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{Why bookselling is like blacksmithing.}

In which North Carolina bookstores get vocal, Rev. William J Barber II gets off the plane, and Ms. Judy Blume gets a new job where people call her Miss Bossypants.

April 17, 2016


In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Read This! | The Pat Conroy Prize | Okra Picks | The Trailer Park | Book and Author Gossip | The Southern Bookstore | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

Raymie NightingaleThe musician Ani Difranco became the latest person to cancel her North Carolina appearances in the wake of the passing of the law HB2 -- regarded by many as discriminatory for LGBT and Transgender persons. In this, Difranco joins an ever-growing list of protesters, including Bruce Springsteen and even the NBA. 

And Sherman Alexie, who dropped North Carolina from his tour schedule for his new children's book, Thunderboy, Jr. 

Alexie's decision prompted Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville to write an open letter to authors, asking them not to boycott NC bookstores -- often places for debate and where diverse voices and opinions have a place to be heard, and the "fiercest allies" for many social issues.  The plea was taken up by other bookstores (come help us fight this, wrote the Regulator Bookshop in Durham), and ultimately more than thirty independent bookstores across the state issued a joint appeal to repeal the law that has catapulted North Carolina into the national headlines. Most recently, local authors like Sara Gruen have come together with local bookstores to create events at indie bookstores that address the issues around HB2.

There can hardly be a better example of how invested and integral small businesses are to their communities. How their presence has concrete, real-world impact. How small businesses like independent bookstores matter to a community because the community matters to them.

Iindependent Bookstore Day

Next week, on April 30th, we celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Whatever your politics, you can show your support for independent bookstores and your appreciation for the place they hold in your community by stopping in your own local bookstore.

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.

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.

Chasing the North StarHe was called Jonah because he was born during a terrible storm and his mama said soon as she let go of him and put him ashore in this world of folly and time the thunder quieted and the wind laid. Trees had broken off their stumps and skipped across fields like dust brooms, and the Saluda River spread wide over the bottomlands. Some of the slave cabins behind Mr. Williams's brick house got smashed to splinters by the high tempest.

But soon as Jonah was cut loose and washed off in a pan and wrapped up in a towel rag, his mama said the sky cleared and the moon came out and shined so bright you could see a needle in the light from the window. Everything the storm had ruined was vivid in the moonlight, including dead birds that had been torn from their roosts and snakes washed out of holes in the ground. Because Jonah arrived on the full of the moon in the middle of a storm under the sign of the Crab, his mama called him her moon baby. The granny woman that delivered him said he would always be darting away, running from one thing and then another. He'd be no more dependable than Jonah in the Holy Book.

--Robert Morgan, Chasing the North Star, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016) 9781565126275

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

From Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC:

Raymie RightingaleRaymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

From Carol: A heartwarming story of three girls who realize the value of hope, determination and friendship as each seeks to fill an empty place in her life. Award-winning and beloved author diCamillo sets this novel in her native Florida, and the understated emotional quality of the narrative lends it a power that will resonate with the reader long after turning the last page. 


Waiting for High TideWaiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure

From Carol:  Stunning cut paper images illustrate the simple and satisfying story of a young boy waiting for the high tide that will allow him to dive off a raft his family has made. He discovers surprises left by previous tides, while shore birds and creatures go about their own lives hunting, eating and building. Masterful compositions of expansive views and exquisite details make this one extraordinary picture book. 

From Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Bel CantoNow I know why people are breathless when they whisper, Bel Canto. If I were shipwrecked on a desert island with three books I hope this would be one of them. I would happily read and re-read for life. – River Jordan

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

Passage to IndiaI picked this up because it’s one Zadie Smith loves. You can read the back of the book for details, but I love it now too for its exploration of the way generalization compromises more interesting truths; the shadow between the idea and the reality; and the ways even well-intentioned people miss each other. All this, with a wicked sense of humor: good, rare company. – Margy Roark

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Parnassus on WheelsThis charming novel was written in 1917 and has been in print since that time. It was the inspiration for our own Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile, not to mention the name of our store. The story is written from the point of view of Helen McGill, a spinster who chucks her lonely life in the country keeping house for her brother (a writer) to hit the road in a horse-drawn caravan selling books town to town. She manages to fall in love along the way. The witty dialogue in this book reminds me of something out of a Claudette Colbert movie. Read it, pass it on to a friend, and let’s keep this in print for another 100 years. – Karen Hayes


More bookseller recommendations

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Okra Picks

Chasing the North Star“Before he went to sleep in the clean bed in the room downstairs, Jonah asked himself whether he should continue running . . . It was impossible to know how safe he was. But Jonah was worn out from running, and he didn’t want to go on . . . He’d stop here for a few days or weeks and see what happened. If he was caught, he would be caught. He just didn’t feel like running any more.”

In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back—no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide.

Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit.

In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him.

Bristling with breathtaking adventure, CHASING THE NORTH STAR is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best.

I just read Chasing the North Star (Algonquin $25.95) by Robert Morgan. Morgan's novel Gap Creek won multiple awards, and his new novel shows he continues to be a master of historical narrative. Following Jonah, a house slave on a South Carolina plantation, who escapes toward his dream of freedom in Canada, and Angel, who follows Jonah with her own dream in mind, the novel is a gripping road adventure, a devastating reminder of the personal, individual experience of slavery, and a love story filled with missteps, determination and humor. Morgan's language is deceptively simple but his tale is confident, complex, gripping, and imbued with a deep knowledge and respect for the natural world -- Sarah, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


Okra Picks

Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park

My Sunshine Away

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
The Short List

The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Go Set a Watchman Soil My Sunshine Away The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

GO SET A WATCHMAN | Harper Lee | Harper | 9780062409850
SOIL | Jamie Kornegay | Simon & Schuster | 9781476750811
MY SUNSHINE AWAY | M. O. Walsh | G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526
THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH | Christopher Scotton | Grand Central Publishing | 9781455551927


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Book & Author Gossip

NC Bookstores call for repeal of HB2

Company after company is withdrawing from doing business in NC until this legislation is repealed. Retailers and others are already feeling the economic impact of this legislation and we are sure, because of the momentum behind more businesses, conferences, artists, rock stars, authors, and ordinary citizens choosing places other than North Carolina to spend their vacations, the worst financial impact is yet to come.

Book Groups urge Authors to support NC Bookstores

“We urge all authors and illustrators as well as their publishers not to boycott North Carolina bookstores,” wrote the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Children’s Book Council, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in a joint statement. “Many independent booksellers opposed HB2 in the legislature and are actively seeking its repeal. In addition, they have a long history of fighting efforts to censor books with LGBTQ themes.”

Regulator Bookshop to authors: Help us fight HB2

I'd like to suggest that it would be better to come here, speak the truth, and support those of us in North Carolina who are fighting against these bigoted, unjust social policies. It occurs to me that one way to further that end is to offer major authors the opportunity to designate their events with us as special "Liberty and Justice" events. A portion of the author's and bookstore's proceeds from "Liberty and Justice" events will be donated to the North Carolina ACLU and the North Carolina Justice Center, two organizations that are fighting HB2 and that have long been fighting for equal treatment for everyone, under the law.

Judy Blume, Bookseller

SuperfudgeBlume, who describes her role at the bookstore as “Miss Bossypants,” said that she and Cooper lobbied Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books, which is based in Coral Gables, Fla., to open a store in Key West five years ago, around the time that Borders and Voltaire Books closed. Cooper, who serves on the board for The Studios and as CFO of the bookstore, worked out the arrangements for the space and the store’s nonprofit structure. 


Rev. William Barber II asked to deplane

The Third ReconstructionBecause of my bone-fusion arthritic disability that I have struggled with for years, I am forced to purchase two seats. The airport employees were more than gracious to me, as I boarded the small plane and painfully moved my body around to the most comfortable position I can find, looking forward to a good nap on the short flight home. A passenger in a seat near me was talking loudly as the plane filled up. I asked the stewardess to request he bring it down a little bit, and she did.  Because of my disability, I could not turn my head to see him, but as she left, I heard him saying distasteful and disparaging things about me. He had problems with “those people” and he spoke harshly about my need for “two seats,” among other subjects.  As I heard these things, I became more and more uncomfortable, especially since he was behind me. 

How one Alabama bookstore uses its unique business plan to succeed.

Twenty years ago, the idea of reading a book on a mobile phone was unthinkable. So was the idea of a brick-and-mortar bookstore that only sold signed copies.  Yet Jake Reiss, owner of The Alabama Booksmith, has thrived in the unpredictable book business by taking the latter approach. Four years ago he switched from selling only used books to offering signed  books exclusively.

Discover the Piedmont Indies

The Independent Booksellers of the North Carolina Piedmont are The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Regulator Bookshop and Letters Bookshop in Durham, and Scuppernong Books in Greensboro. Follow IBOP NC on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

The Conundrum: A Bookseller Contemplates Selling Her Own Book

The ArrangementI’ve recently become an independent bookseller at M. Judson in Greenville, S.C. My reps have taught me most everything I know. I can order books through Edelweiss and check an event grid. I can pretty much manage Basil at point of sale, but I still push the Back button disastrously when reviewing a reorder in the system. I think I can make a spreadsheet, if somebody walks me through it. I have zero previous experience to qualify me for a job in retail. Except that I’ve been a writer for approximately two decades, and a reader since my mother taught me how to read. Perhaps more importantly, I have strong opinions.  9780525429661

“The thing about a bookstore is it’s not entirely about books; it’s about community.”

New independent bookstore in Highpoint, NC

Schroeder said she tends to get two distinct reactions from people when she tells them she’s opening a bookstore. It’s either “I can’t wait!” or, “A bookstore?” It’s like blacksmithing; it seems like something from another era,” she said. “The thing about a bookstore is it’s not entirely about books; it’s about community.”

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Meet Clay Stafford

Clayton StaffordAs a writer, Clay has written articles, poetry, essays, novel adaptations, TV series, feature films, nonfiction books, live theater, book & film reviews, and newspaper articles. He sold his first short story when he was ten for a whopping $15. Since then, his retellings of American children’s classics released through Dalmatian Press have sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone. His films and literary works have been released in over 14 languages. He has written for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Esquire Magazine, among others. His latest deal was with Sony Pictures for a new nighttime TV drama. He is currently working on several literary projects, including a screenplay based upon Pork Pie Hat by bestselling horror / mystery author Peter Straub. As an editor, he has edited several PBS companion books that accompanied national series and is currently editing a mystery/thriller anthology with new stories from bestselling authors such as Jeffery Deaver, Jefferson Bass, Donald Bain, Heywood Gould, and Robert Dugoni. A voracious reader, he reviews an average of one book per day for Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day series. Because of all his activities, Publishers Weekly named Clay as one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” (Source: Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013) Though he has made money from writing his whole life, he has had a double profession as an actor before becoming a producer / director and still retains a certain amount of residual celebrity status from his appearances on such shows as the daytime soap Days of Our Lives and TV specials such as Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery with Martin Mull.


Cold-BloodedKiller Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paula Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called. 

Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more 
Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades... 

This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 10. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


1. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
2. Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $28, 9780525955092
3. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson, Random House, $28, 9780812993103
5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
6. Miller's Valley
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $28, 9780812996081
7. Journey to Munich
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $26.99, 9780062220608
8. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
9. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
10. At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier, Viking, $27, 9780525953005
11. The Little Red Chairs
Edna O'Brien, Little Brown, $27, 9780316378239
12. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
13. The 14th Colony
Steve Berry, Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250056245
14. Family Jewels
Stuart Woods, Putnam, $28, 9780399174698
15. Deep Blue
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $27, 9780399173516


1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
okra2. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027

3. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
4. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future
Steve Case, S&S, $26.95, 9781501132582
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
6. Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
Chris Guillebeau, Crown Business, $26, 9781101903988
7. The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry
John Feinstein, Doubleday, $27.95, 9780385539418
8. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
9. Lust & Wonder
Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9780312342036
10. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
siba book award finalist11. My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House, $27.95, 9780848746391

12. Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
Lesley Stahl, Blue Rider, $27, 9780399168154
13. Eat Dirt
Josh Axe, Harper Wave, $27.99, 9780062433640
14. Irrational Persistence: Seven Secrets That Turned a Bankrupt Startup Into a $231,000,000 Business
Dave Zilko, Wiley, $25, 9781119240082
15. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742


1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
3. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Broadway, $16, 9780553418798
4. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
5. One With You
Sylvia Day, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250109309
6. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
7. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
8. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
9. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
siba book award finalist10. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law
Ann B. Ross, Penguin, $16, 9780143107927

11. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781501115073
12. The Dream Lover
Elizabeth Berg, Ballantine, $16, 9780345533807
siba book award finalist13. My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh, Putnam, $16, 9780425278109

14. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
15. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609452339


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Broadway, $17, 9780307408877
2. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
3. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
4. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
5. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
6. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
David Sibley, Knopf, $19.95, 9780307957917
7. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
okra8. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $16.99, 9780062078247

9. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Mary Norris, Norton, $15.95, 9780393352146
10. On the Move
Oliver Sacks, Vintage, $16.95, 9780804170932
11. All Over But the Shoutin'
Rick Bragg, Vintage, $15.95, 9780679774020
12. The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman, Northfield, $15.99, 9780802412706
13. Doctor Who Coloring Book
Price Stern Sloan, $14.99, 9780399542299
14. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
15. Lost Ocean
Johanna Basford, Penguin, $16.95, 9780143108993


1. Make Me
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780804178792
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
3. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
4. Reading Up a Storm
Eva Gates, NAL, $7.99, 9780451470959
5. The Stranger
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $9.99, 9780451414137
6. Macbeth
William Shakespeare, Washington Square Press, $5.99, 9780743477109
7. The Fifth Gospel
Ian Caldwell, Pocket, $9.99, 9781501131967
8. Endangered
C.J. Box, Putnam, $9.99, 9780425280157
9. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835
10. Anthem
Ayn Rand, Signet, $7.99, 9780451191137


1. On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, $7.99, 9780312601553
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, 9780547248288
5. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654
6. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
7. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
8. Moo, Baa, La La La!
Sandra Boynton, S&S, $5.99, 9780671449018
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926


1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
2. Jacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Jimmy Patterson/Little Brown, $13.99, 9780316262491
3. Booked
Kwame Alexander, HMH Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780544570986
4. Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442468351
5. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 9780553510409
siba book award finalist6. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

7. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana: Words of Wisdom from the World of Curious George
H.A. Rey, HMH Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 9780544656482
8. Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780553513349
9. The Wild Robot
Peter Brown, Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316381994
10. Auggie & Me
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9781101934852


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
3. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $18.99, 9781594747588
4. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594747359
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
7. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $13.99, 9781481455923
8. Big Nate Blasts Off
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111111
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
10. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085

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Special to the Southern List

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

Swans of Fifth Avenue Circling the Sun The 14th Colony Family Jewels Deep Blue Dimestore: A Writer's Life Born for This The Legends Club My Southern Journey Becoming Grandma Eat Dirt The Wright Brothers Miss Julia Lays Down the Law The Dream Lover My Sunshine Away The Great Gatsby In the Garden of Beasts The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story All Over But the Shoutin The 5 Love Languages I am Malala American Gods Reading Up a StormMacbeth The Fifth GospelEndangeredThe HobbitAnthemOn the Night You Were Born he Giving Tree The Cat in the Hat Moo Baa La La La Serafina and the Black Cloak Keep Curious and Carry a Banana Anna and the Swallow Man


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Okra Pick!Ross Howell  (author appearance)
Ross Howell | 04/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Robyn Carr - What We Find - Gables  (author appearance)
Robyn Carr | 04/19/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science with Jennifer Singh  (author appearance)
Jennifer Singh | 04/19/2016, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

William Barnwell: Called to Heal the Brokenhearted: Stories from Kairos Prison Ministry International  (author appearance)
William Barnwell | 04/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Jack Pendarvis with MOVIE STARS  (author appearance)
Jack Pendarvis | 04/19/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Ernest Cline discusses his sci-fi novel Armada  (author appearance)
Ernest Cline | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Meet the Author John Claude Bemis Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince  (author appearance)
John Claude Bemis | 04/19/2016, 08:30 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Fred Chappell - A Shadow All of Light  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Terry Barr  (author appearance)
Terry Barr | 04/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Books & Beyond: Book Club  (book club)
Liane Moriarty | 04/19/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Rochelle B. Weinstein - Where We Fall - Gables  (author appearance)
Rochelle B. Weinstein | 04/20/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

BRETT GRAFF - Not Buying It - Arsht  (author appearance)
Brett Graff | 04/20/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Diana Abu-Jaber - Life Without a Recipe - Gables  (author appearance)
Diana Abu-jaber | 04/20/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Sam Trull discusses her photo book Slothlove  (author appearance)
Sam Trull | 04/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Jennifer Harris - War By Other Means  (author appearance)
Jennifer Harris | 04/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
04/20/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Story Time at Joe’s Place  (other event)
04/20/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

UM Creative Writing Reading - Gables  (writers group)
04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Meg Nocero - The Magical Guide to Bliss - Gables  (author appearance)
Meg Nocero | 04/21/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Book Signing with NOFX - TICKETED  (author appearance)
NOFX Authors | 04/21/2016, 05:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Mandala Launch Party  (other event)
various authors | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Melissa Ginsburg: Sunset City  (author appearance)
Melissa Ginsburg | 04/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Bill Dunlap with SHORT MEAN FICTION  (author appearance)
Bill Dunlap | 04/21/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Jonathan K. Rice  (author appearance)
Jonathan K. Rice | 04/21/2016, 10:30 am | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Okra Pick!Award-winning novelist Robert Morgan reads from his new novel, Chasing the North Star  (author appearance)
Robert Morgan | 04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Book Signing: Jason Miller - Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and Kings Rhetoric  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ken Ilgunas - Trespassing Across America  (author appearance)
Ken Ilgunas | 04/21/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Robyn Carr author of What We Find  (author appearance)
Robyn Carr | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

National Poetry Month Event - John Guzlowski Reads from Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded  (author appearance)
John Guzlowski | 04/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

AUTOGRAPHING: NOFX - NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories - Gables  (author appearance)
NOFX Authors | 04/22/2016, 05:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Franky de Varona - Solitudes - Gables  (author appearance)
Franky de Varona | 04/22/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

David Sedaris at the Straz!  (author appearance)
David Sedaris | 04/22/2016, 08:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Local Author Book Launch for Melia Keeton-Digby's THE HEROINES CLUB  (author appearance)
Melia Keeton-Digby | 04/22/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kim Michele Richardson, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field Book Launch  (author appearance)
Kim Michele Richardson | 04/22/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Kiese Laymon for Thacker at Double Decker  (author appearance)
Kiese Laymon | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Cookbook Club/Author Event with Fanny Slater  (book club)
Fanny Slater | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Author Event: Victor Carrington - Just When You Thought You Knew Me  (author appearance)
Victor Carrington | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Launch Party for Hub City's Spring Titles  (other event)
Julia Franks | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Facts and Fiction: Literary Trivia at Joe’s Place  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Kristy Woodson Harvey - Author of Lies and Other Acts of Love  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/22/2016 | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Belmont University's Spring Leadership Luncheon with Arianna Huffington  (author appearance)
Arianna Huffington | 04/22/2016, 11:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Katherine Andarcia - Luz de los ángeles - Gables  (author appearance)
Katherine Andarcia | 04/23/2016, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Okra Pick!Kristy Woodson Harvey, Lies and Other Acts of Love  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/23/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Josh Franks Discusses Paranormal Events  (author appearance)
Josh Franks | 04/23/2016, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Kim Michele Richardson Presents Her New Novel  (author appearance)
Kim Michele Richardson | 04/23/2016, 06:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Book Signing: Paul Ray - Pink is a Superpower/ Boogers are Brain Food  (author appearance)
Paul Ray | 04/23/2016, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Signing: Alexander Stick - Her Little Angel  (author appearance)
Alexander Stick | 04/23/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Reflexology Session with Carlos O’Neal  (other event)
04/23/2016, 11:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Okra Pick!Author Kristy Woodson Harvey: LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/24/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author Event: Nick Knardirell - Minnesota  (author appearance)
Nick Knardirell | 04/24/2016, 03:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with middle grade authors Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, Gail Nall and Lois Stephban  (author appearance)
Gail Nall | 04/24/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Chris Guillebeau - Born for This - Gables  (author appearance)
Chris Guillebeau | 04/25/2016, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

KIDS' Book Club - Special VIP Q&A with author Shannon Hitchcock! Book signing to follow  (author appearance)
Shannon Hitchcock | 04/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Kendall Dunkelberg with BARRIER ISLAND SUITE  (author appearance)
04/25/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti - How to Be a Red Head  (author appearance)
Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti | 04/25/2016, 06:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with J.A. Jance author of Clawback  (author appearance)
J.A. Jance | 04/25/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kidliterate Book Club Reads Modern Classic The Great Gilly Hopkins  (book club)
Katherine Paterson | 04/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Stephanie Storey with OIL AND MARBLE  (author appearance)
Stephanie Storey | 04/26/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

An Evening with Stephen Corey and The Georgia Review  (author appearance)
Stephen Corey | 04/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Author event with NOFX authors of The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories  (author appearance)
NOFX Authors | 04/26/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Black Feminist Book Club Facilitated by Susana Morris  (book club)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Darlyn Finch Kuhn - Sewing Holes  (author appearance)
Darlyn Finch Kuhn | 04/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Michael Graber with GOING ELECTRIC  (author appearance)
04/27/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Felicia Day signs her memoir YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) at the Cat's Cradle  (author appearance)
04/27/2016, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Adam Skolnick discusses his book One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits  (author appearance)
Adam Skolnick | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kathleen Grissom - Glory Over Everything  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Richard Zacks author of Chasing the Last Laugh  (author appearance)
Richard Zacks | 04/27/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Jason Reynolds Meet & Greet  (author appearance)
Jason Reynolds | 04/28/2016, 05:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author J. Aaron Sanders: SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD: A WALT WHITMAN MYSTERY  (author appearance)
Aaron Sander | 04/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author Event: Timothy Boyce - From Day to Day  (author appearance)
Timothy Boyce | 04/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Robin Kirk - Peculiar Motion  (author appearance)
Robin Kirk | 04/28/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Roy Neel author of The Electors  (author appearance)
Roy Neel | 04/28/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

William Geroux  (author appearance)
William Geroux | 04/29/2016, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Avid Poetry Series: Lindsay Tigue, Jacob Sunderlin & Kameel Mir  (author appearance)
Lindsay Tigue, | 04/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

David Sibley with SIBLEY FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS  (author appearance)
David Sibley | 04/29/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Lucy Daniels - Maritime Mystery  (author appearance)
Lucy Daniels | 04/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Sit. Sip. Color.  (other event)
04/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Independent Bookstore Day  (other event)
04/30/2016, 10:00 am | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Join the Party: Independent Bookstore Day is Back!  (other event)
Chris Riddell | 04/30/2016, 11:00 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Independent Bookstore Day 2016  (other event)
04/30/2016, 09:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

John Shelton Reed discusses his Savor the South book Barbecue  (author appearance)
John Shelton Reed | 04/30/2016, 01:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Tracy Curtis - Trophy Mom: Hope Springs Maternal  (author appearance)
Tracy Curtis | 04/30/2016, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Independent Bookstore Day featuring Kathleen Grissom and Gil Allen  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/30/2016, 09:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Singer/Songwriter Al Watson  (other event)
04/30/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Indie Bookstore Day  (other event)
04/30/2016, 10:00 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Independent Bookstore Day  (author appearance)
Lee Brockington | 04/30/2016, 11:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with S. Teague and Shana Thornton authors of Seasons of Balance  (author appearance)
Shana Thornton | 04/30/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Independent Bookstore Day 2016!  (other event)
Shari Smith | 04/30/2016, 10:00 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Singer/Songwriter Robert Bertinelli  (other event)
05/01/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Francine Bryson- Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen  (author appearance)
Francine Bryson | 05/02/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Book Club -- The Danish Girl  (book club)
05/03/2016, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books, LLC | Punta Gorda, FL

Jason Morgan Ward with HANGING BRIDGE  (author appearance)
Jason Morgan Ward | 05/03/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Stuart Albright - A World Beyond Home  (author appearance)
Stuart Albright | 05/03/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Lucia Peel Powe: The Osprey's View  (author appearance)
Lucia Peel | 05/04/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

YA Book Club  (book club)
E. Lockhart | 05/04/2016, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Star Wars Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
05/04/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Star Wars Story Time at Joe's Place  (other event)
05/04/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Thomas Swick - The Joys of Travel  (author appearance)
Thomas Swick | 05/05/2016, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Katarina Bivald- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  (author appearance)
Katarina Bivald | 05/05/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Children’s Book Trivia  (other event)
05/05/2016, 03:30 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Fun with Bad Kitty  (other event)
05/07/2016, 10:30 am | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Book Scavenger Hunt   (other event)
Jennifer Chambliss | 05/08/2016, 03:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Brian Lies-- Gator Dad  (author appearance)
Brian Lies | 05/09/2016, 04:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Okra Pick!Authors Julia Franks & Mark Beaver: OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES and SUBURBAN GOSPEL  (author appearance)
Julia Franks | 05/10/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Crystal R. Sanders - A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle  (author appearance)
Crystal R. | 05/10/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Sit. Sip. Write. Creative Writing Group  (writers group)
05/10/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Willie Drye - For Sale: American Paradise: How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida  (author appearance)
Willie Drye | 05/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Diamonds & Rust: Live Band  (other event)
05/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Syrrup: Live Band  (other event)
05/15/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Mary Kay Andrews  (author appearance)
Mary Kay Andrews | 05/19/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Michael Perry - The Jesus Cow  (author appearance)
Michael Perry | 05/19/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Gregg E. Brickman Booksigning  (author appearance)
Gregg E. Brickman | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Ashton Applewhite - This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism  (author appearance)
Ashton Applewhite | 05/20/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Camille Perri: THE ASSISTANTS  (author appearance)
Camille Perri | 05/21/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
05/21/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Mary Kubica- Don’t You Cry  (author appearance)
Mary Kubica | 05/25/2016, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe  (author appearance)
Mary Alice Monroe | 05/26/2016, 11:30 am | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Mukasonga, Scholastique | 05/26/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Rien Fertel - The One True Barbecue  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel | 05/27/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Singer/Songwriter Robert Bertinelli  (other event)
05/29/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

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