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Deadlines you don't want to miss: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

Here in the land of SIBA we have our eyes fixed on September in New Orleans. The Discovery Show schedule is constantly being updated so do check it often to see who will be coming to the Show.


  1. Welcome your new Board members
  2. Top 10 things to do at #SIBA17
  3. Two very, very, VERY important deadlines!


Elected and Re-elected

Erica Merrell of Wild Iris Books in Gainesville, Florida was re-elected to another 3 year term for the SIBA Board.  We are glad to have Erica continue as a valuable member of our Board.

Erica Merrell

We also welcome to the SIBA Board, Kelly Justice, owner and operator of The Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia.  Kelly will serve a 3 year term beginning January 1, 2019.  Most of you know Kelly as she has worked in independent bookstores since 1989, as manager of The Fountain Bookstore since 2000 and became its owner in 2008.  Kelly JusticeKelly has served on the SIBA Board and as SIBA President.  Kelly has also served the ABA on its Nominating Committee and Bookseller Advisory Council. 

As many of you already know, Linda-Marie Barrett resigned from Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe on June 1, 2017.  She also resigned from the SIBA Board as board members must be affiliated with a store that is a SIBA Core Member to be on the Board.  Your SIBA Board felt compelled to fill the open board position for the rest of the calendar year, so, upon Kelly's election to the Board we asked if she would let us appoint her to the open board seat for the rest of 2017; she has accepted and will begin immediately helping us decide on how we can serve our membership most effectively. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in NOLA at the Ease Into SIBA Breakfast. 

And stop by for a drink in the bar with the board at our "Meet the Board" session before or after you've visited the SignArounds between 4 & 5 pm on Friday.

Doug Robinson
President, SIBA
Eagle Eye Book Shop-Decatur, Georgia

The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 TOP TEN

  1. If you haven't registered for the #SIBA17 Discovery Show, now's the time.  New Orleans will not be the same without you. Register here.
      Your username to login is @@username@@

  2. Get your hotel room.  Rooms deadline is Aug. 15th. Gold Star First-Time Booksellers should plan to attend the First-Timers Gold Star Orientation on Saturday morning from 9-9:30 in the Rampart Room.

  3. And if you are coming in early for ABA's Diversity Session, register here, RSVP for the Bookstores Tour, and get back in time for the TrioLive @ Nine.

  4. The print show directory will be on-site but in advance of the show and to prep orders for the Buyers Raffle, check early and often the online Exhibitor Listings for show specials.

  5. And the stellar line-up of writers will blow you away.

  6. Thanks to the University of South Carolina Press' sponsorship, Heads or Tails is back! With more ways to win the $500.  Supporting booksellers supports us all.

  7. Wanna' win $1000?  Create your best table display showcasing one, some or all of the Southern Book Prize Winners.  Or create more than one in the store and see which are the most successful.  Pack up and bring it the show.  But first, email your intent to enter by Sep. 10.

  8. SocialLink Surprises – We'd like to see every bookseller engaged on SocialLink. To that end, we will be offering a multitude of prizes only on SocialLink and the first bookseller to comment "Claimed" will win the prize which can be picked up from the sponsor's booth.  Take a moment to download our new app: "SocialLink Mobile App" from the app store on your phone.  Log in with your SIBA username: @@username@@.
    Email if you need help.

  9. SIBA's NOLA On-site Concierge Service: 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 restaurants, music venues, out-of-the-way, non-touristy spots to visit, as well as emergency needs like dry-cleaning, masseuse, child care, etc. You may additionally contact Michael before coming to New Orleans to secure hard-to-get reservations or book tours ahead of time.  He may be reached by email ( or text (504-377-7745).

  10. Remembering Kristin Keith, Carla Gray, John Luckett, Don Morrison and other Friends – From 9-10 pm on Saturday night in the Oak Alley room, join together to bid farewell to the industry friends we lost in this last year. 



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