News you can use from the Land of SIBA: June 6, 2018
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A First Year Retrospective of Bridging the Divide Book Club by Sarah Goddin, General Manager of Quail Ridge Books

[SIBA note: We received numerous requests from SIBA members for a link to the B3! Webinar Sarah Goddin (Quail Ridge Books) and Chris Finan (ABFE). Unfortunately, there are some sound quality issues with our recording, which SIBA is attempting to fix. In the meantime, Sarah graciously agreed to write up a recap of the development of the QRB "Bridging the Divide" Book Club for stores interested in creating something similar in their community.]

Sarah GoddinIn response to the current deep political divisions in our country and community, where people with one view find it hard to comprehend how others could hold a different view, Quail Ridge Books launched a monthly book club with the goal of fostering dialog and better understanding. The book club, called Bridging the Divide, has moderators and book selections representing issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum: left, right, and central. The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding ... “Ah, now I understand how they can think that!” ... rather than to convince anyone of a particular point of view. 

We started in May 2017 and had large turnouts for our first 3 meetings: 50, 47, and 87 people respectively. Then things started to slow down and for the next 4 meetings we had 23, 6, 25, and 2 (a low point, for sure!). Since then we have rebounded and have had 25 to 34 at the last several meetings, which is a really good number for discussion.

Read more here

Books chosen so far:

  • May: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
  • June: Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 by Charles Murray
  • July: no meeting because of holiday
  • August: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  • September: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by Andrew Hoffman
  • October: How to Think Seriously About the Planet: A Case for Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton
  • November: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates
  • December: Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
  • January: no meeting because of holiday and inventory
  • February: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
  • March: The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech by Kimberley Strassel
  • April: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  •  May:  Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations  by Amy Chua
  • June: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessby Michelle Alexander
  • September: The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know  by Phillip Cook and Kristin Goss

Some books we’ve considered or possible future choices:

  • The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies, newly updated edition by Susan Jacoby
  • Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
  • Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News by Bernard Goldberg
  • The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Liesby John Lott
  • Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment by Craig Whitney
  • Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Countryby Shelby Steele
  • The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic by Ganesh Sitaraman



Please help SIBA to help you!

In order to better promote her members to the book industry and the reading public, SIBA is developing an image archive of its member bookstores. We're seeking high-resolution images of store logosstore signs, storefrontsinterior shotsevents, and store owners and staff. Photos can be emailed Please include any necessary accreditation, and identification of store personnel. Members will earn B3 credit for every photo submitted.


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Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Willa of the WoodWilla of the Wood, by Robert Beatty
Disney Hyperion / 7/10/18 / $16.99 / Hardcover / 97813680058 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. 

 Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. 

 Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan’s best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won’t miss. It’s dangerous work—the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

 When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape. Only then does she discover the truth: not all day-folk are the same, and the foundations that have guarded the Faeran for eons are under attack.

 As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her home, Willa must decide who she truly is. To save the day-folk family that has become her own--and lift the curse that has robbed her people of their truth--Willa will meet deadly force with trusted alliance, violence with shelter, and an ever-changing world with a steady heartbeat of courage.


To request a review copy, email Danielle DiMartino:



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's, Novel., Octavia Books, Page & Palette, and Union Ave Books.

9781476778440 When Life Gives You Lululemons 6/5/2018
"With female friendships and independence as the backbone, it's a fun story perfect for summer reading."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"I could not put this book down, reading it until my eyes burned from fatigue."

9780735219090 Where the Crawdads Sing 8/14/2018
"You’ll shed a few tears as you read… some of such sadness, a few of pure joy."

9781449474256 Milk and Honey 10/6/2018
"An amazing little book of poetry. Lovely and lyrical. Brings together some complicated emotions with beautiful simplicity. Cheers me on my worst days.."

9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
"Upon reading one of the best opening lines I've encountered in quite some time, I knew I needed to fasten my seat belt for another David Joy-ride. "

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"Melmoth is evocative and atmospheric, the perfect book for a chilly night and the turning of the seasons."

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