News you can use from the Land of SIBA: March 28, 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)
4/6: Binc Survey Deadline (here)
4/10: Publisher Picks: "Summer Reading for Kids" (rsvp)
4/27: Independent Bookstore Day

4/30: Deadline to nominate SIBA Board members (here)
4/30: Deadline to nominate Conroy Legarcy Award recipient (here)
5/8: How to develop a successful podcast (rsvp)

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Deadline for nominations is end of day, April 30.

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self‐nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate. Candidates must be from a SIBA core member in good standing. SIBA functions under The Carver Method. Take a look at Policy #12 – Board Job DescriptionPolicy #16 ‐ Board Member’ Code of Conduct and Policy 13 - Agenda Planning for more information.

Board members do not get paid for service but all expenses incurred are covered by the organization. The position requires attendance at 3 board meetings annually (See Policy 13A: Board meeting agendas) plus a Carver training session and adequate preparation for all meetings is also required. The board seeks persons from the core membership taking into account the following: relevant Policy Governance skills (including the ability to work within group decisions, to use conceptual categories of Ends and Means, to judge performance only against previously stated expectations), relevant industry skills and knowledge, geography, and store size.

SIBA’s current Board members will assess interest among potential candidates. A slate will be determined from the potential candidates by the Board of Directors and presented for vote by the membership before the Fall Discovery Show.

This form must be complete for the nominee to be considered.



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! These are review copies only, and not for resale.

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Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
Julie Kibler
ISBN: 9780451499332 
July 30, 2019

An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.

Request a review copy


Binc Survey 

The 2019 Survey Binc will be open from March 25th through April 6th.

Bookseller feedback is being sought for the 2019 Binc Survey. Bookseller input is important to the organization and will help the Binc Foundation better serve booksellers across the nation. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Participants have the option to be entered to win a $200 gift card to the bookstore of their choice or one of four (4) $50 American Express Gift Cards. To be entered, they must submit their email address. Binc will not contact people for any other reason other than to let them know if they've won (unless you give your permission to be added to our mailing list). Binc will never share information with an outside organization.

Click here to take the survey


Moral Injury 

Bookseller Brian Lampkin's EUREKAsiba Talk "The Strange Kindness of Booksellers" addressed the issue of "burnout" in a most provocative way and I'm now sold on the notion that what burnout really is, is moral injury.  The video Brian shared is addressing the concerns of the medical profession. In real ways, the stakes certainly are higher in the medical profession than in bookselling, but the stresses of being on the "frontline" are in many ways quite similar. 

Brian shared the video: "It's Not Burnout, It's Moral Injury" in between sharing examples from his own bookselling life that he correlated to what we were hearing in the video. I found myself making correlations of my own from my own life and felt empowered to see moral injury in place of burnout.  Watch the video for yourself.  Share it if the message resonates.


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.

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach(from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s on the Shelf in April? The April LBB collection on Edelweiss.



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Lincolns Loft, M. Judson, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, New Dominion Bookshop, Octavia Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Square Books, and Sunrise Books.

9781501196867 Things My Son Needs to Know about the World 5/7/2019
"One thing that Backman understands is human nature. He has got it down!" -- Stephanie, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

9781250195524 Middlegame 5/7/2019
"Weird in all the right ways. There's alchemy and time travel and psychopaths and child geniuses. There's a little bit of something for everyone " -- Jennifer, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

978162779043 Furious Hours 5/7/2019
"Equal parts biography, history, and reporting, Furious Hours is the rare nonfiction book that actually reads like fiction" -- Sarah, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA

9780062393449 The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown 5/21/2019
"Poetic, moving, and beautifully strange." -- Tyler, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781250192028 Vintage 1954 6/18/2019
"Grab a good glass of wine and a comfy chair and immerse yourself in the quirky creativity that is Antoine Laurain." -- Addison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

9781328849854 Costalegre 7/16/2019
"Captivating and heart-breaking, a story of a young woman just beginning to learn who she is and what she wants from the world." -- Lisa, M. Judson, Greenville, SC

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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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