The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Go Set a Watchman Soil My Sunshine Away The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law A Pattern of Lies Bull Mountain Don't Go Home Lowcountry Boneyard

The Beach Music Mystery Prize
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)

Where All the Light Tends to Go The Bone Tree Descent Rogue Lawyer The Scribe

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)
The Bone Tree
 by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent
 by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
Rogue Lawyer
 by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe
 by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)

Above the Waterfall Welcome to Braggsville New and Improved Romie Futch Calloustown

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)
New and Improved Romie Futch
 by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
Calloustown
 by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162) 

Dispatches from Pluto Leaving Orbit My Southern Journey Our Only World The World is on Fire

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, 9780848746391)
Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024885)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

Barefoot to Avalon Jacksonland Don't Suck, Don't Die Sam Phillips The World's Largest Man

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

Foster The Southerner's Cookbook Sunday Dinner Go SeThe Jemima Codet a Watchman Soulfood Love

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by the editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, 9780062242419)
Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bridgette A. Lacy (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622453)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)

Hamster Princess Serafina and the Black Cloak Yard War Seeds of Freedom

The Poppy’s Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
 by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)

Anything Could Happen The Odds of Getting Even Mosquitoland The Wrath and the Dawn

The Poppy’s Pants Young Adult Prize
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Wrath and the Dawn
 by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)

For more information about the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, visit
http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

Okra PicksA basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

(Columbia, SC) – Spring may be the time to plant, but Southern indie booksellers are already harvesting a new crop of Okra Picks. The 2016 Spring Okra Picks have just been selected–a basketful of a dozen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know–Southern independent booksellers. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between April and June, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Spring Okra Picks   

Lies and Other Acts of Love Chasing the North Star Raymie Nightingale The Other Widow

Lies and Other Acts of Love 
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Berkley Books, April 2016          
Fiction, 9781101987063

Chasing the North Star
by Robert Morgan
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, April 2016
Fiction, 9781565126275

Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, April 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780763681173

The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford
William Morrow & Company, April 2016
Fiction, 9780062362889

Julia Reed's South Over the Plain Houses Redemption Road Lily and Dunkin

Julia Reed's South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long
by Julia Reed
Rizzoli International Publications, April 2016
Cooking, 9780847848287

Over the Plain Houses
by Julia Franks
Hub City Press, May 2016
Fiction, 9781938235214

Redemption Road
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9780312380366

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553536744

Highly Illogical Behavior Last Ride to Graceland Field of Graves A Thousand Miles to Nowhere

Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
Dial Books, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780525428183

Last Ride to Graceland
by Kim Wright
Gallery Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9781501100789

Field of Graves
by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780778318927

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
by John Gregory Brown
Lee Boudreaux Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780316302807

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

SIBA in the Springtime! Day of Education
Chastain J / Westin Peachtree Hotel

GABBS2016Tuesday, March 1, 2016 –9AM – 5PM
Exploring the Science & the Art of Bookselling

Cost:  $99 Day of Education (Free to SIBA Members – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for member code)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

9-9:30 – Continental Breakfast, Welcome, and Housekeeping

9:30 - 10:30 - ABACUS South
SIBA needs your help! Learn how to easily provide the data that can help both your store and SIBA as a whole make important business decisions.  SIBA President Jill Hendrix will explain what ABACUS South is, why it’s important, and how you can help.

10:45 – 12:20 – Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do
Data from a recent study, commissioned by ABA, suggests that the localism movement is now at a transition point, ​and that indie booksellers, indie retailers, and our colleagues in the Shop Local/Local First movement ​have an opportunity to refocus their efforts and bring about real change in public policy and perception. During this session, ABA will report on the Civic Economics study "Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail," and provide important resources and data to empower everyone connected with independent bookselling to communicate the “new” localism message to colleagues, customers, community members, elected officials, and the media.

12:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch w/ Kate DiCamillo, author of Raymie Nightingale with Q&A followed by discussion of One Book, One South, Jr.
Lady Banks (Nicki Leone) will walk booksellers through our plans for One Book, One South, Jr. and how booksellers can make the most of this opportunity.  Anyone can participate so don’t be limited by the southern borders.

2:45 -4:45 PM – ABA Spring Forum
CEO Teicher will lead an open forum and discussion of industry issues. Attendees help guide the agenda of the forum, so please come with questions and comments.

4:50 -5 PM – Ten in Ten with Shane Gottwals 
In ten minutes, Master Bookseller Shane Gottwals, of Gottwals Books, will share the ten tips for making the most of the Great American Bargain Book Show.  You don’t want to miss this!

GABBS Education Wednesday, March 2
8:45 – 10 AM – The Economics of Publishing and How They Impact Booksellers 
Directly up the escalator near the GABBS Registration Booth.


In this detailed and informative financial session, George Gibson, Publishing Director, Bloomsbury USA will walk booksellers through the Profit and Loss statement of a new trade title and, in the process, will introduce booksellers to the key financial realities of publishing and delineate the many factors that affect both the bookstore channel and consumers. Such important P&L line items as suggested retail price, production costs, marketing, and returns will be discussed, as well as broader themes that impact the day-to-day cost of publishing, including the rise of e-books and the implications on reprint decisions.  ABA board member Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books, NC, will moderate this session and facilitate the discussion following the presentation.

Thursday, March 3
8-10 AM – Reviving the Resource Roundtable Breakfast
Directly up the escalator near the GABBS Registration Booth.
Enjoy continental breakfast while veteran booksellers rotate from table to table each discussing a variety of topics relevant to you.  Topics include:

Making the Most of GABBS
Remainder Buying Strategies
Boosting Book Sales through Forging Institutional & Community Partnerships
Trends in Bookselling
Edelweiss Tips & Tricks for Raising Your Profile with Publishers
Crowd Funding
Gifts Galore
Insider Tips on How to Use TS360

 

1-3 PM – Field Trips to the Gift Market
Meet at the SIBA Booth # 510
Veteran bookseller Kim McNamara will escort a group around the Gift Market. They will share their tips and tricks and leave you wanting more.  


Friday, March 4
9 -11 AM– Field Trips to GABBS
Meet at the SIBA Booth # 510
Veteran booksellers Kim McNamara & Shane Gottwals will escort a group around GABBS.  These are booksellers who deliver affordable books at a great profit via GABBS.  They will share their tips and tricks and leave you wanting more.  

One Book, One South, JrThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is partnering with Candlewick Press to bring readers One Book, One South, Jr. – a Southern-wide “one book” event featuring Raymie Nightingale, the newest book by the award-winning and much beloved author, Kate DiCamillo. Raymie Nightingale is the first children's book to be selected for SIBA's One Book, One South program (hence the "Jr."), and in addition to the target audience of 10 and up, SIBA feels the book has a great crossover appeal.

Raymie Nightingale releases on April 12, 2016 and will be the subject of a coordinated promotion across SIBA member bookstores, both in-store and online, culminating in a Facebook event on May 6, 2016 capping off Children’s Book Week.  In the period leading up to the Q&A, bookstores will encourage their customers to submit questions in advance, reach out to librarians and teachers in their communities, and feature the book in their own newsletters and displays. Kate DiCamillo and Raymie Nightingale will be featured in SIBA’s popular newsletter for Southern literature, Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book in the weeks leading up to the Facebook event.

“We’re very excited about One Book, One South, Jr. and Kate DiCamillo’s participation,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “SIBA believes that independent bookstores are vital to the success of any book, and when they get behind one they love, there is no stopping them. Raymie Nightingale is that kind of a book.”

About the Book:

Three girls. One summer. The friendship that rescues them all.

Raymie NightingaleRaymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town three days ago with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

About Kate DiCamillo:

Kate DiCamilloKate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal for "the outstanding contribution for children's literature." Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of Despereaux, 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie,2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress.
Because of Winn Dixie won the 2001 SIBA Book Award for Children. It has appeared on the Southern Bestseller list as has The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy and The Magician’s Elephant.  Kate DiCamillo has appeared on the Southern Indie Bestseller List over 50 weeks. 

A southern sister, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information, contact Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving up a helping of the Winter 2016 Okra Picks!

Okra PicksPreachers and pornographers, prisoners and protesters, conspirators and country shop keepers. . .these are just some of the cast of characters you’ll find in yet another season of fantastically varied and nutritional southern literature. The 2016 Winter Okra Picks have just been selected by southern independent booksellers – a spicy and seasoned helping of thirteen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know.

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publish between January and March, 2016, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Winter Okra Picks

The Third Reconstruction Fallen Land A Mysterious Life & Calling The Feathered Bone

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
by Reverend William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Beacon Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780807083604

Fallen Land
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin’s Press, January 2016
Fiction, 9781250077974

A Mysterious Life & Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina
by Rev. Charlotte S. Riley, edited by Crystal Lucky
University of Wisconsin Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780299306748 

The Feathered Bone
by Julie Cantrell
Thomas Nelson, January 2016
Fiction, 9780718037628

Forsaken The Secret to Hummingbird Cake My Father, the Pornographer The Opposite of Everyone

Forsaken
by Ross Howell Jr.
NewSouth, February 2016
Fiction, 9781588383174

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
by Celeste Fletcher McHale
Thomas Nelson, February 2016
Fiction, 9780718039561

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt
Atria Books, February 2016
Nonfiction, 9781501112461

The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062105684

No Shred of Evidence The Serpent King Hanging Mary No One Knows Dimestore

No Shred of Evidence
by Charles Todd
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062386182

The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553524024

Hanging Mary
by Susan Higginbotham
Sourcebooks Landmark, March 2016
Fiction, 9781492613626

No One Knows
by J.T. Ellison
Gallery Books, March 2016
Fiction, 9781501118470

Dimestore
by Lee Smith
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, March 2016
Nonfiction, 9781616205027

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.