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2019 Fall Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Fall Okra Picks

Okra Picks(Asheville, NC) –Southern indie booksellers have announced their 2019 Fall Okra Picks, a fresh harvest of great Southern books, Southern voices, and Southern stories hand picked by Southern independent booksellers. The Fall Okra Picks release in October, November, and December, and every book on the list has a Southern bookseller ready to put it in the hands of readers with that most exciting phrase in the English language, “You’ve got to read this!

Southern independent bookstores – we grow good books!

2019 Fall Okra Picks Edelweiss Collection

10 Blind DatesWatershedOrpheus Girl How We Fight For Our LivesThe Giver of StarsLifestyles of Gods and Monsters

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Disney-Hyperion, October 2019

Watershed by Mark Barr
Hub City Press, October 2019

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Soho Teen, October 2019

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Simon & Schuster, October 2019

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books, October 2019

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2019

Holding On to NothingTell Me a StoryNothing to See HereThe Name of All ThingsWatch What You SayThe RevisionersThe Bromance Book Club

Holding on to Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne
Blair, October 2019

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy
William Morrow & Company, October 2019

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Ecco Press, October 2019

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
Tor Books, November 2019

Watch What You Say by George Weinstein
Sfk Press, November 2019

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Counterpoint LLC, November 2019

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Berkley Books, November 2019

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

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Okra Picks Schedule Change

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Okra Picks Deadline Change: Deadline for SUMMER Okra Picks nominations is May 15

Okra PicksBeginning in May, SIBA's Okra Picks program calendar has been updated to give booksellers and publishers more time to promote each season's titles and to allow for active pre-order campaigns for the forthcoming books. Accordingly, nomination deadlines for each season have been pushed back by two weeks. The new Okra Picks schedule is as follows:

  • Spring (April-June titles):

    Nomination Deadline: February 15
    Okra Picks Announced: April 1

  • Summer (July-September titles):

    Nomination Deadline: May 15
    Okra Picks Announced: July 1

  • Fall (October-December titles):

    Nomination Deadline: August 15
    Okra Picks Announced: October 1

  • Winter (January-March titles):

    Nomination Deadline: November 15
    Okra Picks Announced: January 1

Okra Picks 

Okra Picks is SIBA's program to highlight forthcoming books of southern interest that its booksellers are especially excited about. Since its inception, the program has spotlighted new books by favorite southern authors such as Joshilyn Jackson, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash, and Tayari Jones, and also break out books by debut and emerging authors such as Wiley Cash, T. Geronimo Johnson, Brian Panowich, Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Holly Goddard Jones.

Nominations are only accepted from SIBA member booksellers, and may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Via the Okra Picks nomination form
By submitting a review to Edelweiss
By emailing the nomination to okrapicks@sibaweb.com

More information about Okra Picks can be found at

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_bkstore

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Galleys and Giveaways: The Travelers by Regina Porter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


The Travelers

The Travelers
Regina Porter
ISBN: 9780525576198
Hogarth
Hardcover
$27
June 18, 2019

The adventures of two families unfold and intertwine—across continents and generations, spanning the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president—in The Travelers, an absorbing tale of family, history, and the persistence of love.
 
Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.
 
Claudia’s mother— Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” becomes Eddie’s life anchor, as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again.
 
These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.
 
With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

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2018 Fall Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Okra Picks2018 Fall Okra Picks

The end of summer and beginning of fall brings with it a new harvest of Okra (Picks). Southern indie booksellers have chosen a bushel of the best Southern books of the upcoming season, October to December.  Each of the 18 books on the list was hand-picked by an enthusiastic Southern bookseller as something they are especially looking forward to. Okra Picks are the “You’ve Got to Read This!” list for the upcoming holidays.

Becoming Mrs. LewisBook of the Just: Book  Three of the Bohemian TrilogyThe Dream DaughterSouthern Discomfort: A  MemoirLouisiana's Way HomeScribe

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Thomas Nelson | Hardcover | 9780785224501 | 10/02/2018

Book of the Just: Book Three of the Bohemian Trilogy by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781681778587 | 10/02/2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press | Hardcover | 9781250087300 | 10/02/2018

Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark
Touchstone Books | Hardcover | 9781501167942 | 10/02/2018

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press (MA) | Hardcover | 9780763694630 | 10/02/2018

Scribe by Alyson Hagy
Graywolf Press | Paperback | 9781555978181 | 10/02/2018

LorraineNovember RoadInstantly Southern: 85  Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r)Decorating a Room of  One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre,  Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary NotablesQuiverCharlie Hernández &  the League of Shadows

Lorraine by Ketch Secor
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | Hardcover | 9781492616924 | 10/02/2018

November Road by Lou Berney
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062663849 | 10/09/2018

Instantly Southern: 85 Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r) by Sheri Castle
Clarkson Potter Publishers | Paperback | 9781984822475 | 10/09/2018

Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables by Susan Harlan
Abrams Image | Hardcover | 9781419732379 | 10/09/2018

Quiver by Julia Watts
Three Rooms Press | Paperback | 9781941110669 | 10/16/2018

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Aladdin Paperbacks | Hardcover | 9781534426580 | 10/23/2018

Backyard Bears:  Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WildlifeYellow Stonefly Hide with MeIn Too DeepCongratulations, Who  Are You Again?: A Memoirove Like Sky

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife by Amy Cherrix
Houghton Mifflin | Hardcover | 9781328858689 | 10/23/2018

Yellow Stonefly by Tim Poland
Swallow Press | Hardcover | 9780804012072 | 10/23/2018

Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee
Razorbill | Hardcover | 9780451478351 | 11/06/2018

In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
Fleming H. Revell Company | Paperback | 9780800729295 | 11/06/2018

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
Harper Perennial | Paperback | 9780062843302 | 11/06/2018

Love Like Sky by Leslie C Youngblood
Disney-Hyperion | Hardcover | 9781368016506 | 11/06/2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra
Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

 

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2018 Summer Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, July 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Okra PickSummer is the season for Okra. . .Picks! Southern Indie Booksellers have chosen their favorite Southern books of the summer, a literary harvest of forthcoming hand sell hot picks and future bestsellers.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between July and September, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Eighteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s literature—have been picked by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited about. The answer to every reader’s favorite question – What should I read next? – can be found here.

JULY

Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son by Mary Carter BishopWilla of the Wood  by Robert BeattySmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe  by Jo HacklThe New Inheritors by Kent WascomThe Lost Country by William GayThe Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son  by Mary Carter Bishop
Harper | 9780062400734 | 27.99 | July 2018

Willa of the Wood  by Robert Beatty
Disney-Hyperion | 9781368005845 | 16.99 | July 2018

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe  by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399557385 | 16.99 | July 2018

The New Inheritors by Kent Wascom
Grove Press | 9780802128171 | 26.00 | July 2018

The Lost Country by William Gay
Dzanc Books | 9781945814525 | 26.95 | July 2018

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons
Little Brown and Company | 9780316516211 | 26.00 | July 2018

AUGUST

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America  by Beth MacyWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensSurviving Adam Mede by Shannon KlareThe Line That Held Us by David JoyRush by Lisa PattonOne Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol Anderson

Dopesick: Doctors, Dealers, and the Drug Company That Addicted America  by Beth Macy
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316551243 | August 2018

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735219090 | 26.00 | August 2018

Surviving Adam Mede by Shannon Klare
Swoon Reads | 9781250154378 | 16.99 | August 2018

The Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399574221 | 27.00 | August 2018

Rush by Lisa Patton
St. Martin’s Press | 9781250020666 | 26.99 | August 2018

The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival  by Terry Roberts
Turner | 9781684421633 | 16.99 | August 2018

SEPTEMBER

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol AndersonSouthernmostMerci Suárez Changes Gears  by Meg MedinaThe Law of Finders Keepers  Wake by Sheila TurnageDrive by Joyce Moyer HostetterOur Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy  by Nicole Seitz (editor)Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist  by Eli Saslow

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol Anderson
Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635571370 | 27.00 | September 2018

Merci Suárez Changes Gears  by Meg Medina
Candlewick Press | 9780763690496 | 16.99 | September 2018

The Law of Finders Keepers  Wake by Sheila Turnage
Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803739628 | 16.99 | September 2018

Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Calkins Creek Books | 9781629798653 | $18.95 | September 2018

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy  by Nicole Seitz (editor) and Jonathan Haupt (editor)
University of Georgia Press | 9780820354484 | $29.95 | September 2018

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist  by Eli Saslow
Doubleday Books | 9780385542869 | $26.95 | September 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

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Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 

Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!


We have very exciting news to share with you. This spring, SIBA researched the ability of our organization and our member stores to generate sales and events in our territory. The results are fantastic, and included in our new SIBA Press Kit. Please take a look! The collective clout of SIBA stores is mighty impressive!


Southern indie booksellers, together with SIBA, reach more than 1.5 million readers. This translates into an average of 10,000 readers weekly per bookstore. You host over 15,000 events annually, and support over 1100 book clubs regionwide. One fourth of you participate in our Circle of Sites homepage banner ad promotion, which generates 2 million impressions annually. Just imagine if every store participated! Your events are promoted in Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter to a weekly audience of 60,000 readers. You distribute 500,000 Okra Pick bookmarks and 900,000 Holiday catalogs annually.


Curious how many SIBA member stores report sales to the NYT and Indie bestseller lists? What percentage submit reviews on Edelweiss? How many attend our Discovery Show? It’s all here, and more.


We hope this data will inspire you to consider your part in SIBA’s zone of influence and explore where you might increase effort and engagement to reach more readers and grow your sales. You are making your mark!

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Sign your store up for the Okra Picks Newsletter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

Sign up deadline is May 1

"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their Okra Picks Newsletter

Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

See a sample here

Sign up here

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Did you get your Okra Pick box?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 9, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018
You should have received your Okra Pick box this week.  You can identify it by the Okra Pick tape that is used to seal the box.  It's packed full of goodies.  Starting with 400 full-color beautiful bookmarks. There are two full-color posters. One promoting the Okra Picks for the Season, and another for the inaugural #ReadThisNext list.  These are general books that southern booksellers are excited to sell.  Come to the B3! webinar on August 25th, and learn your way around Edelweiss to get your name and bookstore on the next list. See a sample of the Shelf Talkers available for download here. Find enclosed the form to report your OP Sales for B3! credit, and use the included registration form to sign up for #SIBA18 in Tampa, FL.

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2018 Spring Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, April 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

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2018 Winter Okra Picks: A Bumper Crop of Delicious Reads!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018

Okra PicksThe 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers – who have chosen these dozen and a half – books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!

The Road to Bittersweet The Road to Bittersweet Robicheaux Daily Writing Resistance 

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709493 | 15.95 | January 2018

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster 9781501176845 27.99 January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Uner a Cloudless Sky Fire Sermon The Afterlives The Problim Children 

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate An American Marriage The Promise Whiskey & Ribbons 

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate Daisy Cakes Bakes The Hush The Past Is Never 

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain I Was Anastsia 

Gods of Howl Mountain
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

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