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An Interview with Angel Schroeder, owner of Sunrise Books in High Point, NC

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, November 27, 2018
An Interview with Angel Schroeder, owner of Sunrise Books in High Point, NC
Angel Schroeder
Store and location: 
Sunrise Books, High Point NC 
Social Media Stats:
Instagram about 450 followers; FB likes about 700; Twitter is 230. Our email list/Frequent Buyer Club is about 500.
Link to your store’s press kit:
Sadly, we do not have one. I have some graphic arts background, so it’s all in my head and on my laptop. I realize this is a poor excuse!
Events and buyer contact info:
Number of years as a bookseller
Best part about being a bookseller?:
Reading new books and talking about books with other book lovers.


What book(s) are you reading?:
I just finished The Dream Peddler by Martine Fournier Watson (4/2019 release) and am re-reading Treeborne for our upcoming book club and author visit with Caleb Johnson. 


Favorite handsell of 2018:
Southernmost by Silas House. I mean, who wouldn’t love that book? I plan to blanket the landscape with it when it comes out in paperback.
Best thing you did this year at your store:
Move to a larger location with better visibility and parking. We now have a back room for events, so we don’t have to rearrange the whole store for every author visit.
What are some ways you work with your community?
We regularly donate books to a local literacy organization, High Point LEAP, which helps kids stay in school. I also discount books that are being donated to other organizations. We have donated countless books, gift cards, and gifts for various fundraising events, and we are always open to hosting nonprofit groups. We say yes anytime we can to our local public library. We also volunteer and donate to Greensboro Bound, Guilford County’s literary festival, which was founded in 2018.
Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?
High Point LEAP, Southwest Renewal Foundation, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, High Point Public Library, Cover the City, Backpack Beginnings
Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
Of course! We have far more birding titles and field guides than is strictly necessary. I am also a bit of a church nerd, so I carry a lot of religion, theology, and philosophy for a store our size. As the wife of an urban planner, I’ve always been intensely interested in the direction of our city, even before I became a business owner. The store recently bought season tickets for our new baseball team’s inaugural season.
Top priority for 2018:
Expand our customer base to include more of High Point, not just our immediate neighbors.
Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Fall conference. I hated to miss it this year, but it was in the middle of our move. I always discover great books and meet authors that I want to have in the store.





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A Great Start to the Holiday Season for Many SIBA Stores

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Great Start to the Holiday Season for Many SIBA Stores

It was a big weekend for booksellers across the country. In SIBA territory, the reports coming in are exuberant! I volunteered on Saturday at Avid Bookshop’s Five Points location in Athens, GA, where customers were greeted personally and guided to books they wanted and some they didn’t know they wanted! Avid’s sideline selection is stunning--by turns hilarious and honoring of all things literary and unique. I purchased a lovely hand-felted angel ornament for a friend, and a birthday card from Red Caps Press. I intend to pick up a set of “Journals for the Middle Child” on a future visit. A gift to myself :)

I worked with John and Christy, both on Avid’s events team, and with Janet, the store’s owner. This is the first year of The Avid Bookshop Bash (TABB), five days of celebration centered around the weekend after Thanksgiving. After each purchase, Avid booksellers offered customers prizes ranging from gift cards to commemorative bookmarks. As I wrapped gifts, I overheard so many customers praising the store and staff and making plans to come back before TABB ended on Giving Tuesday.

More reports from SIBA stores about their weekend sales:

Kimberly Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC:

“Small Business Saturday was a big day for us. We gave everyone 10% off (something new for us) and we were up 42% over last year! This is really interesting and I think driven by our "spend $50 and get a gift" because we only had 8 more transactions than last year but sold 121 more units. The incentive of a gift at that price point, just higher than a hard cover and a paperback caused people to really increase their units per purchase. We saw a GREAT many out-of-towners, and locals who are discovering the bookshop for the first time, or making an annual pilgrimage.

We sold a lot of the staff picks, big books (Obama, Sparks, Jeff Kinney), and saw a real drive for autographed books. We also sold A LOT of The Broken Ornament. The Invisible Ink little books by Lee Publications are at very low price point and have sold very well for us.”

Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC:

“We had a great weekend! Because of our nonprofit status, we cannot flat out do "shop small" promotions so ours is more of a quiet attack. We had board members in to provide free gift wrapping throughout the weekend and our board president offered to match all purchases as a donation to our Book Build initiative during her shift. She ended up donating $1,400!

We were up 33% on the weekend and top selling items were: Becoming, We Should All Be Feminists, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, Wimpy Kid Meltdown, and Shade. Some of these titles were because we have our staff picks of 2018 reading up and people heavily shop off of them at the holidays. We did not do much programming this year, just our regular storytime and book art by a local artist on Saturday afternoon.

I loved seeing so many of our regular customers and volunteers bring in family and friends who were visiting from out of town and overhearing them talk about the bookstore as theirs!”

Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, Alabama: “Page & Palette had a busy day on Saturday, which included author visits by Karyn Tunks, author of Mardi Gras in Mobile and Michael and Sarah Hewes, authors of The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather.”


Pictured below from left to right are the authors visiting Page & Palette, a scene from Bookmarks, and the front and back sides of Avid's commemorative TABB bookmarks.




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Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 26, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Malaprop's, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, The Country Bookshop, and Underground Books

9780062875655 No Exit 1/15/2019
"Thanks to Taylor Adams, I will think twice before turning in to a rest stop ever again."

9781616206772 The Current 1/22/2019
"I inhaled this book like a warm cup of soup on a cold day."

9780062358202 The Last Romantics 2/5/2019
"I'm here to say it, even if you don't like the term: this is a Great American Novel. "

9780812998955 American Spy 2/12/2019
"a great recommendation for people who enjoy books about espionage but are intimidated by typical thrillers"

9781683319443 The Psychology of Time Travel 2/12/2019
"What an incredible, intricate puzzle of a novel!"

9780062662811 The Poet X 3/19/2019
"Acevedo weaves a world where you are the confidant, and you want nothing more than for her to keep talking."

9780310766438 We Were Beautiful 4/2/2019
" a lovely story about how we all have things we're struggling with and perhaps if we learn to open up and rely on others a bit more, things can be a lot more bearable."

More bookseller reviews

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Are you a reporting store?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, November 15, 2018

Are you a reporting store?

Tis' the season to report your sales.  Are you sure your store sales are getting the attention they should?  Check in that sales are getting reported every week. And if you don't report sales, here's how to do it:

Reporting to the Indie Bestseller List and SIBA Indie Bestseller List

Gathered every week by the ABA, the Indie Bestseller list aggregates sales figures for ABA’s member bookstores throughout the country. A print-ready version of this list is available on ABA’s IndieBound page to download and post in your store. Those figures are further divided into regional lists, and we email that list to SIBA members weekly and also post it on our website.

Reporting is both easy and confidential. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose one of the three ways to report:
    • ABA manual entry
    • ABA file upload
    • To BookScan via your POS.
    You can review the reporting options here. The vast majority of stores choose the BookScan reporting method because:
    • It’s nearly automatic and drawn directly from your POS
    • You also contribute to BookScan’s important sales data, which drives publishing decisions.
    The BookScan compatible POS systems include Anthology, Basil, Book Manager, Books-In-Store, BookLog, Computac, IBID/IBIDie, Square One/iMerchant, Word Stock, and UBIC. However, as long as the system is capable of creating the report in the necessary format, BookScan can also use indepedent and other point of sale systems. Contact Ajantha Jesuraj at directly for instructions and to receive the appropriate software bridge. 

  2. If reporting via the ABA manual entry or file upload methods, create a login and password for the ABA reporting area on If your store doesn’t have a account, you can create one here. (You will need an ABA ID number to create the account, so if you’re not yet an ABA member, please join ABA.) 

  3. Your report should include sales that week beginning 12:01 am Sunday through midnight Saturday. 

  4. If reporting via BookScan, transmit the weekly report no later than 10 pm each Monday. 

  5. If reporting via one of the ABA methods, transmit the weekly report no later than 3 am EST each Tuesday via the ABA reporting site. The reporting site opens each week at midnight Saturday.

For questions, visit the ABA Indie Bestseller FAQ page. For technical support, contact Peter Reynolds at

Reporting to The New York Times Bestseller List

The New York Times Bestseller List, released every Sunday in the paper’s Book Review, reflects sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands.

It’s increasingly important for independent booksellers to make their voices heard on a national level. Please, demonstrate the importance of the indie sales channel by reporting your sales to this important national outlet for book news.

To report your sales to The New York Times, please fill out this online request form

  • Every Tuesday, you’ll receive an email letting you know what titles are in the Book Review that weekend, giving you advance notice to order these titles for your loyal readers.
  • You’ll also receive the Times Digest with the pdf containing the Best Sellers Lists a week and a half before it hits the printed edition.
  • You’ll also receive a complimentary copy of the printed Book Review sent directly to your store.

For more detailed information, visit the Best Sellers List reporting site.

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Celebrating Avid's Bookshop Bash!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Celebrating Avid's Bookshop Bash!

I’m readying my gift-wrapping and handselling skills for a volunteer shift at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA on Small Business Saturday/Indies First. This special day is just one of a five-day celebration called The Avid Bookshop Bash (TABB). John Farina, the events coordinator for Avid Bookshop, revealed what’s in store for readers and gift-buyers in their community. 

TABB is a series of events taking place 11/23-11/27 to celebrate another year of open doors and loyal customers.

  •  11/23- Book Friday (Black Friday in a really comfy sweater)
  • 11/24- Small Business Saturday

  • 11/25- Celebration Sunday

  • 11/26- Cider Monday

  • 11/27-Giving Tuesday


Though the other days are celebrated by indie bookstores nationally, Celebration Sunday is specific to Avid, celebrating the anniversaries of their newest location and the original Avid Bookshop.

To thank customers for their support, every purchase during TABB earns a prize. Prizes, drawn by the customer at the time of purchase, include commemorative bookmarks, a subscription, and a $50 Avid Bookshop Gift Card. To keep customers coming back during TABB, Avid will offer TABB Punch Cards that are hole-punched every time a customer makes a purchase.  (Customers receive an extra hole punch if they shop at Avid on Book Friday). Customers will receive “Bash Cash” coupons in $5 increments, in line with the number of holes punched.

Avid will also take donations throughout TABB for a local nonprofit, Books for Keepsand send them the proceeds on Giving Tuesday.

Avid Bookshop will be posting about The Avid Bookshop Bash leading up to the event and throughout. Be inspired and maybe do your own variation! I’ll report back in after Small Business Saturday with a recap. Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Bookselling!

Tags:  Avid Bookshop  Indies First  small business saturday 

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Malaprop's, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, The Country Bookshop, and Underground Books

9780385543897 Southern Lady Code 4/16/2019
"It's sharper than a shattered Christmas ornament.You might cut yourself, but you'll laugh about it."

9781524766689 Button and Bundle 2/19/2019
"the perfect book to share with friends who might be separated due to a move, going to a different school, or even summer vacation"

9780525535539 The Good Detective 3/19/2019
"one of the best stories with a southern setting that I have read since I read the last Greg Isles"

9781616206215 Sugar Run 1/8/2019
"an Orange is the New Black meets modern-day Faulkner and David Joy."

9781501146060 Hark 1/15/2019
"Sam Lipsyte's satirical take on modern society, the human condition and how to "deal with it all" is miserably hilarious and charming, emotional and beautiful"

9780670012107 SHOUT 3/12/2019
"If you want to be told like it is...let her tell it."

9780811219099 Birthday 2/26/2019
"Since entering adulthood, no author has challenged my idea of what literature can be (or maybe should be) like Cesar Aira."

More bookseller reviews

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Southern Book Prize Voting Continues

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, November 9, 2018

Southern Book Prize Voting Continues

I hope you are excited about the ongoing Southern Book Prize promotion with your customers.Publishers want to share the love and promote your website to their social media accounts but we need you to get the badge and link up so your customer and new customers can VOTE!

Follow these three steps:

1. Place this image on your website:

Southern Book Prize
(right-click to save the image or click here )

2. Link the image to the ballot:

3. Let us know it’s up and running asap by emailing and we will send publishers a link to your website for their social network purposes! Let’s do this.

SBP FlyerStores running the ballot badge:



4. Don't forget your in-store displays!

Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

5. And share share share with your customers on social media:

facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice


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Question Plus Answer from Discovery Show

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, November 9, 2018

Q&A from #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Q - I would like to know the number of stores that constitute a chain.

A - SIBA does not identify store by chain, but by standing.  Our definition for a core member bookstore is: Independent, privately held, brick & mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a retail storefront and physical headquarters, in our region will constitute the core members.  Our main differentiation between and "indie" and a "corporate" store is whether or not they are a public or private company, as in sold on the stock market or not.  As long as a store/stores are privately held, they qualify for SIBA core membership.

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Highlights from the Art of Gathering webinar with Priya Parker

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, November 9, 2018

Highlights from the Art of Gathering B!3 webinar with Priya Parker

SIBA booksellers recently spent time via a B!3 webinar with Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. Ms. Parker is a master facilitator and the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. 

Describing her craft as group dynamics, Ms. Parker offered many creative ways to change-up bookstore events to put the emphasis back on meaningful purpose, rather than on familiar formats and logistics. She said, “Bookstores are going through a purpose crisis.” She suggested that a “more animating purpose than selling books,” which is something Amazon and so many other places can do as well, is to inspire reading and connect people who might not otherwise not connect through text. If your events are meaningful, people will return in droves.

She recommended bookstores internally develop a set of ethos and values, and come up with five things (formats, setting, promotions, etc.) that created successful events in the past. Then communicate this information to publicists. Once an event is scheduled, booksellers can use this time, what Parker calls “moments of influence,” to help publicists and authors learn how to be part of the store's unique gathering, to "prime" them. When the author arrives for the event, make sure the person greeting the author repeats what was sent in the emails, sharing not only logistics, but a sense of what is great about the bookstore, to give them courage about what works in your store.


She suggested a number of fun variations on the traditional author reading. She said, "Every gathering is a temporary alternative world. You have the opportunity to create a world for participants." She added, "Every book event has the opportunity to embody the principles of the book."  Because people disproportionately remember the first and last five percent of a gathering, she advised staying away from opening with logistics about cell phones and parking. Instead, communicate that information differently, perhaps giving people as they enter a card with logistics and a prompt that connects people to each other. You could even make one side a name tag. Or begin the event with a “cold open” in which you meaningfully connect the audience to your store, the sense of purpose you’ve created around this event, and to each other before you get into event logistics. Some of her format variations:


  • Rather than have the author read their book, have ten guests read a paragraph or page from the author’s work.
  • Set out chairs in concentric circles rather than rows.
  • Begin and end the event with a ritual.
  • Invite audience members to speak to each other for the first few minutes of the gathering (perhaps primed with questions about the book, your community, etc.).
  • Host events in different neighborhoods.
  • Use mysterious language in promotions to build intrigue. For example,"Someone's going to wind up in a bathtub."

When asked by a bookseller, “How do you keep from burning yourself out?” when trying to make every event meaningful, Ms. Parker responded that the process of creating meaningful gatherings will be energizing rather than being on autopilot, which can be exhausting. She said, “When you create organic meaningful gatherings . . . you get fuel back from feedback. It creates its own virtuous cycle.” She also emphasized that "meaningful gatherings don’t have to be expensive; part of the freedom of moving away from traditional formats is that we can take five to ten minutes to think up a simple human hack that changes the dynamics of things."


Ms. Parker was also asked how to prime “guests” for an event when you don’t know who they are in advance. She recommended thinking very deeply about the language, image, and content of the invitation or promotional materials. Instead of calling author events “events,” choose subcategories like hootenanny, salon, saloon, even funeral, if it works for the book; throw people off scripts to build intrigue. She advised, “Don’t be afraid to play around with rules. Passionate communities are built when people create purposeful, specific, disputable gatherings and enforce the norms around them.”


 To hear the many ways Ms. Parker suggests reformatting author events, including book festivals, listen to the webinar and prepare to be hugely inspired to shake things up!

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Watch for your Southern Book Prize Ballots!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 8, 2018


ballotAll SIBA member stores have been shipped a set of postage-paid postcard ballots for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. They should be arriving for the start of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge week. Hand them out to your customers and get them involved in the excitement of choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Downloadable posters promoting all the Southern Book Prize finalists are available here for you to post with your store displays.

  • Ballots can also be submitted online at

  • Baker & Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Click here for a sell sheet

We've had a few questions about the new format, so here are some of the more common ones:

Can books still be nominated for the Southern Book Prize?
Nominations for this year's SBP (books published in 2018) have closed, but nominations for the next year's (books publishing in 2019) are open.

Can customers vote?
Voting on the finalists is open to the general public. We want stores to involve their customers. The ballots have a place for the person to write in their local bookstore and the ballot is invalid without this information. There is also an online ballot that will be active on 11/10. Submitted ballots are entered into a drawing to win a complete set of the Southern Book Prize Finalists.

What happened to the "long list" and the "short list"?
SIBA has eliminated the step of voting on the "long list" of nominated titles to come up with the "short list" of finalists. Instead, the finalists were selected from the books that received the most nominations.

Will you have booksellers judging the finalists this year?
No. Judging by booksellers has been replaced by the current ballot, which is open to all SIBA members and their customers.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books, The Country Bookshop, and Union Ave. Books

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"a comforting little book, easy to pick up when the mood strikes."

9780525559054 Leading Men 2/12/2019
"an entertaining and engrossing historical novel that illuminates the world of a gay man in the 1950s and urges you to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect moment."

9780525562771 Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 3/5/2019
"Golby brings a refreshing frankness to topics that typically makes us want to take a few steps back."

9781524798628 Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die 3/12/2019
"This novel was so realistic that I googled Daisy Jones & The Six to see if they were an actual group that I somehow missed in my youth."

9781250134929 We Set the Dark on Fire 2/26/2019
"Milton confirms his status as one of the best in narrative history by putting you right on the ground in the middle of all the action. I was on edge, heart in my throat the whole time!"

9781250185969 Loonshots 3/19/2019
"Malcolm Gladwell meets Bill Nye in this fabulous business book that will also appeal to Steven Johnson history fans."

More bookseller reviews

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Want Your B3! Points?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Want Your B3! Points?

We want you to have them.  You can accrue your points and use the credit to pay for SIBA in the Springtime, annual dues, Discovery Show, or Facebook advertising.  And we want you to get every point you can.  

1. Have you posted the Holiday Catalog to your website?  Let us know and we'll give you B3! points.

2. Are you reviewing books on Edelweiss?  Check the SIBA box and earn B3! points.

3. Do you participate in the turnkey emails for Okra Picks & the Holiday Catalog, a la Shelf Awareness?  You get B3! points.

And so much more.  And engage your staff as they can be earning points as well.  Print this page and post it in the staff room, email it to your staff and get them earning dimes for the store.

PS - Put SIBA in the Springtime on your calendar - March 18-20, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.


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Holiday Prep for Your Store: Have you made your list and checked it twice?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, November 5, 2018

Holiday Prep for Your Store: Have you made your list and checked it twice?

New research, and likely your instincts, suggests that consumer interest during the holiday season actually peaks almost one month earlier than Black Friday. That means right now! Don’t be overwhelmed if you haven’t launched your holiday campaign yet. You can join forces with Love Your Bookstore week (November 10-16) and encourage your customers to celebrate local bookstores. Here’s a list of bookseller resources, including downloadable images, to get you started.

Consider this great checklist of “9 Great Practices to Get Shoppers to Buy During the Holidays.” Simple things like providing your customers with baskets, gift-wrapping items ahead of time for easy shopping (with unwrapped similar items nearby, or stickering wrapped items with sku/isbn), making sure your store hours are correct on Google, and catching customer attention with a display that moves (perhaps a toy train or rotating display of bookmarks festooned with lights) can promote bigger sales.

For your store’s internal checklist, here’s a tip from a veteran--keep bottles of hand sanitizer and boxes of tissue by the registers, and wipe down shared keyboards and phones with Clorox wipes daily. ‘Tis the season!

Join our Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Group on Facebook to share your tips for Holiday success in keeping sales and morale high in your stores!



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An Interview with Julia McCrea Kudravetz, owner of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, November 5, 2018

An Interview with Julia McCrea Kudravetz, owner of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA

Name:  Julia McCrea Kudravetz


Store and location:  The New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.

Number of years as a bookseller:  I purchased the shop after being manager. I was hired as manager after the sudden passing of Carol Troxell, the owner for the previous 30 years. Previously, I ran a local Reading Series and taught English through the local community college. I got involved with the store by doing their social media and selling books off-site at the reading series I hosted.

Best part about being a bookseller?: The conversations I have with people from all walks of life. We have students, international tourists, authors, young kids, everyone coming into this shop.

What book(s) are you reading?: Right now I am reading to prepare for our annual Christmas List, a mailing we do of our top recommendations from the past year. All those books are featured in a "Holiday Market" on our second floor; this is a fantastic store tradition that helps guide holiday gift purchases.  Currently I'm reading a book called Ninth Street Women and learning a lot about the New York Art scene in the first half of the 20th century.

Favorite handsell of 2018: I think Werner's Nomenclature of Colors, a pocket-size facsimile re-issue from Smithsonian Books, is a lovely book for artists and scientists. Each color is described in such a poetic, specific manner; this was the book that Charles Darwin took on his famous voyage.  I love to handsell this book as a unique gift.

Best thing you did this year at your store: Hard to say, but we did rent out the local historic theater, the Paramount, and hosted 1,041 people there for a conversation with Jon Meacham and John Grisham. It raised the profile of our shop, and lead us to believe we can do these 1,000-person off-site events for major international authors in the future.

What are some ways you work with your community?: We partner with alot of local non-profits in various ways. Sometimes, it's  donating 10 books to a silent auction, other times it's cosponsoring an author or an event. We offer our rose garden as a calm space where people can read on their lunch hour.  The shop hosts a book group, an open-mic for young writers and songwriters, and the MFA Reading Series from the University of Virginia. All of these partnerships bring new people into the shop and provide a space for literary community.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?: We partner strongly with the Virginia Festival of the Book, which hosts over 20 events at our shop during the book festival in March.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?: Certainly reading and writing are a passion that carry over; plus I get to see all the new books coming out every week.


Top priority for 2018: We have a lot of priorities, but one of my top ones is paying all booksellers a decent wage in an expensive college town.  Other goals are having more locals who have never visited the shop become regular customers.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I think being a part of the SIBA community and hearing how other bookstores are thriving in this area is a wonderful benefit; it's great to know the other bookstores and have them know us. --also Okra picks!

Social Media Stats:

Facebook likes: 1,137 likes

Instagram: 1,124 followers

Twitter: 190 followers


Press Kit: 

Events and buyer contact info:


Events: Sarah Crossland

Marketing and Communications Director


Buying: Sarah Valencia

Assistant Manager



Tags:  bookseller interview  New Dominion  Virginia 

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Galleys and Giveaways: Armies of Deliverance

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 5, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

We the Resistance

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
Elizabeth R. Varon
ISBN: 9780190860608
Oxford University Press
528 Pages | 74 halftones and 34 maps
March 2019

Description: Loyal Americans marched off to war in 1861 not to conquer the South but to liberate it. So argues Elizabeth R. Varon in Armies of Deliverance, a sweeping narrative of the Civil War and a bold new interpretation of Union and Confederate war aims. Northerners imagined the war as a crusade to deliver the Southern masses from slaveholder domination and to bring democracy, prosperity, and education to the region. As the war escalated, Lincoln and his allies built the case that emancipation would secure military victory and benefit the North and South alike. The theme of deliverance was essential in mobilizing a Unionist coalition of Northerners and anti-Confederate Southerners.

Interweaving military and social history, Varon shows that everyday acts on the ground--from the flight of slaves, to protests against the draft, the plundering of civilian homes, and civilian defiance of military occupation--reverberated at the highest levels of government. Varon also offers new perspectives on major battles, illuminating how soldiers and civilians alike coped with the physical and emotional toll of the war as it grew into a massive humanitarian crisis.

The Union's politics of deliverance helped it to win the war. But such appeals failed to convince Confederates to accept peace on the victor's terms, ultimately sowing the seeds of postwar discord. Armies of Deliverance offers innovative insights on the conflict for those steeped in Civil War history and novices alike.

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Southern Book Prize Finalists: A Special Offer from Baker & Taylor

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 5, 2018


Baker and Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Here's a link to an order sheet you can use:


Southern Book Prize Finalists Order Sheet

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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2019 Southern Book Prize: The Finalists

..wait, what? Aren't those announced in the Spring?

In response to input from bookseller members, SIBA revamped the Southern Book Prize to streamline the selection process and encourage more bookseller and customer engagement, with a goal towards increasing excitement and sales around the holiday season.

So what, exactly, has been "revamped"?

Nominations: Nominations have been expanded to include reviews of eligible books posted by SIBA booksellers to Edelweiss. Nominations can also be submitted via the nomination form.

The Timeline: the selection of the Southern Book Prize finalists has been moved up to the Fall in order to take advantage of the holiday season and the popularity of the "best of the year" lists that predominate during that period. Nominations will close on October 15, and Finalists will be announced on November 1st. Winners will be announced on February 14.

Streamlined Selection Process: Voting on the "long list" (the full list of nominated books) has been eliminated. Finalists are selected according to the number of nominations and/or reviews they receive.

More customer engagement: Voting on the finalist ballot is now open to the customers of SIBA member bookstores. The ballot is available online and can be embedded on member store websites. Member stores also receive postage-paid postcard ballots they can hand out to customers in store. The voting season extends through the holiday season and into the New Year.

Link to official PR

Link to customizable PR

Link to SBP Finalist and Honorable Mentions Edelweiss collection

Link to To-Do Checklist for Making the Most of the SPB in Your Store

2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists


A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s Press)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
Florida: Stories by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)
Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (St. Martin’s Press)
Scribe by Alyson Hagy (Graywolf Press)
The Line that Held Us by David Joy (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)


The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg (Knopf)
Calypso by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Company)
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark (Touchstone)


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BYR)
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton (Push)
Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl (Random House BYR)

Honorable Mentions
Books which did not receive quite enough nominations to be finalists, but whose nominations were especially enthusiastic.

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Hogarth)
Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco)
Treeborne by Caleb Johnson (Picador)
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

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Holiday Catalog for Store Websites: Instructions

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Holiday Catalog for Websites: Instructions

Instructions are now available for IndieCommerce stores that want to link the holiday catalog to their websites. Catalog pages are mobile-friendly, and non IndieCommerce stores can choose to have their catalogs hosted on their own website or hosted by SIBA.

TITLE LIST: Spreadsheet | Edelweiss

CATALOG ON PDF:  Cover 1 | Cover 2


  • IndieCommerce Stores: IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores can link to the holiday catalog by appending this their website URL: "/holiday/SIBA/holidaycatalog.html"

    For example, if Fountain Bookstore wants to link the catalog to their site, it would be

    When customers click on the 'Buy this Book' button on the catalog, they will be taken to Fountain's website to purchase the book.

  • Stores with other e-commerce: SIBA has created a single mobile-friendly catalog page, with a place for your own store logo: online sample. Email

  • Stores without ecommerce:
    SIBA can provide a no-link verson of the html catalog for you to include on your website(s). Email

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Lincoln's Loft, Page & Palette, and The Country Bookshop.

9780062449252 I'm Tough! 10/9/2018
"Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for a good truck and the same goes for books about trucks."

9781982101633 You Know You Want This 1/15/2019
"A collection full of interesting, dark stories about the power structures within all kinds of relationships. Some are playful and some will knock your socks off."

9781250144546 The Gilded Wolves 1/15/2019
"This book is going to transport you into the world of gilded wolves were everything is shiny and magical, but you have to remember that all wolves have teeth."

9780062358202 The Last Romantics 2/19/2019
"Memories are such powerful things and affect our lives in compelling ways.There is so much love in this story! It’s absolutely wonderful!"

9780062691316 We Set the Dark on Fire 2/26/2019
"If you enjoy The Handmaid's Tale, but are looking for a more YA twist, this is the the book for you."

9781683691044 Race Me in a Lobster Suit 3/26/2019
" delightful romp about what happens when you follow a "bad idea" to its conclusion."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Order "Book Life" trucker caps, t-shirts, and more for holiday gift sales!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, October 29, 2018

Order "Book Life" trucker caps, t-shirts, and more for holiday gift sales! 

From the fine folks of Independent Bookstore Day, order “Book Life” trucker caps for those customers who love all things literary, especially when it comes in the form of a stylish cap! They’re available in bundles of 5 for $60, with free shipping, Order by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Book Life tees and sweatshirts are also available in a variety of sizes and styles. Order here!



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