Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2010 Book Award Winners; A Southern Explosion of Works

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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 AndersonChildren’s Winner: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass (Candlewick Press)

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 Bros. Simple Fresh SouthernCooking Winner: The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee (Clarkson Potter)

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 HelpFiction Winner: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books)

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 HadNonfiction Winner: The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg (Macadam Cage)

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.

The Winners!

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)