The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”


2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Go Set a Watchman Soil My Sunshine Away The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

GO SET A WATCHMAN | Harper Lee | Harper | 9780062409850
SOIL | Jamie Kornegay | Simon & Schuster | 9781476750811
MY SUNSHINE AWAY | M. O. Walsh | G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526
THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH | Christopher Scotton | Grand Central Publishing | 9781455551927

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law A Pattern of Lies Bull Mountain Don't Go Home Lowcountry Boneyard
MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW | Ann B. Ross | Viking | 9780525427094
A PATTERN OF LIES | Charles Todd | William Morrow & Company | 9780062386243
BULL MOUNTAIN | Brian Panowich | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 9780399173967
DON’T GO HOME | Carolyn Hart | Berkley Books | 9780425276549
LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD | Susan M. Boyer | Henery Press | 9781941962473

Where All the Light Tends to Go The Bone Tree Descent Rogue Lawyer The Scribe
WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO | David Joy | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 9780399172779
THE BONE TREE | Greg Iles | William Morrow & Company | 9780062311115
DESCENT | Tim Johnston | Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill | 9781616204778
ROGUE LAWYER | John Grisham | Doubleday Books | 9780385539432
THE SCRIBE | Matthew Guinn | W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393239294

Above the Waterfall Welcome to Braggsville New and Improved Romie Futch Calloustown
ABOVE THE WATERFALL | Ron Rash | Ecco Press | 9780062349316
WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE | T. Geronimo Johnson | William Morrow & Company | 9780062302120
THE NEW & IMPROVED ROMIE FUTCH | Julia Elliott | Tin House Books | 9781941040157
CALLOUSTOWN | George Singleton | Dzanc Books | 9781938103162

Dispatches from Pluto Leaving Orbit My Southern Journey Our Only World The World is on Fire
DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO: LOST AND FOUND IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA | Richard Grant | Simon & Schuster | 9781476709642
LEAVING ORBIT: NOTES FROM THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN SPACEFLIGHT | Margaret Lazarus Dean | Graywolf Press | 9781555977092
MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY: TRUE STORIES FROM THE HEART OF THE SOUTH | Rick Bragg | Oxmoor House | 9780848746391
OUR ONLY WORLD: TEN ESSAYS | Wendell Berry | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619024885
THE WORLD IS ON FIRE: SCRAP, TREASURE, AND SONGS OF APOCALYPSE | Joni Tevis | Milkweed Editions | 9781571313478

Barefoot to Avalon Jacksonland Don't Suck, Don't Die Sam Phillips The World's Largest Man
BAREFOOT TO AVALON: A BROTHER'S STORY | David Payne | Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802123541
JACKSONLAND: PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON, CHEROKEE JOHN ROSS, AND A GREAT AMERICAN LAND GRAB | Steve Inskeep | Penguin Press | 9781594205569
DON’T SUCK, DON’T DIE: GIVING UP VIC CHESNUTT | Kristin Hersh | University of Texas Press | 9780292759473
SAM PHILLIPS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL | Peter Guralnick | Little Brown and Company | 9780316042741
THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN: A MEMOIR | Harrison Scott Key | Harper | 9780062351494

Foster The Southerner's Cookbook Sunday Dinner Go SeThe Jemima Codet a Watchman Soulfood Love
FOSTER’S MARKET FAVORITES: 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION | Sara Foster | Story Farm | 9780990520573
THE SOUTHERNER’S COOKBOOK: RECIPES, WISDOM, AND STORIES | the editors of Garden & Gun | Harper Wave | 9780062242419
SUNDAY DINNER: A SAVOR THE SOUTH COOKBOOK | Bridgette A. Lacy | University of North Carolina Press | 9781469622453
THE JEMIMA CODE: TWO CENTURIES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN COOKBOOKS | Toni Tipton-Martin | University of Texas Press | 9780292745483
SOUL FOOD LOVE: HEALTHY RECIPES INSPIRED BY ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF COOKING IN A BLACK FAMILY | Alice Randall | Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780804137935

Hamster Princess Serafina and the Black Cloak Yard War Seeds of Freedom
HAMSTER PRINCESS: OF MICE AND MAGIC | Ursula Vernon | Dial Books | 9780803739840
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK | ROBERT BEATTY | DISNEY-HYPERION | 9781484709016
YARD WAR | Taylor Kitchings | Wendy Lamb Books | 9780553507539
SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA | Hester Bass | Candlewick | 9780763669195

Anything Could Happen The Odds of Getting Even Mosquitoland The Wrath and the Dawn
ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN | Will Walton | Push | 9780545709545
THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN | Sheila Turnage | Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803739611
MOSQUITOLAND | David Arnold | Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780451470775
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN | Renee Ahdieh | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | 9780399171611

 

(Columbia, SC) --The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is paying tribute to one of the South’s most beloved writers by renaming the SIBA Book Awards. This has been in the works since the news of Conroy’s 70th birthday. SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell confirmed that the organization had been planning to update the Award to make it more reflective of the current Southern bookselling community. “We have long wanted a sexier more marketable name for our book awards, and nothing is sexier than Mr. Conroy!,” she noted, “So, at least for this year, along with other changes, we are delighted to bring this prize and long list to southern readers.”

“Pat Conroy has been a force for good in the world of southern books and literature and we want to acknowledge that,” Jewell added, “He has not just written some of our favorite books, he has been incredibly generous in his support of readers, of booksellers, and of other writers. The world of southern literature is a rich place today because of the encouragement he extends to new authors and the commitment he has always shown towards the southern literary community.” Southern bookstores can attest to Conroy’s dedication to their stores, as it is a regular occurrence for the author to show up at their doors with each new book, often signing copies for customers for hours and hours. On one now legendary occasion he signed books for eight hours straight, and the store arranged to have a masseuse on hand to help with writer’s cramp.  “Pat Conroy is a storemaker,” said Jewell, “a writer whose single visit can make the difference to a bookstore’s year end bottom line.”

Along with the new name, The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize also has an expanded list of categories. “Our goal is to have the nominations drive the categories rather than forcing all nominations into a category they might not fit. Rather than being married to a certain set of categories like “fiction,” “nonfiction,” “children’s,” we can open the award up to new categories driven by the nominations,” explained Jewell. She noted that SIBA used the BISAC designations of nominated books to help determine the award categories for the year.  This year, ”Fiction” has been expanded into four categories, and “History & Life Stories” (including biography, autobiography and memoir) has been added to the nonfiction categories. Each category is named for one of Conroy’s works, or in the case of young people's literature, a book about Mr. Conroy.:

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
The Prince of Tides
Literary Prize
Beach Music 
Mystery Prize
Lords of Discipline 
Thriller Prize
The Death of Santini
Nonfiction Prize
The Water is Wide 
History & Life Stories Prize
The Pat Conroy Cookbook
Prize
Poppy's Pants, Jr.
Youngsters Prize (Ages 0-9)
Poppy's Pants
Young Adult Prize (Ages 10+)

“Over 140 great Southern books received nominations,” noted Jewell. “it’s a dream reading list.” All nominated books had to meet the Award criteria: they had to be Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, and had to have been published in 2015. All nominations had to come from a SIBA bookstore or from a SIBA store customer.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the month of March, and Finalists for each category in the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize will be announced in April. From there, the finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award or contact Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Long List

The Great Santini Fiction Prize

A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin (Berkley Books, 9780425281994)
A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax (Berkley Books, 9780425274477)
Affair & Honor by Batt Humphries (Yellow Dog Press, 9780692411865)
Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan (Calypso Editions, 9780988790390)
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow & Company, 9780062132567)
At the Corner of King Street by Mary Ellen Taylor (Berkley Books, 9780425278253)
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250065933)
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley (Gallery Books, 9781476761664)
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Gallery Books, 9781501100765)
Come Rain or Shine by Jan Karon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399167454)
Dark Heir by Faith Hunter (Roc, 9780451465962)
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9780425279984)
Fate Moreland's Widow by John Lane (University of South Carolina Press, 9781611174694)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Juventud by Vanessa Blakeslee (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9781940430584)
Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson (Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250052414)
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe (Tor Books, 9780765376541)
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor (Penguin Books, 9780143126751)
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press, 9780525427094)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
Point Blank by Fern Michaels (Kensington Publishing Corporation, 9781617734649)
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250010742)
The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414386904)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455520619)
Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall (Houghton Mifflin, 9780544400009)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (New American Library, 9780451470898)
The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781476709024)
This Side of the River by Jeffrey Stayton (Nautilus Publishing, 9781936946655)
Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel by Robert Gipe (Ohio University Press, 9780821421529)
Untying the Moon by Ellen Malphrus (Story River Books, 9781611176100)
Water from My Heart by Charles Martin (Center Street, 9781455554706)
Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods (Mira Books, 9780778318637)
Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander (Other Press, 9781590517116)
Year of the Snake: 1989 by Sue Lile Inman (Fps, 9781934216231)

 

The Beach Music Mystery Prize

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar by Carol Heilman (Lighthouse Publishing, 9781941103265)
Bloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams (Tyrus Books, 9781440585456)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann Sweeney (New American Library, 9780451415431)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Edisto Jinx by C. Hope Clark (Bell Bridge Books, 9781611946659)
The Evidence Room by Cameron Harvey (Minotaur Books, 9781250031150)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781943390175)
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
Murder is on the Clock by Fran Rizer (Odyssey South Publishing, 9780692540336)
Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield (Minotaur Books, 9781250072757)

 

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
False Positive by Andrew Grant (Ballantine Books, 9780345540751)
Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker (Roundfire Books, 9781785350825)
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399174001)
The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353595)
The Marauders by Tom Cooper (Broadway Books, 9780804140584)
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173943)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)
Season of Fear by Brian Freeman (Quercus Books, 9781623654078)
Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow & Company, 9780062240019)
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (Bantam, 9780345544049)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Viking, 9780525427506)
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)

 

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize

A Free State by Tom Piazza (Harper, 9780062284129)
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Calloustown by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162)
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam (William Morrow & Company, 9780062325891)
Crash Bang Burn by Dawn K. Goodwin (Createspace, 9781514305171)
The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre (John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780895876515)
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766139)
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books, 9781476772141)
Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden, 9781932841916)
Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce (Riverhead Books, 9781594632525)
Honey from the Lion by Matthew N. Null (Lookout Books, 9781940596082)
In Every Way by Nic Brown (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024595)
The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull Press, 9781619024854)
Memphis Movie by Corey Mesler (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766146)
Minnow by James E. McTeer III (Hub City Press, 9781938235115)
My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella (Turner, 9781630269623)
New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
Postmark Bayou Chene by Gwen Roland (Louisiana State University Press, 9780807161449)
Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619026230)
Soon: Stories by Pamela Durban (University of South Carolina Press, 978161175332)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)

 

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize

Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom by Alysia Burton Steele (Center Street, 9781455562848)
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers edited by Margaret McMullan (McPherson, 9781620540138)
The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football by Stuart Stevens (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353021)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams by Bland Simpson (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469624938)
Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History by Maude Schuyler-Clay (Steidl Dap, 9783869309743)
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, 9780848746391)
Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024885)
Penguins with Problems by Mary Laura Philpott (Tarcherperigree, 9780399173097)
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate by Laura Lengnick (New Society Publishers, 9780865717749)
Start Your Engines: Famous Firsts in the History of NASCAR by Jay W. Pennell (Sports Publishing LLC, 9781613218280)
What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley by Kim Cross (Atria Books, 9781476763064)
When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors edited by Nicole Seitz (Water Books, 9780996940207)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

 

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize

After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter by Gwendolyn Knapp (Avery Publishing Group, 9781592409136)
American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power by Christopher Andersen (William Morrow & Company, 9780062420336)
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman (Viking, 9780525427209)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II by Winston Groom (National Geographic Society, 9781426215490)
Gin & Gardenias: A Memoir of Desire, Love, and Loss: Poems by A. Scott Henderson (A. Scott Henderson, 9781934216774)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (Crown Publishing Group, 9780307887276)
Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion (Penguin Press, 9781594204715)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
Wailing Wall: A Mother’s Memoir by Deedra Climer (Inkshares, 978194758113)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

 

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize

Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes by John Besh (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781449469177)
Crabs & Oysters: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bill Smith (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622620)
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Heathy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)
Southern Soups and Stews: More Than 75 Recipes from Burgoo and Gumbo to Etouffee and Fricassee by Nancie McDermott (Chronicle Books, 9781452124858)
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by the editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, 9780062242419)
Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bridgette A. Lacy (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622453)
Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Stress-Free Cooking by Debora M. Coty (Barbour Publishing, 9781634093224)
Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186155)

 

Poppy's Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books, 9780062238610)
Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia (Marimba Books, 9781603490306)
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780385755078)
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay (HarperCollins, 9780062308443)
The Water and the Wild by Katie Elise Ormsbee (Chronicle Books, 9781452113869)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)

 

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 9780525426509)
Mosquitoland
by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Persuasion by Martina Boone (Simon Pulse, 9781481411257)
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (Simon Pulse, 9781481422628)
Terminal by Kathy Reichs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9781595145284)
The Trouble with Destiny by Laureen Morrill (Delacorte Press, 9780553497977)
Valiant by Sarah McGuire (Egmontusa, 9781606845523)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)