Southern Book Prize Winners

Nominated by booksellers and their customers and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these books represent the best of Southern literature

Fiction

Women & Family

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin) 

“Zevin uses her unique voice to tell this sometimes hilarious and witty story in three points of view.  Strong, smart women! A joy to read, and quite meaningful.” – Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Literary

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company) 

“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

Gradle Bird by J. C. Sasser (Koehler Books)

“This story is the epitome of Southern Fiction, with its wild cast of characters and small-town setting.” – Bess Long, My Sister’s Books, Pawley’s Island, SC

Southern Fiction 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books)

“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Juvenile Fiction

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books)

“Sweet, magical, and wholly enjoyable—a little bit of magic, a grandparent in trouble, insurmountable obstacles, and selfless acts of friendship and love. Adorable, well-written, and sweet as fresh swamp water.”  – Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC

Young Adult

Flame in the Mist by Rene Ahdieh (G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

“A fantastical tale woven like fine silk, Flame in the Mist transports readers to feudal Japan where we meet Mariko, and follow her on a quest that’s conclusion will have her questioning everything she thinks she knows about family, honor, and love.” – Star Lowe, Star Line Books, Chatttanooga, TN

Non Fiction

Biography & History

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King (Picador USA)
 “I'm glad the first chapter is "We Don't Have Time to Cry" because it, and Mrs. King, give strength and honesty if we are to face what our country is (and because I sure had a hard time stopping crying at times). Beautiful straight talking.” – Angie Fleming, Givens Books, Lynchburg, VA

General Nonfiction  

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin's Press)

"Michael Eric Dyson is an urgent and impassioned cry for racial justice— justice that will not be reached without a reckoning by white Americans' acknowledgment of its passivity and complicity to its addiction to power." – Caroline Green Christopoulos, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

 

Young Jane Young Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208691
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 22nd, 2018

The Last Ballad: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062313126
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 3rd, 2018

Gradle Bird Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781633932630
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Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2017

Before We Were Yours Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

Tumble & Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428442
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2017

Flame in the Mist Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513878
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Published: Speak - May 8th, 2018

Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250159939
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Published: Picador USA - February 20th, 2018

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017