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North Carolina Authors among SIBA Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2015 SIBA Book Award, which recognizes “great southern literature from the last year.”

Included among the finalists are NCWN member and Wilmington resident Wiley Cash, author of This Dark Road to Mercy, which was nominated in the Fiction category.

Also nominated in the Fiction category was Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, by Farmville’s Sheila Turnage, was nominated in the Children’s category.

The University of North Carolina Press, in Chapel Hill, had two books place as finalists: The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris (Cooking) and Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie.

For a complete list of 2015 SIBA Book Award finalists, click here.

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”