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Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Summer Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) April 19, 2013 -- Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

The Summer Okra Picks List!

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
Touchstone Books, June 2013 9781451608878

And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9780312610760

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
Grand Central Publishing, June 2013 9781455503254

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson
Walden Pond Press, May 2013 9780062104465

Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
Grove Press, April 2013 9780802121028

In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
Hub City Press, May 2013 9781891885211

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books, May 2013 9780670025831

The Time Between by Karen White
New American Library, June 2013 9780451239860 

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Gallery Books, July, 2013 9781476707723

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Riverhead Books, June 2013 9781594486401

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press, April 2013 9781250028655

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

For Immediate Release: Fall harvest of Okra Picks is in!

(Columbia, SC) August 20, 2012 -- A bumper crop of Southern books have been chosen for the Fall 2012 Okra Picks -- great southern books, fresh off the vine -- has just been released. Fifteen new books, publishing between August and December, that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!

 

The Fall 2012 Okra Picks List!

American Ghost by Janis Owens
Scribner Book Company, October 2012
$25.00 | 9781451674637

Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang
Southern Living/Oxmoor House, October 2012
$29.95 | 9780848736538

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau
Candlewick Press, September 2012
$16.99 | 9780763647926

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb
Thomas Nelson Publishers, August 2012
$22.99 | 9781595555052

Gone by Randy Wayne White
Putnam, September 2012
$25.95 | 9780399158490

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
Mysterious Press, October 2012
$25.00 | 9780802120465

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits by Jean Anderson
University of North Carolina Press, August 2012
$24.00 | 9780807837245

Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
Tyndale House Publishers, August 2012
$13.99 | 9781414368429

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart
Gibbs Smith Publishers, November 2012
$45.00 | 9781423602750

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
William Morrow & Company, August 2012
$14.99 | 9780062198891

Palmetto Blood: A Mystery by Reed Bunzel
High Country Publishers, September 2012
$16.95 | 9781932158441

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, September 2012
$17.99 | 9780062110626

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group, December 2012
$16.99 | 9780399252136

Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, October 2012
$14.99 | 9781442430525

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell
Dzanc Books, August 2012
$15.95 | 9781936873722

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

SIBA Book Award

(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards. 

Jo MacDonald Saw a PondChildren’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

“A delightful riff on ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’” -- Books Plus

Blurp. Croak. Quack. What is making those sounds? Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on her grandfather's farm. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises.  Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond community. And check out the outdoor activities and games in the back, sure to encourage young naturalists at home and school.  

The New Southern Garden CookbookCooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)

“This book helped me make the most of my vegetable garden!” --Quarter Moon Books and Gifts

In The New Southern Garden Cookbook, well-known food writer Sheri Castle aims to make "what's in season" the answer to "what's for dinner?" This timely cookbook, with dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals centered on the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and in most of the rest of the nation as well.

Iron HouseFiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)

“I enjoyed Iron House because it had so much more to offer the reader than ‘whodunit.’  John Hart is southern mystery writing at its best.”  -- The Country Bookshop

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame with him. Twenty years later--a seasoned killer--he returns to North Carolina.

Lions of the WestNonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
“I really appreciate Mr. Morgan's distinction that the historical figures through which he delves into the westward expansion weren't all ‘hero’, nor all ‘villain’, but usually a mixture of both.”  -- The Fountainhead Bookstore

From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries.

Abandoned QuarryPoetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)

Lane's poetry is rich with love of place and environment.”  --City Lights Bookstore

Abandoned Quarry is a collection of poems by one of the South's most admired environmental writers. The collection makes available for the first time under one cover poems from a dozen full collections and chapbooks. The poems range in subject matter through relationships, nature, improvisational pieces, and rants about the strangeness of the modern condition.

Darwen Arkwright andthe Peregrine PactYoung Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

“Takes place in Atlanta Georgia, and incorporates fantasy along with the real struggles of being a teen in a new place, adjusting to a new school, and a new culture.” –Fountainhead Bookstore

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!  Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Scrobblers on motorbikes with nets big enough to fit a human boy. Gnashers with no eyes, but monstrous mouths full of teeth. Flittercrakes with bat-like bodies and the faces of men! Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school.

The Winners!

Children’s Winner: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) Cooking Winner: The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Fiction Winner: Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nonfiction Winner:  Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Poetry Winner: Abandoned Quarry  by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Young Adult Winner: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill )

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

 


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June, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

Timepiece
Timepiece
(Egmont Books USA
)

Book of Summers
Book of Summers
(Mira
)

Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag
(Scholastic
)

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
(Random House
)

15 Seconds
15 Seconds
(HarperCollins
)

Butterfly's Daughter
Upheaval in Charleston
Lions of the West

 

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It is time.

Time to register for the SIBA Trade Show.
Time to sign up for the next bookstore revival.
Time to try something new in your store.
Time to refamiliarize yourself with your SIBA benefits.
Time to enter to win a bookstore makeover.

It's all happening right now, because when it comes to improving your business, there's no time like the present.


Let’s Make a Deal at #SIBA12!

Register for the SIBA Trade Show today!

Seasoned booksellers: Lend your expertise to an emerging bookseller and SIBA will pay your way to the show!

SIBA wants to pay the way of seasoned booksellers (30 year or more veterans) to #SIBA12 in Naples, Florida.  We'd cover travel, hotel stay, and include an all pass to all of the SIBA meal functions.  And here's the rub:  We want you to share your hotel room with a green bookseller (in business 5 years or less) from a different store.  The point of this pairing is for your expertise and their enthusiasm to mashup into a SIBA weekend of sharing & shameless exchange.
If you have been a bookseller for 30 years or more and would be willing to take an all-expenses paid trip to the #SIBA12 show in return for lending your experience to the next bookselling generation, then email Wanda. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline is August 15!

Emerging booksellers: Make your SIBA show really count. Room with an experienced bookseller and learn from the best in the business!

If you have been in business for less than five years, then SIBA will match you up with someone who has been there, done that and you can work the show together, trading ideas and inspiration for wisdom and experience. Email Wanda if you are interested in participating, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline is August 15!

Click here to register for the show: {[E-RSVP YES LINK:VWN2XTYYPHP]}!

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Iron House


SIBA Bookseller Revival Scheduled in Greenville, SC!  Can I get an AMEN?

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 24.

Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC Tuesday, July 24 and learn from SIBA Board member Jill Hendrix how to monetize your store newsletter.
Enjoy lunch with author Sophie Hannah (The Other Woman's House) and many thanks to Penguin Books for sponsoring our author lunch.

10am – Noon: Your Store Newsletter Can Be a Profit Center
Fiction Addiction regularly claims $500-1000/month in coop on their store email newsletter. This is money that goes directly to your bottom line. If you're not currently claiming newsletter coop or even sending out a newsletter, learn how to get started. For those already claiming coop, we will discuss tips and tricks we've learned to manage the process and ask you to share yours as well.

Noon – 1 – Lunch with Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah is the author of seven internationally bestselling and award-winning psychological thrillers - Little Face, The Truth-Teller's Lie, The Wrong Mother, The Dead Lie Down, The Cradle in the Grave, The Other Woman's House, and Kind of Cruel (British title - not available in the US yet). Her novels are published in 20 countries, with more foreign rights deals under negotiation. The Dead Lie Down is currently shortlisted for a Barry Award. In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story, "The Octopus Nest". She has also published five collections of poetry in the UK. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. Ms. Hannah currently lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, England.

1-3pm – Booksellers explore a vision for SIBA’s future.

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Boost Sales in Your Store

Check out more money-makers to shake here:  http://pinterest.com/wjewell/cool-stuff-bookstores-do-besides-sell-books/

  1. Host a workshop for writers in your store!  McIntyre’s has had success with author Marjorie Hudson who has hosted numerous Writing Classes; and Flyleaf Books is hosting Pitchapalooza with authors Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry.
     
  2. Remember your indie presses.  Check your stock to make sure you have your favorite indie titles on hand and feature them with a shelf talker or in a display.
     
  3. Host a Book Club Giveaway Frenzy.  I attended one of these at Fountain Bookstore recently and it was quite exciting.  When hosting a paperback writer at Fountain, Kelly includes Book Club Giveaway Frenzy.  Here she pitches upcoming titles and offers the galley to anyone in the audience who expresses interest.  Believe it or not, I came away with a galley and purchased two books.  If you buy a book, you get to pick a book off of the Book Club Giveaway Frenzy Shelf! 

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Bookseller Benefits Package Updated

Check out the benefits of SIBA membership.  The SIBA Bookseller Benefits package has been updated with current information for 2012.
The legend describes which programs are popular, which are easy, low-tech, and so much more.  

Make sure you are getting the most out of your SIBA membership.
http://www.sibaweb.com/toolkits/doc_download/53-booksellers-welcome-kit

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Frindies


Does your store need a makeover?

Paz & Associates has a deal for you. But the time is upon you.  Apply for this free makeover before July 4th! 
http://pazbookbiz.com/bookstore-make-over/

Are you an ABA member?  Been in business ten years?  Store is at least 2,000 sq. ft.?  Have a few really good friends?

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates will award a bookstore makeover to one deserving bookseller. The chosen bookstore will receive free store design and merchandising services, up to $2,000 in materials and services for enhancements, a copy of the Paz staff training video “Bookstore Merchandising Made Easy,” and on-site assistance to finalize the project.

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Win a trip to #siba12!

Classified: Fixed-Shelf Aframes for Sale

12 cases available for $75 each. Floor footprint is 48.5 inches wide by 32 inches deep. Cases are approx. 52 inches high and have 5 fixed shelves with a flat top. I also have add-on toppers that can give you a 6th shelf and a few endcap units that attach to the ends. Hardcovers will fit on the top fixed shelf and the add-on shelf but the other shelves will only fit premium or regular mass-markets. Cases are made of wood, stained golden peach. 3 have both ends finished. 4 have at least 1 finished end. The other ends are currently hidden in the middle of rows and so may or may not be finished.  Pickup from Greenville, SC in late July. For more info, contact Jill Hendrix at Fiction Addiction, 864-675-0540, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Classified: Bookstore for sale

After deliberating for months on this issue, I have decided to put my bookstore up for sale. After 12 years, I know I will miss it deeply but it's time to at least explore the possibility of selling the store. I am not going anywhere and I am planning to continue to run my store to the very best of my ability while it's on the market.

Undercover Books is a very successful, much loved community bookstore in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  Please send all inquiries to me via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

--
Katherine Bennett

Undercover Books & Gifts
5030 Anchor Way
Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands     00820
340-719-1567

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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

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2012:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine
Ingram

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

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Bookseller Revivals are BACK!

Free, Fun & Good for you:

June 21:
Richmond, Virginia
The Fountain Bookstore
Author:  Robert Goolrick (Heading Out to Wonderful)
Sponsor Algonquin
Host:  Kelly Justice

Kelly Justice10am – Noon - Energize with Edelweiss: Use Just This One FREE Tool to Get Authors, Gain Customers, and Build Your Bottom Line
In this workshop, you will learn how to use Edelweiss, a free program offered by the makers of Above the Treeline, to:

  • Request authors from publicity departments
  • Find authors local to you that you didn't realize were there
  • Get free digital review copies for you and your staff
  • Learn about forthcoming books from your peers nationwide
  • Buy books more efficiently in less time
  • Make internal lists to assist with book fairs, repeated events, future reference
  • Create direct marketing materials to mail to customers in only minutes to increase sales

You think a computer program can't be sexy?  It is when it can do this much for you AND it's free.

Noon – 1 pm Lunch with Robert Goolrick

Robert Goolrick Heading Out to Wonderful

1-3 pm – Booksellers explore a vision for SIBA’s future.


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