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{Magic boogers and pluff mud.}

In which her ladyship, the editor, considers the connection between words, music, and art, Mr. Harrison Scott Key's mother asks a Very Important Question, and Mr. William Joyce finally tells us about his first book, which he wrote the fourth grade. It's about boogers.

May 24, 2015

In This Issue

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

Dearest Readers,

Books inspire more than movies.

On the WaterIn one of their recent newsletters, Mamie from Quail Ridge Books happened to mention a book called On the Water: A Fishing Memoir:

From Mamie: After reading an essay by Guy de la Valdene in Garden & Gun Magazine titled “The Islands,” I picked up a copy of his essay collection, On the Water: A Fishing Memoir (Lyons), for my husband and brother. They are avid fishermen and I expected they would love it and they did. My brother said it was the highlight of a trip to Australia! I expected this reaction from them, but what I didn't expect was that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the collection too. The essays are about fishing, diving, extremes of weather, being in the wilds of nature, all kinds of critters and the people who seek them. This book would make a great gift for anyone who loves the outdoors or likes to sit in a cozy chair and read about it!

It was a serendipitous moment, for only a few days previously her ladyship, the editor, had been reading about the very same book on "Trio" -- a fascinating new initiative that seeks to highlight that indefinable connection among all the arts. The premise is simple -- A visual artist and a songwriter both read the same book and create something inspired from it. We're used to the idea of movies that come from books, but the truth is a great book is inspiring no matter what the medium. Something every reader knows, and every artist feels.

TrioThe first experiment in this connection of words-art-music that is Trio happened to be Guy de la Valdene's On the Water. Songwriter Chris Clifton is writing the music, and artist JR Cook is creating the art. On the Water is the first of twelve trios scheduled -- each one featuring music and art inspired by a great books.  The full complement of book/music/art will become an exhibit that will debut in Raleigh, NC at the SIBA Discovery Show in September, before traveling around the South for viewing in 2016.

So if you are looking for something a little different in inspirational reading, visit the Trio page and see what books they are discussing. And visit the websites of the musicians and artists who have their own inspiration to share.

Read independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

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

The World's Largest ManWhen I first left Mississippi many years ago, I would sometimes come back to visit my parents, and at some point, my mother and I would end up int he kitchen, while my father sat in the living room watching America's Most Wanted and trying to decide which of his neighbors were lying about their identities.

She would be cooking, and I would be watching her cook, and she would ask me this Very Important Question. She started asking it about twenty years ago, and has never really stopped. I still remember the first time.

Did you have a happy childhood?" she asked.

She is a needy woman, but when you're married for forty years to a man who has the emotional tenderness of a Soviet farm tractor, it's easy to be needy.

"I need to know," she said. "I need to be validated."

I bought her a Deepak Chopra book once, and this is how she started talking.

"Don't worry," I said. "I have no memories of being molested."

"Molested?" she says. "What are you talking about? By who?"

"By anyone."

"I want to know. Who didn't molest you?"

"Many people."

"Why didn't you ever say anything?"

"Because it never happened."

"Are you hearing this?" she said in the direction of my father, who now slept soundly in his big chair, dreaming of home invasions.

--Harrison Scott Key, The World's Largest Man (Harper, 2015)

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Book & Author Gossip

William Joyce's first book

Billy's BoogerA new 40-page "memoir" by Shreveport children’s author and illustrator William Joyce puts to rest a pressing question he’s fielded for years: What was your first book? Shreveport author and illustrator William Joyce has been working on "Billy's Booger" for a decade. The original work he penned in fourth grade was badly damaged in a fire years ago. “It’s something I wrote in the fourth grade titled ‘Billy’s Booger: The Memoir of a Little Green Nose Buddy.’ People laugh or they cringe,” Joyce said. 9781442473515

The pluff mud sucked me in

The Sound of GlassIt was only a matter of time before best-selling author Karen White wrote a book set in Beaufort. Nine of the author's last 18 novels have had South Carolina settings. Charleston, Edisto Island, Pawleys Island and Folly Beach have all served as backdrops for her stories. The Lowcountry ambiance is "truly a gold mine" for a writer, White said. "The pluff mud sucked me in." 9780451470898


Welcome to Braggsville

Welcome to BraggsvilleT. Geronimo Johnson’s creatively voiced novel is one more reminder that America is laughably and cry-ably not a post-racial society and won’t be until, maybe, the sun finally goes supernova and mercifully solves our problems for us (along with solving the problems of all the inner planets – Mars will no longer have to worry about needing women, for example). “Braggsville” is a hip, post-modern, coruscatingly intelligent exploration of the past and the present: here it’s the Old South versus Berkeley, Calif., in a death cage match, with the winner being – duh – no one. 9780062302120

Durham Book Festival exceeds expectations

Turnbull, a senior editor with Durham-based publishing company Light Messages, said that she wanted to have a festival to “celebrate the literary ecosystem and show how all the different players come together.” “We find it really hard to get out noses out of the books we’re working on and connect with the community,” she said. “Durham is all about eating local, it’s all about shopping local, but you don’t hear anything about reading local.”

Hall of Small Mammals

Hall of Small MammalsWhat makes a human “human”? If we can one day download consciousness onto a machine, then what will be the purpose of flesh and blood? If we can divide our worlds into tinier and tinier particles—where does the dividing stop? Is there a unit smaller than any we’ve yet discovered? And if there isn’t, then what’s “at the bottom of things”? If I dream a very detailed, realistic marriage to a fictional man who is not my husband—and the dreams keep recurring—then am I cheating? What is really going on while I’m dreaming? Given that dreams are a part of my life, shouldn’t they be considered lived experience? But of course, they aren’t really lived experience—not entirely, right? Clearly, Pierce has a fascination with science, and he has mined it thoroughly—to our advantage. 9781594632525

The heritage in Heritage

HeritageBut the ink on Brock’s other arm pays homage to Virginia, featuring the state’s red cardinal and white dogwood rendered in bold colors. Unbidden, that influence managed to boil over into his lush coffee table cookbook “Heritage,” published in 2014, Brock said. There, among highbrow recipes such as swordfish with celeriac roasted in hay with cider-braised lettuce ribs and country ham emulsion, he tucked down-home gems such as his Grandma Audrey Morgan’s hillbilly black walnut fudge, made with a pound of Velveeta cheese. 9781579654634

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

The Wright Brothers

The Wright BrothersTwo-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their "mission" to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

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Meet Lisa Wingate

Lisa WingateLisa Wingate is a magazine columnist, speaker, and the author of nineteen mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel, Blue Moon Bay, was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. When not dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read.

Coming soon:The Sea Keeper's Daughters

The Sea Keeper's DaughtersFrom modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt's WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina's Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney's estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney's only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?

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Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The World's Largest Man
by Harrison Scott Key

At the Corner of King StreetThe riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy Blount, Jr.

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father--a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, "a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers."

Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn't have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized--for better and for worse--how much of his old man he'd absorbed.

Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World's Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir--the story of a boy's struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man's reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

From the booksellers and customers at Quail Ridge books in Raleigh, NC

H is for HawkFrom Nancy: I just finished a beautiful (and fascinating) book: H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Grove $26). A British college professor with a lifelong passion for hawks acquires a goshawk, one of the most ferocious of the birds of prey. The training of the bird is complex and difficult, but gives the trainer a profound understanding of nature, the English countryside, and helps cope with her grief from the death of her father. Profoundly moving. “One part memoir, one part gorgeous evocation of the natural world, and one part literary meditation.”—9780802123411


Descent of AletteFrom Heather: This book-length poem invites us to look and look again at the world we inhabit and the people we often choose not to see. The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley (Penguin $20) reinvents the epic through its use of quotation marks to create a new poetic “foot,” inviting the reader to linger over each phrase or read through the divisions, drawing attention to similar choices in our daily lives. A compelling narrative unfolds within this dynamic form of a woman moving through an underground world to confront a Tyrant who rules from a daylight realm. The voices of the wounded, the homeless, the forgotten, those who blur the stark lines of light and shadow—all are present in this journey of transformation. 9780140587647

SeamFrom Heather: Seam by Tarfia Faizullah (Southern Illinois Univ. $15.95). In this powerful book of poems, which centers around women in Bangladesh known as the birangona (survivors of war atrocities during the Liberation War in 1971), Faizullah explores what's been forgotten or silenced about these women's experiences, as well as her own assumptions, related to her experience as a Bangladeshi American woman living in a cultural space of both/and/or. Reading the poems in Seam, I respect the level of mastery displayed in their vivid imagery and fresh approach to form. But what lingers is the poet's ability to refute the impersonal language of the state in the face of the complex realities of war, to answer it with the personal, private vocabulary that makes up the best poetry, the poetry that haunts us, makes us question, to see, as Faizullah writes, “how thin the seam / between the world and the world.” 9780809333257

Nature AnatomyFrom Cary: Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman (Storey $16.95). This is a wonderful companion for all of your outdoor adventures this spring. It's packed with charming illustrations and tidbits of biology that span from our planet's core all the way to the stars. Perfect for those who want to know a little about a lot, and it's also a great book to share with kids. Yay! Nature! 9781612122311



Sheep Go to SleepFrom Rosemary, for children ages 3+: Sheep Go to Sleep by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99). Yay, the sheep are back!! The adorable sheep who've been in a jeep, in a shop, on a boat, on a hike, out to eat, and more now get to rest up. Problem is–night time can be noisy. And what's that spooky sound? Never fear, a trusty collie is near to soothe fears and fetch drinks, quilts and snugly toys. Hmm, never mind the sheep, there's one hard-working dog who's going to need a nap, too. Did I mention those sheep are adorable? 9780544309890


This Changes EverythingIn This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster $30), Naomi Klein looks at how our economic system is causing extreme climate change which threatens human life and civilization. Not only must the burning of fossil fuels be ended, but our rate of consumption must also be reduced. Climate deniers realize this is a threat to capitalism—mostly corporate capitalism. Klein believes that humanity will rise and is rising to this challenge.—Elizabeth 9781451697384



Reality HungerReality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields (Vintage $15.95). Think of this book as highlights from a discussion of the need for new forms in the arts (literature, music, theater, painting, . . . ), with each chapter heading as a discussion topic that is followed by responses from a number of thoughtful artists and art critics. (And as an illustration, the book itself is done in a new form.) Quite interesting, and relevant to current issues in the arts community. —Sue 9780307387974

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending May 17, 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. A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson, Little Brown, $28, 9780316176538
okra 4. The Bone Tree
Greg Iles, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062311115

5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. Memory Man
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $28, 9781455559824
7. God Help the Child
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174
8. Early Warning
Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700322
9. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
10. Gathering Prey
John Sandford, Putnam, $28.95, 9780399168796
11. The Sound of Glass
Karen White, NAL, $26.95, 9780451470898
12. At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385523233
13. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037
14. Dry Bones
Craig Johnson, Viking, $27.95, 9780525426936
15. The Green Road
Anne Enright, Norton, $26.95, 9780393248210


1. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
4. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
5. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
Sally Mann, Little Brown, $32, 9780316247764
6. And the Good News Is...
Dana Perino, Twelve, $26, 9781455584901
7. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
8. A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $27, 9781400069699
9. On the Move
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385352543
10. It's a Long Story
Willie Nelson, Little Brown, $30, 9780316403559
11. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
12. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West
Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher, Holt, $32, 9781627795074
13. The Residence
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $27.99, 9780062305190
14. Capital Dames
Cokie Roberts, Harper, $27.99, 9780062002761
15. Between You & Me
Mary Norris, Norton, $24.95, 9780393240184


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
okra2. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

3. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
4. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
5. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Anchor, $15, 9781101872871
6. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $16, 9780345544940
7. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
9. The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May
Mark Z. Danielewski, Pantheon, $25, 9780375714948
10. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
11. One Plus One
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143127505
12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804170123
13. The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure, Sourcebooks Landmark, $14.99, 9781402294150
14. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804171472
15. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
3. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378
4. The Lady in Gold
Anne-Marie O'Connor, Vintage, $17.95, 9781101873120
5. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Marja Mills, Penguin, $17, 9780143127666
6. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, Picador USA, $16, 9781250062185
okra7. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 9780307885920

8. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419
9. Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
John Waters, FSG, $15, 9780374535452
10. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
11. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
12. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
13. Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker, University of California Press, $29.95, 9780520274044
14. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
15. A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Ben Macintyre, Broadway, $16, 9780804136655


okra1. Natchez Burning
Greg Iles, Harper, $9.99, 9780062311092

2. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
3. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
7. Bone Deep
Randy Wayne White, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425272800
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
9. Personal
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780804178754
10. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9780307279460


1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life
James Dean, Kimberly Dean (Illus.), Harper, $12.99, 9780062351357
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat, Little Brown, $17, 9780316199988
6. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. Blueberries for Sal
Rober McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698
9. Home
Carson Ellis, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763665296
10. Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $5.95, 9780920668375


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
2. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
3. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
4. Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780451474704
5. Smile
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545132060
6. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
8. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
9. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
10. Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera, Dial, $16.99, 9780803738225


1. The Heir (The Selection, Book 4)
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062349859
2. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
John Grisham, Dutton Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780525426387
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
5. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062387240
6. The One (The Selection, Book 3)
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $9.99, 9780062060006
7. Pete the Cat: Play Ball! (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110664
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711329
9. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873

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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.

The Sound of Glass Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West The Residence Capital Dames Between You & Me The Rosie ProjectThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry One Plus One The Paris Architect Life After Life The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir Gift From the Sea Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America Wreck This JournalUnfathomable City: A New Orleans AtlasA Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great BetrayalNatchez BurningOutlanderA Clash of Kings1984Bone DeepThe Catcher in the RyeA Walk in the WoodsOn the Night You Were BornHomeLove You ForeverSmileMs. Rapscott's Girls


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

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

Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call  (other event)
05/27/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

UNC Humanities in Action: The Decline of the U.S. Congress  (other event)
05/27/2015, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

DEBORAH HARKNESS presents THE BOOK OF LIFE *ticketed event*  (author appearance)
Deborah Harkness | 05/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Peder Zane - Off the Books: On Literature and Culture  (author appearance)
Peder Zane | 05/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Raymond Barfield -The Book of Colors  (author appearance)
05/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Andrew and Momo, author and dog of Find Momo Coast to Coast  (author appearance)
Andrew Knapp | 05/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Blue Ridge Books

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

Book Art with Steph Suggs  (other event)
05/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

OFF THE PAGE - An evening with Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

NICKOLE BROWN & JESSICA JACOBS  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Cooks & Books Lunch with Adrian Miller  (author appearance)
Adrian Miller | 05/28/2015, 01:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Mark Essig - Lesser Beasts  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

A. Brad Schwartz - Broadcast Hysteria  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Donald Nonini -Getting By: Class and State Formation Among Chinese in Malaysia  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Alysia Burton Steele  (author appearance)
05/28/2015, 06:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Tammy Algood, author of Sunday Dinner in the South  (author appearance)
Tammy Algood | 05/28/2015, 05:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Salon@615 with Deborah Harkness, author of The Book of Life  (author appearance)
Deborah Harkness | 05/28/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

J.T. Ellison  (author appearance)
J.T. Ellison | 05/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Reading Rock Books | Dickson, TN

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

Timothy Spira Returns with New Field Guide  (author appearance)
05/29/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Liza Wieland- Doris Betts Fiction Prize Reading  (author appearance)
Liza Wieland | 05/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Mary Alice Monroe Booksigning  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/29/2015, 06:00 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Martha Cinader  (author appearance)
Martha Cinader | 05/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

John Clarke signs Middle Waters  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Story Time with Miss Rachel  (other event)
05/30/2015, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Magic of Reading: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
Mary Cunningham | 05/30/2015, 11:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Robert Sorrell- Blue Ridge Fire Towers  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Gurudev Hamsah Nandatha discusses In The Presence of Truth  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

05/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Craig Johnson – Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson | 05/30/2015, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Dennis Stevens - City Boys And Girls  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 02:45 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Lindsay Eyre - The Best Friend Battle  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Dan Ariely -Irrationally Yours  (author appearance)
Dan Ariely | 05/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Karen White: THE SOUND OF GLASS  (author appearance)
Karen White | 05/30/2015, 03:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Meredith Jones, author of Women of the Street  (author appearance)
05/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

KAREN WHITE presents THE SOUND OF GLASS  (author appearance)
Karen White | 05/31/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Craig Johnson - Dry Bones: A Longmire Novel  (author appearance)
Craig Johnson | 05/31/2015, 03:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

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

Clueless: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
06/01/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

NPR's STEVE INSKEEP discusses JACKSONLAND *ticketed event*  (author appearance)
06/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

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

Rafael Rojas - Historia mínima de la Revolución Cubana - Gables  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Ronald Gerstl - Superachievers - Gables  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Debra Dockter here with DEADLY DESIGN  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Curious Critters: Marine with David Fitzsimmons  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 06:00 pm | MacIntosh Books and Paper | Sanibel, FL

Dan Conaway signs Arrested  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Purrfect Pets: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
06/02/2015, 11:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Bill Hancock with RIDING WITH THE BLUE MOTH  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Quilters- IMPROVISE! Meet & Greet Booksigning with SHERRI LYNN WOOD  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 04:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

CINDY McMAHON presents FRESH WATER FROM OLD WELLS  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jim Whitehurst - The Open Organization  (author appearance)
06/02/2015, 11:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nelson Demille - Radiant Angel - Gables  (author appearance)
Nelson DeMille | 06/03/2015, 11:30 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Kate Betts - My Paris Dream - Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
06/03/2015, 02:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

AUTOGRAPHING: Joey Graceffa - In Real Life - Gables  (author appearance)
06/03/2015, 06:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jim Shepard - The Book of Aron - Gables  (author appearance)
Jim Shepard | 06/03/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Origami Me: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
06/03/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

06/03/2015, 01:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/03/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Sonja Livingston signs Queen of the Fall  (author appearance)
06/03/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Laura Posada - La dieta mental - Gables  (author appearance)
06/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

David Bianchi - Blue Chip Kids - Gables  (author appearance)
06/04/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

LORI ROY discusses and signs LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS  (author appearance)
Lori Roy | 06/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

James Grippando Booksigning  (author appearance)
James Grippando | 06/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

The Bookworm Awakens: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
06/04/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

06/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jason Bivins - Spirits Rejoice!  (author appearance)
06/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Mary Laura Philpott signs Penguins with People Problems  (author appearance)
Mary Laura Philpott | 06/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Audrey Levatino Teaches Us About The Woman-Powered Farm  (author appearance)
06/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

James Grippando - Cash Landing - Gables  (author appearance)
James Grippando | 06/05/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

LOL: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
06/05/2015, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

ROBERT MORGAN presents DARK ENERGY  (author appearance)
Robert Morgan | 06/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

FOR Y/A: Debora Docktor - Deadly Design - Gables  (author appearance)
06/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Blast from the Past: Summer Children's Reading Festival  (book festival)
Sharon Cameron | 06/06/2015, 11:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home  (author appearance)
06/06/2015, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

06/06/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Eat Local for Less Event with Expert Julie Castillo  (author appearance)
06/06/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Darin Kennedy discusses his paranormal thriller The Mussorgsky Riddle  (author appearance)
06/07/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

06/07/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Sundry Poets - Kakalak Southern Poetry Anthology  (other event)
06/07/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Leslie Kemp Poole - Saving Florida - Gables  (author appearance)
06/08/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jennifer Bean Bower | 06/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Mamrie Hart - You Deserve a Drink  (author appearance)
06/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Mary Kay Andrews - Beach Town  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 06/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

ALAN GRATZ celebrates the publication of THE DRAGON LANTERN  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz | 06/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Robert Morgan - Dark Energy: Poems  (author appearance)
Robert Morgan | 06/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Simon Vincent - The Weight of Sin - Gables  (author appearance)
06/10/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Icarus Project Atlanta Monthly Meeting  (other event)
06/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

UNC Humanities in Action: Was Congress Always Like This? Will It Always Be Like This?  (other event)
06/10/2015, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

JOHN CONNELL presents RUINS OF WAR  (author appearance)
06/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Meeting the Shadow Salon, Part 10, 1 of 2: Owning Your Dark Side Through Insight, Art, and Ritual  (other event)
06/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Richard Stradling - Where the River Burned  (author appearance)
06/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Boldly Bookish YA Tour: Emery Lord, Tiffany Schmidt, Trish Dollar & A.C. Gaughen  (author appearance)
Emery Lord | 06/10/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Brin-Jonathan Butler - The Domino Diaries - Gables  (author appearance)
06/11/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

KRISTIN CAST & PC CAST with AMBER SMOKE and the House of Night series  (author appearance)
06/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

MICHELLE MILLER presents THE UNDERWRITING  (author appearance)
06/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Stacey Cochran - Eddie and Sunny  (author appearance)
Stacey Cochran | 06/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

John Lane Presents His First Novel  (author appearance)
John Lane | 06/12/2015, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Megan Shepherd | 06/12/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Mark Reinfeld: 30 MINUTE VEGAN  (author appearance)
06/12/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Dorothea Benton Frank Luncheon  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 06/12/2015, 12:00 pm | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

Richard Sexton - Creole World - Gables  (author appearance)
Richard Sexton | 06/13/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

FOR KIDS: David Fitzsimmons - Curious Critters: Marine - Gables  (author appearance)
06/13/2015, 10:30 am | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Robin Whitley new CD Release  (author appearance)
Robin Whitley | 06/13/2015, 06:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

STAR WARS PAR-TAY!  (other event)
06/13/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

06/14/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

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

Paul Steinberg, M.D. - A SALAMANDER'S TALE - Gables  (author appearance)
06/16/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Shane Heavner & Bryan King - 12 Bones Smokehouse  (author appearance)
06/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Book Club-- Brown Girl Dreaming  (book club)
06/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Kate Blackwell & Kelly Cherry - Books of Short Stories  (author appearance)
06/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

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

June Book Club  (book club)
06/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Bound To Be Read

INKWOOD'S Official Book Club! -- THE DISTANT MARVELS  (book club)
06/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Dorothea Benton Frank - All the Single Ladies  (author appearance)
Dorothea Benton Frank | 06/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Sara Gruen- AUTHOR SIGNING- At the Water's Edge  (author appearance)
Sara Gruen | 06/20/2015, 11:00 am | Books Unlimited, Inc. | Franklin, NC

Rachel Kelly & Mike Richardson - Colorworld  (author appearance)
06/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Matthew Quick: LOVE MAY FAIL  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/23/2015, 05:30 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Matthew Q Quick - Love May Fail  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick | 06/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Bruce Hillman - The Man Who Stalked Einstein  (author appearance)
06/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Morris Glass - Chosen for Destruction/Amnesty International  (author appearance)
06/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Wendy Wax Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Wendy Wax | 06/27/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

06/30/2015, 11:00 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/15/2015, 02:00 pm | Turning Pages Books & More | Natchez, MS

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/18/2015, 05:00 pm | Turnrow Books | Greenwood, MS

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Tiffany Quay Tyson  (author appearance)
Tiffany Quay Tyson | 08/20/2015, 06:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

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

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