{On making do with what you have}

In which a cook makes do with what he has, Southern literature apparently cannot be defined via Venn diagrams, a young man meets Miss Eudora Welty sitting in the supermarket, Mr. Alex Blesdoe explains why there isn’t a quintessential southern horror story, and her ladyship asks, what books have shaped your life?

June 17, 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!
Spring Fever

Porch Lights

A Land More Kind Than Home

The Cove

Heading Out to Wonderful


Cowards


A Good Man


The Big Miss


Sea Change


Summer Rental


The Great Gatsby


Bared to You


The House at Tyneford


The Devil in the White City


How to Read Literature Like a Professor


Night


The Truck Food Cookbook


To Heaven and Back


The Hobbit


Lord of the Flies


The Care & Keeping of You


Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet


Madeline


My Dad Is the Best Playground


Three Times Lucky


The Giver


Hatchet


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


Author Readings

Rebecca Lang, author of Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in the 30 Minutes or Less, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 06/26/2012

Jeaniene Frost, author of Once Burned, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/26/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MALAPROP'S CO-HOSTS HAL ACKERMAN AT THE NC STAGE COMPANY on 06/26/2012

Herman Wouk, author of Marjorie Morningstar, will be appearing at Bookstore1Sarasota, 06/26/2012

Heather Andrea Williams, author of Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/26/2012

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

Selden Richardson, author of The Tri-State Gang in Richmond, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 06/26/2012

R. J. Smith, author of THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/26/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 06/26/2012

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be appearing at Garden District Book Shop, 06/26/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/26/2012

Country Bookshop Inc is hosting the event Bookshop Bookclub on 06/26/2012

Nightbird Books is hosting the event Literary Fiction Book Club on 06/26/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at Scott's Bookstore, 06/27/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR ADHD WITH COACH RUDY on 06/27/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/27/2012

Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio , will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/27/2012

Lisa Alther, author of Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance, will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/27/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event UNC Humanities Election Series on 06/27/2012

Gabrielle Javier, author of No Ordinary Woman, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/28/2012

Mallory McDuff, author of Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth?s Climate, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/28/2012

Pam Stone, author of I love me a turkey butt samwich, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 06/28/2012

Karen White , author of Sea Change, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event June Book Club on 06/28/2012

Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness , will be appearing at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 06/28/2012

Flyleaf Books is hosting the event Pre-School Story Time on 06/28/2012

Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books, 06/28/2012

Wendy Watkins, author of The Joy Factor, will be appearing at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 06/28/2012

Fiction Addiction is hosting the event Children's Storytime on 06/28/2012

Yawn's Books & More is hosting the event Yawn?s Book Club on 06/28/2012

Susan Tucker, author of NEWCOMB COLLEGE, 1886-2006: Higher Education for Women in New Orleans, will be appearing at Octavia Books, 06/28/2012

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is hosting the event KEITH FLYNN & ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW PRESENT THE MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS on 06/29/2012

Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, will be appearing at Regulator Bookshop, 06/29/2012

Avid Bookshop is hosting the event Meet the Poets: Ben Kopel & Kim Vodicka on 06/29/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Sugarbutch Chronicles, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/29/2012

Sundial Books is hosting the event Poetry Reading - Chincoteague Writers Group on 06/29/2012

Tom Corcoran, author of The Quick Adios (Times Six), will be appearing at Book Mark, 06/29/2012

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

David Perry, author of The Cyclops Conspiracy, will be appearing at Page After Page, 06/30/2012

Robert Goolrick, author of Heading Out To Wonderful, will be appearing at Books & Books Inc, 06/30/2012

Books & Books Inc is hosting the event AUTOGRAPHING: Marco Rubio -- An American Son on 06/30/2012

Michael Buchanan, author of The Fat Boy Chronicles, will be appearing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 06/30/2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, author of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, will be appearing at Charis Books & More, 06/30/2012

Lisa Kline, author of Summer of the Wolves, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 06/30/2012

A Novel Experience is hosting the event CLASSICS BOOK GROUP: Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov on 06/30/2012

Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest, will be appearing at My Sister's Books, Inc., 06/30/2012

That Bookstore in Blytheville is hosting the event Where's Waldo Celebrates Birthday in July!! on 07/01/2012

Natalie Burns, author of If You are Concerned or Naked, will be appearing at Park Road Books, 07/01/2012

Inkwood Books is hosting the event MARCO RUBIO autographs AN AMERICAN SON - TICKETED EVENT on 07/01/2012

Martin Handford, author of Where's Waldo WOW Collection, will be appearing at Page After Page, 07/01/2012

Sheila Ingle, author of Fearless Martha, A Daughter of the American Revolution and Courageous Kate, A Daughter of the American Revolution, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 07/04/2012

Morgan James, author of Quiet the Dead, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 07/04/2012

Page & Palette is hosting the event First Friday Author Round Up with Stephanie Lawton, Jim Lee, Mallory McDuff on 07/06/2012

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever, will be appearing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 07/09/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 07/10/2012

Wendy Wax , author of Ocean Beach, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/10/2012

Morgan James, author of Quiet Killing, will be appearing at Books Unlimited, Inc., 07/12/2012

Ann B Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue, will be appearing at The Fountainhead Bookstore, 07/12/2012

Terry Michelsen, author of Soaring on Wings of Word, will be appearing at City Lights Bookstore, 07/13/2012

Lindi Peterson, author of Summer's Song, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/14/2012

Candice Ransom, author of Rebel McKenzie, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/14/2012

Jeanette DePatie, author of The Fat Chick Works Out!, will be appearing at Nightbird Books, 07/14/2012

Jillian Medoff, author of I Couldn't Love You More, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/19/2012

Roberta Klein, author of Robert Swedroe; The Collages of Robert M. Swedroe, will be appearing at The Bookstore in the Grove, 07/19/2012

Brett Evans, author of , will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/21/2012

Benjamin Busch, author of Dust To Dust: A Memoir, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/23/2012

Sophie Hannah, author of The Other Woman's House, will be appearing at Fiction Addiction, 07/24/2012

Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine, will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/24/2012

Donald McKale, author of Nazis After Hitler, will be appearing at Country Bookshop Inc, 07/25/2012

Jennifer Arnold, author of Through A Dog's Eyes, will be appearing at Yawn's Books & More, 07/26/2012

Rachel Reynolds, author of Four Seasons for Charlotte: A Parent's Year with Pediatric Cancer , will be appearing at Fountain Bookstore, 07/27/2012

Margaret King, author of Y'all Twins?, will be appearing at Lorelei Books, 07/28/2012

Mike Bunn, author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812, will be appearing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 08/25/2012

Kevin Gillespie, author of Fire in My Belly, will be appearing at Alabama Booksmith, 11/06/2012


Authors Round the South
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Dearest readers,

As part of the National Book Festival, and as part of their ongoing “Celebration of the Book,” The Library of Congress--that most hallowed of institutions--recently created an exhibition of “Books That Shaped America.” The nearly ninety books on the list comprise a familiar lot--many of them still to this day are read in schools and studied in universities, stocked in libraries and discussed in book clubs--so that there is hardly a person in the country who can say they have not at least opened the covers of a significant number of them at one time or another, whether for pleasure, or under duress.

It is not, one must note, a list of “best books” (whatever that term might mean). It is a list of influential  books. A list of books that have this in common: that our country looked different in our eyes after it had been published than it did before it was written.

A Streetcar Named DesireThat is a heady tribute to give a book, a testament to the power of language that something so innocuous as a paperback novel could have such profound reverberations throughout all of our lives. And while her ladyship is certain there will be complaints over books included  and about books left off (did no one write anything of significance in the 1990s?) the list, taken as a whole she has very little argument with the books to be found there:  “A landmark work,” writes the Library of Congress about Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire,  which “...thrilled and shocked audiences with its melodramatic look at a clash of cultures. These cultures are embodied in the two main characters – Blanche DuBois, a fading Southern belle whose genteel pretensions thinly mask alcoholism and delusions of grandeur, and Stanley Kowalski, a representative of the industrial, urban working class. Marlon Brando’s portrayal of the brutish and sensual Stanley in both the original stage production and the film adaptation has become an icon of American culture.”

So it has.

Of course we each have our own list of “books that shaped our lives.” Books that had such a profound effect upon us that the person who turned the last page and closed the covers was no longer the same person who had opened the book in the first place. Her ladyship’s personal list would be topped by Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. But a close second would be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, one of more than a few books that, according to the Library of Congress, as profoundly affected America as they did her ladyship.

Happy Reading!


her ladyship, the editor


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 10, 2012

Columbia, SC -June 19, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, June 10, 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. Canada
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692048
2. Mission to Paris
Alan Furst, Random House, $27, 9781400069484
3. Calico Joe
John Grisham, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385536073
4. Spring Fever
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312642716
A Land More Kind Than Home5. Porch Lights
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $25.99, 9780061961298
6. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
7. A Blaze of Glory
Jeff Shaara, Ballantine, $28, 9780345527356
8. Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, Holt, $28, 9780805090031
okra9. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $24.99, 9780062088147

10. In One Person
John Irving, S&S, $28, 9781451664126
The Coveokra11. The Cove
Ron Rash, Ecco, $26.99, 9780061804199

12. Heading Out to Wonderful
Robert Goolrick, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781565129238
13. Sacré Bleu
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061779749
14. Istanbul Passage
Joseph Kanon, Atria, $26, 9781439156414
15. Home
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $24, 9780307594167

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35, 9780679405078
2. My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062112033
3. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
4. It Worked For Me
Colin Powell, Harper, $27.99, 9780062135124
5. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
6. Cronkite
Douglas Brinkley, Harper, $34.99, 9780061374265
7. The Amateur
Edward Klein, Regnery, $27.95, 9781596987852
8. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
9. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400069347
10. Cowards
Glenn Beck, Threshold Editions, $28, 9781451693478
11. Darth Vader and Son
Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle, $14.95, 9781452106557
12. A Good Man
Mark Shriver, Holt, $24, 9780805095302
13. The Presidents Club
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, S&S, $32.5, 9781439127704
14. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781451648539
15. The Big Miss
Hank Haney, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307985989

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803481
2. Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803498
3. Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345803504
4. State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062049810
5. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307947727
starsSea Change6. Sea Change
Karen White, NAL, $15, 9780451236760

7. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316126670
8. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
9. Summer Rental
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312642709
10. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9780743273565
11. Bared to You
Sylvia Day, Berkley, $15, 9780425263907
12. Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $16, 9780143121077
13. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
14. The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje, Vintage, $15, 9780307744418
15. The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, $15, 9780345525550

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
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. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
6. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
7. Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061988356
8. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
9. Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams, Plume, $16, 9780452297982
10. The Greater Journey
David McCullough, S&S, $20, 9781416571773
11. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $14.99, 9780060009427
12. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
13. The Truck Food Cookbook
John T. Edge, Workman, $18.95, 9780761156161
14. To Heaven and Back
Mary C. Neal, Waterbrook, $14.99, 9780307731715
15. The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Elizabeth Letts, Ballantine, $16, 9780345521095

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. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
4. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
5. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
8. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345339683
9. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Berkley, $9.99, 9780399501487
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789

Children's Illustrated

1. Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803735828
2. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824
okraPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons3. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780062110589

4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
6. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
7. The Care & Keeping of You
Valorie Lee Schaefer, Norm Bendell (Illus.), Pleasant Company, $9.95, 9781562476663
8. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
9. Madeline
Ludwig Bemelmans, Viking, $9.99, 9780670014071
10. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274

Children's Interest

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
2. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062082930
3. My Dad Is the Best Playground
Luciana Navarro Powell, Robin Corey Books, $7.99, 9780307930903
okraThree Times Lucky4. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702

5. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440237686
6. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
7. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594744761
9. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880
10. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce, Joe Blum, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781442457027

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
2. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. The Serpents Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140573
5. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
6. Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442411920
7. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
9. Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425762
10. City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments, #5)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $19.99, 9781442416864

 

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

You lose touch when you quit making something

The World in a SkilletJim comes from a long line of cooks. “I remember not having sliced bread until I was maybe ten or twelve years old. Mama would bake biscuits, bread, pancakes. And that’s where I learned to do for me, too, when I’d come home from school. I still love pancakes today. But all made from scratch. There was no mixes. I had to make do with what I had. That’s what a cook does.”

Even now, his family gathers every Sunday at his godmother’s home, everyone bringing a dish to share--and nothing picked up from a store. Those dishes are part of their shared heritage, a part of what keeps them connected to the past. “You lose touch when you quit making something, “Jim says.

With his pies and his stories, Jim makes everyone he meets feel just a little bit Cajun and a little bit like family.

--Paul &  Angela Knipple, The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South

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Book 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).

Deliverance“Four decades ago, the lush northeast Georgia mountains were introduced to the world in the hit film "Deliverance." Though many in the region still bristle at the movie's portrayal of locals as uneducated, toothless hillbillies who sodomize visitors from the big city, the film helped create the $20 million rafting and outdoor sports industry along the Chattooga River, which splits Georgia and South Carolina and was the fictional Cahulawassee River in the movie.” 40th anniversary of the film Deliverance

If you've already completed the Fifty Shades trilogy, as I have, then why not try something a little more light hearted and witty. I have and discovered American folklore author, S.E. Schlosser. I stumbled upon the author's retelling of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett Bests Mike Fink and loved it so much I had to find more tales by this author. My quest was not hard as I quickly learned that Schlosser is an American folklore goddess.  Thumbs up for Southern Folklore

David A. Corbin will speak at the West Virginia Book Festival in October about his new book, "The Last Great Senator: Robert C. Byrd's Encounters with Ten U.S. Presidents." Byrd historian to speak at WVa Book Festival

The National Endowment for the Arts last week honored Albert B. “Al” Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, for his work in promoting folk and traditional arts. Alabama's Al Head receives prestigious NEA fellowship

“I think we Southerners have talked a fair amount of malarkey about the mystique of being Southern.” Reynolds Price What is southern literature?

What makes a writer a southern author?  Would nativity in the lower southeastern thirteen serve as an automatic qualification or is there some sort of deeper cultural underpinning that puts a writer in the same section of the grand Venn diagram of arts and letters as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty?  I would suggest that it takes more than poverty to make a writer southern.  Grits to gris gris

Playwright Tennessee Williams said “I work everywhere, but I work best here” about Key West’s South Beach. Obviously Hemingway felt the same way about that beach town, while closer to our neck of the woods, Kate Chopin was inspired by Grand Isle on the Louisiana coast, and Pat Conroy’s love affair with the Carolina coast continues to this day. Southern literary beaches

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Author Gossip

Karen WhiteFeatured: Wendy Wax
Author of Magnolia Wednesdays

“I took ballet lessons from the age of three to eleven.  I made it through cotillion.  Then I danced in musicals at a local theater.  I even grew up with a mother who loved to dance and could ‘follow’ anyone,” says Wendy Wax whose novel MAGNOLIA  WEDNESDAYSincludes dance as both a symbol and central plot device. “So,” she adds, “when I started writing a novel in which the women know each other through a  ballroom dance studio, I assumed that after a couple of lessons for research, I’d  be back in form and ready for Dancing with the Stars!  Sadly, this was not the case.”

Magnolia Wednesdays

Request Wendy for a book club or school

More gossip:

Eudora WeltyI remember going to the grocery store and Eudora Welty would be sitting there in a folding chair, in the isle, just observing life, and all these people would be like “Ms. Welty, what are you doing?” And she was like, “I’m just observing people, because I write about people and I want to understand people.” Being neighbors with Eudora Welty

Alex Bledsoe writes the kinds of books where, when you corner someone and insist she read one, and you tell her what it's about, she's like, "Um, vampires? Oh, do they sparkle and fall in love and feel all angsty?" Or, "Sure, I bet a book that incorporates a lot of old-time country music and magic doesn't suck at all. (Oh my god, why won't someone rescue me?)" Alex Bledsoe Talks Vampires

 

STARSSTARS Authors on tour:

What 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.

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

Kimberly Brock  ,
Dahlonega, GA 11/09/2012 - 11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore  ,
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012 - 8/22/2012

Mark Hainds  ,
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012 - 6/23/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller  ,
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012

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

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

Lori Verni-Fogarsi  ,
Elizabeth City, NC 7/21/2012 - 7/22/2012

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Bookstore 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).

Buxton Village Books Buxton Village Books, Inc
PO Box 829
47918 Highway 12
Buxton, NC 27920
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“There’s so much mean, bitter, angry nastiness in the publishing business and we don’t think it’s right,” Sterry said. “Our job is to help people no matter what stage they are in the process.” Writers pitch books at Flyleaf

Cookie Dough Lover's CookbookRather than subjecting the audience to a dramatic reading of my cookie dough recipe, I whipped out my piping bag for a quick whoopie pie demonstration. I don’t think I got marshmallow on any books, but my apologies if I did. Mexican Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles signing at Parnassus Books

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“People always ask, ‘Where do thriller writers get their ideas?’  In this case, 15 Seconds came from a real episode in my own life.” --Andrew Gross

15 Seconds

15 Seconds

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Read This! Okra Picks


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

Hell or High WaterHell or High Water byJoy Castro

Nola Cespedes, an ambitious young reporter at the "Times-Picayune, "finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter. As Nola's work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she's forced to face disturbing truths from her own past.

Vividly rendered in razor-sharp prose, this haunting thriller is a riveting journey of trust betrayed--and the courageous struggle to rebuild. Fast-paced, atmospheric, and with a knockout twist, Joy Castro's Hell or High Water features an unforgettable heroine as fascinating and multi-layered as New Orleans itself.

Hell or High Water

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The Year of the GadflyThe Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller (Houghton Mifflin, 9780547548593) is a debut novel---one of the best I've read since……..maybe the Good American or The Help? This book  is going to included in the classic 'school novels' (Secret History, Separate Peace, Special Topics in Calamity Physics) tradition. I don't want to tell you too much. Just READ it! -- Sally Brewster, Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC


An Unmarked GraveI highly recommend An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd, 4th in the Bess Crawford mystery series, spring of 1918. Bess, a nurse in France during WWI, is caring for more Spanish Flu victims than wounded British soldiers. Spanish Flu is killing more than survive in Europe and England. When an extra body turns up with the dead, with his neck broken, Bess knows there is a murderer near. Before Bess can report a murder, she becomes a Spanish Flu victim, with a long recovery.  The story bounces back and forth between the war in France and the home front in England. As always, Charles Todd has kept the history accurate. You get a taste of the horrors that the soldiers and the nurses, who cared for the wounded, must have experienced. It is, also, a story of family love and what the war did to those families. I enjoyed learning more about Bess’s parents and Simon Brandon. An Unmarked Grave, with its constant twists and turns, is a top notch historical mystery that will keep you glued between the covers. The characters come to life. You will not be able to put it down until the end. It will leave you wanting the next book in the series.  --Fran Bush, The Booklover’s Bookstore in Aiken, SC

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