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The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) is accepting applications from eligible bookstore employees, bookstore owners, former Borders employees, and dependents of each for the Binc Scholarship program, which will award up to 35 higher education awards totaling $100,000. The scholarships are for full- or part-time study for the 2013 – 2014 academic year at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. The deadline to apply is April 18.

The Binc scholarship program extends to all current employees and owners of retail bookstores in the U.S. and their dependents who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at the bookstore.  The bookstore must have a bricks-and-mortar presence in the U.S. and a substantial portion of the store’s revenue must come from the sale of books.  Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore.

Up to 30 Binc Scholar Awards of $2,500 each and up to five Binc Honor Scholar Awards of $5,000 each will be awarded. To date, the program has supported the educational goals of almost 500 recipients with more than $1.1 million in awards. 

The evaluation process for the 2013 program will look at financial need, prior academic success, leadership capabilities, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and career aspirations.

Booksellers and their dependents who are interested in applying should visit scholarshipamerica.org/binc for full details and to register.

Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Winter/Spring Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) January 1, 2013 -- Make a New Year’s Resolution to Read more Okra! The 2013 Winter Spring Okra Picks have been chosen: twelve Southern books, new for the spring publishing season. All have two things in common: they are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that loves each one!

Winter Spring Okra Picks List!

A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks
Farrar Straus Giroux | $14.00 | 9780374146863
Fiction | March 12, 2013

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
St. Martin’s Press | $24.99 | 9781250014528
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group | $16.99 | 9780399160011
Children’s | December 27, 2012

The House Girl by Tara Conklin
William Morrow & Company | $25.99 | 9780062207395
Fiction | February 12, 2013

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Ted and Matt Lee
Clarkson N Potter | $35.00 | 9780307889737
Cooking | February 26, 2013

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
Shannon Ravenel Books | $24.95 | 9781565122550
Fiction | March 26, 2013

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
Touchstone Books | $24.99 | 9781451683363
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco Press | $24.99 | 9780062202710
Fiction | February 19, 2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books | $17.99 | 9780399256929
Young Adult | February 12, 2013

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle
Atlantic Monthly Press | $25.00 | 9780802120663
Fiction | February 5, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes
Tyndale House | $13.99 | 9781414366418
Fiction | March 1, 2013

The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin
Berkley | $15.00 | 9780425261057
Fiction | March 5, 2013


Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Summer Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) April 19, 2013 -- Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

The Summer Okra Picks List!

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
Touchstone Books, June 2013 9781451608878

And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9780312610760

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
Grand Central Publishing, June 2013 9781455503254

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson
Walden Pond Press, May 2013 9780062104465

Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
Grove Press, April 2013 9780802121028

In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
Hub City Press, May 2013 9781891885211

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books, May 2013 9780670025831

The Time Between by Karen White
New American Library, June 2013 9780451239860 

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Gallery Books, July, 2013 9781476707723

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Riverhead Books, June 2013 9781594486401

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9781250028655

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

For Immediate Release: Fall harvest of Okra Picks is in!

(Columbia, SC) August 20, 2012 -- A bumper crop of Southern books have been chosen for the Fall 2012 Okra Picks -- great southern books, fresh off the vine -- has just been released. Fifteen new books, publishing between August and December, that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

 

The Fall 2012 Okra Picks List!

American Ghost by Janis Owens
Scribner Book Company, October 2012
$25.00 | 9781451674637

Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang
Southern Living/Oxmoor House, October 2012
$29.95 | 9780848736538

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau
Candlewick Press, September 2012
$16.99 | 9780763647926

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb
Thomas Nelson Publishers, August 2012
$22.99 | 9781595555052

Gone by Randy Wayne White
Putnam, September 2012
$25.95 | 9780399158490

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
Mysterious Press, October 2012
$25.00 | 9780802120465

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits by Jean Anderson
University of North Carolina Press, August 2012
$24.00 | 9780807837245

Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
Tyndale House Publishers, August 2012
$13.99 | 9781414368429

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart
Gibbs Smith Publishers, November 2012
$45.00 | 9781423602750

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
William Morrow & Company, August 2012
$14.99 | 9780062198891

Palmetto Blood: A Mystery by Reed Bunzel
High Country Publishers, September 2012
$16.95 | 9781932158441

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, September 2012
$17.99 | 9780062110626

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group, December 2012
$16.99 | 9780399252136

Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, October 2012
$14.99 | 9781442430525

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell
Dzanc Books, August 2012
$15.95 | 9781936873722

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

SIBA Book Award

(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards. 

Jo MacDonald Saw a PondChildren’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

“A delightful riff on ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’” -- Books Plus

Blurp. Croak. Quack. What is making those sounds? Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on her grandfather's farm. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises.  Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond community. And check out the outdoor activities and games in the back, sure to encourage young naturalists at home and school.  

The New Southern Garden CookbookCooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)

“This book helped me make the most of my vegetable garden!” --Quarter Moon Books and Gifts

In The New Southern Garden Cookbook, well-known food writer Sheri Castle aims to make "what's in season" the answer to "what's for dinner?" This timely cookbook, with dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals centered on the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and in most of the rest of the nation as well.

Iron HouseFiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)

“I enjoyed Iron House because it had so much more to offer the reader than ‘whodunit.’  John Hart is southern mystery writing at its best.”  -- The Country Bookshop

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame with him. Twenty years later--a seasoned killer--he returns to North Carolina.

Lions of the WestNonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
“I really appreciate Mr. Morgan's distinction that the historical figures through which he delves into the westward expansion weren't all ‘hero’, nor all ‘villain’, but usually a mixture of both.”  -- The Fountainhead Bookstore

From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries.

Abandoned QuarryPoetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)

Lane's poetry is rich with love of place and environment.”  --City Lights Bookstore

Abandoned Quarry is a collection of poems by one of the South's most admired environmental writers. The collection makes available for the first time under one cover poems from a dozen full collections and chapbooks. The poems range in subject matter through relationships, nature, improvisational pieces, and rants about the strangeness of the modern condition.

Darwen Arkwright andthe Peregrine PactYoung Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

“Takes place in Atlanta Georgia, and incorporates fantasy along with the real struggles of being a teen in a new place, adjusting to a new school, and a new culture.” –Fountainhead Bookstore

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!  Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Scrobblers on motorbikes with nets big enough to fit a human boy. Gnashers with no eyes, but monstrous mouths full of teeth. Flittercrakes with bat-like bodies and the faces of men! Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school.

The Winners!

Children’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) Cooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Fiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Poetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Young Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.