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The Southern Book Prize: Resources and Support Materials

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 21, 2019

In the first couple weeks of voting, SIBA has already received hundreds of ballots for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, from customers of over 40 SIBA member bookstores. SIBA encourages its members to get their customers involved. The ballot will stay open until February 1 -- plenty of time for everyone to #VoiceYourChoice for the best Southern book of the year. www.SouthernBookPrize.com

SIBA has a developing toolkit of resources to help stores get the most out of the Southern Book Prize voting season:

  • Edelweiss Collection: All the finalists in one place for easy reference!

  • Ballot Postcard: Because when it comes to placing a vote, some folks just prefer a paper ballot! If you have run out of postcard ballots to hand out to your customers you can download the ballot to print more.

  • Ballot embed code: You can place the online ballot directly on your website and encourage your customers to vote without leaving your site.

  • Ballot Online: www.southernbookprize.com

  • Action Checklist: What to do and when to do it in order to make the most out of the Southern Book Prize for your store.

  • Customizable Press Release: Let your local media know that you are a sponsoring partner of the Southern Book Prize, and that their readers have a voice in choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Social Media Links: All the social media tags, handles and accounts you need to promote the Southern Book Prize finalists. Be sure to tag the author when you are talking about their book.

  • Bookseller Reviews: A collection of the reviews your fellow SIBA booksellers have written about the finalist books.

Social Media Graphics: Right-click on any of the images below to save them to your computer, then upload them to your website, social media or for email and other marketing. SIBA will publish new ones every week.

Late MigrationsMagnetic GirlNever Have I Ever

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2020 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, November 1, 2019

Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Southern Book PrizeSouthern independent booksellers have selected the finalists for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, representing bookseller favorites from 2019 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.

The finalists are now placed on the 2020 Southern Book Prize ballot. Winners in each category will be chosen by popular vote from readers who support Southern independent bookstores. Participating bookstores will distribute ballots to their customers, which can be returned to be entered into a raffle to win a complete set of the finalist titles. An online ballot will also be available at www.southernbookprize.com.

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. Voting will run from November 8 through February 1, 2020.

2020 is the second year the Southern Book Prize has been opened up to a popular vote. SIBA launched the public ballot for the 2019 prize, shifting the voting period to build momentum and excitement during the holiday season.

“The response from our member stores and the general public was overwhelming,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “Everyone got involved – booksellers, readers, authors – in the end nearly 3500 ballots were submitted from all over the South. It was a wonderful affirmation of how important and beloved our member bookstores are to their communities.”

Southern Book Prize winners will be announced on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

2020 Southern Book Prize Finalists

The Dutch House The Magnetic GirlNever Have I EverThe Nickel BoysNothing to See HereThis Tender Land

Fiction

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow)
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper)
The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler (Hub City Press)
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

The Furious HoursI Miss You When You BlinkLate MigrationsSouthern Lady CodeTell Me a Story

Nonfiction

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King (William Morrow)
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis (Doubleday)
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions)
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (Atria Books)
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf)

The Gilded WolvesHum and SwishI Will BE FierceThe King of KindergartenRayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Childrens

Hum and Swish by Matt Myers (Neal Porter Books)
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)
I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong (Roaring Brook Press)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Wednesday Books)
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (Nancy Paulsen Books)

 

For more information contact:
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
803-466-8853
wanda@sibaweb.com

 

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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Southern Book PrizeThe 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?

 


2019 Southern Book Prize Winners


The Line That Held Us

FICTION
The Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399574221
“With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy is the new voice of Southern noir. In The Line That Held Us, Joy drags the reader by the gut on a dark and twisted journey of violence and vengeance in a story that will not be soon forgotten.” – Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

 

CHILDREN’S
Smack Dab in the Middle of MaybeSmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780399557385
“Cricket is all alone -- her mama ran away, and her dad died, and now she's stuck with her Aunt Belinda, who doesn't want her. So Cricket sets out on a quest to find and solve a clue trail that she hopes will lead her to her mama and make everything right in her world. On the way, she learns to rely on herself and discovers that some treasures aren't monetary but are just as valuable. Fans of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky will love Cricket and her journey of self-discovery.” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

NONFICTION
The Best Cook in the WorldThe Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg*
Knopf, 9781400040414
“Rick Bragg is the whole package. Intelligent, to the point, hilarious and beyond generous with his time and storytelling. A true man's man and momma's boy who makes us cry with laughter. He embraces his Southern roots and contributes to the overall reason we all love the South.” – Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

*recipient of the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award

The 2019 Southern Book Prize represents a change in both format and timing from past years. Previously timed to be announced in the summer, voting in 2019 began November 10 as part of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge Week, and was opened to Southern booksellers and their customers.  Winners were selected by popular vote and will now be announced on Valentine’s Day.

The response to the new format was enthusiastic as booksellers, readers and writers all rallied around their favorites on the ballot. Over 2800 ballots were submitted by Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores and confirming the Southern Book Prize as a true “Southern Readers’ Choice” award. “It was a phenomenal response” said Wanda Jewell, the Executive Director of The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which administers the Southern Book Prize. “It illustrates the magic that happens when independent bookstores get behind a book and get their customers involved.”

For more information about the Southern Book Prize:
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

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One Good Reason to Renew Your SIBA Membership

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Southern Book Prize Finalists

It is hard to believe, but 2000 ballots have been submitted by readers for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Yes, you read that right. TWO THOUSAND people have voted. Bookstores, authors, and readers have become engaged in the vote for "Best Southern Book of the Year" at unprecedented, enthusiastic levels.

What does that have to do with your store membership? The ballot requires the voter to list their local independent bookstore. Only ballots that list SIBA member bookstores are valid. The store MUST be a current member of SIBA for the vote to count.

Voting closes on February 1st. At that time, SIBA will discard votes that list stores who aren't current members. But stores that are members will receive a mailing list of the people who voted and listed them as their local bookstore. Making sure your store membership is current will not only ensure your customers' votes are counted, it will mean you receive a list of potential new customers.

Click here to update your profile:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx

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SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE DRAWINGS FOR 1/14

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Ghost Boys

Twitter

Ghost Boys

Instagram

Ghost Boys

 

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice

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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 24: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

12/24/2018 Drawing: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Claudia, a customer of Nevermore Books in Beaufort, SC gets a copy of The Best Book in the World by Rick Bragg
  • Pat, a patron of My Sister's Books, Pawley's Island, SC, receives a copy of Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram

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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

12/17/2018 Drawing: Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Bobbie, a customer of Poetic Justice Books & Arts, will receive a copy of A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
  • Ashley, who shops at Scuppernong Books, will get a copy of Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook Best Cook in the World Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter Best Cook in the World Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram Best Cook in the World Drawing for Instagram

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Southern Book Prize Drawings

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. This weekend, anyone who submits a ballot by 12/10 will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of either Kate DiCamillo's Louisiana's Way Home, or Therese Anne Fowler's A Well Behaved Woman.

All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Facebook Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Twitter Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Instagram Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Instagram

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The Southern Book Prize: Are you on this list?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 29, 2018
LIST?

SIBA has already received nearly 1000 submissions for the 2019 Southern Book Prize ballot. If your store hasn't yet promoted the ballot to your customers, here are a couple reasons to do so:

  1. Stores earn 3 B3! points, or .30 in SIBA Credit, for each eligible ballot submitted on their behalf. Some more active stores have already earned $20 -$30 in SIBA credit this month!

  2. Publishers and authors have got behind the ballot and are encouraging their fans and followers to visit SIBA bookstores and store websites to vote. If your store isn't on the list below, you may be missing out on website traffic from your favorite authors! Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you aren't on the list and should be

    Here's a list of stores featuring the Southern Book Prize on their websites:
    https://www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.com

    https://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

    https://www.poeticjusticebooks.com/ 
    https://www.page158books.com/
    https://www.bookmarksnc.org/
    http://www.pageandpalette.com/
    http://www.fiction-addiction.com

  3. At the close of the voting period, SIBA will supply stores with a mailing list of people who voted on their behalf. That is a list of many potential new customers for your store.

Here is a badge you can use for your websites:

Southern Book Prize

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice

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Watch for your Southern Book Prize Ballots!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 8, 2018

Watch for your SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE BALLOTS!

ballotAll SIBA member stores have been shipped a set of postage-paid postcard ballots for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. They should be arriving for the start of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge week. Hand them out to your customers and get them involved in the excitement of choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Downloadable posters promoting all the Southern Book Prize finalists are available here for you to post with your store displays.

  • Ballots can also be submitted online at www.southernbookprize.com.

  • Baker & Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Click here for a sell sheet

We've had a few questions about the new format, so here are some of the more common ones:

Can books still be nominated for the Southern Book Prize?
Nominations for this year's SBP (books published in 2018) have closed, but nominations for the next year's (books publishing in 2019) are open.

Can customers vote?
Voting on the finalists is open to the general public. We want stores to involve their customers. The ballots have a place for the person to write in their local bookstore and the ballot is invalid without this information. There is also an online ballot that will be active on 11/10. Submitted ballots are entered into a drawing to win a complete set of the Southern Book Prize Finalists.

What happened to the "long list" and the "short list"?
SIBA has eliminated the step of voting on the "long list" of nominated titles to come up with the "short list" of finalists. Instead, the finalists were selected from the books that received the most nominations.

Will you have booksellers judging the finalists this year?
No. Judging by booksellers has been replaced by the current ballot, which is open to all SIBA members and their customers.

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