Lady Banks’ Bookshelf will be heavy with the holiday (catalog).

SIBA Holiday CatalogThe SIBA Holiday Catalog is a huge gift to booksellers from publishers and assists in underwriting many of SIBA’s programs. This year SIBA, along with Lady Banks, will give a little back by using the month of December to promote the catalog and her titles. We want to show our appreciation in a big way by doing something that expresses our gratitude to the supporting publishers and the titles they place in the catalog.

For the entire month we will transform “Lady Banks Bookshelf”  -- SIBA’s high-visibility, direct-to-consumer book promotion venue -- into a showcase for the holiday catalog.  The Authors Round the South Facebook  page cover image will be dedicated to the holiday catalog, and a pinned post will promote a link to the catalog on, where the titles will be linked to a rotating selection of SIBA’s indie bookstore members.  SIBA also plans on paid Facebook promotions of the post throughout the month of December. 

In addition, the December issues of Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book email newsletter will be dedicated to the titles in the catalog.  We will be hosting trailers, interviews, reviews, and info about the books in the Holiday Catalog and feature sections of the catalog across the month.  We are compiling related assets now and invite any publisher with content to support their catalog titles to send the content to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – we will use as much as we can.  You can subscribe to the Lady Bank’s Commonplace Book email newsletter here.

Instead of Happy Holidays, SIBA says Thank You!

SIBA and frindies launch radical underground movement for the good of the printed book!

Columbia, SC - November 6, 2103 –In support of (print) books and indie bookstores, a group of authors gathered together in New Orleans earlier this fall to make a video where they all read aloud from Lane Smith’s It’s a Book. The project was devised by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and once it was confirmed that Lane Smith and the book’s publisher Macmillan supported the project, the taping began.  Authors graciously (and often gleefully)  stepped into a makeshift studio to read their lines with little notion of what the final outcome would look like, but nevertheless believing in the good cause the project was designed to highlight: the benefit of print books and indie bookstores.   The result has been everything they and SIBA and her member booksellers could hope for: a wonderful read-aloud of Lane Smith’s It’s a Book!

It's a book!

Each author reads, with the helpful inset illustrations of “monkey” and “jackass”, to cue viewers as to who is speaking. Viewers can see authors with their own print book as they read from Lane Smith’s.  Sandra Brown, Michael Buckley, Karen White, George Bishop, Susan Crandall, Walter Jury, Jenny Han, John Milliken Thompson and Gigi Amateau are just a few of the approximately  three dozen authors you will see in this two-minute video.  The closing line is read by Amy Tan (and her dog).  (There are more surprises in the credits.) 

In order to raise awareness and enthusiasm about the video, print books, and indie bookstores, SIBA reached out to its author “Frindies” (“Friends of Indies”) to help spread the word via social networking and embedding the video on their websites.  The response from authors was immediate and radically gratifying.

The following writers have agreed to participate in this radical movement: Tony Abbott, Kaye Barley, Betty Bolte, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Malcolm Campbell, Julie Cantrell, Cindi Carver-Futch, Walter Culpepper, Anna Dewdney, Nell Dickerson, Patti Digh, Stephen Doster, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, JT Ellison, Beth Finke, Dorothea Benton Frank, Mark Hainds, Tommy Hays, Jennie Helderman, Kaye Hinckley, Ann Hite, Amalie Howard, Joshilyn Jackson, Charles Jacobs, Jessica James, Deborah Johnson, Dianne Johnson, Cassandra King, Irene Latham, Christopher Loren, Kelly Lyons, Charles McNair, Laura McNeal, Adrian Miller, Jim Minick, Mary Alice Monroe, Robert Morgan, Bryan Powell, Sharman Ramsey, Aaron Reynolds, Bryan Robinson, Karen Spears Zacharias, Martha Stiles, John Thompson, Carol Wall, Robin Wasserman, Millie West, Laura Wharton, Deborah Wiles, Jessica Young.

SIBA is looking for more people -- authors, bloggers, booksellers, book lovers -- to join their “radical underground movement for good” by sharing and linking to the “It’s a book!” video, in the hopes that this “underground” print and indie partnership will erupt nationwide.

For more information and to get involved, contact Wanda Jewell atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Many thanks to our 2013 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

GABBS Atlanta 2014 
Bookazine  Baker & Taylor Online

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation
for Literature and the Arts



Believing that nothing is so valuable to a small business owner than the opportunity to confer face to face with their colleagues in the industry, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) quietly launched a new scholarship program for booksellers in conjunction with this years’ trade show in New Orleans, inviting exhibitors to donate to the SIBA Scholarship Fund when they register for the show.  But the fund got a surprising, much-needed, and even more-appreciated five-figure infusion from The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

Written by Reba White Williams, Restrike is the first in a new mystery series featuring Southern cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene. Dave Williams is the author of Small Victories, which recounts his and Reba’s forty years of fine art print collecting.  Restrike is set in this part of the art world, the title of the novel coming from the term for an art print made after than the first edition, often after the death of the artist, and usually of inferior quality.

Dave and Reba Williams are the founders and sponsors of the annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, which has just completed its sixth year, awarding the 2012 prize to Terry Roberts for his A Short Time to Stay Here, published by Ingalls Publishing Group of Banner Elk, North Carolina., and see SIBA’s Scholarship Fund is the best way to help ensure a strong “next generation” of booksellers.

The SIBA Scholarship Fund has also received generous donations from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and Quercus.  SIBA is including in this fund the Kelly Justice Frontline Bookseller Scholarship, which allows for a store owner to nominate a frontline bookseller to attend the show on SIBA’s dime. 

It is SIBA’s hope to use the Scholarship Fund to assist as many bookstores as possible coming in for the tradeshow by helping with the out of pocket expenses such as hotel rooms, meals, and more.  Since admission to the trade show is free for its bookstore members, SIBA designed the fund to assist member stores in off-setting some of the expenses that accrue and can make the difference in a store’s ability to attend.  “We all need some skin in the game,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who first conceived of the Scholarship Fund in response to feedback from bookstores about the rising costs associated with attending the trade show, “It may be that a frontline bookseller who has never been to the show can come or an additional bookseller can attend or you can stay an extra night.  Not having the money to attend is no excuse this year!”  Stores who wish to apply for assistance need only contact SIBA Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their request for SIBA’s help in attending #SIBA13 in New Orleans in September!  Anyone who’d like to contribute to the fund may do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Columbia, SC) -- A new movement is afoot.  Now that sentence should be read aloud.  And Parapalooza is just the place to do it.  When was the last time you read something so good you wanted to read it aloud to the person sitting next to you just to share it? The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) wants to encourage that impulse, because they think that in a world of Vine, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, a great paragraph may be the quickest entry into a good book.


SIBA has created “Parapalooza!” -- a YouTube channel devoted to people reading favorite selections from favorite books -- as a way to foster avid readers’ enthusiasm for great writing. People are invited to submit their own short videos to the channel by sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell first conceived of the idea for Parapalooza! when she was reading the new Stephen King novel, Joyland, and liked it so much she had to interrupt her husband to read him different parts. “I suddenly thought  it be great if readers had a way to share that impulse,” Jewell said. “It takes the ‘You’ve got to read this!’ feeling to the next level.”

With the advent of easy distribution via social media sites like Vine and Youtube,  and the fact that anyone with a smart phone can record a video and share it with the touch of a button, sharing brief moments of readerly enthusiasm seems like a natural way to bring readers together around their favorite books. “The only requirement,” Jewell stated, “is that selections are read aloud with meaning, enthusiasm, and feeling.”

Parapalooza! - the thrill of hearing the creator share their absolute favorite paragraph from among the thousands they've created. Just for us. The beauty of the words spoken with the passion and intention of the writer - at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Trade Show will be emceed by Tim Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Running Press) and everyone will enjoy a literary cocktail while they listen to the likes of Jeffrey Stepakoff and Robin Wasserman, Jesmyn Ward and Mary Kay Andrews, and others read aloud from their own books their most compelling paragraph.  “I’m so excited about this new event and the virtual community we are creating with paragraphs worth spreading through Parapalooza!” says Wanda Jewell.  People who would like to submit their own read-aloud selections can send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Celebrate Independents!
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know. . .Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

Columbia, SC - July 4, 2013 –  Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards.  

Children’s Winner:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Cooking Winner:
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day  (Artisan Publishers)

Fiction Winner:
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)

Nonfiction Winner:  
Stand Up That Mountain 
by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

Poetry Winner:
Descent  by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)

Young Adult Winner:
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Booksellers: The SIBA Book Award Winners could win you $1000!

At the SIBA Trade Show this year, we will be hosting a $1000 Display Contest:  Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the SIBA Book Award Winners and recreate it on site at the SIBA trade show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the winning display will receive $1000.  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only.  So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!

The Fantastic Flying books of Mr. Morris LessmoreChildren’s Winner:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

"Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. "Everything in Morris Lessmore's life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children's literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate--and this story, no matter "how" you tell it, begs to be read again and again.  

The Back in the Day Bakery CookbookCooking Winner:

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
by Cheryl and Griffith Day  (Artisan Publishers)

Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers' favorite recipes. It's packed with Cheryl and Griff's baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S'more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

A Land More Kind than HomeFiction Winner:

A Land More Kind Than Home 
by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to--an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil--but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.

Stand Up That MountainNonfiction Winner:  

Stand Up That Mountain 
by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

In the tradition of A Civil Action--the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian "mountain people" neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed.  

DescentPoetry Winner:

 by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)

Navigating the dangerous currents of family and race, Kathryn Stripling Byer’s sixth poetry collection confronts the legacy of southern memory and landscape, where too often it's safer to stay blind.  

Three Times LuckyYoung Adult Winner:

Three Times Lucky
 by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime. Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit