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Meet the Bookseller: Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 24, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lyn RobertsName: Lyn Roberts

Store and location: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi

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Square Books   Square Books Interior

Number of years as a bookseller: 30 years

Best part about being a bookseller: Books and people and inhabiting that sweet spot where the two meet each other.

The world is a narrow bridgeWhat book(s) are you reading:
Aaron Thier, THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyFavorite handsell of 2017: Hannah Tinti, THE TWELVES LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Lots of good things happened in 2017. Our state has two tax-free holidays each year, one for back to school and the other is a "2nd Amendment" sales tax holiday on guns and ammunition. We began lobbying for a "1st Amendment" sales tax holiday and offer a discount to offset the sales tax on the same weekend as the gun sales tax holiday. It's a positive way to show what is important to us and start a conversation.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)
Facebook: 10k | Twitter: 12k | Instagram: 9.1k

What are some ways you work with your community?
We try to get books to kids. We send authors to the schools when we can and we work with the Lafayette County Literacy Council and other groups to bring an author into town to speak to the 1st and 5th grades. Every student in the county in those grades will receive a free copy of that author's book to keep.

Top priority going into 2018:
It's the same priority every year---be better. That means continuing to provide staff with all the tools they need to be informed about books and make sales. It means reaching out to our community on an individual and group level. It means updating our website so we can give customers the best online experience and encourage them to come to the store. It's having the best curated inventory. It means having strong relationships with authors in our local community and in the larger book industry community. It means fostering healthy relationships and open communication lines with publishers.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
I really appreciate the community and access to the combined knowledge of so many booksellers, so the listserv is my favorite.

 

 

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Galleys & Giveaways: Review copies available

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

Welcome to SIBA's Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

  • Nominate for the next season of SIBA's Okra Picks!
  • Nominate for the next Southern Book Prize!
  • Send nicki@sibaweb.com your review for the Lady Banks newsletter
  • Submit to IndieNext
  • Review on Edelweiss+ (be sure to click the "SIBA" option in the review box)

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


Confound ItConfound It (Dreamwalker Mystery #5), by Maggie Toussaint
Camel Press / 6/1/2018 / $16.95 / Paperback / 9781603815956 

"A complex, multifaceted read that holds many satisfying twists and turns even for the staid detective story reader. Confound It will prove hard to put down and surprising right up to its final revelations." —Midwest Book Review

"In her fifth Dreamwalker novel, Maggie Toussaint pairs a tricky murder plot with her amazingly original supernatural setting…a dream come true for fans of paranormal mysteries." —Leigh Perry, Author of the Family Skeleton Mysteries

"Toussaint's deft writing makes Baxley leap off the page."—RT Reviews

While hosting out-of-town guests at her Georgia home, Dreamwalker Baxley Powell helps investigate a suspicious fire. One of her guests, close friend and fellow dreamwalker Deputy Sam Mayes, accompanies her to the scene.

A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines the woman was murdered. Baxley pities Mandy Patterson, a single mother with aspirations for her teenage son Doodle. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug-supply chain angle. Baxley worries about Doodle and vows to find his mother's killer.

As the case grows more baffling, Baxley struggles against her attraction to Sam. Although her husband is missing and declared dead, she doesn't feel free to love again until she's sure of his fate.

Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley believes they are pawns in a deeper game. Unless she can stop them, the world will never be the same.

"Full of surprises and borders on the fantasy or paranormal genre…witty and thought provoking!" —Ind' Tale Magazine

"I didn't want the experience to end…this book earned a place on my bookshelf to be read again and again." —Karla Brandenburg

To request a review copy: aubrey@epicenterpress.com or maggietoussaint@darientel.net

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Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns: Nine scholarships will be awarded in 2018

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine scholarships will be awarded in 2018

bincThe Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and Macmillan Publishers to provide professional development to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry, is returning for 2018. The application period will begin on June 1, 2018 and will end on July 1.

The program is intended to encourage a greater number of individuals from underrepresented groups to choose and/or continue careers in bookselling by offering up to a maximum of $500 for a bookseller from a traditionally underrepresented group to attend a regional trade show.

"We were delighted by the response to the scholarships last year and are so pleased to be able to offer them again in 2018. Judging by the responses we received from last year's participants, this is a worthwhile and rewarding program, which opens up a valuable experience to booksellers who would otherwise find it out of reach," said Macmillan Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs Monique Patterson, Editorial Director, St. Martin's Press and Angus Killick, VP, Associate Publisher, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

MacmillanEach scholarship will cover the cost of travel, lodging, and meals for one bookseller to attend their regional trade show. Nine scholarships are available – one for each regional independent bookseller association. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, a bookseller must have worked in a bookstore as a regular full or part-time employee for a minimum of 90 days. The bookstore must be a member in good standing of one of the regional trade associations. The applicant will answer three brief essay questions and the winners will be selected by a panel composed of Binc board members, booksellers, bookstore owners, and publishers.

Binc Executive Director Pam French said the Foundation is excited to continue programming that strengthens the bookselling industry by providing support for the diverse booksellers already working hard to make their communities great. 

"The Binc Foundation exists to help booksellers thrive," French said. "By working with Macmillan Publishers to bring diverse voices to regional trade shows, we're enriching conversations and improving the story of the bookselling industry."

Booksellers can find out more details and apply at https://bincfoundation.submittable.com/submit. Applications must be completed by July 1, 2018.

Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories
    a.    People of color, defined as people of African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Native American/Indigenous descent
    b.    People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer
    c.    People with disabilities (includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses).    
  2. Applicant's store must be a member of one of the regional IBA organizations.   
  3. Applicant must be a regular part-time or full-time employee of the bookstore.
  4. Applicant must be currently employed and have 90 days of continuous employment with the bookstore.

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances.
Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.5 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families. Support for the Foundation's programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation's mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org

About Macmillan Publishers
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. US publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints, S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt and Droemer Knaur. Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. www.macmillan.com

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Books your fellow booksellers love -- reviewed on Edelweiss

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyres Books, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Story Shop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9781573247436 Protest Kitchen 10/1/2018
"I love the way the book combines recipes with recommended actions for people who want to make a change."

9780440000785 Vox 8/12/2018
"An absolute must read for Fans of Station Eleven, the Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke, Vox may ironically be the discussion-starter of the season."

9781524733377 The Price You Pay 7/10/2018
"When this book is over you will want to take a shower for putting yourself on the side of the despicable miscreant. . .Funny thing is...it won't stop you from eagerly devouring every page of this one"

9781524732813 The Impostor 8/28/2018
"A perfect mix of Javier Marias' compulsive need to unpeel a topic and Emmanuel Carrere's introspective, self-reflective non-fiction."

9780525515029 Small Spaces 9/25/2018
"A deliciously creepy middle grade novel that will inspire under the covers flashlight reading."

More bookseller reviews

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Avid Bookshop: Seeking Frontline Bookseller

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 21, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Avid Bookshop is seeking a frontline bookseller to work at both the Prince Avenue and Five Points shops 5 days/week, 40 hours/week. Avid Bookshop is a community-focused independent bookstore with two locations in Athens, Georgia. Frontline booksellers are the face of Avid, engaging with the community by sharing a love of the written word, curating our shops to suit their neighborhoods, and fulfilling orders for virtually any book in print.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with the day-to-day functions of the bookshops
  • Promote literary engagement in Athens by connecting books to readers
  • Conduct author events in-shop and offsite
  • Receive new inventory
  • Build collaborative relationships with individuals in the publishing industry by
    reading and reviewing galley copies of frontlist titles
  • Behind-the-scenes work as needed (for example: publisher returns, web orders,
    problem-solving customer service issues, etc.)

REQUIREMENTS

  • 40 hours/week
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Weekend availability
  • Must be able to lift boxes up to approx. 40 pounds
  • Extensive knowledge of children's and adult titles, especially recently published
    titles
  • Willingness and ability to travel for bookselling conferences at least once
    annually

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong attention to detail
  • 1-2 years customer service or retail experience
  • Preferred: 1-2 years bookselling experience
  • Adaptability, ability to collaborate with a team
  • Genuine enthusiasm for reading, independent bookstores, and the book industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; willingness to write physical
    book reviews for our shops
  • Preferred: knowledge of Basil POS, Drupal
To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and the following to avid.athens@gmail.com: Select four specific titles you would love to recommend to readers. For each of the four books, tell us the name of the book and the author(s), and write a 2-3 sentence review per book, with special emphasis on describing why someone should read that book. Cover letters may be addressed to Ms. Janet Geddis, owner/founder of Avid Bookshop.

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyres Books, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Story Shop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"Willa Drake isn't just a character in a book. She becomes a friend you root for, someone you'd like to hug."

9780316516204 The Wrong Heaven 7/17/2018
"unbelievably funny and charmingly bizarre."

9780316176637 Transcription 9/25/2018
"Kate Atkinson is a genius"

9780999193518 Bald Knobber 10/2/2018
" I've always been struck by the way he manages to capture modernity in all its awkward quietness."

9780062424242 The Other Side of Lost 8/7/2018
"A 'Wild' for a younger audience."

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From the help desk: Questions on their way to becoming FAQs

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 17, 2018

 

Here at SIBA we answer a lot of questions. A LOT. By phone, by email, face to face during the weekly SIBA online office hours -- it isn't unusual for everyone in the office to field two or three questions from SIBA members every day.

We regard this as a good thing. Questions mean the people are engaged, that they are interested in SIBA's benefits. Questions can also help SIBA identify what's important to booksellers and what things we could be doing differently or better.

So acting on the assumption that for every time a person asks, there are six people with the same question who haven't, we thought it would be useful to post some of the questions we get, and some of the answers we gave.


Q: How do I get my store's events on the Lady Banks Calendar?

A: SIBA has a submission form stores can use, and a downloadable spreadsheet for submitting events in a batch:

http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/stars_bkstore

It takes about 24 hours for submitted events to appear on the calendar. Stores earn .50 cents in B3! credit for each event they submit.


Q: Can't I just email SIBA our events?

A: You can, but SIBA can't promise they will be added. SIBA has a few elves who generously offer their time to update things like store calendars, but they aren't always available, and SIBA stores have pretty busy schedules. The online form is the only sure way to make your events are listed.

Also, emailed events don't receive B3! Credit


Q: How can I find how much outstanding credit I have with SIBA?

A: Log in to your account and click on "My Profile" from the top menu bar. Then click on the "About" tab. Your SIBA Credit and B3! Credit can be found under the "Professional Information" Section. (Credit information is only visible to you, not to anyone else.)

 

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Bridging the Divide and the Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan on Wed, 5/23 at 2PM!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bridging the Divide and the Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan on Wed, 5/23, at 2PM via Zoom!
 
Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store’s success with their “Bridging the Divide” book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Booksellers will have an opportunity to ask questions of Sarah and Chris, to explore how this programming could serve their stores and communities. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to sign up to attend.

Sarah Goddin is general manager of Quail Ridge Books, a 9000 square foot store in Raleigh, NC. She has been a bookseller for 40 years, starting with Waldenbooks in 1978, then opening and running her own store, Wellington's Books, in Cary, for 10 years, finally landing at Quail Ridge Books in 1996. Sarah has served on various ABA committees such as  the Booksellers Advisory Council, Education and Abacus task forces, and as chair of the Spring 2017 Indies Introduce adult book selection committee.

Chris Finan is executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, an alliance of 56 national non-profits, including the American Booksellers Association.  He has defended the First Amendment rights of booksellers for many years and most recently led American Booksellers for Free Expression.  He is the author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America.  His new book is Drunks: An American History, which will be released in paperback on June 5. 

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Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!



Wednesday, May 16 at 2PM:  B3! Bookclub discusses Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula. Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, praises this book as one that “teaches—or refreshes—skills for anyone to be a leader…[and] presents a step-by-step process designed to break down barriers in order to create change...This small book is a big gem.” Some things to consider in advance of our book club discussion: What are your leadership challenges? Are they technical or adaptive (the book will explain what this means)? Are you in a position of authority at your store? Are you fully-whelmed at work, or do you find yourself under/overwhelmed? Please email Linda-Marie if you need a copy of the book or have any questions about the book club.


Wednesday, May 23 at 2PM: Bridging the Divide and The Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan. Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store’s success with their “Bridging the Divide” book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.


Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers with Maribeth Pelly. This is our second webinar with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at Booktowne and independent marketing consultant. Booksellers will find out how to have productive conversations with publishers, what publishers want to know (and what they don’t), and how to build a successful author event program, no matter what your store size. We’ll also observe a SIBA bookseller pitch to a publicist at Penguin Random House, and discover some great tips for online and in-person pitching. Attendees of this webinar are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicist Speed Dating begins. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Bookshop, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Story Stop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780802128256 Convenience Store Woman 6/12/2018
"The power of this novel is not in a sweeping landscape or journey, but in its intimacy, humor, and empathy with this very human, knowable woman."

9780062400734 Don't You Ever 7/3/2018
"Bishop walks readers through the surprise, the mystery, the joy and ultimately the heartbreak of finding and losing an all-but-unknown brother."

9780316392358 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Of course there are still times that I spit coffee all over myself because I made the mistake of drinking while reading."

9780062795250 What If It's Us 10/9/2018
"I grinned through reading most of this book. It's SO cute, but not in that super awful, sappy way...in a perfectly wonderful, hopeful, fantastic romantic way."

9780823440559 Dreamers 9/4/2018
"A story of a woman who had her life changed when she entered the public library for the first time. Beautiful, simple and brilliantly done"

9781524738235 Royals 5/1/2018
"I devoured this book in one day! The humor, romance and royal treatment was just what I needed to get my reading mojo back."

9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
" From the first page to the last, the story will grip you and not let go like a Dwayne Brewer bear hug."

9781501192555 An Ocean of Minutes 7/10/2018
"I can't wait to hand this to our customers who want something just a tad off the beaten path."

9781501169038 The Map of Salt and Stars 5/1/2018
"A beautifully written look at what it means to come of age in the middle of a war, as well as the power of stories and how they shape us."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"I will be shoving this book into as many hands as I can."

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