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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 (
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.
5 Big Authors + 5 Super-Host Booksellers = A Night to Remember!
Save the date! June 24 at 6 PM RSVP
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
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 Writer: Drinking 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.
We have two more Reader Meet Writer events before our two-week break.
"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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to
What 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
Burn 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.
The 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
Mrs. 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.
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
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