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{What makes the perfect reading spot?}

In which her ladyship, the editor, moves her usual reading spot, Ms. Kim Cross honors the things that stand tall in a storm, and Ms. Jill McCorkle explains what makes the "good kind of death."

April 5, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book Awards | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author Feature | Trailer Park | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar

Dearest Readers,

What is your favorite reading spot?

Now that her ladyship, the editor, is caring for a disabled dog, she has had to make some adjustments in her life. Her favorite reading spot -- her wide library table -- has been abandoned because the dog is unable to make the walk from the library to his bed or water bowl, and unable to get to the back door.

So instead, her ladyship has found herself creating new reading spots in more strategically placed areas of the house: the end of a couch near the patio door, where the dog can be both right at her feet and still see outside. At the rickety picnic table, where the dog can sleep under the shade of the deck umbrella and also have his food and water right within reach.

Wherever she settles, there has to be room for the dog bed and room for her ladyship to stretch out her feet so the dog can flop down on them. Spots are chose with due regard for the dog's weak legs and her ladyship's own bad back. There must be space for a pot of coffee, a bowl of fruit (lately, cara cara oranges), and a stack of books. And it must be comfortable enough to stay in for several hours, because once her ladyship and the dog are down, they are not likely to get back up for anything but an emergency or the UPS truck driving by.

What is your favorite reading spot?

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.

PhenomenalAlmost nothing stood.

Where the awful winds bore down, massive oaks, one hundred years old, were shoved over like stems of grass, and great pines, as big around as fifty-five gallon drums, snapped like sticks. Church sanctuaries, build on the rock of ages, tumbled into random piles of brick. Houses, echoing with the footfalls of generations, came apart, and blew away like paper. Whole communities, carefully planned, splintered into chaos. Restaurants and supermarkets, gas stations and corner stores, all disintegrated, glass storefronts scattered like diamond on black asphalt. It was as if the very curve of the Earth was altered, horizons erased altogether, the landscape so ruined and unfamiliar that those who ran from this thing, some of them, could not find their way home.

We are accustomed to storms, here where the cool air drifts south to collide with the warm, rising damp from the Gulf, where black clouds roil and spin and unleash hell on Earth. But this was different, a gothic monster off the scale of our experience and even our imagination, a thing of freakish size and power that tore through state after state and heart after Southern heart, killing hundreds, hurting thousands, even affecting, perhaps forever, how we look at the sky.

But that same geography that left us in the path of this destruction also created, across generations, a way of life that would not come to pieces inside that storm, nailed together from old-fashioned things like human kindness, courage, utter selflessness, and, yes, defiance, even standing inside a roofless house.

--Kim Cross, What Stands in a Storm

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SIBA Book Award

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


Bearwallow by Jeremy Jones, Blair, 9780895876249
Beautiful at All Seasons by Elizabeth Lawrence, Duke University Press, 9780822357766
Blessed Experiences by James Clyburn, USC Press, 9781611173376
Call to Action by Jimmy Carter, Simon and Schuster, 9781476773957
Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda, Harper, 9780062116291
Dreaming Bears by J. Michael Holloway, Epicenter Press, 9781935347309
Elemental by Bill Brown, 3:A Taos Press, 9780984792566
Everglades by Mac Stone, University Press of Florida, 9780813049854
Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches by Renea Winchester, Mercer University Press, 9780881465044
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul, St. Martin's Press, 9781250040497
Poems of the American South by David Biespiel, Everyman's Library, 9780375712449
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, Dutton Books, 9780525426813
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
Rough Beast by Tim Peeler, Future Cycle, 9781938853555
Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss, Vanderbilt University Press, 9780826520234
The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America by Scott Cowen, Palgrave MacMillan, 9781137278869
The Loyal Lieutenant by George Hincapie, William Morrow, 9780062330918
The Only Sounds We Make by Lee Zacharias, Hub City Press, 9781938235009
The Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle by Cassandra King, Maiden Lane Press, 9781940210032
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes, Crown Publishing Group, 9780307885913
Unbreakable by Thom Shea, Clovercroft, 9781940262376
Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie , University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227
Web of Water by John Lane, Hub City Press, 9781938235054
Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South by David Beasley, St. Martin's Press, 9781250014665

Bearwalow Beautiful at All Seasons Blessed Experiences A Call to Action Clouds of Glory Dreaming BearsEverglades The Factory Man Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches Jerry Lee Lewis Liar Temptress Soldier SpyOne Way OutPoems of the American South Popular Rebel Yell Rough BeastStrong Inside Inevitable CityThe Loyal LieutenantThe Only Sounds We MakeThe Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern BelleUnder MagnoliaUnbreakableWayfaring StrangersWithout Mercy

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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.

Urgent: Unheard Stories

A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay, available as a limited edition, signed chapbook.

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

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Book & Author Gossip

Go Set a WatchmanHarper Lee fit to publish

After the press jumped on reports that Harper Lee might not be mentally sound enough to have signed off on the publication of her forthcoming second novelGo Set a Watchman, the state of Alabama has made the call. Over the weekend the New York Times, and other outlets, released the state's finding that Lee was not manipulated into signing a contract to publish the book. 9780062409850

Main Street Champion

Susan Hinkle was recently honored as a Main Street champion for 2014 because of her activism in the Harbor of Hospitality’s central business district. For nine years, Hinkle has owned the Page After Page bookstore in the 100 block of South Water Street. She received a certificate on March 20 at a statewide Main Street awards ceremony in Morganton.

The Teeth of the Souls

Teeth of Souls“Your life’s been a lie you didn’t even know you was telling,” one character tells another near the end of Steve Yates’s new novel, “The Teeth of the Souls.” It’s a tense moment, after decades of lives and secrets have reeled and passed in a flurry of turning pages. There’s something deeply rewarding when a novel can captivate us with imagined lives, condensing years into pages, making memories as rich as our own. They’re all lies, these stories, but the best of them we hold in our hearts like truth. 9780913785539

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Mesha Maren of southern West Virginia has won the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story “Chokedamp,” beating out more than 220 other entries. She will receive $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. “It is very realistic, a big story,” says New York Times bestselling author and final judge Lee Smith. “I was impressed by the complexity of theme, situation, and the brothers’ relationship; the narrative voice rang true, and the writing was wonderful throughout.”

A good kind of death

Life After Life"I do believe there is a kind of good death," Jill McCorkle says in this interview.  Her most recent novel, Life After Life, addresses a subject many people find uncomfortable--conversations about death.  (The novel was initially inspired by her own father's passing, and she spent more than a decade working on this book.)  Set in a North Carolina retirement home, the novel is written from multiple points of view, and it contrasts the way the dying view themselves and their legacies vs. the observations of others.  The ending shocked some reviewers, and McCorkle gives a (spoiler-free) explanation of why she chose to take the story in a sudden, unexpected direction. 9781616203221

Seven Questions for Parnassus Books

What do you see as Parnassus’s role in the community? Nashville has long been a home for artistic people (be it literature, music, or visual art). Parnassus is a place where everyone who appreciates writing and books can gather. So, the community has always been here—Parnassus just gives people a physical, tangible place to go. Also, our events team and our partnerships with the Nashville Public Library and Humanities Tennessee (a regional nonprofit) allow us to engage with a wonderfully large audience and bring exciting authors to Nashville to meet readers. All that, and we just really love to recommend good books to people who like to read, which a lot of Nashvillians do.

A writer's writer

Parlous AngelsQ: Who has influenced your work? Answer: When I was just starting to write seriously — or what I took to be seriously, at the time — I would have answered that question without doubt or hesitation. Now, I find it a lot harder to say. Two of the contemporary writers I admire a great deal are the British novelist Susanna Clarke, who wrote “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” and a historian named John Buchanan, whose book “The Road to Guilford Courthouse” was a great resource when I started my research for “Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas.” He tells a good story. 9780982441640

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Welcome to Braggsville

Welcome to BraggsvilleWelcome to Braggsville. The City That Love Built in the Heart of Georgia. Population 712.

Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large hyperliberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized multicultural cosmopolitanism of "Berzerkeley," the nineteen-year-old white kid is uncertain about his place, until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends: Louis, a "kung fu comedian" from California; Candice, an earnest do-gooder from Iowa claiming Native roots; and Charlie, an introspective inner-city black teen from Chicago. They dub themselves the "4 Little Indians."

But everything changes in the group's alternative history class, when D'aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded "Patriot Days." His announcement is met with righteous indignation and inspires Candice to suggest a "performative intervention" to protest the reenactment. Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the 4 Little Indians descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious at first but has devastating consequences.

With the keen wit of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the deft argot of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, T. Geronimo Johnson has written an astonishing, razor-sharp satire. Using a panoply of styles and tones, from tragicomic to Southern Gothic, he skewers issues of class, race, intellectual and political chauvinism, Obamaism, social media, and much more.

A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with tremendous social insight and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance, while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.

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Meet Cherry Houck

Cherry HouckC.K. Houck grew up in a college town in Alabama and spent her working life in a college town in Virginia. Now retired from a career as a university professor, she writes fiction, an interest she deferred since her undergraduate years at the University of Alabama. Author of numerous scholarly publications in the field of Special Education, she now enjoys the freedom of letting her imagination take her to places she’s never been and stepping into the lives of characters that appear on the 'stage’ of her mind. Widow of her high school sweetheart, mother of their beloved son, and blessed with three precious grandchildren, she splits her time between her homes in Florida and Virginia. She is currently working on her second novel. For more information visit

Cherry will be in Vero Beach 05/05/2015 to 05/08/2015, and traveling from Vero Beach, Florida to Blacksburg, Virginia with stops in North and South Carolina. Request an author appearance

Welcome to BraggsvilleRemember the last time you were on campus? The stately buildings—the well-tended grounds—a place most people consider a safe haven. ‘The University’ transports readers to such a time-honored place. Only this year, a tranquil place it is not. It’s fall, the start of a new year at fictitious Brighton University and Provost David Bradford is doing his best to hold things together when the seemingly placid campus is thrown into a tumult that shakes the prestigious school to its core. Marjorie Starr, a stunning young chemist, has just arrived, energized and ready to begin her first faculty position. Leaving behind the privileged life she could easily have, she’s determined to make it on her own and embrace the small-town life but soon becomes entangled in campus scandals. Across campus on sorority row, Susan Arnold breezes into town about to face a senior year she never imagined. Power. Greed. New beginnings. Young lives tragically cut short. Dive into this compelling story of intertwined lives at this iconic school for one unforgettable school year.

Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Trisha's Table
by Trisha Yearwood

Trisha's TableCountry music superstar, Food Network standout, and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood shows how delicious foods and wholesome dishes are part of the same balanced lifestyle. 

Trisha Yearwood is as much a force in the kitchen as she is on stage. But after years of enjoying decadent Southern comfort food, her culinary philosophy is evolving. As Trisha says, “I have adopted an 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the time I make good choices; 20 percent of the time I let myself splurge a little.” 

Whether surprisingly virtuous or just a little bit sinful, the recipes in Trisha’s Table all bring that unmistakable authenticity you’ve come to love from Trisha. You’ll find brand-new dishes emblematic of the variety and balance Trisha champions. They skimp on anything but flavor, including dairy-free Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, low-calorie Billie’s Houdini Chicken Salad, vegetarian Smashed Sweet Pea Burgers, and tasty, high-protein Edamame Parmesan, alongside too-good-to-give-up family favorites, such as Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled-Pork Barbecue, Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Snappy Pear-Cranberry Crumble, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. 

Trisha wants to feed her loved ones—and yours, too—food that tastes good and food that’s good for you. So pull up a seat at Trisha’s Table and dig in!

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More Okra Picks!

Recommended by Indie Booksellers

On the Indie Next List

The World is On Fire Whispering Shadows The Bone Tree Every Fifteen Minutes

The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse, by Joni Tevis
(Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478, trade paper, $16)

“Peopled by both the famous and the forgotten, The World Is on Fire is a love letter to our fears and fascinations as a species. It travels delicate and complicated terrain — faith, loss, death, and infertility are just a few of its subjects — and its intimacy is devastating but also comforting. Tevis acts as a grand conductor, allowing cultural touchpoints, history, personal narrative, and the natural world to each have their turn, then orchestrating them together into a melody that is lovely, sometimes amusing, and often haunting. These ‘songs’ stayed with me long after the last note.” —Lauren Harr, Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville, NC

Whispering Shadows: A Novel, by Jan-Philipp Sendker
(Atria/37 INK, 9781476793641, $25.99)

“The author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats focuses again on what he knows best: the human condition. Love, trust, and friendship are exquisitely woven into a beautiful narrative that draws the reader into another world. Paul Leibovitz has made his home in Hong Kong and has had a very successful life, but a personal tragedy involving his son leaves him bereft and isolated. As he struggles to navigate the losses in his life, Paul is drawn into a mystery involving a missing American businessman. Paul and his Chinese friend, Zhang, attempt to discover the truth and are caught in a web of distrust and lies, and Chinese culture and political history play significant roles in resolving the crime. I loved it!” —Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

The Bone Tree: A Novel, by Greg Iles
(William Morrow, 9780062311115, $27.99)

“After leaving readers on the edge of their seats at the end of Natchez Burning, Iles hits the ground running and picks up the pace in The Bone Tree. Penn Cage is alive for now but not unscathed as the dark secrets of the past continue to threaten his family, his town, and the very fabric of all that he thought he knew. Iles has written an intense, tightly plotted narrative with more than one shocking turn of events that will have readers racing to finish, but then pining away for the third installment of this massive and electrifying trilogy.” —Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Every Fifteen Minutes, by Lisa Scottoline
(St. Martin’s Press, 9781250010117, $27.99)

“Have you ever read a book that stayed with you during the day while you were working, going about your daily routine? A book that made you want to turn on the news to see what was happening in the characters’ lives — even though you knew that you were just reading a novel? Scottoline’s latest, Every Fifteen Minutes, made me do just that! The story of Chief of Psychiatry Eric Parish, his troubled patient, Max, and a murder for which Dr. Parish is suddenly seen as a ‘person of interest,’ along with other trumped-up charges against him, will not let readers put this book down until the stunning conclusion.” —Nona Camuel, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY

More bookseller recommendations

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending March 29, 2015. 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. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
4. The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037
5. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
6. The Stranger
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953500
7. Cuba Straits
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399158148
8. A Dangerous Place
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $26.99, 9780062220554
9. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
okra 10. Soil
Jamie Kornegay, S&S, $26, 9781476750811

11. Descent
Tim Johnston, Algonquin, $25.95, 9781616203047
12. World Gone By
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $27.99, 9780060004903
13. Mightier Than the Sword
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250034519
14. Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260
15. The Whites
Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt, Holt, $28, 9780805093995


1. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
3. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
4. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
5. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
6. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
7. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
8. Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Harper, $27.99, 9780062333933
okra 9. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

10. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)
Dave Barry, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399165955
11. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
Sarah Young, Integrity, $15.99, 9781591451884
12. Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis
Preston Lauterbach, Norton, $26.95, 9780393082579
13. Better Than Before
Gretchen Rubin, Crown, $26, 9780385348614
14. The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph
Scott Ellsworth, Little Brown, $27, 9780316244619
15. Leaving Before the Rains Come
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594205866


1. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
4. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
5. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
6. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
7. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin, $16, 9780143126829
8. The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433
9. The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure, Sourcebooks Landmark, $14.99, 9781402294150
10. Still Alice
Lisa Genova, Gallery, $16, 9781501106422
11. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9780312429980
12. The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien, Mariner, $15.95, 9780618706419
13. The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
14. China Dolls
Lisa See, Random House, $16, 9780812982824
15. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925


1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101873441
3. Thrive
Arianna Huffington, Harmony, $14.99, 9780804140867
4. What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, Touchstone, $16, 9781451667325
5. The Entrepreneur's Solution
Mel H. Abraham, Morgan James Publishing, $17.95, 9781630473303
6. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
7. Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers
Marianne Gingher (Ed.), University of North Carolina Press, $20, 9781469622392
8. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
9. Flash Boys
Michael Lewis, Norton, $16.95, 9780393351590
10. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
11. How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, $9.95, 9781937006884
12. Glitter and Glue
Kelly Corrigan, Ballantine, $16, 9780345532855
13. When Paris Went Dark
Ronald C. Rosbottom, Back Bay, $18, 9780316217439
14. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook
America's Test Kitchen, $29.95, 9781936493968
15. American Sniper
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Morrow, $15.99, 9780062376336


1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. Bone Deep
Randy Wayne White, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425272800
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. Missing You
Harlan Coben, Signet, $9.99, 9780451414120
7. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. American Gods
Neil Gaiman, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780380789030
9. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, HarperTorch, $7.99, 9780060853983
10. Sanibel Flats
Randy Wayne White, St. Martin's, $7.99, 9780312926021


1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Home
Carson Ellis, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763665296
3. The Golden Egg Book
Margaret Wise Brown, Golden Books, $3.99, 9780385384766
4. Aqualicious
Victoria Kann, Harper, $17.99, 9780062330161
5. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
6. Llama Llama Easter Egg
Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, $5.99, 9780451469823
7. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
8. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat, Little Brown, $17, 9780316199988
9. Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings
Matthew Van Fleet, Dial, $13.99, 9780803717596
10. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654


1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
2. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
3. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
4. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
5. The Island of Dr. Libris
Chris Grabenstein, Random House Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780385388443
6. Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera, Dial, $16.99, 9780803738225
7. The Terrible Two
Jory John, Mac Barnett, Kevin Cornell (Illus.), Amulet, $13.95, 9781419714917
8. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
9. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
10. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763676711


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
3. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679824114
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
5. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
6. Legend
Marie Lu, Speak, $9.99, 9780142422076
7. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062372857
8. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
9. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
10. Big Nate Lives It Up
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111081

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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.

Gray Mountain Soil Descent Mightier Than the Sword Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph Leaving Before the Rains Come The Great Gatsby The Paris Architect Still Alice Wolf Hall The Things They Carried What the Dog Knows The Entrepreneur's Solution Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers The Devil in the White City How to Love Glitter and Glue When Paris Went Dark The Complete Vegetarian CookbookA Game of Thrones1984American GodsGood OmensSanibel FlatsFuzzy Yellow DucklingsThe Giving TreeMs. Rapscott's Girls


Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

Verse and Vibes  (other event)
04/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

T.K. Thorne  (author appearance)
T.K. Thorne | 04/10/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

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

Meet Author Michael Buffalo Smith: REBEL YELL: An Oral History of Southern Rock  (author appearance)
Michael Buffalo Smith | 04/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Stuart Woods-Hot Pursuit talk and signing  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Alexis Coe discusses her YA non-fiction book Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis  (author appearance)
04/10/2015, 06:15 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Nancie McDermott discusses (and shares samples) Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking  (author appearance)
Nancie McDermott | 04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

04/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Special Story Time with Author Kirsten Gant: THE MATTER OF THE MOO COW  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 10:30 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Cookbook Authors Cheryl & Griffith Day: BACK IN THE DAY, MADE WITH LOVE  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Dante's Birthday (The 1st Birthday of our Store Kitty)  (other event)
04/11/2015, 12:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Maggie Heyn Richardson: Hungry For Louisiana: An Omnivore's Journey  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 08:00 am | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Dale Curry - GUMBO  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Amanda Palmer - THE ART OF ASKING  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 09:00 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Robbin Gourley presents Talkin' Guitar, her illustrated kids' biography of Doc Watson, with music by Jake Fussell!  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

CAT WARREN presents WHAT THE DOG KNOWS  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 04/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Cheryl McCullough - Absent: One From Another  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Sheila Huntington  (author appearance)
04/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

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

Author Event: Christy Knight - Layni The Lady Bug  (author appearance)
04/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

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

Stuart Woods - HOT PURSUIT  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 04/13/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

PETER VAN BUREN presents WE MEANT WELL  (author appearance)
04/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill read from Mermaids in Paradise and Last Things  (author appearance)
Jenny Offill | 04/14/2015, 08:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

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

Author event with Jon Ronson author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed  (author appearance)
04/14/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

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

CHOP NC featuring Kelly Alexander, author of Peaches: A Savor the South Cookbook  (author appearance)
Kelly Alexander | 04/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

JOSEPH BATHANTI reading & signing  (author appearance)
Joseph Bathanti | 04/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Panel discussion with Rosemary Wells: Early Childhood Literacy Development  (author appearance)
Rosemary Wells | 04/15/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraJamie Kornegay: Soil  (author appearance)
Jamie Kornegay | 04/16/2015, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

STEVEN SHERRILL presents JOY, PA  (author appearance)
04/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Robin Moore - In Search Of Lost Frogs  (author appearance)
04/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ashton Lee  (author appearance)
Ashton Lee | 04/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with Tara Weaver, author of Orchard House  (author appearance)
04/16/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

The Southern Writers Book Group  (book club)
04/16/2015, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

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

Meet Local Poets: Eugene Bianchi, Clela Reed and Bob Ambrose, Jr.  (author appearance)
Clela Reed | 04/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

ANN B. ROSS presents MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW  (author appearance)
Ann B. Ross | 04/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Jeanne Bogino - Rock Angel  (author appearance)
04/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Richard Lange  (author appearance)
04/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with Matthew Baker,author of If You Find This  (author appearance)
04/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

L. Kevin Coleman - DIFFERENT SPRINGS  (author appearance)
04/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Cat Warren discusses her book What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 04/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: David Burnsworth - Southern Heat  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 04/18/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Reita Pendry - Two Wrongs  (author appearance)
04/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with E.J. Simon, author of Death Logs In  (author appearance)
E.J. Simon | 04/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

E.J. Simon signs Death Logs In  (author appearance)
E.J. Simon | 04/19/2015, 03:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

04/19/2015, 05:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Poetry Sunday: Doris Browder, Kimberlyn Blum- Hyclak, and Julie Ann Cook  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

N. Turner Simkins  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

2nd Annual Nashville Reads Writing Contest  (author appearance)
Jeff High | 04/19/2015, 03:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Dawn Coppock author of As Sweet As It's Going To Get  (author appearance)
04/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Parnassus Classics Club - The Good Earth  (book club)
04/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

CHRIS HOKE & BRYAN BLISS  (author appearance)
04/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Margaret Read MacDonald  (author appearance)
04/21/2015, 04:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Author event with Abigail Thomas, author of What Comes Next and How to Like It  (author appearance)
04/21/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Chantel Acevedo   (author appearance)
Chantel Acevedo | 04/22/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Gay Leonhardt - SHAKING UP PROHIBITION IN NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Courtney Maum reads from her novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Salon@615 with Steve Berry, author of The Patriot Threat  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/22/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Janice Law  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 11:00 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Event with Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman: DUMPED: STORIES OF WOMEN UNFRIENDING WOMEN  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Kimberly Willis Holt  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraAMY GREENE presents LONG MAN  (author appearance)
Amy Greene | 04/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Joseph Ingle, author of Slouching Toward Tyranny  (author appearance)
04/23/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Steve Berry signs The Patriot Threat  (author appearance)
Steve Berry | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Mary Willingham and Jay Smith discuss Cheated  (author appearance)
04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

David Baldacci  (author appearance)
David Baldacci | 04/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Eric Jerome Dickey  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

Ari Friendlander  (author appearance)
04/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Tim Spira | 04/25/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Bernie Schein - Famous All Over Town  (author appearance)
Bernie Schein | 04/25/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: James Scott - Target Tokyo  (author appearance)
James Scott | 04/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Adam Pelzman  (author appearance)
04/27/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Eric Jerome Dickey signs One Night  (author appearance)
Eric Jerome Dickey | 04/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Eagle Eye Book Shop | Atlanta, GA

Nina Gaby & Susan Cushman  (author appearance)
04/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Booksellers at Laurelwood | Memphis, TN

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

Rupert Nacoste discusses his education book Taking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect  (author appearance)
Rupert Nacoste | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Scott Ellsworth - The Secret Game  (author appearance)
Scott Ellsworth | 04/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Erik Larson - Dead Wake  (author appearance)
Erik Larson | 05/01/2015, 07:30 pm | Books Books Inc.

Poetry Salon Luncheon  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 11:30 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Live on Sage  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Indie Bookstore Day  (other event)
05/02/2015, 10:00 am | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Young Voices Poetry Reading  (author appearance)
Billy Collins | 05/02/2015, 01:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Independent Bookstore Day  (book festival)
05/02/2015, 09:30 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Author Event: Jennifer O'Toole - Sisterhood of the Spectrum  (author appearance)
05/02/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Frye Gaillard Books Signing  (author appearance)
Frye Gaillard | 05/14/2015, 05:00 pm | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

John Connell Books Signing  (author appearance)
05/23/2015, 11:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Dog Days of Summer Open House  (other event)
08/26/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC


Authors Round the South

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