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#SIBA18 Kick-off Lunch presents three exciting voices in literature for young adults and children.

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018



The #SIBA18 Kick-off Lunch Presents Three Exciting Voices in Literature for Young Adults and Children (Plus One Fabulous Chef)!


#SIBA18's Kick-Off Lunch on Thursday (9/13) at noon presents three exciting voices in literature for young adults and children, plus one amazing chef from North Carolina. Make time in your busy day to be inspired and eat well!


In his graphic-novel memoir, Hey, Kiddo, Jarrett Krosoczka describes growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps him survive. It’s receiving rave reviews from booksellers, authors, and book reviewers. His Ted Talk “How a Boy Became an Artist” has been viewed almost a million times.

Geanna Culbertson is the author of the YA Crisanta Knight Series. “In an era of strong, original heroines like Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior, and Clary Fray, who aren’t afraid to take on the world and shake things up, comes the story of Crisanta Knight—a girl ready and willing to tear the traditional fairytale realm a new one in favor of carving out her own destiny.” SIBA booksellers were treated to Geanna’s inspiring TED-style talk at this year’s EUREKAsiba. She’s a fabulous presenter you don’t want to miss.

William Joyce is a celebrated, award-winning author, illustrator, and filmmaker whose works include The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which was made into an animated short film and won an Academy Award in 2012. His newest book, Jack Frost, is the third picture book in The Guardians of Childhood series for young readers. 

Lunch features a recipe from Jennifer Brule’s The New Vegetarian South: 105 Inspired Dishes for Everyone. In her newest book, chef Jennifer Brule brings southern-style food together with plant-based approaches to eating. Her down-to-earth style and 105 recipes will immediately appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike. 

Brule is the executive chef and owner of the flexitarian restaurant Davidson Ice House, in Davidson, North Carolina.

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Wine & William & The Lost Country: A Celebration of William Gay at #SIBA18!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018



Wine & William & The Lost Country: A Celebration of William Gay at #SIBA18!


Here's a late-night event worth staying up for: a celebration with wine, song, and story of William Gay's The Lost Country. Join us for a fifty minute stage production of the stories of William Gay and the songs by his favorite songwriters, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt. Sip wine while authors Patti Callahan, Anthony Grooms, Jana Sasser, Jon Mayes, and Shari Smith, writer of the show, read from The Lost Country, William's last manuscript. Music is by Eric Erdman and Eddie Heinzelman. Be steeped in the magic of William Gay's literary world, which Kirkus Review describes as "full-on Southern gothic."


Thursday, Sept 13, at 10pm in the Stirling Ballroom East, no ticket required!



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Books L(a)unch @ #SIBA18 from Flatiron with Amy Einhorn, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Flatiron Books

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018

Books L(a)unch from Flatiron with Amy Einhorn, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Flatiron Books


Amy Einhorn has been in publishing for over 25 years since starting at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Before joining Flatiron, she headed her eponymous imprint, Amy Einhorn Books, at Penguin. Some of her bestselling fiction titles include the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, as well as bestsellers such as The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, and Free Food for Millionaires by National Book Award Nominee Min Jin Lee. Her nonfiction bestsellers include Amy Sedaris’s I Like You, Jenny Lawson’s #1 New York Times bestsellers Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, and former  FBI Director James Comey’s book on leadership, A Higher Loyalty.

Amy Einhorn will introduce Flatiron writers Sarah Blake, Guest Book, Chandler Baker, The Whisper Network, Yangsze Choo, The Night Tiger, and Gita Trelease, Enchantee.  It’s always so insightful to hear an editor present her writers, as they provide a glimpse into the author/editor relationship and the ways a publishing house curates their titles. Einhorn's authors represent debut and bestselling authors of different genres, too. A lunch not to be missed!

This event takes place at #SIBA18 on Friday (9/14) at 1pm. Registered but haven’t purchased your meal ticket yet? No problem! Email





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Make Your Mark on 2019: First 180 Days Party Celebrating the Books Coming Your Way in 2019!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 31, 2018


Make Your Mark on 2019: First 180 Days Party Celebrating the Books Coming Your Way in 2019!

Mark this event at #SIBA18 on your "Must-Do" list. This fun gathering of 19 authors with books coming out in 2019 takes place after the first full day of programming. After attending EUREKAsiba, EDUCATIONsessions, AUTHORinteractions, and maybe even a fun and nerdy half-hour of team-building in the ESCAPEroom, make time to connect with authors, pick up signed copies of their books, pass out your business cards, schmooze with colleagues, and enjoy some light bites and drinks from the open bar. The "First 180 Days" takes place right before our SIBA Supper and it's where you'll want to be Thursday night (9/13) at 7pm!

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Make a Bookseller's Holiday and nominate them for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, August 30, 2018


Make a Bookseller's Holiday and Nominate Them for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus! 

Author James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program has pledged a contribution of $250,000 to provide independent bookstore employees with some extra cash around the winter holidays.

Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association for the fifth time to distribute the bonuses, to be granted in amounts of $750 to $1,500 to individual booksellers. The process to submit nominations is open through September 30, and anyone can nominate. All past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible for this year's bonus, and booksellers can self-nominate. The grant application asks one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” After reviewing the answers, Patterson will select the winners from bookstores across the country. Here's a link to the grant application. Good luck to all nominated booksellers!

In 2017, Patterson donated a record $350,000 to bookstore employees; in 2016, $250,000 to 149 independent bookstore employees across the country; and in 2015, $250,000 to 87 recipients. In 2014, he awarded $1 million in grants to 178 independent bookstores. Over the past decade, Patterson has also given away more than a million books to students all over the United States and visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy.

Tags:  bonuses  booksellers  holidays  James Patterson 

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Sunrise Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9781250020666 Rush 8/21/2018
"Intriguing, gut-wrenching and full of friendship, heartache and questions of character. A much needed escapist read."

9781335652928 The Boy at the Keyhole 9/4/2018
"The ending caught me totally by surprise and I am still trying to come to terms with what happened"

9780802128782 Virgil Wander 10/2/2018
"comforting with out any saccharine sweetness and with just the right about of dry wit."

9780062856395 Wrecked 10/9/2018
"Ide's combination of comedy and action packed, Hood detective vibes make for a great time (well, for us, maybe not for him)!"

9781501171956 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"So delicious you could have it for dinner!"

9780062843302 Congratulations, Who Are You Again? 11/6/2018
"I promise to be kinder to touring authors forevermore!"

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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As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 29, 2018

As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Kit Mundus Steinaway, Programs Manager at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, reached out to booksellers recently with the message, "As Hurricane Lane races toward Hawaii and the wildfires continue to burn in the western states, I wanted to reach out with a reminder. If you hear of a bookseller who has been impacted by any disaster, please encourage them to contact Binc. We can help with relocation, loss of property or loss of household income. We want to do anything we can to help booksellers in the path of nature's fury.  If you are a bookseller impacted by a disaster contact Binc for financial assistance 866-733-9064 or"


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Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Parapalooza happens on Friday, September 14 at 5:45pm Authors read with meaning, feeling, and enthusiasm a single hand-picked paragraph from their book. Every year, booksellers have to elbow their way in (kindly, but assertively) to be part of an hour of big laughs, and hear from a sampling of authors representing various genres for adults and children. And, oh, what a great selection of authors coming your way this year!  One of the stars, and a first-time presenter at SIBA, will be Tena Clark, author of Southern Discomfort, whom Maria Shriver calls, "a pioneering force of nature." Clark has written award-winning songs, contributed to the soundtracks of many movies, including "Hope Floats," and "My Best Friend's Wedding," and television shows including "Desperate Housewives." Clark is also a civil rights activist and crusader for women's rights.

We have a new MC this year, Helen Ellis, author of the Southern Lady Code. Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” What will that mean for the authors in attendance and booksellers in the audience? Time will tell, but I'm sure this "fiercely funny" MC will keep everyone on their toes. 

And what's more, National Geographic is contributing cold beer for attendees. The authors of The National Geographic Atlas of Beer, Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson are part of the line-up. Seriously, amazing authors, an hilarious MC, and cold beer? Does it get any better? See you at Parapalooza!

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Bookstore Displays, Stands, Racks, and Baskets for sale from closing New Orleans' bookstore, The Stacks

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Bookstore Displays, Stands, Racks, and Baskets for sale from closing New Orleans' bookstore, The Stacks

The Stacks, an art & design bookstore in New Orleans, is closing shop and has many items for sale. For more information on these items, and to purchase, please contact Émilie Lamy via email or phone 504.439.0846 

List of Display Items:
  • 6 x Plywood 3-tier display (cards, books, pins...) at $15 each (goes for $29.95 on Clear display Solutions)
  • 1 x Plywood 2-Tier greeting card display at $5 (goes for $12.95 on Clear Display Solutions)
  • 1 x Countertop Two Shelf Birch Display at $5 (goes for $17.95 on Clear Display Solutions)
  • 22 x Adjustable Vinyl Coated 3-Wire Easel for $15 (all of them) 
  • 12 x Adjustable Vinyl Coated Easel (4 ¾ x 3 ¾ inch) for $5 all of them
  • Miscellaneous clear acrylic book easel for $5 all of them
  • 3 x Design Ideas corner risers for $5 each (goes for $34), dimensions L24.5 x W11 x H5
  • 2 x Design Ideas desk risers for $5 each (goes for $51), dimensions L15 x L15 x H6
  • 2 x tall metallic 5.5" Wide Pocket (Fits 5x7") White Vertical Greeting Card Display Spinning Floor Stand at $40 each (usually goes for around $80)
  • 1 x small metallic 5.5" Wide Pocket (Fits 5x7") White Vertical Greeting Card Display Spinning Floor Stand at $20 (usually goes for around $40)
  • 2 x Wooden Posters and Prints Rack at $15 each (usually goes for around $40), dimensions H29 x W25.5
  • 12 Mini Mesh Shop Baskets and Holder for $40 
Register/POS elements:
  • USB receipt printer (Star MicronicsTSP100 ECO with a lot of roll of paper included as well) – $100 (goes for over $200 on Amazon)
  • Cash drawer - $40 (goes for about $80) 
  • Honeywell Voyager 1200g USB barcode scanner  $80 (goes for about $150)
  • DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo - $30 (goes for about $100)

Tags:  bookstore displays  sale  The Stacks 

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An Interview with the Owners of Book No Further in Roanoke, VA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


An Interview with the Owners of Book No Further in Roanoke, VA

 Name: Doloris Vest and Craig Coker, owners


Store and Location: Book No Further, 16 Church Ave, SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Number of years as a bookseller: Almost one as an owner and a couple of holiday seasons in the past.

Best part about being a bookseller: Talking books and trying to get the right book in the right hand.

What book(s) are you reading?: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Fist by Sunil Yapa (the Roanoke Valley Reads pick) Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift.


Favorite handsell of 2018: Varina by Charles Frazier about Varina Davis, wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. I pair it with Winnie Davis by Heath Lee, a wonderful biography of Varina and Jefferson’s youngest daughter covering the same time.


Best thing you did this year at your store: Got it open! ;-) Also, I am so glad we have been able to bring attention to the literary community that exists here and bring readers and writers together. Our most successful event was a talk with Liza Mundy, a Roanoke native, on her book Code Girls about women who broke German and Japanese codes in WWII. We’re expecting 100-plus for our event on September 5 with another Roanoker and Beth Macy, author of New York Times Bestseller Dopesick.


Social Media Stats: Our likes are essentially even with the used and chain bookstores in the area who have been open more than 20 years. One of our most popular social posts was of a visit by the Easter Bunny. 

What are some ways you work with your community? Major emphasis in the store on local writers. We’re blessed with a large number of nationally published authors living in Western Virginia. Beth Macy, David Baldacci, Sharyn McCrumb, Diane Fanning, Leah Weiss and others. In our first 10 months we hosted 18 author talks for more than 30 authors, a number of special events including our Grand Opening, Small Business Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day as well as community events like MuggleFest, Spring Festival, Riot Rooster Makers Festival, Dickens of Christmas and others. We work with a lot of non-profits to offer books at their events where they otherwise wouldn’t have the resources, and generally donate some of the proceeds back to the organization, such as the Harrison Museum of African American History. My favorite activity is working with Blue Ridge Literacy. We give each new reader or ESL program completer a book of their choice.


 Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Book City Roanoke, which supports all thing literary in Western Virginia; We work closely with Downtown Roanoke Inc. to promote downtown retail of all kinds.


 Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The most unusual thing is helping customers learn to knit or crochet. If a customer mentions trying to learn and having difficulty, I invite them to the store when it’s quiet and help them through the difficult parts.


Top priority for 2018: Getting established in the store itself, learning customer preferences, and building community awareness that there is an indie store in town.


Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Talking to all the booksellers and exchanging ideas. I’ve made great connections and have people I can call on for nearly any subject. Secondly, would be the webinars on a variety of topics. As the store’s only staff person I don’t always get to listen in, so I love that they are recorded and archived.


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