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Have you planned your SIBA Book Award Display?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

At the SIBA Trade Show this year, we host a $1000 Display Contest:  Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the SIBA Book Award Winners and recreate it on site at the SIBA trade show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the winning display will receive $1000.  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only.  So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!

If you are attending the show, then you should make an effort to participate. You get a table on the show floor, you get authors, publishers, sales reps and vendors oohing and ahhing over your creativity and talent. You get $1000, CASH, if you win the contest.

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It's time to order your holiday catalogs!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SIBA Holiday Catalog1) You still have time to order your Holiday Catalogs

I can't tell you how often I've had phone calls from stores who forgot or didn't get around to placing their catalog orders and regretted it. Don't be that store. Extra catalogs are not printed, so if you don't place your order now, you won't have it for the holiday season.

The SIBA Holiday Catalog is consistently rated as one of the most useful, cost effective, and valuable benefits of SIBA membership. A full color catalog, imprinted with your store information, in the quantities you need, shipped wherever you need, all FREE.

More info here | Go here to place your store order

You get 5 points for ordering the catalog!

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Celebrate Independents! SIBA’s 2015 Book Award Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, July 4, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate Independents!  SIBA’s 2015 Book Award Winners

The best in southern literature, from the people who would know
. . . Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers

2015 SIBA Book Award Winners (Columbia, SC) Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2015 SIBA Book Awards

Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

  • Fiction Winner: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Books)
  • Nonfiction Winner:  Factory Man by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company)
  • Cooking Winner: Heritage by Sean Brock  (Artisan Publishers)
  • Children’s Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
  • Young Adult Winner: League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Brett Helquist (illustrator) (Starscape Books)

The Invention of WingsFiction Winner: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Books)
“We recommend this book to everyone!” – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC


Factory ManNonfiction Winner:  Factory Man by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company)
“A book that excels at bringing, this time recent, history to narrative life. Macy's book has characters who are difficult to sympathize with, but she overcomes this by placing them in extraordinarily important, world-changing circumstances. Macy does a remarkable job of bringing potentially dull material (furniture-making details, factory time clocks, mundane family squabbles) and raising it to consequential and dramatic literature.” – Scuppernong Books, Greenville, NC


HeritageCooking Winner: Heritage by Sean Brock (Artisan Publishers)
Loved all the recipes I cooked. I’d never had ‘hoppin john’ and now I know how to make it. It was great!!” – Books Unlimited, Franklin, NC


Brown Girl DreamingChildren’s Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
“I love the originality of a memoir written in free verse, and the lessons and viewpoint this book has to offer are extremely important, especially with the racial issues that present themselves in today's society.” – Tubby and Coo’s, New Orleans, LA



League of SevenYoung Adult Winner: League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Brett Helquist (illustrator) (Starscape Books)
Alan Gratz has masterfully created an alternate history that masterfully grabs the attention of anyone interested in steampunk, Edison, lost civilizations, unusually large monsters, heads in jars or just plain adventure.” – The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

For more information on the SIBA Book Awards please visit SIBA’s website for Southern literature,

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Okra Picks downloads available!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 3, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2015

To help stores promote the latest selection of Okra Picks, we've added  some downloadable materials to the Okra Picks Assets page:

 --generic shelf talkers and bookmarks

-- a collage of the summer okra picks optimized for posting on social media

-- a widget stores can put on their websites that will always show the current okra picks. The widget links to, but we are in the process of developing a more generic option stores can use no matter what, if any, ecommerce system they have.

Feel free to download and use! And let us know if there are any materials you'd like to have. We'll do our best to make them available. Anything to help you folks sell more books!


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A Letter from SIBA President Jill Hendrix

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Updated: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jill Hendrix Greetings from your SIBA President!

Please join me in congratulating Wanda on several big personal milestones in her life: she just reach the big 6-0; her first grandbaby, Vera Jane, was born June 10th; this will be her 25th SIBA and our 40th anniversary. It’s quite a year for you, Wanda – many congratulations!

Wanda Jewell and Vera Jane Carolina

I’ve already registered for our 40th anniversary SIBA trade show in Raleigh. Have you? Authors already booked for the show include Karin Slaughter, Alex Kava, Homer Hickam, Tom Angleberger, Augusten Burroughs, with many more to come. We really, really, REALLY want at least one bookseller from every SIBA member store to attend. If you are having trouble making that happen please let Wanda know your obstacles and she’ll do her creative best to help you out.

I hope your A/C’s are staying strong and that Southern beach reads are flying out the door. If you’re wondering how to capitalize on the current adult coloring craze, check out Fiction Addiction’s upcoming Coloring, Cocktails and Conversation event and feel free to copy our idea for your own store.

Here’s hoping you have a great Independents Week!


Jill Hendrix, SIBA President and owner of Fiction Addiction

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