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Week of October 10, 2019
 
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The Commonplace Book | Read This! | {Book} Trailer Park | Okra Picks | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Events
 
 
{Reading was a bright spot for me. Reading was my salvation.}
 
In which Mr. Charles Frazier follows the advice of Annie Dillard, The Open Canon Book Club selects their October book, Ms. Anne Patchett explores childhood memory, and her ladyship, the editor notes that two books have more in common than simply being finalists for the National Book Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dearest Readers

SolitaryThis week the National Book Foundation announced their list of finalists for the 2019 National Book Award. In the list of Nonfiction finalists are two that will be familiar to her ladyship's readers: Solitary, by Albert Woodfox, and The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom. Both books were selected as "Okra Picks" by southern booksellers when they were published:


An inspiring yet infuriating true story of one man's perseverance against all odds in the face of a racist and unjust judicial and prison system. -- Bobby Bradley, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC


Sarah M. Broom grew up in New Orleans, New Orleans East to be exact, an area that tourists don't go to. Often neglected by the city administration, the area suffered even greater during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This is a memoir of family history, the city's history, class and racism through the lens of the house Sarah grew up in, which was lost to "The Water." As she continues to get pulled back to the city despite her attempts at distance, she struggles with the meaning of "home" when it seems like home is always working against you. Exceptional and moving, this is the kind of memoir against which other memoirs get judged." -- Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

The Yellow HouseAside from both books being set in Louisiana, and Okra Picks, and National Book Award Finalists, Solitary and The Yellow House have one other thing in common: they were both published by Grove Press.


Her ladyship, the editor, understands that readers rarely "follow" book publishers with the same attention that they will follow authors, but perhaps they should. The publisher, after all, invests the effort -- and money -- to bring a book into being. They believe, as strongly as their authors, that the books they publish deserve to be read. A publisher with a strong sense of mission (Grove Atlantic calls itself "An Independent Liteary Publisher") will make that mission felt in the books it publishes. When her ladyship, the editor, is trying to decide whether or not to try unknown book or new author, she always looks at the publisher. If it is a press she knows and trusts, she will take a chance on the book.


Below in this newsletter readers will find an interview between Advance Reading Copy's Jon Mayes and Charles Frazier on his Cold Mountain Fund Series -- published by Hub City Press in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Series publishes breakout literary fiction. Frazier (who, incidentally, was also originally published by Grove Atlantic) says that "in working with Hub City, my hope is to help amplify distinctive Southern voices and connect them with curious readers."


And indeed, Hub City Press enjoys a reputation for finding new literary voices and bringing them to the wider readership they deserve. Hub City Press also calls itself an "independent literary press" and focuses on "finding and spotlighting new and extraordinary voices from the American South."


"What should I read next?" is a question that carries many nuances. It means "what am I in the mood for?" and "What is at the top of my stack?" and "What is due back at the library?" It also means "What new thing do I want to discover?" For the adventurous reader, the name of a trusted publisher like Hub City on the spine of a book is a signpost -- "Great book just ahead. Come and see."


 


Read independently, and shop local.

 
 
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her ladyship, the editor
 
 
 
 
Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
 
 
 
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
 
Excerpted noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
 

Solitary


After years in prison and solitary confinement, I'd experienced all the emotions the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections wanted from me--anger, bitterness, the thirst to see someone suffer the way I was suffering, the revenge factor, all that. But I also became something they didn't expect--self-educated. I could lose myself in a book. Reading was a bright spot for me. Reading was my salvation. Libraries and universities and schools from all over Louisiana donated books to Angola and for once, the willful ignorance of the prison administration paid off for us, because there were a lot of radical books in the prison library: Books we wouldn't have been allowed to get through the mail. Books we never could have afforded to buy. Books we had never heard of. Herman, King, and I first gravitated to books that dealt with politics and race--George Jackson, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Steve Biko, Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, J. A. Rogers's From 'Superman' to Man. We read anything we could find on slavery, communism, socialism, Marxism, anti-imperialism, the African independence movements, and independence movements from around the world. I would check off these books on the library order form and never expect to get them until they came. Leaning against my wall in the cell, sitting on the floor, on my bed, or at my table, I read.”


 


 


--Albert Woodfox, Solitary (Grove Press, 2019)

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JON MAYES TALKS TO CHARLES FRAZIER
 
Excerpted noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
 

(reprinted with permission from Advance Reading Copy)


No, I'm not trying to gain favor with this gifted storyteller, it's just that I know it to be true. When I interviewed him at my home recently about how his generous "Cold Mountain Fund" came about, I found out that he just wanted to give back some of his money and fame to aspiring authors and independent publishers. He talks about why he chose Hub City Press in Spartanburg, SC as his partner publisher and how the fund works.

I invite you to sit in on our fascinating conversation where Charles Frazier explains why, and how, he came up with the idea of giving away a lot of money. And by the way, Annie Dillard had a lot to do with it.


 


Charles FrazierCharles Frazier


Jon: Tell me how the three Cold Mountain Series books from Hub City Press were chosen.


Charles: Hub City looked at their forthcoming novels and decided which to designate as part of the series. This all started with me thinking about independent publishing, especially non-profit. I've always been a real reader of independent small presses. A few years ago, I noticed that so many of the books scattered around my office and stacked on my desk—way over 50%—were independent press books.


Jon: Good for you.


Charles: There's a book store in Philadelphia —Joseph Fox Bookshop. It’s one of my favorite bookstores in the world. A tiny place. More than four customers at one time and you're stepping on each other. But their selection of books is so interesting and careful. And the thing I like the most is that they have shelves in the front corner all full of indie press books from publishers like Hesperus, Graywolf, Melville House, Copper Canyon, and plenty of others. I always come away from there with more of those books than I have room for in my luggage. Lots of New York Review Classics. They’re independent, aren’t they, still?


Jon (pointing): Yes. Those are all those red spined books up there on my shelf.


Charles: Probably half the books that I’ve bought in the past five years have been theirs. I'm constantly looking to see what's coming up next from them. I just bought three in the past month. And those are books that I would not have found without them going out and scouting world literature looking for these interesting and hard to find books.


I've certainly benefited from corporate publishing, but there's something to be said for those other opinions—not corporate, not New York-centric—in selecting books to publish. And so, partly, I was wanting to support that. A few years ago, I was really thinking, "Oh, I'd like to publish some. I'd like to have a small press."


But my wife Katherine and I both need to be careful about over-committing our time. I don't want to get five years down the road and realize I'm never going to publish another book of my own.


So, part of this project was that realization. And also knowing the people at Hub City, Betsy and Meg and John Lane, seeing what a good thing they've had going, and thinking about the ways I could be of help with what they were already doing. And they’re not just a publisher.  They also have a bookshop and run the Hub City Writers Project.  Over the past twenty-five years, they’ve created a real literary community.


Jon: And they've got a great distributor, too.


Charles: Are they with . . . ?


Jon: PGW.


Charles: Ah, a good match.


The folks at Hub City really know what they're doing. My goal is to provide funding for things they've already got going, and are doing really well. I read the books, but I don't do their jobs.


Jon: So, they chose those three authors?


Charles: Yes. And we'll continue that with the next batch. Those will be books I’m sure we'll talk about, but it's not like a contest where I'm picking a winner, and I’m sure not looking for a job as an editor.


Jon: And it's not an imprint? It's not like “a Charles Frazier book,” you know, that kind of a thing?


Magnetic GirlCharles: No. One of the first conversations we had, I asked, "What would be helpful?" And one answer was, “If we could give higher advances and had a little more marketing money, maybe we could push these books out there more effectively.” And also, in talking about marketing, they asked if I’d be willing to do some events with the authors. So, for the first book, Magnetic Girl, I did an event at Malaprop’s with Jessica Handler. It was a conversation, and I was asking the questions, not answering them. I enjoyed that, really enjoyed, you know, not being the . . .


Jon: The center of attention?


Charles: Exactly. The center of attention.


And I thought it was a really good book. I very much enjoyed that book.


The second book, Watershed by Mark Barr, comes out soon. And the third one's next Spring sometime, Carter Sickels's book, The Prettiest Star.


WatershedJon: In the future, will it be that Meg or Betsy will talk to you and say something like, "We received this manuscript and we love it. But they want more than we can afford. If you love it, can you help us out?"


Charles: I don't think it's going to work that way, but who knows? Maybe.


Jon: Well, who decides which books that you, in particular, will help promote? One of the things that I read was that you might go to some of the signings.


Charles: Yes. So, I've already done that with Jessica Handler, and hope I’ll be able to do that with all of them.


Jon: Will there be anything on the book that says it's from the Charles Frazier Cold Mountain Series?


The Prettiest StarCharles: Yes. I'm trying to remember what it looks like on Jessica’s Magnetic Girl. It's in the book and on the spine.


Jon: And the official name is The Charles Frazier Cold Mountain Fund Series, correct?


Charles (laughing): Something like that. The fund is part of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


Jon: Okay. So, that brings them into it.


If you read a manuscript that you particularly like, would it be something that you could bring to Meg or Betsy and say, "I'd really like to get behind it if you will publish it?"


Charles: That would be one way. More likely, I’d send the manuscript and say, “I really like this. What do you think?”


Jon: Is your affiliation with them permanent?


Charles: It's a commitment. We're guaranteeing a certain amount over a certain time, to be reevaluated at the end of that time. If everybody’s happy, I assume we’d all want to continue.


Jon: Is there anything that you haven't been asked, that you would like to get out there, that maybe you're particularly proud of, or you're really looking forward to?


Charles: Well, again, for me, it's the support of independent publishing as a whole. That's what interests me the most.


Jon: That’s the core.


Charles: Yes. To support Hub City because of the valuable work they’ve been doing, and also to show support for independent publishers in general, to value the writers they publish.


Jon: Yes. PGW sells a lot of wonderful small presses.


So, getting back to Hub City, they will say to you, at the beginning of the fall season next year, "Charles, these are three books, or however many, that we'd really love your support, and your foundation's support on." And you say, "Okay."


Charles: I know we'll be talking about the books, but I didn't particularly want any kind of rigid structure of how decisions get made.


Jon: You just trust them because of their history, basically.


Charles: Yes.


Jon: Okay. So, you have admired their publications in the past. You admired the way that they work, and you want to support them, financially. And they will talk amongst themselves and say, "Well, let's use the foundation's money to help us get this book, and this one." And then they tell you, and you say, "That's wonderful, and I will support you."


Charles: Yes, approximately. Remember, we just started this project last winter, just getting going with the first batch of books. And I couldn’t be more pleased with it.


By the way, one of the things that they have done very well over nearly twenty-five years as a non-profit is raise money from a bunch of different kinds of sources. So, this current project is only one bit of what they do in that regard.


Jon: But I would imagine that if I was going to be published by Hub City, and they'd already purchased the book, I would be very happy to hear that you're going to be appearing at my launch party, because Hub City chose that book to be part of the program. Because, all of their books don't have the Charles Frazier mark on them, so. . .


Charles (laughing): Well I hope the writers are happy about it.


Jon (laughing): I’m pretty sure they would be happy. It seems perfectly logical, that they have a named author. A world-renowned author to help them push their book out. And then, theoretically, you like the book, and you're happy to help them out.


Charles: Yes.


Jon: Okay. So, it is different than what I first imagined. But you do have the opportunity to suggest to Betsy and Meg, "I really like this one. I'd like maybe for you to use some of the money to offer to them, so they can get published."


Charles: Yes. But I probably wouldn't do it that way. I would probably say, "Hey, I really like this. Would you take a look?"


Jon: Yes. Okay.


Charles: And then, you know—


Jon: Let them be the judge?


Charles: Exactly. That hasn't come up, yet, but I can certainly imagine it coming up.


Jon: Would that be something that you would like? Would you like to have a publishing arm where you published your own books?


Charles: Publish the books that I write?


Jon: No. No.


Charles: Oh, that I'm the editor choosing the books?


Jon: Yes.


Charles: Not particularly. I thought about it once, that it would be nice to have a literary prize, and publish the book, but I started looking at other ways that would be more helpful and less time-consuming for me.


Jon: Would that be something that you would still might like to do with Hub City, perhaps?


Charles: I doubt it. At least not in terms of what we're doing with the Cold Mountain Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


Jon: Now you've got to add the Charles Frazier.


Charles (laughing): Yes.


The origin of this fund was right after Cold Mountain, when it was on the bestseller list.


Jon: I remember it well.


Charles: Around that time I met Annie Dillard, one of my most admired writers of all time. We talked about the not-always-great effects of sudden success, and she told me she found that tithing helped. So when the big contract on Thirteen Moons happened, one of the first things that I thought of was, I ought to tithe.


Jon: Have you ever told her that?


Charles: No.


Jon: You should.


Charles: I should.


Jon: I'm sure she'd be thrilled.


Charles: Yes?


The idea of taking some of that ridiculous amount of money for that book, and trying to do good stuff with it has been. . .


Jon: It speaks volumes about you, Mr. Frazier.


Charles: Well, thank you. For a long time, I wouldn't even talk about it. It was kind of like, when I did use it, donate it, it would be on the condition of anonymity. And at some point, I realized, "Well, that's kind of precious."


Jon (laughing): Right. Posh. Yes. Let people know!


Charles: So, I mean, the setup of the Hub City project is not what people’s immediate impression might be. But it does what I wanted in terms of protecting my time so that I can write another few books while also accomplishing the goal of supporting independent publishing.


Read the interview at Advance Reading Copy

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Read This! Books with Street Cred
 
Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
This is the story of a covert operation to smuggle the banned manuscript of Doctor Zhivago out of the Soviet Union and into print. It’s a story of art and power, identity and trust. Perfect for fans of The Americans or anyone who likes a page-turner.


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott ($26.95*, Knopf), recommended by Parnassus Books, Nashville, NC.


Broken River by J. Robert Lennon
From the onset, it is clear that Broken River is a novel that will have you dreading what lies on the next page but leave you no choice other than to keep reading. A family of three, seeking a fresh start after the father's infidelity, has just moved from the city to a house in upstate New York that's been left dormant for years after its previous tenants were murdered in an unsolved crime. At the expense of their own familial bonds, each member of the family finds their own way of coping with the change in scenery, and both mother and daughter find themselves drawn to the unsolved crime that took the lives of the home's previous occupants. Meanwhile, other individuals who may be linked to the murders are doing some sleuthing of their own. Lennon's characters are among the most believable and terrifying that I've encountered, and an always tangible and at times bordering-on-the-supernatural sense of foreboding casts its shadow over the character's choices and pushes them towards their inevitable convergence.


Broken River by J. Robert Lennon ($16.00, Graywolf Press), recommended by Lane, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.



A debut novel that takes place in 1944 Wisconsin. Money is short, food is rationed, and the cherry crop is due to be picked. Nearby is a camp for German POW’s. Charlotte persuades the local authorities to allow the prisoners to help with the harvest. A quick, enjoyable read.


The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna (William Morrow & Company) Recommended by Kitty at Litchfield Books Pawley's Island SC

 

 
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Gossip

 

News of a literary nature

Watershed“Sugar Run explores place, connection and redemption in the face of the justice system and the struggle to avoid destructive choices.-- Charles Frazier on Sugar Run”


keep reading: The Open Canon Book Club

My Time Among the Whites"When we talk about immigrants we’re talking about specific people," says Capó Crucet. "Sometimes I’m part of that group, sometimes I’m not, depending on the listener. And that’s what I found so interesting and worth examining."


keep reading: The Southern Festival of Books explores immigration, identity

The Dutch House"Everyone has particular childhood memories that stand out and shape the story of who they are. But how reliable are these memories, and when should we let them go?”


keep reading: Ann Patchett and the reliability of childhood memory

 

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The Okra Picks: The Fall Season

 


Southern Independent booksellers have chosen the 2019 Fall Okra Picks – a collection of the best forthcoming Southern books of the season. Add a bit of tasty reading to your literary diet. Serve yourself a helping of Okra Picks.


 

"Watershed was mesmerizing – I was hooked on page one. With evocative writing, Mark Barr creates a vivid picture of rural Tennessee as a TVA dam is being built to bring electricity to the area for the first time. His well-developed characters and vivid descriptions of rural life in the 1930s makes this historical novel an exceptional read. We are looking forward to introducing our customers to this debut." —Lia Lent, WordsWorth Books, Little Rock, AR


Watershed by Mark Barr


Amidst construction of a federal dam in rural Tennessee, Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, meets Claire, a small-town housewife struggling to find her footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South.


As Nathan wrestles with the burdens of a secret guilt and tangled love, Claire struggles to balance motherhood and a newfound freedom that awakens ambitions and a sexuality she hadn't known she possessed. The arrival of electricity in the rural community, where prostitution and dog-fighting are commonplace, thrusts together modern and backcountry values. In an evocative feat of storytelling in the vein of Kent Haruf's Plainsong, and Ron Rash's SerenaWatershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. As the townspeople embark on a biblical undertaking to harness elemental forces, Nathan and Claire are left to wonder what their lives will look like when the lights come on.


Hub City Press | 9781938235597 | October 8, 2019


 

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Southern Indie Bestsellers
 

For the week ending October 6. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.


 


Southern Indie Bestsellers

 
See the full list here.
The Southern Book Prize | A SIBA Okra Pick
Special to the Southern List | Read This Next!
Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's
 
 
HARDCOVER FICTION
 

1. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
5. The Institute
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567

 
HARDCOVER NONFICTION
 
1. Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
2. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
3. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
4. Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith, Knopf, $24.95, 9780525657682
5. Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God
David Jeremiah, Thomas Nelson, $26.99, 9780785223931
 
Special to the Southern List
 
The World That We Knew Alice Hoffman, S&S, $27.99,Full Throttle: Stories Joe Hill, Morrow, $27.99,Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God David Jeremiah, Thomas Nelson, $26.99,How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27,This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals That Will Make You Feel Better Smith Street Books, $14.95,Three Women Lisa Taddeo, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $27,A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99,The Lost Girls of Paris Pam Jenoff, Park Row, $16.99,The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Kim Michele Richardson, Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99,Beloved Toni Morrison, Vintage, $16,Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Anand Giridharadas, Vintage, $16,The Color of Law Richard Rothstein, Liveright, $17.95,On Tyranny Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $8.99,The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95,The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 Sy Montgomery, Jaime Green (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99,
 
 
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Events
 
What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?
 
See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you.
 

An Afternoon with Sister Macrina  (author appearance)
Macrina Wiederkehr | 10/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Bookish: An Indie Shop for Folks Who Read | Fort Smith, AR


Lynne Marie Booksigning  (author appearance)
Lynne Marie | 10/12/2019, 06:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL


Robert Buccellato Signs Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida Robert Buccellato  (author appearance)
Robert Buccellato | 10/12/2019, 10:00 am | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL


Elizabeth Payne & Contributors with NO STRAIGHT PATH  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Jacoway | 10/12/2019, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS


John Ketwig, Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, The Times, and Why They Matter  (author appearance)
John Ketwig | 10/12/2019, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC


Author Event: Rick Jackson  (author appearance)
Rick Jackson | 10/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC


Samantha Cleaver presents Read With Me  (author appearance)
Samantha Cleaver | 10/12/2019, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Nancy White presents G.R.T. Journal  (author appearance)
Nancy White | 10/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Mindfulness Seminar and Free Yoga Class with Sandra E. Johnson  (author appearance)
Sandra E. | 10/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC


Blanca M. De La Rosa  (author appearance)
Blanca M. | 10/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL


Rachel Maddow - Blowout  (author appearance)
Rachel Maddow | 10/13/2019, 05:30 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


Tony Reevy presents The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg  (author appearance)
Tony Reevy | 10/13/2019, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC


Rajanni LaRocca, Midsummer’s Mayhem, Gillian McDunn Caterpillar Summer, and Frances O’Roark Dowell, The Class  (author appearance)
Frances O’Roark | 10/13/2019, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC


Mark Peres presents On Life and Meaning  (author appearance)
Mark Peres | 10/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Fred Chappell - As If It Were: Poems  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell | 10/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC


Ellenor Shepherd, Lost and Found  (author appearance)
Ellenor Shepherd | 10/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Susan Neiman - Learning from the Germans  (author appearance)
Susan Neiman | 10/14/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


Clay McLeod Chapman brings campfire storytelling to Flyleaf with THE REMAKING  (author appearance)
Clay McLeod | 10/14/2019, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC


Mab Segrest presents Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South  (author appearance)
Mab Segres | 10/14/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC


Author event with Leigh Bardugo at University School of Nashville  (author appearance)
Leigh Bardugo | 10/14/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN


Mike Bunn - Early Alabama  (author appearance)
Mike Bunn | 10/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL


Jonathan Reckford - Our Better Angels  (author appearance)
Jonathan Reckford | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


Latasha Morrison - Be the Bridge  (author appearance)
Latasha Morrison | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


An Evening with YA Author Renée Ahdieh Presenting THE BEAUTIFUL  (author appearance)
Renée Ahdieh | 10/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA


Book Launch with Emily Herring Wilson  (author appearance)
Emily Herring Wilson | 10/15/2019, 7:00 PM | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC


John Russell investigates Raleigh class divisions in his new novel ALL THE RIGHT CIRCLES  (author appearance)
John Russell | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC


F.T. Lukens launches Monster of the Week, in conversation with Julian Winters  (author appearance)
F.T. Lukens | 10/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC


Clay McLeod Chapman The Remaking  (author appearance)
Clay McLeod | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Peter Finn - A Guest of the Reich  (author appearance)
Peter Finn | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC


Mitchell J. Bloom, MD, The Ho-Ho-Holiest Medicine  (author appearance)
Mitchell J. | 10/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Brian Lampkin - The Tarboro Three: Rape, Race, and Secrecy  (author appearance)
Brian Lampkin | 10/15/2019, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC


Salon@615 Special Edition with Jojo Moyes author of The Giver of Stars  (author appearance)
Jojo Moyes | 10/15/2019, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN


Susan Neiman  (author appearance)
Susan Neiman | 10/16/2019, 10:00 am | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL


Stuart Woods presents Stealth (A Stone Barrington Novel)  (author appearance)
Stuart Woods | 10/16/2019, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL


Judy Schachner with STRETCHY MCHANDSOME  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner | 10/16/2019, 04:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS


Lenard D. Moore presents ONE WINDOW'S LIGHT, a groundbreaking African American haiku collection  (author appearance)
Lenard D. Moore | 10/16/2019, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC


Ladson Mills presents Abandoned Shipmate  (author appearance)
Ladson Mills | 10/16/2019, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Gloria Panzera, With All My Love, I Wait  (author appearance)
Gloria Panzera | 10/16/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Elliot A. Knight - Alabama Creates 200 Years of Art and Artists  (author appearance)
Elliot A. | 10/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL


Author Event w/ Still on the Hill  (author appearance)
Kelly Mulhollan | 10/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Bookish: An Indie Shop for Folks Who Read | Fort Smith, AR


Christine Coulson  (author appearance)
Christine Coulson | 10/17/2019, 07:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL


Mark Barr - Watershed  (author appearance)
Mark Barr | 10/17/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


Jason Wetzel: Georgia POW Camps in World War II  (author appearance)
Jason Wetzel | 10/17/2019, 6:30 PM | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA


Robert Brantley - SACRED GROUND: The Cemeteries of New Orleans  (author appearance)
Robert Brantley | 10/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA


Anne Bogel & Charlie Lovett in Conversation  (author appearance)
Charlie Lovett | 10/17/2019, 7:00 PM | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC


In the Way of All Flesh - Author Reading  (author appearance)
Caitlin Alise | 10/17/2019, 06:30 pm | Firestorm Books & Coffee | Asheville, NC


Dale Neal, Appalachian Book of the Dead in conversation with Evan Williams  (author appearance)
Dale Neal | 10/17/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Reading Between the Wines: Andrea Bobotis | The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt  (author appearance)
Andrea Bobotis | 10/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC


Author event Dr Alexander Loyd author of The Memory Code  (author appearance)
Alexander Loyd | 10/17/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN


Jeanette Winterson  (author appearance)
Jeanette Winterson | 10/18/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL


Christine Coulson presents Metropolitan Stories A Novel  (author appearance)
Christine Coulson | 10/18/2019, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL


STORIES FROM 125 YEARS OF OLE MISS FOOTBALL at Off Square Books  (author appearance)
Neil White | 10/18/2019, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS


Two New Photographic Collections by Tim Barnwell  (author appearance)
Tim Barnwell | 10/18/2019 | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC


Author Reading--Erica Witsell  (author appearance)
Erica Witsell | 10/18/2019, 06:30 pm | Foggy Pine Books | Boone, NC


Emily Herring Wilson, I Went Back to My Home Country: A Remembrance of Archie Ammons  (author appearance)
Emily Herring Wilson | 10/18/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


William Rawlings Author of The Girl With The Kaleidoscope Eyes  (author appearance)
William Rawlings | 10/18/2019, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC


Louise Mason - Signing Only - Life Lessons for Little Learners  (author appearance)
Louise Mason | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL


Judy Schachner  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner | 10/19/2019, 11:00 am | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL


Bill Duke - My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera  (author appearance)
Bill Duke | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA


Horton's Bookstore - Book Signing  (author appearance)
T.M. Brown | 10/19/2019, 12:00 pm | Horton's Books | Carrollton, GA


Jax Frey - The Gumbeaux Sistahs Book Signing  (author appearance)
Jax Frey | 10/19/2019, 01:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA


Todd May Returns with His New Book  (author appearance)
Todd May | 10/19/2019, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC


Alan Gratz presents his middle-grade WWII adventure novel ALLIES  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC


Jon Sealy, The Edge of America  (author appearance)
Jon Sealy | 10/19/2019, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC


Mike Lowery, Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts!  (author appearance)
Mike Lowery | 10/19/2019, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC


Author Event: Amy Rigby  (author appearance)
Amy Rigby | 10/19/2019, 07:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC


Author Event: Bernie Brown  (author appearance)
Bernie Brown | 10/19/2019, 01:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC


Lauren Bishop presents Bleeding Heart  (author appearance)
Lauren Bishop | 10/19/2019, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Jaytoe Anthony Tukan presents Playing with Fire   (author appearance)
Jaytoe Anthony Tukan | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC


Janet Bentley, Don't Expect Me to Cry: Refusing to Let Childhood Sexual Abuse Steal My Life  (author appearance)
Janet Bentley | 10/19/2019, 03:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Nicole Stockburger & Julie Swarstad Johnson  (author appearance)
Nicole Stockburger | 10/19/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


Local Authors Day  (author appearance)
David Burnsworth | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC


French Wine Luncheon at Secco Wine Bar with Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, and Sophie Perinot   (author appearance)
Heather Webb | 10/19/2019, 12:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

 
 
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