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SIBA Announces 2021 Southern Book Prize Winners

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: ASHEVILLE: The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Southern Book Prize. The Prize, representing southern bookseller favorites from 2020, is awarded to “the best Southern book of the year” as nominated by Southern indie booksellers and voted on by […]

Therese Anne Fowler and Jill McCorkle Are Southern Book Prize Finalists

New York Times bestselling authors Therese Anne Fowler and Jill McCorkle are among the finalists for the 2021 Southern Book Prize. Nominations were submitted by bookstore members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and culled from books that have received strong reviews from Southern booksellers. Fowler’s novel, A Good Neighborhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2020), […]

Spring 2020 Okra Picks

Many of us suddenly find ourselves with more hours to fill, now that we’re under a staetewide Shelter-in-Place order, and the 2020 Spring Okra Picks from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance couldn’t come at a better time. Each season, SIBA offers a list of books in various categories that booksellers across the Southeast are especially […]

Linda-Marie Barrett Selected as Next SIBA Executive Director

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: The Search Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of Linda-Marie Barrett as SIBA’s incoming Executive Director. She will step into the position on June 16, 2020, when the current Executive Director, Wanda Jewell, retires. “I’m […]

SIBA Executive Director to Retire after 30 Years

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announced yesterday, September 3, that Executive Director Wanda Jewell will retire in June, 2020. Wanda says that “Serving as SIBA’s executive director for the past 30 years has been the honor of my life.” “I am so proud of all we […]

Raleigh Author Among Summer Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2019 Okra Picks, the twelve new books that Southern indie booksellers are most excited about this season. Among them is Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations (Nancy Paulsen Books) by Raleigh author Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrations by Keith Mallett. Just in […]

David Joy Wins Southern Book Prize in Fiction

A North Carolina author has won the 2019 Southern Book Prize in Fiction. David Joy of western North Carolina won the prize in Fiction for The Line That Held Us (Putnam & Sons). Bookmarks in Winston-Salem had this to say about it: “With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy […]

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 […]

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 […]