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Flavorful Fall Okra Picks!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Okra Picks (Columbia, SC) – The 2016 Fall 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 the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between October and December, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Take them at their word. Great books are always good for you!

The 2016 Fall Okra Picks   

Robert Walker The King of the Birds The Forgetting Hungry is a Might Fine Sauce

Robert Walker 
by Corey Mesler
Livingston Press, September 2016          
Fiction, 9781604891720

The King of the Birds
by Acree Graham Macam
Groundwood Books, September 2016
Juvenile, 9781554988518

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press, September 2016
Juvenile, 9780545945219 

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce
by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Shiloh Run Press, October 2016
Cooking, 9781634097826 

Two By TwoThe Home Place Book of Isaias Book of Isaias

Two By Two
by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, October 2016
Fiction, 9781455520695 

The Home Place
by J. Drew Lanham
Milkweed Editions, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781571313157 

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley
Farrar Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, October 2016
Juvenile, 9780374302610 

The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America 
by Daniel Connolly
St. Martin’s Press, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781250083067

Among the Living Lowcountry Heart The Virgin and Other Stories Love Alice A Question of Mercy

Among the Living
by Jonathan Rabb
Other Press, October 2016
Fiction, 9781590518038 

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
by Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9780385530866 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar Straus and Giroux, November 2016
Fiction, 9780865478695 

Love, Alice
by Barbara Davis
Berkley Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9780451474810 

A Question of Mercy
by Elizabeth Cox
Story River Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9781611177220 

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra.

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News (#thinkbinc, #PatConroyWeek, #ReadCred, #ABA) You Can Use!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Here's what you need to know RIGHT NOW!

I. BINC SURVEY

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is asking booksellers and other book industry professionals to take a survey so that Binc can "hear from booksellers about what they want and need from an organization dedicated to helping them in times when they need it most."

The survey should take no more than seven minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible to win one of four $50 American Express Gift Cards as a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The results of the survey will be released in January 2017.


Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Binc

 

II. PAT CONROY WEEK 10/24-10/28

#PatConroyWeek

Booksellers are encouraged to celebrate the late Pat Conroy during the week of October 24 with in-store and online events and promotions to raise money for the new Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

SIBA is also sponsoring a contest that allows those who donate $41 or more to the center to be included in a drawing to win the 41 new books that were the finalists and winners of the new Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

More info for booksellers here: https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ba_pclc

SIBA Bookstores should contact wanda@sibaweb.com if interested in securing appropriate authors or writers to appear during Pat Conroy Week in support of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. READ THIS! 100% ALGORITHM FREE BOOKSELLER RECOMMENDATIONS

Read This 

Did you know that SIBA's website for southern readers, AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com, receives about 1500 visits every day? Thanks to the rising circulation of the Lady Banks newsletter, and the popularity of programs like the Okra Picks and the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, traffic on the site has been growing. And the visibility of SIBA member stores has been growing along with it.

SIBA has redesigned the "recommended reading" section of it's website for southern readers -- readermeetwriter.com -- as a searchable "book concierge" with dozens of categories coverings hundreds of bookseller recommendations. Recommendations are culled from store websites and newsletters, featured in the Lady Banks newsletter, and linked back to the recommending store.

Are your store staff picks on the list? If not, you can email links to nicki@sibaweb.com. SIBA is looking for store recommendations that are written in their own words, not simply reprinting catalog copy.

http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this

IV. NEW ABA WORKSHOP "The Principles of Bookstore Finance"

ABA, in conjunction with NAIBA, will present a new workshop on the Principles of Bookstore Finance, a full-day education session led by Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Seattle, Washington, and ABA Chief Financial Officer Robyn DesHotel.

The workshop will take pace on Saturday, October 15, in Baltimore, Maryland, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and full details and a signup form can be found here.

The workshop will combine a detailed look at key components of financial management and focus on how to read and analyze a bookstore’s operating statement in order to improve it. More information is available here: http://www.bookweb.org/news/october-workshops-illustrate-principles-successful-financial-management-34521

Registration for the workshop is $85 per person and more information is available here:
http://www.bookweb.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=51

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SIBA Means Business. SIBA Seeks to Deliver One-Of-A-Kind Regional Show.

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2016

For immediate release:

SIBA Means Business. 
SIBA Seeks to Deliver One-Of-A-Kind Regional Show.

siba gabbs

(Columbia, SC) Beginning in 2018, The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Discovery Show will share the roof with the national Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) and international AmericasMart Atlanta (MART) in March in Atlanta.  The new partnership is the result of several years of collaboration and brainstorming for ways to better serve the needs of each show’s target audiences in a rapidly changing market while sharing the costs for developing new programming.

The Discovery Show will focus on bringing top bestselling authors to the South, providing easy access to gifts and bargain books, and creating opportunities for stores to increase profit margins. SIBA’s core members will enjoy a vibrant literary city that is centrally located and an easy flight or drive from all corners of SIBA’s territory.  Exhibitors will enjoy access to GABBS & MART attendees in addition to all of SIBA’s regulars.  SIBA will have access to booksellers across the nation who attend GABBS and will increase the vitality of SIBA’s education.  Being off-season from the other shows will allow for publishers and exhibitors to focus on the SIBA show and SIBA booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have the opportunity to plan for the year, seeing both what is currently available and what is forthcoming, not to mention the opportunity for gift buying for summer, fall & winter that will be possible.  Perhaps most importantly for the region, Southern football will no longer prevent many bookseller members from attending the SIBA Discovery Show. 

SIBA’s core booksellers will be able to count on SIBA to deliver quality education, top-notch author events, plus the incentives and scholarships to attend the 2018 SIBA Discovery Show that are always available.  Exhibitors will be have the option to participate in a one-day or two-day exhibit, will have access to attendees outside of SIBA, and will enjoy a more vibrant show floor.  Admission to the SIBA Discovery Show will include admission to the MART and GABBS.

“I’m so excited to move SIBA in this way and to partner with these folks.  My mind is abuzz with all of the opportunities this move opens up for us.  And in sharing the costs with GABBS, it frees up dollars for more immersive education and professional speakers in addition to our seasoned industry contributors,” says SIBA’s Executive Director, Wanda Jewell.  

The organization recognizes there will be an adjustment for members, exhibitors, and attendees during the transition from a September show in New Orleans in 2017 to a March show in Atlanta in 2018. Both SIBA and partner GABBS are committed to assisting booksellers and exhibitors in making that transition.  The dates for the 2018 March show will be announced in early 2017.

“We’ll be bringing three vital parts of the book business together at one show, under one roof,” says Jewell. “It will be an amazing opportunity for our members to get down to business in a way that aligns with current times.”

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

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A Letter from the SIBA President

Posted By Jill Hendrix, Monday, August 29, 2016

Jill HendrixSIBA President Email
Incoming Board Member
SIBA Discovery Show
ABACUS South
SIBA Survey
Kansas Leadership Center


Incoming Board Member

Kimberly Daniels TawsPlease join me in congratulating Kimberly Daniels Taws, owner and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC, who won election to the SIBA Board of Directors. She can be congratulated directly at kimberlyddaniels@gmail.com. Kimberly’s term will start in the Spring of 2017 but if you have not met her yet, we will be introducing Kimberly at the #SIBA16 Discovery Show in Savannah at the Ease into SIBA: Breakfast with Booksellers on Friday morning.

 

#SIBA16 Discovery Show

Speaking of the Ease into SIBA Friday morning breakfast, I’d like to encourage all SIBA attendees to show up to this event, which is also our annual member meeting.  We know it starts early (7:30am), but we're offering a FREE breakfast and the chance to meet and network with your peers and your SIBA board. Get excited about what our organization has accomplished and how you can contribute. Come prepared to make some noise for your store and win a Taste of Savannah gift basket.

And if you haven’t registered for #SIBA16 yet, time is running out to avoid the $75 late fee. So make sure to register by 9/1

Register online | Download a registration form

 

ABACUS South

Many thanks to the 36 stores who shared their 2015 financial data via the ABACUS survey this year. Our participation rate was up over last year so we will again be able to get a breakout of ABACUS South data once the final results are ready. Our region had the highest level of ABACUS participation — so give yourselves a big pat on the back! I’d love to see SIBA’s participation rate continue to climb each year, and if there’s something that’s stopping you from joining in please just reply to this email and let me know. ABA and OnCampus research are working to send all participating stores their reports in mid-September.

 

SIBA Survey

I’d also like to thank the 54 SIBA member stores that responded to the recent survey. The SIBA Board will be using the data you provided to make sure our organization is focused on what matters to you most now and in the future. If you’re curious about what everyone said, check out the results yourself at http://data.surveygizmo.com/r/447837_578519ba465db1.23686488
I’m also curious as to why our other 90 member stores didn’t respond and would love to hear feedback about that, especially if you never remember seeing the survey in the first place. Just reply to this email or email me at jill@fiction-addiction.com to let me know so we can use your feedback to help improve future response rates.

 

Kansas Leadership Center

SIBA BoardYour SIBA Board takes its responsibility to our members very seriously and so we recently attended a seminar at the Kansas Leadership Center that we heard about at Winter Institute. While in Wichita we checked out Watermark Books and Café and met owner and former ABA Board member Sarah Bagby along with author Rae Meadows. I read Rae’s book, I Will Send Rain, on the plane ride back and highly recommend it to you. Though set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, it had the feel of a Southern novel to me and I think fans of One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash would enjoy it.

We are now safely back from our travels (though there was a bad moment when we realized 4 out of your 5 board members were on the same flight home) and look forward to seeing you in Savannah!

Regards,
Jill Hendrix
SIBA President & Owner of Fiction Addiction
jill@fiction-addiction.com
864-675-0540

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Win a Call Me Ishmael (CMI) Phone for Your Bookstore!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

From July 1 – Sep 15, the SIBA bookstore with the most phone calls to Call Me Ishmael who attends #SIBA16 will take home the phone!  And this phone, being one of the first ten, is free and clear.  No monthly fee.  No setup fee.  No fee at all.

SIBA was so enamored of Call Me Ishmael that we purchased a CMI phone when their Kickstarter was first launched.  This phone -- which allows you to listen to people's messages about the books they love -- has no subscription fees or any other costs attached to it.  It is free and clear with access to the 2500+ recorded shares of love for books by readers. It's an immediate and heartfelt way to connect with books via booklovers.  And it can be yours!

Anyone can Call Me Ishmael at 774.325.0503 and leave a message about a book they love.  And they should mention your store: 

I bought a copy of Jodi Picoult’s Great Small Things at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, and just finished reading it.  She has outdone herself.  What a great read!  How does she take such a complex topic, and with clarity and compassion, tell such a compelling story?  Though prolific, Jodi Picoult, has no formula, and manages to tell only better and better stories.  I am just blown away by this book.”  

To hear more examples, visit Call Me Ishmael at http://callmeishmael.com/.

Be sure your bookstore is mentioned in the message to get points for the contest.

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