Richard ButhodThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) welcomes Richard Buthod (Bew-toe) as its One Book at a Time Guru. Richard was instrumental in bringing Common Core to the consciousness of the book industry and he will be bringing his expertise to SIBA as part of a new partnership between SIBA and the Family-to-Family organization around the One Book at a Time Literacy Program. (OBAAT). One Book at a Time aims to provide books to impoverished children across the country, acting on research that has shown having a home library increases the level of education children will attain. 

Family-to-FamilyA handful of SIBA stores serving as test cases are promoting the OBAAT program and recruiting both donors and identifying organizations that serve children in need. The stores lend their expertise in choosing appropriate books for children of different age groups.  

Richard, a life-long book professional, who has spent the last 35 years working in and selling to schools and libraries, bookstores, and wholesalers is here to help SIBA bookstores leverage this opportunity.  In addition, Richard will be  offering his own curated list of titles grounded in the Common Core movement as a way to provide the best books to these children. Richard will begin working with Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, Books on Broad in Camden, SC, Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, Sundial Books on Chincoteague Island, VA, Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans, and will be available to any SIBA Bookstore wishing to become a cheerleader for One Book at a Time.

The goal is to have many SIBA bookstores involved when the school year begins helping donors get books into the hands of children in need all across America.

Feed a Hungry MindThere are many components to the OBAAT program, one being the need to identify eligible organizations.  Any organized programs where impoverished children meet on a regular basis can be considered for inclusion, and booksellers are encouraged to nominate eligible programs in their own communities.  Stores also provide information on how to become a donor and curate titles for school-age children to assist donors in purchasing books for their chosen children.  Going forward, bookstores may offer donor incentives or include in the curated lists not just appropriate books for chosen children, but books as gifts, and books for parents.  In turn, donors are potential customers who develop a relationship with their bookstore when they shop for at least one book each month.

Richard Buthod will bring his knowledge and expertise on Common Core to SIBA bookstores and OBAAT in order to help stores and donors choose well-curated books for their children. And speaking of Common Core, Richard is going to be leading a session at #SIBA13 in New Orleans this fall on how bookstores can leverage Common Core, and will be working with SIBA to create a Common Core Resource Page to include education, information, and best practices. He will also be on hand at the exhibit hall at the One Book at a Time table. 

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Below is a recap to show every fun-filled moment!

with thanks to our generous sponsors:



Tuesday, May 14



These enthusiastic booksellers (accounts listed below) were excited to begin the first day of events in Nashville with generous sponsor Hachette Nashville and Inkreadible! Sponsor Baker & Taylor:

B&L Books

The Book Seller, St. Vincent's Hospital

The Booksellers at Laurelwood

Fiction Addiction

FoxTale Book Shoppe

Horton's Books & Gifts

Little Shop of Stories

Page & Palette

Page After Page Bookstore

Parnassus Books

Quail Ridge Books & Music



The event began with a lovely private lunch at Table 3, with Jericho Books Publisher, Wendy Grisham, welcoming the crowd and getting the conversation started.




Next on the itinerary was a visit to Parnassus Books for the Let’s Talk About Books! Event with host Donna Nicely and special guest Georgeanne Chapman for their celebration of Children's Book Week!




Afterwards, we took a look around the store.



The “Ann Recommends” display featured many HBG favorites including The Casual Vacancy, Schroder, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.



We then visited the Hachette Nashville Office for the Editors’ Book Picks. Rolf Zettersten got things started and introduced Jana Burson, Wendy Grisham, and Joey Paul to present their titles.





We were then joined by Hachette Nashville authors Nadia Bolz Webber (Pastrix); Lillian Daniels (When "Spiritual But Not Religious); Becca Stevens (Snake Oil ); Phil Madeira (God on the Rocks); Ted Dekker (Outlaw); James Sheehan (The Alligator Man) and the entire Hachette Nashville office for an Author Reception.








The evening concluded with an Author Dinner at Sunset Grill with the publishers, Baker & Taylor, and booksellers.


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Wednesday, May 15


Day 2 of the SIBA Industry Summit started off with a visit to Thistle Farms to join in the Meditation Circle.


Reverend Becca Stevens (author of Snake Oil) is the founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that assists women recovering from prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets.

Magdalene, the residential model, serves women for two years at no cost to residents.

Thistle Farms employs 40 residents and graduates who manufacture, market and sell all natural bath and beauty products in over 200 retail stores across the globe.



This was followed by a Working Lunch/ Meeting of the Minds at the Hachette Nashville Office to discuss independent bookselling, wholesaler, and publisher’s best practices.





Thank you Hachette Nashville and Baker & Taylor for a great Meeting of the Minds!


SIBA Book AwardThe Story

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk took him through A Land More Kind Than Home, down to The Cove where the Sea Changes, and A Million Suns Shine Shine Shine on its Fathomless waves, holding him in Thrall. His Descent led Down Bohicket Road towards his Permanent Camp overlooking The Accidental City, its buildings climbing the far slope to Stand Up That Mountain in the distance. It’s just a piece of Stray Decorum, he thought walking through the streets, dodging Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as it swatted at the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, who no longer lived in the old apartment building on the corner but had left the critters to flutter about, nonetheless. He wandered past My Bookstore and walked into the Back in the Day Bakery, where a class on Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking was underway (you could tell by the smell of fried chicken). He thought, “I’m hungry,” as he and my sister and Pete all gathered Around the Southern Table, laden with heaping platters of ole Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides. Billy Lynn turned to my sister and said “I just want to Chomp on 34 Pieces of You.” And she smiled. “Wouldn’t that make me Three Times Lucky,” she said. I knew then I was Losing My Sister to him.


(Columbia, SC) April 17, 2013 --  Southern Indie Booksellers have spoken! Members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance have selected this year’s finalists for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards. There are twenty-five books on the list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

2013 SIBA Book Award Finalists:

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco Press)
The Cove by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
Sea Change by Karen White (New American LIbrary)
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer (St. Martins Press)
Stray Decorum by George Singleton (Dzanc Books)

Descent by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)
Permanent Camp by George Ellison (History Press)
Thrall by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell (Harvard University Press)
Down Bohicket Road: An Artist S Journey. Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. with Excerpts from Alfreda S World by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
Losing My Sister by Judy Goldman (John F. Blair Publisher)
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by Ron Rice (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)
Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day & Griffith Day (Artisan)
Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate by Fred Thompson (University of North Carolina Press)
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith Publishers)
Around the Southern Table: Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories by Rebecca Lang (Oxmoor House)

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (HarperCollins)

Young Adult
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (Simon Pulse)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Razorbill)
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at


Join us for the first in our series of SIBA Industry Summits - Meeting of the Minds 

Limited number of bookseller spots available! Must reply before April 29th! 
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.
Sponsored by Hachette Nashville, and Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor
When: TUE, May 14 – WED, May 15 
Where: Nashville Brentwood, Tennessee
If you don’t live in the area, book your room at the Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood . Generous Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor will be picking up the room & tax for your overnight stay. Call the 1-888-492-8847 Reservations line and provide the Group code: G-SIBA OR go online to and when it ask for the Corporate/Group Code enter G-SIBA and the group rate and inventory will become accessible. 
Tuesday, May 14 
11:30AM – Meet in the parking lot of the Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood to board the shuttle for l unch at Table 3 at Noon. Generous Hachette Nashville publishers will buy lunch. 
Depart Table 3 for Parnassus Books at 1:15PM to participate in Parnassus Books’ Let’s Talk About Books! Georgeanne Chapman will be discussing a selection of her favorite children’s books in celebration of Children’s Book Week. Georgeanne has served as president of Reading is Fundamental (RIF), and was co-founder of Book’EM, an organization that gives books to youngsters to inspire the love of reading. Let’s Talk Books is a monthly series that is hosted by Donna Nicely, the former director of the Nashville Public System. Afterwards, take a look around the back room, the stock, the store, and more. 
Depart Parnassus Books for Nashville Hachette Office at 3:30PM for a 
Tour of the Offices and Editors’ Rep Picks followed by Reception at 5PM
Our Author Guests:
Lillian Daniels, When "Spiritual But Not Religious" 
Becca Stevens, Snake Oil 
Phil Madeira, God on the Rocks 
Many thanks to the family of Hachette Nashville Publishers for hosting the reception. 
Depart Nashville Hachette Office at 6:30PM for dinner at the Loveless Café with publishers, wholesalers, and fellow booksellers. Generous sponsor Baker & Taylor will pick up the dinner tab. 
Depart the Loveless Cafe for Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood at 9PM. Good night and enjoy your free breakfast at the hotel in the morning before 8 AM. 
Wednesday, May 15 
Depart Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood for Thistle Farms at 8AM to join in the Meditation Circle held every Wednesday. Founded by Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms is a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. 
Depart Thistle Farms for Nashville Hachette Office at 10:30AM 
Meeting of the Minds at Nashville Hachette Office from 11AM – 2PM - Our talk will include a working lunch provided by Hachette Nashville. It is our goal to get to the real issues that can impact positive change in the industry to the benefit of all involved. Let's get to the heart of the issues and share what is on our minds.
Limited number of bookseller spots available! Must reply before April 29th! RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.

Okra PicksFor Immediate Release: The 2013 Winter/Spring Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC) January 1, 2013 -- Make a New Year’s Resolution to Read more Okra! The 2013 Winter Spring Okra Picks have been chosen: twelve Southern books, new for the spring publishing season. All have two things in common: they are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that loves each one!

Winter Spring Okra Picks List!

A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks
Farrar Straus Giroux | $14.00 | 9780374146863
Fiction | March 12, 2013

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
St. Martin’s Press | $24.99 | 9781250014528
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam Publishing Group | $16.99 | 9780399160011
Children’s | December 27, 2012

The House Girl by Tara Conklin
William Morrow & Company | $25.99 | 9780062207395
Fiction | February 12, 2013

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Ted and Matt Lee
Clarkson N Potter | $35.00 | 9780307889737
Cooking | February 26, 2013

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
Shannon Ravenel Books | $24.95 | 9781565122550
Fiction | March 26, 2013

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
Touchstone Books | $24.99 | 9781451683363
Fiction | February 12, 2013

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco Press | $24.99 | 9780062202710
Fiction | February 19, 2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books | $17.99 | 9780399256929
Young Adult | February 12, 2013

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle
Atlantic Monthly Press | $25.00 | 9780802120663
Fiction | February 5, 2013

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes
Tyndale House | $13.99 | 9781414366418
Fiction | March 1, 2013

The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin
Berkley | $15.00 | 9780425261057
Fiction | March 5, 2013

Okra Picks are chosen by Southern Indie Booksellers each season as the upcoming southern titles they are most looking forward to hand selling. For more information visit