Friday, April 11, 2008


The SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin. Booksellers nominate and vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year -- the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers --in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's.

Last year's winner for fiction was Charles Fraser's Thirteen Moons; Lee Smith's On Agate Hill was short listed. It's a very prestigious award.

This year there are twenty-four nominees in the Fiction category -- and can you imagine my surprise and delight when I came in from planting potatoes to find that Old Wounds is one of the twenty-four! Ah vow, Ah may swoon! !!! (fanning face gracefully). Many, many thanks to City Lights Books in Sylva for nominating me!

I doubt I'll make it to the short list -- but what an honor to be among those on the long. (Old Wounds is the only mass market paperback original in the group -- a tad declasse -but it promises to mind its manners and not talk loud.) For the complete list -- and it'll point you to some excellent reading -- go to
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Pat in east TN said...

WOW Vicki, that is WONDERFUL news!!! Seems like many good things are coming your way, and, IMO, you deserve it all!!!

Vicki Lane said...

Aw shucks, ma'am, you're kind to say so. I AM pretty excited about this

Tammy said...

Wow, congrats Vickie! First the Paris version of Ms Birdie and now this. And by the way your thoughts on how all that mountain talk would translate to french was a hoot! Good things are coming your way, and I'm so happy for you.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Tammy! And by the way, re French Miss Birdie, I think I've worked out that "Come on in and git you a chair, honey" might be rendered as "Entrez vous et prenez vous une fateuil, ma chou" but I'm only guessing with the help of a French dictionary. Open to suggestions from ary French speaker out there!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! What an awesome, and clearly well earned and deserved honor. This might sound a little nuts, but I had a dream last night about Elizabeth; the whole thing was sort of a movie that I was watching, but also participating in...wouldn't it be a trip to see those adventures on the big screen! ;-)

Vicki Lane said...

Ah, what a dream! I'm going with Kevin Varner's suggestion that Elizabeth should be played by Pamela Anderson.