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5/26-6/1: Bookexpo Online 6/2 at 5pm: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition, Ruby McConnell 6/4 at 1pm: SIBA Town Hall 6/4 at 5pm: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition, Peggy Noe Stevens &
Susan Reigler 6/9 at 3pm: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition, Beverly Bell 6/11 at 4pm: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition T. J. Klune 6/11: ABA Virtual Town Hall
New Voices, New Rooms: SIBA and NAIBA Partner for a 2020 Virtual Show!
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) are coming together to produce a combined virtual conference and tradeshow. In a nod to Truman Capote, the acclaimed
writer with roots in both territories, this year’s theme is New Voices, New Rooms. Booksellers, publishers, authors, and other industry partners will gather in intimate and larger virtual rooms offering creative,
customizable programming not possible at in-person shows.
New Voices, New Rooms will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain
old fun! Mark your calendars to join us September 21-25.
Registration for the fall shows have been temporarily suspended while the conference is reconfigured to its new format. Attendees who have already registered will be contacted to convert their registration to the new platform.
A new format means new opportunities!
Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, incoming executive director of SIBA, are brainstorming new and creative ideas for programming and want to hear from booksellers and publishers. Everyone is welcome
to share their desires, expectations, and possible challenges with a virtual show format. Feedback and ideas can be submitted here.
Visit sibaweb.com for up to date information as it is confirmed.
Reader Meet Writer: All Author Videos Now Available!
Join this list of bookstores and choose from this list of events to present to your customers. Each
store determines their own ticketing policies and 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.
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
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 email@example.com to
Beach Read by Emily Henry
June, 2020 Reviewed by Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS On Edelweiss
Crack open your cold drink of choice and settle in-once you start Beach Read, you'll be powerless to stop. Equal parts poignant and romantic, Henry pulls together two flawed writers and has them challenge each other into
being their best selves by taking a chance on a new style of writing (and each other). Although not as breezy as the name suggests, this book deals with grief, love, and second chances in a really cathartic way. Add in the
whip-smart banter of two English majors and you have essentially a book made to provoke laughter, tears, and heartfelt sighs.
A Burning by Megha Majumdar, June, 2020 Reviewed by Stuart McCommon, novel, Nashville, TN On Edelweiss
A Burning is a thrilling read. Set in modern-day India and told from the perspective of three different characters, this book plunged me into the deepest areas of contemplation. A young girl wrongfully convicted of terrorism,
a transgender aspiring actress, and a gym-teacher-turned-politician all struggle to work their way out of abject poverty by straddling the blurry line between innocence and guilt. Their decisions of self-preservation and supposed
need test the boundaries of love as well as class inequality. I found this book to be nothing short of extraordinary. Though distressing at times, seeing each character’s moral development change through the chapters made the
storyline incredibly engaging.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, May, 2020 Reviewed by Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC On Edelweiss
Jones’ masterful horror novel tells the story of four Blackfeet Indians who are relentlessly pursued by the spirit of a death they all had a hand in ten years ago. The Only Good Indians takes form methodically with the
reader slowly gaining a wider understanding of the threat that hunts our characters; every passage builds on the last until the novel’s ferocious finale. Beautifully written and full of impactful scares, The Only Good Indians is a wonderful piece of horror fiction about the past and the ways it can, sometimes literally, come back to haunt us.
1. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938 2. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760 3. Rodham Curtis
Sittenfeld, Random House, $28, 9780399590917 4. The Last Trial Scott Turow, Grand Central, $29, 9781538748138 5. All Adults Here Emma Straub, Riverhead Books, $27,
1. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713 2. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258 3. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504 4. The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think Jennifer Ackerman, Penguin Press, $28, 9780735223011 5. Becoming Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138
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