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Announcing the 2020 Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Drumroll, please! It's time to announce the 2020 Summer Okra Picks! These titles, selected by SIBA booksellers, are either set in the South and/or written by an author based in the South. They're the new books SIBA booksellers are most excited to hand sell this season. We love this list and we hope you do, too!  Create displays, promote pre-orders, and check them out for yourself.  Ingram is offering an extra 2% discount ( use the "SR" promo code) on these titles, as part of their Summer Reads promotion. If you aren't sure how to enter the code, contact Marsha Wood at Marsha.Wood@ingramcontent.com.

The 2020 Summer Okra Picks:

  • Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, Flatiron Books
  • After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske, Jonathan Fenske (Illustrated by), Penguin Workshop
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha, Tor Books
  • Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, Ecco
  • Guillotine by Eduardo C. Corral, Graywolf Press
  • The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi, Emily P. Freeman (Foreword by), WaterBrook
  • Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park, Avon
  • When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • RESPECT by Carole Boston Weatherford, Frank Morrison (Illustrated by), Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrated by), Nancy Paulsen Books
  • The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant, Simon & Schuster
  • Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith, Brian "Smitty" Smith (Illustrated by), HarperAlley
  • The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh, G.P. Putnam's Sons

Edelweiss collection of titles

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More info at Authors 'Round the South

Blacktop WastelandAfter SquidnightDeal With the DevilMemorial DriveGuillotineThe Lazy Genius WayLoathe at First SightWhen These Mountains BurnRESPECTI Am Every Good ThingThe Deepest South of AllPea, Bee, & Jay #1The Big Door Prize

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2020 Spring Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

With so many people now staying at home, good books are more essential than ever. Southern independent booksellers have selected thirteen titles for their 2020 Spring Okra Picks, their seasonal list of great forthcoming Southern books. The Spring Okra Picks publish in April, May, and June 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 share their enthusiasm with other readers.  Visit https://authorsroundthesouth.com/okra to read more, and see a sneak peak of the first chapters of some of the forthcoming books.

Southern independent bookstores: we grow good books!

The 2020 Spring Okra Picks

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Simon the FiddlerThe Prettiest StarThe Coyotes of Carthage

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Quirk Books, April, 2020

"I flew through this book! It was a great depiction of Southern housewives in the 90's. The mixture of quirkiness, horror, and Hendrix's unique take on vampires made it hard to put down."
~ Amanda Bradley, Blytheville Book Company, Blytheville, AR

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
William Morrow, April, 2020

"Like her splendid earlier novel, News of the World, Paulette Jiles' Simon the Fiddler is set in a post-Civil War Texas. I was instantly charmed by this beguiling tale, equal parts adventure yarn, love story, and candid chronicle of life after great conflict."
~ Clara Boza, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels
Hub City Press, April, 2020

"Told with empathy and heart, as well as a pitch-perfect sense of time and place, The Prettiest Star is a deeply affecting story about what it means to understand each other and where we come from, even when our lives have taken us light years away."
~ Ashley Warlick, M. Judson Booksellers and Storytellers, Greenville, SC

The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright
Ecco, April, 2020

"Dark humor and dark money make for a compelling combination and Dre Ross may be the most sympathetic villain around. A cautionary tale for our times full of heart and dire warnings of how politics can go wrong."
~ Jan Blodgett, Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Blue Marlin Feels Like FallingBefore She Was HelenLobizona

Blue Marlin by Lee Smith
Blair, April, 2020

"Lee Smith is a remarkable voice and someone you hope to spend an afternoon with. Her sense of humor and attention to detail make this quick read a delight. How would you feel when your parents try to take you away on a 'we have to patch up the family' trip? You can sense the tension and laugh out loud at the lens of Jenny's point of view."
~ Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books, April, 2020

"Diana is one of my top five favorite book characters of all time: she's witty, she's got a spine of steel, and she's from a social class that tends to be glossed over in women's fiction. I loved how heartwarming this book was. I say this about all of Kristy's books, but it genuinely made me laugh out loud and tear up, too!"
~ Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney
Poisoned Pen Press, May, 2020

"If you read Caroline B. Cooney back in the day like I did, you will love this new one. No one is who they seem to be. Cooney keeps you on the edge of your seat as the narrative flashes between the main character and her past, describing how she evades an old stalker to reclaim her life. Cooney reminds the fans why she's been a huge name in thriller fiction for decades."
~ Andrea Richardson, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Lobizona by Romina Garber
Wednesday Books, May, 2020

"This is not your typical werewolf book. Think more Harry Potter meets Argentinian folklore meets the hope/terror of people coming to the US to start a better life. The world-building in this book is amazing because it's familiar yet so new at the same time."
~ Candace Conner, The Haunted Book Shop, Mobile, AL

Boys of Alabama We Are Not From HereA Taste of SageThe Vanishing HalfThe Unwilling

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson
Liveright, May, 2020

"Genevieve Hudson brings to life a brutal yet spellbinding exploration of teenage masculinity, and the horrors that it is capable of setting loose. In her haunting debut novel - part coming-of-age, part Southern gothic, part queer lit - she highlights the fear and excitement, the love and the loss, that inevitably accompanies being a new face in a new place."
~ Gage Tarlton, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Philomel Books, May, 2020

"I still don't know if I have fully recovered from reading this novel, but I know that I needed to read it. It is both devastating yet compulsively readable; difficult to get through yet necessary. One in the ranks of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and should be put into every American's hands."
~ Olivia Schaffer, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos
Harper Paperbacks, May, 2020

"When you mix delicious food and hate to love romance in a book, you instantly have me hooked. Julien is a celebrated chef who is known for his good looks but bad attitude. Lumi can't stand Julien, but tastes his cooking because it looks so irresistible and she's overcome with intense emotions and has her wondering if she wants more. If you are looking for something fun, tasty, and will test your senses, you will enjoy this book."
~ Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Riverhead Books, June, 2020

"This beautifully paced and thought-provoking novel is one to enjoy slowly, savoring as you consider the big questions this book poses: who are we when we shed the markers that once defined us, how do our pasts inform our choices and desires, and what does it mean to be a family.
~ Megan Bell, Underground Books, Carrollton, GA

The Unwilling by John Hart
St. Martin's Press, June, 2020

"With his signature beautiful writing style, Hart leads readers on a mystery that ends up not being the one you might not have thought it would be, and each twist and reveal brings up new questions to keep the reader engaged in a big way."
~ Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

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2019 Fall Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Fall Okra Picks

Okra Picks(Asheville, NC) –Southern indie booksellers have announced their 2019 Fall Okra Picks, a fresh harvest of great Southern books, Southern voices, and Southern stories hand picked by Southern independent booksellers. The Fall Okra Picks release in October, November, and December, and every book on the list has a Southern bookseller ready to put it in the hands of readers with that most exciting phrase in the English language, “You’ve got to read this!

Southern independent bookstores – we grow good books!

2019 Fall Okra Picks Edelweiss Collection

10 Blind DatesWatershedOrpheus Girl How We Fight For Our LivesThe Giver of StarsLifestyles of Gods and Monsters

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Disney-Hyperion, October 2019

Watershed by Mark Barr
Hub City Press, October 2019

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Soho Teen, October 2019

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Simon & Schuster, October 2019

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books, October 2019

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2019

Holding On to NothingTell Me a StoryNothing to See HereThe Name of All ThingsWatch What You SayThe RevisionersThe Bromance Book Club

Holding on to Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne
Blair, October 2019

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy
William Morrow & Company, October 2019

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Ecco Press, October 2019

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
Tor Books, November 2019

Watch What You Say by George Weinstein
Sfk Press, November 2019

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Counterpoint LLC, November 2019

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Berkley Books, November 2019

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

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Okra Picks Schedule Change

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Okra Picks Deadline Change: Deadline for SUMMER Okra Picks nominations is May 15

Okra PicksBeginning in May, SIBA's Okra Picks program calendar has been updated to give booksellers and publishers more time to promote each season's titles and to allow for active pre-order campaigns for the forthcoming books. Accordingly, nomination deadlines for each season have been pushed back by two weeks. The new Okra Picks schedule is as follows:

  • Spring (April-June titles):

    Nomination Deadline: February 15
    Okra Picks Announced: April 1

  • Summer (July-September titles):

    Nomination Deadline: May 15
    Okra Picks Announced: July 1

  • Fall (October-December titles):

    Nomination Deadline: August 15
    Okra Picks Announced: October 1

  • Winter (January-March titles):

    Nomination Deadline: November 15
    Okra Picks Announced: January 1

Okra Picks 

Okra Picks is SIBA's program to highlight forthcoming books of southern interest that its booksellers are especially excited about. Since its inception, the program has spotlighted new books by favorite southern authors such as Joshilyn Jackson, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash, and Tayari Jones, and also break out books by debut and emerging authors such as Wiley Cash, T. Geronimo Johnson, Brian Panowich, Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Holly Goddard Jones.

Nominations are only accepted from SIBA member booksellers, and may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Via the Okra Picks nomination form
By submitting a review to Edelweiss
By emailing the nomination to okrapicks@sibaweb.com

More information about Okra Picks can be found at

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

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Galleys and Giveaways: The Travelers by Regina Porter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


The Travelers

The Travelers
Regina Porter
ISBN: 9780525576198
Hogarth
Hardcover
$27
June 18, 2019

The adventures of two families unfold and intertwine—across continents and generations, spanning the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president—in The Travelers, an absorbing tale of family, history, and the persistence of love.
 
Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.
 
Claudia’s mother— Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” becomes Eddie’s life anchor, as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again.
 
These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.
 
With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

Request a review copy

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2018 Fall Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Okra Picks2018 Fall Okra Picks

The end of summer and beginning of fall brings with it a new harvest of Okra (Picks). Southern indie booksellers have chosen a bushel of the best Southern books of the upcoming season, October to December.  Each of the 18 books on the list was hand-picked by an enthusiastic Southern bookseller as something they are especially looking forward to. Okra Picks are the “You’ve Got to Read This!” list for the upcoming holidays.

Becoming Mrs. LewisBook of the Just: Book  Three of the Bohemian TrilogyThe Dream DaughterSouthern Discomfort: A  MemoirLouisiana's Way HomeScribe

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Thomas Nelson | Hardcover | 9780785224501 | 10/02/2018

Book of the Just: Book Three of the Bohemian Trilogy by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781681778587 | 10/02/2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press | Hardcover | 9781250087300 | 10/02/2018

Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark
Touchstone Books | Hardcover | 9781501167942 | 10/02/2018

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press (MA) | Hardcover | 9780763694630 | 10/02/2018

Scribe by Alyson Hagy
Graywolf Press | Paperback | 9781555978181 | 10/02/2018

LorraineNovember RoadInstantly Southern: 85  Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r)Decorating a Room of  One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre,  Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary NotablesQuiverCharlie Hernández &  the League of Shadows

Lorraine by Ketch Secor
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | Hardcover | 9781492616924 | 10/02/2018

November Road by Lou Berney
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062663849 | 10/09/2018

Instantly Southern: 85 Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r) by Sheri Castle
Clarkson Potter Publishers | Paperback | 9781984822475 | 10/09/2018

Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables by Susan Harlan
Abrams Image | Hardcover | 9781419732379 | 10/09/2018

Quiver by Julia Watts
Three Rooms Press | Paperback | 9781941110669 | 10/16/2018

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Aladdin Paperbacks | Hardcover | 9781534426580 | 10/23/2018

Backyard Bears:  Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WildlifeYellow Stonefly Hide with MeIn Too DeepCongratulations, Who  Are You Again?: A Memoirove Like Sky

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife by Amy Cherrix
Houghton Mifflin | Hardcover | 9781328858689 | 10/23/2018

Yellow Stonefly by Tim Poland
Swallow Press | Hardcover | 9780804012072 | 10/23/2018

Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee
Razorbill | Hardcover | 9780451478351 | 11/06/2018

In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
Fleming H. Revell Company | Paperback | 9780800729295 | 11/06/2018

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
Harper Perennial | Paperback | 9780062843302 | 11/06/2018

Love Like Sky by Leslie C Youngblood
Disney-Hyperion | Hardcover | 9781368016506 | 11/06/2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra
Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

 

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2018 Summer Okra Picks

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

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

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

JULY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

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Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!

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

 

Booksellers: Make Your Mark with SIBA!


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


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


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


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

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Sign your store up for the Okra Picks Newsletter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

Sign up deadline is May 1

"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their Okra Picks Newsletter

Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

See a sample here

Sign up here

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Did you get your Okra Pick box?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 9, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018
You should have received your Okra Pick box this week.  You can identify it by the Okra Pick tape that is used to seal the box.  It's packed full of goodies.  Starting with 400 full-color beautiful bookmarks. There are two full-color posters. One promoting the Okra Picks for the Season, and another for the inaugural #ReadThisNext list.  These are general books that southern booksellers are excited to sell.  Come to the B3! webinar on August 25th, and learn your way around Edelweiss to get your name and bookstore on the next list. See a sample of the Shelf Talkers available for download here. Find enclosed the form to report your OP Sales for B3! credit, and use the included registration form to sign up for #SIBA18 in Tampa, FL.

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2018 Spring Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, April 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018

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

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2018 Winter Okra Picks: A Bumper Crop of Delicious Reads!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018

Okra PicksThe 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers – who have chosen these dozen and a half – books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!

The Road to Bittersweet The Road to Bittersweet Robicheaux Daily Writing Resistance 

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709493 | 15.95 | January 2018

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster 9781501176845 27.99 January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Uner a Cloudless Sky Fire Sermon The Afterlives The Problim Children 

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate An American Marriage The Promise Whiskey & Ribbons 

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate Daisy Cakes Bakes The Hush The Past Is Never 

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain I Was Anastsia 

Gods of Howl Mountain
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

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

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Making plans for NOLA and the #SIBA17 Discovery Show: Foretelling the Future of the Book

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

More wildly, vastly important and timely news from the land of SIBA!

Highlights:

  1. #SIBA17 education tracks
  2. Fall Okra Pick nominations are due
  3. Scholarships are still available for the Discovery Show


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 NEWS

  1. September 1 is the deadline to register for the Discovery Show.
    After Sep. 1, there is a $75 late registration fee.  We have a full schedule packed with exhibitors, writers, education and more fun that is allowed at most shows across the country!

    Register here|Your username to login is @@username@@

  2. FYI, Sep. 1 is also the deadline to nominate Fall Okra Picks.
    It seems that nearly 100% of booksellers are in love with the new bookmarks.  You can thank new assistant director Linda-Marie Barrett for that.  It never pays to get to married to an idea.  We will soon be creating a new set of bookmarks for books published in OCT – DEC, 2017.  Submit your nominations.

  3. There are 2, TWO, count them, 2, more Discovery Show Scholarships.
    Thanks to The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation, we have been able to send 50+ booksellers to the SIBA Discovery Show over the last five years, and this year is no exception.  We still have two unclaimed scholarships from Reba & Dave.  Find the details here.

  4. Last Call to participate in the Southern Book Prize Winners Table Display:
    We only have one store signed up.  Don't make it so easy for them to take home the $1000.  The idea is simple enough but if we can't drum up more participation than we have since its inception, this will be the last year we will offer this opportunity.  We provide the table.  You bring the display.  The display must be of one, some, or all of the winners. Email Wanda if you want to participate.

  5. Exciting News – Inaugural 2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner
    Booksellers have chosen the first Conroy Legacy Award Winner, and if that is not exciting enough, the winner is going to be at the #SIBA17 Discovery Show, and is coming for the whole weekend.  We are so excited to have our first Conroy Legacy Award Winner celebrating with us in the city of celebrations.  You don't want to miss this!

Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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2017 Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Saturday, July 1, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The 2017 Summer Okra Picks have been selected: A sampling of savory Southern fare for the book-lover's brain! Hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers–people with impeccable taste in books.

All Summer Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between July and September, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers: the people who are always looking out for the next great writer to fill your reading plate. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore and someone says, "You've got to read this!" and hands you one of these books, dig in! Better yet, ask for a second helping. Great books are always good for you!

The 2017 Summer Okra Picks

The Devil's Muse The Bookshop at Water's End The Almost Sisters Refugee

The Devil's Muse by Bill Loehfelm
Sarah Crichton Books, Hardcover, 9780374279776
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry
Berkley Books, Trade Paperback, 9780399583117
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover 9780062105714
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Refugee by Alan Gratz
Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545880831 
Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Shadow of the LIons
 Blight A Kind of Freedom Young Jane Young

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205003. 
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Blight by Alexandra Duncan
Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780062396990
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Counterpoint, LLC, Hardcover, 9781619029224
Publication Date: August 15, 2017

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205041
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Rabbit If the Creek Don't Rise The Hidden Light of Northern Fires Sing, Unburied, Sing The Salt Line

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, 9780062407306
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
Sourcebooks Landmark, Trade Paperback, 9781492647454
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250122353
Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781501126062
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
G.P. Putnam's Sons, Hardcover, 9780735214316
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

For more information about the Okra Picks, visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra

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Call for title suggestions and nominations: News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

As we get ready for the summer, here are the latest thing happening in the land of SIBA you should know about. Note especially the new Okra Picks Newsletter opportunity --

Highlights:

  1. Entering events on the ARTS Calendar is easier than ever!
  2. Announcing the Okra Picks Newsletter
  3. The Circle of Sites/Banner-for-Dues Program is being upgraded
  4. A video guide to the SIBA Member Hub
  5. Be a judge for the Southern Book Prize
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy

 


SUGGEST A TITLE FOR THE SIBA HOLIDAY CATALOG!

Is there a book you'd like to see in the SIBA Holiday Catalog? Wanda Jewell is at BEA this week, meeting with publishers, talking up your stores, and generally being her vivacious and indefatiguable self. And while I know it is pretty early to be thinking about the holiday shopping season, now is the time publishers are making decisions about what they are going to promote in the regional holiday catalogs.

So if there's a title you'd like to see in SIBA's Holiday Catalog, click on the link below to submit a suggestions. Wanda will get the information and try to talk to the publishers while she's at BEA.

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

Act fast! BEA only lasts a week!


NOMINATE SUMMER OKRA PICKS!

June 1st is the deadline to nominate books for the Summer Okra Pick Season:

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

Books need to be published between July 1 and September 30, and must be by a Southern author, or Southern in nature, or both.

Watch for your Okra Pick mailing!

There was an 11th hour title change for one of the Okra Picks: Echolocation by Mark Powell is now Small Treasons - new title, new cover, same ISBN. The book goes on sale June 2, and you will be receiving updated materials before the end of the month.

SIBA has also created the Okra Picks Newsletter, which can be sent out on your behalf to your customers. Click here for more information:

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


circle of sitesCIRCLE OF SITES UPGRADE DEADLINE

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

Have you signed up for IndieLite? Then your store is eligible to be in the CoS program!

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.

Currently appearing on Circle of Sites, (aka Lady Banks' Pick of the Week):


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.

And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly.

Make your travel plans early:
http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


 

SIBA Member Hub VideosTHE SIBA MEMBER HUB: VIDEO GUIDES

The new SIBA member hub has become more and more active as members sign on, check in with the site, and explore the different ways they can communicate with others and manage their own accounts. To help members understand the new site layout, SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe and staffer Nicki Leone have been recording a series of short videos that take a quick tour through some of the site features.

The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction
https://vimeo.com/212651341/21a3909f56

Here's the link to view all the videos as they are posted (about twice a month)
https://vimeo.com/album/4562901


DOWNLOAD THE SIBA APP!

SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.

Once you've installed it, log in to start viewing your feed and notices.

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Title Update for Okra Pick Book!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 8, 2017

 

Dear Booksellers,

SIBA has just been informed of a title change for one of the Okra Pick books. Mark Powell's "Echolocation," isbn 9781507203385, is now titled "Small Treasons." The cover has also been redesigned (see attached photo), although the book's ISBN remains the same. Information in the book databases is updating slowly, but will hopefully be fully revised by the book's June 2nd release date.

SIBA has also updated it's websites and materials, although URL links may still reference "echolocation" in the interests of continuity. We'll be sending out updated and newly redesigned cards for your in store displays shortly, so watch for the interim Okra Picks mailing with your redesigned materials.

The newly launched Okra Picks Newsletter has also been updated to reflect the new book title:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/mpage/OkraPage158

If you haven't signed your store up for the newsletter, you can do so here:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_newsletter

Contact me at nicki@sibaweb.com if you have questions! Nicki Leone SIBA

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The Okra Picks Newsletter: A new benefit for SIBA members

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ANNOUNCING THE OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

SIBA is now offering a quarterly newsletter for your customers featuring the seasonal Okra Picks -- the books you have chosen as the most excited hand sell titles of the season. Share the best in new Southern Literature, as picked by the people who would know. . .Southern indie booksellers like you!

Modeled after the Indie Next newsletter for readers, the Okra Picks newsletter is store-branded with "Buy Now" buttons linked to your store's website. It is sent out four times a year in the middle of each Okra season, thus featuring books that are brand new or about to be released.

SIBA's test run of the newsletter with Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, showed an open rate for the email of 49%. "We sold two copies of Lisa Wingate's book right off the newsletter," reported owner Dave Lucey.

Stores that participate in the Okra Picks Newsletter retain ownership of their email list and materials. Each participating store will receive 200 B3! points for the first mailing, and 50 point for each subsequent mailing.

To see a sample of the Okra Picks Newsletter for the Spring season,
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/mpage/OkraPage158

Sign up for the newsletter here by May 10th:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_newsletter

Customizing the newsletter for your store does take a couple days, so act quickly to be eligible to send out the Spring edition.

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A new Okra Picks Benefit: News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

As we get ready for the summer, here are the latest thing happening in the land of SIBA you should know about. Note especially the new Okra Picks Newsletter opportunity --

Highlights:

  1. Entering events on the ARTS Calendar is easier than ever!
  2. Announcing the Okra Picks Newsletter
  3. The Circle of Sites/Banner-for-Dues Program is being upgraded
  4. A video guide to the SIBA Member Hub
  5. Be a judge for the Southern Book Prize
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy

Authors 'Round the SouthTHE ARTS CALENDAR, SIMPLIFIED

Over the last couple months, SIBA has received a rising number of requests from our members about how to enter their store events into the Calendar at Authors Round the South (authorsroundthesouth.com). The truth is, the ARTS Calendar is based on an older platform, and has always required a separate log in process, which is confusing for many members (and for SIBA Staff!). So we've simplified and streamlined the process:

  • You can now enter events from your own account at SIBA. You do not need to be on your store master account. You do not even need to be logged in, (although it will be easier for you if you are).
  • There are fewer "required" fields, so you don't need to know book ISBNs or enter event descriptions if you don't want to.
  • You can add all the information and upload book and author photos in one step.
  • If you want to enter multiple events at once, you can download a spreadsheet template, fill it out, and email it to SIBA at nicki@sibaweb.com.

It will take about 24 hours for any submitted event to appear on the calendar, so plan accordingly. And remember that you earn B3! points when you submit events yourself, instead of letting the SIBA elves enter them on your behalf.

Enter your store events here:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/stars_bkstore


ANNOUNCING THE OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

SIBA is now offering a quarterly newsletter for your customers featuring the seasonal Okra Picks -- the books you have chosen as the most excited hand sell titles of the season. Share the best in new Southern Literature, as picked by the people who would know. . .Southern indie booksellers like you!

Modeled after the Indie Next newsletter for readers, the Okra Picks newsletter is store-branded with "Buy Now" buttons linked to your store's website. It is sent out four times a year in the middle of each Okra season, thus featuring books that are brand new or about to be released.

SIBA's test run of the newsletter with Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, showed an open rate for the email of 49%. "We sold two copies of Lisa Wingate's book right off the newsletter," reported owner Dave Lucey.

Stores that participate in the Okra Picks Newsletter retain ownership of their email list and materials. Each participating store will receive 200 B3! points for the first mailing, and 50 point for each subsequent mailing.

To see a sample of the Okra Picks Newsletter for the Spring season,
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/mpage/OkraPage158

Sign up for the newsletter here by May 10th:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_newsletter

Customizing the newsletter for your store does take a couple days, so act quickly to be eligible to send out the Spring edition.


circle of sitesCIRCLE OF SITES UPGRADE DEADLINE

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.

Currently appearing on Circle of Sites, (aka Lady Banks' Pick of the Week):


SIBA Member Hub VideosTHE SIBA MEMBER HUB: VIDEO GUIDES

The new SIBA member hub has become more and more active as members sign on, check in with the site, and explore the different ways they can communicate with others and manage their own accounts. To help members understand the new site layout, SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe and staffer Nicki Leone have been recording a series of short videos that take a quick tour through some of the site features.

The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction
https://vimeo.com/212651341/21a3909f56

Here's the link to view all the videos as they are posted (about twice a month)
https://vimeo.com/album/4562901


CALL FOR SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE JUDGES

There is still time to be a judge for the Southern Book Prize! Judges must be owners or staff of a current SIBA member bookstore, and will receive copies of all the finalists to be judged in their assigned category.

If you are interested in being a judge, fill out the form at the link below:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ba_judge_form

You can see a list of the finalists and their categories here.


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.

And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly.

Make your travel plans early:
http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

SIBA is mobile! Download our "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play Store.

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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#siba17: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 15-17 FRI-SUN | New Orleans, LA

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Call for Board Nominations, Southern Book Prize Ballot: News you can use from the Land of SIBA!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

It's that time again....time for oh so many things! Nominations for the Board, voting on the Southern Book Prize, Okra Picks info, and so much more.  Read on, read everything!

Highlights:

  1. SIBA has an app. For real! Download the "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play store
  2. Call for Board Nominations
  3. The Southern Book Prize Loooong List Ballot is open. And the Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations
  4. There is now a resource page for the Spring Okra Picks
  5. There is a now a downloadable flyer of monthly staff picks from SIBA Bookstores.
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
  7. Introducing IndieCommerce Lite

SIBA HAS AN APP!

Yes, that's right, SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Most of the news you see below will also appear in your "feed." In the future, SIBA will be posting important news to the app feed on a regular basis, so having it will give you an early heads up to important or just plain useful news.

Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.

Once you've installed the app, log in to start viewing your feed and notices. Your account information is:

Username: @@username@@
Email: @@email@@
Company: @@employer@@
Your membership expires: @@membership_exp_date@@

You should also be able to set your account so you can log in with Facebook. Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you have any problems.


CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS

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 here:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?board_nom

Nominations close April 15.


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been announced. Now it is time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! points for each ballot cast.

Go here to vote:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=2017_sbp

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller to vote.

If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 3rd.

Remember also to nominate for the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICKS RESOURCE PAGE

the 2017 Spring Okra Picks will be announced April 1, but SIBA booksellers can have a sneak peak. We've collected some helpful resources for all the Okra titles to make it easier for you to sell all these fanstastic books:

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

 


YOUR STAFF PICKS HAVE STREET CRED!

You've probably seen the header at the top of this and the Lady Banks emails, but have you clicked? SIBA collates store staff picks and recommendations for the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com. You can see the list here:

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

Fully sortable and searchable and linked back to the store that made the recommendation.

There is also now a monthly print out of new recommendations stores can download for a quirky, unpredictable reading list. A great resource for book clubs, educators and hard to please customers!


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.

And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly. So make your travel plans early:

http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


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Updated schedule for SIBA in the Springtime, and a very important letter from the President of the ABA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

We have some updates on SIBA in the Springtime, and a very, very important letter from ABA President Betsy Burton that we ask you to take a moment to read.

Highlights:

  1. New items have been added to the SIBA in the Springtime schedule. Click here to register.
  2. ABA President Betsy Burton has a very imporant letter you need to read.
  3. The Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations.
  4. It's also time to nominate the Spring Okra Picks
  5. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

We have added a meet up event to the schedule! On Monday 3/6 after the Okra Dinner at 9:30 pm, Indies Forward is hosting a meet up at the hotel bar. Indies Forward is a group dedicated to growing leadership in the bookselling community by uniting young bookselling professionals. The future of your stores may well be in the hands of these folks, so please come by!

We also now have the details of the ABA educational sessions available:

Bookstores  - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery

In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. 

At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta, GA, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation led by ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore. 

This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities. 

Online Event Registration

and don't forget, if you can't come, we still want to hear your ideas: Click here to share your great ideas!

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

 


A LETTER FROM ABA PRESIDENT BETSY BURTON

Dear Booksellers,

Betsy BurtonMy heart is full — as is, I’m sure, the heart of anyone who attended Winter Institute 12. Already pumped by a day visiting bookstores and by a charged and joyous opening reception, we were split wide open at breakfast on the first official day by the keynote address of Roxane Gay — a verbal fusillade of home truths (if you’ll forgive the dumb metaphor) that brought into sharp focus the issue of diversity. Not that we hadn’t been aware of it, talked about it, and taken action before, both on our ABA board and regionally, creating scholarships and making Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) appointments, talking to publishers, and making plans to help and encourage the creation of new stores. But it hasn’t been enough — not nearly — as Gay pointed out so candidly, her words shocking us out of complacency and into the need for action. A perfect example of the radical candor that Wi12’s third keynote speaker, Kim Scott, discussed two days later.

During the Town Hall, as “we the board” sat on the dais and listened (and really heard), watched (and really saw) a series of impassioned, articulate, brave, visionary women — many from the new generation of booksellers — get up, one after another, the separation between us diminished and I thought my heart would break — not out of sadness but because I remembered myself at that age, how it felt to be excluded (albeit for reasons of sex and religion — or lack thereof — rather than color), felt again that anger, and knew that once harnessed it was going to hone their aim, amp up their power, catapult them — and all of us — into being our/their best selves, creating a better world in the process. And I was suddenly filled to overflowing with admiration for them, as they spoke one by one, and also, suddenly, with hope for the future. Not just their future but that of our industry when they take it in their capable hands, that of the world because there are people like them outside our industry as well as inside it, something we need to remember in this darkest of times. And they will take our world into their hands, lead the way forward in good directions. Of that I am certain.

It is a process, entering the world of governance — in ABA or any other sphere — but because the board heard what we heard, saw what we saw, we responded by creating a Diversity Task Force to give voice to booksellers’ concerns and draw them into ABA in a significant way and by increasing the number of members on the BAC with the express aim of creating a more diverse council. And please, anyone interested in serving on either, or in recommending someone to do so, e-mail me or call me at (801) 792-8363.

This might not feel like enough but it’s a strong start, especially because the BAC (along with regional boards) is where most nominations for ABA board members come from, since service on the BAC is a way to understand how the association works, how the book industry works, what issues we’ve faced in the past, and what decisions have been made to address them — along with the reasons for those decisions. All of which gives context to the role of governance and the governance process itself inside ABA.

Speaking of inside ABA, my heart broke yet again on my last night at Wi12 when I was privileged to witness during the ABA staff party another moving and life-changing event — the changing of the guard as Mark Nichols, a man beloved by everyone, was heralded by his colleagues. We all know Mark to be a quiet but brilliant, discerning and knowledgeable, kind and caring man who was involved in ABA seemingly forever and in every conceivable way. As I listened to his colleagues honor him, say goodbye to him, watched the sincerity that broke voices, brought on tears, knowing how hard they had all just worked putting on this miracle of an institute, how hard they work year after year to keep the wheels of technology and commerce, information and education turning ever faster, with the connection and love necessary to make it all work as brilliantly as it does, I saw Mark’s role at the heart of it all and I was again filled to overflowing. By their words, yes, but even more by his as this ever-wise, always valiant, loving, caring man expressed his utter faith in all of them. In their ability to help us keep our world in order, keep the wheels turning as another page turned over in ABA’s life and in ours.

Between these profound and unforgettable bookends, there was the rest of Wi12, three full days, four for those who took advantage of Friday’s bookstore tours and special workshops. Days filled with education targeted at our newest members and those more experienced, some about business, others involving the book itself. As I watched the presenters and authors at the Indies Introduce talk proceed with a wonderful program before an appreciative audience that numbered in the hundreds, I remembered that first Winter Institute, and again grew teary thinking of what ABA had wrought over the ensuing years, growing, with the help of hundreds of booksellers and scores of publishers, a small idea into a partnership that benefits us all — authors, publishers, booksellers, readers, and the books themselves — just as they had done again and again in program after program. I attended the marvelous Backlist Book Swap and the backlist panel that showcased innovative ideas and underlined our board’s conviction that a rich, new backlist program could be of vast benefit to publishers and booksellers alike, again benefiting this entire industry. I listened to sessions on finances and technology, localism, merchandizing, management; I heard keynotes and rep picks, talked to publishers during focus groups — as we all did, learning in the process how to be our best professional selves.

Day by day my optimism grew along with my pride at being a part of all this: Part of a dedicated, visionary board while the equally amazing BAC was also hard at work, not to mention the inspired and dedicated ABA staff, who bend their collective will and expend their amazing energy on our behalf. All of that and all of you. It seems to me there’s nothing we can’t do. As we sat there at the Town Hall, sometimes angry but always respectful, always visionary in the best sense, as, panel by panel, audience by audience, we mulled, made sense of, found useful nuggets of knowledge or technique or truth, our voices pooling and coming together… We are an amazing group of people: booksellers, ABA staff, publishers, authors, all fashioning a life around books. I can’t imagine a better one.

Betsy Burton
President, American Booksellers Association
The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


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