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Okra Picks are a bushel of fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction. Southern readers love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season.

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July 1, 2019

Okra Picks(Asheville, NC) –Southern indie booksellers have announced their 2019 Summer Okra Picks, a baker’s dozen of the titles they are most looking forward to telling their customers to try. Taken together, the Okra Picks are not your average summer reading list – each book was chosen because it is Southern in nature and has devoted fans in the Southern indie bookselling community. The Summer Okra Picks release in July, August, and September, and every book on the list has a Southern bookseller ready to put it in the hands of readers with that most exciting phrase in the English language, “You’ve got to read this!
Southern independent bookstores – we grow good books!

Late MigrationsThe Last List of Miss Judith KrattThe Substitution Order
The Nickel BoysNever Have I EverBook Charmer
Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl
Milkweed Editions, July 2019
The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
Sourcebooks Landmark, July 2019
The Substitution Order by Martin Clark
Knopf, July 2019
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Doubleday, July 2019
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow, July 2019
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins
Gallery Books, July 2019

Sing a SongStayThe Yellow House
Sing a Song by Kelly Starling Lyons, Keith Mallett (Illus.)
Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2019
Stay by Bobbie Pyron
Katherine Tegen Books, August 2019
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Grove Press, August 2019

My Jasper JuneThe Edge of AmericaRed at the BoneNo Judgments
My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder
Walden Pond Press, September 2019
The Edge of America by Jon Sealy
Haywire Books, September 2019
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Riverhead Books, September 2019
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
William Morrow, September 2019

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra