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{On the redemptive qualities of S&H Green Stamps.}

In which Mr. Jackie Cooper explains the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist church service, Mr. Jamie Kornegay explains different ways to hide a crime, and Mr. Jonathan Odell explains exactly what his mother meant when she talked about Redemption.

March 15, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book Awards | Book and Author Gossip | Trailer Park | Author 2 Author: Jonathan Odell | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

What do the following people all have in common?

Ray Atkins Shari Smith Jackie T. Cooper Joshilyn Jackson Deron Hicks Mary Kay Andrews

Yes, yes, yes. They are all mighty fine writers who uphold the finest traditions of southern story telling. They have all written books that you have read, or plan to read, or meant to read. (And if you are in that last category, then what in the world are you waiting for?)

They were also all in Atlanta last weekend as part of the latest performance of that literary hootenanny called The Shoe Burnin' Show.

A traveling show that is a cross between a campfire sing-a-long and an episode of Hee Haw, (but with better music and better stories), The Shoe Burners have been showing up in the southern literary landscape lately bringing their own unique blend of story and song. Every show is switched up somewhat depending on who is doing the storytelling, which made this last show especially fine.

Mary Kay Andrews told about errant golden doodles and wilted wedding flowers. Deron Hicks spoke about the fleeting flame of discovery and the cut-throat world of Shakespearean scholarship. Jackie Cooper had some wise observations on the differences between a Baptist and a Methodist service (the Good Lord loves variety), Joshilyn Jackson explained how to fall in love at gun point, Raymond Atkins told us how the world works from the perspective a small town (and cynical) lawyer. And Shari Smith warned us all of the dangers of confronting an emu that's feeling amorous.

In other words, it's clear that inside every writer is a bit of stand-up comic just waiting to get out.  That night, they all got out.

See for yourselves. The Shoe Burnin' Show is coming to Key West later this month, and then to the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia, SC, in May. If you can make it, you should go, because you won't have seen anything like it.

Read Independently! And shop local.

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

SoilOne afternoon in this supposed fall, in the bottoms near the Tockawah River, a slovenly woodsman tottered through the underbrush, using an old pool cue to keep himself upright. He seemed put together from two separate men--the upper one plump, decisive, and keenly observant; the lower one lost and withered, flailing along in a pained shuffle. His way was fraught with a thousand irritations and he addressed each one with a sigh or a groan  or a fit of whispered curses. He might have been a troll trampling through the forest, so miserably did he announce himself.

Behind the woodsman came his companion, an old half-coyote who looked deranged with her one eye and mangy fur and arthritic lope. She seemed equally dismayed as they passed through the lattice of twisted limbs and dangling vines, stepping over fallen trunks and around leaf-strewn mud holes. They had trespassed over a pasture and down into the hollows, searching for a swampy patch where the woodsman enjoyed poaching game birds. A series of afternoon cocktails had distracted him from his whereabouts, and now he had gotten turned around in the thicket.

The woodsman was a ways yet from being elderly but hastened his decline through bad luck and careless bachelor living. Drunken haphazard ramblings and forays into evident danger were all within his casual realm. He'd earned his bow-legged scramble several years earlier while working at a local oil mill. He was slacking off, standing against a steam pipe when it ruptures. The rush of steam swept th blue jeans off his backside and broiled his flesh from hip to ham. He was drenched in hexane coolant from the pipes, and the chemical seeped into his tissue and made him crazy for a short while. First responders found him writhing on the factory floor, laughing hysterically, emphatic that giant lizards were eating his legs.

--Jamie Kornegay, Soil

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SIBA Book Award

The best in Southern Literature from the people who would know: Southern Indie Booksellers

Fiction from the beginning of the alphabet

A Far Gone Night by John Carenen Neverland Publishing, 978099031485
All I Have in This World by Michael Parker, Workman, 9781616201623
Arcana by Jessica Leake, Talos, 9781940456140
Between Wrecks by George Singleton, Dzanc, 9781938103797
By The Red Glare by Mark Sibley-Jones, USC Press, 9781611173994
Byrd by Kim Church, Dzanc Books, 9781938604522
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman, Harper, 9780062276728
Charleston by Margaret Thornton, Ecco, 9780062332523
Citizen's Creek  by Lalita Tademy, Atria Books, 9781476753034
Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
Don't Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman, Minotaur, 9781250027566
Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams, Bantam, 9780553808094
Each Shining Hour: A Novel of Watervalley by Jeff High, New American Library, 9780451419279
Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, Bloomsbury, 9781620403013
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins, Putnam Adult, 9780399161797
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central Publishing, 9780446527958
The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner, William Morrow, 9780062136190

All I Have in This World Arcana Between Wrecks By The Red Glare Byrd Cancel the WeddingCharleston Citizens Creek Dollbaby Don't Ever Look Back Don't Talk to StrangersEach Shining HourFlying ShoesThe ForesakenThe Girls of AugustGone Dead Train

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Independent Bookstore Day!

May Second is Independent Bookstore Day!

It's time to celebrate your local bookshop. Stores across the country (some 50+ here in the South) will be celebrating with special events and parties, story times and readings, free food and general craziness.

Authors like Roz Chast, Stephen King, Sam McBratney and others have pitched in to show their support for indie bookstores by donating a host of limited edition prints, books, and gifts that will only be available at indie bookstores on that day.


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

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Book & Author Gossip

5 ways to hide a crime

Pride & PrejudiceMy literary awakening came in seventh grade when a teacher assigned Crime and Punishment. Sure, it warped me, but in that useful way, like bending the bill of a ball cap or sawing off a shotgun barrel. What fascinated me then, as it does today, was not the brutal murder committed by the desperate college student Raskolnikov, but his subsequent attempts to cover up the crime.

A bookstore engagement story

Sean and Lacy are now living in Raleigh.  Sean picked our store because he was looking for a bookstore with a lot of history to it.  His plan: He picked Lacy's favorite book,Pride & Prejudice, and highlighted the quote from Mr. Darcy on how he loves Elizabeth.  He chose the Penguin DropCaps edition and tied the engagement ring to the ribbon bookmark. He did let us in on the plan, as he was putting the book back on the shelf for Lacy to find.  (He also had mom Colleen and sister Katy as backup, keeping an eye an a suddenly much more valuable edition of Austen.) 9780143123163

Beyond Collard Greens

Southern Living Community CookbookPeople seem to forget that the cuisine of the South is more than just collard greens, fried chicken, cornbread and biscuits, to name a few. The South is a very diversified part of our country. When I started to read the recipes, I couldn't help but think how much I wish I'd had this book when I got married years ago. I found that much-needed recipe for gravy. 9780848743543

Main Street Books (Davidson, NC) under new ownership

Main Street Books is opening  a new chapter in downtown Davidson next week.  Longtime owners Barbara Freund and Betty Reinke will stroll off into the sunset and leave the marvelous business of books behind.  As of today (Friday, March 6, 2015) they’ve sold the shop, The good news is that the new managers, Adah Fitzgerald and Catherine Hamilton-Jenson, will continue to grace our town with reading material and we look forward to getting to know them.

When you need a little war paint

MosquitolandDavid Arnold's debut novel Mosquitoland is for anybody who ever needed to slap on some war paint to get through the day. At times heartwarming, heartbreaking and hilarious, but always maintaining a distinctly innocent brilliance, Mosquitoland is a grand coming-of-age introduction to Mim Malone. She's a lovably quirky 16-year-old armed with a tube of lipstick and moxie to spare as she sets out on a 947-mile road trip to Cleveland to visit her sick mother. She is a heroine, she is a hot mess, and more importantly, she is a hoot.

David Arnold's Mosquitoland

For all of the close calls and odd birds that stipple Mim’s journey, this book might best be understood as a delightfully engaging character study. Voice is perhaps the most slyly powerful of all narrative qualities: when it’s strong enough, it can drive a book, and it certainly does so here. Mim’s profane, snarktastic voice is the book’s white-hot center, its steady glow. She skewers the world with wit and scowly irreverence, but beneath that defense mechanism simmers an irrepressible intelligence.

A family history in a forgotten trunk

Between Shades of GrayA year after Sepetys published "Between Shades of Gray," a museum curator called about a folder labeled with her last name. Inside were nine letters and six photographs of her family in Siberia. There was also a letter from her grandfather.  As the story goes, in the late 1970s, a priest placed a newspaper ad requesting recollections of Siberia. He planned to publish a book. Sepetys' grandfather responded, but because he feared that the material he sent could elicit anger toward his family still living in Soviet Lithuania, he asked that it not be published. Instead, he requested that it be saved for the future. It sat in a trunk in a dark basement for 30 years. 9780142420591

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress

“Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, this mesmerizing novel features characters that make a lasting impression.”--PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"More meticulously choreographed than a chorus line. It all pays off."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

The Wife The Maid and the MistressThey say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden.

On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he?

After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks—one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale—of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on.

With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

by Jamie Kornegay

SoilA darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin--and becomes increasingly paranoid he's being framed for murder. 

It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he'd be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself. 

When Jay Mize discovers a corpse on his property, he is sure his bad luck has come to a head and he is being framed. Were Jay in his right mind, he might have reported the body to the police at the very same moment they were searching for a missing tourist from Ohio. He might have not dragged the body back to his farm under the cover of night and spent hours disposing of it. But Jay Mize is not in his right mind. His mounting paranoia is accelerated by a hot-rod local deputy, nosing around with questions about the missing tourist and making dark comments about Jay's estranged wife Sandy. It's enough to make an honest man a maniac... 

Drawing on elements of classic Southern noir, dark comedy, and modern dysfunction, Jamie Kornegay's novel is about the gravitational pull of one man's apocalypse and the hope that maybe, just maybe, he can be reeled in from the brink. Readers will "applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction" (Jonathan Miles, award-winning author of "Want Not" and "Dear American Airlines").

Buy from an indie

More Okra Picks!

Recommended by Indie Booksellers

Recommended: Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee

Being Mortal Euphoria Soil The Marauders Big Little LiesFans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? will devour this delightful mystery from the author ofThe Husband’s Secret. Funny, smart, and fast-paced, this entertaining novel will keep you guessing until the very end. — Niki Coffman" > Dead Wake Leaving BerlinThe Good German takes us back to Berlin in his latest thriller. The year is 1949 and the airlift has begun. Berlin is wrestling with its Nazi past and its pending Soviet future, and Kanon’s descriptions of the war ravaged city graphically illustrate life after WWII. Alliances, friendships, and families are all changing and being reconstructed as a city begins its climb out of the ruins. Exciting and fast paced, this is Kanon at his best. — Andy Brennan 9781476704647" > The Cairo AffairThe Cario Affair is a standalone mystery that uses the current history of the Arab Spring to weave a complex and entertaining tale. If you’ve never read Steinhauer, this is a great place to start. — Andy Brennan 9781250036155" > The Good Luck of Right Now I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Almost Famous Women: Stories The Lives of Others Get in Trouble: Stories HereHere, and it’ll take you less than an hour to page through it. But be prepared to flip through this book over and over again — even on the 100th reading I promise you’ll find a new detail or story that McGuire has snuck into his graphic masterpiece. This is a breathtakingly gorgeous book that shows how even the smallest corner of the earth can contain multitudes. — Lindsay Lynch 9780375406508" > Selected Poems 1966-1987Field Work, while the second volume offers two wonderful selections from his translation of Beowulf. I believe the finest of Heaney’s work is contained in these two books. — Nathan Spoon 9780374535605" > The Bone SeasonThe Mime Order, just hit shelves and might be even better. — Grace Wright 9781620402658" > The Mime OrderThe Bone Season and clear your schedule. Shannon’s astounding talent and ability to craft a detailed world is on full display in this book. I can’t describe the plot without spoiling key details, all I can say is that I haven’t been this excited about a fantasy series since The Magicians. — Ashton Hickey 9781620408933" >

More bookseller recommendations

Author 2 Author: Jonathan Odell

The Redemption Center and  the 1950s Housewife


Jonathan Odell

When my Northern friends ask if I was religious growing up in the South, I laugh.

Religion soaked the land like bourbon on an Episcopalian’s fruitcake. And you didn’t have to go to a church to get it. Religion was everywhere. In the schools, in the hardware store, on restaurant menus, in the line at the bank, on the football scoreboard, on the side-panels of delivery trucks, on the lips of nearly everybody you encountered even while running the most secular of errands. I’ve heard of people who got saved while standing in the A&P checkout line.

Shortly after I was baptized at the age of 8, my mother began infecting me her own brand of fiery fundamentalism. Now my mother didn’t have the interests expected of a typical 1950’s housewife. She wasn’t a great cook, an immaculate housekeeper nor a doting mother. Even though she took an occasional swat at those socially prescribed duties of the era, you could tell from consistently undercooked tuna fish casserole, the spider-webs which grew in corners to the size of a child’s head, and her tribe of attention-starved babies, her heart just wasn’t in it. And the more successful my father became, the more her poverty-plagued upbringing embarrassed her, to such an extent that she dreaded any social functions that as the wife of a prominent man she was obligated to attend.

Like many women of that era, other avenues for creativity were severely limited. Not even church could provide an outlet. She attended services sporadically and never even taught Sunday school. I’m not sure they would have let her if she had wanted to.

You see, my mother was bad to take a drink and drive her Lincoln soused on the streets of Hazlehurst, Mississippi.

Besides sneaking whiskey from my Daddy’s Jim Beam commemorative decanters and drunk driving, her other passion was collecting Green Stamps. Anytime my mother uttered the word redemption, you could be sure it wasn’t heaven she wanted access to, but the auspiciously named S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center, all the way up in Jackson.  

When my mother said excitedly, “We’re going up to the Redemption Center”, it even sounded holy. Like meeting Jesus ought to sound. Her pursuit was steeped in more rituals than any Baptist Church and just as much zeal. It was a religion of two, my mother and me.

Read the full essay


Jonathan Odell is the author of Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League published in March, 2015, from Maiden Lane Press. Find out more at

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 8, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
4. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037
5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. The Whites
Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt, Holt, $28, 9780805093995
7. Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260
8. Where All Light Tends to Go
David Joy, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399172779
9. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
10. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $25.95, 9781616203047
11. Funny Girl
Nick Hornby, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594205415
okra 12. My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399169526

13. Mightier Than the Sword
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250034519
14. Hush Hush
Laura Lippman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062083425
15. Leaving Berlin
Joseph Kanon, Atria, $27, 9781476704647


1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
3. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
4. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
5. Leaving Before the Rains Come
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594205866
okra6. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

7. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
8. Deep Down Dark
Hector Tobar, FSG, $26, 9780374280604
9. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper, $29.99, 9780062316097
10. What If?
Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 9780544272996
11. Our Only World
Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, $24, 9781619024885
12. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
13. Jesus Calling
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
14. How We Got to Now
Steven Johnson, Riverhead, $30, 9781594632969
15. The Southerner's Handbook
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389


1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
2. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin, $16, 9780143126829
3. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
4. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
5. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
6. Still Alice
Lisa Genova, Gallery, $16, 9781501106422
7. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
8. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
9. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
10. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
11. The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin, $17, 9780143125846
12. Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172073
13. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
okra14. Serena
Ron Rash, Ecco, $14.99, 9780062292667

15. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
3. Alan Turing: The Enigma
Andrew Hodges, Princeton University Press, $16.95, 9780691164724
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
5. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Morrow, $15.99, 9780062376336
6. 10% Happier
Dan Harris, Dey Street, $15.99, 9780062265432
7. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
8. Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419
9. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
10. You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job.: And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness
Workman, $8.95, 9780761184478
11. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
12. How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006884
13. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062282712
14. The Hotel on Place Vendome
Tilar J. Mazzeo, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061791048
15. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
3. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Harper, $9.99, 9780062376572
4. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
5. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
8. The Hobbit
JR.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
9. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
10. Bone Deep
Randy Wayne White, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425272800


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
3. Aqualicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780062330161
4. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
6. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
7. Home
Carson Ellis, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763665296
8. Llama Llama Easter Egg
Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books, $5.99, 9780451469823
9. Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illus.), Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763642648
10. If You Plant a Seed
Kadir Nelson, Balzer + Bray, $18.99, 9780062298898


1. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
2. The Princess in Black
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763665104
3. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
4. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
5. We Were Liars
E. Lockhart, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385741262
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
7. A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (Illus.), Harper, $9.99, 9780062312181
8. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
9. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
10. Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399252518


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
4. Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9781250060556
5. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780142425831
6. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810983915
8. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
10. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062372857

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Special to the Southern List

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Where All Light Tends to GoDescentMy Sunshine Away  Mightier Than the SwordHush Hushheight=Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Deep Down DarkSapiensOur Only WorldJesus CallingHow We Got to NowThe Southerner's HandbookThe Rosie ProjectMe Before YouThe Signature of All ThingsThe Light Between Oceans SerenaThe Art of Racing in the Rain Alan Turing: The EnigmaOutliersGift From the SeaYou Are Doing a Freaking Great Job.: And Other Reminders of Your AwesomenessWreck This JournalThe Hotel on Place VendomeLet's Explore Diabetes With Owls1984A Game of ThronesLord of the FliesAnimal FarmThe Diary of a Young GirlThe HobbitBone DeepLlama Llama Easter EggGuess How Much I Love YouIf You Plant a SeedBrown Girl Dreaming


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

Tom McGuane - Crow Fair - Gables  (author appearance)
03/19/2015, 08:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

Skip Horack- Wine & Sign Author Event  (author appearance)
Skip Horack | 03/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Boarding Pass to Murder  (book club)
Manuel Vazquez Montalban | 03/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Author Appearance  (author appearance)
Ambassador Christopher Hill | 03/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

INKWOOD'S Official Book Club! - Luigi's Freedom Ride  (book club)
03/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Curbside Splendor Author Showcase Featuring Local Author Paul Arrand Rodgers with Brian Costello, James Tadd Adcox, and Todd Kaneko  (author appearance)
03/19/2015, 06:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

New Lesbian Fiction Roundtable Featuring: Dillon Watson, Cindy Rizzo, C.D. Cain, and Carole Wolf  (author appearance)
03/19/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Blaine Harden signs The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot  (author appearance)
03/19/2015, 07:15 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Mary Ricketson  (author appearance)
Mary Ricketson | 03/19/2015, 10:30 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Bookends Book Club discusses White People  (book club)
03/19/2015, 04:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Shannon Burke - Into Savage Country  (author appearance)
Shannon Burke | 03/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jay Smith & Mary Willingham - Cheated: The UNC Scandal  (author appearance)
Jay Smith | 03/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Scott Ellsworth- The Secret Game  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 03/19/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

Author event with Ray Waddle, author of Undistorted God  (author appearance)
03/19/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Magda Montiel Davis - reading Ashes Over Havana her story from The Best Women’s Travel Writing - Gables  (author appearance)
03/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Books Books Inc.

Uva de Aragon - The Memory of Silence - Gables  (author appearance)
03/20/2015, 08:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

YA Book Club  (book club)
03/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

Erotica Editors/Writers Kristina Wright & Rachel Kramer Bussel Meet and Greet  (author appearance)
03/20/2015, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Lauren Clark  (author appearance)
Lauren Clark | 03/21/2015, 11:00 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Chris Warner Signs Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama   (author appearance)
03/21/2015, 10:00 am | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

David Joy -Where All Light Tends to Go  (author appearance)
David Joy | 03/21/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE KNOWN WORLD  (book club)
03/21/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - mother/daughter author duo storytelling, cooking demo & booksigning  (author appearance)
Dianne de Las Casas | 03/21/2015, 01:30 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality  (author appearance)
William Everett | 03/21/2015, 03:00 pm | Blue Ridge Books & News | Waynesville, NC

Deborah Edmonds Reading & Signing  (author appearance)
Deborah Edmonds | 03/21/2015, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Scott Ellsworth – The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 03/21/2015, 11:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Ellen Ward Lopez - Chronicles Of An American Schoolgirl - Mexico 1965 - A Memoir  (author appearance)
Ellen Ward Lopez | 03/21/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Allen Paul & Honey - Honey the Dixie Dingo Dog  (author appearance)
Allen Paul | 03/21/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Kelly Corrigan  (author appearance)
Kelly Corrigan | 03/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss - The Yankee Comandante - Gables  (author appearance)
03/22/2015, 04:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

New & Notable Book Club: EUPHORIA by Lily King  (book club)
03/22/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Barri Bronston - WALKING NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
03/22/2015, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Barry Holcomb - Handful Of Flowers  (author appearance)
Barry Holcomb | 03/22/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Annotations: Authors at Cheekwood - Ariel Lawhon, author of The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress  (author appearance)
Ariel Lawhon | 03/22/2015, 03:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Meet the Mango Mama and Learn All about Mangoes! Tasting!   (author appearance)
03/22/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Janet Singer - Overcoming OCD - Gables  (author appearance)
03/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Books Books Inc.

Chef Dunja Gulin - Fermented Foods for Vitality and Health - Gables  (author appearance)
03/23/2015, 08:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

Florida Fiction, Hurricanes and Bigfoot  (author appearance)
Rich McKee | 03/23/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books | Punta Gorda

Author Rich McKee on Florida Fiction, Hurricanes and Bigfoot  (author appearance)
Rich McKee | 03/23/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

03/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Kate Cooper - BAND OF ANGELS: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women  (author appearance)
Kate Cooper | 03/23/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

The Localist: Discussion and Book Signing with Carie Rollwagen  (author appearance)
Carrie Rollwagen | 03/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Mark Greif -The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973  (author appearance)
Mark Greif | 03/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

Author event with LaShonda Barnett, author of Jam on the Vine  (author appearance)
03/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Michael Signer Presents Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father  (author appearance)
03/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Rebecca Scherm - Unbecoming: A Novel - Gables  (author appearance)
03/24/2015, 08:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

Andrew Smith's Keep YA Weird Tour: THE ALEX CROW  (author appearance)
03/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Book Club of the Fantastic: BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman  (book club)
03/24/2015, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Queering the YA: A Panel Discussion  (author appearance)
May-lee Chai | 03/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Reading with Patricia Hampl at UNCW  (author appearance)
Patricia Hampl | 03/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Liza Wieland - Land of Enchantment  (author appearance)
Liza Wieland | 03/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

M.O. Walsh -My Sunshine Away  (author appearance)
M.O. Walsh | 03/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

Author event with Jason Miller, author of Down Don't Bother Me  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 03/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Juan Ovidio Zavala - Amor y violencia - Gables  (author appearance)
03/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Books Books Inc.

James Anderson - The Never-Open Desert Diner - Gables  (author appearance)
03/25/2015, 08:00 pm | Books Books Inc.

Phil Klay  (author appearance)
Phil Klay | 03/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Cat Warren - What the Dog Knows  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 03/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Eddie Huffman -John Prine: In Spite of Himself  (author appearance)
Eddie Huffman | 03/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

Author event with Irène Mathieu and Brenda Butka  (author appearance)
03/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Chris Cander  (author appearance)
Chris Cander | 03/26/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Bette Isacoff  (author appearance)
03/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Meet Author Susan Power  (author appearance)
03/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Edwin Garrubbo - SUNDAY PASTA  (author appearance)
03/26/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Liza Wieland - Land Of Enchantment  (author appearance)
Liza Wieland | 03/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jamie Kornegay - Soil  (author appearance)
Jamie Kornegay | 03/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Sy Safransky--Many Alarm Clocks  (author appearance)
Sy Safransky | 03/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | durham, NC

A Special Benefit Performance by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn  (other event)
03/26/2015, 07:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

C.J. Box Booksigning  (author appearance)
03/27/2015, 07:00 am | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Meet the Poet: Anne-Adele Wight  (author appearance)
03/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author event with Mary Pat Kelly, author of Of Irish Blood  (author appearance)
03/27/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Marlin Barton  (author appearance)
Marlin Barton | 03/28/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Appearance  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 03/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Frank Ruffolo Booksigning  (author appearance)
03/28/2015, 01:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Frank Ruffolo Booksigning  (author appearance)
03/28/2015, 01:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Hometown Book Launch: A COLORFUL HOME by Susan Hable and Rinne Allen  (author appearance)
03/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Cat Warren – What the Dog Knows  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 03/28/2015, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Jamie Kornegay – Soil  (author appearance)
Jamie Kornegay | 03/28/2015, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Sally McMillen - Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life  (author appearance)
Sally McMillen | 03/28/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Latina Book Club discusses Ripper by Isabel Allende  (book club)
Isabel Allende | 03/28/2015, 03:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Author event with Jane Herring, author of One Day I Wrote Back  (author appearance)
03/28/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Marie Bostwick for the Richmond Quilter's Guild - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  (author appearance)
Marie Bostwick | 03/28/2015 | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Prose Local/Mic  (author appearance)
Kurt Landefeld | 03/29/2015, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

“SAY WHAT?” Crafting Authentic Dialogue Workshop  (writers group)
Christine Moughamian | 03/29/2015, 02:00 pm | Pomegranate Books | Wilmington, NC

Noel Crook & John Hoppenthaler - Two NC Poets  (author appearance)
Noel Crook | 03/29/2015, 03:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Annotations: Authors at Cheekwood - Kristin Tubb, author of The 13th Sign  (author appearance)
Kristin Tubb | 03/29/2015, 03:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Club Bash - Evening Edition  (book club)
03/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

World Fantasy Award Finalist Daryl Gregory Presents Harrison Squared  (author appearance
03/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Paul Leonard - When the Spirit Moves  (author appearance)
Paul Leonard | 03/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Book Club Bash - Morning Edition  (book club)
03/31/2015, 10:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Book Club Bash - Morning Edition  (book club)
03/31/2015, 10:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Christina Stoddard, author of Hive  (author appearance)
03/31/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Randy Wayne White Booksigning  (author appearance)
Randy Wayne White | 04/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

First Friday Art Walk Book Signing with Karen Yankosky  (author appearance)
Karen Yankosky | 04/03/2015, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Little Writer's Workshop  (other event)
04/04/2015, 10:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Cookbook Day!!!  (author appearance)
04/04/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Poetry Book Club  (book club)
Billy Collins | 04/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Book Your Lunch with Cheryl and Griffith Day  (author appearance)
Cheryl and Griffith Day | 04/08/2015, 12:00 pm | Fiction Addiction at Soby's | Greenville, SC

Stuart Woods Booksigning   (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Verse and Vibes  (other event)
04/10/2015 | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Lou Berney Booksigning  (author appearance)
04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Poetry Local/Mic  (author appearance)
Doug Knowlton | 04/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Book Club-- An Unnecessary Woman  (book club)
04/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

Andrew Gross Booksigning  (author appearance)
Andrew Gross | 04/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Ann B. Ross Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/14/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Boarding Pass to Murder  (book club)
Ian Hamilton | 04/15/2015, 05:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Susan M. Boyer Booksigning  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 04/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Jazz Writer/Photographer Ken Franckling  (author appearance)
Ken Franckling | 04/30/2015, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books

Authors Round the South


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