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Week of October 17, 2019
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{What makes a book un-put-downable?}
In which a woman opens a bookshop because she believes the world needs more kindness in it, and her ladyship, the editor, ponders what makes a book "un-put-downable." Mr. Derik Cavignano has an opinion on the subject.


Dearest Readers

"I couldn't put this down."

"I stayed up all night!"

"I couldn't stop reading"

Most readers know the experience of becoming so engrossed in a good book they are barely conscious of the passing of time such that they often find when at last they lift their eyes from the page, that hours have passed, the day has been whiled away, and evening has fallen without their notice. They have stayed up later than they meant to, forgotten to finish chores or do tasks they had planned to, even missed their favorite television program in favor of turning just one more page.

Indeed, it is not uncommon for her ladyship, the editor, who is easily seduced by a good story, to become so enthralled that she stays up far past midnight reading, and thus wakes the next morning somewhat grumpy and fogged, and in need of strong coffee. She has always had an affinity for characters like young Francie Nolan of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or Ms. Loma Williams of Cold Sassy Tree, who are wont to ignore their obligations in order to finish the book they are reading.

But what is it in a book that holds us so, that we become enslaved to its call and ignore the world around us? What makes a book "unputdownable"?

The Game of KingsMr. Derik Cavignono in his essay below says that it starts with tension -- some small sense of unease that builds as the story progresses, until there is a final confrontation and (one hopes) resolution that releases the reader at last.

Mr. Cavignono is a thriller writer and knows whereof he speaks. Indeed, her ladyship, the editor, once lost nearly a week reading Dorothy Dunnett's The Game of Kings, so fast and high did tension build and so loathe was she to put down the book that she is fairly sure she missed a few meals during that time.

But a fast pace and relentless tension are not the only things that can keep a reader willing hostage to the book in their hands. There is also, perhaps, "fascination" -- sheer delight at the world found within the pages, which accounts for the devotion of many readers to the Harry Potter books, as their author is never at all adverse to abandoning her plot for an extended side trip into the intricacies of the jewel-like world she has imagined.

And there is also, and perhaps most importantly, "recognition" -- that moment when we read something that feels as thought it was written specifically for us. "Ah," we think, "I know just what you mean. I know exactly how that feels." And is it not true that our very favorite books are the ones where we find ourselves within? We are not given to walking away from a person who is talking to us, and this is as true if the "person" in question is a book.


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Excerpted noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.


Orpheus GirlIn the car on the way to church this morning, I write Sarah's name on in the condensation on the passenger's window, then wipe it off before Granny can see.

The car is a worn-down blue Volvo from the seventies. It's a miracle it's still running. Every time Grammy slides the key in the ignition and it actually starts, she thanks God under her breath. The seat belts are frayed so much that they could snap if you pulled too hard, so we stopped using them. I have to hold onto the car door to keep from falling out of my seat every time Grammy brakes. She drives like a maniac. Runs over mailboxes on a regular basis, hits curbs, mows down shrubs. Once she ran over an abandoned lemonade stand. She never stops to deal with what she's run over, just keeps going, like she's late on her way to somewhere really important.

I get through the service like I always do: running myths through my head. Ever since I found my mom playing Aphrodite on that soap opera, I've been memorizing them. I know it's stupid, but I've always thought that one day I'll open the door and she'll be there, and I'll need something to talk about. And since my mom's Aphrodite, I might as well be able to talk about myths. During the service I think about Persephone, how the girl was pulled away from everything she'd ever known and taken to a strange world. Or Atalanta. In these myths, girls are always being changed or taken by men, their voices, their protests ignored. And the queer girls, like Atalanta, are forced to become something else.

--Brynne Rebele-Henry, Orpheus Girl (Soho Teen, 2019)

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What puts the "thrill" in a thriller?

Derik CavignanoHave you ever devoured a book so quickly that you finished it in one or two sittings, your heart racing as the words flew off the page? Knowing you should stop to eat dinner or take a bio break, but never finding an appropriate lull in the story?

As a thriller fan, that’s exactly the type of book I love to read, and, as an author, that’s exactly the type of book I try to write. But how does an author mold a story into a page turner? What’s the secret ingredient that makes a book impossible to put down?

The answer is tension. All great thrillers are steeped in it. Tension is the glue that keeps readers engaged. It’s the subliminal collision of character and events arranged in a way that triggers an emotional response in the reader, creating a sense of anxiety that can only be remedied by turning the page.

The Art of DyingFor me, the first step in creating tension is by introducing a flawed but likable protagonist whom the reader can relate to, someone whose hopes and fears remind us of ourselves or someone we know. Once that emotional connection is established, anything that threatens the life of the protagonist creates tension. It’s the author’s way of exploiting the reader’s empathy to his own advantage, using it as a lever to coax the reader into plowing through the chapters.

"For a thriller to be unputdownable, the tension must be more nuanced than simply shoving the protagonist into harm’s way."

But in order for a thriller to be unputdownable, the tension must be more nuanced than simply shoving the protagonist into harm’s way. A taut thriller takes a layered approach to tension, ratcheting up the intensity as the story progresses, continually raising the stakes in a way that magnifies the consequences of failure. Personally, I like to set the stage with an ominous event that slowly builds into a more dangerous situation, preferring to keep certain elements of the danger shrouded in mystery—a technique that results in the reader’s imagination running wild about potential dangers lurking beyond the page.

Another technique involves using a character’s own flaws against him, causing him to stumble into an even stickier situation where he’s confronted with a moral dilemma and, consequently, has even more to lose. Another layer of tension involves introducing a character’s worst fear and subsequently giving her no choice but to face it, allowing readers to see if she rises to the occasion or runs from the room with her tail between her legs. On some level, I think everyone wonders that about themselves, and experiencing that test vicariously through a character increases the reader’s empathy for the protagonist.

While the layering of these techniques raises the reader’s anxiety level, the addition of a ticking clock never fails to shift the story into the highest possible gear. Suddenly, the protagonist must complete his or her mission by a specified time or something even more terrible will happen. Not only will readers be on the edge of their seats, but they’ll also be glued to the page because time is running out for the characters they’ve grown to love.

Derik Cavignano is an award-winning author who writes character-driven stories in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi, and crime. In his latest novel, THE ART OF DYING, the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston’s Irish and Italian mafia, but one detective’s relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering.


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

There's much that's a mystery about Emily Dickinson, but one traumatic event of her life is well-documented: the affair between her brother Austin and Mabel Loomis Todd, an Amherst College professor's wife. Lyndall Gordon uses the affair and the feud it caused to explore Emily Dickinson's life and the untold dramas that fueled her poems. This is riveting reading that will challenge anyone's notion of Dickinson as a quaint spinster.

Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon ($20, Penguin Books), recommended by Travis, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.

While Fuller’s first book, Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, paints an exquisite picture of her early life in Africa, this memoir portrays her later life as she tries to navigate the world outside her African experience.

She marries an American in the hopes that he will take her away from her unorthodox upbringing only to discover that her life does not fit as she had hoped.  She confronts her life and its difficulties, revealing the complexity of her family as they deal with suffering and loss.

A poignant narrative that is worth reading.

Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller (Penguin Press) Recommended by Stephanie at Page & Palette Fairhope AL

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead
Why is The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine my favorite fiction book this year? In publishing, it is not too rare for a well-known author’s work to be found and published posthumously. However, in the case of this book, Phil and Erin Stead managed to take sixteen pages of notes from a bedtime story that Mark Twain told his daughters, and turn it into a true literary masterpiece over a century later. Phil holds a conversation with the ghost of Mark Twain (which is hilarious) and Erin’s illustrations are airy and lovely, as always. They truly breathe life into the story. So what’s the right age for this book? I’d say somewhere from 6 to 96. There are a handful of times where I walk out of the store, a book under my arm, and race home to read it. Not only did I do that, but I felt somehow as if I was reading a lost masterpiece of children’s literature. There’s only one time I’ve had that experience, and it was with The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead ($24.99*, Doubleday Books for Young Readers), recommended by Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS.


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News of a literary nature

Tell Me a Story“The fourth annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival is set for Nov. 1-3 in Beaufort. Presented in partnership with the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts, it includes panel discussions, readings, book signings, performances, film screenings, tours and social gatherings that honor Pat Conroy and his literary legacy.”

keep reading: Pat Conroy Literary Festival

Freedom in Congo Square"I talked to him, helping him to understand that there is no shame in being the offspring of enslaved people. Indeed, they were strong, resilient and rebellious," Allen said. "To paraphrase Jawanza Kunjufu, I told him that we are 'the offspring of the ancestors who would not die.' He went back to school. He is now a college graduate, and he is fierce."


keep reading: The Real Truth About Slavery

"On naming the store Beehive Bookshop, Beck said that she loved the imagery of the beehive. “There’s a proverb that says, ‘Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.’ Of course, honey comes from our bees, and I think the world needs some more kindness,”

keep reading: The Beehive Bookshop to open in Dalton, Georgia


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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.


"This is a powerful and moving debut novel about 16-year-old Raya, raised by her grandmother in a religious small town in Texas. Raya has spent her whole childhood knowing she is different and trying to hide her secret from the world. When she is caught with Sarah, her best friend and lover, both of their secrets are outed and they are sent to a camp to be "fixed" of their homosexual "sin." ORPHEUS GIRL broke my heart before growing it three sizes. Brynne Rebele-Henry is a talent to watch.." —Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-HenryIn her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has fought to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to "fix" them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the role of Orpheus, to return to the world of the living with her love—and after she, Sarah, and the other teen residents are subjected to abusive and brutal "treatments" by the staff, Raya only becomes more determined to escape.

In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath and the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the disturbing real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.

Soho Teen | 9781641290746 | October 8, 2019


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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending October 13. 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

1. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
3. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
4. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
5. Red at the Bone
Jacqueline Woodson, Riverhead Books, $26, 9780525535270

1. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
2. Blowout
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
3. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
4. The Book of Gutsy Women
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, S&S, $35, 9781501178412
5. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
Special to the Southern List
A Single Thread Tracy Chevalier, Viking, $27,How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27,The Pioneers David McCullough, S&S, $30,A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany Peter Finn, Pantheon, $28.95,Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God David Jeremiah, Thomas Nelson, $26.99,Movies (And Other Things) Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illus.), Twelve, $25,Face It: A Memoir Debbie Harry, Dey Street Books, $32.50,A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99,Ducks, Newburyport Lucy Ellmann, Biblioasis, $22.95,The Cockroach Ian McEwan, Anchor, $11,Flights Olga Tokarczuk, Riverhead Books, $17,My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite, Anchor, $14.95,Dopesick Beth Macy, Back Bay, $17.99,The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17,Winners Take All Anand Giridharadas, Vintage, $16,The Best American Essays 2019 Rebecca Solnit, Robert Atwan (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99,
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What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?
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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

Gregg Shapiro and Brendan Walsh  (author appearance)
Gregg Shapiro | 10/19/2019, 04:00 pm | Poetic Justice Books and Arts | Port St. Lucie, 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

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

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

Special Musical Storytime with Local Author Elaine Funaro  (author appearance)
Elaine Funaro | 10/19/2019, 10:30 am | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Cat Warren - What the Dog Knows - Young Readers Edition  (author appearance)
Cat Warren | 10/19/2019, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, 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

Pop Up Author: Adiba Nelson   (author appearance)
Adiba Nelson | 10/19/2019, 10:00 am | M. Judson Booksellers | Greenville, SC

Love Yoga by Randalle Love  (author appearance)
Randalle Love | 10/19/2019, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Victor Triay  (author appearance)
Victor Triay | 10/20/2019, 04:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Joshilyn Jackson: Never Have I Ever  (author appearance)
Joshilyn Jackson | 10/20/2019, 4:00 PM | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Paula Arai - PAINTING ENLIGHTENMENT  (author appearance)
Paula Arai | 10/20/2019, 01:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Elizabeth Trinkaus, Enough Already!   (author appearance)
Elizabeth Trinkaus | 10/20/2019, 02:00 pm | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Mike Lowery  (author appearance)
Mike Lowery | 10/20/2019, 02:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Lamont Joseph presents Amazing Barber Shop  (author appearance)
Lamont Joseph | 10/20/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Alan Gratz - Allies  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz | 10/20/2019, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Patricia Schultz  (author appearance)
Patricia Schultz | 10/21/2019, 06:30 pm | Oxford Exchange | Tampa, FL

Amy Rigby - Girl to City  (author appearance)
Amy Rigby | 10/21/2019 | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

William Dunlap signs Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster  (author appearance)
William Dunlap | 10/21/2019, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Jenny Brown presents Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now  (author appearance)
Jenny Brown | 10/21/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Alan Gratz - Allies  (author appearance)
Alan Gratz | 10/21/2019, 04:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Sean Brock author of South at Blair School of Music  (author appearance)
Sean Brock | 10/21/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book Signing & Talk • Emily Blejwas  (author appearance)
Emily Blejwas | 10/22/2019, 04:30 pm | Ernest & Hadley Booksellers | Tuscaloosa, AL

Alan Brown - Eerie Alabama  (author appearance)
Alan Brown | 10/22/2019, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Author Event/Book Launch with Emily Roberson  (author appearance)
Emily Roberson | 10/22/2019, 5:30 PM | Wordsworth Bookstore | Little Rock, AR

Patricia Schultz  (author appearance)
Patricia Schultz | 10/22/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Aaron Glantz - Homewreckers  (author appearance)
Aaron Glantz | 10/22/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Will Jacks signs Po'Monkey's: Portrait of a Juke Joint  (author appearance)
Will Jacks | 10/22/2019, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Mary Joyce’s Book on Bigfoot  (author appearance)
Mary Joyce | 10/22/2019, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Children’s Storytime  (author appearance)
10/22/2019, 10:30 am | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC

Tanya Zabinski, Peace, Love, Action!  (author appearance)
Tanya Zabinski | 10/22/2019, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

An Evening with David Lynn | Children of God  (author appearance)
David Lynn | 10/22/2019, 06:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC

Betty Bell Brown Author of Pretty Much: A Memoir  (author appearance)
Betty Brown | 10/22/2019, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Road Sides by Emily Wallace  (author appearance)
Emily Wallace | 10/22/2019, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Otavio Bueno  (author appearance)
Otavio Bueno | 10/23/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Susan Rice - Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For  (author appearance)
Susan Rice | 10/23/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

NYTimes Bestselling Author KAREN WHITE--The Tradd Street Series Continues.....  (author appearance)
Karen White | 10/23/2019, 06:00 pm | Bookmiser | Marietta, GA

Steven R. Weisman - THE CHOSEN WARS - in conversation with Walter Isaacson  (author appearance)
Steven R. Weisman | 10/23/2019, 07:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Saeed Jones signs How We Fight for Our Lives  (author appearance)
Saeed Jones | 10/23/2019, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Tanya Amyx Berry with FOR THE HOG KILLING, 1979  (author appearance)
Tanya Amyx Berry | 10/23/2019, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

4 on 4th with Local Authors  (author appearance)
Brian Huey | 10/23/2019, 7:00 PM | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Cathy Pickens presents Charlotte True Crime Stories  (author appearance)
Cathy Pickens | 10/23/2019 | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jesse Jarnow Book Discussion and Signing  (author appearance)
Jesse Jarnow | 10/23/2019, 06:00 pm | Grimeys Music and Books | Nashville, TN

Salon@615 with Cyntoia Brown author of Free Cyntoia  (author appearance)
Cyntoia Brown | 10/23/2019, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Watershed by Mark Barr: In Conversation with Adam Latham  (author appearance)
Mark Barr | 10/23/2019, 07:30 pm | Star Line Books | Chattanooga, TN

Remote Sale • Lawrence Clayton  (author appearance)
Lawrence Clayton | 10/24/2019, 06:30 pm | Ernest & Hadley Booksellers | Tuscaloosa, AL

Bret Baier - Three Days at the Brink  (author appearance)
Bret Baier | 10/24/2019, 07:30 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Jenny Brown: Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now  (author appearance)
Jenny Brown | 10/24/2019, 6:30 PM | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ashleigh Davanport introducing her comic book Vudu Legends, Vol. 1  (author appearance)
Ashleigh Davanport | 10/24/2019, 04:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

T. R. Johnson in conversation with Gwen Thompkins  (author appearance)
T.R. Johnson | 10/24/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

William H. Morris signs This Magic Moment  (author appearance)
William H. Morris | 10/24/2019, 04:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Jasmine Guillory & THE WEDDING PARTY  (author appearance)
Jasmine Guillory | 10/24/2019, 7:00 PM | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Markus Zusak - Bridge of Clay   (author appearance)
Markus Zusak | 10/24/2019, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Neighbors of Pinehurst Annual Book Club Luncheon  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry | 10/24/2019, 10:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

An Evening with Caleb Johnson | Treeborne, and Mark Barr | Watershed  (author appearance)
Caleb Johnson | 10/24/2019, 06:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC

YA Author event with Nic Stone, author of Jackpot  (author appearance)
Nic Stone | 10/24/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Bret Baier presents Three Days At The Brink  (author appearance)
Bret Baier | 10/25/2019, 01:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Michael Ondaatje: Book Signing & Meet-and-Greet  (author appearance)
Michael Ondaatje | 10/25/2019, 08:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Author Reading--Dale Neal  (author appearance)
Dale Neal | 10/25/2019, 07:00 pm | Foggy Pine Books | Boone, NC

Author Event: Charles Gritzner  (author appearance)
Charles Gritzner | 10/25/2019, 06:30 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Karen White Author of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street  (author appearance)
Karen White | 10/25/2019, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Book and a Beer with Caleb Johnson and Mark Barr   (author appearance)
Mark Barr | 10/25/2019, 07:00 pm | M. Judson Booksellers | Greenville, SC

Jamie Bernstein - Famous Father Girl  (author appearance)
Jamie Bernstein | 10/26/2019, 08:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Ben Folds - A Dream About Lightning Bugs  (author appearance)
Ben Folds | 10/26/2019, 01:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Mike Lowery: Everything Awesome About Dinos  (author appearance)
Mike Lowery | 10/26/2019, 11:00 AM | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ghost Stories for Adults with Charles F. Gritzner  (author appearance)
Charles Gritzner | 10/26/2019, 4:00 PM | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Mark Barr Book Signing and Reading  (author appearance)
Mark Barr | 10/26/2019, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

An Afternoon with Ann Patchett presenting The Dutch House  (author appearance)
Ann Patchett | 10/26/2019, 12:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Camille Andros, From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton  (author appearance)
Camille Andros | 10/26/2019, 11:00 pm | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Nicole Gulotta  (author appearance)
Nicole Gulotta | 10/26/2019, 02:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

F.T. Lukens in conversation with Carrie Pack  (author appearance)
F.T. Lukens | 10/26/2019, 11:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Mary Ann Claud presents Alex Dances  (author appearance)
Mary Ann Claud | 10/26/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Aviva Brown, Ezra's Big Shabbat Question  (author appearance)
Aviva Brown | 10/26/2019, 11:00 am | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Customer Appreciation Day!  (author appearance)
Dana Ridenour | 10/26/2019, 11:00 AM | My Sister's Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Author John Long Presents Murder in Roanoke County  (author appearance)
John Long | 10/26/2019, 01:00 pm | Book No Further | Roanoke, VA

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