News you can use from the Land of SIBA: November 1, 2018
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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)

Important and useful links:

SIBA Office Hours (NOV & DEC by appointment only)
In the Land of SIBA Blog
Southern Indie Bestsellers (HC | PB | Kids)
Bookseller Benefits Package

The Booksellers' WaterCooler |Ongoing publisher promotions

#SIBA18 Photos!


SIBA is redesigning its website and we need to hear about your experience

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Full calendar here. Email to participate


2018 Holiday Catalog

The SIBA Holiday Catalogs have dropped, and stores should be receiving shipments shortly if they haven't received them already. Drop shipped catalogs have been scheduled to arrive at their specified locations as requested.


TITLE LIST: If you haven't already done so, here is a link to the title list so you can place your orders: Spreadsheet | Edelweiss

CATALOG ON PDF: We also have pdfs of the catalog available: Cover 1 | Cover 2


HTML versions of the catalog are available for stores that want to post them on their websites. The html catalog has been made responsive and mobile friendly.

  • IndieCommerce Stores: The ABA has the catalog and is installing it on your servers. You'll receive a notification when it is ready to be linked to.

  • Stores with other e-commerce: SIBA has created a single mobile-friendly catalog page, with a place for your own store logo: online sample

    SIBA can either send you the files to host on your own website, or we can host the catalog for you. (If we do that, the web address of your catalog will be SIBA's, not your store's).

  • Stores without ecommerce:
    SIBA can provide a no-link version of the html catalog for you to include on your website(s).

Email Nicki for more information


HOLIDAY CATALOG NEWSLETTER: The Holiday Newsletter is sent out to your store mailing list, a la Shelf Awareness for Readers, in six editions between November 12 and December 17, with each edition highlighting books from a different section of the holiday catalog. Links click through to the store's own website for purchase:

Email Nicki for more information.


HOLIDAY CATALOG SUPPORT FROM SIBA: The SIBA Holiday Catalog receives promotional support from SIBA during the holiday shopping season:

  • Catalog titles are featured in the Lady Banks newsletter between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • The Holiday Catalog is featured on Facebook as the December "Lady Banks Bookshelf"
  • A Holiday Catalog Gift Guide is published at (ARTS), linked to a rotating list of SIBA member stores

More information


The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, NAIBA, has given SIBA permission to pass along their weekly list of publisher promotion offers. The program was created by NAIBA as a way to get special deals in front of the booksellers at the time they are placing orders. NAIBA compiles on-going specials into a spreadsheet that is updated and shared every Monday morning:

Publisher Promotions

SIBA will include the link at the top of their weekly newsletter to booksellers, "In the Land of SIBA."

More info


Bren McClain 

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has named the recipient of its 2017 literary award: Bren McClain for her novel One Good Mama Bone (Story River Books). McClain was honored at a ceremony at the New York Yacht Club where she received the award’s $10,000 prize. Author Ann Kidd Taylor received Special Recognition at the ceremony for her novel The Shark Club, for its originality and insight.

"I wrote the book of my heart, held it up to the world and said Here's what I think is beautiful.

On learning that One Good Mama Bone won the 2017 Willie Morris Award, McClain said, "I wrote the book of my heart, held it up to the world and said Here's what I think is beautiful. And for that beautiful to be honored in this glorious way is an humbling like no other." 

More info


My Love Affair with the Stacks
by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain“Why do you always pick books that no one else ever reads?”

That’s what my sister’s husband asked me when I, still in high school, came home from the library with four books I’d carefully selected from my public library. I still remember the books: Reynolds Price’s A Long and Happy Life, Sinclair Lewis’s Kingsblood Royal, Joanne Greenberg’s brand new I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and a fourth book I’ll mention later. I wasn’t bothered by my brother-in-law’s question. One of my favorite things to do was to rove through the fiction stacks at my public library to see what jumped out at me. Yes, I also read the books all my friends were reading, but when it came to fiction, I was always hungry for more than just the bestsellers. 

"One of my favorite things to do is to wander without direction through the nonfiction stacks to see what books jump out at me." 

Read more


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Itinerant Literate, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Octavia Books, Page & Palette, Quail Ridge Books, and Underground Books.

9780451491336 The Travelling Cat Chronicles 10/23/2018
"A charming, quick read. A lovely gift for anyone who loves... and is loved by...a cat."

9780393609752 Did You Just Eat That? 11/6/2018 
"I have a new fear of restaurant menus because of this book."

9780062498823 Harold Snipperpot's Best Disaster Ever 2/5/2019 
"Alemagna's mixed media illustrations are delightful and exquisitely riotous, and her ability to channel a child's wide-eyed curiosity is unmatched."

9780062868909 The Hunting Party 2/12/2019
"The Hunting Party is reminiscent of Agatha Christie while still being thoroughly modern. I flew through this story in less than a day."

9780525622109 Finding Dorothy 2/12/2019
"Not only do we come to know Frank and Maude and their lives together but we learn more details about the making of the movie and the role of Judy Garland. What’s not to love!!!"

9780525513926 Four Dead Queens 2/26/2019
"A very fast-paced mystery that takes so many twist and turns you’ll find yourself gripping the book for dear life."

9781101907146 The Old Drift 3/26/2019
"Serpell is the kind of debut author that makes you believe in ONLY ever reading debut authors."

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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