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6/26: Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction (rsvp)
6/30: My Books and More websites shut down (what can your store do?)
7/9: Indie Next Nomination Deadline for September Titles (here)
7/10: B3! Book Club: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)
7/15: Indie Next Fall Kids List Deadline (here)
7/15: Deadline to apply for Binc/Macmillan Professional Scholarships (here)
8/7: B3! Webinar: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)

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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:


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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ABABaker and Taylor's My Books and More Sites will shut down on June 30. Now is the time to sign up for the ABA Membership Offer and IndieLite Promotion

Members of SIBA are invited to join the ABA for the rest of the year at the discounted rate of $50. We believe association membership is vital to enable our organizations to more effectively advocate on behalf of the indie channel.

In addition to this offer, for those stores who were participants in B&T’s Books and More e-commerce platform, ABA’s IndieCommerce team is offering the following promotion: 3 months of their IndieLite platform free, followed by $25/month for the remaining 9 months of the first year. We hope by reducing start-up costs, you’ll be able to more effectively utilize the e-Commerce platform to improve sales.

The ABA member promotion is through January 31, 2020, at which time you can renew your membership for $199 for the year. ABA offers quarterly and monthly payment options. IndieLite will be $50/month after the first promotional year.

Please complete the ABA application using the promo code regional19 or contact ABA’s membership team at if you’d like to take advantage of these offers.


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. 

Edelweiss collection of July Titles

  • The Substitution Order by Martin Clark
  • Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch
  • Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl
  • Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
  • Under Currents by Nora Roberts
  • Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber



The TravelersThe world is upside down without a book in my hands. Whenever I am feeling out of sorts, it usually means I’ve gone too many days without reading. My mother was a stay-at-home mom for several years, but when she returned to work, she would treat me to a new book on her pay day. Books have always figured prominently in my life—high fiction and low fiction. Books are like forts surrounded by moats within whose walls I can retreat, daydream, and become someone else for a while. Many of the places I would travel to as an adult were inspired by novels I’d read when I was a young and voracious reader. (Giovanni’s Room, for example, sent me in search of Baldwin’s Paris. By the time I got there, both Baldwin and his Paris were long gone.)

"I have this habit of roaming the aisles of bookstores and lingering at display tables, of running my hands along the covers of books and the seams"

There are a handful of independent bookstores in Savannah, Georgia now, but when I was growing up, E. Shaver Booksellers was the main bookstore in town.  The little bookstore, tucked behind the imposing Desoto Hilton, is where my mom treated me to my first copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and, later, Song of Solomon. I have this habit of roaming the aisles of bookstores and lingering at display tables, of running my hands along the covers of books and the seams, of turning the books over to read the jacket before opening the book and reading the first few passages.

This ritual of browsing began as a child and it is one I’ve passed down to my daughters with whom I would later read Ferdinand and The Giving Tree and Amelia Bedelia in the children’s nook at Shavers. The Travelers bristles with the stuff of history and the stuff of fairytales: chance encounters, sudden changes of fortunes, tall tales. Savannah is a port city, a lot of people have come through, free and in chains. Much of its loveliness and complexity owes to the very issues of race and class that are part of its existence. It’s not a coincidence that two fine writers—Flannery O’Connor and James Alan McPherson—both hailed from Savannah and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. (Their works are in conversation with one another.)

" 'And what have you read lately?' was the question "

The TravelersThe South has a rich literary tradition, despite the low literacy rate. And as a child, I grew up with an awareness of the importance of books.  The late W.W. Law—a mailman and the President of the local branch of the NAACP—documented Savannah’s African-American history and was active in the Civil Rights Movement. He lived around the corner from our house and my family held him in high esteem. He also loved to gossip with my mother and sometimes asked after her oyster stew. Dr. Law kept a living room run amok with books that students could come and pick through to help them with their studies. “And what have you read lately?” was the question.  One of my favorite books, which in some ways informed the chapter in The Travelers, “The Moving Man Stands Still”, is a picture book I found at E. Shaver Booksellers about the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah. I bought that book and read it often to my girls, delighting in the fact that I once knew this extraordinary, everyday man.

Regina PorterRegina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House Summer Workshop Scholar. Her fiction has been published in The Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Porter has worked with Playwrights Horizons, the Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage and Film, the Women’s Project, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services and Heinemann’s Scenes for Women by Women. She has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism from the University of Alabama Press. Porter was born in Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn.


Learn the titles that southern readers are waiting to borrow from their local libraries.  See the top 25 titles in three categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, and Young Adult.  Use this data to drive displays, orders, as well as discover books you may be overlooking altogether.

Curated, Localized Lists on Unmet Demand for Books 

Panorama Picks provides booksellers with localized, curated lists of books that library patrons are waiting to borrow. This unique program uses aggregated, anonymized local library hold list data to identify titles beyond the obvious bestsellers with long wait times for local library patrons. The project makes these lists available to booksellers at no cost—giving booksellers, publishers, authors and others a new, easy and cost-free way to promote titles of local interest and increase sales.

The project’s first regional lists of in-demand titles are available below. The project will compile and publish new lists on a quarterly basis. The list selection methodology will be refined in response to user feedback. The project is actively promoting the program to local booksellers. We hope that these new insights into the interests of local readers will help libraries and booksellers alike better serve active readers in their communities.

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Our regional Panorama Picks lists are generated using aggregated, anonymized U.S. public library ebook demand data and the following framework:

  • We create lists of the most in-demand titles in each category for eight regions around the country.
  • We then identify and rank the adult/young-adult fiction and non-fiction titles published in the last 12 to 24 months. These are titles booksellers are likely to have in stock that in many cases aren’t enjoying significant sales.
  • Next, we weed out well known bestsellers, book club selections and other heavily promoted titles.

The resulting lists highlight a wide range of in-demand titles. Some are familiar titles that are enjoying sustained popularity. Others are less well known titles that have, for one reason or another, generated strong local interest. 

Panorama Picks: Regional Lists

The regional groupings below generally mirror the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) groupings and naming conventions. A few adjustments have been made to simplify the reporting and presentation of the recommendations.

The lists are available in two formats: Google Sheets and PDF. The Google Sheets versions include the BISAC codes for each title. The PDF versions are formatted for easy printing and do not include the BISAC codes. The current lists reflect library demand for the first quarter of 2019.

SOUTHEAST: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia


Hub City Writers Project Marketing and Events Manager

Description: The Marketing and Events Manager schedules and staffs bookshop events and develops and implements marketing strategies designed to boost traffic in the Hub City Bookshop and increase attendance at HCWP events in Spartanburg. The marketing and events manager reports to the HCWP Executive Director.

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Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, M. Judson, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Oxford Exchange, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Story on the Square, and The Country Bookshop.

9780525647072 Pet 9/10/2019
"Here is a novel that elegantly tangles with relevant issues. Here is a novel that will stay with readers long after they close the book, contemplating the monsters we have yet to confront." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781101870600 The Memory Police 8/13/2019
"Surreal, eerie, and quietly unsettling, Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police is a thoughtful and compelling portrayal of the horrors of state surveillance and totalitarianism."-- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781982135669 The Book Charmer 7/30/2019
"This is a charming & whimsical story and is a great read if you are looking for something on the light side" --Pam Craw,Bookmiser, Rosewell, GA

9781547602377 Ruby Finds a Worry 9/3/2019
"An excellent teaching book about managing worry, which everyone has and which may come back sometimes, but can get better if you share it with someone who can help you through it." -- Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

9780451491879 The Bookish Life of Nina Hill 7/9/2019
"A sweet and lovely story about books, love, and family. The perfect summer read!" -- Faith Park-Dodge, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

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

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