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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 […]

Registration Closed for SIBA Trade Show Display

Well, that didn’t take long. If you’ve already registered to have your book(s) displayed on the North Carolina Writers’ Network member table at the 2015 SIBA 40th Anniversary Discovery Trade Show, thank you. Registration is now closed: no more online registrations will be accepted, and snail-mail registrations postmarked after July 21 will be returned. We’re […]

The 2015 Summer Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced its 2015 Summer Okra Picks, a “bushel of books that represent the best in Southern lit, fresh off the vine.” The pick of the bushel, of course, is Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Hub City Press), her first book since the much-celebrated 1960 release of the Pulitzer-Prize […]

SIBA Announces 2015 Winter Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2015 Winter Okra Picks: All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your […]

SIBA Announces 2014 Book Award Winners

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2014 Book Award Winners. Two North Carolina residents and a North Carolina-based press are among those honored. Cathy Smith Bowers, of Charlotte, won the Poetry category for The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53). Bowers was North Carolina’s sixth Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. Press 53 is […]

NC Authors Among Summer OKRA Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2014 Okra Picks—the best Southern lit, “fresh off the vine.” The short list includes the following North Carolina authors: Kim Boykin (Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel), Charlotte Sarah Creech (Season of the Dragonflies), Charlotte Marcie Cohen Ferris (The Edible South: The Power of Food and the […]

SIBA Launches “Parapalooza”

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Association: SIBA has created “Parapalooza!”—a YouTube channel devoted to people reading favorite selections from favorite books—as a way to foster avid readers’ enthusiasm for great writing. People are invited to submit their own short videos to the channel by sending them to parapalooza@sibaweb.com. With the advent of […]