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Meet the Bookseller: Sarah Pishko, Prince Books, Norfolk, VA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sarah PishkoName: Sarah Pishko

Store and location: Prince Books, 109 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510      

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Number of years as a bookseller: 35!

Best part about being a bookseller?: First of all, the product always changes! I stole a line from Books & Books: "NEW YEAR. NEW BOOKS. NEW AUTHORS." Bookstore customers are always "interested and interesting." And, books are always in the news!

What book(s) are you reading?:Varina and Manhattan Beach

VarinaFavorite handsell of 2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles. We all just thought it was a fresh, new story with a unique setting.

Prince BooksBest thing you did this year at your store: Doubled my inventory of greeting cards! Last April, after 3 years of heavy construction right across the street from me, the Hilton Norfolk The Main opened. It's a beautiful hotel with state of the art convention facilities and it's fronted in glass. The registration desk is on the second floor, and as one takes the escalator to the second floor, they have a great view of Prince Books. Most of my greeting cards were in front of the window. A month later, my card inventory was practically wiped out, so I summoned my greeting card rep, Richard Walters,  purchased two new barrel-style card displays and greatly increased my card inventory. My greeting card sales have more than doubled since June 2017

 Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)  FB likes 1000

 Top priority going into 2018: I have dropped the ball the last few years regarding reporting to ABACUS. I need to get back to it, and then study my financials. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Seeing my sales reps, and educational sessions.

What are some ways you work with your community? 

Hmm I’m on the board of the DOWNTOWN NORFOLK COUNCIL, and part of it’s VIBRANT SPACES COMMITTEE which was tasked a year ago to develop a marketplace for micro- or incubator retail businesses in a downtown space.I’m on the board of RETAIL ALLIANCE, and am on it’s LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE which monitors legislation that may affect the organization. With regard to legislation, The RETAIL ALLIANCE teamed up the RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, headquartered in Richmond, and formed the VIRGINIA RETAIL FEDERATION that lobbies for both retail organizations.I spent twenty years being a book reviewer for the annual book review contest put on by the FRIENDS OF THE NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY. I have recently stepped in to take the place of an ill reviewer.Every winter I volunteer with my church’s participation in NEST, Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, a consortium of churches in the city who provide overnight shelter, dinner and breakfast to the homeless who arrive at the church doors.

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Did you get your Okra Pick box?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 9, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018
You should have received your Okra Pick box this week.  You can identify it by the Okra Pick tape that is used to seal the box.  It's packed full of goodies.  Starting with 400 full-color beautiful bookmarks. There are two full-color posters. One promoting the Okra Picks for the Season, and another for the inaugural #ReadThisNext list.  These are general books that southern booksellers are excited to sell.  Come to the B3! webinar on August 25th, and learn your way around Edelweiss to get your name and bookstore on the next list. See a sample of the Shelf Talkers available for download here. Find enclosed the form to report your OP Sales for B3! credit, and use the included registration form to sign up for #SIBA18 in Tampa, FL.

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B3! Webinar Coming Up April 25 - Get Your Edelweiss On!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 9, 2018
April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with lindamarie@sibaweb.com.

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The 2018 Southern Book Prize Ballot is now open

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 2, 2018

Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been posted. Now is the time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! credits for each ballot cast, so get your entire staff involved!

Go here to vote: https://goo.gl/forms/srUabW6qDwjPkqMC2

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller for your vote to be eligible. If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 15th.

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2018 Southern Book Prize Long List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 2, 2018

Southern Book PrizeSIBA presents The Southern Book Prize Long List

(Asheville, NC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, (SIBA), is pleased to announce the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, featuring all the eligible titles that have been nominated for the Southern Book Prize (formerly the SIBA Book Award). Nominated titles must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both!) and have been published in 2017. 100 great Southern books were nominated by Southern Indie booksellers, making the Long

List one of the most comprehensive and exciting reading lists of new Southern literature.
Continuing with established tradition, the Long List prize categories are created by using BISAC categories of the nominees. "The categories work like 'shelves' in our member stores – if there are enough books in a given subject, they deserve a special display" explained SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell.

SIBA member booksellers will vote on the Long List over the next few weeks. Finalists for each category in the 2017 Southern Book Prize will be announced April 16, 2018. From there, Finalists will be sent to a jury of booksellers in each category, who will then choose the winning book for their category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

THE 2018 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG LIST

FICTION

Women and Family

  • Beach House for Rent | Monroe, Mary Alice | Gallery Books | 9781501125461
  • The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
  • Close Enough to Touch | Oakley, Colleen | Gallery Books | 9781501139260
  • Girls Like Her | Stone, Pam | Stone's Throw Publishing | 9780692819968
  • Miss Julia Weathers the Storm | Ross, Ann B | Viking | 9780735220478
  • One Good Thing | Wax, Wendy | Berkley Books | 9780451488619
  • Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
  • Slightly South of Simple | Woodson Harvey, Kristy | Gallery Books | 9781501158056
  • To Be Where You Are | Karon, Jan | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399183737
  • Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

Literary

  • The Barrowfields | Lewis, Phillip | Hogarth Press | 9780451495648
  • Ember | Adams, Brock | Hub City Press | 9781938235320
  • Eveningland: Stories | Knight, Michael | Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802125972
  • Extraordinary Adventures | Wallace, Daniel | St. Martin's Press | 9781250118455
  • Fire Is Your Water | Minick, Jim | Swallow Press | 9780804011846
  • Grief Cottage | Godwin, Gail | Bloomsbury USA | 9781632867049
  • The Ice House | Smith, Laura Lee | Grove Press | 9780802127082
  • The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
  • The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
  • The Salt Line | Goddard Jones, Holly | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735214316
  • Shadow of the Lions | Swann, Christopher | Algonquin Books | 9781616205003
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 978150112606
  • The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

  • A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery | Gilbert, Victoria | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683314394
  • Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery | St James, Dorothy | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683312918
  • Bones to Pick | Lovely, Linda | Henery Press | 9781635112627
  • Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
  • Carolina Cruel | Thackston, Lawrence | Rivers Turn Press | 9780998575513
  • The Cover Story | Richardson-Moore, Deb | Lion Fiction | 9781782642404
  • The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
  • Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
  • Heaven's Crooked Finger: An Earl Marcus Mystery | Early, Hank | Crooked Lane Books | 9781683313915
  • In It for the Money | Burnsworth, David | Henery Press | 9781635112436
  • Lowcountry Bonfire | Boyer, Susan M | Henery Press | 9781635112276
  • The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381
  • Small Treasons | Powell, Mark | Gallery Books | 9781507203385

Southern Fiction

  • A Kind of Freedom | Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619029224
  • Ashes to Fire | Martin, Emily B | Voyager | 9780062473738
  • Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
  • The Cage-Maker | Seitz, Nicole A | Story River Books | 9781611178432
  • Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
  • Floods and Fires | Leach, Dan | University of North Georgia | 9781940771359
  • The Guests on South Battery | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451475237
  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | Wang, Daren | Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250122353
  • If the Creek Don't Rise | Weiss, Leah | Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781492647454
  • The Indigo Girl | Boyd, Natasha | Blackstone Audiobooks | 9781455137114
  • No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
  • None But the Living | Smith, Kenneth P | Middleton House Publishing | 9780998107103
  • One Good Mama Bone | McClain, Bren | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611179828
  • Perennials | Cantrell, Julie | Thomas Nelson | 9780718037642
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812
  • Signals: New and Selected Stories | Gautreaux, Tim | Knopf Publishing Group | 9780451493040
  • The Sisters of Glass Ferry | Richardson, Kim Michele | Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709554
  • Strangers to Temptation | Gould, Scott | Hub City Press | 9781938235306

CHILDRENS

Juvenile Fiction

  • Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
  • The Ethan I Was Before | Standish, Ali | HarperCollins | 9780062433381
  • Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble | Vernon, Ursula | Dial Books | 9780399186523
  • Raccoon Rescue | Miller, Christa ; Barratt, Christian | Christa M. Miller Communications | 9780994569073
  • Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
  • Skin Again | Hooks, Bell ; Raschka, Chris | Jump at the Sun | 9781484799239
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me | Earhardt, Ainsley ; Kim, Ji-Hyuk | Aladdin Paperbacks | 9781534409590
  • Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Young Adult

  • Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
  • Blight | Duncan, Alexandra | Greenwillow Books | 9780062396990
  • Control Freakz | Evans, Michael | Michael Evans | 9781641110334
  • Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
  • Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
  • Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale | Poston, Ashley | Quirk Books | 9781594749476
  • Goodbye Days | Zentner, Jeff | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9780553524062
  • The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533
  • Invictus | Graudin, Ryan | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316503075
  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case | Powell, Patricia Hruby ; Strickland, Shadra | Chronicle Books | 9781452125909
  • Midnight at the Electric | Anderson, Jodi Lynn | HarperCollins | 9780062393548
  • Nemesis | Reichs, Brendan | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399544934
  • Starting Over: A Trina Ryan Novel | Levy, Sheri S ; Koepp, Cindy | Barking Rain Press | 9781935460770

NONFICTION

Biography and History

  • Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest Airport | Palmer, Hannah | Hub City Press | 9781938235283
  • He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty | Bass, S Jonathan | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 9781631492372
  • Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
  • The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
  • Mothering Addiction: A Parent's Story of Heartache, Healing, and Keeping the Door Open | Hatcher, Lynda Harrison | Frontier Press (NY) | 9780692908921
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
  • Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey | Ball, Troylyn ; Witter, Bret | Dey Street Books | 9780062458988
  • Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Williams, Patricia ; Amber, Jeannine | Dey Street Books | 9780062407306
  • The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign | Oliphant, Thomas ; Wilkie, Curtis | Simon & Schuster | 9781501105562
  • Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills | Ingle, Sheila | Ambassador International | 9781620206126
  • Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

Nonfiction

  • The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
  • At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe: Life in the University of South Carolina President's House | Moore-Pastides, Patricia | University of South Carolina Press | 9781611177800
  • Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South | Howard, Vivian | Little Brown and Company | 9780316381109
  • The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist | Winans, Melinda Risch ; Nobles, Cynthia Lejeune | Louisiana State University Press | 9780807167687
  • Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami | Farzad, Roben | Berkley Books | 9781592409280
  • Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them | Kolata, Gina | St. Martin's Press | 9781250064349
  • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
  • Southern Sunrises | Bryant, Tom | Country Bookshop | 9780999131701
  • Stones at the Crossing: Aiming True on My Journey from Scared to Sacred | Webb Phd, Amy D | Prose Press | 9781941069776
  • Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
  • The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782
  • What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up | Heiskell, Elizabeth | Southern Living | 9780848754389

For more information contact SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com, or visit the SIBA website at sibaweb.com.

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