SIBA Book Award
Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn't stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.
In 2017, the SIBA Book Award became The Southern Book Prize and implemented The Conroy Legacy Award to honor one of the region's most enduring, iconic writers and to recognize Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.
WHICH BOOKS CAN BE NOMINATED
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or 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. Stores may also 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?
Enter your choices on our online nomination form.
WHAT IS THE CONROY LEGACY AWARD?
The Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:
- Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
- Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
- Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.
The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.
I'M A PUBLISHER/AUTHOR/BOOKSELLER: HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Follow the links below to learn more. Mark your calendars now for important nomination deadlines and announcements!
Logos and badges: Click here for badges to put on your website!
Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 15-17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show. Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000 This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!
Announcing 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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
- Category: Southern Book Prize
What 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Guests on Earth||Lee||Smith||Shannon Ravenel Books|
|Harlow||David||Armand||Texas Review Press|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|The Book of Goodbyes||Jillian||Weise||BOA Editions Ltd.|
|Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers||Cathy||Bowers||Press 53|
|Voodoo for the Other Woman||Angela||Kelly||Hub City Press|
|13th Sign||Kristin||O'Donnell Tubb||Feiwel & Friends|
|The Madman's Daughter||Megan||Shepherd||Balzer + Bray|
|The Moon and More||Sarah||Dessen||Viking Juvenile|
|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|
- Category: Southern Book Prize