Upcoming Events

Carolyn Sakowski
09/21 at 7:30 p.m.Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
09/22 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.Old Salem Launch Event, Winston-Salem, NC
09/23 at 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble at Friendly Shopping Center, Greensboro, NC
09/24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Appalachian State University Bookstore, Boone, NC
09/24 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.Greenhouse Crafts, Glendale Springs, NC
09/27 at 7 p.m.Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
09/28 at 7 p.m.Grace Ridge Retirement Community, Morganton, NC
09/29 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Malaprop's, Asheville, NC
09/30 at 1 p.m.Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, NC
09/30 at 4 p.m.Book Shelf, Tryon, NC

Stephanie Tyson
09/10 from 3:15 - 4:15Bookmarks 2011, Winston-Salem, NC
09/13 at 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble, Cary, NC
09/25 at 3 p.m.Durham County Southwest Regional Library, Durham, NC
09/27 at 7 p.m.Literary Bookpost, Salisbury, NC
09/28 at 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble, Winston-Salem, NC
09/29 at 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble at Friendly Shopping Center, Greensboro, NC

Randy Russell
09/13 at 6 p.m.Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
09/24Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville, NC

Julia Taylor Ebel
09/24 from 1 - 4 p.m.Black Bear Books, Boone, NC
09/29 from 5 - 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble, Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC



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Thursday | September 8, 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 12

See Who's Reading Murder on Music Row


Laura Bell Bundy reading Murder on Music Row by Stuart DillStuart Dill’s debut novel Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller continues to receive praise with a starred review in Library Journal and a review in Publishers Weekly. Country Weekly magazine is featuring an article about Stuart in its October issue and BookPage is doing an interview feature. Here are photos of some of Stuart’s Nashville friends reading his mystery—Laura Bell Bundy on the set shooting a series of Chevy TV commercials, Jo Dee Messina and members of her band finishing up a new album for Curb Records at Dark Horse Studio, and Billy Ray Cyrus in his dressing room.

Laura Bell Bundy on the set shooting a series of Chevy TV commercials.


Jo Dee Messina and band


Billy Ray Cyrus in his dressing room


Photo credits: Top two of Laura Bell Bundy courtesy of ChadDavisCreative.com; Jo Dee Messina and band is courtesy of Randi Radcliff; Billy Ray is courtesy of Maral Missirian-Dill.


Sweet Potatoes Restaurant on National Public Radio


Stephanie Tyson signing Well, Shut My Mouth! at her launch partyLess than a week after the successful launch of Stephanie Tyson’s Well, Shut My Mouth: The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook, Stephanie and partner Vivian Joiner were interviewed by National Public Radio’s Andrea Seabrook as part of the “All Things Considered” series, which is seeing what the people outside the Beltway are thinking about the economy and Washington. Vivian sure tells it like it is. To hear what Stephanie & Vivian have to say, go to:


Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks Festival Set for September 10


Bookmarks 2011First launched in 2004, Bookmarks festival draws over 6,000 booklovers to downtown Winston-Salem for a day when readers and writers of all ages come together in one place, on one day to participate in individual and collective literary experiences.
Once again, Blair will be clearing their warehouse of damaged returns—all priced at $2.00 a book. Since holding its annual sale at the first festival, Blair’s sale tent has become one of the festival’s main attractions.
In addition to selling the damaged books, Blair will also offer some of its other titles to the public at a 50% discount during the festival.
Among the authors who will be showcased during the day’s events will be Stephanie Tyson, demonstrating recipes from Well, Shut My Mouth at the cooking tent.
For a complete list of authors and more information about Bookmarks, see:


Old Salem Hosts Launch for Touring the Western N.C. Backroads


Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, Third EditionOld Salem Museums & Gardens is hosting the launch party for the third edition of Carolyn Sakowski’s Touring the Western North Carolina Backroadson Thursday, September 22 at 5:30. Sakowski will give a talk and slide show featuring the “best of western North Carolina.” Her presentation will be followed by a signing. Old Salem is providing refreshments along with a raffle for an American hickory hiking staff carved with a bear motif, which was provided by Whistle Creek.
 It’s been 15 years since this book, which has sold about 55,000 copies, has undergone an extensive revision. Sakowski will be signing at over 20 bookstores, gift shops, and festivals during the popular fall leaf season in the mountains.For complete list of appearances, see:


New Poetry from Ron Rash


Waking by Ron RashCongratulations to Hub City Press upon the release of a new poetry collection from award-winning novelist Ron Rash. Here’s how Booklist described the new book: “Ten years after his last poetry collection, [Rash] reignites the flame with Waking, which rediscovers a forgotten landscape in the timeworn American South in wistful poems anchored by the strong sense of place. . .”
Rash will be one of the headliners at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville on Friday, September 9. Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, S.C., will host a reception with Walter Edgar at The Showroom on October 11. For more information about the reception, go to:


Rothacker on C-SPAN’s BookTV


BanktownRick Rothacker, author of Banktown: The Rise & Struggles of Charlotte’s Big Banks, recently gave a long interview to C-SPAN as part of their upcoming coverage of Charlotte’s history and its literary community. This interview will air on BookTV September 24-25.
As the long-time banking report for The Charlotte Observer, Rothacker is the perfect source to talk about the industry that made Charlotte the symbol of the New South. The New York Times described Rothacker’s book, which was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in the Banking & Economics category, as a saga that “has all the elements of a compelling tale of high finance.... Many stories will likely be written about the financial meltdown that threw the US and ultimately the world into a wrenching recession. But few books will zero in on two banks or one town as does Rick Rothacker’s compelling story, Banktown.”


27 Views of Chapel Hill to Launch at Flyleaf Books


27 Views of Chapel Hill27 Views of Chapel Hill, the latest book in the 27 Views series published by Eno Publishers, features the town of Chapel Hill, N.C. The book’s launch is set for September 24 at Flyleaf Books, located, of course, in Chapel Hill. On hand for the celebration will be Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish, who wrote the introduction and drew the cover illustration. In addition, there will be several authors of selections in the book, including Elizabeth Spencer, Daphne Athas, Lawrence Naumoff, Will McInerney, Paul Jones, Bill Smith, Paul Cuadros, and others.


Blair Staff & Authors to Attend SIBA


Murder on Music Row author speaks at SIBA's Southern Life LuncheonBlair’s plans for the upcoming Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s annual conference in Charleston, S.C., from September 17-19 include featuring Stuart Dill (Murder on Music Row) as one of the speakers at Sunday’s Southern Life luncheon. Sweet potato pies made by Chef Stephanie Tyson from her book Well, Shut My Mouth, will be featured at the Writers Block Auction & Wedding on Sunday night. During the convention, various authors from Blair and its distributed lines will be on hand at the Blair booth.


Sunday, September 18
10:00-11:00 a.m.—Sharyn McCrumb, promoting Blair’s spring reissue of Ghost Riders
10:30-11:15—Wendy Dingwall, Hera’s Revenge (Canterbury House)
11:30-12:15—Ted Dunagan, Trouble on Tombigbee (NewSouth Books)
12:30-1:00—Ron Rash, promoting Waking (Hub City Press)
2:30-3:00—Tim Peeler, Checking Out (Hub City Press)
3:00-4:00—Stuart Dill, Murder on Music Row (Blair)
Monday, September 19
9:30-10:00—Kirk Neely, Banjos, Barbecue, & Boiled Peanuts
11:00-noon—Randy Russell, paperback release of Ghost Cats in the South (Blair)