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First Things First...

8/7: Deadline to place your holiday catalog order (here)
8/11: Reader Meet Writer: Kim Powers, Rules for Being Dead
8/12: B3! Webinar: 7 Strategies to be more Time Efficient (RSVP)
8/13: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
8/15: Deadline to register for New Voices New Rooms to receive Show Box
8/18: Reader Meet Writer: Adam Rutherford, How to Argue With a Racist
8/20: Reader Meet Writer: Justin A. Reynolds, Early Departures
8/27: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Heather Bell Adams, The Good Luck Stone
8/29: Independent Bookstore Day (more info)

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

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Holiday Catalog Deadline is Tomorrow (8/7)

Holiday Catalog

1) The catalog can help to extend the holiday shopping season.

2) With direct and saturation mail, the catalog can reach new potential customers in a store's own immediate community.

3) The catalog can be integrated with a store's website and ecommerce platform.

4) The catalog's title list is more sensitive to bookseller-supported titles and more committed to including diverse books and a wide selection.

Place your orders here | Read more here

New Voices New Rooms

New Voices New Rooms: A Directors' Dialogue

On the art of creating a virtual show

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. But if there is a silver lining to be found it is perhaps that so many bookstores have risen to that challenge, finding new and creative ways to stay in business and serve their communities.

Organizations like SIBA and NAIBA have also had to become creative and innovative in order to serve their member bookstores. Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind New Voices New Rooms: the joint SIBA/NAIBA virtual show.

Eileen DenglerLinda-Marie Barrett

Eileen Dengler, the Executive Director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, the Executive Director of SIBA, came together to harness the resources of both organizations in order to produce a virtual event that would go above and beyond in meeting the needs of their member stores. They recently sat down together (on video, of course, from their own respective offices) to talk about New Voices New Rooms, its challenges and some of the hopes they have for the event.

What are your roles at New Voices New Rooms?

Eileen: Linda-Marie and I are working (virtually) shoulder-to-shoulder to create the programming, fill the exhibit hall, and dream up fun events for all who wish to be part of this great bookselling community.

Linda-Marie: We want to create programming that’s compelling and meaningful for everyone involved: booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. We intend to curate each event carefully to make some virtual magic. Just you wait and see :)

What are some of your goals for this event?

Eileen: I want this virtual event to reach the booksellers and publishers who felt an in-person meeting was either hard to attend because of time or money constraints, or who didn't know about this community of booksellers and publishers. A community that champions and cheers each other, and lends a helping hand and sage advice so everyone succeeds.

Linda-Marie: To that end, we are crafting events that offer booksellers things they expect and need from a tradeshow and things they might not have thought of or expect from a virtual show: A fun and productive experience that inspires. Insider info about books and gifts that they can use to handsell with great success. Education they can take action on immediately. Connections with publishers and vendors that enhance their businesses. Opportunities to engage with each other and network. Meaningful communication is a high priority for New Voices New Rooms.

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Bookseller Profile: VaLinda Miller

Name: VaLinda Miller

Position at the store: Owner

Store and location: 
Turning Page Bookshop
216 Saint James Ave STE F Goose Creek, SC 29445

Social Media Stats:
Facebook-1,422, Instagram-3.4K, Twitter-806

Store press kit:

Events and buyer contact info: Arrylee Satterfield/VaLinda Miller

Number of years as a bookseller: 6

Best part about being a bookseller?: New Books

What book(s) are you reading?: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel; Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Mike D'Orso; The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson; This is my America by Kim Johnson; Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns

Favorite handsell of 2020: All of V.M. Burns' Mystery Bookshop series, Hannibal B. Johnson's Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District), and JoJo Moyes' The Giver of Stars

Best thing you did this year at your store in response to Covid? Hired a company to come in two or three times a week to sanitize the store. Ensure staff and myself wear masks. Blessed to have emergency funds available to cover expenses and blessed that I was able to telework for my full-time job.

What are some ways you work with your community? Joined the political arena to understand the needs of the community. Involved in Race talks with the mayor and the community. Provide free books with an apple or healthy snacks for kids. Volunteer for Charleston County Library. Board member of the Friends of the SC Library. Yearly Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Not on a regular basis. Only when needed.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The love generated by my grandmother (She had to drop out of school when she was 14 years old) who walked me to my first library because she knew Rep. John Lewis and other blacks were denied a library card. Rep. John Lewis, as was my grandmother, was told that libraries were for whites only and she was powerfully determined to see that I got a library card and read every book in that library. Those librarians took me in their heart and when I would walk without my grandmother, having gone without food for that day, they fed me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I will always for the rest of my life thank them for feeding me books and food. It's my passion in life to continue to support all independent bookstores and libraries and provide food and books for kids.

What e-commerce platform are you using, and why did you choose it? Square and Go-Daddy. I use them because they are cheap and I have lots of computer geek friends who can help me.

Top priority for 2020/2021: Save for one year of expenses. Open a second bookstore. Continue working my full-time job. Have more virtual signings. Improve website. Improve social media. Work more in the political arena.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: SIBA Discovery Show

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Reader Meet Writer Next Week

Reader Meet WriterKim Powers & Louis Bayard, Sarah M. Broom & Imani Perry

Are 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


Kim PowersTue Aug 11th 5:00pm - 6:00pm Rules for Being Dead with Kim Powers in Conversation with Louis Bayard

Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Dig Two Graves and Capote in Kansas, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year. He also wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North and the new play Sidekicked, a “one broad comedy” about Vivian Vance. Powers is the Senior Writer for ABC's 20/20, part of the team that has received an unprecedented three consecutive Edward R. Murrow Awards. A native Texan, he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was selected by Out Magazine for the influential "Out 100" list. He lives in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ.

Louis BayardIn the words of the New York TimesLouis Bayard “reinvigorates historical fiction,” rendering the past "as if he'd witnessed it firsthand." His acclaimed historical novels include national bestseller Courting Mr. Lincoln, Roosevelt's BeastThe School of NightThe Black TowerThe Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy, as well as the highly praised young-adult novel, Lucky Strikes. A New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, and his story, “Banana Triangle Six,” was chosen for The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. His reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Salon. An instructor at George Washington University, he is a board member for the PEN Faulkner Foundation and the author of the popular Downton Abbeyrecaps for the New York Times.

Sarah M. Broom Thu Aug 13th 7:00pm - 8:00pm The Yellow House with Sarah M. Broom in Conversation with Imani Perry

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction, Sarah M. Broom has also published her work in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. A native New Orleanian, she earned her Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been awarded a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant, and fellowships at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The MacDowell Colony. She lives in Harlem.

Imani PerryImani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and a faculty associate with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies. She is the author of six books, including her most recent book Breathe: A Letter to My Sons (Beacon Press, 2019) which was a finalist for the 2020 Chautauqua Prize and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Read more here | Reader Meet Writer in August

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.

Read This! Highest Rated Reviews from SIBA Booksellers

Reviewed by Booksellers

Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email to be added.

Our Lady of Perpetual HungerOur Lady of Perpetual Hunger by Lisa Donovan
August, 2020

Reviewed by Chelsea Stringfield,
Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss

Half memoir and half kitchen narrative, this is the story of Donovan's reckoning with her past as she struggles to make her way in a male-dominated food scene. Her writing is tight and engaging, and her description of pastry is particularly mouth-watering. Nashville foodies and home bakers, this is a must-read for you.

Paola Santiago and the River of TearsPaola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
August, 2020

Reviewed by Nannette Matthews, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA
On Edelweiss

Paola Santiago is the heroine middle reader books desperately need. Raised by a superstitious Latina mother, Paola just doesn't buy into the Mexican folklore until her best friend goes missing into a totally different world. Follow Paola on her journey as she not only conquers mythical creatures but confronts social injustice.

The Eighth DetectiveThe Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
August, 2020

Reviewed by Christy Rogers, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
On Edelweiss

An interesting read for long-time mystery fans. Pavesi takes a magnifying glass to the genre, breaking down every book into a formula that can be morphed into dozens of permutations. But, this novel in stories isn't about math - it's about the beauty of mysteries in their own individual right. Even if you know the characters involved, you never really can see what's coming. Readers love a good twist, and The Eighth Detective is full of them, down to the very last page.

The Girl and the GhostThe Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
August, 2020

Reviewed by Candice Conner, The Haunted Book Shop, Mobile, AL
On Edelweiss

I absolutely loved this ghostly Malaysian middle grade about both sides of the power of friendship--jealousy and love. What kid hasn’t wished a swarm of mosquitoes on the group of kids that make fun off their too-short pants or holey shoes? Suraya actually, when her grandmother's dark spirit pelesit, Pink, feels the need to protect her from schoolhouse taunts. What starts off innocent enough turns scary as Suraya quickly sees how dangerous a pelesit can be and how dark jealousy can twist. When Pink goes too far (and it was pretty scary psychological stuff), Suraya goes to her mother for help and help arrives in the form of the pawang, eager to add a pelesit to his command. So Suraya, her Star Wars-loving bestie Jing, and Pink start off on a journey to discover how her grandmother actually created Pink and it’s an ending I did not see coming, it was so absolutely perfect.

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In Brief: News for Booksellers

What you need to know NOW for Independent Bookstore Day

All IBD orders are shipping from Ingram's TN warehouse THIS WEEK. Depending on your location, you should receive them this week or next.

You can display the exclusives at any time, but you may not sell them until August 29. Please do not hold items for customers in advance of the day.

We have some overages. You can add to your order by contacting your Ingram Rep. ASAP. Some items are extremely limited and sales are first-come-first served. The following items are Sold Out: WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE, DRAGON HOOPS PRINT.

There is a Bookstore Day ROUNDTABLE discussion sponsored by CALIBA on Monday, August 10 at 4pm (PST) 7pm (EST). Join us for an exchange of ideas on how to throw an IBD party during Covid-19, how to get the word out, and more. RSVP HERE. It's free.

Seeking Volunteers for New Voices New Rooms
SIBA is seeking booksellers and other SIBA members willing to volunteer at New Voices New Rooms. Help is needed to run events, monitor chat rooms, and manage attendee questions, among other tasks. Be a part of a great new venture and part of the reason NVNR is a gold standard virtual event. Email

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 8/2/2020.


1. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
2. The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525536291
3. The Order Daniel Silva, Harper, $28.99, 9780062834843
4. 28 Summers Elin Hilderbrand, Little, Brown, $28, 9780316420044
5. The Guest List Lucy Foley, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062868930


1. Too Much and Never Enough Mary L. Trump, Ph.D., S&S, $28, 9781982141462
2. How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
3. Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Natasha Trethewey, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062248572
4. Begin Again Eddie S. Glaude, Crown, $27, 9780525575320
5. The Answer Is . . . Alex Trebek, S&S, $26, 9781982157999

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In the Land of SIBA Blog
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