Two South Carolina writers are among the winners of this year’s awards from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for books representing the finest in the tradition of Southern storytelling.
J. E. Thompson of Charleston won in the category of children’s literature for The Girl from Felony Bay (Walden Pond Press). It’s a story of a young girl living on the South Carolina coast. She faces troubles in the family, plus a mystery that dates to the Civil War.
Cathy Smith Bowers, who was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, won the poetry award for The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers (Press53). She teaches at Queens University in Charlotte and was appointed by the governor as North Carolina’s poet laureate in 2010-12.
Other winners in the annual Southern indie book awards are:
• Fiction: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)
• Nonfiction: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (Crown)
• Cooking: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence (Andrews McMeel)
• Young Adult: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile).
Among the other South Carolina finalists for the awards were Pat Conroy’s The Death of Santini in the nonfiction category and Matt and Ted Lee’s The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen in the cooking category.
Collecting Treasures: David Shields, Carolina distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina, will present a program, Detecting New Kinds of Collecting Treasures, in the Hollings Library of Thomas Cooper Library on the USC campus at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. He will discuss both new and traditional approaches to collecting books, imprints and visual material. Registration is required by Aug. 15. Call 777-8240.
Road Trips: Columbia author Tom Poland will be signing his new book Classic Carolina Road Trips from Columbia: Historic Destinations & Natural Wonders (The History Press) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Uptown on Main, 1204 Main St., Columbia. Samples of South Carolina delicacies will be served.
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