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First Things First...

Jan 15 : Independent Bookstore Day Catalog is published
Jan 15 : B3! Webinar: Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events
Jan 21: ABA Winter Institute: Schedule an Appointment
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

March Madness: Independent Bookstore Day & Bookstore Passport Programs

March Maddnes at Oxford Exchange

March 9, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
with Laura Taylor

The collaboration between Independent Bookstores is our greatest weapon against big box stores. Join other booksellers to brainstorm and put into place an innovative regional bookstore passport program which would engage and inspire our local customers to seek out Independent Bookstores wherever they are. All discussions about Independent Bookstore Day and ways to feed and support your local bookstores will be encouraged!  

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Going Greener in 2020

SIBA Stores discuss green initiatives

Greener business practices aren’t just about responding to customer pressure to be more environmentally aware, it’s also better for the planet and can be money-saving for businesses. Here are some green practices already happening at member stores:

We use paper bags and ask customers if they want a bag, so we don't give them automatically. We’ve never used plastic bags. We reuse all the cardboard boxes and packing that we can for outgoing shipping to customers, and to publishers for returns. Anything that is not reused is recycled. --Lyn Roberts, Square Books

Instead of bottled water, we offer authors and other guests a glass and a pitcher of cold water.  We keep a donation jar for local non-profits at each register, and add a nickel whenever a customer chooses not to use one of our QRB bags. We've been doing that for about 2 1/2 years, and customers tend to donate a lot of their change, too.  We place recycling cans near all workspaces, including the register and break rooms. -- LIsa Poole, Quail Ridge Books   

We have slowly but surely been replacing our fluorescent lights. As the fluorescents around the shop go out we replace with LED. We've made it through about two thirds of the lights and are seeing savings in our electric bill as well. We also replaced two A/C units with more efficient ones. Our electricity bill was down by 25% last year over the previous year so we are seeing a financial impact -- Michele Cavalier, Cavalier House Books

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March Madness: Cultivating an Infinite Mindset for Resiliency in a Changing World

March Madness at Fountain Bookstore

March 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
with Kelly Justice

Spending time developing an "infinite mindset" and doing the challenging work of defining who we are as leaders, as companies, and as individuals takes time and is not as easily defined as simple "wins" and "losses.” Working on broad areas of your company like defining your values and purpose, using design to manifest those definitions, creating a workplace culture where we feel safe, are inspired to work more, and feel satisfied and secure when we are not at work can lead to ultimate sustainability, security, and financial and emotional health.  

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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: Two New Bookstores coming to SIBA Territory

Read Books, Virginia Beach, VA

We (a retired librarian educator and her family) are locating our little bookstore just blocks from the oceanfront in our town of Virginia Beach, VA. If you love a good story, here’s where ours begins. We love to read books. We also love to gather with other readers to celebrate the magic of stories and the art of the printed page. So, we are designing a store (in a vintage Airstream!) that reflects and values all things reading. It’s aiming to be small, independent, cozy, funky and we hope, welcoming. Visit the website

Odd Bird Books, Columbia, SC

Odd Bird Books will open in the coming weeks in Columbia’s historic Arcade Mall, a revitalized retail space with entrances on Main and Washington streets downtown. Owner Benjamin Adams is a former employee of Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston. Read more

In Brief: Independent Bookstore Day Deadlines

The IBD Catalog goes live on January 15th. Bookstore have only until February 3rd to place their orders. Late orders cannot be accommodated. More info

In Brief: Libro Launches Bookstore Link

Bookstore Link connects readers to local bookstores by allowing authors, publishers, and bookstore fans to drive traffic to the websites of independent bookstores. Read more

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 1/5/2020.


1. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
4. Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
5. Olive, Again Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548


1. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
2. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
3. The Yellow House Sarah M. Broom, Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088
4. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
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.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore, 1/14/2020
Katlin Kerrison, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA
On Edelweiss

This is an amazing story that flips between Roma characters in the 1500's that are suffering from the " dancing plague" and a modern town that has a magical week once a year called "the Glimmer." I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in three hours! I appreciated the beautiful prose and the way that the characters were introduced and created. They all aged and changed wonderfully. I will definitely be nominating this book for Indie Next and all other awards! Pick this one up on its wide release in January.

American Dirt by Janine Cummins, 1/21/2020
Kim Baldwin, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss

Holy shit, this book. Everyone will be talking about it. Everyone should be talking about it. I thought I knew this story, but I didn’t know this story. I read it in two sittings, crying so much that I quit noticing I was crying. I’m very tempted to immediately re-read it. I’m sure as shit going to make everyone I know read it.

Pig the Tourist by Aaron Blaby, 2/4/2020
Angie Talley, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
On Edelweiss

The Mona Lisa, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, nothing is safe when Pig the Pug goes on vacation. Pig, who has wreaked havoc and caused extreme distress for his fellow family fur friend Trevor in 5 previous books, is now ignoring rules and running amok while on holiday. Rest assured, as always, karma bites. A fun read aloud for families and storytimes.

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