Announcing the Ultimate Southern Reading List! The 2015 SIBA Book Award Long List

Over one hundred titles made the 2015 SIBA Book Award "Long List" -- all books that made somebody's "best of the year" list in Southern literature. Books were nominated in five categories: Children's, Cooking, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. To be eligible the nominee had to be a book that was Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, or both. And the nomination had to come via a Southern Independent Bookstore.

Bookstores that are members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will vote on the long list to determine the finalists in each category by April 1. Finalists are then judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers, and the winners in each category will be announced on July 4, 2015 "Independents Day."

For more information about the SIBA Book Award, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

The Long (Long, Long, Looooonnng) List!

Children's

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707
Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Little Pickle Press, 9781939775054
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
Hostie by Kate Sally Palmer, Warbranch Press, 9780966711493
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316240772
Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316322447

Cooking

Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Store Cookbook by Alexe Van Bueren, Clarkson Potter, 9780385345002
Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything by Donald Link, Clarkson Potter, 9780770433185
Drink the Harvest by Nan Chase & DeNeice C. Guest, Storey, 9781612121598
The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters by Pam Brandon, University Press of Florida, 9780813060156
Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298
The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants and the Recipes That Made Them Famous by Chris Chamberlain, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605025
Southern Holidays by Debbie Moose, UNC Press, 9781469617893
The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen by Jennifer Chandler, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605216
Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment by Nancy Vienneau, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605179

Fiction

A Far Gone Night by John Carenen Neverland Publishing, 9780990314851
All I Have in This World by Michael Parker, Workman, 9781616201623
Arcana by Jessica Leake, Talos, 9781940456140
Between Wrecks by George Singleton, Dzanc, 9781938103797
By The Red Glare by Mark Sibley-Jones, USC Press, 9781611173994
Byrd by Kim Church, Dzanc Books, 9781938604522
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman, Harper, 9780062276728
Charleston by Margaret Thornton, Ecco, 9780062332523
Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, Atria Books, 9781476753034
Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
Don't Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman, Minotaur, 9781250027566
Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams, Bantam, 9780553808094
Each Shining Hour: A Novel of Watervalley by Jeff High, New American Library, 9780451419279
Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, Bloomsbury, 9781620403013
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins, Putnam Adult, 9780399161797
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central Publishing, 9780446527958
The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner, William Morrow, 9780062136190
House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425263327
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer, St. Martin's Press, 9781250047021
Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank, William Morrow, 9780062132529
Ice Garden by Moira Crone, Carolina Wren, 9780932112965
In the Heart of the Dark Wood by Billy Coffey, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 9781401690090
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking Books, 9780670024780
It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks, New American Library, 9780451418869
Life Intercepted by Charles Martin, Center Street, 9781455554669
Limestone Gumption by Bryan Robinson, Five Star, 9781432827786
Long Man by Amy Greene, Knopf Publishing Group, 9780307593436
A Long Time Gone by Karen White, New American Library, 9780451240460
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, St. Martins Press, 9781250019806
Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross, Viking Books, 9780670026111
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, William Morrow & Company, 9780062311078
Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425272107
Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Barnhill, St. Martins Press, 9780312662127
Risky Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique, Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464203060
Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martins Press, 9781250019691
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech, William Morrow & Company, 9780062307521
The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson, Amy Einhorn Books, 9780399157721
A Shelter of Others by Charles White, Fiddleback Press, 9780988687257
The Sheltering by Mark Powell, USC Press, 9781611174342
Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain, St. Martins Press, 9781250010711
Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke, Tin House Books, 9781935639947
Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon, Putnam Adult , 9780399167447
A Southern Girl by John Warley, Story River Books , 9781611173918
Southern Heat by David Burnsworth, Five Star, 9781432828004
Starting Over: Stories by Elizabeth Spencer, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871406811
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414388267
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith, Harper, 9780062335944
Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martins Press, 9781250040312
Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery Books, 9781476709017
Tell the World You're a Wildflower by Jennifer Horne, University of Alabama Press, 9780817318451
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
Thorn Tree by Heather Marshall, MP Publishing, 9781849823074
Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo, William Morrow, 9780062130549
Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey, William Morrow, 9780062092816
To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425253021
The Whiskey Baron by Jon Sealy, Hub City Press, 9781891885747
The Wilds by Julia Elliott, Tin House, 9781935639923
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis, Minotaur Books, 9781250053190

Nonfiction

Bearwallow by Jeremy Jones, Blair, 9780895876249
Beautiful at All Seasons by Elizabeth Lawrence, Duke University Press, 9780822357766
Blessed Experiences by James Clyburn, USC Press, 9781611173376
Call to Action by Jimmy Carter, Simon and Schuster, 9781476773957
Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda, Harper, 9780062116291
Dreaming Bears by J. Michael Holloway, Epicenter Press, 9781935347309
Elemental by Bill Brown, 3:A Taos Press, 9780984792566
Everglades by Mac Stone, University Press of Florida, 9780813049854
Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches by Renea Winchester, Mercer University Press, 9780881465044
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul, St. Martin's Press, 9781250040497
Poems of the American South by David Biespiel, Everyman's Library, 9780375712449
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, Dutton Books, 9780525426813
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
Rough Beast by Tim Peeler, Future Cycle, 9781938853555
Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss, Vanderbilt University Press, 9780826520234
The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America by Scott Cowen, Palgrave MacMillan, 9781137278869
The Loyal Lieutenant by George Hincapie, William Morrow, 9780062330918
The Only Sounds We Make by Lee Zacharias, Hub City Press, 9781938235009
The Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle by Cassandra King, Maiden Lane Press, 9781940210032
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes, Crown Publishing Group, 9780307885913
Unbreakable by Thom Shea, Clovercroft, 9781940262376
Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie , University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227
Web of Water by John Lane, Hub City Press, 9781938235054
Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South by David Beasley, St. Martin's Press, 9781250014665

Young Adult

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, Delacorte, 9780385740579
Compulsion by Martina Boone, Simon Pulse, 9781481411226
League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Starscape/Tor/Macmillan, 9780765338228
Revolution by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic, 9780545106078
Running from Lions by Julian Vaca, Createspace, 9781491204573
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, Greenwillow Books, 9780062220141
Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, 9780375870514
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871405883
The Sittin' Up by Shelia Moses, Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399257230
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316405058

Celebrate Independents!  SIBA’s 2014 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 2014 SIBA Book Awards.  Selected as the best in their category by a juried panel of booksellers, each of the following titles showcases what Southern Indie Bookstores think is the finest in the tradition of Southern storytelling for the year.

The Winners!

  • Children’s Winner: The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)

  • Cooking Winner: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence  (Andrews McMeel)

  • Fiction Winner: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)

  • Nonfiction Winner:  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (Crown)

  • Poetry Winner: The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers by Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53)

  • Young Adult Winner: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile)

More about the winners:

Children’s Winner: The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)

The last year has been rougher than sandpaper for Abbey Force and her dad. He’s in a coma after his accident a year back, wherein he was framed for a terrible crime he didn’t commit. And their home, Reward Plantation, an idyllic spot on the eastern coast of South Carolina, had to be sold to pay off his debt to society. Abbey is stuck living with her uncle Charlie, who, even in the few hours a day when he’s sober, ain’t exactly your ideal parental role model.

But it turns out the new family that moved into Abbey’s old house has a daughter named Bee. And she’s just as curious about all the No Trespassing signs and holes being dug out by Felony Bay, in the corner of what used to be Abbey’s home. It appears someone’s been poking around a mystery that dates all the way back to the Civil War—and it just might be the same someone who framed Abbey’s dad.


Cooking Winner: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence  (Andrews McMeel)

Chef John Currence would rather punch you in the mouth with his fantastic flavors than poke you in the eye with fancy presentation. In his first cookbook, Currence gives you 130 recipes organized by 10 different techniques, such as Boiling/Simmering, Slathering, Pickling/Canning, Roasting/Braising, Muddling/Stirring, Brining/Smoking, and Baking/Spinning, just to name a few. John's fun-loving personality rings true throughout the book with his personal stories and history, and his one-of-a-kind recipes for Pickled Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain Guinness Mustard, Deep South "Ramen" with a Fried Poached Egg, Rabbit Cacciatore, Smoked Endive, Fire-Roasted Cauliflower, and Kitchen Sink Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Each recipe has a song pairing with it and the complete list can be downloaded at spotify.com. Over 100 documentary-style color photographs by photographer Angie Mosier complete this stunning look at the South.

Fiction Winner: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)

“Fall in love with spunky Starla Claudelle, who runs away from a strict grandmother in 1963 Mississippi to find the mother she hasn't seen since she was three. As she journeys with a black woman named Eula, Starla has her eyes opened to larger issues of race and segregation. This wonderful novel will be devoured by book clubs and will cause every parent who finishes it to immediately find and hug their children. -Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction” -- Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


Nonfiction Winner:  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (Crown)

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.  In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. 

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

Poetry Winner: The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers by Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53)

Hardship, cruelty, heartbreak, bleak sorrow—these sad themes are plentiful in the pages of Cathy Smith Bowers. But in its smoldering heart, her poetry holds, like the piñata in “The Party,” a “sweet, dark center.” — Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Young Adult Winner: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile)

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun.  He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.  Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.