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In which a man pleads for mercy for his son's murderer, another man learns to drive in a snowstorm, on a mountain, a woman thinks all we need to know about life we can learn from literature, and book is returned to its owner after 150 years.

October 9, 2011

In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

(Books that appear on the Southern list, but not the national list)

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore!

When She Woke

Yankee Doodle Dixie

Hemingway's Boat

Magic of Reality

Destiny of the Republic

What It is Like to Go to War

One Day


Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

Devil in the White City

Fall of the House of Zeus


You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl

Animal Farm

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Charlotte's Web

Author Readings

okraRon Rash, author of Waking at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/09/2011)

Wanda Urbanska, author of Builders of Hope: A Social Entrepreneur's Solution at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (October 9 2011)

Ben Johnson, author of Exploring Sacred Space at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (October 11 2011)

Linda Stout, author of Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC  (October 11 2011)

okraRon Rash, author of Reception for Waking at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (October 11 2011)

James Valentine, author of Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Anc at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/11/2011)

Randy Fertel, author of THE GORILLA MAN AND THE EMPRESS OF STEAK: A New Or at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (October 11 2011)

okraSharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (October 11 2011)

okraRobert Morgan, author of Lions of the West at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (10/11/2011)

Ellen Baker, author of I Gave My Heart To Know This at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (October 12 2011)

okraRobert Morgan, author of Lions of the West at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (10/12/2011)

Soraya Mire, author of Girl With Three Legs at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA  (October 12 2011)

Nicholas Sparks, author of The Best of Me at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (October 12 2011)

Charles Frazier, author of Nightwoods at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL  (10/12/2011)

Thomas Rain Crowe, author of Every Breath Sings Mountains: The Great Smoky Moun at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/12/2011)

John Lane, author of Abandoned Quarry at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (October 13 2011)

Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (October 13 2011)

John Sandford, author of Shockwave at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (10/13/2011)

starsNorma Watkins, author of The Last Resort at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/13/2011)

starsKendall Bell, author of Larry Phillips: NASCAR's only 5-time Winston Racin at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC  (October 13 2011)

Melinda Palacio, author of OCOTILLO DREAMS at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (October 13 2011)

Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/14/2011)

Tanya Deckla, author of RECLAIMING OUR FOOD: How the Grassroots Food Movem at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (October 14 2011)

Richard Peck, author of Secrets of the Sea at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (October 14 2011)

Jessie Carty, author of Fat Girl at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/14/2011)

Beth Webb Hart, author of Sunrise on the Battery at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (October 14 2011)

starsNorma Watkins, author of The Last Resort at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC  (October 14 2011)

Emily-Sarah Lineback, author of Preserving the Past:Salem Moravians' Receipts & Ri at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Joe Mobley, author of Confederate Generals of North Carolina:Tar Heels i at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Susan Surman, author of Dancing at all the Weddings at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Mary Lambeth Moore, author of Sleeping with Patty Hearst at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (Oct 15 2011)

Cynthia Brown, author of Folktales and Ghost Stories of North Carolina's Pi at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Cameron Kent, author of The Road to Devotion at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Michael C. Hardy, author of North Carolina in the Civil War at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Amy Spease, author of Ghosts of the Triad:Tales From the Haunted Heart o at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Mathew Fox, author of Christian Mystics: 365 Readings & Meditations at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/15/2011)

Faye Tollison, author of To Tell The Truth at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC  (October 15 2011)

Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Tit at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/15/2011)

Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr., author of Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and D at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

J. Mark Boliek, author of The Mahogany Door w/CD at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/15/2011)

Greg Neri, author of Ghetto Cowboy at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL  (October 17 2011)

starsEllyn Bache, author of The Art of Saying Goodbye at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC  (October 17 2011)

Vicki Lane, author of Under the Skin at Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (10/18/2011)

Bruce Spizer, author of Beatles for Sale on Parlophone Records at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (October 18 2011)

Vicki Lane, author of Under the Skin at Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (10/18/2011)

Alice Sink, author of Wicked Winston-Salem at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (10/18/2011)

Arielle Guttman, author of Venus Star Rising at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/19/2011)

Alton Brown, author of GOOD EATS 3: The Later Years at Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA  (October 19 2011)

Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta, GA  (October 19 2011)

John Wukovits, author of ADMIRAL "BULL" HALSEY: The Life and Wars of the Na at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC  (October 19 2011)

Fred Chappell, author of Shadow Box at Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC  (10/20/2011)

Amy Spease, author of Ghosts of the Triad: Tales from the Haunted Heart at Barnhill's in Winston-Salem, NC  (October 20 2011)

Caren Goldman, author of Restoring Life's Missing Pieces at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/20/2011)

Charles Frazier, author of Nightwoods at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville, NC  (10/21/2011)

Marty Daniels, author of Mary Chesnut’s Diary at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island, SC  (October 21 2011)

Authors Round the South

[editor's note: We mistakenly attributed Mr. Philip Read as a descendent of a Union soldier looter in the first article. The piece has been corrected with the proper references.]

Dearest readers,

In this week's newsletter there is a rather amazing story of how a gentleman from New Jersey took it upon himself to return a book to a gentleman in Georgia that had been looted from the family home during Sherman's March. The book was a copy of Alexander Pope's poetry, but that is hardly the most incredible thing. After all, if you were looting a burning house, wouldn't a volume of poetry by Alexander Pope be the first thing you would reach for? No?

Alexander PopeWhat her ladyship finds illustrative about the story is the fact that the stolen book obviously possessed magical powers. For on his death bed, the thief asked that it be returned to its rightful owners. And nearly 150 years later, the book was still exerting its will to be brought back home, prompting Mr. Philip Read to discover and then get in touch with Mr. Sibley Jennings, a descendent of the original owner. The book is now back upon its proper shelf, the only volume to survive from the original house, which burned to the ground like so much else in Sherman's path.

So one could say the thief did the family a great service by stealing the book.

Alexander Pope: The Major WorksHer ladyship loves this story, not just for the dramatic journey taken by a single volume of poetry over the span of a century and a half, but because it illustrates the powerful attachment we feel for our environment, for the history and story that make up the foundations of our lives. Books are doubly magical in this way, for not only is there the story within the book (her ladyship wonders if the stolen book above ever caused any of its readers to become enamored of Enlightenment era poetry) but also the story of the book. It is like photograph of a memory, only one that never fades. For if there is one thing the return of the long lost volume of Alexander Pope makes clear, it is that once they enter into our lives, books are extremely difficult to erase.

Happy, happy reading!

her ladyship, the editor

Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending Sunday, October 9, 2011

Columbia, SC - October 14, 2011 - The Southern Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by and SIBA, for the week ended Sunday, October 9, 2011. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and

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

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385534635
2. Nightwoods
Charles Frazier, Random House, $26, 9781400067091
3. The Affair
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780385344326
4. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain, Ballantine, $25, 9780345521309
5. The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316126694
6. Feast Day of Fools
James Lee Burke, S&S, $26.99, 9781451643114
7. The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman, Scribner, $27.99, 9781451617474
8. Shock Wave
John Sandford, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399157691
9. When She Woke
Hillary Jordan, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781565126299
10. Rules of Civility
Amor Towles, Viking, $26.95, 9780670022694
11. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $35, 9780553801477
12. Reamde
Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $35, 9780061977961
13. The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje, Knopf, $26, 9780307700117
14. Aleph
Paulo Coelho, Knopf, $24.95, 9780307700186
okra15. Yankee Doodle Dixie
Lisa Patton, Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99, 9780312556938

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $28, 9780805093070
2. Boomerang
Michael Lewis, Norton, $25.95, 9780393081817
3. Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $27, 9781400064168
4. Jacqueline Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy, Michael Beschloss, Hyperion, $60, 9781401324254
5. Hemingway's Boat
Paul Hendrickson, Knopf, $30, 9781400041626
6. In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson, Crown, $26, 9780307408846
7. That Used to Be Us
Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum, FSG, $28, 9780374288907
8. Seriously... I'm Kidding
Ellen DeGeneres, Grand Central, $26.99, 9780446585026
9. Bossypants
Tina Fey, Reagan Arthur Books, $26.99, 9780316056861
10. Go the F**k to Sleep
Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illus.), Akashic, $14.95, 9781617750250
11. The Magic of Reality
Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean (Illus.), Free Press, $29.99, 9781439192818
12. Destiny of the Republic
Candice Millard, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385526265
13. What It Is Like to Go to War
Karl Marlantes, Atlantic Monthly, $25, 9780802119926
14. The Swerve
Stephen Greenblatt, Norton, $26.95, 9780393064476
15. Confidence Men
Ron Suskind, Harper, $29.99, 9780061429255

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Berkley, $16, 9780425245132
2. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375714368
3. Sarah's Key
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9781250004345
4. Room
Emma Donoghue, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316098328
5. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson, Random House, $15, 9780812981223
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, Harper, $14.99, 9780061537967
7. Freedom
Jonathan Franzen, Picador, $16, 9780312576462
8. The Postmistress
Sarah Blake, Berkley, $15, 9780425238691
9. A Secret Kept
Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312553494
10. One Day
David Nicholls, Vintage, $14.95, 9780307946713
11. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307477477
12. Matterhorn
Karl Marlantes, Grove Press, $15.95, 9780802145314
13. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin, Harper Perennial, $14.99, 9780060594671

14. Started Early, Took My Dog
Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, $14.99, 9780316066747
okra15. Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter
Lisa Patton, St. Martin's Griffin, $13.99, 9780312658892

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316001946
2. Unlikely Friendships
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761159131
3. Heaven Is for Real
Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson, $16.99, 9780849946158
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot, Broadway, $16, 9781400052189
5. Moneyball
Michael Lewis, Norton, $15.95, 9780393338393
6. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin, Harper, $14.99, 9780061583261
7. The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson, Vintage, $15.95, 9780375725609
8. The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $16.95, 9780679763888
9. At Home
Bill Bryson, Anchor, $15.95, 9780767919395
10. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930
11. The Hare With Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal, Picador, $16, 9780312569372
12. F in Exams
Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319
13. The Fall of the House of Zeus
Curtis Wilkie, Broadway, $16, 9780307460714

14. 1491
Charles C. Mann, Vintage, $16.95, 9781400032051
okra15. You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl
Celia Rivenbark, St. Martin's Griffin, $14.99, 9780312614201

Mass Market

1. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553593716
2. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553579901
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789
4. The Reversal
Michael Connelly, Vision, $9.99, 9780446556750
5. The Confession
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780440245117
6. Cross Fire
James Patterson, Vision, $9.99, 9780446574716
7. A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $8.99, 9780553582024
8. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Warner, $6.99, 9780316769488
9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, Vintage, $7.99, 9780307473479
10. Animal Farm
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342

Children's Illustrated

1. Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney, Viking, $17.99, 9780670059836
2. If You Give a Dog a Donut
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray, $16.99, 9780060266837
3. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Eric Carle, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399257131
4. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book
Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman, $14.95, 9780761163732
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. Bumble-Ardy
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780062051981
7. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061910241
8. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926
9. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
10. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220

Children's Interest

1. Every Thing On It
Shel Silverstein, Harper, $19.99, 9780061998164
2. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
Dr.Seuss, Random House, $15, 9780375864353
3. Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $29.99, 9780545027892
4. Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9781419700279
5. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810984257
6. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
7. Matched
Ally Condie, Speak, $9.99, 9780142419779
8. Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, Harper, $7.99, 9780061120268
9. Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
Hannah Dolan, DK Publishing, $18.99, 9780756686970
10. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher, Razorbill, $10.99, 9781595141880

Children's Fiction Series Titles

1. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781423140597
2. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
5. Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories
John Flanagan, Philomel, $17.99, 9780399256189
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $13.95, 9780810993136
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
8. Silence (Hush, Hush Saga #3)
Becca Fitzpatrick, S&S, $18.99, 9781442426641
9. Big Nate on a Roll
Lincoln Peirce, Harper, $12.99, 9780061944383
10. Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425571


Good Gossip

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

"On my last stop, I bought a copy of The Earl of Louisiana by A.J. Leibling, with its great first line—“Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly.”"
Ode to the Bookstore

"As I came through a spot in the road called Fancy Gap, a full moon came out, brightening everything. All the snow surrounding me brought the “Night Before Christmas” to mind … “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.”"
A Southern Snow

""I'm interested in faith and how it blends with the everyday workings of the world.. . There is the pretty side, with white gloves and Sunday dresses. And on the other side is the grittier element of Christianity, the one that involves emulating Jesus, who had a habit of cleaning poor people's feet and hanging out with prostitutes. ""
Gloves Off

"As the Erwin house near Louisville was burning, a federal drummer boy ran into the house and snatched the book sitting on a table in the library. He took it home in his knapsack as “spoils of war.” On his deathbed many years later, the Union soldier asked his descendents to return the book to its rightful owners."
147 years after being taken, books come home from a long journey

" I was an English major in college. My college advisors were Maya Angelou and Dolly McPherson, who are African-American women who introduced me to black women’s autobiography, Southern literature. I read Faulkner and Annie Dillard. There’s a part of me that, in terms of epistemology, will always love literature as a basis for understanding the human condition. It just doesn’t take a lot to convince me that we can find in our fictional work nearly everything that we need to understand human interaction."
On Black Womens' stereotypes from a woman who hates The Help

What at they watching on television in Alaska? A documentary film on Walker Percy

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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

A man pleas for clemency for the murderer of his son

Letters of a NationHis Excellency, Luther E. Hall
Governor of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

Dear Sir,

On this day of Thanksgiving, the thoughts of all my household were turned to the chair made empty by the crime of the poor wreitch, the date of whose execution you have fixed. This matter has been in our minds for some time, and after mature deliberation, all of us, father, mother, sisters, brothers and widow of my son, have concluded to ask you to reprieve Rene Canton, and to send his case before teh Board of Pardons for their consideration as to whether his sentence should not be commuted to imprisonment for life. We feel that this young brute is the product of our system of society, for which all of us, particularly persons of our position, are to some extent responsible. His father and mother are honest, hard working people. With them the struggle for existence was too bitter and exacting to permit them to devote the time and personal care necessary to develop the good and repress the evil in their son, who thus grew up amid the malign influences that surround the poor in a large city. We believe that he shot my son as instinctively as a snake would strike on who crossed his path; and while his act was murder in law and in fact, yet it lacked that forethough and deliberation which make a crime of this sort unpardonable. This man is now in no condition to be sent into the next world. We hope and pray that time and reflection will bring repentance and that his soul may be saved.

Your obedient servant,
Edgar Howard Farrar

In Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, edited by Andrew Carroll (Broadway Books, 1997)

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Great southern books, fresh off the vine! Picked for you with care by Southern Indie Booksellers

The ChamomileThe Chamomile by Susan Craft
Ingalls Publishing Group, October 2011

This story is from a woman Patriot’s point of view. Great Read! WOW, What a story!
--Fran Bush, Booklovers Bookstore in Aiken SC

Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.

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STARS Authors on Tour

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

Mary Alice MonroeFeatured: Mary Alice Monroe

Travels from: Isle of Palms, SC

Topics: Fiction Writing, Environment and Conservation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Women Flyfishing, Sea Turtles, Monarch Butterflies, American Shrimping Industry

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best selling author of twelve novels and one children's book. She is an active conservationist, an Island Turtle Team volunteer, and board member of the SC Aquarium. 

Mary Alice Monroe
Nashville, TN 10/15/2011-10/15/2011
Miami, FL 11/19/2011-11/19/2011

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More STARS Authors:
see the full list online here and find the authors touring in your area here

Kala Ambrose
Asheville, NC 10/15/2011-10/15/2011
Raleigh, NC 10/22/2011-10/22/2011
Durham, NC 10/27/2011-10/27/2011
Chapel Hill, NC 10/28/2011-10/28/2011
Raleigh, NC 10/30/2011-10/30/2011

Ellyn Bache
Pawleys Island, SC 11/4/2011-11/4/2011
Wilmington, NC 11/5/2011-11/10/2011
Asheville,, NC 11/19/2011-11/20/2011

Maggie Bishop

John C. Campbell Folk School, GA 10/30/2011-11/5/2011

Nancy B. Brewer

Mooresville, NC 10/18/2011-10/18/2011

Nancy Cohen
Delray Beach, FL 10/29/2011-10/29/2011

Elizabeth O. Dulemba

Brasstown, NC 12/2/2011-12/4/2011

Mark Hainds
Birmingham, AL 12/3/2011-12/6/2011
Tallahasee, FL 11/1/2011-11/4/2011
Ponchatoula, LA 10/29/2011-10/30/2011

Jennie Helderman
Atlanta, GA 11/19/2011-11/19/2011
Orlando, FL 10/20/2011-10/23/2011
Sterling, VA 10/25/2011-10/29/2011

Nancy Naigle

Charlottesville, VA 10/15/2011-10/15/2011
Emporia, VA 12/5/2011-12/5/2011
Emporia, VA 12/8/2011-12/8/2011

Valerie Nieman
Philippi, WV 10/17/2011-10/17/2011
Weirton, WV 10/15/2011-10/15/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/22/2011-10/22/2011
Charlottesville, VA 10/29/2011-10/30/2011
Charleston, WV 10/18/2011-10/18/2011
Hillsborough, NC 11/16/2011-11/16/2011
Charlotte, NC 10/10/2011-10/10/2011

Lisa Patton
Columbia, TN 10/20/2011-10/20/2011
Collierville, TN 11/1/2011-11/1/2011
Blytheville, AR 11/1/2011-11/1/2011
Greenwood, MS 11/9/2011-11/9/2011
Tupelo, MS 11/11/2011-11/11/2011
Oxford, MS 11/17/2011-11/17/2011

Melissa Peagler
Lancaster, SC 11/23/2011-11/27/2011
Columbia, SC 11/25/2011-11/27/2011
Chester, SC 11/23/2011-11/27/2011
Asheville, NC 11/26/2011-11/27/2011
Spartanburg, SC 11/23/2011-11/27/2011
Atlanta, GA 10/12/2011-10/14/2011

Norma Watkins

Miami, FL 11/1/2011-11/30/2011

Tamra Wilson

Gaston County, NC 10/27/2011-10/29/2011