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Announcing the 2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – including seven different fiction and three nonfiction categories. Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists

FICTION

Commonwealth  Lies and Other Acts of Love  LOng Way Gone  The Serpent King  

Coming of Age
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9781101987063) 
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson, 9780718084714)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780553524024)

Glight Patterns  A Lowcountry Christmas  The Risen  

Family Life
Flight Patterns by Karen White (Berkley Books, 9780451470911)
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)
The Risen by Ron Rash (Ecco, 9780062436313)

Chasing the North Star  Forsaken  Glory Over Everything  

Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)
Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr (NewSouth Books, 9781588383174)
Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, 9781476748443)

Fallen Land  Miss Jane  Over the Plain Houses  Perfume River  

Literary
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (St. Martin's Press, 9781250077974)
Miss Jane by Brad Watson (W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393241730)
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214) 
Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802125750)

The Kept Woman  Lowcountry Book Club  Miss Julia Inherits a Mess  Prayers the Devil Answers  

Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)
Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M Boyer (HeneryPress, 9781635110456)
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B Ross (Viking, 9780525427124)
Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 9781476772813)

Feathered Bone  A Lowcountry Wedding  Monsters in Appalachia  
Ninety-Nine Stories of God The Weekenders  The Whole Town's Talking  

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (Thomas Nelson, 9780718037628)
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125430)
Monsters in Appalachia: Stories by Sheryl Monks (West Virginia University Press, 9781943665396) 
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams (Tin House Books, 9781941040355)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 9781250065940)
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)

Darktown  Redemption Road  Underground Airlines  The Whistler  

Thriller
Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Atria Books, 9781501133862) 
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)
Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters (Mulholland Books, 9780316261241)
The Whistler by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385541190)

Gertie's Leap to Greatness  Lily and Dunkin  Raymie Nightingale  
The Secret Keepers  Serafina and the Twisted Staff  

JUVENILE
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley; Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374302610)
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744) 
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 9780763681173)
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart ; Diana Sudyka (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316389556)
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484775035)

NONFICTION

Dimestore  The Gatekeeper  The Home Place  My Father, the Pornographer  

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books, 9781616205027)
The Gatekeeper: Missy Lehand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith (Touchstone, 9781501114960)
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157) 
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt (Atria Books, 9781501112461)

Deep Run Roots  Mungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce  Victuals  

Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)
Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce Cookbook: Recipes and Ramblings from the Belle of All Things Southern by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (Shiloh Run Press, 9781634097826)
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy; Johnny Autry (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186742)

The Fire This Time  Hillbilly Elegy  A Lowcountry Heart
Poems  Truevine    

Creative Nonfiction
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner Book Company, 9781501126345)
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese, 9780385530866)
Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062435507)  
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company, 9780316337540)

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

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Call for Board Nominations, Southern Book Prize Ballot: News you can use from the Land of SIBA!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

It's that time again....time for oh so many things! Nominations for the Board, voting on the Southern Book Prize, Okra Picks info, and so much more.  Read on, read everything!

Highlights:

  1. SIBA has an app. For real! Download the "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play store
  2. Call for Board Nominations
  3. The Southern Book Prize Loooong List Ballot is open. And the Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations
  4. There is now a resource page for the Spring Okra Picks
  5. There is a now a downloadable flyer of monthly staff picks from SIBA Bookstores.
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
  7. Introducing IndieCommerce Lite

SIBA HAS AN APP!

Yes, that's right, SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Most of the news you see below will also appear in your "feed." In the future, SIBA will be posting important news to the app feed on a regular basis, so having it will give you an early heads up to important or just plain useful news.

Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.

Once you've installed the app, log in to start viewing your feed and notices. Your account information is:

Username: @@username@@
Email: @@email@@
Company: @@employer@@
Your membership expires: @@membership_exp_date@@

You should also be able to set your account so you can log in with Facebook. Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you have any problems.


CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self‐nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate here:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?board_nom

Nominations close April 15.


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been announced. Now it is time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! points for each ballot cast.

Go here to vote:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=2017_sbp

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller to vote.

If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 3rd.

Remember also to nominate for the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICKS RESOURCE PAGE

the 2017 Spring Okra Picks will be announced April 1, but SIBA booksellers can have a sneak peak. We've collected some helpful resources for all the Okra titles to make it easier for you to sell all these fanstastic books:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_forthcoming

 


YOUR STAFF PICKS HAVE STREET CRED!

You've probably seen the header at the top of this and the Lady Banks emails, but have you clicked? SIBA collates store staff picks and recommendations for the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com. You can see the list here:

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

Fully sortable and searchable and linked back to the store that made the recommendation.

There is also now a monthly print out of new recommendations stores can download for a quirky, unpredictable reading list. A great resource for book clubs, educators and hard to please customers!


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.

And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly. So make your travel plans early:

http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


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Important information: What's new for you from SIBA in 2017?

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

Forgive the length of this email, but 2017 has brought with it some changes and new features to your SIBA membership, so this is a quick guide to what's new, upcoming, and ever so important. Please take the time to read through.

Highlights:

  1. SIBA in the Springtime (3/6-3/7) is open for regstration. Click here. Hotel reservation deadline is 2/17. Click here for that
  2. Introducing the Idea Box: Send your ideas about the perfect Discovery Show to SIBA. Click here.
  3. Introducing the Conroy Legacy Award! The Southern Book Prize nomination deadline is Valentine's Day. Click here to nominate.
  4. The 2017 Booksellers Benefits Package is now available. Download it here
  5. B3! -- it's way easier! Click for details
  6. Circle of Sites/Banner for Dues: upgrades are happening this spring. Email Nicki for details and new code
  7. Programs you might not know about, but would be huge help: Trio | Peer Reviews
  8. Welcome to the new Member Hub! Now mobile friendly and with Facebook login. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

If you could change something about the SIBA Discovery Show, what would it be?

You will remember that last fall the talk of the Discovery Show was the plan to move the Fall Show to the spring, and partner with the GABBS show in Atlanta. Although the closure of the GABBS show has meant that plan will not go forward, the announcement has generated a lot of great discussion on the future of the SIBA Discovery Show, and how to keep it relevant and useful for our members.

To that end, SIBA is hosting it's regular "SIBA in the Springtime" education, with a focus on "writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show." Join your fellow booksellers and book industry professionals for a day of brainstorming about the future direction of the Show. Imagination in encouraged. Bring all your dreams -- big and small.

The two-day event includes an author dinner on March 6 with three of your "Okra Pick" authors -- Michael Knight (Eveningland), Gina Kolata (Mercies in Disguise), and Taylor Brown (The River of Kings) plus two favorite Atlanta-based writers -- Patti Callahan Henry (The Bookshop at Water's End) and Joshilyn Jackson (Almost Sisters).

The American Booksellers Association will also be on hand to host a lunch, forum, and spring education presentation on March 7.

It is so very important that we hear from you. SIBA in the Springtime is FREE to core-member bookstores, so don't wait, register now.


THE IDEA BOX

If you can't make SIBA in the Springtime next month, or if you can, but you've already got so many ideas you just can't contain them all, then you can put your thoughts in THE IDEA BOX.

The Idea Box is a new benefit for SIBA members, a place to submit feedback, hopes, wishes, and dreams to the SIBA staff and indeed the entire SIBA membership. Ideas can be reviewed and voted on by members. SIBA uses the votes to gauge member interest and get an idea of how strongly you feel about something.

Right now, the Idea Box is geared towards re-envisioning the Discovery Show. So submit your ideas about what you think would be the perfect show. What you submit will help frame the discussion in Atlanta.

Click here to share your great ideas!


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE &
THE PAT CONROY LEGACY AWARD

The nomination deadline is Valentine's Day, less than a week away. Make sure your favorite southern books are represented. Click here.

New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageTHE BOOKSELLERS BENEFITS PACKAGE

The 2017 edition of the Booksellers Benefits Package, which explains the details of your SIBA membership and all the programs and benefits is now available to download. Click here.

Even if you think you know what's available, it's worth taking a look at the new edition, which covers new programs and changes for 2017. Plus the front cover is a handy calendar of upcoming deadlines and important dates that really should be posted right on the staff room door!

 

 

 


B3!B3! SIMPLIFIED

The B3! Engagement Program, whereby bookstores can earn points and rewards, up to and including an all-expenses paid trip to the SIBA Discovery Show, has been simplified to make it easier to use and track.

  1. Fewer Levels -- we've kept the important milestone levels in the program, but did away with the intermediary ones.
  2. Simplified Social Media Tracking. Now, to earn points for social media activity you simply have to tag SIBA on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: @LadyBanks, @ReaderMtWriter

Facebook: @ReaderMeetWriter, @SouthernIndependentBooksellersAlliance, @LadyBanks

Useful hashtags: #okrapick,#southernbookprize,#siba17, #parapalooza, #southernindie, #readbuygive, #trio


Circle of SitesCIRCLE OF SITES/BANNER-FOR-DUES PROGRAM

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.


NEWISH PROGRAMS YOU MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF

TrioTRIO: TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature. The TRIO exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores.

SIBA sees TRIO as a unique opportunity for its members. It is an example of the of the real world power of real world connections, and can’t be mimicked in a virtual environment. By bringing TRIO to their town, a SIBA store can create create ties with other community organizations, reach new audiences, and bring attention to the store. Click here for more info.

 

 

Circle of SitesPEER REVIEWS: Simply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn’t feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and off er constructive and confi dential feedback. Contact Wanda at wanda@sibaweb.com to schedule a review or become a reviewer.


THE NEW MEMBER HUB

Over Christmas SIBA launched its new "Member Hub" designed to be easier to access, easier to navigate, and easier to participate in. Some of the highlights:

  • You can now log in with your Facebook account.
  • It is mobile-friendly, so create a shortcut on your phone and check in often.
  • It is modeled on a Facebook-like layout, so you have a "feed" with all the important recent SIBA news.
  • It is easy to upload and share information.

Put a shortcut on your phone and login to see for yourself.And while you are there, make sure your account information is up to date. Here's what we have for you:

Login: http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx
You username: @@username@@
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your email: @@email@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

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

Your oustanding SIBA credit: ##CREDIT##
Your B3! points: ##B3TOTAL##

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

Square footage of your store: ##SQUAREFEET##
Store location: ##MAINSTREET##
Store town size: ##TOWN##
Year incorporated: ##YEARINCORPORATED##

 

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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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