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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) […]

The Southern Book Prize Creates the Conroy Legacy Award

From our friends at SIBA: COLUMBIA, SC—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announces the creation of a “Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, The Southern Book Prize (formerly known as The SIBA Book Award). The new category, the Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers […]

SIBA Was…

By Ed Southern The 2016 SIBA Discovery Show was a success for the NCWN members who had their titles on our display table. Various booksellers picked up at least one sample copy of every title, and some titles were gone by the end of the show. Here’s hoping that those copies are read, and enjoyed, […]