News you can use from the Land of SIBA: December 6, 2018
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11/10-2/1/2019: Voting open on Southern Book Prize Ballot (email for link)
12/10: First Southern Book Prize Drawing (details)
1/8: Deadline to nominate PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019 (email)

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SIBA Office Hours (NOV & DEC by appointment only)
In the Land of SIBA Blog
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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


To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. This weekend, anyone who submits a ballot by 12/10 will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of either Kate DiCamillo's Louisiana's Way Home, or Therese Anne Fowler's A Well-Behaved Woman.

All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot:

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag. Click on an image to download a full-size version:


Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Facebook Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Facebook


Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Twitter Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Twitter


Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Instagram Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Instagram

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice


Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know! IndieNext Nomination | Edelweiss Review

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Almost Home

Almost Home
Valerie Fraser Luesse
ISBN: 978-8007-2963-9
Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group
March 5, 2019

With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants--and they're bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler's grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war--they're all hoping Dolly's house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly's only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

Request a review copy


Publishers Weekly has put out the call for nominations for PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019. The deadline for nominations is January 8. Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.) Finalists will be named in January at Winter Institute in Albuquerque. Winners will receive a write-up in Publishers Weekly in May 2019 and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City. 

Bookstore of the Year: PW will honor an independently owned bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S. that has been in operation for at least four years. In your nomination, please note what makes the bookstore special and provide contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Bookstores that have previously received the award cannot be nominated, nor can sister stores of bookstores that have previously won.

Sales Rep of the Year: PW welcomes nominations for outstanding telephone and house reps as well as independent sales representatives. Please include an example of the rep’s commitment to excellence, as well as contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Sales representatives can only win the award once.

Please email nominations for PW 2019 Bookstore of the Year and PW 2019 Sales Representative of the year to Judith Rosen at


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, E. Shaver, Booksellers, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, The Country Bookshop, and Underground Books

9781501199110 Looker 1/8/2019
"An aperitif to a full course meal of introspection and criticism of today's society in terms of what it means to be a woman."

9780393241020 Deep Creek 1/29/2019
"As difficult as her life sometimes is, her descriptions made me want to follow her into that wonderful high country that we should revere and protect."

9780062358202 The Last Romantics 2/5/2019
"A fascinating exploration of family dynamics. Impossible to put down and one that lingers long past the final page"

9781683319443 The Psychology of Time Travel 2/12/2019
"Woman-led time travel murder mystery! This intricate, informed, delightfully surprising, and fully-realized story has so many charms."

9780062824615 Cemetery Road 3/5/2019
"Iles is a such a gifted storyteller and over the years has maintained the magic of keeping his stories taut, mesmerizing and relevant."

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: Southern Book Prize Resources

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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