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Linda-Marie Barrett selected as next SIBA Executive Director

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 5, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Linda-Marie Barrett(Asheville, NC) The Search Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of Linda-Marie Barrett as SIBA’s incoming Executive Director. She will step into the position on June 16, 2020, when the current Executive Director, Wanda Jewell, retires. “I’m leaving SIBA in better hands than my own, and that feels really good,” said Jewell. “I couldn’t be more delighted.”

Barrett brings a strong strategic vision to the organization at a time when the book industry is adapting to a rapidly evolving environment. She writes, “During this very dynamic time in our industry, SIBA needs, more than ever, to offer programming that addresses current member needs. This means being in constant conversation with member bookstores to hear what’s happening ‘on the ground,’ looking outside our industry for opportunities, and considering new partnerships in communities, and regionally. My passion, and SIBA’s primary goal, is to give booksellers the tools they need to be successful and achieve their dreams. I’m so honored to be taking on this role and look forward to working with the SIBA Board and all our member bookstores to see what possibilities we can create together.”

Barrett was chosen in a unanimous decision after a robust, four-month-long search. “The SIBA Executive Director Search Committee has completed an exhaustive pursuit,” said Search Committee member Shane Gottwals of Gottwals Books in Byron, Georgia. “While we talked to many qualified and motivated candidates, it was abundantly clear that Linda-Marie Barrett is just the right person to lead SIBA. She knows the industry and can relate to the needs of core members in an unparalleled way.”

Barrett brings to the position of Executive Director thirty years’ worth of experience in the industry as a bookseller in all levels from frontline bookseller to senior buyer, manager, and co-owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville, North Carolina. While at Malaprop’s she played a leading role as a bookseller advocate and activist, and her op-ed piece responding to author boycotts of bookstores in the wake of North Carolina’s H.B.2 controversy was published in the New York Times.

Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and the former President of the American Booksellers Association wrote in support of Barrett’s selection, “My admiration for Linda-Marie runs deep. She possesses a rare core of qualities that will guarantee success in this new position; she’s incredibly organized, creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate about independent bookselling, and independent bookselling in the South, to be specific.”

Barrett is a past Board member of SIBA and has worked extensively with the American Booksellers Association, serving on the Bookseller Advisory Council and as a presenter at Winter Institute. For the past three years she has been SIBA’s Assistant Executive Director, responsible for much of the day to day operations of the organization. As Assistant Executive Director, Barrett spearheaded the development of SIBA’s online educational programming which has resulted in over a dozen webinars on a wide range of topics including Inventory Activism, Time Management, Podcasting, Managing Expenses, and Launching a Book Festival.

“SIBA stands like a beacon in the world of regional trade associations because of Wanda Jewell’s 30 years of dedication,” noted Gottwals. “Our new executive director has a mighty legacy to follow, but Linda-Marie Barrett has the skills and experience required to keep us shining brightly for many years to come.”

For more information contact SIBA at siba@sibaweb.com

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The Independent Bookseller launches education database

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Independent Bookseller has launched a database which consolidates available education session resources from all regionals, ABA events, and individual booksellers.

It is grouped by topics such as "inventory," "diversity," "finances," and "operations,"  but can also be searched by keyword using the search field. Sessions are also organized by date, so newer materials will appear at the top of each section:

https://www.theindependentbookseller.com/education.html

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Binc scholarships now accepting applications

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 27, 2020
Higher Education Scholarships
  • We are currently accepting scholarship applications for our Higher Education scholarship program.
    • Accepting applications through March 11th.
    • The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will again this year award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers or comic retailers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an owner or employee of a physical bookstore who has overcome a learning adversity or is a non­traditional student.
Bank on Booksellers 2020
  • We are in the planning stages for a Bank on Booksellers online piggy bank auction and you are the first supporters to find out! The auction will go live for a week in June of 2020.
  • Binc will be providing more updates and assets to help spread the word about this fun auction. The bidding at the last auction raised over $20,000.

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Now available; B3 Webinar on organizing multistore events

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Just in time for stores that are planning their Independent Bookstore DAy events, SIBA's January webinar on Organizing multistore events is now available to view. The webinar features presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC will discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization , which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings.

Alsom Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA’s Jazz Fest, they’ve worked together with other New Orleans indies on a “New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day,” which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport.

Organizing Multi-store events
(Available to SIBA members only, you must be logged in to view)

Tags:  B3! Webinars  ibd  offsite events  shop local 

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What’s on Lady Banks Bookshelf in March?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to the customers of indie bookstores in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion. These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores' attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles indie readers are looking for, and then we drive those readers to SIBA member stores. Booksellers can boost sales by bringing in Lady Banks Bookshelf titles before the month begins, and putting up a winning display. Send in a photo of your display and earn 20 B3! points, too!

Our March featured titles are:

Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale
Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Me & White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad 
Finding Home by Karen Kingsbury
The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee

Edelweiss collection 

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Small Presses Present Spring and Summer: Video

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

On Wednesday, February 12 at 2PM EST, SIBA hosted “Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! Points. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend future Publisher Picks Sessions.

Link to Edelweiss collection

Michael Reynolds is the Editor in Chief at Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses. He is a member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. 

Brad Simpson just joined Blackstone in 2019, having been in the publishing industry since 2001.  During that time, he has worked with public and academic libraries, schools and retail bookstores.  He’s represented several products over the years in both the content and tech spaces; and has been involved in nearly every format available under the sun including print, physical and digital audio, e-books, and large print. 

Ellen Whitfield is a senior publicist at JKS Communications. With a strong journalism background, Ellen balances her understanding of “the other side of the desk” when it comes to media pitching with a true love of an avid bibliophile. She has been part of the community of journalists in her more than seven years experience in print media with such well-respected outlets as The Dallas Morning News, and The Advocate. Her experience on the editorial side of travel, community and lifestyle sections of newspapers, social media and online media is to the benefit of authors in a variety of genres. 

Ellen Adler is the publisher of the New Press, a nonprofit public-interest book publisher with a social justice mission. Their  goal is to publish books that promote understanding and discussion of the issues that affect us all, and to provide ideas and inspiration for the activists, teachers, policy makers, and everyday citizens who are working to refresh American democracy.

Michele Misiak is a Marketing Director with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group where her area of focus is on fiction. Michele has spent the last 20 years connecting with readers through books. The first 10 years were with Waldenbooks/Borders in Field Management, selling directly to readers.

Noelle Chew is the Marketing Director of Fiction with Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She has been in publishing for the past 11 years, first as a publicist and now in advertising. She encourages you to check out the blog bethanyfiction.com for more information on BHP titles.

 

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Exciting updates on our MMBS: scholarship assistance, prizes, and more!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MMBS logoBinc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email Linda-Marie with your requests.

But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series.

  • SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
  • SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.

We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.

View our full MMBS schedule and register.

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Galleys and Giveaways: Asperfell

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 17, 2020
Asperfell

Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
Uproar Books, Feb. 18, 2020
trade paperback, $18.50
ISBN: 9781949671063

"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." -Publishers Weekly

Just released this week, ASPERFELL is a lavishly written gothic fantasy for YA & New Adult readers who love Jane Austen but wish she’d dabbled in blood magic.

Briony, a sharp-tongued child of privilege, grew up exploring the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate. When she’s arrested and sentenced to death for magic she never knew she possessed, Briony chooses to flee into the otherworldly fortress of Asperfell, where the true heir to the throne is held prisoner. But life in Asperfell is nothing like she expected, and the prince has no interest in rescue. Now, Briony must survive caged madmen and demented spirits if she hopes to convince the prince to escape back home in time to stop a civil war.

For a free review copy of ASPERFELL in paperback or ebook, please email Rick Lewis at rick@uproarbooks.com. Paperbacks are limited to the first 50 requests. For ebooks, please specify .epub or .mobi.

“Winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies.” -Publishers Weekly

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Don't Get Left Out!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020

Has your store created merchandise that could be sold in other stores? Unique wares, art, etc? List it on Maker Marketplace

ABA bookstore member booksellers are invited to apply now for the 2020 BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, which is designed to make it possible for indie booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer.

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Meet The Awesome Foundation

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020
the awesone foundation

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Got an awesome idea? Apply for a grant!

Read more about them in The New York Times, BBC, WGBH, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Boston Globe or visit their FAQ page.

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Professional Bookseller Certification

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020
bookseller certification by NAIBA

Professional Bookseller Certification powered by NAIBA

Anyone interested in being an instructor for any of the modules in the Professional Bookseller Certification program should fill out this form. If you have any forms, documents or ideas that would help this program, please email NAIBA.

Registration for booksellers interested in certification will begin later this year as modules are completed.

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The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, February 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Southern Book Prize Winner

The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in Southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Designed to honor great Southern voices, The Southern Book Prize is awarded to books published in the previous year that are Southern in nature – either by a Southern author, or set in the South, or both.

Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners were selected from a list of finalists from ballots submitted by over 1000 Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores.  The chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?”

2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

FICTION

The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler
Hub City Press, 9781938235481
“A grand, dark, mysterious historical novel filled with dark power and ambivalence, The Magnetic Girl captures a time and place, not only in the life of a teenage girl but in our country as well. Filled with the shifting longings of adolescence against a vaudeville backdrop, Handler's novel explores the dangerous journey from childhood to adulthood when our budding powers both enthrall and terrify us.” – Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC

NONFICTION

Tell Me A Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy
William Morrow, 9780062905628

“Cassandra King Conroy tells a compelling story of her courtship and marriage to Pat Conroy. As you can imagine, being with him was never boring, and Cassandra has the stories to prove it. Filled with laughter as well as tears, you will be carried through the ups and downs of Pat's life like the tidal current of Pat's beloved Battery Creek outside his Beaufort home. As hard as it is to read about Pat's sickness and death, Cassandra writes about it with compassion and love. Her words from the heart are truly beautiful.” – Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

CHILDREN’S

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books, 9781250144546

“Chokshi's dazzling world of alchemy and occult is unforgettable and I will dream of golden bees and gilded ballrooms until the sequel comes out. Astonishingly beautiful and fantastically imagined.”  – Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS

For more information about the Southern Book Prize:
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

 

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2020 SIBA Discovery Show Flash Sale: 45% Table Rentals Through Feb. 14

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 13, 2020
#SIBA20

The 2020 SIBA Discovery Show is now open for registrations!

Happy Valentine's Day to SIBA's Publisher and Vendor partners! #SIBA20, the 2020 SIBA Discovery Show, is now open for registrations. As a Valentine's gift to SIBA's beloved exhibitors, all prepaid table rentals are 45% off through Valentine's Day (no extensions!):

Register here | Use Promo Code LUV45

Exhibitor information | Author Submission Guidelines & Glossary of Events

Registration is also open for booksellers and show attendees. Financial assistance is available. Visit https://sibaweb.com/page/tradeshow and click on "Scholarships/Financial Aid"

Important! The Earlybird Registration Deadline for attendees is August 15, 2020. Onsite pricing and Late fees go into effect after the 15th.

#SIBA20 | Register

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March Madness at Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro on Sunday, March 15!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

story & songJoin us for our March Madness event at Story & Song in Fernandina Beach, FL on Sunday, March 15 from 10-3PM. The day begins with the educational session "Bookstore Make-Over: Low-cost and no cost ways to freshen and update your space" presented by Donna Paz Kaufman, co-owner of Story & Song with Mark Kaufman. Session Description: Lift up your store's look for the enjoyment of customers, staff, and you. During this workshop you'll see photos of creative bookstore design and merchandising ideas from bookshops around the world. Bring a diagram of your space with fixtures located. We'll talk about circulation, sight lines, focal point displays, and adding your "Wow" factor to give new energy to your bookstore.

From noon to 1PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with a visiting author, and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

Ms. Kaufman founded The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates in 1992, which has provided training and consulting to those with a dream of owning and operating a sustainable independent bookstores. Services include store design and makeovers, operating efficiencies, marketing and staffing support, and more.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. These events are free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations.

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March Madness at Cavalier House Books on March 17!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, LA on March 17 from 10-3PM. From 10 AM-noon, Cavalier House Books co-owner and SIBA Board member John Cavalier will present "Emergency Preparedness: Preparing for Natural Disasters, Man-made Events, and Whoopsie Daisies." Session description: You've heard it all before ..."By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" ... But you still haven't put a plan in place! Big things can happen and little actions can mean the difference between persevering and closing up shop. What threats can affect your store? Your community? Our Industry? We'll talk generally and specifically about each of these and we'll walk away with a list of concrete steps you can take to build resiliency for your store's future and daily operations.

From noon to 1PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with a visiting author, and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. These events are free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations.

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Circle of Sites now available to Bookshop.org Stores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 6, 2020
Bookshop.org

Bookshop.org, the new online bookselling platform designed to support independent bookstores, officially launched at the end of January. The platform offers a solution to stores with no or limited e-commerce, and creates a feasible affiliate alternative to Amazon for book-oriented websites.

One of the most common questions at the Bookshop.org webinar SIBA hosted in December was whether or not Bookshop would work with SIBA's own banner-for-dues program, Circle of Sites. SIBA has worked with Bookshop.org to make the banner-for-dues program compatible with Bookshop. As of February 1, stores using bookshop.org can receive free SIBA membership by participating in the program.

What is Circle of Sites?

Also known as "the banner-for-dues program," COS allows SIBA to place a banner on bookstore websites. The banner is controlled by SIBA and paid for by publisher advertising partners. Advertised books are always in print and available at industry standard terms. The banner always clicks through to the hosting store's own e-commerce for purchase. As long as the banner is active, the bookstore's SIBA membership is considered current.

How does Circle of Sites work with Bookshop.org?

One of the requirements of COS is that browsers can click on the banner to buy the book. If a store is using bookshop.org for their e-commerce, then the banner will click through to bookshop.org using their affiliate account, and the sale will be credited to the store.

Bookshop.org is a viable option for stores that want to participate in Circle of Sites and either have no e-commerce (such as stores left without an alternative when Baker & Taylor discontinued My Books and More), or have limited e-commerce -- stores using Square or other shopping cart platforms not linked to a books in print database.

How do you sign up?

1) Sign up to be a Bookshop.org affiliate. Regular affiliates earn 10% of any sales they generate. Bookstore affiliates earn 25%. Your store must be a member of the ABA to be a Bookstore affiliate. To sign up, contact Sarah High at sarah.high@bookshop.org

Bookstore One Sheet | Become a Bookshop Affiliate

2) Once you have your affiliate account, contact Nicki Leone at nicki@sibaweb.com for your banner. You will need to have your Bookshop affiliate ID available. SIBA will generate banner code specific to your store, which you can add to your website.

Once these two steps are done, you are effectively a member of SIBA forever!

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Controversy as Opportunity: SIBA Booksellers Respond to American Dirt

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

When American Dirt went from one of the most anticipated novels of the year to one of the most controversial, SIBA reached out to booksellers to find out how the backlash against the book had affected their own plans for promoting the book.

Most have viewed the controversy as an opportunity for discussion and raising awareness. "I have been discussing with customers the controversy of the book, and how the publishing industry has overlooked authors #OwnVoices," said Deanna Bailey of Story on the Square in McDonough, GA. "Criticisms are valid, and I'm happy to listen to them," said Angel Schroeder of Sunrise Books in High Point, NC. "Any book that generates discussion and debate is welcome in the bookstore," said Laura Taylor of Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL.

Store owners also all responded that they had talked with their staff about how to respond to customers who might challenge the book. "Don't shy away and be open to learning from the customers as well," advises Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. "We try to not "take the bait" when someone wants to argue and instead explain our commitment to free speech and that we carry books that sell, although we try out books from all viewpoints (this usually comes into play when we get beaten up for not carrying books by folks coming from one part of the political spectrum, our town tends to lean heavily one way) We also have the First Amendment Emergency posted so all staff are reminded that we are committed to defending the First Amendment."

And because booksellers are a group that believes reading more about an issue can only help, many of them expanded their store displays to include other books about immigration, discrimination, and Latinx and Mexican culture, like Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC:

American Dirt Display at Scuppernong Books

Charis Books & More, the feminist bookstore in Atlanta, anticipated the controversy and posted this to their social media followers after Oprah selected American Dirt for her book club, along with, naturally, a suggested reading list:

Today Oprah Winfrey chose American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins as her newest book club pick. Jeanine Cummins identifies as a white woman with a Puerto Rican grandmother. American Dirt, a novel about immigration and the crisis at the Mexico and U.S. border has received an enormous amount of publishing industry praise and buy-in. And a significant amount of concern, sadness, and anger from Mexican-American and Latinx authors who feel harmed by the book's broad portrayal of Mexican culture. We believe it is important to acknowledge the opportunity costs to Mexican-American writers whose works do not receive the fiscal or political support that American Dirt is receiving. #OwnVoices is a social media movement designed to focus support on authors who are writing books from within their own cultures, not because it is wrong to imagine a world outside your own experience but because when white writers are elevated for telling the stories of people of color it is writers of color who often fail to receive financial and political support to publish their own stories.

Today we invite you to explore these #OwnVoices authors whose books are currently on our shelves (along with many others). Thank you to Myriam Gurba for her leadership in this discussion. #FeministBookstore

Charis Books & More Suggested Reading List:

1. Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez
2. Mean by Myriam Gurba
3. Una casa propia Historias de mi vida by Sandra Cisneros
4. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
6. Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
7. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa
8. The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel by Melissa Rivero
9. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir by Cherríe Moraga
10. Dominicana by Angie Cruz

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Apply for a 2020 Bookselling Without Borders Fellowship!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 3, 2020

Booksellers Without BordersFounded in 2016, BWB awards fellowships to American booksellers to attend international book fairs, where they meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other publishing professionals; connect with booksellers and with bookseller trade associations from around the world; speak on and attend panels; and visit local bookstores, distributors, cultural agencies, and literary arts organizations.

Booksellers return better connected, better informed, more aware of the international book panorama, and better equipped to put international and diverse literatures into the hands of readers.

Bookselling Without Borders also offers a residency program that allows US booksellers to spend an extended period working at bookstores abroad and thus to take a deeper dive into a foreign book market.

BWB is assembling a directory of key international contacts and a database of resources curated directly by BWB alumni that aims to support the efforts of all booksellers—whether they are fellowship recipients or not—to bring more readers to international and diverse books.

Application period closes mid-February. Apply here.

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March Madness at Avid Bookshop on Thursday, March 19!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 3, 2020

Avid Bookshop

Join us for our March Madness event at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA on Thursday, March 19 from 10-3PM. The day begins with the educational session "PR and Messaging: Dealing with big changes or challenges to the business with honesty and positivity." In this session, Avid Bookshop leaders Janet Geddis, Rachel Watkins, and Luis Correa will speak about how they've communicated with customers and staff about big changes and challenges in their business over the years. "How do you express vulnerability without coming across as the weak underdog? How do you keep up morale and enthusiasm while ensuring that your staff and supporters understand the precariousness of running an independent bookstore in 2020? Every business will undergo changes for sustainability and continued growth. However, we have found that how these changes are communicated to your customers are almost as important as the changes themselves."

Enjoy lunch with representatives from the American Booksellers Association. The afternoon includes a store tour and networking opportunities and discussion.

Avid presenters:

Janet Geddis: owner/founder, adult buyer, marketing and promotion

Luis Correa: full time bookseller, operations manager, book club moderator

Rachel Watkins: operations & events director, personnel support/HR, marketing and promotion

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Find Waldo Local 2020 Deadline is March 1

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 3, 2020

Find Waldo Local 2020

Now in its ninth year, Find Waldo Local is a community-wide Shop Local scavenger hunt hosted by ABA-member bookstores with participation from dozens and dozens of merchants in their towns. In July 2020, Waldospotters, young and old, are eligible for prizes throughout the month. The hunt culminates with a celebratory party held at your store.

Read more details in the brochure

Register your store. Deadline is March 1

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