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Executive Director Wanda Jewell heads west, Linda-Marie Barrett becomes Assistant Executive Director

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, June 5, 2017

Exciting Changes at SIBA!: SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell heads west and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe’s General Manager Linda-Marie Barrett joins SIBA as Assistant Executive Director.

Wanda JewellSIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell will relocate in 2018 to San Francisco, Ca. to be near family. She wants to spend time with her granddaughter and “any future grands to come!” Of her decision to relocate out of the territory, she writes, “I believe this will be good for SIBA. I’ll have access to a whole new culture of bookselling. I’ll research new products, concepts, and ideas at work and bring them to SIBA booksellers. I’m investigating the possibility of sharing resources with NCIBA, as well as contacting new vendors.” Even after she relocates, Jewell will keep east coast hours to be available to SIBA members. “As my signature says, call anytime for any reason!”

Linda-Marie BarrettAs part of the transition, Linda-Marie Barrett, longtime General Manager and former co-owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC leaves Malaprop’s to join SIBA as Assistant Executive Director. Her initial focus will be as a Rep on the Road Liaison to SIBA booksellers, expanding on outreach she’d already begun as a SIBA Board member. She will accelerate participation in SIBA’s Frindies (Author Friends) program, and be the east coast SIBA representative beginning in early 2018. “Malaprop’s has been my heart for almost 29 years, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to work with Wanda Jewell, someone I admire tremendously. Traveling the territory, meeting indie booksellers, and exploring what’s working and what needs attention is a perfect match for my passion to build connections, find solutions, and offer practical assistance. I’m so looking forward to getting started!”

Barrett resigned her position on the SIBA Board at their last board meeting on May 30. She officially stepped into the position of SIBA Assistant Executive Director on June 5, and can be reached at lindamarie@sibaweb.com

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Writer's Block Bookstore says...
Posted Monday, June 12, 2017
congrats to both. Wanda, may you have a wonderful life in CA with your family and grand kids. Very exciting new chapter.
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Wanda Jewell says...
Posted Monday, June 12, 2017
Thank you! You can take the girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl. Fifty three of sixty two years spent in the SIBA Region.
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Robert N. Macomber says...
Posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Welcome Linda-Marie. Malaprop's is an extraordinary book store, so you have a wealth of successful experiences to share with all SIBA members ~ congratulations!
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