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IBD Catalog, Binc Scholarships, and B3! Webinars: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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IBD EXCLUSIVE ITEMS AVAILABLE TO ORDER

Fight the Power Utility PouchStores participating in Independent Bookstore Day must place orders by February 2!

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2018 catalog of exclusive items.

The 2018 catalog is live at www.indiebookstoreday.com. Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 to place their Bookstore Day orders online. Bookstore Day will also be present at Winter Institute in Memphis to answer questions and take orders in person.

BINC HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will begin accepting applications for its annual Higher Education Scholarship Program on January 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees/owners, Independent
Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these
employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24)
awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of
$5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at
https://www.scholarsapply.org/binc


B3! WEBINARS

"Authors in School Programs" is now available to view

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program with Jamie Rogers Southern. 

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in School Program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

Click to watch Creating Community Webinar

Next Up:
February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

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EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Stephanie Jones-ByrneStephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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Name: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Store and location: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Number of years as a bookseller: More than 14 all together. I worked at a used, rare and antiquarian shop in Florida for about 9 years and have worked at Malaprop's twice for a total of about 5 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
This is really boring, but it's talking to people about books. There are new and fascinating conversations to be had every day.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Favorite handsell of 2017:
I have two: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

staff picksBest thing you did this year at your store:
This is really tough. The store hosts wonderful authors and is consistently amazing thanks to a lot of teamwork. If I have to pick the best thing I did personally, it would be revamping our "Blind Date With a Bookseller" system. We choose staff favorites, wrap them in brown paper and put descriptive terms on them along with the ISBN and price so folks can buy them knowing what makes them great reads, but not knowing what they are. We were handwriting the information, but it has become so popular that it was becoming a full-time job. So, I made a template that allows us to make and print labels for each book. We print several labels at time and keep them filed so a bookseller can quickly wrap a book and glue on a label. It's still a big job to keep up with demand, but I think it's a bit easier now.

MalapropsSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook @malapropsbooks 14,181 likes
Twitter @Malaprops 16,400 followers
Instagram @malapropsbookstore 1,791 followers

Top priority going into 2018:
I joined the Author Events and Marketing team in 2017 and it's a great team. I want to help continue to expand our events, streamline our event processes and grow our audience and community.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA helps booksellers to be resources for each other. It can save a lot of wheel reinventing.  


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

bullet journalingBeing in step with the trend "Assisted Development."
Trendwatching.com notes that "post-demographic consumers of all ages are crafting new narratives of adulthood. In 2018, they'll look to brands to help. Changing social attitudes, converging economic pressures and endless choice have scrambled the way millions of people think about, attain – or avoid! – traditional markers of adult life. Now, post-demographic consumers will look to brands to teach them life skills, let them outsource daily tasks, or help them realize personal life goals." Two NC bookstores are doing just this by hosting workshops to help readers organize their lives through bullet/dot journaling:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville: Dot Journaling Workshop with Clara Boza: Back by popular demand: Dot Journaling! Dot Journaling, also known as Bullet Journaling®, is sweeping the world as a smart, one-place-for-everything approach to journaling, planning, tracking, and note-taking. It's a system that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem: Bullet Journal Workshop: Learn from our friend, Molly Keener, as she leads you through creating your own bullet journal.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to The Oxford Exchange, Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, Cavalier House Books, Bookmarks, and The Country Bookshop!

9781101967386 Love and Ruin 5/1/2018
"McLain is the master storyteller and the guru of historical fiction!"

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"Groff creates a wide range of characters, settings, and plots that avoid cliche. In their own way, each character seems to be searching for a sense of belonging and meaning, and I found myself rooting even for characters that I didn't fully like."

9780316262286 Ghost Boys 4/7/2018
"This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"What a beautiful story of love, regrets and responsibility. Book clubs will love this one.?"

9781501175183 By the Book 2/6/2018
"I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth."

9781250173836 Caged 7/10/2018
"Read this book, you will be enthralled and horrified at the same time."

9781442472457 Thunderhead 1/9/2018
"even when I thought I knew what would happen, a new twist would turn my perception on its head."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



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EUREKAsiba is open for registration! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)

EUREKA Talk topics (more to come) include:

The Strange Kindness of Booksellers / Brian Lampkin of Scuppernong Books
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers /  BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Little Bookstore, Big Mouth / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore

Schedule of Events:

(Breakfast is included for everyone staying at the Embassy Suites)
9-Noon EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
10-4 Galley Room Open

Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:45-4:45 EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
5-6 Author Reception & Happy Hour
6-8 Dinner

Fees:

SIBA Core Member Booksellers: $39 each
Industry Members: $99 each
Non-Members: $200 each

Hotel Info:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport * 4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Brandie B. JohnsonBrandie Bradshaw Johnson, Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

"We just want people to come and see the new store, see the new changes that we've made. If they've been in the store in the past-we've made some updates and upgrades. But it still has that vintage, comfortable feel" - Brandie B. Johnson

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Name: Brandie Bradshaw Johnson

Store and location: 
Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

Number of years as a bookseller: Less than one.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
 Read HerringI love that I get to help further the life of a book. It was written, published, printed, now it's waiting to be read. So often the books that I handsell are books that a customer wouldn't necessarily find on their own. Books that aren't going to be on Amazon's "frequently purchased" list, or on the front table of a big chain store, or even on a best seller list. But they're incredible books all the same, they just need a little help getting into people's hands. And, watching a customer's face when they realize you've just handed them the bookthat book they really wanted to read but just didn't know it, is elating. . 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I don't usually read two books at once because I get all mixed up on characters, but with one being a biography and the other a novel, I haven't yet confused myself. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Matzo Frogs by Sally Rosenthal. It's a precious children book about a group of frogs making the traditional Jewish Matzo Ball soup. The best part was, I didn't know when I suggested the book that the customer's grandchildren were Jewish, and when I produced the book she was delighted; not only because her grandchildren would find the frogs to be cute and funny, but because, of all of the children's books I could have picked, I chose to suggest a children's book that celebrates a culture I did not even know the customer had a personal connection to.  . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
We rebranded. The store was originally The NewSouth Bookstore. The bookstore shares a building with the publisher NewSouth Books, owned by my business partners. My partners and I came to the realization that promoting two separate businesses, with almost identical names, in the same location was pretty darn hard. So, Read Herring was born. My parents and I crafted a 5' 5" red fish that has a top hat and suitcase. He traveled around downtown Montgomery for a week, standing in front of local businesses. We had a big campaign with social media posts, newsletters, and custom postcards with Swedish fish attached promoting the new name and encouraging people to go find the fish (we named him Harry) and take a picture with him. If they posted the picture on our Facebook page and used the hashtag #wellreadherring, they were entered into a drawing for daily prizes. Anyone who found him in every location had a chance to win the grand prize. The daily prizes were books that related to the type of business Harry was at that day. The grand prize was a basket full of merchandise/gift cards from all of the participating businesses. We made the news a few times and had a feature article in the business section of The Montgomery Advertiser. It was a ton of fun. There's talk of our rebranding campaign being submitted for consideration for a design award.

Read Herring LogoSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
We have roughly 250 Facebook followers. We don't have a Twitter right now. I have zero tweeting skills and I think if you're going to have the account, it needs to be well run. Our biggest draw is our newsletter. It usually hits a 14% to 21% open rate, which is higher than the standard for the retail industry, or at least that's what Mail Chimp tells me. Our newspaper is really great here and they like to throw little blurbs and pictures of the store in to the paper when they can. Our customer base is not as vested in social media. Word of mouth and general foot traffic also drive customers to the store. 

 

Top priority going into 2018:
Expanding the store. We have plans to add a stellar children's area and sprinkle in some sidelines. I regularly wake up at 3 am mumbling things like "Dad can build a tree to go in the corner. Oh, and carve a bench out of a log!" Really though, we have some exciting plans for the space. Getting kids interested in reading and making it a fun experience is honestly one of the most important things a bookstore does. 

I think other than the children's space, my top priority is just to keep the momentum up. We had record breaking sales in October and our foot traffic has increased in the past few months. I want to keep the store out in front of the community and make it one of those places people are drawn to. You know the kind of space I'm talking about. That quintessential small town bookstore, where you just want to hunker down in one of the chairs and read the day away. The kind of place Jesmyn Ward or Michelle Obama might want to pop by... A girl can dream, right? 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The Peer Brain Trust. I just recently found it on the SIBA website and I think it's great! So often my partners and I will talk about programs and ideas we'd like to implement and then spend days spinning our wheels and wracking out brains trying to figure out where to start. The most helpful one I've found so far is the working with schools section. Now that we're adding a children's section, forming relationships with our local schools is a must. This section has given me some good ideas and allowed me to find a "jumping off point" if you will. 


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Create a photo-op spot in your store (with store logo) to capture current trend of chronicling our experiences via selfies on social media: (via Shelf-Awareness)

Image of the Day: 'Every Book Is a Tardis'

Kurtis Lowe of Book Travelers West took this photo of owner Lisa Reid in the new Tardis featured in her store, Lucy's Books in Astoria, Ore.

Why a Tardis in a bookstore? Reid explained: "Every book is a Tardis, so a Tardis in a bookstore seems reasonable."


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Flyleaf Books, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, M. Judson, and Books & Books!

9781250088567 This Is How It Always Is! 1/23/2018
"There is nothing simple about this book, yet it didn't feel like an "issues" book.!"

9781250111197 Behind Her Eyes 1/30/2018
"Everything you want in a thriller with a twist at the end you'll get the hashtag associated with the release #WTFThatEnding! Oh. And it doesn't have "Girl" in the title. Bonus!"

9781501176265 Sadness Is a White Bird 2/13/2018
"This devastating, beautifully wrought story reminds us that the mentality of Us vs Them can only end badly for both."

9780316213592 Sheep 101 3/13/2018
"Who knew there was such a need for a counting sheep tutorial?"

9780553447583 Anatomy of a Miracle 3/13/2018
"This book has ruined me. It was so good I don't want to read anything else. I've been in a funk for days since I finished it knowing that nothing else is going to measure up."

9781250111777 Gods of Howl Mountain 3/20/2018
"I think Taylor Brown shook Tom Robbins and Flannery O'Connor in a cocktail shaker with whiskey, cannabis, and sassafras and out poured Granny May."

9781938235382 Whiskey & Ribbons 3/6/2018
"Cross-Smith has serious storytelling talent."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.

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2018 Winter Okra Picks: A Bumper Crop of Delicious Reads!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018

Okra PicksThe 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers – who have chosen these dozen and a half – books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!

The Road to Bittersweet The Road to Bittersweet Robicheaux Daily Writing Resistance 

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709493 | 15.95 | January 2018

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster 9781501176845 27.99 January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Uner a Cloudless Sky Fire Sermon The Afterlives The Problim Children 

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate An American Marriage The Promise Whiskey & Ribbons 

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate Daisy Cakes Bakes The Hush The Past Is Never 

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain I Was Anastsia 

Gods of Howl Mountain
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

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B3! Webinars and Book Clubs, and Winter Okra Picks: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017

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B3! 

B3! Building Better Booksellers

New for 2018: SIBA B3! Book Club and Webinars, online during SIBA Office Hours at 2 pm

1/10: B3! Webinar
Authors in Schools Programs with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks

2/14: B3! Webinar
Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels, The Country Bookshop,
and Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books


3/14: B3! Book Club
"When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel H. Pink

3/21: B3! Webinar
Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, Non-Profits
with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, and Anne Waters, Hub City Bookshop


4/25: B3! Webinar
Edelweiss with Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction

5/16: B3! Book Club
"Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere"
by Ed O'Malley and Amanda Cebula


7/11: B3! Book Club
"Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping"
by Paco Underhill, updated and revised version.

Email Linda-Marie Barrett at lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space.

MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Anne WatersAnne Holcomb Waters, Hub City Books

Anne has 18 years of bookselling experience, beginning at the Capitol Bookstore in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she worked for five years. She then turned to trade book publishing, serving as publicist for August House Publishers in Arkansas and vice president of sales and marketing for John F. Blair, Publisher in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After ten years with Blair, she purchased, revitalized and managed the Green Goat Gallery in Salisbury, N.C., a regional art and craft gallery. She also founded and operated the Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Salisbury.

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Name: ​Anne Holcomb Waters

Hub City InteriorStore and location: 
Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Number of years as a bookseller: Nine: the past four at Hub City and five at Capitol Bookstore in Little Rock, AR, 1988-1993​

Best part about being a bookseller?:
Connecting books and people. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (who worked on this fabulous debut novel while a HCWP's writers-in-residence last year), All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greeenwood (I am embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book), Varina by Charles Frazier (just started), and Malagash by Joey Comeau, published by Canada's wonderful ECW Press (on the horizon). 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur because this collection sings to the blossoming poet in all of us. We've sold 56 and counting . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Promoted our bookseller Leena Dbouk to assistant manager/events coordinator.

Top priority going into 2018:
Make Hub City Bookshop a destination bookstore for readers and writers!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The SIBA Discovery Show, which I first attended as a newbie publicist for August House Publishers in 1993. It is still a grand place to discover wonderful books and sidelines, mingle with authors, make new friends and catch up with old ones.
 


OkraWINTER OKRA PICKS

A bumper crop!

The first thing booksellers will notice about the 2018 Okra Picks is that it is a loooong list. Eighteen titles instead of the usual twelve or thirteen. Thats because with the advent of the new "Send to SIBA" option on Edelweiss, SIBA received almost three times as many nominations for Okra Picks as it has in the past. Watch for your Okra Box mailing in early January.

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation 9781496709493 15.95 January 2018

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster | 9781501176845 | 27.99 | January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers  | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

And don't forget to report your Fall Okra Pick sales!


PodcastBRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Reach new audiences and chronicle your store events and favorite reads with a podcast:

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Page & Palette, Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser and Bookmarks!

9781635571585 I Found My Tribe 3/6/2018
"Oh my! Such lovely poetic writing that detail such difficult times!"

9781452150147 Hello Hello 2/6/2018
"This little gem of a picture book is as beautiful as it is multifaceted."

9780062686664 Tangerine 3/27/2018
"Take nothing for granted in this debut that is much more than the sum of its influences."

9781524797027 Need to Know 1/23/2018
"Clear your calendar because you won't want to do anything until you finish this book! This was intense without being over the top - fans of espionage thrillers are going to love it!"

9780399590504 Educated 2/20/2018
"This memoir captivated me from chapter one and continues to haunt me long after I finished it. This is a compelling, can't-stop-reading story perfect for readers of all genres. Moving, emotional and uplifting!"

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In the last issue: The Bookshelf, online website sales are up, store-branded merchandise

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Christmas shopping trends, Online website sales up: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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AVERAGE SALES ONLINE AT INDIECOMMERCE SITES UP 31%

Sales data collected by Google Analytics for November 2017 showed that aggregate online sales for IndieCommerce sites were up 31 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
IndieCommerce sites also experienced dramatic increases in the average conversion rate, which increased by more than 22 percent over November 2016. The average value of an online order placed during this period also increased from $46 to $49.09.

The Google data also indicates that there was substantial growth in the online sale of signed books and prepaid tickets for store-sponsored events.

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Annie B. JonesMEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Annie Butterworth Jones, owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf

A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among fellow readers and the books she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.) 

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Name: Annie B. Jones

The BookshelfStore and location: 
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: Six years

Best part about being a bookseller?:
The moments when I connect with a customer on a book we both read and loved. Those conversations are like mini-book club meetings, and they're my favorite thing. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
I'm always drowning in ARCs, so right now I'm reading The Queen of Hearts, a debut novel releasing mid-February. (Jury's still out, but I like what I've read thus far.) I try to read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time, so I'm also reading David Leibovitz's L'Appart, which is perfect to pick up and put down during this hectic season. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Do I have to pick just one? Probably Young Jane Young, but I also loved selling Rabbit Cake and Little Fires Everywhere this year. 

The Bookshelf InteriorBest thing you did this year at your store:
We're in an off-the-beaten-path location, and it can be tough to get authors to come to our small town, so for Small Business Saturday, we invited other entrepreneurs to come do pop-up shops in our store. We wanted to celebrate small businesses we loved, and it wound up being such a great day. We hosted our local kids' craft studio, which meant 5-year-old entrepreneurs got to sell their handmade goods in our bookstore, and an 11-year-old author signed copies of her self-published book. (We were basically all in tears watching the joy on their faces.) To top it all off, we did a live recording of our store podcast in partnership with The Popcast, a pop culture podcast we're big fans of. It was a jam-packed day, but everything went swimmingly, and we got to partner with so many people we loved. It was perfect.

Top priority going into 2018:
I'd love to see us maintain and sustain our growth. So much of 2017 was experimenting and seeing what worked, which was great, but also exhausting. I want to keep doing the things we do well, and if possible, eliminate the excess for my own well-being and the well-being of my staff.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA has introduced me to fellow booksellers I wouldn't have met otherwise, and those connections have allowed me to create a network of people I trust with my business. As someone still relatively new to the whole bookselling enterprise, some of SIBA's educational courses and seminars have also been really helpful. 


LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Consumer insights from Google

'Twas the week before (and after) Christmas, when shoppers went nuts.

Would it surprise you to hear that we see 34% more shopping searches on Christmas Day than on Black Friday? That's just one of the eye-opening consumer trends we're watching closely now that the 2017 holiday season is in full swing. With mobile, shoppers know they can easily find and get what they're looking for up until the last minute. So despite all of the improvements retailers have made to shipping speed and product availability, many people still wait to buy. That means that a lot of December's holiday shopping happens right before—and even after—Christmas, giving more reason for retailers to continue to drive store traffic from online and offline media throughout the Christmas shopping season..

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, The Oxford Exchange, and Vero Beach Book Center.

9781427212689 The Great Alone 2/6/2018
"Wonderful! Well-drawn characters navigate painful, almost impossible situations exacerbated by the beyond-tough Alaskan environment."

9780525522874 How to Stop Time 2/6/2018
"Such an interesting concept...people living for hundreds of years. Not forever, but long enough to experience times that turn into well-known history."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"Nesbo did an excellent job of melding the theatre of Macbeth with the grittiness of a 70s drama--think Serpico on the Elizabethan stage."

9780805243321 This Narrow Space 1/30/2018
"I went into this book interested in the cultural and medical experiences of an accomplished physician; I came out blown away by the reflections of a profoundly gifted writer."

9780062676979 The House of Impossible Beauties 2/6/2018
"Set in and around the drag scene of 1980s, this is a novel completely and utterly alive, in character, setting, and prose."

9780062667601 That Kind of Mother 5/8/2018
". . . a beautiful, bold novel about motherhood, race, and privilege. With a singular aesthetic and style, Alam explores the limits of family and of knowing those closest to us."

9780545709569 I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain 5/29/2018
"How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking."

9781619023345 Heart Berries 2/6/2018
"Terese Marie Mailhot addresses numerous people she has loved in her life--a mother, a father, a lover, and others--and in doing so, she gets right to the core of it: what it feels like to love, to accept love, despite our and its limitations."

9780062429933 Rich and Pretty 6/7/2016
". . . reads like a romance between two friends, exploring the ups and downs that occur in any long friendship."

9781250127488 Brave Enough for Two 6/12/2018
"With classic-feeling illustrations and a gentle back and forth story, Hoot and Olive is reminiscent of the friendships found in the AA Milne Winnie the Pooh stories. "

9781451657647 Lost in the Beehive 4/10/2018
"A novel that reads like a memoir in the manner of Patty Smith, and even Jeannette Walls. I often forgot it was fiction, that these were not real people."

9781250081438 The Resurrection of Joan Ashby 8/29/2017
"This is the kind of book that changes the reader alongside the change of the characters."

9780778330691 Rosie Colored Glasses 2/20/2018
"Wolfson's first novel is a beautifully heartbreaking work that deals with the effects of opiates on addicts and their families."

9781250140227 The Bishop's Pawn 3/20/2018
"Berry's venerable Cotton Malone will lead you on a journey unraveling a mystery that will leave you wondering long after you finish reading this book."

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In last week's issue: Foggy Pine Books, PW Bookseller of the Year nominations

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