News you can use from the Land of SIBA: February 28, 2019
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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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Need a Mini-Wini? Let SIBA in the Springtime be your miniature Winter Institute: your time to reconnect with colleagues, writers, find inspiration and innovation.

Visit indie bookstores, enjoy Happy Hour, and dinner with writers and booksellers, learn about ABACUS and pre-orders from the ABA and enjoy a full day of EUREKAsiba Talks on a wide variety of topics from a variety of presenters from booksellers to publishers to writers to industry pros. These talks are the cornerstone of SIBA in the Springtime and I’m quite proud of what SIBA is building in this program for SIBA members. This is a day together that flows from presentation to small group discussion & sharing to presentation to more discussion & note-taking.  It is a most intimate opportunity for everyone and must be experienced to be fully appreciated.  Don’t let this pass you by.  We want to see you in Atlanta in March.  Make your hotel reservation today and join us!

SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

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When: Wednesday, April 3 at 2PM EST on Zoom  Cindy Dach

Cindy Dach, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstores and First Draft Bookbar (Tempe, & Phoenix, AZ), will present techniques for time management, planning, and organizing daily tasks, all with an eye toward completing the big-picture projects. Finding it hard to deal with interruptions, protect your time, and achieve your goals? Dach has developed tools and approaches specific to the world of bookselling to address these problems and be more effective. Please RSVP to attend.  




WNBASIBA stores nominated for 2019 Pannell Award: The WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults.

General Bookstore Category
Main Street Books (Davidson, NC)
Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)
Park Road Books (SIBA’s current Bibb Pick) (Charlotte, NC) 
The Book Cellar (Lake Worth, FL)
The Book Tavern (Augusta, GA)

Children’s Specialty Bookstore Category
Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)
Square Books Jr. (Oxford, MS)

Inkwood Books to close, the community responds:

Inkwood BooksLast week the iconic Tampa, FL bookstore Inkwood Books announced that it would be closing at the end of March. The news prompted an outpouring of community support, ranging from grief to "good luck for the future" to some truly original emoticons. It also, as such things are wont to do, prompted many people to share their memories and feelings of why the long-standing independent bookstore was so important in their lives.  "As a literary and Florida writer, Inkwood is one of the main reasons anyone ever read a Connie May Fowler book," wrote none other than Connie May Fowler herself.  "Working there inspired my husband and I to open my own bookstore," wrote a former staff member.  "You guys were my daughter's first bookstore," said someone else. The columnist Cathy Salustri wrote an extended and heartfelt tribute to the store in the Tampa edition of Creative Loafing, recounting her journey into the wide weird world of promoting her first book with Inkwood's owner Stefani Beddingfield as a willing and generous guide. "What's significant about this," she sums up, "isn't that Stefani hand-sold my book, or that any indie bookstore did. It's more the fact that customers at an indie bookstore trust the booksellers."


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, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Midtown Reader, New Dominion Bookshop, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Square Books, The Bookshelf, The Country Bookshop, and Underground Books.

9780765398512 Redemption Point 3/19/2019
"Candice Fox brings her characters to life in such a way that you even like the ones who should be unlikeable. And the setting in Cairns, complete with alligators, wetlands, and tropic heat just helps add to the intensity of the fabulous story."

9781250156297 Fake Plastic Girl 3/26/2019
"A modern take on Great Gatsby, but with lots more Taylor Swift references. Fun. neurotic, and twisty!"

9780802128423 At Briarwood School for Girls 4/2/2019
"Michael Knight has written a quiet symphony that captures the long memories of boarding schools in a dreamy, delightful and thoughtful novel that dives into progress, history, personality and the repletion of life after life."

9781250303172 Llama Destroys the World 5/7/2019
"Who knew cake could be so deadly? Or that the apocalypse could be so hilarious?"

9781948226196 Rough Magic 5/7/2019
"Prior-Palmer seems a natural born memoirist, baring her loneliness, competitiveness, and more than occasional ridiculousness so freely you almost feel you’re cantering through the Mongolian wilderness beside her."

9780525656135 Orange World and Other Stories 5/14/2019
"[Karen Russell's] utterly original concoctions often involve complex female characters, gorgeous imagery and language, and a sideshow setup that takes you on a wild ride. Orange World delivers on all counts."

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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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Nicki Leone

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