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First Things First...

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

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

New Voices, New Rooms: SIBA and NAIBA Partner for a 2020 Virtual Show!

New Voices New Rooms

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 for up to date information as it is confirmed.

Reader Meet Writer: All Author Videos Now Available!

Reader Meet Writer

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.

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)

All events are now available to view, download and embed. See the entire Reader Meet Writer playlist

Caroline B. Coomey talks about the strange world of a Sun City Retirement Village:

Reader Meet Writer: Caroline B. Cooney

Brad Meltzer's account of reading to President George H. W. Bush was a powerful and moving story:

Reader Meet Writer: Brad Meltzer

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

  • June 2  at 5 pm: Ruby McConnell, Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life
  • June 4 at 5 pm: Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler, Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?
  • June 9 at 3:00 pm: Beverly Bell, The Murder of Marion Miley
  • Jun 11  at 4:00 T. J. Klune, The Extraordinaries (Pre-Sale Campaign)
  • July 7 at 3: 00 pm: Marian Keyes, Grown Ups
  • July 9 at 7:00 pm Silas House, Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo
  • July 21 5:00 pm: Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names
  • July 23 at 7:00 pm: Jill McCorkle, Hieroglyphics
  • Aug 6 at 7:00 pm Odie Lindsey, Some Go Home

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

Okra Picks

Lady Banks Bookshelf for June

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.

Publishers: Lady Banks Bookshelf is half price if booked by July 1. Contact

June Titles:

  • Sunflower Dog by Kevin Winchester, ISBN 9781970137750
  • The Nature of Remains by Ginger Eager, ISBN 9781936970643
  • 100 Things to Do In Savannah Before You Die by Lynn and Cele Seldon, ISBN 9781681062501
  • Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander, ISBN 9781647040505
  • Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine, ISBN 9781642793345
  • A Leader’s Guide to Giving a Memorable Speech by Donald Palmisano, ISBN 9781510755277


In Brief: Found on the SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group

COVID-19 Innovations:
How to get your organisation going again? Draw instant inspiration from 100s of COVID-related innovations from around the world. Read more

Using SMS Messaging to connect to customers:
With open rates close to 100%, texting has become the communication channel of choice during the ongoing pandemic. Read more

Review Copy Offers 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 NovakBeach 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 BurningA 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 IndiansThe 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.

More bookseller reviews

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 5/24/2020.


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, 9781594634697


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

See what's special to the Southern List!

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