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{On Katrina, ten years past.}

In which Ms. Eudora Welty appreciates the time when Mr. William Maxwell did not have anything to say about her novel, the booksellers at TurnRow Book Company decide that the play's the thing, and Mr. John Grisham admits that losing an election was the best thing that could have happened to his literary career.

August 23, 2015

In This Issue

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


Dearest Readers,

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf CoastIt hardly seems possible, but it was ten years ago this month that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans and changed the city, and our conception of New Orleans, forever. Since that dreadful time, there have been a host of books written about the effects of the storm on the city and its people -- indeed, type "Katrina" into any book database and you will get over a thousand results.

How to make sense of it all?

One of the most thoughtful book lists her ladyship has found is this one, from the writer Ellen Urbani, on Lithub:

http://lithub.com/a-decade-after-katrina/

A Clear View of the Southern SkyThere are a few familiar titles there: Dave Egger's Zeitoun, Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial, but also many that may be less well-known, such as Natasha Trethewey's incredibly personal account of life in the Gulf Coast post-hurricane: Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, or cartoonist Josh Neufeld's A.D: New Orleans After the Deluge, a graphic description based on his own experience as a Red Cross volunteer.

We may think we know what there is to know. We don't.

Read independently. 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.

TerrapinDecember 19, 1976

Dear Ken,

Thank you for your sweet letter--it came Christmas Eve--and how forbearing it was, when I realize what a mistaken way I must have put something. I wrote from a feeling that you were--not in bad shape at all, far from it--but perhaps casting about for a new form for a piece of work, and I was wondering if I might possibly do for you what someone had done for me. When I was working on my novel Losing Battles, which was a new form for me, and life at home grew very difficult--my mother's long illness, and my brother's--I needed for this novel to stay real and grow the way it needed to for me in spite of no time or way to work, and my dear friend William Maxwell suggested I send along what I could and his secretary could type this up for me. (I have to work with a typewriter, for objectivity and for the ways I revise). My mother could not beat the sound of the typewriter if I began working late at night, she thought I had forgotten her. Bill Maxwell never offered a word about what I sent, though I invited him to read it if he felt like it, he just provided me with a confirmation at a distance of what I was doing, if that expresses it at all, an objective guarantee that it was alive. I had never shown anyone work in progress and never have since, and perhaps it was only the angelic sensitivity of Bill that made this possible. He read it and didn't say anything, and I took a great deal of comfort from it.

--Eudora Welt to Kenneth Millar, Meanwhile there are Letters, edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan (Arcade, 2025) 9781628725278

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Book & Author Gossip

William Joyce's tribute to his daughter

The Man in the MoonI wanted to be a good, steady dad when I took MK to the airport in Shreveport. I was trying to channel those all knowing dads of yore. Mostly I just stayed quiet while my mind raced and my emotions churned. It occurred to me that’s why the dads of my childhood seemed so quiet and assured. Maybe they were as inwardly terrified as I was. Their silent stoicism was really a mask of blind, fumbling panic. 9781442430419

 

TurnRow Book Company takes to the stage

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf CoastFor years, the booksellers at TurnRow Book Company in Greenwood, Miss., have been obsessed with David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. The play’s story line, which takes place over two days in the lives of four ruthless real estate agents in 1980s Chicago, resonates with the staff, owner Jamie Kornegay said. “It struck a chord with us because it’s about desperate salesmen sort of at the end of their ropes,” he explained. “We can relate to that in retail. It can be a drag sometimes.”During their shifts, employees often recite one-liners from the play as inside jokes to one another, Kornegay added, creating a shorthand code for the staff. “There are ‘leads,’ ” he said. “We always want to get them to buy. Then there’s ‘ABC—always be closing.’ We say that when it gets really busy. And of course there’s ‘Coffee’s for closers.’ ” This summer, the store staff decided to stage a real production of the play. 9780802130914

Pat Conroy had his fridge raided

The Death of SantiniFollowing his release from the hospital, Conroy, now 69, quit drinking. He has since lost about 25 pounds. His blood pressure is now at a normal level, without medication. He has worked with a nutritionist, who happens to be his next-door neighbor. “She actually comes to my house and opens the refrigerator door and starts throwing away things she doesn't want me to eat,” he says. 9780385343527

 

John Grisham talks politics at Mississippi Book Festival

Rogue LawyerJohn Grisham says being on the losing side of a Mississippi political fight gave him plenty of time to write big chunks of his first two legal thrillers, “A Time to Kill” and “The Firm.” Grisham took part Saturday in the first Mississippi Book Festival at the state Capitol. He recounted how, as a young state representative in the building during the 1980s, he was powerless after supporting a losing candidate for House speaker. So, instead, he listened and took notes as politicians drank coffee – or something stronger – and told tall tales. “There’s a storytelling tradition that goes hand-in-hand with our literary tradition,” Grisham said. 9780385539432

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Katrina After the Flood

Katrina: After the FloodTen years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana--on August 29, 2005--journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans's efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting affects not just on the city's geography and infrastructure--but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of one of this nation's great cities.

Much of New Orleans still sat under water the first time Gary Rivlin glimpsed the city after Hurricane Katrina. Then a staff reporter for "The New York Times," he was heading into the city to survey the damage. The Interstate was eerily empty. Soldiers in uniform and armed with assault rifles stopped him. Water reached the eaves of houses for as far as the eye could see.

Four out of every five houses--eighty percent of the city's housing stock--had been flooded. Around that same proportion of schools and businesses were wrecked. The weight of all that water on the streets cracked gas and water and sewer pipes all around town and the deluge had drowned almost every power substation and rendered unusable most of the city's water and sewer system.

People living in flooded areas of the city could not be expected to pay their property taxes for the foreseeable future. Nor would all those boarded-up businesses--21,000 of the city's 22,000 businesses were still shuttered six months after the storm--be contributing their share of sales taxes and other fees to the city's coffers. Six weeks after the storm, the city laid off half its workforce--precisely when so many people were turning to its government for help. Meanwhile, cynics both in and out of the Beltway were questioning the use of taxpayer dollars to rebuild a city that sat mostly below sea level. How could the city possibly come back?

This book traces the stories of New Orleanians of all stripes--politicians and business owners, teachers and bus drivers, poor and wealthy, black and white--as they confront the aftermath of one of the great tragedies of our age and reconstruct, change, and in some cases abandon a city that's the soul of this nation.

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2015 SIBA Book Award Winners


Meet Martha Cinader

Martha CinedarMartha Cinader is a writer and recording artist. She is the author of several published and unpublished books of poetry and short stories, and a performance artist crossing boundaries between print, music, poetry and storytelling. Creator of the long running performance series Listen & Be Heard that got started in New York City, she brought it along when she moved to California in 1999. There she met her husband and together they opened L&BH Poetry Café and published the award winning L&BH Arts Weekly. She continues to publish the web version of L&BH Arts News where she invites people to post there arts related announcements and reviews. Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things at cinader.com. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.

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Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

DreamscapeDid You Know? Einstein was a high school dropout. Josephine Baker was a secret agent for the French Resistance during World War Two. Sacajawea was the only woman who traveled with Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and carried her baby the whole way. The Supreme Court decided in 1962 that Nicola Tesla was the real inventor of the radio. Philipp Reis invented the first telephone. The medical symbol of the python dates back to the brave ancient African Queen Mella. (Listen to the story of Mella for free.) These fascinating facts and more are contained in Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. A collection of biographical stories and poems about fascinating people in history whose real dreams made a real difference. Developed in performance, these stories bring old tales to life for contemporary readers in a way that is both entertaining and informative.

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Read This! Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers


Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

The Gates of EvangelineFrom a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . .

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte Charlie Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. 

After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie's dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana's prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family's sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could've imagined.

A Southern Gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, The Gates of Evangeline is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, and Alice Sebold won't be able to put down.

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Recommended by Indie Booksellers

Recommended: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

The Nature of the BeastFrom Sarah: The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (8/25/15) Louise Penny's 11th mystery featuring beloved homicide detective Armand Gamache of the small village of Three Pines, deep in the woods of Quebec Province, is one of her very best. Combining her trademark elements of science, history, art, psychology, and the fabulous food of the Three Pines bistro, Penny weaves a tale that is haunting and unputdownable. If you haven't treated yourself to Louise Penny before now, The Nature of the Beast is an excellent place to start. 9781250022080

 

Station ElevenFrom Nancy: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Vintage $15.95) is a well written, thought provoking post-apocalyptic novel. After a flu epidemic wipes out most of the world's population, the desperate survivors naturally become distrustful and dangerous. But then a small troupe of actors and musicians tours the wasteland, performing classical music and Shakespeare plays in an effort to hold on to their humanity. Mandel leaves us “not fearful of the world but appreciative of the grace of everyday existence.” The book was a finalist this year for the National Book Award. 9780804172448

 

Love May FailFrom Julia: Love May Fail (Harper $25.99). Wisdom and love, success, failure and redemption—all combine in this new novel by Matthew Quick. Beautifully told from the point of view of each of four main characters, we meet flawed human beings struggling through trials, intersecting with each other to learn life lessons, in order to save each other. This is alternately dark, quirky, mystifying, and uplifting, and ultimately, a satisfying read. 9780062285560

 

 

The Ongoing MomentFrom Heather: The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer (Vintage $16.95) is on its surface an exploration of some of the most prominent photographers and themes of photography in the 20th century. But reading further into the book, it more closely resembles a series of lyric essays considering the nature of photography's role in art and society. Through this associative exploration of the surprising patterns and connecting threads across styles and periods, Dyer reflects on how the smallest details (hats, fences, hands) can represent the ever-evolving fascinations that reflect our experiences back to us over time. 9781400031689

QRB READER REVIEWS:

MuseMuse by Jonathan Galassi (Knopf $25) probably will not appeal to a whole lot of readers nationally, in particular readers devouring only dystopian tracts about a bleak future for everyone. But for the fortunate minority of readers that haunts the aisles of places like QR Books, simply loving the smell, feel, and exciting possibilities that await us as we open the front cover of a title we've been looking forward to starting, it could well be the book of the year. Muse is a fictionalized biography of the book publishing industry and some of the overblown personalities whose lives were devoted to getting an author's words into our hands. Written by a lifelong editor in the field, it portrays an America, part of whose future is the legacy of these titans' work: A poet—yes, a poet—becomes a national celebrity rivaling professional athletes and rock stars, and in American schools of the not too distant future, the recitation of poetry and learning it by heart have once again become parts of the curriculum. The retired school teacher in me can't imagine a more anti-dystopian ending.—Jerry 9780385353342

Dear Committee Members: A NovelDear Committee Members: A Novel by Julie Schumacher (Anchor $14.95). A sarcastic and cynical creative writing professor is asked by students, friends, faculty and strangers to write reference letters for schools, jobs, and awards. Very funny, and a very fun read.—Martha 9780345807335

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending August 16. 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.

The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, August 16, 2015. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org.

HARDCOVER FICTION

okra1. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850

2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. Circling the Sun
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187
6. The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George, Crown, $25, 9780553418774
7. The English Spy
Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062320131
8. Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J.Ryan Stradal, Pamela Dorman Books, $25, 9780525429142
9. Wind/Pinball: Two Novels
Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $25.95, 9780385352123
10. The Marriage of Opposites
Alice Hoffman, S&S, $27.99, 9781451693591
11. Armada
Ernest Cline, Crown, $26, 9780804137256
12. Long Upon the Land
Margaret Maron, Grand Central, $27, 9781455545322
13. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Natasha Pulley, Bloomsbury, $26, 9781620408339
14. Who Do You Love
Jennifer Weiner, Atria, $27, 9781451617818
15. Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll, S&S, $25, 9781476789637

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
3. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
4. Broadcasting Happiness
Michelle Gielan, Benbella Books, $25.95, 9781941631300
5. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
6. Dead Wake
Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860
7. Saban
Monte Burke, S&S, $27, 9781476789934
8. A Full Life
Jimmy Carter, S&S, $28, 9781501115639
9. Barbarian Days
William Finnegan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594203473
10. Voices in the Ocean
Susan Casey, Doubleday, $27.95, 9780385537308
11. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari, Penguin Press, $28.95, 9781594206276
12. Barefoot to Avalon
David Payne, Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802123541
13. Sick in the Head
Judd Apatow, Random House, $27, 9780812997576
14. Plunder and Deceit
Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, $27, 9781451606300
15. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

1. The Martian
Andy Weir, Broadway, $15, 9780553418026
2. Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $16, 9780143127550
3. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
4. The Vacationers
Emma Straub, Riverhead, $16, 9781594633881
5. Euphoria
Lily King, Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701
okra 6. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $17, 9780143121701

7. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $15.95, 9780804172448
8. Grey
E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95, 9781101946343
9. The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant, Scribner, $16, 9781439199367
10. The Secret Place
Tana French, Penguin, $17, 9780143127512
11. Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty, Berkley, $16, 9780425274866
12. The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99, 9780062315007
13. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616204518
14. Ready Player One
Ernest Cline, Broadway, $14, 9780307887443
15. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Perennial, $14.99, 9780060935467

TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17, 9780143125471
2. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Emma Farrarons, Experiment, $9.95, 9781615192823
3. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609
4. Zendoodle Coloring
Nikolett Corly, St. Martin's Griffin, $12.99, 9781250086464
5. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
6. I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay, $16, 9780316322423
7. Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality
Pope Francis, Melville House, $14.95, 9781612195285
8. The Opposite of Loneliness
Marina Keegan, Scribner, $15, 9781476753911
9. The Mockingbird Next Door
Marja Mills, Penguin, $17, 9780143127666
10. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $18, 9780316204378
11. Splendid Cities
Rosie Goodwin (Illus.), Alice Chadwick (Illus.), Little Brown, $16, 9780316265812
12. Good and Cheap
Leanne Brown, Workman, $16.95, 9780761184997
13. The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore, Vintage, $16.95, 9780804173407
14. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $16, 9780385349192
15. Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172

MASS MARKET

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $8.99, 9780446310789
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
3. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
4. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. Lord of the Flies
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
7. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
8. Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Penguin, $11, 9780140177398
9. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Ballantine, $7.99, 9780345350688
10. A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED

1. What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780553524260
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordonez (Illus.), Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250009340
5. The Night Before Kindergarten
Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99, 9780448425009
6. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800165
7. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 9780394800011
8. The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak, Dial, $17.99, 9780803741713
9. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), HarperTorch, $17.99, 9780061910241
10. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $16.99, 9780060256654

CHILDREN'S INTEREST

1. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $10.99, 9780147517654
2. The Isle of the Lost
Melissa de la Cruz, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484720974
3. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
4. The Giver
Lois Lowry, Harcourt, $9.99, 9780544340688
5. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Dutton, $19.99, 9780525428022
6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jesse Andrews, Amulet, $9.95, 9781419719462
7. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99, 9780375869020
okra8. Serafina and the Black Cloak
Robert Beatty, Disney/Hyperion, $16.99, 9781484709016

9. Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum, $8.99, 9781416971719
10. Flush C
arl Hiaasen, Knopf, $8.99, 9780375841859

CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES

1. The Maze Runner
James Dashner, Delacorte, $10.99, 9780385385206
2. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $8, 9780316201568
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
4. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2)
James Dashner, Ember, $9.99, 9780385738767
5. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy, #3)
Jeffrey Brown, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545621267
6. The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
Chris Colfer, Little Brown, $18, 9780316406895
7. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $9.99, 9781423113461
8. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3)
James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385738781
9. Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete (My First I Can Read Series)
James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062303790
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947

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Long Upon the Land The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Broadcasting Happiness Saban A Full Life Voices in the Ocean Barefoot to Avalon The Invention of Wings The Secret Place The Alchemist The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Zendoodle Coloring Outliers Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality The Opposite of Loneliness The Mockingbird Next Door Good and Cheap  The Secret History of Wonder Woman Things That Matter Into the Wild A Clash of Kings Animal Farm Lord of the Flies Of Mice and Men The Autobiography of Malcolm X A Storm of Swords” width= The Night Before Kindergarten Green Eggs and HamThe Cat in the HatPete the Cat: Rocking in my School ShoesThe Giving TreeSerafina and the Black CloakOut of My MindFlush


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

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

Katy Simpson Smith   (author appearance)
Katy Simpson Smith | 08/25/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Letra Urbana Encuentros @ Books & Books - Luis Felipe Lomelí - Gables LIVE STREAM  (other event)
08/25/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Book Club of the Fantastic: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik  (book club)
Naomi Novik | 08/25/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Writing With Intent--New Night!  (writers group)
08/25/2015, 06:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Blaine Lourd - BORN ON THE BAYOU  (author appearance)
Blaine Lourd | 08/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Devery Anderson with EMMETT TILL About the Author  (author appearance)
Devery Anderson | 08/25/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Michael Martin - Extended Remark  (author appearance)
Michael Martin | 08/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Eric Litwin Performance and Book Signing  (author appearance)
Eric Litwin | 08/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Gervasio Goris - Hombre Verde - Gables  (author appearance)
Gervasio Goris | 08/26/2015, 06:30 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jennifer Steil - The Ambassador's Wife - Gables  (author appearance)
Jennifer Steil | 08/26/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Libba Bray - LAIR OF DREAMS  (author appearance)
Libba Bray | 08/26/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Cynthia Joyce with PLEASE FORWARD  (author appearance)
Cynthia Joyce | 08/26/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

I Am Enough Salon  (other event)
08/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event - Kim Boykin: Peach of a Pair  (author appearance)
Kim Boykin | 08/26/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

B.O.B. bookclub  (book club)
Harper Lee | 08/26/2015, 10:30 am | Books on Broad | Camden, SC

okraLaura McNeal Book Talk and Signing  (author appearance)
Laura Lane McNeal | 08/26/2015, 02:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Dog Days of Summer Open House  (author appearance)
David Maring | 08/26/2015, 10:00 am | My Sister's Books, Inc. | Pawleys Island, SC

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Bestselling Author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS  (author appearance)
Vanessa Diffenbaugh | 08/27/2015, 12:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Robert Goolrick - The Fall of Princes - Gables  (author appearance)
Robert Goolrick | 08/27/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

PINKIES with local author Shane Hinton  (author appearance)
Shane Hinton | 08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America  (author appearance)
Tamara Winfrey-Harris | 08/27/2015, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Katherine E. Browne - STANDING IN THE NEED: Culture, Comfort, and Coming Home After Katrina  (author appearance)
Katherine E. | 08/27/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB discusses GRANMA NINETEEN AND THE SOVIET'S SECRET  (book club)
08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Author Event - Jena Lee Nardella: One Thousand Wells  (author appearance)
Jena Lee | 08/27/2015, 06:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Dirk Philipsen- The Little Big Number  (author appearance)
Dirk Philipsen | 08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Coloring, Cocktails and Conversation  (other event)
08/27/2015, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Andrew Malan Milward with I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY  (author appearance)
Andrew Malan Milward | 08/27/2016, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Jesús A. Rojo Pinilla - Cuando éramos invencibles - Gables  (author appearance)
Jesús A. | 08/28/2015, 08:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Jenny Milchman with AS NIGHT FALLS  (author appearance)
Jenny Milchman | 08/28/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Jena Lee Nardella - One Thousand Wells  (author appearance)
Jena Lee | 08/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Ellen Fischer storytime and release party for If an Elephant Went to School  (author appearance)
Ellen Fischer | 08/29/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Robert Burns - Flipping Men's Footwear  (author appearance)
Robert Burns | 08/29/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jessica Asis - The New Year's Dilemma - Bal Harbour Shops  (author appearance)
Jessica Asis | 08/30/2015, 12:00 pm | Books & Books Inc | Coral Gables, FL

Phil Bildner - MARVELOUS CORNELIUS: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans  (author appearance)
Phil Bildner | 08/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Francis Owen Drewrey discusses his debut novel Mascots  (author appearance)
Francis Owen | 08/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Jimmy Moore & Eric Westman - The Ketogenic Cookbook  (author appearance)
Jimmy Moore | 08/30/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Inkwood Kids' Book Club!  (book club)
08/31/2015, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

PIH ENGAGE PUBLIC HEALTH BOOK CLUB  (book club)
08/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

ELIOT COWAN presents PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE  (author appearance)
Eliot Cowan | 08/31/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Just Add Water with Author Robert Yehling  (author appearance)
Robert Yehling | 09/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Adam Johnson with FORTUNE SMILES  (author appearance)
Adam Johnson | 09/01/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Louise Penny - The Nature of the Beast(  (author appearance)
Louise Penny | 09/01/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic  (other event)
09/02/2015, 06:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Meet Author Margaret Lazarus Dean: LEAVING ORBIT  (author appearance)
Margaret Lazarus Dean | 09/03/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Vanessa Lafaye - UNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY  (author appearance)
Vanessa Lafaye | 09/03/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraHester Young with THE GATES OF EVANGELINE  (author appearance)
Hester Young | 09/03/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Adam Johnson - Fortune Smiles  (author appearance)
Adam Johnson | 09/03/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Meet Author David Levithan: ANOTHER DAY  (author appearance)
David Levithan | 09/04/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Ed Meek with RIOT: WITNESS TO ANGER AND CHANGE  (author appearance)
Ed Meek | 09/04/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Kim Harrison - The Drafter  (author appearance)
Kim Harrison | 09/04/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Author Event - Kim Harrison: The Drafter  (author appearance)
Kim Harrison | 09/05/2015, 12:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Christopher Moore - Secondhand Souls  (author appearance)
Christopher Moore | 09/05/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Young Readers' Book Club: THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK by Eleanor Davis  (book club)
09/06/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Graphic Novel Book Club: THE DIVINE by Asuf Hanaka  (book club)
09/07/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet Author Naomi Jackson: THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL  (author appearance)
Naomi Jackson | 09/08/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Andrew Malan Milward - I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY & M.O. Walsh - MY SUNSHINE AWAY  (author appearance)
Andrew Malan Milward | 09/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Nancie McDermott discusses her new cookbook Southern Soups and Stews  (author appearance)
Nancie McDermott | 09/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Judy Schachner - Dewey Bob  (author appearance)
Judy Schachner | 09/08/2015, 06:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Randall Kenan and Tim Tyson discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  (other event)
09/08/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet Local Author Mark Katzman: PLAYDATE  (author appearance)
Mark Katzman | 09/09/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraHester Young - THE GATES OF EVANGELINE  (author appearance)
Hester Young | 09/09/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Eric Weber with UNITING MISSISSIPPI  (author appearance)
Eric Weber | 09/09/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Gilbert Gaul discusses his new book Billion Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football  (author appearance)
Gilbert Gaul | 09/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event - Ron Rash: Above the Waterfall  (author appearance)
Ron Rash | 09/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Damon Tweedy - Black Man in a White Coat  (author appearance)
Damon Tweedy | 09/09/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nonfiction Authors Association  (writers group)
09/09/2015, 06:15 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraTaylor Kitchings with YARD WAR  (author appearance)
Taylor Kitchings | 09/10/2015, 04:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Gilbert Gaul - Billion-Dollar Ball  (author appearance)
Gilbert Gaul | 09/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nancie McDermott -Southern Soups and Stews  (author appearance)
Nancie McDermott | 09/10/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet Author Liza Wieland: LAND OF ENCHANTMENT  (author appearance)
Liza Wieland | 09/11/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraLisa Wingate  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/11/2015, 08:00 pm | Bookmiser | Roswell, GA

Flyleaf YA Book club discusses This Song Will Save Your Life  (book club)
09/11/2015, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ingrid Law - Switch  (author appearance)
Ingrid Law | 09/11/2015 | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Local Author Philip Lee Williams: THE COLOR OF ALL THINGS: 99 LOVE POEMS  (author appearance)
Philip Lee Williams | 09/12/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraLisa Wingate  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/12/2015, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - CRUX  (book club)
09/12/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Elise Winter with ONCE IN A LIFETIME  (author appearance)
Elise Winter | 09/12/2015, 10:30 am | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Free Prompt-Writing Class with Nancy Peacock  (writers group)
09/12/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Cynthia Ferich - Mama Mia Cucina  (author appearance)
Cynthia Ferich | 09/12/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Garth Stein's Paperback Book Tour: A SUDDEN LIGHT  (author appearance)
Garth Stein | 09/13/2015, 07:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Diversity in Our Community - What's Going On?  (other event)
09/13/2015, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Lisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/14/2015, 06:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Matthew Neill Null discusses his debut novel Honey from the Lion; Introduction by Allan Gurganus  (author appearance)
Matthew Neill Null | 09/14/2015, 05:30 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Ron Rash - Above the Waterfall  (author appearance)
Ron Rash | 09/14/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Amy Stewart -Girl Waits With Gun  (author appearance)
Amy Stewart | 09/14/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraKeynote, Preserving Your Family Story by Lisa Wingate,Fundraising Luncheon  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/15/2015, 11:30 am | A Novel Experience | Zebulon, GA

okraMeet & Greet Signing for Wingate’s new release, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/15/2015, 01:30 pm | A Novel Experience | Zebulon, GA

okraLisa Wingate booktalk and signing  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/15/2015, 06:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

okraCelebrate the release of Tom Piazza's latest book A Free State  (author appearance)
Tom Piazza | 09/15/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

UNC Humanities Great Books Reading Group discusses Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert  (book club)
09/15/2015, 10:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Padgett Powell with CRIES FOR HELP, VARIOUS  (author appearance)
Padgett Powell | 09/16/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Sonja Yoerg - Middle of Somewhere  (author appearance)
Sonja Yoerg | 09/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Alexander Rosenberg -The Girl from Krakow  (author appearance)
Alexander Rosenberg | 09/16/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/16/2015, 03:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Meet Author Lauren Groff: FATES & FURIES  (author appearance)
Lauren Groff | 09/17/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Matthew Guinn - THE SCRIBE  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn | 09/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Garth Stein with A SUDDEN LIGHT  (author appearance)
Garth Stein | 09/17/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraPreservation of Story Panel with author Kim Boyken and Lisa Wingate  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/17/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Wil Haygood - Showdown  (author appearance)
Wil Haygood | 09/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Nina de Gramont -The Last September  (author appearance)
Nina de Gramont | 09/17/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Leslie Zemeckis - GODDESS OF LOVE INCARNATE  (author appearance)
Leslie Zemeckis | 09/18/2015, 02:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ron Rash with ABOVE THE WATERFALL  (author appearance)
Ron Rash | 09/18/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

YA Book Club  (book club)
09/18/2015, 06:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Octavia Books Book Club - MODERN BAPTISTS   (book club)
09/19/2015, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Austin Kleon discusses his new book The Steal Like An Artist Journal with a presentation, Q&A, and signing  (author appearance)
Austin Kleon | 09/19/2015, 11:00 am | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Author Event: Valerie M. Grant - Good night Granddaddy  (author appearance)
Valerie M. Grant | 09/19/2015, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Peg Robarchek- Inventing Sex  (author appearance)
Peg Robarchek | 09/20/2015, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Queer Fiction Book Club: TBD  (book club)
09/21/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Christina Vella - GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: A Life  (author appearance)
Christina Vella | 09/21/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/21/2015, 12:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Matthew Guinn -The Scribe  (author appearance)
Matthew Guinn | 09/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/21/2015, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Book Club of the Fantastic: THREE PARTS DEAD by Max Gladstone  (book club)
09/22/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Jonathan Franzen with PURITY  (author appearance)
Jonathan Franzen | 09/22/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/22/2015, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

Bruce Levingston with BRIGHT FIELDS: THE MASTERY OF MARIE HULL  (author appearance)
Bruce Levingston | 09/23/2015, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/23/2015, 06:00 pm | Duck's Cottage | Manteo, NC

David Bockino -The Guidebook Experiment  (author appearance)
David Bockino | 09/23/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/24/2015, 04:00 pm | Page After Page Bookstore | Elizabeth City

Author Roy Scranton: LEARNING TO DIE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE  (author appearance)
Roy Scranton | 09/24/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Elise Blackwell - THE LOWER QUARTER  (author appearance)
Elise Blackwell | 09/24/2015, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author Event - Ben Matthews: Pursuit of Justice  (author appearance)
Ben Matthews | 09/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Michael Brantley -Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey  (author appearance)
Michael Brantley | 09/24/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Stuart Stevens with THE LAST SEASON  (author appearance)
Stuart Stevens | 09/25/2015, 06:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

okraLisa Wingate- Moveable Feast Luncheon and Booksigning  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/25/2015, 12:00 pm | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

okraLisa Wingate discusses The Sea Keeper’s Daughters  (author appearance)
Lisa Wingate | 09/26/2015, 12:00 pm | Quarter Moon Bookstore | Topsail Beach, NC

New & Notable Book Club: LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean  (book club)
09/27/2015, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Sonja Williams -Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom  (author appearance)
Sonja Williams | 09/28/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Meet the Author: Steve Sheinkin  (author appearance)
Steve Sheinkin | 09/29/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Meet the Author: C. Alexander London  (author appearance)
C. Alexander | 09/30/2015, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

okraKathy Giuffre -The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato  (author appearance)
Kathy Giuffre | 09/30/2015, 07:00 pm | Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

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