News you can use from the Land of SIBA: April 25, 2019
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4/27: Independent Bookstore Day
4/30: Deadline to nominate SIBA Board members (here)
4/30: Deadline to nominate Conroy Legacy Award recipient (here)
5/8: B3! Webinar - How to develop a successful podcast (rsvp)
5/15: Deadline for Summer Okra Pick Nominations (here)
6/5: B3! Webinar - Keep Your Expenses on a Tight Leash (rsvp)

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On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:


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. 

Deadline for nominations is end of day,  April 30.

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


Booksellers, authors, and other publishing industry colleagues sharing their best practices, creative insights, and life hacks is what makes SIBA's educational programming so valuable to members. If you'd like to be part of our educational programming at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show September 13-15 in Spartanburg, SC, we welcome your proposals. Although we can't guarantee your proposal will be selected for this event, it may be considered for future programming.  Please fill out this form and we'll be in touch. Thank you so much for your time and interest!

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When: Wednesday, May 8 at 2PM EST on Zoom  

Join us to listen to three presenters of book-centered podcasts. Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf and host of From the Front PorchMitchell 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 to attend.

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Annie Jones  Anne Bogel Mitchell Kaplan


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 May? The May collection on Edelweiss.



Jo HacklAs Southerners, we’re known for our connection to place and independent bookstores are an enormous part of our landscape. Independent bookstores serve as the backbone of many of our communities. In every town I’ve visited this last year of touring for my book, I’ve seen indie bookstores in action, helping readers connect with the power of story and providing a place to gather, a place to learn, and a place to explore. I’ve witnessed the way indie booksellers continue to guide readers to the perfect book at the perfect time.

So it’s only natural to have a holiday celebrating the role of independent bookstores.  April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day and I hope that the day will be celebrated by readers across the country with the same level of energy and creativity that independent booksellers bring to their work every day.

As for me, I’ve gathered up a few of my book-loving friends to caravan to our three local indie bookstores. We’ll volunteer to help out in any way, we’ll buy lots of books for local children in need, and we’ll deliver bookseller care kits.

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The WNBA has launched a new national network membership, welcoming members from all across the US.

The WNBA is proud to announce its latest initiative—a national network membership that is open to individuals who do not live in or within easy commuting distance to one of its chapter cities. Network membership offers membership at the national level.

For over 100 years, WNBA has served members at the local level. With this new membership, geography will no longer be a barrier to developing and increasing WNBA’s community and support network.

National President, Rachelle Yousuf (Los Angeles) said, “This new membership level allows us to greater serve women—and men—in cities outside of our chapter cities. We’re excited to welcome a more diverse and widespread membership through this new initiative.”

Benefits of membership include: listing in the online national directory; listing of member blogs on the website; eligibility to publish articles or book reviews in the newsletter and blog; eligibility to serve on the national board; discounted admission to chapter city events; discounted fees for entry in the WNBA Writing Contest; eligibility to join Great Group Readings/National Reading Group Month selection committee; eligibility to make WNBA Award nominations, and more.

To learn more about this membership, please visit


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, E, Shaver, bookseller, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Quail Ridge Books, Story on the Square, Sundog Books, The Bookshelf, The Country Book Shop, The Little Bookshop, and Union Ave Books.

9781101947869 Furious Hours 5/7/2019
"Casey Cep's curiosity is so contagious that I found myself caring deeply about the history of dams and insurance! Un-put-down-able." -- Lucy Stoltz, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9780307959409 The Flight Portfolio 5/7/2019
"Orringer did a terrific job: based on a lot of truth, this is a story that deserves to be remembered. It's hard to tell the facts from the fiction which, I don't know about you, but I like that in a novel." -- Erica Eisdorfer, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

9780399175152 Shouting at the Rain 5/7/2019
"Perfect summer reading for that 12-14 year dealing with changing friendships." -- Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

9781250314093 Pie in the Sky 5/14/2019
"If books came in cake form (and WHY NOT, I ask?), PIE IN THE SKY would be the apple mille-feuille of the bunch." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781338174519 Glitch 5/14/2019
"A great take on the trend of characters entering video games! I also love that it's two girls playing video games, which isn't featured enough in books like this." -- Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

Important and useful links:

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