SIBA: March Madness Bookseller Series SIBA: March Madness Bookseller Series

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March Madness Bookstore Schedule

SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) takes our programming to a new level of participation and engagement by member booksellers. May we present our March Madness Bookseller Series! Fourteen bookstores across our territory will host one-day education and networking gatherings running from 10am-3pm with an author luncheon. Events are within 2-3 hours driving distance from a majority of our member stores, and take place over a three-week period in March. Booksellers may register for multiple events, as each host store's education is tailored to share their best practices and innovations. We're so excited to offer this range of programming to our booksellers, and are opening up registration now so folks can save the date!


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All events free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations. Click the button below to get started!


The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance values the dignity, diversity, and inclusion of everyone with whom we interact. Our safety and anti-harassment policies are critical to ensuring that this core value guides what we do and say. All participants at SIBA events are required to adhere to SIBA's code of conduct, as described below. This includes booksellers, SIBA staff, exhibitors, speakers/presenters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and all affiliated attendees. SIBA is committed to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, and religion. We do not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or other unwelcome or unlawful behavior on the basis of any of these characteristics.

Behaviors that violate this policy include, but are not limited to:

SIBA expects all event participants to follow established rules throughout both official event offerings and related social gatherings, including this policy. SIBA takes any violation of this policy very seriously. Accordingly, participants who violate this policy may, in the judgment and discretion of SIBA, be asked to stop; may be expelled from a SIBA event, without refund if applicable; may be prevented from attending future SIBA events; and may have SIBA membership and future participation privileges revoked.

If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed, or have concerns about potential violations of this policy, please notify SIBA event organizers immediately. In the case of an emergency, call 911 or hotel security. In all other cases, email siba@sibaweb.com or text 803.466.8853 and SIBA will respond. SIBA will take all appropriate action in response to protect anyone affected by violations of this policy.


Independent Bookstore Day and Bookstore Passport Programs

The Oxford Exchange
Tampa FL
Monday, March 9 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Laura Taylor

Presented by Laura Taylor.

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 1:00 PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with Yaffa S. Santos, author of A Taste of Sage ("...unforgettable, heartwarming, and hilarious rom-com about chefs, cooking, love, and self-discovery that is a cross between The Hating Game and Sweetbitter."), and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.


Laura Taylor is going on her seventh year at Oxford Exchange and her sixth 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.

Yaffa S. Santos was born and raised in New Jersey. A solo trip to Dominican Republic in her teenage years changed her relationship to her Dominican heritage and sparked a passion for cooking and its singular ability to bring people together. Yaffa is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and visual art. She is a member of RWA. She has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Santo Domingo, and now lives in Florida with her family.