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What will you discover at #SIBA15?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, August 27, 2015

SIBA is 40!
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What will you discover?

We are less than a month away from SIBA’s 40th Anniversary Discovery Show, and what a show it will be.  The incredible gift we received from our Anniversary Ambassador, The Reba & Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts has been put to good use in underwriting B3! Building Better Booksellers.  This is our amazing Member Engagement Program, where members benefit financially, and business-wise for engaging with SIBA.  More engagement, more benefits.  It’s wonderful and allows for booksellers to earn their way to SIBA.

The Savor the South Bookstore Tour & BBQ is going to be epic.  Five stores, four towns, three sponsors, + BBQ!  We do need folks to claim their seat on the shuttle so if you haven’t done that, you need to.

Reba & Dave Williams are our Industry Breakfast Speakers on Fridaymorning and immediately following, we will be dedicating a beautiful small library in the Hilton Raleigh Hotel Lobby: The Reba & Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts Library.  The Library will be filled with new titles booksellers will have the opportunity to see and will serve as our #Hashtag Photo Booth.

Reba & Dave Williams will be on the exhibitor floor at 9:45 am on Saturday morning and all I can say is, you should be there, too! 

This is the show of shows.  Talk about Discovery!  The Trio exhibit will debut at SIBA and travel the south until next SIBA when a new Trio will be introduced.  SIBA Bookstores will be able to enjoy the exhibit, and sign up to host the Trio Exhibit in their community.  This is an exciting novel approach to promoting literature.

We have 140 writers appearing on panels, at meal events, and other special events over the weekend of SIBA.  We have 184 exhibitors on the exhibit floor.  We have 12 first-time exhibitors. We have a dozen education sessions and thousands of books to consider.  What will you discover?

The Shoe Burnin’ Show is back.  This literary hootenanny is not to be missed, and again is being offered to stores that would like to bring such an event into their own communities. Parapalooza! and Tim Federle are back.  We are adding an exciting new component this year in addition to the Are You There God?, It’s Me Margaritas. And offering up a Tip Sheet for booksellers who’d like to try this at home.

The Moveable Feast this year will not only be the finale for #SIBA15, but also the kick-off of Triangle Reads, the new consumer day that SIBA is trying on for size with SheReads who hopes to offer this model to bookstores across the south.

There will be an in-room SIBA channel on your televisions where you can see book trailers for new books and other interesting items. Authors will vote in a new Bibb Pick, everyone will vote for the $1000 Book Award Display Winner, and the Buyers Raffle continues.

You don’t want to miss this show

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