The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has recently released the finalists for the 2007 SIBA Book Award, honoring the best of Southern literature as chosen by Southern independent booksellers. The awards will be presented at SIBA's Fall Trade Show in Atlanta on Sept. 28.
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.
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. Finalists include.
"The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights," by David A. Ufer and Kirsten Carlson.
"Alabama Moon" by Watt Key
"The Christmas Bus," by Robert Inman
"I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," by Amy Sedaris
"Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits Cookbook," by Nathalie Dupree
"The Boathouse: Tales and Recipes from a Southern Kitchen," by Douglas W. Bostick and Jason Davidson
"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
"Keep and Give Away," by Susan Meyers
"Path, Crooked Path," by John Balaban
"Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum," by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane
"Thirteen Moons," by Charles Frazier
"On Agate Hill," by Lee Smith
"Plum Wine," by Angela Davis-Gardner
"The King of Lies," by John Hart
"Smonk or Widow Town," by Tom Franklin
"Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee," by Charles J. Shields
"Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West." by Hampton Sides
"Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s," by Margaret Sartor
"Blue Ridge Nature Journal: Reflections on the Appalachian Mountains in Essays and Art," by George Ellison
For more information visit SIBA's Web site at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.
North Carolina poetry awards
On Saturday, May 19, the N.C. Poetry Society (NCPS) will hold its spring meeting and awards ceremony at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
Registration for this free, open-to-the-public event will begin at 9:15 a.m. Following a brief business meeting, Pinesong, the annual anthology of contest winning poems will be dedicated, the contest winners will be announced, and the winners will read their works.
Founded in 1932, the society is an all-volunteer organization that promotes poetry appreciation and the work of local poets throughout North Carolina. With more than 350 members, the NCPS holds meetings in January, May and September at Weymouth Center.
The meetings offer panels, workshops, open mics and presentations by published poets. The NCPS also sponsors the Sam Ragan Poetry Festival on the third Saturday in June.