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SIBA Announces Summer 2018 Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2018 Okra Picks, “a literary harvest of forthcoming hand sell hot picks and future bestsellers.” For July, fans of young adult fantasy might check out Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion). Beatty, author of the bestselling Serafina series, taught at the NCWN 2015 Fall […]

Wiley Cash Wins 2018 Southern Book Prize

North Carolina author Wiley Cash has won the 2018 Southern Book Prize in “Literary” Fiction for his novel The Last Ballad. Books that win the Southern Book Prize are: 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 […]

Among Okra Finalists, Tar Heel Writers Aplenty

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2018 Book Prize finalists. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature by independent Southern booksellers. No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts is a finalist in Fiction (Southern Fiction). Stephanie served as the Final […]

2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner: Kwame Alexander

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: COLUMBIA, SC–Kwame Alexander, the Virginia-based poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author, has been selected as the first recipient of the Conroy Legacy Award. Created in honor of the example set by the beloved Southern author Pat Conroy, the Conroy Legacy Award was established in […]

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2017 Southern Book Prize. The finalists include NCWN members: Taylor Brown, for Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press) Ross Howell, Jr., for Foresaken (NewSouth Books) Sheryl Monks, for Monsters in Appalachia: Stories (West Virginia University Press) Robert Morgan, for Chasing the North Star (Algonquin Books) […]

The Southern Book Prize Creates the Conroy Legacy Award

From our friends at SIBA: COLUMBIA, SC—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announces the creation of a “Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, The Southern Book Prize (formerly known as The SIBA Book Award). The new category, the Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers […]

SIBA Was…

By Ed Southern The 2016 SIBA Discovery Show was a success for the NCWN members who had their titles on our display table. Various booksellers picked up at least one sample copy of every title, and some titles were gone by the end of the show. Here’s hoping that those copies are read, and enjoyed, […]

Pat Conroy Literary Center Set to Open

Pat Conroy, who sadly passed away in March, always felt he owed a debt not only to his loyal readers, but to all of those who helped him along the way. During his lifetime, he was known as a staunch champion and tireless supporter of emerging writers. His tutelage left a legacy nearly equal to […]

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Several North Carolina Writers’ Network members are finalists in the 2016 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 and Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s, and […]

Members Selected for 2016 Winter Okra Picks

North Carolina Writers’ Network members Taylor Brown and Lee Smith have books coming out this month, and they’ve been selected as 2016 Winter Okra Picks by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Taylor Brown’s debut novel Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press) is set in “the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on […]