Okra PicksIsn’t it a little early to pick okra?

SIBA Announces the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.

(Columbia, SC)-It may still be frosty outside but in the South it’s always Okra Season!  Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected a basket full of books for the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. From aliens to debutantes, Barbie dolls to black-eyed peas, these titles highlight just what it is that makes Southern literature great.  All the books have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are Winter/Spring 2010 releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors!

The Okra Picks, 2010 Winter/Spring Edition:

Fiction

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
W.W. Norton, March 2010
9780393057119 $23.95

An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell
Unbridled Books, April 2010
9781936071661, $24.95

Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco, March 2010
9780061804113 $22.99

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
St. Martin’s Press, April 2010
9780312581589, $22.99

Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle
New American Library,  March 2010
9780451229144, $15.00

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler
Grand Central Publishing,  April 2010
9780446540681, $23.99

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, January 2010
9780670021390, $25.95

This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
Viking,  April 2010
9780670021543, $25.95

Nonfiction

Confessions of a Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields
Harpercollins, April 2010
9780399156311, $24.95

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
New South Books, April 2010
9781588382504, $24.95

Gullah Cuisine: By Land and Sea by Charlotte Jenkins and William Baldwin
Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press,  March 2010
9780981873596, $36.95

I Love You, Now Hush by Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy
John F. Blair, February 2010
9780895873781, $16.95

Lincoln on Trial by Burrus M. Carnahan
University of Kentucky Press, February 2010
9780813125695, $30.00

Watch for more Okra Picks promotions.  There will be The Okra Picks Patch at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.  Lady Banks will introduce The Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the February and March issues.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list. SIBA will post at www.sibaweb.com marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers to help them talk up these titles. 
For more information on the Okra Picks program, visit SIBA’s website at www.sibaweb.com/okra.

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.779.0118
Fax: 803.779.0113
www.sibaweb.com