News you can use from the land of SIBA: January 3, 2019
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2/1/2019: Voting deadline for Southern Book Prize Ballot (email for link)
1/7: Southern Book Prize Drawing (details)
1/8: Deadline to nominate PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019 (email)

1/9: B3! Webinar - Book Subscription Services (rsvp)
2/1: Southern Book Prize Ballot Deadline (email for link)

2/6: B3! Webinar- #Chill for Booksellers with Bryan E. Robinson (rsvp)
3/29: Deadline to nominate books for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction (here)

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#SIBA18 Photos!

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

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B3! Webinar with Bryan E. Robinson: #Chill for Booksellers: Integrating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Wednesday, February 6 at 2PM

The cycle of 24/7 work addiction can be difficult to break, but according to Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D., a licensed psychotherapist and mindfulness expert, it’s only a matter of reframing priorities and practicing mindfulness. Chilling is not something you do. It’s a mindset, a way of being in the world. 

Bryan E. Robinson is the author of #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life. In our webinar, he'll present his philosophy and some tools and exercises to reframe priorities, practice mindfulness, and break a cycle of work addiction. He'll also take your questions about challenges that come up for you and your workplace. 

Please RSVP to attend.

"Robinson's approach to workaholism comes from his own experience, so it is a compassionate and knowing approach to a subject that could otherwise get thorny. Still, you'll want to give it to your boss and your boss's boss, and anyone else whose own workaholism keeps you at your desk after hours." --Melanie McNair, former Director of Marketing and Events and Assistant Manager of Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

"Bryan has combined best practices from psychology, meditation, and mindfulness to  create a guidebook for those struggling with work/life balance. Nearly every business owner I know could benefit from this book." --Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction


Book Subscription Services B3! Webinar with Jamie Rogers Southern and Julie Jarema on Wednesday, January 9 at 2PM

Want to launch a subscription service at your store, or improve an existing one? Two booksellers with successful subscription services will share their approaches and offer advice to attendees.  

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director of Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, NC. Bookmarks offers a Signed First Editions Club and a Young Reader Subscription Service. Customers can choose between a six-month or yearly subscription and have the option of receiving the books by mail or picking them up in-store.

Julie Jarema is a Bookseller and the Book Subscriptions Manager at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA.  Avid’s subscription service includes all reading levels and  is tailored to suit each customer’s individual tastes. It  is available in six-month and twelve-month options.

Please rsvp to attend.


Okra PicksThe 2019 Winter Okra Picks have been selected: a collection of "Booksellers' Choice" titles releasing between January and March, Southern in nature, and exceptionally buzz-worthy.

View the entire Okra List on Edelweiss

Add a bit of tasty reading to your literary diet. Serve yourself a helping of Okra Picks!

Meet Miss FancySugar RunThe Elephant in the RoomThe Gilded Wolves

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham ; John Holyfield
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9780399546686 | 01/08/2019 | $17.99

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206215 | 01/08/2019 | $26.95

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson
Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | 9781501111617 | 01/15/2019 | $27.00

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books | Hardcover | 9781250144546 | 01/15/2019 | $18.99

The CurrentMiraculumParkland SpeaksWe Cast a Shadow

The Current by Tim Johnston
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206772 | 01/22/2019 | $27.95

Miraculum by Steph Post
Polis Books | Hardcover | 9781947993419 | 01/22/2019 | $26.00

Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories by Sarah Lerner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Paperback | 9781984849991 | 01/22/2019 | $17.99

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
One World | Hardcover | 9780525509066 | 01/29/2019 | $27.00

American PopThe Atlas of Reds and BluesLost Children ArchiveA-List

American Pop by Snowden Wright
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062697745 | 02/05/2019 | $26.99

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
Counterpoint LLC | Hardcover | 9781640091535 | 02/05/2019 | $25.00

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Knopf Publishing Group | Hardcover | 9780525520610 | 02/12/2019 | $27.95

A-List by D. P. Lyle
Oceanview Publishing | Paperback | 9781608093335 | 02/19/2019 | $16.00

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry GirlsRayne & Delilah's Midnite MatineeA Friend is a Gift You Give YourselfSoltary

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Berkley Books | Hardcover | 9781984802439 | 02/19/2019 | $26.00

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9781524720209 | 02/26/2019 | $17.99

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781643130583 | 03/05/2019 | $25.95

Solitary by Albert Woodfox
Grove Press | Hardcover | 9780802129086 | 03/05/2019 | $26.00

The Good DetectivePoetree

The Good Detective by John McMahon
G.P. Putnam's Sons | Hardcover | 9780525535539 | 03/19/2019 | $27.00

Poetree by Shauna Lavoy Reynolds ; Shahrzad Maydani
Dial Books | Hardcover | 9780399539121 | 03/19/2019 | $17.9

Find more information about the Okra Picks at

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!


Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

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. 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:


Southern Discomfort Drawing for Facebook


Southern Discomfort Drawing for Twitter


Southern Discomfort Drawing for Instagram

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

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


Bookstores as places of inspiration:


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) on social media, and a 10% rise in impressions, 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s up for January:

  • Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More by Elizabeth Emens
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
  • The Undiscovered Country by Mike Nemeth
  • The Shallows: Poems by Stacey Lynn Brown
  • Any Other Place: Stories by Michael Croley
  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Here's a link to the collection on Edelweiss: 



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9781524737092 The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA 1/8/2019
"Such a beautiful book. War heroes, life in the summer-time South, family, & friendship."

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"If you live and breathe, you need this book."

9780385544030 Look How Happy I'm Making You 3/19/2019
"Reading these stories as a mother made me feel less alone, like someone has witnessed all my troubles and triumphs and understands them all."

9781400069996 Save Me the Plums 4/2/2019
"I devoured this one and already want a second helping. "

9781250312846 Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me 5/7/2019
"It's refreshing to see a queer story that isn't either death and despair or happy perfect rainbows"

9781368039703 Don't Date Rosa Santos 5/14/2019
"Come for the romance, stay for the magical realism & pastelitos!"

9781477316467 Human Matter 5/28/2018
"A book that's not afraid of questioning the moral and ethical ambiguity of everyone involved, while understanding the impossibility of justice."

More bookseller reviews

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