One Book, One South, JrThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is partnering with Candlewick Press to bring readers One Book, One South, Jr. – a Southern-wide “one book” event featuring Raymie Nightingale, the newest book by the award-winning and much beloved author, Kate DiCamillo. Raymie Nightingale is the first children's book to be selected for SIBA's One Book, One South program (hence the "Jr."), and in addition to the target audience of 10 and up, SIBA feels the book has a great crossover appeal.

Raymie Nightingale releases on April 12, 2016 and will be the subject of a coordinated promotion across SIBA member bookstores, both in-store and online, culminating in a Facebook event on May 6, 2016 capping off Children’s Book Week.  In the period leading up to the Q&A, bookstores will encourage their customers to submit questions in advance, reach out to librarians and teachers in their communities, and feature the book in their own newsletters and displays. Kate DiCamillo and Raymie Nightingale will be featured in SIBA’s popular newsletter for Southern literature, Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book in the weeks leading up to the Facebook event.

“We’re very excited about One Book, One South, Jr. and Kate DiCamillo’s participation,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “SIBA believes that independent bookstores are vital to the success of any book, and when they get behind one they love, there is no stopping them. Raymie Nightingale is that kind of a book.”

About the Book:

Three girls. One summer. The friendship that rescues them all.

Raymie NightingaleRaymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town three days ago with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

About Kate DiCamillo:

Kate DiCamilloKate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal for "the outstanding contribution for children's literature." Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of Despereaux, 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie,2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress.
Because of Winn Dixie won the 2001 SIBA Book Award for Children. It has appeared on the Southern Bestseller list as has The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy and The Magician’s Elephant.  Kate DiCamillo has appeared on the Southern Indie Bestseller List over 50 weeks. 

A southern sister, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information, contact Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving up a helping of the Winter 2016 Okra Picks!

Okra PicksPreachers and pornographers, prisoners and protesters, conspirators and country shop keepers. . .these are just some of the cast of characters you’ll find in yet another season of fantastically varied and nutritional southern literature. The 2016 Winter Okra Picks have just been selected by southern independent booksellers – a spicy and seasoned helping of thirteen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know.

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publish between January and March, 2016, 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!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Winter Okra Picks

The Third Reconstruction Fallen Land A Mysterious Life & Calling The Feathered Bone

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
by Reverend William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Beacon Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780807083604

Fallen Land
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin’s Press, January 2016
Fiction, 9781250077974

A Mysterious Life & Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina
by Rev. Charlotte S. Riley, edited by Crystal Lucky
University of Wisconsin Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780299306748 

The Feathered Bone
by Julie Cantrell
Thomas Nelson, January 2016
Fiction, 9780718037628

Forsaken The Secret to Hummingbird Cake My Father, the Pornographer The Opposite of Everyone

Forsaken
by Ross Howell Jr.
NewSouth, February 2016
Fiction, 9781588383174

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
by Celeste Fletcher McHale
Thomas Nelson, February 2016
Fiction, 9780718039561

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt
Atria Books, February 2016
Nonfiction, 9781501112461

The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062105684

No Shred of Evidence The Serpent King Hanging Mary No One Knows Dimestore

No Shred of Evidence
by Charles Todd
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062386182

The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553524024

Hanging Mary
by Susan Higginbotham
Sourcebooks Landmark, March 2016
Fiction, 9781492613626

No One Knows
by J.T. Ellison
Gallery Books, March 2016
Fiction, 9781501118470

Dimestore
by Lee Smith
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, March 2016
Nonfiction, 9781616205027

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

 

For 2015/2016 ONLY, it will never happen again.

We are letting your B3 points roll over.
Keep up the momentum.
Also new, starting after #SIBA15, #OkraPicks will be part of B3!
Instead of SIBA credit, booksellers will receive 50 B3 points for reporting sales.
EARN YOUR WAY TO SIBA DISCOVERY SHOW.

B3! Building Better Booksellers!

Southern BooksellerLet’s clarify this program so core members can get the greatest benefit and SIBA programs can enjoy greater growth. Participation earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. Members who are active enough can earn enough points to pay their dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations.

The goal of the program is to engage the Southern Bookselling Community and raise the visibility of Southern Indie Bookstores, and increase the value of investing in programs targeted towards Southern bookstores and their customers.

B3! Building Better Booksellers is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts, which awarded SIBA a $40,000 grant at the beginning of 2015 in honor of SIBA’s 40th anniversary.

FAQs

How do I track my rewards?
Your rewards points are visible in your SIBA profile when you log in to your account.  And logging into your account on a regular basis is important to keeping your points adding up.  The system we use automatically adds many of the points but cannot do that if it does not recognize you, and signing in regularly insures that they system recognizes you and assigns all the points you earn.

Do my staff earn their own rewards?
Your staff can certainly accrue points, and we encourage that.  But they do need to be a subaccount on your membership in the system and again, they must sign in regularly to insure recognition.  Regularly all points earned by store staff are applied to the SIBA Member Master Account.

What are the Reward Levels? And what rewards do we receive at each level?
As members participate, they accumulate points and earn badges. As they progress up the levels, the rewards become more valuable. Click here to see the list of levels and rewards

What do we do to earn points?
There are a number of things members can do to earn points, from very simple things like reading SIBA’s email to more complex things like creating a SIBA Book Award display at the SIBA Trade Show. You can see the current list of actions that will earn points here.

What happens at the end of the year?
Actually, after #SIBA16, the points are set back to zero on Oct. 1, and every SIBA after.  Since, we are using this engagement system to assist booksellers in getting to the show, we want to start rewarding points as soon as we can towards the next Discovery Show.  And it is our hope that renewing annually before the grace period is up will become more critical as stores will want to keep the points they have and not see an interruption in points accrued since only current members can earn points. But not this year!  This year points will roll over!

 

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

2015 SIBA Book Award Winners (Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2015 SIBA Book Awards

Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

  • Fiction Winner: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Books)
  • Nonfiction Winner:  Factory Man by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company)
  • Cooking Winner: Heritage by Sean Brock  (Artisan Publishers)
  • Children’s Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
  • Young Adult Winner: League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Brett Helquist (illustrator) (Starscape Books)



The Invention of WingsFiction Winner: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Books)
“We recommend this book to everyone!” – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC

 

Factory ManNonfiction Winner:  Factory Man by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company)
“A book that excels at bringing, this time recent, history to narrative life. Macy's book has characters who are difficult to sympathize with, but she overcomes this by placing them in extraordinarily important, world-changing circumstances. Macy does a remarkable job of bringing potentially dull material (furniture-making details, factory time clocks, mundane family squabbles) and raising it to consequential and dramatic literature.” – Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC

 

HeritageCooking Winner: Heritage by Sean Brock (Artisan Publishers)
Loved all the recipes I cooked. I’d never had ‘hoppin john’ and now I know how to make it. It was great!!” – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC

 

Brown Girl DreamingChildren’s Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
“I love the originality of a memoir written in free verse, and the lessons and viewpoint this book has to offer are extremely important, especially with the racial issues that present themselves in today's society.” – Tubby and Coo’s, New Orleans, LA

 

 

League of SevenYoung Adult Winner: League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Brett Helquist (illustrator) (Starscape Books)
Alan Gratz has masterfully created an alternate history that masterfully grabs the attention of anyone interested in steampunk, Edison, lost civilizations, unusually large monsters, heads in jars or just plain adventure.” – The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit SIBA’s website for Southern literature, http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

Read Your Okra! Announcing the 2015 Summer Okra Picks

Columbia, SC – Summer is the time for picking okra, and the Southern Independent Booksellers have just picked a fresh crop -- the 2015 Summer Okra Picks have just been chosen. A bushel of books that represent the best in southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are published between July and September, 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 Summer Okra Picks

Bloody Royal PrintsThe Flying CircusBull MountainSerafina and the Black Cloak

Bloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams
9781440585456 | Tyrus Books | 07/03/2015 | $16.99

The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall
9781476772141 | Gallery Books | 07/07/2015 | $26.00

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
9780399173967 | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 07/07/2015 | $26.95

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
9781484709016 | Disney-Hyperion Press | 07/14/2015 | $16.99

RuthlessMiss EmilyGo Set a WatchmanYard War

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
9781481422628 | Simon Pulse | 07/14/2015 | $17.99

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
9780143126751 | Penguin Books | 07/14/2015 | $16.00

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
9780062409850 | Harpercollins | 07/14/2015 | $27.99

Yard War by Taylor Kitchings
9780553507539 | Wendy Lamb Books | 08/18/2015 | $16.99

The Gates of EvangelineThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThe Drunken Spelunker's Guide to PlatoA Free State

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
9780399174001 | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 09/01/2015| $26.95

The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate
9781414386904 | Tyndale House | 09/08/2015 | $19.99

The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre
9780895876515 | John F. Blair Publisher | 09/08/2015 | $26.95

A Free State by Tom Piazza 
9780062284129 | Harper | 09/15/2015 | $25.99

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