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2018 Spring Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, April 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Okra PickSouthern Indie Booksellers have brought in their Spring crop of Okra Picks – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between April and June, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers. Nineteen forthcoming titles—including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's literature—have been chosen by booksellers as the Southern books they are most excited to hand sell. There is something for every kind of reader, and every book has that "You've got to read this!" quality that makes readers push them into the hands of everyone they know.

APRIL

In the Shadow of 10,000 HillsVarinaThe Secret to Southern CharmThe OverstoryDread NationThe Country DarkGhost Boys

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
Central Avenue Publishing | 9781771681339 | 15.95 | April 2018

Varina by Charles Frazier
Ecco Press | 9780062405982 | 27.99 | April 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Gallery Books | 9781501195242 | 16.00 | April 2018

The Overstory by Richard Powers
W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635522 | 27.95 | April 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018

Country Dark by Chris Offutt
Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316262286 | 16.99 | April 2018

MAY

How Sweet the SoundThe High Tide ClubGirl Made of StarsBest Beach EverI Fest a Funeral in My Brain

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481472067 | 17.99 | May 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press | 9781250126061 | 27.99 | May 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Houghton Mifflin | 9781328778239 | 17.99 | May 2018

Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton
Push | 9780545709569 | 17.99 | May 2018

JUNE

The View from HereSouthernmostNeverworld WakeFloridaRisingBearskinThe Darkest Time of Night

The View from Here by Lynne Hinton
NewSouth Books | 9781588383471 | 25.95 | June 2018

Southernmost by Silas House
Algonquin Books | 9781616206253 | 26.95 | June 2018

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press | 9780399553929 | 18.99 | June 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books | 9781594634512 | $24.99 | June 2018

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions | 9781571313676 | $26.00 | June 2018

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
St. Martin's Press | 9781250147301 | $26.99 | June 2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

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Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, March 30, 2018
Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Dear SIBA booksellers,

Now is the time to nominate your choice for the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award. This award represents a “Lifetime Achievement”. 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 have the following attributes:

  • Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  • Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  • 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 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.

Nominations close on April 15th. Nominate your choice today!

Tags:  authors  booksellers  conroy legacy award  pat conroy southern book prize  SIBA  siba book awards  siba member hub  southern book prize 

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Books your fellow booksellers love -- reviewed on Edelweiss

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Story Shop

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
"I found myself unexpectedly emotional at the end - I wish I could send it in a time machine to my younger self."

9781250167026 Anger Is a Gift 5/22/2018
"Mark Oshiro "gifts" the reader something extraordinary: power. I have pages marked so that I might return to them again when I need them."

9780062676788 The Word Is Murder 6/5/2018
"This story is a novel but it sure feels like a memoir. What is he up to?"

9780525633013 There There 6/5/2018
"This book captures you in it's beautiful fist and doesn't let you go."

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
" I'm sure Barack Obama will love this collection as much as Fates and Furies."

9781368003551 We Don't Eat Our Classmates 6/19/2018
"I LOVED THIS BOOK! As soon as I read it, I ran around to 4 different coworkers and made them also read it."

9781250161567 Leverage in Death 9/4/2018
"I can't believe there are 47 of these and there are still new and different ways that people can kill each other."

More bookseller reviews

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

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Get Your Store on the Tour! Expert Advice on Preparing a Press Kit and Pitching to Publishers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 Maribeth PellyGet Your Store on the Tour! 

SIBA offers you two webinars with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at BookTowne and independent marketing consultant, to make it so!

Want to be a star at Publicists Speed Dating at Book Expo? Want publishers to choose you when they plan author tours? Stand out among your colleagues by signing up for both of these upcoming webinars.

Thursday, April 12 at 2PM: How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store.  In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to put together a press kit.
  • How to improve an existing press kit.
  • How to highlight and format your store’s most compelling selling points (and which information to leave out).

For those with existing press kits, Maribeth will offer comprehensive reviews. Fourteen stores will receive a LIVE review of their press kits. The webinar will be recorded so you can share with your staff.

Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers. After you’ve prepared your press kit, learn how to have a productive conversation with publishers, emphasizing how you can support their author tours. In this webinar you'll learn:

  • What publishers want to know (and what they don't).
  • How to build a successful author event program, even if you haven't had an author yet.
  • That store size doesn’t matter!
  • Tips for staying on publishers' radar all year long.

Attendees of these webinars are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicists Speed Dating begins.

RSVP: lindamarie@sibaweb.com, and include a copy of your current press kit. Deadline to register for April 12 webinar is Friday, April 6.

Tags:  authors  booksellers  bookselling  education  events  siba member hub 

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Can we put $100 in your pocket?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, March 26, 2018

We also want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new exhibitors to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, and for every first-time exhibitor that pays full price to exhibit that credits your store with bringing them in, both the bookstore and the exhibitor will receive $100 towards their show expenses.  Let your favorite vendors know how much you’d love to see them in Tampa in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new vendor you recruit, there’s $100 in it for you.  

Here's a link to the exhibitor information you can share with your favorite vendors:

Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form 

(Be sure and put the name of your bookstore where indicated on p.3 of the Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form.)

There is no limit to the number of first-time vendors you can collect $100 each for getting to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show!

Meanwhile, go ahead and get yourself registered as well. Register Now!

Happy Hunting!

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