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First Things First...

7/7: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Marian Keyes, Grown Ups
7/9: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Silas House, Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo
7/15: Meet the Editors at Simon & Schuster (RSVP)
7/21: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names
7/23: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Jill McCorkle, Hieroglyphics
7/29: Meet the Children's Editors at Simon & Schuster (RSVP)
8/6: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Odie Lindsey, Some Go Home
8/29: Independent Bookstore Day (more info)

COVID-19 Resources for Booksellers: BINC | ABA | SIBA
PW's List of Book Publication Date Changes

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

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

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Announcing the 2020 Summer Okra Picks!

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

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

Downloadable flyer for your displays

Memorial DriveThe Big Door PrizePea, Bee, & JayThe Deepest South of All
I Am Every Good ThingRESPECTWhen These Mountains Burn
Loathe at First SiteThe Lazy Genius WayGuillotineDeal with the Devil
After SquidnightBlacktop Wasteland 

Reader Meet Writer Returns in July

Reader Meet WriterAfter a short break, Reader Meet Writer, SIBA's virtual author tour program for member booksellers, comes back stronger than ever in July! We've made a few bookseller-friendly changes:

  • Events are on Tuesday afternoons (start times between 3-5 PM EDT) and Thursdays at 7 PM EDT.
  • Bookseller resources, including Zoom links for rsvp-ing attendees, are available a month in advance. You must login to to access.
  • No more weekly emails with zoom links and templates for your emails. We trust you to use the assets and resources provided in RMW Bookseller Resources as works best for your customers. Still need reminders? Let me know; we'll work it out!

Booksellers Resource page

Wiley Cash, our Conroy Legacy Award recipient, award-winning author, and indie bookseller advocate, takes over as host. We have a FANTASTIC slate of authors scheduled for the summer, presenting books in genres and on subjects near and dear to our hearts.

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.

The July Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 7 at 3 PM EDT: Marian Keyes will discuss Grown Ups.

  • Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM EDT: Silas House will discuss Clay's QuiltA Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo.

  • Tuesday, July 14 at 5 PM EDT: Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler present their work Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? 

  • Thursday, July 16 at 7PM EDT: Lenard D. Moore and contributors to All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Carolina African-American Writers' Collective.

  • Tuesday, July, 21 at 5 PM EDT: Kristin Harmel will discuss The Book of Lost Names in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris.

  • Thursday, July 23 at 7PM EDT: Jill McCorkle presents Hieroglyphics

  • Tuesday, July 28 at 5 PM EDT: S. A. Cosby discusses Black Top Wasteland

  • Thursday, July 30 at 7 PM EDT: Lara Prescott discusses The Secrets We Kept.

Read more here

Beverly Bell and TJ Klune Events are now available

Reader Meet Writer:  Beverly Bell


Reader Meet Writer: TJ Klune

In Brief: Found on the SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group

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Healing Racism: A 3-Part Series to Embrace Diversity in Our Personal Lives, Our Communities, and Our World:
How do we begin to heal racism? According to Dr. Tiffany Jana, one of the leading educators in diversity, equity, and inclusion, healing happens through “concentric circles of care.” We begin with ourselves, by reckoning with our own shadows and our own culpability in systems of oppression. And that’s step one.. Read more

Independent Bookstore Day Updates
A quick update to let you know that Independent Bookstore Day is still scheduled for Saturday, August 29. Our website has downloadable logos with the new date on them and images for all the 2020 exclusives. Bookstore parties are likely going to look different this year. But this can still be a huge, nationwide celebration of indie bookstores, readers, and authors. And it can still be a big sales day for you! We will provide you with a list of socially distant in-store and virtual party ideas soon. We will also schedule a couple virtual events that you can publicize to your customers. Please also feel free to start planning virtual and in-store events of your own for August 29.

From MIBA & GlIBA: An Evening with Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Punching the Air
"Zoboi and Salaam have created nothing short of a masterwork of humanity, with lyrical arms big enough to cradle the oppressed, and metaphoric teeth sharp enough to chomp on the bitter bones of racism.” --Jason Reynolds, award-winning, bestselling author of Long Way Down Read more

Review copies & excerpts available:

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.

The ClearingA Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown
June, 2020

Reviewed by Candice Conner,
The Haunted Bookshop, Mobile, AL
On Edelweiss

Combine Aladdin and Jasmine with the Hunger Games and mix in West African folklore and you have this gorgeous, fast-paced YA fantasy. World-building is fabulous, especially as more of the sultana's family legend is revealed. Malik is my favorite character because Ms. Brown does an amazing job combining his anxiety with his magic, as well as making him an adoring brother to his two sisters. At times he read younger to me, but I think that's due to his traumatic past. My favorite part of Karina's character is her musical talent in playing her late father's oud. To me, it was when her true personality shined brightest.

A BurningNothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why by Alexandra Petri
June, 2020

Reviewed by Susan Williams, M. Judson, Booksellers, Greenville, SC
On Edelweiss

So funny! So snarky! So just right for right now! So much happening in the world today makes us cry - these essays help us laugh as a way to process it all. Laughter through tears. Clever tongue in cheek writing and laugh out loud fun. Go follow her on Twitter right now!

A BurningOtto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things by Matilda Woods
June, 2020

Reviewed by Miriam Meeks, E. Shaver, bookseller, Savannah, GA
On Edelweiss

An adorable story of a boy searching for his mother in the frigid city of Hodorf. Otto joins ranks with the Tattercoats, a group of children who live on the streets and sleep by chimneys. There's a reason Hodorf never sees the warmer seasons. Otto and Nim find out why when they discover the magical and mysterious underbelly of the city. Magical and filled with wonder.

The Only Good IndiansPizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
June, 2020

Reviewed by Anne Peck, Righton Books, St. Simons Island, GA
On Edelweiss

An upbeat and insightful novel in which a pregnant California teenage slacker tries to sort out issues of addiction and love. Likeable characters in very grown-up situations.

More bookseller reviews

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 6/21/2020.


1. 28 Summers Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316420044
2. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938
3. The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525536291
4. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760
5. Deacon King Kong James McBride, Riverhead Books, $28, 9780735216723


1. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713
2. How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
3. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $26, 9780812993547
4. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
5. Countdown 1945 Chris Wallace, Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781982143343

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