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The Southern Book Prize creates the Conroy Legacy Award

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

The Southern Book Prize creates the Conroy Legacy Award

The Southern Book Prize(Columbia SC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announces the creation of a “Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, The Southern Book Prize (formerly known as The SIBA Book Award). The new category, the Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for its member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.

In 2016, SIBA rechristened its annual SIBA Book Award as The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize to honor Conroy and his profound impact on Southern literary life. Although it was intended as a one-time event, the booksellers immediately responded with names of writers they felt deserved that recognition. The Conroy Legacy Award was created to celebrate the deep connections between independent bookstores and the writers in their communities.

“The Conroy Legacy Award,” says SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, “is our way of honoring the strong connection and partnership between writers and independent booksellers. We are all deeply involved in the literary life, in the life of the book, and in telling the story of our home place.”  

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SIBA seeks to promote diversity with discount for books by persons of color

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, January 26, 2017

For immediate release
January 26, 2017

(Columbia, SC) In an effort to expand exposure to its bookstore members and their customers to books by people of color, starting February 1 SIBA is offering a 35% discount to publishers who wish to promote their authors and illustrators of color for 2017.  Any book that has been written or illustrated by a person of color is eligible for the discount, which applies to all SIBA promotions with the exception of its annual Holiday Catalog, a shared revenue product.

“We had a strong call from our members to increase diversity in SIBA programming,” said Executive Director Wanda Jewell, “and to work with stores to increase the demand for diverse books,” adding that SIBA has already made an internal commitment to promote diverse authors and books in its consumer-targeted programs, such as the Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter.

“But it is an all-hands-on-deck process,” she added, “our booksellers are deeply committed to diversity, and we want publishers to see our membership as an enthusiastic and profitable audience for their divese writers.”

By offering the discount on SIBA promotional programs, Jewell hopes that publishers will not only send more diverse authors to SIBA territory, but also that they will see the benefit of committing more promotional dollars to their books as a whole.

For more information, contact: Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com

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Independent Bookstore Day Deadlines: News you can use from the land of SIBA!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hello and Happy New Year, most beloved SIBA Booksellers!

There are a few imporant deadlines coming up, so please take a moment to read through the news below:

Check your account | Independent Bookstore Day | Binc Scholarship Program | Children's Book Week

 

1. Check your account!
Please take a moment to view your SIBA profile and ensure all the information is accurate:

You username
Your name
Your email
Your store
Your member type (store/staff)
Your membership expiration

and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):

Your oustanding SIBA credit
Your B3! points

Are you a Circle of Sites store?
Your ecommerce system
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact nicki@sibaweb.com about participating)

Square footage of your store
Store location
Store town size
Year incorporated

 

Indie Bookstore Day2. Independent Bookstore Day:
It is time to place your IBD Order!

We are proud to present the 2017 list of 11 exclusive items for Bookstore Day! Don't miss out on stuff from Michael Chabon, Jenny Lawson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Oliver Jeffers and more.

Catalog: http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/

How do I sign up to participate?
A: Just place your order for a minimum of 15 items and you're in!

Who is eligible to participate?
A: All brick-and-mortar bookstores that are dues-paying members of their regional independent booksellers association.

What else do I have to do?
A. Plan a great party for April 29, 2017.

For a complete list of FAQs and party planning ideas:
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/for-bookstores/

For complete Rules of Participation, please see the ORDER FORM.
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/order-form

 

3. Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program

Binc Higher Education Scholarships 

January 16 was the start of the application period for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s annual Higher Education Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible current bookstore employees/owners, Independent Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24) awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

Apply here

 

Children's Book Week4. Children's Book Week May 1-7

Stores that do children's events and programming are encouraged to sign up to be an official event location for Children's Book Week, May 1-7. Stores just need to host a story time, activity hour, or voting for the awards the week of May 1-7. In return, stores get original posters and bookmarks, are part of a national online map, AND every store, library and school that signs on will count towards a national children’s book donation.

http://www.everychildareader.net/

 

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Winter Okra Picks: An Easy-to-Keep Reading Resolution for 2017

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 2017 Winter Okra Picks have been selected: a flavor-filled collection of new Southern books hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers–people with impeccable taste in books... 

All Winter Okra picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, 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 tasty titles, dig in and ask for a second helping. Great books are always good for you!



The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
Hogarth, Hardcover, 9780451495648, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062433381, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Eveningland: Stories by Michael Knight
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802125972, 304pp. 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017


Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell; Shadra Strickland (illus.)
Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452125909, 260pp. 
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250064349, 272pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9781627795982, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017


One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
University of South Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9781611177466, 280pp. 
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey by Troy Ball
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, 9780062458971, 288pp. 
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250111753, 336pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205812, 272pp. 
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Signals: New and Selected Stories by Tim Gautreaux
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780451493040, 384pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250135995, 240pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

 



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A letter from your Board President

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Letter from the SIBA President
Okra Pick Nominations Due
Check Your Account Information

 


SIBA Board President Jill HendrixDear SIBA Members,

I hope Small Business Saturday was successful for you all and that holiday shoppers are out in force at all your stores. 

This will be my last letter as your SIBA President. Fellow board member Doug Robinson, owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, GA, will take over from me on January 1st, 2017. Doug’s email address is doug@eagleeyebooks.com and I know he’d love to hear from you on any topic. 

Incoming SIBA Board President Doug RobinsonAs part of the Board’s duty to look to the future on our members’ behalf, three board members -- Doug Robinson, Linda-Marie Barrett, and Stephanie Crowe -- attended a Trends seminar in Chicago this month to get trained out how to recognize, analyze, and capitalize on trends. 

Most of the Board, including myself as outgoing board member, and Kimberly Daniels-Taws as incoming board member will be attending Winter Institute in Minneapolis. We hope many of you will also be braving the cold of Minnesota and we hope to see you there. If you’re attending, remember to pack your y’all buttons so we can find each other more easily. If you’ve never gotten (or have lost) your y’all button, look for Doug in Minneapolis and he’ll have a stash to hand out to you.

I’ve greatly enjoyed my 6 years on the SIBA Board and my last two years as your SIBA President and thank you for all your support of SIBA.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday!

-Jill Hendrix
Your outgoing SIBA President

 

 

Winter Okra Pick Nominations are due!

The deadline for the Winter Okra Pick nominations is tomorrow, December 1. Click here to nominate. Make sure the books you are most looking forward to are the ones everyone will be looking forward to!

 

Check your account information!

The SIBA website "member hub" has received an upgrade, so if you log into your account, things are going to look a little different. Here's a basic overview of the changes:

  1. You can now fix it so you can log in using Facebook.

  2. The site is mobile-friendly, so you can now check it on your phone. Designated Android and iPhone apps are coming soon.

  3. Once you log in, you can see all the SIBA notifications, plus news from other SIBA stores, in your main feed, just like you do with facebook. In fact, the site is set up very much like facebook, so it should be easy to see important news.

    Here's how to log in:

    Login Link: http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx

    Contact nicki@sibaweb.com if you don't know your login information.

It helps SIBA immensely if the information in your account is accurate, so please take a moment to check. The updated member hub is entirely mobile-friendly, so you can easily log in on your phones and tablets.

Here are three things to do:

  1. Log in via facebook so the system will remember you

  2. Check your account and update anything that needs updating

  3. Connect with other SIBA stores, and with SIBA itself (Nicki Leone & Wanda Jewell). You may have prompts on your account for where one or both of us has reached out to you. If not, just click on our usernames from your "Feed" page to connect with us. You'll see other connection suggestions as well.

 

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