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IBD Catalog, Binc Scholarships, and B3! Webinars: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Fight the Power Utility PouchStores participating in Independent Bookstore Day must place orders by February 2!

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2018 catalog of exclusive items.

The 2018 catalog is live at Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 to place their Bookstore Day orders online. Bookstore Day will also be present at Winter Institute in Memphis to answer questions and take orders in person.


The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will begin accepting applications for its annual Higher Education Scholarship Program on January 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees/owners, Independent
Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these
employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24)
awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of
$5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at


"Authors in School Programs" is now available to view

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program with Jamie Rogers Southern. 

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in School Program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

Click to watch Creating Community Webinar

Next Up:
February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

Click here for more webinars and registration info


A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 

A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)



Stephanie Jones-ByrneStephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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Name: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Store and location: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Number of years as a bookseller: More than 14 all together. I worked at a used, rare and antiquarian shop in Florida for about 9 years and have worked at Malaprop's twice for a total of about 5 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
This is really boring, but it's talking to people about books. There are new and fascinating conversations to be had every day.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Favorite handsell of 2017:
I have two: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

staff picksBest thing you did this year at your store:
This is really tough. The store hosts wonderful authors and is consistently amazing thanks to a lot of teamwork. If I have to pick the best thing I did personally, it would be revamping our "Blind Date With a Bookseller" system. We choose staff favorites, wrap them in brown paper and put descriptive terms on them along with the ISBN and price so folks can buy them knowing what makes them great reads, but not knowing what they are. We were handwriting the information, but it has become so popular that it was becoming a full-time job. So, I made a template that allows us to make and print labels for each book. We print several labels at time and keep them filed so a bookseller can quickly wrap a book and glue on a label. It's still a big job to keep up with demand, but I think it's a bit easier now.

MalapropsSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook @malapropsbooks 14,181 likes
Twitter @Malaprops 16,400 followers
Instagram @malapropsbookstore 1,791 followers

Top priority going into 2018:
I joined the Author Events and Marketing team in 2017 and it's a great team. I want to help continue to expand our events, streamline our event processes and grow our audience and community.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA helps booksellers to be resources for each other. It can save a lot of wheel reinventing.  


bullet journalingBeing in step with the trend "Assisted Development." notes that "post-demographic consumers of all ages are crafting new narratives of adulthood. In 2018, they'll look to brands to help. Changing social attitudes, converging economic pressures and endless choice have scrambled the way millions of people think about, attain – or avoid! – traditional markers of adult life. Now, post-demographic consumers will look to brands to teach them life skills, let them outsource daily tasks, or help them realize personal life goals." Two NC bookstores are doing just this by hosting workshops to help readers organize their lives through bullet/dot journaling:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville: Dot Journaling Workshop with Clara Boza: Back by popular demand: Dot Journaling! Dot Journaling, also known as Bullet Journaling®, is sweeping the world as a smart, one-place-for-everything approach to journaling, planning, tracking, and note-taking. It's a system that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem: Bullet Journal Workshop: Learn from our friend, Molly Keener, as she leads you through creating your own bullet journal.


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to The Oxford Exchange, Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, Cavalier House Books, Bookmarks, and The Country Bookshop!

9781101967386 Love and Ruin 5/1/2018
"McLain is the master storyteller and the guru of historical fiction!"

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"Groff creates a wide range of characters, settings, and plots that avoid cliche. In their own way, each character seems to be searching for a sense of belonging and meaning, and I found myself rooting even for characters that I didn't fully like."

9780316262286 Ghost Boys 4/7/2018
"This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"What a beautiful story of love, regrets and responsibility. Book clubs will love this one.?"

9781501175183 By the Book 2/6/2018
"I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth."

9781250173836 Caged 7/10/2018
"Read this book, you will be enthralled and horrified at the same time."

9781442472457 Thunderhead 1/9/2018
"even when I thought I knew what would happen, a new twist would turn my perception on its head."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.

In the last issue:EUREKAsiba and Brandie Johnson of Read Herring Books

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
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