The Strange Kindness of Booksellers: a EUREKAsiba talk
with Brian Lampkin, c0-owner of Scuppernong Books
Brian Lampkin will look at the ways kindness constantly informs decisions at Scuppernong, and why to them, "kindness--especially in these times of heightened meanness and lack of empathy (not to mention White Nationalism)--is a political vital act." He'll also tie kindness to successful business practices, suggesting the possibility of a "quadruple bottom line model."
Brian Lampkin is an owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC and the author of the forthcoming book The Tarboro Three: Rape, Race and Secrecy. He writes and performs with the band The Difficulties.
Schedule | Hotel | Register
Schedule | Hotel | Register
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 2PM EST on Zoom
Join us on Wednesday, May 8 at 2PM to listen to three presenters of book-centered podcasts. Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf and host of From the Front Porch, Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and host of The Literary Life, and author Anne Bogel (AKA Modern Mrs. Darcy), host of What Should I Read Next? have developed very popular podcasts with a national audience. Booksellers looking to grow their store brands, reach more customers in their communities and beyond, and maybe even sell more books, will learn much listening to these experts share their best tips. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
SIBA has recently seen an uptick in the number of bookstore events appearing on the "ARTS Calendar" -- SIBA's promoted calendar of events at her member stores. The average number of events has been climbing steadily, from about 50 to 70 per week. In fact next week, March 10-16, 2019, lists over 100 events!
With the extra events has come extra interest -- especially from authors and publishers looking to see if their events are listed, and from bookstores who don't see their events on the calendar at all. SIBA's membership has climbed by more than 20 new bookstore members over the past year, so we thought a short refresher would be of use to new members, or members who haven't taken advantage of the ARTS Calendar and would like to start:
What is the ARTS Calendar?
The ARTS events calendar is one of the most actively accessed parts of SIBA's consumer-targeted website, authorsroundthesouth.com. An average of a 150 bookstores list between 50-80 events every week. SIBA booksellers can post their store events, which are collected in a searchable calendar, included in the Lady Banks newsletter, and shared on SIBA’s social networks, including author tags and hashtags. Listing events on the ARTS calendar is one way SIBA works to increase the visibity of its member stores in their own community and within the book industry.
How do I enter events on the ARTS Calendar?
You can enter events here:
You don't need to be logged in to use the form, although it will be easier if you are. It will take up to 24 hours for each event to appear on the site calendar.
Do I have to enter each event separately?
The form is for a single event entry. You can also upload your event list as a batch using the ARTS Calendar Event Spreadsheet, which can be emailed to email@example.com.
Do we earn B3! credit for entering our events?
Yes! Stores earn $.50 in B3! credit for each event submitted via the form or spreadsheet. SIBA has several members who regularly earn enough credit to pay their membership dues just by entering events on the calendar
Why are there already events listed for my store in the calendar? I haven't entered any!
SIBA elves like to spend their free time entering events on behalf of our member stores. They get event information from your store websites and newsletters. While we can't promise that all of your events will be added to the calendar, we make an effort to represent every store with an accessible and active events calendar.
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Lincoln's Loft Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Sassafras on Sutton, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshoppe, The Story on the Square, Union Ave Books, and Wonderland Bookshop.
9781982102807 I Miss You When I Blink 4/2/2019
"Just the right touch of humor and honesty to appeal to me."
9781250295088 I Will Be Fierce 4/23/2019
"A glorious take on the difference a good attitude can make in facing the challenges of the day."
9781101947869 Furious Hours 5/7/2019
"A remarkable story of a series of crimes, insurance fraud, courtroom drama, a brilliant defense attorney Tom Radney and the famous writer (Harper Lee) who tried to capture it all. "
9781635573169 Light from Other Stars 5/7/2019
"Filled with wonderful and fully-realized characters, heartbreaking and realistic portrayals of parent/child relationships, and fascinating science...will keep you reading well into the night."
9781101980286 Spying on the South 5/14/2019
"Tony Horwitz is one of the best social historians walking the globe today, his peripatetic imagination taking us readers places we'd never think of going otherwise."
More bookseller reviews
If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
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