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He was known as Eli the Good, but he still had to Shiver when he saw The Secret World of Walter Anderson. “Scat!” he shooed the strange-looking cat, “A Good Mule is Hard to Find and there’s Hard Work to be done In The Sanctuary of Outcasts.”  It was The Most They Ever Had, but hey, You Can’t Drink All Day if You Don’t Start in the Morning. And Zeitoun always had A Quiet Belief in Angels to Help him resist that Devil’s Punchbowl. He was The Last Child to carry that Dead Weight down to the South of Broad, because The Lee Brothers might be Simple, Fresh Southern, but the Southern Farmer’s Market only made him dream more often of My New Orleans.

(Columbia, SC)—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 SIBA Book Awards. These are the books from last year that Southern Indie Booksellers especially loved, the ones they most enjoyed putting into the hands of their customers with the earnest words “You’ve got to read this.”

Nineteen titles were chosen by bookseller vote out of a nominee list of over 100 books, in the categories of Children’s/YA, Nonfiction, Fiction and Cooking. The finalists represent what Southern Indie Booksellers feel  to be the best in southern literature of the year. And let’s face it—they are the people who would know!

The SIBA Book Awards were created, not just to recognize great Southern books, but to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts.  As of this time, the SIBA Book Award remains one of the most far-reaching and high-profile awards for Southernliterature.

Finalists will be judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July during the week of Independence Day.  In September, in Daytona, FL, at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized during the popular Writers’ Block Auction which raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.

For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

2010 Finalists:


STARS - A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick

Children’s & Young Adults


Eli the Good by Silas House (Candlewick)STARS
Scat by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)
Secret World of Walter Ander son by Hester Bass (Candlewick)STARS Okra Pick!
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)STARS

Nonfiction

A Good Mule is Hard to Find by Kirk Neely (Hub City Writers Project)STARS
Hard Work by Roy Williams (Algonquin)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (Morrow)STARS
Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg (Macadam/Cage)
You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martins)
Zeitoun by David Eggers (McSweenys)

Fiction

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory (Overlook)
Dead Weight by Batt Humphreys (Joggling Board Press)STARS
Devil's Punchbowl by Greg  Iles (Scribner)
The Help by Katheryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
The Last Child by John Hart (Minotaur)
South of Broad by Pat Conroy (Nan Talese)

Cooking

The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee (Clarkson Potter)
Southern Farmer's Market Cookbook by Holly Herrick (Gibbs Smith)
My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh (Andrews McMeel)

facebookstwitterSIBA recognized several years ago that one of the best ways it could help its members would be to actively reach out to readers—their customers—and promote our stores to their book clubs, libraries,, writing groups, coffee klatches, stitch-n-bitch sessions, etc.  And to actively reach out to publishers, authors, industry media and literary groups and organizations to let them know where our stores are and what they do. That mission was the reason behind the development of Authors Round the South (ARTS) and the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service (STARS).  And it is the primary reason SIBA maintains an active and visible presence in the social networking sphere.

So what does SIBA do for stores through social networking?

  • We maintain both an industry-oriented (SIBA, Wanda Jewell) and consumer-oriented (ARTS, Lady Banks) presence in all the major social networking venues—Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, etc.
  • We tweet, retweet, follow, forward, friend and share literary news, events schedules and announcements. Everything posted to the ARTS calendar gets distributed to our fullest capacity.
  • We create, develop and maintain relationships with authors, publishers, and media  and forward information and news about our member stores to them.
  • We create, develop and maintains relationships with readers and people who love southern literature, and make sure they know about our member stores as a resource for great book recommendations.
  • We friend and follow all our members that we can find and pass along their news and announcements to our own collection of friends and followers.

If you aren’t doing so already, follow us at @SIndies and @ladybanks, or find us on Facebook (see the badges below).

And if we aren’t following you, then let us know! We currently track 50 Southern Indie Booksellers, but we know there are more of you than that! If you tweet and your store isn't listed in the box on the left, then we need to hear from you.

Also you should be following all your compatriots--you'll be amazed at all the good ideas you'll get. It's like a daily dose of creative inspiration!

SIBA


Authors Round the South


Nicki Leone
(aka "Lady Banks")



Don't miss out! Renew your dues today

SIBA Core Members have enjoyed a grace period through the end of this month. Please renew your dues today so as not to interrupt your SIBA services. Check this list of current members below for your store. If your store does not appear, please pay your $150 dues online here or download a dues form here and mail it in OR this year only, SIBA is offering its new Circle of Sites Banner Ad Program. If you participate, it will count as your dues payment but we need the code up by May 1. Here is a list of current core members who are participating in the Circle of Sites Banner Ad Program. So, pick one:

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Thanks to the following stores who have already renewed their membership!

Store

City

State

A Novel Experience

Zebulon

GA

A Reader's Corner Bookstore

Louisville

KY

Aiken Office Supply and Book Shop

Aiken

SC

Andrea's Bookstore

Palatka

FL

As the Page Turns

Greenville

SC

Auburn University Bookstore

Auburn University

AL

Author Squad

Huntersville

NC

B & L Books

Altamonte Springs

FL

Bay Books

Bay St. Louis

MS

Bay Street Trading Co

Beaufort

SC

Beauty and the Book

Jefferson

TX

Bienville Books

Mobile

AL

Blue Bicycle Books

Charleston

SC

Blue Elephant Book Shop

Decatur

GA

Book and Cranny

Statesboro

GA

Book Haven

Middlesboro

KY

Book Seller

Birmingham

AL

Book Swap of Carrollwood

Tampa

FL

Book Tavern

Augusta

GA

Book Worm Bookstore

Powder Springs

GA

Bookin' It!

Belmont

NC

Booklovers Bookstore

Aiken

SC

BookMark

Charlotte

NC

Books & Books Inc

Coral Gables

FL

Books Never-Ending

Rossville

GA

Books on Main

Newberry

SC

Books Unlimited

Franklin

NC

Bookstore, Inc.

Greenwood

SC

Bound to be Read

Atlanta

GA

Burry Bookstore

Hartsville

SC

By The Book

Palm Coast

FL

Capitol Book & News Co

Montgomery

AL

Chapter 2

Cashiers

NC

Chapters Bookshop

Galax

VA

City Lights Bookstore

Sylva

NC

Classic Bookshop

Palm Beach

FL

Corner Bookstore & Coffee Café

Winder

GA

Cypress Paperback Exchange

Fort Myers

FL

Deb's Bookstore

Cullman

AL

Dee Gee's Gifts & Books

Morehead City

NC

Diana's Bookstore

Elkin

NC

Dog Ear Books

Madison

GA

E. Shaver, Bookseller

Savannah

GA

Eagle Eye Book Shop

Atlanta

GA

Edisto Bookstore

Edisto Island

SC

Enterprise Books

DeWitt

AR

Family Book Shop

Deland

FL

Fiction Addiction

Greenville

SC

Fireside Books and Gifts

Forest City

NC

Flyleaf Books

Chapel Hill

NC

G.J. Ford Bookshop

St. Simons Island

GA

Hall Book Exchange

Gainesville

GA

Harborwalk Books

Georgetown

SC

Hooked On Books

Islamorada

FL

Horton's Books & Gifts

Carrollton

GA

Indigo Books

John's Island

SC

Inkwood Books

Tampa

FL

Island Bookstore - Duck

Duck

NC

Litchfield Books

Pawleys Island

SC

Literary BookPost

Salisbury

NC

Lorelei Books

Vicksburg

MS

Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe

Asheville

NC

McIntyre's Fine Books

Pittsboro

NC

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

Delray Beach

FL

Muse Book Shop

Deland

FL

Muses

Morganton

NC

My Sister's Books, Inc.

Pawleys Island

SC

Octavia Books

New Orleans

LA

Orchard House Booksellers

Smithfield

NC

Pablo's on Market

Athens

AL

Page & Palette

Fairhope

AL

Patrick Paperbacks

Satellite Beach

FL

Phillips & Lloyd

Hayesville

NC

Poor Richard's Booksellers

Easley

SC

Quarter Moon Bookstore

Topsail Beach

NC

Raven Bookstore

Homer

LA

Read it Again

Suwanee

GA

Retro Cinema & Books

Washington

GA

Scott's Bookstore

Newnan

GA

Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts

Ashland

VA

Spellbound Books & Gifts

Homestead

FL

Spellbound Children's Bookshop

Asheville

NC

Square Books

Oxford

MS

Sundial Books

Chicoteague Island

VA

Sunshine Booksellers

Marco Island

FL

Swift Books

Orangeburg

SC

That Bookstore in Blytheville

Blytheville

AR

The Fountainhead Bookstore

Hendersonville

NC

Turning Pages Books & More

Natchez

MS

Two Sisters Bookery

Wilmington

NC

Undercover Books & Gifts

Christiansted

VI

Wild Hare Books

Signal Mt.

TN

Wild Iris Books

Gainesville

FL

Words Bookstore

Hardy

AR

Yawn's Books & More

Canton

GA

The Ultimate Road Trip: An Ode to Garden and Gun and Southern Bookstores

By Kelly Justice, SIBA President, Fountain Bookstore Owner

I have this dream of the ultimate road trip. 

I'd start with a full tank of gas, my (mostly) trusty map application on my phone, and a couple of grand in cash to spend on books....and I'd head South.  This dream has been pretty vague until recently when I checked my mail slot and in it was the February/March issue of Garden and Gun. 

I have a black thumb, no interest in firearms or hunting dogs.  So, why do I have a subscription to G&G?  Simply put: G&G is one of the best sources of information on the culture of the New South.  It's smart.  It doesn't pander.  It is full of articles on everything Southern in food, music, literature and lifestyle. 

In this month's issue is a great essay about parenting compared to gun dog training ("Fetch Daddy a Drink") by P.J. O'Rourke, a feature on oyster eating around the South, a piece on Jill McCorkle.  But most importantly: the guidebook for my road trip.

"Best Sellers: A Literary Tour of the South's Top Independent Bookshops" by Beth Ann Fennelly highlights fourteen stores, many of whom are the inspiration of what I hope I can achieve with The Fountain one day.  (Yep, I'm a dreamer.)  Let's start with the ones I've already visited.

Malaprops in Asheville, NC

Emoke B'racz was one of my early role models as a bookseller.  A clearly defined personality for your bookstore is a difficult thing to develop.  Malaprops' selection of books, attitude of its staff, layout, everything speaks to the mission of being Asheville's community bookstore.  Linda Barrett Knopp has a great deal to do with its success as well.

Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL

Mitchell Kaplan and his crew shine almost as much as the floors in this bright, inviting store.  When I visited, my ego demanded that I find at least one indication of imperfection so that I didn't have to come back to Richmond and close immediately due to shame.  I did eventually find one light bulb out, but it took an hour and it probably went out seconds before I noticed it.  Still, it was enough that I could come home, keep the doors open and start dreaming about my very own wine bar in my store.

Now to the stops I need to make.

Square Books in Oxford, MS

Manager Lyn Roberts and I have been known to bend an elbow from time to time.  And the stories touring authors tell me about the hospitality of owner Richard Howorth demand I make time to go to Oxford.  Purely on the basis of meeting these two booksellers I know that a trip to Square Books would make me feel like I'd found a second home. 

Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL

Raw energy and passion is what I'll find at Page & Palatte!  Karin Wilson owns this family operation.  I imagine a bookstore filled with electric excitement about books and reading.  Must make time to attend an event....they sound like block parties.

That Bookstore in Blytheville in Blytheville, AR

Mary Gay Shipley has been a bookseller to watch before anyone was watching booksellers.  I have to see a store owned by a woman that is described in G&G as the world's best handseller...enough so that she was featured in a profile in the New Yorker. 

Book People in Austin, TX

I just want to sit in the barber's chair and read away the afternoon.  Fountain is about 1/30th of the size of Book People.  I'm not sure how owner Steve Bercu does it.  Here's to hoping he can spare me a few minutes to recommend some great music venues while I'm there.

Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL

I've been threatening to couch surf at Jake Reiss's house for years.  Alabama Booksmith has one of the most robust events calendars in the nation.  I think it mainly has to do with so many authors just wanting to visit Jake.

What's keeping me from hitting the road and visiting these fine shops and Lemuria, Regulator Bookshop, A Capella Books and so many other worthy candidates not mentioned in the article?  Well, two things:

1. Age has visited upon me an unfortunate condition: narcolepsy brought upon by long-distance driving.  No joke.  So, for everyone's safety, I'll need a driver. 

2. Finding someone to take care of Fountain while I'm gone.  Applicants for the position should demonstrate a unwavering devotion to the caregiving of a community bookstore equivalent to my colleagues listed above.  I don't expect I'll find this person as they are rare indeed.  But one can dream.

Thank you to Garden and Gun for sharing with the world a few of our Southern jewels. 

Kelly Justice, President
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 

The Fountain Bookstore, Inc.
www.fountainbookstore.com
Historic Shockoe Slip
1312 E. Cary St.
Richmond VA 23219
804-788-1594

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

Table of Contents

2010 SIBA Trade Show

Spring Book Show 

2010 SIBA Book Award Nominees 

 SIBA as Publisher?

Lady Banks'
Pick of the Week

Savings from SIBA

Document Library Highlights

Call for Authors: Trade Show 2010

Web Tool of the Month


Mark Your Calendar!

Spring Book Show
Mar. 26-28


SIBA Trade Show
Sept. 24-26
Daytona, FL



Coming Up on Circle of Sites

Love in Mid Air
Love in Mid Air
(Hachette)

Tales from the 5th Street Gym
Tales from the 5th Street Gym
(University Press of Florida)

Yes My Darling Daughter
Yes, My Darling Daughter
(Picador)

Girl Who Chased the Moon
Girl Who Chased the Moon
(Bantam)

 

March 2010

#SIBA10 is the Twitter hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show in Daytona!

2010 SIBA Trade Show registration now open! Invite your favorite vendors to the show.  Email them the paragraph below, and let them know how much you’d like to see them in Daytona in September.  Together, we’ll grow a great show!

It’s your lucky day! March is home to St. Patrick’s Day, and the luck of the Irish is with you if you can reserve your booth and register for the SIBA Trade Show online and this month only. SIBA is launching www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com where all things trade show (including an online, virtual component) will be gathered. Exhibitors who register & purchase booth(s) online only and in the month of March will receive a free ad at our new site April 1 through the end of 2010 valued at $500. Specs will be sent once you complete your registration & booth reservations. Learn more at http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com


More Luck coming your way. Attend the Spring Book Show in Atlanta – March 26 – 28.

Arrive early by Thursday evening and join us for the Southern Wing & A Prayer Tour with River Jordan and Shellie Tomlinson.  Friday morning, hear from presenter Stephanie Frost on Marketing Tips Unmasked for the Small Business followed by SIBA’s new Consultation Station – this is one half hour one-on-ones with SIBA Board Members and Staff on any topic you desire.  We can help find the answer if we don’t have the answer.  Hit the exhibits on Friday afternoon and learn more on Saturday morning from the American Booksellers Association at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.  And then more bargain shopping in the Spring Book Show exhibits. Learn more at www.springbookshow.com


2010 SIBA Book Award Long Ballot has been mailed…here are the contenders:

SIBA will host the second annual Writers Block Auction in Daytona, Florida, and these are the writers we hope to have in attendance.  We have had to collapse the Children & Young Adult titles into a single category for this year and the nominated poetry titles have been placed in Non-Fiction or Children/YA.  So even though we will not be giving these in 2010, we will leave the categories available for nominations going forward.  Either way, it is a great list.  Core members will soon receive their long ballot in the mail (one per store) and are asked to mail it back before the deadline. http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/166-2010-siba-book-award-long-list-announced


SIBA as Publisher – Opportunities for bookstores to sell unique content

SIBA has published the Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book.  This is a great combo for readers and puzzlers and collects ten years of SIBA Book Award Winners in one place.  The attractive price point of $9.95 and 50% discount to SIBA Bookstores only makes it an attractive title to have at point of sale.  Hear author Reeden Wright discuss her journey with the book at the South Carolina Book Festival.  Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5, SRP $9.95

We are neck and neck with the Northern California Booksellers Association to be the next region to qualify to get our own regional reader.  But we need your stories. See more details and mock cover.


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks’ Pick of the Week to Encourage Consumers to Buy the Circle of Sites Banner Ad Titles

SIBA is encouraged both by the number of indie bookstores that are participating in the Circle of Sites Program and the publishers that are stepping forward and buying ads and SIBA wants to do everything to ensure the success of this program.  So besides offering free dues to core members, creative, affordable pricing, and placement on the AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com (ARTS) website, we have added a new component that makes this information more tweetable.  Going forward, the Circle of Sites ad is on every page of ARTS, and is designated as the Lady Banks’ Pick of the Week with a link to Free Book Stimulus Plan where consumers are encourage to buy the book and send the receipt in for a free book, and they are driven to a list of stores that are participating in the Circle of Sites Program to purchase the book.  Learn more at  http://www.sibaweb.com/for-publishers/circle-of-sites


More Luck and More Bucks: Savings from SIBA

Place Banner Ad Code on your website AND Get you 2010 SIBA Core Member Dues Waived!
read more!

Collect Your Co-op AND Get Your 2011 SIBA Core Member Dues Paid!
read more!

CloudProfile offers SIBA member discount AND gets your news out on the web! 
read more!


SIBA Document Library Highlights Southern Indie Bestseller Lists

The SIBA Document Library is a great tool and provides content on tons of topics and the SIBA Bestseller Lists is one of them.  Set aside some time to take a look at some of this great info and tour the document library to find a time-saver.  Here’s on to print & post in store or on line & sell more books. Get the bestseller lists from the document library


Call for Authors for SIBA Trade Show 2010, Daytona, Florida – Sep. 24-26

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance invites exhibiting publishers to submit authors in consideration for special events to be held on Friday through Sunday, September 24-26, 2010. These programs will be held at the SIBA Trade Show in Daytona, FL. It is imperative that you have registered to exhibit at the SIBA Trade Show before authors can be considered.   Exhibit registration will open on March 1, 2010. 

More information here


Web Tool of the Month – http://everystockphoto.com/ searching free photos

Whether maintaining a website, distributing an email newsletter, writing a blog or twittering, pictures are worth…, well, you know.  And everystockphoto has searchable photos that are free to use.  You can have an account at everystockphoto, but it is not necessary for searching and using free pics…I had written a post about scary sites and searched “scary” after I had named the post – Short & Sweet & Scary – and loved the photo I found.  It was exactly short, at one-time sweet, and very scary!  I needed a paper clip, searched paper clip, and found the perfect paperclip -.  Need pictures of books?

SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2010: Daytona, FL, The Plazas; Sept. 24-26

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