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.

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Announcing the Fall 2012 Okra Picks

For Immediate Release: Fall harvest of Okra Picks is in!

(Columbia, SC) August 20, 2012 -- A bumper crop of Southern books have been chosen for the Fall 2012 Okra Picks -- great southern books, fresh off the vine -- has just been released. Fifteen new books, publishing between August and December, that 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 2012 Okra Picks List!

American Ghost by Janis Owens
Scribner Book Company, October 2012
$25.00 | 9781451674637

Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang
Southern Living/Oxmoor House, October 2012
$29.95 | 9780848736538

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau
Candlewick Press, September 2012
$16.99 | 9780763647926

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb
Thomas Nelson Publishers, August 2012
$22.99 | 9781595555052

Gone by Randy Wayne White
Putnam, September 2012
$25.95 | 9780399158490

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
Mysterious Press, October 2012
$25.00 | 9780802120465

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits by Jean Anderson
University of North Carolina Press, August 2012
$24.00 | 9780807837245

Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
Tyndale House Publishers, August 2012
$13.99 | 9781414368429

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart
Gibbs Smith Publishers, November 2012
$45.00 | 9781423602750

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
William Morrow & Company, August 2012
$14.99 | 9780062198891

Palmetto Blood: A Mystery by Reed Bunzel
High Country Publishers, September 2012
$16.95 | 9781932158441

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, September 2012
$17.99 | 9780062110626

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group, December 2012
$16.99 | 9780399252136

Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, October 2012
$14.99 | 9781442430525

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell
Dzanc Books, August 2012
$15.95 | 9781936873722

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.