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(Columbia, SC) --The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is paying tribute to one of the South’s most beloved writers by renaming the SIBA Book Awards. This has been in the works since the news of Conroy’s 70th birthday. SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell confirmed that the organization had been planning to update the Award to make it more reflective of the current Southern bookselling community. “We have long wanted a sexier more marketable name for our book awards, and nothing is sexier than Mr. Conroy!,” she noted, “So, at least for this year, along with other changes, we are delighted to bring this prize and long list to southern readers.”

“Pat Conroy has been a force for good in the world of southern books and literature and we want to acknowledge that,” Jewell added, “He has not just written some of our favorite books, he has been incredibly generous in his support of readers, of booksellers, and of other writers. The world of southern literature is a rich place today because of the encouragement he extends to new authors and the commitment he has always shown towards the southern literary community.” Southern bookstores can attest to Conroy’s dedication to their stores, as it is a regular occurrence for the author to show up at their doors with each new book, often signing copies for customers for hours and hours. On one now legendary occasion he signed books for eight hours straight, and the store arranged to have a masseuse on hand to help with writer’s cramp.  “Pat Conroy is a storemaker,” said Jewell, “a writer whose single visit can make the difference to a bookstore’s year end bottom line.”

Along with the new name, The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize also has an expanded list of categories. “Our goal is to have the nominations drive the categories rather than forcing all nominations into a category they might not fit. Rather than being married to a certain set of categories like “fiction,” “nonfiction,” “children’s,” we can open the award up to new categories driven by the nominations,” explained Jewell. She noted that SIBA used the BISAC designations of nominated books to help determine the award categories for the year.  This year, ”Fiction” has been expanded into four categories, and “History & Life Stories” (including biography, autobiography and memoir) has been added to the nonfiction categories. Each category is named for one of Conroy’s works, or in the case of young people's literature, a book about Mr. Conroy.:

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
The Prince of Tides
Literary Prize
Beach Music
Mystery Prize
Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize
The Death of Santini
Nonfiction Prize
The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize
The Pat Conroy Cookbook
Prize
Poppy's Pants, Jr.
Youngsters Prize (Ages 0-9)
Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize (Ages 10+)


“Over 140 great Southern books received nominations,” noted Jewell. “it’s a dream reading list.” All nominated books had to meet the Award criteria: they had to be Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, and had to have been published in 2015. All nominations had to come from a SIBA bookstore or from a SIBA store customer.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the month of March, and Finalists for each category in the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize will be announced in April. From there, the 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.”

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The Long List

The Great Santini Fiction Prize

A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin (Berkley Books, 9780425281994)
A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax (Berkley Books, 9780425274477)
Affair & Honor by Batt Humphries (Yellow Dog Press, 9780692411865)
Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan (Calypso Editions, 9780988790390)
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow & Company, 9780062132567)
At the Corner of King Street by Mary Ellen Taylor (Berkley Books, 9780425278253)
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250065933)
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley (Gallery Books, 9781476761664)
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Gallery Books, 9781501100765)
Come Rain or Shine by Jan Karon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399167454)
Dark Heir by Faith Hunter (Roc, 9780451465962)
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9780425279984)
Fate Moreland's Widow by John Lane (University of South Carolina Press, 9781611174694)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Juventud by Vanessa Blakeslee (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9781940430584)
Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson (Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250052414)
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe (Tor Books, 9780765376541)
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor (Penguin Books, 9780143126751)
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press, 9780525427094)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
Point Blank by Fern Michaels (Kensington Publishing Corporation, 9781617734649)
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250010742)
The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414386904)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455520619)
Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall (Houghton Mifflin, 9780544400009)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (New American Library, 9780451470898)
The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781476709024)
This Side of the River by Jeffrey Stayton (Nautilus Publishing, 9781936946655)
Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel by Robert Gipe (Ohio University Press, 9780821421529)
Untying the Moon by Ellen Malphrus (Story River Books, 9781611176100)
Water from My Heart by Charles Martin (Center Street, 9781455554706)
Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods (Mira Books, 9780778318637)
Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander (Other Press, 9781590517116)
Year of the Snake: 1989 by Sue Lile Inman (Fps, 9781934216231)

The Beach Music Mystery Prize

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar by Carol Heilman (Lighthouse Publishing, 9781941103265)
Bloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams (Tyrus Books, 9781440585456)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann Sweeney (New American Library, 9780451415431)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Edisto Jinx by C. Hope Clark (Bell Bridge Books, 9781611946659)
The Evidence Room by Cameron Harvey (Minotaur Books, 9781250031150)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781943390175)
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
Murder is on the Clock by Fran Rizer (Odyssey South Publishing, 9780692540336)
Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield (Minotaur Books, 9781250072757)

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
False Positive by Andrew Grant (Ballantine Books, 9780345540751)
Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker (Roundfire Books, 9781785350825)
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399174001)
The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353595)
The Marauders by Tom Cooper (Broadway Books, 9780804140584)
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173943)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)
Season of Fear by Brian Freeman (Quercus Books, 9781623654078)
Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow & Company, 9780062240019)
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (Bantam, 9780345544049)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Viking, 9780525427506)
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize

A Free State by Tom Piazza (Harper, 9780062284129)
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Calloustown by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162)
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam (William Morrow & Company, 9780062325891)
Crash Bang Burn by Dawn K. Goodwin (Createspace, 9781514305171)
The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre (John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780895876515)
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766139)
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books, 9781476772141)
Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden, 9781932841916)
Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce (Riverhead Books, 9781594632525)
Honey from the Lion by Matthew N. Null (Lookout Books, 9781940596082)
In Every Way by Nic Brown (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024595)
The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull Press, 9781619024854)
Memphis Movie by Corey Mesler (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766146)
Minnow by James E. McTeer III (Hub City Press, 9781938235115)
My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella (Turner, 9781630269623)
New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
Postmark Bayou Chene by Gwen Roland (Louisiana State University Press, 9780807161449)
Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619026230)
Soon: Stories by Pamela Durban (University of South Carolina Press, 978161175332)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize

Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom by Alysia Burton Steele (Center Street, 9781455562848)
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers edited by Margaret McMullan (McPherson, 9781620540138)
The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football by Stuart Stevens (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353021)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams by Bland Simpson (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469624938)
Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History by Maude Schuyler-Clay (Steidl Dap, 9783869309743)
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, 9780848746391)
Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024885)
Penguins with Problems by Mary Laura Philpott (Tarcherperigree, 9780399173097)
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate by Laura Lengnick (New Society Publishers, 9780865717749)
Start Your Engines: Famous Firsts in the History of NASCAR by Jay W. Pennell (Sports Publishing LLC, 9781613218280)
What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley by Kim Cross (Atria Books, 9781476763064)
When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors edited by Nicole Seitz (Water Books, 9780996940207)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize

After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter by Gwendolyn Knapp (Avery Publishing Group, 9781592409136)
American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power by Christopher Andersen (William Morrow & Company, 9780062420336)
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman (Viking, 9780525427209)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II by Winston Groom (National Geographic Society, 9781426215490)
Gin & Gardenias: A Memoir of Desire, Love, and Loss: Poems by A. Scott Henderson (A. Scott Henderson, 9781934216774)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (Crown Publishing Group, 9780307887276)
Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion (Penguin Press, 9781594204715)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
Wailing Wall: A Mother’s Memoir by Deedra Climer (Inkshares, 978194758113)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize

Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes by John Besh (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781449469177)
Crabs & Oysters: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bill Smith (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622620)
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Heathy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)
Southern Soups and Stews: More Than 75 Recipes from Burgoo and Gumbo to Etouffee and Fricassee by Nancie McDermott (Chronicle Books, 9781452124858)
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by the editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, 9780062242419)
Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bridgette A. Lacy (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622453)
Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Stress-Free Cooking by Debora M. Coty (Barbour Publishing, 9781634093224)
Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186155)

Poppy's Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books, 9780062238610)
Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia (Marimba Books, 9781603490306)
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780385755078)
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay (HarperCollins, 9780062308443)
The Water and the Wild by Katie Elise Ormsbee (Chronicle Books, 9781452113869)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 9780525426509)
Mosquitoland
by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Persuasion by Martina Boone (Simon Pulse, 9781481411257)
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (Simon Pulse, 9781481422628)
Terminal by Kathy Reichs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9781595145284)
The Trouble with Destiny by Laureen Morrill (Delacorte Press, 9780553497977)
Valiant by Sarah McGuire (Egmontusa, 9781606845523)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book PrizeThe best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers
Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2017 Southern Book Prize

Formerly the "SIBA Book Award," the newly Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. 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 most passionate about, and inspired the most "you've got to read this" moments and "hand sell" moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

FICTION

Commonwealth A Lowcountry Christmas Chasing the North Star

Coming of Age

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)

Family Life
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)

Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)

Over the Plain Houses The Kept Woman The Whole Town's Talking Redemption Road

Literary
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214)
 
Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)

Thriller
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)

Lily and Dunkin

JUVENILE
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744) 

NONFICTION

The Home Place Deep Run Roots Hillbilly Elegy

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157) 

Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)

Creative Nonfiction
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – including seven different fiction and three nonfiction categories. Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists

FICTION

Commonwealth  Lies and Other Acts of Love  LOng Way Gone  The Serpent King

Coming of Age
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9781101987063) 
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson, 9780718084714)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780553524024)

Glight Patterns  A Lowcountry Christmas  The Risen

Family Life
Flight Patterns by Karen White (Berkley Books, 9780451470911)
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)
The Risen by Ron Rash (Ecco, 9780062436313)

Chasing the North Star  Forsaken  Glory Over Everything

Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)
Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr (NewSouth Books, 9781588383174)
Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, 9781476748443)

Fallen Land  Miss Jane  Over the Plain Houses  Perfume River

Literary
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (St. Martin's Press, 9781250077974)
Miss Jane by Brad Watson (W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393241730)
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214) 
Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802125750)

The Kept Woman  Lowcountry Book Club  Miss Julia Inherits a Mess  Prayers the Devil Answers

Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)
Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M Boyer (HeneryPress, 9781635110456)
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B Ross (Viking, 9780525427124)
Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 9781476772813)

Feathered Bone  A Lowcountry Wedding  Monsters in Appalachia  
Ninety-Nine Stories of God The Weekenders  The Whole Town's Talking

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (Thomas Nelson, 9780718037628)
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125430)
Monsters in Appalachia: Stories by Sheryl Monks (West Virginia University Press, 9781943665396) 
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams (Tin House Books, 9781941040355)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 9781250065940)
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)

Darktown  Redemption Road  Underground Airlines  The Whistler

Thriller
Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Atria Books, 9781501133862) 
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)
Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters (Mulholland Books, 9780316261241)
The Whistler by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385541190)

JUVENILE

Gertie's Leap to Greatness  Lily and Dunkin  Raymie Nightingale  
The Secret Keepers  Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley; Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374302610)
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744) 
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 9780763681173)
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart ; Diana Sudyka (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316389556)
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484775035)

NONFICTION

Dimestore  The Gatekeeper  The Home Place  My Father, the Pornographer

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books, 9781616205027)
The Gatekeeper: Missy Lehand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith (Touchstone, 9781501114960)
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157) 
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt (Atria Books, 9781501112461)

Deep Run Roots  Mungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce  Victuals

Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)
Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce Cookbook: Recipes and Ramblings from the Belle of All Things Southern by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (Shiloh Run Press, 9781634097826)
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy; Johnny Autry (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186742)

The Fire This Time  Hillbilly Elegy  A Lowcountry Heart
Poems  Truevine

Creative Nonfiction
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner Book Company, 9781501126345)
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese, 9780385530866)
Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062435507)  
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company, 9780316337540)

The Southern Book Prize(Columbia, SC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, (SIBA), is pleased to announce the 2017 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 2016. Over 140 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 a tradition established last year, the Long List features an expanded collection of prize categories. “Our goal is to have the nominations drive the categories rather than forcing all nominations into a category they might not fit. Rather than being married to a certain set of categories like ‘fiction,’ ‘nonfiction,’ ‘children’s,’ we can open the award up to new categories driven by the nominations,” explained SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. She noted that SIBA used the BISAC designations of nominated books to help determine the award categories for the year. This year, ‘Fiction’ has been expanded into seven categories, and ‘Nonfiction’ into three separate categories.

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 15, 2017. 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 2017 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG LIST

FICTION

Coming of Age

  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)
  • The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart (Kensington, 9781496705518)
  • Fate Ball by Adam W. Jones (Adam W. Jones, 9780692475348)
  • Godpretty in the Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson (Kensington, 9781617737350)
  • The Last Road Home by Danny Johnson (Kensington, 9781496702494)
  • Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9781101987063)
  • Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson, 9780718084714)
  • The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani by Jessica Leake (Talos, 9781940456423)
  • The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House, 9781414387772)
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780553524024)
  • The Truthful Story by Helen Stine (Cardinal Press, 9780997853018)

Family Life

  • American Girls by Alison Umminger (Minotaur Books, 9781250075000)
  • Flight Patterns by Karen White (Berkley Books, 9780451470911)
  • Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright (Gallery Books, 9781501100789)
  • The Last Treasure by Erika Marks (Berkley Books, 9781101990841)
  • Love, Alice by Barbara Davis (Berkley Books, 9780451474810)
  • A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)
  • The Risen by Ron Rash (Ecco, 9780062436313)
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale (Thomas Nelson, 9780718039561)
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, 9781455520695)
  • When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel (Gallery Books, 9781476754161)

Historical

  • America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray ; Laura Kamoie (William Morrow & Company, 9780062347268)
  • Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb (Other Press, 9781590518038)
  • Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)
  • Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston by Michele Moore (University of South Carolina Press, 9781611175905)
  • The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway (Harper, 9780062391612)
  • Fine Imitation by Amber Brock (Crown Publishing Group, 9781101905111)
  • Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr (NewSouth Books, 9781588383174)
  • Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, 9781476748443)

Literary

  • The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick (Viking, 9780525429661)
  • Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (St. Martin's Press, 9781250077974)
  • Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham (Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781492613626)
  • Miss Jane by Brad Watson (W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393241730)
  • The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062105684)
  • Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214)
  • Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802125750)
  • A Question of Mercy by Elizabeth Cox (Story River Books, 9781611177220)
  • Robert Walker by Corey Mesler (Livingston Press, 9781604891720)
  • The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Lake Union Publishing, 9781503936072)
  • A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown (Lee Boudreaux Books, 9780316302807)

Mystery & Detective

  • All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (Minotaur Books, 9781250090034)
  • Burning Heat by David Burnsworth (Five Star Publishing, 9781432831110)
  • The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore (Lion Fiction, 9781782641926)
  • The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)
  • Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M Boyer (HeneryPress, 9781635110456)
  • Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B Ross (Viking, 9780525427124)
  • No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386182)
  • Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 9781476772813)
  • The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery by Michael Hicks Thompson (Shepherd King Publishing LLC, 9780984528271)
  • The Singularity Race by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464205996)

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners

  • Echoes of Mercy by Kim Boykin(River's Edge Media, LLC, 9781940595573)
  • The Eyes Have It: A Lowcountry Home Novel by Julie Allan (Bublish, Inc., 9780997487534)
  • The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (Thomas Nelson, 9780718037628)
  • The Final Days of Great American Shopping: Stories Past, Present, and Future by Gilbert Allen (University of South Carolina Press, 9781611176384)
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (Razorbill, 9781595147677)
  • Haylow by Gray Stewart (Livingston Press, 9781604891744)
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (Dial Books, 9780525428183)
  • A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125430)
  • Monsters in Appalachia: Stories by Sheryl Monks (Vandalia Press, 9781943665396)
  • Nine Island by Jane Alison (Catapult, 9781941040355)
  • Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams (Tin House Books, 9781941040355)
  • The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399171628)
  • Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax (Berkley Books, 9780425274484)
  • Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780865478695)
  • The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 9781250065940)
  • The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)
  • Woodwalker: Creatures of Light, Book 1 by Emily B Martin (Voyager, 9780062473714)
  • A World Without You by Beth Revis (Razorbill, 9781595147158)
  • A Year Since the Rain by Shane Wilson (Snow Leopard Publishing, LLC, 9781944361082)

Thrillers

  • Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow & Company, 9780062240040)
  • Cotton by Paul Heald (Yucca Publishing, 9781631580864)
  • Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Atria Books, 9781501133862)
  • Field of Graves by J T Ellison (Mira Books, 9780778330530)
  • The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday Books, 9780385541299)
  • Let the Devil Out by Bill Loehfelm (Sarah Crichton Books, 9780374298579)
  • No One Knows by J T Ellison (Gallery Books, 9781501118470)
  • The Other Widow by Susan Crawford (William Morrow & Company, 9780062362889)
  • Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399167263)
  • Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)
  • Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters (Mulholland Books, 9780316261241)
  • The Whistler by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385541190)

CHILDREN'S

Juvenile

  • Curious Critters Florida by David Fitzsimmons (Wild Iris Publishing, 9781936607327)
  • The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic Press, 9780545945219)
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (Harper Teen, 9780062270986)
  • Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley; Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374302610)
  • The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic Press, 9780545552745)
  • The King of the Birds by Acree Macam (Groundwood Books, 9781554988518)
  • The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books, 9780062238641)
  • The Last Dragon Charmer #2: Quest Maker by Laurie McKay (HarperCollins, 9780062308467)
  • Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744)
  • The Monster War by Alan Gratz (Starscape Books, 9780765338242)
  • Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Allan Gratz (Scholastic Press, 9780545880169)
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 9780763681173)
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart ; Diana Sudyka (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316389556)
  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484775035)
  • Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780385755344)
  • Wish by Barbara O'Connor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374302733)

NONFICTION

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir

  • A Beautiful Here: Emerging from the Overwhelming Darkness of My Son's Suicide by Linda Phillips (Createspace, 9781537413679)
  • The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America by Daniel Connolly (St. Martin's Press, 9781250083067)
  • Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
  • The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta G Johnson (John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780895876652)
  • The Gatekeeper: Missy Lehand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith (Touchstone, 9781501114960)
  • The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157)
  • Inside the Head of the Oldest Co-Ed in Dixie: How I Gain Friends, Influence Neighbors, and Try to Fix the World by Dee Dee Murphy (Vabella Publishing, 9781942766193)
  • Miss Ella of Commander's Palace by Ella Brennan ; Ti Martin (Gibbs Smith, 9781423642558)
  • My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt (Atria Books, 9781501112461)
  • A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina by Charlotte S Riley ; Crystal J Lucky ; Joycelyn K Moody (University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299306748)
  • The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by William J Barber II ; Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon Press, 9780807083604)

Cooking

  • Chicken: A Savor the South(r) Cookbook by Cynthia Stevens Graubart ( University of North Carolina Press, 9781469630090)
  • Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson ; Ann Volkwein (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780553448450)
  • Curate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen by Katie Button ; Genevieve Ko ; Evan Sung (Flatiron Books, 9781250059444)
  • Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)
  • Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce Cookbook: Recipes and Ramblings from the Belle of All Things Southern by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (Shiloh Run Press, 9781634097826)
  • Julia Reed's South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long by Julia Reed (Rizzoli International Publications, 9780847848287)
  • Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways: Traditional, Contemporary, International by Jennifer Brule (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469629124)
  • Poole's: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner by Ashley Christensen ; Kaitlyn Goalen (Ten Speed Press, 9781607746874)
  • Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions by Marilyn Markel ; Chris Holaday ; Bill Smith (History Press, 9781467137447)
  • Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy ; Johnny Autry (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186742)

Creative Nonfiction

  • 13th Sunday After Pentecost: Poems by Joseph Bathanti (Louisiana State University Press, 9780807164617)
  • Devils Walking: Klan Murders Along the Mississippi in the 1960s by Stanley Nelson (Louisiana State University Press, 9780807164075)
  • Easy to Love: Southern Stories from the Heart by Joe Garrett ; Mike Steed (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781535549615)
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner Book Company, 9781501126345)
  • Harnessing Courage: Overcoming Adversity with Grit & Gratitude by Laura Bratton (Clovercroft Publishing, 9781942557623)
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)
  • A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese, 9780385530866)
  • The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats by William Geroux (Viking, 9780525428152)
  • Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062435507)
  • The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike by John DeSantis; Burnell Tolbert (History Press, 9781467136891)

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.

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently minded!) Booksellers

The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.

"What a delicious gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour. I loved all of these books for the sole reason that they tell the world in colorful, rich and diverse language just what it so special and, yes, crazy about the American South." – Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Formerly the “SIBA Book Award,” the newly reborn Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. 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 most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. The nine winners chosen from a field of nearly forty finalists. Together, they represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

My Sunshine Away Above the Waterfall Bull Mountain The Bone Tree
Soul Food Love Dispatches from Pluto Jacksonland
Mosquitoland
Serafina and the Black Cloak

The Great Santini Fiction Prize Winner: 
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“This debut author spins a tale that will grab you from the first page and keep you turning pages until the last.”– Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner: 
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

“Beautiful language, I could not put this book down.  Read it in one day.” – Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

The Beach Music Mystery Prize Winner: 
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“ Reads like a twisty, dark TV series you can't help but binge-watch.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize Winner: 
The Bone Tree by Greg Isles (William Morrow & Company)

“Iles has written an intense, tightly plotted narrative with more than one shocking turn of events that will have readers racing to finish, but then pining away for the third installment of this massive and electrifying trilogy.” – Square Books, Oxford, MS

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize Winner: 
Soul Food Love by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers)

I really appreciate the goal of this cookbook - to make Soul food quick, inexpensive, tasty and healthy! The family history part of the cookbook was very interesting and I appreciated the honesty of the authors. I loved the pictures of the family & the finished product of the recipes.” – Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC

The Death of Santini NonFiction Prize Winner: 
Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster)

"In Dispatches From Pluto, Richard Grant brings clarity, insight, and wit through his outsider's observations of a small and forgotten community in the Mississippi Delta. The situations he writes of and the people he comes to know as friends are brought warmly and enrichingly to life as he settles his family in a rotting and dilapidated plantation home in Pluto, Mississippi." – Pass  Books, Pass Christian, MS

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize Winner: 
Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press

“Great history! Loved the book, very well written”  – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize Winner: 
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)

“Mim's voice in this amazing amalgam of a love story, a road trip novel, and a coming-of-age story, will stay with you long after you finish .” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Poppy's Pants Youngster's Prize Winner: 
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion)

“A wonderfully thrilling mystery for young readers that is as much a celebration of being "different" as it is pitch-perfect creepiness.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Nine great books for your Southern reading list. But remember that they come from a "gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour" to quote one Southern bookseller. To round out your literary diet, be sure to look at the full list of Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists.

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit SIBA’s website for Southern literature, http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

Booksellers: The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Winners could win you $1000!

Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 16-18 in Savannah, Georgia. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!