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For Immediate Release: Fall harvest of Okra Picks is in!

(Columbia, SC) August 20, 2012 -- A bumper crop of Southern books have been chosen for the Fall 2012 Okra Picks -- great southern books, fresh off the vine -- has just been released. Fifteen new books, publishing between August and December, that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

 

The Fall 2012 Okra Picks List!

American Ghost by Janis Owens
Scribner Book Company, October 2012
$25.00 | 9781451674637

Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang
Southern Living/Oxmoor House, October 2012
$29.95 | 9780848736538

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau
Candlewick Press, September 2012
$16.99 | 9780763647926

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb
Thomas Nelson Publishers, August 2012
$22.99 | 9781595555052

Gone by Randy Wayne White
Putnam, September 2012
$25.95 | 9780399158490

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
Mysterious Press, October 2012
$25.00 | 9780802120465

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits by Jean Anderson
University of North Carolina Press, August 2012
$24.00 | 9780807837245

Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
Tyndale House Publishers, August 2012
$13.99 | 9781414368429

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart
Gibbs Smith Publishers, November 2012
$45.00 | 9781423602750

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
William Morrow & Company, August 2012
$14.99 | 9780062198891

Palmetto Blood: A Mystery by Reed Bunzel
High Country Publishers, September 2012
$16.95 | 9781932158441

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, September 2012
$17.99 | 9780062110626

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group, December 2012
$16.99 | 9780399252136

Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, October 2012
$14.99 | 9781442430525

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell
Dzanc Books, August 2012
$15.95 | 9781936873722

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

SIBA Book Award

(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards. 

Jo MacDonald Saw a PondChildren’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

“A delightful riff on ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’” -- Books Plus

Blurp. Croak. Quack. What is making those sounds? Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on her grandfather's farm. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises.  Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond community. And check out the outdoor activities and games in the back, sure to encourage young naturalists at home and school.  

The New Southern Garden CookbookCooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)

“This book helped me make the most of my vegetable garden!” --Quarter Moon Books and Gifts

In The New Southern Garden Cookbook, well-known food writer Sheri Castle aims to make "what's in season" the answer to "what's for dinner?" This timely cookbook, with dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals centered on the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and in most of the rest of the nation as well.

Iron HouseFiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)

“I enjoyed Iron House because it had so much more to offer the reader than ‘whodunit.’  John Hart is southern mystery writing at its best.”  -- The Country Bookshop

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame with him. Twenty years later--a seasoned killer--he returns to North Carolina.

Lions of the WestNonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
“I really appreciate Mr. Morgan's distinction that the historical figures through which he delves into the westward expansion weren't all ‘hero’, nor all ‘villain’, but usually a mixture of both.”  -- The Fountainhead Bookstore

From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries.

Abandoned QuarryPoetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)

Lane's poetry is rich with love of place and environment.”  --City Lights Bookstore

Abandoned Quarry is a collection of poems by one of the South's most admired environmental writers. The collection makes available for the first time under one cover poems from a dozen full collections and chapbooks. The poems range in subject matter through relationships, nature, improvisational pieces, and rants about the strangeness of the modern condition.

Darwen Arkwright andthe Peregrine PactYoung Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

“Takes place in Atlanta Georgia, and incorporates fantasy along with the real struggles of being a teen in a new place, adjusting to a new school, and a new culture.” –Fountainhead Bookstore

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!  Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Scrobblers on motorbikes with nets big enough to fit a human boy. Gnashers with no eyes, but monstrous mouths full of teeth. Flittercrakes with bat-like bodies and the faces of men! Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school.

The Winners!

Children’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) Cooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Fiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Poetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Young Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

 

Bookseller Revivals are BACK!

Free, Fun & Good for you:

June 21:
Richmond, Virginia
The Fountain Bookstore
Author:  Robert Goolrick (Heading Out to Wonderful)
Sponsor Algonquin
Host:  Kelly Justice

Kelly Justice10am – Noon - Energize with Edelweiss: Use Just This One FREE Tool to Get Authors, Gain Customers, and Build Your Bottom Line
In this workshop, you will learn how to use Edelweiss, a free program offered by the makers of Above the Treeline, to:

  • Request authors from publicity departments
  • Find authors local to you that you didn't realize were there
  • Get free digital review copies for you and your staff
  • Learn about forthcoming books from your peers nationwide
  • Buy books more efficiently in less time
  • Make internal lists to assist with book fairs, repeated events, future reference
  • Create direct marketing materials to mail to customers in only minutes to increase sales

You think a computer program can't be sexy?  It is when it can do this much for you AND it's free.

Noon – 1 pm Lunch with Robert Goolrick

Robert Goolrick Heading Out to Wonderful

1-3 pm – Booksellers explore a vision for SIBA’s future.


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SIBA Book AwardFor Immediate Release: 2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced


(Columbia, SC) April 23, 2012 --  The judges on the Pulitzer committee may have been unable to make up their minds, but we don't think that will be a problem here in SIBA territory, where the finalists for the 2012 SIBA Book Award have been announced. There are twenty-six books on the list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

Children
Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (HarperCollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell)
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

Cooking
Basic to Brilliant Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Well, Shut My Mouth by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)

Fiction
The Beach Trees by Karen White (New American Library)
The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)

Nonfiction
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius (University of Georgia Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Poetry
Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)

Young Adult
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley (Razorbill)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." The finalists and winners will be honored at the 2012 SIBA Trade Show in Naples, Florida, September 8.

For more information contact
Wanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
803.995.9530
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Okra PicksSouthern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one! 

The Summer Okra Picks List!

15 Seconds
by Andrew Gross
William Morrow, July 2012
9780061655975

A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash
William Morrow, April 2012
9780062088147

Beach House Memories
by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, May 2012
9781439170663

The Cove
by Ron Rash
Ecco, April 2012
9780061804199

Desert Rose
by Edythe Scott Bagley
University of Alabama Press, May 2012
9780817317652

Don't Ever Get Old
by Daniel Friedman
Minotaur, May 2012
9780312606930

Hell or High Water
by Joy Castro
Thomas Dunne Books, July 2012
9781250004574

The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home
by Jim Harrison
University of South Carolina Press, April 2012
9781611170498

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, May 2012
9780062110589

Precious Bones
by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2012
9780385742191

Shine Shine Shine
by Lydia Netzer
St. Martins Press, July 2012
9781250007070

Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
Dial Books, May 2012
9780803736702

For more information contact
Wanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
803.995.9530
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