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.

2007 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced

 

(Columbia, SC)—The votes are in! The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has released the finalists for the 2007 SIBA Book Award, honoring the best of Southern literature as chosen by Southern independent booksellers. The finalists are:

 

CHILDREN

The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights by David A. Ufer and Kirsten Carlson
(Sylvan Dell Publishing)

Alabama Moon by Watt Key (Farrar Straus Giroux)

The Christmas Bus by Robert Inman (Novello Festival Press)

 

 

COOKBOOK



I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris (Warner Books)

Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits Cookbook by Nathalie Dupree (Wyrick and Company)

The Boathouse: Tales and Recipes from a Southern Kitchen by Douglas W. Bostick and Jason Davidson (Joggling Board Press)

Deep South Parties: Or, How to Survive the Southern Cocktail Hour Without a Box of French-Onion Soup Mix, a Block of Processed Cheese, or a Cocktail Weenie by Robert St. John (Hyperion Books)

 

 

POETRY

 

Keep and Give Away by Susan Meyers (University of South Carolina Press)

Path, Crooked Path by John Balaban (Copper Canyon Press)

Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane (Xavier Review Press)

 

 

FICTION

 

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (Random House Trade)

On Agate Hill by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner (University of Wisconsin Press)

The King of Lies by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Smonk or Widow Town by Tom Franklin (William Morrow & Company)

 

 

NONFICTION

 

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields (Henry Holt & Company)

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides (Doubleday Books)

Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s by Margaret Sartor (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Blue Ridge Nature Journal: Reflections on the Appalachian Mountains in Essays and Art by George Ellison (The History Press)

 

 

Final ballots have been sent to SIBA-member bookstores, and the winners will be announced in June. The awards will be presented at SIBA’s Fall Trade Show in Atlanta during the Book Award Lunch on Friday, September 28th, sponsored by Inkreadible! Sponsor Baker & Taylor.

 

About the SIBA Book Award:

 

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell books of the year. These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about; the ones most often pushed into a customer’s hands with the words “You have got to read this!” The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of Southern origin, as determined by people whose business it is to know great books—the independent booksellers of the South.

 

Books are nominated in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, and it must have been published within the calendar year. In order to promote diversity in the award, no author can win the award in the same category twice. Only SIBA-member booksellers can submit nominations, and only SIBA booksellers can vote on the finalists and winners of the award.

 

For more information about the award, please visit SIBA’s website for southern literature: www.authorsroundthesouth.com, or contact Executive Director Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 26 Novels. 24 Nonfiction books. 19 Children's books. 12 Cookbooks. 6 volumes of Poetry.
See what SIBA Booksellers have nominated for the best books of the year!