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Social Media Class for Booksellers at a HUGE discount for SIBA Members! Register by July 31!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Social media and content marketing can be stressful and confusing. Many booksellers need to know how to be more efficient and effective so the time and energy they spend marketing online has greater impact and creates results.

If you’ve seen Sarah Benoit, co-founder and lead instructor at the JB Media Institute, present at the ABA’s Winter or Children’s Institute, you know you’re learning from someone passionate about helping booksellers improve their social media and content marketing strategies. Sarah has developed an online course for booksellers: Social Media and Content Marketing Basics for Booksellers.

Topics covered include:

  • content branding

  • keyword and hashtag research

  • content calendars

  • website usability

  • Instagram and Facebook tracking

  • social media tracking on Google Analytics

  • Facebook and Instagram advertising

  • event marketing


Sarah introduced this course to SIBA booksellers and staff this spring and we are loving and already using what we’ve learned. Sarah’s three-month self-paced online course is now being offered nationally for $299. Contact SIBA for a special code and SIBA member stores enroll for just $149! Registration open till July 31.


Would you like a preview? Attend a FREE introductory webinar on Monday, July 16 from 12-1pm EST.

  • Join the meeting on your computer or laptop go to: https://join.me/jbmediagroup  It will prompt you to download the Join.me desktop app for easier participation or you can click the link to join with your browser.  Conference ID: 804-325-388 #

  • To join using your mobile device like a smartphone or tablet download the mobile apps: https://www.join.me/apps

  • To dial in by phone: (404) 400 - 8750


"The JB Media social media class is very well designed - its structure and flow can help any one at any level of social media expertise! This class is very adaptable to any schedule. The online lessons allow you to work completely at your own pace and Sarah is always available for questions and discussion. This class can answer just about any question regarding social media or content marketing that you have ever had and if the class itself can't, then Sarah can! Highly recommend!”-- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books


"It's one thing to post a couple photos or links, or like a couple videos, and quite another to create a dynamic, engaging, and attractive presence online that enhances and compliments your real-world, brick-and-mortar business. JB Media's holistic approach to social media is the best I've seen for doing that. It goes far beyond just providing a series of tips or tricks to manage a Facebook page. Your course gives people the tools they need to navigate social media effectively and use it productively. You know the proverb "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life"? JB Media teaches people how to fish.”--Nicki Leone, SIBA




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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books and Books, Cavalier House Books, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, Malaprop's, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Again, The Country Bookshop, The Story Shop, Turnrow Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9781590519646 The Long Path to Wisdom 10/23/2018
"Charming, funny and instructive and some a little odd."

9780374110444 The Bus on Thursday 9/14/2018
"This book is a fantastically creepy and fun delight."

9780425290989 I Am Still Alive 7/24/2018
"I held my breath and didn't blink throughout the entirety of Kate Marshall's tightly paced YA thriller. "

9781635572179 Aerialists 2/19/2019
"Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Not only do the characters resist familiar paths and traits, each sentence resists expectation."

9781338150490 A Long Line of Cakes 8/28/2018
"Sweet, silly and absolutely the most wholesome thing since the Little House on the Prairie series."

9781338209969 The House With Chicken Legs 9/25/2018
"A little bit folk tale, a dose of adventure and quite a bit of quirky humor tossed in, The House With Chicken Legs will take readers on a ride they will not soon forget."

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Come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you need a better reason than "it’s hot and sales are slow and I want to see my bookselling friends" to come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20, then here it is: we made more on the $2,000 in retail sales of Proof (a book we published) in June 2018 than we did in the $5,000 retail sales of Range Bucket List in June 2017.


That’s why I’m inviting you all to come, as you’ll meet the man who knows all about this stuff, Josh Floyd of Ingram Spark, and some of the people who‘ve helped us get this little publishing venture (shakily) off the ground. There are a lot of variables in the numbers above so we’ll examine them and take a look at the talent needed and costs that go into making these books and these sales possible. I especially encourage North Carolina bookstores to attend as we will spend lunch brainstorming for North Carolina's Map/plan for IBD 2019.


Also... our town is really something special. Within two blocks of our store you’ll find two yoga studios, an ice cream shop, a cheese shop, a wine shop, an outdoor goods shop, a toy shop, a running shop, a guitar shop, a yarn shop, a theater called The Sunrise, a pizza parlor, a tack shop (horse stuff and cool leather things), some GREAT restaurants, lots of clothing boutiques, the best park in the world, a store that sells chic purses famous nationwide and made by military spouses, two coffee shops, and a growler company. Five blocks away you’ll discover The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, and the Southern Pines Brewing Company. Did I mention that all these are independent, locally owned, or a non-profit?


Come to the revival, check out our town, and see how easy it is to increase your margins and your offerings.


Shoot me an email if you have any specific questions about directions or the town or specific concerns within (or outside) of our topic that you want to discuss. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to let us know you’re coming.


Look forward to seeing y'all soon!


Kimberly


140 NW Broad Street

Southern Pines, NC 28387

910.692.3211 (store)

910.690.1370 (cell)


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Meet the Bookseller: John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

John CavalierName: 
John Cavalier

Store and location: 
Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, LA

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: 
15 (Book Warehouse of Baton Rouge from 2003-2005 and Cavalier House Books from 2005 - Present)

Best part about being a bookseller?:
I've always viewed books as tools - they contain the answers and inspiration for all of our questions. So for me, the best part of being a bookseller is both finding that inspiration for myself and sharing it with others (especially kids)! 

What book(s) are you reading?:

At our store we're all currently doing an online read along of Don Quixote and A Confederacy of Dunces (#DonIgnatius) in conjunction with the Great American Read. So I'm just getting into Don Quixote, but on my bedside table I have copies of The One Click Store, Building a Storybrand and about 20 other books that are dog eared in varying states of completion.

Hello HelloFavorite handsell of 2018:
Probably Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzell. I love picture books that have a simple idea but that have much bigger implications the more you think about them. It's such a simple idea but it so well expressed! It's definitely a title that is well served with some bonus explanation and enthusiasm.

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Well ....the best thing I've done this year isn't technically at the shop but is sort of parallel to the shop and it has occupied the bulk of my attention in getting it off the ground. At the beginning of the year we had the opportunity to create a separate business wholesaling / distributing Louisiana Interest titles. A local, regional (Louisiana and Texas) distributor went under and we snapped up some of their intangible assets like their customer list and title history. We've been working 100 hour weeks to establish the Loozaiana Book Company and so far we've managed to conquer all of the associated paperwork and we're slowly working our lists and growing our customer base! It's an amazing opportunity and we're growing and learning every day!

Cavalier House CrewCavalier House Crew


Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)

Facebook 1576
Twitter 1152
Instagram 748

What are some ways you work with your community?
I am part of the leadership team for our local merchant's association, I'm on the board of our local Main Street organization and my wife and I volunteer huge chunks of time and energy to Denham Strong which is a local volunteer based and city led recovery group that was formed after flooding in 2016 that affected most of our community. I am very civic minded and our store is literally next door to our city hall so I spend a fair amount of time with my friends and foils at city hall both as a volunteer and a gadfly! Also, this past fall we worked with our local newspaper to host a city council debate for a special election to fill a vacated seat and we're hoping to replicate that for our municipal and parish elections this Fall. We also partner with our parish library for special programming and author visits and we host book fairs in a ton of area schools. We've also from time to time hosted book drives and charitable book sales for area schools and nonprofits.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?

Denham Springs Main Street, Denham Strong and the Livingston Parish News are our more frequent collaborators.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
Absolutely, but my passions tend to be more abstract. Things like problem solving and planning and learning are what get me excited, so entrepreneurship is my jam. Bookselling is kind of the perfect job because there is always a new problem or opportunity and I'm literally trading in the things that inspire me the most! So for me, bookselling is kind of a perpetual motion machine of inspiration and action!

Top priority for 2018:

My top priority for 2018 is to establish all of our processes and policies for our distribution company and to grow our customer base as much as possible. On the retail side of things my top priority is to enhance the way I communicate with my staff and to create a better workflow for collaborating on online content and marketing in general.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
My favorite thing about SIBA is definitely the facilitation of discussion among colleagues. SIBA as an exchange of ideas is the most important for me!

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Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book PrizeThe best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently minded!) Booksellers

Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2018 Southern Book Prize.

Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric DysonMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingFlame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehTumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
Before We Were Yours by Lisa WingateGradle Bird by J C SasserThe Last Ballad by Wiley CashYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

FICTION

Women & Family –
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin)

“Zevin uses her unique voice to tell this sometimes hilarious and witty story in three points of view.  Strong, smart women! A joy to read, and quite meaningful.” – Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Literary -
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)

“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense -
Gradle Bird by J. C. Sasser (Koehler Books)

“This story is the epitome of Southern Fiction, with its wild cast of characters and small-town setting.” – Bess Long, My Sister’s Books, Pawley’s Island, SC

Southern Fiction -
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books)

“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Juvenile Fiction -
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books)

“Sweet, magical, and wholly enjoyable—a little bit of magic, a grandparent in trouble, insurmountable obstacles, and selfless acts of friendship and love. Adorable, well-written, and sweet as fresh swamp water.”  – Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC

Flame in the Mist by Rene Ahdieh (G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

“A fantastical tale woven like fine silk, Flame in the Mist transports readers to feudal Japan where we meet Mariko, and follow her on a quest that’s conclusion will have her questioning everything she thinks she knows about family, honor, and love.” – Star Lowe, Star Line Books, Chatttanooga, TN

NONFICTION

Biography & History -
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
(Picador USA)

 “I'm glad the first chapter is "We Don't Have Time to Cry" because it, and Mrs. King, give strength and honesty if we are to face what our country is (and because I sure had a hard time stopping crying at times). Beautiful straight talking.” – Angie Fleming, Givens Books, Lynchburg, VA

Nonfiction -
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
(St. Martin's Press)

"Michael Eric Dyson is an urgent and impassioned cry for racial justice— justice that will not be reached without a reckoning by white Americans' acknowledgment of its passivity and complicity to its addiction to power." – Caroline Green Christopoulos, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/discover-southern-authors/siba-book-awards

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Winner of the Book Expo's 2018 "Introduce an Indie" Scholarship Shares Her Experience

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 2, 2018
Star Lowe, owner of Star Line Books in Chattanooga, TN, was one of eighteen booksellers who received the "Introduce an Indie" scholarship to attend this year's Book Expo in NYC. The program, designed in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and nine regional bookseller associations, offered a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in the book industry. Star shares her first-ever experience of Book Expo:
 
"I was shocked to be awarded a scholarship! Even up to the last minute, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to swing it. The shop is having some growing pains, and I was super busy meeting with my accountant and lender negotiating a potential new location for Star Line Books. I was also dealing with a heavy events calendar, and helping my oldest move into his first house! I was so grateful to have attended the SIBA-sponsored How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store and How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists webinars with Maribeth Pelly. Katie worked on it, and with the help of Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore, we got it revised and pitch ready. The How to Pitch Your Store webinar included role-playing, which let me know what I was walking into with the speed dating session I attended at Book Expo. I wasn’t signed up for any, due to my aforementioned timing issue, but Kelly allowed me to use the last two minutes of her 11-minute sessions. I couldn’t have asked for a more gracious mentor. She and her colleague, Carl Kranz, have taken Katie and me under their wings, and no question is seen as too insignificant. I had a catbird’s seat watching Kelly pitch before my turns. Having done no publisher prep ahead of time to familiarize myself with their upcoming tour grids, I learned on the fly, and used what I gleaned from Kelly’s pitch to fit my store’s pitch. I was confident enough following the speed dating sessions to cold call some of the publishers with authors I knew I wanted to host in Chattanooga.
 
I now know exactly how I need to prep to hit the ground running next year. I’ll have my publisher wish lists, and be familiar with the tour grids, and sign up early for the publisher meetings. Despite my lack of preparation, I managed to make some valuable contacts. Also, I was surprised at how few books I collected to send home. I just didn’t waste time in signing lines, and although my booksellers were a bit disappointed at the lack of ARCs I snagged, I feel like I finally did the job I have been trying to learn to do for over three years. I operated like the owner and manager of an indie bookstore who hustled my shop. It was uncomfortable at first, but I sucked it up, stepped up to the plate, and got a base hit! I consider this my biggest success. Side note, HOLY COW! Nothing prepared me for what it was like to step into the Javits Center in full Book Expo glory! Going back to the baseball metaphors, it was like taking the field for the first game of the World Series."

 

 

 Star is pictured above with author Susanna Kearsley, and to the left with mentor Carl Kranz from Fountain Bookstore of Richmond, Va.

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, July 2, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9781478964179 Calypso 5/29/2018
"If there is a "King of Audiobooks", it has to be David Sedaris."

9780735230378 Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse 8/14/2018
"A touching and illuminating example of the hope, beauty, and resilience that resides in the mind and imagination of a child."

9781454926849 Business Pig 9/4/2018
"It's impossible to read this picture book and carry on with your life without feeling absolutely charmed by the acquaintance. "

9781419727726 The Good Neighbor 9/4/2018
"We grew up with Fred Rogers and at some point in my teens I was too cool for him. I was wrong."

9780763688424 Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise 9/11/2018
"Every great story has an elephant, um... an element, of surprise. A very "pun-ny" read-aloud just perfect for storytime."

9780062668691 The Labyrinth of the Spirits 9/18/2018
"Magnificent tales about books, booksellers and authors and life. He also has such imagination and is a masterful weaver of tales you can’t imagine."

9781947793033 When Rap Spoke Straight to God 9/18/2018
"Dawson summons biblical mythology, diverse poetic forms, demons both ancient and contemporary, rap lyrics, and gristle, creating out of it all something with a pulsing vibrancy."

9780062696878 The Light Between Worlds 10/23/2018
"Filled with magic and poetry, this book is heartbreaking in the best way."

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2018 Summer Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, July 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Okra PickSummer is the season for Okra. . .Picks! Southern Indie Booksellers have chosen their favorite Southern books of the summer, a literary harvest of forthcoming hand sell hot picks and future bestsellers.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between July and September, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Eighteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s literature—have been picked by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited about. The answer to every reader’s favorite question – What should I read next? – can be found here.

JULY

Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son by Mary Carter BishopWilla of the Wood  by Robert BeattySmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe  by Jo HacklThe New Inheritors by Kent WascomThe Lost Country by William GayThe Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son  by Mary Carter Bishop
Harper | 9780062400734 | 27.99 | July 2018

Willa of the Wood  by Robert Beatty
Disney-Hyperion | 9781368005845 | 16.99 | July 2018

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe  by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399557385 | 16.99 | July 2018

The New Inheritors by Kent Wascom
Grove Press | 9780802128171 | 26.00 | July 2018

The Lost Country by William Gay
Dzanc Books | 9781945814525 | 26.95 | July 2018

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons
Little Brown and Company | 9780316516211 | 26.00 | July 2018

AUGUST

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America  by Beth MacyWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensSurviving Adam Mede by Shannon KlareThe Line That Held Us by David JoyRush by Lisa PattonOne Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol Anderson

Dopesick: Doctors, Dealers, and the Drug Company That Addicted America  by Beth Macy
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316551243 | August 2018

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735219090 | 26.00 | August 2018

Surviving Adam Mede by Shannon Klare
Swoon Reads | 9781250154378 | 16.99 | August 2018

The Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399574221 | 27.00 | August 2018

Rush by Lisa Patton
St. Martin’s Press | 9781250020666 | 26.99 | August 2018

The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival  by Terry Roberts
Turner | 9781684421633 | 16.99 | August 2018

SEPTEMBER

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol AndersonSouthernmostMerci Suárez Changes Gears  by Meg MedinaThe Law of Finders Keepers  Wake by Sheila TurnageDrive by Joyce Moyer HostetterOur Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy  by Nicole Seitz (editor)Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist  by Eli Saslow

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy  by Carol Anderson
Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635571370 | 27.00 | September 2018

Merci Suárez Changes Gears  by Meg Medina
Candlewick Press | 9780763690496 | 16.99 | September 2018

The Law of Finders Keepers  Wake by Sheila Turnage
Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803739628 | 16.99 | September 2018

Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Calkins Creek Books | 9781629798653 | $18.95 | September 2018

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy  by Nicole Seitz (editor) and Jonathan Haupt (editor)
University of Georgia Press | 9780820354484 | $29.95 | September 2018

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist  by Eli Saslow
Doubleday Books | 9780385542869 | $26.95 | September 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

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Meet the Bookseller: Sara Luce Look, Charis Books and More, Atlanta, Geogia

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 28, 2018

MEET THE BOOKSELLER: SARA LUCE LOOK

Sara Luce LookName: Sara Luce Look

Store and location: Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA

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Number of years as a bookseller: 26 years and Charis has been in business since 1974

Best part about being a bookseller? Getting to work at a job I love and feel passionate about...




Charis Books Charis Interior
Charis Event Charis Display

A Certain LonlinessWhat book(s) are you reading?:
A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir by Sandra Gail Lambert (out in Sept.)
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
About to start the galley of Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver



Confessions of the FoxFavorite handsell of 2018:
I am looking forward to selling Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg when it comes out at the end of June.
I have been selling the paperback of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, which was my favorite fiction book last year

 

 

 

Best thing you did this year at your store:

Not in our store, but getting to go to Washington DC and be honored as The We Need Diverse Books Bookseller of the Year was pretty huge!
Also selling books at Tayari Jones' book release party for An American Marriage to a sold out crowd at the Alliance Theatre.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)

Twitter (@chariscircle): 2300
FB (@charisbooks): 6426
IG (@charisbooksandmore): 2081
3500 subscribers on email list.

What are some ways you work with your community?

Because we are a mission-driven feminist bookstore with a non-profit programming arm, we work more directly with our community than many stores. Charis Books co-sponsors public events and sell books at libraries, churches, pre-schools, therapy conferences, conferences, festivals, academic gatherings and more. Our non-profit, Charis Circle, sponsors over 270 events a year at our store and in partner venues, centered around the mission of fostering sustainable feminist communities, working for social justice and encouraging the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. Charis Circle accomplishes its mission by working with artists, authors, and activists from across the South and around the world to bring innovative, thoughtful, and life-changing programming and events to Atlanta's feminist communities. Charis is Atlanta's only publicly accessible dedicated feminist space open 7 days a week, 360 days a year. Charis events range from writing groups, to poetry open mics, to children's story hours, to yoga, to activists strategy sessions and so much more. Charis Circle's work extends beyond the walls of Charis Books and into the schools, streets, and homes of our beloved community members. We exist as a popular education resource for our customers, their families, and the city at large.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?
Some of our partnerships include:

  • Atlanta Pride
  • Atlanta Radical Book Fair
  • Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
  • The Center of Civil and Human Rights LGBT Institute
  • The Crunk Feminist Collective
  • The Decatur Book Festival
  • Different Games Collective
  • Emory University
  • Feminist Women’s Health Center
  • First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta
  • Georgia Center for the Book
  • Georgia Safe Schools Coalition
  • The Icarus Project
  • Men Stopping Violence
  • Phillip Rush Center
  • Project South
  • Raksha
  • Spelman College
  • Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
  • A Striving Parent
  • Trans and Friends
  • Women Healing Women, Inc.
  • ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging)

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
I collect cookbooks (mostly regional New England, Portuguese cooking, and vintage baking)

Top priority going into 2018:
Getting ready to move! We will be moving to the campus of Agnes Scott College in 2019. We will be partnering with ASC, bringing our independent feminist bookstore and non-profit to campus. We will not be selling textbooks, but will be adding "school store" items (spirit-wear/t-shirts, toiletries, snacks, school supplies, etc) to our shelves.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: SIBA trade show

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Applications Open for the 2018 PAT CONROY SCHOLARSHIPS

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Applications Open for the 2018 PAT CONROY SCHOLARSHIPS, sponsored by PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) invites booksellers to apply for the 2018 Pat Conroy Scholarships. The scholarships honor the late author whose lifetime achievements have meant so much to Southern booksellers. They are made possible by Penguin Random House, whose Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, and Random House Audio imprints publish Mr. Conroy’s works in hardcover, paperback, and audio editions respectively.

These scholarships are for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, in keeping with Penguin Random House’s tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event.  The scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the recipient’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show first-timers. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell said, “We believe that nurturing the next generation of career booksellers is one of the best things we can do to advance the future of bookselling.  These scholarships Penguin Random House is endowing mean so much to the booksellers chosen. They benefit from new educational opportunities, and connect with other booksellers, authors, and publishers. They also bring a refreshing and inspiring energy to the show, which is so gratifying to witness.  How appropriate that these awards honor Pat Conroy, who was so kind and generous with all of us, and in particular, to those new to our industry.”

“Pat Conroy is beloved by his readers, his publisher, Penguin Random House, and by SIBA. So, it is with great devotion for our author and enormous respect for the members of SIBA, whom he ardently supported, that we endow this next generation of bookseller-education scholarships for them in his honor,” added Jaci Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House.

To be considered for a Pat Conroy Scholarship, booksellers can self-nominate, or be nominated by other booksellers or sales reps. Owners and managers are strongly encouraged to nominate frontline booksellers who are interested in bookselling as a career. The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Pat Conroy Scholarships is July 15, 2018.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on August 1.

The #2018 SIBA Discovery show will be held September 13-15 at the Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Florida.

To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to wanda@sibaweb.com:

  • YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.

  • Name

  • Address

  • E-mail address

  • Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?

  • Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9780062836052 When the Men Were Gone 10/2/2018
"Even a non-football fan will enjoy this"

9781250200013 The Rain Watchers 10/23/2018
"It is hard to put into words how compelling I found this family and how much their love for each other was expressed."

9781510729933 Ride On 5/22/2018
"A post-apocalyptic Young Adult western? Yes, please!"

9781368020039 Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel 7/10/2018
"This book will put a spell on you and you don't even have to wait for a virgin to light the black light candle on Halloween!"

9781481476843 Game Changers 7/3/2018
"Venus and Serena’s power, grace and competitive spirit come shining through in the words, and the vibrant illustrations."

9780062430274 Pieces of Her 8/21/2018
"dysfunctional families , obsessive cult hero worship, greed and the witness protection plan. Yes, it all comes together!"

9780440000785 Vox 8/21/2018
"sure to enrage and, hopefully, activate the reader"

9780399246531 The Day You Begin 8/28/2018
"This is the kind of joy, empathy and acceptance I want my kids to feel and I think you'll want yours to as well."

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Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 

Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!


We have very exciting news to share with you. This spring, SIBA researched the ability of our organization and our member stores to generate sales and events in our territory. The results are fantastic, and included in our new SIBA Press Kit. Please take a look! The collective clout of SIBA stores is mighty impressive!


Southern indie booksellers, together with SIBA, reach more than 1.5 million readers. This translates into an average of 10,000 readers weekly per bookstore. You host over 15,000 events annually, and support over 1100 book clubs regionwide. One fourth of you participate in our Circle of Sites homepage banner ad promotion, which generates 2 million impressions annually. Just imagine if every store participated! Your events are promoted in Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter to a weekly audience of 60,000 readers. You distribute 500,000 Okra Pick bookmarks and 900,000 Holiday catalogs annually.


Curious how many SIBA member stores report sales to the NYT and Indie bestseller lists? What percentage submit reviews on Edelweiss? How many attend our Discovery Show? It’s all here, and more.


We hope this data will inspire you to consider your part in SIBA’s zone of influence and explore where you might increase effort and engagement to reach more readers and grow your sales. You are making your mark!

Tags:  #makeyourmark  booksellers  circle of sites  events  lady banks  okra picks 

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Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop: Improving Margins while Offering Original Content to your Customers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, June 22, 2018

 

Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop: Improving Margins while Offering Original Content to your Customers

 

Mark your calendar and join us for a Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop, hosted by owner & SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws. Josh Floyd of IngramSpark will give an overview of how bookstores are utilizing their services in various ways, including producing store-branded journals. Kimberly will share how her team works with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. The afternoon will include time for brainstorming, and addressing questions booksellers might have regarding how they can use what they've learned and adapt for their stores. Lunch provided courtesy of IngramSpark. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

 

When: Friday, July 20, 10am-3pm

Where: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387

RSVP: lindamarie@sibaweb.com

 

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Galleys & Giveaways: Quiver

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 21, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 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.


Quiver

QUIVER: A Novel by Julia Watts 
Three Rooms Press
Paperback: 300 pages
Publication Date: 10/16/18
ISBN: 978-1-941110-66-9 
$15.95

“The perfect book for our times, when acknowledgment of common ground and empathy are sorely needed.” New York Journal of Books

Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars, featuring Libby, who has grown up in a fundamentalist Christian family, and her new neighbor Zo, a gender fluid teen whose feminist, socialist, vegetarian family recently relocated from the city in search of a less stressful life. The tensions that spring from their families’ cultural differences reflect the pointed conflicts found in today’s society, and illuminate a path for broader consideration. 

Julia Watts is the author of 13 novels, most of which explore the lives of LGBT people in rural and smalltown Appalachia. Her YA novel Finding H.F. won the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. A novel for adults, The Kind of Girl I Am, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the Women’s Fiction category, and her 2013 YA novel Secret City won the Golden Crown Literary Award. Julia holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and has spoken at various national and regional conferences. She teaches at South College and Murray State. Recently inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, she currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.

To request a review copy, write to Peter Carlaftes at peter@threeroomspress.com

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Galleys & Giveaways: The Train to Impossible Places

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 21, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 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.


THE TRAIN TO IMPOSSIBLE PLACES by P. G. Bell
Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: 10/02/2018
ISBN: 9781250189509
Hardcover

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

Suzy Smith believes in science. Then the Impossible Postal Express comes roaring through her living room and her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train, and faced with her first delivery—to the evil Lady Crepuscula.

Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places. But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice—with the fate of the entire Union at stake.

Hand to fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The School for Good vs. Evil.

Email to request a review copy: kids@macmillanusa.com 

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B & L Books Closing: Fixtures available

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
 
B & L Books will be closing June 30th.  We are liquidating all inventory and fixtures.  We have a lovely lighted children's bookcase and a slatwall spinner rack with adjustable shelves we got from Border's.  Our inventory is priced at 1.50 to $3.00.
 
Jan Packwood
B & L Books
407-682-0090

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Galleys & Giveaways: Nowhere Boy

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 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.


NOWHERE BOY by Katherine Marsh
Roaring Brook Press
Pub Date: 08/07/2018
ISBN: 9781250307576
Hardcover

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled a life of uncertainty and suffering in Syria, only to lose his father on the perilous journey to the shores of Europe. Now Ahmed’s struggling to get by on his own, but with no one left to trust and nowhere to go, he’s starting to lose hope.

Then he meets Max, a thirteen-year-old American boy. Lonely and homesick, Max is struggling at his new school and just can’t seem to do anything right. But with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed’s lives collide and a friendship begins to grow. Together, Max and Ahmed' will defy the odds, learning from each other what it means to be brave and how hope can change your destiny.  

Set against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis, award-winning author Katherine Marsh delivers a gripping, heartwarming story of resilience, friendship and everyday heroes.

Email to request a review copy: kids@macmillanusa.com 

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Get Ready for July on Lady Banks Bookshelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Get Ready for July on Lady Banks Bookshelf! Here are our featured titles:


The Lost Country by William Gay (Dzanc Books), 978-1-945814-52-5. "Like so many fans of Gay's, I've been waiting to read this seemingly mythical work, The Lost Country, for quite some time....Gay's elegiac prose sings once again as he breathes life into his characters and mines his patch of soil with the skill of the old masters...It's a helluva good ride and I can't wait to recommend it.”-Cody Morrison of Square Books


Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk by John Lingan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 978-0544932531. "John Lingan's Homeplace is . . . a perfectly rendered elegy for an iconic music venue that tells a much larger story: how our dreams, desperation and hope become transcribed in the landscape that surrounds us and embedded in the songs we pass down as our legacy.”-Colin Dickey, author of Ghostland


The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick (HarperCollins), 978-0062678225. "A mesmerizing, evocative novel brimming with passion and tragedy. [Goolrick’s] portrait of a depleted Southern family, hoping to reinvigorate itself and its magnificently neglected estate, is at once thrilling and devastating.” -Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain


Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty (Disney/Hyperion), 978-1368005845. "A moving, atmospheric journey of hope.”-Kirkus Review


Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey (HarperCollins), 978-0718084448. "I wasn’t expecting Billy Coffey’s Steal Away Home to work the kind of number it did on me. Reading it was like sitting on the church pew, thinking the preacher wrote his Sunday sermon especially for me because it was exactly what I needed to hear that day. It brought me back to my childhood.”- J.C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird


What Blooms From Dust by James Markert (Thomas Nelson), 978-0785217411. "In this enchanting allegory, Markert (All Things Bright and Strange) crafts an imaginative tale of the Dust Bowl . . . Markert creatively portrays the timeless battle between good and evil, making for a powerful story of hope and redemption.”-Publishers Weekly

 

 

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, June 18, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's, McIntyre's, Novel, Page & Palette, Square Books, The Country Bookshop and The Story Shop.

9781555978181 Scribe 10/2/2018
"SCRIBE is the brutal Appalachian dystopian folktale you never knew you needed"

9780385543965 This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us 7/31/2018
"Underneath the zany surface lies a really great mystery plot full of all the Marlowe-esque California noir vibes that I love so much. "

9780525522775 Ghosted 7/24/2018
"There's more than a touch of suspense and mystery in this complicated romance, and there may have been a few tears (mine)"

9781328858689 Backyard Bears 10/23/2018
"a great reminder to pay attention to the natural world no matter how urban and hip we aim to be."

9781683690122 We Sold Our Souls 9/18/2018
"Hendrix conjures the anguish of betrayal and the frustration of powerlessness in this novel about what passion is worth and how long to keep fighting to keep it alive."

9781481441797 Stop That Yawn! 10/16/2018
"Stop That Yawn is one of my new favorite favorites."

9781786270771 The Ink House 9/25/2018
"a love song to creativity just perfect for artists, dancers, musicians and thinkers of any age"

9780399252525 Harbor Me 8/28/2018
"a beautiful experience in things both big and small, full of joy and full of sorrow."

More bookseller reviews

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Galleys & Giveaways: The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival by Terry Robers

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, June 18, 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.


The Holy Ghost Speakeasy adn Revival by Terry RobertsTitle: The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival
Author: Terry Roberts
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Pub DateAugust 21st, 2018
ISBN and Price: Paperback (9781684421633/$16.99) Hardback (9781684421640/$29.99) Epub (9781684421657/$16.99) 

DESCRIPTION
Jedidiah Robbins is a man on a crusade. From town to town, his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the Good News with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow. But Jedidiah’s traveling revival company has a secret: in addition to offering the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it also delivers spirits of another kind. Prohibition is in full swing, but The Sword of the Lord train keeps the speakeasies in the towns it visits in business by providing the best that mountain stills have to offer. While beyond the gaze of federal agents, the operation eventually runs afoul of an overzealous small town sheriff and a corrupt judge, setting in motion a series of events that could land them all in chains. Told with haunting lyricism, this is the story of a preacher full of contradictions, a man for whom the way is never straight and narrow. It bends like the river, a river that leads him in the paths of a different brand of righteousness—and perhaps even to salvation.

Contact: Lindsey Johnson, Marketing Director email at marketing@turnerpublishing.com

Tags:  Appalachia  Appalachian  Asheville  bootlegger  gospel  North Carolina 

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