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First Things First...

Jan 8: B3! Book Club Discusses Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan
Jan 15 : Independent Bookstore Day Catalog is published
Jan 15 : B3! Webinar: Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events
Feb 1: Southern Book Prize Ballot Closes
Feb 3: Deadline to place your IBD orders (no late orders this year!)
Feb 12: Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists
Feb 26: ABACUS Resource Roundtable with Jill Hendrix
Mar 9-19: March Madness Bookseller Series

SIBA Office Hours:

Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 PM EST
(by appointment in November and December)
In the Land of SIBA Blog

B3! Webinar: Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events


January 15, at 2:00 PM

With Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books, Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop, and Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books

Presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC will discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization , which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings. 

Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, will discuss their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA’s Jazz Fest, they’ve worked together with other New Orleans indies on a “New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day,” which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport. 

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Let's Meet at Winter Institute

Schedule time to talk one-on-one with SIBA

Dear Booksellers and Industry Friends,

Wanda and I will be attending the ABA’s Winter Institute and would love to hear how you’re doing, listen to concerns you may have that we can address, and gather your ideas for 2020 programming. We’re all ears! 

Let’s schedule a meeting time, grab some comfy seats at NAIBA's on-site Hospitality Suite, and catch up.  Please email me to set up an appointment.


Linda-Marie Barrett | Assistant Executive Director of SIBA

ABACUS Resource Round Table with Jill Hendrix

February 26, 2-3PM

ABACUS is a free annual report, sponsored by the ABA, that provides detailed information about where your store falls across a range of areas, including profitability, productivity, and financial management. Having access to the ABACUS report is like adding a financial officer to your staff; it can inform you of areas that need improvement, areas in which your store is succeeding, and everything in between. RSVP Linda-Marie to attend.


Running a bookstore without ABACUS is like trying to drive a car blindfolded. If we don't understand, at a visceral level, the drivers of profitability, we can't create a budget, manage payroll, make decisions about product mix, or have meaningful conversations with our landlords. It's as necessary to our business as a point of sale system, a website, or phone system.
— Len Vlahos, Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado

This week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

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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.

In Brief: What's on Lady Banks Bookshelf in January?

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SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion. These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to SIBA member stores.  Booksellers can boost sales by bringing in Lady Banks Bookshelf titles before the month begins, and putting up a winning display. Send in a photo of your display and earn 20 B3! points, too!

January’s Titles:

  • Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison
  • The Shaman of Turtle Valley by Cliff Garstang
  • A Dredging in Swann by Tim Garvin
  • 2020 Campaign Coloring Book by Kate Salley Palmer
  • Remembrance by Rita Woods
  • Wilmington's Lie by David Zucchino

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In Brief: 2020 Winter Okra Picks

The Most Anticipated Southern Books of the Forthcoming Season

Southern independent booksellers have selected thirteen titles for their 2020 Winter Okra Picks, their seasonal list of great forthcoming Southern books. The Winter Okra Picks publish in January, February, and March and feature southern voices, southern stories, and southern writers. Each and every one of them also has a cadre of southern bookseller champions, eager to place these books into the hands of adventurous readers.
Keep reading... | Bookseller Resources

Okra Picks

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

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

For the week ending 12/25/2020.


1. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
4. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
5. The Guardians John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385544184


1. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
2. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
3. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
4. Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving Mo Rocca, S&S, $29.99, 9781501197628
5. The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135

See what's special to the Southern List!

The Books Your Colleagues Are Talking About!

Reviewed by Booksellers

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.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, 1/21/2020
Karyn Cumming, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
On Edelweiss

This wholesome meet-cute delivers beloved romantic tropes with a refreshing modern twist. As Pepper and Jack become close over multiple social media platforms, relatable circumstances for young daters, humor ensues when neither know they are interacting with the other. But in Romeo and Juliet fashion, the cheesy couple falls in love despite familial rivalry. Endearing characters and a plot that has a little bit of everything will leave readers satisfied - if not craving a grilled cheese!

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah, 2/4/2020
Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
On Edelweiss

Sophie Hannah starts this mystery with such a bizarre situation that you have to keep reading so you can try and figure out what the heck is going on. The more you read, the twistier it gets. Everyday people in situations that are far from normal are what Sophie Hannah does best.

Road Through Midnight by Jessica Ingram, 2/17/2020
Josh Niesse, Underground Books, Carrollton, GA
On Edelweiss

I just opened Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial this morning and found myself reading the entire thing in one sitting. Jessica Ingram’s book, a unique approach to civil rights history through photography, has been a project over 10 years in the making. It is a work of stunning force, power, and emotion. With a unique and sensitive artistic eye, combining her own photography, in-person interviews, archival research, and moving first person testimonies, Ingram honors the history and memories of civil rights era activists and others who were victims of racist violence. As our country continues to navigate the challenges of advancing the causes of civil rights and racial justice, nuanced exercises of remembrance like Road Through Midnight remind us that resistance to the regressive forces in our society is an ongoing struggle we each bear the responsibility to face.

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