2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists
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The Southern Book PrizeThe 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists


Bookshop at Water's End Same Beach Next Year Young Jane Young

Women and Family
The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

The Last Ballad The River of Kings Sing Unburied Sing The Weight of This World

The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 9781501126062
The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Camino sland The Devil's Muse Gradle Bird The Night the Lights Went Out

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381

Before We Were YOurs Desparation Road No One Is Coming to Save Us The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Southern Fiction
Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812


Goldine Refugee Serafina and the Splintered Heart Tumble and Blue

Juvenile Fiction
Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Between Two Skies Dear Martin Flame in the Mist The Hate U Give

Young Adult
Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533


Heating adn Cooling The Last Castle My Lfe LMy Love My Legacy Thunder in the Mountains

Biography and History
Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

The Art of Loading BrushPotlikker Papers The Sunshine StateTears We Cannot StopThe Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
The Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782   

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