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First Things First...

May 5: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick with Caroline B. Cooney
May 6: B3! Webinar: Kepler's and the Future of Independent Bookstores
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
PW's List of Book Publication Date Changes

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


Next Week on Reader Meet Writer

Reader Meet Writer

Join this list of bookstores and choose from this list of events to present to your customers.  Stores are handling the events as they would handle their own virtual events. Some are selling the book as the ticket to attend.  Some are selling tickets for a flat rate that can then be used as a credit towards the book or any purchase from the store. Each store determines how they want to use the events to assist in selling more books. It is our hope that we are offering stores an easy way to sell books without the headache of managing a new tool.

When asked "Are you pleased with the outcome?", a resounding YES from participating booksellers:

  • "Yes! It came together very quickly for us and we're delighted that people joined in and bought some books. Thank you for putting this together."
  • "Yes - this was an opportunity to have an author event at a time when we otherwise could not at all."
  • "Yes-- I was super late in getting the word out so this was more than I'd hoped. I'd ordered 2 in for the store and they might not have sold without this. I sold those 2 locally, did one Direct-to-Home shipment and 1 on Bookshop."
  • "Yes, it attracted some readers that haven't attended our events in the past."
  • "Very pleased. Excited to participate again soon."
  • "Yes. We had I believe 86 RSVPs, but it looks like only 2/3 or so actually attended the event. 17 books in less than 24 hours for an online event is nothing to turn up our noses at! Some of these customers also purchased other books in their orders."
  • "Yes. My customers loved the chance to hear from such a beloved author!"
  • "Yes! Normally I sell ZERO hardcover debuts."

Last, and most important, only 18 of the current 60 participating bookstore have completed the events survey.  This is a really important final step.  We need the data to carry this program forward.  Please complete this form for each event.  Thanks!

May 5 at 3:00 PM:
Before She Was Helen / Caroline B. Cooney (Pre-Sale Campaign)

May 6 at 3:00 PM
The Lincoln Conspiracy / Brad Meltzer

May 7 at 3:00 PM
/ Kaitlin B. Curtice

May 8 at 5:00 PM
A Good Marriage
/ Kimberley McCreight

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

Lady Banks Bookshelf for May

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

  • Pale by Edward A. Farmer
  • Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
  • Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • A Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable Speech by Donald J. Palmisano
  • Harbor for the Nightingale by Kathleen Baldwin
  • The Inevitable Past by Carrie Jane Knowles

Link to the Edelweiss Collection | All books are listed at and

PaleLittle TeaHello, Summer
A Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable SpeechA Harbor for the NightingaleThe Inevitable Past

Reader Meet Writer: Steven Wright, Coyotes of Carthage

Reader Meet Writer

Steven Wright's appearance on Reader Meet Writer is now available on video.  SIBA member stores are invited to embed the video on their own websites and use it in their own marketing efforts.

"Dark humor and dark money make for a compelling combination and Dre Ross may be the most sympathetic villain around. A cautionary tale for our times full of heart and dire warnings of how politics can go wrong."
~ Jan Blodgett, Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has written numerous essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

Download the first chapter of The Coyotes of Carthage

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

SIBA Office Hours Update

Beginning May 1st, SIBA is making some changes to its Office Hours schedule:

Office Hours will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm, EST. Anyone can drop in, but for security purposes registration will now be required. The upgraded link to the Office Hours will go live on Monday, May 4th:

New SIBA Office Hours Link

Thursdays will now be reserved for THIS! (Thursday Inspiration with SIBA) on most Thursdays, from 1-2PM.

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!, most Thursdays at 1 PM EST.

Other ways to reach SIBA and the SIBA commnity:

SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group
SIBA Booksellers "Watercooler" Google Group
SIBA Staff & Board

Okra Picks

SIBA TV: Bookseller Chill, Week 5

Mindfull Awareness

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: Mindful Awareness

More from SIBA TV:

The last Bookseller Chill will be published in next week's newsletter


In Brief: Printer partnership, Hub City Press

PW's Publication Date Changes Tracking Sheet
Publisher's Weekly has created a running list of publication date changes due to COVID-19. The list is searchable and sortable. Publishers can submit publication date changes here. All submissions will be immediately published as submitted.

New ABA partnership with Athens-based printer
"The American Booksellers Association announced a new business affinity partnership with Satisfactory Printing, a screen printing and design shop based in Athens, Georgia. Locally owned and operated since 2004, Satisfactory Printing offers complimentary graphic design with each order for T-shirts, tote bags, hats, enamel pins, patches, or just about any type of merch needed." Read more

Hub City featured in Garden & Gun
"If you’re looking for a publishing house that not only allows but celebrates all the nuance and complexity and curiosity that the South contains, make room on the nightstand for Hub City books. The Spartanburg, South Carolina, independent publishing house, bookshop, and nonprofit trace back to a 1995 conversation among three writers who wanted to preserve the literary tradition of the Carolinas. Twenty-five years later, the focus has expanded to the entire South, and three women helm the whole thing (depicted, from top): executive director Anne WatersBetsy Teter, a cofounder and current development director; and Meg Reid, director of Hub City Press." Read more

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.

A Good NeighborhoodA Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler
April, 2020

Reviewed by Tricia Nociti, Reading Rock Books, Dickson, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy

I'm going to be chewing on this one for a while. I was unable to put it down, and yet, I was angry and upset throughout much of it. I'm not sure how that qualifies as far as reading experience, but it's a book I'll be thinking about and going back to for a long time. I think the most upsetting part is it felt exaggerated and yet I know it isn't. Very raw and very real.

Frances Mayes Always ItalyFrances Mayes Always Italy by Frances Mayes, April, 2020
Reviewed by Rene Martin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
On Edelweiss | Buy

We will want to return to Italy or visit if for the first time as soon as we can. Italy will need us and Frances has written the guide that will help us plan the trip now. In this richly illustrated guide (published by National Geographic!) Frances and Ondine Cohane travel the entire country and find the interesting and out of the way spots as well as the can't miss treasures of Italy. They include very practical information about what to see and do; where to stay, where to eat, and they introduce us to interesting people. It is the perfect book to dream with right now. Frances was scheduled to talk with us about this book in person but now that plans have changed she has sent signed book plates that will be available with every book. And just maybe she'll get to come see us in the fall!

The Happy Ever After PlaylistThe Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez, April, 2020
Reviewed by Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy

Sloan is literally stopped in her tracks by lost dog Tucker. When his owner Jason (both attractive and charming) shows back up to reclaim his dog, Sloan is swept off her feet. This is more than a romance - it's a heartfelt story about choosing happiness and being true to who you really are. Plus it comes with a built-in playlist!

More bookseller reviews

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 4/26/2020.


1. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760
2. If It Bleeds Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982137977
3. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
4. The Glass Hotel Emily St.John Mandel, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521143
5. American Dirt Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764


1. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713
2. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
3. The Last Book on the Left Ben Kissel, et al., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9781328566317
4. Hell and Other Destinations Madeleine Albright, Harper, $29.99, 9780062802255
5. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581

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