The Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books are be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction. Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season. Modeled on the popular “Indie Next” lists but with a distinctive Southern flavor, SIBA’s Okra Picks brings a harvest of good southern reading to your customers. Okra Picks are chosen by SIBA booksellers. Books are promoted on SIBA’s consumer web site—
Authors Round the South and in the Lady Banks’ Commonplace newsletter, and noted on the Southern Indie Bestseller List, as well as regularly promoted across our social networks.
The Okra Picks program demostrates the important role of independent booksellers in creating early buzz for a book, and creating the momentum that can make a book a success. They are an early spotlight on books that are likely to "go national." On any given week an Okra Pick title can be found on the Southern Independent Bestseller List, and they show up at the end of the year when "Best of the Year" lists start to be published. They go on to be popular gifts during the holidays, and book club picks when they are released in paperback.