We all know the tremendous clout Ms Winfrey wields in the publishing and bookselling world, but the clever folks at our trade organization, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, have come up with a way to put a decidedly regional twist on the idea of recommending books. Presenting: the first Okra Picks. These are books with a Southern bent due to be published this fall that have garnered praise and enthusiasm from Southern booksellers. Thirteen books made the final list, which can be found here, but we'd like to offer special congratulations to Grateful Steps Publishing, a relatively new company right here in Asheville, who made the list with their beautiful new volume, The Soul Tree: Poems and Photos of the Southern Appalachians.
All the books either are now or soon will be available at Accent on Books. So come on in, and chow down on some choice, specially picked Okra.