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Galleys & Giveaways: Boomer1

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, June 15, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

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N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Boomer1 by Daniel TordayBoomer1: A Novel by Daniel Torday.
On Sale September 18, 2018 from St. Martin's Press.
ISBN: 9781250191793, $27.99. eBook ISBN: 9781250191809, $14.99.  

"Torday is a singular American writer with a big heart and a real love for the world. He has the rare gift for writing dynamic action scenes while being genuinely funny."  —George Saunders

Bluegrass musician, former journalist and editor, and now PhD in English, Mark Brumfeld has arrived at his thirties with significant debt and no steady prospects. His girlfriend Cassie—a punk bassist in an all-female band, who fled her Midwestern childhood for a new identity—finds work at a “new media” company. When Cassie refuses his marriage proposal, Mark leaves New York and returns to the basement of his childhood home in the Baltimore suburbs. 

Desperate and humiliated, Mark begins to post a series of online video monologues that critique Baby Boomers and their powerful hold on the job market. But as his videos go viral, and while Cassie starts to build her career, Mark loses control of what he began—with consequences that ensnare them in a matter of national security.  

Told through the perspectives of Mark, Cassie, and Mark’s mother, Julia, a child of the '60s whose life is more conventional than she ever imagined, Boomer1 is timely, suspenseful, and in every line alert to the siren song of endless opportunity that beckons and beguiles all of us.

To request a review copy, email Jordan Hanley at

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Meet the Bookseller: Dave Schallenberger, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Georgia

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dave SchallenbergerName: Dave Shallenberger

Store and location: Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Georgia

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: We opened 13 years ago and that's when I first became a bookseller

Best part about being a bookseller?: Interacting with superb co-workers and wonderful customers, all of whom never cease to amaze me with their friendliness, intelligence, wit, and love of the written word.

Little Shop of Stories inside Author Illustrations
Good Night Moon Room The Penny Floor

The ShadesWhat book(s) are you reading?:
I've just about finished The Shades by Evgenia Citkowitz (6/19/18), which is superb, The Family Tabor (7/17/18) by Cherise Wolas which was also quite good, Felicity by Mary Oliver, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman which is just as entertaining as everyone told me.

I run our Poetry & Wine group. Next month we'll be discussing The Way Under the Way by Mark Nepo.
Just starting: The Brother by Rein Raud.

It's been a marathon, but my "Friday afternoon sitting at the bar and having a beer" book is Ron Chernow's Grant. (It's one of my favorite times of the week for two reasons.)

On deck: OK, Mr. Field by Katherine Kilalea (7/17/18)

Orphan IslandFavorite handsell of 2017: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. The book, a middle-grade novel which was longlisted for a National Book Award, was creative and challenging, raising moral and philosophical questions. (What a great thing for a kids' book to do!) Laurel is local and we love her. We're thrilled that her Charlie and Mouse won the Geisel Award this year.

Picture Book
Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner. It's all about creativity and finding your own unique way. I always love Judy's illustrations.

Middle Grade
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. Laurel's newest novel was longlisted for a National Book Award and was creative and challenging, raising moral and philosophical questions. (What a great thing for a kids' book to do!) Laurel is local and we love her. We're thrilled that her Charlie and Mouse won the Geisel Award this year.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Nic is also a local author and this is her rather stunningly excellent debut novel. I very much look forward to her future work.

Best thing you did this year at your store:
In the past year I served on the Indies Introduce and the Indies Choice / E.B. White Read-Aloud Book Awards panels. It's been a great opportunity to read numerous excellent books and converse with fellow booksellers from all over the country.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)
Web site: averages about 8,500 page views per month
Email newsletter subscribers: 7,742
Facebook: 8,357 likes
Instagram followers: 3,250
Twitter followers: 2,688

What are some ways you work with your community?
We're extremely engaged with our local community and always try to find more ways to do so. Little Shop hosts four storytimes each week and nine book groups each month. We send authors and hold many, many bookfairs at schools in the Atlanta area. We have our own Summer Reading Program with rewards from local businesses. About 600 kids sign up every year. We run nine weeks of (mostly) book-themed camps every summer. Little Shop has been intimately involved in the Decatur Book Festival since its inception. On The Same Page is our community-read program in which we encourage families to read the same book. We work with a number of local organizations to distribute several hundred free books to kids who might not be able to afford them. The finale features an author visit. Little Shop also installs the community Christmas Tree on our roof each Christmas season. The annual tree lighting, complete with a visit from Santa and a performance of a school choir, draws hundreds of folks.

Top priority going into 2018:
Mine is to improve the appearance of the shop. Little Shop expanded into an adjoining space about 18 months ago and we've been working on integrating the look with our established space. We've been covering our floor with pennies (4+ years and counting). One of our employees, Jason, has finished our Goodnight Moon room, complete with replicas of the paintings, a fireplace mantle, green and yellow curtains ... the whole bit! Now we'll expand the focus to the exterior, installing planters with flowers and maybe doing some painting to make our shop look more inviting.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks Bookmiser, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, McIntyre's Books, Octavia Books,The Oxford Exchange, Quail Ridge Books, Reading Rock Books and The Story Shop.

9781250170750 Baby Teeth 7/17/2018
"Sooooo creepy and chilling! This will be a great summer read."

9780062823199 Sweet Little Lies 8/14/2018
"a dark story with a touch of humor and a wonderfully developed character who I would love to see again. "

9780440000785 Vox 8/21/2018
" even more terrifying than The Handmaid's Tale."

9780399252525 Harbor Me 8/28/2018
"Six students share their riches--their harbors-- and there, every one is needed and every one is wanted."

9780062870674 The Tattooist of Auschwitz 9/4/2018
"will break your heart, amaze you, and show the perseverance of the human spirit."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Looking to Engage Young Readers During the Summer Break? Promote the Solo Summer Reading Program with Conroy Legacy Award-Winner Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Looking to Engage Young Readers During the Summer Break? Promote the Solo Summer Reading Program with Conroy Legacy Award-Winner Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess!

Here’s a perfect in-store opportunity for a summer reading program based on Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. Kwame Alexander, SIBA’s 2018 Conroy Legacy Award-winner, is a Virginia-based poet, educator, Newbery winner, and bestselling author. He’s a charismatic speaker with a passion for poetry and inspiring kids to read. He and Hess are leading a four-week program that readers engage with through email and facebook, and in-store programming supported by educator guides. Use this link  (which directs readers to buy at their local independent bookstore or via  to sign yourself up, and for use in social media and store websites to encourage readers to read Solo.


Solo, co-written with Mary Rand Hess, tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, whose life is bombarded with scathing tabloid covers and a constant reminder that his famous father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a rock-n-roll comeback. Haunted by memories of his mother and the ruin his father’s washed-up legacy has brought the family, Blade’s only hope is in the forbidden love of his girlfriend. But when he discovers a deeply protected secret—one that has him questioning his own identity—he’s thrown into a tailspin. Blade sets out on a journey across the globe that will change everything he thought to be true. Booklist praises, “Alexander has a history of appealing to teens of all sorts and a Newbery to his name; don’t expect this collaboration to stay on shelves long.”

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Enter to Win Free #SIBA19 Dues!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Any store that signs up to participate in Direct To Shelf by June 15th will be entered into DartFrog's SIBA Membership Raffle. Two winners chosen at random from all those who join will have their 2019 SIBA membership dues paid by DartFrog.

SIBA stores that are already part of the DartFrog network will be automatically entered into the raffle.

Here's the link, if you are interested in signing up or just want to learn more.

Many of you have already heard of DartFrog, which provides booksellers with a solution for handling distribution requests from self-published authors.

DartFrog has been curating a catalog of titles for bookstore placement, and in April launched Direct To Shelf, a distribution program that financially rewards booksellers.

20 independent stores participated in the successful pilot launch. The titles that DartFrog placed in stores are selling, and each store is earning a quarterly stipend. 

Direct to Shelf Details:

* Guaranteed $175 stipend at the conclusion of each quarter.

* DartFrog sends 15 vetted titles to a store each quarter. The store keeps the full retail value of each of those initial 15 books when sold.

* To facilitate reorders, copies are available for order through Ingram.

* DartFrog pays a store $35 every time they refer a self-published author for vetting.

* DartFrog makes a donation to Binc for every author referred by a bookstore. 

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