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Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book PrizeThe best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently minded!) Booksellers

Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2018 Southern Book Prize.

Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric DysonMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingFlame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehTumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
Before We Were Yours by Lisa WingateGradle Bird by J C SasserThe Last Ballad by Wiley CashYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

FICTION

Women & Family –
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin)

“Zevin uses her unique voice to tell this sometimes hilarious and witty story in three points of view.  Strong, smart women! A joy to read, and quite meaningful.” – Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Literary -
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)

“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense -
Gradle Bird by J. C. Sasser (Koehler Books)

“This story is the epitome of Southern Fiction, with its wild cast of characters and small-town setting.” – Bess Long, My Sister’s Books, Pawley’s Island, SC

Southern Fiction -
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books)

“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Juvenile Fiction -
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books)

“Sweet, magical, and wholly enjoyable—a little bit of magic, a grandparent in trouble, insurmountable obstacles, and selfless acts of friendship and love. Adorable, well-written, and sweet as fresh swamp water.”  – Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC

Flame in the Mist by Rene Ahdieh (G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

“A fantastical tale woven like fine silk, Flame in the Mist transports readers to feudal Japan where we meet Mariko, and follow her on a quest that’s conclusion will have her questioning everything she thinks she knows about family, honor, and love.” – Star Lowe, Star Line Books, Chatttanooga, TN

NONFICTION

Biography & History -
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
(Picador USA)

 “I'm glad the first chapter is "We Don't Have Time to Cry" because it, and Mrs. King, give strength and honesty if we are to face what our country is (and because I sure had a hard time stopping crying at times). Beautiful straight talking.” – Angie Fleming, Givens Books, Lynchburg, VA

Nonfiction -
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
(St. Martin's Press)

"Michael Eric Dyson is an urgent and impassioned cry for racial justice— justice that will not be reached without a reckoning by white Americans' acknowledgment of its passivity and complicity to its addiction to power." – Caroline Green Christopoulos, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/discover-southern-authors/siba-book-awards

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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

FICTION

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

Literary
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

CHILDREN'S & JUVENILE

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

NONFICTION

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

Nonfiction
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   

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
The Southern Book Prize at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com

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The 2018 Southern Book Prize Ballot is now open

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 2, 2018

Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been posted. Now is the time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! credits for each ballot cast, so get your entire staff involved!

Go here to vote: https://goo.gl/forms/srUabW6qDwjPkqMC2

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller for your vote to be eligible. If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 15th.

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2018 Southern Book Prize Long List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 2, 2018

Southern Book PrizeSIBA presents The Southern Book Prize Long List

(Asheville, NC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, (SIBA), is pleased to announce the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, featuring all the eligible titles that have been nominated for the Southern Book Prize (formerly the SIBA Book Award). Nominated titles must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both!) and have been published in 2017. 100 great Southern books were nominated by Southern Indie booksellers, making the Long

List one of the most comprehensive and exciting reading lists of new Southern literature.
Continuing with established tradition, the Long List prize categories are created by using BISAC categories of the nominees. "The categories work like 'shelves' in our member stores – if there are enough books in a given subject, they deserve a special display" explained SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the next few weeks. Finalists for each category in the 2017 Southern Book Prize will be announced April 16, 2018. From there, Finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

THE 2018 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG LIST

FICTION

Women and Family

  • Beach House for Rent | Monroe, Mary Alice | Gallery Books | 9781501125461
  • The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
  • Close Enough to Touch | Oakley, Colleen | Gallery Books | 9781501139260
  • Girls Like Her | Stone, Pam | Stone's Throw Publishing | 9780692819968
  • Miss Julia Weathers the Storm | Ross, Ann B | Viking | 9780735220478
  • One Good Thing | Wax, Wendy | Berkley Books | 9780451488619
  • Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
  • Slightly South of Simple | Woodson Harvey, Kristy | Gallery Books | 9781501158056
  • To Be Where You Are | Karon, Jan | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399183737
  • Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

Literary

  • The Barrowfields | Lewis, Phillip | Hogarth Press | 9780451495648
  • Ember | Adams, Brock | Hub City Press | 9781938235320
  • Eveningland: Stories | Knight, Michael | Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802125972
  • Extraordinary Adventures | Wallace, Daniel | St. Martin's Press | 9781250118455
  • Fire Is Your Water | Minick, Jim | Swallow Press | 9780804011846
  • Grief Cottage | Godwin, Gail | Bloomsbury USA | 9781632867049
  • The Ice House | Smith, Laura Lee | Grove Press | 9780802127082
  • The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
  • The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
  • The Salt Line | Goddard Jones, Holly | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735214316
  • Shadow of the Lions | Swann, Christopher | Algonquin Books | 9781616205003
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 978150112606
  • The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

  • A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery | Gilbert, Victoria | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683314394
  • Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery | St James, Dorothy | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683312918
  • Bones to Pick | Lovely, Linda | Henery Press | 9781635112627
  • Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
  • Carolina Cruel | Thackston, Lawrence | Rivers Turn Press | 9780998575513
  • The Cover Story | Richardson-Moore, Deb | Lion Fiction | 9781782642404
  • The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
  • Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
  • Heaven's Crooked Finger: An Earl Marcus Mystery | Early, Hank | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683313915
  • In It for the Money | Burnsworth, David | Henery Press | 9781635112436
  • Lowcountry Bonfire | Boyer, Susan M | Henery Press | 9781635112276
  • The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381
  • Small Treasons | Powell, Mark | Gallery Books | 9781507203385

Southern Fiction

  • A Kind of Freedom | Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619029224
  • Ashes to Fire | Martin, Emily B | Voyager | 9780062473738
  • Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
  • The Cage-Maker | Seitz, Nicole A | Story River Books | 9781611178432
  • Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
  • Floods and Fires | Leach, Dan | University of North Georgia | 9781940771359
  • The Guests on South Battery | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451475237
  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | Wang, Daren | Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250122353
  • If the Creek Don't Rise | Weiss, Leah | Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781492647454
  • The Indigo Girl | Boyd, Natasha | Blackstone Audiobooks | 9781455137114
  • No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
  • None But the Living | Smith, Kenneth P | Middleton House Publishing | 9780998107103
  • One Good Mama Bone | McClain, Bren | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611179828
  • Perennials | Cantrell, Julie | Thomas Nelson | 9780718037642
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812
  • Signals: New and Selected Stories | Gautreaux, Tim | Knopf Publishing Group | 9780451493040
  • The Sisters of Glass Ferry | Richardson, Kim Michele | Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709554
  • Strangers to Temptation | Gould, Scott | Hub City Press | 9781938235306

CHILDRENS

Juvenile Fiction

  • Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
  • The Ethan I Was Before | Standish, Ali | HarperCollins | 9780062433381
  • Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble | Vernon, Ursula | Dial Books | 9780399186523
  • Raccoon Rescue | Miller, Christa ; Barratt, Christian | Christa M. Miller Communications | 9780994569073
  • Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
  • Skin Again | Hooks, Bell ; Raschka, Chris | Jump at the Sun | 9781484799239
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me | Earhardt, Ainsley ; Kim, Ji-Hyuk | Aladdin Paperbacks | 9781534409590
  • Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Young Adult

  • Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
  • Blight | Duncan, Alexandra | Greenwillow Books | 9780062396990
  • Control Freakz | Evans, Michael | Michael Evans | 9781641110334
  • 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
  • Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale | Poston, Ashley | Quirk Books | 9781594749476
  • Goodbye Days | Zentner, Jeff | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9780553524062
  • The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533
  • Invictus | Graudin, Ryan | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316503075
  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case | Powell, Patricia Hruby ; Strickland, Shadra | Chronicle Books | 9781452125909
  • Midnight at the Electric | Anderson, Jodi Lynn | HarperCollins | 9780062393548
  • Nemesis | Reichs, Brendan | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399544934
  • Starting Over: A Trina Ryan Novel | Levy, Sheri S ; Koepp, Cindy | Barking Rain Press | 9781935460770

NONFICTION

Biography and History

  • Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest Airport | Palmer, Hannah | Hub City Press | 9781938235283
  • He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty | Bass, S Jonathan | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 9781631492372
  • 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
  • Mothering Addiction: A Parent's Story of Heartache, Healing, and Keeping the Door Open | Hatcher, Lynda Harrison | Frontier Press (NY) | 9780692908921
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
  • Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey | Ball, Troylyn ; Witter, Bret | Dey Street Books | 9780062458988
  • Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Williams, Patricia ; Amber, Jeannine | Dey Street Books | 9780062407306
  • The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign | Oliphant, Thomas ; Wilkie, Curtis | Simon & Schuster | 9781501105562
  • Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills | Ingle, Sheila | Ambassador International | 9781620206126
  • Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

Nonfiction

  • The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
  • At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe: Life in the University of South Carolina President's House | Moore-Pastides, Patricia | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611177800
  • Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South | Howard, Vivian | Little Brown and Company | 9780316381109
  • The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist | Winans, Melinda Risch ; Nobles, Cynthia Lejeune | Louisiana State University Press | 9780807167687
  • Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami | Farzad, Roben | Berkley Books | 9781592409280
  • Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them | Kolata, Gina | St. Martin's Press | 9781250064349
  • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
  • Southern Sunrises | Bryant, Tom | Country Bookshop | 9780999131701
  • Stones at the Crossing: Aiming True on My Journey from Scared to Sacred | Webb Phd, Amy D | Prose Press | 9781941069776
  • 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
  • What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up | Heiskell, Elizabeth | Southern Living | 9780848754389

For more information contact SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com, or visit the SIBA website at sibaweb.com.

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Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, March 30, 2018
Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Dear SIBA booksellers,

Now is the time to nominate your choice for the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award. This award represents a “Lifetime Achievement”. The Conroy Legacy Award honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients have the following attributes:

  • Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  • Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  • Support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for its member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.

Nominations close on April 15th. Nominate your choice today!

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