Believing that nothing is so valuable to a small business owner than the opportunity to confer face to face with their colleagues in the industry, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) quietly launched a new scholarship program for booksellers in conjunction with this years’ trade show in New Orleans, inviting exhibitors to donate to the SIBA Scholarship Fund when they register for the show. But the fund got a surprising, much-needed, and even more-appreciated five-figure infusion from The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.
Written by Reba White Williams, Restrike is the first in a new mystery series featuring Southern cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene. Dave Williams is the author of Small Victories, which recounts his and Reba’s forty years of fine art print collecting. Restrike is set in this part of the art world, the title of the novel coming from the term for an art print made after than the first edition, often after the death of the artist, and usually of inferior quality.
Dave and Reba Williams are the founders and sponsors of the annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, which has just completed its sixth year, awarding the 2012 prize to Terry Roberts for his A Short Time to Stay Here, published by Ingalls Publishing Group of Banner Elk, North Carolina., and see SIBA’s Scholarship Fund is the best way to help ensure a strong “next generation” of booksellers.
The SIBA Scholarship Fund has also received generous donations from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and Quercus. SIBA is including in this fund the Kelly Justice Frontline Bookseller Scholarship, which allows for a store owner to nominate a frontline bookseller to attend the show on SIBA’s dime.