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First Things First...

10/15: Reader Meet Writer: Better Boys, Better Men with Andrew Reiner
10/21: SIBA Fall Town Hall (Register)
10/23: Holiday Catalogs Ship
10/24: Reader Meet Writer: Jonathan Auxier/Willa the Wisp + Kristen Miller / Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8 + Beth Ferry/Fox & Rabbit Make Believe
11/8 Southern Book Prize Finalist Ballot Opens

COVID-19 Resources for Booksellers from the ABA
PW's List of Book Publication Date Changes

SIBA Website Usability Survey

SIBA Office Hours Update: In order to prepare for the forthcoming New Voices New Rooms show, for the month of September SIBA's Office Hours will be held by appointment only. To make an appointment, email Linda-Marie Barrett at

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST | By appointment in Sep, Nov, Dec
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Starting at Yes: AMIBA's Building Equity Virtual Conference

SIBA staff and two board members attended the American Independent Business Alliance’s Building Equity in the Local Economy virtual conference  last week. AMIBA’s first “Local Economy” conference centered on racial equity as a local economy driver. Spread over two days and featuring speakers on issues central to the conference’s topic, the gathering also included numerous opportunities to engage with other attendees and the speakers at small breakout sessions. The experience was so inspiring and brimming with actionable ideas that SIBA attendees met for a debrief to discuss continuing this important work. 

Among other initiatives in development, look for a Racial Equity Challenge from SIBA in January 2021, modeled on the Racial Equity Challenge from Food Solutions, New England.

“We deliberately practice starting at yes. Until principles tell us otherwise start at yes.  Until thoroughly investigated; start at yes.  Until numbers tell us otherwise; start at yes.  When your mind screams no, start at yes. If it makes us uncomfortable; especially start at yes. Something wonderful may be about to happen! We believe if we start at yes our creative canvas is blank and lends to more creative open-minded conversations. We believe by saying yes, our creativeness and innovation levels will increase and once momentum begins it’s easier to keep momentum than gain momentum. Yes becomes a tool to practice being open to ideas.” 

Download Building Equity Resources

Meet the Editors: Indie Presses Edition

Editors from Blair, Feminist Press, Tin House, Deep Vellum, Seven Stories Press, Europa Editions, and Verso all come together to discuss their favorite books from the upcoming lists.

Meet the Editors

Edelweiss Collections:

Blair Publishing (Robin Miura, Senior Editor & Associate Publisher)

Feminist Press (Lauren Hook, senior editor)

Deep Vellum (Will Evans, publisher)

Tin House Books (Masie Cochran, Editorial Director)

Verso Books (Jessie Kindig, editor in our Brooklyn office)

Seven Stories Press (Ruth Weiner, Director of Publicity for Seven Stories Press)
FALL 2020 ADULT and FALL 2020 KIDS and SPRING 2021 ADULT

Europa Editions (Rachael Small, Director of Publicity)

New Voices New Rooms

NVNR on Demand: The 4th Quarter and the Way Forward

Predicting and planning for the future is always a stressful experience, and never more so than this year. Stores need tools to help them weather uncertain and volatile times -- both practical things like emergency business plan work sheets, and more inspirational tools that help them to face challenges and find the opportunities wthin them.

4th Quarter Strategies for Uncertain Times | Emergency Business Plan Spreadsheet

The Way Forward: Meeting Crisis with Creativity

The Way Forward

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NVNR on Demand: the art and craft of the successful event

A number of the educational sessions at last month's New Voices New Rooms dealt with the art of hosting and running a successful event, virtual or otherwise. Those sessions are now available to view:

Event Management: Press Kits | Killer Author Pitches | Event Management: Successful Virtual Events | Event Disruptions

Killer Author Pictures

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Did you attend NVNR? Please take a moment to fill out our Show Feedback Form

SIBA Fall Town Hall is October 21st

Mark your calendar!

One of the most common requests that came out of the SIBA Annual Meeting during New Voices New Rooms was for more opportunities for SIBA members to meet with their board members and fellow booksellers. Accordingly, the SIBA Board is creating quarterly Town Hall meetings on Zoom, and invite every SIBA bookseller to attend and voice their concerns, ask questions, or simply share news of how their businesses are doing. The first Fall Town Hall will be held Wednesday, October 21st at 3:00 PM, EST. Please take this chance to speak to your Board. Your concerns are their concerns, and they need to hear from you.

Register here

In Brief:

American Booksellers Association Launches National “Boxed Out” Campaign
The time is now for a conversation about consumer choices, the challenges of small business, and the threat of monopolies.

Boxes Out20% of independent bookstores across the country are in danger of closing. Today, the American Booksellers Association launched the “Boxed Out” campaign to draw attention to the high stakes indie bookstores face this holiday season in the age of Amazon and Covid-19, with a social media campaign and installations, the first was revealed in Washington, DC, today and the rest will debut tomorrow in New York City and Los Angeles.


A Poem to Bookshop Owners

Tim ConroyWe recently received this wonderful letter and poem from poet Tim Conroy, brother of Pat Conroy, and a founding board member of the Pat Conroy Legacy Center. Tim writes, "This is a short poem dedicated to all the independent booksellers I have met in my life especially NeverMore, Beaufort Bookstore, Buxton Books, and Itinerant Literate books. During this challenging time, I want to thank SIBA for what you do for the communities you serve and for connecting people with great books. You remain vital to our evolution and growth to become a more empathetic people.  All praise, Tim Conroy." Thank you, Tim, and we second "all praise" to the work of independent booksellers everywhere, but especially to our dear colleagues in SIBA.

Book Shop Owners

Their help is (keenly) silent.
Page-turning glances trace 
my path as books flaunt 

spines from lonely rows.
I want more than a quick
thumb through and put back.

They work new arrivals 
while I wince at authors
overripe photographs.

They note the subtle signs
which reveal preferences
to wed me to my match.

Browsing empty-handed,
they steer me to choices—
subgenres and stories 

never dreamed possible.
Take appraisal, volumes
for us to gain ourselves.

Reader Meet Writer: Children's Edition!

Reader Meet WriterAre you interested in joining the circle of bookstores sending invites to their customers? Please email Linda-Marie and we'll discuss what's involved.

Booksellers Resource page


Sat Oct 24th 11:00am - 12:00pm Jonathan Auxier/Willa the Wisp + Kristen Miller / Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8 + Beth Ferry/Fox & Rabbit Make Believe

Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times–bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic EyesThe Night GardenerSophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, and Sweep. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at

Kirsten Miller is a renowned author of middle-grade and YA fiction. She lives in Brooklyn with her precocious 10-year-old, who helped write this book. Find out more at

Beth Ferry is the author of many books for young readers, including Caveboy CrushThe Scarecrow, and the New York Times–bestselling Stick and Stone. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

This week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Read more about SIBA's Circle of Sites Program (aka the "banner for dues" program) and find out whether your store is eligible to participate and receive free membership dues.

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 10/11/2020.


1. The Searcher Tana French, Viking, $27, 9780735224650
2. The Evening and the Morning Ken Follett, Viking, $36, 9780525954989
3. All the Devils Are Here Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250145239
4. The Book of Two Ways Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28.99, 9781984818355
5. Leave the World Behind Rumaan Alam, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062667632


1. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780804187060
2. Caste Isabel Wilkerson, Random House, $32, 9780593230251
3. Rage Bob Woodward, S&S, $30, 9781982131739
4. Is This Anything? Jerry Seinfeld, S&S, $35, 9781982112691
5. Solutions and Other Problems Allie Brosh, Gallery Books, $30, 9781982156947

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Useful Links
SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM EST | By appointment in Sep, Nov, Dec
Available during regular business hours at 803-994-9530, or anytime at

In the Land of SIBA Blog
Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF)
The Booksellers' WaterCooler | Ongoing publisher promotions

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
Nicki Leone



SIBA | 51 Pleasant Ridge Drive | Asheville, NC 28805
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