News you can use from the Land of SIBA: March 21, 2019
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3/29: Deadline to nominate books for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction (here)
4/1: Spring Okra Picks Announced
4/3: Time Management for Booksellers (rsvp)
4/10: Publisher Picks: "Summer Reading for Kids" (rsvp)
4/27: Independent Bookstore Day

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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!

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

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The TravelersThe Travelers
Regina Porter
ISBN: 9780525576198 
June 18, 2019

The adventures of two families unfold and intertwine—across continents and generations, spanning the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president—in The Travelers, an absorbing tale of family, history, and the persistence of love.

Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.

Claudia’s mother— Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” becomes Eddie’s life anchor, as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again.

These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.

With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

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On Wednesday, April 10 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Summer Reading for Kids” 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 4/10: Becky Monds, the Editorial Director for the fiction department at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, John D’Esposito, an Inside Sales Representative with IPG, and Catherine Onder, Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Books for Young Readers group with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

More information on our presenters:

Becky Monds is the Editorial Director for the fiction department at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After working as an events coordinator and marketing manager at an independent bookstore in Nashville, she joined Thomas Nelson in 2007 as an editor in Fiction. She loves spending time with her husband and twin preschoolers, knitting, waterskiing, and, of course, reading great fiction.

John D’Esposito joined the IPG team in November 2018 as an Inside Sales Representative – a role created to strengthen the company’s relationship with booksellers in the Southeast.  A New York native, he has worked in publishing for the past 8 years, most recently in foreign rights at both HarperCollins and Trident Media Group. His favorite authors include Donna Tartt, Lauren Groff, Ned Vizzini, and Karen Russell.

Catherine Onder is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Books for Young Readers group. In addition to overseeing HMH’s children’s publishing, she edits such authors as Erin Bow, Ally Carter, and Traci Chee.



Inspirational Books Publishing hosts order campaign in support of Binc. In order to introduce the new edition their lead title, Love is the Answer, God is the Cure by Aimee Cabo Nikolov, to independent bookstores, Inspirational Books Publishing seeks to support booksellers via the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in while also inspiring readers with this powerful memoir. For every copy of Aimee Cabo Nikolov's book sold until 5/30/2019 Inspirational Books Publishing will donate $5 to Binc, the safety net for booksellers. (more info)

Binc Disaster Relief Pilot becomes regular program. he Binc Foundation board, made up of passionate book people including publishers, booksellers, and Borders’ Alumni, voted at their February board meeting to make Binc’s bookstore disaster relief (piloted during 2017-18) a program offering going forward. The program's goal is to provide bookstores financial assistance in returning to normal operations as quickly as possible following a natural disaster. Rent, utilities, certain repairs, and storage of non-damaged furnishings while repairs are completed can all be considered for assistance. (more info)

The Alternator. A Customer Service Cautionary Tale that Absolutely, Positively, Really Happened. Driving to SIBA in the Springtime, I was just coming up on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia, when the battery warning light came on in the car. Being one of those people who stresses out at nearly any indicator light, I pulled into the first mechanic I could find that was open on a Sunday afternoon. The mechanic determined that the alternator needed to be replaced. But, not having the part on hand, he sent me to the closest auto parts store to pick one up and said he'd be able to put it in if I got back before he closed. I made it, barely. (Read more and cringe)


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, McIntyre's Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Spellbound Bookshop, Story on the Square, The Bookshop, Underground Books, and Wonderland Bookshop.

9781616207588 A People's History of Heaven 3/19/2019
"Beautifully written, affecting characters, and wonderful sense of place. One of my favorites of the year so far."

9780062662835 With the Fire on High 5/7/2019
"Sprinkled with magical realism and brimming with heart"

978162779043 Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune 6/11/2019
"a feel-good story--and a feel-hungry story, too! "

9781984892218 Orange World and Other Stories 5/14/2019
"Russell proves that no one can write south Florida quite like her. Hand this to anyone who enjoyed Lauren Groff's FLORIDA last year."

9781250192028 The First Mistake 6/11/2019
"This one will keep you up all night trying to figure out what is really going on."

9781328849854 Chumps to Champs 5/7/2019
"Bill Pennington's book did what I had previously believed to be impossible - made me care about the Yankees."

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