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Thursday, July 7, 2011

SIBA's 2011 Book Award Winners

Cavalier House Books is a proud member of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. SIBA is awesome; it's one of those resources that my customers don't really hear about but that helps me to function as a better bookseller everyday. When John and I opened the store we were so excited to join SIBA, and we've basically been excited about it ever since. From the yearly tradeshow to the camaraderie between our regional bookselling peers ... it's just fantastic.

So having said all that, I would like to share with you this year's SIBA Book Award Winners followed by a short quote from the nominating bookstore. To be nominated by for an award the book must be southern in nature (either written by a southern writer or dealing with a southern topic/setting).

In the Children's Category: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
In the Young Adult Category: Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC
In the Fiction Category: Burning Bright by Ron Rash
Ron Rash can’t write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC
In the Nonfiction Category: The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick
A captivating look into a couple’s efforts to create an organic blueberry farm in Central Appalachia. . .sit back and savor the sweetness of his blueberry story.”—Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC
In the Poetry Category: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray
These poems are about waking up, looking around at the world, and discovering how to live within it.” –Kathryn Stripling Byer
In the Cookbook Category: Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox
Gena’s cookbook shows quicker ways to make traditional southern dishes from a fresh angle!” –Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL

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