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SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 27, 2018

SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

SIBA is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members to the SIBA Board whose terms begin in 2019: Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC. Janet and Jamie will attend the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, where they will be welcomed to the board at the SIBA Annual Meeting + Town Hall on Friday, Sept 14 at 9am. Join us in welcoming Janet and Jamie! Congratulations also to Star Lowe of Star Line Books for winning a free hotel stay for one evening in our voter participation raffle.

Janet Geddis is the founder and owner of Avid Bookshop, an award-winning business with two locations in Athens, GA. Janet holds a BA in English & American Literature from NYU and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from UGA's College of Education. Janet is a professionnal writer and accomplished speaker; her most notable public speaking engagements to date were in spring 2018, when she first presented to 1500+ audience members at a TEDx conference and then delivered a well-received UGA English Department keynote speech about the many benefits of being a lifelong reader. Known for her inventiveness (she was the first bookstore owner to use crowdfunding to gather some startup funds in 2010!) and positivity, Janet volunteers in Athens and in the book world whenever possible. Her creative entrepreneurism and open leadership style have garnered her award nominations and significant press coverage, including a feature in Grace Bonney’s first issue of Good Company magazine. In 2016, Janet was one of 40 publishing industry professionals to be chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch list.

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director at Bookmarks. Bookmarks is a literary nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It began as the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, and an Authors in Schools program reaching 7000+ students of all ages annually, and several other book and author events throughout the year. In 2017 the organization completed a successful capital campaign and opened a bookstore and permanent event space in downtown Winston-Salem. Before Bookmarks Jamie worked at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL, and for the American Booksellers Association. She is married to Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers Network. She's also a University of Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

 Janet Geddis and Jamie Rogers Southern join board members Kimberly Daniels Taws, Kelly Justice, and Shane Gottwals. Stepping down are Doug Robinson (current Board President) of Eagle Eye Books in Atlanta, GA and Stephanie Crowe of Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL. SIBA appreciates their hard work and will be offering two frontline scholarships to #SIBA19 in their names. Thank them for their service when you see then in Tampa! 

Tags:  #siba18  Jamie Rogers Southern  Janet Geddis  siba board 

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Job Opening: Sales, Design and Project Manager, Franklin Fixtures, LLC, Cookeville, TN

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 27, 2018


Job Opening: Sales, Design and Project Manager, Franklin Fixtures, LLC, Cookeville, TN 

Seeking book industry professional passionate about the creation of Indie bookstores, libraries and educational destinations. Interested in developing fixture design skills mentored by the nation's top bookstore designer? A great opportunity with flexible work location and15-20% travel, this position will help create visibility and credibility in the book markets, have strong detail and math skills along with problem solving and demonstrated emotional intelligence.  We work with passionate (picky), purpose-driven people and need a candidate who enjoys the challenge of being part of our customer's success formula.  The position includes marketing efforts, consultation and fixture design of book related spaces, quotation and project management of orders through delivery, and long term customer service.  Franklin's high-quality fixtures have been the sterling standard serving independent bookstores from 1974 and we are looking for a results-driven self-manager passionate about carrying that tradition and service to Indies forward. 
Interested candidates please contact Lisa Uhrik, Co-owner, Franklin Fixtures, LLC at 931-252-6931 or by email at



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Want to bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank On Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 24, 2018


Want to Bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank on Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Authors, illustrators, and other celebrities from the book industry and beyond have gone the extra mile for the return of #BankOnBooksellers. More than 90 heroes have decorated piggy banks for the auction which will begin on September 9 and ends September 15. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to win one-of-a-swine artwork and help booksellers through emergencies at the same time! The auction kicks off at Noon EST on Sept. 9 and will feature a launch party with all of the piggy banks on display from 5 to 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to see all of the piggy banks in person and also coincides with the Kerrytown Book Festival! If you can’t make it out to Michigan, no worries! All of the pigs will be posted on the auction website and will be available for bidding until Noon EST on Sept. 15. Contact Binc for more information on the auction and for downloadable cards and flyers to promote the auction to your customers.

Beloved bestselling author Alan Gratz (RefugeeGrenade) decorated pigs for the auction and shares with us his very punny experience. He also allowed a sneak peek at his creations. 

"I had the idea to cover my pigs with pig-pun book titles, like "Sow and the Fury." I had a few good ideas, but the best way to REALLY get a great list of pig books was to crowd-source it! I went on Facebook and invited my friends to give me their best pig-pun book titles, and boy, did they go hog wild. The Snoutsiders. A Tail of Two Piggies. Bright Lights, Big Piggy. Lord of the Swine (or Lard of the Flies, your pick). A Wrinkle in Swine. Catcher in the Sty. Frankenswine. The Pig Sleep. A Sausage to India. A Farewell to Farms. Boar and Peace. Swine and Punishment. As I Lay Frying. Silence of the Hams. The Loin, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jurassic Pork. And Hamlet and Pigmalion, of course. I got so many I couldn't hope to use them all. Maybe next year's BINC banks...? I didn't trust my own brushmanship, so I paid a visit to my local craft store. There I acquired letter stickers, paint (for the background), and gloss to paint over them all. I spent a weekend binge-watching BBC mysteries while I painted my pigs and then carefully placed each of the little letter stickers on them with tweezers. When that was done, I coated them twice over with a clear finish, so my sticker-work wouldn't fly away. I'm very happy with the result. They were definitely worth the truffle. I hope they bring home the bacon for BINC!"


Tags:  Alan Gratz  binc 

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2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Shortlist Announced

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Shortlist Announced

Sponsored by Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and Arts, The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is given to a writer whose work is set in the South, exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters—and reflects, in the words of its namesake, Willie Morris, "hope for belonging, for belief in a people’s better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive.”

This year’s finalists are:

  • Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow)

  • Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press)

  • J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books)

  • Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)​

This year’s reception and award ceremony will include a special panel on the life and writings of Pat Conroy and a major announcement about an expansion of the Willie Morris Award.  Previous winners include Kim Wright for Last Ride to Graceland, Amy Greene for Long Man, Terry Roberts for A Short Time to Stay Here, and Tom Franklin for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Two of this year’s finalists, Bren McClain and J.C. Sasser, were part of SIBA’s TRIO, a traveling exhibit of art, music, and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling, and all were Okra Picks, receiving enthusiastic support from SIBA booksellers. Sasser won the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense for Gradle Bird.

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and Arts is a generous sponsor of SIBA, supporting bookseller scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show and continued education through SIBA’s B3! Building Better Booksellers program.


Tags:  reba white williams  Willie Morris Award 

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Have you checked your B3! Points and SIBA credit lately?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Have you checked your B3! Points and SIBA credit lately?

You’re likely earning B3! Points all year, if you write reviews on Edelweiss and choose the ‘send to SIBA option’, participate in webinars and our book club, are on one of our committees, are a judge for the SIBA book awards, or are a speaker or moderator at one of our events. Participation earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. The goal of the program is to engage the Southern Bookselling Community and raise the visibility of Southern Indie Bookstores, and increase the value of investing in programs targeted towards Southern bookstores and their customers.

Members can use their B3! Points to pay dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations. Every 500 points accrued equals $50. B3! Points are cleared out annually on October 1st, so now is the time to use them! Not going to the show? SIBA can use your points to advertise your co-hosted events on facebook.

SIBA credit received from vendors or through refunds on SIBA services does not go away, and can also be used toward the SIBA Discovery Show and member dues.

Find out your B3! Points total and SIBA credit by logging in to your account and viewing your profile. If you need help with this, just let us know. We really want you to use your points for all your good work and SIBA engagement year-round.

B3! Building Better Booksellers is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts, which awarded SIBA a $40,000 grant at the beginning of 2015 in honor of SIBA’s 40th anniversary.

"SIBA wants to be on your mind year-round. Raise your profile with us. We’ll raise your profile with southern readers, and in the industry. And in turn, yall will raise SIBA’s profile in the industry. And the industry will be better for us all. Let’s get engaged in a way that tells the southern story like only we can tell it.” —Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, SIBA

Tags:  #siba18  b3! 

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Download the free SIBA Social Link App to Optimize Your #SIBA18 Experience!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Download the free SIBA Social Link App to Optimize Your #SIBA18 Experience!

Keep up to date with show news, and any last minute changes, with the Social Link app. The app is also the source for clues to our perennial favorite Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunt items are listed in the Show Directory and scattered about the show floor. The winner wins a TRIP for 2 to #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, SC!

The Social Link app is also central to our Discovery Show App Giveaway, in which you race against time, and other booksellers, to respond first to the announcement of prizes. Prizes include Shelfwiz Plexi/Aluminum Shelf Talker(s) from Franklin Fixtures, signed copies of books donated by publishers, a trip to #SIBA19 for a lucky bookseller, and much more. Only one winner per store in our App Giveaway.

Get notifications, connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors, and stay on top of SIBA news with Social Link.

Download the #SIBA18 Social Link App here: Apple | Google 

Tags:  #siba18  scavenger hunt  sociallink 

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fountain Bookstore, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Agains, Square Books,The Bookshelf in Thomasville, and The Country Bookshop.

9781944145200 Street Freaks 10/2/2018
"an action-packed story that melds The Fast and the Furious with science fiction."

9781641290111 An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good 10/2/2018
"Talk about a gateway drug! This potent collection of short stories about an little old lady murderer [introduces] the most charming serial killer since Dexter."

9781631494703 Joy Enough 1/15/2019
"one sentence had me laughing out loud in my living room, and the next had me welling up with tears."

9780525654674 The Weight of a Piano 1/22/2019
"a mesmerizing tale of the human connections and the piano thattruly did weigh on their lives "

9781501171956 Alice's Island 4/16/2019
"This is not your run of the mill dead-husband-wasn't-supposed-to-be-there type of story!"

9780062803467 Summer of a Thousand Pies 4/16/2019
"tugs on your heartstrings without ever falling into saccharine, and it packs an emotional punch that's resolved with humor and hope."

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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An Interview with Judith Lafitte, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 17, 2018
An Interview with Judith Lafitte, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana


Store and location:


Number of years as a bookseller:
We have been in operation for 18 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?
Seeing children's faces light up when they have a special book in hand or when they have just met his/her favorite author.


What book(s) are you reading?
I am the children's book buyer, so I'm usually reading ahead of every season in the form of ARC's or F&G's. I'm currently reading The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson (an amazingly strange but fun story); I've just finished the Shadow Weaver series - Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly; Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl; Squirm by Carl Hiaasen; And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. When I have time, I like to read Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series - so I've just read her recent story - To Die But Once.

Favorite handsells of 2018:
Sterling: The Best (Fork) Dog Ever; The Hazel Wood; Twig; Shadow Weaver; Lighthouse; any Maisie Dobbs books

Best thing you did this year at your store:
We hosted more events than ever, ranging from Rick Riordan to Rick Bragg

Social Media Stats
FB = 6900; Twitter = 6750; Instagram = 5614

What are some ways you work with your community?
This year we worked with Writers in Community; we underwrite WWNO's Reading Life; NOGSBA Literacy Programs; community partner with Prytania Theatre (books and movies), Stay Local (continuing education for buying local and keeping money in our community); One Book/One New Orleans; WNBA; and events with other independent businesses in our neighborhood.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?
All of the above.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
Coleen Salley was my children's literature professor at UNO who inspired me every day with her amazing enthusiasm and joy for children's books. In a way, she opened me up to the possibilities of getting books into the hands of children even before I knew I would be a bookstore owner.

Top priority for 2018:
We've been needing an update on our section signs and I'm hoping that gets accomplished before the year ends.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The biggest benefit is getting together with other regional bookstore owners and booksellers and exchanging ideas. The education sessions are beneficial as well. SIBA has a way of making a trade show a very fun experience with a feel good sensation when you leave.

Tags:  bookseller interview  Octavia Books 

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Don’t Miss TrioLive at The SIBA Discovery Show on Wed, Sept. 12 at 9pm!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 17, 2018


Don’t Miss #TrioLive at The SIBA Discovery Show on Wed, Sept. 12 at 9pm!

TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music, and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling. First conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm,

TRIO starts with a book, which is given to a musician and a visual artist, who then write a song, a piece of music, and a work of art inspired by the story. 


TrioLive is a music-filled discussion of  TRIO and how it can impact your store, inspire your customers, and sell more books. TrioLive introduces the #2019 exhibit and presents some of the authors, artists, and songwriters.  Beginning in January of 2019,  the exhibit travels around the South for the next nine months, hosted and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores.


Join Trio founder Shari Smith and hear from Eddie Heinzelman, songwriter for The Hundred Story Home, Eric Erdman, songwriter for The Vain Conversation and Lorraine, the Girl Who Sang Away the Storm, Anthony Grooms (The Vain Conversation), Donna Everhart (The Forgiving Kind), Jana Sasser (Gather at the River Anthology), Elaine Neil Orr (Swimming Between Worlds), Michael Nemeth (The Undiscovered Country), Kathy Izard (The Hundred Story Home), and Nicole Sarrocco (Lit by Lightning).


Tags:  discovery show  Shari Smith  trio 

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Pinterest Boards Provide More For You

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, August 17, 2018

Pinterest Boards Provide More For You

SIBA has long been maintaining a variety of Pinterest Boards in the name of helping booksellers.  Many have been maintained for years. Pinterest has been with us since 2010 and many of the boards have been maintained since then, so please note that some of the older pins may link to bad urls but a simple google search may get you to the older content.  Just today I updated the Gifts Galore for Bookstores Board and had the thought I might should bring the boards to your attention again as it has been awhile.

Here are the boards and a short description of what you can expect to see there:

Every year we create a board of the authors attending the show.  We used to put these images on the siba website but it slowed down the site and took forever to load and we determined that Pinterest would be a better home for the images.  So check out #SIBA18 Writers @ Innisbrook in Tampa, FL to see the writers coming to Florida with us. And just in see the additional presenters.

In addition we have the following boards:

Simple Ideas for Small Budgets: The goal for this board is to share clever solutions for display, promotion, and decor.

Lady Banks Trailer Park: Every book trailer that appears in the Lady Banks' Commonplace Book consumer newsletter is placed on this board.  Use it as a resource if you are in need of content for your website or an email to customers.

Brilliant Bookseller Idea of the Day, formerly known as Cool Things Bookstores Do Besides Sell Books: Anytime I see a store doing something that warrants the attention of another store, I post it here.

Gifts Galore for Bookstores: This board has over 500 potential gift ideas a bookstore might carry.  An inspiration if there ever was one.

I hope you find these boards useful, and I hope if you find anything that should be added to these boards, you will let me know by emailing me:


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