News you can use from the land of SIBA: January 10, 2019
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1/16 RESCHEDULED: B3! Webinar - Book Subscription Services (rsvp)

2/1: Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) deadline to order exclusive items (here)
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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The Booksellers' WaterCooler | Ongoing publisher promotions

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

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Book Subscription Services B3! Webinar with Jamie Rogers Southern and Julie Jarema on Wednesday, January 16 at 2PM

Owing to technical difficulties this week's B3! Webinar has been rescheduled for next week, Wednesday the 16th, at 2 pm. Please rsvp to attend.


In solidarity with our friends at independent bookstores across the nation, we are excluding from any discount all new books and all frontlist titles, meaning anything published in the past year, and our top twenty all-time best-selling titles. Consumers will find these at their local indie bookseller, along with the other discoveries that physical independent stores are all about. We still have our annual sale for the holidays, and other online initiatives. But we no longer automatically discount all the books on our site. Consumers can still come to our website for deep discovery. Physical stores may find the right book for you, but they can’t carry in their limited space the thousand or so political and literary titles on our backlist. We’ll continue to send the ebook version (gratis) of any book with an email copy of a receipt showing the purchase from an indie bookstore. 

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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:


Ghost Boys


Ghost Boys


Ghost Boys

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

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


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, One More Page, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, The Country Bookshop, Underground Books, Union Ave. Books.

9781250200587 When All Is Said 3/5/2019
"Was repeatedly surprised that this novel was not actually written by a crotchety old Irishman."

9780525514022 The Orphan of Salt Winds 1/15/2019
"The setting is almost a character in itself. Eerie and atmospheric, this novel is the perfect winter read."

9780385544030 The Grief Keeper 6/11/2019
"An incredibly unique and powerful debut novel; my heart is still in my throat even a day after finishing it."

9781328919021 Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna 3/5/2019
"A fun departure from stodgy cozy mysteries yet not too grisly when it comes to the inevitable dead bodies."

9780062863324 In Another Time 3/5/2019
"My heart broke several times over the course of this book."

9780735225299 A Woman of No Importance 4/9/2019
"Purnell has penned another spectacular history of another outstanding woman."

9780525520610 Lost Children Archive 2/12/2019
"One of the most timely and important books of 2019."

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: 2019 Winter Okra Picks

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