(Columbia, SC) – The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will be hosting a Summer Booksellers Revival at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, July 29th. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm and includes lunch. It is free of charge to SIBA member bookstores.

The Revival is designed to give booksellers a chance to network with each other and trade ideas in an informal setting. Among the topics scheduled for the event are:

  • Hosting Authors in Schools: How to Create a Program that's Successful for Authors, Publishers, Schools and Booksellers
  • Best Practices for Great Events, From the Proposal, Through the Event, to the Follow-up

The featured Lunch Speaker will be Bridgette Lacy, author of Sunday Dinner, thanks to the generous support of the University of North Carolina Press.

Booksellers interested in attending should RSVP to Sarah Goddin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information about the SIBA Summer Revival can be found at:

(Columbia, SC) -- Tthe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Amy Cherrix. Amy is coming on board as SIBA's Author Liaison -- dedicated to helping authors make the most of the opportunities available from SIBA, so they can reach southern audiences and booksellers in the most effective, and cost-effective, way possible.


Amy comes to SIBA with a long history in publishing and bookselling, and is an author herself with a book due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She understands the challenges faced by authors in the current market, and believes passionately in the importance of fostering good partnerships between authors and independent bookstores.

Amy began her publishing career by earning a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, where she also taught graduate level courses in children’s lit. She went on to edit books at Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers and has also edited reviews for The Horn Book Guide. During graduate school, Amy honed her Jedi hand-selling skills at the fiercely independent Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Now a professional freelance editor, Amy consults and advises early career authors and industry veterans on every aspect of their creative work from crafting a pitch and finding an agent, to publication and marketing.

When she’s not reading or trolling the Internet for late-breaking children’s publishing headlines and tips, she writes books of her own. CURIOUS GEORGE DISCOVERS THE RAINBOW publishes this spring and LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS hits shelves in early 2017 as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientists in the Field series. She blogs at and you can tweet her @acherrix.

Amy will be available to answer questions about author-targeted SIBA programs like the Lady Banks Newsletter Interviews, the "Love an Indie" Author Badge program and the "STARS" program,
and to work with authors to design promotional campaigns in support of their
book tours.

Amy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winter is the time for Okra!

Columbia, SC – Although winter is a time for enjoying the year’s harvest, here in the South we’re still picking Okra! The Winter 2015 Okra Picks have just been announced--the best southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”


The 2015 Winter Okra Picks

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton
9781455551927 | Grand Central Publishing | 01/06/2015 | 26.00

Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce
9781594632525 | Riverhead Books | 01/08/2015 | 27.95

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
9780525427506 | Viking Books | 01/22/2015 | 27.95

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass
9780763669195 |Candlewick Press (MA) | 01/27/2015 | 16.99

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
9781940210049 | Maiden Lane Press | 02/04/2015 | 16.00

My Sunshine Away by M O Walsh
9780399169526 | Putnam Adult | 02/10/2015 | 26.95

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
9780062302120 | William Morrow & Company | 02/17/2015 | 25.99

Sisters of Shiloh by Becky and Kathy Hepinstall
9780544400009 | Houghton Mifflin | 03/03/2015 | 24.00

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
9780451470775 | Viking Children's Books | 03/03/ 2015 | 17.99

A Season of Fear by Brian Freeman
9781623654078 | Quercus | 03/03/2015 | 26.99

Soil by Jamie Kornegay
9781476750811 |Simon & Schuster | 03/10/2015 | 26.00

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
9780062238610 | Greenwillow Books | 03/24/2015 | 16.99

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit

(Columbia, SC) – In what is becoming a tradition for the organization, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has just released a video book trailer of B.J. Novak’s best-selling children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. The video features authors who appeared at SIBA’s Discovery Show in September in Norfolk, each of whom reads a page from what has been described as a “wildly funny” and “irresistibly silly” book about the joys of made-up words, wacky sounds, and reading out loud to kids (both the real kind and the inner-child kind).

The Book With No Pictures

Clearly, some of the participating authors had no trouble tapping into their own inner child in order to read out “I am a robot monkey” (M.O. Walsh, My Sunshine Away) or “My head made of blueberry pizza” (J.E. Thompson, The Girl from Felony Bay), or even to break into a musical rendition of “Glug, glug, glug” --for which author Rachel Vail (Unfriended) deserves the SIBA version of a Grammy.

The Book With No Pictures

The video was produced by Linda Watson (Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes) with her husband, videographer Bruce Watson, and is the second book trailer released by SIBA, the first being a rendition of It’s a Book, Lane Smith’s amusing look at the perks of print versus e-books, which was created at the 2013 SIBA Trade Show in New Orleans.

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell came up with the idea for the book trailers as a way to harness the talent of the authors who attended the show. “Every year the show draws an incredible collection of  amazing, talented, funny writers who adore books,” she said. “The videos give them a fun way to share that passion, promote their own books a little bit, and also gives our member bookstores something fun and unique to share with their own customers.”

The Book With No Pictures has already spent six weeks on the Southern Indie Bestseller List.

SIBA Logo(Columbia, SC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announced today that it has received a $40,000 grant from the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts. The grant, which honors SIBA’s 40 years of support for Southern independent bookstores, will be dedicated to bringing every SIBA member store to SIBA’s 40th Anniversary Discovery Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 18-20.

"It is a marvelous statement of support for the importance of independent bookselling,” said Executive Director Wanda Jewell, "and we’re going to rise to the challenge to bring 100% of SIBA member bookstores to Raleigh in 2015.  Reba and Dave will be on hand to kick off the show as the Keynotes at our Industry Breakfast in Raleigh on September 18,2015.”

Bloody Royal Prints"As Southerners, however displaced in Yankee-land, Dave and I are big believers in Southern books and bookstores, and the Southern literary tradition,” said Reba Williams. "We just celebrated our 7th annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction—the prize going to Liza Palmer for her Nowhere But Home, the first time we’ve had a winning book set in Dave’s home state of Texas.” Dave added, "There’s some self-interest here, too. Reba’s third Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery, Bloody Royal Prints, will be published next year, and my memoir of our 40 years of print collecting, Small Victories: One couple’s surprising adventures building an unrivaled collection of American prints will be out in December.”

Small VictoriesJewell said The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation has been a strong supporter of SIBA in the past –sponsoring scholarships for bookstores to attend the annual fall trade show in 2013 and 2014. "Our members regularly tell us their experience at the show—the things they learn and the connections they make with publishers and other booksellers—is one of the most valuable business resources they have. Large store or small, everyone seems to come away from the show with new ideas and new energy,” said Jewell.

SIBA’s membership averages between 150 and 175 independent, brick-and-mortar bookstores. But because SIBA’s territory extends across the entire lower eastern quarter of the United States, it can be difficult for some booksellers to travel the distances required, or arrange for time away from their own shops in order to attend the show, Jewell went on to explain. "But in 2015, no more excuses!” she said smiling. Thanks to the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation, which has been named SIBA’s 2015 Signature Sponsor, SIBA feels it has the resources to get every single one of its member bookstores to their 2015 show.