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.
The 2011 SIBA Book Award Long List: Time to revisit your TBR stack!
(Columbia, SC)—The Long List for the 2011 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. The “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—over seventy-five books representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2010 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Tom Angleberger to Isabel Zuber, Ron Rash to Fannie Flagg, Civil Rights struggles to Cold War coming of age stories, and football games to blueberry farms, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.
See the full list of titles here: http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations
In the following months SIBA Booksellers will vote on finalists in each category, and the final winners will be picked by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July the week of Independence Day. In September, in Charleston, SC, at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized during the popular Writers’ Block Auction which raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.
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. To be eligible for the SIBA Book Award, nominated books must 1) be southern in nature or by an southern author (preferably both!), 2) have been published the previous year, and 3) have been nominated by a SIBA-member bookstore or one of their customers.
Now is the time to revisit your to-be-read stack. The odds are, some of the books in the list below are waiting for you there!
For more information, visit http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award
The 2011 SIBA Book Award Long List:
Bloodroot Amy Greene (Random House)
Bone Appetit Carolyn Haines (Minotaur)
Burning Bright Ron Rash (Ecco)
Circle of Lies Alan Douglas (Forge)
Cirtus County John Brandon (McSweeney's)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin (Morrow)
The Day of Small Things Vicki Lane (Dell)
Delta Blues Carolyn Haines (Tyrus Books)
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers Sharyn McCrumb (St. Martin's Press)
Diablero Toby Tate (Nightbird Publishing)
The Eden Hunter Skip Horack (PGW)
The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival Ken Wheaton (Kensington)
Florida Gothic Stories Vicki Hendricks (Kitsune Books)
I Still Dream About You Fannie Flagg (Random House)
In the Company of Others Jan Karon (Viking Books)
Killer of Crying Deer William Orem (Kitsune Books)
The Lies We Told Diane Chamberlain (Mira)
Love, Charleston Beth Webb Hart (Thomas Nelson)
Magnolia Wednesdays Wendy Wax (Penguin)
The Mailbox Marybeth Whalen (David C. Cook)
Miss Julia Renews Her Vows Ann Ross (Viking)
My Only Sunshine Lou Dischler (Hub City Press)
On Folly Beach Karen White (NAL)
Requiem by Fire Wayne Caldwell (Random House)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Beth Hoffman (Penguin)
She-Rain Michael Cogdill (Morgan James)
This Is Just Exactly Like You Drew Perry (Penguin)
Angles of Approach Holly Iglesias (White Pine Press)
Bottle Tree Jennifer Horne (Wordtech)
Checking Out Tim Peeler (Hub City Press)
The Circus Poems Alex Grant (Lorimer Press)
Coffeehouse Meditations Nina Romano (Kitsune Books)
Eliza: The New Orleans Years Dede Wilson (Main Street Rag)
Home Nancy Dillingham (March Street Press)
House of Branches Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
Living Above the Frost Line Nancy Simpson (Carolina Wren Press)
Multiverse Michael Smith (BlazeVox)
Naming the Constellations John York (Spring Street Editions)
Paper House Jessie Carty (Folded Word Press)
Red Lily, poems Isabel Zuber (Press 53)
Restoring Sacred Art Joseph Bathanti (Star Cloud Press)
27 Views of Hillsborough Michael Malone (Eno Publishing)
As The Scyamore Grows Jennie Helderman (Summers Bridgewater Press)
The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne)
Carry the Rock Jay Jennings (MPS)
Creative Is a Verb Patti Digh (Skirt!)
Death of a Pinehurst Princess Steve Bouser (History Press)
Don't Quit Your Day Job Sonny Brewer (Perseus)
The Fall of the House of Zeus Curtis Wilkes (Crown)
Honest Eating: How to Love Food,Love Yourself & Love Life Jane McClaren (Chapel Hill Press)
If Trouble Don't Kill Me Ralph Berrier, Jr (Crown)
In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love, & Tomatoes Renea Winchester (Little Creek Books)
Look Up Asheville: an Architectural Journey Laura Hope-Gill (Grateful Steps PublishingHouse and Bookshop)
Mississippi: State of Blues Ken Murphy (Proteus Publications & Ken Murphy Publishing)
Spies of Mississippi Rick Bowers (National Geographic)
They Came to Nashville Marshall Chapman (Vanderbilt)
Thriving After Divorce Tonja Weimer (Simon & Schuster)
Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide Karen Zacharias (Zondervan)
Year of Our Lord T.R. Pearson (Mockingbird)
Dave the Potter Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown)
Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine (Philomel)
Penny Dreadful Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Eric Litwin and James Dean (HarperCollins)
The Red Umbrella Christina Gonzalez (Knopf)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger (Amulet)
Turtle in Paradise Jennifer Holm (Random House)
Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina Melinda Long (Sterling)
Cookie & Me Mary Jane Ryals (Kitsune Books)
Countdown Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
Leaving Gees Bend Irene Latham (Penguin)
The Secret Child Marti Healy (Design Group Press)
Somebody Everybody Listens To Suzanne Supplee (Penguin)
Zora and Me Victoria Bond (Candlewick)
Eat Your Yard Nan Chase (Gibb Smith)
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking Joseph Earl Dabney (Cumberland House)
Greek Revival: Cooking for LifePatricia Moore-Pastides (USC Press)
Southern My Way Gena Knox (Fire & Flavor)
Too Hot in the Kitchen -Secrets to Sizzle at any Age Holly Clegg (Favorite Recipes Press)
You're Invited Back The Junior League of Raleigh (Favorite Recipes Press)
- Published: 01 March 2011 01 March 2011
Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2010 Book Award Winners; A Southern Explosion of Works
Southern indie booksellers have chosen a stellar collection of titles for the 2010 SIBA Book Awards. After a furious round of voting, the finalists skyrocketed out of the long list into the hands of the judges, and today the winners break out.
The Secret World of Walter Anderson was brought to the attention of booksellers in the first batch of Okra Picks and quickly found its way to the Southern Indie Bestseller List h becoming a favorite among booksellers and readers throughout the south. Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson — perhaps the most famous American artist you've never heard of. In this beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.
The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern was brought to the attention of booksellers in the south at the annual trade show of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in Greenville, SC, last year. Long a favorite of southern indie booksellers, the Lee Brothers have delivered the goods again. From Bobby Flay: “These guys can cook! Just reading the recipes makes me ravenous for scintillating Southern dishes. Sign me up for Tuesday Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie!” Siblings Matt & Ted Lee are homegrown and this cookbook proves it.
The Help has spent 35 weeks on the Southern Indie Bestseller List and is still there now. No southern bookseller is surprised to see this book take the winning fiction spot in the 2010 SIBA Book Awards. But did you know that The Help is soon to be a major motion picture coming from DreamWorks? And dream work describes this book. Reading groups have embraced this book as have Citadel graduates. The “terrible awful” is waiting for Kathryn Stockett to write us another southern story.
The Most They Ever Had joins Somebody Told Me, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown; all books by Rick Bragg and all winners of the SIBA Book Award. Southern booksellers and readers cannot get enough Rick Bragg. These nine stories, written to carry readers across space and time to the mill town of Anniston, AL, over a one hundred year span, will capture readers and booksellers alike. SIBA and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg again gives a voice to people who never even knew they had anything worth hearing.
Children's: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass (Candlewick)
Cooking: The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee (Clarkson Potter)
Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam)
Nonfiction: The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg, (Macadam Cage)
- Published: 05 July 2010 05 July 2010