Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385352109
2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
3. The Heist
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062320056
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $26.95, 9780399167065

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Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe

Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe
“But then there I was, standing on your front porch with a suitcase ready to stay the night and I thought, What if she is crazy and I’m about to enter Crazy-Land?.”

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On the benefits of fried bologna sandwiches.

In which Mr. Andrew Hudgins's mother does her ironing, her ladyship reads a book in a plain brown wrapper, and Mr. Steve Almond preaches against football and lives to tell the tale (so far). Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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UNION AVE BOOKS set for Grand Opening in Downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville has another reason to celebrate, as the Grand Opening of UNION AVE BOOKS is slated for June 18, 2011. This new Independent Bookstore specializes in new and used books, plus decorative arts and gifts, and looks to be a gathering place for downtown shoppers and dwellers and the business community, as well as the faithful of the former Carpe Librum Bookstore which closed at the end of 2010.

The bookstore, located at 517 Union Avenue in Knoxville will carry a diverse inventory of local and regional titles, as well as fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and feature a special Kids' Corner. In addition, UNION AVE BOOKS will host book signings, special holiday events, and Saturday activities for children. The store will also be available to Knoxville's numerous book clubs for meetings and after-hours events.

"Downtown Knoxville has exploded in the best possible way over the last few years," said Melinda Meador, one of the new owners and an attorney at the downtown law firm Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C.  "We want to be a part of this exciting time for our city, and selling books - especially given Knoxville's rich literary tradition - is a great way to do it."

Meador has teamed with former Carpe Librum owner Flossie McNabb, who brings to UNION AVE BOOKS an unparalleled expertise in bookselling. McNabb said the new store is a "fresh start" for her and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, who will be the store's business manager.  Rounding out this collaborative family business is Meador's son, Jake Knanishu, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who will serve as content and marketing consultant as well as bookseller during holiday seasons. "We want to be a home away from home for booklovers," said McNabb.

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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

How well do you know your Southern lit? We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature. $9.95 paperback. Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

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