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A day in New Orleans with Michael Murphy by Broche Fabian, Quail Ridge Books & Music

Posted By Broche Fabian, Quail Ridge Books, Monday, October 30, 2017

A full month after returning from the SIBA Discovery tradeshow, I have yet to send Michael Murphy a thank you card for the infamous "three-hour tour" he gave my coworker, Lizzy, and myself in New Orleans in September. Last week, I opened a ShelfAwareness newsletter to find out it's too late to send him a thank you card now, forever.

When Lizzy and I were writing up our proposals to attend SIBA, I marveled at the idea of a SIBA Concierge. The notice in the trade show schedule read:

9 - 6 On Site Concierge Services - Grand Ballroom Foyer
Michael Murphy, former VP with Random House, then Publisher of William Morrow, has been a resident of and enthusiast for New Orleans the last 10 years. He is a licensed tour guide and has written five books about his beloved home. Michael is available to suggest and/or reserve restaurants, music venues, out-of-the-way, non-touristy spots to visit, as well as emergency needs like dry-cleaning, masseuse, child care, etc.

My understanding of concierge services comes from reading books about people who can afford a level of sophistication far above my budget. In my experience, one might "know a guy" who can fix your car for cheap or get you a discount cell phone, and though I'm a world traveler, the amenities at the places I stay usually begin and end with replacing a forgotten toothbrush. That said, it was my first trip to New Orleans, Lizzy and I had a free half-day on either end of our conference schedule, and perhaps it would be nice to get some suggestions from a "resident…and enthusiast." So we emailed for "any direction you can give us."

"First thing to embrace: the right attitude. Great Cajun Chef, Paul Prudhomme, whom died last fall, uttered the perfect quote, "New Orleans will nudge you in the direction you were meant to go." In other words, don't come with a bucket list. Don't over script your days here. Just let New Orleans wash over you."

NOLA Art MuseumThose were some of Michael's first words in response to our humble inquiry. At Michael's suggestion, we toured City Park, the Botanical Gardens, and the New Orleans Museum of Art (the last two being free for residents on Wednesdays, which we pretended to be). We briefly walked Bourbon Street one afternoon, but agreed with Michael's assessment, even during the day:

"P.S.  DO NOT go to Bourbon Street. It smells awful. Most of the music is cover bands doing Journey and Foreigner decades old hits. People there act like they just turned 18 and can finally drink legally. Hope this helps."

Later, Michael told us that one of the reasons Bourbon Street smells so awful is that they started street renovation projects, only to realize that the entire pipe system beneath the French Quarter needed to be redone, as it was seeping sewage and rancid oil and everything else that had been poured down those pipes for generations. Due to a big upcoming event of some kind (sorry, Michael, I don't remember which), it was decided that the construction would hold until after that event, at which point the streets would be dug up, pipes replaced, and the smell would go back to its normal liquor, piss, and vomit, instead of the added pipe sewage stench. Now how else would Lizzy and I have found that out, if not to tour with Michael? Or about the house Johnny Depp almost purchased but was outbid by a Chinese bank owner, or the well-known haunted house where two evil scientists had performed horrible experiments on their slaves, or where the "real voodoo shops" in town were?

Botanical Gardens

We heard all of this and more during the private tour we had with Michael before we left New Orleans on Monday. Catching a ride from the airport to the hotel when we had arrived had cost us almost $40. As Michael informed us, "Generally, tour guides cost $10 per hour per person but I operate under the guideline that you pay whatever you want. Seriously." After a quick cost-benefit analysis, Lizzy and I determined that if Michael didn't mind dropping us off at the airport at the end of the tour, we would rather splurge and pay a few dollars more than a Lyft ride for the added benefit of local history and insider knowledge. We have no regrets.

In an email with the subject line, "Monday Monday, Don't Trust That Day," Michael confirmed he would pick us up at our AirBnB –

"How'd you choose that location? You are perfectly safe…don't worry at all…but it's kind of funky…Aren't you staring at a warehouse out the front window? I'll be there at 11:30."

 – and would take us on a whirlwind tour before dropping us at the airport.

When we queried about lunch options: "We have 1,420 restaurants," he informed us. "You have (too) many choices."

BacchanalWe decided on Bacchanal ("Bywater. You sit outdoors, a block from the Mississippi, with live music."), a restaurant that had been on an extensive and frankly overwhelming list of suggestions Lizzy and I had compiled from friends' recommendations prior to going. Michael had mentioned it in a helpful email of "relatively inexpensive" places open for lunch on Mondays, and after we chose it, I was impressed when he wrote,

"I just checked the schedule. On Monday, the Tangier's Combo (they play gypsy jazz), perform while you eat from noon to three. I can pick you up at 11:30, get there by 12:00, eat an un-rushed lunch (their bacon wrapped dates are fairly awesome) and get touring around 1:00."

Even knowing the budget Lizzy and I were on, knowing we wouldn't be among the high-rollers he'd mentioned he'd guided around New Orleans (*cough*Sofia-Vergara-and-Joe-Manganiello*cough*), he still did his due diligence in terms of who would be playing Monday lunch at Bacchanal.

Lafayette CemeteryHe picked us up that Monday ("I look like an overweight Confederate general. White beard. White-ish hair. 5'10" tall and let's never talk about my weight.") and from the Garden District to Lafayette Cemetery, Michael gave us what was truly the most charming, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable tour I've ever experienced in any part of the world (which includes places like Japan and New Zealand). The day before he had "bang(ed) out Garden District tours at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00…Not my preference… by the 5th tour I feel like Tom Jones singing What's New Pussycat... one....more.... time," yet sitting in the back seat while listening to his stories, it felt like he was relating them for the very first time. Michael shook the hands of other tour guides we ran across, regaled us with tales from his publishing days, and gave us a sneak preview of what travel guide he was working on next. His smile when he dropped us off at the airport – with a reminder that a second Dooky Chase was located there ("Dooky Chase in Treme has great history and a great 93-year-old owner/chef, Leah Chase. She remains sharp as a tack and famously chastised President Obama a few years back because he started to put hot sauce in her gumbo. Don't mess with her recipes.") – was as warm as if he'd enveloped us in a hug.

Lizzy and I ate po'boys at Dooky Chase and remarked that the half day spent with Michael was the perfect ending to our time in New Orleans. We went home, and I starred his last email in my inbox to remind myself to send him a thank you card. Now, I'm wrapping myself in that smile again while listening to the Tangier's Combo CD I bought that Monday with Michael, after we licked our fingers from enjoying those bacon-wrapped dates. New Orleans, SIBA, and the entire book industry lost one of its brightest characters on October 19th, and Michael, I hope it's not too late to reiterate, thank you.

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SIBA & Edelweiss: News You Can Use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, October 16, 2017

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SIBA & EDELWEISS!

EdelweissVery exciting news!

Starting this week, SIBA bookstore members will be able to send the reviews they post on Edelweiss to SIBA at the same time they send them on to IndieNext. "SIBA" will be one of the options you can select, and your reviews will then come to SIBA.

What does SIBA do with bookseller reviews?

  • Eligible titles become nominations for Okra Picks and the Southern Book Prize.
  • Bookseller staff picks are collected in Read This! --SIBA's book concierge service for Southern readers. And all reviews are linked back to your store for purchase.
  • Reviews are run in the weekly Lady Banks' Commonplace Book newsletter, and also linked back to your store.
  • Every submitted review earns your store 3 B3! points.

Stores that use Edelweiss have frequently asked SIBA for the ability to send SIBA their reviews and nominations via the Edelweiss system. It was one of the most commonly requested features noted in feedback from the SIBA Discovery Show. So we're very pleased to be working with Edelweiss to make this happen for SIBA members.

For more information or questions, contact Linda-Marie Barrett at lindamarie@sibaweb.com


Okra PicksCALL FOR QUOTES: OKRA PICKS

The Fall Okra Picks have been announced, and we are seeing Okra Pick authors appearing in your event calendars and on the bestseller lists. SIBA is looking for bookseller blurbs of Okra Pick titles! If you've read and loved any of these books, email us and tell us about it!

The Fonville Winans Cookbook The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills by Sheila Ingle Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly
Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad Dear Martin by Nic Stone The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings by Wendell Berry
Heaven's Crooked Finger by Hank Early Perennials by Julie Cantrell The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert


FREE BOOK STIMULUS PLAN ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2017

From Executive Director Wanda Jewell:

I can't thank you enough for your support of SIBA's Free Book Stimulus Plan over the years. We have been sent hundreds of books to your customers for nearly nine years. Inspired by President Barack Obama's Stimulus Plan in 2008, I wanted to create away for all of the books that had come into my home over nearly 20 years to work in service of indie bookstores. And so FreeBookStimulusPlan.com was born. I will be out of books soon but am committed to fulfilling all of the requests thru the end of the year.

I need to make a request if you continue to use Free Book Stimulus Plan for the rest of this year. Please begin directing your customers to the website rather than providing the form. This is a way I can communicate to all of them that the program is ending and how their requests will be handled. The website is:
www.FreeBookStimulusPlan.com


UNDISCOVERED TREASURES: BESTSELLER & STORE RECS FLYERS -- INSTANT STORE DISPLAYS

Did you know? The downloadable versions of the Southern Indie Bestseller lists have undergone a makeover: Hardcovers | Paperbacks | Children's

The pdf versions are updated every week when the Southern indie bestsellers are updated.

We've also recently made the "Special to the Southern" lists -- the books on the Southern bestseller list but not the national list -- available for you to install on your store website: Indiecommerce | MyBooksandMore | No ecommerce | SIBA hosted | Installation instructions

read thisAnd we now have a monthly "staff recommendations" flyer available for download: This is a flyer of all the books that have been recommended by SIBA booksellers and featured in "Read This!" for the month. Instant display, instant book club resource!

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Rep Pix and #SIBA17 Handouts: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, October 2, 2017

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The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REP PICKS

"Rep Picks" is always a fast, furious, and fun part of the SIBA Discovery Show. But 2.5 minutes -- the amount of time every rep had to make their case for their favorite books -- does not leave any time for asking questions or taking notes!

So here's an Edelweiss link to the books that were talked about at Rep Picks: #SIBA17 Rep Picks


#SIBA17 HANDOUTS ARE AVAILABLE

Author information sheets, School Request Forms, Store Publicity Sheets, Trends slide shows. . . materials from the #SIBA17 educational sessions are now available to download:

#SIBA17 Handouts


THE NEW PEER BRAIN TRUST

Formerly called "The Document Library," the newly revamped Peer Brain Trust has been streamlined and simpliified into a repository of documents and resources that have been road-tested by your colleagues -- SIBA member bookstores.

The Peer Brain Trust

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TUBBY & COO'S BOARD GAME TREND

Tubby & Coo's owner Candice Huber has introduced a host of board game-related programs in conjunction with the New Orleans store's third anniversary,  including board game rental and exchange programs and a board game club. "We've been selling board games since we opened, but the specific board game-café model is what's new for the third anniversary," said Huber.

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JAMIE DEMENT WINS BINC HEADS-OR-TAILS

Okay, so the winner of the Binc Heads-or-Tails Fundraiser may have looked like SIBA Show Staffer Steve Jewell, but that was just a clever disguise. Steve is part of the Author Green Room Team -- the SIBA team that makes sure authors have all the information they need and get where they are supposed to be at the Show. The Green Room Team made a special effort this year to encourage authors to participate in the Binc Heads-or-Tails fundraiser, and agreed to act as proxies for authors who couldn't be present at the time the game kicked off. The results were astounding. Presenting authors contributed over $1000 to Binc. And Heads-or-Tails raised about $3000 total at the show.

Other #SIBA17 winners: include:

  • Fiction Addiction won the Buyer's Raffle prize of $1000
  • Hub City Book Shop won the Scavenger Hunt and a free trip to #SIBA18 in Tampa, FL
  • Fiction Addiction also won a trip to #SIBA18 as part of the APPetite for Prizes competition
  • Square Books was voted the 2018 Bibb Pick winner
  • Eagle Eye Books won the Southern Book Prize Table Display Contest and $1000!

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2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner: Kwame Alexander

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, September 15, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017

2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner: Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander(Columbia, SC) Kwame Alexander, the Virginia-based poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author, has been selected as the first recipient of the Conroy Legacy Award.

Created in honor of the example set by the beloved Southern author Pat Conroy, the Conroy Legacy Award was established in 2017 to recognize writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community, demonstrating support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general, writing that focuses significantly on their home place, and support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

"I met Pat once," said Alexander on being informed of his selection, "He was witty, connected, caring, and a brilliant storyteller–as much in person as he was on the page. He was all the things a writer should want to be. All the things I've wanted to be. I am filled with wonderment and humbled deeply to be honored in his remembrance."

Kwame Alexander was chosen to be the first Conroy Legacy Award winner by a jury of Southern independent booksellers. Alexander is the author of 24 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages and believes poetry can change the world.

"Kwame Alexander is at the forefront when it comes to mentoring the next generation of writers, not just in the US but worldwide," says Hillary Barrineau, of Hooray 4 Books in Alexandria, Virginia. "He won a Newbery Award [2015], which means not only The Crossover but also many of his other 23 books [essays, collections, poetry, and novels] are in every school and library in the US. Notably, they are set in Virginia, where he was born and raised, but clearly resonate with readers everywhere."

"When he visits schools across the country," she continued, "he makes a point of coordinating when possible with the local indie bookstores to provide the books at his events. The year he won the Newbery, he attended our bookstore's "Grand Expansion Party," driving here directly from his daughter's wedding earlier that day." 

Alexander also spearheads the Page to Stage Writing Workshop, which has created more than 3,000 student authors in nearly 70 schools in the US, Canada, and Caribbean, and he recently led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they built and stocked a library and trained 300 teachers to promote literacy in that country.
"We are thrilled to have Kwame Alexander as our first Conroy Legacy Award recipient," said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. "He is exactly the kind of writer the award seeks to honor. Our booksellers love his books, his support of independent bookstores is well known, his commitment to his own community and to fostering a love of writing and literature–especially among young people–is legendary. I think Pat Conroy would be very pleased."

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.

Some Books by Kwame Alexander
Solo (2017)
Booked (2016)
Surf's Up (2016)
The Crossover: A Novel (2014)
Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Honor, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Passaic Poetry Prize
He Said, She Said: A Novel (2013)
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (2011)
NAACP Image Award Nominee
Indigo Blume and the Garden City (2010)
NAACP Image Award Nominee
And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems (2008)
An American Poem (2008)
Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, ed. (2007)
Crush: Love Poems (2007)
The Way I Walk: short stories and poems for Young Adults, ed. (2006)
Dancing Naked on the Floor: poems and essays (2005)

 

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Making plans for NOLA and the #SIBA17 Discovery Show: Foretelling the Future of the Book

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

More wildly, vastly important and timely news from the land of SIBA!

Highlights:

  1. #SIBA17 education tracks
  2. Fall Okra Pick nominations are due
  3. Scholarships are still available for the Discovery Show


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 NEWS

  1. September 1 is the deadline to register for the Discovery Show.
    After Sep. 1, there is a $75 late registration fee.  We have a full schedule packed with exhibitors, writers, education and more fun that is allowed at most shows across the country!

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  2. FYI, Sep. 1 is also the deadline to nominate Fall Okra Picks.
    It seems that nearly 100% of booksellers are in love with the new bookmarks.  You can thank new assistant director Linda-Marie Barrett for that.  It never pays to get to married to an idea.  We will soon be creating a new set of bookmarks for books published in OCT – DEC, 2017.  Submit your nominations.

  3. There are 2, TWO, count them, 2, more Discovery Show Scholarships.
    Thanks to The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation, we have been able to send 50+ booksellers to the SIBA Discovery Show over the last five years, and this year is no exception.  We still have two unclaimed scholarships from Reba & Dave.  Find the details here.

  4. Last Call to participate in the Southern Book Prize Winners Table Display:
    We only have one store signed up.  Don't make it so easy for them to take home the $1000.  The idea is simple enough but if we can't drum up more participation than we have since its inception, this will be the last year we will offer this opportunity.  We provide the table.  You bring the display.  The display must be of one, some, or all of the winners. Email Wanda if you want to participate.

  5. Exciting News – Inaugural 2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner
    Booksellers have chosen the first Conroy Legacy Award Winner, and if that is not exciting enough, the winner is going to be at the #SIBA17 Discovery Show, and is coming for the whole weekend.  We are so excited to have our first Conroy Legacy Award Winner celebrating with us in the city of celebrations.  You don't want to miss this!

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