SIBA Announces a Bumper Crop of 2011 Summer Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) June 7, 2011-- Escape from the summer heat with a good book! The Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Summer Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. It’s a bumper crop --A dozen different titles representing a wide range of tastes, all the books selected have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are 2011 summer releases (May through August) and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!

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2011 Summer Okra Picks
The Art of Saying Goodbye
The Fine Art of Insincerity
A Good Hard Look
Groove Interrupted
Iron House
The Orchard
Paradise Dogs
The Reservoir
Silver Sparrow
A Small Hotel
Where Things Come Back
You Believers

The Okra Picks, 2011 Summer Edition:

The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache
William Morrow  Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 07, 2011
Paperback | $13.99 | 352 pages

The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt
Howard Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Fiction | $14.99 | 302 pages

A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano
Penguin Press
Publication Date: July 7, 2011
Hardcover | $24.99

Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans by Keith Spera
St. Martins Press
Publication Date: August 2011
9780312552251 | $ 26.99 hardcover

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Hardcover |400 pages | $17.99

The Iron House by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Hardcover |432 pages | $25.99

The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
hardcover | 304 pages | $22.99

Paradise Dogs by Man Martin
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
hardcover | 320 pages | $25.99

The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
Other Press
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
paperback | 368 pages | $15.95

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
hardcover | 340 pages | $19.95

A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
Grove Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2011
hardcover | 256 pages | $24

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Athenaeum Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 228 pages | $16.99

You Believers by Jane Bradley
Unbridled Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 406 pages | $25.95

Visit the Okra Picks Patch at  Lady Banks will introduce the Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the June issue.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list and SIBA will post marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers at
For more information on the Okra Picks program, visit SIBA’s website at

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 803.779.0113