Believing that nothing is so valuable to a small business owner than the opportunity to confer face to face with their colleagues in the industry, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) quietly launched a new scholarship program for booksellers in conjunction with this years’ trade show in New Orleans, inviting exhibitors to donate to the SIBA Scholarship Fund when they register for the show.  But the fund got a surprising, much-needed, and even more-appreciated five-figure infusion from The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

Written by Reba White Williams, Restrike is the first in a new mystery series featuring Southern cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene. Dave Williams is the author of Small Victories, which recounts his and Reba’s forty years of fine art print collecting.  Restrike is set in this part of the art world, the title of the novel coming from the term for an art print made after than the first edition, often after the death of the artist, and usually of inferior quality.

Dave and Reba Williams are the founders and sponsors of the annual Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, which has just completed its sixth year, awarding the 2012 prize to Terry Roberts for his A Short Time to Stay Here, published by Ingalls Publishing Group of Banner Elk, North Carolina., and see SIBA’s Scholarship Fund is the best way to help ensure a strong “next generation” of booksellers.

The SIBA Scholarship Fund has also received generous donations from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and Quercus.  SIBA is including in this fund the Kelly Justice Frontline Bookseller Scholarship, which allows for a store owner to nominate a frontline bookseller to attend the show on SIBA’s dime. 

It is SIBA’s hope to use the Scholarship Fund to assist as many bookstores as possible coming in for the tradeshow by helping with the out of pocket expenses such as hotel rooms, meals, and more.  Since admission to the trade show is free for its bookstore members, SIBA designed the fund to assist member stores in off-setting some of the expenses that accrue and can make the difference in a store’s ability to attend.  “We all need some skin in the game,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who first conceived of the Scholarship Fund in response to feedback from bookstores about the rising costs associated with attending the trade show, “It may be that a frontline bookseller who has never been to the show can come or an additional bookseller can attend or you can stay an extra night.  Not having the money to attend is no excuse this year!”  Stores who wish to apply for assistance need only contact SIBA Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their request for SIBA’s help in attending #SIBA13 in New Orleans in September!  Anyone who’d like to contribute to the fund may do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Columbia, SC) -- A new movement is afoot.  Now that sentence should be read aloud.  And Parapalooza is just the place to do it.  When was the last time you read something so good you wanted to read it aloud to the person sitting next to you just to share it? The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) wants to encourage that impulse, because they think that in a world of Vine, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, a great paragraph may be the quickest entry into a good book.


SIBA has created “Parapalooza!” -- a YouTube channel devoted to people reading favorite selections from favorite books -- as a way to foster avid readers’ enthusiasm for great writing. People are invited to submit their own short videos to the channel by sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell first conceived of the idea for Parapalooza! when she was reading the new Stephen King novel, Joyland, and liked it so much she had to interrupt her husband to read him different parts. “I suddenly thought  it be great if readers had a way to share that impulse,” Jewell said. “It takes the ‘You’ve got to read this!’ feeling to the next level.”

With the advent of easy distribution via social media sites like Vine and Youtube,  and the fact that anyone with a smart phone can record a video and share it with the touch of a button, sharing brief moments of readerly enthusiasm seems like a natural way to bring readers together around their favorite books. “The only requirement,” Jewell stated, “is that selections are read aloud with meaning, enthusiasm, and feeling.”

Parapalooza! - the thrill of hearing the creator share their absolute favorite paragraph from among the thousands they've created. Just for us. The beauty of the words spoken with the passion and intention of the writer - at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Trade Show will be emceed by Tim Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Running Press) and everyone will enjoy a literary cocktail while they listen to the likes of Jeffrey Stepakoff and Robin Wasserman, Jesmyn Ward and Mary Kay Andrews, and others read aloud from their own books their most compelling paragraph.  “I’m so excited about this new event and the virtual community we are creating with paragraphs worth spreading through Parapalooza!” says Wanda Jewell.  People who would like to submit their own read-aloud selections can send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Columbia, SC - July 4, 2013 –  Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards.  

Children’s Winner:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Cooking Winner:
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day  (Artisan Publishers)

Fiction Winner:
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)

Nonfiction Winner:  
Stand Up That Mountain 
by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

Poetry Winner:
Descent  by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)

Young Adult Winner:
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Booksellers: The SIBA Book Award Winners could win you $1000!

At the SIBA Trade Show this year, we will be hosting a $1000 Display Contest:  Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the SIBA Book Award Winners and recreate it on site at the SIBA trade show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the winning display will receive $1000.  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only.  So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!

The Fantastic Flying books of Mr. Morris LessmoreChildren’s Winner:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

"Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. "Everything in Morris Lessmore's life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children's literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate--and this story, no matter "how" you tell it, begs to be read again and again.  

The Back in the Day Bakery CookbookCooking Winner:

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
by Cheryl and Griffith Day  (Artisan Publishers)

Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers' favorite recipes. It's packed with Cheryl and Griff's baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S'more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

A Land More Kind than HomeFiction Winner:

A Land More Kind Than Home 
by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to--an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil--but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.

Stand Up That MountainNonfiction Winner:  

Stand Up That Mountain 
by Jay Erskine Leutze (Scribner Book Company)

In the tradition of A Civil Action--the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian "mountain people" neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed.  

DescentPoetry Winner:

 by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Louisiana State University Press)

Navigating the dangerous currents of family and race, Kathryn Stripling Byer’s sixth poetry collection confronts the legacy of southern memory and landscape, where too often it's safer to stay blind.  

Three Times LuckyYoung Adult Winner:

Three Times Lucky
 by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime. Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

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Richard ButhodThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) welcomes Richard Buthod (Bew-toe) as its One Book at a Time Guru. Richard was instrumental in bringing Common Core to the consciousness of the book industry and he will be bringing his expertise to SIBA as part of a new partnership between SIBA and the Family-to-Family organization around the One Book at a Time Literacy Program. (OBAAT). One Book at a Time aims to provide books to impoverished children across the country, acting on research that has shown having a home library increases the level of education children will attain. 

Family-to-FamilyA handful of SIBA stores serving as test cases are promoting the OBAAT program and recruiting both donors and identifying organizations that serve children in need. The stores lend their expertise in choosing appropriate books for children of different age groups.  

Richard, a life-long book professional, who has spent the last 35 years working in and selling to schools and libraries, bookstores, and wholesalers is here to help SIBA bookstores leverage this opportunity.  In addition, Richard will be  offering his own curated list of titles grounded in the Common Core movement as a way to provide the best books to these children. Richard will begin working with Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, Books on Broad in Camden, SC, Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, Sundial Books on Chincoteague Island, VA, Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans, and will be available to any SIBA Bookstore wishing to become a cheerleader for One Book at a Time.

The goal is to have many SIBA bookstores involved when the school year begins helping donors get books into the hands of children in need all across America.

Feed a Hungry MindThere are many components to the OBAAT program, one being the need to identify eligible organizations.  Any organized programs where impoverished children meet on a regular basis can be considered for inclusion, and booksellers are encouraged to nominate eligible programs in their own communities.  Stores also provide information on how to become a donor and curate titles for school-age children to assist donors in purchasing books for their chosen children.  Going forward, bookstores may offer donor incentives or include in the curated lists not just appropriate books for chosen children, but books as gifts, and books for parents.  In turn, donors are potential customers who develop a relationship with their bookstore when they shop for at least one book each month.

Richard Buthod will bring his knowledge and expertise on Common Core to SIBA bookstores and OBAAT in order to help stores and donors choose well-curated books for their children. And speaking of Common Core, Richard is going to be leading a session at #SIBA13 in New Orleans this fall on how bookstores can leverage Common Core, and will be working with SIBA to create a Common Core Resource Page to include education, information, and best practices. He will also be on hand at the exhibit hall at the One Book at a Time table. 

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This newsletter is worth over $1000 to you!  Read it & reap!

Okra Box | Code Read | #siba13 | Book Awards | Industry Summit | BBF

Okra PicksWatch for OKRA to come in the mail!

SIBA’s Okra Picks are gaining traction with booksellers and publishers and we encourage you to order at least one copy of each and do a quick display, in-store and/or online, as these are the books that are getting the benefit of wide-reaching promotion across the south via the Okra Pick Cards, Lady Banks and across the nation with publisher support and SIBA’s active, far-reaching social networking. Your customers will be hearing about these books and looking to buy them. Make sure you have them on hand. And remember to nominate your upcoming favorite southern reads for the Okra Pick. Your authors will thank you, publishers will thank you, and SIBA thanks you, but most of all, your reading customers will thank YOU! 
There is over $650 worth of value in the Okra Pick Box coming your way this week: Check the box to redeem your $50 in Co-op from SIBA.  (And check out the details for the Billy Graham & Me Contest – a bookstore wins $500!) This box is only mailed to SIBA Core Members so make sure you are on the list here.  And if you are not, join siba online here.

Or dowload a dues form and send it in.

Code ReadSign Up for Code Read and SIBA will help you sell!

The first Code Read with 22 participating bookstores was deemed a success.  We want to double the number of participating bookstores before the end of June.  Our next Code Read is on July 2 for Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard.  Sign the bookseller agreement and get it back to us before June 15th, and we will get you in the Code Read Circle.  The first Code Read resulted in The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Ted & Matt Lee appearing on SIBA’s bestseller list for seven weeks and counting.  And we have learned a few things in the process that will enhance the program going forward.  Get on the Code Read(ing) Train with us!

More information about Code Read here

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Sign up for #SIBA13 TODAY!

#SIBA13 is just around the corner and in New Orleans for the first time in SIBA history, so get September 20-22, 2013 on your Events Calendar because it will be the biggest event of the fall and you and your employees should not miss it.  ABA will be holding a IndieCommerce Institute the Thursday before the show.  Book Industry Charitable Foundation will be hosting a Fun-Raiser on Thursday evening.  Elizabeth Gilbert, Stephanie Evanovich, Kat Falls, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joshilyn Jackson, Sena Jeter Naslund, Amy Tan, and Jude Watson are confirmed, and many more authors will be confirming before the end of the month.  We will have a wealth of education from Edelweiss to Common Core, Scoring Authors, and Gifts that Score.  We will have a wealth of exhibitors offering show specials, new products, and new ideas.  The Scavenger Hunt is back as is the $1000 Buyers Raffle.  This will be the best SIBA show ever! Become of fan of SIBA on Facebook and follow #siba13 on Twitter to get the first reports of author confirmations. 

Register for #SIBA13 here: {[E-RSVP YES LINK:Event Code]}! 
or download a registration form

More information about the show here

SIBA Book AwardThe SIBA Book Award Story

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk took him through A Land More Kind Than Home, down to The Cove where the Sea Changes, and A Million Suns Shine Shine Shine on its Fathomless waves, holding him in Thrall. His Descent led Down Bohicket Road towards his Permanent Camp overlooking The Accidental City, its buildings climbing the far slope to Stand Up That Mountain in the distance. It’s just a piece of Stray Decorum, he thought walking through the streets, dodging Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as it swatted at the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, who no longer lived in the old apartment building on the corner but had left the critters to flutter about, nonetheless. He wandered past My Bookstore and walked into the Back in the Day Bakery, where a class on Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking was underway (you could tell by the smell of fried chicken). He thought, “I’m hungry,” as he and my sister and Pete all gathered Around the Southern Table, laden with heaping platters of ole Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides. Billy Lynn turned to my sister and said “I just want to Chomp on 34 Pieces of You.” And she smiled. “Wouldn’t that make me Three Times Lucky,” she said. I knew then I was Losing My Sister to him.

Win $1000!

Pull the book award finalists from your shelves and put them together to show your customers the favorites from last year among southern booksellers.  Who will win in each category?  We will announce winners on Independence Day, and at the SIBA Trade Show this year, we will be hosting a $1000 Display Contest:  Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the SIBA Book Award Winners and recreate it on site at the SIBA trade show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the winning display will receive $1000.  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only.  So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going.  Here are a few winning displays for inspiration:

Night Circus Book Display

Edgar Allan Poe Display

Have a Literary Encounter Display

Banned Books Display

Bookstore Cat Display

SIBA Industry Summit – Meeting of the Minds

Click here for a recap to show every fun-filled moment! 

These enthusiastic booksellers were excited to begin the first day of events in Nashville with generous sponsor Hachette Nashville and Inkreadible! Sponsor Baker & Taylor:

AND finally, take the time to download and read SIBA’s Bookseller Benefits Package.  It will make you money, save you money, help you be a better bookseller, and connect you with other booksellers.  SIBA wants to help!