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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 on Zoom:

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

ABACUS Resource Roundtable on Wednesday, 2/26!


Moderated by Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Join us on Wednesday, Feb 26 from 2-3PM EST for a peer-to-peer discussion on Zoom. The discussion will be moderated by Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, bookstore coach, and ABACUS enthusiast, having presented on ABACUS at SIBA and ABA educational programming.

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. Bring your most recent ABACUS report and your questions and concerns, for a lively hour of discussion.

Please rsvp Linda-Marie to attend.



Galleys & Giveaways: Asperfell


Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
Uproar Books, Feb. 18, 2020
trade paperback, $18.50
ISBN: 9781949671063

"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." -Publishers Weekly

Just released this week, ASPERFELL is a lavishly written gothic fantasy for YA & New Adult readers who love Jane Austen but wish she’d dabbled in blood magic.

Briony, a sharp-tongued child of privilege, grew up exploring the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate. When she’s arrested and sentenced to death for magic she never knew she possessed, Briony chooses to flee into the otherworldly fortress of Asperfell, where the true heir to the throne is held prisoner. But life in Asperfell is nothing like she expected, and the prince has no interest in rescue. Now, Briony must survive caged madmen and demented spirits if she hopes to convince the prince to escape back home in time to stop a civil war.

For a free review copy of ASPERFELL in paperback or ebook, please email Rick Lewis at Paperbacks are limited to the first 50 requests. For ebooks, please specify .epub or .mobi.

“Winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies.” -Publishers Weekly


March Madness: Scholarship Assistance, Prizes, and more!

March Madness at Avid Bookshop

Binc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a  MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email me with your requests. 

But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series:

  • SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
  • SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.

We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.

View our full MMBS schedule and register.

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: The Booksellers' Maker Marketplace

Has your store created merchandise that could be sold in other stores? Unique wares, art, etc? List it on Maker Marketplace

ABA bookstore member booksellers are invited to apply now for the 2020 BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, which is designed to make it possible for indie booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer.

In Brief: Meet the Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Got an awesome idea? Apply for a grant!

Read more about them in The New York TimesBBCWGBHChronicle of Philanthropy, and The Boston Globe or visit their FAQ page.

In Brief: Professional Bookseller Certification

Professional Bookseller Certification powered by NAIBA

Anyone interested in being an instructor for any of the modules in the Professional Bookseller Certification program should fill out this form. If you have any forms, documents or ideas that would help this program, please email NAIBA. Registration for booksellers interested in certification will begin later this year as modules are completed.

Okra Picks

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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Read This! Highest Rated 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.

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus, 2/25/2020
Reviewed by Jenny Luper, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC
On Edelweiss

This book has screwed me up and I mean that in the best way. It has the pacing and atmosphere of a solid thriller, the gut-churning revulsion of a classic horror novel, and the spot-on character development that comes from the best coming-of-age stories. There were times I worried I wouldn't be able to finish it because the descriptions were so well done that my reactions were visceral. Holy moly, what a book.

Coo by Kaela Noel, 3/3/2020
Reviewed by Olivia Schaffer, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA
On Edelweiss

This is a book that you will read in one sitting. It is heartwarming and captivating. Coo was a girl who was abandoned after she was born and taken in by a flack of pigeons. When her favorite pigeon breaks his wing, she is forced to interact for the first time with people in order to get him help. Tully (who is a lover and helper of pigeons) slowly convinces Coo that she can help her and from there an unbreakable bond is formed. This story will melt your heart!

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn, 3/3/2020
Reviewed by Anne Peck, Righton Books, St. Simons Island, GA
On Edelweiss

A working class family in Hawaii barely scraping by until an apparent miracle turns their world upside down. A vividly rendered exploration of the value of home, family, and tradition.

More bookseller reviews

The Southern Independent Bestseller List

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

For the week ending 2/16/2020.


1. American Dirt Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764
2. A Long Petal of the Sea Isabel Allende, Ballantine, $28, 9781984820150
3. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. Weather Jenny Offill, Knopf, $23.95, 9780385351102
5. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673


1. A Very Stable Genius Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499
2. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
3. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
4. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
5. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302

See what's special to the Southern List!

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