Read Your Okra! A Fall Harvest of Okra
Columbia, SC – The harvest is in for the Fall Okra Picks! Southern independent booksellers have a bushel of books representing the best in southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publish between October and December, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”
The 2015 Fall Okra Picks
Bottle Cap Boys on Royal Street by Rita Garcia-White
9781603490306 | Marimba Books | 10/1/2015| $6.95
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
9781250010742 | St. Martin’s Press | 10/06/2015 | $26.99
My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella
9781630269623 | Turner Publishing | 10/06/2015 | $27.95
Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
9781932841916 | Agate Bolden | 10/13/2015 | $24.95
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
9781476709642 | Simon & Schuster | 10/13/2015 | $16.00
Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
9780062325891 | William Morrow & Company | 10/13/2015 | $25.99
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories edited by Garden & Gun Magazine
9780062242419 | Harper Wave | 10/27/2015 | $37.50
Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook: A Busy Woman's Guide to Stress-Free Cooking by Debora M. Coty
9781634093224 | Barbour Publishing | 11/01/2015 | $16.99
Wailing Wall: A Mother's Memoir by Deedra Climer
9781941758113 | Inkshares | 11/10/2015 | $14.99
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll by Peter Guralnick
9780316042741 | Little Brown and Company | 11/10/2015 | $32.00
Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
9781250072757 | Minotaur Books | 12/01/2015 | $25.99
Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods
9780778318637 | Mira Books | 12/29/2015 | $15.99
False Positive by Andrew Grant
9780345540751 | Ballantine Books | 12/29/2015 | $27.00
Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra.
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B3! Building Better Booksellers Rollover for 2016!
For 2015/2016 ONLY, it will never happen again.
We are letting your B3 points roll over.
Keep up the momentum.
Also new, starting after #SIBA15, #OkraPicks will be part of B3!
Instead of SIBA credit, booksellers will receive 50 B3 points for reporting sales.
EARN YOUR WAY TO SIBA DISCOVERY SHOW.
B3! Building Better Booksellers!
Let’s clarify this program so core members can get the greatest benefit and SIBA programs can enjoy greater growth. Participation earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. Members who are active enough can earn enough points to pay their dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations.
The goal of the program is to engage the Southern Bookselling Community and raise the visibility of Southern Indie Bookstores, and increase the value of investing in programs targeted towards Southern bookstores and their customers.
B3! Building Better Booksellers is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts, which awarded SIBA a $40,000 grant at the beginning of 2015 in honor of SIBA’s 40th anniversary.
How do I track my rewards?
Your rewards points are visible in your SIBA profile when you log in to your account. And logging into your account on a regular basis is important to keeping your points adding up. The system we use automatically adds many of the points but cannot do that if it does not recognize you, and signing in regularly insures that they system recognizes you and assigns all the points you earn.
Do my staff earn their own rewards?
Your staff can certainly accrue points, and we encourage that. But they do need to be a subaccount on your membership in the system and again, they must sign in regularly to insure recognition. Regularly all points earned by store staff are applied to the SIBA Member Master Account.
What are the Reward Levels? And what rewards do we receive at each level?
As members participate, they accumulate points and earn badges. As they progress up the levels, the rewards become more valuable. Click here to see the list of levels and rewards.
What do we do to earn points?
There are a number of things members can do to earn points, from very simple things like reading SIBA’s email to more complex things like creating a SIBA Book Award display at the SIBA Trade Show. You can see the current list of actions that will earn points here.
What happens at the end of the year?
Actually, after #SIBA16, the points are set back to zero on Oct. 1, and every SIBA after. Since, we are using this engagement system to assist booksellers in getting to the show, we want to start rewarding points as soon as we can towards the next Discovery Show. And it is our hope that renewing annually before the grace period is up will become more critical as stores will want to keep the points they have and not see an interruption in points accrued since only current members can earn points. But not this year! This year points will roll over!
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