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SIBA19: "Making real connections that last"

Posted By Kristen Iskandrian, Thank You Books, Monday, October 28, 2019
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2019

I wanted to enclose some thoughts about my experience at the conference, before too much time passed. To me it was superlatively organized and well-run. I've been on the planning end of conferences and events and I know first-hand how tricky it can be to address all logistics, and from my perspective, as a participant, everything felt very smooth and efficient.

Friday's lunch panel--spontaneous, lively, heartfelt, intelligent--featuring Kimberly, Gilly, Julie, Charlaine, and Akilah--was a definite standout. I loved the panelists' rapport with one another, their diverse backgrounds/writing interests, and their interactions with the audience. 

The discussion between Sharon Robinson and Peggy Wallace Kennedy was momentous and very moving. It was a privilege to witness an event that felt both historical and urgent to our cultural(ly divided) moment.

All of the author lunches and dinners were wonderful. I'm an author, too (Motherest, Twelve/Hachette 2017), and a reader first and foremost, and I loved getting to wear both of those hats, plus my newest, that of a bookstore owner, while listening to debut and seasoned authors discuss their books, their journeys, and their experiences with bookstores. It was affirming to be reminded, time and again, the pivotal role independent bookstores play both in shaping authors' careers and in cultivating culture, discussion, and community. Saturday night's dinner was especially emotional--Jaquira Diaz brought me to tears, and Isaac Fitzgerald kept everyone laughing. 

The trade floor was a dizzying dream. We were thrilled to meet in person our reps, who we'd been emailing with for weeks. We came away with dozens of ARCs and galleys that we've been gobbling up since returning home. It was great to put faces to names, and to take in such great swaths of the publishing landscape.

Lastly, I'll say that the conversations that I had with other booksellers, veterans and newbies, were SO helpful and heartening. Real connections were made that I believe will last. I feel buoyed by the time I spent in Spartanburg, determined to make our store the best it can be, and eager to join such a thriving community. The timing couldn't have been better--we're looking at an early-to-mid November grand opening, so it was a perfect way to reflect, prepare, and brave (joyfully!) for what's ahead.

Thanks again for the chance to attend--it's something we'll look forward to year after year. Best of luck to you as you head into the next chapter.
~Kristen Iskandrian, Thank You Books, AL

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A Hurricane of Biblical Proportions Couldn’t Keep Them Away: Steve Moss attends his first SIBA Discovery Show

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Hurricane of Biblical Proportions Couldn’t Keep Them Away: Steve Moss attends his first SIBA Discovery Show

Booksellers, authors, publishers, and industry exhibitors from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama (Roll Tide), Louisiana, Virginia, and of course Florida, descended on the spectacular Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor Florida, just north of Tampa, for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2018 and its “Make Your Mark” conference.

As a first-time attendee and a Reba and Dave Williams Scholarship Fund beneficiary, I was joyfully overwhelmed with not only abundant southern charm and hospitality, but by a completely packed and extremely well-organized schedule of events including readings, movies, dinners, lunches, exhibitions, lectures, author panels, and bookstore tours, as well as workshops and industry-themed meetings designed to maximize the efforts of what our industry is all about.   

I found myself with writer’s cramp, checking off in my show directory all the events I wanted to be a part of.

Innovation engineer and whiskey maker Doug Hall started things off for me with his “Driving Eureka! Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System” workshop. Forcing participants to think outside the box in approaching industry as well as personal challenges, I found this to be an instructive and valuable hands-on workshop, training people to get to a new idea quickly by mapping out their strategy in an easy to grasp methodology.

A tour of the area’s Independent bookstores followed, with stops at the historic, impressive Oxford Exchange, an all-purpose, on purpose, bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant, meeting and event venue, all housed in a 100+ year old building. One of the many wonderful meals of the week to come was served in the restaurant there, with the gracious folks from Baker & Taylor picking up the tab.

On to Inkwood Books, a quintessential bookshop in downtown Tampa, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff, they welcomed us with open arms. I picked up a couple of merchandising ideas there, so if any of the staff happens to stop by my shop, they’ll be recognizable.

Next stop, Mojo Books and Music. This is a time machine of a place, harkening back to the bookstores of my youth, shelves filled floor to ceiling with books, the bookcases sheer weight being supported by wooden shims, actual LP record albums, music CD’s, and a nostalgic display of posters in one of those old time racks you can leisurely flip through. I wish I had budgeted for the signed first edition of “You’re Only Old Once,” by Dr. Seuss they had displayed under glass, but I settled for a store t-shirt and a Blade Runner movie poster. The bus ride “home” was narrated tour guide style by Arcadia Press author Mark Muncy who, as the author of Freaky Florida, filled us all in on some of the more odd histories and mysteries of Florida. I’ve lived in Florida all my life and even learned a few things!

SIBA started off with a bang, or should I say, a Bragg, Thursday morning, with 2019 Pat Conroy Legacy Award Recipient, Rick Bragg. I’ve known Rick for years from his appearances at my store, and he is always on point, a deliberately measured storyteller, and downright hysterically funny fellow. What a treat to see him honored, and to hear his perspective and recollections of Pat.

Various classes, lectures, workshops, escape rooms, and author readings filled the next few days, along with marvelous breakfasts, lunches and dinners, always with an author or authors and most of us attendees seeking out our areas of interest;  in my case, seeking out new roads and discovering new interests, as well as meeting and forming alliances with other booksellers, vendors, and publishers. I got a few good pointers from a class involving AV, which is one of my specialties, but I’m always open to learning new ideas. I didn’t get involved with the “Escape Rooms,” as I would probably still be there, but I understand they were great fun.

It’s also worth mentioning, that all the accommodations and events were housed on the same site so everything SIBA had to offer was within easy reach of anyone walking. Taking advantage of the free shuttle buses provided was also most appreciated for those not used to the 90+ degree temperatures. Wherever we were, we were made as comfortable as possible.

Workshops with titles “Maximizing Pre-Order Campaigns,” “Is Profit a Dirty Word?,” and “Inventory Management,” proved to be invaluable tools for those not normally attached to this part of the business. Events like “The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness,”  “Okra Picks and Their Authors Unite,” and “From the Frontlist to the Bestseller List” proved insatiable to those who love this part of the business. There really were too many great and helpful events to list effectively here.

Sadly, a couple of events were cancelled or abbreviated due to the nasty Ms. Florence, but again, she didn’t stop us from making the most out of all that was presented with quality and quantity. With workshops and lectures ranging in duration from 20 minutes to 4 hours, there was always something going on for everyone.  

Some authors who couldn’t make the trip due to various prior commitments or travel restrictions due to the storm were gracious enough to join us via video presentation; notably, Jarrett Krosoczka, who left the room speechless with his presentation of Hey, Kiddo. His heart-wrenching story of being raised by his grandparents, while his mother wrote him letters from prison, is on display for all to see in graphic novel form. Another highlight for me was the “Writing, Riding, Righting Historical Fiction” session with Amy Stewart, Jonathan Putnam, Signe Pike and Kristina McMorris. Another delectable dinner with a recipe from the book Southern Snacks by Perre Coleman Magness was served, along with readings by B.A. Shapiro, and Mary Laura Philpott was almost too much stimulation for the day. Almost.

Who would have thought Books would go with Bourbon? I’m sure the majority of our literary giants would not argue. The Southern Fried Karma and Blair Publishers event with “Books & Bourbon & Banter” took place in the cavernous Inverness Hall foyer with the theme of “Cultivating Artistic Voices of the New Millennium with a Southern Accent,” was well received.   

Everywhere was a cornucopia of ARC’s, catalogs, pens, pencils, book bags, matchbooks, business cards, snacks, The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), reps, and of course, Books & Books & Books. Trying to fill my numerous book bags with as much as I could carry for friends and colleagues back home, I must confess, a few choice signed first editions were now destined for my private library at home.

Did I mention southern hospitality and southern charm goes hand in hand with plenty of food? Doughnuts, coffee, cake, tea and snacks were in abundance and within easy reach for all. Every event, workshop and lecture was sponsored by, or presented by, or in cooperation with, SIBA, and Industry heavyweights Baker & Taylor, Arcadia Publishing, BQB/WriteLife, Blair Carolina Wren, Publishers Weekly, Bookazine, BINC, Harpercollins, Flatiron Books, Ingram Content Group, National Geographic Books, Andrea Thome, 83 Press, Penguin Random House, Southern Fried Karma, University of North Carolina Press, and The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.  

The Friday night “Readers Supper” with the aforementioned Conroy Legacy Winner Rick Bragg was again a highlight, with Rick’s signature, off the cuff entertaining approach to storytelling. Unbelievably, I was seated at the same table with too-many-to-list-multiple-award-winner-and-prolific-author-legend, Walter Mosley, who gave one of his trademark remarkable readings. His latest, John Woman, is receiving the praise it deserves. Martha Hall Kelley, with her story of Holocaust survivors, The Lost Roses, was also a standout. Emcee Doug Robinson from Eagle Eye Books in Decatur, GA, did a great job as host.

The bittersweet after dinner movie, “The Bookshop” was the perfect denouement to the day.

Table after table of books filled with selections from the aforementioned publishing houses dominated Saturday, at least until “The Moveable Feast.” This was an actual feast of yet more food, as over 20 authors relocated from table to table to tell us their stories and allow questions and interact on a personal level with booksellers. We sat attentively listening and eating. I felt a bit conflicted for the authors as they had to rise and switch tables every few minutes to repeat what they had just imparted, but they seemed to love it.

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell and Assistant Director Linda-Marie Barrett are to be commended for their organizational perfection and well-executed schedule of events at this landmark conference, as well as organizing the spacious and comfortable accommodations for all us attendees. I overheard nothing but positive responses from all those I interacted with.

I was back on the road home in the late afternoon, after having as many books as I could get signed by the authors, my car trunk packed with ARCs and ephemera, and my head swimming with everything that had transpired over the last 4 days. Rarely does one get afforded the exquisite pleasure of a literary experience such as this. Stories and ideas for stories, fondness for new friends and old, remembrances of authors known and newly discovered, coupled with thoughts of how I could improve my own bookshop’s ambiance, relationships with customers, and of course, sales, swirled around in my head. Crossing through the Everglades on my way back to Miami, with the soundtrack of the journey over the radio provided by Kenny Chesney, Phil Vasser, and Josh Wilson, I had plenty of positivity taking root, including the notion of someday writing about this experience and wondering perhaps about spending my retirement years playing golf at the immense Copperhead Course at the all-inclusive, self-contained, relaxing, Home of the Valspar Open, Innisbrook Golf Resort!

SIBA left its MARK on me!

See y’all next time!

Steve Moss

Events and Store Manager

Books and Books

Coral Gables, Florida

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#SIBA18, Y'all!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Bookseller Sami Thomason Reflects on an "Absolutely Unforgettable" #SIBA18!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

 

Bookseller Sami Thomason Reflects on an "Absolutely Unforgettable" #SIBA18!

 

My first SIBA show was absolutely unforgettable! From William Joyce's tear-jerking speech about the end of the Guardians series to Rick Bragg's side-splitting acceptance of the Pat Conroy Legacy award, I was constantly amazed by the brilliance of the many authors who spoke. I loved catching up with old friends like Jo Watson Hackl and Jimmy Cajoleas, who have both held events with Square Books, Jr., and making new connections with authors I have admired for years, such as Roshani Chokshi and Max Brallier. Only at SIBA can you grab a glass of wine and run into your literary heroes!

 

I thought the sales floor would be an overwhelming experience, but thanks to guidance from the SIBA staff, I navigated my way through all the amazing exhibitions. It was great seeing my sales reps and meeting their cohorts and getting the very best recommendations. In fact, my greatest triumph at SIBA happened on the exhibition floor when I won a cake at the cakewalk, and quickly made friends with everyone on the floor; there was too much cake to take back on the plane! I now have sweet memories of delicious cake and armfuls of books and catalogs to dig into. 

 

What sets SIBA apart from other conferences is definitely the element of Southern hospitality. Every bookseller I met immediately put me at ease and made me feel like we were old friends. I've got a list as long as my arm of stores I want to visit; I'm coming for you, Octavia Books! As a fairly new bookseller, I'm so grateful at SIBA who made me feel so welcome. Hopefully I'll see everyone next year-can we meet at the pool? 

 

Some facts about Sami:

Store and location: 

Square Books, Jr., Oxford Mississippi

Number of years as a bookseller: 

2.5

What you do at the store:

Teen and event buyer, book box curator, social media coordinator, book club liason

What book(s) are you reading?:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi and Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Favorite handsell right now:

Sadie by Courtney Summers-a genuinely chilling mystery with an amazing podcast element.

 

    

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#SIBA18: The Rep Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

#SIBA18: The Rep Picks

The Rep Pix 

It was a fast and furious "Rep Picks" session at #SIBA18, where about 20 reps ran lightning-fast through their favorite books of the upcoming season. Since each Rep got 2 minutes to talk and not a second more (ask them), the all did some pretty fast talking. Booksellers heard about 90+ books in 60 minutes. No one stopped to breathe.

Here's the collection on Edelweiss from Slime to Super Potato to the Southern Lady Code and back again:


https://www.edelweiss.plus/#catalogID=4311965&page=1

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Saving the Best for Last? Food, Fun, and Books Galore at Our Moveable Feast of Authors!,

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 3, 2018

Saving the Best for Last? Food, Fun, and Books Galore at Our Moveable Feast of Authors! 

Close out an amazing #SIBA18 by attending one of SIBA booksellers’ perennial favorites; the Moveable Feast. What’s better than hanging out with your colleagues, eating lunch, and hearing about new books? Maybe listening to more authors, at lower decibels, and no shouting to be heard. Because this year, there’s a twist! 20 authors get 90 seconds to present to the entire crowd. You will not miss out on a single author or a single book, as lunch ends with author signings. What fun, and what a deal!

 

Still need a ticket? No problem! Email Nicki@sibaweb.com

 

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Where Do YOU Want to Be at 730am on Saturday at #SIBA18? At our Breakfast Roundup of Authors

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 3, 2018

 

Where Do YOU Want to Be at 730am on Saturday at #SIBA18? At our Breakfast Roundup of Authors!

It isn't a SIBA Discovery Show if you're not burning the candle at both ends. As we enter the home stretch on Saturday, it's so worth getting up to hear this fabulous roundup of some of SIBA's favorite authors. Enjoy coffee and breakfast with MC Errol Raymond Anderson of Charis Books & More of Atlanta, GA as they introduce Rob SandersStonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, Patti CallahanBecoming Mrs. Lewis, Ethan LongFangsgiving, Lisa UngerUnder My Skin, and Kiese LaymonHeavy: An American Memoir. This breakfast also includes a Recipe Sponsorship from University of North Carolina Press by Sara Foster, chef and author of Pie: A Savor the South Cookbook. Get caffeinated, well-fed, and inspired. Then go hit the show floor from 9-noon! Need a ticket? Email nicki@sibaweb.com.


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On the Exhibits Stage at #SIBA18: The Rise of Alt Science Fiction & Fantasy

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 3, 2018

On the Exhibits Stage at #SIBA18: The Rise of Alt Science Fiction & Fantasy

SFF is more than a one-trick unicorn: we are seeing a smart evolution in one of literature's most popular sub-orbital genres. Even if you don't read science fiction, it's hard to ignore the critical attention that the new crop of alt SFF is generating. Whether it's a foray into the mildly dystopic future, and exploration of Afrofuturism, a re-imagined world under some of the harshest authoritarian principals at work on Earth today, SF is edging so much closer to science faction. Alt SFF is worth paying attention to- so as we navigate an increasingly dystopic present day, how can your store foster informed escapism by recommending hottest new titles in the SFF scene, cultivating sales to lit lovers and genre readers alike? Don't miss this panel discussion on Friday (9/14) on the Exhibits Stage in the Inverness Ballroom from 11am-noon. 

Moderator: Caroline Perny, (Senior Publicist at HarperVoyager)
Nicky Drayden (Author of TEMPER and THE PREY OF GODS)
Ann Leckie (Author of THE RAVEN TOWER and ANCILLARY JUSTICE)
Lucia Drinkwalter (Bookseller at Flyleaf Books)
Beth Seufer Buss (Community Outreach and Bookstore Manager at Bookmarks)
Jessica Osborne (Bookseller at E. Shaver)

           

 

 

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One of this Year's Premier Events: The SIBA Supper!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 3, 2018

One of this Year's Premier Events: The SIBA Supper!

One of our premier events, the SIBA Supper on Thursday night (9/13) at 8PM, brings together authors SIBA booksellers adore! Host Will Walton is the author of Okra Pick and SIBA bestseller, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain. Will is also a bookseller at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA.

 

He’ll be introducing B. A. Shapiro, author of The Collector’s Apprentice. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. Author Dawn Tripp praises Shapiro’s newest as “an exhilarating tale of shifting identities, desire, and intrigue set between 1920s Paris and Philadelphia.”

 

We’ll also hear from T. R. Simon, author of Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground, a powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures that explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery. T. R. Simon is the co-author, with Victoria Bond, of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner Zora and Me. 


Mary Laura Philpott, loved by SIBA booksellers for her earlier work Penguins with People Problems, will discuss her new collection of essays, I Miss You When I Blink. Philpott is the founding editor of Musing, the online magazine of Parnassus Books, as well as an Emmy-winning cohost of the show A Word on Words on Nashville Public Television.

 

This year’s  SIBA Supper features a Recipe Sponsorship from University of North Carolina Press from Perre Coleman MagnessSouthern Snacks: 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors. Magness is based in Memphis, Tennessee and is the cook and writer behind the websiteThe Runaway Spoon, which focuses on creative recipes with a Southern Slant.

 

Need a ticket? Email nicki@sibaweb.com

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Wine & William & The Lost Country: A Celebration of William Gay at #SIBA18!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018

 

 

Wine & William & The Lost Country: A Celebration of William Gay at #SIBA18!

 

Here's a late-night event worth staying up for: a celebration with wine, song, and story of William Gay's The Lost Country. Join us for a fifty minute stage production of the stories of William Gay and the songs by his favorite songwriters, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt. Sip wine while authors Patti Callahan, Anthony Grooms, Jana Sasser, Jon Mayes, and Shari Smith, writer of the show, read from The Lost Country, William's last manuscript. Music is by Eric Erdman and Eddie Heinzelman. Be steeped in the magic of William Gay's literary world, which Kirkus Review describes as "full-on Southern gothic."

 

Thursday, Sept 13, at 10pm in the Stirling Ballroom East, no ticket required!

 

 

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Books L(a)unch @ #SIBA18 from Flatiron with Amy Einhorn, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Flatiron Books

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018

Books L(a)unch from Flatiron with Amy Einhorn, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Flatiron Books

 

Amy Einhorn has been in publishing for over 25 years since starting at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Before joining Flatiron, she headed her eponymous imprint, Amy Einhorn Books, at Penguin. Some of her bestselling fiction titles include the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, as well as bestsellers such as The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, and Free Food for Millionaires by National Book Award Nominee Min Jin Lee. Her nonfiction bestsellers include Amy Sedaris’s I Like You, Jenny Lawson’s #1 New York Times bestsellers Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, and former  FBI Director James Comey’s book on leadership, A Higher Loyalty.


Amy Einhorn will introduce Flatiron writers Sarah Blake, Guest Book, Chandler Baker, The Whisper Network, Yangsze Choo, The Night Tiger, and Gita Trelease, Enchantee.  It’s always so insightful to hear an editor present her writers, as they provide a glimpse into the author/editor relationship and the ways a publishing house curates their titles. Einhorn's authors represent debut and bestselling authors of different genres, too. A lunch not to be missed!


This event takes place at #SIBA18 on Friday (9/14) at 1pm. Registered but haven’t purchased your meal ticket yet? No problem! Email Nicki@sibaweb.com.

 

 

 

 

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Make Your Mark on 2019: First 180 Days Party Celebrating the Books Coming Your Way in 2019!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018

 

Make Your Mark on 2019: First 180 Days Party Celebrating the Books Coming Your Way in 2019!

Mark this event at #SIBA18 on your "Must-Do" list. This fun gathering of 19 authors with books coming out in 2019 takes place after the first full day of programming. After attending EUREKAsiba, EDUCATIONsessions, AUTHORinteractions, and maybe even a fun and nerdy half-hour of team-building in the ESCAPEroom, make time to connect with authors, pick up signed copies of their books, pass out your business cards, schmooze with colleagues, and enjoy some light bites and drinks from the open bar. The "First 180 Days" takes place right before our SIBA Supper and it's where you'll want to be Thursday night (9/13) at 7pm!


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Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

 

Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Parapalooza happens on Friday, September 14 at 5:45pm Authors read with meaning, feeling, and enthusiasm a single hand-picked paragraph from their book. Every year, booksellers have to elbow their way in (kindly, but assertively) to be part of an hour of big laughs, and hear from a sampling of authors representing various genres for adults and children. And, oh, what a great selection of authors coming your way this year!  One of the stars, and a first-time presenter at SIBA, will be Tena Clark, author of Southern Discomfort, whom Maria Shriver calls, "a pioneering force of nature." Clark has written award-winning songs, contributed to the soundtracks of many movies, including "Hope Floats," and "My Best Friend's Wedding," and television shows including "Desperate Housewives." Clark is also a civil rights activist and crusader for women's rights.

We have a new MC this year, Helen Ellis, author of the Southern Lady Code. Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” What will that mean for the authors in attendance and booksellers in the audience? Time will tell, but I'm sure this "fiercely funny" MC will keep everyone on their toes. 

And what's more, National Geographic is contributing cold beer for attendees. The authors of The National Geographic Atlas of Beer, Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson are part of the line-up. Seriously, amazing authors, an hilarious MC, and cold beer? Does it get any better? See you at Parapalooza!

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SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 27, 2018

SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

SIBA is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members to the SIBA Board whose terms begin in 2019: Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC. Janet and Jamie will attend the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, where they will be welcomed to the board at the SIBA Annual Meeting + Town Hall on Friday, Sept 14 at 9am. Join us in welcoming Janet and Jamie! Congratulations also to Star Lowe of Star Line Books for winning a free hotel stay for one evening in our voter participation raffle.

Janet Geddis is the founder and owner of Avid Bookshop, an award-winning business with two locations in Athens, GA. Janet holds a BA in English & American Literature from NYU and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from UGA's College of Education. Janet is a professionnal writer and accomplished speaker; her most notable public speaking engagements to date were in spring 2018, when she first presented to 1500+ audience members at a TEDx conference and then delivered a well-received UGA English Department keynote speech about the many benefits of being a lifelong reader. Known for her inventiveness (she was the first bookstore owner to use crowdfunding to gather some startup funds in 2010!) and positivity, Janet volunteers in Athens and in the book world whenever possible. Her creative entrepreneurism and open leadership style have garnered her award nominations and significant press coverage, including a feature in Grace Bonney’s first issue of Good Company magazine. In 2016, Janet was one of 40 publishing industry professionals to be chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch list.

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director at Bookmarks. 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!

 Janet Geddis and Jamie Rogers Southern join board members Kimberly Daniels Taws, Kelly Justice, and Shane Gottwals. Stepping down are Doug Robinson (current Board President) of Eagle Eye Books in Atlanta, GA and Stephanie Crowe of Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL. SIBA appreciates their hard work and will be offering two frontline scholarships to #SIBA19 in their names. Thank them for their service when you see then in Tampa! 


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Have you checked your B3! Points and SIBA credit lately?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

Have you checked your B3! Points and SIBA credit lately?

You’re likely earning B3! Points all year, if you write reviews on Edelweiss and choose the ‘send to SIBA option’, participate in webinars and our book club, are on one of our committees, are a judge for the SIBA book awards, or are a speaker or moderator at one of our events. Participation earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. The goal of the program is to engage the Southern Bookselling Community and raise the visibility of Southern Indie Bookstores, and increase the value of investing in programs targeted towards Southern bookstores and their customers.

Members can use their B3! Points to pay dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations. Every 500 points accrued equals $50. B3! Points are cleared out annually on October 1st, so now is the time to use them! Not going to the show? SIBA can use your points to advertise your co-hosted events on facebook.

SIBA credit received from vendors or through refunds on SIBA services does not go away, and can also be used toward the SIBA Discovery Show and member dues.

Find out your B3! Points total and SIBA credit by logging in to your account and viewing your profile. If you need help with this, just let us know. We really want you to use your points for all your good work and SIBA engagement year-round.

B3! Building Better Booksellers is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts, which awarded SIBA a $40,000 grant at the beginning of 2015 in honor of SIBA’s 40th anniversary.

"SIBA wants to be on your mind year-round. Raise your profile with us. We’ll raise your profile with southern readers, and in the industry. And in turn, yall will raise SIBA’s profile in the industry. And the industry will be better for us all. Let’s get engaged in a way that tells the southern story like only we can tell it.” —Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, SIBA


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Download the free SIBA Social Link App to Optimize Your #SIBA18 Experience!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Download the free SIBA Social Link App to Optimize Your #SIBA18 Experience!


Keep up to date with show news, and any last minute changes, with the Social Link app. The app is also the source for clues to our perennial favorite Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunt items are listed in the Show Directory and scattered about the show floor. The winner wins a TRIP for 2 to #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, SC!


The Social Link app is also central to our Discovery Show App Giveaway, in which you race against time, and other booksellers, to respond first to the announcement of prizes. Prizes include Shelfwiz Plexi/Aluminum Shelf Talker(s) from Franklin Fixtures, signed copies of books donated by publishers, a trip to #SIBA19 for a lucky bookseller, and much more. Only one winner per store in our App Giveaway.


Get notifications, connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors, and stay on top of SIBA news with Social Link.

Download the #SIBA18 Social Link App here: Apple | Google 

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5 reasons to register early for #SIBA18

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, August 6, 2018

5 reasons to register early for #SIBA18

Is your store on this list?

Early registration for the 2018 SIBA Discovery Show closes on September 1. Here's why you want to register now instead of waiting until the last minute:

  1. We're using store bookmarks in our directory, and late registrants can't be included. Email your bookmark file or photo to Nicki.
  2. You must be registered by August 15th to participate in the Southern Book Prize Display Contest (winning store receives $1000, CASH)
  3. You must be registered by 9/1 to be listed on the Bibb Pick Ballot. Winning store receives year-long support from #SIBA18 authors and hotel rooms, meals and travel stipend to #siba19.
  4. Exhibitors receive advance notice of attending bookstores to help coordinate appointments. If you aren't registered, they won't be able to reach out to you.
  5. You must register to purchase meal tickets. Meal tickets all DOUBLE IN PRICE on site.

REGISTER FOR #SIBA18          CHECK OUT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS       SEE CONFIRMED AUTHORS

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: BQB/WriteLife

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, August 6, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

BQB/WriteLife 

BQB/WriteLife

An independent publisher, Boutique of Quality Books, under its two imprints -- BQB Publishing and WriteLife Publishing -- combines the quality processes of traditional publishing with hands-on author involvement to bring today's new writers and tomorrow's best sellers into the hands of booksellers and the reading public. www.bqbpublishing.com www.writelife.com. We're distributed by IPG www.ipgbook.com with discounts and returns.

https://bqbpublishing.com/ | http://writelife.com/

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Fresh Frances

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, August 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fresh Frances

 

Sensational Sidelines from Fresh Frances! Warm and witty greeting cards for adults and children, book buttons, magnets, boxed notes and more. Introducing our new pet accessories, too!

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Hachette Book Group

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, August 3, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hachette Book Group 

Hachette Book Group

1. Jimmy Patterson Fall Winter 2018-2019 Indies Offer Jimmy Patterson announces a special indies offer for Fall Winter 2018-2019 titles US and Canadian indie accounts can earn +5% discount on Jimmy Fall 18 Winter 19 frontlist titles-- Minimum order is 25; maximum order is 100 -- One order per ship-to -- Promotion will run through 2/28/2019 -- Use promo code 5JIMMY

2. Orbit Ann Leckie & N.K. Jemisin Indie Offer Orbit announces a special indies offer for N.K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie titles Account will receive +5% on the following titles:

  • THE FIFTH SEASON (9780316229296)
  • THE OBELISK GATE (9780316229265)
  • THE STONE SKY (9780316229241)
  • ANCILLARY JUSTICE (9780316246620)
  • ANCILLARY MERCY (9780316246682)
  • ANCILLARY SWORD (9780316246651

Accounts must take all six titles -- Minimum order is 2 copies of each title. Maximum order is 100 copies per title -- One order per ship-to -- Promotion will run through 12/31/2018 -- Use promo code NKJAL5

3. Running Press Fall Winter 2018-2019 Mini Kit Prepack Offers Running Press announces a special indies offer for its Fall Winter 2018-2019 mini-kit prepacks: Accounts will receive +5 on Running Press's Harry Potter, Best of the Best, and Holiday mini-kit prepacks -- Minimum order is 1; maximum order is 50 -- Accounts can take advantage of the promotion twice -- Promotion will run through 3/1/2019 -- Use promo codes: o XHPP18 for Harry Potter o XBTB18 for Best of the Best o XIMF18 for Holiday

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

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