SIBA Book Award

SIBA Finalists 

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated?

Books are nominated in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book?

Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

 

(Columbia, SC) April 17, 2013 --  Southern Indie Booksellers have spoken! Members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance have selected this year’s finalists for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards. There are twenty-five books on the list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

July 4, 2013 -- And the winners are... marked with an asterix* 

2013 SIBA Book Award Finalists:

Fiction
*A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco Press)
The Cove by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
Sea Change by Karen White (New American LIbrary)
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer (St. Martins Press)
Stray Decorum by George Singleton (Dzanc Books)

Poetry
*Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer FROM JACKSON COUNTY (Louisiana State University Press)
Permanent Camp by George Ellison FROM SWAIN COUNTY (History Press) 
Thrall by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Nonfiction
The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell (Harvard University Press)
Down Bohicket Road: An Artist S Journey. Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. with Excerpts from Alfreda S World by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
Losing My Sister by Judy Goldman (John F. Blair Publisher)
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by Ron Rice (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)
*Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

Cooking
*The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day & Griffith Day (Artisan)
Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate by Fred Thompson (University of North Carolina Press)
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith Publishers)
Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang (Oxmoor House)

Children's
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred Knopf Books for Young Readers)
*The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (HarperCollins)

Young Adult
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (Simon Pulse)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Razorbill)
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
*Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at sibaweb.com/siba-book-award. 

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Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokies Cover Image
By George Ellison, Elizabeth Ellison (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781609496852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press (SC) - May 22nd, 2012

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Descent Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807147504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louisiana State University Press - February 2013

Thrall: Poems Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780547571607
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 18th, 2012

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781579654580
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Artisan Publishers - March 6th, 2012

Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780807835708
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 2012

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781423602750
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Gibbs Smith - November 2012

Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories Cover Image
By Rebecca Lang, Jennifer Davick (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780848736538
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Oxmoor House - October 2nd, 2012

A Land More Kind Than Home Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062088239
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: William Morrow & Company - January 22nd, 2013

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060885618
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Ecco Press - November 27th, 2012

The Cove Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061804205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - November 6th, 2012

Sea Change Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451236760
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: New American Library - June 5th, 2012

Shine Shine Shine Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250007070
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 17th, 2012

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Stray Decorum Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781938103544
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Dzanc Books - October 9th, 2012

Chomp Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780375868276
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Ember - March 12th, 2013

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062110589
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 2012

34 Pieces of You Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442439078
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Simon Pulse - June 11th, 2013

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442457027
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2012

A Million Suns Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781595145376
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Razorbill - November 21st, 2012

Fathomless Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316207782
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Three Times Lucky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803736702
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Dial Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2012

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674059870
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Harvard University Press - March 1st, 2012

Down Bohicket Road: An Artist S Journey. Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. with Excerpts from Alfreda S World. Cover Image
By Mary Whyte, Angela D. Mack (Foreword by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781611171006
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 29th, 2012

Losing My Sister Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780895875839
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: John F. Blair Publisher - October 2012

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop Cover Image
By Ronald Rice (Editor)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781579129101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - November 13th, 2012

Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451679007
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 5th, 2012

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