News you can use from the Land of SIBA: November 14, 2019
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12/4/2019: B3! Webinar: An Introduction to Bookshop (here)
1/8/2020: B3! Book Club Discusses Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan (rsvp)
1/15/2020: Independent Bookstore Day Catalog is published (here)
2/3/2020: Deadline to place your IBD orders (no late orders this year!) (here)

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Would you like to begin a festival in your town? It’s a lot of work, but can add another dimension and revenue stream to your bookstore, deepen your relationships with community partners, publishers, and authors, and foster a greater appreciation for reading and author interactions in your region and beyond. Listen to four veterans discuss the book festivals they initiated or partner in, and learn some great tips on how to do it right and have fun doing it.

Launching a Book Festival 

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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.

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: November 10, 2019


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

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
2. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. The Guardians
John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385544184
5. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
2. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
3. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637
4. Blowout
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
5. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
Mitch Albom, Harper, $24.99, 9780062952394

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

This Tender Land William Kent Krueger, Atria, $27,The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street Karen White, Berkley, $26,The Secrets We Kept Lara Prescott, Knopf, $26.95,Becoming Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.5,How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27,Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero Christopher McDougall, Knopf, $27.95,A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99,The Alchemist Paulo Coelho, HarperOne, $16.99,My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite, Anchor, $14.95,Flights Olga Tokarczuk, Riverhead Books, $17,Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16,The Crying Book Heather Christle, Catapult, $16.95,How to Change Your Mind Michael Pollan, Penguin, $18,The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17,Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 Max Hastings, Harper Perennial, $22.99,Shoe Dog Phil Knight, Scribner, $20,The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95,

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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.


The Moonshiner's Daughter Wilmington's Lie The Girl and the Dinosaur IAmerican Dirt 

9781496717023 The Moonshiner's Daughter 12/31/2019
"Donna Everhart perfectly captures North Carolina in the early 1960s as she tells the story of a family making moonshine. The Sasser family business is anathema to Jessie because of its role in her mother's death, and the family's dedication to it is puzzling for her. Everhart's portrayal of Jessie's coming-of-age is realistic and heartbreaking. You will root for Jessie, the Sassers, and the moonshine before it is all over." -- Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, NC

9780802128386 Wilmington's Lie 1/7/2020
"This is truly a book to shake your world view. To know violence could occur so openly in the U.S., and be fairly hidden for decades, is to begin to face how deeply ingrained racism is in our history - particularly in the South. Wilmington's Lie is a "must read", even as it sickens, shocks, and educates."-- Rosemary Pugliese, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

9781547603220 The Girl and the Dinosaur 1/14/2020
"On a beach in a town not so very far from here a girl and a dinosaur find each other and with spirits wild and free they explore the night together. Dinosaur lovers and dreamers alike will adore this stunningly illustrated lyrical tale of fun, fantasy and flight. " -- Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

9781250209764 American Dirt 1/21/2020
"Likened to "a Grapes of Wrath for our times". American Dirt is a raw exploration into the lives of people willing to sacrifice everything for a chance at happiness. You will not be able to put this book down as you become entranced in their lives, it is an important book demanding our attention with stories of drama and humanity.You will not want to put this down unless it is to share with a friend so you can talk about it." -- Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

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