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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Southern Book PrizeThe 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?

 


2019 Southern Book Prize Winners


The Line That Held Us

FICTION
The Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399574221
“With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy is the new voice of Southern noir. In The Line That Held Us, Joy drags the reader by the gut on a dark and twisted journey of violence and vengeance in a story that will not be soon forgotten.” – Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

 

CHILDREN’S
Smack Dab in the Middle of MaybeSmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780399557385
“Cricket is all alone -- her mama ran away, and her dad died, and now she's stuck with her Aunt Belinda, who doesn't want her. So Cricket sets out on a quest to find and solve a clue trail that she hopes will lead her to her mama and make everything right in her world. On the way, she learns to rely on herself and discovers that some treasures aren't monetary but are just as valuable. Fans of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky will love Cricket and her journey of self-discovery.” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

NONFICTION
The Best Cook in the WorldThe Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg*
Knopf, 9781400040414
“Rick Bragg is the whole package. Intelligent, to the point, hilarious and beyond generous with his time and storytelling. A true man's man and momma's boy who makes us cry with laughter. He embraces his Southern roots and contributes to the overall reason we all love the South.” – Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

*recipient of the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award

The 2019 Southern Book Prize represents a change in both format and timing from past years. Previously timed to be announced in the summer, voting in 2019 began November 10 as part of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge Week, and was opened to Southern booksellers and their customers.  Winners were selected by popular vote and will now be announced on Valentine’s Day.

The response to the new format was enthusiastic as booksellers, readers and writers all rallied around their favorites on the ballot. Over 2800 ballots were submitted by Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores and confirming the Southern Book Prize as a true “Southern Readers’ Choice” award. “It was a phenomenal response” said Wanda Jewell, the Executive Director of The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which administers the Southern Book Prize. “It illustrates the magic that happens when independent bookstores get behind a book and get their customers involved.”

For more information about the Southern Book Prize:
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

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One Good Reason to Renew Your SIBA Membership

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Southern Book Prize Finalists

It is hard to believe, but 2000 ballots have been submitted by readers for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Yes, you read that right. TWO THOUSAND people have voted. Bookstores, authors, and readers have become engaged in the vote for "Best Southern Book of the Year" at unprecedented, enthusiastic levels.

What does that have to do with your store membership? The ballot requires the voter to list their local independent bookstore. Only ballots that list SIBA member bookstores are valid. The store MUST be a current member of SIBA for the vote to count.

Voting closes on February 1st. At that time, SIBA will discard votes that list stores who aren't current members. But stores that are members will receive a mailing list of the people who voted and listed them as their local bookstore. Making sure your store membership is current will not only ensure your customers' votes are counted, it will mean you receive a list of potential new customers.

Click here to update your profile:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx

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SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE DRAWINGS FOR 1/14

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Ghost Boys

Twitter

Ghost Boys

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Ghost Boys

 

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice

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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 24: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

12/24/2018 Drawing: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Claudia, a customer of Nevermore Books in Beaufort, SC gets a copy of The Best Book in the World by Rick Bragg
  • Pat, a patron of My Sister's Books, Pawley's Island, SC, receives a copy of Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram

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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

12/17/2018 Drawing: Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Bobbie, a customer of Poetic Justice Books & Arts, will receive a copy of A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
  • Ashley, who shops at Scuppernong Books, will get a copy of Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook Best Cook in the World Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter Best Cook in the World Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram Best Cook in the World Drawing for Instagram

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Southern Book Prize Drawings

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. This weekend, anyone who submits a ballot by 12/10 will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of either Kate DiCamillo's Louisiana's Way Home, or Therese Anne Fowler's A Well Behaved Woman.

All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Facebook Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Twitter Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Twitter

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Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Instagram Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Instagram

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The Southern Book Prize: Are you on this list?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 29, 2018
LIST?

SIBA has already received nearly 1000 submissions for the 2019 Southern Book Prize ballot. If your store hasn't yet promoted the ballot to your customers, here are a couple reasons to do so:

  1. Stores earn 3 B3! points, or .30 in SIBA Credit, for each eligible ballot submitted on their behalf. Some more active stores have already earned $20 -$30 in SIBA credit this month!

  2. Publishers and authors have got behind the ballot and are encouraging their fans and followers to visit SIBA bookstores and store websites to vote. If your store isn't on the list below, you may be missing out on website traffic from your favorite authors! Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you aren't on the list and should be

    Here's a list of stores featuring the Southern Book Prize on their websites:
    https://www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.com

    https://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

    https://www.poeticjusticebooks.com/ 
    https://www.page158books.com/
    https://www.bookmarksnc.org/
    http://www.pageandpalette.com/
    http://www.fiction-addiction.com

  3. At the close of the voting period, SIBA will supply stores with a mailing list of people who voted on their behalf. That is a list of many potential new customers for your store.

Here is a badge you can use for your websites:

Southern Book Prize

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice

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Watch for your Southern Book Prize Ballots!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 8, 2018

Watch for your SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE BALLOTS!

ballotAll SIBA member stores have been shipped a set of postage-paid postcard ballots for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. They should be arriving for the start of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge week. Hand them out to your customers and get them involved in the excitement of choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Downloadable posters promoting all the Southern Book Prize finalists are available here for you to post with your store displays.

  • Ballots can also be submitted online at www.southernbookprize.com.

  • Baker & Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Click here for a sell sheet

We've had a few questions about the new format, so here are some of the more common ones:

Can books still be nominated for the Southern Book Prize?
Nominations for this year's SBP (books published in 2018) have closed, but nominations for the next year's (books publishing in 2019) are open.

Can customers vote?
Voting on the finalists is open to the general public. We want stores to involve their customers. The ballots have a place for the person to write in their local bookstore and the ballot is invalid without this information. There is also an online ballot that will be active on 11/10. Submitted ballots are entered into a drawing to win a complete set of the Southern Book Prize Finalists.

What happened to the "long list" and the "short list"?
SIBA has eliminated the step of voting on the "long list" of nominated titles to come up with the "short list" of finalists. Instead, the finalists were selected from the books that received the most nominations.

Will you have booksellers judging the finalists this year?
No. Judging by booksellers has been replaced by the current ballot, which is open to all SIBA members and their customers.

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Southern Book Prize Finalists: A Special Offer from Baker & Taylor

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 5, 2018

 

Baker and Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Here's a link to an order sheet you can use:

 

Southern Book Prize Finalists Order Sheet

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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2019 Southern Book Prize: The Finalists

..wait, what? Aren't those announced in the Spring?

In response to input from bookseller members, SIBA revamped the Southern Book Prize to streamline the selection process and encourage more bookseller and customer engagement, with a goal towards increasing excitement and sales around the holiday season.

So what, exactly, has been "revamped"?

Nominations: Nominations have been expanded to include reviews of eligible books posted by SIBA booksellers to Edelweiss. Nominations can also be submitted via the nomination form.

The Timeline: the selection of the Southern Book Prize finalists has been moved up to the Fall in order to take advantage of the holiday season and the popularity of the "best of the year" lists that predominate during that period. Nominations will close on October 15, and Finalists will be announced on November 1st. Winners will be announced on February 14.

Streamlined Selection Process: Voting on the "long list" (the full list of nominated books) has been eliminated. Finalists are selected according to the number of nominations and/or reviews they receive.

More customer engagement: Voting on the finalist ballot is now open to the customers of SIBA member bookstores. The ballot is available online and can be embedded on member store websites. Member stores also receive postage-paid postcard ballots they can hand out to customers in store. The voting season extends through the holiday season and into the New Year.

Link to official PR

Link to customizable PR

Link to SBP Finalist and Honorable Mentions Edelweiss collection

Link to To-Do Checklist for Making the Most of the SPB in Your Store


2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Fiction

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s Press)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
Florida: Stories by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)
Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (St. Martin’s Press)
Scribe by Alyson Hagy (Graywolf Press)
The Line that Held Us by David Joy (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Nonfiction

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg (Knopf)
Calypso by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Company)
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark (Touchstone)

Childrens

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BYR)
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton (Push)
Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl (Random House BYR)

Honorable Mentions
Books which did not receive quite enough nominations to be finalists, but whose nominations were especially enthusiastic.

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Hogarth)
Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco)
Treeborne by Caleb Johnson (Picador)
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

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