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March Madness at Starline Books on March 16! (CANCELLED)

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Starline Books in Chattanooga, TN on March 16 from 10-3PM! From 10 AM-noon, owner Star Lowe and bookseller Nora Ketron will present Curating and Handselling A Selection of Books & Gifts Your Community Will Love. Session description: In the age of algorithm-driven recommendations and content curation it can be more meaningful than ever to personally recommend a book that made an impact on you, or guide shoppers face-to-face through your store's selection. We'll spend some time talking about how we curate for our shelves and hand sell books that are personally loved by our booksellers, satisfy the interests of our regular patrons, and promote the literature and ideas that are important to us. It's more art than science, but when you get it right, you can have a patron for life!

Noon-1PM: Author Luncheon with Ashley Blooms, author of Every Bone a Prayer. Blooms' debut novel, which is set in Appalachia, has been called "The Lovely Bones meets Where the Crawdads Sing." Ashley Blooms has published short fiction in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Shimmer, among others, and her essay 'Fire in My Bones' appeared in The Oxford American. Ashley is a graduate of the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Tin House Winter Workshop and received her MFA as a John and Renee Grisham Fellow from the University of Mississippi. She was raised in Cutshin, Kentucky, and now lives in Berea, Kentucky.

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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What’s on Lady Banks’ Bookshelf in February?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, January 30, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers 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 customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers 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!

February titles:

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner
Broken Faith by Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr
Step into the Circle edited by Amy Greene and Trent Thompson
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
Hillbilly Hustle by Wesley Browne
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland

Edelweiss collection of February Lady Banks Bookshelf titles

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Dinner with Binc: In honor of Wanda Jewell

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Responding to the American Dirt Controversy: What are your strategies?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

One of the most anticipated novels of the year has quickly become one of the most controversial. American Dirt received universally enthusiastic reviews from SIBA booksellers pre-publication.  Phrases like "Everyone needs to read this book" and "this is the most important book of the year" were common.

But the rising push back against the book  from the Latinx community--and others-- post-publication has caused some stores to re-evaluate their approach to promoting the book.  SIBA would like to hear what strategies stores have in place for books that have become controversial or generated a similar push back within their own communities.

We will share  your answers with SIBA booksellers if you allow us to.

Click here for our survey

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March Madness at Bookish on March 18!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

bookishJoin us for our March Madness event at Bookish in Fort Smith, AR on March 18, 10-3 PM! From 10 AM-noon, owners Jennifer Battles and Sara Putnam will present: From Teachers to Booksellers, Bookish co-owners share their best tips on building sales.

Session description: Jennifer and Sara are high school English teachers turned bookstore owners who have been selling books to reluctant teen readers for years. The transition to selling books for a living just made sense, so in 2018 they decided to open Fort Smith, Arkansas's only independent bookstore. Jen and Sara will share what they've learned in the past 18 months about handselling to customers along with some interesting ways they've invited folks into their store.

Noon-1:00 PM: Author Luncheon. Lunch is free to attendees.

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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March Madness at Fiction Addiction on March 16!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2019

jill hendrixJoin us for our March Madness event at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC on March 16 from 10-3 PM.

 The day begins with the educational session Creating Your Ideal Week: Time-Management Practices for Booksellers. Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, Past President of SIBA, and now a Bookstore Business Coach, will walk you through exercises to help tame your overwhelm, increase your productivity, and make sure you are doing the right things instead of #allthethings.

After the morning presentation, we'll break for an author luncheon with Caroline Cooney, author of Before She Was Helen, a new mystery launching in May 2020. Caroline B. Cooney is the bestselling author of teen suspense, mystery, and romance novels that have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, including The Face on the Milk Carton.

The afternoon session includes a store tour, and time for networking, sharing ongoing concerns, success stories, and more.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. March Madness Bookseller Series events are free to SIBA booksellers and include lunch.

More info about owner Jill Hendrix:

Jill worked briefly in the Editorial Department of St. Martin's Press and then for a series of internet startups in New York City, including Juno Online Services. The startup bug proved contagious and she decided in 2001 to return home and open her own business, Fiction Addiction, which she has managed ever since.

In 2009, she launched the successful Book Your Lunch author event program, which has brought bestselling authors like Elin Hilderbrand and Dorothea Benton Frank to Greenville and introduced readers to debut novelists like Beth Hoffman. She has served as the Treasurer of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and as the president of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. To learn more about Jill's Bookstore Business Coaching services, click here.

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March Madness at Bookmarks on March 13!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, January 27, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC on March 13 from 10-3PM. Bookmarks is offering the education program: Four Part Harmony: Best tips for Authors in Schools, Tracking Your Data, Subscription Clubs, and Planning Tools.

From 10-Noon: Attendees have a choice of two sessions:

Authors In Schools: A Chocolate and Peanut Butter Combination with Ashley Bryan

Author visits can be a daunting experience. But they can also be one of the most meaningful moments of significance for our young readers. Let's discuss what makes them scary, unique, and, most importantly, a successful combination.

No Math Required: Demystifying Data Tracking with Beth Seufer Buss

If you don't know what you're doing well, how do you know what needs improved? Learn how to help your bottom line by tracking store data and take home sample spreadsheets and formulas that you can use to start analyzing your store data.

Noon-1PM: Author Luncheon. Lunch is free to attendees.

From 1-3PM: Attendees have a choice of two sessions:

Sign Me Up: Cultivating Loyalty Through Subscriptions with Jamie Rogers Southern

In this session, we will discuss how you can increase sales, gain repeat customers, and grow publisher relations through subscription clubs. Focusing on details of Bookmarks' two clubs -- Signed First Editions Club and Young Readers Subscription Club -- Jamie will share tips and challenges on how to get a subscription club started and how to turn members into your brand ambassadors.

Help! My To-Do List is Out of Control with Beth Seufer Buss

Learn how to organize all the moving pieces of your bookstore. In this session we'll talk about how and why to develop planning templates, how checklists can keep you and your store organized, and the best tools for taming your to-do list.

More about our presenters:

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director at Bookmarks, a literary nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Before Bookmarks Jamie worked at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL, and for the American Booksellers Association.

Beth Seufer Buss is the General Bookstore Manager at Bookmarks. In between reading romance novels and crunching data, she manages a bookstore team of nine.

Originally a Bookmarks volunteer turned bookseller, Ashley Bryan became Bookmarks' Youth & Schools Coordinator full-time in August. Transitioning into this role full-time has provided more opportunities to expand our youth outreach from Author in Schools to book fairs, Book Build, school book clubs, storytimes, and development of our Teen Advisory Council.

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 Gottwals on March 12!

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

shane gottwalsJoin us for our March Madness event at Gottwals Books in Byron, GA on March 12, 10-3PM! From 10 AM-noon, owner Shane Gottwals will present: Managing Growth: Think Bigger About Your Business. Session description: How do you grow a business in 2020? What's more, how can you grow a book business in 2020? Join Shane to discuss some principles for maximizing payroll labor, position yourself for long-term rental/real estate benefit, determine the feasibility of warehousing/storage, know when it's time for expansion (or contraction), and a variety of other topics.

Noon-1:00 PM: Author Luncheon. Lunch is free to attendees.

The afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

Shane Gottwals was born and raised in Macon, GA. He earned a B.A. in English from Mercer University, spending a portion of his college years at Oxford University in England. He met his wife, Abbey, at Mercer. They have four children and live in Warner Robins. In 2007, the couple opened Gottwals Books which has become one of the largest used & new bookstore chains in the United States. He is frequently asked to speak at book industry conferences, and he is a notable go-to for bookstore consulting. He currently serves on the boards of Covenant Care Adoption Services, Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central Fellowship Christian Academy, and Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

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 Page & Palette on March 10!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, January 17, 2020
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Join us for our March Madness event at Page & Palette in Fairhope, Alabama on March 10 from 10-3PM. The day begins with the educational session: 10 Best Secrets to Handselling, Upselling and More. Inspired by the question, "How far are you willing to go to develop a loyal customer base?" booksellers Stephanie Crowe, Leigh Buckley, and Stacy Sheehan-Wilson will share practical tips on how they've done it so successfully at Page & Palette.

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.

More on our presenters:

Stephanie Crowe: Page and Palette has been my second career. I have worked for 11 years. I began in our Childrens Department and over time became Event Manager and Buyer. I served on the SIBA board from 2016 to 2018.

Leigh Buckley: Being a bookseller at Page & Palette is living out my dream. Beyond being surrounded by books, the best part about my job is meeting the most diverse and wonderful people who come through our doors. They may be locals that visit daily, or those just wandering in, but meeting, hand-selling, and also learning from them is what I enjoy the most.

Stacy Sheehan-Wilson: When not at Page & Palette or reading, I tell people's stories through upcycling their clothing and photos into pillows or quilts and help people work through their grief by doing the same. The vision is to grow my cottage industry into a national movement that improves the lives of seniors and their loved ones.

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 on March 10 at Horton’s Books & Gifts!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, January 17, 2020

horton's booksJoin us for our March Madness event at Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA from 10-3PM on March 10. The day begins with the educational session: Pop-ups at Performance Venues. Horton's Dorothy Pittman and Tim Chapman, Director of the Center for the Arts, will discuss how they've been partnering successfully on events.

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.

Georgia's oldest bookstore, Horton's Books & Gifts has been in business since 1891. Founded by a former school teacher, N. A. Horton's offered school song and miscellaneous books as well as Bibles, sheet music, stationery, wrapping paper, and paper bags. He advertised, "I sell for cash, but will take eggs or chicken for school books when parties can't pay the money." Antique shelves and displays showcase new books and gift items while store cats Mayah, Poe, and Dante are always on hand to help customers choose the right book or gift.

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 on March 11 at Page 158 Books!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, January 17, 2020
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Join us for our March Madness event at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC on March 11, 10-3PM! From 10 AM-noon, Suzanne Lucy will present "A spirited approach to event programming. Expand your offerings, create community, and increase profits with a book bar."

Suzanne shares about her store, "Part of our mission at Page 158 Books is to get as many people reading as possible, and one of the ways we do that is by making our store a destination. We offer coffee, tea, soda, and as of last year we have started selling beer and wine. Our book club meetings have always been full of intelligent and spirited discussions, now they are fueled further by liquid courage that brings out even the most reticent member. Adding beer and wine also allowed us to transform our average author event into an intimate occasion that makes customers think, "Date night?" A night on the town can now begin with books, as well as booze.

From a business perspective, this is an incredibly safe addition to your store that won't detract from selling books; it's an accessory. The profit margins are incredibly generous, even taking into account incidental costs; there aren't a lot of books or sidelines you can sell for the amount that can be marked up. We outprice any restaurant or bar in the area because of this, which incentivizes stopping at our store before going out to eat.

Before, we had established ourselves as a community hub; we have embiggened that role by providing alcohol. We're not just a place where you buy books, we're a place where you can hang out and have a good time. This isn't your grandmother's bookstore, this is the place to be. Lit happens here."

Lunch with members of the American Booksellers Association. Topic TBA

Gwyn Ridenhour of Matchbook Marketing will present a preview of the Shop South program at 2:30 PM. The Shop South program will incorporate Okra Pick, Circle of Sites, Southern Book Prize, Conroy Legacy titles and more into bookstore websites and, where possible, link them to online sales pages. Matchbook is a marketing firm dedicated solely to independent bookstores, and currently works with 65 stores around the country to provide print materials and newsletters, logo and branding creation, website design, and email management. For more information, go to www.WeLoveBooksellers.com.

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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B3! Webinar: Libro.fm Programming to Support Your Online Store

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, January 17, 2020

mark pearsonJoin us on Wednesday, March 25 at 2PM EST for our B3! Webinar: Libro.fm Programming to Support Your Online StoreStephanie Ballien and Mark Pearson of Libro.fm will provide helpful information about driving audiobook sales and growing your online presence with the aid of authors, influencers, Bookstore Link, and more. Q & A will follow their presentation. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

i link to local bookstoresClick here for more info on Bookstore Link.

About our Presenters:

Mark Pearson is the CEO and co-founder of Libro.fm, the digital audiobook platform for more than 900 independent bookstores. He lives in Seattle where he enjoys running in the rain, playing tennis when the sun makes an appearance, over and undercooking food, and reading The New York Times on paper.

Stephanie Ballien is the Director of Marketing at Libro.fm. 

Tags:  Bookstore Link  Covid-19  libro.fm  Mark Pearson 

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Professional Bookselling Certification powered by NAIBA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

bookselling certification logoThe New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) has taken on the task of creating a formal certification program for the bookselling industry. "For years, booksellers across the country have been asking for a "career path" in bookselling. I believe that NAIBA's Professional Bookselling Certification will provide an important first step along this path," says Bill Reilly, co-owner, the river's end bookstore, and NAIBA Board President.

This is a nation-wide program, with NAIBA spearheading the creation, execution and oversight. NAIBA will work with the American Booksellers Association and the other regional booksellers' associations on every aspect of the program. The Professional Bookselling Certification program will consist of five modules. The modules include: Basic Bookselling, Staff & Human Resources, Store & Operations Management, Event Management, and Inventory Management. Upon completion of each module, a bookseller will receive certification in that topic. When a bookseller completes all five modules, they will receive the designation of Certified Professional Bookseller.

There is also a stand-alone module, Career Bookseller Fast Track, for seasoned booksellers, which will encompass the information in the individual modules. Upon completion of the Fast Track, a bookseller will receive the designation of Certified Professional Bookseller.

Each course will have a Dean, multiple instructors, assessment tools, exercises and homework, and required online and in-person courses. In-person instruction will take place at existing regional and national conferences. NAIBA plans to roll out the Event Management module in 2020, followed by the Career Bookseller Fast Track module. There will be course fees with each module, along with available scholarships.

"I've been in the industry for almost 40 years, and professionalism and training have always been a

driving force behind national and regional programs," said Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA. "People have been asking for some recognition for bookselling skills, and now NAIBA will make it happen."

Any bookseller interested in becoming an instructor in any of the modules is welcome to email Eileen Dengler at naibaeileen@gmail.com.

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New "Shop South” Opportunity for SIBA Members!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, January 13, 2020

matchbook marketingGwyn Ridenhour of Matchbook Marketing is designing a new collaborative project between Matchbook and SIBA to promote SIBA book prize winners. The Shop South program will incorporate these book prize promotions into bookstore websites, and where possible, link them to online sales pages. Matchbook is a marketing firm dedicated solely to independent bookstores, and currently works with 65 stores around the country to provide print materials and newsletters, logo and branding creation, website design, and email management. For more information, go to www.WeLoveBooksellers.com

Gwyn will present a preview of the Shop South program at the following March Madness Bookseller Events:

If you'd like to attend one of these events, please register here.

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March Madness at Square Books on March 11!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, January 13, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Square Books in Oxford, MS on March 11, 10-3PM! From 10 AM-noon, Lyn Roberts will present Branding and Marketing Your Store. Session description: Promote your store with tribal marketing by capitalizing on your unique geography and identity through branded merchandise. Lyn Roberts is the General Manager of Square Books, four bookstores on five floors in three buildings on the historic square in Oxford, Mississippi, where she has worked since 1988.

Noon-1 PM: Author Luncheon. Lunch is free to attendees.

The afternoon will include a tour of the Square Books stores, 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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Go Greener in 2020: SIBA stores stepping up with green initiatives

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

bobby bradley recyclingAccording to Trendwatching, a company that analyzes trends, "Green Pressure" is one of the top trends of 2020. "When eco-alternatives are as available, affordable and effective . . . there's no reason not to choose them. Eco-consumption becomes less about the status of opting in, and more about the shame of opting out. Throw in Extinction Rebellion, the global Strike for Climate movement, and Greta, and you have a tipping point in awareness also fueling this crucial shift."

Greener business practices aren't just about responding to customer pressure to be more environmentally aware, it's also better for the planet and can be money-saving for businesses. Here are some green practices already happening at member stores.

"We made the decision just this morning to transition to LED, and away from fluorescent lighting."–George Williams of MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

"We re-use a lot of boxes and packaging material; right now my closet is filled with bags of bubble wrap waiting to be used during returns."–Sarah Pishko, Prince Books, Norfolk, VA

"One thing we've been doing that is really useful is taking hard to recycle materials like packing material to the recycling center instead of just throwing it away. Bobby Bradley (pictured) has really been the impetus behind that, and seeing how much bubble wrap we recycle in a week feels significant. The cafe has continued adding more compostable "plastic" and paper products for all of our single-use and to-go items. Even our mesh tea bags are made of corn and fully compostable!"–Justin Souther and Hannah Campbell, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

"We use paper bags and ask customers if they want a bag, so we don't give them automatically. We've never used plastic bags. We reuse all the cardboard boxes and packing that we can for outgoing shipping to customers, and to publishers for returns. Anything that is not reused is recycled. We recycle newspapers, plastic bottles, cans, mixed paper and anything that we have recycling facilities here for. (Unfortunately no glass facilities here). In our cafe we use real glasses and coffee mugs and only give to-go cups when requested. We do not sell drinks in plastic bottles. If someone wants water, we offer tap water for free or they can buy a boxed water (which we think is expensive---that's the point---but people still buy it). Whenever we change a lightbulb, we switch to LED. We hope to transition to LED overall soon. We keep the thermostat at 68 in winter and 78 in the summer and use ceiling fans. This is a bit warm in the summer for some folks, but hard for me to justify keeping bank temps." –Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS

"We reuse pretty much everything. Boxes, packing material, mailers; honestly I even keep paper clips to reuse. Same with old or damaged books. If I can reuse or repurpose it I will - mostly, we do this by passing books along to teachers who use them for crafting or blackout poetry. We have slowly but surely been replacing our fluorescent lights. As the fluorescents around the shop go out we replace with LED. We've made it through about two thirds of the lights and are seeing savings in our electric bill as well. We also replaced two A/C units with more efficient ones. Our electricity bill was down by 25% last year over the previous year so we are seeing a financial impact.

We don't offer any incentives to customers who bring in their own bag but we do try to nudge individuals away from the single use bags, mostly by asking if they "need" a bag rather than assuming that they do. Using the word "need" is quite key here. When you ask if someone 'needs' a bag they often realize that they do not; if you ask if they would 'like' a bag, they nearly always would. We also offer paper rather than plastic bags. We do have plastic bags, but use them infrequently. And boxes are always available for those purchasing many books.

We don't incentivize employees walking to work as they all live in the next town (we are rural-suburban). However, being able to walk to work was a big factor in the purchase of our own home. We also keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge - some people will not drink it because the water comes from the tap, but it has been pretty effective in keeping employees from bringing in single use water bottles. Our community is not very environmentally minded so these kinds of changes are not championed. Our thinking is that we can model good behaviors and hope for the best." –Michelle Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

"Instead of bottled water, we offer authors and other guests a glass and a pitcher of cold water. We keep a donation jar for local non-profits at each register, and add a nickel whenever a customer chooses not to use one of our QRB bags. We've been doing that for about 2 1/2 years, and customers tend to donate a lot of their change, too. We place recycling cans near all workspaces, including the register and break rooms." –Lisa Poole and Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Before retiring, I ran chemical plants, and I am an engineer so I try to stay up on these areas. LED lighting is great, just remember to check the color as a lot of it is very white. I like 4000 to 5000k, but I believe 3500k is recommended for book stores. LED has a good return on investment. Solar on its own is just not worth the investment. Check your local governments and utility for incentives. Some places have incentives that can make solar almost worth doing. We have been offering bags and about 10% don't want one."–Dean Swift, Swift Books, Orangeburg, SC

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March Madness at Oxford Exchange on March 9!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, January 6, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL on March 9 from 10-3PM. From 10 AM-noon, Bookstore & Programming Director Laura Taylor will present “Independent Bookstore Day- and a Bookstore Passport Program.” Session description: The collaboration between Independent Bookstores is our greatest weapon against big box stores. Join other booksellers to brainstorm and put into place an innovative regional bookstore passport program which would engage and inspire our local customers to seek out Independent Bookstores wherever they are. All discussions about Independent Bookstore Day and ways to feed and support your local bookstores will be encouraged!  


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.


Laura Taylor is going on her 7th year at Oxford Exchange and her 6th year running the buying and programming of the Bookstore.  She has a varied background as a retail small business owner in Asia, as well as several years as a Chef. Oxford Exchange is a unique owner operated Restaurant, Shop, Bookstore, Private Event Space and Design Studio.    


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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2020 Winter Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Updated: Monday, December 30, 2019
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For immediate release: January 1, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Winter Okra Picks

(Asheville, NC) Southern independent booksellers have selected thirteen titles for their 2020 Winter Okra Picks, their seasonal list of great forthcoming Southern books. The Winter Okra Picks publish in January, February, and March and feature southern voices, southern stories, and southern writers. Each and every one of them also has a cadre of southern bookseller champions, eager to place these books into the hands of adventurous readers.

Southern independent bookstores – we grow good books!
For more information visit: https://authorsroundthesouth.com/okra


Hill Women by Cassie Chambers
Ballantine Books, January, 2020

“An honest narrative about the challenges of life in one of the poorest regions of the country while giving voices to the women who lifted up her life.” –Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC


Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illus.)
Holiday House, January, 2020

“How James Ransome hasn't been awarded a Caldecott yet is beyond me.” –Elese Stutts, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC


Wilmington's Lie by David Zucchino
Atlantic Monthly Press, January, 2020

“This is truly a book to shake your world view.” –Rosemary Pugliese, Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, NC


Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press, January, 2020

“A wonderfully nuanced novel with two engrossing, engaging heroines.” – Tracie Harris, The Book House, Mableton, GA


Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan, Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Illus.)
Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, January, 2020

“Just Like a Mama is the perfect way to honor everyone who fills the gap when Mama cannot always be there.” –Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Remembrance by Rita Woods
Forge Books, January, 2020

“Rita Woods has blended together a story that is both historically and currently relevant, told across three timelines with four different protagonists, all women of color. This is an exciting and important book!” –Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA


The Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg
Hachette Books, January, 2020

“Strong as a traditional true-crime recounting of murder, the investigation and subsequent trial…an allegory for the on-going challenges faced in the rough [Appalachian] landscape.” – Doloris Vest, Book No Further, Roanoke, VA


My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
Tin House Books, February, 2020

“A mix of memoir and biography. Anyone can paint a broad outline of a writer's life, but Shapland reveals Carson McCullers in a fresh way.” –Sissy Gardner, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN


Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell
Simon & Schuster, February, 2020

“It reads like a novel and is essential reading for southerners.” –Lia Lent, Wordsworth Books, Little Rock, AR


The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson
MCD x FSG Originals, February, 2020

“Like a johnboat ride through the depths and darkness of the subconscious, under the canopy of the bayou.” –Stuart McCommon, novel., Memphis, TN


Bells for Eli by Susan Beckham Zurenda
Mercer University Press, March, 2020

“Like visiting with a long-lost friend over a cup of tea.” – Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC


The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee
Tin House Books, March, 2020

“A fairly thorough search for fairness and cab fare in the world that barely leaves the car or Mississippi. I laughed and (sadly) related.” – Ian McCord, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA


A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin's Press, March, 2020

“A blend of Romeo and Juliet with Hatfield and McCoy, set in a 'nice' contemporary American neighborhood where 'these things shouldn't happen.' A heart-breaking, eye-opening must-read!” – Cathy Graham, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

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Let's Meet at Winter Institute!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 30, 2019

Dear Booksellers and Industry Friends,

 

Wanda and I will be attending the ABA’s Winter Institute and would love to hear how you’re doing, listen to concerns you may have that we can address, and gather your ideas for 2020 programming. We’re all ears! 

 

Let’s schedule a meeting time, grab some comfy seats at NAIBA's on-site Hospitality Suite, and catch up.  Please email me to set up an appointment.


Sincerely,

Linda-Marie Barrett

Assistant Executive Director of SIBA


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What’s on Lady Banks’ Bookshelf in January?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 30, 2019

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers 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 customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers 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!

 

January’s Titles:

Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison

The Shaman of Turtle Valley by Cliff Garstang

A Dredging in Swann by Tim Garvin

2020 Campaign Coloring Book by Kate Salley Palmer

Remembrance by Rita Woods

Wilmington's Lie by David Zucchino

Edelweiss Collection


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