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The 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book PrizeThe best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently-minded!) Booksellers
Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2017 Southern Book Prize

Formerly the "SIBA Book Award," the newly Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. 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.

2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

FICTION

Commonwealth A Lowcountry Christmas Chasing the North Star

Coming of Age

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)

Family Life
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)

Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)

Over the Plain Houses The Kept Woman The Whole Town's Talking Redemption Road

Literary
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214)
 
Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)

Thriller
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)

Lily and Dunkin

JUVENILE
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744) 

NONFICTION

The Home Place Deep Run Roots Hillbilly Elegy

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157) 

Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)

Creative Nonfiction
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

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2017 Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Saturday, July 1, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The 2017 Summer Okra Picks have been selected: A sampling of savory Southern fare for the book-lover's brain! Hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers–people with impeccable taste in books.

All Summer Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between July and September, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers: the people who are always looking out for the next great writer to fill your reading plate. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore and someone says, "You've got to read this!" and hands you one of these books, dig in! Better yet, ask for a second helping. Great books are always good for you!

The 2017 Summer Okra Picks

The Devil's Muse The Bookshop at Water's End The Almost Sisters Refugee

The Devil's Muse by Bill Loehfelm
Sarah Crichton Books, Hardcover, 9780374279776
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry
Berkley Books, Trade Paperback, 9780399583117
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover 9780062105714
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Refugee by Alan Gratz
Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545880831 
Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Shadow of the LIons
 Blight A Kind of Freedom Young Jane Young

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205003. 
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Blight by Alexandra Duncan
Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780062396990
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Counterpoint, LLC, Hardcover, 9781619029224
Publication Date: August 15, 2017

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205041
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Rabbit If the Creek Don't Rise The Hidden Light of Northern Fires Sing, Unburied, Sing The Salt Line

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, 9780062407306
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
Sourcebooks Landmark, Trade Paperback, 9781492647454
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250122353
Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781501126062
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
G.P. Putnam's Sons, Hardcover, 9780735214316
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

For more information about the Okra Picks, visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra

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Bookstore Boot-Camp: Learning the Essential Business Skills

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, June 16, 2017
Bookstore Boot-Camp: Learning the Essential Business Skills

 

As much as a passion for books is essential to owning a bookstore, so is learning the business and best practices of bookselling. If you are new to retail management, new to owning your own small business, or new to bookselling, gaining the necessary skills is critical to the success of your new venture.

 

New owners have the opportunity to learn how to develop a profitable and sustainable business at the workshop retreat, “Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials” (also known as “Bookstore Boot-Camp”), August 27-30 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, this workshop is facilitated by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates, with guest booksellers and trainers to share frontline expertise. Parnassus Books, bestselling author Ann Patchett’s bookstore, will be our bookstore host and the workshop will also feature a field trip to Ingram’s home offices and primary warehouse.

Trainees are required to first complete a self-study online training program to gain an understanding of the start-up investment requirements, learn how to assess the strength of a community to sustain a bookstore, be able to judge location options, and understand bookstore financial dynamics. With video presentations, hand-outs, spreadsheets, and exercises, the online training is designed to provide the fundamentals of the bookstore business.

Then when you join your colleagues at “Bookstore Boot Camp,” you will learn what you need during the start-up phase:  the key elements of store design and how much space you need, how to buy books and non-book merchandise, the disciplines of managing inventory, how to effectively use your bookstore computer system to manage the store, effective and low cost marketing strategies, developing an exceptional staff and more. Booksellers will learn best practices and finely-tuned strategies of the most successful independent bookstores, meet vendors, and become part of the supportive book industry network.

ABA members are eligible for discounted tuition. Workshop registration is limited, so it is recommended that you register early. For details, visit PazBookBiz.com or call 904/277-2664.

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McLemore/Hollern & Associates Merges into Southeastern Book Travelers

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

From Shelf Awareness this morning:

 

Sal McLemore and Larry Hollern of McLemore/Hollern & Associates have merged into Southeastern Book Travelers, expanding Southeastern's coverage to Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Southeastern continues to cover Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Sal and Larry are seasoned professionals, and it is my honor to serve as their new principal," said Chip Mercer, owner of Southeastern Book Travelers. "I view Sal and Larry as the gift with purchase of our merger, and we are excited to include the South West to our territory. Bringing the two groups together under one umbrella will strengthen our position to provide coverage for our publishers and establish long term continuity as well." A majority of publishers have been represented by both groups in the two territories, he added.

All payables, accounting and operations will be consolidated to the office of Southeastern Book Travelers in Birmingham, Ala.

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Executive Director Wanda Jewell heads west, Linda-Marie Barrett becomes Assistant Executive Director

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, June 5, 2017

Exciting Changes at SIBA!: SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell heads west and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe’s General Manager Linda-Marie Barrett joins SIBA as Assistant Executive Director.

Wanda JewellSIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell will relocate in 2018 to San Francisco, Ca. to be near family. She wants to spend time with her granddaughter and “any future grands to come!” Of her decision to relocate out of the territory, she writes, “I believe this will be good for SIBA. I’ll have access to a whole new culture of bookselling. I’ll research new products, concepts, and ideas at work and bring them to SIBA booksellers. I’m investigating the possibility of sharing resources with NCIBA, as well as contacting new vendors.” Even after she relocates, Jewell will keep east coast hours to be available to SIBA members. “As my signature says, call anytime for any reason!”

Linda-Marie BarrettAs part of the transition, Linda-Marie Barrett, longtime General Manager and former co-owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC leaves Malaprop’s to join SIBA as Assistant Executive Director. Her initial focus will be as a Rep on the Road Liaison to SIBA booksellers, expanding on outreach she’d already begun as a SIBA Board member. She will accelerate participation in SIBA’s Frindies (Author Friends) program, and be the east coast SIBA representative beginning in early 2018. “Malaprop’s has been my heart for almost 29 years, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to work with Wanda Jewell, someone I admire tremendously. Traveling the territory, meeting indie booksellers, and exploring what’s working and what needs attention is a perfect match for my passion to build connections, find solutions, and offer practical assistance. I’m so looking forward to getting started!”

Barrett resigned her position on the SIBA Board at their last board meeting on May 30. She officially stepped into the position of SIBA Assistant Executive Director on June 5, and can be reached at lindamarie@sibaweb.com

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