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{On getting sweaty while discussing poetry.}

In which Ms.Lalita Tademy declines to give a recipe for sofki, Mr. Sean Brock is happy to give his recipe for pan-fried shad roe with bacon jam and collard kraut, her ladyship, the editor, spills the secret of Grandmother's famous cranberry bread.

November 16, 2014

Dearest readers,

Cranberry ThanksgivingToday her ladyship, the editor, is making cranberry bread. And not just any cranberry bread. No, it is Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread, so famous it inspired a larceny attempt from an unscrupulous (if well-dressed) baker from another town. Thank goodness Grandmother's granddaughter Maggie had the foresight to invite her good friend Mr. Whiskers--even though he smelled of seaweed. Thanks to Mr. Whiskers, Grandmother's secret recipe remains safe.

...at least, until the advent of the Internet.

Now Grandmother's secret recipe is famous in kitchens across the country.

Citizens CreekDon't forget to check in a the upcoming live Q&A with Lalita Tademy on Facebook!

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy 

Be honest. How much do you really know about the American Indian wars and the "Great Removal"? About the lives of the Creeks and the Seminoles in the antebellum South? Click here to RSVP for the live discussion with Lalita Tademy on Facebook next week.

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her ladyship, the editor


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week


Lady Banks' Commonplace Book


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

Citizens CreekHis master's voice, testy, from the direction of the main house. He had to ovey, evetualy, but pretended not to hear, giving himself time, sliding his hand along the stomach line from dewlap to udder, feeling for an unfamiliar bulge or irritated patch. Good. Nothing for worry. He was sure what awaited him was another meaningless chore, or errand easily assigned to one of the others. A task not worthy of a hilis haya. A healer. Her was just turned twelve, mostly a man.

"Tom!"

Hadjo chewed a lazy cud, her eyes calm, but he knew better than to believe she couldn't just as well deliver a fast kick, whether hurt or merely displeased, and kept his body from her firing line. She still showed no sign of shakes, thank the Great Spirit. She was full of personality among her dimmer colleagues, a bit of a show-off. He'd named her himself, Hadjo, the Creek word for jokester. No one else would understand his choice of favorite. They'd choose the cow that calved often and gave most milk, or one with big haunches for a tasty stew, or the strongest, or they'd refuse to pick at all, unable to see differences, as if one cow substituted for another. She might not fetch highest price if put to sale, but Tom preferred clever.

--Lalita Tademy, Citizens Creek (Atria, 2014) 9781476753034

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Her ladyship, the editor, interviews Lalita Tademy

Lalita Tademy

Citizens CreekLalita Tademy is the New York Times Bestselling author of two historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001 and was translated into 11 languages, and her second novel, Red River, was selected as San Francisco’s One City, One Book in 2007. Her third novel is Citizens Creek, which was published this month and was chosen by Southern independent bookstores as their "One Book One South" choice for 2014. Lalita Tademy will be participating in a live Q&A Facebook on November 20th at 8 pm EST as part of the One Book One South southern-wide discussion of the book.

LB: How did this story find you?

LT: Historically based, multi-generation stories intrigue me, and I stumbled across my incredible characters in an out-of-print biography written about a black oilman, Jake Simmons Jr. in Oklahoma who made his fortune in the early to mid 1900’s.   Staking a Claim, the Making of a Black Oil Dynasty, by Jonathan Greenburg was instrumental in connecting me to the energy of Cow Tom and Rose. As interesting as Jake Simmons was, what gripped me were the few pages devoted to his mother and his great-grandfather. Cow Tom, a former slave of a Creek Indian chief, rose in the tribe to become an African Creek chief himself. His granddaughter Rose was a fierce woman with a pioneer spirit who raised fourteen children and built her own ranch in Oklahoma. Who could resist these people?

LB: What was the most surprising thing you learned?

LT: I was shocked at how little I knew about Native Americans, and the intersection of blacks and Indians. (By the way, as politically incorrect as it may be to say Indian, between the years of research where all the documentation calls out Indian and living in the 1800s in my head, I’m going to say Indian and not Native American. I hope I’m not offending anyone). I didn’t know that Indians owned slaves in the south before they were Removed along the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma with their slave property. I didn’t know that some slaves were able to use their multilingualism (speaking English as well as several Indian dialects, including Muskoke and Hitchiti) to serve as interpreters and negotiators between the tribes and the U.S. government, earning money to buy their freedom and ascend within the tribe.

LB: The fact that Native American tribes owned slaves is not a well-known aspect of American history. What were some of the differences of being a slave to Creek Indians and being a slave to whites?

LT: In some cases, there were no differences at all. Practices and attitudes differed among and between tribes regarding how they treated their slaves. Some tribes, particularly many of the Lower Creeks, who chose to fight on the side of the Confederates in the Civil War, mirrored the practices of white plantation owners. Other tribes, particularly the Upper Creeks, most of whom chose the Union side in the Civil War, treated their slaves more as members, working for the tribal community. Whether the descendants of Freedmen freed by the War are considered citizens of the tribe is still a question today, and was the defining issue of Cow Tom’s life’s work.

LB: How did a slave become a member of the Creek tribe?

LT: Again, this question has to be answered differently depending on which branch of Creek tribe you talk about. Some Native American Creeks were vehemently opposed to black or slave citizenship, and some were not. Cow Tom bought himself free before the Civil War, and considered himself a working member of the tribe. There wasn’t a ceremony, per se.

After the Civil War, some black towns sprang up within the Creek territory, side by side with the Indian towns, and their leadership served in Creek Government. Cow Tom was a member of the House of Kings, a governing body of all Creeks, Indian and black.

LB: You based this on a real family--did you have any concerns about being able to tell the story well, even if there was not much documentation, and being truthful (and realistic) while still remaining respectful to the family?

LT: I always have concerns about being able to tell a story well. That’s the life of a writer. But I ended the telling of this story in the early 1900’s. My aim was to present a tale based on remarkable people who lived and died in the past (this is historical fiction, after all), and not to bring it up to the present time. I’ve used this same intention in 2 other historical novels, Cane River and Red River, both of which drew from my own family, which this does not. Whether I'm basing a tale on my family or not, I don’t want to present a story in the current memory of anyone living. My concern for authenticity rests with representing the complicated times in which characters lived as accurately and respectfully as I can. I strongly believe Citizens Creek is a story worth sharing, because these are characters who left a wonderful legacy of commitment to family and community, who valued hard work and advancement, and who made a difference under almost impossible circumstances.

LB: Was there any part of the story you were tempted to leave out? Were there parts you left out that you were tempted to put in?

LT: I was tempted to leave out the scope of Rose’s husband’s infidelity, which was well documented. I was tempted to tone down how often some force, tribe or U.S. government or boomer tried to dispossess this family of the land they worked, but the continual assault was a significant part of the story, the way they were forced to live, and I left most in.

LB: The scene where Cow Tom is facing the black Seminole and his two sons gave me terrible dreams. Was it hard to write? Were there any parts of Cow Tom and Rose’s stories you found difficult to tell?

LT: The scene with the Seminole father was very tough to write, and I took it out and put it back in several times. I finally left the scene in because Cow Tom was constantly forced to walk a tightrope between immovable forces, with no easy personal or ethical choices, and he was human, and didn’t always find a satisfactory way out. I also found the non-nurturing parts of Rose’s upbringing difficult to depict, but again, believe this shaped who she became as a grown woman.

LB: Identity is a major theme in Citizens Creek. It comes through in the way Cow Tom, Bella, and Rose are named, but also in the way the family fights to hold on to the pieces of paper that say they are free, their citizenship in the Creek tribe and to the ranch they built. "Make your own family," is how Cow Tom puts it. What did you find different in Cow Tom's family history from the standard American archetype of the pioneer going west to make their own name and fortune and identity? What was similar?

LT: I avoided Cow Tom as archetype. Like many slaves, he burned to be free, but also to create a family he didn’t have growing up. He was smart, and clever, and had the additional burden of needing to operate within a slavery framework that limited how ambitious he could appear to be or how to make certain things happen. But both Cow Tom and Rose defined and prioritized their family, in different ways, and were intensely committed to keep the family together.

LB: Why was it important for Cow Tom, and Rose, and eventually Eugene, to "go off" in order to grow up and become their own person?

LT: So much of identity is formed when you test yourself on different “battlefields”, and not those circumstances where people think they already know you. Each character needs the challenge of growing outside the gaze of those who know them best to become who they ultimately can.

LB: Was the historical Rose really a twin? Where did "Twin" come from?

LT: In a historical novel, some things are documented, and other things are, frankly, made up to help the story flow. I usually don’t disclose which is which in my novels. But just this once, I’ll say that according to records, Rose had a twin who died early, and I couldn’t resist putting his spirit into the story as she grew up.

“Sometimes, when leadership is not given, it must be taken”

LB: One thing that comes through in Citizens Creek is the many ways Cow Tom, and Rose, take control over their own destinies even when their situations are very precarious or other people are supposedly in control of their fate. Often Cow Tom is able to exercise some power even when he is ostensibly powerless—such as the way he becomes the arbitrator between the slaves and the white men on the ship. How usual or unusual was this?

LT: I believe we don’t acknowledge enough how many events that defy the stereotypes happen. Cow Tom says “Sometimes, when leadership is not given, it must be taken”, and he lives his life in that way. Rose runs a ranch where the hands would rather take their orders from her husband, but she won't concede that. These “defiances” of convention are what enable different outcomes, and the reason I believe these characters made a difference in their respective worlds.

LB: How do you make sofki?

LT: Now here is a question I am going to dodge. I have it on good authority that you can make this corn dish in a day, that it can't be done in less than 3 days, that it stinks to high heaven, that it is the consistency of stew, that it is like a paste, that it is a thin gruel, that it is delicious, that it doesn’t taste great but you eat it to survive. I cannot reconcile all these accounts, and someone is going to challenge me, and they will be right to do so. Therefore, next question.

LB: One of my favorite things about Citizens Creek is that it shows how rich and deep the culture is among slave populations. That is often ignored or glossed over in standard history and historical fiction, which tends to focus on the exploitation of slaves, not who they were as people. Was it difficult to strike a balance between the brutal repression slaves endured, and the steadfastness with which they held on to their own culture? Did you worry about doing justice to both aspects of a life in slavery?

LT: As I said before, I worry about everything. As a writer, that’s my job. But I have no interest in the “One Story” of slavery. The whips and chains and suffering and victimhood, even though there is plenty to lament. To survive slavery, let alone to thrive, indicates a remarkable will, and that I do have interest in. A dehumanizing system diminishes everybody, but the characters I'm drawn to figure out how to deal with the hand that they're dealt and make a difference. It was remarkable to me how many superstitions were embedded in the Creek culture, and in the slave culture, and Cow Tom’s wife Amy displayed a combination of both, making her own rich gumbo.

LB: I think Citizens Creek has much to say about what it means to be "American." But did Cow Tom – fictional or historical --  think of himself as "an American," do you think?

LT: My fictional Cow Tom did not transcend race, by any means, and fought his entire life to pull up his Freedmen brothers and sisters to protect them by treaty. I think American meant something different in the 1800’s than today, and I suspect he thought more in terms of being a Citizen, a valuable and contributing member of his community, dedicated to inclusion and contribution. As for the real Cow Tom, who’s to say?

LB: There's another chapter to the story of Cow Tom's family: Rose and Jake's son Jake Simmons, Jr. goes on to found an oil dynasty in Oklahoma. Are you going to write that story?

LT: Definitely not. It takes me 3-4 years to write a historical novel, and I've already written the part of the story that lit my fire. Now it’s time to move on.

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Book & Author Gossip

Something Rich and Strange

Something Rich and StrangeFor those unfamiliar with the beautiful and searing short stories of Ron Rash, "Something Rich and Strange" is a generous, well-timed introduction. Rash's stories tell in crisp, gripping prose the emotional travails of life on the Appalachian outback from Civil War days through the Great Depression, the Vietnam War and encroaching modern urban plagues. All 12 of the stories previously collected in "Burning Bright" (2010) are included in this new collection, as are most of those in "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (2013) and many of those from his other highly praised books over the past 20 years. It's a near-comprehensive collection of the best of Rash's short fiction, a real boon to readers new to this Southern writer of the first rank.

Country Bookshop celebrates 40 years

Ben Koenig’s Country Bookshop in the heart of Plainfield Village is celebrating a 40th anniversary this year.  But you’d never know it. Ben who has just hit 72 himself seems not overly impressed by anniversaries, be it his own birthday or the 40th year of the bookshop.

Southern heritage cooking

HeritageFew chefs have garnered as much applause for their contributions to Southern cookery in the past decade as Brock, and the lush, 335-page hardcover is brimming with recipes for cooks of all levels. Whether attempting a first bowl of grits or tackling obscure entrées like pan-fried shad roe with bacon jam and collard kraut, "Heritage" is equal parts introduction and in-depth scholarship of dining below the Mason-Dixon Line that belongs in any cook's collection.

Lee Smith receive Walter Raleigh Award

The state Literary and Historical Association is presenting the North Carolina Book Awards this year to novelist Lee Smith of Hillsborough, Broadway veteran Terrance Mann and others during its annual meeting in New Bern.  Smith will receive the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for fiction for "Guests on Earth," about Zelda Fitzgerald's death in 1948 at Highland Hospital in Asheville.

Getty sweaty for Whitman

Long before I took Michael Higgins’ 11th-grade American Literature class at Cave Spring High School in 1978, I’d heard he was a passionate proponent of The Word. Older kids had told me he was “really into” English, that it was not unusual for him to get sweaty discussing a Walt Whitman poem. I’d heard, too, that he was a master storyteller.

A Southern Girl

A Southern GirlNow and again a book comes along that offers not only an engaging story but one that actually makes its readers think. "A Southern Girl," a novel by John Warley is one of those books. On the surface, the story centers on the experiences of one family as they navigate the process of international adoption. However, as the reader will find out, there are deeper issues at play here – questions about identity and finding one's place in the larger world.

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STARS Authors

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.

Mary Burton

Mary BurtonMary Burton enjoys hunting serial killers. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, she’s tracked them down in her hometown of Richmond, Old Town Alexandria, Austin and, now, Nashville in books that have brought her acclaim and a loyal readership. Mary’s been intrigued by investigative work and the people who do it since Virginia was stung by a string of serial killings spanning more than twenty years. So, it’s not surprising that many of her novels, for which she’s been compared to Steig Larson*, Lisa Gardner**, and Lisa Jackson***, are propelled by the acts of multiple killers and the people who pursue them.

Request Mary for a book club or event

Mary's Profile Page on STARS

Cover Your EyesCover Your Eyes

Don't Look

At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse--just a twisted need to witness each victim's last terrified moments.

Don't Speak

Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn't want to agree. But if Rachel's hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson thirty years ago could be the source of a new string of brutal slayings.

Just Prepare To Die

Rachel's investigation is about to reveal answers--but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she's become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be. . .

See the full list of authors in the STARS Program online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Leigh Ann Hein reads from Phenomenal

One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe’s most incredible natural phenomena

Cover Your EyesHeartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart. A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflicted but joyful experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

Phenomenal begins in hardship: with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn. The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties, all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women.Convinced that the greatest key to happiness—both her own and that of her family—lies in periodically allowing herself to venture into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder.

Henion’s quest takes her far afield, but it swiftly teaches her that freedom is its own form of parenting, one that ultimately allows her to meet her son on his own terms: with a visceral understanding of the wonder he experiences every day at the fresh new world. Whether standing on the still-burning volcanoes of Hawai’i or in the fearsome lightning storms of Venezuela, in the vast animal movements of Tanzania or the elegant butterfly migrations of Mexico, Henion reveals in Phenomenal a world of sublimity and revelation.

Henion’s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern-day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists. She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, each going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena. These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead. And somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them.

A breathtaking memoir, Phenomenal reveals unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature.

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

Citizens Creek
by Lalita Tademy

Citizens CreekThe "New York Times "bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick "Cane River" brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. 

Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money--but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward? 

Cow Tom's legacy lives on--especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather's indelible mark of courage inspires her--in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies. 
Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, "Citizens Creek" is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family--and above all, the power of an individual's will to make a difference.

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Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

The ArrivalWithout a single word, these beautifully detailed and nuanced drawings tell a story of an immigrant trying to establish a better life for his family in a distant country.

The visual tone of the book implies a past we may think we recognize, but with symbols and customs unknown to any specific time or place, Tan constructs a land where any of us may imagine the incredible endeavor of being alone in a completely foreign landscape. Well-crafted and keenly empathetic. 

The Arrival By Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine) Recommended by Rachel at Scuppernong Books Greensboro NC


SurfmenWe all know about the US Coast Guard and many of us know about the predecessor, the United States Lifesaving Service. But how many of us have thought about how those rescue men became organized?

Marshall does a wonderful job illuminating the past of the heroes of the coast. Cape Hatteras historical fiction based on fact and full of high adventure.

Surfmen By Charles Marshall (Fireship Press) Recommended by Buxton Books Buxton NC

 

 

I'll Give You the SunHow to do justice to a novel that allows you to know each character so intimately that their  pain and triumphs are your own?

I fell head-over-heels for twins Noah and Jude. I couldn’t resist Noah, who has a penchant for contextualizing his life into paintings, or Jude, who takes to keeping onions in her pockets to avoid serious illness. The two share an almost other-worldly bond, but as life rapidly spins beyond their control and they retreat into their own internalized worlds, they lose touch with  the others’ heart.

Their journey back to one another is absolutely stunning.

Peppered with beautiful imagery and quirky excerpts from Grandma Sweetwine’s folksy bible, I’ll Give You the Sun is a book you’ll wanna hold close to your heart. Or maybe I should just say, I want to give this book to everyone I have ever or will ever meet.

I'll Give You the Sun By Jandy Nelson (Dial) Recommended by Amanda at Foxtale Bookshoppe Woodstock GA

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 9, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- 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. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Burning Room
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316225939
4. Let Me Be Frank With You
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062
5. Prince Lestat
Anne Rice, Knopf, $28.95, 9780307962522
6. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708
7. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
8. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28, 9780345544926
9. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, FSG, $26, 9780374187613
okra10. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447

11. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
12. Beautiful You
Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385538039
13. Blue Horses
Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, $24.95, 9781594204791
14. The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $18.95, 9780756410438
15. The Peripheral
William Gibson, Putnam Adult, $28.95, 9780399158445

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
2. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
3. Make It Ahead
Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464880
okra4. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

5. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
6. Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780553497359
7. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham, Random House, $28, 9780812994995
8. The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
9. Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty
David Dibenedetto, Harperwave, $25.99, 9780062242358
10. Rebel Yell
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $35, 9781451673289
11. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
12. The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore, Knopf, $29.95, 9780385354042
13. J.J. Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks
J.J. Virgin, Grand Central Life & Style, $26, 9781455577842
14. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520
15. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story
Barbara Leaming, Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99, 9781250017642

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $15, 9780553418361
2. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
3. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341570
4. Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307341556
okra5. This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088260

6. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $16, 9781451693577
7. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
8. Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925
9. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
10. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
11. The Bookman's Tale
Charlie Lovett, Penguin, $16, 9780143125389
12. The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton, Back Bay, $18, 9780316074292
13. Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $16, 9780812976892
14. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491
15. Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Nancy Horan, Ballantine, $16, 9780345516541

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812974492
3. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me
Cynthia L. Copeland, Workman, $12.95, 9780761181798
4. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
5. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062236685
6. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
7. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17, 9780316154703
8. Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith, Perigee, $15, 9780399161940
9. Rise of Isis
Jay Sekulow, Howard Books, $12.99, 9781501105135
10. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
11. George Washington's Secret Six
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel, $16, 9781595231109
12. The Map of Heaven
Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $16.99, 9781476766409
13. Zealot
Reza Aslan, Random House, $18, 9780812981483
14. Healing After Loss
Martha Whitmore Hickman, Harper Perennial, $12.99, 9780380773381
15. Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
Luke Barr, Clarkson Potter, $15, 9780307718358

MASS MARKET

1. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9780553418354
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
4. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. Dark Places (Mass Market)
Gillian Flynn, Broadway, $9.99, 9781101902882
6. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine, $6.99, 9780449213940
8. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
9. And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie, HarperTorch, $6.99, 9780062073488
10. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Skippyjon Jones Snow What
Judy Schachner, Dial, $17.99, 9780803737891
4. The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around
Mike Berenstain, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062075611
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers, Philomel, $26.99, 9780399167911
7. Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper
Victoria Kann, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062187741
8. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
James Dean, Kimberly Dean, HarperFestival, $6.99, 9780062198693
9. Mix It Up!
Herve Tullet, Chronicle, $15.99, 9781452137353
10. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476789873
2. Skink: No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $18.99, 9780375870514
3. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
4. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Speak, $12.99, 9780142424179
5. If I Stay
Gayle Forman, Speak, $10.99, 9780147514530
6. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
7. Atlantia
Ally Condie, Dutton, $18.99, 9780525426448
8. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934
9. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, $19.99, 9781476755861
10. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
2. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Five)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423146735
3. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
4. Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062303820
5. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
6. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner Prequel)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385742894
7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
8. The Blazing Star (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans)
Erin Hunter, Harper, $16.99, 9780062063588
9. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423101505
10. Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110695
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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.


Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Beautiful You
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Motivation Manifesto
Good Dog
Rebel Yell
J.J. Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet
Just Mercy
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Dark Places
Sharp Objects
This Dark Road to Mercy
Me Before You
The Bookman's Tale
Life After Life
Under the Wide Starry Sky
Really Important Stuff My Dog Taught Me
Wreck This Journal
Rise of ISIS
Quiet
The Map of Heaven
Zealot
Healing After Loss
To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Animal Farm
All Quiet on the Western Front
A Game of Thrones
And Then There Were None
The Catcher in the Rye
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Skink: No Surrender
Atlantia
Rush Rvere and the Brave Pilgrims


Events

Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Nanci E LaGarenne  (author appearance)
Nanci E LaGarenne
01/10/2015
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Elsie's Barista Book Club  (book club)
Willa Cather
11/18/2014, 09:00 am

Short Story Book Club  (book club)
Simon Rich
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm

Book Club -- Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern​  (book club)
11/18/2014, 09:00 am
Copperfish Books

NaNoWriMo!  (writers group)
11/18/2014, 06:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

COMIX CLUB discusses MS. MARVEL VOL. 1  (book club)
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

YA authors GREG NERI & MADELEINE KUDERICK  (author appearance)
Greg Neri
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Tuesday Murder Club Book Discussion Group  (book club)
11/18/2014, 06:30 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Kidliterate Book Club featuring The Rock and the River  (book club)
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Olivia deBelle Byrd, Save My Place  (author appearance)
Olivia deBelle Byrd
11/18/2014, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Ron Chapman - THE BATTLE of NEW ORLEANS: But for a Piece of Wood  (author appearance)
Ron Chapman
11/18/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Cookbook Club  (book club)
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Reading with John Lane and Janice Fuller  (author appearance)
Janice Moore Fuller
11/18/2014, 07:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Salon@615 with Glyn Johns, author of Sound Man  (author appearance)
Glyn Johns
11/18/2014, 06:15 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Casey Clabough Brings Us Women of War  (author appearance)
Casey Clabough
11/18/2014, 06:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Author Charles Sobczak Presents The Human Footprint: Extinction, Expansion and Evolution in the 21st Century  (author appearance)
Charles Sobczak
11/19/2014, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

MAUREEN CORRIGAN *Ticketed Event*  (author appearance)
Maureen Corrigan
11/19/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Joe Clifford  (author appearance)
Joe Clifford
11/19/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Calling All Dog Lovers: Sleeps with Dogs: Tales of a Pet Nanny at the End of Her Leash by Lindsey Grant  (author appearance)
Lindsey Grant
11/19/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Rien Fertel: Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in the Nineteenth-Century New Orleans  (author appearance)
Rien Fertel
11/19/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Author Event: Ryan Graudin - The Walled City  (author appearance)
Ryan Graudin
11/19/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event, Andrew Maraniss in conversation with Mayor Dean  (author appearance)
Andrew Maraniss
11/19/2014, 06:30 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Moira Crone - The Ice Garden  (author appearance)
Moira Crone
11/19/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Indy GiveOutGuide Fundraiser for NC Queer Youth Power Coalition with InsideOut and Youth Organizing Institute  (other event)
11/19/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Storytime  (other event)
11/19/2014, 11:00 am
bbgb
Richmond, VA

Boarding Pass to Murder  (book club)
Anne Holt
11/20/2014, 05:00 pm

NINA HART Launch Party  (author appearance)
Nina Hart
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

WORKS IN TRANSLATION Book Club discusses HOW I BECAME A NUN  (book club)
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

INKWOOD'S Official Book Club!  (book club)
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Okra Pick!Q&A with Lalita Tademy, author of Citizens Creek  (author appearance)
Lalita Tademy
11/20/2014, 08:00 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Cliterati Open No Mic Featuring Kris Villarreal  (other event)
11/20/2014, 07:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Maureen Corrigan signs So We Read On  (author appearance)
Maureen Corrigan
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg: Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
11/20/2014, 06:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Jane Hicks  (author appearance)
Jane Hicks
11/20/2014, 10:30 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests  (author appearance)
Thomas Wentworth
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Book Launch for Chantel Acevedo's A Falling Star & Moira Crone's The Ice Garden  (author appearance)
Chantel Acevedo
11/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Ed Williams Reading From Edith Collins Book: Sprouting Acorns  (other event)
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Garth Stein - A Sudden Light  (author appearance)
Garth Stein
11/20/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Edward Baptist-The Half Has Never Been Told  (author appearance)
Edward Baptist
11/20/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Justina Lasley- Wake Up!  (author appearance)
Justina Lasley
11/20/2014, 05:00 pm
Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston, SC

Okra Pick!Q&A with Lalita Tademy (online)  (other event)
11/20/2014, 08:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Author event with Jaden Terrell author of River of Glass  (author appearance)
Jaden Terrell
11/20/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

RICHARD HOFFMAN presents LOVE & FURY  (author appearance)
Richard Hoffman
11/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Phillip Margolin Booksigning  (author appearance)
Phillip Margolin
11/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Meet & Mingle with Chef Fabio Viviani  (author appearance)
Fabio Viviani
11/21/2014, 03:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Anne Lamott with Small Victories at First Baptist Church Decatur  (author appearance)
Anne Lamott
11/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg - JERRY LEE LEWIS: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
11/21/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg discusses Jerry Lee Lewis  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
11/21/2014, 05:30 pm
Turnrow Books
Greenwood, MS

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET), Dean of The Fletcher School, Charles Francis Adams / Raytheon Dean's Chair  (author appearance)
James Stavridis
11/21/2014, 07:00 pm
BookMark
Charlotte, NC

Fred Chappell & Dana Wildsmith Reading  (author appearance)
Fred Chappell
11/21/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Maureen Corrigan discusses And So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures  (author appearance)
Maureen Corrigan
11/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Garth Stein - A Sudden Light  (author appearance)
Garth Stein
11/21/2014, 06:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Peter Turchi - A Muse and a Maze  (author appearance)
Peter Turchi
11/21/2014, 07:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Sharyn McCrumb Author of Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb
11/21/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Lethal Ladies Lunch Break  (author appearance)
Mary Burton
11/21/2014, 12:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Tim Swink- Curing Time  (author appearance)
Tim Swink
11/22/2014, 03:00 pm
Blue Ridge Books

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
11/22/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

PETER TURCHI presents A MUSE AND A MAZE  (author appearance)
Peter Turchi
11/22/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Edwina Raffa  (author appearance)
Edwina Raffa
11/22/2014, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

Quigong and Social Justice Workshop  (other event)
11/22/2014, 10:00 am
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

Lindi Peterson, Faith Trilogy #2  (author appearance)
Lindi Peterson
11/22/2014, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Dalt Wonk: French Quarter Fables  (author appearance)
Dalt Wonk
11/22/2014, 01:00 pm
Garden District Book Shop
New Orleans, LA

Okra Pick!Rick Bragg signs Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  (author appearance)
Rick Bragg
11/22/2014, 11:00 am
Pass Christian Books
Pass Christian, MS

A Story of the Destiny of the Honey Bee with Ray Carpenter  (author appearance)
Ray Carpenter
11/22/2014, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Pisgah National Forest: A History  (author appearance)
Marci Spencer
11/22/2014, 06:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

A Savor the South Cookbook event: Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays & April McGreger, Sweet Potatoes  (author appearance)
Debbie Moose
11/22/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Stephanie B. Jeffries and Thomas R. Wentworth: Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests  (author appearance)
Stephanie B. Jeffries
11/22/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Carrie Ryan and JP Davis - The Map To Everywhere  (author appearance)
Carrie Ryan
11/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth Langston - Whispers from the Past and I Wish  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Langston
11/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

NC Speculative Fiction - A Host of Authors with the Fantastic  (author appearance)
David Drake
11/22/2014, 07:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Children's Storytime  (other event)
11/22/2014, 11:00 am
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Author event with Brian Parker, author of Playing with Napkins  (author appearance)
Brian Parker
11/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

John Bicknell Brings Us America 1844  (author appearance)
John Bicknell
11/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Elizabeth Hein Shares How to Climb the Eiffel Tower  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Hein
11/22/2014, 03:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

PALOMA PAVEL presents RANDOM KINDNESS & SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY  (author appearance)
Paloma Pavel
11/23/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Better Than Them: The Unmaking of an Alabama Racist  (author appearance)
S. McEachin Otts
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Cranksgiving Alleycat  (other event)
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Wild Iris Books, Inc.
Gainesville, FL

New & Notable Book Club: WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle  (book club)
11/23/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Eric Kimmel - Let's Celebrate Hannukkah!  (author appearance)
Eric Kimmel
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Jean Anderson signs (and has samples from) Mad for Muffins  (author appearance)
Jean Anderson
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Sheri Castle – The Southern Living Community Cookbook  (author appearance)
Sheri Castle
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Beth Sturdivant - Backyard Secret Exposed: A Journal Of My Healing Path Back To Life and Dr. Crystal Green - How To Be Schoolgirl Skinny  (author appearance)
Beth Sturdivant
11/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Sharyn McCrumb - Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past  (author appearance)
Sharyn McCrumb
11/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Jayne Silberman - In the Herd  (author appearance)
Jayne Silberman
11/23/2014, 11:00 am
Sundial Books
Chincoteague, VA

Kids' Book Club! -- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library  (book club)
11/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Writing With Intent  (writers group)
11/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Bill Roorbach signs Remedy for Love  (author appearance)
Bill Roorbach
11/24/2014, 07:15 pm
Eagle Eye Book Shop
Atlanta, GA

George Packer (with James Carville) - THE UNWINDING  (author appearance)
George Packer
11/24/2014, 05:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Paloma Pavel discusses Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty  (author appearance)
Dr. Paloma Pavel
11/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

NaNoWriMo!  (writers group)
11/25/2014, 06:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore

Kris Radish  (author appearance)
Kris Radish
11/25/2014, 04:00 pm
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Sanibel, FL

Linda Salisbury's Bailey Fish Series  (author appearance)
Linda Salisbury
11/25/2014, 01:00 pm
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Sanibel, FL

The Grinch  (other event)
11/25/2014, 03:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Book Club of the Fantastic: WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle  (book club)
11/25/2014, 08:00 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Margaret Paloma Pavela- Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty  (author appearance)
Margaret Paloma Pavela
11/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic  (other event)
11/26/2014, 06:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Breakfast 'Serial' Story Time  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:30 am
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

Indies First Day  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Fountainhead Bookstore

Indies First & Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Malaprops Bookstore

Robert Macomber  (author appearance)
Robert Macomber
11/29/2014, 11:00 am
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Sanibel, FL

George Weinstein- The Caretaker  (author appearance)
George Weinstein
11/29/2014, 01:00 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Indies First/Small Business Saturday  (other event)
11/29/2014, 10:00 am
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Zeata Ruff's Holiday Guest Storytime-The Gumdrop Tree: A Christmas Story   (author appearance)
11/29/2014, 11:00 am
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC


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