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First Things First...

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

Mar 25: B3! Webinar: Keeping It Indie with Bookstore Link

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: Pop Ups at Performance Venues

March Madness at Horton's Books

March 10, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Horton's Books, Carrollton, GA
with Dorothy Pittman, and Tim Chapman, Director of the Center for the Arts

Horton's Dorothy Pittman and Tim Chapman, Director of the Center for the Arts, will discuss how they've been partnering successfully on events. Georgia's oldest bookstore, Horton's Books & Gifts has been in business since 1891. Founded by a former school teacher, N. A. Horton's offered school song and miscellaneous books as well as Bibles, sheet music, stationery, wrapping paper, and paper bags. He advertised, "I sell for cash, but will take eggs or chicken for school books when parties can't pay the money." Antique shelves and displays showcase new books and gift items while store cats Mayah, Poe, and Dante are always on hand to help customers choose the right book or gift.

More information |March Madness Main Page | Register

B3! Webinar: Keeping it Indie Bookstore Link

Join us on Wednesday, March 25 at 2PM EST for our B3! Webinar: Keep it Indie with Bookstore LinkMark Pearson, CEO and co-founder of, the first audiobook company to support independent bookstores, will discuss their new venture, Bookstore Link. When someone links to a book on Bookstore Link, the reader chooses their independent bookstore and is connected to that bookstore's website to make their purchase. Mark will explain how indie bookstores can get behind Bookstore Link, and he'll take your questions, too. Please rsvp to attend.

Read More | Click here for more info on Bookstore Link.

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March Madness: A Spirited Approach to Event Programming--Adding a book bar

March Madness at at Page 158 Books

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC
with Suzanne Lucey

Suzanne shares about her store, "Part of our mission at Page 158 Books is to get as many people reading as possible, and one of the ways we do that is by making our store a destination. We offer coffee, tea, soda, and as of last year we have started selling beer and wine. Our book club meetings have always been full of intelligent and spirited discussions, now they are fueled further by liquid courage that brings out even the most reticent member. Adding beer and wine also allowed us to transform our average author event into an intimate occasion that makes customers think, "Date night?" A night on the town can now begin with books, as well as booze.

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: WNBA Pannell Award Nominations Open

In 1981, the WNBA established the WNBA Pannell Awards to recognize and publicly applaud the work of booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books. Read more

In Brief: Applications for Bookselling Without Borders Now Open

Founded in 2016, BWB awards fellowships to American booksellers to attend international book fairs, where they meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other publishing professionals; connect with booksellers and with bookseller trade associations from around the world; speak on and attend panels; and visit local bookstores, distributors, cultural agencies, and literary arts organizations. Deadline is February 16. More info

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. Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
4. The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
5. The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213


1. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
2. Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, $28, 9780802128386
3. The Blue Zones Kitchen Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
4. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
5. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526

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.

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi 1/21/2020
Reviewed by Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss

Onyebuchi's adult debut hits hard and unflinching, using a dystopian near-future to explore the present-day effects of systemic racism. The prose is both taut and powerful, and this book embodies the reason I read sci-fi: it leaves me looking at my world (and the problems within it) with fresh eyes.

Unfinished Business by Vivian Gornick, 2/4/2020
Reviewed by Clara Boza, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC
On Edelweiss

Among the most insightful and daring critics and memoirists I’ve had the joy to read, Vivian Gornick brings her trademark boldness, intelligence, and personal passion to these essays about the pleasures of the reading life. Gornick never holds her reader at arm’s length. As a result, experiencing her writing always feels like a dialogue in which we’re actively participating. Unfinished Business is no exception—and it’s especially satisfying for anyone who loves books and reading.

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland, 2/4/2020
Reviewed by Ryan Alderman, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
On Edelweiss

As the title suggests, this book is both a memoir and a biography—an intimate experiment in nonfiction that simultaneously explores two identities at once. Jenn Shapland knows that the figures that occupy our minds – especially writers, in my experience, who particularly seem to make a nest of my brain – are not entirely independent of us. The mythic figures that live somewhere between the pages of history and our own imaginations are as much a part of our narrative as the world's. Shapland didn't know McCullers but she knows a version of her, one that this book posits as potentially as real as the 'real' author herself. Gorgeously queer, superbly honest, and ultimately a beautiful tribute, Shapland's trailblazing form shines without dulling either her own story or Carson's. An exquisite debut.

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