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We Want You at Our Pajama Party!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 9, 2019

Pajama Party on Friday, September 13 at 10PM at Sparks After Hours!

You heard it right-we’re hosting a milk & cookies (and Kahlua and Baileys) party and silent reading gathering on Friday night, to ease us into the wee hours–in community, in pajamas. Don’t forget to pack some pretty cool jammies (and slippers). Social media opportunities abound, and a lot of fun, too. Hope to see you there! Check the SIBA show app for location.

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Herstory Comes Alive! Special #SIBA19 Event You Will Not Want To Miss!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 9, 2019

The Daughters of Jackie Robinson & George Wallace In Conversation with Katheryn Russell-Brown: Friday, September 13, 6PM

Don’t miss this historic conversation between Sharon Robinson and Peggy Wallace Kennedy in conversation with Katheryn Russell-Brown. This event is one of the highlights of #SIBA19 and we want you to be part of it.

Sharon Robinson is the daughter of Jackie Robinson, a legendary baseball player and civil rights activist who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Her new book, Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963, focuses on the year George Wallace declared “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” in his inauguration as governor of Alabama. This incredible year of her life, when she was 13,  involved her family hosting fundraisers for Martin Luther King, Jr. in their Connecticut home, witnessing her father offering support and advice to other civil rights activists, and attending the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. At the same time, Sharon Robinson was dealing with being one of the only black children in her wealthy neighborhood, and her own role in the fight for equality. 

Peggy Wallace Kennedy is the daughter of George Wallace. In the summer of 1963, she was a young girl watching her father stand in a schoolhouse door as he tried to block two African-American students from entering the University of Alabama. This man, former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate George Wallace, was notorious for his hateful rhetoric and his political stunts. But he was also a larger-than-life father to young Peggy, who was taught to smile, sit straight, and not speak up as her father took to the political stage. At the end of his life, Wallace came to renounce his views, although he could never attempt to fully repair the damage he caused. But Peggy, after her own political awakening, dedicated her life to spreading the new Wallace message-one of peace and compassion. In her new memoir, The Broken Road,  Kennedy looks back on the politics of her youth and attempts to reconcile her adored father with the man who symbolized racism.


Katheryn Russell-Brown is the author of A Voice Named Aretha, a picture book biography for young readers about music icon Aretha Franklin, the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Raised in a house full of talking and singing, Aretha learned the values that would carry her through life--from her church choir in Detroit to stages across the world. When she moved to New York City to start her career, it took years of hard work before she had a hit song. In the turbulent 1960s, she sang about "Respect" and refused to perform before segregated audiences.

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Special Events at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, September 2, 2019

What’s a bookseller to do after you’ve registered for the show and purchased your meal tickets? Get cracking on preparing orders to take advantage of exhibitor specials! In our Exhibitor Directory you’ll find all kinds of incentives to bring in books and gifts at special prices and extended dating. Every order you place at the show equals a chance to win our $1000 Buyer’s Raffle. (If you’re the lucky exhibitor with whom the bookseller placed the raffle-winning order, you’ll get a free table at next year’s show.). 

Visit our schedule of events  and figure out what education sessions, EUREKAsiba presentations, and author panels on Friday will bring you the most value for your time. Split up staff and take in as much as you can, leaving time for a restorative visit to our Quiet Room, or impromptu meetings with other booksellers and authors. 

Then look for those special events outside of meal times on Fri/Sat/Sun that will give you a laugh, offer a place to network with other booksellers, publishers, and authors, or a chance to sit down and enjoy a complimentary coffee or adult beverage. 

Friday Highlights include:

  • 10-10:30AM: Gold Star Orientation for First-Time Exhibitors

  • 11-11:30AM: Gold Star Orientation for First-Time Booksellers

  • 5PM: Signaround featuring authors who appeared at Friday’s events

  • 6PM: Herstory Comes Alive, the daughters of Jackie Robinson and George Wallace in conversation with Katheryn Russell-Brown

  • 7PM: First 180 Days Party featuring authors with books releasing in 2020

  • 10PM: Milk & Cookies Pajama Silent Reading Gathering


Saturday Highlights include:

  • 9-10AM: SIBA Annual Meeting and Town Hall

  • 10AM: Blackstone Publishing Refreshment Break with author Jill Criswell 

  • 3PM: Mercer University Press Meet & Greet & Eat & Drink with MUP authors

  • 5:45-6:45PM: Parapalooza, a SRO event with numerous authors and many laughs!

  • 9PM: Hub City Celebration at the Montgomery Building. Don’t miss this one!

Sunday Highlights include:

  • 9AM: BQB Publishing Serves It Up with refreshments

  • 11:30AM: Play Heads or Tails with the Binc Foundation to win a $500 gift card

  • 11:45AM: Buyers Raffle for $1000

  • 10-4PM: Bookseller Shipping Center open 

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Don't miss our #SIBA19 AUTHORinteractions

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 19, 2019

Are you enthralled by authors in conversation, or an event planner looking for inspiration, or a fan of authors of a similar genre coming together to discuss their craft? Maybe all three? Check out our AUTHORinteraction Events on Friday, (9/13) of our #SIBA19 Discovery Show and plan your time accordingly. You can find our full schedule of events here.

9AM: Pat Conroy - Our Prince of Scribes

Moderated by Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the four featured writers will share from their relationships with Pat Conroy, and discuss his influence on their writing lives.

Ashley Warlick, The Arrangement (Penguin)

Ron Rash, The Risen (HarperCollins)

George Singleton, Staff Picks (LSU Press)

John Lane, Neighborhood Hawks (UGA Press)


10AM: Too Good to be True Fiction Authors Panel

Moderator: Sally Brewster, co-owner of Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC 

Rita Woods, Remembrance (Forge Books)

Sarah Loudin Thomas, When Silence Sings (Bethany House)

Jordan Farmer, The Poison Flood (G. P. Putnam's Sons)

Lawrence Reid Bechtel, A Partial Son (BQB Publishing)

Diane Chamberlain, Big Lies in a Small Town (Macmillan)

Patti Callahan Henry, The Perfect Love Song (Thomas Nelson)

11AM: Read Early, Read Often Childrens’ Authors Panel

Moderator: Mary Ruthless, owner of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

Victoria Schwab, Tunnel of Bones (Scholastic Press)

Camille Andros, From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

Frank Sileo, Snitchy Witch (Magination)

Deborah Wiles, Anthem: The Sixties Trilogy (Scholastic Press)

Mike Lowery, Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts (Orchard)

Shanda McCloskey, T-bone the Drone (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

2PM: We Need True Stories Non Fiction Authors Panel

Tracie Harris-Fain of the Book House in Mableton, GA

Les Standiford, Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago and the Rise of America's Xanadu (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Tom Clavin, All Blood Runs Red (Hanover Square)

S. C. Sam Gwynne, Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (Scribner)

Allan Cheney, Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius who Forever Changed a Southern Town (W Publishing)

Michael Buffalo Smith, The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019) (Mercer University Press)

3PM: Cold Mountain Book Series 

Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain, and financial supporter of Hub City Press's Cold Mountain Book Series, will moderate a discussion with the authors of the first three books in the series.

Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl

Mark Barr, Watershed

Carter Sickels, The Prettiest Star

4PM: Writing for the Young Adult Authors Panel

Moderator: Sally Bradshaw, owner of Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL

Mindy McGinnis, Be Not Far From Me (Katherine Tegen Books)

Helene Dunbar, We Are Lost and Found (Fire)

Jill Criswell, Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Blackstone Publishing)

Jenn Bennett, The Lady Rogue (Simon Pulse)

F. C. Yee, The Iron Will of Genie Low (Abrams)

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#SIBA19: More First-Time Exhibitors

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, August 1, 2019

The SIBA Discovery Show is only a little over a month away, which means that bookstores should be creating their plan of action now to make the best use of the show. The current list of exhibitors is now available, and show specials are being added daily.

Note, especially, the listings in red and dark blue. These are show sponsors, and first-time exhibitors:

C2 BooksC2 Books -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

The Pom Tales Series Show Special - 43% discount on book orders and FREE shipping ($40 min.). Credit cards accepted. We have some great displays (counter & free standing) to save space and help you make an impression. Stop by to meet us, place an order, and receive a gift!

Haywire BooksHaywire Books -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

Haywire Books is a new small publishing house based in Richmond, Virginia. New and forthcoming titles include Jon Sealy's The Edge of America, Patricia Henley's Hummingbird House (20th anniversary reprint), Mark Powell's Firebird, and Heather Bell Adams's The Good Luck Stone. Find us at

SIBA19: Authors | Schedule | Exhibitors | Attendees | REGISTER!

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First-Time Vendors at #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 23, 2019


First-time Vendors at #SIBA19

The SIBA Discovery Show is only a little over a month away, which means that bookstores should be creating their plan of action now in order to make the most use they can of the show. The current list of exhibitors is now available, and show specials are being added daily.

Note, especially, the listings in red and dark blue. Those are show sponsors, and first-time exhibitors:

Bookish Birds -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

We upcycle old books into new gifts, creating page art and ornaments using pages of books destined for the trash. We love our bookstore partners (many are SIBA members) and look forward to meeting more booksellers and discussing our designs. SIBA special: Free shipping on orders of $250 or more.

Stylus Publishing -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

Stylus publishing focuses on higher education, covering such areas as teaching and learning, student affairs, professional development, and gender racial diversity on campus. We distribute clients such as Mercury Learning & Information and Baseball Prospectus Books. SIBA special: Buy 5 copies of Baseball Prospectus books, Get 1 free

SIBA19: Authors | Schedule | Exhibitors | Attendees | REGISTER!

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Bookseller Shipping at #SIBA19

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, July 22, 2019

Hollins Exposition Services Provides Bookseller Shipping at SIBA Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC


Booksellers often want to ship items home after the show in the event they have flown and SIBA wants to provide this service. We also want the pricing to be transparent so everyone understands what they are being charged. On site bookseller shipping services is provided by Hollins Exposition Services.

Bookselling shipping will be available from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the exhibit hall on Sunday, September 15.

There is a charge of $15 per box which covers labeling, taping, transporting back to Greensboro, off loading and delivery to UPS for outbound shipping.  This is in addition to the regular UPS charges which are based on weight and dimensions. 

There is also UPS store 3 miles from the Marriott Spartanburg, and a US Post Office a half mile away.


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Meet the New W.W. Norton rep, Abby Fennewald

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Friday, June 21, 2019

Abby FennewaldName: Abby Fennewald

Employer: W.W. Norton

Contact info:, cell: (202) 597-0406

States in your territory:Maryland, DC, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana (So, 12 total – yes, I count DC as a state.)

Number of years as a rep: Zero! I’m 2 months in!

Best part about being a rep: Getting to come visit so many great stores! It’s been so fun to have a reason to come see so many great stores that I had always wanted to visit, and discover new stores I didn’t know about.

What were you doing before you became a rep?I was a bookseller. I was an events manager at Politics & Prose in DC and then Marketing and Events Director at BookPeople in Austin, TX.

W. W. Norton

Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Most of them! If I go looking they’re of course in there, and I get some notifications when you submit them to the publisher. But add me as a friend on there and I’ll see them for sure!

Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I’ve started following many of the SIBA stores, and the best ones are the ones that allow the store’s personality to shine through, whether it’s by featuring books that other stores aren’t or having a particularly funny tone in their captions.

What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? I’m very much still learning this – but for this season, what’s been most helpful is the stores who really help me get to know them – if a book doesn’t work for you, tell me why! That way I can make better suggestions the next time. I’m also really interested in getting to know booksellers in the store beyond owners and buyers, so introduce me to whoever is working the floor!

Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call?A buyer answered a phone call and ended up talking to another business in town about how a regular customer has been sending gifts via the bookstore to an employee at this other business. They’re all okay with the gifts, but the customer is confused about which of the employees he actually likes. Next time he calls, the bookstore is going to help him clear that up! (Now that’s customer service.)

What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often?  I’m a big fan of the pre-order campaigns stores have started. Beyond that, I think one of the most interesting things stores can do is highlight backlist titles – it’s refreshing to recall a book from years ago that has fallen off the radar. It can give a great flavor to the store.

Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Well, from the summer list my favorite is Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn. From the fall, probably James Verini’s They Will Have to Die Now. It’s just incredible war reporting and a true must-read.

What three things should a bookstore have when they come to meet with you at your booth at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show?Three seems like a lot – I’m most interested in seeing press packets and talking about what kinds of books have been working well for you in the past few months, or sections you’d like to grow and work on. And, if I haven’t been to your store, show me some photos!

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Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Applications Open 6/15

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ABAMacmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2019

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Binc Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, provides the opportunity to attend a regional fall trade show to booksellers who are underrepresented within the book industry. The application period will run from June 15th through July 15th. For full details and eligibility requirements, please see the online application here.

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