The Great American Bargain Book Show--the sister show to the Spring Book Show in Atlanta--delivers a bit of "southern comfort" this year. A great line-up of educational sessions featuring some familiar faces and designed to help booksellers make the most of their bargain, remainder and used book inventory to maximize profits.

Bargain Books: "What I Buy & How I Use Them"
Wednesday - Aug 10   8:30-9:30 am, Room 110

How does one approach the exhibit floor?  Describe your criteria / decision process when buying?  Besides marking the books for sell in your shop, how else do you use them?  As incentives to buy newer books by the same author?  As a partner book with a new book on a given topic?  As prizes for store programs?  Presenters:  Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA

Used Books: Buying, Pricing, Stocking & Shelving
Wednesday - Aug 10, 9:40-10:30 am, Room 110

How do used books get on your store shelves?  Do you buy from customers?  How do you price them, both to buy, and then to sell?  Where do you keep them before they get on the shelf?  How do you shelve them?  Have you tried different ways?  Does one seem to work better than another?  Is rotation and fresh product the answer? Presenters Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA

Antiquarian Books:  "How to Spot Them & How to Sell Them"
Thursday - Aug 11, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 111

What's the difference between used & antiquarian?  Do you develop the customer first, and then find the antiquarian book?  Where do you find them?  What kind of research is involved?  How do you price them?  How do your customers know you have a given title?  What about book repair?  Presenter: Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida

All Seminars will be held in the Hynes Convention Center.

What Booksellers are Saying about  Remainder Shows

“I never miss the Spring Book Show in Atlanta because I need lots of great book bargains. There are 80+ vendors in one big room so I can shop and compare. I can thumb through the books I am considering ordering instead of looking at an image online or in a catalog. I can talk to and make deals with remainder dealers who would rarely visit my store, including dealers from Great Britain. I enjoy the show because it is very well run and organized. I can participate in the educational sessions provided by SIBA and Larry May’s Spring Book Show people. I get to see some of my fellow bookstore owner/operators.” -- Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Books, Atlanta, GA

“This is a no-brainer for us -- we've had great success with selling discount books.  We've been going to the Spring Book Show every year since we opened our store because it's a great opportunity to shop all the remainder and bargain book dealers in one place.  We haven't always had good luck ordering titles from a catalog, and I like being at the show so I can pick up a book and really look at it to decide if it's something my customers will get excited about. My biggest problem is that there's always so MUCH great stuff that I want to bring it ALL home!” -- Jeff McCord, Bound To Be Read Books, Atlanta GA

“Do you need to increase your bottom line?  Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make a great display for the holidays or any other special occasion?  Is it time to restock those student classics?  Do you need to expand your religious section?   Would you like to enhance your civil war, local interest, or children's section? If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to attend GABB's August 10th and 11th at the Hynes convention Center in Boston. My answer to all of the above is yes.  See you there.” -- Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, DeLand, Florida

"The Spring Book Show & GABBS are THE places to purchase bargain books and remainders. These items increase my store's profit margin while at the same time giving my customers lower-price options when they shop. In today's tough economic times, that's a win-win for everyone.”-- Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Celebrate Independents!  SIBA’s 2011 Book Award Winners

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know: Southern Independent (and independently-minded) Booksellers!

(Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.  

Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)

Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That's how Caitlin's older brother, Devon, always explained it. But now Devon's dead. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.

Cooking Winner: Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)

Gena's cookbook shows quicker ways to make traditional southern dishes from a fresh angle!” –Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL

Just because it tastes great, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated! Southern My Way is a cookbook filled with recipes that reflect author Gena Knox's upbringing in southern Georgia where farming shaped both culture and community. Today, Knox is passionate about sharing her modern take on Southern specialties. Southern My Way takes home cooks on a journey through both the South in which Gena grew up and the South she knows today, while encouraging readers to keep local foodways and farming traditions alive. Knox shares her realization that preparing tasty and healthy meals is amazingly uncomplicated when using fresh ingredients, arming home cooks with a collection of standbys that are easy enough for everyday cooking, from toasted pecan goat cheese with Tupelo honey, to summer gazpacho, to gingersnap ice cream sandwiches. 

Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)

Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC

Rash is no stranger to Southern booksellers but he might be the best kept secret in the South. He has won the SIBA Book Award in the past for both Serena (2009) and Saints at the River (2005). But Burning Bright has the distinction of being the first collection of short stories to win the SIBA Book Award in the Fiction category. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Burning Bright captures the complexities of Appalachia--a rugged, brutal landscape of exceptional beauty, promise, and suffering that serves as New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash's muse. Spanning from the Civil War to the present day, Rash's historical and modern settings are sewn together in a haunting patchwork of suspense and myth, populated by raw and unforgettable characters mined from the landscape.

Nonfiction Winner:  The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)

A captivating look into a couple's efforts to create an organic blueberry farm in Central Appalachia. . .sit back and savor the sweetness of his blueberry story.”—Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC

The Blueberry Years is a mouthwatering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick's experiences as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple, one farm, and one thousand bushes transports readers so that they experience the joys and frustrations of creating and operating one of the mid-Atlantic's first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms. Written by a farmer who also is a poet, The Blueberry Years follows in the vein of The Omnivore's Dilemma or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, where lyrical writing captures a well-told story about food, family, and the choices we make with every bite"

Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)

These poems are about waking up, looking around at the world, and discovering how to live within it.” –Kathryn Stripling Byer

Janisse Ray is another one of the South’s best-kept-secrets, although she’s no secret to southern booksellers, who chose her debut memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood as a SIBA Book Award Winner in nonfiction in 2000. Their enthusiasm has not dimmed and this year Ray returns as a winner again in 2011 for her first full book of poetry, A House of Branches, poems informed by the author's long-standing interest in the wilderness and nature.

Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)

Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, D.C., during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

The Winners!

  • Children’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
  • Cooking Winner: Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
  • Fiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
  • Nonfiction Winner:  The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Poetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
  • Young Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit

icon Poster 11x17 (263.76 kB)

icon Broadside 8.5 x 16 (202.9 kB)

icon Book Marks 2x8 (496.8 kB)

icon Shelf Talkers (328.96 kB)

To make sure you receive future emails,
please add {[EM-EMAIL ADDRESS]} to your address book or safe list.
View Online Here.

Club Read: $100 in your pocket

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

June, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Coming to Circle of Sites

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)

The Reservoir
The Reservoir
(Other Press)

Folly Beach
Folly Beach
(William Morrow)

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
(St. Martins)

Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)


Lady Banks Pick of the Week

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Dear Booksellers,

Please take an extra moment to read about CLUB READ. This is a great opportunity to promote a great collection of "summer reads" to your book clubs, and earn $100 for every ticket you sell to the event.

Club Read

Club Read: Sign up to sell tickets & earn cash!

Club Read WidgetCLUB READ is a book club getaway for customers to be held in Virginia in October organized by SIBA, & NAIBA,, and Reading Group Choices. Tickets are available through the independent bookstore core members of SIBA & NAIBA.  Core member stores who register to participate as ticket outlets will receive $100 for each ticket sold.  Core member stores must sign up and get their registration code to share with their customers as the code is the only way you can get credit for your ticket sales. The SIBA store that sells the most tickets will be one of two booksellers on-site at CLUB READ. 

Club Read Bookseller Commitment Agreement is here:

The title list from Club Read Authors is here.

The official website for Club Read is

We also have a totally FUN widget you can put on your website. And here's the code if you'd like to add it to your home page.

Seeking SIBA Board of Director Nominations

Deadline is Friday, July 1st!

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!

Summer Okra Picks

New Peck of Okra Picks Announced

Summer is the season for Okra!

SIBA announces the 2011 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.  Lady Banks will be announcing the current Okra Picks to the public at the end of this month.  So pick some Okra Picks and place them on your shelves. We’re always working to send customers your way to pick a peck.  See the picks and download a beautiful bushel of shelf talkers plus more here:

How Tweet It Is! Contest:
Win a FREE hotel night during #SIBA11

A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA11.
@spbooksandgifts has won a free hotel night at #SIBA11 in our fourth Twitter Contest! 

Congratulations to Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts of Ashland, VA. 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 member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA11" between now and July 15 will be entered to win one free hotel night at #SIBA11.  So start twittering!  Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here:


It’s that time again:
#SIBA11 Trade Show – Let’s Get Hitched!


Who’ll be at #SIBA11 in September in Charleston, SC? Allan Wolf, 2020 Vision, Alma Katsu, UBIC System, Amanda Kyle Williams, all things small, Amber Dermont, Arcadia Publishing, Amy Greene, Bookazine, Andrew Skerritt, The Bookmasters Group, Ann Hite, DDGMA Publishing, Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, Gallopade, AVI, History Press, Beth Webb Hart, Hot Feet Sales, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Brandon Mull, Hub City Press, Christopher Buehlman, Hachette, Curtis Wilkes, HarperCollins, Curtis Worthington, John F. Blair, Publisher, Diana Abu-Jaber, Kensington Publishing, Diane Chamberlain, Melissa & Doug, Ellen Hopkins, Old New York Book Shop Press, Holly Herrick, Pinata Publishing, Holly Iglesias, Print & Sound, James Farmer III,  Random House, James Valentine, Riding the Crest,  Jane McClaren, Rocky Publications, Janisse Ray, Seaside Publishing, Jennifer Niven, Simon & Schuster, Jessie Carty, Greenleaf Book Group, Jillian Lauren, YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE, Southern Belle View, Jim Minick, Steven Lewers & Assoc., John Corey Whaley, University of Alabama Press, Jonathan Green, University of South Carolina Press,  Joseph Earl Dabney, Wiley, Kadir Nelson, William Mangum Fine Art, Karen White, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Karen Zacharias, Enterprise Books, Kirk Neely, Baker & Taylor, Laura Hope-Gill,  Ingram Book Co., Lisa Patton, Diana’s Bookstore,  Lisa Wingate, Trolley Line Bookshop, Lou Dischler, Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts, Man Martin, Fountain Bookstore, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Flyleaf Books, Mary Whyte, Fiction Addiction, Marybeth Whalen, Bound to be Read, Meg Medina, Yours Personally, Michael Lee West, Michelle Hodkin, Nan Chase, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart, Nicole Seitz, Patti Callahan Henry, Randy Russel, River Jordan, Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, Sandra Gutierrez, Sandra (Sam) Brannan, Sharyn McCrumb, Shellie Tomlinson, Sherri Castle, Sonny Brewer, Stephanie Tyson, Steve Bouser, Stuart Dill, Susan Millar Williams & Stephen Hoffius, Tim Peeler, Toby Tate, Tom Franklin, Walter Edgar, Wendy Wax, See you at #SIBA11!


Behind the Southern Indie Bestseller List

How do books get on the Southern Indie BestsellerList?

SIBA posts a bestseller list each week of the best-selling books in southern indie bookstores across the south.  This list is generated weekly thanks to the generous efforts of the American Booksellers Association and provided to regional associations across the country

It is always interesting to observe books that make the national list, or are unique to the southern list. SIBA makes a point of highlighting books unique to its own list, as well as books that have received strong bookseller support--as Okra Picks, Book Award titles, or books by southern "STARS" authors.

While the bestseller list is provided weekly, the list of reporting stores is provided quarterly and may not reflect every store that reports, although it does reflect the majority of reporting stores.  Stores can download the bestseller list for in-store placement and they can link to the list from their websites. 

Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children


Book Store for Sale

Located in Englewood, FL, for 12 years, this well-established store is the only bookstore within 20 miles and only minutes from the Gulf beaches in a prime retirement vacation community.  This 1000 sq. ft. store has a huge inventory and a reasonable lease in a small mall.  We are retiring and all reasonable offers will be considered.  For more information: Contact TOM -DAYS: 941-204-1743, EVENINGS: 941-698-9338

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

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

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