  (author appearance)
Art Chansky
12/10/2014, 05:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Dave Tavernier- More Stories of the Rich and Famous  (author appearance)
Dave Tavernier
12/10/2014, 02:30 pm
Burry Bookstore
Hartsville, SC

Salon@615 with Richard Ford, author of Let Me Be Frank With You  (author appearance)
Richard Ford
12/10/2014, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Gertrud Mueller Nelson  (author appearance)
Gertrud Mueller Nelson
12/11/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Tova Mirvis - VISIBLE CITY (JCC)  (author appearance)
Tova Morvis
12/11/2014, 07:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Series & Open Mic, featuring Fred Chappell and Pat Riviere-Seel  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell
12/11/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg - Jerry Lee Lewis  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/11/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg--Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/12/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Photographer Ben Greenberg Brings Us Natural Virginia  (author appearance)
Ben Greenberg
12/12/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Mark Spivak Booksigning  (author appearance)
Mark Spivak
12/13/2014, 06:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Author Event with Richard Ford  (author appearance)
Richard Ford
12/13/2014, 12:00 pm
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg – Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/13/2014, 10:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

POETRY LocalMic  (other event)
12/14/2014, 02:00 pm
Bookstore 1 Sarasota

Mishpacha Free Hannukah Concert  (other event)
12/14/2014, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
12/14/2015, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Author Event: Melissa Moraja - Isabella Babysits Baxter  (author appearance)
Melissa Moraja
12/15/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

COMIX CLUB - Invisibles vol 1  (book club)
12/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Fred Chappell -Familiars  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell
12/16/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg Reading  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
12/17/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Donald Davis Storytelling  (other event)
12/20/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Authors Round the South

Lady Banks is sponsored by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, in support of independent bookstores in the South.
SIBA | 3806 Yale Dr. | Columbia, SC 28409

You are receiving this email at @@email@@. If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject or by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@