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Join SIBA's Sphere of Influence

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

 We are in search of booksellers who’d like to join SIBA’s Influencers Team. SIBA will reach out to these booksellers for feedback on emerging ideas and ongoing projects.  Influencers must be current members of SIBA, familiar with the current programs SIBA offers, and participants in some of them.  The first meeting of the Influencers Team in 2019 will be on Tuesday from 10-11am EST, Feb. 5, via Zoom.  The plan will be to meet every other Tuesday at the same time from 10-11 am EST.  

We want to work on many aspects of SIBA from the websites & print pieces, to programming & investments.  We will also ask this team to assist us in getting the word out about SIBA and her activities to other booksellers and the industry.  Ideally, we would tap into your interest and go from there.  If you are willing and able to join the Influencers Team, please email with your name and your store right away.  We remain your grateful servants.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Books Unlimited, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, Turnrow Books, Underground Books.

9780525521877 The River 3/5/2019
"Like a latter-day Jack London, Peter Heller spins a spellbinding yarn of wilderness survival and a good camping trip gone horribly, horribly bad."

9780316479875 The Elephant of Surprise 3/19/2019
"A thrilling full adrenaline mystery featuring two of the best characters I've encountered."

9781524747145 The Other Americans 3/26/2019
"The first word I thought as I finished this book was "beautiful.""

9781328662057 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone 4/2/2019
"Q powerful and moving and funny exploration of therapy from the viewpoint of both sides of the tissue box."

9781368027939 Underwear! 4/16/2019
"Rhyming and underwear! What could be better."

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Bookselling Without Borders Adds New Destinations in 2019 and Opens Applications

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bookselling Without BordersA partnership between thirteen independent publishers, Bookselling Without Borders supports travel to international book fairs for US booksellers.  

The applications period for BWB’s 2019 fellowships opens today.

This unique program connects US booksellers to the international book community through all-expenses-paid trips to the world’s premier book fairs. The program is expanding this year to include the Istanbul Book Fair, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and a residency in India that includes the Jaipur Lit Fest and Delhi Book Fair, in addition to the Turin Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Participating booksellers will be treated to customized itineraries of specially developed panels, meetings, seminars, and receptions with their international counterparts, authors, and publishers. 

Booksellers interested in diverse and international literature, in fostering relationships with the international bookselling community, and in traveling to some of the world’s great literary cities are encouraged to apply by visiting during the application period, January 16 through February 4.  

For further information contact: Anna Thorn; Program coordinator; Bookselling Without Borders; (202) 386-0804.

As well as by the partner publishers listed below, Bookselling Without Borders is generously supported by Ingram Content Group, media partner Shelf Awareness, and participating book fairs. To find out more about Bookselling Without Borders and its mission to make more international and diverse voices available to American readers, visit

Catapult I Counterpoint | Europa Editions I Graywolf Press I Grove Atlantic I Melville House | Milkweed Editions I Other Press I Princeton University Press | Rutgers University Press I Seagull Books I Seven Stories Press I Soft Skull
Shambhala Publications | The University of Chicago Press

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Galleys and Giveaways: Dark Trade by Donald McRae

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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


Dark TradeDark Trade: Lost in Boxing
by Donald McRae
Hamilcar Publications, 9781949590050, 528pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Your Father's Day Sales Leader

McRae's Dark Trade is not just the best boxing book written, it captures a man's journey of self discovery and passion for a sport that leaves him conflicted by its brutality.

"McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist's eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue. This is an impressive book." --Joyce Carol Oates, Los Angeles Times

"Donald McRae has proven again and again that he's a superb writer who understands the sport and business of boxing--and so much more." --Thomas Hauser, author of Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

Donald McRae is the award-winning author of 11 Books

Request your review copy here

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An Interview with The Family Book Shop

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, January 21, 2019

An Interview with The Family Book Shop

Name: Kerry & Kaaren Johnson, co-owners

Store: The Family Book Shop

Location: 1301 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland Florida 32720. Deland is a community between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. We are a general interest new and used bookstore. We have over 7000 Sq. ft. of space and approximately 350,000 books available.

Phone & Fax: (386) 736-6501



FaceBook: @thefamilybookshop: 1.5k followers

Instagram: familybookshop, 300+ followers

Monthly newsletter: 800 subscribers

Events Coordinator and Buyer contact info:, Attn: Kerry or Kaaren

Number of years as a bookseller: We have owned the store for four years but it has been here for about 35 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?: The best part about being a bookseller is helping a reader find a title they want and/or introducing them to a new book or author.

What book(s) are you reading?: Kaaren just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kerry is re-reading The Haunting of Hill House.

Favorite handsell of 2018: Our favorite handsells were Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King, The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, Hush by John Hart, and Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo.

Best thing you did in 2018 at your store: We re-designed our "room 2" to create an event area with tables, chairs and new carpeting. Not an easy task, moving about 5000 books to new shelving and changing the customer flow.

What are some ways you work with your community? We are very active in our education community with sponsorships, book giveaways and our huge teacher appreciation sale each year.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? We have always had a shared passion for reading and Kerry's first job was at a bookstore in high school and he worked at bookstores in college. We have had a lifelong love of collecting books and spent many days hunting out books in bookstores all over the world.

Top priority for 2019: Our top priority for 2019 is to hold more events and open our store to more authors and book clubs.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Our favorite part of SIBA is the Fall Discovery Show with the combined networking and learning opportunities that are available. We also love the holiday catalog and its success.


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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, One More Page, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, The Country Bookshop, Underground Books, Union Ave. Books.

9781250295521 Enchantée 2/5/2019
"I love this dark, dreamy, & sumptuous tale of romance and revolution."

9781946448309 All the Fierce Tethers 3/19/2019
"A collection for poets interested in the question of "What distance exists between a thing and its word," and really, any reader wanting to be more mindful of their everyday."

9781982102807 I Miss You When I Blink 4/2/2019
"Philpott excels at finding the entertaining in the mundane. Her book isn't specifically about motherhood but as I tried to keep my toddler's sticky fingers off of the page I felt seen in a way few books achieve"

9781250303172 Llama Destroys the World 5/7/2019
"Dat! Ok, I'm off to buy a pair of dancing pants, after I eat some cake! (maybe all the cake)."

9781524768317 The Girl Who Named Pluto 5/14/2019
"a stellar, sublime ode to a girl who had a true passion for learning."

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SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba registration is open

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 16, 2019


SIBA in the Springtime & EUREKAsiba

Registration is now open for SIBA in the Springtime and EUREKAsiba: March 18-20 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport.

Schedule | Hotel | Register 

“EUREKAsiba was extremely beneficial to me as a new owner.”  
-- Christine Greer, owner of Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

“At SIBA in the Springtime, a couple of years ago, Karin from Page & Palette shared her favorite stores and sidelines. This was very helpful to us and we continue to sell some of those lines very well.”
-- Sarah Goddin, General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

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One Good Reason to Renew Your SIBA Membership

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Southern Book Prize Finalists

It is hard to believe, but 2000 ballots have been submitted by readers for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Yes, you read that right. TWO THOUSAND people have voted. Bookstores, authors, and readers have become engaged in the vote for "Best Southern Book of the Year" at unprecedented, enthusiastic levels.

What does that have to do with your store membership? The ballot requires the voter to list their local independent bookstore. Only ballots that list SIBA member bookstores are valid. The store MUST be a current member of SIBA for the vote to count.

Voting closes on February 1st. At that time, SIBA will discard votes that list stores who aren't current members. But stores that are members will receive a mailing list of the people who voted and listed them as their local bookstore. Making sure your store membership is current will not only ensure your customers' votes are counted, it will mean you receive a list of potential new customers.

Click here to update your profile:

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Applications Open for Binc Higher Education Scholarships

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 15, 2019


The Binc Foundation’s annual scholarship program is now open for applications. Applications will be accepted through March 5th, 2019. The 2019 scholarship program has been revised to support booksellers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an independent bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program seeks to make a lasting impact in book store employees’ lives and former Borders Group employees’ lives by offering scholarships to their dependents and spouses/partners based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement – helping to make a college education more affordable for booksellers' families. Scholarships are offered for full- or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This revised scholarship program reflects a change in eligibility requirements from previous years (booksellers themselves are now only eligible for the Karl Pohrt Memorial Scholarship). This change in eligibility realigns the program with Binc’s mission to strengthen the book industry and support career booksellers and their families. Now, only booksellers' dependents and spouses/partners are eligible for the (7) seven higher education scholarships. The bookseller themselves must be currently employed at a brick and mortar bookstore and have been employed there for at least 90 days for their family members to be eligible for a higher education scholarship.

Changes were made to the scholarship program this year to more closely align the program with Binc’s mission to strengthen the book industry. Binc hopes to support career booksellers by making college education more affordable for their families.

Booksellers wishing to expand their education – and stay in the industry – may apply for a variety of Professional Development Scholarships. Applications are currently being accepted for the newly launched Denver Publishing Institute and applications will open later this year for the second annual Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists. The Professional Development Scholarship opportunities Binc offers are expanding and growing. More scholarship opportunities will be announced later this year.

Binc Executive Director, Pam French, commented, “The launch of our annual scholarship program always makes January exciting. Helping booksellers’ families achieve their educational goals and explore possibilities is one of the ways Binc supports booksellers. I encourage all booksellers who are the parents or guardians of students who are pursuing higher education, to apply for a scholarship this year.”

Since 2001, the Binc Foundation has supported the educational goals of over 680 students, awarding $1.9 million dollars in higher education scholarships. Now in its eighteenth year, the scholarship program is focusing on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore employees and their families.

Scholarship America (Scholarship Management Services) will manage the 2019 scholarship program. The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic achievement and leadership capabilities (including participation in school and community activities) as well as work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

Booksellers can find out more details and apply at Applications are due by March 5th, 2019.

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Small Presses Present Their Spring & Summer Lists

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Small Presses Present Their Spring & Summer Lists


On Wednesday, Feb 20 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present their Spring & Summer Lists,” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present on 2/20: Michael Reynolds, Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions, Carin Siegfried, the Mid-Atlantic field sales representative at Macmillan, Emily Midkiff, editorial assistant and marketing director at Month9Books, Meg Reid, Director of Hub City Press, and Lynn York, publisher of Blair. Please RSVP to attend.


Edelweiss collection of presented titles

More information on our presenters:

Michael Reynolds is the Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, and has served on the jury for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators, and the foreign jury of the Strega Prize. He is a regular speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course, and at publishing and translation conferences in America and internationally. He is the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. He is also an author and a translator whose published translations include three historical mysteries by Carlo Lucarelli, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool.

Carin Siegfried began working with books at the ripe old age of 17 with her college job in the Davidson College campus library and her summer job at the Vanderbilt University Bookstore. After graduation, she worked at Bookstar (a B&N), as a bookseller and shipping & receiving supervisor. She next moved to Ingram Book Company as a junior buyer and then decided to pursue work as an editor in New York. After five years in editorial at St. Martin’s Press, Carin got a job in sales at Baker & Taylor. After that, she worked as a freelance editor until she could move back to the New York area as the sales manager for Soho Press. She founded the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association and has served as the National President of the WNBA. She is currently the Mid-Atlantic field sales representative at Macmillan and lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Emily Midkiff loves reading so much so that she got a PhD in children’s and YA literature. You don’t have to call her Dr. Midkiff, though. She just did it for the books! Emily especially adores fantasy and science fiction storytelling. She was a professional princess at a children’s theater for nine years, cosplays at fan conventions, and makes appearances at every available Renaissance Faire to fool everyone with her trusty goat puppet. At Month9Books, Emily applies her love of story to the roles of editorial assistant and marketing director.


Meg Reid is the Director of Hub City Press in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A book designer and editor, she also writes extensively about all areas of design. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she served as Assistant Editor of the literary magazine, Ecotone, and worked for the literary imprint Lookout Books.

Lynn York is the Publisher of Blair. In January 2018, the nonprofit Carolina Wren Press acquired the titles of John F. Blair, Publisher. The resulting press, based in Durham, NC, is named Blair. She is the author of two novels:  The Piano Teacher (Plume, 2004) and The Sweet Life (Plume, 2007), a Booksense Notable Book.  She holds a BA in English from Duke and an MBA/MA from University of TX Austin. She has taught workshops at Duke’s Osher Institute, NC State University, High Point University, and elsewhere. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NC Arts Council, the NC Art Society, and Carolina Wren Press.


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