The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

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 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.

"What a delicious gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour. I loved all of these books for the sole reason that they tell the world in colorful, rich and diverse language just what it so special and, yes, crazy about the American South." – Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Formerly the “SIBA Book Award,” the newly reborn Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. The nine winners chosen from a field of nearly forty finalists. Together, they represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

My Sunshine AwayAbove the WaterfallBull Mountain

The Great Santini Fiction Prize Winner: 
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“This debut author spins a tale that will grab you from the first page and keep you turning pages until the last.”– Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner: 
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

“Beautiful language, I could not put this book down.  Read it in one day.” – Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

The Beach Music Mystery Prize Winner: 
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“ Reads like a twisty, dark TV series you can't help but binge-watch.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

The Bone TreeSoul Food LoveDispatches from Pluto

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize Winner: 
The Bone Tree by Greg Isles (William Morrow & Company)

“Iles has written an intense, tightly plotted narrative with more than one shocking turn of events that will have readers racing to finish, but then pining away for the third installment of this massive and electrifying trilogy.” – Square Books, Oxford, MS

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize Winner: 
Soul Food Love by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers)

I really appreciate the goal of this cookbook - to make Soul food quick, inexpensive, tasty and healthy! The family history part of the cookbook was very interesting and I appreciated the honesty of the authors. I loved the pictures of the family & the finished product of the recipes.” – Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC

The Death of Santini NonFiction Prize Winner: 
Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster)

"In Dispatches From Pluto, Richard Grant brings clarity, insight, and wit through his outsider's observations of a small and forgotten community in the Mississippi Delta. The situations he writes of and the people he comes to know as friends are brought warmly and enrichingly to life as he settles his family in a rotting and dilapidated plantation home in Pluto, Mississippi." – Pass  Books, Pass Christian, MS

JacksonlandMosquitolandSerafina and the Black Cloak

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize Winner: 
Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press

“Great history! Loved the book, very well written”  – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize Winner: 
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)

“Mim's voice in this amazing amalgam of a love story, a road trip novel, and a coming-of-age story, will stay with you long after you finish .” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Poppy's Pants Youngster's Prize Winner: 
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion)

“A wonderfully thrilling mystery for young readers that is as much a celebration of being "different" as it is pitch-perfect creepiness.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

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Nine great books for your Southern reading list. But remember that they come from a "gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour" to quote one Southern bookseller. To round out your literary diet, be sure to look at the full list of Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists.

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit SIBA’s website for Southern literature, http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards 

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