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First Things First...

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: Branding and Marketing Your Store

March Maddnes at Square Books

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Square Books, Oxford, MS
with Lyn Roberts

Promote your store with tribal marketing by capitalizing on your unique geography and identity through branded merchandise. Lyn Roberts is the General Manager of Square Books, four bookstores on five floors in three buildings on the historic square in Oxford, Mississippi, where she has worked since 1988.

More information | March Madness Main Page | Register

New "Shop South" Opportunity for SIBA Members

A collaborative project between Matchbook Marketing and SIBA to promote SIBA book prize winners

The Shop South program will promote Okra Pick, Circle of Sites, Southern Book Prize, Conroy Legacy titles and more onto bookstore websites, and where possible, link them to online sales pages. Gwyn Ridenhour of Matchbook Marketing will be presenting Shop South at the following March Madness Bookseller events:

  • March 10: Horton's Books & Gifts, Carrollton, GA
  • March 11: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC
  • March 12: Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
  • March 16: Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Read more | March Madness Main Page | Register

Shop South Sample

March Madness: Bookstore Makeovers: Low-cost and no-cost ways to update your space

March Madness at at Story and Song

March 15, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, Fernandina Beach, FL
with Donna Paz Kaufman

Lift up your store's look for the enjoyment of customers, staff, and you. During this workshop you'll see photos of creative bookstore design and merchandising ideas from bookshops around the world. Bring a diagram of your space with fixtures located. We'll talk about circulation, sight lines, focal point displays, and adding your "Wow" factor to give new energy to your bookstore. 

More information | March Madness Main Page | Register

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: Professional Bookselling powered by NAIBA

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) has taken on the task of creating a formal certification program for the bookselling industry. “For years, booksellers across the country have been asking for a “career path” in bookselling. This is a nation-wide program, with NAIBA spearheading the creation, execution and oversight. NAIBA will work with the American Booksellers Association and the other regional booksellers’ associations on every aspect of the program. Read more

In Brief: Independent Bookstore Day Catalog is now live

All orders are due by Monday, February 3, 2020 (no exceptions). More info

In Brief: Binc accepting scholarship applications

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, announced on January 1st that applications are open to apply for a scholarship to attend the Denver Publishing Institute. This opportunity is open to current booksellers interested in learning about the publishing side of the industry. Applications for the scholarship – worth up to $7000 – to attend the Denver Publishing Institute in Denver, CO will be accepted through February 26th, 2020. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages.

More info
Applications are due by February 26th.

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 1/12/2020.


1. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. Olive, Again Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
4. Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
5. Dear Edward Ann Napolitano, The Dial Press, $27, 9781984854780


1. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
2. The Blue Zones Kitchen Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
3. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
4. Say Nothing Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385521314
5. Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis Ada Calhoun, Grove Press, $26, 9780802147851

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.

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita (illus.) 1/7/2020
Reviewed by Johanna Albrecht, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC
On Edelweiss

This is a beautiful example of a picture book well-suited to a variety of ages. Take pleasure in the sound of the words, the exploration of identity, or the structure of the poetry. The illustrations by Kaylani Juanita are lovely and detailed too. I see this book being shared with little listeners for fun and in classrooms as a model for students writing their own poetry. Magnificent Homespun Brown is an absolutely gorgeous book that celebrates brown identity and community!

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone, 1/7/2020
Reviewed by Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
On Edelweiss

Nic Stone’s Clean Getaway is a middle grade book about heavy topics (segregation, absent parent, incarceration) without being a heavy read. William and his grandmother go on a road trip using The Green Book as a guide. Things are fun at first, but take a suspenseful turn as Grandma starts acting weird. Stone writes books that provide opportunities for people to talk about hard issues in non-threatening ways and we should all be grateful.

Lord of All the Dead by Javier Cercas, 1/14/2020
Reviewed by Justin Souther, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC
On Edelweiss

Part historical record, part memoir, Cercas continues to reckon with Spain's collected history, this time focusing on his family's involvement in the Spanish Civil War. As fascinating and erudite as anything Cercas has written, but his struggles with his family's past and the violence involved make this his most personal, touching and morally complex work.

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