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First Things First...
6/24: Cocktails and Conversation with HarperCollins Authors (
RSVP) 7/7: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Marian Keyes, Grown Ups 7/9: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Silas House, Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo 7/15: Meet the Editors at Simon & Schuster(RSVP) 7/21: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names 7/23: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Jill McCorkle, Hieroglyphics 7/29: Meet the Children's Editors at Simon & Schuster (RSVP)
8/6: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Odie Lindsey, Some Go Home
Summer Opportunities to Connect with Publishers: Save the Dates!
One of the best ways to get on a publisher’s radar is to support their programming, whether it’s an Editor Buzz Panel at BookExpo, Publisher Speed Dating at Winter Institute, or one of the many opportunities at our Fall
and Spring conferences.
We’re setting up programming this summer to connect you with publishers in ways that will begin or deepen relationships, and help you identify key frontlist titles publishers are promoting to the indie channel—that means
you! We’ve so far lined up events with editors at Simon & Schuster and Macmillan who will present their picks with your customers in mind. Stay tuned for more!
Wednesday, July 15, 3-3:45 PM EDT: Meet the Simon & Schuster Editors
Wednesday, July 22, 3-4 PM EDT: Editor Buzz Panel with Macmillan
Wednesday, July 29 3-3:45 PM EDT: Meet the Children’s Editors at Simon & Schuster.
More News on Cocktails & Conversation with HarperCollins
Wednesday June 24th, 6pm – 7:30pm EST
Our friends at HarperCollins are bringing five William Morrow authors with books launching late summer and fall to SIBA booksellers in a super fun virtual cocktail party: Christina Baker Kline– The Exiles, Emily Gray Tedrowe – The Talented Miss Farwell, Natalie Walschots – Hench, Hazel Gaynor – When We Were Young and Brave, and Alyssa Cole– When No One is Watching. Take
off your shoes, mix up your favorite cocktail or mocktail, and enjoy an hour of fun and inspiration for you and your bookseller crew. These special authors, specially selected for SIBA booksellers, will offer us a glimpse into
their private spaces, and a sneak preview of their work. Don't miss it!
Bonus: we’re raffling off a big prize pack of ARCs and swag for top Fall 2020 titles from HarperCollins/Morrow from among bookseller attendees.
Now, onto the cocktails part of the event. Each author has picked out their favorite cocktail to go along with their book. Their choices are listed below and link to recipes. Craft your favorite cocktail and sip on it as the authors
tell you about their books. My choice? Easy, “The Hench”!
The Pandemic and Local Commerce Tech: Could forced adoption of alternative shopping methods like curbside pickup lead to user acclimation? Will millions of shoppers get exposed to the merits of these streamlined options and like what they see? Will new habits be born that
sustain throughout normal times?. Read more
Libro.fm Celebrates Juneteenth: 100% Sales to Black-Owned Bookstores This Friday is Juneteenth, a significant day in both Black history and the ongoing fight to end racial injustice. To honor and celebrate
Juneteenth, we are going to highlight our Black-owned bookstore partners on 6/19. When customers purchase or gift any audiobook—or start a new 2-for-1 membership (paying $14.99 and receiving 2 audiobooks up front)—on June 19th,
100% of their payments will be shared equally between all Black-owned bookstore partners. Read more
Using Tik Tok for Good: TikTok wants to inspire and encourage a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet and those around them. Check out some organizations that have used TikTok to grow their audience,
activate supporters, and raise awareness around specific causes. Read more
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
The Clearing by Allison Adair
June, 2020 Reviewed by Ben Groner, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy
In Adair’s stunning debut collection, the verbs are vivid; the metaphors imagistic; the topics ranging through small town secrets, parenthood and childhood, physical love, violence and tragedy. These bold poems are imbued with
the grittiness of landscape, biology, geology, and anchored by the recurring motif of searching below the surface like metal detectors or mines for things like fossils and rot, yes, but also veins of gold and memories.
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
July, 2020 Reviewed by Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA On Edelweiss | Buy
Marva has been waiting for this day for her entire life. She's 18 and it's a presidential election year. She's first in line to vote and it goes off without a hitch. But as she's leaving, she sees that a boy her age is having trouble
getting to vote. So she makes it her mission to help him.Told is the span of one day, The Voting Booth has some of everything. There's friendship, music, activism, loss, love, a missing kitty, potentially voter suppression,
white privilege, humor, and tons of heart. I'm very much here for this book.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
August, 2020 Reviewed by Beth Seufer Busss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC On Edelweiss | Buy
Set against the tv set of a new streaming television series, You Had Me at Hola is smart, sexy, and fun. Including chapters straight from the TV show made me want this to be not only a book series - but a streaming series,
too. Fingers crossed this is the first of a series, I already want to return back to explore romances for some of the other main characters! A new favorite!
A House Is a Body by Shruti Swamy
August, 2020 Reviewed by Sasha Tropp, Square Books, Oxford, MS On Edelweiss | Buy
This beautifully written, lyrical collection of short stories was a delight to read. Each story pulses with considered reflection and meaning as you become immersed in the characters' thoughts and feelings and truly connect with
them as they navigate the occasionally painful, often humorous, and always poignant paths of their lives. A compelling first novel from a gifted writer.
1. The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525536291 2. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938 3. The Book of Longings Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $28, 9780525429760 4. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090 5. On Ocean Boulevard Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $26.99,
1. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713 2. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258 3. Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World Chris
Wallace, Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781982143343 4. Educated Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504 5. How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X.
Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
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