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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The 2013 Winter/Spring Okra Picks

Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Winter/Spring Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) January 1, 2013 -- Make a New Year’s Resolution to Read more Okra! The 2013 Winter Spring Okra Picks have been chosen: twelve Southern books, new for the spring publishing season. All have two things in common: they are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that loves each one!

Winter Spring Okra Picks List!

A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks
Farrar Straus Giroux | $14.00 | 9780374146863
Fiction | March 12, 2013

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
St. Martin’s Press | $24.99 | 9781250014528
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group | $16.99 | 9780399160011
Children’s | December 27, 2012

The House Girl by Tara Conklin
William Morrow & Company | $25.99 | 9780062207395
Fiction | February 12, 2013

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Ted and Matt Lee
Clarkson N Potter | $35.00 | 9780307889737
Cooking | February 26, 2013

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
Shannon Ravenel Books | $24.95 | 9781565122550
Fiction | March 26, 2013

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
Touchstone Books | $24.99 | 9781451683363
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco Press | $24.99 | 9780062202710
Fiction | February 19, 2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books | $17.99 | 9780399256929
Young Adult | February 12, 2013

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle
Atlantic Monthly Press | $25.00 | 9780802120663
Fiction | February 5, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes
Tyndale House | $13.99 | 9781414366418
Fiction | March 1, 2013

The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin
Berkley | $15.00 | 9780425261057
Fiction | March 5, 2013

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.