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GABBS Comes to a Close, SIBA Regroups
Writing the end of GABBS, and the future of The Discovery Show

Immediately following the #SIBA16 Discovery Show, GABBS owner Larry May, determined that his 20-year old Bargain Books show was no longer economically viable. This was not an easy decision, coming on the heels as it does of SIBA’s announcement of a 2018 merged show with GABBS. A steep decline in exhibitor commitments convinced May that the show was no longer financially feasible, so GABBS will close immediately, and the proposed merger between the GABBS show and the SIBA Discovery Show will not take place.

“I’m sorry for the confusion and frustration that we’ve caused SIBA,” said Larry May in a letter to SIBA members announcing the close, “GABBS has courted and been associated with SIBA for many years and has the utmost respect for all involved.  It was certainly never my intention to create this predicament and cause distress.”  Wanda Jewell said, “All things are opportunities. I am sad for Larry, his family, and booksellers, that GABBS is going away.  GABBS has been an active player in supporting bookstores in the south, and across the country.  SIBA will feel the loss.”

The SIBA in the Springtime event will still be held in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  The theme is “Writing the Future of the SIBA Discovery Show”.  All SIBA members and show stakeholders are invited to Atlanta for the day.  The event will begin at 10am and end at 3pm so that anyone within a two hour drive can leave home in the morning and be back in time for dinner.  There will be sessions on all aspects of the show:  location, time of year, format, education, exhibits, author events, consumer events, and fresh ideas.  “We want to explore the many options in front of us and have everyone who’d like to be heard have that opportunity.” confirmed Jewell.

(Columbia, SC) – The 2016 Fall Okra Picks have been selected – a flavor-filled collection of new Southern books hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers – people with impeccable taste in books.. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between October and December, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Take them at their word. Great books are always good for you!

The 2016 Fall Okra Picks   

Robert Walker The King of the Birds The ForgettingHungry is a Might Fine Sauce

Robert Walker 
by Corey Mesler
Livingston Press, September 2016
Fiction, 9781604891720

The King of the Birds
by Acree Graham Macam
Groundwood Books, September 2016
Juvenile, 9781554988518

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press, September 2016
Juvenile, 9780545945219 

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce
by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Shiloh Run Press, October 2016
Cooking, 9781634097826 

Two By TwoThe Home Place Book of Isaias Book of Isaias

Two By Two
by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, October 2016
Fiction, 9781455520695 

The Home Place
by J. Drew Lanham
Milkweed Editions, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781571313157 

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley
Farrar Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, October 2016
Juvenile, 9780374302610 

The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America 
by Daniel Connolly
St. Martin’s Press, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781250083067

Among the Living Lowcountry Heart The Virgin and Other Stories Love Alice A Question of Mercy

Among the Living
by Jonathan Rabb
Other Press, October 2016
Fiction, 9781590518038 

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
by Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9780385530866 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar Straus and Giroux, November 2016
Fiction, 9780865478695 

Love, Alice
by Barbara Davis
Berkley Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9780451474810 

A Question of Mercy
by Elizabeth Cox
Story River Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9781611177220 

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit