MySpace as Book Space: Visit Hip, Independent Southern Bookstores at SIBA's MySpace Group

Columbia, SC - May 9, 2007 -The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has created an online community of independent bookstores and invites interested parties to join this community. Simply search for siba under the groups heading. As more and more bookstores look to the internet, MySpace is proving to be a great place to notify readers about upcoming events and reach younger readers.
"I'm excited about getting the Authors 'Round The South site ( and the SIBA blogs intersected with our MySpace group. I'll need to find a sixteen year old to help me with that.", Wanda Jewell, SIBA Executive Director exclaims.
The MySpace group counts among its members Books & Books, Inkwood Books, and Windows a bookshop. We invite southern writers and readers and booksellers to join our myspace group. The MySpace SIBA Group url is:
2007 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC)—The votes are in! The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has released the finalists for the 2007 SIBA Book Award, honoring great Southern literature as chosen by Southern independent booksellers. The finalists are:


The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights by David A. Ufer and Kirsten Carlson
(Sylvan Dell Publishing)
Alabama Moon by Watt Key (Farrar Straus Giroux)

The Christmas Bus by Robert Inman (Novello Festival Press)


I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris (Warner Books)

Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits Cookbook by Nathalie Dupree (Wyrick and Company)

The Boathouse: Tales and Recipes from a Southern Kitchen by Douglas W. Bostick and Jason Davidson (Joggling Board Press)

Deep South Parties: Or, How to Survive the Southern Cocktail Hour Without a Box of French-Onion Soup Mix, a Block of Processed Cheese, or a Cocktail Weenie by Robert St. John (Hyperion Books)


Keep and Give Away by Susan Meyers (University of South Carolina Press)

Path, Crooked Path by John Balaban (Copper Canyon Press)

Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane (Xavier Review Press)


Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (Random House Trade)

On Agate Hill by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner (University of Wisconsin Press)

The King of Lies by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Smonk or Widow Town by Tom Franklin (William Morrow & Company)


Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields (Henry Holt & Company)

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides (Doubleday Books)

Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s by Margaret Sartor (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Blue Ridge Nature Journal: Reflections on the Appalachian Mountains in Essays and Art by George Ellison (The History Press)

Final ballots have been sent to SIBA-member bookstores, and the winners will be announced in June. The awards will be presented at SIBA’s Fall Trade Show in Atlanta during the Book Award Lunch on Friday, September 28th, sponsored by Inkreadible! Sponsor Baker & Taylor.

About the SIBA Book Award:

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell 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 ones most often pushed into a customer’s hands with the words “You have got to read this!” The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of Southern origin, as determined by people whose business it is to know great books—the independent booksellers of the South.

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, and it must have been published within the calendar year. In order to promote diversity in the award, no author can win the award in the same category twice. Only SIBA-member booksellers can submit nominations, and only SIBA booksellers can vote on the finalists and winners of the award. Finalists are drawn from those titles which receive enough votes and whose authors are able to attend the awards ceremony.

For more information about the award, please visit SIBA’s website for southern literature:, or contact Executive Director Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
(Columbia, SC)—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has been awarded a grant of $5000 as part of the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, which distributes $500,000 in cash prizes each year to “. . . libraries, schools, bookstores, and innovative individuals and organizations that go to extraordinary lengths to spread the joy of books and reading across the country.” SIBA is one of 39 recipients to receive recognition this year.