The 2008 SIBA Book Award Winners:
"Asheville, N.C resident Sarah Addison Allen has made a fan out of us! In her first novel, Allen gives us great characters, a pinch of magic and a beautiful cover that draws us in." ~Two Sisters Bookery
POETRY: The House On Boulevard Street by David Kirby, LSU Press
"Kirby's narrative poems are so amazing and thought-provoking, funny in places you would never expect, and wise and humble. Like the very best in poetry, they need to be read out loud. You have the feeling you have set out on a journey with a fascinating companion, lost track of the way, and when you are sure you are lost you suddenly find yourself, if not exactly where you intended to be then in a new place even better than you expected to find." ~Inkwood Books
COOKBOOK: A Love Affair with Southern Cooking by Jean Anderson, William Morrow
"Black-eyed pea hummus--yummy!" ~Park Road Books
NONFICTION: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, HarperCollins
"A fascinating and beautifully written book that is about so much more than merely eating locally." ~City Lights Bookstore
CHILDRENS: Deep in the Swamp by Donna Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies, Charlesbridge
"I absolutely love selling this book to children. The swamp in the book is in Georgia, but relates to our Louisiana swamps, too. I love giving kids books about their own land and heritage. Beautiful illustrations on every page."~The Raven Bookstore
About Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is a trade association which represents booksellers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Find a SIBA Bookstore. SIBA exists to empower, promote, and celebrate core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. Independent, privately held, brick and mortar bookstores in our region constitutes the core members. Included in our membership are owners, managers and employees of independent bookstores, publishers' representatives, publishers, wholesalers and producers of "sideline" bookstore goods. Librarians, book reviewers, writers and other "friends of the trade" are also represented in our membership.
SIBA was formed to unite in one organization individuals and businesses actively engaged in the writing, selling, publishing, distribution and/or promoting of books in the Southeast United States. SIBA provides a forum to discuss common problems and share ideas; offers educational programs and workshops for the benefit of its members; and strives to promote a high standard of ethics and business practices among the membership.