Announcing: The Okra Picks Challenge
Since I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the hospitality of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance at their last two trade shows, I know just how passionate those folks are about books. Each season, SIBA selects a crop of Southern books to handsell and those books are called Okra Picks. Okra Picks authors are given a sash to wear at the trade show, and believe me when I tell you those sashes are worn with pride! Since I love Southern books, I thought it would be fun to host an Okra Picks challenge. The picks this season are:
A Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
My Only Sunshine by Lou Dischler
Virals by Kathy Reichs
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
The Typist by Michael Knight
To make this challenge fun for everyone, I’m going to include four different levels:
1-3 Books: Goober
4-6 Books: Tater
7-9 Books: Peach
10-13 Books: Okra
The Okra Picks Challenge will run from October 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. To join this challenge, all you have to do is pick your level of participation (you can always go up levels, but not down.) Then after you read any of the books, write a review to share your thoughts with others!
You can join this challenge at any time. Just grab the Okra Picks logo at the top of this page and write a post announcing your intention to participate in the challenge — remember you don’t need to pick the specific books, just your level. Once you have posted your Okra Picks challenge post, come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. Please leave your name and link directly to your introductory post (not just to your blog’s home page.) If you don’t have a blog, no worries — you can just leave a comment on this post telling me you want to participate.
In the next few days I will add an Okra Picks Challenge tab to the top of my blog. When you click on the tab, you will see a list of all the participants as well as a place to link your reviews.
I haven’t worked out all of the details yet, but I promise that there will be some prizes. I do know that your chances of winning will increase with each review you write. In other words, your name will be thrown in the hat each time you post a review.
I’m really hoping some of these books will interest you, so that you’ll decide to join me for some fun Southern reading! I’m committing to the Peach level.