Columbia, SC--The 2010 SIBA Book Award "Long List" has just been released, containing a complete collection of all the eligible books nominated by Southern Independent Booksellers as favorites for 2009.  The list features 101 different books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, cooking, and children's/young adult that are either set in the South or by a southern author (or both!) and were published in 2009.

The long list will be sent as a ballot to SIBA member stores, who will then vote to choose finalists in each of the four categories. A jury of SIBA booksellers will then choose winners in each category. Finalists are announced in April. Winners are announced July.

The 2010 SIBA Book Award Long List

children's & young adult

A Certain Strain of Peculiar Gigi Amateau Candlewick
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen Viking
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl Little Brown
Black Angels Linda Beatrice Brown Putnam
Change Up: Baseball Poems Gene Fehler Clarion
Eli the Good Silas House Candlewick
Gone From These Woods Donna Bailey Seagraves Delacorte Press
Me with You Kristy Dempsey Philomel
Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls Lucy Nolan Sylvan Dell
Peter and the Sword of Mercy Dave Barry Hyperion
Road to Tater Hill Edith Hemingway Delacorte Press
Ruined A Ghost Story Paula Morris Scholastic
Scat Carl Hiaasen Alfred A. Knopf
Shackles Marjory Wentworth & Leslie Pratt Thomas Legacy Publications
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic
Soap Soap Soap Elizabeth O. Dulemba Raven Tree
Swamp Song Helen Ketteman Marshall Cavendish
The Secret World of Walter Anderson Hester Bass Candlewick
When the Whistle Blows Fran Slayton Penguin


Chefs of the Triangle Ann Prospero John F. Blair
Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook Chris Hastings Running Press
In the Cracker Kitchen Janis Owens Scribner
Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book John Perrine University of KY
My New Orleans: The Cookbook John Besh Andrews McMeel
Southern Farmer's Market Cookbook Holly Herrick Gibbs Smith
Sweet Carolina: Favorite Desserts and Candies from te Old North State Foy Allen Edelman UNC Press
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook Sam Beall Clarkson Potter
The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern Ted & Matt Lee Clarkson Potter


A Good Man Larry Baker Ice Cube Books
A Quiet Belief in Angels R J Ellory Overlook
A Separate Country Robert Hicks Grand Central Publishing
A Twisted Ladder Rhodi Hawk Forge
Accidental Bestseller Wendy Wax Berkley
Ancestors & Others Fred Chapell St. Martins
At Home on Ladybug Farm Donna Ball Berkley
Crowing Glory Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells Harpercollins
Dead Weight Batt Humphreys Joggling Board Press
Devil's Punchbowl Greg Iles Scribner
Driftwood Summer Patti Callahan Henry New America Library
Education of Chauncey Doolittle James Everett Kibler Pelican
Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews Harpercollins
Girl on Legare Street Karen White NAL
Going Away Shoes Jill McCorkle Algonquin
Hell Robert Olen Butler Grove Press
If By Whiskey Quentin Whitwell Coldwater
Judas Kiss JT Ellison Mira
Last Light Over Carolina Mary alice monroe Pocket Books
Long Story Short Marianne Gingher UNC Press
Nuclear Jellyfish Tim Dorsey Morrow
One Second After William Fortschen Macmillan/Forge
Rebel Yell Alice Randall Bloomsbury Publishing
Reefer Moon Roger Pinckney Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Saints in Limbo River Jordan Waterbrook
Sand Sharks Margaret Maron Grand Central Publishing
Saving Cicadas Nicole Seitz Thomas Nelson
Secret Keepers Mindy Friddle St. Martins
Secrets She Left Behind Diane Chamberlain Mira
Silent Killer Beverly Barton Kensington/Zebra
Sound of Building Coffins Louis Maistros Toby Press
South of Broad Pat Conroy Nan A Talese
Southern Cross Skip Horack Mariner Books
Swallow Savannah Ken Burger Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Tender Graces Kathryn Magendie Belle Bridge Books
The Better Part of Darkness Kelly Gay Pocket Books
The Campfire Boys Philip Lee Williams Mercer University Press
The Confederate General Rides North Amanda Gable Scribner
The Girl on Legare Street Karen White New America Library
The Help Kathryn Stockett Putnam
The Last Child John Hart Minotaur
The Ocean Inside Janna McMahan Kensington/Zebra
Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts NM Kelby Borealis Books
Widow and the Tree Sonny Brewer Macadam/Cage
Wyatt's Revenge H. Terrell Griffin Oceanview Publishing


A Good Mule is Hard to Find Kirk Neely Hub City Writers' Project
Book of Dads Ben George Harpercollins
Caveat Onus Dave Brinks Black Widow Press
Coral Castle Rust McClure Ternary Publisers
Don't Say I Didn't Warn You: Kids' Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse Anita Renfro Hyperion
Education of Mr. Mayfield David Magee John F. Blair
Give My Poor Heart Ease William Ferris UNC Press
Hard Work Roy Williams Algonquin
Hauntings in My Head Angela Burke CreateSpace
Hidden History of Greenville Alexia Helsley History Press
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts Neil White Morrow
It Gives a Lovely Light a Biography of Chelsea Groves Victor Whelan Eloquent Books
Just Passin Thru Winton Porter Menasha Ridge
Legends of the Natchez City Cemetery, the Most Interesting Cemetery in the South Don Estes Don Estes
Long Snapper Jeffrey Marx Harpercollins
Mayhem in Mayberry Brian Lee Knopp Cosmic Pigbite Press
Most They Ever Had Rick Bragg macadam/cage
On Rocky Top Clay Travis It Books
Outcasts United Warren St. John Spiegel & Grau
Rising Sea Orrin Pilkey Shearwater Books
Soul Tree Laura Hope-Gill Grateful Steps
Splendid Isolation Pamela Bauer Mueller Piata Publishing
Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life Doug Elliot History Press
Through the Glorieta Pass Lavonne Adams Pearl Editions
Undaunted Heart Suzy Barile Eno Publishers
Yoknapatawpha, Images and Voices George Stewart USC Press
You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning Celia Rivenbark St. Martins
Zeitoun David Eggers McSweeneys

Wanda Jewell, Reeden Wright and Lady Banks spent some time at the South Carolina Book Festival February 27 & 28th, talking to people about the importance of independent bookstores, the difficulties of creating crossword puzzles, and why the South is full of (literary) STARS!

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Table of Contents

An Unfinished Score

e-Books for Indie Booksellers

An Easy Way
to Collect Co-op

Lady Banks'
Pick of the Week

Winter/Spring Okra Picks

Holiday Catalog


The Document Library

Call for Authors: Trade Show 2010

Web Tool of the Month

Important Dates!

2010 SIBA Book Award Nomination Deadline
Feb 15

SIBA Trade Show
Sept. 24-26
Daytona, FL


February 2010

SIBA Industry member Unbridled Books advertises this compelling letter from one author about another.  Elise Blackwell’s An Unfinished Score is a current Okra Pick!

An Unfinished ScoreDear Unbridled Books,

I pushed to sign Elise Blackwell to the Alabama Book Festival because she's just the sort of writer these events are designed to introduce audiences to: literary and yet accessible, challenging but not alienating, uplifting without pandering. 


A lot of readers crave sophisticated, complex characters instead of stereotypes. They want fictional people whose actions offer a way of assessing the way we live now, and for me that's what Elise's novels do. To my thinking, her work has the same broad appeal as Anita Shreve's and Carol Shields'.


Book festivals are great opportunities to bring these sorts of deserving writers onto the radar of audiences who might not otherwise know about them. I have a feeling readers who come out to meet Elise and learn about An Unfinished Score on April 17 will walk away saying, 'Why am I only now discovering this person?



Kirk Curnutt

Kirk Curnutt

author of Dixie Noir and Breathing Out the Ghost,

Fiction Selection Committee, Alabama Book Festival


Check Out the Okra Picks Here

NEW - Independent E-Books Affiliate Program for Independent Booksellers

One of the fastest growing sectors in the publishing industry is that of digital media, (eBooks and Digital Audio Books).  Consumer demand is increasing rapidly and revenue from eBooks alone has increased nearly 700% in just 3 years.  We expect that with improved reader devices and formats the demand will continue to grow substantially for the foreseeable future.  With a low cost of entry, the expanding e-book and digital audio market offers retailers the opportunity to sell more content to more readers than ever before.

Independent eBooks is an independently owned digital media website created by book industry and technology professionals. Independent eBooks provides the independent bookseller the opportunity to interface your bookstore website with Independent eBooks to sell digital media to your market 24/7.  With over 290,000 titles available, (which is updated weekly) you are enabled to offer eBooks to your customers in 3 popular formats: Adobe, Microsoft, and eReader (formerly Palm).  The formats available for each title are dependent upon what formats the publisher delivers to us.  When a purchase is made we operate in the background to deliver the eBook to the customer in the format ordered and with the DRM (Digital Rights Management) that the publisher requires.  The retailer is paid for each eBook successfully downloaded by their customers.

More information here

Collect Your Co-op AND Get Your 2011 SIBA Core Member Dues Paid

There is over $10,000 in  co-op available annually to bookstores from major publishers and many stores do not collect their co-op. SIBA has partnered with Paz & Associates to help you increase your customer base, collect your co-op, and get your 2011 dues paid.

More information here

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks’ Pick of the Week to Encourage Consumers to Buy the Circle of Sites Banner Ad Books

SIBA is encouraged both by the number of indie bookstores that are participating in the Circle of Sites Program and the publishers that are stepping forward and buying ads and SIBA wants to do everything she can to ensure the success of this program.  So besides offering free dues to core members, creative, affordable pricing, and placement on the (ARTS) website, we have added a new component that makes this information more tweetable.  Going forward, the Circle of Sites ad is on every page of ARTS, and is designated as the Lady Banks’ Pick of the Week with a link to Free Book Stimulus Plan where consumers are encourage to buy the book and send the receipt in for a free book, and they are driven to a list of stores that are participating in the Circle of Sites Program to purchase the book. 

More information here

Okra PicksIsn’t it a little early to pick okra? SIBA Announces the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.

It may still be frosty outside but in the South it’s always Okra Season!  Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected a basket full of books for the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. From aliens to debutantes, Barbie dolls to black-eyed peas, these titles highlight just what it is that makes Southern literature great.  All the books have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are Winter/Spring 2010 releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors!

More information here

2009 Holiday Catalog Summary – SIBA Stores Distribute Over One Million Catalogs

Every fall SIBA sponsors a consumer holiday catalog for its members. The full color catalog is professionally designed, customized with each individual store’s logo and address, and features titles of both national and regional interest. Because the catalog is provided free of charge to SIBA member bookstores, it has become the major marketing piece for many stores during the busy holiday season. Bookstores distribute over one million of these catalogs to their customers and their communities through mailings, handouts, store displays and newspaper inserts over the holiday selling season. SIBA augments store marketing efforts with a special catalog “toolkit” containing marketing materials, shelf talkers, flyers, posters, links to publisher resources and online title and information.

More information here

Southern Social Networking Summit a HIT!

The Southern Social Networking Summit in Greenville, SC was an exhausting & exhilarating two days.  So many people have written blog posts, posted videos & photos, twittered and facebooked, and we have a video of Gary Vaynerchuk’s talk at the Summit.  We hope to host a second summit in Greenville this summer. 

More information here

SIBA Document Library Highlights ABA Social Media Info

The SIBA Document Library is a great tool and provides content on tons of topics and social media is one of them.  Set aside some time to take a look at some of this great info and tour the document library to find a time-saver. 

More information here

Call for Authors for SIBA Trade Show 2010, Daytona, Florida – Sep. 24-26

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance invites exhibiting publishers to submit authors in consideration for special events to be held on Friday through Sunday, September 24-26, 2010. These programs will be held at the SIBA Trade Show in Daytona, FL. It is imperative that you have registered to exhibit at the SIBA Trade Show before authors can be considered.   Exhibit registration will open on March 1, 2010. 

More information here

Web Tool of the Month –
see what’s happening right now

I hope by now you have a Twitter account.  It is so simple to set up and use. . .and one day, having a microblogging account will be as expected of a business as having a telephone, or a website.  Don’t underestimate the power of this tool.  It’s email on steroids.  And even if you are unwilling to set up a Twitter account for your store, be willing to search twitter and listen in on what customers are saying about your store.  This kind of marketing feedback would have cost thousands of dollars less than ten years ago. Search Okra Pick and see what tweeters are saying! 

twitterUseful Twitter links

SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205

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Okra PicksIsn’t it a little early to pick okra?

SIBA Announces the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.

(Columbia, SC)-It may still be frosty outside but in the South it’s always Okra Season!  Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected a basket full of books for the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. From aliens to debutantes, Barbie dolls to black-eyed peas, these titles highlight just what it is that makes Southern literature great.  All the books have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are Winter/Spring 2010 releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors!

The Okra Picks, 2010 Winter/Spring Edition:


Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
W.W. Norton, March 2010
9780393057119 $23.95

An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell
Unbridled Books, April 2010
9781936071661, $24.95

Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco, March 2010
9780061804113 $22.99

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
St. Martin’s Press, April 2010
9780312581589, $22.99

Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle
New American Library,  March 2010
9780451229144, $15.00

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler
Grand Central Publishing,  April 2010
9780446540681, $23.99

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, January 2010
9780670021390, $25.95

This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
Viking,  April 2010
9780670021543, $25.95


Confessions of a Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields
Harpercollins, April 2010
9780399156311, $24.95

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
New South Books, April 2010
9781588382504, $24.95

Gullah Cuisine: By Land and Sea by Charlotte Jenkins and William Baldwin
Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press,  March 2010
9780981873596, $36.95

I Love You, Now Hush by Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy
John F. Blair, February 2010
9780895873781, $16.95

Lincoln on Trial by Burrus M. Carnahan
University of Kentucky Press, February 2010
9780813125695, $30.00

Watch for more Okra Picks promotions.  There will be The Okra Picks Patch at  Lady Banks will introduce The Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the February and March issues.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list. SIBA will post at marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers to help them talk up these titles. 
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