News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 16, 2018
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8/20 Deadline to order your imprinted holiday catalogs (here)
8/20 #SIBA18 Hotel Cut-Off date for special rate (reservations)
8/22 B3! Webinar: Avid Bookshop's Favorite Forms (rsvp)
9/1: Deadline for Fall Okra Pick nominations (here)

9/1: Deadline for #SIBA18 early registration

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!


Don't miss this opportunity. Your SIBA Holiday Catalog is consistently rated as SIBA's most popular and useful benefit right after the Discovery Show. It has become integral to the success of many stores' holiday season sales.Holiday Catalog

Each 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



Join us on Wednesday, August 22 at 2pm for a B3! Webinar on Avid's Favorite Forms! Rachel Watkins, Communications Director at Avid Bookshop, will share her approach to organizing store operations, from creating better checklists and forms, to creating procedures for self-published authors, events, and daily operations. Avid Bookshop has found that clearly spelling out expectations for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks makes the bookshops run more smoothly and keeps booksellers on task. All of the forms Rachel will be referencing during the webinar are now in SIBA’s Peer Brain Trust under Working with Authors, Working with Groups and Events, and Working with Business Resources.

Rachel served as Avid Bookshop's first Events Director from October 2011-June 2017, then transitioned to Communications Director where she provides human resources, community outreach, employee relations, and public relations support. Born and raised in Mississippi, she came to Athens, Georgia for graduate work in the early 1990s. After ten years in Monterey, California, she moved home to Athens in 2005.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Linda-Marie.


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:

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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.

Baker and Taylor Publishing Services

blue starBaker & Taylor Publisher Services

The distribution arm of the global wholesaler (and formerly Bookmasters), we represent a range of publishers for today’s bookstores. Popular lines include puzzles and slip-cased gift editions from Arcturus, STEM-related children’s and YA books from The Innovation Press and Nomad Press, adult nonfiction, journals from Flame Tree, and more.


Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

blue starLighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

We are an independently owned publisher based in North Carolina, specializing in adult fiction and nonfiction and YA fiction and nonfiction. ShowSpecial: Use code SIBAshow to receive a 53% discount off the retail price at ( our online catalogue ) We're distributed by Ingram Content Group with discounts and returns.

Booth Signing: Eddie Jones, Skull Creek Stakeout & Dead Low Tide
Saturday, 9/15 at 11:00 am


University of Texas Press

blue starUniversity of Texas Press

The University of Texas Press serves knowledge seekers in an information-rich world through the publication of books and journals in a wide range of fields. Our work is a focal point where the life experiences, insights, and specialized knowledge of writers converge to be disseminated in both print and digital formats. Established in 1950, UT Press has published more than 3,000 books over six decades.


An Interview with Sally Bradshaw, Owner of Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida

Sally BradshawStore and location: Midtown Reader, Tallahassee, Florida 

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Number of years as a bookseller: Just under two years!  

Best part about being a bookseller?: The remarkably interesting people that come into our store. 

What book(s) are you reading?:  I’m reading There There by Tommy Orange.  It’s sad and beautiful. I’ve also binge-read Ruth Ware’s four mysteries this summer.  And now I’m also reading an ARC of November Road by Lou Berney, and really enjoying it.

 There ThereThe Killers of the Flower Moon

Favorite handsell of 2018:  Oh gosh, I’m still selling Trevor Noah’s book.  I can’t stop talking about it.  But for 2018 I guess I’ve sold a lot of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. It’s just a stunning story that so few people know.  And it reads like fiction.

Best thing you did this year at your store:  We hosted James Patterson in February, and we expanded to an upstairs space and have partnered with a local cupcakery to provide cupcakes and coffee! Yum!

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)2964 FB likes/3015 follows; 841 followers on twitter/540 likes; 1295 followers on Instagram

What are some ways you work with your community?  We recently partnered with the Holocaust Education Research Council to host their quarterly book club and to highlight books in our store that help teach the Holocaust; we donate books to the Children’s Home Society “Giving Library” over the holidays €“ we put up a book tree, match every book purchased then deliver to CHS; we’re involved in multiple education/literacy charities, volunteering for United Way’s Read United in schools; and our Authors in Schools program has brought several terrific middle grade and lower school authors to Tallahassee over the past year including Cassie Beasley and Katherine Applegate.  We also partner with Word of South literary and music festival in Tallahassee each spring.  And we’ve worked with the Tallahassee Senior Center and Westminster Oaks retirement community to bring authors to their members as well.  And, finally, we host an author series with the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?  See above.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?  I have bookselling passions that carry over into my private life😊.  I think my husband, children, and friends are a little tired of how often I recommend good reads to them!  I do feel really strongly about connecting people and advocating for civil discourse. We’ve tried hard to create a space where people who are very different and may have different interests and beliefs can find common ground based on a love of reading and learning.

Top priority for 2018: Continuing to expand our customer base and visibility as a new bookstore. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:  SIBA fall Discovery show -- it’s AMAZING. The programs and information are so informative -- especially for new booksellers. The staff is terrific, and the interaction with other booksellers so helpful.



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, E. Shaver Bookseller, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Garden Disctrict Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Story Shop, Underground Books.

9781616203733 A Room Away From the Wolves 9/4/2018
"Catherine House is a place for girls who need to escape, but the house holds it's own dark secrets. Haunted, dark, lovely magical realism!"

9780374307066 The Boneless Mercies 10/2/2018
"Folklore, mythology, monsters and kick ass females light up the page, and it's so much more than just a genderbending Beowulf."

9781945814617 White Dancing Elephants 10/9/2018
"explores issues of immigration, religion, and feminism, but what it does best it let you peer inside each woman's soul."

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"This novel sucks you in like a Twilight Zone episode "

9780525534327 Little 10/23/2018
"My page turning reached such zealous energy that I was able to heat my house for the hours it took me to read it.."

9780811228190 Unclay 11/27/2018
"Say Jonathan Strange, Mr. Norrell, and Lolita had a menage a trois in a quaint English village inhabited by the likes of Jack the Ripper and Little Dorrit."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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