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Need inspiration? Become a member of SIBA’s B3! Book Club!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, October 5, 2018

Need inspiration? Become a member of SIBA’s B3! Book Club! 

At SIBA’s B3! Book Club, we read books that have the potential to spark insights and change in our approaches to work. Over the last year, we’ve discussed timing, leadership, and the science of shopping. We’re currently reading The Art of Gathering in advance of Priya Parker’s webinar on October 31st, and will be looking at trends in November when we discuss The Signals are Talking by Amy Webb.

One of the great pleasures of being in a book club is sharing perspectives. Whenever booksellers gather to discuss any topic that might improve their business, great ideas, sometimes life and work-changing ideas, come forward. And that is our main goal with the club, to provide booksellers with intriguing books and a forum for discussion that will benefit everyone involved.

We host a B3! Book Club group on facebook that is only open to SIBA booksellers. If you can’t make it to the book club discussion, the facebook group offers another way to connect and discuss the books we’re reading, and to see posts on related topics.

Want to join the club? Please do! Just email Free copies of each book club selection are provided by the publisher.

Past reads:

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

Your Leadership Edge by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

Next up is The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream by Amy Webb. We’ll be meeting on Wed, November 14 at 2PM.

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Galleys and Giveaways: BenBella Books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

Welcome to SIBA’s Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers, first-come, first-serve.

  • Nominate for an Okra Pick
  • Submit to IndieNext
  • Review on Edelweiss+ (choose the"SIBA" option in the review box)

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Breakfast With EinsteinBreakfast with Einstein by Chad Orzel

BenBella Books | 9781946885357 | $16.95 | trade paperback | December 11, 2018 | science

Your alarm goes off, and you head to the kitchen to make yourself some toast and a cup of coffee. Little do you know, your ordinary morning routine depends on some of the weirdest phenomena ever discovered. In Breakfast with Einstein, Chad Orzel illuminates the surface of our regular lives by digging into the surprisingly complicated physics involved in our day-to-day. From the sun, alarm clocks, and the red glow of a toaster’s hot filaments to the chemistry of food aroma, a typical day is rich with examples of quantum oddities. Your ordinary mornings will never seem quite as ordinary again.

As supplies last.

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The Positive ShiftThe Positive Shift by Catherine Sanderson

BenBella Books | 9781946885449 | $17.95 | trade paperback | January 29, 2019 | psychology/self-help

It’s the reason why spending time on Facebook makes us feel sad and lonely. Why expensive name-brand medicines provide better pain relief than the generic stuff, even if they share the same ingredients. In The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity, Dr. Catherine Sanderson breaks down the science of thought and shows how our mindset—or thought pattern—exerts a substantial influence on our psychological and physical health. Most important, this book demonstrates how, no matter what our natural tendency, with practice we can make minor tweaks in our mindset that will improve the quality—and longevity—of our life.

As supplies last.

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Catalog Info

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ho-Ho-Holiday Catalog Info

The season is upon us and your print holiday catalogs will drop soon. But SIBA is offering any member store the opportunity to sell the holiday catalog titles even if you did not take the print version.  We have two ways to help you sell more books this holiday season.

First, we will offer you your own html version of the catalog that you can post to your website, and books will link back to your details pages for purchase.

Second, and new this year, we are providing six emails to be sent to your customers on your behalf weekly starting the week of November 12th, and ending the week of December 17th. Each email will focus on a different category:

Kids Birth to 10
Kids 10 & Up 
Biography / History 
Last Minute Great Gift Ideas 


Sign up here


Looking for some ideas about where to distribute your print holiday catalogs?  The Influencers Team shared some ideas you may find useful:

Place them in an Arts & Entertainment Weekly paper.
Place them in local public, college, and school libraries, grocery store racks, doctor and dentist offices, and hotels.
Host a holiday book club event and share them with book clubs.
Take them to your Neighborhood Association Meeting and work a trade with other vendors.  
Let us know how you plan to distribute your holiday catalogs by emailing

Final Note:  Additional Item:  CROSSWORD JIGSAW® DOUBLE CHALLENGE PUZZLE, 2nd EDITION Babalu (9781944247300) $17.95 & CROSSWORD JIGSAW® DOUBLE CHALLENGE PUZZLE Babalu (978194426969) $17.95 will be available from Baker & Taylor.  

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2018 Fall Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Okra Picks2018 Fall Okra Picks

The end of summer and beginning of fall brings with it a new harvest of Okra (Picks). Southern indie booksellers have chosen a bushel of the best Southern books of the upcoming season, October to December.  Each of the 18 books on the list was hand-picked by an enthusiastic Southern bookseller as something they are especially looking forward to. Okra Picks are the “You’ve Got to Read This!” list for the upcoming holidays.

Becoming Mrs. LewisBook of the Just: Book  Three of the Bohemian TrilogyThe Dream DaughterSouthern Discomfort: A  MemoirLouisiana's Way HomeScribe

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Thomas Nelson | Hardcover | 9780785224501 | 10/02/2018

Book of the Just: Book Three of the Bohemian Trilogy by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781681778587 | 10/02/2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press | Hardcover | 9781250087300 | 10/02/2018

Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark
Touchstone Books | Hardcover | 9781501167942 | 10/02/2018

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press (MA) | Hardcover | 9780763694630 | 10/02/2018

Scribe by Alyson Hagy
Graywolf Press | Paperback | 9781555978181 | 10/02/2018

LorraineNovember RoadInstantly Southern: 85  Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r)Decorating a Room of  One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre,  Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary NotablesQuiverCharlie Hernández &  the League of Shadows

Lorraine by Ketch Secor
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | Hardcover | 9781492616924 | 10/02/2018

November Road by Lou Berney
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062663849 | 10/09/2018

Instantly Southern: 85 Southern Favorites for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot(r) by Sheri Castle
Clarkson Potter Publishers | Paperback | 9781984822475 | 10/09/2018

Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables by Susan Harlan
Abrams Image | Hardcover | 9781419732379 | 10/09/2018

Quiver by Julia Watts
Three Rooms Press | Paperback | 9781941110669 | 10/16/2018

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Aladdin Paperbacks | Hardcover | 9781534426580 | 10/23/2018

Backyard Bears:  Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WildlifeYellow Stonefly Hide with MeIn Too DeepCongratulations, Who  Are You Again?: A Memoirove Like Sky

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife by Amy Cherrix
Houghton Mifflin | Hardcover | 9781328858689 | 10/23/2018

Yellow Stonefly by Tim Poland
Swallow Press | Hardcover | 9780804012072 | 10/23/2018

Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee
Razorbill | Hardcover | 9780451478351 | 11/06/2018

In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
Fleming H. Revell Company | Paperback | 9780800729295 | 11/06/2018

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
Harper Perennial | Paperback | 9780062843302 | 11/06/2018

Love Like Sky by Leslie C Youngblood
Disney-Hyperion | Hardcover | 9781368016506 | 11/06/2018

Find more information about the Okra Picks at
Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!


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​ There's One Week Left to Apply for the Carla Gray Scholarship!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

There's One Week Left to Apply for the Carla Gray Scholarship!


The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists is unlike any other scholarship the Binc Foundation has offered. This year-long professional development scholarship is intended to help a bookseller with fewer than five years of experience connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors and to establish the long-term relationships that keep the book industry thriving. The scholarship includes funds to attend Winter Institute 2019 and a 2019 fall regional trade show. The bookseller will also be granted funding to support a community outreach project of their own design. Applications are open now. 


You have till October 9 to apply!


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B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch: Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, October 1, 2018



B3! Webinar: The Art of the Pitch: Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers

November 7 at 2PM, via Zoom!


Listening to customers, discerning their needs, and suggesting the best match is an art form that, when mastered, results in bigger and better sales. As we head into the biggest retail season of the year, what better time to listen to these veterans share their tips and tricks to profitably connect with your customers?


This webinar, for new booksellers learning the ropes, and veterans who seek a fresh look at handselling, offers tips and tricks from three experts: Toni Hetzel (sales representative at Penguin Random House), Caroline Green Christopoulus (gift and book buyer at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe), and Pete Mock (book buyer at McIntyre's Books). They’ll each present on a different aspect of hand selling/pitching, and take your questions during the second half of the webinar.


Toni (right) is a life-long reader starting with her school library and the library book mobile. She worked for 6 years for Chapter 11 Bookstores in Atlanta and has been a Random House sales rep for 18 years. She grew up in a small town in western North Carolina and currently lives in Decatur, GA with her husband, two kids, one dog, and three cats.


Caroline works at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, where she has been a bookseller for seventeen years and buyer for thirteen. She bought children's books for a number of years, and is now one of Malaprop's sidelines buyers and the consignment buyer. She and her husband live in Asheville and are proud foster parents. 


Pete calls them as he reads them. He came to McIntyre’s Books in 1995 and has developed a reputation for recommending lesser-known mystery authors and often-missed authors from other genres. He’s never short on opinions but is willing to back up what he has to say. Customers come in and call regularly to check on what he’s reading and make plans accordingly!


Please rsvp to reserve your spot in the webinar.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, September 27, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, and The Country Bookshop.

9781524798628 Daisy Jones & The Six 3/5/2019
"This is a 24 hour freight train of a book that I couldn't put down."

9781250307460 The Beast Player 3/26/2019
"Not since LeGuin's A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA or the Harry Potter series have I felt so wonderfully immersed in a fantasy novel."

9780062388209 The Other Miss Bridgerton 11/20/2018
"Eloisa James hasn't written a bad book. They are all excellent and this one is no exception."

9780525577942 The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein 9/25/2018
"sure to put a creepy cold chill into the heart of every reader"

9780393652369 Essential Essays 8/28/2018
"This is a book to give to anyone - young or old - who wants to deepen their experience of meaning."

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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Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering for Booksellers: a fresh look on how to approach author events, book clubs, staff meetings, and more.

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering for Booksellers: a fresh look on how to approach author events, book clubs, staff meetings, and more. 

B3! Webinar with Priya Parker, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters"

Time: Wed, Oct 31 at 2pm via Zoom.


In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that we rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.


Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker will discuss what works, what doesn't, and why. For booksellers hosting author events, book clubs, community gatherings, staff meetings, and more, this webinar offers an opportunity to hear from an expert, ask questions, and receive advice to enhance and improve this area of your business.


Please to attend.

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Mark Your Calendar for March 18-20, 2019

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SIBA in the Springtime 2019

We are making our plans for Spring and we'd love to include you. Here's how the event is shaping up and all of the opportunities for you. We will be in Atlanta and pricing info is forthcoming.

Here's how things are shaping up:

Monday, March 18th - We are planning a Bookstores Bus Tour of the Atlanta-area bookstores.  We will also be hosting an Authors Dinner that evening.

Tuesday, March 19th - EUREKAsiba* - This day-long bookseller event will be open to a maximum of 100 booksellers and will include lunch, a series of talks, breakouts, an author reception and dinner.  The American Booksellers Association will present an early morning education session and hold their Bookseller Forum over lunch.

If you'd like to consider presenting a EUREKAsiba talk, simply email your idea to

Wednesday, March 20th - Carver Training - There will be a half- day Carver Training with Miriam Carver for anyone interested in learning more about the inner workings of SIBA's governance model.


 *Items for any potential EUREKAsiba presenters to consider:  Talks need to be between 11 and 18 minutes, and cannot go over time.  In developing your idea, write your idea down in one or two sentences. Ask yourself three questions: Is my idea new? Are you telling people something you're pretty sure they have not heard before? Is it interesting? Think about how your idea might apply to a room full of varied kinds of people. Who might be interested in it? Is it factual and realistic? If you are presenting new research, make sure your idea is backed by data and peer reviewed. If you are presenting a call to action, make sure it can be executed by members of your audience. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea. Ask someone you respect who doesn’t work in your field, and if they answer “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea.


Here is a good structure for your talk.

1. Start by making your audience care, using a relatable example or an intriguing idea. 
2. Explain your idea clearly and with conviction. 
3. Describe your evidence and how and why your idea could be implemented. 
4. End by addressing how your idea could affect your audience if they were to accept it.


And a few links to consider if you'd like:

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We're redesigning your member site in 2019 and seeking your input. Thank you for your time!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We're redesigning your member site in 2019 and seeking your input!

We've created an anonymous survey to all our members, to gather information and feedback on This survey won't take long to do, and your opinions on the site, how you use it, what you love, what you don't, what you want to see in a future incarnation, will help guide us in our redesign.  Thank you so much for your time! 

Here's the link to the survey. 



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SIBA's B3! Book Club discusses The Signals are Talking by Amy Webb