Okra Picks DeadlinesThe Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell.  These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction.  Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season.

A new harvest of Okra Picks will be announced each publishing season.  To nominate a book you must be a SIBA bookseller.

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As a SIBA member, you can earn $50.00 in SIBA Credit each time you do an in-store Okra Picks display and report your sales of Okra Pick titles. The credit can be used for  anything SIBA, including Trade Show registration and meal tickets.

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Spring into a New Okra Season!

Columbia, SC – Southern Independent Booksellers have just picked a fresh crop of Okra -- the 2015 Spring Okra Picks, the best southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between April and June, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”


Spring 2015 Okra PicksThe 2015 Spring Okra Picks

Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion
9781594204715 | Penguin Press | 03/24/2015 | 26.95

Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood
9780804186155 | Clarkson Potter Publishers | 03/31/2015 | 29.99

The Water and the Wild by Katie Elise Ormsbee
9781452113869 | Chronicle Books | 04/14/2015 | 16.99

Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer
9781941962473 | Henery Press | 04/21/2015 | 15.95

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles
9780062311115 | William Morrow & Company | 04/21/2015 | 27.99

Valiant by Sarah McGuire
9781606845523 | Egmontusa | 04/28/2015 | 16.99

Minnow by James E. McTeer II
9781938235115 | Hub City Press | 05/01/2015 | 24.95

At the Corner of King Street by Mary Ellen Taylor
9780425278253 | Berkley Books | 05/05/2015 | 16.00

The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
9780062351494 | Harper | 05/12/2015 | 26.99

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
9780545709545 | Push | 05/26/2015 | 17.99

The Evidence Room: A Mystery by Cameron Harvey
9781250031150 | Minotaur Books | 06/02/2015 | 25.99

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
9780385755078 | Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | 06/09/2015 | 16.99

A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax
9780425274477 | Berkley Books | 06/23/2015 | 16.00

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.