News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 23, 2018
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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!


You’re likely earning B3! Points all year, if you write reviews on Edelweiss and choose the ‘send to SIBA option’, participate in webinars and our book club, are on one of our committees, are a judge for the SIBA book awards, or are a speaker or moderator at one of our events.

Members can use their B3! Points to pay dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations. Every 500 points accrued equals $50. B3! Points are cleared out annually on October 1st, so now is the time to use them! Not going to the show? SIBA can use your points to advertise your co-hosted events on facebook.

read more | check your store's B3 credit (you must be logged in)


Giveaways and Hunt Clues: Download the free SIBA Social Link App to Optimize Your #SIBA18 Experience!

Keep up to date with show news, and any last minute changes, with the Social Link app. The app is also the source for clues to our perennial favorite Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunt items are listed in the Show Directory and scattered about the show floor. The winner wins a TRIP for 2 to #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, SC!

The Social Link app is also central to our Discovery Show App Giveaway, in which you race against time, and other booksellers, to respond first to the announcement of prizes. Prizes include a Shelfwiz Plexi/Aluminum Shelf Talker from Franklin Fixtures, signed copies of books donated by publishers, a trip to #SIBA19 for a lucky bookseller, and much more. Only one winner per store in our App Giveaway.

Get notifications, connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors, and stay on top of SIBA news with Social Link.

Download the #SIBA18 Social Link App here: Apple | Google 


This year’s finalists are:

  • Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow)
  • Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press)
  • J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books)
  • Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)

Two of this year’s finalists, Bren McClain and J.C. Sasser, were part of SIBA’s TRIO, a traveling exhibit of art, music, and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling, and all were Okra Picks, receiving enthusiastic support from SIBA booksellers.

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An Interview with Judith Lafitte, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Store and location:

Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans LA 70115

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller:

We have been in operation for 18 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?

Seeing children's faces light up when they have a special book in hand or when they have just met his/her favorite author.

What book(s) are you reading?

I am the children's book buyer, so I'm usually reading ahead of every season in the form of ARC's or F&G's. I'm currently reading The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson (an amazingly strange but fun story); I've just finished the Shadow Weaver series - Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly; Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl; Squirm by Carl Hiaasen; And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. When I have time, I like to read Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series - so I've just read her recent story - To Die But Once.

 Smack Dab in the Middle of MaybeThe Hazel WoodSterling

Favorite handsells of 2018:

Sterling: The Best (Fork) Dog EverThe Hazel WoodTwigShadow WeaverLighthouse; any Maisie Dobbs books

Best thing you did this year at your store:

We hosted more events than ever, ranging from Rick Riordan to Rick Bragg.

Social Media Stats

FB = 6900; Twitter = 6750; Instagram = 5614

What are some ways you work with your community?

This year we worked with Writers in Community; we underwrite WWNO's Reading Life; NOGSBA Literacy Programs; community partner with Prytania Theatre (books and movies), Stay Local (continuing education for buying local and keeping money in our community); One Book/One New Orleans; WNBA; and events with other independent businesses in our neighborhood.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?

Coleen Salley was my children's literature professor at UNO who inspired me every day with her amazing enthusiasm and joy for children's books. In a way, she opened me up to the possibilities of getting books into the hands of children even before I knew I would be a bookstore owner.

Top priority for 2018:

We've been needing an update on our section signs and I'm hoping that gets accomplished before the year ends.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:

The biggest benefit is getting together with other regional bookstore owners and booksellers and exchanging ideas. The education sessions are beneficial as well. SIBA has a way of making a trade show a very fun experience with a feel-good sensation when you leave.



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fountain Bookstore, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Agains, Square Books,The Bookshelf in Thomasville, and The Country Bookshop.

9781944145200 Street Freaks 10/2/2018
"An action-packed story that melds The Fast and the Furious with science fiction."

9781641290111 An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good 10/2/2018
"Talk about a gateway drug! This potent collection of short stories about an little old lady murderer [introduces] the most charming serial killer since Dexter."

9781631494703 Joy Enough 1/15/2019
"One sentence had me laughing out loud in my living room, and the next had me welling up with tears."

9780525654674 The Weight of a Piano 1/22/2019
"A mesmerizing tale of the human connections and the piano thattruly did weigh on their lives "

9781501171956 Alice's Island 4/16/2019
"This is not your run of the mill dead-husband-wasn't-supposed-to-be-there type of story!"

9780062803467 Summer of a Thousand Pies 4/16/2019
"Tugs on your heartstrings without ever falling into saccharine, and it packs an emotional punch that's resolved with humor and hope."

More bookseller reviews

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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