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NVNR Presents: The VIndies!

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: A Celebration of Indie Bookstore Videos (From A Bookstore Not Very Far Away) — Lights, Camera, Fiction! New Voices New Rooms, the collaborative partnership between NAIBA and SIBA, is launching The VIndies to recognize the spirit and creativity of independent bookstore videos. NVNR and an academy […]

Saturday Is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 24, marks the annual Independent Bookstore Day, a day to support and celebrate your local indie bookshop. Many bookstores around the state and beyond will host a full day of events, contests, readings, special offers, and more. According to the Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance, over 750 boookstores are participating around the country. (Click […]

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 […]

2020 Nancy Olson Bookseller Award Recipients

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: Lisa Yee Swope of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem and Bonnie Shank of The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, South Carolina are the 2020 recipients of the Nancy Olson Bookseller Award. The Nancy Olson Award was launched in 2019 with an anonymous donation from an author who is also an […]

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), […]

Happy Trails to Tommy Hays

Happy Trails to Tommy Hays, who announced his retirement as the Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Tommy taught for the program for twenty years. A novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Tommy’s middle grade novel What I Came to Tell You was an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent […]

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 Announces 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: ASHEVILLE—Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners—the best in Southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Designed to honor great Southern voices, The Southern Book Prize is awarded to books published in […]

SIBA Announces Winter OKRA Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2020 Winter OkraPicks, their seasonal list of great forthcoming Southern books. The list of thirteen books includes three by authors with strong ties to North Carolina. In Diane Chamberlain’s Big Lies in a Small Town (St. Martin’s Press), a convict serving a three-year stint in the North […]