News you can use from the Land of SIBA: May 17, 2018
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5/23: B3! Webinar: The Open Discussion Project and Bridging the Divide (rsvp)
5/24: Webinar: How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists (rsvp)
5/28: BOOKEXPO! Have fun!
6/1: Summer Okra Pick Nominations are due (here)

6/15: Deadline to submit to ABACUS (here)

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
|| The Booksellers' WaterCooler || Read This!


with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan on Wed, 5/23, at 2PM via Zoom!
Sarah GoddinJoin 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. Booksellers will have an opportunity to ask questions of Sarah and Chris, to explore how this programming could serve their stores and communities.

Sarah Goddin is general manager of Quail Ridge Books, a 9000 square foot store in Raleigh, NC. She has been a bookseller for 40 years, starting with Waldenbooks in 1978, then opening and running her own store, Wellington's Books, in Cary, for 10 years, finally landing at Quail Ridge Books in 1996. Sarah has served on various ABA committees such as  the Booksellers Advisory Council, Education and Abacus task forces, and as chair of the Spring 2017 Indies Introduce adult book selection committee.

Chris FinanChris Finan is executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, an alliance of 56 national non-profits, including the American Booksellers Association.  He has defended the First Amendment rights of booksellers for many years and most recently led American Booksellers for Free Expression.  He is the author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America.  His new book is Drunks: An American History, which will be released in paperback on June 5. 

Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.


Here at SIBA we answer a lot of questions. A LOT. By phone, by email, face-to-face during the weekly SIBA online office hours -- it isn't unusual for everyone in the office to field two or three questions from SIBA members every day.

We regard this as a good thing. Questions mean people are engaged and interested in SIBA's benefits. Questions can also help SIBA identify what's important to booksellers and what things we could be doing differently or better.

So acting on the assumption that for every time a person asks, there are six people with the same question who haven't, we thought it would be useful to post some of the questions we get, and some of the answers we gave.

Q: How do I get my store's events on the Lady Banks Calendar?

A: SIBA has a submission form stores can use, and a downloadable spreadsheet for submitting events in a batch:

It takes about 24 hours for submitted events to appear on the calendar. Stores earn .50 cents in B3! credit for each event they submit.

Q: Can't I just email SIBA our events?

A: You can, but SIBA can't promise they will be added. SIBA has a few elves who generously offer their time to update things like store calendars, but they aren't always available, and SIBA stores have pretty busy schedules. The online form is the only sure way to make your events are listed.

Also, emailed events don't receive B3! Credit

Q: How can I find how much outstanding credit I have with SIBA?

A: Log in to your account and click on "My Profile" from the top menu bar. Then click on the "About" tab. Your SIBA Credit and B3! Credit can be found under the "Professional Information" Section. (Credit information is only visible to you, not to anyone else.:)

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Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Story Shop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"Willa Drake isn't just a character in a book. She becomes a friend you root for, someone you'd like to hug."

9780316516204 The Wrong Heaven 7/17/2018
"Unbelievably funny and charmingly bizarre."

9780316176637 Transcription 9/25/2018
"Kate Atkinson is a genius."

9780999193518 Bald Knobber 10/2/2018
"I've always been struck by the way he manages to capture modernity in all its awkward quietness."

9780062424242 The Other Side of Lost 8/7/2018
"A 'Wild' for a younger audience."

More bookseller reviews

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

In the last issue: Galleys and Giveaways, Making the Most of May

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

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