SIBA Book Award
Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin.
What books can be nominated?
Books are nominated in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.
Who can nominate a book?
Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers . But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.
How do I nominate a book?
Where can I see a list of currently nominated titles?
Click here to see a list of current nominations (2014 Nominations Coming Soon)
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Over one hundred titles made the 2015 SIBA Book Award "Long List" -- all books that made somebody's "best of the year" list in Southern literature. Books were nominated in five categories: Children's, Cooking, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. To be eligible the nominee had to be a book that was Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, or both. And the nomination had to come via a Southern Independent Bookstore.
Bookstores that are members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will vote on the long list to determine the finalists in each category by April 1. Finalists are then judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers, and the winners in each category will be announced on July 4, 2015, "Independents Day."
For more information about the SIBA Book Awards, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award
|A Bird on Water Street||Elizabeth O. Dulemba||Little Pickle Press||9781939775054||5/7/2014||Children's|
|A Snicker of Magic||Natalie Lloyd||Scholastic||9780545552707||2/25/2014||Children's|
|Brown Girl Dreaming||Jacqueline Woodson||Nancy Paulsen Books||9780399252518||8/28/2014||Children's|
|Hostie||Kate Sally Palmer||Warbranch||9780966711493||10/14/2014||Children's|
|Map to Everywhere||Carrie Ryan||Little, Brown and Company||9780316240772||11/4/2014||Children's|
|Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House||Eric Litwin||Little, Brown and Company||9780316322447||7/29/2014||Children's|
|The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing||Sheila Turnage||Kathy Dawson Books||9780803736719||2/4/2014||Children's|
|Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen||Francine Bryson||Clarkson Potter||9780804185783||9/9/2014||Cooking|
|BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Store Cookbook||Alexe Van Bueren||Clarkson Potter||9780385345002||3/18/2014||Cooking|
|Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything||Donald Link||Clarkson Potter||9780770433185||2/25/2014||Cooking|
|Drink the Harvest||Nan Chase||Storey||9781612121598||6/1/2014||Cooking|
|Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters||Pam Brandon (and Heather McPherson, Kat Farmand)e||University Press of Florida||9780813060156||9/30/2014||Cooking|
|Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook||Perre Coleman Magness||St. Martin's Griffin||9781250047298||9/9/2014||Cooking|
|Southern Holidays||Debbie Moose||UNC Press||9781469617893||9/15/2014||Cooking|
|The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region||Marcie Cohen Ferris||UNC Press||9781469617688||9/22/2014||Cooking|
|The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants and the Recipes That Made Them Famous||Chris Chamberlain||Thomas Nelson||9781401605025||9/9/2014||Cooking|
|The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen||Jennifer Chandler||Thomas Nelson||9781401605216||10/1/2014||Cooking|
|Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment||Nancy Vienneau||Thomas Nelson||9781401605179||6/17/2014||Cooking|
|A Far Gone Night||John Carenen||Neverland Publishing||9780990314851||9/8/2014||Fiction|
|A Long Time Gone||Karen White||New American Library||9780451240460||6/3/2014||Fiction|
|A Shelter of Others||Charles White||Fiddleback Press||9780988687257||6/6/2014||Fiction|
|A Southern Girl||John Warley||Story River Books||9781611173918||5/15/2015||Fiction|
|All I Have in This World||Michael Parker||Workman||9781616201623||3/25/2014||Fiction|
|Between Wrecks||George Singleton||Dzanc Books||9781938103797||5/6/2014||Fiction|
|By The Red Glare||Mark Sibley-Jones||USC Press||9781611173994||9/16/2014||Fiction|
|Byrd||Kim Church||Dzanc Books||9781938604522||3/18/2014||Fiction|
|Cancel the Wedding||Carolyn Dingman||HarperCollins||9780062276728||8/5/2014||Fiction|
|Citizens Creek||Lalita Tademy||Atria Books||9781476753034||11/4/2014||Fiction|
|Dollbaby||Laura Lane McNeal||Pamela Dorman Books||9780670014736||7/3/2014||Fiction|
|Don't Ever Look Back||Daniel Friedman||Minotaur||9781250027566||4/22/2014||Fiction|
|Don't Talk to Strangers||Amanda Kyle Williams||Bantam||9780553808094||7/1/2014||Fiction|
|Each Shining Hour: A Novel of Watervalley||Jeff High||New American Library||9780451419279||10/7/2014||Fiction|
|Flying Shoes||Lisa Howorth||Bloomsbury||9781620403013||6/17/2014||Fiction|
|House on Mermaid Point||Wendy Wax||Berkley Publishing Group||9780425263327||7/1/2014||Fiction|
|How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky||Lydia Netzer||St. Martin's Press||9781250047021||7/1/2014||Fiction|
|Hurricane Sisters||Dorothea Benton Frank||William Morrow & Company||9780062132529||6/3/2014||Fiction|
|Ice Garden||Moira Crone||Carolina Wren||9780932112965||10/30/2014||Fiction|
|In the Heart of the Dark Wood||Billy Coffey||Thomas Nelson||9781401690090||10/28/2014||Fiction|
|It Comes in Waves||Erika Marks||New American Library||9780451418869||7/1/2014||Fiction|
|Life Intercepted||Charles Martin||Center Street||9781455554669||9/2/2014||Fiction|
|Limestone Gumption||Bryan Robinson||Five Star||9781432827786||1/22/2014||Fiction|
|Long Man||Amy Greene||Knopf Publishing Group||9780307593436||2/25/2014||Fiction|
|Lost Lake||Sarah Addison Allen||St. Martin's Press||9781250019806||1/21/2014||Fiction|
|Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover||Ann B. Ross||Viking Books||9780670026111||4/8/2014||Fiction|
|Natchez Burning||Greg Iles||William Morrow & Company||9780062311078||4/29/2014||Fiction|
|Palmetto Moon||Kim Boykin||Berkley Publishing Group||9780425272107||8/5/2014||Fiction|
|Queen Elizabeth's Daughter||Anne Barnhill||St. Martin's Press||9780312662127||3/18/2014||Fiction|
|Risky Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery||Mark de Castrique||Poisoned Pen Press||9781464203060||11/4/2014||Fiction|
|Save The Date||Mary Kay Andrews||St. Martin's Press||9781250019691||6/3/2014||Fiction|
|Season of the Dragonflies||Sarah Creech||William Morrow & Company||9780062307521||8/12/2014||Fiction|
|Silent Sister||Diane Chamberlain||St. Martins Press||9781250010711||10/7/2014||Fiction|
|Sister Golden Hair||Darcey Steinke||Tin House Books||9781935639947||10/14/2014||Fiction|
|Something Rich and Strange||Ron Rash||Ecco||9780062349347||11/4/2014||Fiction|
|Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel||Jan Karon||Putnam Adult||9780399167447||9/2/2014||Fiction|
|Southern Heat||David Burnsworth||Five Star||9781432828004||2/19/2014||Fiction|
|Starting Over: Stories||Elizabeth Spencer||Liveright Publishing Corporation||9780871406811||1/13/2014||Fiction|
|Stories We Tell||Patti Callahan Henry||St. Martins Press||9781250040312||6/24/2014||Fiction|
|Summer Wind||Mary Alice Monroe||Gallery Books||9781476709017||6/17/2014||Fiction|
|Tell the World You're a Wildflower||Jennifer Horne||University of Alabama Press||9780817318451||12/3/2014||Fiction|
|The Forsaken||Ace Atkins||Putnam Adult||9780399161797||7/4/2014||Fiction|
|The Girls of August||Anne Rivers Siddons||Grand Central Publishing||9780446527958||7/8/2014||Fiction|
|The Gone Dead Train||Lisa Turner||William Morrow & Company||9780062136190||7/22/2014||Fiction|
|The Invention of Wings||Sue Monk Kidd||Viking Books||9780670024780||1/7/2014||Fiction|
|The Secret of Magic||Deborah Johnson||Amy Einhorn Books||9780399157721||1/21/2014||Fiction|
|The Sheltering||Mark Powell||USC Press||9781611174342||8/12/2014||Fiction|
|The Story Keeper||Lisa Wingate||Tyndale House Publishers||9781414388267||8/15/2014||Fiction|
|The Story of Land and Sea||Katy Simpson Smith||HarperCollins||9780062335944||8/26/2014||Fiction|
|The Whiskey Baron||Jon Sealy||Hub City Press||9781891885747||4/24/2014||Fiction|
|The Wilds||Julia Elliott||Tin House Books||9781935639923||10/14/2014||Fiction|
|This Dark Road to Mercy||Wiley Cash||William Morrow & Company||9780062088253||1/28/2014||Fiction|
|Thorn Tree||Heather Marshall||MP Publishing||9781849823074||7/29/2014||Fiction|
|Three Story House||Courtney Miller Santo||William Morrow & Company||9780062130549||9/25/2014||Fiction|
|Tiger Shrimp Tango||Tim Dorsey||William Morrow & Company||9780062092816||1/28/2014||Fiction|
|To See the Moon Again||Jamie Langston Turner||Berkley Publishing Group||9780425253021||9/2/2014||Fiction|
|Wink of an Eye: A Mystery||Lynn Chandler Willis||Minotaur Books||9781250053190||11/18/2014||Fiction|
|Bearwallow||Jeremy Jones||John F. Blair||9780895876249||6/3/2014||Nonfiction|
|Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence||Elizabeth Lawrence||Duke University Press||9780822357766||9/29/2014||Nonfiction|
|Blessed Experiences||James Clyburn||USC Press||9781611173376||5/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|Call to Action||Jimmy Carter||Simon and Schuster||9781476773957||3/25/2014||Nonfiction|
|Clouds of Glory||Michael Korda||HarperCollins||9780062116291||5/13/2014||Nonfiction|
|Dreaming Bears||J. Michael Holloway||Epicenter Press||9781935347309||5/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|Elemental||Bill Brown||3: A Taos Press||9780984792566||11/3/2014||Nonfiction|
|Everglades||Mac Stone||University Press of Florida||9780813049854||10/14/2014||Nonfiction|
|Factory Man||Beth Macy||Back Bay (Hachette)||9780316231435||7/15/2014||Nonfiction|
|Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches||Renea Winchester||Mercer University Press||9780881465044||9/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story||Rick Bragg||HarperCollins||9780062078223||10/28/2014||Nonfiction|
|Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy||Karen Abbott||HarperCollins||9780062092892||9/2/2014||Nonfiction|
|One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band||Alan Paul||St. Martin's Press||9781250040497||2/18/2014||Nonfiction|
|Poems of the American South||David Biespiel||Everyman's Library||9780375712449||8/5/2014||Nonfiction|
|Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek||Maya Van Wagenen||Dutton Books||9780525426813||4/15/2014||Nonfiction|
|Rebel Yell||S. C. Gwynne||Scribner||9781451673289||9/30/2014||Nonfiction|
|Rough Beast||Tim Peeler||Future Cycle||9781938853555||1/28/2014||Nonfiction|
|Strong Inside||Andrew Maraniss||Vanderbilt University Press||9780826520234||12/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America||Scott Cowen||Palgrave MacMillan||9781137278869||6/10/2014||Nonfiction|
|The Loyal Lieutenant||George Hincapie||William Morrow & Company||9780062330918||5/27/2014||Nonfiction|
|The Only Sounds We Make||Lee Zacharias||Hub City Press||9781938235009||5/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|The Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle||Cassandra King||Maiden Lane Press||9781940210032||5/1/2014||Nonfiction|
|Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir||Frances Mayes||Crown Publishing Group||9780307885913||4/15/2014||Nonfiction|
|Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia||Fiona Ritchie||UNC Press||9781469618227||9/29/2014||Nonfiction|
|Web of Water||John Lane||Hub City Press||9781938235054||4/17/2014||Nonfiction|
|Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South||David Beasley||St. Martin's Press||9781250014665||1/28/2014||Nonfiction|
|And We Stay||Jenny Hubbard||Delacorte||9780385740579||1/28/2014||Young Adult|
|Compulsion||Martina Boone||Simon Pulse||9781481411226||10/28/2014||Young Adult|
|League of Seven||Alan Gratz||Starscape||9780765338228||8/19/2014||Young Adult|
|Revolution||Deborah Wiles||Scholastic||9780545106078||5/27/2014||Young Adult|
|Running from Lions||Julian Vaca||Createspace||9781491204573||7/30/2014||Young Adult|
|Salvage||Alexandra Duncan||Greenwillow Books||9780062220141||4/1/2014||Young Adult|
|Skink: No Surrender||Carl Hiaasen||Knopf Books for Young Readers||9780375870514||9/23/2014||Young Adult|
|The Last Days of California||Mary Miller||Liveright Publishing Corporation||9780871405883||1/20/2014||Young Adult|
|The Sittin' Up||Shelia Moses||Putnam Publishing Group||9780399257230||1/9/2014||Young Adult|
|The Walled City||Ryan Graudin||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers||9780316405058||11/4/2014||Young Adult|
- Category: SIBA Book Award
Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2014 Book Award Winners
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers
(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2014 SIBA Book Awards. Selected as the best in their category by a juried panel of booksellers, each of the following titles showcases what Southern Indie Bookstores think is the finest in the tradition of Southern storytelling for the year.
- Children’s Winner: The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)
- Cooking Winner: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence (Andrews McMeel)
- Fiction Winner: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)
- Nonfiction Winner: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (Crown)
- Poetry Winner: The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers by Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53)
- Young Adult Winner: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile)
More about the winners:
Children’s Winner: The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)
The last year has been rougher than sandpaper for Abbey Force and her dad. He’s in a coma after his accident a year back, wherein he was framed for a terrible crime he didn’t commit. And their home, Reward Plantation, an idyllic spot on the eastern coast of South Carolina, had to be sold to pay off his debt to society. Abbey is stuck living with her uncle Charlie, who, even in the few hours a day when he’s sober, ain’t exactly your ideal parental role model.
But it turns out the new family that moved into Abbey’s old house has a daughter named Bee. And she’s just as curious about all the No Trespassing signs and holes being dug out by Felony Bay, in the corner of what used to be Abbey’s home. It appears someone’s been poking around a mystery that dates all the way back to the Civil War—and it just might be the same someone who framed Abbey’s dad.
Cooking Winner: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence (Andrews McMeel)
Chef John Currence would rather punch you in the mouth with his fantastic flavors than poke you in the eye with fancy presentation. In his first cookbook, Currence gives you 130 recipes organized by 10 different techniques, such as Boiling/Simmering, Slathering, Pickling/Canning, Roasting/Braising, Muddling/Stirring, Brining/Smoking, and Baking/Spinning, just to name a few. John's fun-loving personality rings true throughout the book with his personal stories and history, and his one-of-a-kind recipes for Pickled Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain Guinness Mustard, Deep South "Ramen" with a Fried Poached Egg, Rabbit Cacciatore, Smoked Endive, Fire-Roasted Cauliflower, and Kitchen Sink Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Each recipe has a song pairing with it and the complete list can be downloaded at spotify.com. Over 100 documentary-style color photographs by photographer Angie Mosier complete this stunning look at the South.
Fiction Winner: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)
“Fall in love with spunky Starla Claudelle, who runs away from a strict grandmother in 1963 Mississippi to find the mother she hasn't seen since she was three. As she journeys with a black woman named Eula, Starla has her eyes opened to larger issues of race and segregation. This wonderful novel will be devoured by book clubs and will cause every parent who finishes it to immediately find and hug their children. -Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction” -- Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
Nonfiction Winner: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (Crown)
Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.
Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.
Poetry Winner: The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers by Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53)
Hardship, cruelty, heartbreak, bleak sorrow—these sad themes are plentiful in the pages of Cathy Smith Bowers. But in its smoldering heart, her poetry holds, like the piñata in “The Party,” a “sweet, dark center.” — Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina
Young Adult Winner: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile)
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.
- Category: SIBA Book Award