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THursday Inspiration with SIBA (aka THIS! ) is an hour of sharing best practices and tips for surviving, maybe even thriving, during Covid-19. Each week a featured
bookseller will discuss what's working at their store, and take your questions. More casual than a webinar, more fun than figuring it all out by yourself. Let's be there for each other so we can all rise together. Pour a cup of
coffee, grab a snack, and join us on THIS!, every Thursday at 1 PM.
This week's (4/23) THIS! featured Kelly Justice , owner of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, sharing her experience with Crowdcast , a platform for hosting online events. She’s been hosting
her new weekly program, Fountain Fix: Cocktails with Kelly! on Crowdcast and had much to share about her experience. Attendees all had a blast crash-testing her demo, and she was very patient with everyone's questions and computer
Next week (4/30) Shari Stauch, owner of Main Street Reads in Summerville, SC, will discuss MetriCool,
a tool for organizing and simplifying your tasks on social media. Email Linda-Marie for more info.
B3! Webinar: Keplers & the Future of Independent Bookstores
As many stores around the country are struggling for survival during the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic, now might be a good time, as challenging as it is, to look at the current business model of independent bookstores
and ask: Do we want to go back to the old model or could we start imagining and building a better future for independent bookstores and people who are committed to them? Could we do some things differently going forward?
We will hear from the CEO and management team at Kepler’s, a world famous bookstore based in Menlo Park, CA. Eight years ago, the Kepler’s team decided to chart a bold new course and engaged their community to transform Kepler’s into
a Next Generation Bookstore. Many didn’t believe their audacious goals – paying living wages, building a strong financial foundation, and Amazon-proofing their business. They will share their journey, their approach, their results,
how they are faring during the current crisis, and their plans for the future. A Q & A will follow their presentation. Please RSVP email@example.com
The Reader Meet Writer Author Series has turned out to be a great success for SIBA booksellers -- drawing crowds of 75- 450 people, and generating significant pre- and post-event
booksales for stores. Next week promises to be packed with great events for your store:
Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick April 28 at 3:00 pm (EST): Kristy Woodson Harvey, Feels Like Falling
Reader Meet Writer, #SaveIndieBookstores April 29 at 5:00 pm (EST): Marie Benedict, The Other Einstein
Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition April 30 at 4:00 pm (EST): Donald J. Palmisano, A Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable Speech
Find a place where you have natural light on your face.
Consider also putting a standing lamp or light source facing you. Invest in a ring light.
Be thoughtful that your back ground isn’t distracting.
Crop your video to include your bust and hands should you want to hold up a book or gesture the way you might naturally.
If you need water be sure to have it in reach.
Wear a solid color, not white.
SIBA TV: Bookseller Chill, Week Four
Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts
from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great
uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.
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.
Read This! Highest Rated Reviews from SIBA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to
Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin, Kate Alizadeh (Illus.)
April, 2020 Reviewed by Dwan Dawson-Tape, Sundog Books, Santa Rosa Beach, FL On Edelweiss
This is a simple joy - straight-forward, colorful illustrations with no fanfare , just a family having a wonderful day.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, April, 2020 Reviewed by Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL On Edelweiss
Insightful, dark, and filled with really compelling descriptions for Korean bar food, Frances Cha's If I Had Your Face is led by perception and underlying psychological drive. It's a story that focuses on young women in
states of transience and transition, in apartments and jobs and relationships that may or may not stand the test of time, and their thoughts--distorted, rebellious, exhausted--are revealed. Frances Cha masterfully approaches
the volatility and equal warmth of this state, with a colorful backdrop of Seoul, surreal as it is bleak.
If It Bleeds by Stephen King, April, 2020 Reviewed by Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA On Edelweiss
There is nobody who writes better novellas than Stephen King, and If It Bleeds contains four spectacular stories! From calls to the grave in Mr. Harrigan's Phone, to giant billboard ads in The Life of Chuck, to a visit
to Finders Keepers with Holly and crew, and finally to the desperation of a struggling author to just finish one book, just once, King doles out the thrills and chills, but also captures the human condition in all its many
forms. And like a pyschic in a traveling renfaire, King seems to prepare readers to make sure they wash their hands and cover those sneezes!
1. The Glass Hotel Emily St.John Mandel, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521143 2. American Dirt Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764 3. The Dutch House Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673 4. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady Hendrix, Quirk Books, $22.99, 9781683691433 5. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
1. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713 2. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258 3. Hidden Valley Road Robert Kolker, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385543767 4. Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062802255 5. The Last Book on the Left Ben Kissel, et al., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9781328566317
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The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents hundreds of bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky,
Virginia, and Mississippi. SIBA exists to empower, promote, and celebrate our core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. "Core members" are independent, privately held, brick and mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a
retail storefront, in our region.