Courtesy of StarNews Online
Posted July 5, 2018
The awards are presented annually on Independence Day by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, an association of non-chain bookstores throughout the Southeast. Books are nominated by booksellers and their customers, and winners are selected by a jury of 10 booksellers.
“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN
“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC