The SIBA Trade Show | September 19-21 | Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
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2014 SIBA Discovery Show

Trade Show

Your membership gives you entrance each fall to a trade show floor alive with books - over 300 tables manned by sales representatives who work in your part of the country and who are familiar with both the rewards and the difficulties of selling books in the Southeast. You will be associating with nearly six hundred booksellers who enjoy the intimacy of a regional association where it is easy to discuss what works for them in bookselling and eager to learn what works for you.

The trade show schedule is packed with workshops and panels. You will meet many authors signing their books, speaking, or giving readings from their newly published books.The trade show is southern in its friendliness, social gatherings, and intimacy encouraging many informal exchanges of ideas.

2014 Schedule

From Trade Show to Trade Show: A Bookseller's Perspective

(schedule is subject to change as are all things)

Green and Red indicate Holiday Catalog Titles

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone at the #SIBA14 Fall in Love Discovery Show in Norfolk, VA. Please note that only confirmed authors are listed here and we will be updating this schedule as authors confirm. See all of the authors here as well.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday



7:30 – 8: 15 – Industry Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and attend the membership meeting of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.  SIBA Annual Meeting -The Agenda: Minutes, Installation of Director, State of SIBA Address, Open Discussion, Adjournment

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM - SIBA Registration Open

Gratitude to Education Sponsor Penguin Random House.

8:20 – 8:50 – SHE READS Connects with SIBA & READERS
Readers, authors and booksellers are the trifecta of the publishing industry. Join authors Mary Beth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon to find out about how She Reads plans to bring all three together, and to give your input on how to maximize this resource in your store. We will also be discussing big plans for next year's SIBA and how you-- and your customers-- can be involved.

8:20 – 8:50 – Let's Talk INDIE Bookstore Day - May 2, 2015
NCIBA's Executive Director Hut Landon will present the details of California Bookstore Day and how we here at SIBA can move forward hand in hand with their expertise assistance and join in this game changing event where stores and publishers and authors work together to raise awareness in each store's community.  Join us to learn more.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Exhibitor Set Up Open

9 – 9:50 – Let's Gabb about GABBS!
Join Moderator and GABBS Founder Larry May and veteran booksellers to talk about the gift buying, the book buying, the education and the networking.  This show should be on every serious booksellers calendar to prepare for the second quarter.

9 – 9:50 – Nuts and Bolts of Bookstore Finance
Join SIBA board members Jill Hendrix & Jamie Fiocco as they discuss the ways to increase the profitability of independent bookstores.    This session will feature relevant data from ABA’s ABACUS financial survey and will include discussion on such crucial benchmarks as turns and inventory, occupancy, payroll and compensation, and margin, as well as some best practices on valuing your business.   Come with your questions and leave with important data that will help you move forward in your financial planning. 

9 – 9:50 – Converting Women’s Fiction Readers to Romance
Smart indie booksellers are realizing that there is an emerging market for genre fiction. As the big chains contract, avid readers and collectors are turning to the Indies to feed their passion for romance, but it can be confusing deciding how to fill a section and make selections to meet this burgeoning demand. Panel Master Sarah MacLean, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover, will be joined by Morrow/Avon author and former Naval Intelligence Officer, Cathy Maxwell, The Groom Says Yes, and  regional booksellers: Tom Warner from Litchfield Books in Pawley’s Island, SC and Kelly Justice from Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, as they talk about our enduring romance with this category, how talented voices continue to evolve the genre, and discuss the process of converting women’s fiction readers to Romance.

Learn how to make genre sales work for you via creative curation with tips and tactics from this knowledgeable and innovative panel, featuring a savvy mix of publishers, passionate romance booksellers and a most popular, multi-talented and acclaimed Southern romance authors.  

10 – 10:50 – Best Marketing Practices with Social Networks, Websites & Newsletters
Join Books & Whatnot marketer Beth Golay, SIBA's own Lady Banks, Nicki Leone, and Julie Isgrigg, Baker & Taylor Manager, Inside Sales and Merchandising, and learn how to best manage your online efforts and bring them in-store.

10 – 10:50 – Get Off the Sidelines and in to Sidelines with Page & Palette's Karin Wilson

10 – 10:50 – Maximizing the Benefit of Indies First Small Business Saturday
With the success of the 2013 Indies First Campaign, Small Business Saturday has grown to become a celebration of all things indie.  Looking forward to Small Business Saturday 2014, how can you make this day a win-win for customers, authors, and you?  Join this discussion of how best to leverage the retail power of this event and hear organizational tips and program suggestions that you can adapt and implement in your store.

11 – 11:55 – Real People Authors Panel
Yamma Brown, Cold Sweat; My Father James Brown and Me (Chicago Review Press)
F. Martin Harmon, Charles "Lefty" Driesell: A Basketball Legend (Mercer University Press)

11 - 11:55 - Distaff: of, or concerning Women Authors Panel
Kathy & Becky Hepinstall, The Sisters of Shiloh (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Wendy Wax,The House on Mermaid Point (Berkley Trade)
Lisa Wingate, The Story Keeper (Tyndale House)

11 - 11:55 - Places Long Ago & Far Away Authors Panel
Tosca Lee, The Legend of Sheba (Howard Books)
Bruce Holsinger, A Burnable Book & The Invention of Fire (Morrow)

11 - 11:55 - Tower of the Five Writers Authors Panel
Moderator: Deron Hicks, Tower of the Five Orders (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Nancy J. Cavanaugh, Always, Abigail (Sourcebooks)
Rachel Vail, Unfriended (Viking)

12 Noon – 2 PM Kick Off Lunch
S. C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell (Scribner)
Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds (Simon Pulse)
Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination (Viking)
(Cost is $35)

2:00 – 2:55 – SignAround
Meet & greet and pick up signed copies of the author panelists.

3:00 – 3:50 – Schizo Night Sky In Deep Before You Authors Panel
Amber Hart, Before You (KTeen)
Nic Sheff, Schizo (Philomel)
Terra McVoy, In Deep (Simon & Schuster)

3 - 3:50 - Game of Books Authors Panel
Lex Thomas, Quarantine Book #3: The Burnouts (Egmont)

3 - 3:50 - Major Motion Pictures Authors Panel
John Wiley, Jr., The Scarlet Letters (Taylor Trade Publishing)
Kelly Fiore, Just Like the Movies (Bloomsbury)

3 - 3:50 - World Records, 'stakes, and stick Authors Panel

Matt Ward, War of the World Records (Razorbill)

4 – 4:50 – Not Just Your Granddaddy's Westerns Authors Panel
Moderator: Cowboy "Mike" Michael Searles, All the Happiness You Deserve (Texas A&M University Press)
Sherry Monahan, Frontier Fare: Recipes and Lore from the Old West (Globe Pequot Press)
Johnny Boggs, Mojave (Pinnacle)
Chris Enss, The Death Row All Stars: A Story of Baseball, Corruption and Murder
Sponsored by the Western Writers of America

4 - 4:50 - War Times Authors Panel
Olivia deBelle Byrd, Save My Place (Mercer University Press)
Allegra Jordan, The End of Innocence (Sourcebooks)
Laird Hunt, Neverhome (Little Brown)
Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty Fives (Bloomsbury)

4 - 4:50 - Love & Loss Authors Panel
David Bell, The Forgotten Girl (NAL Trade Paperback)
Glenda Bailey-Mershon, Eve's Garden (Twisted Road Publications)

4 - 4:50 -  Meet Louise, Elliott & Pout Pout Panel
Kelly Light, Louise Loves Art (Balzer + Bray)
Mike Curato, Little Elliott, Big City (Henry Holt)
Dan Hanna, Pout Pout Fish Goes to School (Margaret Ferguson Books)

5:00 – 6:00 PM – Rep Picks
Many thanks to our Rep Picks Bag Sponsor Penguin.

6:00 – 7:00 PM – The First 180 Days
Meet & greet the writers with new books landing in the first half of 2015!

Thomas Pierce, The Hall of Small Mammals (Riverhead)
Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister (Ballantine)
Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost (St. Martin's Press)
Jessica Khoury, Kalahari (Razorbill)
M. O. Walsh, My Sunshine Away (Amy Einhorn Books)
Colleen Oakley, Before I Go (Gallery Books)
Jamie Kornegay, Soil (Simon & Schuster)
Rebecca Scherm, Unbecoming (Viking)
Leigh Ann Henion, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World (Penguin)
T. Greenwood, The Forever Bridge (Kensington Books)
David Joy, Where All Light Tends to Go (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Scott Blackwood, See How Small (Little Brown)
Tim Johnston, Descent (Algonquin Books)
Christopher Scotton, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth (Grand Central)
Ash Parsons, Still Waters (Philomel)
Gayle Forman, I Was Here (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Karen Bao, Dove Arising (Viking)

7:00 – 9:00 PM - SIBA Supper
Sean Brock, Heritage (Artisan)
Steve Berry, The Patriot Threat (Minotaur Books) 

(Cost is $45)

9:30 - 10:30 PM - Wake for Matt Bibb
Join Frazer Dobson, Jamie Fiocco, Matt's mom- Ann Bibb Ruble, and all of Matt's SIBA Friends and let's celebrate the life of a wonderful guy!

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7:30 – 9:00 AM – A Taste of the Town Breakfast
from Morrow -
Charles Todd, Fine Summer's Day
Geronimo T. Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville
from HarperCollins -
Karen Abbott, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy
Katy Simpson Smith, The Story of Land and Sea
(Cost is $15)
Gratitude to Premiere Sponsor HarperCollins

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM - SIBA Registration Open

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM - Exhibits Open

“Ingram Booksellers Center” Open
Gratitude to Inkreadible Sponsor Ingram Content Group

9:30 - 10 Indie Bookstore Day Discussion Group

10 AM – 4 PM - Bookseller Shipping Center

1:00 – 2:30 PM – Thanksgiving for James Patterson Lunch
(Cost is $35)

2:30 – 5:30 PM - Exhibits Open

“Ingram Booksellers Center” Open
Gratitude to Inkreadible Sponsor Ingram Content Group

5:30 PM – Trade Show Floor Closes until Sunday at 9 AM

5:30 – 7 PM – Parapalooza! with Tim Federle, Hickory Daiquiri Dock!

Raymond L. Atkins, Sweetwater Blues (Mercer University Press)
Billy Coffey, In the Heart of the Dark Wood (Thomas Nelson)
Mary Burton, Cover Your Eyes (Zebra Mass Market)
Kristen Lippert-Martin, Tabular Rasa (Egmont)
Colby Marshall, Color Blind (Berkley Trade Paperback)
Karen White, A Long Time Gone (NAL Hardcover)
Charla Muller, Pretty Takes Practice (Berkley Trade Paperback)
R. S. Belcher, The Shotgun Arcana (Tor)
Kim Wright, Canterbury Tale (Gallery Books)
Sandy Hall, A Little Something Different (Swoon Reads)
Kathryn Erskine, The Badger Knight ​(Scholastic)
Patti Callahan Henry, The Stories We Tell (St. Martin's Press)

7 – 9 PM – Saturday Supper
Charles Martin, A Life Intercepted (Center Street)
Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story (HarperCollins)
Francine Bryson, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen (Clarkson Potter) 
(Cost is $45)

9:30 – 11 PM – Late Night Event: The Shoe Burnin' Show

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7:30 – 9:00 AM – The Good Catch Versailles Everglades Mango Beer Breakfast
Mark DeNote, The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide
Jen Karetnick, Mango
Mac Stone, Everglades: America's Wetlands
Ana Quincoces, The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook
Pam Brandon & Heather McPhearson, Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters
(Cost is $15)
Gratitude to Premiere Sponsor University Press of Florida

8:00 AM – 12 Noon – SIBA Registration Open

9:00 AM – 12 Noon – Exhibits OPEN

“Ingram Booksellers Center” Open
Gratitude to Inkreadible Sponsor Ingram Content Group
9:30 - 10 AM - Indie Bookstore Day Discussion Group with Hut Landon from NCIBA

10 AM – 4:00 PM – Bookseller Shipping Center

11:45 AM – $1000 Buyers Raffle Winner Drawn & $1000 Table Display Winner & The Bibb Pick is Announced
Must be a core member and must be present to win!

Noon – Trade Show Floor Closes until Sep. 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina - See you there!

Noon – 3:00 PM – The Moveable Feast of Authors & Signings

Ellen Stimson, Good Grief (Countryman Press)
Sharyn McCrumb, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past (Abingdon Press)
Renea Winchester, Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches (Mercer University Press)
Philip L. Williams, It is Written: My Life in Letters (Mercer University Press)
Jeff High, Each Shining Hour (NAL Trade Paperback)
Mac Barnett & Jory John, The Terrible Two (Amulet Books)
A. R. Torre, The Girl in 6E (Redhook)
Marcie Cohen Ferris, The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region (UNC Press)
Elizabeth Hein, How to Climb the Eiffel Tower (Light Messages Publishing)
Marly Youmans, Glimmerglass (Mercer University Press)
Michael Rubin, The Cottoncrest Curse (LSU Press)
Hannah Pittard, Reunion (Grand Central)
Kim Boykin, Palmetto Moon (Berkley Trade Paperback)
Megan Shepherd, ​Her Dark Curiosity ​(Balzer + Bray)
(Cost is $50)

Sponsored by Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine!

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Inkreadible Sponsors

Bookazine | Ingram Book Company | Baker and Taylor | 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts​

#siba14 Call for Authors

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance invites exhibiting publishers to submit authors in consideration for special events to be held on Friday through Sunday, September 19-21, 2014 at the SIBA Fall Discovery Show in Norfolk, Virginia. You must have registered to exhibit at the SIBA Trade Show before authors can be confirmed. 

Register to exhibit here
Purchase tables, tickets and show directory ads here

The newest titles are considered first for author appearances.  The majority of the slots are filled by authors of books that pub in the Fall of 2014 and the Winter of 2015. Balance is achieved by having authors of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, biographic and childrens content as well as celebrity authors. Suggested authors will also be considered as speakers for panels and readings and other events. 

An administrative fee of $299 will be charged for each confirmed author at the SIBA Trade Show. Sponsoring entities are not charged administrative fees. 

Please submit your suggestions via email or fax (309-410-0211) or mail to: SIBA, 3806 Yale Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. Our usual deadline of June 1, 2014 has been extended to accomodate your late requests, but we do need to hear from you asap. 

If you have any questions call or email Wanda Jewell at the SIBA office at