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First Things First...

7/21: Reader Meet Writer: Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names
7/22 at 3PM: Meet the Editors Buzz Panel with Macmillan (RSVP)
7/23 at 2PM: RAMP Saturation/Direct Mail Webinar (link)
7/23: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Jill McCorkle, Hieroglyphics
7/28: Reader Meet Writer, Okra Pick: S. A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland
7/30: Reader Meet Writer: Lara Prescott, The Secrets We Kept
7/29 at 3PM: Meet the Children's Editors at Simon & Schuster (RSVP)
7/31: Deadline to vote for the SIBA Board
8/6: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Odie Lindsey, Some Go Home
8/7: Deadline to place your holiday catalog order (here)
8/12: B3! Webinar: 7 Strategies to be more Time Efficient (RSVP)
8/13: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
8/27: Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition: Heather Bell Adams, The Good Luck Stone
8/29: Independent Bookstore Day (more info)

COVID-19 Resources for Booksellers from the ABA
PW's List of Book Publication Date Changes

SIBA Office Hours on Zoom:

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
803-994-9530 |

In the Land of SIBA Blog

Holiday Catalog Ordering is Open!


SIBA has its preliminary list of titles that will be featured in the 2020 Winter Catalog. Books are still being added, so this list will grow over the next couple weeks:

Spreadsheet | Edelweiss | CATALOG ORDERS | Brochure

If you haven't placed your catalog orders, don't delay. The deadline is August 7, and as is usual no extra catalogs will be printed so if you don't order now, you won't be able to later.

New this year: Direct Mail Options

In the past SIBA has always shipped catalogs to your store, but left it up to you to get them out to your customers. This year, you can have RAMP handle mailing for you via either Direct Mail, or Saturation Mail, or a combination of both. Postage rates are competitive and the reduced back and forth shipping means less waste and a more environmentally-friendly process.

Direct Mail: Upload your mailing list and let RAMP handle all the mailing.

Saturation Mail: Send catalogs to all the mailing addresses within a zip code range.

RAMP is offering a webinar on the ins and outs and benefits of Saturation Mail on Thursday, July 23 at 2pm. It is well worth attending just to learn more about how Saturation Mail works and can be a tool for your business.

Meeting Link

Read more here

New Voices New Rooms

Galleys & Giveaways: Gobbledy


Gobbledy: A Novel
by Lis Anna-Langston

Publisher: Spark Press
Pub date: October 20, 2020
Price: $29.99
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780578600451
Available from Ingram

Ever since eleven-year-old Dexter Duckworth and his brother, Dougal, lost their mom, everything has been different. But “different” takes on a whole new meaning when, one day just before Christmas (or Kissmas, as they call it), Dexter finds a golden rock in the forest that hatches into an adorable alien. Gobbledy is smarter than he seems and is lost on planet Earth. Before long, Gobbledy takes Dexter, Dougal, and their best friend Fi on an adventure of friendship, family, and loss―one that requires them all to stay out of trouble, protect Gobbledy from a shadowy group called the Planetary Society, and prepare for their school’s Winter Extravaganza Play, where Dexter has to be a dreaded Gingerbread Man.

Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.

All inquiries should go to:Publicity: Frazier Public Relations, Contact: Sherry Frazier, (O) 540-338-1545 (M) 703-431-7895,
Marketing: Advance Reviews, Blog Tour and Reviews, National Book Tour, National Media Campaign, Book Signings, and Interviews.

Request a review copy

Meet the Editors: Simon and Schuster Adult

It was a great collection of people and books brought together for Wednesday's "Meet the Editors" event editors from the Simon and Schuster Adult Trade Division. Everyone was madly taking notes and chiming in on the chat about their favorites from the list. Hearing from the editors about why these books meant so much to them really added a layer of excitement and interest.

The event is now available to watch.

Here is a link to the Edelweiss collection
Review copies can also be requested by emailing Wendy Sheanin at

Meet the Editors: Simon and Schuster Adult

Reader Meet Writer Next Week

Kristin Harmel and Jill McCorkleReader Meet Writer

After a short break, Reader Meet Writer, SIBA's virtual author tour program for member booksellers, comes back stronger than ever in July! We've made a few bookseller-friendly changes:

  • Events are on Tuesday afternoons (start times between 3-5 PM EDT) and Thursdays at 7 PM EDT.
  • Bookseller resources, including Zoom links for rsvp-ing attendees, are available a month in advance. You must login to to access.
  • No more weekly emails with zoom links and templates for your emails. We trust you to use the assets and resources provided in RMW Bookseller Resources as works best for your customers. Still need reminders? Let me know; we'll work it out!

Booksellers Resource page

Wiley Cash, our Conroy Legacy Award recipient, award-winning author, and indie bookseller advocate, takes over as host. We have a FANTASTIC slate of authors scheduled for the summer, presenting books in genres and on subjects near and dear to our hearts.

Are you interested in joining the circle of bookstores sending invites to their customers? Please email Linda-Marie and we'll discuss what's involved.

The July Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 21 at 5 PM EDT: Kristin Harmel will discuss The Book of Lost Names

  • Thursday, July 23 at 7 PM EDT: Jill McCorkle will discuss Hieroglyphics.

Now available to share, embed, link and view: Susan Reigler takes viewers through the finer points of Bourbon tasting as she talks about her book, Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon

Read more 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.

CinderbiterFriends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
July, 2020

Reviewed by Mary Laura Philpott,
Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss

Love this one! Ron Charles nailed it in his review for the Washington Post: “exploring the demands of family with the deliberate care such complex relations require… hard-won insight offered up with casual grace.” Full of deeply relatable lines you'll text your friends and think about for a long time.

Desert NotebooksFools' Gold by Doloris Hitchens
July, 2020

Reviewed by Ian McCord, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
On Edelweiss

An unguarded pile of cash just gathering dust in an old defenseless widow's house? Just sitting there under a coat in an unoccupied room? Of course a couple of young ne'er-do-wells hatch a plan to just walk right in and grab it, but loose lips instantly sink ships. Right out of the gate there are too many crooks in the kitchen, sometimes one entering just as another left moments ago, creating a convoluted mess of a crime scene and a delightful read. From the street thugs to the seasoned looters to the Las Vegas white-collar criminal, everyone is far too blinded by the thought of getting their hands on that cash to think/act reasonably. This leads to a revelation for one character, a nondrinker, who chooses an AA meeting to be his alibi as the crime goes down (way down). Listening to the stories of one member he realizes, tearfully, that crime is his booze, but from here on out he will live his life crime-free! After he gets his payout for this last one, of course... then he'll quit. The story is messes upon mishaps upon misfires which makes for great pulp.

Ghost Wood SongTrue Love by Sarah Gerard
July, 2020

Reviewed by Stuart McCommon, Novel, Memphis, TN
On Edelweiss

True Love is an emotional roller-coaster of a novel. Centered on Nina, a former addict who has a habit of falling in love with the worst kind of men, this story is heart-breaking, but quite moving at times. Gerard’s writing propels the plot-line nicely and the transparency of Nina’s inner thoughts inspires empathy, despite her worst decisions. Anyone who has been able to escape a toxic relationship (whether it be with a family member or a partner) can surely relate to this novel.

More bookseller reviews

This month on Lady Banks Bookshelf:

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The Southern Independent Bestseller List

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For the week ending 7/12/2020.


1. The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525536291
2. Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. 28 Summers Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316420044
4. Camino Winds John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385545938
5. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Hank Green, Dutton, $27, 9781524743475


1. The Room Where It Happened John Bolton, S&S, $32.50, 9781982148034
2. How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
3. The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713
4. Untamed Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258
5. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $26, 9780812993547

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