SIBA in the Springtime
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SIBA hosts two major education and development events for its members every year: the annual Fall Discovery Show in September, and SIBA in the Springtime, in March. While the format of the Discovery Show remains fairly constant – a day of education sessions, and a day and a half of exhibits – SIBA in the Springtime is a place to experiment with new formats and creative ideas. In the past these have included spa retreats, field trips, tours of related industries, user group meeting spaces, town-hall gatherings, and TED-formatted talks.

 

2020: THE MARCH MADNESS BOOKSELLER SERIES (MMBS)

Where every bookseller is a champion!

SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) takes our programming to a new level of participation and engagement by member booksellers. May we present our March Madness Bookseller Series! Thirteen bookstores across our territory will host one-day education and networking gatherings running from 10am-3pm with an author luncheon. Events are within 2-3 hours driving distance from a majority of our member stores, and take place over a three-week period in March. Booksellers may register for multiple events, as each host store's education is tailored to share their best practices and innovations. We're so excited to offer this range of programming to our booksellers, and are opening up registration now so folks can save the date!

The American Booksellers Association will present during lunch at our events at Page 158 and Avid Bookshop: ABA Open Forum: Members are encouraged to ask questions, give feedback, and share ideas. 


  • March 9: Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
    Independent Bookstore day- and Bookstore Passport Programs
  • March 10: Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
    10 Best Secrets to Upselling and More
  • March 10: Horton's Books & Gifts, Carrollton, GA
    Pop-ups at Performance Venues 
  • March 11: Square Books, Oxford, MS
    Branding and Marketing Your Store
  • March 11: Page 158, Wake Forest, NC
    A spirited approach to event programming
  • March 12: Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
    Cultivating an "Infinite" Mindset for Resiliency in a Changing World 
  • March 12: Gottwals Books, Byron, GA
    Growth: Think Bigger About Your Business
  • March 13: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
    Four Part Harmony: Bookmarks presents their best tips for Authors in Schools, Tracking Your Data, Subscription Clubs, and Planning Tools. 
  • March 15: Story & Song, Fernandina Beach, FL
    Bookstore Make-Over: Low-cost and no-cost ways to freshen and update your space
  • March 16: Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
    Creating Your Ideal Week: Time-Management Practices for Booksellers
  • March 17: Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA
    Emergency Preparedness: Preparing for Natural Disasters, Man-made Events, and Whoopsie Daisies 
  • March 18: Bookish, Fort Smith, AR
    From Teachers to Booksellers, Bookish co-owners share their best tips on building sales   
  • March 19: Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
    PR and Messaging: Dealing with big changes or challenges to the business with honesty and positivity

Publishers interested in submitting authors for lunchtime presentations should contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com