Independent Bookstore DayCalifornia Bookstore Day, spearheaded by Northern California Booksellers Association, was a roaring success in May 2014.
 
The statewide celebration included 93 bookstores, 13 unique items created exclusively for CBD, dozens of authors in stores, plus parties, special events, daylong activities, and more. The event delivered huge sales for bookstores resulting collectively in a one-day sales increase of more than $150,000, with unprecedented media coverage. Simply put, California Bookstore Day brought customers to independent bookstores to buy books.
 
We’d like to spread this independent bookstore love throughout the country. All regional independent bookselling associations have agreed to support Independent Bookstore Day in their region on May 2, 2015.
 
For booksellers, this means you’ll be able to order the publisher-created items, specially designed to appeal to customers throughout the country. Ordering begins in December 2014. If you participate, we ask that you 1) order a minimum of 10 items, 2) promote the event, and 3) host an event in your store that will help draw people in.
 
For publishers, this gives you an opportunity to support the indies by helping us create a special item from a popular author that will draw in book lovers throughout the country. If you’d like to pitch us an idea, please email Hut Landon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We look forward to working with everyone to create this exciting event!
 
Create the Logo for Independent Bookstore Day! 
 
Calling all graphic designers and artists. Create a logo for Independent Bookstore Day!
 
We’re in search of a logo to represent Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015. We are asking creative, artistic book lovers to create and submit a logo that will be represent this nationwide event. The winning submission will appear on all promotions, products and merchandising in conjunction with Independent Bookstore Day. For inspiration, see CBD’s logo. We’re offering $1,000 to the chosen artist.
 
Please send your submission to Carrie Obry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 15, 2014. Please send a 72 dpi web-ready jpg.
 
Interested SIBA Member bookstores should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved with National Indie Bookstore Day.

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
 
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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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Spring is the season for Okra! SIBA Booksellers pick a fresh batch of great Southern books

Okra PicksColumbia, SC -- Spring is finally upon us, which means a brand new crop of Okra Picks has been harvested by Southern Indie Bookstores.  It’s also time for some Okra! The Spring 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 April and June, 2014, and all of them have fans among southern indie booksellers who are always looking out for the next great read you should know about.  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!”

 

 

 

 

Okra PicksThe 2014 Spring Okra Picks

Salvage  by Alexandra Duncan
9780062220141 | Greenwillow Books | 04/01/2014

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes
9780307885913 | Crown Publishing Group | 04/01/2014

The Whiskey Baron by  Jon Sealy               
9781891885747 | Hub City Press |  04/01/2014

Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross
9780670026111 | Viking Books | 04/08/2014

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek  by Maya Van Wagenen
9780525426813 |  Dutton Books | 04/15/2014

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
9780062311078 | William Morrow & Company | 04/29/2014

The Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle by Cassandra King
9781940210032 | Maiden Lane Press | 05/01/2014

A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
9781939775054 | Little Pickle Press | 05/07/2014

Between Wrecks  by George Singleton
9781938103797 | Dzanc Books   | 05/13/2014

A Southern Girl by John Warley
9781611173918 | Story River Books | 05/15/2014

A Long Time Gone by Karen White
9780451240460 | New American Library | 06/03/2014

The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America by Scott Cowen
9781137278869 | Palgrave MacMillan | 06/10/2014

Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth
9781620403013 | Bloomsbury Publishing PLC | 06/17/2014

Read more about the Okra Picks at okrapicks.com!

Mark your calendars, make your travel plans, and get your ask to Atlanta!  This is the time to ask all of your questions about gifts, bargain books, SIBA, ABA, Author/Bookseller relations, and how to deal with those irksome bookstore situations that arise and challenge booksellers daily.

SIBA in the SpringTime is held the day before GABBS kicks off and is only $99 unless you are a SIBA member, in which case it is FREE!  Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the member code so you can register gratis.
 
This year SIBA is pulling together a different kind of author event at SIBA in the Springtime.  One that is less about the book and more about the selling.  Please review the details and let me know if you'd like to attend.  We have a limited number of slots and I hope you will fill one but if not, please decide before Valentine's Day. The Indies First Movement grew out of a conversation with an author and a bookseller and I'm thinking many more great ideas can grow if we come together.  So join us. It's going to be FUN!
 
For this first time, GABBS will be offering Field Trips to the Atlanta Gift Market. Veteran booksellers who have been buying at the mart for years are going to take booksellers around the mart with them for an hour showing them the ropes and the gifts that are working for them.  Meet the reps and mark the steps to success with gifts.
 
Again, this year, ABA will be bringing quality education and a member forum to GABBS on Friday morning.  Professional booksellers will not want to miss these. And there is more on Saturday so check it out and get your ask to Atlanta on March.
 
And we haven't even touched on the hundreds of quality vendors that will be ready to meet with you on Fri, Sat, and Sun of GABBS bringing thousands of books and other items that your customers are in the market for and don't even know it.  So find those surprises and perfect picks among the vendors at the Great American Bargain Book Show.