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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/.

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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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News from SIBALand, April 1, 2016

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello Beloved Booksellers,

Wanda JewellI want to add my comments to Diane’s letter below. The ABC Children’s Institute is going to be in Orlando, Florida, and I so hope to see many of you there. This is such an exciting opportunity not only for us to hear some of the best childrens’ programming around but also a unique opportunity to meet up with one another and connect with librarians. Having recently hosted Kate DiCamillo at SIBA in the Springtime, I can’t wait to hear her keynote address. I am eager to learn where the Children’s Book Market is headed because as go the kids, so goes the rest of us. And Thirty Million Words: this innovative simple idea offers so many opportunities for bookstores – simply changing the name of Storytime to Thirty Million Words is a great beginning, no?

My main purpose for attending ABC CI is for the Roundtable – Coordinating a Regional Handselling Challenge. I’d love to see SIBA spearhead handselling challenges across our region to show-off our clout. Our book award finalists, okra picks, and Lady Banks’ picks of the week are all great opportunities to enter into SIBA Handselling Challenges. And speaking of handselling challenges, we are currently in the midst of One Book, One South, Jr. with Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale. I hope you are participating.. I hope those of you attending will join me at the roundtable as I’d love to hear your thoughts. SIBA booksellers who join me at this Roundtable will receive 25 B3! Points.

Many of you do not know this  but before I came to work for SIBA I was a school librarian. In that capacity I attended several American Library Association conventions. We all have the opportunity to attend this years’ Annual ALA Conference & Exhibition, immediately following the ABC Children’s Institute. The ALA has graciously gifted SIBA with a booth so you will have a home base. SIBA will be introducing all of your stores to librarians across the country. We will be promoting One Book, One South, and we will have the Trio Exhibit on display, our Call Me Ishmael phone live, and launch our brand new consumer brochure here. We’d love to have as many of you at our booth as would like to be there.

So here’s the amazing offer I’m willing to make with you. Sign up for the ABC Children’s Institute. Book your hotel room and for every two nights you stay past June 23, and come hang out with us at ALA, SIBA will match with one free hotel night at #SIBA16 in Savannah, GA. We will also give you 100 B3! Points. Give it some thought. Let’s hang out!

With love and admiration,

Wanda Jewell
Your Executive Director

Dear SIBA Colleagues,

I am so excited that the ABC Children’s Institute is coming to our region this June 21-23 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International in Orlando, Florida!
For anyone who has previously attended Winter Institute or Children’s Institute, you are already familiar with the high-quality, compelling programming that ABA and ABC Group offer. And if you haven’t yet already registered for Ci4, I highly encourage you to join me in Orlando for a full day-and-half of programming designed specifically for booksellers specializing in children’s literature.

​If you attended our recent meeting in Atlanta earlier this month, you might remember how much I gushed about Children's Institute. At Little Shop of Stories, we have found it to be an invaluable experience for our booksellers. The speakers, panels, and roundtables offer so much information you won’t be able to get back home to your store and begin implementing everything you learn. But in addition to the education, the opportunity the conference provides to network with fellow children’s booksellers is beyond measure.

If you can't make it, I hope you will consider sending a staff member. You won't regret it!

Click here to register now! Space is filling quickly and I hope to see you there!

All Best,

Diane Capriola
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

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A basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, March 4, 2016

Okra PicksA basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

(Columbia, SC) – Spring may be the time to plant, but Southern indie booksellers are already harvesting a new crop of Okra Picks. The 2016 Spring Okra Picks have just been selected–a basketful of a dozen 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 April and June, 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!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Spring Okra Picks   

Lies and Other Acts of Love Chasing the North Star Raymie Nightingale The Other Widow

Lies and Other Acts of Love 
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Berkley Books, April 2016          
Fiction, 9781101987063

Chasing the North Star
by Robert Morgan
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, April 2016
Fiction, 9781565126275

Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, April 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780763681173

The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford
William Morrow & Company, April 2016
Fiction, 9780062362889

Julia Reed's South Over the Plain Houses Redemption Road Lily and Dunkin

Julia Reed's South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long
by Julia Reed
Rizzoli International Publications, April 2016
Cooking, 9780847848287

Over the Plain Houses
by Julia Franks
Hub City Press, May 2016
Fiction, 9781938235214

Redemption Road
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9780312380366

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553536744

Highly Illogical Behavior Last Ride to Graceland Field of Graves A Thousand Miles to Nowhere

Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
Dial Books, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780525428183

Last Ride to Graceland
by Kim Wright
Gallery Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9781501100789

Field of Graves
by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780778318927

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
by John Gregory Brown
Lee Boudreaux Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780316302807

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

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Important April IBD information!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
It's down to the wire and time to get serious about Bookstore Day.
Read below for lots of great tips & important information


Important reminders:
1.Time to order companion titles for Bookstore Day. There are lots of discounts to take advantage of. See below for details.

2.Join us for a TWITTER PARTY Wednesday, April 27. Details to come. Follow us @bookstoreday

3.Don't forget tomake a PLANfor how to handle sales on April 30.Many items, especially the Gaiman Coloring Book,have gotten a lot of social media attention already. You may want to restrict the number any one customer can buy until a certain hour.

4.Please start distributing your IBD bookmarks ASAP. Theyshould have arrived in the March ABA red box (or alongside it if your order was big).
5.Don't forget to add your party and event plans to the spreadsheet so we can let media know what you are doing on April 30.

6.Put the IBD logo on your website's homepage with a link to your party plans so people going to your site from our searchable map can easily find out what's going on.
Promotion & Marketing Help for Bookstores
We have lots of marketing & merchandising help on the website that you can download and use in-store or on-line. Print out teasers and stick them in books. Printable signs, shelf-talkers, and press releases too!

Still looking for good party ideas?Check out our "Making the Most of IBD" for loads of party and promotional ideas!

Did you miss the Winter Institute presentation?Lots of good info. to be had!

Help complete the world's longest tattoo chain on IBD
In 2014, Litographsasked 5,000 members of their communityto lend a hand (or a forearm, or a shoulder blade) and become a part of the World's Longest Tattoo Chain.

Litographs took the entirety of Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, and broke it into 5,000 individually designed temporary tattoos. The goal is to recreate this iconic novelon the skin of 5,000 readers.
They have collected nearly 3,000 photographs, and the goal is to complete the chain on Independent Bookstore Day 2016.
They are offering free temporary literary tattoos to any participating bookstore, and giving Bookstore Day customers the chance to participate in this awesome project at no cost.

If you would like to take part, please confirm with Corey Fain via email no later thanFriday, April 1.They will ship you temporary tattoos, wet wipes for customers to apply them, and cards with instructions for how to add photos to the chain.
Backlist discounts from Ingram
Ingram is extending an extra 2% discount on all IBD companion titles (these are backlist titles by IBD 2016 contributors) to IBD stores.
Promo runs 4/1 -- 4/30. No minimums, can be used as multiple times. Promotion titles can be part of another order--no need to order these by themselves.

PROMOTION CODE: IB
The following titles areeligible:

title
publisher
price
isbn
The Tale of Despereaux
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick
$7.99
9780763680893
Flora and Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick
$8.99
9780763676711
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick
$5.99
9780763645045
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
$16.99
9780786819881
Smile
Raina Telgemeier
Graphix
$10.99
9780786819881
Prince Fly Guy
Tedd Arnold
Cartwheel Books
$6.99
9780545662758
Rad American Women A-Z
Schatz and Stahl
City Lights/Consortium
$14.95
9780872866836
Duck & Goose: Let's Dance!
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
$8.99
9780385372459
Duck & Goose
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
$17.99
9780375836114
Duck & Goose Go To the Beach
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
$17.99
9780385372350
Duck & Goose Colors
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
$6.99
9780553508062
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
$6.99
9780375856211
Fortunately, The Milk
Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins
$5.99
9780062224088
Neil Gaiman/Chris Riddell 3-book Box Set
Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins
$21.00
9780062379825
Curious George Goes to a Bookstore
H.A. Rey
Harcourt
$13.99
9780544320734
Curious George at the Baseball Game
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
$3.95
9780618663750
Curious George Goes Camping
H.A. Rey
Harcourt
$4.99
9780395978351
Curious George Visits the Library
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
$3.99
9780547550756
Curious George & First Day of School
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
$3.95
9780618605644
Treasury of Curious George
H.A. Rey
Harcourt
$10.99
9780618538225
Curious George & the Birthday Surprise
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
$3.95
9780618346875
Where is Curious George?
H.A. Rey
Harcourt
$9.99
9780544380721
Curious George & the Ice Cream Surprise H.A. Rey
Harcourt
$3.99
9780547242859
Curious George & the Firefighters
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
$4.99
9780618494965
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
$15.99
9780062236685
Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
$16.99
9780061565311
State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
$15.99
9780062049810
Run (P.S)
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
$14.99
9780061340647
Patron Saint of Liars
Ann Patchett
Mariner
$14.95
9780547520209
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
Harper Perennial
$15.99
9780060899226
Medium Raw
Anthony Bourdain
Ecco Press
$15.99
9780061718953
The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Fran Lebowitz
Vintage
$16.99
9780679761808
More Backlist DISCOUNTS

Curious George Discount
Returnable Retailers and Returnable RDC customers may receive a63% discounton one order of ten or more copies ofCurious George Goes to a Bookstore(9780544320734, $13.99). One order, only.Must be placed between March 7, 2016 and April 15, 2016.Extra discount applies to this title, only. Multiple ship-to lo- cations acceptable. Customers must promote Curious George Goes to a Bookstore (9780544320734) for at least one month betweenMarch 7 and May2, 2016. May not be combined with other offers. Regular shipping terms apply. Offer is available only to retailers in good credit standing. Your HMH rep must be notified when you place your order.PROMO CODE/EDI CODE: TRDSGP

Bourdain, Patchett & Gaiman discounts
Retail accounts may earn an extra discount to promote any of the titles listed below in feature placement promotions.
  • +3% discount on orders placed betweenMarch 14th, 2016 and April 15th, 2016
  • Free freight with a minimum order of 15 units per ship to location
  • Please see the last page on theIBD catalogfor a list of applicable titles and ISBNs.
  • Promo code: IBD16+3
Want a FREE Duck & Goose Party Pack?
Want to throw a Duck & Goose celebration on Bookstore Day? The FREE Duck & Goose Independent Bookstore Day Event Kit features storytime activitiesand giveaways--everything you need for a honkin', quackin'FUN day (just add kids)! This exclusive event kit is FREE to Independent Bookstore Day participants. To order, contact your RH Children's rep or emailkidsquotes@randomhouse.com

VIDEOS!

Videos are coming from Tad Hills and Lauren Groff too!
And now, a word from Kate DiCamillo
Please feel free to use this video for any promotions you want.
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day

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Blow up the Internet! The NAIBA & SIBA Social Media Retreat

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 when NAIBA and SIBA will blow up the internet with a Social Media Retreat. This retreat will increase booksellers’ level of expertise, comfort, and productivity in marketing books and their store on social media platforms. General discussions and specific training will commence based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, expert).

Register here!

Best way to describe this? Hands-on training and hands-down best bookselling event you'll go to this year.  We will cover all the social media platforms and talk about best practices, best uses, and strategy, and then spend time in groups based on levels of comfort for each platform. You'll up your skill level.  We'll do live social media on titles selected by publishers. We'll schedule, photograph, discuss content, learn about advertising. We will talk about and work on everything! Bring your laptop and your enthusiasm.

When?
Saturday - Sunday, April 9-10

Where?
Hilton Arlington, VA
950 North Stafford St.
Arlington, Virginia  22203

Your hotel reservations should be made by this Friday, March 25. The room rate is $119 and both associations will rebate $100 of that to their attending member stores after the event. (One rebate per store.)  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or booking at www.arlingtonva.hilton.com  Group code is SIB

For more information go to NAIBA.com/events; email naibabooksellers@gmail.com; or call (516)-333-0681

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News from SIBALand, March 18, 2016

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, March 18, 2016

Jill Hendrix, Fiction AddictionDear SIBA member,

It was great seeing so many of you at the SITS & GABBS event in Atlanta a week or so ago. For those of you who couldn’t attend here’s a recap of the education that SIBA and the ABA provided:

  • I presented the results from the first ABACUS South financial survey (Power Point, handout). Many thanks to the ABA for making this possible! I’d love to get even more SIBA members participating this year so watch for the survey for FY 2015 coming from the ABA in a few months. For those who’ve never participated, take a look at the questions from last year’s survey and you’ll see that it’s basic information taken from your taxes. So hand a copy to your bookkeeper (i.e., the store owner for many of us J) or accountant and ask them how hard it would be for you to participate this year.
  • We heard about the New Localism from Oren Teicher, the CEO of ABA, and then had an open discussion forum about the challenges and opportunities we are seeing in our channel.

The SIBA board also held our first board meeting of the year. We drafted a survey that I’ll be asking you to fill out in my next bimonthly email. Since this is my last year on the board, we have a slot coming open and I encourage you to consider serving; self-nominations are welcome. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you might have about serving. Here is the Call for Nominations. Deadline for nominations is end of day,  April 15.

I hope many of you are planning to attend BEA in Chicago in May. Remember to pack your Y’all Buttons so it will be easier for us to recognize each other among the hordes. BEA has heard bookseller complaints about the show being in NYC for the last several years and is testing moving it around the country. So when deciding whether to attend or not keep in mind that if we don’t bring a good turnout of booksellers to Chicago then the show may move back to NYC permanently. ABA member booksellers who have not attended BEA in the last two years have the opportunity to win one of 60 BEA Scholarships that consist of cash stipends of $435 each to help defray their hotel and travel costs to BEA 2016. The ABA will hold their publicity speed-dating event again this year. I participated last year and highly recommend it.

I’m so happy the weather has finally warmed up and I hope you’re having lots of customers looking for Easter gifts and gardening books!

Regards,

Jill Hendrix
SIBA President
Fiction Addiction owner
jill@fiction-addiction.com

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SIBA presents The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Long List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, February 26, 2016

(Columbia, SC) --The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is paying tribute to one of the South’s most beloved writers by renaming the SIBA Book Awards. This has been in the works since the news of Conroy’s 70th birthday. SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell confirmed that the organization had been planning to update the Award to make it more reflective of the current Southern bookselling community. “We have long wanted a sexier more marketable name for our book awards, and nothing is sexier than Mr. Conroy!,” she noted, “So, at least for this year, along with other changes, we are delighted to bring this prize and long list to southern readers.”

“Pat Conroy has been a force for good in the world of southern books and literature and we want to acknowledge that,” Jewell added, “He has not just written some of our favorite books, he has been incredibly generous in his support of readers, of booksellers, and of other writers. The world of southern literature is a rich place today because of the encouragement he extends to new authors and the commitment he has always shown towards the southern literary community.” Southern bookstores can attest to Conroy’s dedication to their stores, as it is a regular occurrence for the author to show up at their doors with each new book, often signing copies for customers for hours and hours. On one now legendary occasion he signed books for eight hours straight, and the store arranged to have a masseuse on hand to help with writer’s cramp.  “Pat Conroy is a storemaker,” said Jewell, “a writer whose single visit can make the difference to a bookstore’s year end bottom line.”

Along with the new name, The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize also has an expanded list of categories. “Our goal is to have the nominations drive the categories rather than forcing all nominations into a category they might not fit. Rather than being married to a certain set of categories like “fiction,” “nonfiction,” “children’s,” we can open the award up to new categories driven by the nominations,” explained Jewell. She noted that SIBA used the BISAC designations of nominated books to help determine the award categories for the year.  This year, ”Fiction” has been expanded into four categories, and “History & Life Stories” (including biography, autobiography and memoir) has been added to the nonfiction categories. Each category is named for one of Conroy’s works, or in the case of Youngsters, a book about Mr. Conroy.:

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+)


“Over 140 great Southern books received nominations,” noted Jewell. “it’s a dream reading list.” All nominated books had to meet the Award criteria: they had to be Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, and had to have been published in 2015. All nominations had to come from a SIBA bookstore or from a SIBA store customer.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the month of March, and Finalists for each category in the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize will be announced in April. From there, the finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award or contact Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com

The Long List

The Great Santini Fiction Prize

A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin (Berkley Books, 9780425281994)
A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax (Berkley Books, 9780425274477)
Affair & Honor by Batt Humphries (Yellow Dog Press, 9780692411865)
Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan (Calypso Editions, 9780988790390)
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow & Company, 9780062132567)
At the Corner of King Street by Mary Taylor Brown (Berkley Books, 9780425278253)
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250065933)
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley (Gallery Books, 9781476761664)
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Gallery Books, 9781501100765)
Come Rain or Shine by Jan Karon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399167454)
Dark Heir by Faith Hunter (Roc, 9780451465962)
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9780425279984)
Fate Moreland's Widow by John Lane (University of South Carolina Press, 9781611174694)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, 9780062409850)
Juventud by Vanessa Blakeslee (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9781940430584)
Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson (Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250052414)
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe (Tor Books, 9780765376541)
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor (Penguin Books, 9780143126751)
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press, 9780525427094)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399169526)
Point Blank by Fern Michaels (Kensington Publishing Corporation, 9781617734649)
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin’s Press, 9781250010742)
The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414386904)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551927)
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455520619)
Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall (Houghton Mifflin, 9780544400009)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, 9781476750811)
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (New American Library, 9780451470898)
The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781476709024)
This Side of the River by Jeffrey Stayton (Nautilus Publishing, 9781936946655)
Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel by Robert Gipe (Ohio University Press, 9780821421529)
Untying the Moon by Ellen Malphrus (Story River Books, 9781611176100)
Water from My Heart by Charles Martin (Center Street, 9781455554706)
Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods (Mira Books, 9780778318637)
Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander (Other Press, 9781590517116)
Year of the Snake: 1989 by Sue Lile Inman (Fps, 9781934216231)

The Beach Music Mystery Prize

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar by Carol Heilman (Lighthouse Publishing, 9781941103265)
Bloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams (Tyrus Books, 9781440585456)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann Sweeney (New American Library, 9780451415431)
Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Edisto Jinx by C. Hope Clark (Bell Bridge Books, 9781611946659)
The Evidence Room by Cameron Harvey (Minotaur Books, 9781250031150)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781943390175)
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
Murder is on the Clock by Fran Rizer (Odyssey South Publishing, 9780692540336)
Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield (Minotaur Books, 9781250072757)

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
False Positive by Andrew Grant (Ballantine Books, 9780345540751)
Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker (Roundfire Books, 9781785350825)
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399174001)
The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353595)
The Marauders by Tom Cooper (Broadway Books, 9780804140584)
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173943)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)
Season of Fear by Brian Freeman (Quercus Books, 9781623654078)
Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow & Company, 9780062240019)
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (Bantam, 9780345544049)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Viking, 9780525427506)
Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize

A Free State by Tom Piazza (Harper, 9780062284129)
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062349316)
Calloustown by George Singleton (Dzanc Books, 9781938103162)
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam (William Morrow & Company, 9780062325891)
Crash Bang Burn by Dawn K. Goodwin (Createspace, 9781514305171)
The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre (John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780895876515)
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766139)
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books, 9781476772141)
Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden, 9781932841916)
Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce (Riverhead Books, 9781594632525)
Honey from the Lion by Matthew N. Null (Lookout Books, 9781940596082)
In Every Way by Nic Brown (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619024595)
The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull Press, 9781619024854)
Memphis Movie by Corey Mesler (Soft Skull Press, 9781593766146)
Minnow by James E. McTeer III (Hub City Press, 9781938235115)
My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella (Turner, 9781630269623)
New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books, 9781941040157)
Postmark Bayou Chene by Gwen Roland (Louisiana State University Press, 9780807161449)
Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender (Counterpoint LLC, 9781619026230)
Soon: Stories by Pamela Durban (University of South Carolina Press, 978161175332)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow & Company, 9780062302120)

The Death of Santini Nonfiction Prize

Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom by Alysia Burton Steele (Center Street, 9781455562848)
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781476709642)
Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers edited by Margaret McMullan (McPherson, 9781620540138)
The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football by Stuart Stevens (Knopf Publishing Group, 9780385353021)
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press, 9781555977092)
Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams by Bland Simpson (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469624938)
Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History by Maude Schuyler-Clay (Steidl Dap, 9783869309743)
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)
Penguins with Problems by Mary Laura Philpott (Tarcherperigree, 9780399173097)
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate by Laura Lengnick (New Society Publishers, 9780865717749)
Start Your Engines: Famous Firsts in the History of NASCAR by Jay W. Pennell (Sports Publishing LLC, 9781613218280)
What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley by Kim Cross (Atria Books, 9781476763064)
When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors edited by Nicole Seitz (Water Books, 9780996940207)
The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions, 9781571313478)

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize

After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter by Gwendolyn Knapp (Avery Publishing Group, 9781592409136)
American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power by Christopher Andersen (William Morrow & Company, 9780062420336)
Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802123541)
Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman (Viking, 9780525427209)
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press, 9780292759473)
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II by Winston Groom (National Geographic Society, 9781426215490)
Gin & Gardenias: A Memoir of Desire, Love, and Loss: Poems by A. Scott Henderson (A. Scott Henderson, 9781934216774)
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press, 9781594205569)
Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (Crown Publishing Group, 9780307887276)
Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion (Penguin Press, 9781594204715)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown and Company, 9780316042741)
Wailing Wall: A Mother’s Memoir by Deedra Climer (Inkshares, 978194758113)
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key (Harper, 9780062351494)

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize

Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes by John Besh (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781449469177)
Crabs & Oysters: A Savor the South Cookbook by Bill Smith (University of North Carolina Press, 9781469622620)
Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection by Sara Foster (Story Farm, 9780990520573)
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press, 9780292745483)
Soul Food Love: Heathy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804137935)
Southern Soups and Stews: More Than 75 Recipes from Burgoo and Gumbo to Etouffee and Fricassee by Nancie McDermott (Chronicle Books, 9781452124858)
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)
Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Stress-Free Cooking by Debora M. Coty (Barbour Publishing, 9781634093224)
Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186155)

Poppy's Pants, Jr. Youngsters Prize

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books, 9780062238610)
Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia (Marimba Books, 9781603490306)
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780385755078)
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books, 9780803739840)
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass (Candlewick, 9780763669195)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484709016)
Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay (HarperCollins, 9780062308443)
The Water and the Wild by Katie Elise Ormsbee (Chronicle Books, 9781452113869)
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings (Wendy Lamb Books, 9780553507539)

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Push, 9780545709545)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 9780525426509)
Mosquitoland
by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451470775)
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803739611)
Persuasion by Martina Boone (Simon Pulse, 9781481411257)
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (Simon Pulse, 9781481422628)
Terminal by Kathy Reichs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9781595145284)
The Trouble with Destiny by Laureen Morrill (Delacorte Press, 9780553497977)
Valiant by Sarah McGuire (Egmontusa, 9781606845523)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399171611)


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