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The Bookend Events at New Voices New Rooms

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Voices New Rooms, our SIBA/NAIBA trade conference , brings you five days of events to plug into your schedule and enjoy, learn from, and share with your colleagues. For your ease getting into events, please register for each event asap rather than day of, and download the events right into your calendar. Each event has a different Zoom link, so your prep now will make your experience later much easier! Make sure to register for the conference first as your key to entrance to the show, the equivalent of getting your show badge. Please take five minutes to scroll through the schedule and begin to plan your week (CYOA!).

Beginnings and endings are so meaningful, and we crafted this show with powerful intention. The result? It’s  bookended by two beautiful events you won’t want to miss. We begin on Monday, Sept 21 at 8:30AM with All Because You Matter with Tami Charles and Bryan Collier, the author and illustrator of All Because You Matter. Their book is “a lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.” The conversation will be moderated by Liza Baker, VP and Publisher of Cartwheel and Orchard Books, Scholastic Inc.

We close the show on
Friday, Sept 25 at 6PM with The Way Forward: Meeting Crisis with Creativity. Rockstar authors and mentors
Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Glennon Doyle will be in conversation about our present moment and the theme of creative response to crisis, followed by a lively Q & A from attending booksellers. Finding and supporting creative responses during such difficult times can often be the work that not only helps our businesses survive, but also saves us personally. Please join us as at our final event for #NVNR2020 and let’s do this important work together. And then celebrate.

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Two Directors to join the SIBA Board

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

SIBA Will Install Two Directors to the Board of Directors at the New Voices New Rooms Show

SIBA is pleased to announce the addition of Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC to the SIBA Board of Directors. She will join Deanna Bailey of Story on the Square in McDonough, Georgia, appointed in July, at the SIBA Annual Meeting being held online during New Voices New Rooms September 24th at 11:30 AM to be formally welcomed to the Board.

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Interim Executive Director at Bookmarks as of October 1st. Bookmarks is a literary nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It began as the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, and an Authors in Schools program reaching 7000+ students of all ages annually, and several other book and author events throughout the year. In 2017 the organization completed a successful capital campaign and opened a bookstore and permanent event space in downtown Winston-Salem. Before Bookmarks Jamie worked at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL, and for the American Booksellers Association. She is married to Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers Network. She's also a University of Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

Jamie Rogers Southern and Deanna Bailey join board members Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, John Cavalier of Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, Louisiana, and Kelly Justice (current Board President) of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia.

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New Voices New Rooms Exhibitor Spotlight

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, September 3, 2020

The stellar programming in place for New Voices New Rooms wouldn't be possible without the generous (that's too mild a word) support of the the show's exhibiting publishers and vendors. These companies recognize the importance of independent booksellers to the success of their products and to the book industry itself, and they have gone above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to the indie bookseller market.

The Virtual Exhibit Hall is filling up with new publishers, gift companies, and services being added every day. Visit and see for yourself!

Although the show won't start for another 19 days, many exhibitors already have links on their pages for setting up appointments to meet or requesting review copies. There are video links to editor and rep presentations, edelweiss collections, and information about show specials.

On each page you'll also find a form to leave your virtual "business card." Your information goes to the exhibitor, and enters you in the New Voices New Rooms Show Raffle.

Some of our featured exhibitors!

HarperCollins Blackstone Soho Press
Magination Press Batch for Books Harvard University Press

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Reverend Al Sharpton is Fall Keynote for Indie Conferences

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, September 3, 2020
Eight Regional Bookselling Associations Present Opening Keynote Event with Rev. Al Sharpton

Rise Up The eight regional bookseller associations are working together this fall to present a special trade show season Opening Keynote event with the Reverend Al Sharpton. Independent booksellers are invited to join us as Rev. Sharpton presents his important, timely book RISE UP: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads (Hanover Square Press; 9/29/20), on Tuesday, September 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm ET.

Rev. Al Sharpton is the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” and the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, “Keepin’ It Real”, which broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week.

In RISE UP, Rev. Sharpton revisits the highlights of the Obama administration, the 2016 election, Trump’s subsequent hold on the GOP and his interactions and relationships with other key players in politics and activism. He also amplifies the new voices and movements that have emerged in response to the Trump presidency.

Rev. Sharpton will be in conversation with Ramunda Lark Young of MahoganyBooks, and will take questions from attendees. This virtual event will be held via Zoom, and access will be limited to association member booksellers only. Booksellers may register for free now, via this link. Approved registered attendees will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

Special thanks to Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins Publishers for their support.

About Hanover Square Press: Hanover Square Press publishes compelling fiction and nonfiction encompassing a broad range of genres—from crime, thrillers, literary and high-concept fiction to narrative history, journalism, science, biography and memoir, including New York Times bestsellers from Dan Abrams and David Fisher, and Rick Ross.

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Is Your Store on This List?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Vocies New Rooms

Only 24 more days to go...

There are already over 300 people registered for New Voices New Rooms, not to mention over 50 exhibitors, and more than 75 events on the schedule. Will your store be represented?

Register here

You must register by 8/31 to receive the show box of goodies, and you must be registered to be able to attend ANY of the events. Look who has already registered!

A Novel Experience
Adventure Bound Books
All Things Inspiration Giftique
Auburn Oil Company Booksellers
Avid Bookshop
Bards Alley
Book No Further
Bound2please Books
Cavalier House Books
Charis Books & More
Copperfish Books
Douglasville Books
E. Shaver, Booksellers
Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews
Ernest & Hadley Booksellers
Fiction Addiction
Firestorm Books & Coffee
Flyleaf Books
Fountain Bookstore
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Garden District Book Shop
Geomi LLC dba MoonPie General Store & Original Book Warehouse
Givens Books
Horton's Books & Gifts
Itinerant Literate Books
M Judson Books
MacIntosh Books and Paper
Main Street Books
Main Street Reads
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
My Sister's Books, Inc.
NeverMore Books

Oxford Exchange
Page & Palette
Page 158 Books
page after page bookstore
Park Road Books
Parnassus Books
Prince Books
Read Books Bookstore in Virginia Beach, VA
Read It Again
Righton Books
South Main Book Company
Spiral Circle Bookstore & More
Square Books
Square Books, Jr.
Story on the Square
Sugar Island
Sylvia Barnhill Designs dba Lowcountry Whimsy
The Book Dragon Shop
The Book Tavern
The Book Worm Bookstore
The Bookshelf
The Country Bookshop
The Crazy Book Lady, LLC
The Family Book Shop
The Haunted Book Shop
The Little Bookshop
The Muse Book Shop
The Snail on the Wall
The Storybook Shoppe
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop
Turning Page Bookshop
Underground Books
Union Ave Books
Wonderland Bookshop
Writers Block Books

Take a tour of NVNR

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New Voices New Rooms: A Directors' Dialogue

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. But if there is a silver lining to be found it is perhaps that so many bookstores have risen to that challenge, finding new and creative ways to stay in business and serve their communities.

Organizations like SIBA and NAIBA have also had to become creative and innovative in order to serve their member bookstores. Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind New Voices New Rooms: the joint SIBA/NAIBA virtual show.

Eileen Dengler and Linda-Marie Barrett

Eileen Dengler, the Executive Director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, the Executive Director of SIBA, came together to harness the resources of both organizations in order to produce a virtual event that would go above and beyond in meeting the needs of their member stores. They recently sat down together (on video, of course, from their own respective offices) to talk about New Voices New Rooms, its challenges and some of the hopes they have for the event.

What are your roles at New Voices New Rooms?

Eileen: Linda-Marie and I are working (virtually) shoulder-to-shoulder to create the programming, fill the exhibit hall, and dream up fun events for all who wish to be part of this great bookselling community.

Linda-Marie: We want to create programming that’s compelling and meaningful for everyone involved: booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. We intend to curate each event carefully to make some virtual magic. Just you wait and see :)

What are some of your goals for this event?

Eileen: I want this virtual event to reach the booksellers and publishers who felt an in-person meeting was either hard to attend because of time or money constraints, or who didn't know about this community of booksellers and publishers. A community that champions and cheers each other, and lends a helping hand and sage advice so everyone succeeds.

Linda-Marie: To that end, we are crafting events that offer booksellers things they expect and need from a tradeshow and things they might not have thought of or expect from a virtual show: A fun and productive experience that inspires. Insider info about books and gifts that they can use to handsell with great success. Education they can take action on immediately. Connections with publishers and vendors that enhance their businesses. Opportunities to engage with each other and network. Meaningful communication is a high priority for New Voices New Rooms.

What have been some of the challenges to creating this event?

Linda-Marie: Running a virtual trade show is new to SIBA and NAIBA, though we’ve both been running online events for years. We’re learning new things every day, and challenging ourselves to consider every angle of our programming from an attendee’s perspective. How can we make this easy, safe, responsive, engaging, and worthwhile? We have a great team in place that’s tech-savvy, very experienced with running a trade show, and focused on doing this expertly.

Eileen: The technical side of hosting a virtual event has been a challenge. It is not as simple as sending out a zoom invite and sitting in front of your screen at the appointed time. It is complicated, time consuming, and intricate, and we are fortunate to have the skills great staff from SIBA and NAIBA to guide us, research options, and create a platform that is user focused and friendly.

What are you most excited about?

Eileen: Through this virtual conference, the doors are going to open wide to so many more booksellers and publishers, and these new connections, friendships, and business relationships is so exciting for me.

Linda-Marie: One of the upsides to a virtual show is that geographic barriers are less important, and we will be able offer presentations from writers who would probably not be able to come to an in person event. So we’ll see more presenters from other countries, or who are usually in such high demand their schedule is very limited. And perhaps people who normally wouldn’t be attending a show. I’d love to see more editors at the shows. And because virtual means you get these little windows into people’s living rooms, offices, and lives, you get to “meet” writers in their own environment, so to speak. Imagine talking to a cookbook author in their own kitchen! (I really like to cook).

What do you hope booksellers will take away from New Voices New Rooms?

Eileen: These new voices in new rooms will give us all more ideas, contacts, and a stronger sense of belonging in our community.

Linda-Marie: Community is vital! It’s always been a goal of these shows to give our booksellers skills to help them make their businesses successful, and access to new books and products that they will want to sell. Those goals haven’t changed, but this year I think there is an added one: to bring our bookstores through the pandemic and begin feeling excited about the future. It seems like a long way away right now – everything is so volatile and uncertain. But we also need books and literature more than ever. That hasn’t changed, it has become more important. And I think our bookstores know it and want to be there for their communities.

Do you see New Voices New Rooms as a model for future events?

Linda-Marie: I do. It has been really rewarding working with Eileen and Kit at NAIBA and seeing their perspective on things, and I think it is a natural partnership. We seem to give each other lots and lots of great ideas! So we intentionally built New Voices New Rooms with the potential for future programs in mind. The “infrastructure” of the event is stable and ready to be used for more things if we decide we want to.

Eileen: I think we are all learning and appreciating new ways of doing business and getting together. As we plan and imagine the future, virtual events for bookstores and the associations will be part of our formats. New Voices New Rooms could very well live on. We shall take the good and move forward from there to a better place.


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New Voices New Rooms is Live!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Voices New Rooms

Registration is now open for New Voices New Rooms!

Booksellers | Publishers | Schedule | Advertising

Here is what you need to know and where you need to go:


We are working hard to create a fun and innovative program that will be both engaging and useful. All events will take place via Zoom and some will be recorded or prerecorded. Links will be posted in the schedule as they are confirmed. Only registered attendees will be able to access the events.


Registration grants access to all NVNR Events, so publishers and exhibitors need to register if they wish to attend. It is the equivalent of creating your show badge. Registration is also strictly limited to members of SIBA and NAIBA. If your membership is not current, you will be contacted to renew your membership before you can attend the events.

Registration will also add you to the New Voices New Rooms newsletter list, which is the primary way that we will keep you informed about the show.


Your registration grants you access to the entire show. The schedule is still in its nascent stage, but as events are confirmed all attendees will receive first notice. You will also receive the "Show Box" of review copies and other goodies prior to the event.


Exhibit and Sponsorship information can be found here.
Advertising Opportunities are listed here

All exhibitors and advertising is being processed through NAIBA and can be purchased here: Publisher Sponsorships and Exhibit Reservations
(note that purchasing exhibit space does not register you for the event. You still need to register at the link above to be able to attend events).

Who to contact:

Questions about registration: Nicki Leone
Questions about the program: Linda-Marie Barrett
Questions about sponsoring: Eileen Dengler:
Questions about exhibiting: Kit Little:

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