News you can use from the Land of SIBA: September 26, 2019
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9/22 - 9/28: Banned Books Week
10/1: HarperCollins, PRH, ChooseCo's New Account Specials Expire (more info)
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11/6: B3! Webinar: Launching a Book Festival in Your Community (rsvp)

11/8 - 11/17: Love Your Bookstore Week (more info)

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Did you attend the #SIBA19 Discovery Show? SIBA wants your feedback!


Link to the Edelweiss Collection

October Titles:

  • The Moonshiner's Daughter by Donna Everhart 
  • Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South by M. Randal O’Wain
  • Angel Mage by Garth Nix
  • Holding On To Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne
  • Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children edited by Kath Shackleton
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A & M, and the History of Black College Football by Derrick E. White


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By Carl Kranz, Operations Manager at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA

Carl KranzSIBA time is always one of my favorite times of the year, and in need of a bit of a motivator this year, the Discovery Show stepped up bigtime. Right off the bat, I was in with my runnin’ buddies, and just seeing colleagues who have become some of my good friends for the first time in a while was rejuvenating in and of itself. But there’s always more people to meet and more work to be done. A full schedule of panels and education sessions filled Friday and highlights for me included discussion on Independent Bookstore Day, returns, and updates Ingram has been working to benefit booksellers through iPage, as well as a panel on nonfiction (which I love).

The main difference though between this year and past years was that I seemed to take a more philosophical approach to learning about bookselling. This is harder to put a price on but is just as important as the analytical tools we work on. Both through the inspirational programming as well as conversations I had up and down the trade show floor, there seemed to be a theme with me about my purpose as a bookseller. How to use my influence to make my community better and then grow that influence.

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By Andrea Richardson, Bookseller/Assistant Buyer at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA.

Andrea RichardsonI had a wonderful time at #SIBA19 - the best part was meeting and connecting with fellow booksellers and authors, as well as our publishing reps that I hadn't been able to put a face to before SIBA. Another highlight of my time in SC (and I don't think I'm alone in this) was the lunch with Julie Murphy, Charlaine Harris, Akilah Hughes, Kim Jones, and Gilly Segal. They were so much fun and I am loving all of their books! I also really enjoyed the handselling seminar, where I learned several valuable tips that I'm excited to try out during my store shifts. I really feel like I've found my tribe in the bookselling world and I could not be happier to continue my journey in this amazing business! I am so grateful that I won a scholarship and can't wait to attend more events. Thanks to SIBA, ABA, Wanda, and everyone else that put together this event!

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BincAt the SIBA Discovery Show the Binc Heads or Tails Fundraiser is one of the last events of the show -- held on the exhibit floor amid a general air of hilarity as booksellers, exhibitors, and even authors ham it up trying to stay on their feet until the end. The event has proved so popular -- and is for such a good cause -- that many authors in the show program who can't stay for the whole weekend arrange for proxies to stand in for them so they can still play. The lucky winner of this year's contest was Rebecca Kauffman, author of The House on Fripp Island, due out in June of 2020.

The fundraiser, which was sponsored by SIBA, raised approximately $3500.

So what, exactly, were all those folks doing by wearing flashy pins and patting their heads?

They were helping SIBA booksellers in need.

"Within 24 hours, Kit called to report that Binc was stepping in to assist with several months of rent payments. What a godsend. It was like I could breathe again." -- Jamie Anderson, Downtown Books & Duck's Cottage, Outer Banks, NC, after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael

Binc exists to be a safety net for booksellers facing a financial crisis. This has special significance for bookstores in SIBA territory, which face severe natural disasters and weather events with increasing rapidity. Rarely does the South make it through a hurricane season without some of our stores being affected -- by flooding, building damage, lost inventory, lost work, lost wages. Here is what Binc has done for SIBA booksellers since 2014:

  • Bookstore Disaster Recovery: 2 grants for a total of $12,073
  • Disaster Relief: 2 grants for a total of $7,975
  • Financial Assistance: 27 grants for a total of $62,678
  • Matching Grants: 5 grants fora total of $10,000

All in all, Binc has provided more than $92,000 in aid to Southern bookstores in the last five years. They have helped booksellers pay their rent, keep the lights on, meet serious medical expenses, and provide immediate disaster assistance.

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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.


HarperCollins, PRH, ChooseCo's New Account Specials Expire 10/1

Three of the publishers who offered new account specials in the aftermath of Baker & Taylor's withdrawal from the trade will end their promotions on October 1. If you don't order directly and would like to begin, now's the time to set up an account.

Click here for more information (via The Independent Bookseller)

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: September 22, 2019


Hardcover Fiction

1. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. The Institute
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567
4. A Better Man
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250066213
5. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
2. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
3. Permanent Record
Edward Snowden, Metropolitan Books, $30, 9781250237231
4. The Pioneers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781501168680
5. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288

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

The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides, Celadon Books, $26.99,   That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea Marc Randolph, Little Brown, $29,   Is There Still Sex in the City? Candace Bushnell, Grove Press, $26,   The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite Class, and Devours the Elite  Daniel Markovits, Penguin Press, $30,  
 The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution Eric Foner, Norton, $26.95,   Evicted Matthew Desmond, Broadway, $17,   I'll Be Gone in the Dark Michelle McNamara, Harper Perennial, $17.99,   The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy Anne de Courcy, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99,  
 Code Girls Liza Mundy, Hachette, $16.99,   The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark Trae Crowder, et al., Atria, $16,

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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.


Imaginary Friend The Beautiful The Gallows Pole Nothing to See Here 

9781538731338 Imaginary Friend 10/1/2019
"Immediately compelling, Imaginary Friend has the grip of those timeless cautionary tales, but related through a child's genuine sense of wonder and apprehension. Real-deal darkness, just peeking around the edges of the rich prose and Mayberry-esque setting.." -- Jilleen Moore, Square Books, Oxford, MS

9781524738174 The Beautiful 10/8/2019
"Ahdieh sets her gritty underworld in the perfect environment of New Orleans in the late 19th century. It's dark and dramatic and filled with intense passion. Ahdieh drew me in and left me so frustrated. I need the next book. NOW. This is the YA fantasy you need in your life right now."-- Miriam Meeks, E Shaver, bookseller, Savannah, GA

9780997457858 The Gallows Pole 10/15/2019
"A grimy, visceral historical crime novel with prose that feel like it was written with a sledge hammer. Entertaining, yes, but with plenty to say about power and class." -- Justin Souther, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

9780062913463 Nothing to See Here 10/29/2019
"I don't think I've read something so absurd and equally endearing ever before in my life. Kevin Wilson serves us a tale spun around heartbreak, what it means to be family, and honest-to-God unconditional love. When Lillian's childhood friend, Madison, calls her with a job to be the governess to her step-children, the deal sounds too good to be true. But once Lillian meets Bessie and Roland, she learns exactly what her job is: keep the kids from catching on fire, at (quite literally) all costs. The sweetness of this story is fragrant with smoke and sweet tea, and Wilson leaves the reader feeling completely satisfied and fulfilled by the entirety of Lillian's story involving this twisted and fantastical family." -- Delany Holcomb, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

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