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Week of August 30, 2018
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{On putting the right book in the right hands.}
In which Mr. Anthony Grooms thinks redemption is complicated, Ms. Doloris Vest believes in putting the right book in the right hands, and her ladyship, the editor, contemplates the importance of footwear when one is traveling.
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Dearest Readers

Shoes and Handbags 

In two weeks, her ladyship, the editor, will be making her annual trip to the SIBA Discovery Show -- the industry trade show where publishers present the books for the upcoming season. Her preparations for this event usually involve an hour to empty clothes in her clean laundry basket into a suitcase, a couple hours contemplating potential footwear and complementary handbags, and then several days of indecision regarding the books she plans to take with her to read -- despite the fact that the entire trip will be about books she might want to read.

Here are some of the books to look forward to:

Lost Queen Miss Knopp Just Wont Quit The New Vegetarian South Meet Me aEnchanteet the Museum 



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

White Rage

Reconstructing Reconstruction

James Madison called it America's "original sin." Chattel slavery. Its horrors, Thomas Jefferson prophesied, would bring down a wrath of biblical proportions. "Indeed," Jefferson wrote, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever."
In 1861, the day of reckoning came. The Southern states' determination to establish "their independent slave republic" led to four years of war, 1..5 million casualties, including at least 620,000 deaths, and 20 percent of Southern white males wiped off the face of the earth.
In his second inaugural address, in 1865, Abraham Lincoln agonized that the carnage of this war was God's punishment for "all the wealth piled by the bondsman's 250 years of unrequited toil." Over time the road to atonement revealed itself: In addition to civil war, there would be the Emancipation Proclamation, three separate constitutional amendments--one that abolished slavery, another that defined citizenship, and the other that protected the right to vote--and finally, th Freedman's Bureau, with its mandate to provide land and education. Redemption for the country's "sin," therefore, would require not just the end of slavery but also the recognition of full citizenship for African Americans, the right to vote, an economic basis to ensure freedom, and high-quality schools to break th e generational chains of enforced ignorance and subjugation.

--Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury, 2017) 9781632864130
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News of a literary nature


Florida"This one goes out to all the men who contacted me to say that my interview (in these these same pages) was bitterly unfair because I said out that men don’t read women: Here you go, sweet gents."

keep reading: Lauren Groff on reading women writers




"Whether it be an old-timer passing down their wisdom or listening to a well-aged recording of someone long gone from this earth, or vast shelves of often forgotten books gathering dust at your local library or historical society, how one tracks down the essence of who came before us, and who will surely come after, resides in the annals of storytelling."

keep reading: The Folkmoot Storytelling Series


Vain Conversation"We seem to think that redemption always has a happy ending,” he said. “Not necessarily." 

keep reading: Anthony Grooms, the Vain Conversation



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

Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra, Brenna Vaughan
Simple, accessible and fun, Just Breathe is certain to become THE mindfulness and meditation go-to book for children, young adults and even adults interested in dipping their toe into the mindfulness lifestyle.  

Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra, Brenna Vaughan (12.99*, Running Press Kids), recommended by The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC.

Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Riveting and spellbinding, this brilliantly written thriller takes us into the hearts of two grieving mothers…one innocent; the other…well! I’ll let you determine that after you read this captivating story. Lots of twists and turns, and a good surprise ending that will keep you turning pages.

Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan ($25.99*, Forge Books), recommended by Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC.



Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
A woman’s body is found strangled in a garden in London. When the victim’s identity is discovered it throws Detective Catrina Kinsella’s life into a nightmare that she couldn’t have imagined.  The victim, as it turned out, was actually someone that Cat had once known. She was someone who had disappeared from Ireland years earlier and was never seen again. While on vacation in Ireland with her family when she was 8, she witnessed her father give the then young girl a ride. Later when the girl disappeared, Cat heard her father lie to the police about ever knowing her. Now, years later the woman’s body is found not far from where her father now lives and works in London. Was it coincidence or something far more sinister?

Cat is flawed, she’s sassy-mouthed, she’s complex and deep-down, and she’s compassionate. But most of all she believes people should have to pay for their crimes. Sweet Little Lies is a debut mystery that really delivers. It is a dark story with a touch of humor and a wonderfully developed character who I would love to see again. 

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear ($26.99*, Harper), recommended by Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC.


Surviving Adam Meade Shannon Klare ($16.99*, Swoon Reads), recommended by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.

 A Summer 2018 Okra Pick


Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Historical fiction at its finest. Langston longs for his beloved mother and his home in Alabama. But his mother has passed away and his father has moved him to Chicago. Langston struggles both being the new boy in class and with his father who is suffering silently. His discovery of the local library and the books of poetry by a man who shares his name opens a world of discovery that forges new friendships, reveals secrets, and helps his family heal.  

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome ($16.99*, Holiday House), recommended by McIntyre's Fine Books, Pittsboro, NC.

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The List: What they're reading at Book No Further, Roanoke, VA
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Less  Everything I Never Told You Meet Me at the Museum Always Eat Left Handed 
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The Southern Bookstore

An Interview with the Owners of Book No Further in Roanoke, VA

Name: Doloris Vest and Craig Coker, owners

Store and Location: Book No Further, 16 Church Ave, SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

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Number of years as a bookseller: Almost one as an owner and a couple of holiday seasons in the past.

"Best part about being a bookseller: Talking books and trying to get the right book in the right hand".

Best part about being a bookseller: Talking books and trying to get the right book in the right hand.

What book(s) are you reading?: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Fist by Sunil Yapa (the Roanoke Valley Reads pick) Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift.

DopesickFavorite handsell of 2018: Varina by Charles Frazier about Varina Davis, wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. I pair it with Winnie Davis by Heath Lee, a wonderful biography of Varina and Jefferson’s youngest daughter covering the same time.

Best thing you did this year at your store: Got it open! ;-) Also, I am so glad we have been able to bring attention to the literary community that exists here and bring readers and writers together. Our most successful event was a talk with Liza Mundy, a Roanoke native, on her book Code Girls about women who broke German and Japanese codes in WWII. We’re expecting 100-plus for our event on September 5 with another Roanoker and Beth Macy, author of New York Times Bestseller Dopesick.

Social Media Stats: Our likes are essentially even with the used and chain bookstores in the area who have been open more than 20 years. One of our most popular social posts was of a visit by the Easter Bunny. 

What are some ways you work with your community? Major emphasis in the store on local writers. We’re blessed with a large number of nationally published authors living in Western Virginia. Beth Macy, David Baldacci, Sharyn McCrumb, Diane Fanning, Leah Weiss and others. In our first 10 months we hosted 18 author talks for more than 30 authors, a number of special events including our Grand Opening, Small Business Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day as well as community events like MuggleFest, Spring Festival, Riot Rooster Makers Festival, Dickens of Christmas and others. We work with a lot of non-profits to offer books at their events where they otherwise wouldn’t have the resources, and generally donate some of the proceeds back to the organization, such as the Harrison Museum of African American History. My favorite activity is working with Blue Ridge Literacy. We give each new reader or ESL program completer a book of their choice.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Book City Roanoke, which supports all thing literary in Western Virginia; We work closely with Downtown Roanoke Inc. to promote downtown retail of all kinds.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The most unusual thing is helping customers learn to knit or crochet. If a customer mentions trying to learn and having difficulty, I invite them to the store when it’s quiet and help them through the difficult parts.

Top priority for 2018: Getting established in the store itself, learning customer preferences, and building community awareness that there is an indie store in town. 

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Carol Anderson on Voter Supression


"the response to bringing 15 million new voters, overwhelmingly people of color and poor people, into American democracy, was to figure out how to shut it down and shut them out."
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The Okra Pick(s) of the Week

"What the hell is wrong with white people?

Seriously, what is going on in the white community that white folks all over the nation express; one, a sense of surprise by the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore; and two, complete ignorance of their role in the continued devaluation of black and brown life?

What level of denial must one operate to miss the connection between their neo-liberal, fascist, white supremacist policies and the continued killing of black and brown bodies all over this country and beyond? How can a people and its government founded on the principles of chattel slavery privatize prisons (and fill them disproportionately with black and brown bodies), de-fund then close mostly black and brown schools, and concentrate wealth among a small number of white males while pretending it has achieved a "post-racial" society?"

White Rage by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury) Recommended by Manny at Acappella Books Atlanta GA

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635571370 | $27.00 | September 11, 2018 | Buy


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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending August 19. 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. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $26, 9780425284681
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. Vox
Christina Dalcher, Berkley, $26, 9780440000785
4. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Viking, $27, 9780670026197
5. The Other Woman
Daniel Silva, Harper, $28.99, 9780062834829

1. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
2. Calypso
David Sedaris, Little Brown, $28, 9780316392389
3. Unhinged
Omarosa Manigault Newman, Gallery, $28, 9781982109707
4. Dopesick
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316551243
5. Girl, Wash Your Face
Rachel Hollis, Thomas Nelson, $22.99, 9781400201655
Special to the Southern List

The Line That Held Us David Joy, Putnam, $27, You're on an Airplane Parker Posey, Blue Rider Press, $28, The American Spirit David McCullough, S&S, $16, Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $17.99,

FICTION of note

1. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $26, 9780425284681
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
9. The Overstory

Richard Powers, Norton, $27.95, 9780393635522
13. An American Marriage

Tayari Jones, Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616208776
 15. The Line That Held Us
David Joy, Putnam, $27, 9780399574221
 9. The Last Ballad
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $15.99, 9780062313126
4. A Long Walk to Water
Linda Sue Park, HMH Books for Young Readers, $7.99, 9780547577319
7. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton, Puffin, $9.99, 9780140385724
8. We Were Liars
E. Lockhart, Ember, $10.99, 9780385741279

4. Dopesick
Beth Macy, Little Brown, $28, 9780316551243
12. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table

Rick Bragg, Knopf, $28.95, 9781400040414
14. You're on an Airplane

Parker Posey, Blue Rider Press, $28, 9780735218192
7. Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance, Harper, $16.99, 9780062300553
9. Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
10. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
14. The American Spirit

David McCullough, S&S, $16, 9781501174193
15. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
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An Evening with Brian Abrams  (author appearance)
Brian Abrams | 08/31/2018, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Flose Boursiquot Reading and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Flose Boursiquot | 08/31/2018, 06:00 pm | Poetic Justice Books and Arts | Port St. Lucie, FL

Ilona Andrews, Magic Triumphs  (author appearance)
Ilona Andrews | 08/31/2018, 07:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Lisa Patton Author of Rush  (author appearance)
Lisa Patton | 08/31/2018, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Meet the Author: David Shannon  (author appearance)
David Shannon | 08/31/2018, 06:30 pm | Hooray For Books | Alexandria, VA

Paper Gardens: A Stroll through French Literature  (author appearance)
Évelyne Bloch-Dano | 08/31/2018, 06:30 pm | New Dominion Bookshop | Virginia, VA

Lucy Tobias - Circle the Center  (author appearance)
Lucy Tobias | 09/01/2018, 06:00 pm | Midtown Reader | Tallahassee, FL

Georgann Eubanks presents The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year  (author appearance)
Georgann Eubanks | 09/01/2018, 04:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Signe Pike's "The Lost Queen" Pre-Publication Party  (author appearance)
Signe Pike | 09/02/2018, 05:00 pm | Buxton Books | Charleston, SC

Mary Schmidt Campbell - An American Odyssey  (author appearance)
Mary Schmidt | 09/04/2018, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Unapologetic: An Evening with Charlene Carruthers and Mary Hooks  (author appearance)
Charlene Carruthers | 09/04/2018, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

David Sansing with THE OTHER MISSISSIPPI  (author appearance)
David Sansing | 09/04/2018, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Malka Older reads from her near-future political thriller State Tectonics  (author appearance)
Malka Older | 09/04/2018, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Jacqui Castle launches The Seclusion  (author appearance)
Jacqui Castle | 09/04/2018, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

No, It's Just You - Launch and The Birth of Scuppernong Editions  (author appearance)
Andrew Saulters | 09/04/2018 | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Book Your Lunch with Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig  (author appearance)
Karen White | 09/04/2018, 11:30 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Signe Pike Author of The Lost Queen  (author appearance)
Signe Pike | 09/04/2018, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

Book Your Lunch with Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig  (author appearance)
Karen White | 09/04/2018, 11:30 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Books & Bites Series  (author appearance)
Clara Silverstein | 09/05/2018, 11:30-1:00 pm | The Book Loft | Fernandina Beach, FL

Andrea Carter Mystery Author  (author appearance)
Andrea Carter | 09/05/2018, 05:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Charlene Carruthers | 09/05/2018, 06:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Rush by Lisa Patton  (author appearance)
Lisa Patton | 09/05/2018, 05:00 pm | Lemuria Books | Jackson, MS

Bobbie Ann Mason with PATCHWORK  (author appearance)
Bobbie Ann Mason | 09/05/2018, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Hassan Melehy, Elizabeth T. Gray, and David Need read from their poetry collections  (author appearance)
Hassan Melehy | 09/05/2018, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Chip Bristol, The Boy Who Liked to Wear a Red Cape  (author appearance)
Chip Bristol | 09/05/2018, 07:00 pm | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Frye Gaillard  (author appearance)
Frye Gaillard | 09/06/2018, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Joyce Blaylock  (author appearance)
Joyce Blaylock | 09/06/2018, 04:00 pm | Little Bookworms | Bradenton, FL

Roslyn Schindler  (author appearance)
Roslyn Schindler | 09/06/2018, 11:00 am | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Derryn Moten - Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.  (author appearance)
Derryn Moten | 09/06/2018, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Kai Brown  (author appearance)
Kai Brown | 09/06/2018, 04:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

Beck Dorey-Stein on Thacker Mountain Radio with FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL  (author appearance)
Beck Dorey-Stein | 09/06/2018, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Lisa Patton - Rush  (author appearance)
Lisa Patton | 09/06/2018, 05:30 pm | Turnrow Books | Greenwood, MS

Eric Gaddy launches Retire Early: What Are You Waiting For?  (author appearance)
Eric Gaddy | 09/06/2018, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Kelly Barnhill – Dreadful Young Ladies And Other Stories & The Girl Who Drank the Moon  (author appearance)
Kelly Barnhill | 09/06/2018, 06:00 pm | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC

Nora Gaskin: The Worst Thing  (author appearance)
Nora Gaskin | 09/06/2018, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams and Karen White   (author appearance)
Lauren Willig | 09/06/2018, 11:45 am | Blue Bicycle Books | Charleston, SC

Author event with Charles E. Smith, author of Journal of a Fast Track Life and Lessons Learned Along the Way  (author appearance)
Charles E. | 09/06/2018, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Authors Round the South |
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