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Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks: a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018

ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2            Talking Local First in Your Community
A presentation and discussion on how to talk to your customers and others in your community to raise awareness of the impact of online and big box purchasing on the local economy.   Learn simple ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive discussion on the benefits of buying local; and the true impact of Amazon's growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self Reliance as well as others, we'll share talking points, data points and proven practices that are simple and inexpensive to implement and which will help you educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses.

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Read This Next

Read This! Next List

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers in every indie store across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: the Read This! Next List: Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read This! Next complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! flyer | Download the Read This! Next List poster

 

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba: A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

REGISTER HERE

 

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)


EUREKA Talk topics include: 

The Strange Kindness of Booksellers / Brian Lampkin of Scuppernong Books
The Dance with the Devil: Adversity and Creativity / Radney Foster, song-writer & author
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers / BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Little Bookstore: Big Mouth / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore
The Beauty and the Badass: Origins of the Hero-Princess Archetype / Geanna Culbertson, author
A Self-Published Author Walks Into Your Store . . . What Do You Do? / Gordon McClellan, DartFrog
Be-Do-Have = Do More! Goal setting for lifestyle change / Eddie Heinzelman, musician

Schedule of Events:

(Breakfast is included for everyone staying at the Embassy Suites)
9-Noon EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
9-4:45 Galley Room Open
Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:45-4:45 EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
6-7 Author Reception & Happy Hour
7-9 Dinner

Fees:

SIBA Core Member Booksellers: $39 each
Industry Members: $99 each
Non-Members: $200 each

Hotel Info:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport * 4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779

Deadline for hotel reservations is Jan. 29th.
Rate is $149 includes full hot buffet breakfast, and evening reception, plus free wifi in guest room 
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and self-parking day use price of $12 or overnight of $16 per vehicle.  

Okra PicksThe 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers – who have chosen these dozen and a half – books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!" 

The Road to BittersweetThe Road to BittersweetRobicheauxDaily Writing Resistance 

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709493 | 15.95 | January 2018

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster 9781501176845 27.99 January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Uner a Cloudless SkyFire SermonThe AfterlivesThe Problim Children

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of FateAn American MarriageThe PromiseWhiskey & Ribbons

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in ChocolateDaisy Cakes BakesThe HushThe Past Is Never

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl MountainI Was Anastsia

Gods of Howl Mountain
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra