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Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 26, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: REALLY IMPORTANT DEADLINES


INVENTORY ACTIVISM WEBINAR NOW ONLINE

Erica Merrell's Wild Iris Books was a feminist bookstore and community center in Florida. Kimberly Daniels' The Country Bookshop is in a small historic town in central North Carolina. Two completely different communities, and two different, creative approaches to "inventory activism." There's more to it than just facing out a few books!

Inventory Activism


HOW COME I HAVE $10.20 in B3! POINTS?

Bookseller Benefits PackageIn the new edition of your Booksellers Benefits Package you will see that SIBA has updated and simplified the way we track B3! points for our members. The goal is to encourage and reward stores for participating in SIBA programs, so the new formula is quite simple:

500 points = $50 in SIBA credit

 

That means every point is worth ten cents. So rather than keep a running total of points, SIBA has started handing out virtual dimes like there is no tomorrow.

Those dimes will accumulate in store accounts as SIBA credit until the Discovery Show. After the show, the total reverts back to $0.00 and stores can start building up credit again for the next year. B3! credits can be applied to any SIBA expense, including store dues. Stores only have to request to use their credit, and SIBA will apply it.

For a list of what earns credit, click here


EUREKAsiba RECAP AND READING LIST

EUREKAsiba is a necessary event! I feel like a lot in our industry goes unquestioned or taken for granted and EUREKAsiba gives us all an opportunity to present and discuss topics that are both important and perhaps sometimes overlooked! -- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

By all accounts, SIBA's inaugural EUREKAsiba event was a big success. Feedback from attendees and presenters has been enthusiastic. SIBA will be making all the presentations available on video soon, but in the meantime, here's a list of some of the books and resources different presenters mentioned in their talks:

Jill Hendrix, in her talk "Profit is Not a Dirty Word" recommended two personal finance books that she used to help understand her store's financial goals and relationship to profitability:

  • All Your WorthAll Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren
  • Meet the FrugalwoodsMeet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • She also recommended Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster Into a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michaelowicz

Kelly Justice, in "Small Store, Big Mouth" stressed the importance of reading outside the industry, especially when it comes to being aware of trends. She watches Shark Tank, the business-themed reality television show, and sets a couple hours aside every month to read a variety of business and culture-themed magazines: Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Wired, (and Variety, naturally!)

Kelly also made a point of the importance of picking "mentors" both in and outside of the book industry -- people whose leadership example she admires and tries to emulate. Oprah was on her list, but so was Barbara Corcoran, Anthony Bourdain, and RuPaul!


EARN $100! DISCOVERY SHOW SEEKS NEW EXHIBITORS

#SIBA18 Discovery ShowYou get $100.  You get $100.  You get $100.  

In order to grow the Discovery Show, SIBA is asking its bookstore members to reach out to potential exhibitors they would like to see on the show floor. You all have local companies you love who would benefit from the exposure -- help us to bring them to the rest of SIBA territory!

Any bookseller who recruits a first-time Exhibitor to the 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa gets $100 for themselves and $100 for their exhibitor that can be used towards any subsequent SIBA programming.

We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, the credit will be applied to your account. 

Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose.

Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.

Registration is now open for booksellers and exhibitors!


OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER: LAST CALL

Normally the newsletter would be sent the middle of February, but this season we've scheduled it for after EUREKAsiba, so you still have time to participate.

See a sample here | Sign up here


COMING UP ON LADY BANKS PICK OF THE WEEK

SIBA has received several requests from booksellers to be informed what books are going to be advertised on "Lady Banks Pick of the Week" -- the banners running on store websites as part of the banner-for-dues program.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Alabama SpitfireBeneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and Tortillas


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Is the last chocolate always the best chocolate? Robert Gray's recent column in Shelf Awareness newsletter is all about Daniel Pink's book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. It makes fascinating reading:

http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=3191#m39509 


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Taking a familiar symbol and making it new: Does anything say "Valentine's Day" more than conversation heart candies?

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Mich., shared a photo of its window display on Facebook: "We put our own bookish spin on conversation hearts with our new window display!" (see here)


MORE NEWS

Firestorm Books, Asheville, NC, is seeking worker-owners:

As a worker-owned co-operative, Firestorm is not seeking “employees,” but worker-owners:  future co-owners of the business who both participate in daily retail operations and possess the managerial skills to help the co-op achieve growth. Additionally, as a community-supported, horizontally-organized collective with anarchist roots, Firestorm seeks future co-owners who have affinity with our collective model and commitment to liberatory social movement.



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop Turnrow Books, The Country Bookshop, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Page 158, Quail Ridge Books, and Fountain Bookstore

9781328781604 Moon 4/17/2018
"MOON is my favorite picture book of the season."

9781555978051 A Lucky Man 5/1/2018
"Jamel Brinkley's debut presents us with beautifully constructed stories that are both grounded and far-reaching."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"A magnificent and thunderous debut - Tommy Orange has announced himself as a powerful new voice in American letters."

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
" Sweet enough to be a summer read and powerful enough to be a strong Newbery contender"

9781484767603 Drawn Together 6/5/2018
"What a fantastic picture book! I was astounded at the artwork by Dan Santat"

9781101972014 Guardian Angels and Other Monsters 3/6/2018
"a collection of futuristic short stories that would feel at home as episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix"

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



In the last issue: Meet Frank Reiss, A Cappella Books

Is your membership current?
Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Nicki Leone
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nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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Booksellers - Earn $100 for Discovery Show referrals! News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 8, 2018

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EUREKAsiba
: change your bookselling life!

There is still time to register

EUREKAsiba: (noun.) A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport.  | Atlanta, GA

Kick-start your creative side!:

Take Your Social Media to the Next Level / Sarah Benoit, JB Media Institute
What Books and Other Objects Tell / Elaine Neil Orr, author
Be-Do-Have = Do More! Goal setting for lifestyle change / Eddie Heinzelman, musician
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
A Self-Published Author Walks Into Your Store...What Do You Do? / Gordon McClellan, DartFrog
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Sensual Marketing: Creating Intimacy Through Storytelling / Gwyn Ridenhour, Matchbook Marketing
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers / BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Big Mouth: Big Marketing / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore
Beauty and the Badass: Origins of the Hero-Princess Archetype / Geanna Culbertson, author
The Dance with the Devil: Adversity and Creativity / Radney Foster, song-writer & author


EARN $100! DISCOVERY SHOW SEEKS NEW EXHIBITORS

#SIBA18 Discovery ShowYou get $100.  You get $100.  You get $100.  

Booksellers, let's get to work. And grow our show.  Any bookseller who recruits a first-time Exhibitor to the 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa gets $100 for themselves and $100 for their exhibitor that can be used towards any subsequent SIBA programming. We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, the credit will be applied to your account.  Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for exhibitor or bookseller reimbursement.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time full price is paid, that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose.

Registration is now open for booksellers and exhibitors!


OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

Sign up deadline is February 15

Unless you've been hiding under a rock this week, you have heard the news: The Eagles won the Superbowl! Oh yeah, and OPRAH HAS PICKED AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE FOR HER BOOK CLUB!

Here in the land of SIBA we're tickled that an Okra Pick has become an Oprah Pick. SIBA stores can take advantage of the momemtum by signing up for the Okra Picks Newsletter. Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

Normally the newsletter would be sent the middle of February, but this season we've scheduled it for after EUREKAsiba, so you still have time to participate.

See a sample here

Sign up here


Bookseller Benefits PackageTHE 2018 BOOKSELLER BENEFITS PACKAGE

The 2018 edition of your membership brochure is now available for download.

Including up-to-date information about SIBA Programs and member benefits, a calendar of important dates for the year, and plenty of great ideas to help you make the most of your membership.

View here


badgeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE

Nominations are due by February 14! | NOMINATE HERE

#southernbookprize #SBP18

What books can be nominated? For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI13)

Click here for more webinars and registration info


MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Frank Reiss (Photo by Jon Mayes)Frank Reiss, A Capella Books, Atlanta, GA

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Name: Frank Reiss (photo by Jon Mayes)

Store and location: 
A Cappella Books, Atlanta

Number of years as a bookseller: 34

Flight PathBest part about being a bookseller?:
Being around readers--the most interesting people there are.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Winthrop, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat.

Favorite handsell of 2017:
White Rage by Carol Anderson and Flight Path by Hannah Palmer

A CappellaBest thing you did this year at your store:
Two things: We started a monthly fiction series at our neighborhood brew pub. We call it "Writers at the Wrecking Bar" and it's allowed us to present great authors who are not necessarily famous in an environment that feels more distinctive and significant than the simple, traditional in-store reading/signing. Also, we finally got on the book club train. We now have 9 different clubs going for readers of all types, and it's been amazing, and heartening, to see the level of engagement that this had led to.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook 4000
Twitter 3000
Instagram 1600

Top priority going into 2018:
After all these years of renting space, we finally have the opportunity to buy the building we're in! That transition will be driving a lot of our activity, specifically about the physical layout of the store, in the coming year and beyond.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Just having access to the sounding board of other booksellers and folks invested in helping booksellers. 


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Books as Party Favors for Dinner Guests!

Offer book catering services in which you curate a selection for each guest, or choose one signed first edition selection for the guest list. Offer your customers party favor book selections that create conversations and last well after the dinner. More here.

Readers Theater!

Bring together theatre and literature by partnering with a local theatre to hold micro-theatre productions in your store. More here.


WILLIE MORRIS AWARD FOR SOUTHERN FICTION

Nominations are open for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. The winning book is chosen for the quality of its prose, its originality, its sense of place and period, and the authenticity and appeal of its characters. The book must be set in the South, defined as one or more states of the original Confederacy (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia). It must be published in the year designated. For example, the book that will receive the award in October, 2017—Kim Wright's Last Ride to Graceland—was published in 2016. Books published in 2017 are being considered for the prize now. Short stories and linked short stories are not eligible. The winning book must be a classic novel, of at least 50,000 words.

The deadline for 2017 books is March 31, 2018.

For next year's award, booksellers, publishers and authors are invited to send one copy of a book published in 2017 to:

Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
654 Madison Avenue, Suite 703
New York, NY 10065 

For additional information, inquire via email: info@WillieMorrisAward.com

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Prize Flyer

The Willie Morris Award


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Page & Palette, Fiction Addiction, McIntyre's Books, Bookmarks, Books & Books, and Page 158!

9780316154888 The House of Broken Angels 4/17/2018
"This book is beautiful in its writing, voice, and sadness."

9781481497497 Space Opera 4/3/2018
"I hadn't finished reading the first sentence of Space Opera before I knew I would love it, and it only got better from there."

9781328778239 Girl Made of Stars 5/15/2018
"This book is important. This book is compulsively readable and full of beauty. This book should be your next read."

9780735223523 The Great Believers 6/19/2018
"The Great Believers is the kind of book you make time for, the kind you cancel plans and turn your phone off for."

9781542048989 I Felt a Funeral in My Brain 5/29/2018
"This is one of the most spot-on assessments of the elusive space between grief and growth that I've ever read."

9781250175366 Do Not Lick This Book 6/5/2018
"WHY NO FLOOR DISPLAY???????? WHY???????? THIS BOOK IS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT PLUSH AND PAPER DOLLS AND BOOKMARKS AND BRANDED KLEENEX AND HAND SANITIZER NOW!!!!!!!!!."

9781250182265 Lies 9/11/2018
"Just when you think you have got to have it figured out the plot throws the curve ball for the win"

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



In the last issue: EUREKAsiba and The Southern Book Prize

Is your membership current?

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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EUREKAsiba and The Southern Book Prize: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, January 25, 2018

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EUREKAsiba: change your bookselling life!

A A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport.  
Cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th
For reservations call 1.800.362.2779

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose Gwin
Geanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Are you missing Winter Institute? We have a solution: Known nationally for our innovation , SIBA is putting together a vibrant annual day for booksellers: EUREKAsiba, and we want you there. Inspired by TED (and if you are not familiar with TED, take 4 minutes and watch this to get an idea), we have put together a day of speakers on topics that will cause you to shout EUREKAsiba: a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

We've rounded up a spectacular list of booksellers, industry innovators, musicians, and writers who will deliver talks on topics that can increase your productivity, creativity, and commitment plus inspire and dazzle. The day also includes lots of time for interaction with your peers, and a bevy of writers that will excite your handselling efforts. And the price is right at only $39 per bookseller which includes lunch and dinner plus an author reception.

The date is February 20th in Atlanta, GA at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport. The cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th and reservations can be secured by dialing (number here). If you are still uncertain about whether you can attend, please share any obstacles and let us help get you there. Don't let EUREKAsiba happen without you.

REGISTER

 

 


GET YOUR STAFF INVOLVED

SIBA wants to reach your frontline booksellers

Did you know that every SIBA core member store can add as many staff as they'd like to their account? SIBA encourages stores to include their staff under their accounts so they have access to all the information and opportunities available to SIBA member booksellers, including information about scholarships, review copy offers, calls for nominations for Okra Picks and the Southern Book Prize, and heads up about important upcoming events.

Here's how to add staff members to your account:

  1. Log in. Then navigate to your account profile by clicking at the top of the page where it says "Welcome"
  2. Click on the "Information & Settings" tab on the left in your profile.
  3. Select "Sub-accounts" from the options at the top of the profile.

From there, you can create sub accounts yourself, or send invites to your staff. Every account must have it's own unique email address, so there is no need to sign up all your staff under the store email. But you can invite them using their own email.

You can also simply send a list of your staff -- names and email addresses -- to nicki@sibaweb.com, and SIBA will add them to your accout.

 


THE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE

Nominations are due by February 14! | NOMINATE HERE

#southernbookprize #SBP18badge

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 AWARD

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The Southern Book Prize was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated? For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book? Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

If I nominated an Okra Pick, does that count? It sure does! All Okra Pick books are automatically included as Southern Book Prize nominations.

 


B3! WEBINARS

February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

Click here for more webinars and registration info

 


MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Stephanie Jones-ByrneAmy Loewy, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA

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Name: Amy Loewy

Store and location: 
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street,New Orleans, LA 70130

Number of years as a bookseller: In April 2018, 20 years and all 20 at the same shop.

King ZenoBest part about being a bookseller?:
People (customers, booksellers, authors). Putting an incredible book in someone's hands.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich

Favorite handsell of 2017:
The Devil's Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel by Bill Loehem 

Garden District BookshopBest thing you did this year at your store:
Love events with the interview component, where an author is interviewing another author. We had many of these events this year and it's impossible to choose one: Jesmyn Ward, Nathaniel Rich, Morgan Babst, etc. Also great events with: Jessica Harris, Jenny Lawson, Donna Brazile, Isabel Allende, Sheryl Sandburg, etc.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook 3341 Likes, 3268 Followers
Twitter 3605 Followers
Instagram 2364 Followers

Top priority going into 2018:
Coming up with ways to make more exciting events.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Discovery Show, Southern Book Prize & The Conroy Legacy Award, community.  

 


Northshire Books

BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA OF THE WEEK:

Encouraging Diversity in Young Readers

Northshire's 'Open Mind' Scholarship
Northshire Bookstore, with locations in Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has launched the Open Mind Scholarship, which is designed to honor "the diversity of thought, feelings, information and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people's lives." Each year the Northshire will award $1,000 scholarships to two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont. To enter the contest, students must write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their lives.

 


Bookselling without BordersBOOKSELLING WITHOUT BORDERS

Scholarship applications are now being accepted

Bookselling Without Borders is a program that has been developed to encourage diverse and international literature and also to connect American booksellers to the global publishing community. It is generously supported by Catapult, Europa Editions, Graywolf, The New Press, Other Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press — and also by Ingram Content Group and the Frankfurt Book Fair U.S. Bookseller Prize.

Twelve all-expenses-paid scholarships will be awarded this year.

Applications take only two minutes; recipients will be notified in March; applications are accepted between now and February 28 and can be submitted online here.

 


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Page & Palette, Fiction Addiction, McIntyre's Books, Bookmarks, Books and Books, and Page 158!

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"This story is one that needs to be read!! I loved it !!"

9780316393843 And Now We Have Everything 4/10/2018
"I often tell people that becoming a mother was equal parts wonderful and abysmally dark and get blank stares but here it is, a tale like mine, articulated with clarity and wit!"

9781947793019 Who Is Vera Kelly? 6/12/2018
"A spy novel for readers who avoid spy novels."

9780451490537 Let Me Lie 3/13/2018
"She will have your head spinning as you take the clues and think you know who done it only to be yanked down another dark path and shown you're completely wrong."

9781542048989 The Promise Between Us 1/16/2018
"People joke about their OCD symptoms but reading this makes you cringe for the person living with the very real anxiety laden world of a mother trying to tamper down her demons without the medication and therapies not offered to someone who can't afford health insurance."

9781250099655 After Anna 4/10/2018
"I knew from the first page that After Anna was going to be something really different."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"This version of Macbeth by Jo Nesbo provides plenty of action and bloodshed to keep fans of either author entertained."

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



In the last issue: IBD Catalog and Binc Scholarships

Is your membership current?

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 

Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 51 Pleasant Ridge Drive | Asheville, NC 28805
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IBD Catalog, Binc Scholarships, and B3! Webinars: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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IBD EXCLUSIVE ITEMS AVAILABLE TO ORDER

Fight the Power Utility PouchStores participating in Independent Bookstore Day must place orders by February 2!

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2018 catalog of exclusive items.

The 2018 catalog is live at www.indiebookstoreday.com. Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 to place their Bookstore Day orders online. Bookstore Day will also be present at Winter Institute in Memphis to answer questions and take orders in person.

BINC HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will begin accepting applications for its annual Higher Education Scholarship Program on January 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees/owners, Independent
Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these
employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24)
awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of
$5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at
https://www.scholarsapply.org/binc


B3! WEBINARS

"Authors in School Programs" is now available to view

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program with Jamie Rogers Southern. 

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in School Program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

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Next Up:
February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

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EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Stephanie Jones-ByrneStephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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Name: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Store and location: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Number of years as a bookseller: More than 14 all together. I worked at a used, rare and antiquarian shop in Florida for about 9 years and have worked at Malaprop's twice for a total of about 5 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
This is really boring, but it's talking to people about books. There are new and fascinating conversations to be had every day.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Favorite handsell of 2017:
I have two: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

staff picksBest thing you did this year at your store:
This is really tough. The store hosts wonderful authors and is consistently amazing thanks to a lot of teamwork. If I have to pick the best thing I did personally, it would be revamping our "Blind Date With a Bookseller" system. We choose staff favorites, wrap them in brown paper and put descriptive terms on them along with the ISBN and price so folks can buy them knowing what makes them great reads, but not knowing what they are. We were handwriting the information, but it has become so popular that it was becoming a full-time job. So, I made a template that allows us to make and print labels for each book. We print several labels at time and keep them filed so a bookseller can quickly wrap a book and glue on a label. It's still a big job to keep up with demand, but I think it's a bit easier now.

MalapropsSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook @malapropsbooks 14,181 likes
Twitter @Malaprops 16,400 followers
Instagram @malapropsbookstore 1,791 followers

Top priority going into 2018:
I joined the Author Events and Marketing team in 2017 and it's a great team. I want to help continue to expand our events, streamline our event processes and grow our audience and community.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA helps booksellers to be resources for each other. It can save a lot of wheel reinventing.  


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

bullet journalingBeing in step with the trend "Assisted Development."
Trendwatching.com notes that "post-demographic consumers of all ages are crafting new narratives of adulthood. In 2018, they'll look to brands to help. Changing social attitudes, converging economic pressures and endless choice have scrambled the way millions of people think about, attain – or avoid! – traditional markers of adult life. Now, post-demographic consumers will look to brands to teach them life skills, let them outsource daily tasks, or help them realize personal life goals." Two NC bookstores are doing just this by hosting workshops to help readers organize their lives through bullet/dot journaling:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville: Dot Journaling Workshop with Clara Boza: Back by popular demand: Dot Journaling! Dot Journaling, also known as Bullet Journaling®, is sweeping the world as a smart, one-place-for-everything approach to journaling, planning, tracking, and note-taking. It's a system that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem: Bullet Journal Workshop: Learn from our friend, Molly Keener, as she leads you through creating your own bullet journal.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to The Oxford Exchange, Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, Cavalier House Books, Bookmarks, and The Country Bookshop!

9781101967386 Love and Ruin 5/1/2018
"McLain is the master storyteller and the guru of historical fiction!"

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"Groff creates a wide range of characters, settings, and plots that avoid cliche. In their own way, each character seems to be searching for a sense of belonging and meaning, and I found myself rooting even for characters that I didn't fully like."

9780316262286 Ghost Boys 4/7/2018
"This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"What a beautiful story of love, regrets and responsibility. Book clubs will love this one.?"

9781501175183 By the Book 2/6/2018
"I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth."

9781250173836 Caged 7/10/2018
"Read this book, you will be enthralled and horrified at the same time."

9781442472457 Thunderhead 1/9/2018
"even when I thought I knew what would happen, a new twist would turn my perception on its head."

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



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EUREKAsiba is open for registration! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)

EUREKA Talk topics (more to come) include:

The Strange Kindness of Booksellers / Brian Lampkin of Scuppernong Books
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers /  BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Little Bookstore, Big Mouth / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore

Schedule of Events:

(Breakfast is included for everyone staying at the Embassy Suites)
9-Noon EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
10-4 Galley Room Open

Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:45-4:45 EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
5-6 Author Reception & Happy Hour
6-8 Dinner

Fees:

SIBA Core Member Booksellers: $39 each
Industry Members: $99 each
Non-Members: $200 each

Hotel Info:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport * 4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Brandie B. JohnsonBrandie Bradshaw Johnson, Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

"We just want people to come and see the new store, see the new changes that we've made. If they've been in the store in the past-we've made some updates and upgrades. But it still has that vintage, comfortable feel" - Brandie B. Johnson

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Name: Brandie Bradshaw Johnson

Store and location: 
Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

Number of years as a bookseller: Less than one.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
 Read HerringI love that I get to help further the life of a book. It was written, published, printed, now it's waiting to be read. So often the books that I handsell are books that a customer wouldn't necessarily find on their own. Books that aren't going to be on Amazon's "frequently purchased" list, or on the front table of a big chain store, or even on a best seller list. But they're incredible books all the same, they just need a little help getting into people's hands. And, watching a customer's face when they realize you've just handed them the bookthat book they really wanted to read but just didn't know it, is elating. . 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I don't usually read two books at once because I get all mixed up on characters, but with one being a biography and the other a novel, I haven't yet confused myself. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Matzo Frogs by Sally Rosenthal. It's a precious children book about a group of frogs making the traditional Jewish Matzo Ball soup. The best part was, I didn't know when I suggested the book that the customer's grandchildren were Jewish, and when I produced the book she was delighted; not only because her grandchildren would find the frogs to be cute and funny, but because, of all of the children's books I could have picked, I chose to suggest a children's book that celebrates a culture I did not even know the customer had a personal connection to.  . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
We rebranded. The store was originally The NewSouth Bookstore. The bookstore shares a building with the publisher NewSouth Books, owned by my business partners. My partners and I came to the realization that promoting two separate businesses, with almost identical names, in the same location was pretty darn hard. So, Read Herring was born. My parents and I crafted a 5' 5" red fish that has a top hat and suitcase. He traveled around downtown Montgomery for a week, standing in front of local businesses. We had a big campaign with social media posts, newsletters, and custom postcards with Swedish fish attached promoting the new name and encouraging people to go find the fish (we named him Harry) and take a picture with him. If they posted the picture on our Facebook page and used the hashtag #wellreadherring, they were entered into a drawing for daily prizes. Anyone who found him in every location had a chance to win the grand prize. The daily prizes were books that related to the type of business Harry was at that day. The grand prize was a basket full of merchandise/gift cards from all of the participating businesses. We made the news a few times and had a feature article in the business section of The Montgomery Advertiser. It was a ton of fun. There's talk of our rebranding campaign being submitted for consideration for a design award.

Read Herring LogoSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
We have roughly 250 Facebook followers. We don't have a Twitter right now. I have zero tweeting skills and I think if you're going to have the account, it needs to be well run. Our biggest draw is our newsletter. It usually hits a 14% to 21% open rate, which is higher than the standard for the retail industry, or at least that's what Mail Chimp tells me. Our newspaper is really great here and they like to throw little blurbs and pictures of the store in to the paper when they can. Our customer base is not as vested in social media. Word of mouth and general foot traffic also drive customers to the store. 

 

Top priority going into 2018:
Expanding the store. We have plans to add a stellar children's area and sprinkle in some sidelines. I regularly wake up at 3 am mumbling things like "Dad can build a tree to go in the corner. Oh, and carve a bench out of a log!" Really though, we have some exciting plans for the space. Getting kids interested in reading and making it a fun experience is honestly one of the most important things a bookstore does. 

I think other than the children's space, my top priority is just to keep the momentum up. We had record breaking sales in October and our foot traffic has increased in the past few months. I want to keep the store out in front of the community and make it one of those places people are drawn to. You know the kind of space I'm talking about. That quintessential small town bookstore, where you just want to hunker down in one of the chairs and read the day away. The kind of place Jesmyn Ward or Michelle Obama might want to pop by... A girl can dream, right? 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The Peer Brain Trust. I just recently found it on the SIBA website and I think it's great! So often my partners and I will talk about programs and ideas we'd like to implement and then spend days spinning our wheels and wracking out brains trying to figure out where to start. The most helpful one I've found so far is the working with schools section. Now that we're adding a children's section, forming relationships with our local schools is a must. This section has given me some good ideas and allowed me to find a "jumping off point" if you will. 


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Create a photo-op spot in your store (with store logo) to capture current trend of chronicling our experiences via selfies on social media: (via Shelf-Awareness)

Image of the Day: 'Every Book Is a Tardis'

Kurtis Lowe of Book Travelers West took this photo of owner Lisa Reid in the new Tardis featured in her store, Lucy's Books in Astoria, Ore.

Why a Tardis in a bookstore? Reid explained: "Every book is a Tardis, so a Tardis in a bookstore seems reasonable."


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Flyleaf Books, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, M. Judson, and Books & Books!

9781250088567 This Is How It Always Is! 1/23/2018
"There is nothing simple about this book, yet it didn't feel like an "issues" book.!"

9781250111197 Behind Her Eyes 1/30/2018
"Everything you want in a thriller with a twist at the end you'll get the hashtag associated with the release #WTFThatEnding! Oh. And it doesn't have "Girl" in the title. Bonus!"

9781501176265 Sadness Is a White Bird 2/13/2018
"This devastating, beautifully wrought story reminds us that the mentality of Us vs Them can only end badly for both."

9780316213592 Sheep 101 3/13/2018
"Who knew there was such a need for a counting sheep tutorial?"

9780553447583 Anatomy of a Miracle 3/13/2018
"This book has ruined me. It was so good I don't want to read anything else. I've been in a funk for days since I finished it knowing that nothing else is going to measure up."

9781250111777 Gods of Howl Mountain 3/20/2018
"I think Taylor Brown shook Tom Robbins and Flannery O'Connor in a cocktail shaker with whiskey, cannabis, and sassafras and out poured Granny May."

9781938235382 Whiskey & Ribbons 3/6/2018
"Cross-Smith has serious storytelling talent."

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

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