Book Award Deadlines

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?

Click here for the online nomination form

Where can I see a list of currently nominated titles?

Click here to see a list of current nominations (2014 Nominations Coming Soon)

Downloadable Book Award GraphicsLogos and badges:   Click here for badges to put on your website!

SIBA Book Award FinalistsAnnouncing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

(Columbia, SC)  May 12, 2014 -- The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-two books on the 2014 list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.


 

 

 

Fiction FinalistsFiction


Guests on Earth by Lee Smith (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly (William Morrow & Company)
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)





 

 

 

 

Nonfiction FinalistsNonfiction


The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese)
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (Crown Publishing Group)
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone Books)
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Company)

 

 








 

Cooking FinalistsCooking


A Passion for Bread by Lionel Vatinet (Little, Brown and Company)
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Matt & Ted Lee (Clarkson Potter)
Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey by John Currence (Andrews McMeel)








 


 

Poetry FinalistsPoetry


The Book of Goodbyes by  Jillian   Weise   ( BOA Editions Ltd.)
Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers    by Cathy Bowers (Press 53)
Concertina by Joseph Bathanti  (Mercer University Press)
Voodoo for the Other Woman by Angela Kelly (Hub City Press)




 

 

 

 



 

Children's FinalistsChildren's


The Girl from Felony Bay by J. E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)
The Mischievians by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean (HarperCollins)








 


 

Young Adult FinalistsYoung Adult


The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer + Bray)
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children’s Books)
Theodore Boone:  The Activist by John Grisham (Dutton Books)











 

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

SIBA Book AwardWhat do you think are the best Southern books of the year?

This month SIBA Booksellers opened their mail to discover the annual "long ballot" of titles nominated for the 2014 SIBA Book Awards. These are books that they and their customers have nominated as the best Southern books of the previous year. Right now, they are poring over the list of over eighty different titles, picking their favorites from each of six different categories. The results of their choices will determine the finalists for each category.

Which would you pick?

Book Title Author's First Name Author's Last Name Publisher
CHILDRENS      
Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows A.J. Hartley Razorbill
The Girl From Felony Bay J E Thompson Walden Pond Press
Little Red Writing Joan Holub Chronicle
Mama Harris' Fried Pie Army Richard Mandell T. Eliot Press
The Mischievians William Joyce Atheneum Books for Young Readers
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Tameka Fryer Brown Penguin
Paperboy Vince Vawter Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses James Dean HarperCollins
COOKING      
A Passion For Bread Lionel Vatinet Little, Brown and Company
Bobby Deen's Everyday Eats Bobby Deen Ballantine Books
Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way John Besh Andrews McMeel Publishing
Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life Patricia Moore-Pastides University of South Carolina Press
Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Matt Lee & Ted Lee Clarkson Potter
Pickels, Pigs, & Whiskey John Currence Andrews McMeel Publishing
Southern My Way: Food & Family Gena Knox Gena Knox Media
FICTION      
A Different Sun Elaine Neil Orr Berkley Publishing
A Murder in Passing Mark De Castrique Poisoned Pen Press
A Place at the Table Susan Rebecca White Touchstone
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion Fannie Flagg Random House
The Alligator Man James Sheehan Center Street
And Then I Found You Patti Callahan Henry St. Martin's Press
Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen Knopf
Blood of Heaven Kent Wascom Grove
Calling Me Home Julie Kibler St. Martin's Press
The Check Out Richard Lester self
Duel of the Heart Rose Tomlin Evening Post Books
The Funeral Dress Susan Gregg Gilmore Broadway Books
Governor's Lady Robert Inman John F. Blair
Guest House Erika Marks NAL
Guests on Earth Lee Smith Shannon Ravenel Books
Harlow David Armand Texas Review Press
Hatteras moon Stephen March Koehler
Heart of Palm Laura Lee Smith Grove Press
I Want to Show YOu More Jamie Quatro Grove Press
In the Garden of Stone Susan Tekulve Hub City Press
Kara Was Here William Conescu Soft Skull
King's Mountain Sharyn McCrumb St. Martin's Press
The Kings and Queens of Roam Daniel Wallace Touchstone
Ladies' Night Mary Kay Andrews St. Martin's Press
Life After Life Jill McCorkle Algonquin
Lookaway, Lookaway Wilton Barnhardt St. Martin's Press
Looking For Me Beth Hoffman Pamela Dorman Books
Love & Lament John Milliken Thompson Other Press
Lowcountry Bombshell Susan Boyer Henery Press
The Maid's Version Daniel Woodrell Little Brown
Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble Ann Ross Viking
Moonrise Cassandra King Maiden Lane Press
Most educated idiot I know Dean Roughton Createspae
Mother of Rain Karen Spears Zacharias Mercer University Press
Mrs. Poe Lynn Cullen Gallery Books
Necessary Lies Diane Chamberlain St Martins
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories Ron Rash Ecco
Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys Philomel
The Prayer Box Lisa Wingate Tyndale House
RipTide Ultra Glide Tim Dorsey Harper
Someone Else's Love Story Joshilyn Jackson William Morrow
The Summer Boy Henri Mitchell Alfie Dog Limited
Summer Girls Mary Alice Monroe Gallery Books
The Sweetest Hallelujah Elaine Hussey Harlequin MIRA
Sycamore Row John Grisham Doubleday
The Next Time You See Me Holly Goddard Jones Touchstone
Three-Day Affair Michael Kardos Mysterious Press
The Tilted World Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly William Morrow
The Time Between Karen White NAL Hardcover
Waiting in Deep Sandi Denkers America Star Books
Wash Margaret Wrinkle Grove Press
Whistling Past the Graveyard Susan Crandall Gallery Books
The Wisdom of Hair Kim Boykin Berkley Trade
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul Bob Shacchis Atlantic Monthly Press
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Anton Disclafani Riverhead Hardcover
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler St. Martin's Press
NONFICTION      
The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel Grand Central Publishing
The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight Winston Groom National Geographic
Braving the Flame Jessica Handler St. Martin's
The Chattooga River Laura Ann Garren History Press
The Death of Santini Pat Conroy Random House
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Bruce Levine Random House
Finding Florida TD Allman Atlantic Monthly Press
Five Days at Memorial Sheri Fink Random House
The Girls of Atomic City Denise Kiernan Touchstone
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris Little Brown
The Men We Reaped Jesmyn Ward Bloomsbury
More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte Mary White University of South Carolina Press
The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking, and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing Robbin Phillips Wiley
Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History Paul Schneider Henry Holt and Co
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion Robert Gordon Bloomsbury
Second Bud Martha Ezzard Mercer
Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle Si Robertson Howard Books
State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love Aida Rogers University of South Carolina Press
The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists William Ferris The University of North Carolina Press
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett Harper
What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs Cat Warren Touchstone
POETRY      
The Book of Goodbyes Jillian Weise BOA Editions Ltd.
Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers Cathy Bowers Press 53
Concertina Joseph Bathanti Mercer
Voodoo for the Other Woman Angela Kelly Hub City Press
YOUNG ADULT      
13th Sign Kristin O'Donnell Tubb Feiwel & Friends
The Madman's Daughter Megan Shepherd Balzer + Bray
The Moon and More Sarah Dessen Viking Juvenile
Prisoner B-3087 Alan Gratz Scholastic
Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel Beth Revis Razorbill
Theodore Boone: The Activist John Grisham Dutton Juvenile
Tower of the Five Orders Deron Hicks Houghton Mifflin
What I Came to Tell You Tommy Hays Egmont USA