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)
- Ron Rash, for The Risen (Ecco)
- Ron Rash, for Poems: New and Selected (Ecco)
- Lee Smith, for Dimestore: A Writers’ Life (Algonquin Books)
For more details, and the complete list of finalists in all categories, click here.
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.
Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, â€œIndependents Day.â€
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is a trade association which represents over 300 bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi.
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance exists to empower, promote, and celebrate our core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. â€œCore membersâ€ are independent, privately held, brick & mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a retail storefront, in our region. Among our members are owners, managers and employees of independent bookstores, publishersâ€™ representatives, publishers, wholesalers and producers of “sideline” bookstore goods. Librarians, book reviewers, writers and other “friends of the trade” are also represented in our membership.
SIBA was formed to unite in one organization individuals and businesses actively engaged in the writing, selling, publishing, distribution and/or promoting of books in the South. SIBA provides a forum to discuss common problems and share ideas; offers educational programs and workshops for the benefit of its members; and strives to promote a high standard of ethics and business practices among the membership. SIBA exists to help you become a more profitable business, and sell more books.
Visit them on the web, www.sibaweb.com.