Lady Banks

Who are you and what is your sad story?


{Who are you and what is your sad story?}

In which Wiley Cash relishes being awake when the world is still asleep, Doris Betts takes the greatest journey, putting chili powder in your potato salad is proof that you are too old to have a dog, and her ladyship does not quite avoid writing a poem about her cat.

April 15, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
The Cove

The Expats

Stay Close

Come Home

Miss Julia to the Rescue

In the Garden of Beasts

American Sniper

Jesus Calling

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Great Gatsby

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Serena

Sarah's Key

Clara and Mr. Tiffany

Night

Outliers

The Devil in the White City

Social Animal

Titanic, First Accounts

North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries

The Lucky One

Catcher in the Rye

The Real Mother Goose

Penny and her Song

Fake Mustache


Author Readings

Veronica Rossi, author of Under the Never Sky, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 04/28/2012

Audrey Penn, author of The Kissing Hand, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 04/28/2012

Tina Whittle, author of Darker Than Any Shadow, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 04/28/2012

Regina Jeffers, author of The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 04/28/2012

Osama Wazan, author of The Last Moderate Muslim, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 04/28/2012

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Page After Page, 04/28/2012

Deborah Madison, author of Vegtarian Cooking for Everyone, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 04/28/2012

Hy Conrad, author of Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 04/28/2012

Ann Hite, author of Ghost On Black Mountain, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 04/29/2012

Madeleine Albright, author of Prague Winter, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 04/30/2012

Dr. Kathryn Newfont, author of Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 04/30/2012

Rosecrans Baldwin, author of Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/01/2012

Charlaine Harris, author of Deadlocked , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 05/01/2012

Daniel Halperin, author of Tinderbox: How The West Sparked The AIDS Epidemic and How The World Can Finally Overcome It , will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 05/01/2012

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, author of Hank Hung the Moon, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/01/2012

I.C. Springman, author of More, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/01/2012

Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/01/2012

Karen Spears Zacharias , author of , will be appearing at Book Exchange, 05/01/2012

Diane Chamberlain , author of , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/02/2012

Imran Ahmad, author of The Perfect Gentleman, will be appearing at A Cappella Books, May 2 2012

Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 05/03/2012

Barbara Verkuilen, author of The Tale of Zen Master Bho-li, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/03/2012

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/03/2012

Biran Latell, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, May 4 2012

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, May 4 2012

Kimberly Brock , author of , will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/04/2012

Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/04/2012

Cheryl J. McCollough, author of The Wedding Party, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/05/2012

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/05/2012

Marijo Moore, author of Book of Ceremonies and Spiritual Energy , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/05/2012

Karen Spears Zacharias , author of , will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/05/2012

Suzanne Durham, author of Images of American: Around Carrollton, will be appearing at Horton's Books & Gifts, 05/05/2012

S.J. Tindal, author of Nairobi and the Firefly, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 05/06/2012

Susan Woodring, author of Goliath, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/06/2012

Eugene Pogany, author of My Brother's Image, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/06/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/08/2012

Tracy A. Spaine , author of Life Through the Eyes of a Hurricane Doggie Dog, will be appearing at Page After Page, 05/08/2012

Kath Bartlett, author of , will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 05/08/2012

Brett Anderson, author of Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/09/2012

Patty Friedmann, author of No Takebacks, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/10/2012

Jefferson Bass , author of , will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 05/10/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/11/2012

Augusten Burroughs, author of This is How, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/11/2012

Steve Hodges, author of It's No Accident, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/11/2012

Anne Butler, author of Main Streets of Lousiana, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/12/2012

Sam Talbot, author of The Sweet Life, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/12/2012

Leslie Crawford Costner, author of Goodnight Acadiana, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/12/2012

Peter J. Murray, author of Mokee Joe is Coming, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/12/2012

Terra Elan McVoy, author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 05/14/2012

Kerri McCafferty, author of New Orleans New Elegance, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 05/15/2012

Ken Budd, author of The Voluntourist: A Six-country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/16/2012

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/17/2012

Katherine Schlosser, author of The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 05/19/2012

Jeryl Christmas, author of The Alphabug Bully Busters, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/19/2012

Jaytoe Anthony Tukan, author of Turning of the Tide, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/19/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 05/20/2012

Tom Spector, author of Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 05/20/2012

Wiley Cash-Harper, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 05/21/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 05/22/2012

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/22/2012

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 05/24/2012

Jim Minick , author of The Blueberry Years, will be appearing at Literary BookPost, 05/24/2012

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 05/24/2012

Kerri McCaffety, author of New Orleans New Elegance, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 05/26/2012

Rich Cohen, author of THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE: The Life and Times of America's Banana King, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/04/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/05/2012

Claire Cook , author of WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/06/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Burry Bookstore, 06/13/2012

Kimberly Brock , author of The River Witch, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/15/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Book Exchange, 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Scott's Bookstore, 06/27/2012Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 4/27/2012

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 4/27/2012

Ron Rash, author of The Cove, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/11/2012

Mary Alice Monroe , author of Beach House Memories, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/14/2012

Oneal Smalls, author of Blessed Be the Ties that Bind, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/18/2012

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 5/25/2012

Barnhill's is hosting the event Peter Behrens - The O'Briens on 5/5/2012

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/1/2012

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/12/2012

Maryann McFadden , author of The Book Lover, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/15/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 6/19/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/22/2012

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/29/2012

Jeff Shaara, author of A Blaze of Glory, will be appearing at Litchfield Books, 6/8/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event Classics Group on December 24 2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event Foreign Film Club on December 9 2012


Authors Round the South
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Dearest readers,

As an indulgence during National Poetry Month her ladyship, the editor, has been participating in a "poetry prompt every day" discussion on the website BookBalloon.com.  The end result has been a number of poems about shells, the sound, and her ladyship's dog, plus one (only one, thankfully) poem about a cat.

Red WeatherThe daily exercise, hosted by Janet McAdams (Red Weather), has been rewarding even if her ladyship has now determined that she is exceedingly bad at writing pantoums. But then, the point of Poetry Month is not simply to read more poetry, but to find that bit of poet in each of us. One can hardly be a reader without some appreciation for a beautifully put thought, a perfectly-phrased idea. Have you never wondered how many of your friends and acquaintances harbor secret poetic inclinations?

Secret and not so secret poetic inclinations exist among booksellers as well:

It was a loving grandparent-filled childhood.

I had been lucky to be born into a family that was poised to educate the children.
Day after day Grandma kept us reading and studying.
That teaching from her remained with me 
hence the ability to create run enjoy and maintain
cultural center for a town that 
did not promise a rose garden at first 
but I must say the mountains,
the architecture 
and the affordability of the rent in 1982 
made Asheville the place to become who we are today. 

I have said many clever things to many interviewers 
but the truth is I have been grateful and 
blessed by the readers and writers who seem 
to understand or feel the importance or the need 
to make available a diverse literature 
in any town anywhere USA. 

I have held that philosophy and 
realized that happiness and success 
are really the same for me. 
Success of the bookstores really comes 
from the laughter and enjoyment 
we experience every day in the store.
It is just enough for this person to go on

The writers and poets have been most generous 
with their gift of words through the 30 years 
they have been there 
for Malaprop’s 
for you,
the reader.

-- Emoke B'racz, of Malaprop's

Emoke writes: " Growing up Calvinist under communism taught me many things. Not all bad, either. I was always aware that we, human beings, need to be able to put other’s needs before our own at times. Frugality was not a sin, it was a requirement. Common sense and being able to create as we needed from what we had became a high art among us. We had no Joneses to keep up with; we were happy to be alive (after WWII, Recsk, and '56 in Hungary) and have a garden, books, poetry, and each other. "

Her ladyship would like to echo--may you  be happy in your garden with your books, your poetry, and each other.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 8, 2012

Columbia, SC -April 17, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, April 8, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

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

Hardcover Fiction

1. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
2. The Beginner's Goodbye
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307957276
okra3. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $26.99, 9780061804199

4. The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani, Harper, $26.99, 9780061257094
5. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
6. The Expats
Chris Pavone, Crown, $26, 9780307956354
7. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $24.95, 9780307378408
8. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
9. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
10. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
11. The Lifeboat
Charlotte Rogan, Reagan Arthur Books, $24.99, 9780316185905
12. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525952275
13. Elegy for Eddie
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $25.99, 9780062049575
14. Come Home
Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312380823
15. Miss Julia to the Rescue
Ann B. Ross, Viking, $25.95, 9780670023387

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $25, 9780307460981
2. The Big Miss
Hank Haney, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307985989
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
4. Some Assembly Required
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594488412
5. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
6. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
7. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
8. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
9. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, et al., Morrow, $26.99, 9780062082350
10. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
11. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
12. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
Clint Hill, Gallery, $26, 9781451648447
13. A Natural Woman
Carole King, Grand Central, $27.99, 9781455512614
14. The Social Conquest of Earth
Edward Osborne Wilson, Liveright, $27.95, 9780871404138
15. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
Cheryl Day, Griffith Day, Artisan, $24.95, 9781579654580

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550
3. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
4. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451617481
5. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
6. The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka, Anchor, $13.95, 9780307744425
7. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
8. The American Heiress
Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312658663
9. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
10. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
11. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford, Ballantine, $15, 9780345505347
12. Serena
Ron Rash, Ecco Press, $14.99, 9780061470844
13. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $13.99, 9781250004345
14. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
15. Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Susan Vreeland, Random House, $15, 9780812980189

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
2. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
3. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
6. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
7. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
10. The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander, The New Press, $19.95, 9781595586438
11. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
12. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
13. The Social Animal
David Brooks, Random House, $16, 9780812979374
14. Titanic, First Accounts
Tim Maltin (Ed.), Penguin, $16, 9780143106623
15. North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries
Erik Lars Myers, John F. Blair Publisher, $16.95, 9780895875716

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
5. The Lucky One
Nicholas Sparks, Vision, $7.99, 9780446618328
6. The Affair
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246305
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
10. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307949509

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $15.99, 9781423151289
3. The Real Mother Goose
Blanche Fisher Wright, Blanche Fisher Wright (Illus.), Scholastic, $9.95, 9780590225175
4. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
5. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
6. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. Penny and Her Song
Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, $12.99, 9780062081957
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908

Children's Interest

1. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
3. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
4. The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling, $6.99, 9780394820378
5. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
6. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
7. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
8. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
9. Fake Mustache
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419701948
10. Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys, Speak, $8.99, 9780142420591

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, $17.99, 9780316176194
5. The Last Hope (Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780061555275
6. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
7. Big Nate Goes for Broke
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $12.99, 9780061996610
8. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
9. Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425571
10. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597

 

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Good Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Kill Alex Cross"James Patterson, one of the world’s best-selling authors and Cross’ creator, will be the 2013 Savannah Book Festival’s keynote speaker" Savannah Book Festival lands James Patterson

A Butterfly in the Typewriter"In the scope of Southern literature, Confederacy seems an aberration," John Kennedy Toole, Remembered

" We're manic when it comes to lists. We'll read anything set in a list format from the "Top 10 Best Beach Bodies" to the "Top 10 Worst Things to Say on a First Date." But when you start making lists about what's "most important," then suddenly listing takes on a whole new meaning." 11 Greatest Southern Novels

The Marrow of Tradition"I liked the feeling that the world was quiet and I was the only person awake at that time; I knew something about the day that no one yet knew." Interview with Wiley Cash

The Night Train"When a stray dog shows up in her yard, Mattie feeds him, but insists she’s “too old to keep a dog.” Her evidence is that she just washed the toilet with Listerine and put chili powder on the potato salad, proof enough that she is slowing down." Food a necessary ingredient in Southern novels

Twilight"In William Gay’s scorched world Flannery O’Connor is present less like a looming ghoul than an elderly aunt who lives in his house and will not die." A World Almost Rotten: The Fiction Of William Gay

"I recently came across a collection with writing on the South that tiptoes so elegantly and softly over the old themes that I began to think differently about the whole category of Southern writing." What makes a southern writer?

Silence of Mockingbirds"She spoke of having her first kiss, smoking her first and last cigarette, and asking Jesus into her heart on bended knee in a trailer." Karen Spears Zacharias

Three Day Town "Tell you what, shug. Flowers or mushrooms or even ostriches—it don’t matter one little bit. Anything that keeps ’em here on the farm another generation’s gonna be just fine with me." Margaret Maron, Earth Day

"One might appear at her door, tearful or fretful, and would quickly be disarmed by Betts’ direct approach, Simpson said. “She’d say, ‘Who are you and what is your sad story?’ ” Doris Betts dies

The Beasts of Southern Wild" It was kind of like believing in God, she said: “If you see it, you will see it. If you don’t see it, no one can persuade you. It is not an argument. It is an overlay that you do or don’t place on things." Doris Betts

" For the better part of twenty years, I carried Lewis Nordan around with me like a beautiful, restless agony. Though I tried to tell everyone I met he was the greatest writer they’d never read, the agonizing truth was I pretty much had him all to myself." The day the laughter died

" Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners announced author Bobbie Ann Mason as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Literary Award for her book The Girl in the Blue Beret" Bobbie Ann Mason

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


Doris Betts: Journey into the Grand Canyon of the Soul
"Coming out of the Grand Canyon I thought,  well Herman Melville had the great ocean, but here is the great land metaphor."

VideoHeading West

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Souls Raised from the DeadSlowly at first, nervous white chickens stepped through their broken cages and tested the muddy slope down which the poultry truck had slid and overturned. It had been carrying 7,500 capons, fed on chemicals, raised for slaughter in houses heated and lit by electric current, and not one of them had ever set foot to ground before their stacked crates shifted on the sharp highway curve.

To the patrolman at roadside, the first escapees seemed to shiver at the unexpected touch of earth. If it were possible, they ight have giggled, the sergeant thought, before they took their first odd leaps and tumbles, trying too hard to be the actual birds they almost remembered.

--Doris Betts, in Souls Raised from the Dead (Sourcebooks, 2004)

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Okra Picks


Great southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers

Summer Okra Picks
Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

15 Seconds Desert Rose Beach House Memories
Shine Shine Shine Three Times Lucky Pete the Cat Precious Bones The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home by Jim Harrison Hell or High Water by Joy CastroDon't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman The Cove A Land More Kind Than Home

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
William Morrow, July 2012
9780061655975
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
William Morrow, April 2012
9780062088147
Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, May 2012
9781439170663

The Cove by Ron Rash
Ecco, April 2012
9780061804199
Desert Rose by Edythe Scott Bagley
University of Alabama Press, May 2012
9780817317652
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
Minotaur, May 2012
9780312606930
Hell or High Water by Joy Castro
Thomas Dunne Books, July 2012
9781250004574
The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home by Jim Harrison
University of South Carolina Press, April 2012
9781611170498
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, May 2012
9780062110589
Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2012
9780385742191
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
St. Martins Press, July 2012
9781250007070
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Dial Books, May 2012
9780803736702

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Read This! The 2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists


Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers: The SIBA Book

WakingWaking is Ron’s first book poetry in nearly a decade. I read Waking soon after it appeared this fall. It was the first of Ron’s poetry books that I had read and I enjoyed it. Ron’s rural details capture southern man’s enchantment with nature, lightening, weather, and so on. These elements are easy to relate to and they speak to the southern myth. John, Lemuria Books

SIBA Book Award Finalists

The judges on the Pulitzer committee may have been unable to make up their minds, but we don't think that will be a problem here in SIBA territory, where the finalists for the 2012 SIBA Book Award have been announced. There are twenty-six books on the list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

Children

Always Neverland Animology Bigger Than a Bread Box Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond

Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (HarperCollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell)
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

Cooking

Basic to Brilliant Y'all The New Southern Garden Cookbook Southern Biscuits Well Shut My Mouth

Basic to Brilliant Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Well, Shut My Mouth by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)

Fiction

The Beach Trees The Butterfly's Daughter The Dry Grass of August Iron House NIghtwoods

The Beach Trees by Karen White (New American Library)
The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)

Nonfiction

Lions of the West Praying for Strangers Upheaval in Charleston Working South You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl

Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius (University of Georgia Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Poetry

Abandoned Quarry Head Off & Split Terroir Waking

Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)

Young Adult

The Dark and Hollow Places Darwen Arkwight and the Perefrine Pact Magnolia League Where Things Come Back

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley (Razorbill)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)

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One Great Bookstore


An Indie Bookstore you should know

MalapropsOne Great Bookstore: Malaprops Books & Cafe
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina
28801
1-800-441-9829
or 828-254-6734

Malaprops is...
A gathering of books on diverse subjects that seem important to the educational benefit of the reader.
 A gathering of people who are drawn to peaceful coexistence and the realization that knowledge is more valuable than money.
A place for readers who concern themselves with humanity and her development.
A place where the best reads, the best company, and the best coffee complete the picture.
A place where the books are the stars.
A place where the reader and book meet and a journey begins.

first store staff

A history of the store from owner Emoke Bra'cz:

My love of books came naturally; it is an inheritance from my grandmother, who always told us that “our only wealth was what we had in our heads, what we learned, because all else can be taken away.”  As a Hungarian, she knew this well, having lived through two World Wars, a revolution, and communist rule. I still hear her words and they are my guide in everything I do.

Although the business side of bookselling was new to me, the incessant drive to have my own store finally bore fruit in 1982 when the opportunity arose to play hard at what I believed to be the best thing any one could ask for. I didn’t have a million dollars to invest. Still, to me, my bookstore was 2000 square feet of the most magical space in downtown Asheville, and I named her Malaprop’s.

I wanted Malaprop’s to be a place where poetry matters, where women’s words are as important as men’s, where one is surprised by excellence, where good writing has a home, where I could nurture my addiction to literature, and play, enjoy, and entertain people drawn to quality books.
Twenty-seven years after the birth of Malaprop’s, our goals are the same as the ones we committed to in 1982:
1. To be the best little bookstore in the land.
2. To enjoy what we do while we’re doing it.
3. To be aware and supportive of financial needs and ensure that bookselling is a fine and noble profession.

As a political exile from a communist country, I cannot overemphasize my passion to provide a space where freedom of expression is supported, where important literature—from authors backed by major publishers to those who self-publish—is available to all, where censorship has no place, where respect and service are practiced daily, where women feel safe, where all are welcome, and where books are the stars.

Naked Came the Leaf PeeperNaked Came the Leaf Peeper


Twelve authors based in or near Western North Carolina celebrate Malaprop's 30th Anniversary with their contributions to the serial collaborative novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper. John P. McAfee, Susan Reinhardt, Vicki Lane, Tommy Hays, Wayne Caldwell, Fred Chappell, Alan Gratz, Annette Clapsaddle, Gene Cheek, and Linda Marie Barrett outdid themselves as they built upon a story arc brilliantly imagined in the first chapter by Brian Lee Knopp and brought to a laugh-out-loud finish by Tony Earley.

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STARS Authors on Tour

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.

Lori Verni-FogarsiFeatured Author: Lori Verni-Fogarsi from Holly Springs, NC

Request Lori for your book club!

Lori Verni-Fogarsi has 15+ years of industry experience as a freelance writer, journalist, columnist, and seminar speaker. "Momnesia" is her debut novel (3/16/12, Brickstone Publishing), and she is the author of the nonfiction book, "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs," which has been widely acclaimed in its genre. She is a happily married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. Originally a native New Yorker, she now divides her time between Holly Springs, NC, and Lake Gaston, VA.

MomesiaBook: Momnesia
Brickhouse Press, March 2012 $15
9780984028467

Struggling between her "momminess" and her "sexiness," an unconventional entrepreneur diagnoses herself with Momnesia and sets about finessing a new version of her old vivaciousness: Momnesia (mahm-nee-zhuh) -noun-Loss of the memory of who you used to be. Caused by pregnancy, play dates, and trying to keep the house cleaner than the Joneses.She does find some adventure pursuing her own interests but keeps facing the question, "Is it that I haven't been myself? Or is it that I am being myself but just different than I used to be?" It isn't until she tosses the Invisible Rule Book altogether that she discovers life--and love--have more to offer than she ever imagined!

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see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012-6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012-8/22/2012

Mark Hainds
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012-5/17/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy
Tupelo, MS 4/21/2012-4/21/2012
Grenada, MS 4/28/2012-4/28/2012
Greenwood, MS 5/5/2012-5/5/2012
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012-5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012-5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012-5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012-6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012-6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012-6/24/2012

Alma Katsu
Nashville, TN 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Asheville, NC 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Raleigh, NC 4/22/2012-4/23/2012
Virginia Beach, VA 5/4/2012-5/5/2012

John Malik
Chapel Hill, NC 5/4/2012-5/7/2012

Nancy Naigle
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Dorothy St. James
Bethesda , VA 4/27/2012-4/29/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012

David Taylor
Baton Rouge, LA 10/26/2012-10/27/2012

Lori Verni-Fogarsi
Bracey, VA 5/1/2012-9/1/2012
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012-7/22/2012

Tamra Wilson
Asheville, NC 5/17/2012-5/17/2012


Lady Banks' Bookshelf


Indomitable WillIndomitable Will by Mark K. Updegrove

Nearly fifty years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal-ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradictions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him.

Intent on fulfilling the promise of America, Johnson launched a revolution in civil rights, federal aid to education, and health care for the elderly and indigent, and expanded immigration and environ-mental protection. A flurry of landmark laws--he would sign an unparalleled 207 during his five years in office, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Head Start, and Medicare--are testaments to the triumph of his will. His War on Poverty alone brought the U.S. poverty rate down from 20 percent to 12 percent, the biggest one-time drop in American history. As president, he was known for getting things done.

At the same time, Johnson's presidency--and the fulfillment of its own promise--was blighted by his escalation of an ill-fated war in Vietnam that tore at the fabric of America and saw the loss of 36,000 U.S. troops by the end of his term. 

Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove offers an intimate portrait of the endlessly fascinating LBJ, his extraordinarily eventful presidency, and the turbulent times in which he served. We see Johnson in his many guises and dimensions: the virtuoso deal-maker using every inch of his six-foot-three-inch frame to intimidate his subjects, the relentless reformer willing to lose southern Democrats from his party for a generation in his pursuit of civil rights for all Americans, and the embattled commander in chief agonizing over the fate of his "boys" in Vietnam--including his two sons-in-law--yet steadfast in his determination to thwart Communist aggression through war, or an honorable peace.

Through original interviews and personal accounts from White House aides and Cabinet members, political allies and foes, and friends and family--from Robert McNamara to Barry Goldwa-ter, Lady Bird Johnson to Jacqueline Kennedy--as well as through Johnson's own candid reflections and historic White House telephone conversations, "Indomitable Will "reveals LBJ as never before. " For it is through firsthand narrative more than anything," writes Updegrove, "that Lyndon John-son--who teemed with vitality in his sixty-four years and remains enigmatic nearly four decades after his passing--comes to life."

 

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