News you can use from the Land of SIBA: October 10, 2019
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10/12: Deadline to Nominate for James Patterson Bookseller Bonuses (more)
10/16: B3! Webinar: Bringing Used Books into the Mix for Higher Sales and Profit (rsvp)
10/21: Deadline to apply for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Bookseller Activists (here)

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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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.


  • Cathy Graham (Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL)
  • Shane Gottwals (Gottwals Books, Warner Robins, GA)
  • Frank Reiss (A Cappella Books, Atlanta, GA)
  • Josh Niesse (Underground Books, Carrollton, GA)


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"Our lives are worth literature. It doesn't matter where you come from, or who your parents were, or how broken or torn apart your home was, the life you lived was worth writing about." -- Wiley Cash

When Wiley Cash was chosen to be the 2020 Conroy Legacy he was able to sit down and talk to Linda-Marie about Pat Conroy, independent bookstores, and what it means to be a writer in his home state of North Carolina.

Wiley Cash on Pat Conroy 

"The first time I met Pat Conroy was in 2013. I was in a room with him and it was like a solar system with a black hole, all of the energy in the room was going towards him just by his presence." --Wiley Cash

Those videos, along with a list of Cash's books, graphics to share on social media, and downloadable posters are available to SIBA booksellers in the Wiley Cash Conroy Legacy Award Toolkit (link requires login)


Stephanie CroweThis year at SIBA was one of my best experiences. I felt like I was coming home, so many friends and authors that I have seen in the past felt much more comfortable. I sensed a lightness of spirit throughout the total event. There was more laughter and optimism in the meal events and in the workshops.  The AUTHORinteraction which revolved around Pat Conroy’s friends was especially jovial. Delightful to attend!
I’m very grateful to have been able to attend this year and thank SIBA for their support of indie booksellers! SIBA is my family!
~Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, AL

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.


Who gets a bonus?
October 12 Deadline for James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program

Booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore customers are encouraged to nominate any current indie bookstore employee of an ABA member store to receive a bonus as part of author James Patterson’s 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. This year’s campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore employees through October 12.

Learn more about the program here

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: October 6, 2019


Printable versions for your store displays: Hardcover | Paperback | Children's.

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
5. The Institute
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
2. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
3. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
4. Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith, Knopf, $24.95, 9780525657682
5. Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God
David Jeremiah, Thomas Nelson, $26.99, 9780785223931

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

The World That We Knew Alice Hoffman, S&S, $27.99,Full Throttle: Stories Joe Hill, Morrow, $27.99,Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God David Jeremiah, Thomas Nelson, $26.99,How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27,This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals That Will Make You Feel Better Smith Street Books, $14.95,Three Women Lisa Taddeo, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $27,A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99,The Lost Girls of Paris Pam Jenoff, Park Row, $16.99,The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Kim Michele Richardson, Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99,Beloved Toni Morrison, Vintage, $16,Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Anand Giridharadas, Vintage, $16,The Color of Law Richard Rothstein, Liveright, $17.95,On Tyranny Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $8.99,The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95,The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 Sy Montgomery, Jaime Green (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99,

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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.

Nothing to See Here Little Weirds The Revisioners The Broken Road 

9780062913463 Nothing to See Here 10/29/2019
"Absolutely loved this book, I listened to it on Quirky, entertaining, smart, and funny. I could not put it down. I can not wait to put this book into hands of readers I know will love it as much as I did. Thank you Kevin Wilson for giving the weird and wonderful a voice! And thank you to Marin Ireland for doing an excellent job with the southern accent! " -- Jessica Osborne, E. Shaver, booksellers, Savannah, GA

9780316485340 Little Weirds 11/5/2019
"Little lovely weirds from the big, lovely, weirdness of Jenny Slate's brain. I am recommending that you get both a physical copy to beautify your shelves and the audiobook so that Slate can croon her little weirds into your ears and that way your hands are free for snacking or petting the dog or arranging acorns on your mantel. You will laugh and sigh and wish her words could bring things to life because she is, after all, a magical person so it should be a thing she can do. And who knows? Maybe she will."-- Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781640092587 The Revisioners 11/5/2019
"Reminiscent of Octavia Butler's KINDRED, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's new novel is a brilliant story that transcends time. Told over the course of almost 100 years, and several generations of one family, this book confirms that the dark legacy of slavery is something we cannot escape, even in the 21st century. Several times while reading this I had to put it down and step away. It is unflinchingly honest and brutal in a way that is hard to read. There is a suspense building throughout that made me think something terrible was lurking under the surface of both Josephine and Ava's stories. " -- Jamie Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781635573657 The Broken Road 12/3/2019
"The Broken Road is an incredibly honest memoir from the daughter of George Wallace, Peggy Wallace Kennedy. She gives her view of her father's life, political struggles, and personal values. Kennedy also details how she came to a heightened awareness about the hurt her father caused so many with his stand against desegregation. A must-read for those who are interested in Southern history, politics, and the civil rights era." -- Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

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