Congratulations to Asheville's own Sarah Addison Allen for winning the 2008 SIBA Book Award in Fiction for her novel, Garden Spells. "SIBA" is the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, an organization that includes Accent on Books among its members. The annual book awards are voted on by member booksellers, and go to books that are by Southern authors, or are set in the South. Therefore we at Accent on Books are particularly pleased that Sarah has won "our" award.
The complete list of winners follows. All are available at Accent on Books, or soon will be.
Fiction: Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
Poetry: The House on Boulevard Street, by David Kirby
Cookbook: A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, by Jean Anderson
Nonfiction: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
Children's: Deep in the Swamp, by Donna Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies
More about the SIBA Book Awards can be found on SIBA's homepage .