2015 SIBA Book Award Finalists
Announcing the 2015 SIBA Book Award Finalists
(Columbia, SC) April 13, 2015 -- The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 SIBA Book Award, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-one books on the 2015 list, showcasing the broad range of Southern styles and settings, and representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and cooking. Whether your reading tastes run towards the gothic (A Dark Road to Mercy) or the poetic (Brown Girl Dreaming), the sweet (Blue Ribbon Baking) or the savory (Heritage), the country ballad (Wayfaring Strangers) or rock ‘n roll (Jerry Lee Lewis) there is a book on this list that you are going to love. A southern indie bookseller has said so, and they are in a position to know.
- This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
- Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, William Morrow & Company, 9780062311078
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking Books, 9780670024780
- Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
- Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
- Long Man by Amy Greene, Knopf Publishing Group, 9780307593436
- Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
- Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
- Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
- Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie, University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227
- The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
- Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
- Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
- Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
- The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707
- Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, 9780375870514
- League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Starscape/Tor/Macmillan, 9780765338228
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic, 9780545106078
Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA
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SIBA announces Amy Cherrix as new Author Liaison
(Columbia, SC) -- Tthe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Amy Cherrix. Amy is coming on board as SIBA's Author Liaison -- dedicated to helping authors make the most of the opportunities available from SIBA, so they can reach southern audiences and booksellers in the most effective, and cost-effective, way possible.
Amy comes to SIBA with a long history in publishing and bookselling, and is an author herself with a book due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She understands the challenges faced by authors in the current market, and believes passionately in the importance of fostering good partnerships between authors and independent bookstores.
Amy began her publishing career by earning a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, where she also taught graduate level courses in children’s lit. She went on to edit books at Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers and has also edited reviews for The Horn Book Guide. During graduate school, Amy honed her Jedi hand-selling skills at the fiercely independent Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Now a professional freelance editor, Amy consults and advises early career authors and industry veterans on every aspect of their creative work from crafting a pitch and finding an agent, to publication and marketing.
When she’s not reading or trolling the Internet for late-breaking children’s publishing headlines and tips, she writes books of her own. CURIOUS GEORGE DISCOVERS THE RAINBOW publishes this spring and LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS hits shelves in early 2017 as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientists in the Field series. She blogs at https://theslushpuppy.wordpress.com and you can tweet her @acherrix.
Amy will be available to answer questions about author-targeted SIBA programs like the Lady Banks Newsletter Interviews, the "Love an Indie" Author Badge program and the "STARS" program,
and to work with authors to design promotional campaigns in support of their
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