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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."

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If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and needs help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Avid Bookshop: Seeking Frontline Bookseller

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 21, 2018

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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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