Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts Continues to Support SIBA Scholarship Fund

siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VA

Believing that nothing is so valuable to a small business owner as the opportunity to confer face-to-face with their colleagues, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance launched a scholarship program for booksellers in conjunction with its 2013 trade show, inviting exhibitors to donate to the SIBA Scholarship Fund when they registered for the show.  The initiative received a strong start in the form of a sizeable donation from The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.  This year, The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts has continued its support for the fund, again providingSIBA a significant donation to help offset bookseller costs in attending the upcoming 2014 trade show, to be held in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 19 – 21.

Fatal ImpressionsDave and Reba White Williams have a long history of support and commitment to the literary arts. They are the founders and sponsors of the annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Reba Williams is also the author of the Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery series, the most recent of which is Fatal Impressions, published in March of 2014. Dave Williams is the author of Small Victories, an account of the Williams’ forty-year-long passion for collecting fine art prints. As passionate believers in the importance of independent bookstores, both see SIBA’s Scholarship Fund is the best way to help ensure a strong “next generation” of booksellers.

Again this year, SIBA will use the Scholarship Fund to help as many bookstores as possible coming to the tradeshow in Norfolk, Virginia, including assistance with 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 offsetting 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 #SIBA14 in Norfolk, Virginia 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. .

2014 Summer Okra Picks!

Okra Picks The 2014 Summer Okra Picks have been harvested!

Columbia, SC -- Summer is upon us, which means that it is time to pick some Okra! The Summer 2014 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 July and September, 2014, 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!”

Summer Okra PicksThe 2014 Summer Okra Picks

The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax
9780425263327 | Paperback | Berkley Publishing Group | 07/01/2014  | 15.00

Dollbaby  by Laura Lane McNeal
9780670014736 | Hardcover | Pamela Dorman Books | 07/03/2014 | 26.95

The Girls of August  by Anne Rivers Siddons
9780446527958 | Hardcover | Grand Central Publishing | 07/08/2014 | 27.00

Cancel the Wedding  by Carolyn Dingman
9780062276728  | Paperback |  Harper Paperbacks | 08/05/2014 | 15.99

Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel  by Kim Boykin
9780425272107  | Paperback | Berkley Publishing Group | 08/05/2014 | 15.00

Poems of the American South by David Biespiel
9780375712449 | Hardcover | Everyman's Library | 08/05/2014 | 14.95

Season of the Dragonflies  by Sarah Creech
9780062307521 | Hardcover | William Morrow & Company | 08/12/2014 | 25.99

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants and the Recipes That Made Them Famous  by Chris Chamberlain
9781401605025  | Paperback | Thomas Nelson Publishers | 09/01/2014 | 24.99

The Story Keeper  by Lisa Wingate
9781414386898 | Paperback | Tyndale House Publishers | 09/01/2014 | 14.99

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel  by Jan Karon
9780399167447 |  Hardcover | Putnam Adult | 09/02/2014 | 27.95

The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris
9781469617688 | Hardcover |  University of North Carolina Press | 09/22/2014 | 35.00

Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence  by Elizabeth Lawrence
9780822357766 | Paperback | Duke University Press | 09/26/2014 | 19.95

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com
 
#siba14: Sept 19-21, 2014 FRI-SUN
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Introducing the Bibb Pick

Matt Bibb

siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VA

The BIBB Pick – "Bibb's Independent Bookstore Best of 2015"


Is your store warm, welcoming, inclusive, and knowledgeable, always with a smile?  If yes, get thee to #SIBA14!

This 2014 Bibb Pick is posthumously Matt Bibb., and we welcome his mother to this years’ show in Norfolk, VA.  Who will be 2015’s Bibb Pick?  Come to #SIBA14 to ensure that your bookstore appears on the ballot, and register before Sep. 1 because only stores registered before the Sep. 1 cut-off will be placed on the ballot and authors will vote while on-site at the show and the winner will be named at the end of the Trade Show along with the Raffle Winner and the Book Award Display Winner.  It could be your store!

Going forward authors attending SIBA will vote for a store attending SIBA.  The store will the most votes will become the Bibb Pick for that upcoming year where over 100 authors will be promoting and supporting that Bibb Pick for that year.  This kind of support cannot be bought.  It can only be attained my attending the SIBA Trade Show and best representing the qualities of Matt Bibb:  warm, welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile.

When authors vote, they will also commit to a form of support from putting the store name in a novel to writing an original piece for the store newsletter, from joining your store as a staff pick to making a donation to the fund that will bring the store staff to the next years’ SIBA Show.  This is an exciting new component inspired by Matt and initiated by an anonymous author who wants to ensure that Matt’s spirit remains at the trade show. 

Finally, in commemoration of Matt Bibb (whose love for books was only surpassed by booze), Workman Publishing will be sponsoring a unique SIBA Show drink – “The Bibb” in celebration of both Matt Bibb’s memory and their new title – The 12 Bottle Bar.  Matt would have loved that book and his drink!  Here’s to Matt!

Get thee to #SIBA14!

#siba14: Sept 19-21, 2014 FRI-SUN 

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Attendee Registration (online) | Attendee Registration Form (pdf)

Exhibitor Package | Exhibitor Registration (online) | Exhibitor Registration Form (pdf) 

Binc Helps Bookseller Overcome Massive Medical Debt

ClareyThe Binc Foundation was able to assist Clarey Rudd, a career independent bookseller, facing the possibility of losing his bookstores. He and his family have been in the book business for decades supporting the communities of Ventura and Malibu, CA. In August 2012, Clarey needed to have emergency surgery to help him breathe after complications from cancer caused his throat to close to the size of a small wire. Clarey made a full recovery, but was inundated with medical bills. A new video tells Clarey’s story and how the Binc Foundation was able to help eliminate the stress of overwhelming medical bills so Clarey could move forward and again focus on his love of books and bookselling. See Clarey’s story

 

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Tim Federle returns to host Parapalooza! at #siba14.


2014 SIBA Fall Discovery Show
Columbia, SC - The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce that Tim Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Running Press) and the “Nate Foster” books (Better Nate Than EverFive Six Seven, Nate!, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) will be returning to the SIBA Trade Show this September as the host and emcee of Parapalooza!, the popular event where authors read favorite sections paragraphs “with meaning & feeling.”

Tim FederleParapalooza! was one of the most enthusiastically-received events at the show in New Orleans in 2013--thanks in large part to Federle’s performance as emcee, and SIBA will marshal that excitement again in 2014, when the show comes to Norfolk, Virginia. Federle will be attending to promote his newest book, Hickory, Daiquiri, Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist (Running Press).

View last year’s Parapalooza event in its entirety here: https://vimeo.com/78960151

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