In which her ladyship, the editor, boxes up a library, Mr. Richard Powers explains what the f**k is wrong with mankind, Ms. Tayari Jones explains how to be a "book matchmaker" and Ms. Maya Angelou's momma has some good advice
In which Ms Jill McCorkle reassesses her Facebook feed, Ms. Elizabeth Rush discovers she is missing some students in the aftermath of a hurricane, Mr. Kwame Alexander pins his hopes on the children, and her ladyship, the editor, considers putting on socks.
In which Mr. Ross Gay thinks wealth is in the strength of our communities, Ms. Michelle Obama knows exactly what it is like to be a working mother, Ms. Helen Ellis explains the finer nuances of the phrase "Bless your heart," and her ladyship, the editor, believes the word "acorn" belongs in the dictionary.
In which a publisher becomes a bookseller, Mr. Harrison Scott Key (and his daughters) dutifully reads all of his negative reviews in the spirit in which they were not intended, and Mr. Terry Roberts remembers how it felt to be word-cursed as a child.
In which Ms. Julia McCrae Kudravetz consults Mr. Darwin's book of colors, Ms. Natasha Trethewey considers poetry the best way of communicating, and Mr. Ace Atkins admires people who can be simultaneously profound and funny.
In which Ms. Tayari Jones questions the virtue of the middle ground, Ms. Diane Chamberlain explains the rules of time travel, and Ms. Meaghan Bell and Mr. Josh Niesse do not distinguish between "bookselling" and "regular life."
In which Ms. Bren McClain holds her heart up to the world, Ms. Lauren Groff eats some excellent sour orange pie, and her ladyship, the editor, is a little shocked at what the people in her state are reading.
In which Southern indie booksellers announce their 2018 Fall Okra Picks, Mrs. Edna Shankles finally goes to crazy town, and the booksellers at Itinerant Literate set their customers up on a blind date.
In which Mr. Anthony Grooms thinks redemption is complicated, Ms. Doloris Vest believes in putting the right book in the right hands, and her ladyship, the editor, contemplates the importance of footwear when one is traveling
In which Mr. Rick Bragg doesn't truck with treacle, and her ladyship, Ms. Sally Bradshaw's friends and family have to put up with a lot of book recommendations, and her ladyship, the editor's father considers re-enacting certain scenes from Caddyshack.
In which Ms. Michel Stone seeks the connectedness of human beings, Mr. David Joy points out that both literacy and people with shoes are quite normal where he comes from, thank you very much, and Mr. Tom Poland laments the loss of the ancient dialect of marble-playing.