2008 SIBA Book Award Winners Announced
The best in Southern Literature as chosen by the people who would know. . .Southern Independent Booksellers

Columbia, SC - July 7, 2008 -
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 SIBA Book Award, celebrating the best of southern literature, as chosen by the people who would know. . .independent booksellers throughout the South.
The 2008 SIBA Book Award Winners:
FICTION: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam Books

"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

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell books of the year. These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about; the ones most often pushed into a customer's hands with the words "You have got to read this!" The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of Southern origin, as determined by people whose business it is to know great books-the independent booksellers of the South.

Books are nominated in five categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, and it must have been published within the calendar year. Only SIBA-member booksellers can submit nominations and vote on the selection of finalists. In 2008, for the first time, winners were selected by a jury of SIBA booksellers.

Taking the SIBA Book Award to a New Level:

2008 is a landmark year for the SIBA Book Award, marking its transition to a new level of visibility and public awareness. Since it was first begun in 1999, the SIBA Book Award has become one of the most successful initiatives of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Today, nearly ten years later, the list of award-winners represents some of the finest examples of Southern literature, and the award has become a fully entrenched respected entity among Southern booksellers and publishers. Beginning in 2008, the SIBA Book Awards Ceremony will be held as part of the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day Weekend in Decatur, GA. The festival, which attracts upwards of 60,000 attendees each year, is open to the public and promises to garner increased exposure for the Awards and the award-winning books and authors. Finalists and winner authors will be invited to attend and be recognized for their work, and SIBA booksellers will participate in the ceremonies. The Decatur Book Festival will host a private reception for the authors and SIBA's core members after the public awards ceremony, and the awards themselves will be included in the general festival publicity.

For more information about the SIBA Book Awards and the Decatur Book Festival, please visit SIBA's website at and The Decatur Book Festival Site at


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.


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