News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 2, 2018
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Register for #SIBA18
8/15 Deadline to sign up for the Southern Book Prize Display Contest (here)
8/15 SIBA Board Ballot closes (vote here)

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 || Read This!


It’s time to exercise your ownership in SIBA.  As all of you have full-time jobs, stores to run, employees to hire, train, oversee, and sadly, fire, not to mention your community outreach efforts that often mean being involved in business associations, chambers of commerce, boards, and other volunteer efforts while never forgetting your unending efforts to retain and grow customers, it is imperative that you elect bookseller members to represent your interests in SIBA.  These booksellers commit to being trained in the effective, expensive, in-depth Carver Training required to oversee all SIBA decisions, and spend over 100 hours annually in this work for you. 

The slate:
Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, AL
Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, GA
John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, LA
Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, NC 

Vote here (you must be a bookseller member of SIBA in good standing to vote). Thank you for exercising this right and earning 50 B3! Points.



SIBA18 Discovery ShowThe SIBA18 Discovery Show is just around the corner. . .from our perspective it almost feels like it will be happening the day after tomorrow.

To keep people up to date on the show and the program, we've created a facebook event:

Join us there

We invite anyone interested in the show -- whether attending, exhibiting, or even just interested in learning more -- to sign up. We'll be posting updates to the schedule and program, asking for feedback, and responding to questions. After the show we'll create a forum for participants to talk about their exeperience and provide valuable input for future shows.


Applications open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

Applications are now open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists. Would you like to attend Winter Institute, your regional trade show in 2019,  and receive funding to create a program at your store that impacts your community in a positive way? Then you should consider applying for this first-ever year-long scholarship provided by the Binc Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray.  

Carla Gray believed that books could change people and that people change the world.  This memorial scholarship in her honor connects on both fronts, at the intersection of books and activism.  Supporting emerging booksellers and their efforts to make a difference in one's community were essential to Carla. The community outreach project can be anything from providing books to underserved children or bringing a special speaker to your store. The sky is the limit. We want you to think outside the box and hopefully, your project could be shared with other stores. 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have at least one year but fewer than 5 years of bookselling experience.
  • Work part-time or full-time at a bookstore in good standing with the ABA and your regional association.
  • Are willing and able to commit one year to complete the scholarship and you intend to remain employed as a bookseller through the implementation of your project.
  • Your store owner agrees to partner with you on your community outreach project.
Click here to apply today! Questions please feel free to contact Kit Steinaway -



Geek Out at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show! Sign up for an Escape Room Experience!

After taking off in Asia, Western Europe, and the West Coast, escape rooms are popping up across the country. Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, says it makes sense that escape experiences have become the puzzling trend of the moment. "If you were a brainy person 20 or 30 years ago, it was looked down upon. Nowadays, nerds have some of the biggest incomes in the U.S. and want to get together to geek out."  Now you have an opportunity to geek out at #SIBA18! 

Escape rooms are real-life team-based puzzle games, where you are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles together to get out.  Once your team solves the mystery or reaches the end of the time limit, you're "set free.”  

Escape rooms aren’t just problem-solving exercises. They’re fun and engaging, and encourage working together to crack codes, solve puzzles and follow clues. Studies have found that those who play games are better learners. Think what this could do for your team!

Want to sign up your team for an hour? Or get on the schedule to be part of a team? Contact and get ready for some fun!




Do You Want More Joy in Your Life? Don't Miss Ingrid Fetell Lee at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Do you want more joy in your life? To find it in unexpected places? To create an environment for your staff and customers that brings smiles? Then don't miss Ingrid Fetell Lee at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show in Tampa, Florida. "Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? Ingrid Fetell Lee will reveal the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and show how we all can find -- and create -- more of it in the world around us.” 

Lee's TED talk, "Where Joy Hides and Where to Find It" has over a million views. View Lee's TED Talk hereFans of Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), who advises we surround ourselves with things that bring us joy, will especially enjoy this.  Lee is the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.

Thursday, September 13 at 9am at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, don't miss "Make Your Mark on Life: #SIBAJoy with Ingrid Lee--The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness"



The #SIBA18 exhibitor listing is being updated weekly as new vendors sign up for the Discovery Show. Booksellers can see a list of the exhibtors, along with whatever fall order specials they have in place for the holiday season. Note that often the show specials don't require being on site to take advantage of them, although naturally coming to the show brings a host of other advantages!

Register for #SIBA18 here.

Magic Time Literary Agency 

Magic Time Literary Agency

Author advocates who are passionate about literature and represent award-winning and bestselling authors from around the country. Focusing on creation of national tours, many authors achieve bestseller status through heartfelt representation. It is a great honor to partner with booksellers to create meaningful events with libraries, universities, nonprofits, and professional and civic organizations.


Blackstone Publishing

A true pioneer in the industry, Blackstone Publishing offers authors a unique, full-service experience. From print production, to recording audio, to distribution, Blackstone Publishing's 35 years in the industry exemplifies our uncompromising dedication to superior content, award-winning authors, and eye-catching packaging. Indie show Special: 50% off SRP, Free Shipping, Net30 days, and returnable!

Longleaf Service 

Longleaf Services

Longleaf Services is a not-for-profit affiliate of UNC Press. We provide customer service and order fulfillment services for 15+ university presses, incl. UNCP, Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and West Indies, amongst others. Ask us about order consolidation options and Fall '18 special offers.



Bookazine is a full-service Indie wholesaler with all the titles you need, fast shipping, and the friendly service you deserve. Putting booksellers first since 1929.



Hop on the Bookstore Tour at the Discovery Show!

You'll need some downtime after the morning with Doug Hall's Driving Eureka! A Bookstore Tour to Oxford Exchange, Inkwood Books, and Mojo Books & Records will be just the right transition. Make plans to join the tour on Wednesday, Sept 12, 1:30-730 pm which includes lunch, store visits, and so much fun with your author tour guides: Laura Mize, MarkDeNote, and Mark Muncy!   

The tour begins at 1:30pm. What better inspiration than seeing what your colleagues are doing at their stores, and visiting their communities? Thanks so much to Arcadia Publishing/History Press for providing tour authors steeped in Florida lore, who promise to deliver lots of Florida trivia. Laura Mize is the author of Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State, Mark DeNote is the author of Tampa Bay Beer: A Heady History, and Mark Muncy is the author of Freaky Florida: The Wonderhouse.

If you'd like to join us, please email for more details.

Thanks to Generous Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor for making the tour possible!





Jamie Rogers SouthernName: Jamie Rogers Southern

Store and location: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: 16

Best part about being a bookseller: Introducing someone to a book or author they didn't know about and then having that customer come back and say "that was amazing!" I will say, I equally love it if someone has an opposite reaction to a book than I did as it often sparks an interesting conversation.

The Witch ElmWhat book(s) are you reading?
The Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking, 10/18), Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner, 10/18), The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (Touchstone, 5/18), Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth (Flatiron, 7/18)

Favorite handsell of 2018: Educated by Tara Westover

Best thing you did this year at your store: Other than successfully opening (!), I am really proud of diversifying our programming and reaching a wider audience than we ever have before. Getting new people in and reaching out into new pockets of our community is really a huge part of our mission and I'm extremely proud of how far we've come this year.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc):
5,362 likes on FB
1,095 Twitter
1,825 Instagram
5,000 e-newsletter subscribers.

What are some ways you work with your community? Oh goodness, where to start. Since we're a nonprofit, we are involved in our community at every level. We work heavily with our schools, we collaborate with approximately 75 nonprofit organizations and companies each year on events, and we try to create opportunities for people to engage with each other. We host a monthly Social Justice Storytime that has highlighted several groups, including recent refugees to our community through World Relief, Autism awareness, domestic violence, and more. We're working with several groups to cultivate community book clubs, like Pride Winston-Salem on an LGBTQ book club, and a local nutrition therapist on a body liberation book club.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Several! Some of them include: RiverRun International Film Festival on their films that are based on books or books about film, a/perture-our local indie theatre on basically the same, Family Services, Junior League, Head Start, Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Public Libraries, Winston-Salem Writers, Salemtowne Retirement Community, Piedmont Opera, Winston-Salem Symphony, Kaleideum Children's Museum, Imprints Cares, Hispanic League, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? Well, since my number one passion in life is reading, I'd say yes! I also enjoy wine, so it's also great that we share a space with a local brewery/coffee shop.

Top priority for 2018: This year, we are beginning a new initiative called Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building Collections. It has come out of our work with area schools and the realization that so many books in their collections are incredibly out of date and therefore irrelevant. Most children living in poverty will only come into contact with books through their school libraries. That means the books in our school libraries not only need to be current, children also need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. We have this amazing opportunity to change a child's life. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide our schools with 25,000 new books by 2020. It's very exciting and we can't wait to get these books to the schools.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I always get so many new ideas from talking to fellow booksellers and hearing what works/doesn't work in their stores. I always come away from any kind of networking event with one or two ideas to put into action in our store and community.



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, and The Story Shop.

9781335145161 Shadow of the Fox 10/2/2018
"A phenomenal beginning to what should be a fantastic series!"

9781524799205 How to Love a Jamaican 7/24/2018
"A stunning debut--Arthurs' style is highly fine-tuned and intuitive as playing by ear."

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"With its echoes of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein's menacing creature, Melmoth reads deliciously like an 18th-century Gothic novel."

9780440000785 Vox 8/21/2018
"A stand-out in the recent wave of feminist dystopia literature. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"Tena tells her story with laughter, tears, and courage, and it is a story that I guarantee you will want to hear. "

9781619022348 The Wildlands 9/4/2018
"I just fell into the story and couldn't put down this tense and heartbreaking novel."

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