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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 With the advent of […]

Books for Your Summer Reading List

The Southern Indpendent Booksellers Association (SIBA) has just released its its 2013 Okra picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. These twelve books have two things in common: they are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one! A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White […]

Meet the Voice Behind Lady Banks

Some of you may be familiar with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance weekly e-newsletter Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book and its charming and irresistible editor/contributor Lady Banks. But have you ever wondered who Lady Banks actually is? Well it’s none other than the Network’s very own Trustee, Nicki Leone! Along with serving as the web administrator and newsletter […]

NCWN Members on SIBA Long List

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) just released the Long List of nominees for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards, and the Network was well represented.  Congratulations to the members who made the list: New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (UNC Press) A Passel of Hate by Joe Epley (CreateSpace) Accidental Birds of the Carolinas […]

While We Were Away . . .

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance celebrated our nation’s independence (as well as their own) by announcing the winners of the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.  Congratulations to the authors of this year’s winners. A few days before SIBA celebrated independence, some Amazon book reviewers were called out for their lack of same.  Always keep those grains […]