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{Stories come in a human voice.}

In which Ms. Mary Camilla Judson believes in the benefts of exercise, Mr. Alan Gurganus insists that what's wrong with the state of North Carolina is not the drinking water, Ms. Lee Smith handles explosives (metaphorically speaking), and Mr. Stephen King is afraid of okra.

March 27, 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 | STARS Author Feature | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

Dimestore"My very first memory is of downtown Grundy," writes Lee Smith in her new memoir, Dimestore. "I'm standing up in my crib, gripping its spool railings, looking out an upstairs dormer window of my grandparents' house at the flickering colored lights of the Morgan Theater, reflected in th waters of Slate Creek. First green, then yellow, then blue and red and green again, they twinkle through the distance like fairy lights in an enchanted kingdom, promising everything."

The Morgan theater no longer twinkles where Lee Smith remembers it. Nor does her father's Ben Franklin store stand in the spot it had on the main thoroughfare when Smith was growing up. In fact, the dimestore was blown up, along with a big chunk of downtown Grundy, in 2005, in a determined bid to save the town from the dangerous flooding of the Levisa River, which decimated whatever was left of the local economy that hadn't already been killed once the coals mines closed. The town was saved, or perhaps re-incarnated, on higher ground with a Walmart instead of the Ben Franklin store at its hub to see it through into a new era.  So the town of Grundy Smith remembers in her memoir is very much a place no longer to be found on maps, only in memories.

Sitting on the Courthouse BenchBut not only Lee Smith's memories. Fifteen years ago, and five years before the town would abandon its historic location, hoist its skirts and march uphill to higher ground, the people of Grundy realized that the town was dying and in the ambitious plan to save it, many things -- many stories -- would be lost forever. So Lee Smith, her good friend Debbie Raines (the English teacher at Grundy High School) and Ms. Raines's students, conceived of a project to create an oral history of Grundy, Virginia, to hopefully capture the stories and memories of a place that was soon to disappear. Earnest young students fanned out into the town, interviewing everyone from shopkeepers to miners, doctors to preachers, railroad men to church women to teachers. They talked to the man who founded the Mountain Mission School because he saw a young boy crying and cold and it reminded him of how he had grown up. To the preacher who married folk in the Old English style, and had to explain to the soon-to-be-husbands what the word "troth" meant, and why it was in the vows. To self-made millionaire furniture makers and country doctors who never turned away a patient.

The interviews and recollections were collected and published in a book called "Sitting on the Courthouse Bench" -- a fond memorial to a place full of history and story that was soon to be gone from this world, if not from the hearts of the people who lived there

Sitting on the Courthouse Bench is not an easy book to find -- an oral history of a small Virginia mountain town not being the kind of thing big publishers in New York City would see a market for. It was printed and published locally, and if you can find a copy it is well worth the effort -- it is a good companion to Lee Smith's memoir -- the memories behind her own memories, so to speak. The soul of any town is in the memories of its people, and Grundy, Virginia was full up to the brim with soul.

Read independently! And shop local, for obvious reasons.

her ladyship, the editor

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DimestoreGrundy nestled in its mountains "like a play-pretty cotched in the hand of God," as an old woman once described it. Surely I could always count on these mountains, this river behind our house, this town where I grew up in my father's dimestore and across the street in my grandfather's office at the courthouse and in the Methodist Church and in my grandparents' house just across Slate Creek, right next to my school. "Honey, the only thing you can count on in this world," my granddaddy used to say, "is death and taxes." But that couldn't be true, I felt. This was my geography. It would be like this forever. My daddy knew. He called it his "standing ground."

--Lee Smith, Dimestore: A Writer's Life (Algonquin Books, 2016)  9781616205027

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Read This!

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers

from Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC:

Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser

SweetgirlI really enjoyed Sweetgirl. The dialogue is reminiscent of Elmore Leonard's; erudite comments from seemingly lowbrow characters introduce humor in the bleakest of situations. A plucky sixteen-year-old heroine who has more sense than most of the adults around her. Really well-written and seamless storytelling. I look forward to reading more of Mulhauser's work.  --Jamie



Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Spill Simmer Falter WitherThis book, it's hard to say how deep it is. It's the story of a couple of outcasts-- a man and a dog who survive for each other-- yet this is no sweet dog-friend book. In some ways it's as hard as a bark. But the writing is incandescent, the story inimitable. The heart: it snaps.  --Erica

Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton

Margaret the FirstThere are novels so good that they leave you kind of desolate, wondering how you could ever read anything again.  Margaret the First belongs to a different, though equal, category of good-- the book that makes you want to read other books! Its heroine is Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the first woman in England to write for publication, surviving civil war, exile, marriage, and a reading public that didn't quite know what to make of her daring and original writings. Danielle Dutton's sumptuous novel of Margaret's life, though slim, contains worlds.  -- Travis

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Okra Picks

Dimestore"When I saw that Lee Smith had a new book-- and a memoir!-- I got so happy. Dimestore did not disappoint. Reading it is like sitting with Lee and listening to all her memories and stories. Such a treat. And added fun for us Chapel Hill folks who will recognize our town in these pages." -- Sarah Dessen

In her first work of nonfiction, Lee Smith deploys the wit, wisdom, and graceful prose for which she is beloved to conjure her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia and beyond. For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Set deep in the rugged Appalachian Mountains, the Grundy of Lee Smith's youth was a place of coal miners, mountain music, and her daddy's dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing life histories for the store's dolls--that she began to learn the craft of storytelling. Even though she adored Grundy, Smith's formal education and travels took her far from Virginia, though her Appalachian upbringing never left her. "Dimestore"'s fifteen essays are crushingly honest, always wise, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving, personal portrait and a broader meditation on embracing one's heritage. Hers is an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished. You know how in Lee Smith's fiction there's always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In "Dimestore "is the essence of Lee. Roy Blount Jr., author of "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text"

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Okra Picks

The Southern Bookstore

M. Judson, Booksellers & Storytellers and Ashley Warlick


We’ve adopted Mary Camilla as our patron saint, our guiding light at the bookstore, and tried to imagine her into the 21st century. Our M. Judson might still wear high boots and long skirts, but she's also irreverent, opinionated, brilliant, and a little bad-ass. Our name ties us to our history and our place, and our namesake gives us a bit of Victorian backbone in this very modern age.

M. Judson

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via Jon Mayes, Advance Reading Copy

Lady Banks' Book Trailer Park

Lee Smith on NC Bookwatch

""I'm not really a writer, I'm a storyteller --stories come to me in a human voice."" - Lee Smith on NC Bookwatch

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize:
Exploring the Long List

Life Stories in the List

After a While You Just Get Used to ItAmerican Evita Barefoot to Avalon Bettyville Don't Suck Don't Die The Generals Gin and Gardenias Jacksonland Our Man in Charleston Phenomenal Sam Phillips Wailing Wall World's Largest Man


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Book & Author Gossip

Nancy Olson, founder of Quail Ridge Books, dies

Nancy Olson, founder and former owner of Raleigh's popular independent bookstore, Quail Ridge Books, died early Sunday, a store representative said. Olson died peacefully in hospice care, at about 4 a.m., following a protracted battle with kidney disease, family members said. Her store became known not just as a place to buy books, but also as a place where the written word came to life. Quail Ridge played host to national and local writers alike, with the store and its owner serving as a regional draw for those with a new book or a big idea. Musical merchandise and performances were also welcomed.

What makes a Southern writer a Southern writer?

DimestoreFor me, the definition of any regional writing is, could a particular work of fiction have taken place anywhere else? If the answer is no, you’ve got a world of regional literature—think Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, set in Maine; Alice Munro’s Canadian stories; or James Joyce’s Dublin, among others. Place is the most important element of my fiction, and my particular place is the Appalachian South, where I grew up and first heard language. Place determines who my characters are, how they live, what they believe and think, how they speak—often determining the narrative voice and tone of the whole novel. I grew up in a storytelling mountain family so I’m more of a storyteller than a “writerly” writer.

A Life spent developing character

“I was uncomfortable the whole time doing this book,” she says. “In fiction, you have a control you never could in real life. I’m real glad I did it, but it was very unsettling.” Handling friends and family is not the same as handling characters. Her husband, the writer Hal Crowther, describes the process as watching her work with explosives.

It's not the drinking water

“It’s not the drinking water, it’s not the barbecue, it’s the education,” he said, noting that the state has dropped in national rankings of state spending per student. “We seem to be in a race to replace Mississippi at the bottom of the list.”


Save Room for PieWhen the rock-and-roll band of authors known as the Rock Bottom Remainders got together recently, I learned that my friend and bandmate Stephen King is horrified by okra. Someone—not me, maybe Greg Iles, the only other Southern member of the band—happened to bring up okra, just in passing, you know, as one will. And Steve reacted as another person might to a vengeful psychokinetic wallflower, or a runaway rabid Saint Bernard, or an insanely jealous Plymouth Fury. “Nooo,” he said. “I don’t want okra. No okra. No.”

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Meet Danny Bernstein

Danny Bernstein.I’m a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. I’ve been a committed hiker for over 40 years, having completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina.

I’ve written two hiking guides for the Southern Appalachians, and a travel narrative on hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. My book Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South will come out in 2016, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

DreamscapeMountains -to-Sea

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape. Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks. The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops. Author Danny Bernstein has taken it all in and shares her knowledge for those who might follow in her footsteps.

Request an author appearance

Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 20. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

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


1. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
3. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475
6. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
7. Deep Blue
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $27, 9780399173516
8. The Waters of Eternal Youth
Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802124807
9. At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier, Viking, $27, 9780525953005
10. Cometh the Hour
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250061621
okra11. The Opposite of Everyone
Joshilyn Jackson, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062105684

12. Off the Grid
C.J. Box, Putnam, $27, 9780399176609
okra13. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

14. The Widow
Fiona Barton, NAL, $26, 9781101990261
15. Private Paris
James Patterson, Mark Sullivan, Little Brown, $28, 9780316407052


1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
3. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
okra4. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027

5. The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry
John Feinstein, Doubleday, $27.95, 9780385539418
6. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
7. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
8. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New
Annie Dillard, Ecco, $25.99, 9780062432971
9. Gratitude
Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $17, 9780451492937
10. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
11. American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
Nancy Jo Sales, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353922
12. The Immortal Irishman
Timothy Egan, Houghton Mifflin, $28, 9780544272880
13. Spark Joy
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607749721
14. Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations
Roy Blount, Sarah Crichton Books, $26, 9780374175207
15. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860


1. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
2. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
3. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
4. A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara, Anchor, $17, 9780804172707
5. Brooklyn
Colm Toibin, Scribner, $15, 9781501106477
6. The Whites
Richard Price, Picador USA, $16, 9780312621308
7. A Paris Apartment
Michelle Gable, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, 9781250067777
8. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
9. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780307887443
10. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Katarina Bivald, Sourcebooks Landmark, $16.99, 9781492623441
11. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9781101903582
12. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
13. The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $18, 9781609451349
14. The Revenant
Michael Punke, Picador USA, $16, 9781250101198
15. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433


1. H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald, Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739
2. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
3. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
4. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393353150
5. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
6. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $15.99, 9780062305206
7. Doctor Who Coloring Book
Price Stern Sloan, $14.99, 9780399542299
8. Bernie
Ted Rall, Seven Stories Press, $16.95, 9781609806989
9. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
10. Isaac's Storm
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375708275
11. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Scholastic, $15.99, 9781338029994
12. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
13. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
14. You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero, Running Press, $16, 9780762447695
15. The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander, The New Press, $19.95, 9781595586438


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $9.99, 9781455538966
2. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
3. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
4. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780765370624
5. Endangered
C.J. Box, Putnam, $9.99, 9780425280157
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $7.99, 9781101970881
8. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
9. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
10. Cuba Straits
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $9.99, 9780425280096


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Finding Winnie
Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Little Brown, $18, 9780316324908
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena, Christian Robinson (Illus.), Putnam, $16.99, 9780399257742
5. When Spring Comes
Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illus.), Greenwillow, $17.99, 9780062331397
6. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 9780805047905
8. Easter Egg
Jan Brett, Putnam, $17.99, 9780399252389
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654


1. Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $24.99, 9781442468351
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
3. Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys, Philomel, $18.99, 9780399160301
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9781101934180
5. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
6. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423160915
7. The Key to Extraordinary
Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, $16.99, 9780545552745
8. Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99, 9781250030955
9. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, HarperTrophy, $7.99, 9780064400558
10. Pax
Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062377012


1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419717017
4. The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey, Speak, $10.99, 9780147519085
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
8. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
9. Big Nate Blasts Off
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111111
10. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763665135
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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.

Deep Blue The Waters of Eternal Youth Cometh the Hour The Opposite of Everyone Go Set a Watchman The Widow Dimestore: A Writer's Life The Legends Club The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New American Girls Save Room for Pie Dead Wake A Paris Apartment The Alchemist Ready Player One The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend The Great Gatsby The Devil in the White City The Residence Bernie Night Isaac's Storm The Four Agreements The New Jim Crow The Diary of a Young GirlThe Catcher in the Rye Ender's GameEndangered1984A Walk in the WoodsAmerican Gods Lord of the Flies Cuba Straits Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The Giving Tree The Book Thief The Key to Extraordinary Fangirl Charlotte's Web


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

There’s a Story Here with Jordy Searcy  (other event)
03/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Raymond Arroyo: WILL WILDER: THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS  (author appearance)
Raymond Arroyo | 03/29/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

MATTHEW GRIFFIN presents HIDE  (author appearance)
Matthew Griffin | 03/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Francine Bryson Launch Party   (author appearance)
Francine Bryson | 03/29/2016, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

UNC Humanities in Action: The Challenges to Democracy in Latin America  (other event)
03/30/2016, 04:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

okraSusan Higginbotham discusses her historical novel Hanging Mary  (author appearance)
Susan Higginbotham | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

KEITH LEE MORRIS presents TRAVELERS REST  (author appearance)
Keith Morris | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing: Katherine Clark - Expressions of Poetry in Season  (author appearance)
Katherine Clark | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Michael Muhammad Knight -Why I am a Salafi  (author appearance)
Michael Muhammad Knight | 03/30/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

DAVID KUSHNER discusses and signs ALLIGATOR CANDY  (author appearance)
David Kushner | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Book Party: THE WILD TREASURY OF NATURE - Philip Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer, and Janice Simon  (author appearance)
Philip Juras | 03/31/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Steve Jurovics - Hospitable Planet (at QRB On the Fly)  (author appearance)
Steve Jurovics | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Darnelle Arnoult -Galaxie Wagon  (author appearance)
Darnelle Arnoult | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Keith Lee Morris  (author appearance)
Keith Lee Morris | 03/31/2016, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater Lunchtime Free Demo Event with Authors!  (author appearance)
Nimali Fernando | 03/31/2016, 01:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Meet the Author: Evania Rose  (author appearance)
Evania Rose | 04/01/2016, 05:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

First Friday Author Round Up - Adrienne Cooley & Phillip Otts  (author appearance)
Adrienne Cooley | 04/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Matthew Griffin discusses his debut novel Hide  (author appearance)
Matthew Griffin | 04/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Poets Jaimee Hills & Jennifer Whitaker  (author appearance)
Jennifer Whitaker | 04/01/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraTaylor Brown - Author of Fallen Land  (author appearance)
Taylor Brown | 04/01/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Nashville's Youth Poet Laureate Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay  (author appearance)
Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay | 04/01/2016, 06:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

An Evening of Mystery with Bryan Robinson  (author appearance)
Bryan Robinson | 04/02/2016, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Josh Bledsoe author of Hammer and Nails  (author appearance)
Josh Bledsoe | 04/02/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Robin Conley -Confronting the Death Penalty: How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases  (author appearance)
Robin Conley | 04/03/2016, 04:30 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Jacquelyn Mitchard author of Two if by Sea  (author appearance)
Jacquelyn Mitchard | 04/03/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Local Author G. Derek Adams Launch Party: ASTEROID MADE OF DRAGONS  (author appearance)
G. Derek Adams | 04/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kurt Gray -The Mind Club  (author appearance)
Kurt Gray | 04/05/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Emery Lord author of When We Collided  (author appearance)
Emery Lord | 04/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Brett Busang Presents I Shot Bruce: A Novel  (author appearance)
Brett Busang | 04/05/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Ann Packer discusses her novel The Children's Crusade  (author appearance)
Ann Packer | 04/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Tim Johnston – Descent  (author appearance)
Tim Johnston | 04/06/2016, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

James S. House -Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy  (author appearance)
James S. | 04/06/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Dr. Jason Miller Discusses Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 04/06/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Emery Lord discusses her new YA novel, When We Collided  (author appearance)
Emery Lord | 04/07/2016, 12:45 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Danielle Ofri, 2016 Emerson Lecture  (other event)
04/07/2016, 05:45 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Stuart Gibbs author of Spaced Out  (author appearance)
Stuart Gibbs | 04/07/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Meet Author Peter Selgin  (author appearance)
Peter Selgin | 04/08/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Stephanie Storey -Oil & Marble  (author appearance)
Stephanie Storey | 04/08/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Sara Foster In-Store Book Signing  (author appearance)
Sara Foster | 04/08/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Carl Galante Photography Exhibition  (other event)
04/08/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Susan Boyer - Author of Lowcountry Bordello  (author appearance)
Susan M. Boyer | 04/08/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Ten Minute Tarot featuring Phil Powers  (other event)
04/09/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

okraAuthor event with Ross Howell Jr. author of Forsaken  (author appearance)
Ross Howell Jr. | 04/09/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Matt Gallager -Youngblood  (author appearance)
Matt Gallager | 04/11/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

2016 Teen Writing Seminar   (writers group)
04/11/2016, 04:30 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Ginger Manley author of Proud Flesh  (author appearance)
Ginger Manley | 04/11/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraAuthor M.O. Walsh: MY SUNSHINE AWAY  (author appearance)
M.O. Walsh | 04/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jason Miller -Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric  (author appearance)
Jason Miller | 04/12/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Ann B. Ross Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/12/2016, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Stephanie Storey - Oil and Marble   (author appearance)
04/12/2016, 05:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Sit. Sip. Write. Creative Writing Group  (other event)
04/12/2016, 06:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Julie Buxbaum in conversation with Jeff Zentner  (author appearance)
Julie Buxbaum | 04/12/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kristy Woodson Harvey Book Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/13/2016, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Steve Berry author of The 14th Colony  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/13/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kathleen Grissom  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

okraLee Smith - Dimestore: A Writer's Life  (author appearance)
Lee Smith | 04/14/2016, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Dan Santat Book Talk & Signing   (author appearance)
Dan Santat | 04/14/2016, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author event with Tom Bissell author of Apostle  (author appearance)
Tom Bissell | 04/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

JABBIES: Judge-A-Book-By-Its-Spine with Craig Popelars and Michael Reynolds  (other event)
04/14/2016, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Signing with Author Kristy Woodson Harvey  (author appearance)
Kristy Woodson Harvey | 04/15/2016, 06:00 pm | Literary BookPost | Salisbury, NC

South Carolina Academy of Authors 30th Anniversary  (other event)
04/15/2016, 10:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Bo Petersen - Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds  (author appearance)
Bo Petersen | 04/15/2016, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author event with Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner  (author appearance)
Alicia Ybarbo | 04/15/2016, 05:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Kathleen Grisson, Glory Over Everything  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grisson | 04/16/2016, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Book Signing with Jamie Mason  (author appearance)
Jamie Mason | 04/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place | Greenville, SC

Author event with Brooks Benjamin author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights  (author appearance)
Brooks Benjamin | 04/16/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Jessica Knoll author of Luckiest Girl Alive  (author appearance)
Jessica Knoll | 04/17/2016, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Parnassus Book Club - The Color of Water  (book club)
04/18/2016, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

DAVID SEDARIS!!!!!!!  (author appearance)
David Sedaris | 04/18/2016, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

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

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

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

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 am | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Independent Bookstore Day featuring Kathleen Grissom and Gil Allen  (author appearance)
Kathleen Grissom | 04/30/2016, 09:00 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, 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)
04/30/2016, 10:00 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Authors Round the South


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