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{We know good books, we grow good books}

it's time to nominate the summer Okra Picks!

March, 2012

In This Issue

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Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group

Blue Moon Bay
Blue Moon Bay
(Bethany Publishing House

(David C. Cook

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook

Leaving Church
Leaving Church


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SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? We're highlighting some of the things SIBA does to promote southern books & booksellers to the reading public. Lady Banks' {book} trailer park, books that are "Special to SIBA," authors who are "Frindies" (friends of indies), calls for suggestions for the Holiday Catalog, calls for nominations of Okra Picks, SIBA Book Award Long List, and can we picque your interest in Pinterest?

Welcome to the Trailer Park

I once lived in a single-wide trailer on Main Street downtown Jefferson, South Carolina.  The State House Representative for Jefferson was my landlord.  There was no traffic light, a bank that “covered my checks” long before there was such a thing as overdraft, and a grocery store where I could “run a tab” that billed me monthly.  The Bookmobile parked in the Post Office parking lot once every two weeks and the most excitement I had the near-year I was there was checking out a paperback copy of Psycho (never read, and never saw the movie) emblazoned with a warning:  Do not read after dark!  I carried it home, waited til the sun went down, read every word, took a shower, and went to bed!  Oh what a night!

Lady Banks’ Trailer Park is a new addition to Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book e-newsletter and one we hope you will enjoy and participate in by sending us the best book trailers you come across.  We will also be collecting them on our Pinterest Board – Lady Banks’ Trailer Park -


Source: via Wanda on Pinterest



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Galley Giveaway

Special to the Southern List

Also a new segment of Lady Banks’ Commonplace Books e-newsletter is the list of books that appear on SIBA’s Bestseller List each week yet do not appear on the current National Indie Bestseller List.  Some southern favorites yet to appear on the national list include Okra Pick The Healing, An Altar in the World, Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes, and many others.  See the list every week in the Lady Banks newsletter.

Other features of the e-newsletter include Great Bookstores and Stars Authors where both a bookseller and an author are featured and the SIBA Bestseller List and the Author Events as found at

Besides the thousands of consumer contacts SIBA has collected via the years of supporting the SIBA Holiday Catalog Survey and the more recent Free Book Stimulus Plan, via the ARTS Facebook Page, we have increased our coverage to a reach of nearly two million.  Make sure your store is represented.

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Can people Find Your Bookstore?

Are you on the "Find a Bookstore" page?  You need to be as over ONE HUNDRED authors are letting their readers know about you!

Gigi Amateau, Claire Cook, Alan Gratz, Susan Gregg Gilmore, Joshilyn Jackson, and Jim Minick are just a few of the writers that have the "Find an Indie Bookstore" badge on their websites that link to SIBA’s Find a Bookstore page.  Be sure to join SIBA and get your store listed.

Authors displaying the "Find a bookstore" links

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We Know Good Books!

It's time to suggest books for the Holiday Catalog!

I know it is hard to believe that we will be turning to holiday catalog concerns before you know it.  But that’s what I’m talking about.  We need you to be looking to the future for great books that should be in the 2012 Holiday Catalog.  We always include the SIBA Book Award Finalists so keep an eye out for the long ballot and remember that when you are voting.  These will be among the books that will represent your store.

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Win a trip to #siba12!

We Grow Good Books!

Okra Picks deadlinesSIBA wants bookstores to Eat. Read. Display their Okra!

It’s time to pick the next batch of Okra Picks!  We are committed to the Okra Picks and want to assist you in selling these books.  We have in place the Okra Picks Display Contest, the Okra Picks Co/Op Program, and the Okra Pick Cards.  Be sure you are displaying the pick cards in the vertical display plastic beside your cash register.  Take a photo of the display and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information about Okra Picks, along with marketing materials, guidelines, and nomination forms, can be found here:

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2012 SIBA Book Award Long List Announced

SIBA Book AwardThe Long List for the 2012 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Totaling almost 120 different titles, the “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2011 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Lisa Alther to Erica Wright, Mary Kay Andrews to Daniel Woodrell, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.

The Full List






Young Adult

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GABBS Atlanta

 Interest in Pinterest?

PinterestSIBA is now using Pinterest, the sexiest new kid on the social networking block, to highlight and promote SIBA bookstores and SIBA books.

Wanda is at
Check out her board for Bookstore news and the one for cool things indie bookstores do (besides selling books).

Nicki is at

She has boards up for all the SIBA Book Award Nominations, and has been collecting pictures of SIBA booksellers.

And This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like help getting set up with your own account.

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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 #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

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