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!
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- Category: Southern Book Prize
Ten years of great southern lit for $9.95!
Bookstores: Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5, SRP $9.95
Consumers: Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.
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)
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
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
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
- Category: Southern Book Prize