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First Things First...

Feb 26: ABACUS Resource Roundtable with Jill Hendrix
Mar 1: Deadline to Register for Find Waldo Local 2020
Mar 9-19: March Madness Bookseller Series

Mar 25: B3! Webinar: Keeping It Indie with Bookstore Link
2020 SIBA Discovery Show Registration is Open!

SIBA Office Hours:

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

Celebrate 45 Years with #SIBA20 Flash Sale: 45% Table Rentals Through Feb. 14


The 45th SIBA Discovery Show is now open for registrations!

Happy Valentine's Day to SIBA's Publisher and Vendor partners! #SIBA20, the 2020 SIBA Discovery Show, is now open for registrations. As a Valentine's gift to SIBA's beloved exhibitors and in honor of SIBA's 45th Show, all prepaid table rentals are 45% off through Valentine's Day (no extensions!):

Register here | Use Promo Code LUV45

Exhibitor information | Author Submission Guidelines & Glossary of Events

Registration is also open for booksellers and show attendees. Financial assistance is available. Visit and click on "Scholarships/Financial Aid"

Important! The Earlybird Registration Deadline for attendees is August 15, 2020. Onsite pricing and Late fees go into effect after the 15th.

#SIBA20 | Register

Sneak Peak! 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book Prize Winner

The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in Southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Designed to honor great Southern voices, The Southern Book Prize is awarded to books published in the previous year that are Southern in nature – either by a Southern author, or set in the South, or both.

Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners were selected from a list of finalists from ballots submitted by over 1000 Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores.  The chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?”

2020 Southern Book Prize Winners


The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler
Hub City Press, 9781938235481
“A grand, dark, mysterious historical novel filled with dark power and ambivalence, The Magnetic Girl captures a time and place, not only in the life of a teenage girl but in our country as well. Filled with the shifting longings of adolescence against a vaudeville backdrop, Handler's novel explores the dangerous journey from childhood to adulthood when our budding powers both enthrall and terrify us.” – Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC


Tell Me A Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy
William Morrow, 9780062905628

“Cassandra King Conroy tells a compelling story of her courtship and marriage to Pat Conroy. As you can imagine, being with him was never boring, and Cassandra has the stories to prove it. Filled with laughter as well as tears, you will be carried through the ups and downs of Pat's life like the tidal current of Pat's beloved Battery Creek outside his Beaufort home. As hard as it is to read about Pat's sickness and death, Cassandra writes about it with compassion and love. Her words from the heart are truly beautiful.” – Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books, 9781250144546

“Chokshi's dazzling world of alchemy and occult is unforgettable and I will dream of golden bees and gilded ballrooms until the sequel comes out. Astonishingly beautiful and fantastically imagined.”  – Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS

For more information about the Southern Book Prize:

March Madness: PR and Messaging: Dealing with big changes or challenges to the business with honesty and positivity

March Madness at Avid Bookshop

March 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
Location: Old Fire Hall No. 2., 489 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30601
with Janet Geddis, Rachel Watkins, and Luis Correa

Avid Bookshop leaders Janet Geddis, Rachel Watkins, and Luis Correa will speak about how they've communicated with customers and staff about big changes and challenges in their business over the years. "How do you express vulnerability without coming across as the weak underdog? How do you keep up morale and enthusiasm while ensuring that your staff and supporters understand the precariousness of running an independent bookstore in 2020? Every business will undergo changes for sustainability and continued growth. However, we have found that how these changes are communicated to your customers are almost as important as the changes themselves."

Lunch with the ABA from noon-1:30 PM: ABA Open Forum: Members are encouraged to ask questions, give feedback and share ideas.

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: Wild Fig Bookstore in Lexington, KY closing

Wild Fig Books and Coffee, a cooperative-owned bookstore in Lexington, Ky., will close at the end of the month after no longer being able to afford its rent, WKYT reported. The store is the only Black-owned bookstore in Kentucky.

In Brief: McIntyre's Books Seeks Part Time Children's Buyer

McIntyre's Books in Pittsboro, NC (7 miles south of Chapel Hill) is looking for a parttime children's book advocate/ buyer/ bookseller. Roughly 25 hours a week with seasonally increased hours. Please send resumes to

Okra Picks

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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Read This! 9- and 10-Star Reviews from SIBA Booksellers

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.

The Lucky Star by William T. Vollman, 2/18/2020
Reviewed by Ian McCord, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
On Edelweiss

This is a Whitman's sampler of characters and their varying slow burn relationships with Neva, a magical Christ-like figure cursed/blessed with the power to dispense seemingly endless love. But this is delicious, vulgar, beautiful, sick Vollmann. One chump's polished turd is another's oxygenated jewelry. Some sulk in the moonlight as others bask in surplus sunlight bouncing off of a big space rock. However, all of us are users, abusers and addicts of love. I walked away from this book with a much higher awareness of the worth of everyone around me. The stars, the understudies, the chorus, the backstage crew, the audience, the ticket takers, the folks in the alley behind the theater.

Firewatching by Russ Thomas, 2/25/2020
Reviewed by Michelle Petersen, Sunrise Books, Highpoint, NC
On Edelweiss

A cold case detective is brought in on a case that could get him back in the spotlight. A missing financier's skeleton is found bricked into the walls of his crumbling mansion. His (now adult) son, Oscar, is being seriously looked at as the murderer...but it seems there are other members of this community who may have had reasons to have committed this crime. The plot twists around, and around...tighter and tighter, snaring community members in its wake. The final "who-done-it" was a total surprise to me! I LIKE being taken totally happens infrequently!!

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, 3/3/2020
Reviewed by Lauren Watts, M. Judson, Booksellers and Storytellers, Greenville, SC
On Edelweiss

The history of Black Americans from two people who get it. But this isn't just a history book: it's a recount of why America is the way that it is today, why we have people who think they way they do, and why we have a racist in the White House. Jason Reynolds melodic voice comes through in audio and on the pages. Seriously, read this one today. It's a quick read, you're guaranteed to learn something new (no matter how learned or woke you are), and it's a good one.

More bookseller reviews

The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list

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

For the week ending 2/9/2020.


1. American Dirt Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764
2. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
4. A Long Petal of the Sea Isabel Allende, Ballantine, $28, 9781984820150
5. The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488


1. A Very Stable Genius Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499
2. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
3. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
4. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
5. Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, $28, 9780802128386

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