Not Miz Congeniality, but very nice nomination


—Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) recently announced the nominees for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards. Among the nominees is Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide (Zondervan, 2010) by Oregon author Karen Spears Zacharias. Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack said of Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide, “If the prosperity gospel had a heart, Karen has stomped that sucker flat. Scouring the back roads between Portland, Oregon and Pinehurst, North Carolina, Karen spins stories of unforgettable characters including the two-fingered Ambassador and the nearly-bankrupt Bookseller. Each encounter will test your heart and mind, pushing you into a conversation often avoided. Whether you live in a mansion on a cliff, a shack by still waters, or in a single-wide on cinder blocks, this is a worthy read.”
In the organization‟s words, “These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn‟t stop talking about; the ones most often pushed into a customer‟s hands with the words “You have got to read this!‟ The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of Southern origin, as determined by people whose business it is to know great books—the Independent Booksellers of the South.”
The SIBA Book Awards were created, not just to recognize great Southern books, but to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts. As of this time, the SIBA Book Award remains one of the most far-reaching and high-profile awards for Southern literature. To be eligible for the SIBA Book Award, nominated books must be southern in nature or be by a southern author (preferably both!), have been published the previous year, and have been nominated by a SIBA-member bookstore or one of their customers.
In the following months SIBA Booksellers will vote on finalists in six categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking, young adult and children‟s) and the final winners will be picked by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July the week of Independence Day. 

The 2011 SIBA Book Award Long List:

Fiction:
Bloodroot Amy Greene (Random House)
Bone Appetit Carolyn Haines (Minotaur)
Burning Bright Ron Rash (Ecco)
Circle of Lies Alan Douglas (Forge)
Cirtus County John Brandon (McSweeney’s)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin (Morrow)
The Day of Small Things Vicki Lane (Dell)
Delta Blues Carolyn Haines (Perseus)
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers Sharyn McCrumb (St. Martin’s Press)
Diablero Toby Tate (Nightbird Publishing)
The Eden Hunter Skip Horack (PGW)
The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival Ken Wheaton (Kensington)
Florida Gothic Stories Vicki Hendricks (Kitsune Books)
I Still Dream About You Fannie Flagg (Random House)
In the Company of Others Jan Karon (Viking Books)
Killer of Crying Deer William Orem (Kitsune Books)
The Lies We Told Diane Chamberlain (Mira)
Love, Charleston Beth Webb Hart (Thomas Nelson)
Magnolia Wednesdays Wendy Wax (Penguin)
The Mailbox Marybeth Whalen (David C. Cook)
Miss Julia Renews Her Vows Ann Ross (Viking)
My Only Sunshine Lou Dischler (Hub City Press)
On Folly Beach Karen White (NAL)
Requiem by Fire Wayne Caldwell (Random House)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Beth Hoffman (Penguin)
She-Rain Michael Cogdill (Morgan James)
This Is Just Exactly Like You Drew Perry (Penguin)


Poetry

Angles of Approach Holly Iglesias (White Pine Press)
Bottle Tree Jennifer Horne (Wordtech)
Checking Out Tim Peeler (Hub City Press)
The Circus Poems Alex Grant (Lorimer Press)
Coffeehouse Meditations Nina Romano (Kitsune Books)
Eliza: The New Orleans Years Dede Wilson (Main Street Rag)
Home Nancy Dillingham (March Street Press)
House of Branches Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
Living Above the Frost Line Nancy Simpson (Carolina Wren Press)
Multiverse Michael Smith (BlazeVox)
Naming the Constellations John York (Spring Street Editions)
Paper House Jessie Carty (Folded Word Press)
Red Lily, poems Isabel Zuber (Press 53)
Restoring Sacred Art Joseph Bathanti (Star Cloud Press)

Nonfiction

27 Views of Hillsborough Michael Malone (Eno Publishing)
As The Scyamore Grows Jennie Helderman (Summers Bridgewater Press)
The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne)
Carry the Rock Jay Jennings (MPS)
Creative Is a Verb Patti Digh (Skirt!)
Death of a Pinehurst Princess Steve Bouser (History Press)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job Sonny Brewer (Perseus)
The Fall of the House of Zeus Curtis Wilkes (Crown)
Honest Eating: How to Love Food,Love Yourself & Love Life Jane McClaren (Chapel Hill Press)
If Trouble Don’t Kill Me Ralph Berrier, Jr (Crown)
In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love, & Tomatoes Renea Winchester (Little Creek Books)
Look Up Asheville: an Architectural Journey Laura Hope-Gill (Grateful Steps PublishingHouse and Bookshop)
Mississippi: State of Blues Ken Murphy (Proteus Publications & Ken Murphy Publishing)
Spies of Mississippi Rick Bowers (National Geographic)
They Came to Nashville Marshall Chapman (Vanderbilt)
Thriving After Divorce Tonja Weimer (Simon & Schuster)
Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide Karen Zacharias (Zondervan)
Year of Our Lord T.R. Pearson (Mockingbird)

Children

Dave the Potter Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown)
Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine (Philomel)
Penny Dreadful Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Eric Litwin (HarperCollins)
The Red Umbrella Christina Gonzalez (Knopf)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger (Amulet)
Turtle in Paradise Jennifer Holm (Random House)
Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina Melinda Long (Sterling)

Young Adult

Cookie & Me Mary Jane Ryals (Kitsune Books)
Countdown Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
Leaving Gees Bend Irene Latham (Penguin)
The Secret Child Marti Healy (Design Group Press)
Somebody Everybody Listens To Suzanne Supplee (Penguin)
Zora and Me Victoria Bond (Candlewick)

Cooking

Eat Your Yard Nan Chase (Gibb Smith)
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking Joseph Earl Dabney (Cumberland House)

Greek Revival Cooking Patricia Moore-Pastides (USC Press)
Southern My Way Gena Knox (Fire & Flavor)
Too Hot in the Kitchen -Secrets to Sizzle at any Age Holly Clegg (Favorite Recipes Press)
You’re Invited Back The Junior League of Raleigh (Favorite Recipes Press)
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
www.sibaweb.com

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Thank you booksellers for this nomination!!!
About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • Steve T

    Very nice nomination indeed. Love these cracks of respectability where suddenly a bit of prophetic offering might be heard. Aside from the fact that “Double-Wide” is just darn fine story-telling. Congrats!

  • http://www.garynelson.wordpress.com Gary

    So happy and excited for you. I knew this book would be a winner a long time ago. I hope you do win, but even if DW doesn’t, it’s still an amazing piece of work – AND you’re still one of the best writers and people in the WORLD!

  • John in PDX

    Great work. I am glad that other people enjoy your writing also. It keeps you writing more.
    Kudos
    Regards,
    John

  • Gloria

    Congratulations Karen! You so very much deserve this recognition and I am happy for you and for DW!

  • http://michaeldbobo.com Michael D. Bobo

    You well deserve this!

  • http://wayiseeit-eleanor.blogspot.com/ Eleanor

    I am so proud of and for you!

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    Nice, Karen! It would get my vote!


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