News

Deadline is September 1, 2011

 

Frontline booksellers are our biggest asset. They are the face of the store to the customers, greeting booklovers, handselling their favorites, setting the tone, and seeing more than can be imagined.

Highly regarded booksellers often share that attending the SIBA tradeshow as young frontline booksellers changed their lives. For the first time they saw it as a profession, filled with sharing and caring colleagues.  They brought back to their stores so much information, enthusiasm, and book suggestions. Others have said that being allowed to attend the SIBA tradeshow reinforces their value to the store and gives them the incentive to increase their efforts to make the store better and profitable.  While some say "it's in the payroll" when it comes to expenses, isn't it better to think about the people on the payroll as a valuable asset that must be cultivated, educated and inspired.

So, sign up your frontline booksellers to attend the SIBA tradeshow, either with you or in your stead.  To apply for the Janet Bollum Scholarship, core member bookstore owners must submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the name & email of a frontline bookseller that they would like to receive this scholarship, which is a free packet of all the event tickets at the Conference plus two hotel room nights over the dates of the SIBA Trade Show (valued at over $400).  The deadline is September 1, 2011.

We want to thank past SIBA Board Member Janet Bollum of Muse Books for her service to SIBA with this Frontline Bookseller Scholarship.

Publishers - don't you want to see more frontline booksellers who are the ones who handsell your books?  Donations for more scholarships are welcome, so contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Booklovers Bookstore is proud to announce a new addition to our staff, Pat Wood, our School Liaison.

Having just retired with 32 years experience as a School Librarian / Media Specialist, Pat is very knowledgeable in what Children and Young Adults enjoy reading. Pat's work experience encompasses 13 years, respectively, at Schofield and North Augusta Middle Schools. During the summer months, Pat was acting librarian for the Aiken County Summer School Program. In her years of employment as a Media Specialist with the Aiken County School District, Pat has become familiar with the needs of both the teachers and students in relation to the schools'
expectations as well as the SC State Standards. As the School Liaison for Booklovers', Pat 's goal is to work with school personnel in providing assistance in the selection of reading materials to correlate with State and now, National Core Standards.

For more information call Pat Wood or Fran Bush at Booklovers Bookstore, 803-643-3198.

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{#SIBA11 Trade Show, Holiday Catalog, Club Read, & GABBS}

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

July, 2011

In This Issue

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The Orchard
The Orchard
(St. Martins)

Iron House
Iron House
(St. Martins)

The Reservoir
The Reservoir
(Other Press)

Folly Beach
Folly Beach
(William Morrow)

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
(St. Martins)

Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)

 

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What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? The best books of last year. A few great galleys and possibly the best books of the summer. A look ahead at the best books for the fall. A Book Wedding. A Club Read Book Vacation. Bargain Books. Workshops for new bookstore owners. Bookstores for sale for people who want to be new bookstore owners.


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.  

  • MockingbirdChildren’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
    Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC


  • Southern My WayCooking 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


  • Burning Bright: StoriesFiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
    Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC




  • The Blueberry YearsNonfiction 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


  • House of BranchesPoetry 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


  • CountdownYoung Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
    Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

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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! 


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SIBA Holiday Catalog Info

Holiday Catalog 2011Do 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. 

Deadlines:
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

Bookstore Catalog Order Form

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

“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 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

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.

Register here!


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

Register online for the SIBA Trade Show – click here
Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


 

#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

Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


Club Read

CLUB+READ=$100
per Ticket, per Store!

Are you selling tickets?

Sign the commitment letter and let your customers know!

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.

See the complete table of contents



Summer Okra Picks

Time to Pick a Peck of Fall Okra Picks - Deadline for Submission is Sept. 1

Submit your Okra Pick here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

SIBA announced the 2011 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks. http://www.sibaweb.com/okra


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
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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.

What Booksellers are Saying about  Remainder Shows

“I never miss the Spring Book Show in Atlanta because I need lots of great book bargains. There are 80+ vendors in one big room so I can shop and compare. I can thumb through the books I am considering ordering instead of looking at an image online or in a catalog. I can talk to and make deals with remainder dealers who would rarely visit my store, including dealers from Great Britain. I enjoy the show because it is very well run and organized. I can participate in the educational sessions provided by SIBA and Larry May’s Spring Book Show people. I get to see some of my fellow bookstore owner/operators.” -- Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Books, Atlanta, GA

“This is a no-brainer for us -- we've had great success with selling discount books.  We've been going to the Spring Book Show every year since we opened our store because it's a great opportunity to shop all the remainder and bargain book dealers in one place.  We haven't always had good luck ordering titles from a catalog, and I like being at the show so I can pick up a book and really look at it to decide if it's something my customers will get excited about. 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

“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?  Do you need to expand your religious section?   Would you like to enhance your civil war, local interest, or children's section? If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to attend GABB's August 10th and 11th at the Hynes convention Center in Boston. My answer to all of the above is yes.  See you there.” -- Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, DeLand, Florida

"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

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!

(Columbia, SC) 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

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That's how Caitlin's older brother, Devon, always explained it. But now Devon's dead. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.

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

Just because it tastes great, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated! Southern My Way is a cookbook filled with recipes that reflect author Gena Knox's upbringing in southern Georgia where farming shaped both culture and community. Today, Knox is passionate about sharing her modern take on Southern specialties. Southern My Way takes home cooks on a journey through both the South in which Gena grew up and the South she knows today, while encouraging readers to keep local foodways and farming traditions alive. Knox shares her realization that preparing tasty and healthy meals is amazingly uncomplicated when using fresh ingredients, arming home cooks with a collection of standbys that are easy enough for everyday cooking, from toasted pecan goat cheese with Tupelo honey, to summer gazpacho, to gingersnap ice cream sandwiches. 

Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC

Rash is no stranger to Southern booksellers but he might be the best kept secret in the South. He has won the SIBA Book Award in the past for both Serena (2009) and Saints at the River (2005). But Burning Bright has the distinction of being the first collection of short stories to win the SIBA Book Award in the Fiction category. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Burning Bright captures the complexities of Appalachia--a rugged, brutal landscape of exceptional beauty, promise, and suffering that serves as New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash's muse. Spanning from the Civil War to the present day, Rash's historical and modern settings are sewn together in a haunting patchwork of suspense and myth, populated by raw and unforgettable characters mined from the landscape.

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

The Blueberry Years is a mouthwatering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick's experiences as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple, one farm, and one thousand bushes transports readers so that they experience the joys and frustrations of creating and operating one of the mid-Atlantic's first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms. Written by a farmer who also is a poet, The Blueberry Years follows in the vein of The Omnivore's Dilemma or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, where lyrical writing captures a well-told story about food, family, and the choices we make with every bite"

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

Janisse Ray is another one of the South’s best-kept-secrets, although she’s no secret to southern booksellers, who chose her debut memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood as a SIBA Book Award Winner in nonfiction in 2000. Their enthusiasm has not dimmed and this year Ray returns as a winner again in 2011 for her first full book of poetry, A House of Branches, poems informed by the author's long-standing interest in the wilderness and nature.

Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)

Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, D.C., during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

The Winners!

  • Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
  • Cooking Winner: Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
  • Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
  • Nonfiction Winner:  The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
  • Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

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