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Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 7, 2016

Dearest and most beloved booksellers,

We know you have other things on your mind this week -- you and the entire rest of the country! But please do take a moment to read the items below. They are things we think will be important and helpful to your business in the coming weeks and we want to make sure you take full advantage.

Small Business SaturdayI. Indies First/Small Business Saturday is October 26
An open letter from ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Dear Bookseller,

Indies First/Small Business Saturday, November 26, will be here before we know it, and I wanted to be sure you had explored the many offers of generous business terms (http://www.bookweb.org/2016-indies-first-publisher-terms) for ABA members from our publisher partners. The Indies First publisher specials are really extraordinary, and with thoughtful ordering these terms can make a real difference to your bottom line.

As we've been discussing at the recent ABACUS sessions at the Fall Regional Shows, reducing the cost of goods is critical to the profitability of indie bookstores, and these offers help you do exactly that. The ordering periods vary, so don’t miss out.

One of the most generous offers – in discount, ordering period, and ease of use – comes from Baker & Taylor (http://www.bookweb.org/2016-indies-first-publisher-terms). I'd strongly encourage you take advantage of B&T's offering, which starts on November 20th and runs through December 3.

And while you’re at it, please add your Indies First event activity (http://bookweb.org/store-indies-first-activity-registry) to the national map. You can add your information now or just let us know an event is on the schedule and come back and fill in the details later. The stronger our map, the better it is for Indies First, our customers, and our publisher partners.

With sincere thanks,
Oren Teicher, CEO

II. Online Holiday Catalogs are available for your websites.

Click here for information on how to add them to your store website, and to download useful shareable memes and in store signage

III. Winter Okra Pick Nominations are open

The deadline to submit is December 1, for books pubbing between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017. So all those great books you found at the First 180 Days party at the Discovery Show in Savannah back in September? Now is the time to start nominating them!

Click here to nominate!

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HTML Holiday Catalog Available, Resources Updated

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, October 27, 2016

2016 Holiday Catalog resources are now available for stores!  

Including:

  • An online html catalog for stores to put on their websites (no purchase links included)
  • Online html catalog with purchase links for stores that have ecommerce (request from nicki@sibaweb.com)
  • A combination slim card/shelf talker for store displays
  • high resolution files of both catalog covers
  • Social Media memes for both catalog covers (see below)
  • printable pdf of the full catalog
  • a spreadsheet title list to make ordering easier

Find it all at our catalog resource page

 

NEW! Online HTML catalog now available for store websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com

 Indiecommerce Stores can link to the catalog via either of these URLs:

http://www.YOURBOOKSTOREDOMAIN.com/holiday/SIBA/holidaycatalog.html

http://www.YOURBOOKSTOREDOMAIN.com/holiday/SIBA/index.html

Stores have to replace the domain with their own. 

 

Shareable Memes for Social Media:

Dancer social media meme 

Serafina social media meme 

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News (#PatConroyWeek, #OkraPick, #BannedBooksWeek , #BookstoreDay) you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, October 14, 2016

Dearly beloved booksellers,

Before you dive into the madness of the holiday shopping season, please take note of the following information, which is of the utmost importance or at least likely to be of use:

Pat Conroy Week 

I. Pat Conroy Week is October 24-28

Email info@sibaweb.com for brochures to give your customers
Visit the bookstore resource page for helpful materials
Blanket the internet with the #PatConroyWeek hashtag

 

Gertie's Leap to Greatness 

II. Okra Pick Shareables Page

SIBA has created a "shareables" page for the Okra Picks with memes that are optimized for instagram, facebook and twitter. Use them to promote the Okras to your own customers, and link back to your own store websites.

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_share

 

III. Banned Books Week: ABFE Survey Seeks Bookseller Input

American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), an initiative of the American Booksellers Association, is asking booksellers to help plan next year’s Banned Books Week by filling out a short survey on their experiences during this year’s event, which ended on Saturday, October 1.

To access the survey, click here.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VXDP6KR

 

IV. The Husdon Group is seeking an assistant book buyer

Starting salary is $31,200 full time with benefits. Applications can be sent to shinckley@hudsongroup.com.

Hudson Group operates stores in airports and transportation hubs across the country and the book office in Marietta, GA, north of Atlanta, selects all of the books for the bookstores and newsstands. We are members of the ABA and have relationships with independent bookstores in several cities. We seek an Assistant Buyer with an understanding and appreciation of the book world to work in the office, supporting the Book Team in all book-related endeavors.”

 

V. Independent Bookstore Day Literary Map

IBD is creating a literary map of the country and is looking for people to name and vote on the best/favorite/quintessential book sent in their home state. They are seeking help from bookstores in getting a social media campaign rolling. Tweet and Share to spread the word:

https://twitter.com/BookstoreDay/with_replies
https://www.facebook.com/BookstoreDay/

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Flavorful Fall Okra Picks!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Okra Picks (Columbia, SC) – The 2016 Fall Okra Picks have been selected – a flavor-filled collection of new Southern books hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers – people with impeccable taste in books.. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between October and December, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Take them at their word. Great books are always good for you!

The 2016 Fall Okra Picks   

Robert Walker The King of the Birds The Forgetting Hungry is a Might Fine Sauce

Robert Walker 
by Corey Mesler
Livingston Press, September 2016          
Fiction, 9781604891720

The King of the Birds
by Acree Graham Macam
Groundwood Books, September 2016
Juvenile, 9781554988518

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press, September 2016
Juvenile, 9780545945219 

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce
by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Shiloh Run Press, October 2016
Cooking, 9781634097826 

Two By TwoThe Home Place Book of Isaias Book of Isaias

Two By Two
by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, October 2016
Fiction, 9781455520695 

The Home Place
by J. Drew Lanham
Milkweed Editions, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781571313157 

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley
Farrar Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, October 2016
Juvenile, 9780374302610 

The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America 
by Daniel Connolly
St. Martin’s Press, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781250083067

Among the Living Lowcountry Heart The Virgin and Other Stories Love Alice A Question of Mercy

Among the Living
by Jonathan Rabb
Other Press, October 2016
Fiction, 9781590518038 

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
by Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9780385530866 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar Straus and Giroux, November 2016
Fiction, 9780865478695 

Love, Alice
by Barbara Davis
Berkley Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9780451474810 

A Question of Mercy
by Elizabeth Cox
Story River Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9781611177220 

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra.

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News (#thinkbinc, #PatConroyWeek, #ReadCred, #ABA) You Can Use!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Here's what you need to know RIGHT NOW!

I. BINC SURVEY

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is asking booksellers and other book industry professionals to take a survey so that Binc can "hear from booksellers about what they want and need from an organization dedicated to helping them in times when they need it most."

The survey should take no more than seven minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible to win one of four $50 American Express Gift Cards as a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The results of the survey will be released in January 2017.


Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Binc

 

II. PAT CONROY WEEK 10/24-10/28

#PatConroyWeek

Booksellers are encouraged to celebrate the late Pat Conroy during the week of October 24 with in-store and online events and promotions to raise money for the new Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

SIBA is also sponsoring a contest that allows those who donate $41 or more to the center to be included in a drawing to win the 41 new books that were the finalists and winners of the new Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

More info for booksellers here: https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ba_pclc

SIBA Bookstores should contact wanda@sibaweb.com if interested in securing appropriate authors or writers to appear during Pat Conroy Week in support of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. READ THIS! 100% ALGORITHM FREE BOOKSELLER RECOMMENDATIONS

Read This 

Did you know that SIBA's website for southern readers, AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com, receives about 1500 visits every day? Thanks to the rising circulation of the Lady Banks newsletter, and the popularity of programs like the Okra Picks and the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, traffic on the site has been growing. And the visibility of SIBA member stores has been growing along with it.

SIBA has redesigned the "recommended reading" section of it's website for southern readers -- readermeetwriter.com -- as a searchable "book concierge" with dozens of categories coverings hundreds of bookseller recommendations. Recommendations are culled from store websites and newsletters, featured in the Lady Banks newsletter, and linked back to the recommending store.

Are your store staff picks on the list? If not, you can email links to nicki@sibaweb.com. SIBA is looking for store recommendations that are written in their own words, not simply reprinting catalog copy.

http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this

IV. NEW ABA WORKSHOP "The Principles of Bookstore Finance"

ABA, in conjunction with NAIBA, will present a new workshop on the Principles of Bookstore Finance, a full-day education session led by Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Seattle, Washington, and ABA Chief Financial Officer Robyn DesHotel.

The workshop will take pace on Saturday, October 15, in Baltimore, Maryland, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and full details and a signup form can be found here.

The workshop will combine a detailed look at key components of financial management and focus on how to read and analyze a bookstore’s operating statement in order to improve it. More information is available here: http://www.bookweb.org/news/october-workshops-illustrate-principles-successful-financial-management-34521

Registration for the workshop is $85 per person and more information is available here:
http://www.bookweb.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=51

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SIBA Means Business. SIBA Seeks to Deliver One-Of-A-Kind Regional Show.

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2016

For immediate release:

SIBA Means Business. 
SIBA Seeks to Deliver One-Of-A-Kind Regional Show.

siba gabbs

(Columbia, SC) Beginning in 2018, The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Discovery Show will share the roof with the national Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) and international AmericasMart Atlanta (MART) in March in Atlanta.  The new partnership is the result of several years of collaboration and brainstorming for ways to better serve the needs of each show’s target audiences in a rapidly changing market while sharing the costs for developing new programming.

The Discovery Show will focus on bringing top bestselling authors to the South, providing easy access to gifts and bargain books, and creating opportunities for stores to increase profit margins. SIBA’s core members will enjoy a vibrant literary city that is centrally located and an easy flight or drive from all corners of SIBA’s territory.  Exhibitors will enjoy access to GABBS & MART attendees in addition to all of SIBA’s regulars.  SIBA will have access to booksellers across the nation who attend GABBS and will increase the vitality of SIBA’s education.  Being off-season from the other shows will allow for publishers and exhibitors to focus on the SIBA show and SIBA booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have the opportunity to plan for the year, seeing both what is currently available and what is forthcoming, not to mention the opportunity for gift buying for summer, fall & winter that will be possible.  Perhaps most importantly for the region, Southern football will no longer prevent many bookseller members from attending the SIBA Discovery Show. 

SIBA’s core booksellers will be able to count on SIBA to deliver quality education, top-notch author events, plus the incentives and scholarships to attend the 2018 SIBA Discovery Show that are always available.  Exhibitors will be have the option to participate in a one-day or two-day exhibit, will have access to attendees outside of SIBA, and will enjoy a more vibrant show floor.  Admission to the SIBA Discovery Show will include admission to the MART and GABBS.

“I’m so excited to move SIBA in this way and to partner with these folks.  My mind is abuzz with all of the opportunities this move opens up for us.  And in sharing the costs with GABBS, it frees up dollars for more immersive education and professional speakers in addition to our seasoned industry contributors,” says SIBA’s Executive Director, Wanda Jewell.  

The organization recognizes there will be an adjustment for members, exhibitors, and attendees during the transition from a September show in New Orleans in 2017 to a March show in Atlanta in 2018. Both SIBA and partner GABBS are committed to assisting booksellers and exhibitors in making that transition.  The dates for the 2018 March show will be announced in early 2017.

“We’ll be bringing three vital parts of the book business together at one show, under one roof,” says Jewell. “It will be an amazing opportunity for our members to get down to business in a way that aligns with current times.”

For more information contact Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, SIBA, at wanda@sibaweb.com

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A Letter from the SIBA President

Posted By Fiction Addiction, Monday, August 29, 2016

Jill HendrixSIBA President Email
Incoming Board Member
SIBA Discovery Show
ABACUS South
SIBA Survey
Kansas Leadership Center


Incoming Board Member

Kimberly Daniels TawsPlease join me in congratulating Kimberly Daniels Taws, owner and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC, who won election to the SIBA Board of Directors. She can be congratulated directly at kimberlyddaniels@gmail.com. Kimberly’s term will start in the Spring of 2017 but if you have not met her yet, we will be introducing Kimberly at the #SIBA16 Discovery Show in Savannah at the Ease into SIBA: Breakfast with Booksellers on Friday morning.

 

#SIBA16 Discovery Show

Speaking of the Ease into SIBA Friday morning breakfast, I’d like to encourage all SIBA attendees to show up to this event, which is also our annual member meeting.  We know it starts early (7:30am), but we're offering a FREE breakfast and the chance to meet and network with your peers and your SIBA board. Get excited about what our organization has accomplished and how you can contribute. Come prepared to make some noise for your store and win a Taste of Savannah gift basket.

And if you haven’t registered for #SIBA16 yet, time is running out to avoid the $75 late fee. So make sure to register by 9/1

Register online | Download a registration form

 

ABACUS South

Many thanks to the 36 stores who shared their 2015 financial data via the ABACUS survey this year. Our participation rate was up over last year so we will again be able to get a breakout of ABACUS South data once the final results are ready. Our region had the highest level of ABACUS participation — so give yourselves a big pat on the back! I’d love to see SIBA’s participation rate continue to climb each year, and if there’s something that’s stopping you from joining in please just reply to this email and let me know. ABA and OnCampus research are working to send all participating stores their reports in mid-September.

 

SIBA Survey

I’d also like to thank the 54 SIBA member stores that responded to the recent survey. The SIBA Board will be using the data you provided to make sure our organization is focused on what matters to you most now and in the future. If you’re curious about what everyone said, check out the results yourself at http://data.surveygizmo.com/r/447837_578519ba465db1.23686488
I’m also curious as to why our other 90 member stores didn’t respond and would love to hear feedback about that, especially if you never remember seeing the survey in the first place. Just reply to this email or email me at jill@fiction-addiction.com to let me know so we can use your feedback to help improve future response rates.

 

Kansas Leadership Center

SIBA BoardYour SIBA Board takes its responsibility to our members very seriously and so we recently attended a seminar at the Kansas Leadership Center that we heard about at Winter Institute. While in Wichita we checked out Watermark Books and Café and met owner and former ABA Board member Sarah Bagby along with author Rae Meadows. I read Rae’s book, I Will Send Rain, on the plane ride back and highly recommend it to you. Though set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, it had the feel of a Southern novel to me and I think fans of One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash would enjoy it.

We are now safely back from our travels (though there was a bad moment when we realized 4 out of your 5 board members were on the same flight home) and look forward to seeing you in Savannah!

Regards,
Jill Hendrix
SIBA President & Owner of Fiction Addiction
jill@fiction-addiction.com
864-675-0540

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Win a Call Me Ishmael (CMI) Phone for Your Bookstore!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

From July 1 – Sep 15, the SIBA bookstore with the most phone calls to Call Me Ishmael who attends #SIBA16 will take home the phone!  And this phone, being one of the first ten, is free and clear.  No monthly fee.  No setup fee.  No fee at all.

SIBA was so enamored of Call Me Ishmael that we purchased a CMI phone when their Kickstarter was first launched.  This phone -- which allows you to listen to people's messages about the books they love -- has no subscription fees or any other costs attached to it.  It is free and clear with access to the 2500+ recorded shares of love for books by readers. It's an immediate and heartfelt way to connect with books via booklovers.  And it can be yours!

Anyone can Call Me Ishmael at 774.325.0503 and leave a message about a book they love.  And they should mention your store: 

I bought a copy of Jodi Picoult’s Great Small Things at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, and just finished reading it.  She has outdone herself.  What a great read!  How does she take such a complex topic, and with clarity and compassion, tell such a compelling story?  Though prolific, Jodi Picoult, has no formula, and manages to tell only better and better stories.  I am just blown away by this book.”  

To hear more examples, visit Call Me Ishmael at http://callmeishmael.com/.

Be sure your bookstore is mentioned in the message to get points for the contest.

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Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, July 4, 2016
Updated: Sunday, July 3, 2016

For immediate release
Contact:
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Ave
Columbia, SC 29205
wanda@sibaweb.com

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Winners

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

The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.

"What a delicious gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour. I loved all of these books for the sole reason that they tell the world in colorful, rich and diverse language just what it so special and, yes, crazy about the American South." – Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Formerly the “SIBA Book Award,” the newly reborn Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. 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” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. The nine winners chosen from a field of nearly forty finalists. Together, they represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

My Sunshine Away Above the Waterfall Bull Mountain The Bone Tree
Soul Food Love Dispatches from Pluto Jacksonland
Mosquitoland
Serafina and the Black Cloak

The Great Santini Fiction Prize Winner: 
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“This debut author spins a tale that will grab you from the first page and keep you turning pages until the last.”– Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner: 
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

“Beautiful language, I could not put this book down.  Read it in one day.” – Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

The Beach Music Mystery Prize Winner: 
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“ Reads like a twisty, dark TV series you can't help but binge-watch.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize Winner: 
The Bone Tree by Greg Isles (William Morrow & Company)

“Iles has written an intense, tightly plotted narrative with more than one shocking turn of events that will have readers racing to finish, but then pining away for the third installment of this massive and electrifying trilogy.” – Square Books, Oxford, MS

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize Winner: 
Soul Food Love by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers)

I really appreciate the goal of this cookbook - to make Soul food quick, inexpensive, tasty and healthy! The family history part of the cookbook was very interesting and I appreciated the honesty of the authors. I loved the pictures of the family & the finished product of the recipes.” – Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC

The Death of Santini NonFiction Prize Winner: 
Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster)

"In Dispatches From Pluto, Richard Grant brings clarity, insight, and wit through his outsider's observations of a small and forgotten community in the Mississippi Delta. The situations he writes of and the people he comes to know as friends are brought warmly and enrichingly to life as he settles his family in a rotting and dilapidated plantation home in Pluto, Mississippi." – Pass  Books, Pass Christian, MS

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize Winner: 
Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press

“Great history! Loved the book, very well written”  – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize Winner: 
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)

“Mim's voice in this amazing amalgam of a love story, a road trip novel, and a coming-of-age story, will stay with you long after you finish .” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Poppy's Pants Youngster's Prize Winner: 
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion)

“A wonderfully thrilling mystery for young readers that is as much a celebration of being "different" as it is pitch-perfect creepiness.” – Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Nine great books for your Southern reading list. But remember that they come from a "gumbo of literary works--salty, spicy, bittersweet, and sour" to quote one Southern bookseller. To round out your literary diet, be sure to look at the full list of Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists.

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit SIBA’s website for Southern literature, http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

 

 

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A Sizzling Hot Season of Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2016

(Columbia, SC) – The heat is on and Southern Indie booksellers are cooking up a sizzling plate of summer Okra Picks! The 2016 Summer Okra Picks have just been selected–a hearty helping of great summer reading that will make your beach book bag look a little more nutritious. They're a baker’s dozen of great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know–Southern independent booksellers. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between July and September 2016, and all have fans among Southern booksellers: the people always on the lookout for the next great writer who belongs in your to-be-read stack. So on your next Southern Indie bookstore visit, expect to hear “You’ve got to read this!” and find one of these titles in your hands. Great books are always good for you!

The 2016 Summer Okra Picks   

The Cantaloupe Thief The Promis of Jessie Woods Underground Airlines Let the Devil Out

The Cantaloupe Thief 
by Deb Richardson-Moore
Lion Fiction, July 2016   
Fiction, 9781782641926

The Promise of Jesse Woods
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers, July 2016
Fiction, 9781414387772

Underground Airlines
by Ben Winters
Mulholland Books, July 2016
Fiction, 9780316261241

Let the Devil Out: A Maureen Coughlin Novel
by Bill Loehfelm
Sarah Crichton Books, July 2016
Fiction, 9780374298579

Lowcountry Bookcllub Ninety-nine stories of God The Heavenly Table Cotton

Lowcountry Book Club
by Susan M. Boyer
Henery Press, July 2016
Fiction, 9781635110456

Ninety-Nine Stories of God
by Joy Williams
Tin House Books, July 2016
Fiction, 9781941040355

The Heavenly Table
by Donald Ray Pollock
Doubleday Books, July 2016
Fiction, 9780385541299

Cotton 
by Paul Heald
Yucca Publishing, July 2016
Fiction, 9781631580864

The Fire This Time The Risen Perfume River Nine Island Darktown

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner Book Company, August 2016
Nonfiction, 9781501126345

The Risen
by Ron Rash
Ecco Press, September 2016
Fiction, 9780062436313

Perfume River
by Robert Olen Butler
Atlantic Monthly Press, September 2016
Fiction, 9780802125750

Nine Island
by Jane Alison
Catapult, September 2016
Fiction, 9781936787128

Darktown
by Thomas Mullen
Atria, September 2016
Fiction, 9781501133862

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra.

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Announcing the winner of The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 16, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2016

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

Katherine Clark’s The Headmaster’s Darlings Wins
The 2015 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction

Sarah Addison Allen Given Special Recognition


The Headmaster's DarlingsThe 2015 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has been won by Katherine Clark for her The Headmaster’s Darlings. The novel, Clark’s first, is the initial installment of a quartet of books set in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Reba White Williams, sponsor of the award, praised The Headmaster’s Darlings for “its originality, Southerness, and uplifting message, all requisite qualities for the Willie Morris Award.”

Sarah Addison Allen was recognized for her six novels published over the past eight years, beginning with Garden Spells (2007) and more recently First Frost (2015). Allen’s novels are noted for their appealing characters, some appearing in more than one book, and the magical realism that infuses people, places and things. Allen sums up her style as “Southern-fried magic realism.” Her Special Recognition is the first-ever for the Willie Morris Award.

The Headmaster’s Darlings is the ninth Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, which is given annually. For more information, see https://williemorrisaward.org/.

Tags:  inkreadible  katherine clark  reba white williams  sarah addison allen 

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SIBA Creates Pat Conroy Scholarships, Sponsored by Penguin Random House

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2016

SIBA CREATES PAT CONROY SCHOLARSHIPS, SPONSORED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the creation of The Pat Conroy Scholarships in honor of the late author whose lifetime achievements have meant so much to Southern booksellers.  The scholarships, which will be bestowed to two booksellers annually in each of the next four years, 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 designated specifically for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, held in September, in keeping with the Penguin Random House’s fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event.  The scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner’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, which deepen and expands this mutual commitment to foster education at the Discovery Show, are forward-looking, and will mean a lot to every SIBA bookseller.  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 a beloved Penguin Random House author,” said Jaci Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House, “and it is a privilege for us to honor his legacy in a manner that benefits new booksellers.  Pat deeply loved books and the men and women who sell them and would be made very happy and proud to have an opportunity to enhance their professional education.” 

Pat Conroy’s A LOW COUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life, a new nonfiction collection of pieces spanning the author’s long literary career, has been announced for posthumous hardcover and e-book publication by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on October 25, one day before his 71st birthday.

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 2016 Pat Conroy Scholarships is July 15, 2016.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on August 1.​

The 2016 SIBA Discovery show will be held September 16-18 at the Hilton DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia.

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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A Letter from the SIBA President: Your Board needs your help

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 23, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016

Dear SIBA members,

Jill HendrixI hope you all had a fantastic 2nd Indie Bookstore Day! Our area challenged customers to visit 7 Upstate SC stores spread 2 hours apart and we had 9 people complete the challenge to earn a 20% discount for the next year at all 7 stores.

I was at BEA briefly and was pleased to meet Jessica Osborne, the new owner of E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, GA. Jessica tells me that her store is a historical building just across the street from the SIBA trade show hotel, The Hilton Savannah DeSoto, and she invites us all to drop in and visit while we’re in town September 16th-18th. SIBA Registration is currently open and Wanda is excited about all the great authors she’s booking. Last year several of the author meals sold out so be sure to register early.

At BEA I also learned that the ABA has helped negotiate some great backlist promotions that you should be hearing about soon. Karen Torres’ walked me through the Hachette promotion and it looks great. So reach out to your reps and ask them whether their houses have any new backlist promotions you should know about. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of working our way through new catalogs and trying to keep our turns up, we find that we’ve let our backlist selections get too slim. This is a perfect opportunity to make sure those books you’ve read and loved are still on your shelves.

Anecdotally, we have always thought SIBA a strong region, but now we actually have some documentation to back that up. The file linked below shows how the SIBA stores who shared their 2014 financial data last year via the ABACUS survey stack up to the ABA average. Across the board we have lower cost of goods sold and thus a higher gross margin. I credit the GABBS show for helping our region find great product at a great cost and driving those margins up.

Additionally our smallest and largest stores are outperforming their national counterparts with higher net income before taxes. We are slightly concerned about our middle-category stores (those selling $300,00 to $1 million annually) and would invite them to reach out to Wanda with their specific education requests for the trade show or other help they might be looking for to improve operations.

Whether you completed the ABACUS survey or not, each of you might find it helpful to run your own 2014 numbers and compare them to your fellow stores to identify your store’s strengths and weaknesses. This will also show you how easy it is to produce the numbers that the ABA will be soliciting soon for the fiscal year 2015 ABACUS survey.

Click here to download ABACUS South compared to the ABA

Given the passing of Harper Lee and Pat Conroy this year, it made me realize we might want to add an Oscar-style tribute to our trade show. Don’t get your visual expectations up too high but in the meantime, please email me the names of anyone you can think of who should be on our remembrance list.

Lastly, I’d like to ask everyone to please make sure their store has entered the data for 3 new questions we’ve added to the SIBA store profile: your store’s square footage, whether your store is in a small town or a city, and whether your store is located downtown/Main Street or elsewhere. To check, visit https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/members/edit.asp (you’ll be asked to login) and then look for those three questions right after you’re asked for all your social media URLs. Please take a moment to log in and fill in the blanks for us.  This information is needed before we can send out an important survey, so if you forget to fill it in I’ll be calling and asking you for it next week.

Here’s to a successful beach-reads season and a fun summer!

Regards,
Jill Hendrix
SIBA President

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Let's Show America We Got HEART!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Regional Bookstore Challenge
East, west, north, south or mid-America; which region has more heart?Binc board membersDeb Leonard(Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association) andWanda Jewell(Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) have put out a challenge to all independent bookstores to find out!
During the month of May bookstores can begin or increase a sustaining donation to earn points. The winning region will win a special party from Binc during their fall trade show.Here are the rules>

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Politics & Prose Job Posting

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, April 22, 2016

Seeking a full-time events coordinator, including weekend and evening shifts, for the Children and Teens Department.

Duties include:

 Working with publishers and publicists to plan, coordinate, and book in-store and off-site

author events.  

 Managing in-store and off-site author events in collaboration with other booksellers, local

libraries, schools, Busboys, and other venues.  This includes ordering, scheduling school

visits and managing inventory.

 Managing part-time events assistant.

 Thinking creatively about events and explores partnerships with area schools, libraries

and other institutions.

 Collaborating with store event staff on off-site festivals.  

 Working with designated C&T and programs staff to develop classes for children and

young adults.

 Working closely with the marketing team to promote C&T events.

 Representing the bookstore at Children’s Book Guild meetings and other professional

meetings, including the annual BEA, to learn about new titles and talk with publishers

about upcoming author tours.

 Reporting to the department manager.


Duties also include supporting floor staff when necessary.  All staff are expected to read a variety of children’s and teens’ backlist and frontlist titles to maintain knowledge of department inventory, regularly write book reviews for the website and department newsletters.

Skills/Experience/Requirements:

 Excellent knowledge of children’s and teens’ literature

 Detail-oriented and able to multi-task and prioritize

 Good with people, including building new relationships

 Must be able to handle stressful situations

 Public speaking experience

 Retail/customer service experience preferred

 Knowledge of children’s publishing industry highly desired

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All the Light We Cannot See Sweepstakes

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, April 22, 2016
 
To celebrate ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE being on the New York Times Bestseller List for 100 weeks, Off the Shelf and Scribner are giving away 100 copies of this magnificent novel. 

The sweepstakes runs through April 24.

 

All the Light We Cannot See

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Workshop Retreat Prepares New Bookstore Owners

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, April 22, 2016
Whether you’re ready to lease space or already a new owner, learning the business of bookselling – the art as well as the science – is critical for your personal and financial investment. New owners have the opportunity to learn how to develop a profitable and sustainable business at the workshop retreat, “Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials” (also known as “Bookstore Boot Camp”), August 23-26 in Franklin, Massachusetts. An Unlikely Story, bestselling author Jeff Kinney’s bookstore café in nearby Plainville, will be the host.

Trainees are expected to first complete online training on their own to gain an understanding of the start-up investment requirements, learn how to assess the strength of a community to sustain a bookstore, be able to judge location options, and understand bookstore financial dynamics. With video presentations, hand-outs, spreadsheets, and exercises, the online training is designed to provide the fundamentals of the bookstore business.

The “Bookstore Boot Camp” will then address the key elements of store design and how much space you need, how to buy books and non-book merchandise, the disciplines of managing inventory, how to effectively use your bookstore computer system to manage the store, effective and low cost marketing strategies, developing an exceptional staff and more. Attendees will learn best practices and finely-tuned strategies of the most successful independent bookstores as they learn both the art and science of a career in retail bookselling.

Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, this workshop is facilitated by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates, with guest booksellers and trainers to share frontline expertise. ABA members are eligible for discounted tuition. Workshop registration is limited (the last workshop in April was full), so register early. For details, visit PazBookBiz.com or call 904/277-2664.
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Donna Paz Kaufman
The Bookstore Training & Consulting Group
Paz & Associates
1417 Sadler Road #274
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone:  904.277.2664

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Peer Reviews, Book Award Judges and Board Nominatons, Oh My!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

 

Is it time for a review? Need some fresh eyes on the subject? SIBA is launching Peer Review for Bookstores. Thanks to the Reba & Dave Foundation for Literature and the Arts we have the money to offer a dozen bookstore reviews this year. We encourage you to take a look at the information provided. Not only are we seeking stores that could benefit from a Peer Review, we are seeking reviewers.

Yes, I'm interested in the SIBA Peer Review Program!

 

SIBA Board Nominations -Deadline for nominations is end of day,April 15th.

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch.Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self‐nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate.

Yes, I'd like to nominate someone for the SIBA Board of Directors.

 

 

We still need Book Award judges. Please consider serving in this way. We are light on judges for children's, history, nonfiction, and thriller. This is a great way to read some great books, get involved in SIBA, and earn B3! Points.Deadline is April 17th.

Yes, I'd like to be a Conroy Book Prize judge.

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The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Short List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 8, 2016

The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History & Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s and Young Adult.

Finalists were chosen by southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Go Set a Watchman Soil My Sunshine Away The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law A Pattern of Lies Bull Mountain Don't Go Home Lowcountry Boneyard

The Beach Music Mystery Prize
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)

Where All the Light Tends to Go The Bone Tree Descent Rogue Lawyer The Scribe

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)
The Bone Tree
 by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent
 by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
Rogue Lawyer
 by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe
 by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)

Above the Waterfall Welcome to Braggsville New and Improved Romie Futch Calloustown

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)
New and Improved Romie Futch
 by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
Calloustown
 by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162) 

Dispatches from Pluto Leaving Orbit My Southern Journey Our Only World The World is on Fire

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, 9780848746391)
Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024885)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

Barefoot to Avalon Jacksonland Don't Suck, Don't Die Sam Phillips The World's Largest Man

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

Foster The Southerner's Cookbook Sunday Dinner Go SeThe Jemima Codet a Watchman Soulfood Love

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by the editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, 9780062242419)
Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bridgette A. Lacy (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622453)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)

Hamster Princess Serafina and the Black Cloak Yard War Seeds of Freedom

The Poppy’s Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
 by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)

Anything Could Happen The Odds of Getting Even Mosquitoland The Wrath and the Dawn

The Poppy’s Pants Young Adult Prize
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Wrath and the Dawn
 by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)

For more information about the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, visit
http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

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Call for Judges for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 8, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Dearest SIBA booksellers,

SIBA Book AwardSIBA is looking for eager and enthusiastic booksellers to be judges in the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (formerly known as the SIBA Book Award). As a judge, you will read and rate the finalists in one of the Prize categories:

The Great Santini Fiction Prize
The Prince of Tides Literary Prize 
Beach Music Mystery Prize
Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize 
The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize
The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize 
The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize 
Poppy's Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize (Ages 0-9)
Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize (Ages 10+)

click here to see the nominated titles in each category

You'll send your ratings to SIBA, who will tally them to determine the winners in each category.  Your ratings are kept anonymous, but any feedback or comments you submit for any of the books may be used, with your permission, in promoting the winners and the finalists.

Any bookseller who is an owner or staff at a SIBA member store can be a judge. And SIBA will award 10 B3! points to the bookstore for each judge. So get your staff involved!

Judges will be sent copies of the finalist books in their categories (4-5 titles), and will have until June 15 to read and send SIBA their ratings.

If you are interested in being a judge, please fill out the Judges Volunteer Form by April 27, 2016

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