News you can use from the Land of SIBA: July 18, 2019
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8/7: B3! Webinar: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)
8/15: Deadline to order imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

9/1: Fall Okra Pick Nominations Due (here)
9/13: #SIBA Discovery Show (register)
9/19: Deadline to order non-imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

SIBA Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 PM EST
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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction

#SIBA19 Discovery Show


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

Don't leave it to the last minute! Registration is open for SIBA Discovery Show, September 13-15 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.

Schedule | Hotel | Register


Edelweiss announced the release of their new “Edelweiss +Communities” this week. This allows groups of users with similar interests or functions to share reviews, collections, nominations, and more. If you are a bookseller member of SIBA, you most likely are already in our community.  SIBA provided Edelweiss a list of our membership, which they used along with their own list of SIBA Edelweiss users to create the SIBA community. However, if you do not see SIBA among your communities, please join us. You can find SIBA in the list of available communities to join. 

Access the communities set-up tool by clicking on “People” in the top menu, beneath the search bar. This directs you to the “communities set-up tool,” which you can click on for more information beyond the list of available communities to join. 

SIBA Community

One important change is the removal of the “Send to SIBA” option with reviews. You can still share your reviews with SIBA by choosing the SIBA community box, along with any other community you’re including in the review share. By sharing with SIBA, your reviews count as Okra Pick and Southern Book Prize nominations, earn you B3! points, plus potential inclusion in our newsletters to booksellers and our industry partners, on our reader-facing ARTS site, in Lady Banks newsletter, and more. You’re also alerting other SIBA booksellers to the books you’re loving and recommending in your store, which helps everyone stay on top of what’s new and noteworthy. When SIBA booksellers get behind a book, it becomes a regional and, often, national bestseller. So, let’s stay connected in the SIBA “community” on Edelweiss and make great things happen.  If you have any problems joining the SIBA community or accessing "Communities" on Edelweiss, please contact us. We're here to help you!

How to Join a Community


SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers 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.

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.

Featured August titles below:


IN BRIEF: via The Independent Bookseller

James Patterson Holiday Bonus Applications Open

Patterson announced in May that he would pledge a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 to 500 individual booksellers. New this year, 100 of the bonuses will be set aside for children’s booksellers. This year’s campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore employees through October 12.

Click here for more information

Free "How to Buy Direct From Publishers" training session

Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC will lead a 30-minute Zoom training on Wednesday, August 14 at 2 PM EST focusing on strategies for purchasing directly from publishers. All booksellers are welcome to participate. If you're interested in attending this training, e-mail Jill ( with subject line "Direct Buying Training." Zoom details and a reminder will be sent closer to the event date.


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ Communities. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Garden District Book Shop, Givens Books, Itinerate Literate, M Judson, Bookseller, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Righton Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshop, Wonderland Bookshop, and Wordsworth Books

Caging Sies Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe My Jasper June This Tender Land Small in the CityThe Ungrateful Refugee 

9781419739088 Caging Skies 8/6/2019
"This dark novel is full of psychological insights, beautiful allusions, and compelling writing, and I will be thinking through its implications for weeks to come. " -- Lucy Stoltzfus, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9781616208219 Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? 8/27/2019
"A thoughtful coming of age story wrapped in a screwball mystery caper. . .It may inspire you to learn about John Calvin, the pellet stove, or even small animal pornography. It will most certainly make you smile."-- Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books , Raleigh, NC

9780062836625 My Jasper June 9/3/2019
"Snyder writes a unique kind of fiction that straddles the line between realism and fantasy, and this book is sure to please both kinds of readers." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781476749297 This Tender Land 9/3/2019
"William Kent Krueger is a storyteller par excellence." -- Britton Trice, Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

9780823442614 Small in the City 9/3/2019
"Sydney Smith has a gift. His thoughtful, winsome illustrations can tell stories brimming with emotional depth and meaning." -- Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

9781948226424 The Ungrateful Refugee 9/3/2019
"The book reads like a thriller and coming of age story at the same time." -- Doloris Vest, Book No Further, Roanoke, VA

More bookseller reviews

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

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