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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Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Fall Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) August 9, 2013 -- Okra is always in season in the South, and southern indie booksellers have just picked a peck of new Okra picks--great new southern books, fresh off the vine.  A baker’s dozen of new releases, the fall season of Okra picks all have two things in common: they are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

The Fall 2013 Okra Picks List!

The Alligator Man by James Sheehan
Center Street, $23.00 October

The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Broadway Books, $16.00  September

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Shannon Ravenel Books, $25.95 October

Lookaway, Lookaway  by Wilton Barnhardt
St. Martin's Press, $25.99 August

Love & Lament by John Milliken Thompson
Other Press, $15.95 August

Moonrise by Cassandra King
Maiden Lane Press, $26.95 September

Mother of Rain by Karen Spears Zacharias
Mercer University Press, $17.00 September

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press, $26.99 September

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
Bloomsbury, $30.00 November

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow, $26.99 November

The Storied South by William Ferris
UNC Press, $35.00 August

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
William Morrow, $25.99 October

What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays
Egmont USA, $16.99 September

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.