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B3! Webinars and Book Clubs, and Winter Okra Picks: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017

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B3! 

B3! Building Better Booksellers

New for 2018: SIBA B3! Book Club and Webinars, online during SIBA Office Hours at 2 pm

1/10: B3! Webinar
Authors in Schools Programs with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks

2/14: B3! Webinar
Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels, The Country Bookshop,
and Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books


3/14: B3! Book Club
"When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel H. Pink

3/21: B3! Webinar
Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, Non-Profits
with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, and Anne Waters, Hub City Bookshop


4/25: B3! Webinar
Edelweiss with Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction

5/16: B3! Book Club
"Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere"
by Ed O'Malley and Amanda Cebula


7/11: B3! Book Club
"Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping"
by Paco Underhill, updated and revised version.

Email Linda-Marie Barrett at lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space.

MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Anne WatersAnne Holcomb Waters, Hub City Books

Anne has 18 years of bookselling experience, beginning at the Capitol Bookstore in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she worked for five years. She then turned to trade book publishing, serving as publicist for August House Publishers in Arkansas and vice president of sales and marketing for John F. Blair, Publisher in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After ten years with Blair, she purchased, revitalized and managed the Green Goat Gallery in Salisbury, N.C., a regional art and craft gallery. She also founded and operated the Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Salisbury.

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Name: ​Anne Holcomb Waters

Hub City InteriorStore and location: 
Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Number of years as a bookseller: Nine: the past four at Hub City and five at Capitol Bookstore in Little Rock, AR, 1988-1993​

Best part about being a bookseller?:
Connecting books and people. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (who worked on this fabulous debut novel while a HCWP's writers-in-residence last year), All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greeenwood (I am embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book), Varina by Charles Frazier (just started), and Malagash by Joey Comeau, published by Canada's wonderful ECW Press (on the horizon). 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur because this collection sings to the blossoming poet in all of us. We've sold 56 and counting . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Promoted our bookseller Leena Dbouk to assistant manager/events coordinator.

Top priority going into 2018:
Make Hub City Bookshop a destination bookstore for readers and writers!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The SIBA Discovery Show, which I first attended as a newbie publicist for August House Publishers in 1993. It is still a grand place to discover wonderful books and sidelines, mingle with authors, make new friends and catch up with old ones.
 


OkraWINTER OKRA PICKS

A bumper crop!

The first thing booksellers will notice about the 2018 Okra Picks is that it is a loooong list. Eighteen titles instead of the usual twelve or thirteen. Thats because with the advent of the new "Send to SIBA" option on Edelweiss, SIBA received almost three times as many nominations for Okra Picks as it has in the past. Watch for your Okra Box mailing in early January.

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation 9781496709493 15.95 January 2018

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster | 9781501176845 | 27.99 | January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers  | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

And don't forget to report your Fall Okra Pick sales!


PodcastBRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Reach new audiences and chronicle your store events and favorite reads with a podcast:

http://www.anniebjones.com/podcast/

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Page & Palette, Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser and Bookmarks!

9781635571585 I Found My Tribe 3/6/2018
"Oh my! Such lovely poetic writing that detail such difficult times!"

9781452150147 Hello Hello 2/6/2018
"This little gem of a picture book is as beautiful as it is multifaceted."

9780062686664 Tangerine 3/27/2018
"Take nothing for granted in this debut that is much more than the sum of its influences."

9781524797027 Need to Know 1/23/2018
"Clear your calendar because you won't want to do anything until you finish this book! This was intense without being over the top - fans of espionage thrillers are going to love it!"

9780399590504 Educated 2/20/2018
"This memoir captivated me from chapter one and continues to haunt me long after I finished it. This is a compelling, can't-stop-reading story perfect for readers of all genres. Moving, emotional and uplifting!"

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In the last issue: The Bookshelf, online website sales are up, store-branded merchandise

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Christmas shopping trends, Online website sales up: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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AVERAGE SALES ONLINE AT INDIECOMMERCE SITES UP 31%

Sales data collected by Google Analytics for November 2017 showed that aggregate online sales for IndieCommerce sites were up 31 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
IndieCommerce sites also experienced dramatic increases in the average conversion rate, which increased by more than 22 percent over November 2016. The average value of an online order placed during this period also increased from $46 to $49.09.

The Google data also indicates that there was substantial growth in the online sale of signed books and prepaid tickets for store-sponsored events.

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Annie B. JonesMEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Annie Butterworth Jones, owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf

A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among fellow readers and the books she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.) 

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Name: Annie B. Jones

The BookshelfStore and location: 
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: Six years

Best part about being a bookseller?:
The moments when I connect with a customer on a book we both read and loved. Those conversations are like mini-book club meetings, and they're my favorite thing. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
I'm always drowning in ARCs, so right now I'm reading The Queen of Hearts, a debut novel releasing mid-February. (Jury's still out, but I like what I've read thus far.) I try to read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time, so I'm also reading David Leibovitz's L'Appart, which is perfect to pick up and put down during this hectic season. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Do I have to pick just one? Probably Young Jane Young, but I also loved selling Rabbit Cake and Little Fires Everywhere this year. 

The Bookshelf InteriorBest thing you did this year at your store:
We're in an off-the-beaten-path location, and it can be tough to get authors to come to our small town, so for Small Business Saturday, we invited other entrepreneurs to come do pop-up shops in our store. We wanted to celebrate small businesses we loved, and it wound up being such a great day. We hosted our local kids' craft studio, which meant 5-year-old entrepreneurs got to sell their handmade goods in our bookstore, and an 11-year-old author signed copies of her self-published book. (We were basically all in tears watching the joy on their faces.) To top it all off, we did a live recording of our store podcast in partnership with The Popcast, a pop culture podcast we're big fans of. It was a jam-packed day, but everything went swimmingly, and we got to partner with so many people we loved. It was perfect.

Top priority going into 2018:
I'd love to see us maintain and sustain our growth. So much of 2017 was experimenting and seeing what worked, which was great, but also exhausting. I want to keep doing the things we do well, and if possible, eliminate the excess for my own well-being and the well-being of my staff.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA has introduced me to fellow booksellers I wouldn't have met otherwise, and those connections have allowed me to create a network of people I trust with my business. As someone still relatively new to the whole bookselling enterprise, some of SIBA's educational courses and seminars have also been really helpful. 


LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Consumer insights from Google

'Twas the week before (and after) Christmas, when shoppers went nuts.

Would it surprise you to hear that we see 34% more shopping searches on Christmas Day than on Black Friday? That's just one of the eye-opening consumer trends we're watching closely now that the 2017 holiday season is in full swing. With mobile, shoppers know they can easily find and get what they're looking for up until the last minute. So despite all of the improvements retailers have made to shipping speed and product availability, many people still wait to buy. That means that a lot of December's holiday shopping happens right before—and even after—Christmas, giving more reason for retailers to continue to drive store traffic from online and offline media throughout the Christmas shopping season..

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Strand ToteBRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Create Store-Branded Merchandise to reflect customer tastes and the personality of your store.

20-plus years of book totes from The Strand Bookstore. Don't you want one of each?

More info here

 


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, The Oxford Exchange, and Vero Beach Book Center.

9781427212689 The Great Alone 2/6/2018
"Wonderful! Well-drawn characters navigate painful, almost impossible situations exacerbated by the beyond-tough Alaskan environment."

9780525522874 How to Stop Time 2/6/2018
"Such an interesting concept...people living for hundreds of years. Not forever, but long enough to experience times that turn into well-known history."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"Nesbo did an excellent job of melding the theatre of Macbeth with the grittiness of a 70s drama--think Serpico on the Elizabethan stage."

9780805243321 This Narrow Space 1/30/2018
"I went into this book interested in the cultural and medical experiences of an accomplished physician; I came out blown away by the reflections of a profoundly gifted writer."

9780062676979 The House of Impossible Beauties 2/6/2018
"Set in and around the drag scene of 1980s, this is a novel completely and utterly alive, in character, setting, and prose."

9780062667601 That Kind of Mother 5/8/2018
". . . a beautiful, bold novel about motherhood, race, and privilege. With a singular aesthetic and style, Alam explores the limits of family and of knowing those closest to us."

9780545709569 I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain 5/29/2018
"How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking."

9781619023345 Heart Berries 2/6/2018
"Terese Marie Mailhot addresses numerous people she has loved in her life--a mother, a father, a lover, and others--and in doing so, she gets right to the core of it: what it feels like to love, to accept love, despite our and its limitations."

9780062429933 Rich and Pretty 6/7/2016
". . . reads like a romance between two friends, exploring the ups and downs that occur in any long friendship."

9781250127488 Brave Enough for Two 6/12/2018
"With classic-feeling illustrations and a gentle back and forth story, Hoot and Olive is reminiscent of the friendships found in the AA Milne Winnie the Pooh stories. "

9781451657647 Lost in the Beehive 4/10/2018
"A novel that reads like a memoir in the manner of Patty Smith, and even Jeannette Walls. I often forgot it was fiction, that these were not real people."

9781250081438 The Resurrection of Joan Ashby 8/29/2017
"This is the kind of book that changes the reader alongside the change of the characters."

9780778330691 Rosie Colored Glasses 2/20/2018
"Wolfson's first novel is a beautifully heartbreaking work that deals with the effects of opiates on addicts and their families."

9781250140227 The Bishop's Pawn 3/20/2018
"Berry's venerable Cotton Malone will lead you on a journey unraveling a mystery that will leave you wondering long after you finish reading this book."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and neesd help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In last week's issue: Foggy Pine Books, PW Bookseller of the Year nominations

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803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
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#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2017 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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Meet the bookseller! Annie Butterworth Jones, The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Annie B. JonesMEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Annie Butterworth Jones, owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf

A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among fellow readers and the books she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.) 

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Name: Annie B. Jones

The BookshelfStore and location: 
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: Six years

Best part about being a bookseller?:
The moments when I connect with a customer on a book we both read and loved. Those conversations are like mini-book club meetings, and they're my favorite thing. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
I'm always drowning in ARCs, so right now I'm reading The Queen of Hearts, a debut novel releasing mid-February. (Jury's still out, but I like what I've read thus far.) I try to read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time, so I'm also reading David Leibovitz's L'Appart, which is perfect to pick up and put down during this hectic season. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Do I have to pick just one? Probably Young Jane Young, but I also loved selling Rabbit Cake and Little Fires Everywhere this year. 

The Bookshelf InteriorBest thing you did this year at your store: 
We're in an off-the-beaten-path location, and it can be tough to get authors to come to our small town, so for Small Business Saturday, we invited other entrepreneurs to come do pop-up shops in our store. We wanted to celebrate small businesses we loved, and it wound up being such a great day. We hosted our local kids' craft studio, which meant 5-year-old entrepreneurs got to sell their handmade goods in our bookstore, and an 11-year-old author signed copies of her self-published book. (We were basically all in tears watching the joy on their faces.) To top it all off, we did a live recording of our store podcast in partnership with The Popcast, a pop culture podcast we're big fans of. It was a jam-packed day, but everything went swimmingly, and we got to partner with so many people we loved. It was perfect.

Top priority going into 2018: 
I'd love to see us maintain and sustain our growth. So much of 2017 was experimenting and seeing what worked, which was great, but also exhausting. I want to keep doing the things we do well, and if possible, eliminate the excess for my own well-being and the well-being of my staff.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA has introduced me to fellow booksellers I wouldn't have met otherwise, and those connections have allowed me to create a network of people I trust with my business. As someone still relatively new to the whole bookselling enterprise, some of SIBA's educational courses and seminars have also been really helpful. 

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Meet the bookseller! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pines Books, Boone, NC

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Mary RuthlessName: Mary Ruthless—Born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was always an avid reader. I taught myself to read at age 3 because I was too impatient to wait for someone else to read me a story. I was never without a book growing up and my love for reading only grew with each book I read. I received my BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University in 2011 and went on to manage the small bookstore that was in town at the time. When the owner decided to move on and focus on her own writing, I bought it and turned it into Foggy Pine Books. I have a 10 year old son, Liam, who also harbors a deep love of books; 2 dogs, Anya and Athena; and a cat, Smoke. 

Store and location: Foggy Pine Books—Boone, NC 

Number of years as a bookseller: 4 1/2 years—3 at Black Bear Books after college, 1 1/2 at Foggy Pine Books 

inside Foggy PineBest part about being a bookseller?: This is such a tough question because I love everything about being a bookseller—from reading new books to putting them in the hands of excited readers. My favorite part, however, is being able to talk about literature all day long. I love engaging with my customers, making recommendations, and learning about new authors from others. I get stopped all the time around (our very small) town because someone recognized me as "the book lady" and just had to tell me about the book they're reading or to ask me about a title in the store. It's humbling and exciting to know that those little conversations about books that I love so much also matter to the people having them with me. 

What book(s) are you reading?: Future Home of The Living God by Louise Erdrich, The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, A Gathering of Shadowsby V. E. Schwab, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco 

The Bear and the NightingaleFavorite handsell of 2017: The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden — brilliant and beautiful novel set in medieval Russia with excellent characters and plenty of fairy tale-type magic. 

Best thing you did this year at your store: I did a lot of great things this year (wink wink) but I think the best decision I made was to switch my bestseller display from the NYT bestsellers to the Southern bestsellers. My customers engage with the display much more and many of the "Southern Only" titles really catch their eye. It has boosted my bestseller sales and gives my customers a sense of place as soon as they step in the door. 

 

Foggy Pine Books new location 

Top priority going into 2018: My top priority for 2018 is to establish the store in our new location which includes: customer retention, community visibility, expansion of titles offered, and hiring new employees. We're looking to open in the new space by mid-January and it's definitely the most important thing on my to-do list right now. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Other than the annual trade show (because it's the most obvious answer), the Okra Picks are hands-down my favorite benefit. I look forward to the bookmarks/cards that come in the mail with each new batch and I love arranging the new Okra Pick display, writing shelf talkers, and hand selling them to my customers. Then, I get to start in on another round of reading great Southern literature so I can nominate the next Okra Picks. 


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 PW AWARDS

for Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year

PWPublishers Weekly seeks nominations for the 2018 Bookstore of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year Awards. The winning independent bookstore and sales representative will be featured in an upcoming issue of Publishers Weekly magazine and honored in a ceremony to be held in New York City in spring 2018.

Finalists for both awards will be named in January at Winter Institute 13 in Memphis, Tenn.

Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the PW Bookstore of the Year and PW Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.)

Please email nominations by January 8, 2018 to: Judith Rosen at PWawards@publishersweekly.com. No nominations or letters of recommendation will be accepted after that date.

Criteria for the awards:

PW 2018 Bookstore of the Year:
Publishers Weekly will honor an independently owned bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S., which has been in operation for at least four years. In your nomination, please note what makes the bookstore special and to provide contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. This letter will be read by the judges to help determine which bookstore wins the 2018 award. Bookstores that have previously received the award cannot be nominated, nor can sister stores of past winners.

PW 2018 Sales Rep of the Year: We welcome nominations for outstanding telephone and house reps as well as independent sales representatives. Please include an example of the rep's commitment to excellence, as well as contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. This letter will be read by the judges to help determine which sales representative wins the 2018 award. Sales representatives can only win the award once.


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Importing Book-Giving Traditions from Other Countries and giving it a personal twist.
The Jólabókaflóð tradition began during World War II after Iceland gained its independence from Denmark; at the time, paper was one of the few commodities that was not rationed.

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the new "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmiser, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books and Fiction Addiction.

The Promise | 9780062471710 | February, 2018
Furyborn | 9781492656623 | May, 2018
Sky in the Deep | 9781250168450 | April, 2018
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow | 9780316508889 | October, 2017
Everybody's Welcome | 9781524771652 | October, 2018
Dreaming in Chocolate | 9781250089076 | February, 2018
I Was Anastasia | 9780385541695 | March, 2018
Rosie Colored Glasses | 9780778330691 | February, 2018
Everless | 9780062653659 | January, 2018
The Armored Saint | 9781501962417 | March, 2018
Foolish Hearts | 9781627799379 | December, 2017
Close to Home | 9780143131052 | March, 2018
Tangerine | 9780316556347 | April, 2018
The Cardboard King | 9781524719371 | June, 2018

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In last week's issue: Holiday Catalog resources

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#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

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BookazineBaker & Taylor
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Meet the bookseller: Mary Ruthless of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meet the bookseller: Mary Ruthless of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

foggypinebooks.com | facebook | twitter | instagram | email

Mary Ruthless Name: Mary Ruthless—Born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was always an avid reader. I taught myself to read at age 3 because I was too impatient to wait for someone else to read me a story. I was never without a book growing up and my love for reading only grew with each book I read. I received my BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University in 2011 and went on to manage the small bookstore that was in town at the time. When the owner decided to move on and focus on her own writing, I bought it and turned it into Foggy Pine Books. I have a 10 year old son, Liam, who also harbors a deep love of books; 2 dogs, Anya and Athena; and a cat, Smoke. 

Store and location: Foggy Pine Books—Boone, NC 

Number of years as a bookseller: 4 1/2 years—3 at Black Bear Books after college, 1 1/2 at Foggy Pine Books 

inside Foggy PineBest part about being a bookseller?: This is such a tough question because I love everything about being a bookseller—from reading new books to putting them in the hands of excited readers. My favorite part, however, is being able to talk about literature all day long. I love engaging with my customers, making recommendations, and learning about new authors from others. I get stopped all the time around (our very small) town because someone recognized me as "the book lady" and just had to tell me about the book they're reading or to ask me about a title in the store. It's humbling and exciting to know that those little conversations about books that I love so much also matter to the people having them with me. 

What book(s) are you reading?: Future Home of The Living God by Louise Erdrich, The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco 

The Bear and the NightingaleFavorite handsell of 2017: The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden — brilliant and beautiful novel set in medieval Russia with excellent characters and plenty of fairy tale-type magic. 

Best thing you did this year at your store: I did a lot of great things this year (wink wink) but I think the best decision I made was to switch my bestseller display from the NYT bestsellers to the Southern bestsellers. My customers engage with the display much more and many of the "Southern Only" titles really catch their eye. It has boosted my bestseller sales and gives my customers a sense of place as soon as they step in the door. 

Foggy Pine Books new location 

Top priority going into 2018: My top priority for 2018 is to establish the store in our new location which includes: customer retention, community visibility, expansion of titles offered, and hiring new employees. We're looking to open in the new space by mid-January and it's definitely the most important thing on my to-do list right now. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Other than the annual trade show (because it's the most obvious answer), the Okra Picks are hands-down my favorite benefit. I look forward to the bookmarks/cards that come in the mail with each new batch and I love arranging the new Okra Pick display, writing shelf talkers, and hand selling them to my customers. Then, I get to start in on another round of reading great Southern literature so I can nominate the next Okra Picks.  

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