News you can use from the Land of SIBA: January 24, 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)
2/5: Application deadline for Bookselling Without Borders (here)

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


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!

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern

Dark TradeDark Trade: Lost in Boxing
by Donald McRae
Hamilcar Publications, 9781949590050, 528pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Your Father's Day Sales Leader

McRae's Dark Trade is not just the best boxing book written, it captures a man's journey of self discovery and passion for a sport that leaves him conflicted by its brutality.

"McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist's eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue. This is an impressive book." --Joyce Carol Oates, Los Angeles Times

"Donald McRae has proven again and again that he's a superb writer who understands the sport and business of boxing--and so much more." --Thomas Hauser, author of Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

Donald McRae is the award-winning author of 11 Books

Request your review copy here


SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

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Name: Kerry & Kaaren Johnson, co-owners

Store: The Family Book Shop

Location: 1301 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland Florida 32720. Deland is a community between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. We are a general interest new and used bookstore. We have over 7000 Sq. ft. of space and approximately 350,000 books available.

Phone & Fax: (386) 736-6501



FaceBook: @thefamilybookshop: 1.5k followers

Instagram: familybookshop, 300+ followers

Monthly newsletter: 800 subscribers

Events Coordinator and Buyer contact info:, Attn: Kerry or Kaaren

Number of years as a bookseller: We have owned the store for four years but it has been here for about 35 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?: The best part about being a bookseller is helping a reader find a title they want and/or introducing them to a new book or author.

The Haunting of Hill HouseWhat book(s) are you reading?: Kaaren just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kerry is re-reading The Haunting of Hill House.

Beneath a Ruthless SunFavorite handsell of 2018: Our favorite handsells were Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King, The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, Hush by John Hart, and Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo.

Best thing you did in 2018 at your store: We re-designed our "room 2" to create an event area with tables, chairs and new carpeting. Not an easy task, moving about 5000 books to new shelving and changing the customer flow.

What are some ways you work with your community? We are very active in our education community with sponsorships, book giveaways and our huge teacher appreciation sale each year.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? We have always had a shared passion for reading and Kerry's first job was at a bookstore in high school and he worked at bookstores in college. We have had a lifelong love of collecting books and spent many days hunting out books in bookstores all over the world.

Top priority for 2019: Our top priority for 2019 is to hold more events and open our store to more authors and book clubs.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Our favorite part of SIBA is the Fall Discovery Show with the combined networking and learning opportunities that are available. We also love the holiday catalog and its success.


Bookselling Without Borders

A partnership between thirteen independent publishers, Bookselling Without Borders supports travel to international book fairs for US booksellers. 

Booksellers interested in diverse and international literature, in fostering relationships with the international bookselling community, and in traveling to some of the world’s great literary cities are encouraged to apply by visiting during the application period, January 16 through February 4.

For further information contact: Anna Thorn; Program coordinator; Bookselling Without Borders: (202) 386-0804.

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Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Books Unlimited, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, Turnrow Books, Underground Books.

9780525521877 The River 3/5/2019
"Like a latter-day Jack London, Peter Heller spins a spellbinding yarn of wilderness survival and a good camping trip gone horribly, horribly bad."

9780316479875 The Elephant of Surprise 3/19/2019
"A thrilling full adrenaline mystery featuring two of the best characters I've encountered."

9781524747145 The Other Americans 3/26/2019
"The first word I thought as I finished this book was "beautiful.""

9781328662057 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone 4/2/2019
"Q powerful and moving and funny exploration of therapy from the viewpoint of both sides of the tissue box."

9781368027939 Underwear! 4/16/2019
"Rhyming and underwear! What could be better."

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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