News you can use from the Land of SIBA: April 12, 2018
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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)
4/25: B3! Webinar: Getting your staff on Edelweiss with Jill Hendrix (more here)

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#SIBA18 Discovery Show
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package
|| The Booksellers' WaterCooler || Read This!


Read This Next! Looking forward to a spring filled with great books!

With the onset of spring comes a whole new kind of recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers: Read This Next! Published seasonally, Read This Next! is a collection of new and forthcoming books that Southern Indie Booksellers are particularly excited about, representing the wide and varied range of indie bookseller tastes: Fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, free verse! 

Information and resources for for Booksellers

Read This Next online

Read This, Books with Street Cred

Shelf Talkers Flyer

Read These Next:

TangerineTangerine by Christine Mangan
Ecco Press | 9780062686664 | April 2018

"Take nothing for granted in this debut that is more than the sum of its influences." — Olga Onal, Bookmiser, Marietta, GA


The Oracle YearThe Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Harper Perennial | 9780062686633 | April 2018

"A beautiful study on the interconnected nature of life on planet Earth and a thoughtful funny look at human foibles, especially those of the young." — Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

The Perfume Burned His EyesThe Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli
Akashic Books | 9781617756207 | April 2018

"If you walk away from having read this book without feeling the deepest of empathy for teenagers and your own teenage self, you're just a stone, man." — Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Space OperaSpace Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Saga Press | 9781481497497 | April 2018

"I found myself sending entire pages to my friends" — Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


The Female PersuasionThe Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Riverhead Books | 9781594488405 | April 2018

"I never could have anticipated this book, and now I can't imagine a world without it" — Megan Bell, Underground Books, Carrollton, GA


Not HereNot Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018

". . . a brutally beautiful collection of poems that considers home, queerness, Vietnamese American identity, whiteness, trauma. It is imbued with a hungry wit, seeking belonging, seeking existence, seeking survival." — Elizabeth Willis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Sky in the DeepSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Wednesday Books | 9781250168450 | April 2018

". . . above all, this is a novel about humanity and heart— and how it is in our nature, first, to love and accept our fellow man given only space and time." — Chrstina Russell, Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL

Love and RuinLove and Ruin by Paula McClain
Ballantine Books | 9781101967386 | May 2018

"This story captures the nuances of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn . . . Beautifully written, we are given a intimate look at what brought them together and then what tore them apart." — Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

The Map of Salt and StarsThe Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Touchstone Books | 9781501169038 | May 2018

"There are parts that will make your heart stop and parts that will make it beat again." — Broche Fabian, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


The Mars RoomThe Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Scribner Book Company | 9781476756554 | May 2018
"Love the Kushner-esque devotion to grit, concrete, motors, and steely, sexy women."  — Melanie McNair, Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, NC

FurybornFuryborn by Claire Legrand
Sourcebooks | 9781492656623 | May 2018

"Wow! Grabs you from the opening scene in the book. Twists, turns, characters, action, world building, cool magic system, suspense, friendship, romance, costumes, threats, you name it."— Erin O'Neil, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

How Hard Can It BeHow Hard Can It Be?  by Allison Pearson
St. Martin's Press | 9781250086082 | June 2018

"Her descriptions of her symptoms are hilarious, leaving me gasping with laughter, and at one point, "snort/laughing" wine through my nose."  — Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

The Cardboard KingdomThe Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Alfred A. Knopf | 9781524719371 | June 2018

"My 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son fight over who gets to read this book every day." — Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


There ThereThere There by Tommy Orange
Knopf Publishing Group | 9780525520375 | June 2018

"A magnificent and thunderous debut - Tommy Orange has announced himself as a powerful new voice in American letters." — Steve Iwanski, Turnrow Books, Greenwood, MS

Who Is Vera Kelly?Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
Tin House Books | 9781947793019 | June 2018

"Finally, a female spy who's not a Mata Hari knock-off!" — Pete Mock, McIntyre's Books, Fearrington, NC

The Great BelieversThe Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Viking | 9780735223523 | June 2018

"The kind of book you make time for, the kind you cancel plans and turn your phone off for." — Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

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April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with

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You should have received your Okra Pick box this week.  You can identify it by the Okra Pick tape that is used to seal the box.  It's packed full of goodies.  Starting with 400 full-color beautiful bookmarks. There are two full-color posters. One promoting the Okra Picks for the Season, and another for the inaugural #ReadThisNext list.  These are general books that southern booksellers are excited to sell.  Come to the B3! webinar on August 25th, and learn your way around Edelweiss to get your name and bookstore on the next list. See a sample of the Shelf Talkers available for download here. Find enclosed the form to report your OP Sales for B3! credit, and use the included registration form to sign up for #SIBA18 in Tampa, FL.



Sarah PishkoName: Sarah Pishko

Store and location: Prince Books, 109 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510      

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Number of years as a bookseller: 35!

Best part about being a bookseller?: First of all, the product always changes! I stole a line from Books & Books: "NEW YEAR. NEW BOOKS. NEW AUTHORS." Bookstore customers are always "interested and interesting." And, books are always in the news!

What book(s) are you reading?:Varina and Manhattan Beach

VarinaFavorite handsell of 2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles.We all just thought it was a fresh, new story with a unique setting.

Prince BooksBest thing you did this year at your store: Doubled my inventory of greeting cards! Last April, after 3 years of heavy construction right across the street from me, the Hilton Norfolk The Main opened. It's a beautiful hotel with state of the art convention facilities and it's fronted in glass. The registration desk is on the second floor, and as one takes the escalator to the second floor, they have a great view of Prince Books. Most of my greeting cards were in front of the window. A month later, my card inventory was practically wiped out, so I summoned my greeting card rep, Richard Walters,  purchased two new barrel-style card displays and greatly increased my card inventory. My greeting card sales have more than doubled since June 2017

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)  FB likes 1000

Top priority going into 2018: I have dropped the ball the last few years regarding reporting to ABACUS. I need to get back to it, and then study my financials. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Seeing my sales reps, and educational sessions.

What are some ways you work with your community? 

Hmm I'm on the board of the DOWNTOWN NORFOLK COUNCIL, and part of it's VIBRANT SPACES COMMITTEE which was tasked a year ago to develop a marketplace for micro- or incubator retail businesses in a downtown space.I'm on the board of RETAIL ALLIANCE, and am on it's LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE which monitors legislation that may affect the organization. With regard to legislation, The RETAIL ALLIANCE teamed up the RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, headquartered in Richmond, and formed the VIRGINIA RETAIL FEDERATION that lobbies for both retail organizations.I spent twenty years being a book reviewer for the annual book review contest put on by the FRIENDS OF THE NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY. I have recently stepped in to take the place of an ill reviewer.Every winter I volunteer with my church's participation in NEST, Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, a consortium of churches in the city who provide overnight shelter, dinner and breakfast to the homeless who arrive at the church doors.


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9780525515210 The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker 5/15/2018
"If the story doesn't pull you in (which would be difficult), then the artwork will!"

9780399557385 Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 7/10/2018
"A sweet, clever, standalone adventure story with an art history/mystery twist thrown in for good measure, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should be smack dab on the top of the summer reading stack."

9780385542012 The Secret Token 6/5/2018
" I already know this is going to be my number one non-fiction/history pick for summer 2018."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
" Reading this novel feels something akin to watching a slow motion car wreck or seeing something that you know you're not supposed to be seeing. Grotesque and unsettling, but also magnificent and beautiful."

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

In the last issue: The Spring Okra Picks and the Southern Book Prize Ballot

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