Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn’t stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.
In 2017, the SIBA Book Award became The Southern Book Prize and implemented The Conroy Legacy Award to honor one of the region’s most enduring, iconic writers and to recognize Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.
|WHICH BOOKS CAN BE NOMINATED?
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.
|WHO CAN NOMINATE A BOOK?
Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. Stores may also submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.
|HOW DO I NOMINATE A BOOK?
Enter your choices on our online nomination form.
What do you think are the best Southern books of the year?
This month SIBA Booksellers opened their mail to discover the annual "long ballot" of titles nominated for the 2014 SIBA Book Awards. These are books that they and their customers have nominated as the best Southern books of the previous year. Right now, they are poring over the list of over eighty different titles, picking their favorites from each of six different categories. The results of their choices will determine the finalists for each category.
Which would you pick?
|Book Title||Author's First Name||Author's Last Name||Publisher|
|Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows||A.J.||Hartley||Razorbill|
|The Girl From Felony Bay||J E||Thompson||Walden Pond Press|
|Little Red Writing||Joan||Holub||Chronicle|
|Mama Harris' Fried Pie Army||Richard||Mandell||T. Eliot Press|
|The Mischievians||William||Joyce||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood||Tameka Fryer||Brown||Penguin|
|Paperboy||Vince||Vawter||Delacorte Books for Young Readers|
|Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses||James||Dean||HarperCollins|
|A Passion For Bread||Lionel||Vatinet||Little, Brown and Company|
|Bobby Deen's Everyday Eats||Bobby||Deen||Ballantine Books|
|Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way||John||Besh||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life||Patricia||Moore-Pastides||University of South Carolina Press|
|Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen||Matt Lee &||Ted Lee||Clarkson Potter|
|Pickels, Pigs, & Whiskey||John||Currence||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Southern My Way: Food & Family||Gena||Knox||Gena Knox Media|
|A Different Sun||Elaine Neil||Orr||Berkley Publishing|
|A Murder in Passing||Mark||De Castrique||Poisoned Pen Press|
|A Place at the Table||Susan Rebecca||White||Touchstone|
|The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion||Fannie||Flagg||Random House|
|The Alligator Man||James||Sheehan||Center Street|
|And Then I Found You||Patti Callahan||Henry||St. Martin's Press|
|Blood of Heaven||Kent||Wascom||Grove|
|Calling Me Home||Julie||Kibler||St. Martin's Press|
|The Check Out||Richard||Lester||self|
|Duel of the Heart||Rose||Tomlin||Evening Post Books|
|The Funeral Dress||Susan Gregg||Gilmore||Broadway Books|
|Governor's Lady||Robert||Inman||John F. Blair|
|Guests on Earth||Lee||Smith||Shannon Ravenel Books|
|Harlow||David||Armand||Texas Review Press|
|Heart of Palm||Laura Lee||Smith||Grove Press|
|I Want to Show YOu More||Jamie||Quatro||Grove Press|
|In the Garden of Stone||Susan||Tekulve||Hub City Press|
|Kara Was Here||William||Conescu||Soft Skull|
|King's Mountain||Sharyn||McCrumb||St. Martin's Press|
|The Kings and Queens of Roam||Daniel||Wallace||Touchstone|
|Ladies' Night||Mary Kay||Andrews||St. Martin's Press|
|Life After Life||Jill||McCorkle||Algonquin|
|Lookaway, Lookaway||Wilton||Barnhardt||St. Martin's Press|
|Looking For Me||Beth||Hoffman||Pamela Dorman Books|
|Love & Lament||John Milliken||Thompson||Other Press|
|Lowcountry Bombshell||Susan||Boyer||Henery Press|
|The Maid's Version||Daniel||Woodrell||Little Brown|
|Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble||Ann||Ross||Viking|
|Moonrise||Cassandra||King||Maiden Lane Press|
|Most educated idiot I know||Dean||Roughton||Createspae|
|Mother of Rain||Karen Spears||Zacharias||Mercer University Press|
|Mrs. Poe||Lynn||Cullen||Gallery Books|
|Necessary Lies||Diane||Chamberlain||St Martins|
|Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories||Ron||Rash||Ecco|
|Out of the Easy||Ruta||Sepetys||Philomel|
|The Prayer Box||Lisa||Wingate||Tyndale House|
|RipTide Ultra Glide||Tim||Dorsey||Harper|
|Someone Else's Love Story||Joshilyn||Jackson||William Morrow|
|The Summer Boy||Henri||Mitchell||Alfie Dog Limited|
|Summer Girls||Mary Alice||Monroe||Gallery Books|
|The Sweetest Hallelujah||Elaine||Hussey||Harlequin MIRA|
|The Next Time You See Me||Holly Goddard||Jones||Touchstone|
|Three-Day Affair||Michael||Kardos||Mysterious Press|
|The Tilted World||Tom Franklin &||Beth Ann Fennelly||William Morrow|
|The Time Between||Karen||White||NAL Hardcover|
|Waiting in Deep||Sandi||Denkers||America Star Books|
|Whistling Past the Graveyard||Susan||Crandall||Gallery Books|
|The Wisdom of Hair||Kim||Boykin||Berkley Trade|
|The Woman Who Lost Her Soul||Bob||Shacchis||Atlantic Monthly Press|
|The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls||Anton||Disclafani||Riverhead Hardcover|
|Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald||Therese Anne||Fowler||St. Martin's Press|
|The Astronaut Wives Club||Lily||Koppel||Grand Central Publishing|
|The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight||Winston||Groom||National Geographic|
|Braving the Flame||Jessica||Handler||St. Martin's|
|The Chattooga River||Laura Ann||Garren||History Press|
|The Death of Santini||Pat||Conroy||Random House|
|The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South||Bruce||Levine||Random House|
|Finding Florida||TD||Allman||Atlantic Monthly Press|
|Five Days at Memorial||Sheri||Fink||Random House|
|The Girls of Atomic City||Denise||Kiernan||Touchstone|
|Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls||David||Sedaris||Little Brown|
|The Men We Reaped||Jesmyn||Ward||Bloomsbury|
|More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte||Mary||White||University of South Carolina Press|
|The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking, and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing||Robbin||Phillips||Wiley|
|Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History||Paul||Schneider||Henry Holt and Co|
|Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion||Robert||Gordon||Bloomsbury|
|Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle||Si||Robertson||Howard Books|
|State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love||Aida||Rogers||University of South Carolina Press|
|The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists||William||Ferris||The University of North Carolina Press|
|This is the Story of a Happy Marriage||Ann||Patchett||Harper|
|What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs||Cat||Warren||Touchstone|
|The Book of Goodbyes||Jillian||Weise||BOA Editions Ltd.|
|Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers||Cathy||Bowers||Press 53|
|Voodoo for the Other Woman||Angela||Kelly||Hub City Press|
|13th Sign||Kristin||O'Donnell Tubb||Feiwel & Friends|
|The Madman's Daughter||Megan||Shepherd||Balzer + Bray|
|The Moon and More||Sarah||Dessen||Viking Juvenile|
|Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel||Beth||Revis||Razorbill|
|Theodore Boone: The Activist||John||Grisham||Dutton Juvenile|
|Tower of the Five Orders||Deron||Hicks||Houghton Mifflin|
|What I Came to Tell You||Tommy||Hays||Egmont USA|
- Published: 23 March 2014 23 March 2014
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers!
Columbia, SC - July 4, 2013 – Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
"Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. "Everything in Morris Lessmore's life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children's literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate--and this story, no matter "how" you tell it, begs to be read again and again.
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day (Artisan Publishers)
Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers' favorite recipes. It's packed with Cheryl and Griff's baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S'more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" is like a down-home bake sale in a book.
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to--an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil--but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.
Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)
In the tradition of A Civil Action--the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian "mountain people" neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed.
Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)
Navigating the dangerous currents of family and race, Kathryn Stripling Byer’s sixth poetry collection confronts the legacy of southern memory and landscape, where too often it's safer to stay blind.
Young Adult Winner:
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)
A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime. Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
Children’s Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Cooking Winner: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day (Artisan Publishers)
Fiction Winner: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)
Nonfiction Winner: Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)
Poetry Winner: Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)
Young Adult Winner: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)
For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.
- Published: 04 July 2013 04 July 2013