News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 9, 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)
8/20 Deadline to order your imprinted holiday catalogs
8/22 B3! Webinar: Avid Bookshop's Favorite Forms (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 || 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.


Holiday CatalogEach year, the SIBA Holiday Catalog contributes to increased winter sales for bookstores across the South.  This full-color catalog is filled with more than 100 great titles in a wide range of categories including cooking, sports, business, fiction, children's, and history and nonfiction titles - all perfect for your store and your customers.

"The response we get from the SIBA Catalog is overwhelming! We have customers coming to the store even after the holidays with copies of the catalog marked with their notes and wishes!"
—John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Louisiana

The Holiday Catalog Title List | Order Your Catalogs


Is your store on this list?

Early registration for the 2018 SIBA Discovery Show closes on September 1. Here's why you want to register now instead of waiting until the last minute:

  1. We're using store bookmarks in our directory, and late registrants can't be included. Email your bookmark file or photo to Nicki.
  2. You must be registered by August 15th to participate in the Southern Book Prize Display Contest (winning store receives $1000, CASH)
  3. You must be registered by 9/1 to be listed on the Bibb Pick Ballot. Winning store receives year-long support from #SIBA18 authors and hotel rooms, meals and travel stipend to #siba19.
  4. Exhibitors receive advance notice of attending bookstores to help coordinate appointments. If you aren't registered, they won't be able to reach out to you.
  5. You must register to purchase meal tickets. Meal tickets all DOUBLE IN PRICE on site.



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.

We the Resistance

We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States

Edited by Michael G Long 
Foreword by Chris Hedges 
Afterword by Dolores Huerta

City Lights Publishers 
November 27, 2018
Trade paperback original  9780872867567  $19.95 

A first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years.

While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation's military past, a rich and vibrant counter narrative remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate history of the formation of our nation—and its character—is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the tools of nonviolence to resist unjust, unfair, and immoral policies and practices.

We the Resistance gives curious citizens and current resistors unfiltered access to the hearts and minds of their activist predecessors. Beginning with the pre-Revolutionary War era and continuing through to the present day, readers will encounter the voices of protestors sharing instructive stories about their methods (from sit-ins to tree sitting) and opponents (from Puritans to Wall Street bankers), as well as inspirational stories about their failures (from slave petitions to the fight for the ERA), and successes (from enfranchisement for women to today's reform of police practices). Instruction and inspiration run throughout this captivating reader, generously illustrated with historic graphics and photographs of nonviolent protests throughout U.S. history.

Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson (2007), Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (2011), and I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters (City Lights Publishers, 2012). He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania

To request a review copy contact Stacey Lewis at

Impeaching the President

Impeaching the PresidentPast, Present, and Future 
By Alan Hirsch
City Lights Publishers 
October 16, 2018

Trade paperback original  
9780872867628 $14.95

An historical look at the practice of impeachment, how it impacted the terms of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton, and how it may affect Donald Trump.

"Impeaching the President is lucid, balanced, and deeply informed. Anyone in search of a reasoned guide to the unreason of our current situation should read it."—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction

It seems quite possible that President Trump will be impeached. Concerns about connections with Russia's attack on our elections, obstruction of justice, illicit business deals, and compromised classified intelligence dominate the news. Robert Mueller's fast-moving investigation has already resulted in arrests, indictments, guilty pleas, and high-level cooperating witnesses. Anything can happen.

In response to the complexity of a rapidly evolving situation, constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch offers clear and to-the-point guidance for all matters relating to removing a sitting president—from the Founder's constitutional protections against executive criminality and the instructive impeachment stories of presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton, to the particular ways that Donald Trump may be legally vulnerable, and the possibilities and limitations of presidential self-pardon.

Illustrated throughout with historical engravings, photographs, and other impeachment documentation, Impeaching the President does not advocate for any particular course of action, nor make any predictions about Trump's future. Rather, this concise, timely, and accessible analysis offers historical lessons and a perspective on how the Constitution provides stability during times of political uncertainty and crisis.

Alan Hirsch, Instructor in the Humanities and Chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, is the author of numerous works of legal scholarship and many books including For the People: What the Constitution Really Says About Your Rights (Free Press) (coauthored with Akhil Amar) and A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment (Essential Books). He received a J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. from Amherst College. His work has appeared in the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesWashington TimesNewsday, and the Village Voice. Hirsch also serves as a trial consultant and expert witness on interrogations and criminal confessions, testifying around the nation. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  

For review copies contact Stacey Lewis at 



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.


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In response to a request by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to think of the independent channel when creating online promotions, 7 Stories Press is offering Indies a High Five, as in an extra 5%, for specific backlist titles in two August promotions (see sell sheets).  Build a display around themes of Women in Translation, Human Rights, or Anti-War/Pacifism and you could win $250! Your display must include the featured 7 Stories Press titles, but can extend beyond that to include titles by other publishers. Submit a photograph of the display by Friday, August 31 to  

7 Stories Press’ offer is a positive step in an ongoing dialogue surrounding publisher promotions to consumers and their impact on independent bookstores. We encourage you to participate in this pilot program with a publisher who has come to the table to find a way to promote their backlist titles in partnership with independent bookstores.

Human Rights & Anti-War/Pacifism sales sheet

Women in Translation sales sheet


Name: Doni Kay 

Employer: Penguin Young Readers

States in your territory: DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL

Number of years as a rep:16

Best part about being a rep: Visiting bookstores and meeting with my buyers.

What were you doing before you became a rep? I was the children’s buyer for Books & Books in Coral Gables. I also ran the bookfair operation and managed the kid’s room with Michelle Krinzman. Before that, I was a flight attendant with Air Florida back in the late 70’s!

What's the coolest thing/a great idea you've seen at one of your stores? I love the Goodnight, Moon room at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia. It’s magical!

Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Yes, I do. All the time. I encourage my buyers to make sure they praise the galleys they love in Edelweiss. Knowing that once a buyer has gone through the catalog and marked their order that they may not ever go back in, I tell them I will sit right there while they write a review, even if it is in the middle of our sales call.

Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I follow many of my accounts on social media. In the last couple of years I have seen so many of them step up their game on social media, specifically Instagram. Many have assigned a specific employee to manage their social media accounts, which I think is a great idea. Also, at Penguin Young Readers, we make sure to send out Social Media ready assets that make it super easy for our accounts to post a picture or post a contest or pre-order campaign, without them needing to put it all together in their very limited amount of time. We would rather they are hand selling in the store, rather than trying to figure out how to post something. I am really impressed with a few of my newer stores, that have jumped right into social media.

What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? I always hope that my buyers have gone through my Edelweiss mark up ahead of time and marked up their initial order, so that we can spend our time wisely…….fine tuning the order and making sure they have noticed some of the mark up notes that I have added, such as where the author lives or possibly something local that we can use as a selling tool.

Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call? I can’t think of one most memorable thing, but probably my favorite thing is when my buyers gets called away for a few minutes and I get to be a bookstore staff member again…….doing what I love best……hand selling!

What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often? I love feedback. I tell all of my buyers to write me a quick email or text me or call me and let me know any little thing that is happening in their store or with their customers, so that I can stay on top of trends in the marketplace. If a new employee is madly in love with one of my books and is hand selling it like crazy, I want to know, so that I can make sure to send galleys specifically to that staff member and be better able to target my mailings.

Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Picture book: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse, (on sale in August 2018), Jackie Woodson’s new books……The Day You Begin and Harbor Me and Sheila Turnage’s finale to the Mo & Dale Mysteries which began with Three Times Lucky……The Law of Finders Keepers. Sooooo good!

What do you enjoy most about the SIBA Discovery Show? Seeing all my fellow reps and finding out what books they are excited about. Catching up with my customers and getting to know new-comers to the bookselling world. I really enjoy getting a chance to talk to some of the owners and buyers at some of the smaller accounts in my territory that I won’t necessarily see while on the road. It is a great way to build relationships and to personally show them the exciting books we have coming up!



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop,Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, MacIntosh Books & Paper, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, The Story Shop, Underground Books, Union Ave. Books, Writers Block Bookstore.

9780062792341 The Mystery of Three Quarters 8/28/2018
"Honestly, while reading this book, I forgot that Agatha Christie didn't write it."

9780801072925 I'd Rather Be Reading 9/4/2018
"This book is a hot beverage & a cozy blanket on a chilly evening, or a cold glass of sweet tea on a summer’s day. It is Bag End to Frodo Baggins."

9780062859952 The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock 9/11/2018
"High class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, backstabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, memaids. What more could you ask?"

9781555978181 Scribe 10/2/2018
"an atmospheric powerful novel told with a beautiful and dark voice. "

9780316411059 In the House in the Dark of the Woods 10/16/2018
"Whoa! This book is fabulous. So dark, so very dark. Which of course is why I loved it so much."

9780062843302 Congratulations, Who Are You Again? 11/6/2018
"Pee in your pants funny with so much wisdom and honesty!"

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