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 Summer Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) April 19, 2013 -- Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books 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 Summer Okra Picks List!

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
Touchstone Books, June 2013 9781451608878

And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9780312610760

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
Grand Central Publishing, June 2013 9781455503254

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson
Walden Pond Press, May 2013 9780062104465

Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
Grove Press, April 2013 9780802121028

In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
Hub City Press, May 2013 9781891885211

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books, May 2013 9780670025831

The Time Between by Karen White
New American Library, June 2013 9780451239860 

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Gallery Books, July, 2013 9781476707723

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Riverhead Books, June 2013 9781594486401

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9781250028655

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.