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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018


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"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their Okra Picks Newsletter

Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

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2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Southern Book PrizeThe 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists


Bookshop at Water's End Same Beach Next Year Young Jane Young

Women and Family
The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

The Last Ballad The River of Kings Sing Unburied Sing The Weight of This World

The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 9781501126062
The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Camino sland The Devil's Muse Gradle Bird The Night the Lights Went Out

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381

Before We Were YOurs Desparation Road No One Is Coming to Save Us The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Southern Fiction
Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812


Goldine Refugee Serafina and the Splintered Heart Tumble and Blue

Juvenile Fiction
Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Between Two Skies Dear Martin Flame in the Mist The Hate U Give

Young Adult
Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533


Heating adn Cooling The Last Castle My Lfe LMy Love My Legacy Thunder in the Mountains

Biography and History
Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

The Art of Loading BrushPotlikker Papers The Sunshine StateTears We Cannot StopThe Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
The Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782   

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 16, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Books & Books, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Novel., Parnassus, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

**Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming webinar on Edelweiss next week!:


April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with


9780374158378 The Electric Woman 5/1/2018
" Her memoir of her time on the road for a season as a performer in the last traveling sideshow is more than a documentary of a freak show. It is the story of a daughter coming to terms with the woman her mother was."

9780316556347 Circe 4/10/2018
"I think I now have a crush on Daedalus."

9780763693558 Alma and How She Got Her Name 4/10/2018
"a great introduction to family history or just a lovely way to dive into the deep stories behind everyday things ( like a child's name!)."

9780143133124 The Ruin 7/3/2018
"The complex plot, the seamless intertwining of stories and the dogged determination of Cormac to find the truth takes this superb crime novel on a great journey through Ireland, and on a roller coaster ride of suspense."

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"This book is great for the business leader, the casual dinner party host, or the person who dreams of having deeper connections with the community around them."

9780525520139 Cherry 8/14/2018
" A sparse, unflinching look at war, addiction, crime, and desperation that -- impossibly -- also happens to be hopelessly romantic and caustically funny. "

9780735221314 A Terrible Country 7/10/2018
"part immersive travel guide, part cultural commentary (on both Russia and the US), and part coming of age/family novel with socialist revolutionaries and hockey. I loved it."

9780735231702 The Creature of the Pines 4/10/2018
"Constantly laughing out loud, with wonderful and colorful characters, it makes for a great read aloud. Pick it up as soon as you can, especially if you have elementary and middle grade boys!"

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 12, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9780525515210 The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker 5/15/2018
"If the story doesn't pull you in (which would be difficult), then the artwork will!"

9780399557385 Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 7/10/2018
"A sweet, clever, standalone adventure story with an art history/mystery twist thrown in for good measure, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should be smack dab on the top of the summer reading stack."

9780385542012 The Secret Token 6/5/2018
" I already know this is going to be my number one non-fiction/history pick for summer 2018."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
" Reading this novel feels something akin to watching a slow motion car wreck or seeing something that you know you're not supposed to be seeing. Grotesque and unsettling, but also magnificent and beautiful."

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Read This Next! Spring 2018

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Read Ths Next

Read This Next! Looking forward to a spring filled with great books!

With the onset of spring comes a whole new kind of recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers: Read This Next! Published seasonally, Read This Next! is a collection of new and forthcoming books that Southern Indie Booksellers are particularly excited about, representing the wide and varied range of indie bookseller tastes: Fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, free verse! 

Information and resources for for Booksellers

Read This Next online

Read This, Books with Street Cred

Shelf Talkers | Flyer

Read These Next:

TangerineTangerine by Christine Mangan
Ecco Press | 9780062686664 | April 2018

"Take nothing for granted in this debut that is more than the sum of its influences." — Olga Onal, Bookmiser, Marietta, GA


The Oracle YearThe Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Harper Perennial | 9780062686633 | April 2018

"A beautiful study on the interconnected nature of life on planet Earth and a thoughtful funny look at human foibles, especially those of the young." — Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA



The Perfume Burned His EyesThe Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli
Akashic Books | 9781617756207 | April 2018

"If you walk away from having read this book without feeling the deepest of empathy for teenagers and your own teenage self, you're just a stone, man." — Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA



Space OperaSpace Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Saga Press | 9781481497497 | April 2018

"I found myself sending entire pages to my friends" — Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC



The Female PersuasionThe Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Riverhead Books | 9781594488405 | April 2018

"I never could have anticipated this book, and now I can't imagine a world without it" — Megan Bell, Underground Books, Carrollton, GA



Not HereNot Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018

". . . a brutally beautiful collection of poems that considers home, queerness, Vietnamese American identity, whiteness, trauma. It is imbued with a hungry wit, seeking belonging, seeking existence, seeking survival." — Elizabeth Willis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA



Sky in the DeepSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Wednesday Books | 9781250168450 | April 2018

". . . above all, this is a novel about humanity and heart— and how it is in our nature, first, to love and accept our fellow man given only space and time." — Chrstina Russell, Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL



Love and RuinLove and Ruin by Paula McClain
Ballantine Books | 9781101967386 | May 2018

"This story captures the nuances of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn . . . Beautifully written, we are given a intimate look at what brought them together and then what tore them apart." — Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL



The Map of Salt and StarsThe Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Touchstone Books | 9781501169038 | May 2018

"There are parts that will make your heart stop and parts that will make it beat again." — Broche Fabian, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC



The Mars RoomThe Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Scribner Book Company | 9781476756554 | May 2018
"Love the Kushner-esque devotion to grit, concrete, motors, and steely, sexy women."  — Melanie McNair, Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, NC




FurybornFuryborn by Claire Legrand
Sourcebooks | 9781492656623 | May 2018

"Wow! Grabs you from the opening scene in the book. Twists, turns, characters, action, world building, cool magic system, suspense, friendship, romance, costumes, threats, you name it."— Erin O'Neil, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC



How Hard Can It BeHow Hard Can It Be?  by Allison Pearson
St. Martin's Press | 9781250086082 | June 2018

"Her descriptions of her symptoms are hilarious, leaving me gasping with laughter, and at one point, "snort/laughing" wine through my nose."  — Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC



The Cardboard KingdomThe Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Alfred A. Knopf | 9781524719371 | June 2018

"My 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son fight over who gets to read this book every day." — Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC



There ThereThere There by Tommy Orange
Knopf Publishing Group | 9780525520375 | June 2018

"A magnificent and thunderous debut - Tommy Orange has announced himself as a powerful new voice in American letters." — Steve Iwanski, Turnrow Books, Greenwood, MS



Who Is Vera Kelly?Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
Tin House Books | 9781947793019 | June 2018

"Finally, a female spy who's not a Mata Hari knock-off!" — Pete Mock, McIntyre's Books, Fearrington, NC



The Great BelieversThe Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Viking | 9780735223523 | June 2018

"The kind of book you make time for, the kind you cancel plans and turn your phone off for." — Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA



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