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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books, The Country Bookshop, and Union Ave. Books

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"a comforting little book, easy to pick up when the mood strikes."

9780525559054 Leading Men 2/12/2019
"an entertaining and engrossing historical novel that illuminates the world of a gay man in the 1950s and urges you to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect moment."

9780525562771 Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 3/5/2019
"Golby brings a refreshing frankness to topics that typically makes us want to take a few steps back."

9781524798628 Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die 3/12/2019
"This novel was so realistic that I googled Daisy Jones & The Six to see if they were an actual group that I somehow missed in my youth."

9781250134929 We Set the Dark on Fire 2/26/2019
"Milton confirms his status as one of the best in narrative history by putting you right on the ground in the middle of all the action. I was on edge, heart in my throat the whole time!"

9781250185969 Loonshots 3/19/2019
"Malcolm Gladwell meets Bill Nye in this fabulous business book that will also appeal to Steven Johnson history fans."

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Want Your B3! Points?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Want Your B3! Points?

We want you to have them.  You can accrue your points and use the credit to pay for SIBA in the Springtime, annual dues, Discovery Show, or Facebook advertising.  And we want you to get every point you can.  

1. Have you posted the Holiday Catalog to your website?  Let us know and we'll give you B3! points.

2. Are you reviewing books on Edelweiss?  Check the SIBA box and earn B3! points.

3. Do you participate in the turnkey emails for Okra Picks & the Holiday Catalog, a la Shelf Awareness?  You get B3! points.

And so much more.  And engage your staff as they can be earning points as well.  Print this page and post it in the staff room, email it to your staff and get them earning dimes for the store.

PS - Put SIBA in the Springtime on your calendar - March 18-20, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

 

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Holiday Prep for Your Store: Have you made your list and checked it twice?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, November 5, 2018

Holiday Prep for Your Store: Have you made your list and checked it twice?


New research, and likely your instincts, suggests that consumer interest during the holiday season actually peaks almost one month earlier than Black Friday. That means right now! Don’t be overwhelmed if you haven’t launched your holiday campaign yet. You can join forces with Love Your Bookstore week (November 10-16) and encourage your customers to celebrate local bookstores. Here’s a list of bookseller resources, including downloadable images, to get you started.


Consider this great checklist of “9 Great Practices to Get Shoppers to Buy During the Holidays.” Simple things like providing your customers with baskets, gift-wrapping items ahead of time for easy shopping (with unwrapped similar items nearby, or stickering wrapped items with sku/isbn), making sure your store hours are correct on Google, and catching customer attention with a display that moves (perhaps a toy train or rotating display of bookmarks festooned with lights) can promote bigger sales.


For your store’s internal checklist, here’s a tip from a veteran--keep bottles of hand sanitizer and boxes of tissue by the registers, and wipe down shared keyboards and phones with Clorox wipes daily. ‘Tis the season!


Join our Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Group on Facebook to share your tips for Holiday success in keeping sales and morale high in your stores!

   

 

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An Interview with Julia McCrea Kudravetz, owner of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, November 5, 2018

An Interview with Julia McCrea Kudravetz, owner of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA

Name:  Julia McCrea Kudravetz

 

Store and location:  The New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.


Number of years as a bookseller:  I purchased the shop after being manager. I was hired as manager after the sudden passing of Carol Troxell, the owner for the previous 30 years. Previously, I ran a local Reading Series and taught English through the local community college. I got involved with the store by doing their social media and selling books off-site at the reading series I hosted.


Best part about being a bookseller?: The conversations I have with people from all walks of life. We have students, international tourists, authors, young kids, everyone coming into this shop.


What book(s) are you reading?: Right now I am reading to prepare for our annual Christmas List, a mailing we do of our top recommendations from the past year. All those books are featured in a "Holiday Market" on our second floor; this is a fantastic store tradition that helps guide holiday gift purchases.  Currently I'm reading a book called Ninth Street Women and learning a lot about the New York Art scene in the first half of the 20th century.


Favorite handsell of 2018: I think Werner's Nomenclature of Colors, a pocket-size facsimile re-issue from Smithsonian Books, is a lovely book for artists and scientists. Each color is described in such a poetic, specific manner; this was the book that Charles Darwin took on his famous voyage.  I love to handsell this book as a unique gift.


Best thing you did this year at your store: Hard to say, but we did rent out the local historic theater, the Paramount, and hosted 1,041 people there for a conversation with Jon Meacham and John Grisham. It raised the profile of our shop, and lead us to believe we can do these 1,000-person off-site events for major international authors in the future.


What are some ways you work with your community?: We partner with alot of local non-profits in various ways. Sometimes, it's  donating 10 books to a silent auction, other times it's cosponsoring an author or an event. We offer our rose garden as a calm space where people can read on their lunch hour.  The shop hosts a book group, an open-mic for young writers and songwriters, and the MFA Reading Series from the University of Virginia. All of these partnerships bring new people into the shop and provide a space for literary community.


Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?: We partner strongly with the Virginia Festival of the Book, which hosts over 20 events at our shop during the book festival in March.  www.vabook.org


Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?: Certainly reading and writing are a passion that carry over; plus I get to see all the new books coming out every week.

 

Top priority for 2018: We have a lot of priorities, but one of my top ones is paying all booksellers a decent wage in an expensive college town.  Other goals are having more locals who have never visited the shop become regular customers.


Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I think being a part of the SIBA community and hearing how other bookstores are thriving in this area is a wonderful benefit; it's great to know the other bookstores and have them know us. --also Okra picks!


Social Media Stats:

Facebook likes: 1,137 likes

Instagram: 1,124 followers

Twitter: 190 followers

 

Press Kit:  http://ndbookshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NDB-Sell-Sheet.pdf 


Events and buyer contact info:

 

Events: Sarah Crossland

Marketing and Communications Director

marketing@ndbookshop.com

434-295-2552


Buying: Sarah Valencia

Assistant Manager

staff@ndbookshop.com

434-295-2552

  


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Galleys and Giveaways: Armies of Deliverance

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 5, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

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!

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


We the Resistance

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
Elizabeth R. Varon
ISBN: 9780190860608
Oxford University Press
528 Pages | 74 halftones and 34 maps
Hardcover
34.95
March 2019

Description: Loyal Americans marched off to war in 1861 not to conquer the South but to liberate it. So argues Elizabeth R. Varon in Armies of Deliverance, a sweeping narrative of the Civil War and a bold new interpretation of Union and Confederate war aims. Northerners imagined the war as a crusade to deliver the Southern masses from slaveholder domination and to bring democracy, prosperity, and education to the region. As the war escalated, Lincoln and his allies built the case that emancipation would secure military victory and benefit the North and South alike. The theme of deliverance was essential in mobilizing a Unionist coalition of Northerners and anti-Confederate Southerners.

Interweaving military and social history, Varon shows that everyday acts on the ground--from the flight of slaves, to protests against the draft, the plundering of civilian homes, and civilian defiance of military occupation--reverberated at the highest levels of government. Varon also offers new perspectives on major battles, illuminating how soldiers and civilians alike coped with the physical and emotional toll of the war as it grew into a massive humanitarian crisis.

The Union's politics of deliverance helped it to win the war. But such appeals failed to convince Confederates to accept peace on the victor's terms, ultimately sowing the seeds of postwar discord. Armies of Deliverance offers innovative insights on the conflict for those steeped in Civil War history and novices alike.

Request a review copy

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Southern Book Prize Finalists: A Special Offer from Baker & Taylor

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, November 5, 2018

 

Baker and Taylor is offering a special 45% discount offer on all the Southern Book Prize finalists, through December 1st. No promo code is required. Here's a link to an order sheet you can use:

 

Southern Book Prize Finalists Order Sheet

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The 2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2019 Southern Book Prize: The Finalists

..wait, what? Aren't those announced in the Spring?

In response to input from bookseller members, SIBA revamped the Southern Book Prize to streamline the selection process and encourage more bookseller and customer engagement, with a goal towards increasing excitement and sales around the holiday season.

So what, exactly, has been "revamped"?

Nominations: Nominations have been expanded to include reviews of eligible books posted by SIBA booksellers to Edelweiss. Nominations can also be submitted via the nomination form.

The Timeline: the selection of the Southern Book Prize finalists has been moved up to the Fall in order to take advantage of the holiday season and the popularity of the "best of the year" lists that predominate during that period. Nominations will close on October 15, and Finalists will be announced on November 1st. Winners will be announced on February 14.

Streamlined Selection Process: Voting on the "long list" (the full list of nominated books) has been eliminated. Finalists are selected according to the number of nominations and/or reviews they receive.

More customer engagement: Voting on the finalist ballot is now open to the customers of SIBA member bookstores. The ballot is available online and can be embedded on member store websites. Member stores also receive postage-paid postcard ballots they can hand out to customers in store. The voting season extends through the holiday season and into the New Year.

Link to official PR

Link to customizable PR

Link to SBP Finalist and Honorable Mentions Edelweiss collection

Link to To-Do Checklist for Making the Most of the SPB in Your Store


2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Fiction

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s Press)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
Florida: Stories by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)
Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (St. Martin’s Press)
Scribe by Alyson Hagy (Graywolf Press)
The Line that Held Us by David Joy (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Nonfiction

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg (Knopf)
Calypso by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Company)
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark (Touchstone)

Childrens

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BYR)
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton (Push)
Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl (Random House BYR)

Honorable Mentions
Books which did not receive quite enough nominations to be finalists, but whose nominations were especially enthusiastic.

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Hogarth)
Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco)
Treeborne by Caleb Johnson (Picador)
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

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Holiday Catalog for Store Websites: Instructions

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Holiday Catalog for Websites: Instructions

Instructions are now available for IndieCommerce stores that want to link the holiday catalog to their websites. Catalog pages are mobile-friendly, and non IndieCommerce stores can choose to have their catalogs hosted on their own website or hosted by SIBA.

TITLE LIST: Spreadsheet | Edelweiss

CATALOG ON PDF:  Cover 1 | Cover 2

MOBILE FRIENDLY HTML CATALOG INSTRUCTIONS

  • IndieCommerce Stores: IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores can link to the holiday catalog by appending this their website URL: "/holiday/SIBA/holidaycatalog.html"

    For example, if Fountain Bookstore wants to link the catalog to their site, it would be
    https://www.fountainbookstore.com/holiday/SIBA/holidaycatalog.html

    When customers click on the 'Buy this Book' button on the catalog, they will be taken to Fountain's website to purchase the book.

  • Stores with other e-commerce: SIBA has created a single mobile-friendly catalog page, with a place for your own store logo: online sample. Email nicki@sibaweb.com

  • Stores without ecommerce:
    SIBA can provide a no-link verson of the html catalog for you to include on your website(s). Email nicki@sibaweb.com

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Lincoln's Loft, Page & Palette, and The Country Bookshop.

9780062449252 I'm Tough! 10/9/2018
"Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for a good truck and the same goes for books about trucks."

9781982101633 You Know You Want This 1/15/2019
"A collection full of interesting, dark stories about the power structures within all kinds of relationships. Some are playful and some will knock your socks off."

9781250144546 The Gilded Wolves 1/15/2019
"This book is going to transport you into the world of gilded wolves were everything is shiny and magical, but you have to remember that all wolves have teeth."

9780062358202 The Last Romantics 2/19/2019
"Memories are such powerful things and affect our lives in compelling ways.There is so much love in this story! It’s absolutely wonderful!"

9780062691316 We Set the Dark on Fire 2/26/2019
"If you enjoy The Handmaid's Tale, but are looking for a more YA twist, this is the the book for you."

9781683691044 Race Me in a Lobster Suit 3/26/2019
" delightful romp about what happens when you follow a "bad idea" to its conclusion."

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Order "Book Life" trucker caps, t-shirts, and more for holiday gift sales!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, October 29, 2018

Order "Book Life" trucker caps, t-shirts, and more for holiday gift sales! 

From the fine folks of Independent Bookstore Day, order “Book Life” trucker caps for those customers who love all things literary, especially when it comes in the form of a stylish cap! They’re available in bundles of 5 for $60, with free shipping, Order by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5


Book Life tees and sweatshirts are also available in a variety of sizes and styles. Order here!

  

 

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