FIRST THINGS FIRST:
6/15: Deadline to submit to ABACUS (here)
7/1: Summer Okra Picks will be announced. (sneak peak here!)
7/25: B3! Webinar - Creating and
Managing a Successful Online Sales Campaign with Kelly Justice (rsvp)
Strut your store stuff!
SIBA needs good store photos of its members! (email Nicki)
SIBA is seeking examples of store swag (email Nicki)
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 ||
THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR ABACUS
DEADLINE IS 6/15!
The deadline to participate in the annual ABACUS financial independent bookstore survey is FRIDAY, JUNE 15. Bookstores that have never submitted to ABACUS that participate in ABACUS-17 will this year have the option of registering an additional staff person for the upcoming Winter Institute, set for January 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This year, each region with at least 35 reporting stores will receive a data aggregate specific for their own region’s respondents. Let's make this happen for the SIBA region, folks!
SIBA Board President Doug Robinson, owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop, writes this about ABACUS, "Using my Quickbooks reports, I finished the survey in about 1.5 hours. I am strongly urging all of you to participate in the survey. ABACUS is a yearly, members-only survey which gathers valuable information that can help improve a bookstore's operations...and bottom line."
Go here to participate:
KWAME ALEXANDER'S INDIE/SOLO SUMMER READING CLUB
DEADLINE IS 6/15!
Looking to Engage Young Readers During the Summer Break? Promote the Solo Summer Reading Program with Conroy Legacy Award-Winner Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess!
Here’s a perfect in-store opportunity for a summer reading program based on Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. Kwame Alexander, SIBA’s 2018 Conroy Legacy Award-winner, is a Virginia-based poet, educator, Newbery winner, and bestselling author. He’s a charismatic speaker with a passion for poetry and inspiring kids to read. He and Hess are leading a four-week program that readers engage with through email and facebook, and in-store programming supported by educator guides. Use this link (which directs readers to buy at their local independent bookstore or via Indiebound.org) to sign yourself up, and for use in social media and store websites to encourage readers to read Solo.
Read more here
ENTER TO WIN FREE 2019 SIBA DUES
Any store that signs up to participate in Direct To Shelf by June 15th will be entered into DartFrog's SIBA Membership Raffle. Two winners chosen at random from all those who join will have their 2019 SIBA membership dues paid by DartFrog.
SIBA stores that are already part of the DartFrog network will be automatically entered into the raffle.
Here's the link, if you are interested in signing up or just want to learn more.
More information here
BANK ON BOOKSELLERS WITH BINC
Dozens of Authors and Illustrators Aid Binc’s Bank on Booksellers
Patchett, Grisham, Reynolds Decorate Piggy Banks for Charity
ANN ARBOR – Authors and illustrators are uniting to help booksellers across the country during the return of the Bank on Booksellers Piggy Bank Auction. The auction will take place online with nationwide bidding beginning on Sunday, September 9 and closing at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 15.
In 2016, the team at Parnassus Books came together to create a unique way to support one of their fellow employees who had been diagnosed with a serious illness. The Parnassus employees used their connections to the book industry to recruit a host of celebrity piggy bank decorators for the first Bank on Booksellers. The proceeds were used to help booksellers across the country.
“Not every bookseller facing a serious medical situation can get a whole bunch of pigs together to help them out, but every bookseller has the Binc Foundation,” said Parnassus co-owner and Binc Ambassador Ann Patchett.
This year, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is hoping to follow up on the 2016 Bank on Booksellers auction. The goal is to raise $25,000, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR #SIBA18
Don't Miss Out on These Scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show!
SIBA is committed to helping every bookseller who wishes to attend The Discovery Show find a way to come. Every year financial assistance is made available through the generous support of publishers and organizations who recognize what a vital resource the show is for stores. After all, stronger bookstores mean better sales for their books. This year SIBA has the following financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available.
The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship
for one bookseller to attend their regional trade show
based on financial need, for a bookseller who has not been to SIBA in recent years
The Reba & Dave Scholarship Fund
hotel and meals and $300 in travel expenses for up to two booksellers from a bookstore
The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsored by Penguin Random House
travel, hotel and expenses up to $1000 for a full time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore
Go here for more details and application instructions
Willa 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: email@example.com
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks Bookmiser, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, McIntyre's Books, Octavia Books,The Oxford Exchange, Quail Ridge Books, Reading Rock Books and The Story Shop.
9781250170750 Baby Teeth 7/17/2018
"Sooooo creepy and chilling! This will be a great summer read."
9780062823199 Sweet Little Lies 8/14/2018
"a dark story with a touch of humor and a wonderfully developed character who I would love to see again. "
9780440000785 Vox 8/21/2018
" even more terrifying than The Handmaid's Tale."
9780399252525 Harbor Me 8/28/2018
"Six students share their riches--their harbors-- and there, every one is needed and every one is wanted."
9780062870674 The Tattooist of Auschwitz 9/4/2018
"will break your heart, amaze you, and show the perseverance of the human spirit."
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If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie
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