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First Things First...

Mar 26- Apr 30: Bookseller Chill: A Six-Week Series on Coping with Anxiety During COVID-19
Apr 27: Application deadline for #SaveIndieBookstores Grants
Apr 28: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick with Kristy Woodson Harvey
Apr 29: Reader Meet Writer, #SaveIndieBookstores with Marie Benedict
Apr 30: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Donald J. Palmisano
Apr 30: Deadline to nominate for Conroy Legacy Award
Apr 30: Deadline to nominate SIBA Board members
May 5: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick with Caroline B. Cooney
May 6: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Brad Meltzer
May 7: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Kaitlin Curtice
2020 SIBA Discovery Show Registration is Open!

COVID-19 Resources for Booksellers: BINC | ABA | SIBA
COVID-19 Store Impact Survey

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST through May 1st
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog


Don't Miss THIS!

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 foibles.

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.

Here’s the link to join. See you there!

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

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Next Week on Reader Meet Writer

Reader Meet Writer

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

Read more | Email Wanda to become a Reader Meet Writer Store

Looking Good for Zoom

Lighting Tips for Virtual Appearances

  • 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.
Okra Picks

SIBA TV: Bookseller Chill, Week Four

Telling Stories

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 The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

Bookseller Chill, Week 4: Telling Stories

More from SIBA TV:


Do this now!

Apply for relief funding from Binc: Deadline is April 27

Nominate someone to the SIBA Board: Deadline is April 30

Nominate a writer for the Conroy Legacy Award: Deadline is April 30

This week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

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

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.

Plenty of HugsPlenty 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 FaceIf 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 BleedsIf 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!

More bookseller reviews

Good ideas: Hub City Books breaks it down for their customers

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Good ideas: Eagle Eye Books Old-Timey Trailer

Eagle Eye Books Old Timey Trailer

Good ideas: M. Judson's Letterbox

The Letterbox

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

lady banks bookshelf

The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list

Online/Printable versions for your store displays & websites:
  Hardcover | Paperback | Children's

For the week ending 4/19/2020.


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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