The SIBA Board has appointed Deanna Bailey
to fill the empty seat on the board. Deanna will step into the position after completely Carver Training in the late summer.
Deanna Bailey is the Buyer for Story On The Square in McDonough, GA. She went
to Marshall University in West Virginia where she received her bachelor's in Public Relations and her Master's in Health Care Administration; she is currently secretary for Marshall University's Black Alumni. She worked in human resources for mental
health homes and flu clinics with a focus on recruitment and hiring before her bookselling career. When Deanna isn't reading she is drinking lots of coffee, traveling to see her friends, going to concerts, running, tennis, and hanging out with her
The 2020 Board Slate has been announced. Two positions are coming open.
Current board members are:
Seat 1: Edgar Allan Poe - Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, GA
Seat 2: Flannery O'Connor- Shane Gottwals, Gottwals Books, GA COMING OPEN
Seat 3: Julia Peterkin - John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA
Seat 4: Doris Betts - Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA
Seat 5: Lafcadio Hearn - Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, VA
Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
Lucile Perkins-Wagel, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL
Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Shari Stauch, Main Street Reads, Summerville, SC
Angela Trigg, The Haunted Bookshop, Mobile, AL
Anne Waters, Hub City Books, Spartanburg, SC
Ballots have been sent to SIBA Bookstore members. Every store is allowed one vote. Voting ends on July 31, 2020.
Board Slate Biographies:
Kelly Justice, the current SIBA Board president, has been selling books independently since 1989 in stores across Virginia. She became the owner of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia in January 2008. She has served on the ABA's Booksellers Advisory
Council and currently serves on their IndieCommerce Task Force. She maintains close connections with the ABA staff and board regarding issues affecting small stores in the South, like her own, in hopes of keeping them aware of special needs that
these stores may have. She has been an active member of SIBA since 1996. She previously served as a board member for SIBA for six years including a term as president. Kelly is trained in the Carver Governance Model under which the SIBA Board functions.
She used to own a comedy booking agency and still loves watching and following stand up comedy as a hobby.
Lucile Perkins-Wagel is a bookseller at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL, the caretaker of three rambunctious cats, and a lifetime lover of stories. She became a bookseller in August of 2019 after a seven-year career with the United States
Air Force, during which she held a variety of leadership positions (many of which she had to learn how to do successfully after she was already in them). She is currently working on her MA in English, after which she hopes to earn her MBA
with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Lucile believes books have the ability to bring people together and help people understand one another in a uniquely beautiful way, and she feels honored every day to be in a position to share stories with
others for a living. She hopes to spend the rest of her life in the bookselling community, and, as such, she would love the opportunity to give back to her peers and to amplify as many diverse voices as possible as a member of the SIBA board.
Lyn Roberts is the general manager of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1979 by Richard and Lisa Howorth, Square Books has since grown to four stores on five floors in three buildings: Square Books, general books, Off Square Books, lifestyle
& leisure books, Square Books Jr, children's books, and, the newest addition, Rare Square Books, collectible books, all within 100 feet on the square. Lyn began work at Square Books in 1988 and became the general manager sometime in the 1990s.
The highest honors bestowed on the store have been the 2013 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year award and, in 2018, being selected by authors to receive the SIBA Bibb Award. "All Are Welcome Here" begins the manifesto and unofficial motto
of Square Books. This ethos extends to the entire book community and, recognizing that the health, success, and friendship of independent booksellers everywhere is a boon to all, she strives to be an engaged and supportive citizen of that community.
Lyn believes that of all the valuable resources and benefits that SIBA provides, bringing together booksellers is the most important.
Jamie Rogers Southern
Jamie Rogers Southern began her career in the book industry at the Alabama Booksmith in her native Birmingham eighteen years ago. She was an Education Coordinator with the American Booksellers Association and coordinated ABA's BEA and Winter Institute
programming. She has been working with Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, NC, for ten years and is currently its Operations Director. Bookmarks began as a book festival and has grown to include school programming,
year-round events, and opened a nonprofit independent bookstore in 2017. Jamie is currently a member of the ABA's Bookseller Advisory Council. She previously served on the SIBA Board (and is eligible for re-election) and has undergone Carver training.
Owner of Main Street Reads (est. March 2019), an indie bookstore in Summerville, SC (outside Charleston), Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for 35 years. Opening MSR fulfilled a lifelong dream of bringing together authors
and readers through events and book clubs to promote books at the community level. She has been involved with SIBA as a participant and exhibitor for several years, keen to promote success and encourage connections between indie booksellers, publishers,
As former board chair of Charleston’s Center for Women and SC's Women's Business Center, Shari ran the Women’s Writer Series, and she is past producer, with author Bren McClain, of the SC Writers Conference along with Charleston’s Pubsense Summit. She
currently serves on the board of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society (New Orleans), Charleston’s Rotary Auxiliary (treasurer) and the Summerville Rotary Club, where she chairs their literacy committee and recently helped establish a library of children’s
books in the Summerville Medical Center’s NIC-U.
Angela Trigg is the owner/operator of The Haunted Book Shop, a new & used bookstore in Mobile, AL. She's also a Romance writer writing under the pen name Angela Quarles. An avid reader herself, she writes books she'd like to read--laugh-out-loud,
smart romances that suck you into her worlds and won't let you go until you reach The End. She is a RWA RITA® award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, time travel, and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk,
Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015 and Must Love Chainmail won the 2016 RITA® Award in the paranormal category, the first indie to win in that category. Angela loves history, folklore, and family history and combined it with
her active imagination to write stories of romance and adventure.
Before moving to Spartanburg with her family eight years ago, Anne owned and managed The Green Goat Gallery & Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Spencer, NC. Prior to that, she worked as VP of sales and marketing at John F. Blair, Publisher, in Winston-Salem,
where she moved from her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. In Little Rock, she began her bookselling career at Capitol Bookstore before embarking on her publishing career at August House Publishers. So, managing the Hub City Bookshop has brought
her full circle.