It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward.  SIBA’s Board Members are a hard-working bunch.  Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening.  Consider someone today for a board position.  Self-nominations are encouraged.  Anyone can nominate.  Candidates must be from a SIBA core member in good standing.  SIBA functions under The Carver Method. Take a look at Policy #12 – Board Job Description and Policy #16 - Board Member’ Code of Conduct for more information.

Board members do not get paid for service but all expenses incurred are covered by the organization.  The position requires attendance at 3 board meetings annually plus a Carver training session and adequate preparation for all meetings is also required.  The board seeks persons from the core membership taking into account the following:  relevant Policy Governance skills (including the ability to work within group decisions, to use conceptual categories of Ends and Means, to judge performance only against previously stated expectations), relevant industry skills and knowledge, geography, and store size.

SIBA’s current Board members will assess interest among potential candidates.  A slate will be determined from the potential candidates by the Board of Directors and presented for vote by the membership before the Fall Trade Show.

Deadline for nominations is April 20.

Click here to nominate a candidate to the SIBA Board.

SIBA Book AwardAnnouncing the 2012 SIBA Book Award Long List

(Columbia, SC)—The Long List for the 2012 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Totaling almost 120 different titles, the “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2011 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Lisa Alther to Erica Wright, Mary Kay Andrews to Daniel Woodrell, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.

See the full list of titles here:

In the following months SIBA Booksellers will vote on finalists in each category, and the final winners will be picked by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July the week of Independence Day. In September, in Naples, FL, at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized during the popular Writers’ Block Auction which raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.

The SIBA Book Awards were created not just to recognize great Southern books, but to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts. As of this time, the SIBA Book Award remains one of the most far-reaching and high-profile awards for Southern literature. To be eligible for the SIBA Book Award, nominated books must 1) be southern in nature or by an southern author (preferably both!), 2) have been published the previous year, and 3) have been nominated by a SIBA-member bookstore or one of their customers.

Now is the time to revisit your to-be-read stack. The odds are, some of the books in the list below are waiting for you there!
For more information, visit

The 2012 Long List:


Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (Harpercollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell) 
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jelly Bean Finds her Special Place by Jane Edwards (Lewis Color, Inc.)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) 
Liddil Gets Her Light by Tracey Cox (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications) 
Wake Up Man by Thomas Rain Crowe (Grateful Steps Publishing)
Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon (Cinco Puntos Press)


A Southerly Course by Martha Foose (Clarkson Potter)
Basic to Brilliant Y'all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
Irresistible History of Southern Food by Rick McDaniel (History Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (UNC Press)
New Southern Latino Table by Sandra Gutierrez (UNC Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree (Gibbs Smith)
The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink edited by Don Goodman & Thomas Head (UNC Press)
Well, Shut My Mouth! by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)
Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda  Watson (Da Capo)


A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
A Passel of Hate by Joe Epley (CreateSpace)
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie  Hudson (Press 53)
The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache (Harpercollins)
At the End of the Road by Grant Jerkins (Berkley)
Atlanta: A Novella by Loreen Niewenhuis (Main Street Rag)
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn  McCrumb (St. Martin's Press)
The Beach Trees
by Karen White (New American Library)
Blood Clay by Valerie Nieman (Press 53)
Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner (Dial)
The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry (St. Martin's Press)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Echo by Dana Smith (19 Reasons)
Exposure by Therese Fowler (Ballantine)
The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank (Harpercollins)
Fortune's Son by Emery Lee (SourceBooks)
Home Free by Fern Michaels (Zebra)
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe (Tor)
The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz (Thomas Nelson)
Iron House by John  Hart (St. Martin's Press)
Just The Thing To Be by Tracey Cox (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Late Edition by Fern Michaels (Kensington)
Leaving Lukens by Laura Wharton (Broad Creek Press)
Mercy Creek by Matt Matthews (Hub City Press)
The Mile Marker Murders by C. W.  Saari (Boutique of Quality Books)
Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann Ross (Penguin)
Naked Came the Leaf Peeper by Brian Lee Knopp et al (Burning Bush Press of Asheville)
Night Train by Clyde Edgerton (Little Brown)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)
Ninth Man by Brad Crowther (Ingalls Publishing Group)
Notes toward the Story and Other Stories by Corey Mesler (Aqueous Books)
Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications)
The Ocean Forest by Troy Nooe (Ingalls Publishing Group)
The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell (Little Brown)
Quickening by Liza Wieland (SMU Press)
Reign of Madness by Lynn Cullen (Putnam)
The Road to Hell is Seldom Seen by Cappy Hall Rearick (Createspace)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn  Ward (Bloomsbury)
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston (Ecco)
Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler (Grove)
Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam)
Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White (New American Library)
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press)
Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart (Thomas Nelson)
Ten Beach Road by Wendy  Wax (Berkley)
Trust by Sean Keefer (Old Line Publishing)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, There's A Body In The Car
by Fran Rizer (Bella Rosa Books)
Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton (Harper Perennial)
Under the Skin by Vicki Lane (Dell)
Washed in the Blood by Lisa Alther (Mercer U. Press)
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Where To Now? by Rod Rogers (IUniverse)


America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Dinner With Tennessee Williams by Troy Gilbert (Gibbs Smith)
From Here to Absurdity: pink flamingos, vibrators & other comical events by David Hunter (Oconee Spirit Press)
Gone With the Wind, A Bestseller's Odyssey by Ellen F. Brown  and John Wiley (Taylor Trade) 
Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey by David Joy (Bright Mountain Books)
It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace by Rye Barcott (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
My Paddle to the Sea by John  Lane (UGA Press)
The Poetry Company, a memoir by Joe Cobb Crawford (Emory Jones, LLC)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves by Saundra Dalton-Smith (Revell)
Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind by Shellie Tomlinson (Berkley)
Taking a Stand by Juan Mendez and Marjory Wentworth (Palgrave Macmillan)
The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak by Randy Fertel (U Press of MS)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Williams (UGA Press)
Wait Until Tomorrow by Pat MacEnulty (The Feminist Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (USC Press)
You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia  Rivenbark (St. Martin's Griffin)


Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer U. Press)
Ascent by Doris Davenport (CreateSpace)
Copperhead by Rachel Richardson (Carnegie Mellon)
Crack Light by Thomas Rain Crowe (Wind Publishing)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (NWU Press)
If This World Falls Apart by Lou Lipsitz (Lynx House Press)
Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright (Black Lawrence Press)
Nineteen Visions of Christmas by Sally Buckner (Main Street Rag)
Presence by Scott Wiggerman (Pecan Grove)
Seriously Dangerous by Helen Losse (Main Street Rag)
She Hands Me the Razor by Richard Krawiec (Press 53)
Southern Fictions by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Jacar Press)
Talking about Movies with Jesus by David Kirby (LSU Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Unaccountable Weather by Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Press 53)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)
Weaving a New Eden by Sherry Chandler (Wind Publications)

Young Adult

Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley ( Waterbrook)
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen  Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razor Bill)
Dead Rules by Randy Russell (Harper Teen)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (Hyperion)
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)
Second Time's A Charm by Mary Flinn (Aviva)

GABBS Atlanta

GABBS AtlantaSpring Book Show has a new name. GABBS Atlanta, but it is the same Great Show, and SIBA & ABA will be there to share!

The Education at GABBS Atlanta will include ABA Education on Friday morning –

ABA Education:  The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions
Friday, March 16th in Room 102, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The 2012 Winter Institute featured a series of 12 half-hour “Best Practices” sessions on everything from children’s bookselling, human resources, and Google Analytics to marketing your store as a digital location, empowering your indie business alliance, and more. “The Best of the Best” is a roundup of booksellers’ top tips from Wi7.  ABA education is sponsored by Ingram Ingram Content Group.

And from SIBA on Saturday morning –

Best Practices for Working GABBS to Your Store’s Advantage
Saturday, March 17th will in Room 102, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Veteran Bargain Book Buyers will tell you how they work the floor, what they look for, and why.  Learn how to sort through the vendors and their wares with your store, your customers, and your bottom line all in mind.

About World Book Night sign-up: you as a giver and your store as a partner

Plus telling all your online friends!

World Book NightDear Booksellers,

Part One

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than -- YOU!
Yes, I envision that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.

BUT wait .  . . there’s more.

We want you to tell others, many others.

Read on.

While the news of World Book Night in the U.S. came out in the fall via LJ, PW and elsewhere, and in December when we announced in USA Today and online that  the 30 World Book Night U.S. book list and that the book giver process had opened up to the public, December was not the best time to announce, obviously.  A number of factors pushed us to that date, but I never despaired; I knew then and know now that once you surfaced from the holiday madness, you’d rush to be givers. 

And tell others.

You see, WBN is ALL social media driven. No marketing budget and it’s not needed. There’s all of your followers, as well as those of authors, bloggers, librarians, and many many more.  From LJ, PW, Book Page, Shelf Awarness, BookReporter, Goodreads, indie tweets, publisher blogs, and from you, the message will go out.

And what’s the message that you can send out?

In under 140 characters:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at   by Feb. 1.   …..or……

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at   by Feb. 1.

Note: Please link to the general site, not just the sign-up form; I’d like people to learn more, check out the book list, read about our mission . . . and THEN apply to be a book giver.

Yes, Virginia, there IS an application process. People do have to understand that there are clear rules and obligations, and that some thought has to go into where they want to give away their free WBN special editions, and why.  The publishing and book community is going to great expense, and even greater volunteer time, to get over a million dollars’ worth of donated paper, printing and shipping, and the authors have waived royalties, and it is simply essential that the book givers understand the goals of World Book Night: to find NEW readers.

I hope you’ll visit the site, noodle around . . . AND apply to be a book giver . . .. . . AND tweet your fingers off. And……..

Part Two

At the same time that we are asking each of you to be World Book Night book givers on April 23, 2012, we are enlisting bookstores and libraries to be locations for the book givers in your community to come pick up their box of free World Book Night books.

You see, we are not sending 50,000 boxes of 20 books each to their homes. We are sending the boxes to bookstores or libraries so YOU can be one of the community centers for World Book Night, as well as the beneficiary of some added foot traffic. This was done in the UK to great success.

But it’s not as easy as just raising your hand and saying you’re in. Alas, as with the book giver process, I need you to answer a few questions so I can be assured that the donated expense of World Book Night in the U.S. is going to good use. 

There will be some requirements to be a WBN book pick-up location, and a brief on-line form needs to be filled out. There are a number of questions that need an affirmative answer.

There are other requirements, as well. Sorry to be pain about this, but again, a LOT of people’s time and resources have gone into World Book Night, and this must be a focused, one-to-one person-and-book interaction. It’s much, much more that simply a free book giveaway.

Deadline is Feb. 1.

Please read more at under the Bookseller tab.
And feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions!

And tweet and email to tout le monde!!

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at   by Feb. 1.  

Thank you!
Carl Lennertz
Executive Director
World Book Night U.S. 

Effective January 1, Chelsea Green Publishing has signed on with Bill and Terri McClung and their group to represent its books to trade accounts in the Southeast. This is the first time since 2006 that Chelsea Green has had independent trade representation. 

We're convinced that having more reps in the field will be a boon to buyers and to our books, and we're very pleased to have a quality rep group in the South to work with. 
Now entering its 28th year, the Vermont-based independent press Chelsea Green publishes and/or distributes between 35 and 50 titles a year on sustainable living and progressive politics.
For more information, contact:
Michael Weaver
Trade Sales Manager
Michael Weaver
Chelsea Green Publishing
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