News you can use from the Land of SIBA: October 10, 2018
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Book Doctors Hachette10/9: Deadline for the Carla Gray Scholarship (here)
10/10: Holiday Catalogs ship
10/12: Deadline for nominations for the James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus (here)
10/17: B3! Webinar: Ingram Spark and Store Publishing Programs (more)
10/31: B3! Webinar: The Art of Gathering for Booksellers (more)
10/31: Deadline to sign up for the Holiday Catalog Newsletter (here)
11/7: B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch, Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers (here)

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Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

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The season is upon us and your print holiday catalogs will drop soon. But SIBA is offering any member store the opportunity to sell the holiday catalog titles even if you didn't take the print version.  We have two ways to help you sell more books this holiday season.

First, we will offer you your own html version of the catalog that you can post to your website, and books will link back to your details pages for purchase.

Second, and new this year, we are providing six emails to be sent to your customers on your behalf weekly starting the week of November 12th, and ending the week of December 17th. Each email will focus on a different category:

  • Kids Birth to 10
  • Kids 10 & Up 
  • Fiction
  • Biography / History 
  • Cooking
  • Last Minute Great Gift Ideas 

Sign up here

More info


Galleys & Giveaways

Welcome to SIBA’s Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers, first-come, first-serve.

  • Nominate for an Okra Pick
  • Submit to IndieNext
  • Review on Edelweiss+ (choose the"SIBA" option in the review box)

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Breakfast With EinsteinBreakfast with Einstein by Chad Orzel

BenBella Books | 9781946885357 | $16.95 | trade paperback | December 11, 2018 | science

Your alarm goes off, and you head to the kitchen to make yourself some toast and a cup of coffee. Little do you know, your ordinary morning routine depends on some of the weirdest phenomena ever discovered. In Breakfast with Einstein, Chad Orzel illuminates the surface of our regular lives by digging into the surprisingly complicated physics involved in our day-to-day. From the sun, alarm clocks, and the red glow of a toaster’s hot filaments to the chemistry of food aroma, a typical day is rich with examples of quantum oddities. Your ordinary mornings will never seem quite as ordinary again. As supplies last.

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The Positive ShiftThe Positive Shift by Catherine Sanderson

BenBella Books | 9781946885449 | $17.95 | trade paperback | January 29, 2019 | psychology/self-help

It’s the reason why spending time on Facebook makes us feel sad and lonely. Why expensive name-brand medicines provide better pain relief than the generic stuff, even if they share the same ingredients. In The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity, Dr. Catherine Sanderson breaks down the science of thought and shows how our mindset—or thought pattern—exerts a substantial influence on our psychological and physical health. Most important, this book demonstrates how, no matter what our natural tendency, with practice we can make minor tweaks in our mindset that will improve the quality—and longevity—of our life. As supplies last.

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Okra Picks2018 Fall Okra Picks

The end of summer and beginning of fall brings with it a new harvest of Okra (Picks). Southern indie booksellers have chosen a bushel of the best Southern books of the upcoming season, October to December.  Each of the 18 books on the list was hand-picked by an enthusiastic Southern bookseller as something they are especially looking forward to. Okra Picks are the “You’ve Got to Read This!” list for the upcoming holidays.

Becoming Mrs. LewisBook of the Just: Book  Three of the Bohemian TrilogyThe Dream Daughter
Southern Discomfort: A  MemoirLouisiana's Way HomeScribe

see the full list


There's One Week Left to Apply for the Carla Gray Scholarship!

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists is unlike any other scholarship the Binc Foundation has offered. This year-long professional development scholarship is intended to help a bookseller with fewer than five years of experience connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors and to establish the long-term relationships that keep the book industry thriving. The scholarship includes funds to attend Winter Institute 2019 and a 2019 fall regional trade show. The bookseller will also be granted funding to support a community outreach project of their own design. Applications are open now

You have till October 9 to apply!


B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch: Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers

November 7 at 2PM, via Zoom!

Listening to customers, discerning their needs, and suggesting the best match is an art form that, when mastered, results in bigger and better sales. As we head into the biggest retail season of the year, what better time to listen to these veterans share their tips and tricks to profitably connect with your customers?

This webinar, for new booksellers learning the ropes, and veterans who seek a fresh look at handselling, offers tips and tricks from three experts: Toni Hetzel (sales representative at Penguin Random House), Caroline Green Christopoulus (gift and book buyer at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe), and Pete Mock (book buyer at McIntyre's Books). They’ll each present on a different aspect of hand selling/pitching, and take your questions during the second half of the webinar.

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And don't miss:

10/17: B3! Webinar: Ingram Spark and Store Publishing Programs (more)
10/31: B3! Webinar: The Art of Gathering for Booksellers (more)
11/7: B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch, Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers (here)


B3! Webinar with Priya Parker, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters"

Time: Wed, Oct 31 at 2PM via Zoom. 

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that we rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker will discuss what works, what doesn't, and why. For booksellers hosting author events, book clubs, community gatherings, staff meetings, and more, this webinar offers an opportunity to hear from an expert, ask questions, and receive advice to enhance and improve this area of your business.

Please email to attend.


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