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Meet the Editors at Simon & Schuster!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, 17 hours ago

Editors from Simon & Schuster will present their adult fall lists to SIBA booksellers on Wed, July 15 at 3 PM EDT. This is such a great opportunity for buyers and event coordinators to see which titles S & S want indie booksellers to know about; it’s also a perfect time to begin or deepen relationships with the editors behind the books! Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

 

Editors presenting:

  • Lauren Wein (Avid Reader Press)

  • Michelle Herrera Mulligan (Atria Books)

  • Joe Monti (Saga Press)

  • Lauren Spiegel (Gallery Books)

  • Sean Manning (Simon & Schuster)

  • Kathy Belden (Scribner)

  • Ronnie Alvardo (Tiller Press)

  • Rebecca Thomas (Adams Media)


Tags:  B3!  Bookseller education  buyers 

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for July

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. To support the efforts of publishers launching books during this challenging time, we're offering this, and all of our other promotions (except the RAMP holiday catalog) for half-price through July 1st. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

July Titles:

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert, ISBN 9781368053297
Regaining Paradise by Paul Corson, ISBN 9781644389430
Adobe Moon by Mark Warren, ISBN  9781432838164
Stay by Bobbie Pyron, ISBN 9780062839237
The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife by Liese Sherwood-Fabre, ISBN 0998411299
Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, ISBN 9781250252685

Edelweiss collection

Adobe MoonStayBlacktop WastelandThe Voting BoothThe Adventure of the Murdered Midwife Reagining Paradise

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Announcing the 2020 Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Drumroll, please! It's time to announce the 2020 Summer Okra Picks! These titles, selected by SIBA booksellers, are either set in the South and/or written by an author based in the South. They're the new books SIBA booksellers are most excited to hand sell this season. We love this list and we hope you do, too!  Create displays, promote pre-orders, and check them out for yourself.  Ingram is offering an extra 2% discount ( use the "SR" promo code) on these titles, as part of their Summer Reads promotion. If you aren't sure how to enter the code, contact Marsha Wood at Marsha.Wood@ingramcontent.com.

The 2020 Summer Okra Picks:

  • Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, Flatiron Books
  • After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske, Jonathan Fenske (Illustrated by), Penguin Workshop
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha, Tor Books
  • Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, Ecco
  • Guillotine by Eduardo C. Corral, Graywolf Press
  • The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi, Emily P. Freeman (Foreword by), WaterBrook
  • Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park, Avon
  • When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • RESPECT by Carole Boston Weatherford, Frank Morrison (Illustrated by), Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrated by), Nancy Paulsen Books
  • The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant, Simon & Schuster
  • Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith, Brian "Smitty" Smith (Illustrated by), HarperAlley
  • The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh, G.P. Putnam's Sons

Edelweiss collection of titles

Downloadable flyer for your displays

Blacktop WastelandAfter SquidnightDeal With the DevilMemorial DriveGuillotineThe Lazy Genius WayLoathe at First SightWhen These Mountains BurnRESPECTI Am Every Good ThingThe Deepest South of AllPea, Bee, & Jay #1The Big Door Prize

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Reader Meet Writer Returns in July!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

After a short break, Reader Meet Writer, SIBA's virtual author tour program for member booksellers, comes back stronger than ever in July! We've made a few bookseller-friendly changes:

  • Events are on Tuesday afternoons (start times between 3-5 PM EDT) and Thursdays at 7 PM EDT.
  • Bookseller resources, including Zoom links for rsvp-ing attendees, are available a month in advance. You must login to sibaweb.com to access. Please keep the Zoom info in-house and don't share on your store site, general email list, newsletter or social media. Only make available to folks who rsvp/sign up for your events. Thank you!
  • No more weekly emails with zoom links and templates for your emails. We trust you to use the assets and resources provided in RMW Bookseller Resources as works best for your customers. Still need reminders? Let me know; we'll work it out!

Booksellers Resource page

Wiley Cash, our Conroy Legacy Award recipient, award-winning author, and indie bookseller advocate, takes over as host. We have a FANTASTIC slate of authors scheduled for the summer, presenting books in genres and on subjects near and dear to our hearts.

Are you interested in joining the circle of bookstores sending invites to their customers? Please email me and we'll discuss what's involved.

A Quick Glance at July's Reader Meet Writer Schedule:

Tuesday, July 7 at 3 PM EDT: Marian Keyes will discuss Grown Ups. Confession: Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors. She's also one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Her books have been bestsellers around the world. Anybody Out There won the British Book Awards award for popular fiction and the inaugural Melissa Nathan Prize for Comedy Romance. This Charming Man won the Irish Book Award for popular fiction. Her novels, though laugh out loud funny, explore serious themes like addiction, domestic abuse, grief, and depression with compassion and hope.They are great choices for book clubs. Grown Ups tackles eating disorders, compulsive spending, infidelity, and more, in a narrative that moves quickly, is impossible to put down, and completely satisfies. I fell in love with the characters, cheered them on as they struggled to overcome challenges, and hope they reappear in future books. Graham Norton praises Grown Ups, "So enjoyed this! Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender, and completely absorbing!." She's coming to us from Ireland. Your customers will love her; let's raise her visibility across SIBA territory.

Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM EDT: Silas House will discuss Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo. Silas is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, one book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. His writing has appeared frequently in the New York Times and has been published in Time, Newsday, Garden & Gun, the Oxford American, and many other places. The three novels, which share a common setting and some characters, are companion novels. They may be read individually, in any order, but collectively, they form a rich tableau of life in rural mountain Kentucky in the last century. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution praises Silas House, "In sly and subtle ways, House skillfully beckons readers to dig deep into their own hearts and minds.

Tuesday, July 14 at 5 PM EDT: Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler present their work Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Join Peggy and Susan for a bourbon tasting and demonstration, and learn how to make an out-of-this-world Old Fashioned and a marvelous Mint Julep. Peggy Noe Stevens is founder of the Bourbon Women Association and a master bourbon taster. Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? offers a step-by-step guide to hosting a successful bourbon-tasting party—complete with recipes, photos, and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike.

Thursday, July 16 at 7PM EDT: Lenard D. Moore and contributors to All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Carolina African-American Writers' Collective. Lenard D. Moore, internationally-acclaimed poet, anthologist, and professor, and North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will discuss the collective, which has shaped the modern literary landscape of the Carolinas for the last twenty-five years. They will be joined by contributors who will read selections from poems, stories, and essays included in this collection. Contributors joining us include L. Teresa Church, Crystal Simone Smith, Bridgette A. Lacy, Grace Ocasio, Fred Joiner, Carole Boston Weatherford, Camille T. Dungy, Angela Belcher-Epps, and Gideon Young.

Tuesday, July, 21 at 5 PM EDT: Kristin Harmel will discuss The Book of Lost Names in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris. Harmel, the best-selling author of The Room on Rue Amelie now offers the story of a young woman with a talent for forgery who helps hundreds of Jewish refugees flee France in WWII, encoding their true identities in an ancient book for safekeeping. Though she falls in love with a Resistance agent, they are cruelly separated by the war, and only the Book of Lost Names can reunite them. Fiona Davis praises, "Not since "The Nightingale" have I finished a book and been so choked with emotion. Harmel ...shines a brilliant light on those who had their identities erased and lives destroyed, on a country and its people torn apart, and young women like Eva, who risked their lives with everyday acts of epic heroism. Sweeping and magnificent."

Thursday, July 23 at 7PM EDT: Jill McCorkle presents Hieroglyphics. Jill McCorkle's first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her "a born novelist." Since then, she has published six novels and four collections of short stories. Hieroglyphics is a mesmerizing novel about the burden of secrets carried across generations and the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. Damita Nocton, a bookseller at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC writes, "The brilliance of Jill McCorkle is that her novels read as if you are enjoying a marvelous cup of coffee and conversation with a very dear friend. Hieroglyphics is about memories and remembering, loss of love and loved ones, preserving the past and what remains after we are gone. Jill McCorkle writes with poignancy and wry honesty. This is the work of a master at the top of her game.

Tuesday, July 28 at 5 PM EDT: S. A. Cosby discusses Black Top Wasteland. Shawn A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia, now residing in Gloucester, Virginia. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. His short story "The Grass Beneath My Feet" won the Anthony Award for best short story in 2019. He is also the author of My Darkest Prayer and Brotherhood of the Blade. Black Top Wasteland is a gritty, voice-driven thriller about a former getaway driver who thought he had escaped the criminal life who is pulled back in by race, poverty, and his own former life of crime. Beauregard "Bug" Montage is a man with many different titles: husband, father, friend, honest car mechanic. But before he gave it up, Bug used to be known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best Wheel Man on the East Coast. After a series of financial calamities, Bug feels he has no choice but to take one final job as the getaway driver for a daring diamond heist that could solve all his money troubles and allow him to go straight once and for all. Like "Ocean's Eleven" meets "Drive" (but with a mostly black cast of characters), Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of sons living up (or down) to their fathers; of a heist gone sideways; of a man ground down by economic desperation; of fast cars and daring chases and identity and love.

Thursday, July 30 at 7 PM EDT: Lara Prescott discusses The Secrets We Kept, a thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice—inspired by the real-life CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dared publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world—using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world. Amy C. Spaulding, bookseller at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC writers, "Lara Prescott's The Secrets We Kept: A Novel dances before and behind the Iron Curtain with nimble grace. This well-crafted debut provides the right tempo of danger and intrigue, coupled with an LGBTQ backstory, and a deep dive into the role of literature in liberation. Every reader can find something here to enjoy."

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Summer Opportunities to Connect with Publishers: Save the Dates!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

One of the best ways to get on a publisher’s radar is to support their programming, whether it’s an Editor Buzz Panel at BookExpo, Publisher Speed Dating at Winter Institute, or one of the many opportunities at our Fall and Spring conferences. 


We’re setting up programming this summer to connect you with publishers in ways that will begin or deepen relationships, and help you identify key frontlist titles publishers are promoting to the indie channel--that means you! We’ve so far lined up events with editors at Simon & Schuster and Macmillan who will present their picks with your customers in mind. Stay tuned for more!


Coming up:

Wednesday, July 15, 3-3:45 PM EDT: Meet the Simon & Schuster Editors

Wednesday, July 22,  3-4 PM EDT: Editor Buzz Panel with Macmillan

Wednesday, July 29 3-3:45 PM EDT: Meet the Children’s Editors at Simon & Schuster.


Please rsvp if you’d like to attend, specifying which event(s) you're interested in. Thank you!


Tags:  Bookseller education  frontlist  marketing 

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More News on Cocktails & Conversation with HarperCollins

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Saturday, June 13, 2020

Update on our Cocktails & Conversations with HarperCollins

Wednesday June 24th, 6pm – 7:30pm EST 

 

Our friends at HarperCollins are bringing five William Morrow authors with books launching late summer and fall to SIBA booksellers in a super fun virtual cocktail party: Christina Baker Kline The Exiles, Emily Gray TedroweThe Talented Miss Farwell, Natalie WalschotsHench, Hazel Gaynor When We Were Young and Brave, and Alyssa Cole When No One is Watching. Take off your shoes, mix up your favorite cocktail or mocktail, and enjoy an hour of fun and inspiration for you and your bookseller crew.  These special authors, specially selected for SIBA booksellers, will offer us a glimpse into their private spaces, and a sneak preview of their work. Don't miss it!

 

Bonus: we’re raffling off a big prize pack of ARCs and swag for top Fall 2020 titles from HarperCollins/Morrow from among bookseller attendees.


Now, onto the cocktails part of the event. Each author has picked out their favorite cocktail to go along with their book. Their choices are listed below and link to recipes. Craft your favorite cocktail and sip on it as the authors tell you about their books. My choice? Easy, “The Hench”! 


The Exiles cocktail: The Exile (Dark ‘N’ Stormy)

 

When We Were Young & Brave cocktail: The Girl Guide (Shirley Temple)

 

Hench cocktail:  The Hench (Old Fashioned)

 

The Talented Miss Farwell cocktail: The Miss Farwell (dirty martini) 

 

When No One is Watching cocktail:  The Watcher (Paloma) 

 

Please lindamarie@sibaweb.com so we know you’re coming! And tell me your cocktail choice-I’d love to know! 

 

PS. Also in attendance by popular demand: HarperCollins reps Eric Svenson and Dawn Littman!

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Wiley Cash, new host of Reader Meet Writer!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Sunday, June 7, 2020

Beginning July 1, Wiley Cash will take over as host of Reader Meet Writer, SIBA's virtual author series. Wiley Cash is the recipient of the 2020 Conroy Legacy Award, and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last BalladA Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, Cash has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their two daughters. Wiley Cash is a passionate supporter of independent bookstores, and a charismatic presenter, a winning combination for Reader Meet Writer and our guest authors. 

Check out upcoming events on our Reader Meet Writer Schedule

Tags:  #readermeetwriter  conroy legacy award  Wiley Cash 

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for June

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Saturday, May 23, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

 

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. To support the efforts of publishers launching books during this challenging time, we're offering this, and all of our other promotions (except the RAMP holiday catalog) for half-price through July 1st. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

 

June Titles:

Sunflower Dog by Kevin Winchester, ISBN 9781970137750

The Nature of Remains by Ginger Eager, ISBN 9781936970643

100 Things to Do In Savannah Before You Die by Lynn and Cele Seldon, ISBN 9781681062501

Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander, ISBN 9781647040505

Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine, ISBN 9781642793345

A Leader’s Guide to Giving a Memorable Speech by Donald Palmisano, ISBN 9781510755277

 


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THIS! Jill Hendrix on Trello 5/28/2020

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM EDT, Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC will demonstrate how she uses Trello. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists, and cards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.

Jill's presentation is part of THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA, an informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share what's working for them. Less formal than a webinar, more fun than figuring it out by yourself, THIS! encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Put this event on your calendar and we'll send you the zoom link next week.

Tags:  Bookseller education  THIS! 

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New Voices, New Rooms: SIBA and NAIBA Partner for a 2020 Virtual Show!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Voices New Rooms

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) are coming together to produce a combined virtual conference and tradeshow. In a nod to Truman Capote, the acclaimed writer with roots in both territories, this year’s theme is New Voices, New Rooms. Booksellers, publishers, authors, and other industry partners will gather in intimate and larger virtual rooms offering creative, customizable programming not possible at in-person shows.

New Voices, New Rooms will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain old fun! Mark your calendars to join us September 21-25.

Registration for the fall shows have been temporarily suspended while the conference is reconfigured to its new format. Attendees who have already registered will be contacted to convert their registration to the new platform

A new format means new opportunities!

Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, executive director of SIBA, are brainstorming new and creative ideas for programming and want to hear from booksellers and publishers. Everyone is welcome to share their desires, expectations, and possible challenges with a virtual show format. Feedback and ideas can be submitted here.

Visit sibaweb.com or naiba.com for up to date information as it is confirmed.

Tags:  discovery show  naiba 

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Reader Meet Writer Update

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Sunday, May 17, 2020
Reader Meet Writer's Original Endeavors

First Event at 7pm:
May 28th - Kristy Woodson Harvey interviews Lisa Wingate & Diane Plauche

Diane Plauche is a volunteer with the Historic New Orleans Collection museum. In 2015, she began assisting the museum in creating a database of historical Lost Friends advertisements, through which formerly enslaved people desperately tried to find their lost families in the decades following emancipation. After reading Lisa Wingate's 2017 novel, Before We Were Yours, Diane wrote to Lisa about the Lost Friends ads, saying, "There is a story in each one of the ads." To date, Diane has entered over 2500 unique ads, and tens of thousands of names in the museum's database, preserving the histories of thousands of families. Diane's work, and the stories of the real-life Lost Friends inspired Lisa's newest novel, The Book Of Lost Friends.

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of numerous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which has sold more than 2.2 million copies. The co-author, with Judy Christie, of the nonfiction book, Before and After, Wingate is a two-time ACFW Carol Award winner, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a Southern Book Prize winner. She lives with her husband in North Texas.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of Dear Carolina, Lies and Other Acts of Love, Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize

First Interactive Event:
June 4th @ 5pm: Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? by Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler
Join Peggy and Susan for a tasting and demonstration.  Learn how to make an Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep.
Ingredients: Old Forester 86 Proof, dried cherries or cranraisins, roasted pecans, caramel candy, squares of dark chocolate
Watch the trailer!

Peggy Noe Stevens is founder of the Bourbon Women Association and a master bourbon taster. A lifestyle expert, she is also a professional speaker. As a Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee, she has planned hundreds of events globally over the last thirty years, often working with distilleries and master distillers.

Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, including Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.

First Tour Event:
June 9th @ 3pm: How Not to Get Away with Murder in the 1940s
Join Beverly Bell, author of The Murder of Marion Miley, as she traces the path the killers took: how they got in, how they got out and made their escape. 

Beverly Bell is an award-winning magazine and crime writer whose work has appeared in Arizona Highways, Indianapolis Monthly, Keeneland Magazine, and Kentucky Monthly. Bell is also a featured consultant in Kentucky Education Television's recent documentary Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story.

Tags:  #readermeetwriter  authors  Covid-19  online events  Zoom Meeting 

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THIS! Using Zapier to make life easier

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

What if every time you added an event to your calendar, it created a post for your facebook page?  What if every time a customer ordered a book on your website, a shipping label was generated in you shipping account?  Angela Trigg from The Haunted Bookshop demonstrates how to use Zapier -- an app that connects apps to each other -- to automate tasks and streamline your workflow.

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Reader Meet Writer: Kristy Woodson Harvey and Marie Benedict

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

The RMW Kristy Woodson Harvey (Feels Like Falling) and RMW Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein) events are now available to view online. All SIBA member stores are invited to link, post, or embed them on your websites, in your newsletters, or your social media feeds, and to include your own store branding and purchase links:


You can also link to the Reader Meet Writer playlist

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SIBA’s Show Goes Virtual for 2020

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

In a time of uncertainty, one thing’s certain: The SIBA Fall Discovery Show will go on!

SIBA is taking advantage of this unique opportunity to innovate, partner, and create knock-your-socks-off programming not possible at an in-person show. Publishers and other industry partners, authors, and booksellers will be brought together in both intimate and larger virtual rooms devoted to a wide variety of interests. The show will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, the discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain old fun! More details soon!

Registration for #SIBA20 has been temporarily closed while the show is reconfigured to its new format. Attendees who have already registered will be contacted by SIBA to convert their registration to the new platform.

A new format means new opportunities!

SIBA is currently seeking input from booksellers, publishers, and authors who are interested in the show.  They are looking for new and creative ideas about programming, and want to hear any concerns or questions about the challenges a virtual show will present. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com or enter your comments here

Visit sibaweb.com for up to date information as it is confirmed.

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Indie Bookstores' "Go The Distance" Social Media Campaign

Posted By Douglas Calhoun, Social Media and Marketing Intern at SIBA, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SIBA is hoping to test and share the kind of aspirational content we think might serve our communities virtually. It's a a good time to uniformly share a message we can all agree on. It's a challenge, but we're going the distance while we socially distance.

We are really excited that a few bookstores were able to contribute to this short video we put together to share throughout social media. Snail On The Wall, Bookmarks, E. Shaver, Story on the Square, Copperfish Books and Hub City Bookshop all shared some short video of the new "day-in-the-life" of bookstore operations.

Downloading the video is easy! You can preview and download the video in social media friendly formats here:

  • "SIBA_Main" is for Twitter and Facebook posting
  • "SIBA_Square" is for grid on Instagram posting
  • "SIBA_Vertical" is for Instagram Stories posting

Our plan is to share the video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 2:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 15, and we're planning to amplify this positive message by providing all member bookstores with the file to share at the same time. We want to highlight just how resourceful and flexible indie bookstores are. The more everyone posts this, the more this will be seen by publishers, authors, and loyal customers; put smiles on their faces; and remind them that indie bookstores are here for them.

indie books stores go the distance

Here is the ask:

FOR INSTAGRAM:
Post the video to your Instagram stories and grid on Friday at 2:00 PM EDT. Find a suggested caption for underneath your Instagram post here (copy and paste, it's easy!):

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. Follow @siba_books to hear about ways to support, collaborate, and partner with the bookstore community and check out what @storyonthesquare @hubcitywriters @copperfishbooks @e.shaver_bookseller and @snailbooks are doing to ensure customers safely receive books. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

FOR FACEBOOK:
We'll post the video at 2:00 PM EDT on Friday and you can simply share it from there. When you share we encourage you to write:

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

FOR TWITTER:
Post video to your Twitter account on Friday at 2:00 PM EDT. When you share we encourage you to write:

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

Tags:  Covid-19  social media 

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Reader Meet Writer Update

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Future of Reader Meet Writer

It is SIBA's goal to continue Reader Meet Writer after a two week break from June 15-July 1.  Half of the books that have been featured on Reader Meet Writer have made the Southern Indie Bestseller List the week following their appearance.  That bodes well for the program if that keeps up, and we need to hear from stores who are participating. These virtual events have been well received by booksellers, publishers, and authors alike.

Beginning in July, SIBA is going to offer two virtual events a week, one in the afternoon on Tuesdays and in the evenings on Thursdays.  We have confirmed Kristen Harmel on July 21st, and Odie Lindsey on August 6th.  We will fill in the remaining dates over the next few weeks and keep the calendar updated at the Reader Meet Writer site for booksellers.

All SIBA member bookstores are invited to participate, and join this list of participating bookstores. Just email wanda@sibaweb.com to be added to the list.

Tags:  #readermeetwriter  authors  booksellers  Covid-19  online events  Zoom Meeting 

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Galleys & Giveaways: If I Were You

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


If I Were You

If I Were You
by Lynn Austin

Tyndale Fiction, 9781496437303, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020

From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.

1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve's secrets--and the complicated history of their friendship--to the surface.

1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve's mother served as a lady's maid for Audrey's mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat--Nazi invasion--reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey's brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.

This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.

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THIS! Shari Stauch on metricool

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA is SIBA's new informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share things that are working for them. Less formal than a webinar, the program encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Last Thursday's inaugural program featured Shari Stauch from Main Street Reads in Summervile, South Carolina, who demonstrated how she uses the social media tracking and scheduling service Metricool to manage her social media presence and grow her audience. Email Linda-Marie to be notified of upcoming topics.

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Bookseller Chill, Week Six: How Far We've Come

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

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Video: Keplers and the Future of Independent Bookstores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

The May 6th event with the management team of Kepler's Books on the future of independent bookstores drew an unprecedented crowd of highly engaged booksellers, publishers, and book industry people from as far away as Italy and France. The Kepler's business model, which prioritizes paying living wages to its employees and community service in its programming, pulled the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a financially stable organization that has seen a 75% increase in employee wages across the board. The Kepler's team of Praveen Madan, Jean Forstner, and Amanda Hall describe the journey they took to re-invent the bookstore and offer some perspective on how others can apply the process to their own businesses. What they have to say will enlighten and inspire, even -- or maybe especially -- in these uncertain times.

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