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First Things First...

May 8: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Kimberly McCreight
May 12: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Mary Kay Andrews
May 13: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Katy Simpson Smith
May 14: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick with Susan Beckham Zurenda
May 15: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition with Kristin Arnett
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


Recap: Kepler's and the Future of Independent Bookstores

Kepler's and the Future of Independent Bookstores

The May 6th event with the management team of Kepler's Books on the future of independent bookstores drew an unprecedented crowd of highly engaged booksellers, publishers, and book industry people from as far away as Italy and France. The Kepler's business model, which prioritizes paying living wages to its employees and community service in its programming, pulled the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a financially stable organization that has seen a 75% increase in employee wages across the board. The Kepler's team of Praveen Madan, Jean Forstner, and Amanda Hall describe the journey they took to re-invent the bookstore and offer some perspective on how others can apply the process to their own businesses. What they have to say will enlighten and inspire, even -- or maybe especially -- in these uncertain times.

Reader Meet Writer: Lee Smith, Ruthie Lindsay, and What's Coming Up

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 -- it is left up to the stor. 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.

The RMW Lee Smith (Blue Marlin) and RMW Ruthie Lindsay (There I Am) events are now available to view online. All SIBA member stores are invited to link, post, or embed them on your websites, in your newsletters, or your social media feeds, and to include your own store branding and purchase links:

Reader Meet Writer: Lee Smith
Reader Meet Writer: Ruthie Lindsay

You can also link to the Reader Meet Writer playlist

Paricipating stores, have you 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. 

May 8 at 5pm: Kimberly McCreight, A Good Marriage
May 12 at 5pm: Mary Kay Andrews, Hello Summer
May 13 at 4 pm: Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting
May 14 at 4 pm: Susan Beckham Zurenda, Bells for Eli
May 15 at 3 pm: Kristin Arnett
, Mostly Dead Things

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

Galleys & Giveaways: Carousels of Paris

Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

The Carousels of Paris

Carousels of Paris
by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Donald Barley (photographer)

Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent
Pub date: 3/17/2020
Price: $29.99
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780578600451
Available from Ingram

“Kaye and Donald Barley’s photographs of Parisian carousels capture the whimsy, wit, and charm of the raucous merry-go-rounds that pepper the cobblestone streets and manicured parks of the City of Light. So grab a copy of Carousels of Paris and let your imagination wander back to a world full of colored lights and painted horses, quaint carriages and playful tigers, fantastical griffins and endangered dodos.”
—Juliet BlackwellNew York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence and Letters from Paris

Kaye Wilkinson Barley has been fascinated by carousels since she was a little girl. She fell in love with Parisian carousels during her first visit to the city and returned home eager to learn more. Thus began her trip down the carousel research rabbit hole, enjoying every second of the journey.

Carousels of Paris captures the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.

Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.

“Simply enchanting! The carousels are delightful and the photographers manage to bring them to life. I half expected them to leap off the pages. I absolutely adored this book!”
—Jenn McKinlayNew York Times bestselling author and author of soon to be released Paris is Always a Good Idea

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THIS! Shari Stauch on Metricool


THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA is SIBA's new informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share things that are working for them. Less formal than a webinar, the program encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Last Thursday's inaugural program featured Shari Stauch from Main Street Reads in Summervile, South Carolina, who demonstrated how she uses the social media tracking and scheduling service Metricool to manage her social media presence and grow her audience. Email Linda-Marie to be notified of upcoming topics.

Galleys & Giveaways: If I Were You

Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

If I Were You

If I Were You
by Lynn Austin

Tyndale Fiction, 9781496437303, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020

From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.

1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve's secrets--and the complicated history of their friendship--to the surface.

1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve's mother served as a lady's maid for Audrey's mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat--Nazi invasion--reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey's brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.

This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.

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Okra Picks

SIBA TV: Bookseller Chill, Week 6

How Far We've Come

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. was a six-week series that began on March 26 and continued every Thursday until April 30. Each session lasted approximately 30 minutes and included 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 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 6: How Far We've Come

See all six Bookseller Chill episodes


In Brief: Printer partnership, Hub City Press

Resources from the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association:
As some of you begin to reopen or expand your opening, we recommend you take a few minutes to watch this webinar by Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor. Bob presented this webinar live for NCRMA a couple of weeks ago. If you weren't able to join live, or you want to watch the webinar again, you can view the recording by clicking HERE. There is also a free course you can take How to retail during COVID-19.

ABA Best Practives and Guidelines for Re-Opening during COVID-19
ABA recommends that stores not only adhere to legal guidelines about reopening, but also keep in mind CDC guidelines and your best judgement and instincts about what’s best for your store, your staff, and your customers. These are challenging decisions in challenging times, and each store needs to make their own very personal decisions around reopening. May we continue to support one another through the next phase. In the meantime, here are some best practices and guidelines, gathered from multiple sources, to consider for reopening, partially or fully, depending on your circumstances:" Read the guidelines

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.

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list

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

For the week ending 5/3/2020.


1. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938
2. Redhead by the Side of the Road Anne Tyler, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525658412
3. If It Bleeds Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982137977
4. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760
5. The Glass Hotel Emily St.John Mandel, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521143


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. Lady in Waiting Anne Glenconner, Hachette Books, $28, 9780306846366
5. Korean Dream Hyun Jin Preston Moon, Morgan James Publishing, $29.95, 9781642799804

See what's special to the Southern List!

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