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Applications Open for the 2018 PAT CONROY SCHOLARSHIPS, sponsored by PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) invites booksellers to apply for the 2018 Pat Conroy Scholarships. The scholarships honor the late author whose lifetime achievements have meant so much to Southern booksellers. They are made possible by Penguin Random House, whose Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, and Random House Audio imprints publish Mr. Conroy’s works in hardcover, paperback, and audio editions respectively.

These scholarships are for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, in keeping with Penguin Random House’s tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event. The scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the recipient’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show first-timers. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell said, “We believe that nurturing the next generation of career booksellers is one of the best things we can do to advance the future of bookselling. These scholarships Penguin Random House is endowing mean so much to the booksellers chosen. They benefit from new educational opportunities, and connect with other booksellers, authors, and publishers. They also bring a refreshing and inspiring energy to the show, which is so gratifying to witness. How appropriate that these awards honor Pat Conroy, who was so kind and generous with all of us, and in particular, to those new to our industry.”

“Pat Conroy is beloved by his readers, his publisher, Penguin Random House, and by SIBA. So, it is with great devotion for our author and enormous respect for the members of SIBA, whom he ardently supported, that we endow this next generation of bookseller-education scholarships for them in his honor,” added Jaci Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House.

To be considered for a Pat Conroy Scholarship, booksellers can self-nominate, or be nominated by other booksellers or sales reps. Owners and managers are strongly encouraged to nominate frontline booksellers who are interested in bookselling as a career. The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Pat Conroy Scholarships is July 15, 2018.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on August 1.

The #2018 SIBA Discovery show will be held September 13-15 at the Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Florida.

To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.
  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?
  • Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.

BOOKSELLER REVIVAL AT THE COUNTRY BOOKSHOP

Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop: Improving Margins while Offering Original Content to your Customers

 

Mark your calendar and join us for a Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop, hosted by owner & SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws. Josh Floyd of IngramSpark will give an overview of how bookstores are utilizing their services in various ways, including producing store-branded journals. Kimberly will share how her team works with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. The afternoon will include time for brainstorming, and addressing questions booksellers might have regarding how they can use what they've learned and adapt for their stores. Lunch provided courtesy of IngramSpark. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

When: Friday, July 20, 10am-3pm

Where: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


The Southern Book Prize(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."


Click here for the full list of 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists...

Southern Book PrizeSIBA presents The Southern Book Prize Long List

(Asheville, NC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, (SIBA), is pleased to announce the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, featuring all the eligible titles that have been nominated for the Southern Book Prize (formerly the SIBA Book Award). Nominated titles must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both!) and have been published in 2017. 100 great Southern books were nominated by Southern Indie booksellers, making the Long List one of the most comprehensive and exciting reading lists of new Southern literature.

Continuing with established tradition, the Long List prize categories are created by using BISAC categories of the nominees. "The categories work like 'shelves' in our member stores – if there are enough books in a given subject, they deserve a special display" explained SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the next few weeks. Finalists for each category in the 2017 Southern Book Prize will be announced April 16, 2018. From there, Finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks: a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018