Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437

2. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616203214

4. Missing You
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525953494

5. Be Careful What You Wish for
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250034489

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Parapalooza

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Shelley Mickle

Shelley Mickle
“I was not an easy child. I was known for throwing screaming mimi fits.”

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Okra Picks

On talking behind the backs of your customers

In which her ladyship, the editor wonders why only April gets the pleasure of being Poetry Month, the booksellers at Avid Bookshop admit they talk about their customers behind their backs (but they say the very nicest things), and Ms. Ann B. Ross admits that Miss Julia has, well, taken over. 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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