News you can use from the Land of SIBA: August 8, 2019
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8/15: Deadline to order imprinted holiday catalogs (here)
8/15: Deadline: Four Questions Survey (here)
8/15: Fall Okra Pick Nominations Due (here)
9/13: #SIBA19 Discovery Show (register)
9/19: Deadline to order non-imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

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SIBAIt’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders who will move SIBA forward. It is time to vote for your SIBA Board. Please take a moment to help SIBA be the best organization it can for you--click on the link below to cast your vote for the bookseller you would like to fill the open seat.

The Ballot:

  • Kimberley Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, NC
  • John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, LA

The ballot will close on August 31, 2019. Every SIBA member store gets one vote. You store membership must be current. Stores receive 50 B3! points for voting.

VOTE HERE | JOIN/RENEW | more info

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Read more about SIBA's Circle of Sites Program (aka the "banner for dues" program) and find out whether your store is eligible to participate and receive free membership dues.


Mark your calendars for Wed, October 16 at 2pm EST, to hear from four booksellers whose bookstores offer a profitable blend of new and used books. With higher profit margins and unique inventory possibilities, adding used and antiquarian books into your mix could be a way to bring in new customers, further meet the needs of existing ones, and improve your cash flow. And it can be fun! Highlighting used and collectible books on social media offers creative opportunities to share unusual jacket designs, hilariously dated subject matter, and ephemera left from a book’s previous owner. Unsaleable used inventory can be turned into journals, buttons, and literary confetti, as Underground Books has done so successfully. Join us to listen to four approaches to selling used books, and blending them into your new book inventory. Please rsvp to attend. read more

holiday catalog newsletterSIBA HOLIDAY CATALOG DEADLINE: 8/15

The deadline to order your IMPRINTED holiday catalogs is August 15.

Sell even more books this holiday season with the store-branded email newsletter. SIBA is partnering with Shelf-Awareness to provide members with an email-newsletter edition of its holiday catalog. Now the breadth of gift-worthy titles selected for the SIBA Holiday Catalog can land directly in the inbox of each of your book-loving customers with the Shelf Awareness powered e-newsletter.

Each e-newsletter issue links to your bookstore site and social media pages. The wide selection of adult and children’s titles from your regional holiday print catalog can be linked directly to your e-commerce for easy on-line purchasing.

Sign up for the SIBA Holiday Catalog | More info


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.


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


Visit our booth to receive an extra 5% off and free freight with a $150 wholesale minimum order. Quarto is the leading global illustrated book publisher. We publish titles available globally in over 50 countries and 40 languages. Check out our newest titles for children and adults, and learn about initiatives in STEAM and Equality for Every Reader. Meet Matthew Register, author of Southern Smoke and revered pitmaster and owner of Southern Smoke Barbecue in Garland, NC.

Exhibitors | Attendees | Authors


Bookstores for sale in Franklin, NC. Books Unlimited & Unlimited Books for Kids. Books Unlimited features thousands of book titles from bestsellers to regional authors. In addition, Books Unlimited also carry many great gift ideas including calendars, games, music, journals and so much more. Unlimited books for kids is separately located in its own store front. Unlimited Books for kids is totally designed around the young reader in mind. Both locations are tenants on Main street in Franklin, NC. Email for more info.

Join SIBA's Facebook Group: SIBA wants to connect with you. Know that we'll be posting content to these regularly and hope that you will comment, share, and post the content along. read more | join

Expedited Shipping from Macmillan: Shipments to ship-to locations within the continental United States that have standard ground shipping times of three business days or greater from our Gordonsville warehouse will be made by two-day air. To be eligible, orders must be on a returnable basis, equal or exceed an invoice value of $100, and be placed electronically directly with Macmillan or through your Macmillan sales representative. more

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: August 4, 2019

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
3. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman, Penguin, $16, 9780735220690

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
2. Three Women
Lisa Taddeo, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $27, 9781451642292
3. The Pioneers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781501168680
4. Becoming
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
Mark Manson, Harper, $24.99, 9780062457714

Special to the Southern List
Books that appear on the Southern Bestseller List, but not on any other region's list

The Last House Guest Megan Miranda, S&S, $26.99,Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism Terry McAuliffe, Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99,Southern Lady Code: Essays Helen Ellis, Doubleday, $22,Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness Jennifer Berry Hawes, St. Martin's, $28.99,Girl, Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis, Thomas Nelson, $24.99,Pachinko Min Jin Lee, Grand Central, $15.99,The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke Andrew Lawler, Anchor, $17,Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, $14,Prisoners of Geography Tim Marshall, Scribner, $17,The Last Castle Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17,

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SIBA Holiday CatalogImportant Dates:

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

Click here to place your catalog order.

Click here to read more about the Holiday Catalog, including the new Catalog Email Newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness

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Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email to be added.

Have You Eaten Grandma The Beekeeper of Aleppo Dominicana 

9781982127404 Have You Eaten Grandma? 8/13/2019
"In this delightfully entertaining book about grammar in the age of Twitter and emojis, the author recognizes that the English language is evolving… but draws a hard line when meaning and understanding are at stake. This book will thrill grammar nerds, but is also a wonderful resource for anyone who isn’t quite sure when or why to use a semicolon." -- Anne Peck, Righton Books, St. Simon's Island GA

9781984821218 The Beekeeper of Aleppo 8/27/2019
"This was one of the most beautifully crafted novels I have ever read, despite its horrific subject. Lefteri balanced the flashbacks of escape with the difficulties refugees have when claiming asylum in a way that builds each character's deteriorating personality along the way. Each trial and tribulation reminds readers that these refugees are people, too, even as we work to dehumanize them at their most vulnerable state."-- Karyn Cumming, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781250205933 Dominicana 9/3/2019
"Original, compelling, and so well written. I devoured DOMINICANA as if it were a slice of angel food cake. What a unique new voice. Such a treat. " -- Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

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