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SIBA 2011 Southern Indie Book Awards

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2011 Southern Indie Book Awards, which recognize "the books from last year that Southern Indie Booksellers especially loved, the ones they most enjoyed putting into the hands of their customers with the earnest, heartfelt and ever hopeful words 'You’ve got to read this.' "

Winners will be announced in July and will be celebrated at SIBA's trade show in Charleston, S.C., September 17-19.

Two titles of the Fiction short list are Reading Group Choices selections!

Fiction

Bloodroot by Amy Greene

Burning Bright by Ron Rash

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

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Author On the Bookcase: Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me

Author On the Bookcase
Lisa Scottoline

Lisa ScottolineSo thrilled to welcome Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me, Think Twice, Look Again, and 13 other novels! Save Me is the story of a woman who tries to save her child, tries to save another, and finally, ends up saving herself. Lisa's new book will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love.

Lisa chats with us about her books, life, love, and the mother-child bond.

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Author On the Bookcase: Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit

Author On the Bookcase
Sarah Winman

Sarah WinmanI'm excited to welcome Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit, to On the Bookcase. Sarah's novel reveals the love of a brother and a sister, unwinding over many years -- backlit by historical events and cultural references.

From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

Here, Sarah talks about her book and the way she tried "to stop the film.

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Quail Ridge Book Club Bash

 

I was at Quail Ridge Book & Music (Raleigh, NC) last week for their semi-annual Book Club Bash. Nancy Olson and her so smart staff have welcomed me for five years. It is always such a great time listening to staff picks and, then, the book club audience chimes in about their recent book club picks. I always learn some much.

Wine, book chat, and book clubs!

Thanks, QR!

 

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2011 Indies Choice Book Awards Finalists Announced

The American Booksellers Association announced the finalists for the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards.

Indie Choice AwardsIndependent booksellers will vote and the winners will be announced on April 7. This year's winners and finalists will be honored at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 24.

From their list, what books would you pick as winners? Let us know on the RGC Facebook page or comment here. You might win some free books!

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Author On the Bookcase: Aine Greaney, author of Dance Lessons

Author On the Bookcase
Aine Greaney

Aine GreaneyI'm excited to welcome, Aine Greaney, author of Dance Lessons. Aine's novel tell the story of Ellen Boisvert who discovered her late husband, Fintan, was not an orphan at all -- his mother, Jo, is living in a lakeside village, the westside of Ireland. Ellen, a thirty-nine-year-old American prep school teacher, packs her bags and boards a plane to Ireland to reveal the secrets of Fintan's family.

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Enid Blyton's Unpublished Manuscript Discovered

             

Did anyone read Enid Blyton's books growing up? Some of her books included the Famous Five series (21 novels, based on four children and their dog), the Five Find-Outers and Dog series (15 novels, five children regularly outwit the local police) as well as the Secret Seven (15 novels, a society of seven children who solve various mysteries).

Famouis FiveI loved her books! My British grandmother sent them over to me from England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new unpublished manuscript has been found. YAY!

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Teaser Tuesday 2/22 The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

Teaser Tuesday

                 The Dry Grass of August

"One of the deacons stood and said to the preacher's back, "She were beaten down by hate."
"By hate," someone agreed.
"Killed in the street."
The preacher turned to look at the man. 'That's the truth, Deacon Hull. Hate killed our sister. But the love she lived will triumph over the sin that took her away." -- p. 228.
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (April 2011)

I think this will be a great reading group pick.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

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Author On the Bookcase: Claudia Sternbach, author of Reading Lips

Author On the Bookcase
Claudia Sternbach

Claudia SternbachI'm excited to welcome Claudia Sternbach, author of Reading Lips: A Memoir  of Kisses. Claudia takes a unique platform to tell her story.  Kisses -- a father's kiss, first love kiss, best friend kiss -- tell the tale about small and, sometimes big, moments in one's life. This book is Claudia's life in her kisses.

Kiss and tell, Claudia! 

One Kiss is Never Enough
by Claudia Sternbach

It wasn't that I sat down one day and decided to write a book about kisses. I am not that clever.

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