SIBA Launches “Parapalooza!” both virtually and at #SIBA13

(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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2013 SIBA Book Award Winners

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.

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Meet Richard Buthod , SIBA’s new One Book At A Time Guru!

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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SIBA Industry Summit - Meeting of the Minds Recap

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!


2013 SIBA Book Award Finalists

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