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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Short List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 8, 2016

The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Go Set a Watchman Soil My Sunshine Away The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law A Pattern of Lies Bull Mountain Don't Go Home Lowcountry Boneyard

The Beach Music Mystery Prize
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)

Where All the Light Tends to Go The Bone Tree Descent Rogue Lawyer The Scribe

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)
The Bone Tree
 by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
 by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
Rogue Lawyer
 by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe
 by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)

Above the Waterfall Welcome to Braggsville New and Improved Romie Futch Calloustown

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)
New and Improved Romie Futch
 by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
 by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162) 

Dispatches from Pluto Leaving Orbit My Southern Journey Our Only World The World is on Fire

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, 9780848746391)
Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024885)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

Barefoot to Avalon Jacksonland Don't Suck, Don't Die Sam Phillips The World's Largest Man

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

Foster The Southerner's Cookbook Sunday Dinner Go SeThe Jemima Codet a Watchman Soulfood Love

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by the editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, 9780062242419)
Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bridgette A. Lacy (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622453)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)

Hamster Princess Serafina and the Black Cloak Yard War Seeds of Freedom

The Poppy’s Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
 by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)

Anything Could Happen The Odds of Getting Even Mosquitoland The Wrath and the Dawn

The Poppy’s Pants Young Adult Prize
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Wrath and the Dawn
 by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)

For more information about the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, visit

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Call for Judges for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 8, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Dearest SIBA booksellers,

SIBA Book AwardSIBA is looking for eager and enthusiastic booksellers to be judges in the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (formerly known as the SIBA Book Award). As a judge, you will read and rate the finalists in one of the Prize categories:

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
The Prince of Tides Literary Prize 
Beach Music Mystery Prize
Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize 
The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize
The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize 
The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize 
Poppy's Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize (Ages 0-9)
Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize (Ages 10+)

click here to see the nominated titles in each category

You'll send your ratings to SIBA, who will tally them to determine the winners in each category.  Your ratings are kept anonymous, but any feedback or comments you submit for any of the books may be used, with your permission, in promoting the winners and the finalists.

Any bookseller who is an owner or staff at a SIBA member store can be a judge. And SIBA will award 10 B3! points to the bookstore for each judge. So get your staff involved!

Judges will be sent copies of the finalist books in their categories (4-5 titles), and will have until June 15 to read and send SIBA their ratings.

If you are interested in being a judge, please fill out the Judges Volunteer Form by April 27, 2016

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News from SIBALand, April 1, 2016

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello Beloved Booksellers,

Wanda JewellI want to add my comments to Diane’s letter below. The ABC Children’s Institute is going to be in Orlando, Florida, and I so hope to see many of you there. This is such an exciting opportunity not only for us to hear some of the best childrens’ programming around but also a unique opportunity to meet up with one another and connect with librarians. Having recently hosted Kate DiCamillo at SIBA in the Springtime, I can’t wait to hear her keynote address. I am eager to learn where the Children’s Book Market is headed because as go the kids, so goes the rest of us. And Thirty Million Words: this innovative simple idea offers so many opportunities for bookstores – simply changing the name of Storytime to Thirty Million Words is a great beginning, no?

My main purpose for attending ABC CI is for the Roundtable – Coordinating a Regional Handselling Challenge. I’d love to see SIBA spearhead handselling challenges across our region to show-off our clout. Our book award finalists, okra picks, and Lady Banks’ picks of the week are all great opportunities to enter into SIBA Handselling Challenges. And speaking of handselling challenges, we are currently in the midst of One Book, One South, Jr. with Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale. I hope you are participating.. I hope those of you attending will join me at the roundtable as I’d love to hear your thoughts. SIBA booksellers who join me at this Roundtable will receive 25 B3! Points.

Many of you do not know this  but before I came to work for SIBA I was a school librarian. In that capacity I attended several American Library Association conventions. We all have the opportunity to attend this years’ Annual ALA Conference & Exhibition, immediately following the ABC Children’s Institute. The ALA has graciously gifted SIBA with a booth so you will have a home base. SIBA will be introducing all of your stores to librarians across the country. We will be promoting One Book, One South, and we will have the Trio Exhibit on display, our Call Me Ishmael phone live, and launch our brand new consumer brochure here. We’d love to have as many of you at our booth as would like to be there.

So here’s the amazing offer I’m willing to make with you. Sign up for the ABC Children’s Institute. Book your hotel room and for every two nights you stay past June 23, and come hang out with us at ALA, SIBA will match with one free hotel night at #SIBA16 in Savannah, GA. We will also give you 100 B3! Points. Give it some thought. Let’s hang out!

With love and admiration,

Wanda Jewell
Your Executive Director

Dear SIBA Colleagues,

I am so excited that the ABC Children’s Institute is coming to our region this June 21-23 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International in Orlando, Florida!
For anyone who has previously attended Winter Institute or Children’s Institute, you are already familiar with the high-quality, compelling programming that ABA and ABC Group offer. And if you haven’t yet already registered for Ci4, I highly encourage you to join me in Orlando for a full day-and-half of programming designed specifically for booksellers specializing in children’s literature.

​If you attended our recent meeting in Atlanta earlier this month, you might remember how much I gushed about Children's Institute. At Little Shop of Stories, we have found it to be an invaluable experience for our booksellers. The speakers, panels, and roundtables offer so much information you won’t be able to get back home to your store and begin implementing everything you learn. But in addition to the education, the opportunity the conference provides to network with fellow children’s booksellers is beyond measure.

If you can't make it, I hope you will consider sending a staff member. You won't regret it!

Click here to register now! Space is filling quickly and I hope to see you there!

All Best,

Diane Capriola
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

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A basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, March 4, 2016

Okra PicksA basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

(Columbia, SC) – Spring may be the time to plant, but Southern indie booksellers are already harvesting a new crop of Okra Picks. The 2016 Spring Okra Picks have just been selected–a basketful of a dozen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know–Southern independent booksellers. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between April and June, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Spring Okra Picks   

Lies and Other Acts of Love Chasing the North Star Raymie Nightingale The Other Widow

Lies and Other Acts of Love 
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Berkley Books, April 2016          
Fiction, 9781101987063

Chasing the North Star
by Robert Morgan
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, April 2016
Fiction, 9781565126275

Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, April 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780763681173

The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford
William Morrow & Company, April 2016
Fiction, 9780062362889

Julia Reed's South Over the Plain Houses Redemption Road Lily and Dunkin

Julia Reed's South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long
by Julia Reed
Rizzoli International Publications, April 2016
Cooking, 9780847848287

Over the Plain Houses
by Julia Franks
Hub City Press, May 2016
Fiction, 9781938235214

Redemption Road
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9780312380366

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553536744

Highly Illogical Behavior Last Ride to Graceland Field of Graves A Thousand Miles to Nowhere

Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
Dial Books, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780525428183

Last Ride to Graceland
by Kim Wright
Gallery Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9781501100789

Field of Graves
by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780778318927

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
by John Gregory Brown
Lee Boudreaux Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780316302807

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit

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Important April IBD information!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
It's down to the wire and time to get serious about Bookstore Day.
Read below for lots of great tips & important information

Important reminders:
1.Time to order companion titles for Bookstore Day. There are lots of discounts to take advantage of. See below for details.

2.Join us for a TWITTER PARTY Wednesday, April 27. Details to come. Follow us @bookstoreday

3.Don't forget tomake a PLANfor how to handle sales on April 30.Many items, especially the Gaiman Coloring Book,have gotten a lot of social media attention already. You may want to restrict the number any one customer can buy until a certain hour.

4.Please start distributing your IBD bookmarks ASAP. Theyshould have arrived in the March ABA red box (or alongside it if your order was big).
5.Don't forget to add your party and event plans to the spreadsheet so we can let media know what you are doing on April 30.

6.Put the IBD logo on your website's homepage with a link to your party plans so people going to your site from our searchable map can easily find out what's going on.
Promotion & Marketing Help for Bookstores
We have lots of marketing & merchandising help on the website that you can download and use in-store or on-line. Print out teasers and stick them in books. Printable signs, shelf-talkers, and press releases too!

Still looking for good party ideas?Check out our "Making the Most of IBD" for loads of party and promotional ideas!

Did you miss the Winter Institute presentation?Lots of good info. to be had!

Help complete the world's longest tattoo chain on IBD
In 2014, Litographsasked 5,000 members of their communityto lend a hand (or a forearm, or a shoulder blade) and become a part of the World's Longest Tattoo Chain.

Litographs took the entirety of Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, and broke it into 5,000 individually designed temporary tattoos. The goal is to recreate this iconic novelon the skin of 5,000 readers.
They have collected nearly 3,000 photographs, and the goal is to complete the chain on Independent Bookstore Day 2016.
They are offering free temporary literary tattoos to any participating bookstore, and giving Bookstore Day customers the chance to participate in this awesome project at no cost.

If you would like to take part, please confirm with Corey Fain via email no later thanFriday, April 1.They will ship you temporary tattoos, wet wipes for customers to apply them, and cards with instructions for how to add photos to the chain.
Backlist discounts from Ingram
Ingram is extending an extra 2% discount on all IBD companion titles (these are backlist titles by IBD 2016 contributors) to IBD stores.
Promo runs 4/1 -- 4/30. No minimums, can be used as multiple times. Promotion titles can be part of another order--no need to order these by themselves.

The following titles areeligible:

The Tale of Despereaux
Kate DiCamillo
Flora and Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Kate DiCamillo
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
Raina Telgemeier
Prince Fly Guy
Tedd Arnold
Cartwheel Books
Rad American Women A-Z
Schatz and Stahl
City Lights/Consortium
Duck & Goose: Let's Dance!
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose Go To the Beach
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose Colors
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Fortunately, The Milk
Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman/Chris Riddell 3-book Box Set
Neil Gaiman
Curious George Goes to a Bookstore
H.A. Rey
Curious George at the Baseball Game
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Curious George Goes Camping
H.A. Rey
Curious George Visits the Library
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Curious George & First Day of School
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Treasury of Curious George
H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Birthday Surprise
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Where is Curious George?
H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Ice Cream Surprise H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Firefighters
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Run (P.S)
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Patron Saint of Liars
Ann Patchett
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
Harper Perennial
Medium Raw
Anthony Bourdain
Ecco Press
The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Fran Lebowitz
More Backlist DISCOUNTS

Curious George Discount
Returnable Retailers and Returnable RDC customers may receive a63% discounton one order of ten or more copies ofCurious George Goes to a Bookstore(9780544320734, $13.99). One order, only.Must be placed between March 7, 2016 and April 15, 2016.Extra discount applies to this title, only. Multiple ship-to lo- cations acceptable. Customers must promote Curious George Goes to a Bookstore (9780544320734) for at least one month betweenMarch 7 and May2, 2016. May not be combined with other offers. Regular shipping terms apply. Offer is available only to retailers in good credit standing. Your HMH rep must be notified when you place your order.PROMO CODE/EDI CODE: TRDSGP

Bourdain, Patchett & Gaiman discounts
Retail accounts may earn an extra discount to promote any of the titles listed below in feature placement promotions.
  • +3% discount on orders placed betweenMarch 14th, 2016 and April 15th, 2016
  • Free freight with a minimum order of 15 units per ship to location
  • Please see the last page on theIBD catalogfor a list of applicable titles and ISBNs.
  • Promo code: IBD16+3
Want a FREE Duck & Goose Party Pack?
Want to throw a Duck & Goose celebration on Bookstore Day? The FREE Duck & Goose Independent Bookstore Day Event Kit features storytime activitiesand giveaways--everything you need for a honkin', quackin'FUN day (just add kids)! This exclusive event kit is FREE to Independent Bookstore Day participants. To order, contact your RH Children's rep or


Videos are coming from Tad Hills and Lauren Groff too!
And now, a word from Kate DiCamillo
Please feel free to use this video for any promotions you want.
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day

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