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Southern Book PrizeSIBA presents The Southern Book Prize Long List

(Asheville, NC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, (SIBA), is pleased to announce the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, featuring all the eligible titles that have been nominated for the Southern Book Prize (formerly the SIBA Book Award). Nominated titles must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both!) and have been published in 2017. 100 great Southern books were nominated by Southern Indie booksellers, making the Long List one of the most comprehensive and exciting reading lists of new Southern literature.

Continuing with established tradition, the Long List prize categories are created by using BISAC categories of the nominees. "The categories work like 'shelves' in our member stores – if there are enough books in a given subject, they deserve a special display" explained SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the next few weeks. Finalists for each category in the 2017 Southern Book Prize will be announced April 16, 2018. From there, Finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

THE 2018 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG LIST

FICTION

Women and Family

  • Beach House for Rent | Monroe, Mary Alice | Gallery Books | 9781501125461
  • The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
  • Close Enough to Touch | Oakley, Colleen | Gallery Books | 9781501139260
  • Girls Like Her | Stone, Pam | Stone's Throw Publishing | 9780692819968
  • Miss Julia Weathers the Storm | Ross, Ann B | Viking | 9780735220478
  • One Good Thing | Wax, Wendy | Berkley Books | 9780451488619
  • Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
  • Slightly South of Simple | Woodson Harvey, Kristy | Gallery Books | 9781501158056
  • To Be Where You Are | Karon, Jan | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399183737
  • Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

Literary

  • The Barrowfields | Lewis, Phillip | Hogarth Press | 9780451495648
  • Ember | Adams, Brock | Hub City Press | 9781938235320
  • Eveningland: Stories | Knight, Michael | Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802125972
  • Extraordinary Adventures | Wallace, Daniel | St. Martin's Press | 9781250118455
  • Fire Is Your Water | Minick, Jim | Swallow Press | 9780804011846
  • Grief Cottage | Godwin, Gail | Bloomsbury USA | 9781632867049
  • The Ice House | Smith, Laura Lee | Grove Press | 9780802127082
  • The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
  • The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
  • The Salt Line | Goddard Jones, Holly | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735214316
  • Shadow of the Lions | Swann, Christopher | Algonquin Books | 9781616205003
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 978150112606
  • The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

  • A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery | Gilbert, Victoria | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683314394
  • Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery | St James, Dorothy | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683312918
  • Bones to Pick | Lovely, Linda | Henery Press | 9781635112627
  • Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
  • Carolina Cruel | Thackston, Lawrence | Rivers Turn Press | 9780998575513
  • The Cover Story | Richardson-Moore, Deb | Lion Fiction | 9781782642404
  • The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
  • Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
  • Heaven's Crooked Finger: An Earl Marcus Mystery | Early, Hank | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683313915
  • In It for the Money | Burnsworth, David | Henery Press | 9781635112436
  • Lowcountry Bonfire | Boyer, Susan M | Henery Press | 9781635112276
  • The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381
  • Small Treasons | Powell, Mark | Gallery Books | 9781507203385

Southern Fiction

  • A Kind of Freedom | Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619029224
  • Ashes to Fire | Martin, Emily B | Voyager | 9780062473738
  • Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
  • The Cage-Maker | Seitz, Nicole A | Story River Books | 9781611178432
  • Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
  • Floods and Fires | Leach, Dan | University of North Georgia | 9781940771359
  • The Guests on South Battery | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451475237
  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | Wang, Daren | Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250122353
  • If the Creek Don't Rise | Weiss, Leah | Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781492647454
  • The Indigo Girl | Boyd, Natasha | Blackstone Audiobooks | 9781455137114
  • No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
  • None But the Living | Smith, Kenneth P | Middleton House Publishing | 9780998107103
  • One Good Mama Bone | McClain, Bren | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611179828
  • Perennials | Cantrell, Julie | Thomas Nelson | 9780718037642
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812
  • Signals: New and Selected Stories | Gautreaux, Tim | Knopf Publishing Group | 9780451493040
  • The Sisters of Glass Ferry | Richardson, Kim Michele | Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709554
  • Strangers to Temptation | Gould, Scott | Hub City Press | 9781938235306

CHILDRENS

Juvenile Fiction

  • Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
  • The Ethan I Was Before | Standish, Ali | HarperCollins | 9780062433381
  • Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble | Vernon, Ursula | Dial Books | 9780399186523
  • Raccoon Rescue | Miller, Christa ; Barratt, Christian | Christa M. Miller Communications | 9780994569073
  • Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
  • Skin Again | Hooks, Bell ; Raschka, Chris | Jump at the Sun | 9781484799239
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me | Earhardt, Ainsley ; Kim, Ji-Hyuk | Aladdin Paperbacks | 9781534409590
  • Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Young Adult

  • Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
  • Blight | Duncan, Alexandra | Greenwillow Books | 9780062396990
  • Control Freakz | Evans, Michael | Michael Evans | 9781641110334
  • Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
  • Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
  • Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale | Poston, Ashley | Quirk Books | 9781594749476
  • Goodbye Days | Zentner, Jeff | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9780553524062
  • The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533
  • Invictus | Graudin, Ryan | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316503075
  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case | Powell, Patricia Hruby ; Strickland, Shadra | Chronicle Books | 9781452125909
  • Midnight at the Electric | Anderson, Jodi Lynn | HarperCollins | 9780062393548
  • Nemesis | Reichs, Brendan | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399544934
  • Starting Over: A Trina Ryan Novel | Levy, Sheri S ; Koepp, Cindy | Barking Rain Press | 9781935460770

NONFICTION

Biography and History

  • Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest Airport | Palmer, Hannah | Hub City Press | 9781938235283
  • He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty | Bass, S Jonathan | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 9781631492372
  • Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
  • The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
  • Mothering Addiction: A Parent's Story of Heartache, Healing, and Keeping the Door Open | Hatcher, Lynda Harrison | Frontier Press (NY) | 9780692908921
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
  • Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey | Ball, Troylyn ; Witter, Bret | Dey Street Books | 9780062458988
  • Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Williams, Patricia ; Amber, Jeannine | Dey Street Books | 9780062407306
  • The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign | Oliphant, Thomas ; Wilkie, Curtis | Simon & Schuster | 9781501105562
  • Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills | Ingle, Sheila | Ambassador International | 9781620206126
  • Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

Nonfiction

  • The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
  • At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe: Life in the University of South Carolina President's House | Moore-Pastides, Patricia | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611177800
  • Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South | Howard, Vivian | Little Brown and Company | 9780316381109
  • The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist | Winans, Melinda Risch ; Nobles, Cynthia Lejeune | Louisiana State University Press | 9780807167687
  • Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami | Farzad, Roben | Berkley Books | 9781592409280
  • Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them | Kolata, Gina | St. Martin's Press | 9781250064349
  • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
  • Southern Sunrises | Bryant, Tom | Country Bookshop | 9780999131701
  • Stones at the Crossing: Aiming True on My Journey from Scared to Sacred | Webb Phd, Amy D | Prose Press | 9781941069776
  • Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
  • The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782
  • What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up | Heiskell, Elizabeth | Southern Living | 9780848754389

For more information contact SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the SIBA website at sibaweb.com.

Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks: a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018