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First Things First...

Mar 1: Deadline to Register for Find Waldo Local 2020
Mar 9-19: March Madness Bookseller Series

Mar 11: Application deadline for Binc Higher Education scholarships
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)
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Video: Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events

Just in time for stores that are planning their Independent Bookstore Day events, SIBA's January webinar on organizing multistore events is now available to view. The webinar features presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC who discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization, which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings.

Also Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA’s Jazz Fest, they’ve worked together with other New Orleans indies on a “New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day,” which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport.

(Available to SIBA members only, you must be logged in to view)

Publishers Picks

See the full list of available webinars

Lady Banks Bookshelf for March

Lady Banks March

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores' attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles indie readers are looking for, and then we drive those readers to SIBA member stores. Booksellers can boost sales by bringing in Lady Banks Bookshelf titles before the month begins, and putting up a winning display. Send in a photo of your display and earn 20 B3! points, too!

Our March featured titles are:

  • Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale
  • Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown
  • Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  • Me & White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad 
  • Finding Home by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee

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Video: Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Titles

On Wednesday, February 12 at 2PM EST, SIBA hosted “Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! Points. Please rsvp to attend future Publisher Picks Sessions.

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Publishers Picks


March Madness: Independent Bookstore Day Programs & Secrets of Handselling

March Madness at Avid Bookshop

The first of the March Madness Bookseller Series events is fast approaching!

On Monday, March 9th Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida will host a session on Independent Bookstore Day and Bookstore Passport Programs. 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.

From noon to 1:00 PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with Yaffa S. Santos, author of A Taste of Sage ("...unforgettable, heartwarming, and hilarious rom-com about chefs, cooking, love, and self-discovery that is a cross between The Hating Game and Sweetbitter."), and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

On Tuesday, March 10th, Page & Palette in Fairhope, Alabama will share their 10 Best Secrets to Handselling, Upselling and More. Inspired by the question, "How far are you willing to go to develop a loyal customer base?" booksellers Stephanie Crowe, Leigh Buckley, and Stacy Sheehan-Wilson will share practical tips on how they've done it so successfully at Page & Palette.

From noon to 1PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with Ashley Blooms, author of Every Bone a Prayer  ("...The Lovely Bones meets Where the Crawdads Sing in this remarkable debut") and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

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: Binc scholarships now accepting applications

Applications for Binc's Higher Education Scholarships are being accepted through March 11. Over $33,000 is available to support  booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Read more

In Brief: The Independent Bookseller Launches Education Database

The Independent Bookseller has launched a database which consolidates available education session resources from all regionals, ABA events, and individual booksellers.

It is grouped by topics such as "inventory," "diversity," "finances," and "operations,"  but can also be searched by keyword using the search field. Sessions are also organized by date, so newer materials will appear at the top of each section:

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.

Treasure of the Spanish Civil War by Serge Pey, 3/3/2020
Reviewed by Amelia Pieti, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
On Edelweiss

Don’t let its size fool you, Treasure of the Spanish Civil War is densely packed with vivid emotion. Pey’s short stories set in 1930’s Spain are poignant, the dreamlike imagery along with lyrical prose results in an impactful look at the tragic mark left by civil war.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, 3/10/2020
Reviewed by Susan Williams, M. Judson, Booksellers and Storytellers, Greenvllle, SC
On Edelweiss

WOW! Everyone should read this book. No matter what you think you know, you probably don't know enough. Clear and accessible non history book with history in it. As a former teacher, I wish more content was available in this well thought out and clear package. There isn't room to get bored or lost for readers. There are built in moments to breath, reflect and even chuckle. a great strategy for tough material. No matter what lens you view American through, this book will have an impact on your focus. It's not enough to not be racist, be actively anti racist.

So We Can Glow by Leesa Cross-Smith, 3/10/2020
Reviewed by Jordan Huden, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
On Edelweiss

Leesa Cross-Smith has crafted a intriguing, lyrical collection of short stories that showcases the ways in which desire presents itself in the lives of girls and women. Though each story works well on its own, Cross-Smith connects the characters and storylines together to create a satisfying, rounded effect to each plot line. Additionally, her experimentation with story form (through text message, acts in a play, etc.) provides a fun reading experience. Her keen knack for description is both refreshing and relatable. Overall, I loved this book. So We Can Glow is a fun, summer must read!

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 2/23/2020.


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


1. A Very Stable Genius Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499
2. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
3. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
4. Deliberate Discomfort Jason Van Camp, Ballast Books, $26.95, 9781733428019
5. The Body Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302

See what's special to the Southern List!

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