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What our presenters said about SIBA in the Springtime

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 1, 2019

What's our presenters said about SIBA in the Springtime

"SIBA in the Springtime was my first Southern indie booksellers experience, and it couldn't have been better! There's nothing like face to face interactions with booksellers and authors I have long admired to make me want to keep writing. Thank you, Wanda and team, for hosting such an inspirational event!" 

-Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of How the Light Gets In


“The SIBA Eureka panels are an innovative and useful way to bring booksellers together in the same room to exchange best practices and hear new ideas. We’re always looking for ways to create meaningful connections with independent booksellers, and the SIBA in the Springtime meeting was definitely that.”
-Michael Reynolds I Editor in Chief, Europa Editions 


“I enjoyed the camaraderie, meeting the book store owners (and learning about their challenges) and meeting other authors. It was a whirlwind trip for me and I went home smiling.”

-Deb Spera, author of Call Your Daughter Home


“Loved EUREKAsiba. Dynamic indie booksellers, illuminating authors, innovative leaders of the book-world all coming together around ideas, music, meals, book-crafts, and -- of course -- books.  Smart people thinking hard about how to connect books with readers and how to spread the love for indie bookstores near and far.  What could be better?”
-Elizabeth F. Emens, author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More


“SIBA in the Springtime is valuable for writers, too! I loved having the chance to talk about NEVER HAVE I EVER, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. I know from experience what motivated, passionate handsellers can do for a novel’s trajectory---and it was so encouraging to meet so many folks who had opened new indies or who are about to!”
-Joshilyn Jackson, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Never Have I Ever


“Talk about creating spaces for connection! From the bus tour to the presentations to the author dinners and reception, EUREKAsiba was an amazing opportunity to hear new ideas, learn about great books, and make new friends. I can't wait to do it again.”
-Erica C. Witsell, author of Give


“We love EUREKAsiba! This is an event that packs a big punch while only requiring a short time away from the bookstore--a day packed full of insightful and diverse presentations that run the gamut from hands-on to philosophical, inspiring to informative, from booksellers, authors, and publishers from around the South and beyond! SIBA in the Springtime leaves us feeling refreshed, supported, and reconnected, ready to return to the bookstore armed with new information, new and renewed friendships, and fresh excitement for our work.”
-Josh Niesse & Megan Bell, Owners
of Underground Books


Everything was organized, and I felt very well attended to. Details like the gift of the writing journal were lovely. Everyone was incredibly friendly, and I appreciated the attention to timing, such as keeping talk times on track and announcing the amount of down time between talks. I loved how SIBA in the Springtime operated on both a large and small scale. That is, the TED-style talks onstage were stimulating, and offstage, the intimate environment led to warm and engrossing conversations that often carried over until the next day. 

-Andrea Bobotis, author of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt


We've put together a list of all of the titles at the event and mentioned at the event and has graciously put together a playlist for us.  






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