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Winter 2016 Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, 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

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

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

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TRIO Musician wins eighth CMA Musician of the Year award

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 12, 2015

NASHVILLE – Mac McAnally, a songwriter whose music is featured in the traveling TRIO exhibit, has been selected as “Musician of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA). A chart-topping recording artist, accomplished producer, hit songwriter and studio owner Mac McAnally marks another note in history with a record-breaking eight consecutive wins as the Country Music Association's Musician of the Year.  The achievement, which bests his own previous number of wins record from last year, was revealed in a pre-broadcast ceremony for the 49th Annual CMA Awards.

Mac McAnally >

The World's Largest ManMcAnally’s music is represented in TRIO – the multimedia exhibit of original music and art inspired by southern literature. TRIO debuted in September at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show in Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently traveling to bookstores and book festivals in throughout South.  McAnally’s song “Alive and In Between” was written in response to Harrison Scott Key’s bestselling memoir, The World’s Largest Man.

On stage, Mac said to the room full of his peers, "I'm a lucky man to be in Music City to get to strum up and down with the guys I'm nominated with. So many great players in town, it's the best pool of musicians in the world and I'm a tadpole that's happy to be here. Thank y'all very much, thanks CMA for recognizing the musicians behind the corners sometimes. God Bless."

McAnally is one of sixteen award-winning and critically acclaimed musicians represented in TRIO. The entire list of musicians and artists can be viewed at the TRIO website:

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November Letter from SIBA President Jill Hendrix

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 9, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Jill Hendrix

Hi SIBA Members,

I hope you all enjoyed the 40th anniversary trade show in Raleigh! We had a great board meeting afterward and are very happy with the state of SIBA right now. However, we’re always looking for ways to improve so be sure to let myself or Wanda know any suggestions for future programs or current programs that could be even better.

I’m assuming all the ABA members in the group took advantage of this month’s Indies First backlist promos from our publishing partners and that everyone’s 4th quarter is off to a great start. My store has received our imprinted SIBA holiday catalogs and we have started putting up some displays. Displays are one of my weaknesses, so if you’ve done some exciting ones make sure to take pictures and send them to Wanda so she can use them to inspire the rest of us!

If you haven’t already done so, remember to go to the American Express website and register your business for Small Business Saturday so that you’ll show up on their map and get free advertising. Once you’re registered they have some free downloadable marketing materials you can use to promote the day. ABA members can also register their Indies First events and download those marketing materials at

I’m also looking ahead to the 2nd annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 30, 2016 ( The local indies in my area are going to meet next week to discuss ways to jointly promote and advertise the event. If anyone has great contacts with Southern Living, Garden & Gun or other popular Southern media let me know and perhaps we could get some coverage or even all go in together on advertising.

I successfully registered for Winter Institute in Denver. Remember to let the ABA know if you need to cancel your WI or hotel registrations so they can make them available to others.

We also hope to see you all in Atlanta March 1-4, 2016 at SITS & GABBS! (  Wanda has booked the fabulous Kate DiCamillo for lunch at SITS and in addition to some financial education we will be sharing about the upcoming One Book, One South, Jr. with Kate DiCamillo's forthcoming Raymie Nightingale.

Here’s to a great holiday shopping season for all our members!

--Jill Hendrix
SIBA Board President
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

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The 2016 Bibb Pick: Bibb's Independent Bookstore Best of 2016

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, October 9, 2015

The BIBB Pick – "Bibb's Independent Bookstore Best of 2016" is
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC!

Voted warm, welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile
by nearly 100 writers in attendance at #SIBA15.

Quail Ridge Books & Music

Besides voting, all the authors signed "the Bibb podium," -- handcrafted by Doug Robinson of Eagle Eye Books in Decatur, Georgia -- which was gifted to the store for their stellar author event programs. And nearly 70 authors committed to some form of support to the store over the next year. Over 20 authors will be linking their website directly to the Quail Ridge Books website. Fifteen authors have agreed to place the bookstore name – Quail Ridge Books – in a book. Nearly 30 authors will be writing original content for QRB’s newsletter/website.  Twenty writers have agreed to join QRB’s Staff Picks sharing what they are reading with the store regularly. Thirteen authors have agreed to invest in QRB store swag and promote virtually or in real time their love of Quail Ridge Books. Fourteen want to support QRB’s Indies First effort. Quail Ridge Books and her army of authors are going to make this Bibb Pick a Big One.

So what are those criteria again? Warm, welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile. SIBA hopes that bookstores will beinspired to bring these qualities to the forefront when BIBB’s Independent Bookstore Best of 2017 is chosen at the 2016 SIBA Discovery Show in Savannah, GA in September.

About the Bibb Pick – Anonymously endowed, the BIBB Pick was created in 2014 in memory of Matthew Bibb, a long-time SIBA employee who handled Registration and a million other details at many SIBA Trade Shows. Matt died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day 2013.

Tags:  #siba15  Bibb Pick  Quail Ridge Books 

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Continued support from the Reba & Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, October 5, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 2, 2015

More support for booksellers from the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA is pleased to announce that the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts will be continuing their support for SIBA member bookstores in the coming year. A full press announcement is to come but we can tell you that the Foundation has committed $15,000 towards helping bookstores become more engaged via the B3! program, and another $15,000 for a booksellers' Peer Review program.

Like This on FacebookPlease show your gratitude 
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