2015 SIBA Book Award Finalists

Announcing the 2015 SIBA Book Award Finalists

SIBA Book Award - The Finalists(Columbia, SC)  April 13, 2015 -- The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 SIBA Book Award, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-one books on the 2015 list, showcasing the broad range of Southern styles and settings, and representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and cooking. Whether your reading tastes run towards the gothic (A Dark Road to Mercy) or the poetic (Brown Girl Dreaming), the sweet (Blue Ribbon Baking) or the savory (Heritage), the country ballad (Wayfaring Strangers) or rock ‘n roll  (Jerry Lee Lewis) there is a book on this list that you are going to love. A southern indie bookseller has said so, and they are in a position to know.


This Dark Road to MercyNatchez BurningThe Invention of WingsSomething Rich and StrangeDollbabyLongman

  • This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
  • Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, William Morrow & Company, 9780062311078
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking Books, 9780670024780
  • Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
  • Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
  • Long Man by Amy Greene, Knopf Publishing Group, 9780307593436


Jerry Lee LewisLiar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyRebel YellFactory ManWayfaring Strangers

  • Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
  • Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
  • Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
  • Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie, University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227


The Edible SouthHeritageBlue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck KitchenPimento Cheese: The Cookbook

  • The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
  • Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
  • Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
  • Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298


Brown Girl DreamingThe Ghosts of Tupelo LandingA Snicker of Magic

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707

Young Adult

Skink: No SurrenderLeague of SevenRevolution

  • Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, 9780375870514
  • League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Starscape/Tor/Macmillan, 9780765338228
  • Revolution by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic, 9780545106078

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA