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The Southern Book PrizeThe 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

(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.”

For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award or contact Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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)

Southern Book PrizeThe 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

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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)