News you can use from the Land of SIBA: September 5, 2019
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Seach announced for successor

Wanda JewellThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announced September 3 that Executive Director Wanda Jewell will retire in June 2020.  Wanda says that “Serving as SIBA’s Executive Director for the past 30 years has been the honor of my life."

"I am so proud of all we have accomplished together," Wanda said in a letter to core members. "SIBA is seen as forward-looking, innovative, and smart – an organization willing to take risks without being risky. I treasure the reputation we have earned."

Questions about the search can be directed to Kimberly at or Nanette at

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John CavalierJohn Cavalier, of Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, Louisiana, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. His term is from 2020-2023.

John Cavalier is the co-owner of Cavalier House Books and the Looziana Book Co. in Denham Springs, Louisiana, both of which he owns and operates with his wife, Michelle. Cavalier House Books is a general interest new and used store specializing in large school / institutional orders and school book fairs. Looziana Book Co. is a regional wholesaler / distributor of books that share the history and culture of Louisiana. John is very active in his community and serves as community organizer for Denham Springs' flood recovery efforts as well as serving on the board of the Denham Springs Merchants Association and the Livingston Parish Small Business Council. John is a staunch advocate for independent business, distributed economies, emergency preparedness and climate resiliency. The top industry priorities that he hopes to share with his colleagues and the SIBA board are the shared imperative for emergency preparation and resiliency in our businesses and communities, our need for an omni-channel approach to generating sales through technology as well as the need to encourage new business models across the industry.

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.


Dorothea Benton FrankBeloved South Carolina author Dorothea (Dottie) Benton Frank died Monday after a brief illness. A native of Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, she divided her time between the Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey. Her debut novel, Sullivan’s Island, was a New York Times bestseller, as were her subsequent novels, including her latest, Queen Bee, which marked a return to the setting of her first novel.

Dottie Frank was a favorite among SIBA booksellers and their customers, and a familiar face to many as she toured her books and attended SIBA’s Discovery Shows. Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC shares, "Dottie Frank was a South Carolina treasure. She was as funny as a stand-up comedienne in person, yet her books could move you to tears while transporting you to a magical Carolina landscape. She will be deeply missed by readers and booksellers alike. Our hearts go out to her family and friends."

Author Patti Callahan Henry praises her friend’s legacy, “Dottie Frank was a bright light and powerful force of life; she made us all feel part of something bigger. Her fearlessness, her laugh, her smile and her wealth of stories will be missed more than can be described. She was tender and fierce - a rare and beautiful combination. Her stories were the same. When she loved, she loved fully and she grabbed life by the handfuls!”

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John CavalierVisit our schedule of events  and figure out what education sessions, EUREKAsiba presentations, and author panels on Friday will bring you the most value for your time. Split up staff and take in as much as you can, leaving time for a restorative visit to our Quiet Room, or impromptu meetings with other booksellers and authors. 

Friday Highlights include:

  • 10-10:30AM: Gold Star Orientation for First-Time Exhibitors
  • 11-11:30AM: Gold Star Orientation for First-Time Booksellers
  • 5PM: Signaround featuring authors who appeared at Friday’s events
  • 6PM: Herstory Comes Alive, the daughters of Jackie Robinson and George Wallace in conversation with Katheryn Russell-Brown
  • 7PM: First 180 Days Party featuring authors with books releasing in 2020
  • 10PM: Milk & Cookies Pajama Silent Reading Gathering

Saturday Highlights include:

  • 9-10AM: SIBA Annual Meeting and Town Hall
  • 10AM: Blackstone Publishing Refreshment Break with author Jill Criswell
  • 3PM: Mercer University Press Meet & Greet & Eat & Drink with MUP authors
  • 5:45-6:45PM: Parapalooza, a SRO event with numerous authors and many laughs!
  • 9PM: Hub City Celebration at the Montgomery Building. Don’t miss this one!

Sunday Highlights include:

  • 9AM: BQB Publishing Serves It Up with refreshments
  • 11:30AM: Play Heads or Tails with the Binc Foundation to win a $500 gift card
  • 11:45AM: Buyers Raffle for $1000
  • 10-4PM: Bookseller Shipping Center open 

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On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: August 24, 2019


Hardcover Fiction

1. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070
2. A Better Man
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250066213
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. Inland
Téa Obreht, Random House, $27, 9780812992861
5. Chances Are . . .
Richard Russo, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947746

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
2. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
Mark Manson, Harper, $24.99, 9780062457714
4. Furious Hours
Casey Cep, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947869
5. The Ghosts of Eden Park
Karen Abbott, Crown, $28, 9780451498625

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

Never Have I Ever Joshilyn Jackson, Morrow, $26.99,Furious Hours Casey Cep, Knopf, $26.95,Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America Ben Cleary, Twelve, $30,The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95,I'll Be Gone in the Dark Michelle McNamara, Harper Perennial, $17.99,Gather at the River: Twenty-Five Authors on Fishing David Joy (Ed.), Hub City Press, $16.95,The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke Andrew Lawler, Anchor, $17,The Last Castle Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17,Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe Jo Watson Hackl, Yearling, $7.99,Holes Serafina and the Seven Stars (Serafina, Book 4) Robert Beatty, Disney-Hyperion, $16.99,

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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.

Red at the Bone Monster, She Wrote Make It Scream, Make It Burn Imaginary Friend 

9780525535270 Red at the Bone 9/17/2019
"I'm always so amazed at the complexity of Woodson's characters when her language is so spare. What a beautiful book." -- Karen Hayes, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

9781683691389 Monster, She Wrote 9/17/2019
"Get your TBR (To Be Read) list out, it’s about to double! Monster, She Wrote is a guide to the amazing female pioneers of horror, speculative fiction, and to the women propelling these genres today. Organizing the authors you love into time period and theme, Monster, She Wrote builds a comprehensive history on how women have impacted the genre. For each author profiled authors Kroger and Anderson give another with comparable works and styles. Love gothic novelist Margret Cavendish? Try some selected works from Regina Maria Roche or Ann Radcliffe. With so many more wonderful authors to explore, Monster, She Wrote is sure to be a staple reference for seasoned horror fans and newcomers alike!"-- Amelia Pieti, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9780316259637 Make It Scream, Make It Burn 9/24/2019
"While the essays in Make it Scream, Make it Burn might spread across divergent topical territories—solo-swimming whales, reincarnation, villainous stepmothers, the pointedly unsubtle fantasies of the Las Vegas Strip—like fireworks they form a coherent, triumphant array that sparkles with exquisite wisdom, hawk-eyed wit, and enormous tenderness. Through Jamison’s prismatic meditations on photography, marriage, addiction, identity, and beyond, a graceful yet emphatic voice emerges extolling the virtues of patience and presence, of curiosity, and of faith not so much in the stories we imagine for ourselves, but in those that we cobble together day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Riveting, revelatory, and composed of so much scrupulous research and personal courage, Make it Scream, Make it Burn hears your longing, your fear, your desperation, and insists that you bring it forward, that you shout it for all to hear." -- Ben Newgard, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

9781538731338 Imaginary Friend 10/1/2019
"I tore through this 700 page book in 3 days. The characters pulled me in and the twists and turns kept me entertained the whole way through. The ending was more than a little unexpected, which I typically love, but as a reader I felt like it was disconnected from the rest of the text. The conclusion was hard to follow like a modern day biblical epic, but maybe that was the point. Imaginary Friend is very old school Stephen King." -- Nannette Matthews, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

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