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{Bookstores can be saved.}

In which Ms. Julie Cantrell talks about the bookstores (and books) that made a difference, Mr. Michael Farris Smith spells "Mississippi," some people think that books most certainly can be used as interior decoration, and her ladyship, the editor believes "Can bookstores be saved?" is asking the wrong question.

"I do two things," she told me. "I remind myself that it's not all about me. And I focus on the good. There's always a way to find some good."
--- Julie Cantrell, Into the Free

Bookstores Can Be SavedIn the process of cleaning out the office last month, her ladyship, the editor came across a little book written in 1952 by Adolph Kroch ("Honorary life member of the American Booksellers Association") called "Bookstores Can Be Saved." He sets out fourteen proposals that he believes will, well, "save" bookstores from the apparently imminent extinction he sees for them in the near future. His proposals range from the common sense ("Verify localities in need of bookstores and assist qualified booksellers in establishing new outlets there") to the "gee, that would be nice" ("Encourage higher wages") to the sure to be unpopular ("Raise retail prices") to the extremely unlikely ("Booksellers and Publishers set aside a percentage of their volume of business" -- her ladyship thinks he means "profits" -- "to promote campaigns to encourage book buying").

Some sixty-five years later, we can look around and confirm that bookstores are still in abundance -- although her ladyship believes it is less a question of being saved than of adapting and surviving. Many of Mr. Kroch's original proposals have come to pass, if not deliberately, then at least organically: Higher wages, alas, still eludes us. But higher retail prices? Those seem assured. His very first proposal in his little book is to come to an agreement on the definition of "Bookseller" -- which Mr. Kroch sets forth thus: "A person whose profession, occupation or business is that of selling books at retail." Apparently in 1952 this was up for debate.

"A person who sells books at retail" -- her ladyship, the editor finds this a very minimalist description of today's bookseller. Consider what Julie Cantrell writes below about her hometown bookstore, Cavalier House Books:

In August 2016, when the flood of the millennium destroyed more than eighty percent of Livingston Parish, including the Cavaliers' home, John and Michelle had a difficult choice to make. Close up shop and call it quits? Or reboot and try again?

Recognizing the power of story, they opted to keep the doors open, making the courageous and selfless choice to let that one dry corner function as an anchor for their heartbroken community. Despite the financial risks, they have used books to heal and have stepped up to lead reconstruction efforts for this traumatized town while postponing the rebuild of their own home in order to help others.

"I realized," she goes on to say, "what an impact this young couple will have on their parish for many generations to come. I cannot imagine anyone I'd trust more to restore my childhood stomping grounds than John and Michelle"

Can bookstores be saved? Perhaps the question is "How can bookstores save us?"

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.

PerennialsFireflies

"Four!" Bitsy cheers, twisting the lid to her firefly jar. I race behind my only sister. She's eleven, which means she's three years bigger than me, and that's enough to make her boss. Fisher says she's not the boss of me, but Bitsy says she is and that's that.

A summer day in Mississippi can last a whole year long, and
today is one of those whole-year-long kind of days. Even the leaves are lazy, leaning big as hands from the sweet gum tree with not so much as a breeze to keep 'em company. If it weren't for the trees, we'd have already melted. But they stand heavy and green and full of shade, so I don't mind the heat much, especially now that evening is settling over us.

"I got four too." I hold my Mason jar up high to Bitsy's eyes.

The lightning bugs flash against the glass, and Bitsy says, "Good job, Lovey," so I give her my best smile, the kind I wear on Christmas mornings.

--Julie Cantrell, Perennials (Thomas Nelson, 2017) 9781934414033

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Sing Unburied Sing " You looked at me and the people I love and the people I write about . . . and you saw your grief, your love, your losses, your regret, your joy, your hope. I am deeply grateful, and I hope to continue this conversation with all of you for all of our days. "

keep reading: Jesmyn Ward wins 2017 National Book Award

"I'd tell my 16-year-old self that everything changes. Nothing lasts forever. That even though I felt like that time would drag on into infinity, that it would end. 

keep reading: 5 minutes with Jesmyn Ward


"A random act of stupid"

keep reading: Shots fired into Gottwals Books


Read This! Books with Street Cred

Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers


Grant by Ron Chernow
Chernow does it again. Common knowledge: Grant won the war for Lincoln; he drank; he came into office as a rank amateur. Chernow gives us a bigger picture: Grant's appreciation for Lee; his stature as the first modern general; his abolitionism; his life in the Gilded Age.

Grant by Ron Chernow ($40.00, Penguin Press), recommended by Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC.

 

 

 

 


Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben BlumAn intriguing true tale about a bank robbery committed by a group of Army Rangers, one of whom is the 19-year-old cousin of the author. I think the bottom line is this: we ask the people who fight our wars to do terrible things. Do we then get to ask how they got to be so terrible?

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum ($28.95*, Doubleday Books), recommended by Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN.

 

 

 


All The Crooked Saints by Maggie StiefvaterBizarre, original, and entertaining! As per usual with Stiefvater's books, it was magical and full of complex characters.

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater ($18.99*, Scholastic Press), recommended by Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC.


More bookseller recommendations

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Potlikker Papers"Some cities get defined as book cities, as literary cities, 

keep reading: John T. Edge to appear at new Greensboro Book Festival


"This year's fair is a celebration. … We are back from the flood and things are finally back to normal ." 

keep reading: Livingston Parish Book Festival


The Book of Resting Places"I always sort of liked cemeteries, like walking around them." 

keep reading: Thomas Mira y Lopez


The List: Recently reviewed by the staff at Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, Louisiana

John loves George Orwell. Michelle hates Ernest Hemingway. Victoria doesn't understand the idea that books are not meant to be used for interior decoration.
See the full list of staff picks.

The Feathered Bone Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere From Here to Eternity Retail's Seismic Shift  Alias Grace Norwegian Wood The Bone Witch The Problem with Forever 

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"it's argued that some of your favorite classics alongside new delights and gifts are better purchased in person"

keep reading: Books & Books expanding to more locations in South Florida

 


The {Book} Trailer Park: Julie Cantrell and Michael Farris Smith at Southern Voices 2017

Julie Cantrell and Michael Farris Smith at Southern Voices, 2017

"Michael: I think they all expect us to spell Mississippi."
"Julie: Backwards."


The Okra Pick of the Week

"If Julie Cantrell isn't on your reading list, she should be." --Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Perennials by Julie CantWhen two estranged sisters reunite for their parents' 50thnanniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother's perennial garden.

Eva--known to all as Lovey--grew up safe and secure in Oxford, MS, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mother's stunning flower gardens. But a shed fire, and the injuries that it caused, seemed to change everything...especially when her older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable damage.

Bitsy became the cheerleader. The homecoming queen. The perfect Southern belle who could do no wrong. All the while, Lovey served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt when Bitsy threw blame her way.

At eighteen, suffocating in her sister's shadow, Lovey turned down a marriage proposal and fled to Arizona--a place as far from Mississippi as she could find.

In time, she became a successful advertising executive and a weekend yoga instructor, carving a satisfying life for herself, free from Bitsy's vicious lies. But now that she's turning 45, Lovey is feeling more alone than ever and questioning the choices that have led her here.

When she gets a call from her father insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th anniversary, Lovey is at wits' end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, and there's a lot on the line. But despite the risks, her father's words, "Family First," draw her right back to the red-dirt roads of Mississippi.

Lovey is welcomed home by a secret project--a memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother. As she helps create this sacred space, Lovey begins to rediscover her roots, learning to live perennially in spite of life's many trials and tragedies.

Years ago, Lovey chose to leave her family and the South far behind. But now that she's returned, she's realizing things at home were not always what they seemed.

Perennials by Julie Cantrell| Thomas Nelson| 9780718037642 | Read the first chapter

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Julie Cantrell on the bookstores (and books) that made a difference

Julie CantrellIf an independent bookstore serves as the soul of a community (as do libraries, I believe), then a big piece of my soul resides in two Southern stores: Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, Louisiana and Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.

PerennialsMany independent booksellers have supported my journey as a fledgling novelist, and my gratitude runs deep. In fact, SIBA has welcomed me from the start of my career, when ten southern female authors dared to setup a trade show booth as the Southern Belle View gals. Remember us? Blogs, books, and bling? We always had a blast and our scavenger hunts helped form lasting friendships with many of you.

Since then I have published three novels, and you have been there with me for each, selecting my books as Okra Picks, Best Reads, book club bundles, and most recently as a short-list finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Yes, Southern indies, you have delivered me more than a few "pinch-me moments" in the last few years, and I thank you sincerely.

But Cavalier House Books and Square Books will always hold sacred space in my life.

Cavalier House BooksCavalier House Books

John and Michelle Cavalier have something special going on down in the bayou state, and it's about much more than books. When this young couple dared to chase their dream of owning a local bookstore, they never imagined they would end up becoming community leaders, helping to build, and then to rebuild, the Denham Springs community.

In August 2016, when the flood of the millennium destroyed more than eighty percent of Livingston Parish, including the Cavaliers' home, John and Michelle had a difficult choice to make. Close up shop and call it quits? Or reboot and try again?

Recognizing the power of story, they opted to keep the doors open, making the courageous and selfless choice to let that one dry corner function as an anchor for their heartbroken community. Despite the financial risks, they have used books to heal and have stepped up to lead reconstruction efforts for this traumatized town while postponing the rebuild of their own home in order to help others.

Recently, John delivered a poignant TEDx talk at the public library in Denham Springs. I listened as attendees reacted: "I never thought about it that way," and "Yes, we should do that!"

With Michelle in the audience (and serving as a large focus of John's presentation), I realized what an impact this young couple will have on their parish for many generations to come. I cannot imagine anyone I'd trust more to restore my childhood stomping grounds than John and Michelle, and this led me to believe that, in fact, all Southern indie booksellers are in a prime position to serve as the legacy makers, the community shapers, and the storytellers of our time.

Square BooksSquare Books

While Livingston Parish was the home of my childhood, Lafayette County is the place I call home today. Here, on the historical town square of Oxford, Mississippi, Richard and Lisa Howorth have staked their claim and formed a mecca for southern literature enthusiasts.
As a Louisiana girl, I had never met an author until I relocated to Oxford at the age of thirty. Suddenly, I entered a world where stories were alive, where characters were waiting to be captured in ink, and where not one, not two, but THREE bookstores opened their doors each day on the town square. I had landed myself in the Land of Oz, and "real-live authors" were everywhere. Suddenly, inspiration was too.

When I entered Square Books, I felt the stories brewing in my bones. There remains a magic there, a powerful tug at all the truths that lie just below the silence. It's good medicine.

It would be many years before I dared to pen a novel, and never could I have imagined I'd be launching that debut (Into the Free) on such hallowed ground. Now I'm about to launch my fourth women's fiction title, Perennials (which is set right here in Oxford, by the way), and once again I'll be celebrating that milestone with Square Books.

Any novelist can tell you, we take life one story at a time. We never know if we'll land another contract or publish another successful book, but if the fates do grant me such a gift, I can only hope I'll have the opportunity to deliver each story through the birthing room of Square Books. And then, I hope I'll have the chance to leave signed books at Cavalier House too. And if I'm the luckiest girl alive, I'll someday get to visit every Southern indie store, pluck tales from your shelves, swap stories with your booksellers, and leave a few signed copies for each of you to share across the south.

The Books and Writers I Love

Sing, Unburied, Sing American Marriage Anything is Possible 

I'm a huge fan of Jesmyn Ward. Her authenticity always make me cry, and I have yet to find another contemporary American author whose voice compares to hers. I recently read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and absolutely loved it. It's one of the best novels I've read in years, and I think it's a beautiful, empathy-building story that everyone should read. Elizabeth Strout is another of my favorite authors. She's one whose books I buy without even bothering to read the synopsis. I've never been disappointed. She's a master at delivering clear, concise prose that still carries tremendous depth, and her characters are second to none. Also, I've long admired Wally Lamb, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, and Marilynne Robinson.

Wild Glass Castle Big Magic 


In the non-fiction/memoir arena, I am in awe of brave female truthtellers. The standouts include Cheryl Strayed, Jeannette Walls, and Elizabeth Gilbert (who won me over with The Last American Man and kept me happy by releasing Big Magic). As for book club fiction, Lisa Wingate delivered a beauty with Before We Were Yours, and I'll always root for Jamie Ford and Ann Hood. When it comes to southern charm, Patti Callahan Henry, Karen White, and Kristy Woodson Harvey are sure hits, but as a certified naturalist, Mary Alice Monroe's love of nature always makes my soul sing.

All the Best People Far End of Happy 

Finally, I think I'd like people to know more about Sonja Yoerg and Kathryn Craft. These women are not only Tall Poppy Writers with me, but they produce stories that shape souls. They examine life from a deeper angle, and I have great respect for the words they weave.

 

Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist. She writes full time from her home in Oxford, Mississippi. Her latest book, PERENNIALS, was published in November, 2017

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending November 5. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

 

See the full list here.
The Southern Book Prize | A SIBA Okra Pick | Special to the Southern List
Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's

 

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Rooster Bar
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541176
2. The Midnight Line
Lee Child, Delacorte Press, $28.99, 9780399593482
3. Origin
Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385514231
4. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Viking, $27, 9780670026197
5. Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan, Scribner, $27, 9781476716732

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781501139154
2. Grant
Ron Chernow, Penguin Press, $40, 9781594204876
3. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Chris Matthews, S&S, $28, 9781501111860
4. Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Pete Souza, Little Brown, $50, 9780316512589
5. Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
Donna Brazile, Hachette, $28, 9780316478519

Special to the Southern List

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $26,  S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco David Dibenedetto, Harper Wave, $45,  The Girl From Venice Martin Cruz Smith, S&S, $16,  Red Notice Bill Browder, S&S, $16,

HARDCOVER FICTION

9. Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $26, 9781501126062
10. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $26, 9780425284681
12. The Last Ballad
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062313119
15. Hiddensee
Gregory Maguire, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062684387

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

7. The Last Castle
Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $28, 9781476794044
12. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!
Ree Drummond, Morrow, $29.99, 9780062225269
13. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy, Hachette, $28, 9780316352536
14. S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco
David Dibenedetto, Harper Wave, $45, 9780062445148

PAPERBACK FICTION

8. News of the World
Paulette Jiles, Morrow, $15.99, 9780062409218
10. It

Stephen King, Scribner, $19.99, 9781501175466
11. A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16, 9781476738024
12. The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Vintage, $16, 9780679731726
13. The Girl From Venice
Martin Cruz Smith, S&S, $16, 9781439140246
14. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, 9781250080400

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

1. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $10, 9780062695697
8. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
9. Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow, Penguin, $20, 9780143034759
10. Red Notice
Bill Browder, S&S, $16, 9781476755748
11. Wreck This Journal: Now in Color
Keri Smith, Penguin, $16, 9780143131663
12. We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95, 9781101911761
13. The Lost City of the Monkey God
Douglas Preston, Grand Central, $15.99, 9781455540013
14. The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion, Vintage, $16, 9781400078431
15. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Anchor, $17, 9780307947901

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Events

What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?

See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you.

D.A. Field  (author appearance)
D.A. Field | 11/17/2017, 04:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Come Home with Patricia Gussin  (author appearance)
Patricia Gussin | 11/17/2017, 05:30 pm | Writers Block Bookstore | Winter Park, FL

Khizr Khan - An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice  (author appearance)
Khizr Khan | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Poet Eileen Myles: Afterglow (a dog memoir)  (author appearance)
Eileen Myles | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Emily Blejwas, Once You Know This  (author appearance)
Emily Blejwas | 11/17/2017, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Meet the Author: Amy Gelsthorpe  (author appearance)
Amy Gelsthorpe | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | The Story Shop | Monroe, GA

Isabel Allende in Conversation with Anne Gisleson at The Academy of Sacred Heart  (author appearance)
Isabel Allende | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Mark Helprin - PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE  (author appearance)
Mark Helprin | 11/17/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Beyond the X-Files and Fantastic Beasts: Crytpozoology- Fact or Fiction  (author appearance)
Daniel Braum | 11/17/2017, 06:00 pm | Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Mikko Saikku - This Delta, This Land  (author appearance)
Mikko Saikku | 11/17/2017, 06:00 pm | Turnrow Books | Greenwood, MS

Sara T. Baker's Debut Novel  (author appearance)
Sara T. Baker | 11/17/2017, 06:30 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Release Party: The Goose & the Guest House  (author appearance)
Caitlin and Ben Allison | 11/17/2017, 05:00 pm | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

Notorious HBC  (book club)
11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Nancy Pearl – George & Lizzie  (author appearance)
Nancy Pearl | 11/17/2017, 06:30 pm | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Gwen J. - Never Give Up  (author appearance)
Gwen J. | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Shannon Messenger - Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)  (author appearance)
Shannon Messenger | 11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Trivia Night  (other event)
11/17/2017, 07:00 pm | Joe's Place Bookstore | Greenville, SC

Alison O'Donnell Signs Stupid Cupid - A Survivor's Guide to Online Dating  (author appearance)
Alison O'Donnell | 11/18/2017, 10:00 am | Sundog Books | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Avid Poetry Series: Bruce Beasley and Cassie Gonzales  (author appearance)
Bruce Beasley | 11/18/2017, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Stories for Free Children Story Hour: Featuring Betty Wood!  (other event)
11/18/2017, 10:30 am | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Karen Kingsbury, In This Moment  (author appearance)
Karen Kingsbury | 11/18/2017, 02:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Open House & Pet Fostering Program  (other event)
11/18/2017, 10:00 am | Horton's Books & Gifts | Carrollton, GA

Signing - Perennials by Julie Cantrell  (author appearance)
Julie Cantrell | 11/18/2017, 05:00 pm | Cavalier House Books | Denham Springs, LA

Donna Brazile: Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House   (author appearance)
Donna Brazile | 11/18/2017, 05:30 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books Book Club - November  (book club)
11/18/2017, 10:30 am | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Ann Goethe - GONER  (author appearance)
Ann Goethe | 11/18/2017, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Katie Kath Storytime & Drawing Fun  (author appearance)
Katie Kath | 11/18/2017, 10:30 am | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

NaNoWriMo Write In at Bookmarks  (writers group)
11/18/2017, 01:00 pm | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Robin Whitley to Present Her Debut Novel  (author appearance)
Robin Whitley | 11/18/2017, 03:00 pm | City Lights Bookstore | Sylva, NC

Foggy Pine Book Club  (book club)
Patricia Bell-Scott | 11/18/2017, 07:30 pm | Foggy Pine Books | Boone, NC

Micah Cash: Signing and Presentation  (author appearance)
Micah Cash | 11/18/2017, 05:00 pm | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

Ellery Adams – The Secret Book & Scone Society  (author appearance)
Ellery Adams | 11/18/2017, 11:00 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

Meet the Author: Hezekiah Brown  (author appearance)
Hezekiah Brown | 11/18/2017, 11:00 am | PAGE AFTER PAGE BOOKSTORE | Elizabeth City, NC

Four Voices in Southern Literature: A Conversation  (other event)
11/18/2017, 03:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Author Event: Catherine Farley - Mimi Discovers Sullivan's Island  (author appearance)
Catherine Farley | 11/18/2017, 11:00 am | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author Event: Dr. M.J. Simms-Maddox - Mystery in Harare   (author appearance)
M.J. Simms-Maddox | 11/18/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jamie DeMent - The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm  (author appearance)
Jamie DeMent | 11/18/2017, 02:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Jeffery Beam & Friends  (other event)
11/18/2017, 03:00 pm | The Regulator Bookshop | Durham, NC

Kunagee Cohen-Nesbitt Open-House Signing  (author appearance)
Kunagee Cohen-Nesbitt | 11/18/2017, 07:00 pm | Hub City Bookshop | Spartanburg, SC

Reflexology Massage  (other event)
11/18/2017, 11:00 am | Joe's Place Bookstore | Greenville, SC

Book Signing: Jamie Mason  (author appearance)
11/18/2017, 02:00 pm | Joe's Place Bookstore | Greenville, SC

Music with The Muchmores  (other event)
11/18/2017, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place Bookstore | Greenville, SC

Pop-Up with Annamarie Porco, Annamarie's Soft-Touch Biscotti Company Recipes   (author appearance)
Annamarie Porco | 11/18/2017, 09:30 am | M. Judson | Greenville, SC

Katie Cruice Smith Book Launch, Why Did You Choose Me?  (author appearance)
Katie Cruice | 11/18/2017, 09:30 am | M. Judson | Greenville, SC

Story time with Miss Debi  (other event)
11/18/2017, 10:30 am | M. Judson | Greenville, SC

Saturday Storytime  (other event)
11/18/2017, 10:30 am | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Diane Capri Booksigning  (author appearance)
Diane Capri | 11/19/2017, 05:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

The Sunday Sleuths Book Group  (book club)
11/19/2017, 03:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Paperback Fiction Book Club: RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor  (book club)
11/19/2017, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

WRITERS AT HOME SERIES with TOMMY HAYS  (other event)
11/19/2017, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Writer's Workshop: Novel Idea  (writers group)
11/19/2017, 03:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Event with the Illustrator: Matt Meyer - Star Wars BB-8 on the Run   (author appearance)
Matt Meyer | 11/19/2017, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Literary Pursuits Book Club - It Can't Happen Here  (book club)
11/19/2017, 04:30 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Vice President Joe Biden's American Promise Tour  (author appearance)
Joe Biden | 11/19/2017, 07:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Book signing with UT Law Professor Benjamin H. Barton  (author appearance)
Benjamin H. Barton | 11/19/2017, 02:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Florida Premiere: The Man Who Invented Christmas  (other event)
11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Social Justice Book Club: A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki  (book club)
11/20/2017, 06:15 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Trans and Friends  (other event)
11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Walter Isaacson - LEONARDO DA VINCI  (author appearance)
Walter Isaacson | 11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Sci Fi Book club: November  (book club)
11/20/2017, 06:00 pm | Page 158 Books | Wake Forest, NC

Local Author Event: David Goldfield - The Gifted Generation  (author appearance)
David Goldfield | 11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Understanding The Middle East Book Club - The Hostage's Daughter  (book club)
11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books & Music | Raleigh, NC

Cookbook Club  (book club)
11/20/2017, 07:00 pm | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

Beth Ann Fennelly  (author appearance)
Beth Ann Fennelly | 11/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

The Tuesday Murder Club Book Group  (book club)
11/21/2017, 06:30 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

Walter Isaacson - LEONARDO DA VINCI  (author appearance)
Walter Isaacson | 11/21/2017, 07:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Madcap Cottage Duo - Prints Charming  (author appearance)
John Loecke | 11/21/2017, 05:00 pm | Country Bookshop, The | Southern Pines, NC

Children's Storytime  (other event)
11/21/2017, 10:30 am | McIntyre's Fine Books | Pittsboro, NC

John Lane and Scott Gould  (author appearance)
John Lane | 11/21/2017, 05:00 pm | Blue Bicycle Books | Charleston, SC

Books & Beyond Book Club  (book club)
11/21/2017, 06:30 pm | Joe's Place Bookstore | Greenville, SC

Remembering the Kennedy Assassination: What is the Truth?  (author appearance)
Keith Pruitt | 11/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Words of Wisdom Bookstore | Hermitage, TN

Meet the Author: Maggie Stiefvater  (author appearance)
Maggie Stiefvater | 11/21/2017, 06:00 pm | Hooray For Books | Alexandria, VA

Storytime - Books About Thanksgiving  (other event)
11/22/2017, 10:30 am | Bookmarks | Winston-Salem, NC

Storytime Thursday  (other event)
11/23/2017, 10:30 am | Fiction Addiction | Greenville, SC

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