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 http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/AWARDS/