The Discovery Show is SIBA's premier annual trade show for booksellers, publishers, and all SIBA members. Register now to lock in early-bird discounts! Click the button to get started, or download PDF versions of attendee and exhibitor registration forms. For hotel info, visit the link below.
For updated schedule information, attendee and exhibitor directories, show specials, and other important information, check out the SIBA Discovery Show app!
**Application deadline for all scholarships is August 15**
SIBA is committed to helping every bookseller who wished to attend The Discovery Show find a way to come. Every year financial assistance is made available via the generous support of publishers and organizations who recognize what a vital resource the show is for stores and want to help them access it. After all, stronger bookstores mean better sales for their books.
This year SIBA has the following financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available. Check back, as scholarship opportunities are added as they become available.
The UNC Press Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses. We urge booksellers from typically underrepresented groups to apply for the scholarship. As part of our commitment to continued training and staff development, we hope to help a dedicated bookseller who wants to attend, but otherwise couldn't. Please write a letter of need and desire and email to email@example.com
The Stephanie Crowe Scholarship / The Doug Robinson Scholarship In gratitude for Stephanie & Doug's service on the SIBA board, a scholarship is gifted to a bookseller in each of their names to attend the SIBA Discovery Show. Each scholarship covers one room for 3 nights room & tax plus one All Pass to 8 meal functions. Write a letter of need & desire and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on financial need, this scholarship is available for a bookseller who has not been to SIBA in recent years because they have been unable to afford it. Write a letter of need & desire and email to email@example.com.
The Reba & Dave Scholarship Fund Open to any bookseller, this scholarship allows ten bookstores, each with up to two booksellers, one hotel room for three nights, and two allpass tickets to the meals at the show. Includes up to $300 in travel expenses.
Write a letter of need & desire and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsored by Penguin Random House Two scholarships are designated specifically for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, held in September, in keeping with the Penguin Random House's fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event. The 2 scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner's travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show first-timers. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.
To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to email@example.com:
YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.
Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?
Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.
FAQs for Attendees
Is the trade show open to the public?
No. This is an industry show, and not open to the public. You must be a member of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to attend.
I'm an author. Can I still come to the show even if I'm not exhibiting? If you are a member of SIBA, you can come to the show, but only authors of exhibiting publishers are featured and please do not solicit at the show.
I'm a bookseller. Can I bring my staff with me to the show?
All show attendees receive three free badges.
Why do you discriminate against online bookstores by making them pay more?
It is not our intention to discriminate but to delineate. Brick and mortar stores have to put up an initial investment to get a physical bookstore off the ground and into the hearts of their communities. It takes both time and money. The great thing about the Internet is it does not require the ongoing overhead and initial investment that a brick and mortar business does require and in most cases, it has become an absolute necessity that these brick and mortar bookstores also have an online concern. The difference in dues payment is only $350, when we ask that a brick and mortar bookstore member buy or lease a building, buy books & other products, outfit the store with point of purchase areas and shelving, buy insurance, hire staff, and many, many other very expensive things which we do not ask of online bookstores. What we do ask of online bookstores is a demonstration of commitment via a mere $500 in dues payment.
As a bookseller, what can I bring onto the show floor?
Purses, book bags, back packs and shoulder totes are allowed. Wheeled carts, rolling luggage and any containers that are not carried are not allowed, except for medical reasons. Permits can be applied for at the registration booth on site.
My plans have changed. Can a get a refund for my registration?
The cut-off date for refunds is August 31.
SIBA Event Code of Conduct
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance values the dignity, diversity, and inclusion of everyone with whom we interact. Our safety and anti-harassment policies are critical to ensuring that this core value guides what we do and say. All participants at SIBA events are required to adhere to SIBA's code of conduct, as described below. This includes booksellers, SIBA staff, exhibitors, speakers/presenters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and all affiliated attendees. SIBA is committed to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, and religion. We do not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or other unwelcome or unlawful behavior on the basis of any of these characteristics.
Behaviors that violate this policy include, but are not limited to:
Offensive verbal comments related to any protected category above
Inappropriate physical contact
Unwelcome sexual attention
Off-color or obscene jokes, remarks, or gestures
Any other words or conduct of a sexual nature that makes the recipient or observer uncomfortable
Intimidation, stalking, or following
Sustained disruption of talks or other events
Unwelcome photography or recording
SIBA expects all event participants to follow established rules throughout both official event offerings and related social gatherings, including this policy. SIBA takes any violation of this policy very seriously. Accordingly, participants who violate this policy may, in the judgment and discretion of SIBA, be asked to stop; may be expelled from a SIBA event, without refund if applicable; may be prevented from attending future SIBA events; and may have SIBA membership and future participation privileges revoked.
If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed, or have concerns about potential violations of this policy, please notify SIBA event organizers immediately. In the case of an emergency, call 911 or hotel security. In all other cases, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 803.466.8853 and SIBA will respond. SIBA will take all appropriate action in response to protect anyone affected by violations of this policy.
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