Downtown Knoxville has another reason to celebrate, as the Grand Opening of UNION AVE BOOKS is slated for June 18, 2011. This new Independent Bookstore specializes in new and used books, plus decorative arts and gifts, and looks to be a gathering place for downtown shoppers and dwellers and the business community, as well as the faithful of the former Carpe Librum Bookstore which closed at the end of 2010.

The bookstore, located at 517 Union Avenue in Knoxville will carry a diverse inventory of local and regional titles, as well as fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and feature a special Kids' Corner. In addition, UNION AVE BOOKS will host book signings, special holiday events, and Saturday activities for children. The store will also be available to Knoxville's numerous book clubs for meetings and after-hours events.

"Downtown Knoxville has exploded in the best possible way over the last few years," said Melinda Meador, one of the new owners and an attorney at the downtown law firm Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C.  "We want to be a part of this exciting time for our city, and selling books - especially given Knoxville's rich literary tradition - is a great way to do it."

Meador has teamed with former Carpe Librum owner Flossie McNabb, who brings to UNION AVE BOOKS an unparalleled expertise in bookselling. McNabb said the new store is a "fresh start" for her and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, who will be the store's business manager.  Rounding out this collaborative family business is Meador's son, Jake Knanishu, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who will serve as content and marketing consultant as well as bookseller during holiday seasons. "We want to be a home away from home for booklovers," said McNabb.

(Columbia, SC) June 7, 2011-- Escape from the summer heat with a good book! The Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Summer Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. It’s a bumper crop --A dozen different titles representing a wide range of tastes, all the books selected have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are 2011 summer releases (May through August) and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!

see more information, with links and resources, here:

Shelf TalkersBook Marks!

2011 Summer Okra Picks
The Art of Saying Goodbye
The Fine Art of Insincerity
A Good Hard Look
Groove Interrupted
Iron House
The Orchard
Paradise Dogs
The Reservoir
Silver Sparrow
A Small Hotel
Where Things Come Back
You Believers

The Okra Picks, 2011 Summer Edition:

The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache
William Morrow  Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 07, 2011
Paperback | $13.99 | 352 pages

The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt
Howard Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Fiction | $14.99 | 302 pages

A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano
Penguin Press
Publication Date: July 7, 2011
Hardcover | $24.99

Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans by Keith Spera
St. Martins Press
Publication Date: August 2011
9780312552251 | $ 26.99 hardcover

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Hardcover |400 pages | $17.99

The Iron House by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Hardcover |432 pages | $25.99

The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
hardcover | 304 pages | $22.99

Paradise Dogs by Man Martin
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
hardcover | 320 pages | $25.99

The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
Other Press
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
paperback | 368 pages | $15.95

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
hardcover | 340 pages | $19.95

A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
Grove Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2011
hardcover | 256 pages | $24

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Athenaeum Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 228 pages | $16.99

You Believers by Jane Bradley
Unbridled Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 406 pages | $25.95

Visit the Okra Picks Patch at  Lady Banks will introduce the Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the June issue.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list and SIBA will post marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers at
For more information on the Okra Picks program, visit SIBA’s website at

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 803.779.0113


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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)


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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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Nashville, Tenn. – Saralee Terry Woods, President of BookManBookWoman – Nashville’s Bookstore announced that BookManBookWoman has expanded their in store books to include new books and new bestsellers. “We are happy to provide all new books and bestsellers at 20 percent off their cover price,” said Woods.  “Many of the new books offered are current best sellers or popular selections of area bookclubs.  We strongly believe that our model of selling 15 to 20 percent new books and the rest gently used books is the way that bricks and mortar bookstores survive and can be successful,” Woods added.

“Our customers have asked us to step up and provide Middle Tennessee with new books, bestsellers and unusual books and so far the experience has been very positive,”  Woods went on to add “BookManBookWoman received multiple copies of the brand new trade paperback from the publisher of the best seller Mr. Peanut the day it went on sale.  We know how popular Adam Ross is and I could not even get Mr. Peanut out of the box before customers started buying them.  It is exciting to provide immediate gratification for lovers of the written word.  Our customers and extensive research have helped BookManBookWoman make wise choices when it comes to selecting new titles and bestsellers.”

For more information, call BookManBookWoman at 615.383.6555 or Saralee Woods at 615.594.3145, visit the bookstore in Historic Hillsboro Village or visit the website at .

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, APRIL 20  2011:  Book Swap of New Tampa, an independent and locally owned used bookstore, will be open for business on May 2, 2011.  The Book Swap of New Tampa will carry used books and audiobooks at a reduced price and will accept books for store credit.  The store’s credit policy can be found on their website

Book Swap of New Tampa will be located in the Shoppes of New Tampa at 1946 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL (across from Wiregrass Mall).  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday, and the phone number is 813-929-7490.

For more information contact Cynthia Floyd at 813-963-6979, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..