Meanwhile, on a somewhat lighter note from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (Wanda is recovering from her surgery, by the way), the winners of the annual SIBA Book Awards were announced last week. For the second year in a row, the winner in the Fiction category is someone with strong Asheville connections. Last year, Asheville native and resident Sarah Addison Allen won for Garden Spells. This year the winner is Ron Rash, for his extraordinary novel Serena, which is set in Western North Carolina during the 1930's. Ron has family in Asheville and currently teaches at Western Carolina. By the way, Ron's brother Tom is working on a documentary about Look Homeward Angel, and its effect on a number of contemporary Southern writers.
Here is a complete list of SIBA Book Award Winners:
Fiction: Serena, by Ron Rash
Non-Fiction: The Prince of Frogtown, by Rick Bragg
Poetry: Dear Darkness, by Kevin Young
Cooking: Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, by Martha Hall Foose
Children: Two Bobbies, by Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery
Young Adult: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore