News you can use from the Land of SIBA: February 14, 2019
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2/20: Small Presses Present Spring/Summer Lists (more)
2/21/2019: Nomination deadline for the 2019 WNBA Pannell Award (more info)
2/27: Book Club discussion of #Chill: Heartspeak and Compassion (rsvp)
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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SIBA in the Springtime


On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

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The Line That Held UsThe Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399574221
“With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy is the new voice of Southern noir. In The Line That Held Us, Joy drags the reader by the gut on a dark and twisted journey of violence and vengeance in a story that will not be soon forgotten.” – Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Smack Dab in the Middle of MaybeSmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780399557385
“Cricket is all alone -- her mama ran away, and her dad died, and now she's stuck with her Aunt Belinda, who doesn't want her. So Cricket sets out on a quest to find and solve a clue trail that she hopes will lead her to her mama and make everything right in her world. On the way, she learns to rely on herself and discovers that some treasures aren't monetary but are just as valuable. Fans of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky will love Cricket and her journey of self-discovery.” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Best Cook in the WorldThe Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg*
Knopf, 9781400040414
“Rick Bragg is the whole package. Intelligent, to the point, hilarious and beyond generous with his time and storytelling. A true man's man and momma's boy who makes us cry with laughter. He embraces his Southern roots and contributes to the overall reason we all love the South.” – Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

*recipient of the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award

The 2019 Southern Book Prize represents a change in both format and timing from past years. Previously timed to be announced in the summer, voting in 2019 began November 10 as part of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge Week, and was opened to Southern booksellers and their customers.  Winners were selected by popular vote and will now be announced on Valentine’s Day.

The response to the new format was enthusiastic as booksellers, readers and writers all rallied around their favorites on the ballot. Over 2800 ballots were submitted by Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores and confirming the Southern Book Prize as a true “Southern Readers’ Choice” award. “It was a phenomenal response” said Wanda Jewell, the Executive Director of The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which administers the Southern Book Prize. “It illustrates the magic that happens when independent bookstores get behind a book and get their customers involved.”



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, Meg Reid, Director of Hub City Press, and Lynn York, publisher of Blair. Please RSVP to attend.


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Where is the border between autofiction and memoir? Who has the right to tell which stories? Erica Witsell will discuss the limitations and freedoms of both genres, the works that inspired her, and her own novel’s transformation from memoir to fiction. She will also explore the question of authenticity in the age of identity politics and sectionality.

Witsell’s talk is part of SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) & EUREKAsiba, a program of bookseller education in an intimate format, designed to emphasize creative and innovative solutions to running a business. SITS takes place Monday, March 18 –Wednesday, March 20, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport. Here’s a link to REGISTER!

Erica Witsell is the author of the novel Give, the story of one family’s troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past, and a testament to the bonds of sisterhood. Ron Rash praises, “Give is a striking, often unflinching, depiction of a doomed marriage and its enduring consequences. Erica Witsell is a very talented writer and her debut should garner a wide and appreciative audience."


Okra PicksSpeak up for your favorite forthcoming Southern books! Okra Pick Nominations due 3/1

Nominations for the Spring Okra Picks are due on March 1. Booksellers can nominate a book by reviewing it on Edelweiss, or by submitting a nomination form:

To be eligible, books must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both) and have a publication date of 4/1-6/30. Nominations must come from SIBA member booksellers. Members receive 2 B3 points for every eligible nomination.


SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

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Registration is open for 2019 Where's Waldo Shop Local: Registration is now open for bookstores looking to participate in the 2019 Where's Waldo | Shop Local event co-sponsored by Candlewick Press.

Click here to register:

Here's link to the program brochure with information about the program.


  • Registration closes on March 1, 2019
  • Participation is capped at 250 bookstores, nationwide
  • Your store must be a member of the American Booksellers Association to participate

Click here to join the ABA:


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Lincoln's Loft Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Scuppernong Books, The Bookshelf, The Country Bookshop, The LIttle Bookshop.

9780525533672 Lot 3/19/2019
"[These stories] are funny and heartbreaking and genuinely surprising, and they are great on their own, but as they add up you realize their collective power."

9781683319979 Little Darlings 4/30/2019
"a blend of the currently popular domestic thriller and supernatural has just the right amount of creepiness and action."

9781948226196 Rough Magic 5/7/2019
"A stirring adventure and a gorgeous meditation on landscape and our place within it."

9780763699505 Landscape with Invisible Hand 4/9/2019
"a fresh and darkly funny scifi parable, like Douglas Adams scripting a Black Mirror episode!"

9781250200587 When All Is Said 3/5/2019
"Oh, this book. This beautiful, heartbreaking book. I never wanted it to end"

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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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