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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 […]

NC Author Among SIBA’s Spring Okra Picks

The Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has announced their 2019 Spring Okra Picks. Among the picks is the debut novel by Belle Boggs, The Gulf, a “hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers.” Belle is an associate professor in the Department of English at the North Carolina State […]

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 […]

Malaprop’s Changes Ownership, but Not Its Vision

After thirty-seven years, Emöke B’Racz, the founder of Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in downtown Asheville, will step down as majority owner, effective immediately. She hands the reigns to longtime employee Gretchen Horn, who is now majority owner of Renaissance Bookfarm, Inc., which owns Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. Emöke will remain as founder […]

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 […]

Wiley Cash Wins 2018 Southern Book Prize

North Carolina author Wiley Cash has won the 2018 Southern Book Prize in “Literary” Fiction for his novel The Last Ballad. Books that win the Southern Book Prize are: Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were […]

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 […]

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists

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) […]