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.
Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2011 Book Award Winners
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know: Southern Independent (and independently-minded) Booksellers!
(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.
Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
“Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That's how Caitlin's older brother, Devon, always explained it. But now Devon's dead. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.
Cooking Winner: Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
“Gena's cookbook shows quicker ways to make traditional southern dishes from a fresh angle!” –Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL
Just because it tastes great, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated! Southern My Way is a cookbook filled with recipes that reflect author Gena Knox's upbringing in southern Georgia where farming shaped both culture and community. Today, Knox is passionate about sharing her modern take on Southern specialties. Southern My Way takes home cooks on a journey through both the South in which Gena grew up and the South she knows today, while encouraging readers to keep local foodways and farming traditions alive. Knox shares her realization that preparing tasty and healthy meals is amazingly uncomplicated when using fresh ingredients, arming home cooks with a collection of standbys that are easy enough for everyday cooking, from toasted pecan goat cheese with Tupelo honey, to summer gazpacho, to gingersnap ice cream sandwiches.
Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
“Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC
Rash is no stranger to Southern booksellers but he might be the best kept secret in the South. He has won the SIBA Book Award in the past for both Serena (2009) and Saints at the River (2005). But Burning Bright has the distinction of being the first collection of short stories to win the SIBA Book Award in the Fiction category. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Burning Bright captures the complexities of Appalachia--a rugged, brutal landscape of exceptional beauty, promise, and suffering that serves as New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash's muse. Spanning from the Civil War to the present day, Rash's historical and modern settings are sewn together in a haunting patchwork of suspense and myth, populated by raw and unforgettable characters mined from the landscape.
Nonfiction Winner: The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
“A captivating look into a couple's efforts to create an organic blueberry farm in Central Appalachia. . .sit back and savor the sweetness of his blueberry story.”—Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC
The Blueberry Years is a mouthwatering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick's experiences as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple, one farm, and one thousand bushes transports readers so that they experience the joys and frustrations of creating and operating one of the mid-Atlantic's first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms. Written by a farmer who also is a poet, The Blueberry Years follows in the vein of The Omnivore's Dilemma or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, where lyrical writing captures a well-told story about food, family, and the choices we make with every bite"
Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
“These poems are about waking up, looking around at the world, and discovering how to live within it.” –Kathryn Stripling Byer
Janisse Ray is another one of the South’s best-kept-secrets, although she’s no secret to southern booksellers, who chose her debut memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood as a SIBA Book Award Winner in nonfiction in 2000. Their enthusiasm has not dimmed and this year Ray returns as a winner again in 2011 for her first full book of poetry, A House of Branches, poems informed by the author's long-standing interest in the wilderness and nature.
Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
“Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC
It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, D.C., during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.
- Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
- Cooking Winner: Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
- Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
- Nonfiction Winner: The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
- Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
- Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.
- Published: 04 July 2011 04 July 2011
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(Columbia, SC)—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards. These are the books from last year that Southern Indie Booksellers especially loved, the ones they most enjoyed putting into the hands of their customers with the earnest, heartfelt and ever hopeful words “You’ve got to read this.”
Twenty-four titles were chosen by bookseller vote out of a nominee list of over 100 books, in the categories of Children’s, Young Adult, Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, and Cooking. The finalists represent what Southern Indie Booksellers feel to be the best in southern literature of the year. And let’s face it—they are the people who would know!
The SIBA Book Awards were created, not just to recognize great Southern books, but to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts. As of this time, the SIBA Book Award remains one of the most far-reaching and high-profile awards for Southern literature.
Finalists will be judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July during the week of Independence Day. In September, in Charleston, SC at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized at a special Wacky, Wordy, Wedding version of our popular Writers’ Block Auction. That’s right—SIBA wants booksellers and authors to get hitched, and what more beautiful place to do so than Charleston? The Writers’ Block Auction raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.
For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.
Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean (Harper)
Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
Leaving Gees Bend by Irene Latham (Putnam)
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & TR Simon (Candlewick)
The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh (Skirt!)
Don't Quit Your Day Job by Sonny Brewer (MP Publishing)
The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkes (Crown)
Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? by Karen Zacharias (Zondervan)
Bloodroot by Amy Greene (Vintage Books)
Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)
On Folly Beach by Karen White (New American Library)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Penguin)
Angles of Approach by Holly Iglesias (White Pine Press)
Checking Out by Tim Peeler (Hub City Press)
The Circus Poems by Alex Grant (Lorimer Press)
House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
Living Above the Frost Line by Nancy Simpson (Carolina Wren Press)
Eat Your Yard by Nan Chase (Gibbs Smith Publishers)
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking by Joseph Earl Dabney (Cumberland House Publishing)
Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
- Published: 26 April 2011 26 April 2011