Taylor Brown - PRIDE OF EDEN

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Please scroll down to the order list of Taylor Brown's novels and some of the books suggested during the Zoom cast. Please treat yourself to some or all of these now.

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Favorite author Taylor Brown's visit to Octavia Books - originally set for March 24 - was postponed due the to pandemic. However, we are now excited to offer a special opportunity to Zoom him virtually into your living room through a new program we are testing through our Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. So, please do plan to join us via the internet on March 31.

You may have read Taylor’s earlier novels: Fallen Land, River of Kings, and Gods of Howl Mountain. Taylor will be talking with us about his newest book, Pride of Eden. and answering your questions. We hope Taylor is the first of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

“Pride of Eden is a beautifully written, visionary novel of scarred souls seeking redemption not only for themselves but, in their limited way, for us all. Taylor Brown is clearly one of the best American writers of his generation. We are fortunate to have his voice in these dark times.”—Ron Rash, author of Serena and Eureka Mill

Here are the details you need:

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 2 PM Central Daylight Time
RSVP: bookworm@octaviabooks.com

Attendance is limited to 100 people.

If you elect to attend, we will email you on Tuesday morning the link to attend this virtual event followed by the password you will need to enter, plus the link to purchase Taylor’s books (which you will also find below if your wish to order now).  Happy Reading!


Retired racehorse jockey and Vietnam veteran Anse Caulfield rescues exotic big cats, elephants, and other creatures for Little Eden, a wildlife sanctuary near the abandoned ruins of a failed development on the Georgia coast. But when Anse’s prized lion escapes, he becomes obsessed with replacing her—even if the means of rescue aren’t exactly legal.


Anse is joined by Malaya, a former soldier who hunted rhino and elephant poachers in Africa; Lope, whose training in falconry taught him to pilot surveillance drones; and Tyler, a veterinarian who has found a place in Anse’s obsessive world.

From the rhino wars of Africa to the battle for the Baghdad Zoo, from the edges of the Okefenokee Swamp to a remote private island off the Georgia coast, Anse and his team battle an underworld of smugglers, gamblers, breeders, trophy hunters, and others who exploit exotic game.

PRIDE OF EDEN is Taylor Brown's brilliant fever dream of a novel: set on the eroding edge of civilization, rooted in dramatic events linked not only with each character’s past, but to the prehistory of America, where great creatures roamed the continent and continue to inhabit our collective imagination.

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of western North Carolina. He is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. His novels include Fallen Land, The River of Kings, and Gods of Howl Mountain. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.




Event date: 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Your living room (via Zoom)
Pride of Eden: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250203816
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 17th, 2020

The enthralling new novel from the acclaimed author of Fallen Land, The River of Kings, and Gods of Howl Mountain

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250311580
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 19th, 2019

A Southern Independent Booksellers Assocation Bestseller!

“A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” - Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

The River of Kings: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250165510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 20th, 2018

Named one of the Top 25 Best Novels of 2017 by Paste Magazine!

“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance.” –Howard Frank Mosher, author of God's Kingdom

Fallen Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250116840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 10th, 2017

An Indie Next pick, an Okra 2016 Winter Selection, and a SIBA Bestseller!

The Everlasting: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062873644
Published: Harper - March 24th, 2020

"Only Katy Simpson Smith could have written a novel of such elegance, emotional power, and grace. The Everlasting, a quadruple love story spanning two millennia, is no less than the story of love itself—its frustrations and thrills, its blunders and transcendent glories. Meraviglioso."—Nathaniel Rich, author of King Zeno

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389046
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2011

A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250007810
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 22nd, 2012

Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world's endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.

The Elephant Whisperer (Young Readers Adaptation): My Life with the Herd in the African Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627793094
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 24th, 2017

When Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a rogue herd of elephants in his reserve in South Africa, it was the last chance for these elephants. If Anthony didn’t take them, they would be shot. But he had no experience with elephants at all. What was he to do?

Take them on, of course!

An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival (Elephant Whisperer #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250220141
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - November 5th, 2019


"Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers." —Publishers Weekly

A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony's wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306825507
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Da Capo Press - September 25th, 2018

An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking--the poachers, the traders, and the customers--and of those fighting against it

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