Circle of Sites
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company)
(David C. Cook)
Beach House Memories
The Secrets of Mary Bowser
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
What Academy Award Winning Writer will appear at #SIBA12? And the OSCAR goes to…
For his delightful film – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and the author of The Guardians of Childhood a luminous new series for children of all ages! “Of course you know the guardians. You’ve known them since before you can remember…”
William and all of us at SIBA are hoping you will be there, too. Sign up to attend #SIBA12 today!
Register here: [link]
SIBA is looking for bookstore hosts for the Summer Series of Bookseller Revivals!
Would you like your store to host a Bookseller Revival this summer?
SIBA Directors will each be hosting a revival this summer. These are day-long gatherings directed at booksellers within a two hour drive of the host store. Leave home at 8am, revivals begin at 10am, include education, lunch, author meet & greet, and an opportunity to share your vision for SIBA’s future, and end at 3pm, putting you back home around 5pm. So we currently are scheduling Bookseller Revivals in Richmond, Chapel Hill, Atlanta, Greenville, SC, and New Orleans. Please email
if you are interested in serving as a Revival Host Bookstore to get the details!
Lady Banks Gets a New Pair of Shoes!
Both the newsletter and bookshelf have been updated.
The Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter is now a weekly email newsletter that includes the SIBA Bestseller list, our new Special to the Southern List, Events from Authors ‘Round the South, One Great Bookstore, where we feature a core member, and in the case where that member sells books online, we connect all of the book jackets in the Lady Banks newsletter for that week to that store. In that way we should be able to feature every store every two years and we hope you experience a Lady Banks bump!
We have also pumped up Lady Banks Bookshelf! Lady Banks Bookshelf has been in place for several years now but it is getting spruced up via our Authors Round the South Facebook page. SIBA has diligently increased its presence on Facebook via marketing and advertising to the point where there are over 5000 fans and an influence reach of over 2 million. The income from this re-launched Lady Banks Bookshelf will be used to extend the reach of ARTS to more and more readers. So be sure and participate in All Things ARTS as that is where Lady Banks looks for content and promotes you to readers on Facebook.
- Posting events at Authors ‘Round the South (ARTS). ARTS is promoted directly to both consumers and the industry as the place to find bookstores in the south. When looking where to send authors or where to hear a writer and buy a signed book, this website is the only one of its kind that directs folks to indie bookstores and their events in the south.
- Find a Bookstore! One hundred forty writers have posted a Find an Indie Bookstore badge above the fold on their website home page. We are spreading the message across the internet and we want you on the list!
- The SIBA Holiday Catalog is a value-rich benefit of SIBA membership. This full color gift catalog imprinted with your store logo and information that can be distributed to your customers and inserted into your hometown newspapers is absolutely free to SIBA Core Members in any quantity.
- Participate in the Free Book Stimulus Plan. SIBA has shipped hundreds of books to SIBA Indie bookstore customers in the south. Don’t let your store fall of the list. Customers are looking for you.
These Books will be in your Holiday Catalog!
2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced
The judges on the Pulitzer committee may have been unable to make up their minds, but we don't think that will be a problem here in SIBA territory--announcing the 2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists!
Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (HarperCollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell)
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)
Basic to Brilliant Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Well, Shut My Mouth by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)
The Beach Trees by Karen White (New American Library)
The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius (University of Georgia Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley (Razorbill)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)
This is a marketing opportunity to help you sell more new books. Stock these. Do a display. Watch them fly out the door like in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Holiday Catalog Results Realized
New single cover choice promoting books as gifts for any season
50+ SIBA stores participated in the Holiday Catalog Survey. SIBA appreciates the input. These stores plan to distribute more than 400,000 catalogs this year. When asked, “What do you wish was different about the holiday catalog?” booksellers provided a wide variety of good ideas and SIBA wants to update you on the changes that have come about as a result of the survey results!
- FREE imprinting area INCREASED to 4 inches on the back cover and 3 ½ on the front
- Continue to include ISBNs
- Add "Coming in November" or "Pub date January" for any titles publishing after October
- Include Bookseller Picks, but we need to hear from you – Booksellers: Suggest a Book!
- SIBA Book Awards will include alternate editions (paperback, e-book) when available
- New single cover choice promoting books as gifts for any season
Booksellers, let your groups know!
new organization pages at ReaderMeetWriter.com
As part of the expansion of the ARTS website and bookstore event calendar, SIBA is now opening up listings for literary arts organizations, libraries, schools, and other groups with a connection to the literary community in their area. As we expand this feature, organizations will be able to connect with SIBA stores, post information about their programming needs and list calls for volunteers.
In order to be listed, an organization must either be a member of SIBA, or be invited to be listed by a SIBA Bookseller or STARS author.
Booksellers: If there are literary groups in your area you think would be a good fit for the program, you can email SIBA their links and/or contact information:
Your next batch of Okra Pick Cards will be shipped the week of May 1!
Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one! Your next batch of Okra Pick Cards will be shipped the week of May 1!
The Summer Okra Picks List!
15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
William Morrow, July 2012
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
William Morrow, April 2012
Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, May 2012
The Cove by Ron Rash
Ecco, April 2012
Desert Rose by Edythe Scott Bagley
University of Alabama Press, May 2012
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
Minotaur, May 2012
Hell or High Water by Joy Castro
Thomas Dunne Books, July 2012
The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home by Jim Harrison
University of South Carolina Press, April 2012
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, May 2012
Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2012
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
St. Martins Press, July 2012
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Dial Books, May 2012
A Free Trip to #SIBA12 AND $150 in Co-op? How’s that?
It’s time to pick the next batch of Okra Picks! We are committed to the Okra Picks and want to assist you in selling these books. We have in place the Okra Picks Display Contest, the Okra Picks Co/Op Program, and the Okra Pick Cards. Be sure you are displaying the pick cards in the vertical display plastic beside your cash register. Take a photo of the display and email it to
Information about Okra Picks, along with marketing materials, guidelines, and nomination forms, can be found here:
by Emöke B'Racz
Malaprops Book Store & Cafe, Asheville, NC
Growing up Calvinist under communism taught me many things. Not all bad, either. I was always aware that we, human beings, need to be able to put other’s needs before our own at times. Frugality was not a sin, it was a requirement. Common sense and being able to create as we needed from what we had became a high art among us. We had no Joneses to keep up with; we were happy to be alive (after WWII, Recsk and “56 in Hungary) and have a garden, books, poetry, and each other.
It was a loving grandparent-filled childhood.
I had been lucky to be born into a family that was poised to educate the children.
Day after day Grandma kept us reading and studying.
That teaching from her remained with me
hence the ability to create run enjoy and maintain
cultural center for a town that
did not promise a rose garden at first
but I must say the mountains,
and the affordability of the rent in 1982
made Asheville the place to become who we are today.
I have said many clever things to many interviewers
but the truth is I have been grateful and
blessed by the readers and writers who seem
to understand or feel the importance or the need
to make available a diverse literature
in any town anywhere USA.
I have held that philosophy and
realized that happiness and success
are really the same for me.
Success of the bookstores really comes
from the laughter and enjoyment
we experience every day in the store.
It is just enough for this person to go on
The writers and poets have been most generous
with their gift of words through the 30 years
they have been there
“every little thing is everything”
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 #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection
Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
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