Southern Book Prize Winners Announced

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF GREAT SOUTHERN LITERATURE: ANN PATCHETT, MARGARET RENKL, AND GILLIAN McDUNN ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2024 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE

In what is now their traditional Valentine’s love letter to people who love Southern literature, Southern indie booksellers and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance are pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Southern Book Prize (SBP). 2024 is a special year that marks the 25th anniversary of the prize, a quarter of a century of recognition of great Southern literature by the people who would know, Southern independent booksellers.

This year’s winners are Tom Lake by Ann Patchett in Fiction, The Comfort of Crows by Margaret Renkl in Nonfiction, and When Sea Becomes Sky by Gillian McDunn in Children’s & YA. Winners receive a donation in their name to the charity or nonprofit of their choice.

The Southern Book Prize, representing Southern bookseller favorites from 2023, is awarded to “the best Southern book of the year” as nominated by Southern indie booksellers and voted on by their customers. Winners are chosen by popular vote from a ballot of finalists in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Thousands of ballots are cast during the voting period, making every Southern Book Prize winner a true Southern reader favorite.

Books: 
Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327528
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK

In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.


The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781954118461
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 24th, 2023

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR NATURE LOVERS, BIRDERS, AND GARDENERS, WITH ORIGINAL COLOR ART THROUGHOUT * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * NATIONAL BESTSELLER * AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK * INDIE NEXT PICK


When Sea Becomes Sky By Gillian McDunn Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547610853
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 28th, 2023

In this heartfelt summer story, acclaimed author Gillian McDunn paints a stunning portrait of the bond of siblings and the love we'll always carry with us.