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siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VASIBA is pleased to announce that Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch will be joining James Patterson at the "Thanksgiving for James Patterson" Lunch on Saturday, September 20 at the SIBA Discovery Show in Norfolk, Virginia

The event, which features a full "Thanksgiving Dinner," was originally conceived as a way to thank James Patterson for his support of independent bookstores over the past year with his "Bookseller Pledge" to give $1,000,000 dollars in grants to independent stores in recognition of their unique and critical role in the book industry, the literary community, and to book lovers in general.

James Patterson"It was an amazing statement of commitment," said SIBA Executive Directory Wanda Jewell, who noted that a number of stores in the South had already benefited from Patterson's grant program--receiving money to fund everything from new carpeting in their children's sections to a school bus destined to become a bookmobile. "We wanted to express our gratitude for his support, and most of all for his acknowledgment of how important independent bookstores are to anyone who loves books."

That commitment to a wide variety of choice in the book industry received extra attention recently when negotiations between Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com broke down, resulting in Amazon delaying the shipment of many Hachette titles, including those by James Patterson. Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch has been at the forefront of this difficult battle.

Michael PietschJewell invited Pietsch to join in the "Thanksgiving Dinner" along with James Patterson. "I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for our booksellers," she said. "Struggles between New York publishers and giant online retailers can seem very far away to the small town bookstore, but in the end, whether it is standing up for your business in a corporate boardroom or standing up for your shop at your local city council meeting, we are all passionate about the chance to bring new voices into print...we all love books and want the industry to stay vibrant and healthy."

For more information about the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show, visit sibaweb.com/trade-show.

siba14 Discovery Show, Sept 19-21, Norfolk, VAThe SIBA Discovery Show Kicks Off to a great start with the confirmation of Beth Macy and John Bassett III as part of the show's "Kick Off Lunch" line up. Macy, an award-winning reporter who's new book, Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town (Little, Brown and Company) has become a national bestseller and a rallying cry for the shop local movement, will be accompanied by John Bassett III, the "factory man" of Macy's book, a scrappy Virginia-based furniture-maker who took on China in his determination to keep his factory open and his workers employed.

Beth MacyMacy and Bassett will be joined by S.C. Gwynne, author of Rebel Yell (Scribner)-- the much anticipated new biography of Stonewall Jackson, and Scott Westerfeld, Locus Award-winning author of Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), a smart and strange young adult novel about death and publishing, and about which Cory Doctorow says, "Westerfeld [is] in full command of a prodigious talent, doing something complicated and difficult and making it look easy, even as it grabs you and drags you through its dark streets, laughing and crying."

"I'm very excited about this group of presenters," said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who notes that 2014 has been the year of the indie. Factory Man has been an important book in the South and we're thrilled to be able to bring Beth Macy and John Bassett III to our booksellers."

John Bassett III"If ever there was a group that epitomized the independence of the independents," she added, "this is it!"

The SIBA Discovery Show takes place at the Shareton Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, September 19-21. For more information, visit sibaweb.com/trade-show.

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..

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 with 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) 

Columbia, SC - August 27, 2013 –One Book, One SIBAThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announces their One Book, One SIBA read for #SIBA13 in New Orleans.  Crown is publishing Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial, the riveting monumental chronicle of what happens when disaster collides with human nature. 

Fink’s reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Most recently, her coverage of the 2012 hurricane season and its effects on the health care systems of New York City and New Orleans won the Mike Berger Award from Columbia Journalism School and the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013.

Sheri Fink will be joined by host of The Reading Life and author Susan Larson and an army of SIBA booksellers for SIBA's first One Book, One SIBA book discussion.  A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Larson is the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans.


About the book: Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at MemorialFive Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.