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

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

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

SIBA Book Award

(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards. 

Jo MacDonald Saw a PondChildren’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

“A delightful riff on ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’” -- Books Plus

Blurp. Croak. Quack. What is making those sounds? Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on her grandfather's farm. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises.  Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond community. And check out the outdoor activities and games in the back, sure to encourage young naturalists at home and school.  

The New Southern Garden CookbookCooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)

“This book helped me make the most of my vegetable garden!” --Quarter Moon Books and Gifts

In The New Southern Garden Cookbook, well-known food writer Sheri Castle aims to make "what's in season" the answer to "what's for dinner?" This timely cookbook, with dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals centered on the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and in most of the rest of the nation as well.

Iron HouseFiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)

“I enjoyed Iron House because it had so much more to offer the reader than ‘whodunit.’  John Hart is southern mystery writing at its best.”  -- The Country Bookshop

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame with him. Twenty years later--a seasoned killer--he returns to North Carolina.

Lions of the WestNonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
“I really appreciate Mr. Morgan's distinction that the historical figures through which he delves into the westward expansion weren't all ‘hero’, nor all ‘villain’, but usually a mixture of both.”  -- The Fountainhead Bookstore

From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries.

Abandoned QuarryPoetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)

Lane's poetry is rich with love of place and environment.”  --City Lights Bookstore

Abandoned Quarry is a collection of poems by one of the South's most admired environmental writers. The collection makes available for the first time under one cover poems from a dozen full collections and chapbooks. The poems range in subject matter through relationships, nature, improvisational pieces, and rants about the strangeness of the modern condition.

Darwen Arkwright andthe Peregrine PactYoung Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

“Takes place in Atlanta Georgia, and incorporates fantasy along with the real struggles of being a teen in a new place, adjusting to a new school, and a new culture.” –Fountainhead Bookstore

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!  Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Scrobblers on motorbikes with nets big enough to fit a human boy. Gnashers with no eyes, but monstrous mouths full of teeth. Flittercrakes with bat-like bodies and the faces of men! Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school.

The Winners!

Children’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) Cooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Fiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Poetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Young Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

 

SIBA Book AwardFor Immediate Release: 2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced


(Columbia, SC) April 23, 2012 --  The judges on the Pulitzer committee may have been unable to make up their minds, but we don't think that will be a problem here in SIBA territory, where the finalists for the 2012 SIBA Book Award have been announced. There are twenty-six books on the list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

Children
Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (HarperCollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell)
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

Cooking
Basic to Brilliant Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Well, Shut My Mouth by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)

Fiction
The Beach Trees by Karen White (New American Library)
The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)

Nonfiction
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius (University of Georgia Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Poetry
Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)

Young Adult
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley (Razorbill)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." The finalists and winners will be honored at the 2012 SIBA Trade Show in Naples, Florida, September 8.

For more information contact
Wanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
803.995.9530
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