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5/16: B3! Book Club: Your Leadership Edge (rsvp)
5/23: B3! Webinar: The Open Discussion Project and Bridging the Divide (rsvp)
5/24: Webinar: How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists (rsvp)
6/1: Summer Okra Pick Nominations are due (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
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Your Leadership EdgeWednesday, May 16 at 2PM:  B3! Bookclub discusses Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O'Malley and Amanda Cebula.

Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, praises this book as one that "teaches—or refreshes—skills for anyone to be a leader…[and] presents a step-by-step process designed to break down barriers in order to create change...This small book is a big gem." Some things to consider in advance of our book club discussion: What are your leadership challenges? Are they technical or adaptive (the book will explain what this means)? Are you in a position of authority at your store? Are you fully-whelmed at work, or do you find yourself under/overwhelmed? Please email Linda-Marie if you need a copy of the book or have any questions about the book club.

Wednesday, May 23 at 2PM: Bridging the Divide and The Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan.

Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store's success with their "Bridging the Divide" book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

Maribeth PellyThursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers with Maribeth Pelly. 

This is our second webinar with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at Booktowne and independent marketing consultant. Booksellers will find out how to have productive conversations with publishers, what publishers want to know (and what they don't), and how to build a successful author event program, no matter what your store size. We'll also observe a SIBA bookseller pitch to a publicist at Penguin Random House, and discover some great tips for online and in-person pitching. Attendees of this webinar are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicist Speed Dating begins. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

Galleys & Giveaways


Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

  • Nominatefor the next season of SIBA's Okra Picks!
  • Nominatefor the next Southern Book Prize!
  • Send nicki@sibaweb.comyour review for the Lady Banks newsletter
  • Submit to IndieNext
  • Review on Edelweiss+ (be sure to click the "SIBA" option in the review box)

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.
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Kick Flip BoysKickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood, by Neal Thompson
Ecco / 5/15/18 / $27.99 / Hardcover / 9780062394347 

"Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys." —Michael Chabon

"What a riveting, touching, and painful read!" —Maria Semple

"Fun, moving, raw, and relatable." —Tony Hawk

What makes a good father good, and what makes him feel like a fraud? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his unconventional role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that their out-of-bounds lifestyle will lead them too far afield.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, skipping classes and defying teachers, run-ins with security guards and cops, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance. 

A "heartfelt and blunt" (Publishers Weekly) story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for boys who resist mainstream expectations as they seek their own path. Ultimately, it's a deeply moving survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

"I was immensely moved by Kickflip Boys ... a profoundly honest book and a true achievement." —Dani Shapiro

"The voice is brave, funny and fiercely honest." —Peter Heller 

To request a review copy:


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Bookshop, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Story Stop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780802128256 Convenience Store Woman 6/12/2018
"The power of this novel is not in a sweeping landscape or journey, but in its intimacy, humor, and empathy with this very human, knowable woman."

9780062400734 Don't You Ever 7/3/2018
"Bishop walks readers through the surprise, the mystery, the joy and ultimately the heartbreak of finding and losing an all-but-unknown brother."

9780316392358 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Of course there are still times that I spit coffee all over myself because I made the mistake of drinking while reading."

9780062795250 What If It's Us 10/9/2018
"I grinned through reading most of this book. It's SO cute, but not in that super awful, sappy a perfectly wonderful, hopeful, fantastic romantic way."

9780823440559 Dreamers 9/4/2018
"A story of a woman who had her life changed when she entered the public library for the first time. Beautiful, simple and brilliantly done"

9781524738235 Royals 5/1/2018
"I devoured this book in one day! The humor, romance and royal treatment was just what I needed to get my reading mojo back."

9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
" From the first page to the last, the story will grip you and not let go like a Dwayne Brewer bear hug."

9781501192555 An Ocean of Minutes 7/10/2018
"I can't wait to hand this to our customers who want something just a tad off the beaten path."

9781501169038 The Map of Salt and Stars 5/1/2018
"A beautifully written look at what it means to come of age in the middle of a war, as well as the power of stories and how they shape us."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"I will be shoving this book into as many hands as I can."

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