The Southern Book Prize

Announcing the 2021 Southern Book Prize Finalists
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Deadline to vote is February 1, 2021

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Southern independent booksellers have selected the finalists for the 2021 Southern Book Prize, representing bookseller favorites from 2020 that are Southern in nature—either about the South, or by a Southern writer. Nominations were submitted by bookstore members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and culled from books that have received strong reviews from Southern booksellers. The sixteen finalists which received the highest number of nominations are a collection of the most beloved “hand sells” in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature of the year.


A Good NeighborhoodThe Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying VampiresThe Prettiest StarHieroglyphicsThe Vanishing HalfRing Shout

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press, March 2020

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Quirk Books, April 2020

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels
Hub City Press, May 2020

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle
Algonquin Books, July 2020

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Riverhead Books, June 2020

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Tordotcom, October 2020


UntamedMemorial DriveMy Autobiography of Carson McCullersWorld of WondersThe Deepest South of All

Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Dial Press, March 2020

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
Ecco, July 2020

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
Tin House Books, February 2020

World of Wonders by Amiee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (illus)
Milkweed Editions, September 2020

The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant
Simon & Schuster, September 2020


Be Not Far From MeYes No Maybe SoAfter SquidnightI am Every Good ThingOnly Mostly Devestated

Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis
Katherine Tegen Books, March 2020

Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
Balzer + Bray, February 2020

After Squidnight by Johnathan E. Fenske
Penguin Workshop, July 2020

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon  C. James (illus.)
Nancy Paulsen Books, September 2020

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Wednesday Books, March 2020

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