News you can use from the Land of SIBA: October 18, 2018
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Discovery Show Lunch 10/31: B3! Webinar: The Art of Gathering for Booksellers (more)
10/31: Deadline to sign up for the Holiday Catalog Email Newsletters (here)
11/7: B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch, Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers (here)

11/10-11/16: Love Your Bookstore Week! (here)

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On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Full calendar here. Email to participate


There’s a new retail holiday celebrating brick and mortar bookstores! It’s Love Your Bookstore, taking place from Saturday, November 10 to Friday, November 16.

This holiday comes with a challenge: during “Love Your Bookstore” week, readers visit their favorite bookstores and take a picture of the book they’re most excited to gift this holiday season. They must post their photo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter sometime during November 10-16 with the hashtag #loveyourbookstore to be entered to win bookish prizes. The list of prizes is fantastic, and growing as more sponsors join in.

Booksellers can promote the #loveyourbookstore challenge to customers, and involve their local authors and publishers to spread the word through social media. Here’s a link to resources for booksellers to assist in promotions.

More info




SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South, and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf in the spring, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), and a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) in on social media.

What’s up for November:

  • Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg
  • The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred
  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • Chosen People by Robert Whitlow
  • City of a Million Dreams by Jason Berry
  • Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood (#OkraPick)

Here’s a link to the collection on Edelweiss.

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Want to mark this off your bucket list?  Dream of presenting a TED-style talk on an innovative solution you've created.  We want you!  

Items for any potential  EUREKAsiba  bookseller to consider:  Talks need to be between 11 and 18 minutes, and cannot go over time.  In developing your idea, write your idea down in one or two sentences. Ask yourself three questions: Is my idea new? Am I telling people something I'm pretty sure they have not heard before? Is it interesting? 

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EUREKAsiba 2018: "Big Mouth, Big Marketing"
with Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Big Mouth, Big Marketing



The consequences and difficulties that result from a major hurricane don't always take the form of property damage, and stores and their employees do not need to have suffered physical damage to qualify for assistance.

The thoughtful owner of a bookstore in North Carolina did all they could to prepare for the recent Hurricane Florence. They put books and merchandise on high shelves and most major physical damage was avoided because of their precautions and preparation before the storm. However, because of this store's location and a customer base which is in a large part tourists, they are struggling to pay their mortgage and utilities because access to their area is currently restricted to emergency and storm clean up crews. Cleanup is likely going to take several months and foot traffic will be limited to nonexistent for weeks to come. Binc has stepped in to cover mortgage and utilities for a few months, so that when tourists return their favorite local bookstore will still be there – ready to welcome them back.

If you or a bookseller you know is facing an unexpected hardship, contact Binc and we will help you navigate available resources.

If you'd like to help booksellers facing life's emergencies donate here.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Help your store meet the challenge with this checklist.

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Featuring Abrams, ACC, Amber Lotus, Arte, Arte Publico Press, Baker& Taylor, Barron's Educational Series, Beckett, Boydell and Brewer, Candlewick, Chronicle, David R.Godine, Gibbs-Smith, Kumon, Llewellyn, Lonely Planet, Quarto, Red Wheel, SCB, Schiffer, Simon & Schuster, Sleeping Bear, Wiley

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Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, The Bookshelf, Fiction Addiction, Firestorm Books, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, One More Page Books, and Read It Again.

9781250175731 The Darkest Star 10/30/2018
"No one delivers angsty alien, swoon worthy romance like Armentrout!"

9780316415811 An Almost Perfect Christmas 11/6/2018
"This book reminded me, in the best way possible, of reading my mom's Erma Bombeck books, but with a hilarious, British Christmas setting."

9781250144546 The Gilded Wolves 1/15/2019
"Roshani Chokshi’s ability to undercut extremely dark and emotional scenes with glorious humor rivals that of even the best writers at Marvel!"

9780451493026 Black Is the Body 2/19/2019
"Bernard's essays are infectious jolts of insight."

9781984883261 The River 5/14/2019
"Take a pinch of James Dickey, add a spoonful of Norman MacClean. Stir well, then take outside and bake in a flashover fire. Top it off with a dollop of an ending that will tear you up inside and you have a mighty tasty novel that you will not be able to put down."

More bookseller reviews

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

In the last issue: Meet Megan Bell & Josh Niesse, Underground Books and Hills and Hamlets Bookshop

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