May 2011


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absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

May, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Coming to Circle of Sites

(Amulet Books)

Don't Breathe a Word
Don't Breathe a Word


The Sweetness of Tears
The Sweetness of Tears
(William Morrow)

The Art of Saying Goodbye
The Art of Saying Goodbye
(William Morrow)

The Borrower
The Borrower

Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

The Orchard
The Orchard
(St. Martins)

Iron House
Iron House
(St. Martins)


Lady Banks Pick of the Week

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Seeking SIBA Board of Director Nominations

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA  forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard-working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self-nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate.  What are you waiting for? Nominate someone now!

Time to Pick the Summer Okra


It’s that time again. We are ready to share a whole new bushel of must reads for right now. And we need your input. Let us know the new southern books & writers you are most excited about whose books will be hitting shelves in this upcoming season. These picks should be for May – August of this year. Nominate your Okra Picks today!  Deadline is May 31.

Check Out our Frindies

So many Friends of Indies have agreed to put up a Find an Indie Bookstore badge to SIBA’s bookstore member list. Are you there? Check this list to see if your dues are current with SIBA. If they are not, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Banner Program for #SIBA11 dues for core members. Authors, do you want to be a Frindie? Here’s how.

2011 SIBA Book Award

Circle of Sites – Who needs $150?


We are excited to announce that we have over 70 southern indie bookstores participating in our innovative Circle of Sites Program. Each week, a new title is deemed Her Ladyship’s Pick of the Week and promoted across all of the bookstore websites as well as at There is no other program like this one and participating bookstores can celebrate their early entrée into innovative combined advertising to our virtual browsers & shoppers. We also connect this title with promoting sales at the participating bookstores. These titles are averaging over 30,000 impressions each week on our combined sites, and are promoted heavily to SIBA’s nearly 5,000 fans, followers, and friends online. These are probably good books to carry in your store as SIBA creates buzz & interest in both these titles and your bookstore. Join SIBA here!


Let’s Get Hitched at The Writers Block Auction featuring #SIBA11 Book Award Authors in Charleston, SC

SIBA is quite excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Writers Block Auction in Charleston on September 18th.  The Let’s Get Hitched Wedding for Sara & Brandon will include in the wedding party the following for a dinner date auction: Tim Peeler, Karen Zacharias, Sonny Brewer, Steve Bouser, Ron   Rash, Beth Webb Hart, Tom Franklin, Nan Chase, Jane McClaren, Marybeth Whalen, Laura Hope-Gill, Kathryn Erskine, Joseph Earl Dabney, Jim Minick, Jessie Carty, Irene Latham, Holly Iglesias, Beth Hoffman, Karen White, Eric Litwin, Amy Greene, Curtis Wilkes, and more to come.

Again this year, bidding will start at $50, and bids must increase by a minimum of $1.  A percentage of proceeds will go to a charity of choice of our sponsoring restaurants. You can see the Schedule of Events and Register for the SIBA Trade Show here!

Holiday Catalog Bookseller Recommendations

We need your recommendations. We are in touch with publishers now about the SIBA Holiday Catalog. Even though the winter holidays seem forever away, they will be here before we know it. You are the best test for what will sell and we need your input. We use your recommendations when approaching publishers. We want the holiday catalog to be the best sales tool around for your store. Together, we can insure the catalog’s success. Suggest a title today.

We got a TWinner!

@shopthebookworm has won a free hotel night at #SIBA11 in our third Twitter Contest! Congratulations to the Book Worm Bookstore of Powder Springs, GA. And you can, too, if you will get your twitter on. Thanks to everyone who participated! Oh, and you can win more than once!

Any core member who tweets the full next line:
I read #OkraPicks! You can too.
will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is June 15. 


SIBA Bookseller Temp Agency

There are many experienced booksellers in the region. Most would love more hours of bookselling and the opportunity to experience another store close by. Or possibly you know someone who isn't working in the store anymore, but could use some temporary work?

Bookstores are always in need of temporary help during events, staff vacations, and to attend SIBA and ABA professional events.

To facilitate this need, SIBA will compile a list of booksellers who are available to work temporarily at stores across the region. We'll keep this list on our website, and you can refer to it whenever the need arises.

Publishers - if you have bookselling experience, and would like to keep your bookselling skills fresh, sign up too.

If you'd like to be on our list of experienced booksellers, email us:

Counties You Can Work in:
Experience with which POS System:
Name(s) of bookstores you've worked:
Bookstore Reference:
Any special skills / experience you offer:

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 309.410.0211

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

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

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