Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn't stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.
In 2017, the SIBA Book Award became The Southern Book Prize and implemented The Conroy Legacy Award to honor one of the region's most enduring, iconic writers and to recognize Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.
WHICH BOOKS CAN BE NOMINATED
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or 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. Stores may also 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.
HOW DO I NOMINATE A BOOK?
Enter your choices on our online nomination form.
WHAT IS THE CONROY LEGACY AWARD?
The Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:
- Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
- Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
- Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.
The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.
I'M A PUBLISHER/AUTHOR/BOOKSELLER: HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Follow the links below to learn more. Mark your calendars now for important nomination deadlines and announcements!
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Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 15-17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show. Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000 This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!
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.
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 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
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
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
Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 16-18 in Savannah, Georgia. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show. Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000 This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!
- Category: Southern Book Prize