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{In praise of the typewriter.}

In which Mr. Brad Meltzer's goal in life is to make everyone understand how cool librarians are, Mr. Michael Hurley loses his boat but renews his marriage, and Ms. Stefani Beddingfield remembers the days before auto-correct.

June 28, 2015

In This Issue

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book | Book and Author Gossip | STARS Author Feature | Trailer Park | Author 2 Author | Okra Picks | Special to the Southern List | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Event Calendar


Dearest Readers,

Her ladyship, the editor is getting pole beans and tomatoes from her garden, but among the indie booksellers, it's okra season. Here are the books that they think you should be taking to the beach this summer:

Bloody Royal PrintsBull MountainThe Flying Circus Serafina and the Black Cloak RuthlessMiss EmilyGo Set a WatchmanYard WarThe Gates of EvangelineThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThe Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoA Free State 

Some familiar names in that list (one very familiar!) but the odds are there are a couple writers in that stack that are destined to be your new favorite authors. Read more about them here.

Read bravely, and compassionately. And shop local.


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.

Brown Girl DreamingAs Jacob came out of the henhouse he saw the Hartleys coming down the skid trail. They made the four-mile trek to Boone twice a week, each, even the child, burdened down with galax leaves. Jacob watched as they stepped onto the road, puffs of gray dust rising around their bare feet. Hartley carried four burlap pokes stuffed with galax. His wife carried two and the child one. With their ragged clothes hanging loose on bony frames, they looked like scarecrows en route to another cornfield, their possessions in tow. The hound trailed them, gaunt as the people it followed. The galax leaves were the closest thing to a crop Hartley could muster, for his land was all rock and slant. You couldn't grow a toenail on Hartley's land, Bascombe Lindsey had once said. That hadn't been a problem as long as the sawmill was running, but when it shut down the Harleys had only one old swaybacked milk cow to sustain them., that and the galax, which earned a few nickels of barter at Mast's General Store. Jacob knew from the Sunday newspapers he bought that times were rough everywhere. Rich folks in New York had lost all their money and jumped out of buildings. Men rode boxcars town to town begging for work. But it was hard to believe any of them had less than Hartley and his family.

--Ron Rash, Something Rich and Strange (Ecco, 2014) 9780062349347

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Book & Author Gossip

Where is the Voice Coming From

The Collected Stories of Eudora WeltyAt the time, Welty did not know anything personally about Beckwith, but she was confident that she did not need such personal knowledge to write her story. "I thought to myself, 'I've lived here all my life. I know the kind of mind that did this,'" Welty later observed. "What I was writing about really was that world of hate that I felt I had grown up with." 9780156189217

National typewriter day at Inkwood Books

"I come from the age before auto-correct. I come from the past to spell for you," Inkwood Books owner Stefani Beddingfield teased 17-year-old Dory Rosenthal, who helped with the typing event. Her uncle, Randy Rosenthal, owns Tampa Type, which sprang out of the Paper Seahorse, founded by his wife, Tona Bell. Both started this year at 211 S Howard Ave.

The idea of love

The Idea of LoveNovelist Patti Callahan Henry knows how to brew up a good story. She picks a great setting, such as a small coastal town in South Carolina. She adds in a bright and inventive heroine. She matches her with a worthy, but flawed hero. And then she involves them in a plot with twist after twist. That is what she does, and she does it just fine in her new novel The Idea of Love. 9781250040329

The Itinerant Literate

Soon, Blue Bike will be joined by the Itinerant Literate, a two-woman pop-up and mobile bookseller which will operate out of an Airstream trailer in the upper peninsula. It's the modern incarnation of the bookmobile: stylish, streamlined, and, we expect, endlessly Instagrammable. Currently, the new booksellers are exclusively doing pop-up events around town, but they plan to have their bookmobile up and running by the fall.The President's Shadow

Interview with Brad Meltzer

Q: The book does a good job of making a job at the National Archives seem really exciting. I would say my goal in life is to make librarians look as cool as they are. Librarians changed my life. I love that I’ve turned an archivist into a sex symbol. That’s the best thing you could say about me. 9780446553933

 

Novelist loses boat, rescues marriage

The ProdigalA South Carolina writer lost his 30-foot sailboat on an Atlantic crossing but all wasn't lost. He repaired his marriage during his mishap at sea. Michael Hurley says that three days before his rescue by students on a Maine Maritime Academy training cruise, he and his wife Susan decided to renew their vows. 9780976127550

Gottwals Books to open DC store.

Gottwals Books, which began in 2007 with a 1,500-square-foot shop in Warner Robins, is expected to open its 10th store by September in Washington, D.C. Now franchising under The Walls of Books name, the family-owned used-book business will have stores in six states with the opening of the District of Columbia locationJourney to the Wilderness

Journey to the Wilderness

Faulkner’s words provide the leitmotif for Frye Gaillard’s slender “Journey to the Wilderness,” his quest to grasp what the Civil War meant to his Southern ancestors and his own understanding of the conflict. Writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, Gaillard draws upon a cache of family letters to peel back layers of cultural myth, memory and legend. In doing so he exposes the Civil War’s underlying ambivalence, horror and pain. 9781588383129

Everyone in Burlington will be reading Wiley Cash

Alamance Reads, the annual “one book” campaign in Burlington, N.C., and surrounding Alamance County, has chosen Wilmington author Wiley Cash’s second novel, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” as its community reading selection for 2015.The Final Descent

Rick Yancey

Yancey was transferred from Florida to Knoxville while working with the IRS. He met and married his wife, Sandy Reed, while living in Knoxville and began raising a family. “I absolutely loved it,” says Yancey. “I’m a flatlander from Florida, but I really fell in love with the mountains, and it’s a great area to raise kids. My youngest son was born at UT Hospital, and now he’s going to be starting at UT in the fall. So it’s like full circle.” Yancey’s background was in theater, and he went from writing plays to writing screenplays in his spare time, but with little success. “It’s hard to break into that kind of business from East Tennessee,” he says. 9781481425513

Dear Carolina

Kristy Woodson Harvey

"I think all women, no matter where we're from, face so many of the same joys and struggles in our lives. But I do think that Southern women have a little something special about them, a combination of softness and steel that helps them get through life. It's a cliché, but I think it's a cliché for a reason. We're raised that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but, if the honey doesn't work, there's usually a little fire there to back it up."

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Lady Banks {Book} Trailer Park

Anchored

AnchoredYou count a pregnancy by weeks and Kayla Aimee had only ticked off 24 of the 40 when she unexpectedly went into labor. She thought her church upbringing had prepared her for every circumstance but when tragedy struck and threatened to take the life of her newborn daughter, it felt as though once solid ground had turned to glass beneath her feet, destined to shatter everything she held sacred. When swept into a story of suffering, we all find ourselves vulnerable, questioning everything we thought we knew as we wonder, Where is God in this? With everything feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, Kayla finds herself asking that same question as she faces her greatest fear: that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child. Both poignant and humorous, "Anchored" recounts Kayla's gripping story of learning to navigate her newfound motherhood in the most unexpected of ways, from holidays in the hospital and middle-of-the-night phone calls to the joy of coming home. With vulnerability and plenty of wit, Kayla lays bare her struggle to redefine her faith, her marriage, and herself within the context of a tragedy she never saw coming. For anyone who has felt their faith in God falter, "Anchored" extends a gentle invitation to join her as she uncovers a hope that holds.

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Meet Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill HearthAmy Hill Hearth (pronounced "HARTH") is a New York Times Bestselling Author and an American Library Association “Notable Book” and Peabody Award Winner. She is also a nationally-known public speaker. She will be on tour in the South from September 2015 through the winter and spring of 2016 to promote her new novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE LOST HEIRESS OF COLLIER COUNTY, a sequel to her first novel. It will be published by Atria Books/​Simon & Schuster on September 8, 2015. Amy lives in New Jersey but maintains deep ties to the South. She spent her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended public schools, and her young adult years in Florida, where she was a newspaper reporter. Most of her family still resides in the Tampa Bay area. Amy's first book, an oral history, was the much-loved 1993 nonfiction hit, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS. The book spawned a Broadway play and television film. Amy wrote six more nonfiction books before trying her hand at fiction in 2012 with the successful debut of MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY WOMEN'S LITERARY SOCIETY, set in Florida in the early 1960s. 

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier CountyComing soon: Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County

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Author 2 Author: Kelly Cherry

Kelly Cherry talks to her ladyship, the editor

Kelly Cherry

LB:  It is an open secret that every reader suspects that there is a real person behind every character in a story, so who are the women of Twelve Women in a Country Called America? Where did they come from?

Twelve Women in a Country Called AmericaKC: I wrote this book precisely because I was tired of everyone thinking my work is autobiographical. But as Fred Chappell says, "There is no such thing as autobiographical fiction." That's because sentences gather material or information that pulls the fiction writer away from autobiography even as she may draw small details she has noticed in her own real life. In this particular instance, though, I was determined to write from so many points of view that it would be obvious that none of the stories was autobiographical. Nor were any of them based on real people. I picked names for the leading characters, listed their ages, made a very short list of facts and characteristics, gave each a state to occupy and very quickly each woman became her own individual, different from every other woman in the collection. I did have an aunt who spent much of her life taking care of her mother, but not even Henrietta in "False Gods" is a copy from life. (My aunt was a translator of Hungarian, though she was not Hungarian; Henrietta works in a bank.) The two ingredients that made the twelve women come to life were (a) place—I had been to every one of the places—and (b) I felt I could understand—even inhabit—each woman's circumstances and point of view.

LB:  It seems like a common theme is women on the cusp of change -- they are all in motion, all wanting something to be different in their lives. Is this the universal impulse that drives every story? That we are all in the continual process of creating ourselves?

KC: Maybe it is. Something has to drive a story. A story that has nowhere to go is stillborn. But I seldom know what that something is until the story tells me what it is. I just follow the sentences: one sentence leads to another and that to another and so on. Each successive sentence suggests possibilities. A writer chooses from those possibilities to arrive at another sentence. At some point she sees that the possibilities are narrowing, heading toward an ending. I find I am always especially interested in how my characters view the world, life and death, nature, good and evil, religion, and so on. I'm interested in what they think about those things because I think about those things too. Characters' feelings are crucial, but what they think is also important and contributes to their reality.

LB:  How long did it take you to write Twelve Women? It's impossible to read these stories without thinking about the current cultural and political climate women face in the United States. Were you responding to that climate in any way?

KC: It took me more or less ten years. I revised and revised, but I was also working on other books. I like to move among genres. I also like to give my manuscripts some time and space before I return to them. Then it took another year to find a publisher and another to do final revisions. The first story was "Autumn Garage," though as soon as I wrote it, I knew there had to be a group of stories and that "Autumn Garage" had to be the last.

"Autumn Garage" turned up as soon as I moved from Madison, Wisconsin, where I'd taught for years, to Huntsville, Alabama. It seemed to me as if coming back South had released a story already in my mind. More than that: I was reminded of the riches in Southern English: the syntax, the adventurous word placed amid common words, the somewhat Shakespearean echo of blank verse, and the accent of country talk. And so I was launched on a collection of stories about women in the South. An early title was "Southern Streets at Noon."

LB:  How did your editors respond when told them that you were including stories that featured Greek gods and aliens?

KC: They raised no questions. I don't know what I would have done if they had. Greek gods and aliens seemed to me to belong in the stories they appear in. The sentences conjured them. And sometimes Greek gods and aliens can point out things that a "real" character would have difficulty saying.

"This country is so complicated that when I start to think about it I begin talking in a Southern accent"

LB:  Your title is "a country called America" but the setting is mostly the South and the women are Southern. Why "America" instead of "the South"? How does the Norman Mailer quote you cite at the beginning of the book, "this country is so complicated that when I start to think about it I begin talking in a Southern accent," how does it relate the South to the whole of America?

KC: I had come across the Mailer quote years earlier, found it hilarious, and tucked it away in case it might be useful someday. Mailer is saying that sometimes when he thinks about this complicated country he can only drawl like a Southerner—and sound stupid—because its vastness is too hard to make sense of. That's a caricature of the South, of course. I'm sure he thought it was a funny crack, and I thought it was a funny crack. But the women in the collection are smart, even if some of them find themselves in predicaments from which they cannot extricate themselves. To that degree, they show up Mailer's comment for what it is: a desperate excuse. I like the way the stories play off Mailer's comment.

Although the women are Southerners, the South they live in has only a tenuous connection to the Old South. In this age of overwhelming media, they are cognizant of what is going on elsewhere and have things to say that encompass not only the states they live in but the country as a whole.

LB:  And speaking of complexity: your characters run the gamut: gay, straight, black, Native American, Jewish, Christian, apathetic, Junior League, "white trash"....it almost seems like you set out to decimate every stereotype women have been forced to endure. Or is it simply that any woman, any person, destroys our stereotypes just by virtue of being themselves?

KC: I very much like the way you interpret this. Yes, nobody is a stereotype. There are too many sides, too many angles, to any comprehensive portrait for any character to become stereotypical unless the author neglects to look at all those sides and angles. And certainly it's the task of the author not to neglect to look at them.

Plus, I'm fascinated by my characters, and I want them to have the dignity of a fair and honest scrutiny. I'm not interested in mocking my characters. I also don't want to write down to readers. This is a hard world to live in for everybody, Southerners, Northerners, aliens, everybody. I want to respect that.

LB:  Do you realize you managed to write an entire collection of stories about at least some contemporary women and yet I don't think you ever mentioned a designer label?

KC: This question tickles me. Yes, I do realize that. I didn't want anybody to mistake this book for Chick Lit. Chick Lit has its place, perhaps especially for women readers under 35, but these twelve women (one of them being a young girl) are complicated, complex, and, I hope, fully human.

LB:  In most of your stories, you stay with the woman's point of view. But in one of my favorite stories, "Famousness," you let a man's voice tell part of the story. It almost seems like, the more present Hodder is, the more remote Georgianna becomes. Why did you decide to let Hodder speak for himself here?

KC: There are a number of men in the collection, and they play essential roles. In "Famousness," Hodder and Georgianna find themselves living apart on occasion, and I didn't want to shut a door on Hodder while he was pining for Georgianna. And he had to have real feelings and a past of his own and his own point of view if the reader were going to see what Georgianna was blind to. I like writing about men; they show up in a number of my stories and novels, sometimes as leading characters, sometimes as minor characters. I've been considering a collection of stories about men but I have other projects underway and don't know if I'll get to it. I love to write— writing is incredibly exciting—and I spend most of my time writing or thinking about what I'm writing, but there are obligations and things to do and see and people and pets to be with. Writing requires a great deal of energy.

LB:  It was once famously said that the great test of Southern literature is "Is there a dead mule in it?" Did you purposely set out to pass that test? Or are you poking a bit of fun?

KC: Both. I didn't want to bypass the opportunity to include a dead mule!

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

 

Bloody Royal PrintsBull MountainThe Flying Circus Serafina and the Black Cloak RuthlessMiss EmilyGo Set a WatchmanYard WarThe Gates of EvangelineThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThe Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoA Free State 

Some familiar names in that list (one very familiar!) but the odds are there are a couple writers in that stack that are destined to be your new favorite authors. Read more about them here.

More Okra Picks!

 


Recommended by Indie Booksellers

Dinner with BuddhaDinner With Buddha: A Novel by Roland Merullo (Algonquin, $24.95, 9781565129283). "Otto Ringling and Russian Buddhist monk Volya Rinpoche are on the road again! The third book in Merullo's series is another divine combination of spirituality, adventure, and humor. While Otto is still pondering life's big questions, Volya continues to try to get him to understand that life is just not as complicated as we make it. As with the first two books, I totally devoured the thought-provoking conversations, the random encounters with people along the way that leave a lasting impact, and Otto's continued search to find a good meal 'on the road.' Rich, wise, and delightful!" --Jamie Hope Anderson, Duck's Cottage, Duck, N.C.

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle Water is Water

by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, 9781596439849). "This nonfiction picture book makes it fun to learn about the water cycle, from water to steam and from clouds to rain and back again. Younger readers will like the poetic, rhyming text, and older readers will learn something new from all the water cycle facts. Chin's stunning illustrations add to this innovative and informative book." --Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C.

 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the SunPaula McLain does an exceptional job of capturing Beryl Markham and her singular life, as well as painting a vivid portrait of Kenya and a host of other noteworthy characters, including Karen Blixen, Dennys Finch-Hatton and the two British princes, Harry and David. I've been a fan of Beryl Markham's since reading her memoir, West With the Night, in the '80s, and have also read whatever I could about her. This is a beautifully written, authentic novel of the acclaimed horse trainer, pioneer aviator, and gifted writer, about whom Hemingway famously wrote ”She can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It is really a bloody wonderful book.”. -- Sarah at Quail Ridge Books 9780345534187

More bookseller recommendations


Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending June 21, 2015. 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. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
3. In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume, Knopf, $27.95, 9781101875049
4. All the Single Ladies
Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132567
5. Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf, Knopf, $24, 9781101875896
6. Seveneves
Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $35, 9780062190376
7. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
8. Beach Town
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250065933
9. The Rumor
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316334525
10. The Truth According to Us
Annie Barrows, Dial Press, $28, 9780385342940
11. A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson, Little Brown, $28, 9780316176538
12. Finders Keepers
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781501100079
13. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $25, 9781476789637
14. Make Something Up
Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385538053
15. The President's Shadow
Brad Meltzer, Grand Central, $28, 9780446553933

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
2. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
4. The Road to Character
David Brooks, Random House, $28, 9780812993257
5. A Lucky Life Interrupted
Tom Brokaw, Random House, $27, 9781400069699
6. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari, Penguin Press, $28.95, 9781594206276
7. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
8. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West
Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher, Holt, $32, 9781627795074
9. Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy
Judd Apatow, Random House, $27, 9780812997576
10. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
11. The Quartet
Joseph J. Ellis, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385353403
12. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
13. Being Nixon: A Man Divided
Evan Thomas, Random House, $35, 9780812995367
14. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Robert Kurson, Random House, $28, 9781400063369
15. Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
Wednesday Martin, S&S, $26, 9781476762623

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.99, 9781101946343
okra 2. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

3. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
4. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
5. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
6. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
7. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425267721
8. The Vacationers
Emma Straub, Riverhead, $16, 9781594633881
9. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
10. Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, S&S, $15, 9781451673319
11. My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $17, 9781609450786
12. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
13. The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, S&S, $15.99, 9781476729091
14. The Summer's End
Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781476709024
15. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
3. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Thomas C. Foster, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062301673
4. How Not to Be Wrong
Jordan Ellenberg, Penguin, $17, 9780143127536
5. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $16, 9780812987119
6. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172
7. A Spy Among Friends
Ben Macintyre, Broadway, $16, 9780804136655
8. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378
9. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Marja Mills, Penguin Books, $17, 9780143127666
10. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $16, 9780385349192
11. The Plantagenets
Dan Jones, Penguin, $18, 9780143124924
12. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
13. Night
Elie Wiesel, FSG, $9.95, 9780374500016
14. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310
15. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930

MASS MARKET

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
3. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
4. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
5. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699
6. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
7. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
8. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card, Tor, $23.97, 9780765370624
9. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
10. Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordonez (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250009340
2. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
3. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
4. The Daddy Book
Todd Parr, LB Kids, $6.99, 9780316257848
5. Llama Llama Sand and Sun
Anna Dewdney, Grosset & Dunlap, $12.99, 9780448496399
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. How to Surprise a Dad
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illus.), Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780553498363
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.99, 9780060254926
9. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
10. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 9780451474575

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
2. Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780451474704
3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
5. Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
6. The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $7.99, 9780061992278
7. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jesse Andrews, Amulet, $9.95, 9781419719462
9. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426050
10. Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 9780399252518

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Heir (The Selection, Book 4)
Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062349859
2. Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen (Dork Diaries, #9)
Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442487697
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780439064873
4. The Glass Sentence (Mapmakers, #1)
S.E. Grove, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142423660
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9781419711893
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
7. Big Nate Lives It Up
Lincoln Peirce, Balzer + Bray, $13.99, 9780062111081
8. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $12.99, 9780062372857
9. The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel
Melissa de La Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974
10. Ivy and Bean (Ivy & Bean, #1)
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098

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Events

Events at Southern Indie Bookstores

authors all around the south!

Book Lovers club at Flyeaf disscuses Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng  (book club)
06/22/2016, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Meg Cabot - Royal Wedding - Gables  (author appearance)
Meg Cabot | 07/01/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

JENNY MARTIN presents TRACKED & COURTNEY STEVENS presents FAKING NORMAL  (author appearance)
Courtney Stevens | 07/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Art Talk with Denise Baker  (other event)
07/01/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Dean Unkefer author of 90 Church  (author appearance)
Dean Unkefer | 07/01/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author event with Nicki Pendleton Wood author of Southern Cooking for Company  (author appearance)
Nicki Pendleton Wood | 07/02/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

POETRIO featuring WILLIAM WRIGHT, RAY McMANUS & ED MADDEN  (author appearance)
William Wright | 07/05/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

The 6:41 to Paris  (author appearance)
Jean-Phille Blondel | 07/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Writer's Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Kent Wascom - SECESSIA book launch!  (author appearance)
Kent Wascom | 07/07/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

WILD BOOK CLUB discusses TIPPING THE VELVET  (book club)
07/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Sage Rountree -Everyday Yoga  (author appearance)
Sage Rountree | 07/07/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Patti Callahan Henry- THE IDEA OF LOVE  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry | 07/07/2015, 06:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Lee Greenwood author of Proud to Be an American  (author appearance)
Lee Greenwood | 07/07/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Robert Kurson - Pirate Hunters - Gables  (author appearance)
Robert Kurson | 07/08/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Suzanne Palmieri - THE WITCH OF BOURBON STREET  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri | 07/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Patti Callahan Henry - The Idea of Love  (author appearance)
Patti Callahan Henry | 07/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Benjamin Hedin -In Search of the Movement  (author appearance)
Benjamin Hedin | 07/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraAuthor event with Susan Crandall author of The Flying Circus  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/08/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Laura Lane McNeal - DOLLBABY  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 07/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Joe Ricker with WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT  (author appearance)
Joe Ricker | 07/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

FIONA RITCHIE & DOUG ORR return with Mark Weems & Julee Glaub of Little Windows!  (author appearance)
Fiona Ritchie | 07/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

okraHarrison Scott Key - The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/09/2015, 07:00 am | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Edd Clay- HARDSCRABBLE TO PEARL HARBOR AND BEYOND: MEMOIRS OF A WORLD WAR TWO VET  (author appearance)
Edd Clay | 07/09/2015, 10:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Leah Stewart in conversation with Kevin Wilson  (author appearance)
Leah Stewart | 07/09/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Daniel Silva - The English Spy - The Freedom Tower at MDC  (author appearance)
Daniel Silva | 07/10/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Big Freedia - BIG FREEDIA: God Save the Queen Diva launch!  (author appearance)
Big Freedia | 07/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraSusan Crandall with THE FLYING CIRCUS  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/10/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Flyleaf YA Book club discusses Conversion  (book club)
07/10/2015, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author event with Glenn Schaefer author of Oh You're One of Those People  (author appearance)
Glenn Schaefer | 07/10/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Pre-school Story Time with Special guest Kathy Mcgougan & Buddy the Dog  (other event)
07/10/2016 | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Lázaro Echemendía - La isla en cuentos - Gables  (author appearance)
Lázaro Echemendía | 07/11/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Suzanne Palmieri- The Witch of Bourbon Street  (author appearance)
Suzanne Palmieri | 07/11/2015, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Where's Waldo 5K  (other event)
Martin Handford | 07/11/2015, 08:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - THE CARBON DIARIES  (book club)
07/11/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Public Reading - To Kill a Mockingbird  (other event)
07/11/2015, 09:00 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Free Prompt-Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
07/11/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

RAVI BATRA presents END UNEMPLOYMENT NOW  (author appearance)
Ravi Batra | 07/11/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Steve Lindahl - Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions  (author appearance)
Steve Lindahl | 07/11/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Elizabeth Harris - What Am I To Do Now Mama?  (author appearance)
Elizabeth Harris | 07/11/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

S.T. Kimbrough Jr - The Cadillac Poems of Steven Forris Kimbrough 1958–2010  (author appearance)
S.T. Kimbrough | 07/11/2015, 03:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraThe Hilarious Harrison Scott Key Presents The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/11/2015, 02:00 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Neighing with Fire by Kathryn O'Sullivan  (author appearance)
Kathryn O'Sullivan | 07/11/2015, 06:00 pm | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

BUD HARRIS presents CRACKING OPEN  (author appearance)
Bud Harris | 07/12/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Miranda Kenneally Returns with Jesse's Girl  (author appearance)
Miranda Kenneally | 07/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Public Viewing of To Kill a Mockingbird (Film)  (other event)
07/13/2015, 05:30 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

MARLIN BARTON presents PASTURE ART  (author appearance)
Marlin Barton | 07/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Salon@615 with Brad Thor author of Code of Conduct  (author appearance)
Brad Thor | 07/13/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraSusan Crandall  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/14/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Jeff Lindsay - Dexter is Dead - Gables  (author appearance)
JEFF LINDSAY | 07/14/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

okraBrian Panowich discusses his debut novel Bull Mountain  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 07/14/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Duke Young Writers Camp  (writers group)
07/14/2015, 07:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraGO SET A WATCHMAN Book Launch Day!!  (other event)
07/14/2015, 10:00 am | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Laura Lee Huttenbach - The Boy Is Gone - Gables  (author appearance)
Laura Lee Huttenbach | 07/15/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

okraBRIAN PANOWICH presents BULL MOUNTAIN  (author appearance)
Brian Panowich | 07/15/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dr. Saif Ataya- WHAT IS THIS? THE DEMYSTIFICATION OF ISLAM  (other event)
07/15/2015, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Parnassus Book Club - Under Magnolia  (book club)
07/15/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

READ IT & EAT AUTHOR LUNCHEON with Laura Lane McNeal & Patti Callahan Henry  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 07/16/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Doreen Colondres - La cocina no muerde - Gables  (author appearance)
Doreen Colondres | 07/16/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Inkwood Adult Book Club  (book club)
07/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Julia Pierpont with AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS  (author appearance)
Julia Pierpont | 07/16/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Martin Clark - The Jezebel Remedy  (author appearance)
Martin Clark | 07/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Paul Levine - Bum Rap - Gables  (author appearance)
Paul Levine | 07/17/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Mark Shulman - MOM AND DAD ARE PALINDROMES  (author appearance)
07/17/2015, 04:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

PHIL JAMISON presents HOEDOWNS, REELS, AND FROLICS: ROOTS AND BRANCHES OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN DANCE  (author appearance)
Phil Jamison | 07/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Jon Acuff- Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck  (author appearance)
Jonathan Acuff | 07/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraSusan Crandall Book Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/17/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Author Event- Adam Silvera in conversation with David Arnold  (author appearance)
Adam Silvera | 07/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Randy Blythe, Lamb of God Vocalist, Presents Dark Days: A Memoir  (author appearance)
Randy Blythe | 07/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Octavia Books Book Club - THE SPACE BETWEEN   (book club)
07/18/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Myra DeBruhl - Changing Places  (author appearance)
Myra DeBruhl | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tom Young -The Hunters  (author appearance)
Tom Young | 07/18/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author Event  (author appearance)
Barbara Claypole White | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author Event with Alex Bledsoe author of Long Black Curl  (author appearance)
Alex Bledsoe | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Hard Sci Fi Author Carolyn Ives Gilman Brings Us Into Dark Orbit  (author appearance)
Carolyn Ives Gilman | 07/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Author Event: Laura McNeill - Center of Gravity  (author appearance)
Laura McNeill | 07/19/2015, 01:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Elliot Engel - A Bit of Bronte, a Dollop of Dickinson, an Offering of Austen  (other event)
07/19/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

okraSusan Crandall -The Flying Circus  (author appearance)
Susan Crandall | 07/20/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Yarrott Benz author of The Bone Bridge  (author appearance)
Yarrott Benz | 07/20/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Event with Margaret Verble author of Maud's Line  (author appearance)
Margaret Verble | 07/21/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

MARLA MILLING presents ONLY IN ASHEVILLE: AN ECLECTIC HISTORY  (author appearance)
Marla Milling | 07/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Katie Rose Guest Pryal -Entanglement  (author appearance)
Katie Rose Guest Pryal | 07/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Ginny Owens and Andrew Greer authors of Transcending Mysteries  (author appearance)
Ginny Owens | 07/22/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Reveille UMC Book Review - Kristen Green  (author appearance)
Kristen Green | 07/22/2015, 10:30 am | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Nancy Sharp - Both Sides Now - Gables  (author appearance)
Nancy Sharp | 07/23/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

CHARLES THOMPSON presents BORDER ODYSSEY  (author appearance)
Charles Thompson | 07/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

The Lost Nomads - Live Concert  (other event)
07/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Book Signing Event with President Jimmy Carter  (author appearance)
Jimmy Carter | 07/23/2015, 04:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

okraHarrison Scott Key - The World's Largest Man  (author appearance)
Harrison Scott Key | 07/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event: Lisa Jakub - You Look Like That Girl  (author appearance)
Lisa Jakub | 07/24/2015, 01:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ace Atkins with THE REDEEMERS  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/25/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraROBERT BEATTY presents SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK  (author appearance)
Robert Beatty | 07/25/2015, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author event with Allison Estes author of Izzy and Oscar  (author appearance)
Allison Estes | 07/25/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Paul Tremblay discusses his novel A Head Full of Ghosts  (author appearance)
Paul Tremblay | 07/26/2015, 04:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

WRITING WORKSHOP with PEGGY TABOR MILLIN  (writers group)
Peggy Tabor Millin | 07/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Margaret Thornton - Charleston  (author appearance)
Margaret Thornton | 07/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Home Grown - QRB Celebrates Locally Published Authors  (author appearance)
Sallie Hite | 07/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author event with Miranda Kenneally author of Jesse's Girl  (author appearance)
Miranda Kenneally | 07/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

DR. RAYMOND BARFIELD presents his novel THE BOOK OF COLORS  (author appearance)
Raymond Barfield | 07/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Book Signing - Lois Szymanski  (author appearance)
Lois Szymanski | 07/27/2015, 11:00 am | Sundial Books | Chincoteague, VA

Duke Young Writers Camp  (writers group)
07/28/2015, 07:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Mark Claypool author of We're In This Together  (author appearance)
Mark Claypool | 07/28/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Salon@615 with JR Ward author of The Bourbon Kings  (author appearance)
J.R. Ward | 07/28/2015, 06:15 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Author Event: Ace Atkins - The Redeemers  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Samuel Fromartz -In Search of the Perfect Loaf  (author appearance)
Samuel Fromartz | 07/29/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

MARGARET BRADHAM THORNTON presents CHARLESTON  (author appearance)
Margaret Bradham Thornton | 07/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event: Martin Clark - The Jezebel Remedy  (author appearance)
Martin Clark | 07/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Benjamin Hedin - In Search of the Movement  (author appearance)
Benjamin Hedin | 07/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Kathleen DuVal -Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution  (author appearance)
Kathleen DuVal | 07/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Author event with Dan Washburn author of The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream  (author appearance)
Dan Washburn | 07/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Jaclyn Spainhour   (author appearance)
Jaclyn Spainhour | 07/30/2015, 12:30 pm | Prince Books | Norfolk, VA

Ace Atkins - The Redeemers  (author appearance)
Ace Atkins | 07/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

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