FIRST THINGS FIRST:
7/11: B3! Book Club: Why We Buy, the Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill, updated and revised edition. (rsvp)
7/20: Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (rsvp)
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, especially bookmarks! (email Nicki)
Important and useful links:
#SIBA18 Discovery Show || In the Land of SIBA Blog
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package ||
The Booksellers' WaterCooler ||
A BOOKSELLER'S FIRST BOOKEXPO!
Star Lowe, owner of Star Line Books in Chattanooga, TN, was one of eighteen booksellers who received the "Introduce an Indie" scholarship to attend this year's Book Expo in NYC. The program, designed in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and nine regional bookseller associations, offered a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in the book industry. Star shares her first-ever experience of Book Expo:
"I was shocked to be awarded a scholarship! Even up to the last minute, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to swing it. The shop is having some growing pains, and I was super busy meeting with my accountant and lender negotiating a potential new location for Star Line Books. I was also dealing with a heavy events calendar, and helping my oldest move into his first house! I was so grateful to have attended the SIBA-sponsored How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store and How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists webinars with Maribeth Pelly. Katie worked on it, and with the help of Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore, we got it revised and pitch ready. The How to Pitch Your Store webinar included role-playing, which let me know what I was walking into with the speed dating session I attended at Book Expo. I wasn’t signed up for any, due to my aforementioned timing issue, but Kelly allowed me to use the last two minutes of her 11-minute sessions. I couldn’t have asked for a more gracious mentor. She and her colleague, Carl Kranz, have taken Katie and me under their wings, and no question is seen as too insignificant. I had a catbird’s seat watching Kelly pitch before my turns. Having done no publisher prep ahead of time to familiarize myself with their upcoming tour grids, I learned on the fly, and used what I gleaned from Kelly’s pitch to fit my store’s pitch. I was confident enough following the speed dating sessions to cold call some of the publishers with authors I knew I wanted to host in Chattanooga.
2018 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE WINNERS
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently minded!) Booksellers
Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the2018 Southern Book Prize.
Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most "you’ve got to read this” and "hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.
2018 Southern Book Prize Winners
More information here
SUMMER OKRA PICKS
Summer is the season for Okra. . .Picks! Southern Indie Booksellers have chosen their favorite Southern books of the summer, a literary harvest of forthcoming hand sell hot picks and future bestsellers.
All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between July and September, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Eighteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s literature—have been picked by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited about. The answer to every reader’s favorite question – What should I read next? – can be found here.
More information here
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, and The Country Bookshop.
9781478964179 Calypso 5/29/2018
"If there is a "King of Audiobooks," it has to be David Sedaris."
9780735230378 Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse 8/14/2018
"A touching and illuminating example of the hope, beauty, and resilience that resides in the mind and imagination of a child."
9781454926849 Business Pig 9/4/2018
"It's impossible to read this picture book and carry on with your life without feeling absolutely charmed by the acquaintance."
9781419727726 The Good Neighbor 9/4/2018
"We grew up with Fred Rogers and at some point in my teens I was too cool for him. I was wrong."
9780763688424 Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise 9/11/2018
"Every great story has an elephant, um... an element, of surprise. A very "pun-ny" read-aloud just perfect for storytime."
9780062668691 The Labyrinth of the Spirits 9/18/2018
"Magnificent tales about books, booksellers and authors and life. He also has such imagination and is a masterful weaver of tales you can’t imagine."
9781947793033 When Rap Spoke Straight to God 9/18/2018
"Dawson summons biblical mythology, diverse poetic forms, demons both ancient and contemporary, rap lyrics, and gristle, creating out of it all something with a pulsing vibrancy."
9780062696878 The Light Between Worlds 10/23/2018
"Filled with magic and poetry, this book is heartbreaking in the best way."
More bookseller reviews
If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie
In the last issue: Bookseller Revival, Make your mark at #SIBA18
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