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{This is what we do, barbecue and novels}

In which Ms. Ann Patchett takes a risk and recommends some books, Mr. Hal Crowther is amused by the mint juleps served at a party, Mr. Simon Van Booy kisses random people on the cheek, Mr. Terry Kay is allergic to beef, and her ladyship sees a bald eagle and doesn't quite believe her eyes.

April 1, 2012

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)  Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!
Chasing Midnight

The Healing

The House I Loved



The Starboard Sea

In the Garden of Beasts

The Righteous Mind

Killing Lincoln


That Woman

The American Heiress

Clara and Mr. Tiffany

Iron House

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

I Totally Meant to Do That


In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

The Devil in the White City

The Glass Castle

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Lucky One

The Night Before Easter

Guess How Much I Love You

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Same Sun Here

Author Readings

Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia to the Rescue at That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR  (April 13 2012)

Charles Martin, author of Thunder and Rain at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 13 2012)

Philip Gerard, author of The Patron Saint of Dreams at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (April 13 2012)

Mark K. Updegrove, author of Indomitable Will at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (April 17 2012)

Wendy Reed, author of Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/18/2012)

Taylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 20 2012)

James Higdon, author of The Cornbread Mafia at Lincolns Loft Bookstore in Hodgenville, KY  (04/20/2012)

Homer Hickam, author of Crater (Helium - 3) Novel at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/20/2012)

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/27/2012)

Tennant McWilliams, author of Chaplain's Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospit at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (04/27/2012)

Jo Humphries, author of Palmetto Portrait Project at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (April 27 2012)

Imran Ahmad, author of The Perfect Gentleman at A Cappella Books in Atlanta, GA  (May 2 2012)

Jim Harrison, author of The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (May 4 2012)

Biran Latell, author of Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence at Books & Books Inc in Coral Gables, FL  (May 4 2012)

Ron Rash, author of The Cove at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/11/2012)

STARSMary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/14/2012)

Oneal Smalls, author of Blessed Be the Ties that Bind at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/18/2012)

Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (05/25/2012)

Okra Pick!Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/01/2012)

Jeff Shaara, author of A Blaze of Glory at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/08/2012)

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/12/2012)

STARSMary Ann McFadden, author of The Book Lover at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/15/2012)

Mary Kay Andrews, author of Spring Fever at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (06/19/2012)

STARSKaren White, author of Sea Change at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/22/2012)

Angie LeClercq, author of A Grand Tour of Gardens at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (06/29/2012)

Authors Round the South

Dearest readers,

The other day as her ladyship was walking her dog along the sandbars in the sound, she was surprised by the sudden dive and lift of...a bald eagle! It plummeted down not sixty feet away, and then heaved up with something flashing in its claws. A fish, her ladyship presumes, but to perfectly honest it could have been the Hope Diamond and her ladyship would not have noticed, so startled and overwhelmed she was at the sight of the eagle itself.

Bald eagles are unmistakably, well, bald eagles. Her ladyship is the most casual of birders and not in the least an expert, but the white head, the white fan tail, the sheer size, what else could it have been? The eagle is, as one of her friends quoted from Mr. Roger Tory Peterson, "all field mark."


Eagles are common enough to be listed in her ladyship's pocket guide to common birds of the Carolinas. Still, it was such a startling sight that even though her ladyship stood there ankle-deep in the marsh thinking "That is an eagle. That is a bald eagle," she still had trouble believing the evidence of her own eyes. Ospreys she is quite used to. Eagles she has only ever seen on television and It was both disorienting and exhilarating.  And her ladyship has got rather behind in her desk work as a result, since she persists in going out to the marsh for extended periods, in the hopes of seeing another.

Happy reading! 

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending April 1, 2012

Columbia, SC -April 12, 2012 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound.org and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, April 1, 2012. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound.org.

STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $23.95, 9780307957122
2. Stay Close
Harlan Coben, Dutton, $27.95, 9780525952275
3. Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307959850
4. Elegy for Eddie
Jacqueline Winspear, Harper, $25.99, 9780062049575
5. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
6. The Expats
Chris Pavone, Crown, $26, 9780307956354
7. Chasing Midnight
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $25.95, 9780399158315
8. Guilty Wives
James Patterson, David Ellis, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316097567
okra9. The Healing
Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese, $26, 9780385534673
10. The House I Loved

Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9780312593308
11. Arcadia
Lauren Groff, Voice, $25.99, 9781401340872
12. Betrayal
Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $28, 9780385343190
13. Carry the One
Carol Anshaw, S&S, $25, 9781451636888
14. The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, $28, 9780374203054
15. The Starboard Sea
Amber Dermont, St. Martin's, $24.99, 9780312642808

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Drift
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $25, 9780307460981
2. The Big Miss
Hank Haney, Crown Archetype, $26, 9780307985989
3. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, $25.95, 9780307592736
4. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
5. Bringing Up Bébé
Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594203336
6. Some Assembly Required
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594488412
7. Imagine
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547386072
8. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
9. The Righteous Mind
Jonathan Haidt, Pantheon, $28.95, 9780307377906
10. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
11. Revelations
Elaine Pagels, Viking, $27.95, 9780670023349
12. Quiet
Susan Cain, Crown, $26, 9780307352149
13. Goodnight iPad
Ann Droyd, Blue Rider, $14.95, 9780399158568
14. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Random House, $28, 9781400069286
15. That Woman
Anne Sebba, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250002969

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht, Random House, $15, 9780385343848
2. The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown, Berkley, $15, 9780425244142
3. The House at Tyneford
Natasha Solomons, Plume, $15, 9780452297647
4. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
5. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454560
7. The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka, Anchor, $13.95, 9780307744425
8. The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307454553
9. The American Heiress
Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312658663
10. The Sisters Brothers
Patrick DeWitt, Ecco, $14.99, 9780062041289
11. Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Susan Vreeland, Random House, $15, 9780812980189
12. Iron House
John Hart, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9781250007018
13. Swamplandia!
Karen Russell, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307276681
14. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
15. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307472984

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $15.99, 9780316056878
2. Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer, Penguin, $16, 9780143120537
3. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon, Broadway, $15.99, 9780770435622
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
6. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
7. What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?
The Buried Life, et al., Artisan, $19.95, 9781579654764
8. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
9. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
10. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $16, 9781416591061
11. I Totally Meant to Do That
Jane Borden, Broadway, $14, 9780307464637
12. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
13. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Neil White, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780061351631
14. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
15. The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553573428
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $9.99, 9780307742537
4. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780345535429
5. The Affair
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246305
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
7. Dead Reckoning
Charlaine Harris, Ace, $7.99, 9781937007355
8. The Lucky One
Nicholas Sparks, Vision, $7.99, 9780446618328
9. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702
10. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024

Children's Illustrated

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $14.95, 9780394823379
3. I Am a Bunny
Ole Risom, Richard Scarry (Illus.), Golden, $5.99, 9780375827785
4. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
5. Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny!
Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade, $6.99, 9780375872808
6. The Night Before Easter
Natasha Wing, Kathy Couri (Illustrator), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448418735
7. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703812
8. Press Here
Herve Tullet, Chronicle, $15.99, 9780811879545
9. Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illus.), Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763642648
10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter, Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448435213

Children's Interest

1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Chomp
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375868429
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $24.99, 9780439813785
6. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
7. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810989955
8. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
okra9. Same Sun Here
Silas House, Neela Vaswani, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763656843

10. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
Emily Seife, Scholastic, $7.99, 9780545457828

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
4. Big Nate Goes for Broke
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $12.99, 9780061996610
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419702235
6. The Name of This Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
Pseudonymous Bosch, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316113694
7. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951
8. Delirium
Lauren Oliver, Harper, $8.99, 9780061726835
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
10. Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, #9)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $4.99, 9780679883388


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Good Gossip

Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).

Live Oak Public Libraries is hosting their annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest for young artists in elementary school, middle school, high school and college. This year’s theme is “Dream Big: READ” and the deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 25. Book Festival Poster contest

Beginning in fall 2012, Scott Romine, associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will take over editorship of the LSU Press Southern Literary Series. “With his two strong books with LSU Press, and other strong work, Romine is one of the most accomplished scholars (under 45) in the field. He is the best person to carry on the series,” said Fred Hobson, who will step down as editor after a long and impressive run. Scott Romine to become editor of LSU series

"Being from the South give you a certain freedom in a way. Because Southerner writers have been fearless in embracing the bizarre, that precedent is liberating. Vampires in Savannah? Why not?" Raven Hart writes Southern Vampires

"Ann Patchett, who made headlines last year for opening her own indie bookstore in Nashville, Parnassus Books, won Most Engaging Author in 2012 for her involvement during in-store appearances and "having a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to their local communities." Indie Choice Awards

Everything Beautiful Began AfterMs. Ouyang’s class won a $100 gift certificate from Flyleaf Books for their average of 2,331 minutes per student – about 39 hours of reading per student in only two weeks. Glenwood Read-A-Thon Success

“To call yourself a Georgia writer is certainly to declare a limitation, but one which, like all limitations, is a gateway to reality. It is a great blessing, perhaps the greatest blessing a writer can have, to find at home what others have to go elsewhere seeking," Flattery for Flannery

When people grow up in a storytelling culture, he says, they want to tell a few tales themselves. “You just start to get a generation that comes up saying, ‘This is what North Carolinians do,’” Rash says. “We do barbecue and novels.” New novels from three NC writers

The Cove"Without Fountain Bookstore, Simon Van Booy never would have kissed me on the cheek" For the love of Fountain Bookstore

Last fall, I had the good fortune to meet the Southern writer Jason Berry in his native New Orleans. We fell to talking about another Southern writer, Walker Percy, whose debut novel The Moviegoer was set in that splendid city. "I was so grateful when I discovered that book," said Berry, "because it showed me that it was possible to write about my home town."  Ah, the myopia of youth. Imagine thinking that a place like New Orleans lacked sufficient grist for the literary mill. Lux Deluxe

"There’s always a risk in recommending books.  In a way, you’re recommending yourself, your taste.  One of the things that defines us at Parnassus is our extensive staff recommends shelf right when you come in the door.  We’re telling you who we are.  Tristan gets behind Waugh and I get behind St. Aubyn.  In return, customers are always telling us what we should be reading, and I keep adding books to my stack." Strong opinions

“Those of us who knew how phony it was to be serving juleps down on the landing like that, we thought it was hilarious,” Has Southern culture vanished?

The Greats of CuttercaneHe barely made it to the phone. Award-winning author Terry Kay was preparing a vegetable dish for his family to enjoy later that night. “An experiment with kale,” he called it. So there began our conversation about food. Namely, Southern food. We talked about vegetarianism, his allergy to beef (“a hell of a thing for a man to have”), gravy and biscuits before the conversation eventually turned to writing. Terry Kay, Writer @ Work

“I was under the tragic spell of the South, which either you’ve felt or you haven’t. In my case it was acute because, having grown up in Indiana with a Yankee father, a child exile from Kentucky roots of which I was overly proud, I’d long been aware of a faint nowhereness to my life.” John Jeremiah Sullivan: Everywhere and Nowhere

They don’t make cop reporters like her anymore, if they ever did. She is a savvy, fast, tough, hard-as-nails cop reporter with a heart of gold. True. Absolutely. Edna Buchanan to be honored at Florida Heritage Book Festival

There has been much chatter about the state of Southern literature — what it means, what it once meant, what it should mean — but we only have one criteria: that it’s written by a Southern author, and that it’s amazing. 10 Contemporary Southern Authors You Should Be Reading

"We are launching Record Reads with the Oak City Bard Brawl at King’s Barcade. Six North Carolina storytellers will compete for the plumed hat of Sir Walter Raleigh and books donated by Quail Ridge Books & Music as a panel of expert judges sip bourbon and make witticisms on their performances." Raleigh Public Record launches book review section

“Many people don’t realize The Chickamauga National Battlefield is a direct result of a whole bunch of Union and Confederate troops getting together, deciding to preserve the memory and location of the battle as well as planning and holding a huge barbecue with cold beverages, music and more in order to seal the deal. Now that’s history.” The Barbecue that healed a nation

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in anticipation of the 2012 Alabama Book Festival, a 24-hour poetry marathon will be held April 19–20 in downtown Montgomery. Poetry Explosion in Montgomery

The Lonely Hunter"It was like a puzzle," she said in 1975 of compiling different aspects of McCullers' personality into a coherent whole. "You might have 501 pieces, but you can't quit until you have examined each one to see how it fits." Virginia Spencer Carr, Carson McCullers biographer, dies at 82

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park


VideoA Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind than Home

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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

Appalachia Inside OutGrandfather's Song

The Osage family moved slowly to the beat,
circling the drum with sons and daughters,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends joined behind and beside.
We outside the dance stood quiet,
solemn as the dancers in tribute.
To have a song with Grandfather's name,
a tribute for a whole tribe to know,
respect for those now our memories--
we should learn from this pride.
My grandfather's song will have the rhythm
of train wheels on tracks, slow
regular, climbing long slopes.
It will dip and cry like the whistle
of steam rising over the valley,
sharp as red leaves on a mountainside,
Word sounds will jumble and roll
like the voices of many children calling,
playing homemade games of older days.
And in the end it will settle soft,
with the screaking click of a rocker
on a wood porch and tall hemlocks sighing, quiet
as the slow breath of an old man, remembering.

Let us, too, make songs of honor so our old men
are never quite gone.

--Nan Arbunkle, in Appalachia Inside and Out: Conflict and Change edited by Robert J. Higgs, Ambrose N. Manning and Jim Wayne Miller (University of Tennessee Press, 1995) 0870498746

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Read This!: Bookseller Staff Picks

Now in paperback from IndieNext!

The Art of FieldingThe Art of Fielding: A Novel, by Chad Harbach (Back Bay Books, $14.99)
Recommended in hardcover by Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL




The Savage CityThe Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge, by T.J. English (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99) Recommended in hardcover by Daphne Safrit, Literary Book Post, Salisbury, NC




The Year We Left HomeThe Year We Left Home: A Novel, by Jean Thompson (Simon & Schuster, $15) Recommended in hardcover by Anderson McKean, Page & Palette Bookstore, Fairhope, AL




Death InstinctThe Death Instinct: A Novel, by Jed Rubenfeld (Riverhead Trade, 9781594485602, $16) Recommended in hardcover by Drew Williams, Little Professor Book Center,  Homewood, AL

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One Great Bookstore

An Indie Bookstore you should know

Union Ave Book Shop Staff!

Union Avenue Books
 in Knoxville, TN
The Daylight Building
517 Union Ave
Knoxville TN 37902
(865) 951-2180
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Raised in a bookstore--it's a family tradition.

Meet 4 people united by their love of books. Flossie has been in the book business for 25 years and never met a stranger. Her daughter Bunnie was raised in a bookstore and now, in turn, is raising her baby girl Allie Dell the same way. Melinda and her son Jake don't know beans about the book business -- but they do know books and they are having a lot of fun learning the business from Flossie and Bunnie. Together, this crew and their families and staff work hard to make Union Ave Books the kind of place where fellow book lovers can browse if they want some time to themselves, or hang out with local characters and attend book signings with well-known authors. 

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STARS Authors on Tour

STARSWhat are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

Emily CooperFeatured Author: Emily Cooper from Aiken, SC

Emily Cooper will be in Spartanburg, SC 4/13/2012-4/14/2012

Request Emily for your book club!

QUEEN OF THE LOST, The story of Lucy Holcombe Pickens who charmed governors, generals, the czar, Tolstoy, Freemasons and filibusters and whose legacies haunted a small town for 150 years. Called the“Queen of the Confederacy,”Lucy HolcombePickens,Queen of the Lostin1854,memorialized in print a martyred Freemason who tried to free Cuba; she married the once-wealthy, dispossessed governor of the Confederacy; attracted a czar who would be assassinated by those he freed; and was a friend of those who succumbed to the dying embers of the Civil War. She was queen of the lost. Emily Cooper, a former newspaper editor, publisher and congressional press secretary, tells the stories of this beauty, well-known in the 19th century, but seldom mentioned in the 20th. It was during Cooper’s 1971-73 interviews of Eulalie Salley that the author first heard about Lucy Pickens. Cooper’s first book, Eulalie, is a biography of the Aiken, S.C., woman who was a Suffragette and Realtor for Aiken’s early winter colony and who lived in Lucy's home.


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see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Lynne Barrett
Tampa, FL 4/16/2012-4/16/2012

Pamela Bauer Mueller
Walterboro, SC 4/27/2012-4/28/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012
Greenwood, SC 6/22/2012-6/23/2012
Jekyll Island, GA 11/9/2012-11/11/2012

Susan Gregg Gilmore
Little Rock, AR 4/12/2012-4/14/2012
Oxford, MS 6/15/2012-6/17/2012
Marietta, GA 8/22/2012-8/22/2012

Mark Hainds
Hattiesburg, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Montgomery, AL 4/20/2012-4/21/2012
Starkeville, MS 5/15/2012-5/17/2012
Waveland, MS 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Denham Springs, LA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012

Sarah Frances Hardy
Hattiesburg, MS 4/11/2012-4/13/2012
Oxford, MS 4/14/2012-4/14/2012
Natchez, MS 4/19/2012-4/19/2012
Tupelo, MS 4/21/2012-4/21/2012
Grenada, MS 4/28/2012-4/28/2012
Greenwood, MS 5/5/2012-5/5/2012
Jackson, MS 5/11/2012-5/12/2012
Birmingham, AL 5/18/2012-5/18/2012
Athens, GA 5/19/2012-5/19/2012
Waynesville, NC 6/5/2012-6/5/2012
Hendersonville, NC 6/6/2012-6/6/2012
Woodstock, GA 6/23/2012-6/23/2012
Sylva, NC 6/24/2012-6/24/2012

Alma Katsu
Nashville, TN 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Asheville, NC 4/21/2012-4/22/2012
Raleigh, NC 4/22/2012-4/23/2012
Virginia Beach, VA 5/4/2012-5/5/2012

John Malik
Chapel Hill, NC 5/4/2012-5/7/2012

Nancy Naigle
Nashville, TN 8/23/2012-8/26/2012
Naples, FL 9/7/2012-9/9/2012

Tracy A. Spaine
Elizabeth City, NC 5/5/2012-5/7/2012

Dorothy St. James
Bethesda , VA 4/27/2012-4/29/2012
Columbia, SC 5/18/2012-5/20/2012

David Taylor
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Lady Banks' Bookshelf

Beyond Molasses CreekBeyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

Three lives are bound by a single book . . . and the cleansing waters of Molasses Creek.

Having traveled to the ends of the earth as a flight attendant, Ally Green has finally returned to the Lowcountry to bury her father as well as the past. But Vesey Washington is still living across the creek, and theirs is a complicated relationship-he was once her best friend . . . and also part of the reason she's stayed away so long. When Ally discovers a message her father left behind asking her to quit running, it seems her past isn't through with her yet.

As Ally's wandering spirit wrestles with a deep longing to flee again, a young woman on the other side of the world escapes her life of slavery in the rock quarries of Nepal. A mysterious sketchbook leads Sunila Kunari to believe there's more to her story than she's ever been told, and she's determined to follow the truth wherever it leads her.

A deep current intertwines the lives of these three souls, and a destiny of freedom, faith, and friendship awaits them all on the banks of Molasses Creek.


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