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!

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

     
Booksellers: The Southern Book Prize Winners could win you $1000!

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!

 

Columbia, SC--The 2010 SIBA Book Award "Long List" has just been released, containing a complete collection of all the eligible books nominated by Southern Independent Booksellers as favorites for 2009.  The list features 101 different books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, cooking, and children's/young adult that are either set in the South or by a southern author (or both!) and were published in 2009.

The long list will be sent as a ballot to SIBA member stores, who will then vote to choose finalists in each of the four categories. A jury of SIBA booksellers will then choose winners in each category. Finalists are announced in April. Winners are announced July.

The 2010 SIBA Book Award Long List

children's & young adult

A Certain Strain of Peculiar Gigi Amateau Candlewick
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen Viking
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl Little Brown
Black Angels Linda Beatrice Brown Putnam
Change Up: Baseball Poems Gene Fehler Clarion
Eli the Good Silas House Candlewick
Gone From These Woods Donna Bailey Seagraves Delacorte Press
Me with You Kristy Dempsey Philomel
Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls Lucy Nolan Sylvan Dell
Peter and the Sword of Mercy Dave Barry Hyperion
Road to Tater Hill Edith Hemingway Delacorte Press
Ruined A Ghost Story Paula Morris Scholastic
Scat Carl Hiaasen Alfred A. Knopf
Shackles Marjory Wentworth & Leslie Pratt Thomas Legacy Publications
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic
Soap Soap Soap Elizabeth O. Dulemba Raven Tree
Swamp Song Helen Ketteman Marshall Cavendish
The Secret World of Walter Anderson Hester Bass Candlewick
When the Whistle Blows Fran Slayton Penguin

cooking

Chefs of the Triangle Ann Prospero John F. Blair
Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook Chris Hastings Running Press
In the Cracker Kitchen Janis Owens Scribner
Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book John Perrine University of KY
My New Orleans: The Cookbook John Besh Andrews McMeel
Southern Farmer's Market Cookbook Holly Herrick Gibbs Smith
Sweet Carolina: Favorite Desserts and Candies from te Old North State Foy Allen Edelman UNC Press
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook Sam Beall Clarkson Potter
The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern Ted & Matt Lee Clarkson Potter

fiction

A Good Man Larry Baker Ice Cube Books
A Quiet Belief in Angels R J Ellory Overlook
A Separate Country Robert Hicks Grand Central Publishing
A Twisted Ladder Rhodi Hawk Forge
Accidental Bestseller Wendy Wax Berkley
Ancestors & Others Fred Chapell St. Martins
At Home on Ladybug Farm Donna Ball Berkley
Crowing Glory Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells Harpercollins
Dead Weight Batt Humphreys Joggling Board Press
Devil's Punchbowl Greg Iles Scribner
Driftwood Summer Patti Callahan Henry New America Library
Education of Chauncey Doolittle James Everett Kibler Pelican
Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews Harpercollins
Girl on Legare Street Karen White NAL
Going Away Shoes Jill McCorkle Algonquin
Hell Robert Olen Butler Grove Press
If By Whiskey Quentin Whitwell Coldwater
Judas Kiss JT Ellison Mira
Last Light Over Carolina Mary alice monroe Pocket Books
Long Story Short Marianne Gingher UNC Press
Nuclear Jellyfish Tim Dorsey Morrow
One Second After William Fortschen Macmillan/Forge
Rebel Yell Alice Randall Bloomsbury Publishing
Reefer Moon Roger Pinckney Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Saints in Limbo River Jordan Waterbrook
Sand Sharks Margaret Maron Grand Central Publishing
Saving Cicadas Nicole Seitz Thomas Nelson
Secret Keepers Mindy Friddle St. Martins
Secrets She Left Behind Diane Chamberlain Mira
Silent Killer Beverly Barton Kensington/Zebra
Sound of Building Coffins Louis Maistros Toby Press
South of Broad Pat Conroy Nan A Talese
Southern Cross Skip Horack Mariner Books
Swallow Savannah Ken Burger Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Tender Graces Kathryn Magendie Belle Bridge Books
The Better Part of Darkness Kelly Gay Pocket Books
The Campfire Boys Philip Lee Williams Mercer University Press
The Confederate General Rides North Amanda Gable Scribner
The Girl on Legare Street Karen White New America Library
The Help Kathryn Stockett Putnam
The Last Child John Hart Minotaur
The Ocean Inside Janna McMahan Kensington/Zebra
Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts NM Kelby Borealis Books
Widow and the Tree Sonny Brewer Macadam/Cage
Wyatt's Revenge H. Terrell Griffin Oceanview Publishing

nonfiction

A Good Mule is Hard to Find Kirk Neely Hub City Writers' Project
Book of Dads Ben George Harpercollins
Caveat Onus Dave Brinks Black Widow Press
Coral Castle Rust McClure Ternary Publisers
Don't Say I Didn't Warn You: Kids' Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse Anita Renfro Hyperion
Education of Mr. Mayfield David Magee John F. Blair
Give My Poor Heart Ease William Ferris UNC Press
Hard Work Roy Williams Algonquin
Hauntings in My Head Angela Burke CreateSpace
Hidden History of Greenville Alexia Helsley History Press
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts Neil White Morrow
It Gives a Lovely Light a Biography of Chelsea Groves Victor Whelan Eloquent Books
Just Passin Thru Winton Porter Menasha Ridge
Legends of the Natchez City Cemetery, the Most Interesting Cemetery in the South Don Estes Don Estes
Long Snapper Jeffrey Marx Harpercollins
Mayhem in Mayberry Brian Lee Knopp Cosmic Pigbite Press
Most They Ever Had Rick Bragg macadam/cage
On Rocky Top Clay Travis It Books
Outcasts United Warren St. John Spiegel & Grau
Rising Sea Orrin Pilkey Shearwater Books
Soul Tree Laura Hope-Gill Grateful Steps
Splendid Isolation Pamela Bauer Mueller Piata Publishing
Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life Doug Elliot History Press
Through the Glorieta Pass Lavonne Adams Pearl Editions
Undaunted Heart Suzy Barile Eno Publishers
Yoknapatawpha, Images and Voices George Stewart USC Press
You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning Celia Rivenbark St. Martins
Zeitoun David Eggers McSweeneys

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

Ten years of great southern lit for $9.95!

Ordering Information:

Bookstores: Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5, SRP $9.95

Consumers: Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

Play a sample puzzle online!

 

How well do you know your Southern lit? We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature.

Hey, wait. . .where are the answers?!?

(click on a title to see the solution to the puzzles found in the book)

2009:
Serena, Ron Rash
Dear Darkness, Kevin Young
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, Martha Hall Foose
The Prince of Frogtown, Rick Bragg
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
Two Bobbies, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery

2008:
Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen
The House On Boulevard Street, David Kirby
A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, Jean Anderson
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Deep in the Swamp, Donna Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies

2007:
Alabama Moon, Watt Key
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, Amy Sedaris
Keep and Give Away, Susan Meyers
Thirteen Moons, Charles Frazier
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Charles J. Shields

2006:
Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson
What Travels with Us, Darnell Arnoult
Being Dead is No Excuse, Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays
Marley & Me, John Grogan
Rosa, Nikki Giovanni

2005:
Saints at the River, Ron Rash
We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, Celia Rivenbark
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, Frank Stitt
A Companion for Owls, Maurice Manning
Peter & the Starcatcher, Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

2004:
Lunch at the Piccadilly, Clyde Edgerton
The GRITS Guide to Life, Deborah Ford
The Gift of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis
Locales, Fred Chappell (Editor)
How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long

2003:
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
My Losing Season, Pat Conroy
The Foster’s Market Cookbook, Sara Foster
Catching Light, Kathryn Stripling Byer
Hoot!, Carl Hiaasen

2002:
The Bridge, Doug Marlette
Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg
How Animals Saved the People, J.J. Reneaux

2001:
Jim the Boy, Tony Earley
Somebody Told Me, Rick Bragg
Zinc Fingers, Peter Meinke
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

2000:
Look Back All the Green Valley, Fred Chappell
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
elegy for the southern drawl, Rodney Jones
Bugs & Critters I Have Known, Ann Heiskell Rickey

1999:
The Next Step in the Dance, Tim Gautreaux
Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
Someone Will Go On Owing, Andrew Glaze
Out of the Ocean, Debra Frasier