News you can use from the Land of SIBA: January 31, 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)

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Board GovernanceEvery year the SIBA board goes through extensive Policy Governance training to educate our leaders on board function at the highest level. This training has allowed our leaders to govern SIBA with creative, informed decision-making and made former SIBA board members valuable assets as leaders on boards in their local communities.

The training is a true asset and this year we are opening our training to anyone who’d like to sit in and learn more about the Carver Model. It will be illuminating to anyone interested in SIBA governance and executive roles as well as an investment SIBA is making to cultivate future leaders in our organization.

Our trainer is Miriam Carver, the co-creator of the model with her husband, Dr. John Carver. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Miriam Carver explain Carver’s Policy Governance Model on March 20, Wednesday morning from 9am -Noon at the Carver Familiarization Session ($19).

Register Today!

Monday, March 18 –Wednesday, March 20, 2019
SIBA in the Springtime

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport | Hotel Reservations


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. 

Here is a link to the collection on Edelweiss.



SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

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Many SIBA booksellers attended Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, participating in educational programming, author events and dinners, and networking forums. It was wonderful for SIBA staff to see familiar faces and check in on how things are going in your stores. We’d love you to share one (or more!) great idea or insight you gained from the WI experience. Is this something you’ll bring to your author events, your HR, your buying, or another area of your business, like tech tools for communicating with staff, working with publishers, or negotiating with your landlord? Please share your ideas with and we’ll compile all your great ideas into a future article in our newsletter, so that all SIBA booksellers can benefit and explore what might improve their stores. When possible, we’ll also build in education in our webinars and in-person events to bring more attention to topics of interest to you. Thank you for your help sharing knowledge!


We are in search of booksellers who’d like to join SIBA’s Influencers Team. SIBA will reach out to these booksellers for feedback on emerging ideas and ongoing projects.  Influencers must be current members of SIBA, familiar with the current programs SIBA offers, and participants in some of them.  The first meeting of the Influencers Team in 2019 will be on Tuesday from 10-11am EST, Feb. 5, via Zoom.  The plan will be to meet every other Tuesday at the same time from 10-11 am EST.  

We want to work on many aspects of SIBA from the websites & print pieces, to programming & investments.  We will also ask this team to assist us in getting the word out about SIBA and her activities to other booksellers and the industry.  Ideally, we would tap into your interest and go from there.  If you are willing and able to join the Influencers Team, please email wanda@sibaweb.comwith your name and your store right away.  We remain your grateful servants.


From Okra Pick to Newbery Winner! Meg Medina has won the Newbery for her novel Merci Suarez Changes Gears. The book, a story about an 11-year-old girl who navigates her home life with a Cuban-American extended family and her experiences as a scholarship student at a private school, was a SIBA Okra Pick for the summer, 2018. Download the Okra Pick Bookmark

Bookstore partnering with Well-Read Black Girl: This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on now to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Email to sign up to host a book club or to share ideas; be sure to include your name, store name, city, and state. (more here)


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Cavalier House Books, Fiction Addiction, Firestorm Books, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, McIntyre's Books, Midtown Reader, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Bookshop, The Country Bookshop, The Story Shop, Union Ave. Books.

9780062824615 Cemetery Road 3/5/2019
"I've been meaning to read Greg Iles for awhile, but thought I didn't have time for such a long book. Wow, I was SO wrong."

9781523506644 Keep Going 4/2/2019
"I'll be hand selling this as a gift book for graduates and those needing a boost."

9781683319979 Little Darlings 4/30/2019
"So creepy, in the best way possible."

9780062862822 The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna 5/7/2019
"I can’t wait to hear the book club discussions of this compulsively readable, epic yet intimate story of an Italian-American family"

9780525562023 On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 6/4/2019
"Vuong will break your heart and teach you how to reconstruct it into a new organ."

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If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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