What if we all read the same book?
What if we all read the same book? A great book about displacement, marginalization, grace and victory? And what if we then had a chance to talk to others who had read the book, and to the person who wrote the book? That would be pretty cool. And Reader Meet Writer is making it happen.
This fall the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is launching “One Book, One South” – a Southern-wide book club discussion taking place at independent bookstores across the South and online at ReaderMeetWriter.com – the indie bookstore website for southern literary news, gossip and book culture.
The book chosen as the inaugural pick for One Book, One South is Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, which will be released by Atria Books on November 4. Over the month of November independent bookstores and ReaderMeetWriter.com will sponsor discussions about the novel, culminating in a live Q&A with the author on the ReaderMeetWriter Facebook page on November 20 at 8 pm.
First, you’ll want to read the book. And we’re hoping you will buy it from an indie bookstore. Supporting indie bookstores supports communities, which in turn makes it possible to have events like these. You can pre-order the book now from many of these bookstores and have plenty of time to read it before the inaugural One Book, One South Facebook Q&A on Nov. 20th at 8PM.
Lalita Tademy is the New York Times Bestselling author of two historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001 and was translated into 11 languages, and her second novel, Red River, was selected as San Francisco’s One City, One Book in 2007. Her third novel, Citizens Creek, to be published in November 2014, is our 2014 One Book, One South pick.
Citizens Creek is the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. Cow Tom was born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday. Cow Tom possesses an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country develops westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom becomes a key translator for his Creek master and is hired out to US military generals. His talent earns him money—but will it also grant him freedom? And what will become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward?
Learn the answer to these questions and many others in reading Citizens Creek and join your community of southern readers who will share their questions, thoughts, and qualms with each other and Lalita Tademy. We’d love to have you join us!
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The 2015 Bibb Pick: Bibb's Independent Bookstore Best of 2015
The BIBB Pick – "Bibb's Independent Bookstore Best of 2015" is Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café in Asheville, NC!
Voted warm, welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile by over 100 writers in attendance at #SIBA14…
The 2015 Bibb Pick is Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café in Asheville, NC. Founder and Owner Emoke B’Racz was pleased beyond words to be presented The Bibb podium.
(LtoR) Lauren Donohoe, Emoke B’Racz, and Linda Marie Barrett
all of Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC.
Besides voting, and signing the Bibb podium, nearly 80 authors committed to some form of support to the store over the next year. Over 30 authors will be linking their website directly to the Malaprop’s website. Fifteen authors have agreed to place the bookstore name – Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café – in their upcoming novel. Twenty-five writers have offered to create a video in support of the store for the store to use online or in store. Sixteen authors have agreed to invest in Malaprop’s store swag and promote virtually or in real time their love of Malaprop’s. Fifteen want to support Malaprop’s Indies First effort. Malaprop’s and her army of authors are going to make this inaugural Bibb Pick a Big One.
So what are those criteria again? Warm, welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile – Hopefully stores are inspired to bring these qualities to the forefront in hopes of winning the BIBB’s Independent Bookstore Best of 2016 in Raleigh, NC in September 2015.
About the Bibb Pick – Anonymously endowed, the BIBB Pick was created in 2014 in memory of Matthew Bibb, a long-time SIBA employee who handled Registration and a million other details at many SIBA Trade Shows. Matt died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day 2013.
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