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siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VAThe SIBA Discovery Show Kicks Off to a great start with the confirmation of Beth Macy and John Bassett III as part of the show's "Kick Off Lunch" line up. Macy, an award-winning reporter who's new book, Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town (Little, Brown and Company) has become a national bestseller and a rallying cry for the shop local movement, will be accompanied by John Bassett III, the "factory man" of Macy's book, a scrappy Virginia-based furniture-maker who took on China in his determination to keep his factory open and his workers employed.

Beth MacyMacy and Bassett will be joined by S.C. Gwynne, author of Rebel Yell (Scribner)-- the much anticipated new biography of Stonewall Jackson, and Scott Westerfeld, Locus Award-winning author of Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), a smart and strange young adult novel about death and publishing, and about which Cory Doctorow says, "Westerfeld [is] in full command of a prodigious talent, doing something complicated and difficult and making it look easy, even as it grabs you and drags you through its dark streets, laughing and crying."

"I'm very excited about this group of presenters," said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who notes that 2014 has been the year of the indie. Factory Man has been an important book in the South and we're thrilled to be able to bring Beth Macy and John Bassett III to our booksellers."

John Bassett III"If ever there was a group that epitomized the independence of the independents," she added, "this is it!"

The SIBA Discovery Show takes place at the Shareton Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, September 19-21. For more information, visit sibaweb.com/trade-show.

One Book One South(Columbia, SC)---The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has selected Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy (Atria Books) to be its “One Book, One SIBA” read at the SIBA Fall Discovery Show being held in Norfolk, Virgina, September 19 – 21. As the chosen title for the “show-wide book club,” every attendee at the Discovery Show will receive a copy of the book, and Lalita Tademy will be one of the featured speakers in the program.

SIBA launched “One Book One SIBA” at its show in New Orleans in 2013 with the selection of Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial. The book’s subsequent success, including a steady appearance on the Southern Independent Bestseller List and culminating in being named the winner of 2014 SIBA Book Award for Nonfiction, convinced SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell that “One Book One SIBA” could be a powerful way to break out a book and demonstrate the influence of southern independent booksellers when they come together to support a title. So for 2014 SIBA is expanding “One Book One SIBA” into “One Book One South.” The expanded program will reach out not only to booksellers, but to consumer and fans of southern literature, and will include author interviews, online live spree casts, and social networking coverage.

Citizens Creek Jewell stated that SIBA went through careful deliberation before selecting Citizens Creek to be the focus of the South-wide book club. “We wanted to pick a book that had a broad appeal and could attract many kinds of readers, that had a strong Southern focus, that was very well written, and that could generate a good discussion,” said Jewell, who admitted that when she received a review copy of the book, she read it straight through in a single day. “I had a ton of work to do and I had to just blow it all off so I could finish the book,” she admitted, “I didn’t even answer my email!”  She felt Citizens Creek was a book and author that every SIBA bookstore could enthusiastically support. She also praised Atria Books for their commitment to partnering with independent bookstores to raise awareness of the book across the South, including an hour-long public Q&A with the author on Facebook on November 20, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Lalita Tademy

Citizens Creek, which will be published by Atria Books on November 4, 2014, is the story of a once-enslaved man who is able to buy his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars. His story, and the story of his granddaughter who inherits his legacy, sheds light on an often-overlooked period of American history, and explores issues of identity, community, and family in a powerful, moving way.

Lalita Tademy is a familiar name to people who love Southern literature. Her first novel, Cane River, was chosen as the 2001 Oprah Summer Book Club selection and the sequel, Red River, received widespread critical acclaim.

For more information about One Book One SIBA and One Book One South, contact Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Independent Bookstore DayCalifornia Bookstore Day, spearheaded by Northern California Booksellers Association, was a roaring success in May 2014.
 
The statewide celebration included 93 bookstores, 13 unique items created exclusively for CBD, dozens of authors in stores, plus parties, special events, daylong activities, and more. The event delivered huge sales for bookstores resulting collectively in a one-day sales increase of more than $150,000, with unprecedented media coverage. Simply put, California Bookstore Day brought customers to independent bookstores to buy books.
 
We’d like to spread this independent bookstore love throughout the country. All regional independent bookselling associations have agreed to support Independent Bookstore Day in their region on May 2, 2015.
 
For booksellers, this means you’ll be able to order the publisher-created items, specially designed to appeal to customers throughout the country. Ordering begins in December 2014. If you participate, we ask that you 1) order a minimum of 10 items, 2) promote the event, and 3) host an event in your store that will help draw people in.
 
For publishers, this gives you an opportunity to support the indies by helping us create a special item from a popular author that will draw in book lovers throughout the country. If you’d like to pitch us an idea, please email Hut Landon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We look forward to working with everyone to create this exciting event!
 
Create the Logo for Independent Bookstore Day! 
 
Calling all graphic designers and artists. Create a logo for Independent Bookstore Day!
 
We’re in search of a logo to represent Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015. We are asking creative, artistic book lovers to create and submit a logo that will be represent this nationwide event. The winning submission will appear on all promotions, products and merchandising in conjunction with Independent Bookstore Day. For inspiration, see CBD’s logo. We’re offering $1,000 to the chosen artist.
 
Please send your submission to Carrie Obry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 15, 2014. Please send a 72 dpi web-ready jpg.
 
Interested SIBA Member bookstores should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved with National Indie Bookstore Day.

siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VA

Believing that nothing is so valuable to a small business owner as the opportunity to confer face-to-face with their colleagues, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance launched a scholarship program for booksellers in conjunction with its 2013 trade show, inviting exhibitors to donate to the SIBA Scholarship Fund when they registered for the show.  The initiative received a strong start in the form of a sizeable donation from The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.  This year, The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts has continued its support for the fund, again providingSIBA a significant donation to help offset bookseller costs in attending the upcoming 2014 trade show, to be held in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 19 – 21.

Fatal ImpressionsDave and Reba White Williams have a long history of support and commitment to the literary arts. They are the founders and sponsors of the annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Reba Williams is also the author of the Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery series, the most recent of which is Fatal Impressions, published in March of 2014. Dave Williams is the author of Small Victories, an account of the Williams’ forty-year-long passion for collecting fine art prints. As passionate believers in the importance of independent bookstores, both see SIBA’s Scholarship Fund is the best way to help ensure a strong “next generation” of booksellers.

Again this year, SIBA will use the Scholarship Fund to help as many bookstores as possible coming to the tradeshow in Norfolk, Virginia, including assistance with expenses such as hotel rooms, meals, and more.  Since admission to the trade show is free for its bookstore members, SIBA designed the fund to assist member stores in offsetting some of the expenses that accrue and can make the difference in a store’s ability to attend.  

“We all need some skin in the game,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who first conceived of the Scholarship Fund in response to feedback from bookstores about the rising costs associated with attending the trade show. “It may be that a frontline bookseller who has never been to the show can come or an additional bookseller can attend or you can stay an extra night.  Not having the money to attend is no excuse this year!”  Stores who wish to apply for assistance need only contact SIBA Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their request for SIBA’s help in attending #SIBA14 in Norfolk, Virginia in September.  Anyone who’d like to contribute to the fund may do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Okra Picks The 2014 Summer Okra Picks have been harvested!

Columbia, SC -- Summer is upon us, which means that it is time to pick some Okra! The Summer 2014 Okra Picks have just been announced--the best southern lit, fresh off the vine.  All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between July and September, 2014, 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!”

Summer Okra PicksThe 2014 Summer Okra Picks

The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax
9780425263327 | Paperback | Berkley Publishing Group | 07/01/2014  | 15.00

Dollbaby  by Laura Lane McNeal
9780670014736 | Hardcover | Pamela Dorman Books | 07/03/2014 | 26.95

The Girls of August  by Anne Rivers Siddons
9780446527958 | Hardcover | Grand Central Publishing | 07/08/2014 | 27.00

Cancel the Wedding  by Carolyn Dingman
9780062276728  | Paperback |  Harper Paperbacks | 08/05/2014 | 15.99

Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel  by Kim Boykin
9780425272107  | Paperback | Berkley Publishing Group | 08/05/2014 | 15.00

Poems of the American South by David Biespiel
9780375712449 | Hardcover | Everyman's Library | 08/05/2014 | 14.95

Season of the Dragonflies  by Sarah Creech
9780062307521 | Hardcover | William Morrow & Company | 08/12/2014 | 25.99

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants and the Recipes That Made Them Famous  by Chris Chamberlain
9781401605025  | Paperback | Thomas Nelson Publishers | 09/01/2014 | 24.99

The Story Keeper  by Lisa Wingate
9781414386898 | Paperback | Tyndale House Publishers | 09/01/2014 | 14.99

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel  by Jan Karon
9780399167447 |  Hardcover | Putnam Adult | 09/02/2014 | 27.95

The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris
9781469617688 | Hardcover |  University of North Carolina Press | 09/22/2014 | 35.00

Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence  by Elizabeth Lawrence
9780822357766 | Paperback | Duke University Press | 09/26/2014 | 19.95

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com
 
#siba14: Sept 19-21, 2014 FRI-SUN
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