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SIBA's Collective Clout is Bustin' Out!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Over 80% of SIBA’s bookstore members report to the New York Times Bestseller List, review books on Edelweiss, submitting to IndieNext, publishers, and SIBA plus maintain an extensive local media list. Over 90% report to the ABA Indie Bestseller List.

Combined our southern bookstores support over 1100 book clubs across the south reaching thousands of southern readers. The themes for these book clubs run the gamut and include:  Adult, Children, YA, YA for adults, Signed 1st Edition Clubs, Teen, Black Feminist Fiction, Sci Fi, Political, Mystery, Classic, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, International Literature, Women’s Voices, “Monday Morning”, Romance, Spanish, Small Press, Social Justice and many more.

SIBA stores combined have over 500,000 Facebook friends, over 300,000 Instagram, and over 200,000 Twitter followers.  In addition, SIBA and her stores email nearly 500,000 readers regularly. SIBA’s social network reach is 22,000 on Facebook, 5000 on Twitter, and 1000 on Instagram making the total reach of SIBA and her stores well over one million!

Over 60% of SIBA bookstores attend the SIBA Discovery Show sending more and more booksellers every year increasing attendance by 10% on average since 2014.

We can carry this momentum forward into the future and imagine a day where we determine to send a message out to our million+ southern readers!


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Sign your store up for the Okra Picks Newsletter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018


Sign up deadline is May 1

"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their 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.

See a sample here

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2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Southern Book PrizeThe 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists


Bookshop at Water's End Same Beach Next Year Young Jane Young

Women and Family
The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

The Last Ballad The River of Kings Sing Unburied Sing The Weight of This World

The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 9781501126062
The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Camino sland The Devil's Muse Gradle Bird The Night the Lights Went Out

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381

Before We Were YOurs Desparation Road No One Is Coming to Save Us The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Southern Fiction
Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812


Goldine Refugee Serafina and the Splintered Heart Tumble and Blue

Juvenile Fiction
Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Between Two Skies Dear Martin Flame in the Mist The Hate U Give

Young Adult
Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533


Heating adn Cooling The Last Castle My Lfe LMy Love My Legacy Thunder in the Mountains

Biography and History
Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

The Art of Loading BrushPotlikker Papers The Sunshine StateTears We Cannot StopThe Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
The Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782   

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 16, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Books & Books, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Novel., Parnassus, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

**Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming webinar on Edelweiss next week!:


April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with


9780374158378 The Electric Woman 5/1/2018
" Her memoir of her time on the road for a season as a performer in the last traveling sideshow is more than a documentary of a freak show. It is the story of a daughter coming to terms with the woman her mother was."

9780316556347 Circe 4/10/2018
"I think I now have a crush on Daedalus."

9780763693558 Alma and How She Got Her Name 4/10/2018
"a great introduction to family history or just a lovely way to dive into the deep stories behind everyday things ( like a child's name!)."

9780143133124 The Ruin 7/3/2018
"The complex plot, the seamless intertwining of stories and the dogged determination of Cormac to find the truth takes this superb crime novel on a great journey through Ireland, and on a roller coaster ride of suspense."

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"This book is great for the business leader, the casual dinner party host, or the person who dreams of having deeper connections with the community around them."

9780525520139 Cherry 8/14/2018
" A sparse, unflinching look at war, addiction, crime, and desperation that -- impossibly -- also happens to be hopelessly romantic and caustically funny. "

9780735221314 A Terrible Country 7/10/2018
"part immersive travel guide, part cultural commentary (on both Russia and the US), and part coming of age/family novel with socialist revolutionaries and hockey. I loved it."

9780735231702 The Creature of the Pines 4/10/2018
"Constantly laughing out loud, with wonderful and colorful characters, it makes for a great read aloud. Pick it up as soon as you can, especially if you have elementary and middle grade boys!"

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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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 12, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9780525515210 The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker 5/15/2018
"If the story doesn't pull you in (which would be difficult), then the artwork will!"

9780399557385 Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 7/10/2018
"A sweet, clever, standalone adventure story with an art history/mystery twist thrown in for good measure, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should be smack dab on the top of the summer reading stack."

9780385542012 The Secret Token 6/5/2018
" I already know this is going to be my number one non-fiction/history pick for summer 2018."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
" Reading this novel feels something akin to watching a slow motion car wreck or seeing something that you know you're not supposed to be seeing. Grotesque and unsettling, but also magnificent and beautiful."

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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