SEBA Announces Book Award Nominees

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The Southeast Booksellers Association has released the names of the nominees for its 2003 Book Awards. The winners will be announced on March 4, and the awards will be presented at a dinner ceremony on April 4 at the Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The nominees are:


The Half-Mammals of Dixie, George Singleton (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Heaven of Mercury, Brad Watson (W.W. Norton)
The Last Girls, Lee Smith (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Little Friend, Donna Tartt (Knopf)
A Parchment of Leaves: A Novel, Silas House (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin)


Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, Robert Gordon (Little, Brown & Co.)
My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews, Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Louisiana State University Press)
My Losing Season, Pat Conroy (Doubleday)
No Heroes, Chris Offut (Simon & Schuster)


Epossumondas, Colleen Salley, illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt)
Hoot, Carl Hiaasen (Random/Knopf)
This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen (Viking Books)
Turtle Saver, Laurie Parker (Quail Ridge Press)


Foster's Market, Sara Foster (Random House)
I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking, Alton Brown (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang)
Lady and Sons Just Desserts, Paula Deen (Simon & Schuster)


Bellocq's Ophelia, Natasha Tethewey (Graywolf Press)
Catching Light, Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)
The Ecstasy of Regret, Dannye Romine Powell (University of Arkansas Press)
Quartet for Three Voices, James Applewhite (Louisiana State University Press)
Song and Dance, Alan Shapiro (Houghton Mifflin)