News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 1, 2019
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9/13: #SIBA19 Discovery Show (register)
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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.

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The SIBA Discovery Show is only a little over a month away, which means that bookstores should be creating their plan of action now to make the best use of the show. The current list of exhibitors is now available, and show specials are being added daily.

Note, especially, the listings in red and dark blue. These are show sponsors, and first-time exhibitors:

C2 BooksC2 Books -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

The Pom Tales Series Show Special - 43% discount on book orders and FREE shipping ($40 min.). Credit cards accepted. We have some great displays (counter & free standing) to save space and help you make an impression. Stop by to meet us, place an order, and receive a gift!

Haywire BooksHaywire Books -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

Haywire Books is a new small publishing house based in Richmond, Virginia. New and forthcoming titles include Jon Sealy's The Edge of America, Patricia Henley's Hummingbird House (20th anniversary reprint), Mark Powell's Firebird, and Heather Bell Adams's The Good Luck Stone. Find us at

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The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction announced its shortlist this week. The annual award is given to a writer whose work is set in the South, exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters—and reflects, in the words of its namesake, Willie Morris, “hope for belonging, for belief in a people’s better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive." The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip for the winner to New York City for the reception and ceremony, which will be held on Monday, October 21st, 2019. The award is sponsored by Reba and Dave Williams.

This year’s finalists are Minrose GwinPromise (William Morrow), Silas HouseSouthernmost (Algonquin), Tayari JonesAn American Marriage (Algonquin) , and Tiffany Quay TysonThe Past is Never (Skyhorse Publishing).  “We are pleased and proud of this year’s shortlist for the Willie Morris Award,” says Reba White Williams, founder of the annual prize. “Each year—and this is our twelfth—proves the breadth of talent producing contemporary Southern fiction.” This year’s reception and award ceremony will introduce the winner of a new award, The Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry. Susan Kinsolving, director and judge of the poetry award, will introduce the winner who will present her prize-winning poem. 

All four nominated books are also Okra Picks, titles SIBA booksellers consider a favorite handsell of the season. Yet more proof that SIBA booksellers grow audiences for great books!


SIBA Holiday CatalogImportant Dates:

August 15: Deadline to order imprinted Catalogs
September 19: Deadline to order non-imprinted catalogs

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On Wednesday, August 14 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present: Jacqueline Jarik of Agate Publishing, Ellen Zielinski Whitfield of JKS Communications, Jon Sealy of Haywire Press, Steve McCondichie of Southern Fried Karma, and Nanci McCloskey of Tin House Books. Please rsvp to attend. 

More info on our presenters:

Jacqueline Jarik is the Associate Manager of Publicity at Agate Publishing where she oversees the publicity campaigns and event planning for all titles across Agate’s four main imprints: Bolden Books, Midway Books, Surrey Books, and B2 Books. She has been employed by Agate since 2015 in a variety of publicity roles. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and she lives in Chicago, IL.

Ellen Zielinski Whitfield is a Senior Publicist with JKS Communications, a literary publicity firm that has represented many southern authors and SIBA award-winning books over the past two decades. Before joining the JKS team, Ellen worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate newspapers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Waco Tribune Herald and others. She’s also a popular Bookstagrammer, an avid bibliophile living in Louisiana with her newspaper-executive husband, bright-and-spirited daughter, and an ever-growing collection of 550 books.

Jon Sealy is a Richmond, Virginia-based author and newly minted publisher. His first novel, The Whiskey Baron, was published by Hub City Press in 2014 to high acclaim. This year, he launched a small publishing house, Haywire Books, which is dedicated to making sense of a chaotic world. Titles in his catalog include his own The Edge of America (current Okra Pick, pubs Sept. 10), Patricia Henley's Hummingbird House (20th anniversary reprint, Nov. 5), Mark Powell's Firebird (Jan. 7), and Heather Bell Adams's The Good Luck Stone (Summer 2020)

Steve McCondichie is co-founder of Southern Fried Karma, an Atlanta-based multimedia company and the managing partner, overseeing the operation of their independent publishing imprints, their online literary magazine, the retail bookstore, and their film development company.  Steve and Southern Fried Karma are intent on bringing civil, social discourse to the communities they serve by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and freethinking.  

Nanci McCloskey is the Sales & Marketing Director of  Tin House Books and based, like the press, in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her two little boys. Tin House Books is an independent press that publishes roughly a dozen titles a year, and its authors have garnered attention from The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and O, the Oprah magazine.



Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ . Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, E.Shaver, booksellers, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's, Midtown Reader, MoonPie General Store, novel., Oxford Exchange, Page 158 Books, Parnassus, Read It Again, Reading Rock, Square Books, Story on the Square, Sundog, Sunrise Bookshop, The Booksmith, The Country Bookshop, and The Little Bookshop.

Ungrateful Refugee Refugia Ten Thousand Doors of January 
Don't You Forget About Me SlayMotherhood So White 

9780062229212 Butterfly Yellow 9/3/2019
"...explores the immigration experience from an intimate point of view...deft, dazzling, and necessary book for our times.." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781948908344 Refugia 9/4/2019
"An absolute work of art. I'm blown away by the crisp imagery, the powerful messages, and the austere simplicity of the poetry."-- Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books , Punta Gorda, FL

9780316421997 The Ten Thousand Doors of January 9/10/2019
"I am such a sucker for a portal fantasy, so picking up this book was a no-brainer. I didn't realize I'd also get a book-within-a-book AND a girl-and-her-pet love story!" -- Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

9780062958464 Don't You Forget About Me 9/10/2019
"This book was not what I had expected going in, but I loved what it turned out to be!" -- Emily Knosher, Read It Again, Suwanee, GA

9781534445420 SLAY 9/24/2019
"Brittney Morris does an incredible job of enveloping the reader into another world. In SLAY, Kiera Johnson created a VR world filled with acceptance, pride, and best of all, duels." -- Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

9781492679011 Motherhood So White 9/24/2019
"I was pulled into Ms. Austin's life from the beginning and found myself wanting to visit with her over coffee to discuss each chapter! -- Tricia Nociti, Reading Rock Books, Dickinson, TN

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