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First Things First...

May 26 at 5 pm: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick with Genevieve Hudson
May 27 at 3 pm: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition, with Edward Farmer

May 28 at 1 pm: THIS! with Jill Hendrix, Using Trello to Organize Everything ( register)
May 26-June1: Bookexpo Online
June 11: ABA Virtual Town Hall

COVID-19 Resources for Booksellers: BINC | ABA | SIBA
PW's List of Book Publication Date Changes

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Original Endeavours: Reader Meet Writer Hosts New Event Formats

Lisa WingateLisa Wingate

First Event at 7pm:
May 28th - Kristy Woodson Harvey interviews Lisa Wingate & Diane Plauche

Diane Plauche is a volunteer with the Historic New Orleans Collection museum. In 2015, she began assisting the museum in creating a database of historical Lost Friends advertisements, through which formerly enslaved people desperately tried to find their lost families in the decades following emancipation. After reading Lisa Wingate's 2017 novel, Before We Were Yours, Diane wrote to Lisa about the Lost Friends ads, saying, "There is a story in each one of the ads." To date, Diane has entered over 2500 unique ads, and tens of thousands of names in the museum's database, preserving the histories of thousands of families. Diane's work, and the stories of the real-life Lost Friends inspired Lisa's newest novel, The Book Of Lost Friends.

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of numerous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which has sold more than 2.2 million copies. The co-author, with Judy Christie, of the nonfiction book, Before and After, Wingate is a two-time ACFW Carol Award winner, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a Southern Book Prize winner. She lives with her husband in North Texas.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of Dear CarolinaLies and Other Acts of Love, Slightly South of SimpleThe Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her most recent book, Feels Like Falling, is a SIBA Okra Pick.

Peggy NoStevensWhich Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon

First Interactive Event:
June 4th @ 5pm: Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? by Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler
Join Peggy and Susan for a tasting and demonstration.  Learn how to make an Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep.
Ingredients: Old Forester 86 Proof, dried cherries or cranraisins, roasted pecans, caramel candy, squares of dark chocolate
Watch the trailer!

Peggy Noe Stevens is founder of the Bourbon Women Association and a master bourbon taster. A lifestyle expert, she is also a professional speaker. As a Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee, she has planned hundreds of events globally over the last thirty years, often working with distilleries and master distillers.

Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, including Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.

Beverly BellThe Murder of Marion Miley

First Tour Event:
June 9th @ 3pm: How Not to Get Away with Murder in the 1940s
Join Beverly Bell, author of The Murder of Marion Miley, as she traces the path the killers took: how they got in, how they got out and made their escape. 

Beverly Bell is an award-winning magazine and crime writer whose work has appeared in Arizona HighwaysIndianapolis MonthlyKeeneland Magazine, and Kentucky Monthly. Bell is also a featured consultant in Kentucky Education Television's recent documentary Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story.

Visit for up to date information as it is confirmed.

Reader Meet Writer: 5 Authors Make the Bestseller List

Reader Meet Writer

Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews, Native by Katie B. Curtice, Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey, The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer, Blue Marlin by Lee Smith.

What do all these authors and books have in common? The were all Reader Meet Writer events, and now they are all on the Southern Indie Bestseller List.

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 store. 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.

Important links:
Reader Meet Writer Code of Conduct
Reader Meet Writer Schedule
List of Participating Booksellers
Share your event feedback!
Submit your event feedback (batch spreadsheet)

Videos now available to view, download and embed:

Some people had trouble getting into see RMW Kristen Arnett, so here is the video for stores to send to their customers:

Reader Meet Writer: Kristen Arnett

Donald J. Palmisano helps you reach your inner orator with Giving a Memorable Speech:

Reader Meet Writer: Donald J. Palmisano

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, or download and fill out the RMW Feedback and Sales Report for May

  • May 26 at 5 pm: Genevieve Hudson, The Boys of Alabama
  • May 27 at 3 pm: Edward Farmer, Pale
  • May 28 at 7 pm: Lisa Wingate, The Book of Lost Friends
  • June 2  at 5 pm: Ground Truth: Ruby McConnell, A Geological Survey of a Life
  • June 4 at 5 pm: Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler, Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?

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

Okra Picks

THIS!: Using Trello to Organize Everything

On Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM EDT, Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC will demonstrate how she uses Trello. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists, and cards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.

Jill's presentation is part of THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA, an informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share what's working for them. Less formal than a webinar, more fun than figuring it out by yourself, THIS! encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Registration is required.


SIBA booksellers have many hidden talents and skills. If there is something you do well that you would like to share with your collegues, THIS! is the place to share! Email Linda-Marie

In Brief: Found on the SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group

YA Authors Move Online:
YA authors are now a vanguard in publishing, charting new territory online, trying untested methods of reaching readers, and honing tools that previously existed but were largely underutilized by a trade that prizes in-person interactions at conferences, bookstores, and community gatherings. Read more at PW

Highlights from the SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group (sign up here)

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.

The Summer of Km NovakThe Summer of Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser, Saskia Vogel (trans.)
June, 2020

Reviewed by Stuart McCommon, Novel, Memphis, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy

The Summer of Kim Novak is not your typical mystery, but an incredibly enjoyable read. When Erik and his friend Edmund are set to spend a summer at the family lake-house with Erik’s older brother Henry, they have no idea that some of the best months of their adolescence will end in murder. The author colors this mystery with that awkward stage between boys becoming men and what it means to gain a deeper understanding of love, grief, and secrecy. The revelation in the last few pages of the novel are almost perfect.

EAsy TikiEasy Tiki by Chloe Frechette, May, 2020
Reviewed by Anne Peck, Righton Books, St. Simons Island, GA
On Edelweiss | Buy

A fascinating, well-researched history of Tiki culture, and dozens of traditional and modern recipes for Mai Tais, Zombies, Fog Cutters, etc. Fun fact: the piña colada (in its most common form) lacks the necessary structure inherent in a tiki drink.

Mexican GothicClap When You Land by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, June, 2020
Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL
On Edelweiss | Buy

MEXICAN GOTHIC ruined a night of sleep for me after I stayed up too late to finish it and then was paralyzed with fear by every sound in the night. It is everything I could have hoped for in a gothic novel, with whispers of Wuthering Heights and set at a creepy old mansion complete with a backyard cemetery. Moreno-Garcia breathes life into the lush and mist covered mountainous countryside of Mexico and peppers this story with levity in the form of Noemi's humor and gorgeous descriptions of her 1950s dresses. This novel is scary & brilliant.

More bookseller reviews

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

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For the week ending 5/17/2020.


1. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938
2. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760
3. Hello, Summer Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's Press, $28.99, 9781250256928
4. The Glass Hotel Emily St.John Mandel, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521143
5. All Adults Here Emma Straub, Riverhead Books, $27, 9781594634697


1. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
2. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713
3. Hidden Valley Road Robert Kolker, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385543767
4. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
5. Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Melissa M. Martin, Artisan, $35, 9781579658472

See what's special to the Southern List!

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