News you can use from the Land of SIBA: November 8, 2018
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11/10-11/16: Love Your Bookstore Week! (here)
11/10: Voting opens on Southern Book Prize Ballot (email for link)
12/1: Deadline for Winter Okra Picks nominations (here)

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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


ballotAll SIBA member stores have been shipped a set of postage-paid postcard ballots for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. They should be arriving for the start of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge week. Hand them out to your customers and get them involved in the excitement of choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Downloadable posters promoting all the Southern Book Prize finalists are available here for you to post with your store displays.

  • Ballots can also be submitted online at

  • Baker & Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Click here for a sell sheet

We've had a few questions about the new format, so here are some of the more common ones:

Can books still be nominated for the Southern Book Prize?
Nominations for this year's SBP (books published in 2018) have closed, but nominations for the next year's (books publishing in 2019) are open.

Can customers vote?
Voting on the finalists is open to the general public. We want stores to involve their customers. The ballots have a place for the person to write in their local bookstore and the ballot is invalid without this information. There is also an online ballot that will be active on 11/10. Submitted ballots are entered into a drawing to win a complete set of the Southern Book Prize Finalists.

What happened to the "long list" and the "short list"?
SIBA has eliminated the step of voting on the "long list" of nominated titles to come up with the "short list" of finalists. Instead, the finalists were selected from the books that received the most nominations.

Will you have booksellers judging the finalists this year?
No. Judging by booksellers has been replaced by the current ballot, which is open to all SIBA members and their customers.


We the Resistance

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War 
Elizabeth R. Varon 
ISBN: 9780190860608 
Oxford University Press 
528 Pages | 74 halftones and 34 maps 
March 2019

Description: Loyal Americans marched off to war in 1861 not to conquer the South but to liberate it. So argues Elizabeth R. Varon in Armies of Deliverance, a sweeping narrative of the Civil War and a bold new interpretation of Union and Confederate war aims. Northerners imagined the war as a crusade to deliver the Southern masses from slaveholder domination and to bring democracy, prosperity, and education to the region. As the war escalated, Lincoln and his allies built the case that emancipation would secure military victory and benefit the North and South alike. The theme of deliverance was essential in mobilizing a Unionist coalition of Northerners and anti-Confederate Southerners.

Interweaving military and social history, Varon shows that everyday acts on the ground--from the flight of slaves, to protests against the draft, the plundering of civilian homes, and civilian defiance of military occupation--reverberated at the highest levels of government. Varon also offers new perspectives on major battles, illuminating how soldiers and civilians alike coped with the physical and emotional toll of the war as it grew into a massive humanitarian crisis.

The Union's politics of deliverance helped it to win the war. But such appeals failed to convince Confederates to accept peace on the victor's terms, ultimately sowing the seeds of postwar discord. Armies of Deliverance offers innovative insights on the conflict for those steeped in Civil War history and novices alike.

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holiday prepNew research, and likely your instincts, suggests that consumer interest during the holiday season actually peaks almost one month earlier than Black Friday. That means right now! Don’t be overwhelmed if you haven’t launched your holiday campaign yet. You can join forces with Love Your Bookstore week (November 10-16) and encourage your customers to celebrate local bookstores. Here’s a list of bookseller resources, including downloadable images, to get you started. Consider this great checklist of “9 Great Practices to Get Shoppers to Buy During the Holidays.” 



We want you to have them.  You can accrue your points and use the credit to pay for SIBA in the Springtime, annual dues, Discovery Show, or Facebook advertising.  And we want you to get every point you can.  

  1. Have you posted the Holiday Catalog to your website?  Let us know and we'll give you B3! points.
  2. Are you reviewing books on Edelweiss?  Check the SIBA box and earn B3! points.
  3. Do you participate in the turnkey emails for Okra Picks & the Holiday Catalog, a la Shelf Awareness?  You get B3! points.

And so much more.  And engage your staff as they can be earning points as well.  Print this page and post it in the staff room, email it to your staff and get them earning dimes for the store.

PS - Put SIBA in the Springtime on your calendar - March 18-20, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

More B3! info


Julia McCrea KudravetzName:  Julia McCrea Kudravetz 

Store and location: The New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.

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Number of years as a bookseller:  I purchased the shop after being manager. I was hired as manager after the sudden passing of Carol Troxell, the owner for the previous 30 years. Previously, I ran a local Reading Series and taught English through the local community college. I got involved with the store by doing their social media and selling books off-site at the reading series I hosted.

Best part about being a bookseller?The conversations I have with people from all walks of life. We have students, international tourists, authors, young kids, everyone coming into this shop.

What book(s) are you reading?:Right now I am reading to prepare for our annual Christmas List, a mailing we do of our top recommendations from the past year. All those books are featured in a "Holiday Market" on our second floor; this is a fantastic store tradition that helps guide holiday gift purchases.  Currently I'm reading a book called Ninth Street Women and learning a lot about the New York Art scene in the first half of the 20th century.

Werner's Nomenclature of ColorsFavorite handsell of 2018: I think Werner's Nomenclature of Colors, a pocket-size facsimile re-issue from Smithsonian Books, is a lovely book for artists and scientists. Each color is described in such a poetic, specific manner; this was the book that Charles Darwin took on his famous voyage.  I love to handsell this book as a unique gift.

Best thing you did this year at your store: Hard to say, but we did rent out the local historic theater, the Paramount, and hosted 1,041 people there for a conversation with Jon Meacham and John Grisham. It raised the profile of our shop, and lead us to believe we can do these 1,000-person off-site events for major international authors in the future.

What are some ways you work with your community?: We partner with a lot of local non-profits in various ways. Sometimes, it's  donating 10 books to a silent auction, other times it's cosponsoring an author or an event. We offer our rose garden as a calm space where people can read on their lunch hour.  The shop hosts a book group, an open-mic for young writers and songwriters, and the MFA Reading Series from the University of Virginia. All of these partnerships bring new people into the shop and provide a space for literary community.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?: We partner strongly with the Virginia Festival of the Book, which hosts over 20 events at our shop during the book festival in March.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?: Certainly reading and writing are a passion that carry over; plus I get to see all the new books coming out every week.

Top priority for 2018: We have a lot of priorities, but one of my top ones is paying all booksellers a decent wage in an expensive college town.  Other goals are having more locals who have never visited the shop become regular customers.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I think being a part of the SIBA community and hearing how other bookstores are thriving in this area is a wonderful benefit; it's great to know the other bookstores and have them know us. --also Okra picks!

Social Media Stats:

Facebook likes: 1,137 likes
Instagram: 1,124 followers
Twitter: 190 followers 

Press Kit: 

Events and buyer contact info:

Events: Sarah Crossland
Marketing and Communications Director

Buying: Sarah Valencia
Assistant Manager

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Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books, The Country Bookshop, and Union Ave. Books

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"a comforting little book, easy to pick up when the mood strikes."

9780525559054 Leading Men 2/12/2019
"an entertaining and engrossing historical novel that illuminates the world of a gay man in the 1950s and urges you to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect moment."

9780525562771 Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 3/5/2019
"Golby brings a refreshing frankness to topics that typically makes us want to take a few steps back."

9781524798628 Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die 3/12/2019
"This novel was so realistic that I googled Daisy Jones & The Six to see if they were an actual group that I somehow missed in my youth."

9781250134929 We Set the Dark on Fire 2/26/2019
"Milton confirms his status as one of the best in narrative history by putting you right on the ground in the middle of all the action. I was on edge, heart in my throat the whole time!"

9781250185969 Loonshots 3/19/2019
"Malcolm Gladwell meets Bill Nye in this fabulous business book that will also appeal to Steven Johnson history fans."

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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