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Lady Banks' Commonplace Book is a newsletter for people interested in Southern literature, sponsored by booksellers who are members of SIBA. It is marketed directly to consumers -- your customers -- and is designed to drive customer traffic to your store and your website. Circulation is 3500+ and climbing.

SIBA publishes Lady Banks once a month. It is a compendium of information found on Authors 'Round the South, including bookstore events, author interviews, bookseller recommendations, and Southern literary news and gossip as narrated by her ladyship, the editor.

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"Lady Banks," of course, is the common name of a climbing rose (Rosa banksaie) that is ubiquitous throughout the South.

Commonplace books first appeared during the Renaissance, where they were used as a way to deal with the information overload of that era. They helped students select and organize tidbits of interest--medical advice, recipes, quotes, letters, poems, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers and students, and each commonplace book was unique to its owner.

Authors 'Round the is one of the most extensive listings of author events and readings in the South. SIBA created Authors ‘Round the South (ARTS) as a tool for member bookstores to promote their events to media and consumers in a wider region. Bookstores enter their events, which become part of a calendar that encompasses the entire South. Both local and national media can use ARTS as a resource for potential interviews and shows.

ARTS is the home of The Lady Banks' Commonplace Book Newsletter, and Find a Bookstore -- a complete list of SIBA member independent bookstores.

The ARTS site also contains news about independent bookselling and the Southern literary community, including: