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FoxTale Bookshop owner loses home to fire

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, February 19, 2016
For those of you who didn't see it in Shelf Awareness yesterday --  FoxTale Book Shoppe, Atlanta, Ga.: the home of Karen Schwettman, one of the store owners, and her husband, Gene, who is also involved with the store, has burned to the ground. Although the Schwettmans escaped without injury, they lost their pets and all their belongings.

Co-owners Jackie Tanase and Ellen Ward are raising money to help the Schwettmans. For more information, click here. https://www.gofundme.com/mtparun5

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A Thank You to SIBA Booksellers and Publishers from Book Harvest

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, January 22, 2016
Wanda,

 

I hope you are doing well.  It has been a few weeks since we met at the Raleigh Hilton on that busy Sunday afternoon in September, but I wanted to report to you what has happened with the books that were left for us to take.

All five carloads were taken to Book Harvest for sorting so we could know what treasures we were given from those that had been a part of the SIBA conference.  The books that could benefit children were given to Book Harvest.  Cookbooks were also included because of the collaboration with PORCH.

From there we started looking for non-profits in North Carolina that might enjoy new books for their adult clients.  It has been an adventure as we have researched, called and delivered.  Some staff members showed exuberant enthusiasm as soon as they saw the new books.  My favorite was hearing a gentleman exclaim that the guys would think it was Christmas in October as he brought them these new books.
Allied Churches of Alamance County homeless shelter -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
Book Harvest (Durham) -- 1,248 books / ARCs
Durham Literacy Center -- 122 books / ARCs
Durham Public Library -- 14 boxes of books / ARCs
Freedom House Recovery Center (Chapel Hill) -- 131 books / ARCs
Healing with CAARE, Inc. (Durham) -- 300 books/ ARCs
Library in rural Nash County -- 4 boxes of books / ARCs
Love Wins (Raleigh) -- 120 books / ARCs
Pennies for Change (Durham) -- 40 books
Ronald McDonald House of Wake and Durham County -- 62 ARCs
SECU Community House (Chapel Hill) -- 4 boxes of books / ARCs
Spring Arbor Assisted Living retirement home (Durham) -- 25 ARCs
TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) -- 164 ARCs plus 20 books
Urban Ministries of Greensboro -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
YWCA Family Shelter in Greensboro -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
Please convey our thanks to the publishers who contributed the books left at the SIBA convention, and also the gratitude of all the organizations who received these books, and the individuals served by said organizations. In particular, as volunteers at Book Harvest, we know first-hand how a child's eyes light up when they are given the first book of their own. As a result of this distribution effort, we have been given the opportunity to see other organizations in action, and we have seen for ourselves how much need and appreciation there is among disadvantaged adults as well.

With reading in our future,
Julia and Scott Bales

Book Harvest

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One Book, One South, Jr. – with Kate DiCamillo and Raymie Nightingale

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, January 15, 2016
Updated: Friday, January 22, 2016

One Book, One South, JrThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is partnering with Candlewick Press to bring readers One Book, One South, Jr. – a Southern-wide “one book” event featuring Raymie Nightingale, the newest book by the award-winning and much beloved author, Kate DiCamillo. Raymie Nightingale is the first children's book to be selected for SIBA's One Book, One South program (hence the "Jr."), and in addition to the target audience of 10 and up, SIBA feels the book has a great crossover appeal.

Raymie Nightingale releases on April 12, 2016 and will be the subject of a coordinated promotion across SIBA member bookstores, both in-store and online, culminating in a Facebook event on May 6, 2016 capping off Children’s Book Week.  In the period leading up to the Q&A, bookstores will encourage their customers to submit questions in advance, reach out to librarians and teachers in their communities, and feature the book in their own newsletters and displays. Kate DiCamillo and Raymie Nightingale will be featured in SIBA’s popular newsletter for Southern literature, Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book in the weeks leading up to the Facebook event.

“We’re very excited about One Book, One South, Jr. and Kate DiCamillo’s participation,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “SIBA believes that independent bookstores are vital to the success of any book, and when they get behind one they love, there is no stopping them. Raymie Nightingale is that kind of a book.”

About the Book:

Three girls. One summer. The friendship that rescues them all.

Raymie NightingaleRaymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town three days ago with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

About Kate DiCamillo:

Kate DiCamilloKate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal for "the outstanding contribution for children's literature." Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of Despereaux, 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie,2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress.
Because of Winn Dixie won the 2001 SIBA Book Award for Children. It has appeared on the Southern Bestseller list as has The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy and The Magician’s Elephant.  Kate DiCamillo has appeared on the Southern Indie Bestseller List over 50 weeks. 

A southern sister, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information, contact Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com

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News from SIBAland, January 6, 2016

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year, dearest SIBA Booksellers!

Here is the latest super-duper important stuff we want you to be aware of! Make a resolution to read all your SIBA email this year so you don't miss out.


A Letter from Jill Hendrix, SIBA Board President

Jill Hendrix

Dear SIBA Members!

I hope you all had great holiday sales. Fiction Addiction was up slightly for the holidays and more for the year thanks to some big events. Now, if I could just figure out how to get those big events each and every year :)

Winter seems to have finally hit the South, so maybe I'll be used to the cold by the time I fly to Denver for Winter Institute in a couple of weeks. I hope to see many of you there or in Atlanta in March for SITS & GABBS.

As you work on your financial end-of-the-year reports, think ahead to filling out the ABACUS survey for the ABA in a few months. If you'd like a copy of the questions asked last year, just email me or Wanda.

My New Year's Resolution is to read (done!) and implement The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I've begun implementing at home and at the store and am pleasantly surprised at how well it's worked. What are your resolutions for your business this year?

As you reflect on the past year and plan for the future, please let SIBA know what we can help you with over the coming year and what opportunities you are excited about.

Happy New Year!

-Jill Hendrix, SIBA President
Fiction Addiction owner
jill@fiction-addiction.com

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Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607
864-675-0540
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http://www.fiction-addiction.com
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http://facebook.com/FictionAddictionBookstore


Indie Bookstore Day

INDIE Bookstore Day
Participate fully for 25 B3! Engagement points

The 2016 Independent Bookstore Day catalogue and order sheet goes live January 15, and participating booksellers will have until February 1 to place their orders. IBD staff will also have a consultation station at ABA's Winter Institute in Denver later this month to offer ordering guidance. Orders are placed online through the IBD website and fulfilled by Ingram.

The 2016 list of exclusive, limited items IBD includes:

  • Draw Me! How to Draw Your Favorite Characters. Plus Treasure Maps, Flip Books and More! with art by Raina Telgemeier, Mo Willems, Tedd Arnold, Lisa Brown, Kazu Kibuishi, David LaRochelle and others (CBD Publishing)
  • Special signed edition of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale with bound-in mini-essay on the joys of books and bookstores (Candlewick)
  • Bad Citizen stencil reading: Think before you read. READ before you think. --Fran Lebowitz (CBD Publishing)
  • $6 Story: The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore, 3 Instructive Essays by Ann Patchett, signed (CBD Publishing)
  • Literary Tea Towels with quotes from Anna Quindlen and David Mitchell (CBD Publishing)
  • X Is for... 7" vinyl record of an original song based on Rad American Women A-Z, featuring the voices of Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Charlene Yi and many others. Poster and free download included (CBD Publishing)
  • READ with ME Curious George plush toy
  • Signed Bourdain's Perfect Burger print, with art by Giacamo Gambineri (HarperCollins).
  • The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book, with art by Chris Riddell (HarperCollins)
  • Out of Print cotton canvas zippered pouch featuring famous bookstore cats (Out of Print)
  • Duck & Goose limited-edition signed print with pro-reading message from Tad Hills
  • Plus some very cool FREE items to give away on Bookstore Day

More info here:
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com./for-bookstores


Okra Picks

The 2016 Winter Okra Picks have been announced!

The current picks: http://authorsroundthesouth.com/okra
Edelweiss catalog link:http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverview.aspx?catalogID=3788943

Nominate future okra, share okra sales data & display photos all for more B3! Engagement Points.


Mark your calendars for SITS & GABBS, March 1-4, Atlanta, GA!

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Winter 2016 Okra Picks

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, January 4, 2016

Serving up a helping of the Winter 2016 Okra Picks!

Okra PicksPreachers and pornographers, prisoners and protesters, conspirators and country shop keepers. . .these are just some of the cast of characters you’ll find in yet another season of fantastically varied and nutritional southern literature. The 2016 Winter Okra Picks have just been selected by southern independent booksellers – a spicy and seasoned helping of thirteen great books representing the best in forthcoming southern lit, according to the people who would know.

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publish between January and March, 2016, and all of them 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 it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will 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 Winter Okra Picks

The Third Reconstruction Fallen Land A Mysterious Life & Calling The Feathered Bone

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
by Reverend William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Beacon Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780807083604

Fallen Land
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin’s Press, January 2016
Fiction, 9781250077974

A Mysterious Life & Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina
by Rev. Charlotte S. Riley, edited by Crystal Lucky
University of Wisconsin Press, January 2016
Nonfiction, 9780299306748 

The Feathered Bone
by Julie Cantrell
Thomas Nelson, January 2016
Fiction, 9780718037628

Forsaken The Secret to Hummingbird Cake My Father, the Pornographer The Opposite of Everyone

Forsaken
by Ross Howell, Jr.
New South, February 2016
Fiction, 9781588383174

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
by Celeste Fletcher McHale
Thomas Nelson, February 2016
Fiction, 9780718039561

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt
Atria Books, February 2016
Nonfiction, 9781501112461

The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062105684

No Shred of Evidence The Serpent King Hanging Mary No One Knows Dimestore

No Shred of Evidence
by Charles Todd
William Morrow & Company, February, 2016
Fiction, 9780062386182

The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2016
Juvenile Fiction, 9780553524024

Hanging Mary
by Susan Higginbotham
Sourcebooks Landmark, March 2016
Fiction, 9781492613626

No One Knows
by J.T. Ellison
Gallery Books, March 2016
Fiction, 9781501118470

Dimestore
by Lee Smith
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, March 2016
Nonfiction, 9781616205027

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

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