News you can use from the Land of SIBA: April 5, 2018
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4/6: Deadline to register for "How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store" Webinar (rsvp)
4/6: Deadline to apply for BookExpo's Introduce an Indie Scholarship (here)
4/15: Deadline to Nominate a SIBA Board Member (here)
4/15: Deadline to cast your Southern Book Prize Ballot (here)
4/15: Deadline to nominate an author for the Conroy Legacy Award (here)
4/16: Social Media and Content Marketing with Sarah Benoit (Register now)

Important and useful links:

#SIBA18 Discovery Show
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package
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Southern Book PrizeThe Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been posted. Now is the time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! credits for each ballot cast, so get your entire staff involved!

Go here to vote:

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller for your vote to be eligible. If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 15th.


Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

See the list here


Now is the time to nominate your choice for the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award. This award represents a "Lifetime Achievement." The Conroy Legacy Award honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients have the following attributes:

  • Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  • Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  • Support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers will choose among nominated writers to determine the year's winner.

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.

Nominations close on April 15th. Nominate your choice today!



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Story Shop

9781626724457 Be Prepared 4/24/2018
"Sweet, nerdy, bitingly funny, and brimming with heart!"

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
"This sweet novel has all the elements of a great read - a plucky main character, a secret, new friend drama, understanding adults, and rescued dogs that need to be adopted."

9781501153198 The Favorite Sister 5/15/2018
"The drama here is high and back-stabbing is frequent."

9780374302634 Lions & Liars 6/5/2018
"I began laughing on page 1 and laughed on every page after. "

9781635571523 Invitation to a Bonfire 6/5/2018
"If, like me, you pick up this book and think that the characters, setting, and premise will make for a good're dead wrong. Good doesn't come close to describing the fiery and dramatic experience this world will plunge you into."

9781368003551 We Don't Eat Our Classmates 6/19/2018
"We have read this for storytime and parents and kids all laughed out loud."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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