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Lady Banks Pick of the Week

Each year, hundreds of booksellers and readers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling, recommending, and reading. These are the books they couldn’t stop talking about: books by Southern writers, or with a Southern perspective, or both. Voting opens the week of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge, November 8-17, building on the momentum of the grassroots campaign to encourage book buying at local bookstores and giving store customers chances to win more prizes and lasts until February 1, 2020. Winners will be announced on February 14, 2020.

Past Book Prize Winners

  • 2021 Southern Book Prize Finalists

    Announcing the 2021 Southern Book Prize Finalists

    #southernbookprize #SBP21 #VoiceYourChoice

    The Southern Book Prize

    Southern independent booksellers have selected the finalists for the 2021 Southern Book Prize, representing bookseller favorites from 2020 that are Southern in nature—either about the South, or by a Southern writer. Nominations were submitted by bookstore members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and culled from books that have received strong reviews from Southern booksellers. The sixteen finalists which received the highest number of nominations are a collection of the most beloved “hand sells” in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature of the year.


    A Good NeighborhoodThe Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying VampiresThe Prettiest StarHieroglyphicsThe Vanishing HalfRing Shout

    A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
    St. Martin's Press, March 2020

    The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
    Quirk Books, April 2020

    The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels
    Hub City Press, May 2020

    Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle
    Algonquin Books, July 2020

    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    Riverhead Books, June 2020

    Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
    Tordotcom, October 2020


    UntamedMemorial DriveMy Autobiography of Carson McCullersWorld of WondersThe Deepest South of All

    Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    Dial Press, March 2020

    Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
    Ecco, July 2020

    My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
    Tin House Books, February 2020

    World of Wonders by Amiee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (illus)
    Milkweed Editions, September 2020

    The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant
    Simon & Schuster, September 2020


    Be Not Far From MeYes No Maybe SoAfter SquidnightI am Every Good ThingOnly Mostly Devestated

    Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis
    Katherine Tegen Books, March 2020

    Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
    Balzer + Bray, February 2020

    After Squidnight by Johnathan E. Fenske
    Penguin Workshop, July 2020

    I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon  C. James (illus.)
    Nancy Paulsen Books, September 2020

    Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
    Wednesday Books, March 2020