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Read your Okra! 2015 Fall Okra Picks

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

Read Your Okra! A Fall Harvest of Okra

Columbia, SC – The harvest is in for the Fall Okra Picks! Southern independent booksellers have a bushel of books representing the best in southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publish between October and December, 2015, 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!”

The 2015 Fall Okra Picks

Bottle Cap Boys on Royal Street by Rita Garcia-White
9781603490306 | Marimba Books | 10/1/2015| $6.95

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
9781250010742 | St. Martin’s Press | 10/06/2015 | $26.99

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella
9781630269623 | Turner Publishing | 10/06/2015 | $27.95

Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
9781932841916 | Agate Bolden | 10/13/2015 | $24.95

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
9781476709642 | Simon & Schuster | 10/13/2015 | $16.00

Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
9780062325891 | William Morrow & Company | 10/13/2015 | $25.99

The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories edited by Garden & Gun Magazine
9780062242419 | Harper Wave | 10/27/2015 | $37.50

Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook: A Busy Woman's Guide to Stress-Free Cooking by Debora M. Coty
9781634093224 | Barbour Publishing | 11/01/2015 | $16.99

Wailing Wall: A Mother's Memoir by Deedra Climer
9781941758113 | Inkshares | 11/10/2015 | $14.99

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll by Peter Guralnick
9780316042741 | Little Brown and Company | 11/10/2015 | $32.00

Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
9781250072757 | Minotaur Books | 12/01/2015 | $25.99

Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods 
9780778318637 | Mira Books | 12/29/2015 | $15.99

False Positive by Andrew Grant 
9780345540751 | Ballantine Books | 12/29/2015 | $27.00

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

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Rep Picks List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, October 4, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 2, 2015

Rep Picks List

The Rep Picks session at the SIBA Discovery Show is one of the most fast-paced and most fun parts of the program. This year it also had the distinction of being the only session where someone announced his intention to add his name to the GOP hopefuls for the next Presidential ticket -- we're all rooting for you, Mike!

Microphones were thrown. Microphones were snatched out of peoples' hands. And in the standing-room only audience booksellers scribbled frantically in their programs as title after title was waved in front of their noses in rapid succession.

If you missed the session, or missed some of the books presented, then here is a list you can download of all the books your sales reps were taking about.These are your future bestsellers. Or, as one bookseller put it -- "I always make note of the rep picks books, these guys aren't going to steer me wrong!"

Excel Sheet | Edelweiss Link

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Congratulations to your fellow SIBA booksellers!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, October 3, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 2, 2015

Congratulations to your fellow SIBA booksellers!

  • Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC was chosen as the 2016 "Bibb Pick" bookstore by over a hundred authors who attended the Discovery Show

  • Horton's Books & Gifts in Carrollton, GA won the 2015 SIBA Book Award Display contest ($1000 cash!) for their awesome "Steampunk/League of Seven" display (see all the displays below!)

  • MacIntosh Books and Paper in Sanibel, FL, won the Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt and a free trip for 2 to #siba16 in Savannah, GA

  • The Book Miser (Roswell, GA) and Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA) each won the GABBS/SITS raffle and will have their hotel rooms paid for at the 2016 Great American Bargain Book Show in March

  • Page 158 Books of Wake Forest, NC won the $1000 Buyer's Raffle (and special thanks to Ingram Content Group, which wrote the order on the winning ticket!)

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B3! Rollover

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, October 3, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 2, 2015

B3! Rollover

B3!We've had a great response to the SIBA B3! (Building Better Booksellers) Engagement program. Over the summer, especially, we've seen a sharp increase in stores participating -- uploading photos, using SIBA hashtags, opening their email (yes, this email counts!) and in general helping SIBA to help them become more visible and more engaged.

Here's what's new for 2016

1) the B3 Year will now run from Discover Show to Discovery Show. That way, all the points you accumulate in the fall can count towards the next year's show.

2) For this year only -- all the points from 2015 will rollover to 2016. So those of you who who have just gotten started earning points will keep what you've earned over the summer

3) Okra Pick displays will now earn 50 points when you post the photo of your display and send us your sales figures.

Read more about the B3! program here:

B3! FAQs | B3! Actions | B3! Levels & Rewards

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Inspiration! SIBA Book Award Displays

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, October 2, 2015

Inspiration: SIBA Book Award Displays

Display Winner!Factory ManHeritageWingsGiraffe

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