Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina
September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott
Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.
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Wednesday, August 7 at 2PM EST
Elizabeth Emens, author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More, spoke about her book at EUREKAsiba, and her message was spot on for many in the audience. She discussed being overwhelmed by invisible labor outside of work and writing Life Admin because this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households.
With a bookseller audience in mind, Emens will share how we can avoid, reduce, and redistribute life admin whenever possible. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
As preparation for the webinar, SIBA's B3! Book Club is currently reading Life Admin and will discuss it on Wednesday, July 10 at 2PM EST. Booksellers are welcome to join in on SIBA's office hours zoom link. Need a copy of the book? Please email email@example.com.
Elizabeth Emens is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge, where she earned her PhD. She lives in New York City.
MEET NICOLE YASINSKY
Name: Nicole Yasinsky
Position at Store:Marketing Manager
Store and location: novel. Memphis, TN
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Number of years as a bookseller: I will celebrate 21 years as a bookseller in August! Wow. Has it really been that long?
Best part about being a bookseller? Putting books in people's hands, of course! There is nothing quite like finding the perfect book at the perfect time for a person -- there are so many variables, and it seems so unlikely, but this is what indie booksellers do all day, every day. I keep an old Candlewick mug on my desk at all times that has a quote from Kate DiCamillo at the 2010 Indies Choice Awards: "We forget that the simple gesture of putting a book in someone's hands can change a life. I want to remind you that it can. I want to thank you because it did."
What book(s) are you reading? I am currently reading Slay by Brittney Morris -- and I just picked up The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates!! SO much good stuff coming out this fall!!
Favorite handsell of 2019: I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott - this is funny and witty and happy and sad and inspiring and silly -- and exactly what so many of us need to hear and read in our lives these days!
Best thing you did this year at your store: It's a little over a year since we did it -- but it's still one of my favorite things -- and something I'm hoping to do more of in the future! We were fortunate enough to host Leslie Odom, Jr. at the Orpheum Theater. This, in and of itself, was a dream come true. BUT. The coolest part was that we were able to work with organizations and sponsors to bring 150 kids to this event - for free, transportation included! -- with a ticket that included a copy of the book AND a private backstage meet-and-greet book signing. We made a lot of public school theater kids incredibly happy -- and it's going to take a lot to top this event -- but we're working on it!!
What are some ways you work with your community? Something fun we did recently was to invite members of our community -- non-profit organizations, the mayor, long-time regular customers -- to submit shelftalkers for a special table display -- Friends of Novel. This allows us to highlight not just what we are reading, but what the rest of our city loves! This table just came down, but we worked the shelftalkers into the section (branded as Friends of Novel, so as not to confuse them with our other staff shelftalkers), and we hope to continue gathering and displaying these from different folks indefinitely. Everyone seemed incredibly excited and honored to be a part of this, and we want to continue to forge strong and multi-faceted relationships with people in our community. We also work with schools and organizations to help raise funds through shopping nights in-store, selling books/sharing proceeds at offsite events, featuring organizations at in-store events and giving back a percentage of proceeds, in-school book fairs. We invite non-profit organizations to gift wrap during busy holiday times for donations. It has turned out that many of these are dog rescue groups (awwww!) and not only do they need donations, but they get TONS of doggos adopted by bringing them out to the store! We are always trying to come up with ways to bring authors to different schools and audiences, and we are pretty much willing to try anything once, so we are constantly having conversations with our partners to see what else we can do to help each other out.
Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Literacy Mid-South, Memphis Jewish Community Center, OUTMemphis, WKNO-FM, Memphis Public Library, Arts Memphis, Memphis Reads, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Books from Birth, St, Jude Children's Research Hospital, Lyceum Circuit
Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? Well, since I haven't quite found a way to work my love of musicals into my bookselling life yet (but just WAIT until I write my musical about Indies v. Amazon!), I think that my passion for my city has played a huge role in my decision to work in indie bookstores here. It was definitely key in my dedication to helping create a new bookstore, truly and finally locally-owned here in Memphis. While our owner was liquidating our previous store (The Booksellers at Laurelwood), the community was heartbroken, and asking how they could help, and what could be done -- and after quite a bit of blood, sweat and tears, we were able to put numbers together and find a group of investors (they were all our customers, y'all -- they are the ones who really came through for us!), who placed their faith in our seasoned staff and trusted us to open a brand new bookstore for Memphis - and here we are!
Top priority for 2019: This isn't a very flashy or exciting answer, but honestly, since we will only be celebrating 2 years in business, we are really just trying to focus on the numbers and make sure that we are doing everything in a way that we can ensure we will be around for many years to come. (Told you it was boring!) BUT...we do have a SUPER fun side project for 2019: We've got an old bookmobile we are in the process of fixing up, and we are hoping to get that up and running and take it to hospitals, schools, retirement homes, festivals, and anywhere else we can think of where there is a need for books!!
Favorite SIBA programming benefit: It's hard to nail down just ONE -- I really love the overall sense of community & idea-sharing that SIBA membership provides that is unique to our region. This includes the Discovery Show -- where I can exchange ideas with my peers and meet great authors and learn about great new books -- but also, the support and education that is provided throughout the year, as well through webinars and such. PS -- I also love the holiday catalog and all of the wonderful Okra marketing materials; these programs are such a great benefit, and are a great way for us to complement the marketing pieces we are using in our stores.
Help Wanted: Workman Publishing
Workman Publishing is looking for someone with bookselling experience for a role in the Trade Sales department at Workman. The ideal candidate would draw on their experience working in an indie bookstore to coordinate retail marketing campaigns from Workman's imprints. They can send resumes and cover letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.workman.com/company/careers#asstmanagertradesales
Connect with SIBA at BookExpo!
SIBA is holding “office hours” in the ABA Lounge during BookExpo on Wednesday, 5/29, from 3-5pm. Wanda and Linda-Marie are at your service to answer questions, offer guidance, be an audience if you want to practice your elevator pitch to publishers, and offer a smile and encouragement during a very animated, sometimes overwhelming trade show experience. No need to make an appointment; just show up and let us know how we can help.
Have any questions as you prepare for BookExpo? Please email email@example.com.
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Hub City Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Oxford Exchange, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Quail Ridge Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshop, and Writers Block Bookstore.
9781534438156 Honeybees and Frenemies 6/4/2019
"This middle grade novel has something for every reader - great characters, beauty pageants, and bees!" -- Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
9781538745823 Hollow Kingdom 8/6/2019
"Such an off the wall and fun read!" -- Laura Taylor, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
9781984818232 The Swallows 8/13/2019
"I flew through it. When I wasn't reading it, I thought about it and couldn't wait to get back to it!" -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA
9781571313867 The Blessing 8/13/2019
"A beautiful little tome about the ability of art to transform and heal." -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
9780062858085 The Last Widow 8/20/2019
"WOW! I think the last few times I have read Karin's new books I think they are the best yet. This book is no exception. The pace is fast and if you skip a page you will miss something important. " -- Jackie Willey, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
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