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First Things First...

9/17: Reader Meet Writer: Margaret Kimberley, Prejudential
9/21-9/25: New Voices New Rooms (register)
9/29: Reader Meet Writer: Connor Towne O'Neill, Down Along With That Devil's Bones

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

A Brief But Important SIBA Member 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

Fall Keynote: Ramunda Young talks to Rev. Al Sharpton

Fall Keynote with Rev. Al Sharpton

"Bookstores and booksellers stabilize us." Reverend Al Sharpton talks to Ramunda Young about his experiences with both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, about activism and how each of us can make a real difference, about books and why bookstores are a vital part of our culture, and about the future, which is ours to grasp if we just decide to RISE UP.

New Voices New Rooms

New Voices New Rooms: The Bookend Events

New Voices New Rooms, our SIBA/NAIBA trade conference , brings you five days of events to plug into your schedule and enjoy, learn from, and share with your colleagues. For your ease getting into events, please register for each event asap rather than day of, and download the events right into your calendar. Each event has a different Zoom link, so your prep now will make your experience later much easier! Make sure to register for the conference first as your key to attending the show, the equivalent of getting your show badge. Please take five minutes to scroll through the schedule and begin to plan your week (CYOA!).

Beginnings and endings are so meaningful, and we crafted this show with powerful intention. The result? It’s  bookended by two beautiful events you won’t want to miss. We begin on Monday, Sept 21 at 8:30AM with All Because You Matter with Tami Charles and Bryan Collier, the author and illustrator of All Because You Matter. Their book is “a lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.” The conversation will be moderated by Liza Baker, VP and Publisher of Cartwheel and Orchard Books, Scholastic Inc.

We close the show on
Friday, Sept 25 at 6PM with The Way Forward: Meeting Crisis with Creativity. Rockstar authors and mentors Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Glennon Doyle will be in conversation about our present moment and the theme of creative response to crisis, followed by a lively Q & A from attending booksellers. Finding and supporting creative responses during such difficult times can often be the work that not only helps our businesses survive, but also saves us personally. Please join us as at our final event for #NVNR2020 and let’s do this important work together. And then celebrate.

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Lady Banks Bookshelf in October


SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion. These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week. We give SIBA member stores a heads up on each month’s featured titles, to encourage in-store and online displays.

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on “The Shelf” in coming months.

Coming up in October:

The Wrong Kind of Woman by Sarah McCraw Crow

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim 

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

The King of Highbanks Road by Steve Watkins 

Restitution by Janet Lee Berg

A Palm Beach Scandal by Susannah Marren

Edelweiss Collection

Relief Fund for Blackstone Audio Fire Victims

Blackstone Publishers, headquartered in Oregon, has been a strong supporter of independent bookstores. They are a major sponsor of the New Voices New Rooms virtual trade show. We are saddened to report that at least ten of their employees have lost their homes to the wildfires. While everyone has been reported safe, Blackstone has created a GoFundMe page to support their people who have lost so much. If you would like to contribute, click here.

Reader Meet Writer in September

Reader Meet WriterConnor Towne O'Neill / Down Along With That Devil's Bones

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


Connor Towne O'NeillTue Sep 29th 5:00pm - 6:00pm Connor Towne O'Neill / Down Along With That Devil's Bones

Connor Towne O'Neill's writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE! Reader Meet Writer upgrades event format

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to feedback from the book industry, SIBA is upgrading its Reader Meet Writer series from the more open discussion "Zoom meeting" format to the more presentation-oriented "webinar" format. Existing meeting links will not change.

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:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 9/13/2020.


1. The Lying Life of Adults Elena Ferrante, Europa Editions, $26, 9781609455910
2. All the Devils Are Here Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250145239
3. Squeeze Me Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $28.95, 9781524733452
4. Transcendent Kingdom Yaa Gyasi, Knopf, $27.95, 9780525658184
5. The Guest List Lucy Foley, Morrow, $27.99, 9780062868930


1. Caste Isabel Wilkerson, Random House, $32, 9780593230251
2. His Truth Is Marching On Jon Meacham, Random House, $30, 9781984855022
3. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
4. Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 Ian W. Toll, Norton, $40, 9780393080650
5. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $26, 9780812993547

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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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