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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Lincoln's Loft Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Octavia Books, Oxford Exchange, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Quail Ridge Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Story Shop, Underground Books, Union Ave Books, and Wordsworth Books.

9781631492167 Biloxi 5/21/2019
"Everyone who knows a southern, white, single male in his sixties should read Biloxi."

9781635573169 Light from Other Stars 5/7/2019
"A thrilling journey through space and time and a deeply moving exploration of the bond between parent and child."

9781593763909 Loudermilk 5/7/2019
"A grand comic novel with hints of Charles Portis and Pynchon, a great post-Millenium, pre-Millennial foray into America at the cusp of its decline. Hilarious, touching, ambitious and endlessly playful."

9781536204803 Sadie and the Silver Shoes 4/23/2019
"Read this for the joy of rooting for Sadie, a girl who knows her own heart. Also, read this for the pleasure of seeing a silver shoe float down a river like a shiny fish."

9781452172781 Tomorrow Most Likely 4/2/2019
"A book about wonder and joy and the possibilities of tomorrow. (Oh, and a squirrel named Stu, too.) Giggles and magic abound."

9780525561255 A Good Enough Mother 4/30/2019
"a deeply insightful story of a mother who always wants more for her child in the name of love, and how this may not always be for the best."

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Small Press Presents: Spring and Summer Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February Small Press Presents: Spring and Summer Picks

Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers: Publisher Picks brings publishers and booksellers together outside of rep visits to stores and the Discovery Show.

Featuring: Michael Reynolds, Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions, Carin Siegfried, the Mid-Atlantic field sales representative at Macmillan, Emily Midkiff, editorial assistant and marketing director at Month9Books, Meg Reid, Director of Hub City Press, and Lynn York, publisher of Blair. 

Edelweiss collection of presented titles

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B3! Webinar: How to develop, grow, and run a successful podcast

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

B3! Webinar: How to develop, grow, and run a successful podcast

Join us on Wednesday, May 8 at 2PM to listen to three presenters of book-centered podcasts. Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf and host of From the Front Porch, Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and host of The Literary Life, and author Anne Bogel (AKA Modern Mrs. Darcy), host of What Should I Read Next? have developed very popular podcasts with a national audience. Booksellers looking to grow their store brands, reach more customers in their communities and beyond, and maybe even sell more books, will learn much listening to these experts share their best tips. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

 

Meet our presenters:


Annie Jones began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in downtown Thomasville, Georgia. Annie adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie also co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's popular weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. From the Front Porch hit its one millionth download in February 2019, and together, Annie and her co-host Chris have produced over 200 episodes. In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and in 2017, The Bookshelf was recognized as Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.


Anne Bogel is the creator of the very popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. Her book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Books are the foundation of her site, which has been affectionately dubbed “a lifestyle blog for nerds.” She’s the author of I’d Rather be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life and Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. Her weekly podcast, What Should I Read Next? is devoted to book talk, reading recommendations, and literary matchmaking. She’s based in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Mitchell Kaplan founded Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida in 1982 and has since opened numerous locations including stores in Key West and the Cayman Islands. Books & Books was named Bookstore of the Year in 2015 by Publishers’ Weekly. Mitchell is a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair,  the former President of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and served on the Board of ABFFE, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. In 2011, Mitchell received the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community”  His podcast The Literary Life features candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

   

 




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What's on Lady Banks' Bookshelf in March?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What's on Lady Banks' Bookshelf in March?

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach(from 17K to 22.5K), and a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) in on social media, and a 10% rise in impressions, 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

 

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display. Here are our March titles:

 

Martin Luther King Jr.: Voice for Equality by James Buckley Jr., Portable Press

How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou by Ken Wells, W.W. Norton & Co.

Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, West Virginia University Press

Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina edited by Wilton Barnhardt, University of North Carolina Press

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward, Park Row

 

     


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THE SMALL BUSINESS HABIT OF WEARING TWENTY HATS: A EUREKAsiba TALK

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

THE SMALL BUSINESS HABIT OF WEARING TWENTY HATS: A EUREKAsiba TALK

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I think small businesses, in this case indie publishers and indie bookstores, have this characteristic in common: we’re all doing too many different things. At Europa, we’ve attempted, and I think mostly succeeded, at turning this into a strength, and certainly my own skill set and career path into publishing make me unsuited to wearing only one hat. I think the way of staffing, approaching work flow, and more intangible things like an editorial aesthetic or style of community outreach are informed by the diversity of skills we have and jobs we do.

Michael Reynold’s talk is part of SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) & EUREKAsiba, a program of bookseller education in an intimate format, designed to emphasize creative and innovative solutions to running a business. SITS takes place Monday, March 18 –Wednesday, March 20, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport. Here’s a link to REGISTER!

Micheal Reynolds is the Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, and has served on the jury for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators, and the foreign jury of the Strega Prize. He is a regular speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course, and at publishing and translation conferences in America and internationally. He is the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. He is also an author and a translator whose published translations include three historical mysteries by Carlo Lucarelli, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool.

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New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, February 14, 2019
New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide
 
The new report —Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities— quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon's online retail sales.
Reviewing the most recent four years of Amazon's U.S. retail sales, Prime Numbers documents that in 2018 alone Amazon and its third-party vendors sold $189 billion of retail goods. The report’s analysis reveals that the nationwide results of those sales were:
  • 540 million square feet of displaced retail space,
  • 900,000 displaced retail jobs, and
  • $5.5 billion to $7.0 billion in uncollected sales tax.
For the period of 2014–2018, the cumulative loss in uncollected sales tax is estimated to be as high as $22.5 billion.
 
Read the full ABA article HERE.
Access the full study details and report HERE.

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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Southern Book PrizeThe 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2019 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?

 


2019 Southern Book Prize Winners


The Line That Held Us

FICTION
The Line That Held Us by David Joy
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399574221
“With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy is the new voice of Southern noir. In The Line That Held Us, Joy drags the reader by the gut on a dark and twisted journey of violence and vengeance in a story that will not be soon forgotten.” – Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

 

CHILDREN’S
Smack Dab in the Middle of MaybeSmack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl
Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780399557385
“Cricket is all alone -- her mama ran away, and her dad died, and now she's stuck with her Aunt Belinda, who doesn't want her. So Cricket sets out on a quest to find and solve a clue trail that she hopes will lead her to her mama and make everything right in her world. On the way, she learns to rely on herself and discovers that some treasures aren't monetary but are just as valuable. Fans of Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky will love Cricket and her journey of self-discovery.” – Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

NONFICTION
The Best Cook in the WorldThe Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg*
Knopf, 9781400040414
“Rick Bragg is the whole package. Intelligent, to the point, hilarious and beyond generous with his time and storytelling. A true man's man and momma's boy who makes us cry with laughter. He embraces his Southern roots and contributes to the overall reason we all love the South.” – Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

*recipient of the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award

The 2019 Southern Book Prize represents a change in both format and timing from past years. Previously timed to be announced in the summer, voting in 2019 began November 10 as part of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge Week, and was opened to Southern booksellers and their customers.  Winners were selected by popular vote and will now be announced on Valentine’s Day.

The response to the new format was enthusiastic as booksellers, readers and writers all rallied around their favorites on the ballot. Over 2800 ballots were submitted by Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores and confirming the Southern Book Prize as a true “Southern Readers’ Choice” award. “It was a phenomenal response” said Wanda Jewell, the Executive Director of The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which administers the Southern Book Prize. “It illustrates the magic that happens when independent bookstores get behind a book and get their customers involved.”

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

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Okra Pick Nominations Due 3/1

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Okra PicksSpeak up for your favorite forthcoming Southern books! Okra Pick Nominations due 3/1

Nominations for the Spring Okra Picks are due on March 1. Booksellers can nominate a book by reviewing it on Edelweiss, or by submitting a nomination form:

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

To be eligible, books must be Southern in nature or by a Southern author (or both) and have a publication date of 4/1-6/30. Nominations must come from SIBA member booksellers. Members receive 2 B3 points for every eligible nomination.

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Lincoln's Loft Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Scuppernong Books, The Bookshelf, The Country Bookshop, The LIttle Bookshop.

9780525533672 Lot 3/19/2019
"[These stories] are funny and heartbreaking and genuinely surprising, and they are great on their own, but as they add up you realize their collective power."

9781683319979 Little Darlings 4/30/2019
"a blend of the currently popular domestic thriller and supernatural horror...it has just the right amount of creepiness and action."

9781948226196 Rough Magic 5/7/2019
"A stirring adventure and a gorgeous meditation on landscape and our place within it."

9780763699505 Landscape with Invisible Hand 4/9/2019
"a fresh and darkly funny scifi parable, like Douglas Adams scripting a Black Mirror episode!"

9781250200587 When All Is Said 3/5/2019
"Oh, this book. This beautiful, heartbreaking book. I never wanted it to end"

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Based on a True Story: Fiction, Memoir, and Authenticity​, a EUREKAsiba talk by Erica ​Witsell

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Based on a True Story: Fiction, Memoir, and Authenticity, a EUREKAsiba talk by Erica Witsell


Where is the border between autofiction and memoir? Who has the right to tell which stories? Erica Witsell will discuss the limitations and freedoms of both genres, the works that inspired her, and her own novel’s transformation from memoir to fiction. She will also explore the question of authenticity in the age of identity politics and sectionality.


Witsell’s talk is part of SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) & EUREKAsiba, a program of bookseller education in an intimate format, designed to emphasize creative and innovative solutions to running a business. SITS takes place Monday, March 18 –Wednesday, March 20, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport. Here’s a link to REGISTER!


Erica Witsell is the author of the novel Give, the story of one family’s troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past, and a testament to the bonds of sisterhood. Ron Rash praises, “Give is a striking, often unflinching, depiction of a doomed marriage and its enduring consequences. Erica Witsell is a very talented writer and her debut should garner a wide and appreciative audience."

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