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First Things First...

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
6/24: Cocktails and Conversation with HarperCollins Authors ( RSVP)

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

Invest in Southern Bookstores: 50% Off Sale continues through July 1

Bookstores are starting to open their stores as most states move into Phase I and Phase 2. They are eager to be able to welcome customers in their stores, and at the same time they have become skilled at reaching their community online. They are an active and dedicated market that is eager to get books into the hands of their customers.  SIBA's advertising is currently 50% off across the board, with the except of the Holiday Catalog. Special pricing applies to advertising booked by July 1, no matter when it is scheduled to run. This is a great opportunity for publishers to re-schedule the promotions they had to suspend in the spring, and to beef up promotions being planned for the fall.

Email Linda-Marie to find out more!

Cocktails & Conversation with HarperCollins

5 Big Authors + 5 Super-Host Booksellers = A Night to Remember!
Save the date! June 24 at 6 PM

Christina Baker KlineEmily Gray TedroweHazel GaynorAlyssa Cole
Natalie Walschots

HarperCollins and SIBA are partnering up to bring you an hour of fun and inspiration for you and your bookseller crew. Take off your shoes, mix up your favorite cocktail or mocktail, and join us as we introduce you to five authors with books launching this fall. This is a special event that you will not want to miss. Please RSVP to attend. More details to follow!

The Authors:

  • Christina Baker Kline – The Exiles
  • Emily Gray Tedrowe – The Talented Miss Farwell
  • Natalie Walschots – Hench
  • Hazel Gaynor – When We Were Young and Brave
  • Alyssa Cole – When No One is Watching

The Booksellers:

  • Laura Taylor, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
  • Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Britton Trice, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA
  • Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS
  • Samantha Allen, A Cappella Books, Atlanta, GA

Also in attendance by popular demand: HarperCollins reps Eric Svenson and Dawn Littman

MCs: Linda-Marie & the fun and fabulous Douglas Calhoun!

Reader Meet Writer: Beverly Bell & TJ Klune

UPDATE: Reader Meet WriterDrinking Edition scheduled for tonight at 5 pm has been postponed.  SIBA, and our collective of bookstores, plus the publisher and the authors, have decided to postpone this event to a more appropriate time.  This week is not a week of celebration, rather one of reflection.  Not of entertainment, but of education.  Thank you for your understanding.

Reader Meet Writer

We have two more Reader Meet Writer events before our two-week break.  

Beverly BellMurder of Marion Miley

The first with Beverly Bell on Tuesday, June 9th at 3pm is going to be just the thing for your mystery / true crime - lovin' reader.  Here's a link to the bookseller resource file for this event.  Check out the customizable flyer and some instructions on how to use it.

The ExtraordinariesTJ Klune

The second is on Thursday at 4pm with T. J. Klune and there are two books to sell here.  
The House in the Cerulean Sea pubbed on March 17, 2020
The Extraordinaries comes out July 14, 2020 PRE-SALE

Here is the link to Klune's bookseller resource file

"How much power would we display if we were able to put The Extraordinaries on the SIBA bestseller list before it even published?  That would be so amazing and a great way for me to exit after 30 years of trying to show what SIBA stores can do if we put our mind to it." --Wanda Jewell

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.

Important links:
Reader Meet Writer Code of Conduct
Reader Meet Writer Schedule
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

Ruby McConnell gave a moving plea for the connection between conservation and social justice when speaking about her memoir, Ground Truth, that had the entire SIBA staff scrambling to order the book for themselves.

Reader Meet Writer: Ruby McConnell

Kailin Curtice led a wonderful and thought-provoking discussion on faith, justice, and what it has meant to navigate between her Christian beliefs and her identity as a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation:

Reader Meet Writer: Kaitlin Curtice

Participating 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 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

THIS! Using Trello to Organize Everything

The presentation last week from Jill Hendrix on Trello and how she uses it to manage procedures, workflow, and basically organize everything left viewers envious and a little bit in awe. The recording is now available to watch.

THIS! Trello

In Brief: Found on the SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group

From Binc: Don't Let COVID-19 Sideline Other Needs:
A recent Kaiser Health News article highlighted what we had suspected since March. They found that nearly half of Americans said they or a family member has skipped or delayed medical care because of the pandemic, and 11% of them said the person’s condition worsened as a result of the delayed care. Binc is ready to help with emergency expenses including health care, rent, utilities, and other household expenses. Read more

COVID-19: How brands can adapt to shifting customer behavior
Human-centric messaging is key. With the uncertainty of the current environment, people still want hope for the future – they’re seeking resources and support. 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.

The Summer of Km NovakWhat Happens Next by Claire Swinarski
June, 2020

Reviewed by Candice Conner, The Haunted Bookshop, Mobile, AL
On Edelweiss

This book captured my attention with an astronomy-obsessed main character. It captured my heart with the sisters. Swinarski wrangled all the awkward bits of growing up and away from friends and how family dynamics change. She used a backdrop of a small town on the precipice of a solar eclipse for the main character, twelve year-old Abby McCourt, to come to terms with her older sister's eating disorder who she visualizes as a monster named Anna Rexia. The truth that was poured into this book makes the characters come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's library love, a buried time capsule, a MCourt family-run camp, parents who are present, trying their best, and a broken ballerina.

A BurningBurn by Patrick Ness
June, 2020

Reviewed by Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS
On Edelweiss

A fire-licked tale of the 1950s, dragons, assassins, and a farmer's daughter, Burn fits very well into apocalyptic fiction next to Good Omens and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

A BurningThe Second Home by Christina Clancy
June, 2020

Reviewed by Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL
On Edelweiss

Just when you find yourself looking for the next great summer read along comes THE SECOND HOME and you've got your book. But what have you got? It is a light summer read? Well, yeah, but it's not light and fluffy like you might expect. Filled with beach aroma, beach activities, beach food, and lots of crazy summertime stuff, but this writer brings so much more to the feast. She's got a page-turning adventure that is unlike any other. Perfect for this summer.

The Only Good IndiansMrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiavernini
June, 2020

Reviewed by Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC
On Edelweiss

Lincoln never fails to be a draw for a subject I would like to know more about. After reading the great Louis Bayard's Courting Mrs Lincoln I got a completely different perspective. Jennifer Chiaverini has added another layer and I feel more compassion for the former first lady. In her fascinating tale we are introduced to Mary Todd and the family dynamics that shaped her and eventually helped to make Lincoln who he was. She was beautiful, intelligent, witty and opinionated. From a large family that suffered the loss of their own mom and replaced with a wicked stepmom, the sister relied on one another. Life happens and there are disagreements but there is nothing like a tragedy to bring family together. Mary Lincoln suffered- a lot and this novel makes her real. The story is a tragic one that unfortunately in many cases still takes place today. Well researched and thought provoking. Handled with intelligence and empathy this book is historical fiction at it's finest.

More bookseller reviews

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

lady banks bookshelf

The Southern Independent Bestseller List

southern bestseller list


For the week ending 5/31/2020.


1. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938
2. American Dirt Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764
3. All Adults Here Emma Straub, Riverhead Books, $27, 9781594634697
4. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760
5. Big Summer Jennifer Weiner, Atria, $28, 9781501133510


1. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
2. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713
3. How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
4. What It's Like to Be a Bird David Allen Sibley, Knopf, $35, 9780307957894
5. Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526

See what's special to the Southern List!

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