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SIBA Book Award Winners Announced
Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2011 Book Award Winners
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know: Southern Independent (and independently-minded) Booksellers! Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.
- Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
“Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
- Cooking Winner: Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
“Gena's cookbook shows quicker ways to make traditional southern dishes from a fresh angle!” –Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL
- Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
“Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC
- Nonfiction Winner: The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
“A captivating look into a couple's efforts to create an organic blueberry farm in Central Appalachia. . .sit back and savor the sweetness of his blueberry story.”—Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC
- Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
“These poems are about waking up, looking around at the world, and discovering how to live within it.” –Kathryn Stripling Byer
- Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
“Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC
Here's some useful stuff:
Broadside 8.5 x 16
Book Marks 2x8
Ron Rash, Jim Minick, Janisse Ray and many of the #SIBA11 Book Award nominees will participate in The Writers Block Auction this year.
Don’t miss it!
SIBA Holiday Catalog Info
Do not miss your opportunity to take advantage of this most valuable SIBA benefit. Booksellers credit the Holiday Catalog as one of the big reasons for membership in SIBA.
August 20 : Deadline to order your catalogs, imprinted & non imprinted.
September 17: Last Day for SIBA members to receive free freight
September 23: Deadline to approve your imprint
October 11: Catalog ship date
Current Title List
(up to date as of July 15, but books are still being added)
Why Go to the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS)?
What Booksellers Are Saying About Remainder Shows. . .
“I never miss the Spring Book Show in Atlanta because I need lots of great book bargains.” -- Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Books, Atlanta, GA
“This is a no-brainer for us -- we've had great success with selling discount books . . . My biggest problem is that there's always so MUCH great stuff that I want to bring it ALL home!” -- Jeff McCord, Bound To Be Read Books, Atlanta GA "The Spring Book Show & GABBS are THE places to purchase bargain books and remainders. These items increase my store's profit margin while at the same time giving my customers lower-price options when they shop. In today's tough economic times, that's a win-win for everyone.”-- Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
“Do you need to increase your bottom line? Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make a great display for the holidays or any other special occasion? Is it time to restock those student classics? If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to attend GABB's.” -- Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, DeLand, Florida
The Great American Bargain Book Show-the sister show to the Spring Book Show in Atlanta--delivers a bit of "southern comfort" this year. A great line-up of educational sessions featuring some familiar faces and designed to help booksellers make the most of their bargain, remainder and used book inventory to maximize profits.
Bargain Books: "What I Buy & How I Use Them"
Wednesday - Aug 10 8:30-9:30 am, Room 110
How does one approach the exhibit floor? Describe your criteria / decision process when buying? Besides marking the books for sell in your shop, how else do you use them? As incentives to buy newer books by the same author? As a partner book with a new book on a given topic? As prizes for store programs? Presenters: Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA
Used Books: Buying, Pricing, Stocking & Shelving
Wednesday - Aug 10, 9:40-10:30 am, Room 110
How do used books get on your store shelves? Do you buy from customers? How do you price them, both to buy, and then to sell? Where do you keep them before they get on the shelf? How do you shelve them? Have you tried different ways? Does one seem to work better than another? Is rotation and fresh product the answer? Presenters: Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA
Antiquarian Books: "How to Spot Them & How to Sell Them"
Thursday - Aug 11, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 111
What's the difference between used & antiquarian? Do you develop the customer first, and then find the antiquarian book? Where do you find them? What kind of research is involved? How do you price them? How do your customers know you have a given title? What about book repair? Presenter: Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida
All Seminars will be held in the Hynes Convention Center.
How Tweet It Is! Contest:
Win a FREE hotel night during #SIBA11
A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA11.
@marygayshipley won this most recent Twitter Contest and a free room night at #SIBA11. Congratulations to That Bookstore in Blytheville’s Mary Gay Shipley.
Any member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA11" between now and September 1st will be entered to win one free hotel night at SIBA 2011. So start twittering! Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here: twitter.com
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#SIBA11 is Around the Corner! Sandra Brown is joining us. Will you?
This year, the SIBA Trade Show is being held in Charleston, SC. And it is predicted that the air will be filled with book-talk among the southern book industry elite. The SIBA Booksellers School Back to Basics will be offered on Friday. Education, Exhibitors, and Authors, oh my! The ever popular Moveable Feast sponsored by Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine is back along with many SIBA favorites. New this year is the Sales Tax Fairness Summit and the First 180 Days Party. Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor will again sponsor the Technology Pavilion where anyone visiting the exhibits can stop and learn a new piece of technology that will help sell more books. Twitter, Facebook and Ustream, oh my!
See it all here: The #SIBA11 Schedule of Events
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Club Read; Where Books Mean the World – Oct. 14-15, 2011, Mariners Landing, VA
Gather up your book club and kick off the weekend with The Happiness Lunch. Gretchen Rubin will be sharing her happiness with all of you. Following lunch, choose among author panels: Fam Damilies: Why is blood so thick?; Dying to Love – Loving to Die?; or Affairs of the Heart or Passion Plays!: authors will present their passions from astrological readings to Tae Kwon Do! Visit with Sena Jeter Naslund as she explores Creation as Antidote. Then join us for a Twitter-Inspired Time. Got a question you want answered by one of our visiting authors? Get the answers at Twitter Time where authors have to respond to your questions in 140 characters or less. This is a rollicking, tweeting, roaring time. Then we head to the water-side Club-Read Cook-Out with all of the writers and readers. And finally, close the night at the Milk & Cookies Pajama Party & Bedtime Readings.
Wake up Sunday morning To Die for Breakfast with Joyce Maynard and close with the Don’t Sing at the Table Lunch with Adrianna Trigianni and more panels & passions. Have a chance to share about your book club and take away the best ideas for success and some great books to read and a life-long memory with your book club buddies.
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Time to Pick a Peck of Fall Okra Picks - Deadline for Submission is Sept. 1
Opening or Buying a Bookstore?
Changes and Opportunities
“I cannot live in a city without a book store” was what best-selling author Ann Patchett recently said while she was on her book tour for her new novel, State of Wonder, and asked by Diane Rehm why she was going to open an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee.
Like Nashville, cities around the country have lost their only bookstores with the closing of hundreds of Borders locations and smaller mall bookstores. While ebooks have gained in popularity, independent booksellers can now claim the market for print books and ebooks, thanks to ABA’s partnership with Google. With markets wide open, there are more business opportunities this year than in the past three decades.
Retail bookselling is a unique business that demands attention to many different aspects of the start-up process and ongoing operations. Long-term sustainability requires that owners capitalize on a bricks-and-mortar store’s competitive advantages, understand how the industry works, and add be able to add the entrepreneurial energy and creativity. As is the case with any new career, training is a critical part of preparation – especially with a lower margin business like bookselling.
The workshop retreat Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials will take place September 12-16 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, FL). The week will include key topics including strategies for making a profit in retail bookselling, best practices for driving sales, achieving efficiencies with a computerized management system, creating a magical sense of place with store design and merchandising, buying and managing inventory, and much more.
Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Assocaition, the workshop is offered in spring and fall each year and is facilitated by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates. ABA members are eligible for up to a $200 discount on tuition. For details, visit www.PazBookBiz.com or call 800/260-8605.
Bookstores for sale in Roanoke, VA & Wilmington, NC
Roanoke, VA: As sole owners since 1964, we would like to retire. Our 4200 square foot shop is in a rejuvenated shopping center with an excellent mix of locally owned and nationally recognized stores and restaurants. With new businesses entering the center, we have seen increased revenues each of the last seven months. Besides books, we are known for our jigsaw puzzles and we were even voted the best place in the valley to buy greeting cards. Lease and square footage are negotiable, as is the selling price. Our highly capable manager has had over twenty years of book store experience, has an excellent rapport with the community, and would like to stay on.
Please contact John or Lolly Rosemond at (540)344-1237 or
Wilmington, NC: Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington's historic Cotton Exchange is currently for sale offering the possibility of a dream- come-true business that includes all inventory and fixtures necessary to continue sales without interruption. Owner needs more time to write and spend with grandchildren. An outstanding eclectic selection of books and gifts in a quaint, cozy, comfortable atmosphere with a very special expanded children's corner. Located within walking distance of downtown Convention Center, hotels and a beautiful riverfront just across the street. Priced for immediate sale to take advantage of busy tourist season. A bookstore has been in continuous operation in this location since 1974. Landlord offers reasonable rental terms for new tenant. Owner will assist with training and transition. For price and details contact Brooks Preik at 910-762-4444.
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Trade Show #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule
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