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EUREKAsiba and The Southern Book Prize: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, January 25, 2018

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EUREKAsiba: change your bookselling life!

A 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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport.  
Cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th
For reservations call 1.800.362.2779

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose Gwin
Geanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Are you missing Winter Institute? We have a solution: Known nationally for our innovation , SIBA is putting together a vibrant annual day for booksellers: EUREKAsiba, and we want you there. Inspired by TED (and if you are not familiar with TED, take 4 minutes and watch this to get an idea), we have put together a day of speakers on topics that will cause you to shout EUREKAsiba: a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

We've rounded up a spectacular list of booksellers, industry innovators, musicians, and writers who will deliver talks on topics that can increase your productivity, creativity, and commitment plus inspire and dazzle. The day also includes lots of time for interaction with your peers, and a bevy of writers that will excite your handselling efforts. And the price is right at only $39 per bookseller which includes lunch and dinner plus an author reception.

The date is February 20th in Atlanta, GA at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport. The cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th and reservations can be secured by dialing (number here). If you are still uncertain about whether you can attend, please share any obstacles and let us help get you there. Don't let EUREKAsiba happen without you.





SIBA wants to reach your frontline booksellers

Did you know that every SIBA core member store can add as many staff as they'd like to their account? SIBA encourages stores to include their staff under their accounts so they have access to all the information and opportunities available to SIBA member booksellers, including information about scholarships, review copy offers, calls for nominations for Okra Picks and the Southern Book Prize, and heads up about important upcoming events.

Here's how to add staff members to your account:

  1. Log in. Then navigate to your account profile by clicking at the top of the page where it says "Welcome"
  2. Click on the "Information & Settings" tab on the left in your profile.
  3. Select "Sub-accounts" from the options at the top of the profile.

From there, you can create sub accounts yourself, or send invites to your staff. Every account must have it's own unique email address, so there is no need to sign up all your staff under the store email. But you can invite them using their own email.

You can also simply send a list of your staff -- names and email addresses -- to, and SIBA will add them to your accout.



Nominations are due by February 14! | NOMINATE HERE

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Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The Southern Book Prize was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated? For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book? Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

If I nominated an Okra Pick, does that count? It sure does! All Okra Pick books are automatically included as Southern Book Prize nominations.



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



Stephanie Jones-ByrneAmy Loewy, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA

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Name: Amy Loewy

Store and location: 
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street,New Orleans, LA 70130

Number of years as a bookseller: In April 2018, 20 years and all 20 at the same shop.

King ZenoBest part about being a bookseller?:
People (customers, booksellers, authors). Putting an incredible book in someone's hands.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich

Favorite handsell of 2017:
The Devil's Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel by Bill Loehem 

Garden District BookshopBest thing you did this year at your store:
Love events with the interview component, where an author is interviewing another author. We had many of these events this year and it's impossible to choose one: Jesmyn Ward, Nathaniel Rich, Morgan Babst, etc. Also great events with: Jessica Harris, Jenny Lawson, Donna Brazile, Isabel Allende, Sheryl Sandburg, etc.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook 3341 Likes, 3268 Followers
Twitter 3605 Followers
Instagram 2364 Followers

Top priority going into 2018:
Coming up with ways to make more exciting events.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Discovery Show, Southern Book Prize & The Conroy Legacy Award, community.  


Northshire Books


Encouraging Diversity in Young Readers

Northshire's 'Open Mind' Scholarship
Northshire Bookstore, with locations in Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has launched the Open Mind Scholarship, which is designed to honor "the diversity of thought, feelings, information and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people's lives." Each year the Northshire will award $1,000 scholarships to two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont. To enter the contest, students must write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their lives.


Bookselling without BordersBOOKSELLING WITHOUT BORDERS

Scholarship applications are now being accepted

Bookselling Without Borders is a program that has been developed to encourage diverse and international literature and also to connect American booksellers to the global publishing community. It is generously supported by Catapult, Europa Editions, Graywolf, The New Press, Other Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press — and also by Ingram Content Group and the Frankfurt Book Fair U.S. Bookseller Prize.

Twelve all-expenses-paid scholarships will be awarded this year.

Applications take only two minutes; recipients will be notified in March; applications are accepted between now and February 28 and can be submitted online here.



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Page & Palette, Fiction Addiction, McIntyre's Books, Bookmarks, Books and Books, and Page 158!

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"This story is one that needs to be read!! I loved it !!"

9780316393843 And Now We Have Everything 4/10/2018
"I often tell people that becoming a mother was equal parts wonderful and abysmally dark and get blank stares but here it is, a tale like mine, articulated with clarity and wit!"

9781947793019 Who Is Vera Kelly? 6/12/2018
"A spy novel for readers who avoid spy novels."

9780451490537 Let Me Lie 3/13/2018
"She will have your head spinning as you take the clues and think you know who done it only to be yanked down another dark path and shown you're completely wrong."

9781542048989 The Promise Between Us 1/16/2018
"People joke about their OCD symptoms but reading this makes you cringe for the person living with the very real anxiety laden world of a mother trying to tamper down her demons without the medication and therapies not offered to someone who can't afford health insurance."

9781250099655 After Anna 4/10/2018
"I knew from the first page that After Anna was going to be something really different."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"This version of Macbeth by Jo Nesbo provides plenty of action and bloodshed to keep fans of either author entertained."

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

In the last issue: IBD Catalog and Binc Scholarships

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
Fax: 309.410.0211

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BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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