News you can use from the Land of SIBA: January 17, 2019
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2/1: Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) deadline to order exclusive items (here)
2/1: Southern Book Prize Ballot Deadline (link)
2/6: B3! Webinar- #Chill for Booksellers with Bryan E. Robinson (rsvp)
2/20: Small Presses Present Spring/Summer Lists (more)
3/5: Deadline to apply for Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program (here)
3/18-3/20: SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba (here)
3/29: Deadline to nominate books for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction (here)

Important and useful links:

SIBA Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 PM EST
In the Land of SIBA Blog
Southern Indie Bestsellers (HC | PB | Kids)
Bookseller Benefits Package

The Booksellers' WaterCooler | Ongoing publisher promotions

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Full calendar here. Email to participate


SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

Registration is now open for SIBA in the Springtime and EUREKAsiba: March 18-20 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport.

Schedule | Hotel | Register 

“EUREKAsiba was extremely beneficial to me as a new owner.”  
-- Christine Greer, owner of Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

“At SIBA in the Springtime, a couple of years ago, Karin from Page & Palette shared her favorite stores and sidelines. This was very helpful to us and we continue to sell some of those lines very well.”
-- Sarah Goddin, General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC


The Southern Book Prize Finalists

It is hard to believe, but 2000 ballots have been submitted by readers for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Yes, you read that right. TWO THOUSAND people have voted. Bookstores, authors, and readers have become engaged in the vote for "Best Southern Book of the Year" at unprecedented, enthusiastic levels.

What does that have to do with your store membership? The ballot requires the voter to list their local independent bookstore. Only ballots that list SIBA member bookstores are valid. The store MUST be a current member of SIBA for the vote to count.

Voting closes on February 1st. At that time, SIBA will discard votes that list stores who aren't current members. But stores that are members will receive a mailing list of the people who voted and listed them as their local bookstore. Making sure your store membership is current will not only ensure your customers' votes are counted, it will mean you receive a list of potential new customers.

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On Wednesday, Feb 20 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present their Spring & Summer Lists,”as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present on 2/20: Michael Reynolds, Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions, Carin Siegfried, the Mid-Atlantic field sales representative at Macmillan, Emily Midkiff, editorial assistant and marketing director at Month9Books, and Lynn York, publisher of Blair. Please RSVP to attend.


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The Binc Foundation’s annual scholarship program is now open for applications. Applications will be accepted through March 5th, 2019. The 2019 scholarship program has been revised to support booksellers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an independent bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

Booksellers can find out more details and apply at Applications are due by March 5th, 2019.

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Read This!

SIBA booksellers talk about a lot of books. Just ask their customers. They also sell a lot of books. Just ask their suppliers. And SIBA booksellers review a staggering number of books. Just ask Edelweiss.

In the past year, SIBA booksellers submitted over 1000 book reviews to Edelweiss: 1032 reviews of books published in 2018, to be exact. It's an amazing outpouring of enthusiasm and love of literature of all kinds. Over a third of SIBA's member stores submitted reviews -- 50 different stores -- and more than a third of those posted more than 30 reviews.

The top five stores for posting reviews are

  1. The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (121 reviews)
  2. Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA: (117 reviews)
  3. Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC: (98 reviews)
  4. Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA (91 reviews)
  5. Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC (77 reviews)

Malaprop's in Asheville, NC, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, and The Bookmiser in Marietta, GA all posted over 50 reviews.

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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.

9781250295521 Enchantée 2/5/2019
"I love this dark, dreamy, & sumptuous tale of romance and revolution."

9781946448309 All the Fierce Tethers 3/19/2019
"A collection for poets interested in the question of "What distance exists between a thing and its word," and really, any reader wanting to be more mindful of their everyday."

9781982102807 I Miss You When I Blink 4/2/2019
"Philpott excels at finding the entertaining in the mundane. Her book isn't specifically about motherhood but as I tried to keep my toddler's sticky fingers off of the page I felt seen in a way few books achieve"

9781250303172 Llama Destroys the World 5/7/2019
"Dat! Ok, I'm off to buy a pair of dancing pants, after I eat some cake! (maybe all the cake)."

9781524768317 The Girl Who Named Pluto 5/14/2019
"A stellar, sublime ode to a girl who had a true passion for learning."

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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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
Fax: 309.410.0211


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