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News from SIBALand, April 1, 2016

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello Beloved Booksellers,

Wanda JewellI want to add my comments to Diane’s letter below. The ABC Children’s Institute is going to be in Orlando, Florida, and I so hope to see many of you there. This is such an exciting opportunity not only for us to hear some of the best childrens’ programming around but also a unique opportunity to meet up with one another and connect with librarians. Having recently hosted Kate DiCamillo at SIBA in the Springtime, I can’t wait to hear her keynote address. I am eager to learn where the Children’s Book Market is headed because as go the kids, so goes the rest of us. And Thirty Million Words: this innovative simple idea offers so many opportunities for bookstores – simply changing the name of Storytime to Thirty Million Words is a great beginning, no?

My main purpose for attending ABC CI is for the Roundtable – Coordinating a Regional Handselling Challenge. I’d love to see SIBA spearhead handselling challenges across our region to show-off our clout. Our book award finalists, okra picks, and Lady Banks’ picks of the week are all great opportunities to enter into SIBA Handselling Challenges. And speaking of handselling challenges, we are currently in the midst of One Book, One South, Jr. with Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale. I hope you are participating.. I hope those of you attending will join me at the roundtable as I’d love to hear your thoughts. SIBA booksellers who join me at this Roundtable will receive 25 B3! Points.

Many of you do not know this  but before I came to work for SIBA I was a school librarian. In that capacity I attended several American Library Association conventions. We all have the opportunity to attend this years’ Annual ALA Conference & Exhibition, immediately following the ABC Children’s Institute. The ALA has graciously gifted SIBA with a booth so you will have a home base. SIBA will be introducing all of your stores to librarians across the country. We will be promoting One Book, One South, and we will have the Trio Exhibit on display, our Call Me Ishmael phone live, and launch our brand new consumer brochure here. We’d love to have as many of you at our booth as would like to be there.

So here’s the amazing offer I’m willing to make with you. Sign up for the ABC Children’s Institute. Book your hotel room and for every two nights you stay past June 23, and come hang out with us at ALA, SIBA will match with one free hotel night at #SIBA16 in Savannah, GA. We will also give you 100 B3! Points. Give it some thought. Let’s hang out!

With love and admiration,

Wanda Jewell
Your Executive Director

Dear SIBA Colleagues,

I am so excited that the ABC Children’s Institute is coming to our region this June 21-23 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International in Orlando, Florida!
For anyone who has previously attended Winter Institute or Children’s Institute, you are already familiar with the high-quality, compelling programming that ABA and ABC Group offer. And if you haven’t yet already registered for Ci4, I highly encourage you to join me in Orlando for a full day-and-half of programming designed specifically for booksellers specializing in children’s literature.

​If you attended our recent meeting in Atlanta earlier this month, you might remember how much I gushed about Children's Institute. At Little Shop of Stories, we have found it to be an invaluable experience for our booksellers. The speakers, panels, and roundtables offer so much information you won’t be able to get back home to your store and begin implementing everything you learn. But in addition to the education, the opportunity the conference provides to network with fellow children’s booksellers is beyond measure.

If you can't make it, I hope you will consider sending a staff member. You won't regret it!

Click here to register now! Space is filling quickly and I hope to see you there!

All Best,

Diane Capriola
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

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A basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, March 4, 2016

Okra PicksA basket full of Spring 2016 Okra Picks!

(Columbia, SC) – Spring may be the time to plant, but Southern indie booksellers are already harvesting a new crop of Okra Picks. The 2016 Spring Okra Picks have just been selected–a basketful of a dozen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know–Southern independent booksellers. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between April and June, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Read them before they hit the bestseller lists and impress your friends with your impeccable taste and literary savvy!

The 2016 Spring Okra Picks   

Lies and Other Acts of Love Chasing the North Star Raymie Nightingale The Other Widow

Lies and Other Acts of Love 
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Berkley Books, April 2016          
Fiction, 9781101987063

Chasing the North Star
by Robert Morgan
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, April 2016
Fiction, 9781565126275

Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, April 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780763681173

The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford
William Morrow & Company, April 2016
Fiction, 9780062362889

Julia Reed's South Over the Plain Houses Redemption Road Lily and Dunkin

Julia Reed's South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long
by Julia Reed
Rizzoli International Publications, April 2016
Cooking, 9780847848287

Over the Plain Houses
by Julia Franks
Hub City Press, May 2016
Fiction, 9781938235214

Redemption Road
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9780312380366

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553536744

Highly Illogical Behavior Last Ride to Graceland Field of Graves A Thousand Miles to Nowhere

Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
Dial Books, May 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780525428183

Last Ride to Graceland
by Kim Wright
Gallery Books, May 2016
Fiction, 9781501100789

Field of Graves
by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780778318927

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
by John Gregory Brown
Lee Boudreaux Books, June 2016
Fiction, 9780316302807

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit

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Important April IBD information!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
It's down to the wire and time to get serious about Bookstore Day.
Read below for lots of great tips & important information

Important reminders:
1.Time to order companion titles for Bookstore Day. There are lots of discounts to take advantage of. See below for details.

2.Join us for a TWITTER PARTY Wednesday, April 27. Details to come. Follow us @bookstoreday

3.Don't forget tomake a PLANfor how to handle sales on April 30.Many items, especially the Gaiman Coloring Book,have gotten a lot of social media attention already. You may want to restrict the number any one customer can buy until a certain hour.

4.Please start distributing your IBD bookmarks ASAP. Theyshould have arrived in the March ABA red box (or alongside it if your order was big).
5.Don't forget to add your party and event plans to the spreadsheet so we can let media know what you are doing on April 30.

6.Put the IBD logo on your website's homepage with a link to your party plans so people going to your site from our searchable map can easily find out what's going on.
Promotion & Marketing Help for Bookstores
We have lots of marketing & merchandising help on the website that you can download and use in-store or on-line. Print out teasers and stick them in books. Printable signs, shelf-talkers, and press releases too!

Still looking for good party ideas?Check out our "Making the Most of IBD" for loads of party and promotional ideas!

Did you miss the Winter Institute presentation?Lots of good info. to be had!

Help complete the world's longest tattoo chain on IBD
In 2014, Litographsasked 5,000 members of their communityto lend a hand (or a forearm, or a shoulder blade) and become a part of the World's Longest Tattoo Chain.

Litographs took the entirety of Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, and broke it into 5,000 individually designed temporary tattoos. The goal is to recreate this iconic novelon the skin of 5,000 readers.
They have collected nearly 3,000 photographs, and the goal is to complete the chain on Independent Bookstore Day 2016.
They are offering free temporary literary tattoos to any participating bookstore, and giving Bookstore Day customers the chance to participate in this awesome project at no cost.

If you would like to take part, please confirm with Corey Fain via email no later thanFriday, April 1.They will ship you temporary tattoos, wet wipes for customers to apply them, and cards with instructions for how to add photos to the chain.
Backlist discounts from Ingram
Ingram is extending an extra 2% discount on all IBD companion titles (these are backlist titles by IBD 2016 contributors) to IBD stores.
Promo runs 4/1 -- 4/30. No minimums, can be used as multiple times. Promotion titles can be part of another order--no need to order these by themselves.

The following titles areeligible:

The Tale of Despereaux
Kate DiCamillo
Flora and Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Kate DiCamillo
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
Raina Telgemeier
Prince Fly Guy
Tedd Arnold
Cartwheel Books
Rad American Women A-Z
Schatz and Stahl
City Lights/Consortium
Duck & Goose: Let's Dance!
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose Go To the Beach
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose Colors
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books
Fortunately, The Milk
Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman/Chris Riddell 3-book Box Set
Neil Gaiman
Curious George Goes to a Bookstore
H.A. Rey
Curious George at the Baseball Game
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Curious George Goes Camping
H.A. Rey
Curious George Visits the Library
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Curious George & First Day of School
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Treasury of Curious George
H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Birthday Surprise
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
Where is Curious George?
H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Ice Cream Surprise H.A. Rey
Curious George & the Firefighters
H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Run (P.S)
Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
Patron Saint of Liars
Ann Patchett
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
Harper Perennial
Medium Raw
Anthony Bourdain
Ecco Press
The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Fran Lebowitz
More Backlist DISCOUNTS

Curious George Discount
Returnable Retailers and Returnable RDC customers may receive a63% discounton one order of ten or more copies ofCurious George Goes to a Bookstore(9780544320734, $13.99). One order, only.Must be placed between March 7, 2016 and April 15, 2016.Extra discount applies to this title, only. Multiple ship-to lo- cations acceptable. Customers must promote Curious George Goes to a Bookstore (9780544320734) for at least one month betweenMarch 7 and May2, 2016. May not be combined with other offers. Regular shipping terms apply. Offer is available only to retailers in good credit standing. Your HMH rep must be notified when you place your order.PROMO CODE/EDI CODE: TRDSGP

Bourdain, Patchett & Gaiman discounts
Retail accounts may earn an extra discount to promote any of the titles listed below in feature placement promotions.
  • +3% discount on orders placed betweenMarch 14th, 2016 and April 15th, 2016
  • Free freight with a minimum order of 15 units per ship to location
  • Please see the last page on theIBD catalogfor a list of applicable titles and ISBNs.
  • Promo code: IBD16+3
Want a FREE Duck & Goose Party Pack?
Want to throw a Duck & Goose celebration on Bookstore Day? The FREE Duck & Goose Independent Bookstore Day Event Kit features storytime activitiesand giveaways--everything you need for a honkin', quackin'FUN day (just add kids)! This exclusive event kit is FREE to Independent Bookstore Day participants. To order, contact your RH Children's rep or


Videos are coming from Tad Hills and Lauren Groff too!
And now, a word from Kate DiCamillo
Please feel free to use this video for any promotions you want.
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day
Kate DiCamillo on Bookstore Day

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Blow up the Internet! The NAIBA & SIBA Social Media Retreat

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Join us on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 when NAIBA and SIBA will blow up the internet with a Social Media Retreat. This retreat will increase booksellers’ level of expertise, comfort, and productivity in marketing books and their store on social media platforms. General discussions and specific training will commence based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, expert).

Register here!

Best way to describe this? Hands-on training and hands-down best bookselling event you'll go to this year.  We will cover all the social media platforms and talk about best practices, best uses, and strategy, and then spend time in groups based on levels of comfort for each platform. You'll up your skill level.  We'll do live social media on titles selected by publishers. We'll schedule, photograph, discuss content, learn about advertising. We will talk about and work on everything! Bring your laptop and your enthusiasm.

Saturday - Sunday, April 9-10

Hilton Arlington, VA
950 North Stafford St.
Arlington, Virginia  22203

Your hotel reservations should be made by this Friday, March 25. The room rate is $119 and both associations will rebate $100 of that to their attending member stores after the event. (One rebate per store.)  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or booking at  Group code is SIB

For more information go to; email; or call (516)-333-0681

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News from SIBALand, March 18, 2016

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, March 18, 2016

Jill Hendrix, Fiction AddictionDear SIBA member,

It was great seeing so many of you at the SITS & GABBS event in Atlanta a week or so ago. For those of you who couldn’t attend here’s a recap of the education that SIBA and the ABA provided:

  • I presented the results from the first ABACUS South financial survey (Power Point, handout). Many thanks to the ABA for making this possible! I’d love to get even more SIBA members participating this year so watch for the survey for FY 2015 coming from the ABA in a few months. For those who’ve never participated, take a look at the questions from last year’s survey and you’ll see that it’s basic information taken from your taxes. So hand a copy to your bookkeeper (i.e., the store owner for many of us J) or accountant and ask them how hard it would be for you to participate this year.
  • We heard about the New Localism from Oren Teicher, the CEO of ABA, and then had an open discussion forum about the challenges and opportunities we are seeing in our channel.

The SIBA board also held our first board meeting of the year. We drafted a survey that I’ll be asking you to fill out in my next bimonthly email. Since this is my last year on the board, we have a slot coming open and I encourage you to consider serving; self-nominations are welcome. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you might have about serving. Here is the Call for Nominations. Deadline for nominations is end of day,  April 15.

I hope many of you are planning to attend BEA in Chicago in May. Remember to pack your Y’all Buttons so it will be easier for us to recognize each other among the hordes. BEA has heard bookseller complaints about the show being in NYC for the last several years and is testing moving it around the country. So when deciding whether to attend or not keep in mind that if we don’t bring a good turnout of booksellers to Chicago then the show may move back to NYC permanently. ABA member booksellers who have not attended BEA in the last two years have the opportunity to win one of 60 BEA Scholarships that consist of cash stipends of $435 each to help defray their hotel and travel costs to BEA 2016. The ABA will hold their publicity speed-dating event again this year. I participated last year and highly recommend it.

I’m so happy the weather has finally warmed up and I hope you’re having lots of customers looking for Easter gifts and gardening books!


Jill Hendrix
SIBA President
Fiction Addiction owner

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