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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Story on the Square, Sundog Books, The Country Bookshop, The Haunted Bookshop, Underground Books, and Union Ave Books.

9780525557654 Leaving the Witness 7/30/2019
"There are so many twists and turns in this story that you'll have no idea who the real culprit is. But most everyone is guilty of something!" -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

9780525557654 Someone We Know 7/30/2019
"I would read Shari Lapena's grocery list, y'all. She's so skilled at the twisty mystery and this new book is as good as her others."-- Andrea Richardson, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781538745823 Hollow Kingdom 8/6/2019
"a hilarious irreverent post-apocalyptic novel told from the POV of a crow named "S.T.". . .And yes I did cry a little, but I refuse to tell you why. " -- Faith Parke-Dodge, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

9780062878021 Serpent & Dove 9/3/2019
"Everything I've ever wanted to read in an upper YA fantasy. . .This book might bring me to tears if I keep thinking about it." -- Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

9780847864560 Pecans 9/3/2019
"I'm a native Georgian and have grown up with pecan trees in my sights, yet I knew next to nothing about them before cracking open (bad pun intended) this gorgeous new book. . .will make your stomach growl. " -- Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

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Book Expo: It's About Relationships

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Book Expo: It's About Relationships by Michelle Cavalier, Cavalier House Books

There is a reason BookExpo is the largest book industry event in North America – everyone goes! If there is a message I can get across to you that would be it! 

This is not a show you can walk into blind. You will accomplish less than nothing that way. Our first BookExpo (when I was but a baby bookseller) was a complete failure. I was not yet working closely with any of my reps, wasn’t active in SIBA or the ABA, and had no idea what to expect. I basically just wandered around, probably got in other people’s way, waited in a lot of signing lines, and felt the show was not worth the capital and time outlay…and I didn’t go back for years.

Set goals and schedule meetings. The bulk of the work you do for this show happens before you leave. What areas are you struggling with? Not connecting with publicity? Getting too many damages? Coop plan not working for you? Reach out. As I said, the brilliance of BookExpo is that *everyone* goes, so you can get face time with exactly the right person. For me, this was indispensable. I got so many questions answered, relationships established, and headaches averted! It was bliss. Meeting with children’s publicists was game-changing for us. Not only did I get to meet and make numerous contacts, I got a lot of my questions about grids answered. Moving into the next season I can really optimize my outreach. But even more helpful to me was meeting with heads of wholesaling and specialty markets with many of the publishers our wholesale and distribution company works with. Looziana Book Co. is a new company and regional wholesale is definitely not the norm; we are often shuffled from one wrong department to the other on phone calls. I made so many valuable connections this week and saved myself a ton for time; that alone was worth the trip to NYC!

You should also probably know that your favorite author is going to appear at BookExpo. It doesn’t really matter who your favorite author is – they send everyone! I was told by someone at Hachette that they added Kira Jane Buxton to the lineup because indies have been showing Hollow Kingdom so much love! And you should have seen Madeline Miller’s line during the ABA signing! I didn’t get to meet too many authors (aforementioned meetings) and was really sad to miss out on Sarah Maclean’s signing (because I am a Fated Mates and romance nerd), but I did make sure to thank Jewell Parker Rhodes. Her books mean so much to me and I just wanted to let her know how much I appreciate her work and then she basically made me cry. This woman is a treasure! She ended our conversation saying “I want to come to your store! Take my card.” And then I died.

I’ve heard from a lot of people that they feel like they get more from attending their regional shows and the ABA’s Winter or Children’s Institutes. Fair enough, I don’t miss the SIBA Discovery Show and try to go to either Winter or Kids every year, but BookExpo isn’t about education in the way that those shows are. It’s about relationships. BookExpo very much feels like a show about leveraging your business up. From formal appointments with clear directives established by you to the Speed Dating rounds set up by ABA and the informal talks that happen at various events and mingles, BookExpo is a platform for moving your shop forward while getting a beat on the pulse of the industry as whole.


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NC Bookseller Receives Binc Higher Education Scholarship

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Congratulations to Carl Schumer from Sassafras on Sutton Bookstore, who has received a $3500 Binc Higher Education Scholarship to Clemson University. Colin is a National Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America. Being a youth ambassador gives Colin, “the ability to help other kids with Tourette Syndrome who are unable to have a voice of their own.” He plans to pursue an MBA after earning his BA in marketing.

A favorite quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” —The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Binc Higher Education scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. Since 2001 the Foundation has supported the educational goals of more than 700 booksellers, granting over $2 million in awards.
Providing financial assistance to help booksellers’ families achieve their educational and professional dreams is a rewarding part of maintaining the bookseller safety net, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French. “For eighteen years Binc has helped ease the cost of a college education for booksellers’ families. Reading about the scholarship winners and their educational goals is always inspiring,” she said. “A big congratulations to all of the students!”


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Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 30, 2019


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, and Wonderland Books.

9780735222540 Leaving the Witness 6/4/2019
"The writing is rich and vibrant and gives a fascinating look into what leaving a cult looks like." -- Dean Hunt, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781641290340 All of Us with Wings 6/18/2019
"This is a great story about the family you choose for yourself, mixed with plenty of music and some unexpected magic."-- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

9781555978488 Be Recorder 8/6/2019
"Carmen Giménez Smith’s newest poetry collection is an electric meditation on identity and otherness in America" -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781484757208 Mary Blair's Unique Flair 8/13/2019
"I adore Mary Blair's art. I have since i was a child and when I was an employee at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom." -- Katlin Kerrison, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

9781984821218 The Beekeeper of Aleppo 8/27/2019
"Difficult to read but so poignant and I couldn’t put it down! This story speaks to the power of love, loss and the strength of family." -- Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

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A Bookseller's Weekly Checklist

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Three routine tasks that will raise your store's profile and help you sell books:

Read This1) Report your bestsellers.

Your input is what makes the Indie Bestseller list unique. It also allows SIBA to generate a list of books that are "Special to the South -- that is, on the SIBA Bestseller list but not any other list.

2) Write a review on Edelweiss.

Read ThisReviews raise the visibility of stores with publishers. SIBA also publishes them on and in the Lady Banks newsletter, with links back to the reviewing store:Read This

Read This3) Add a store event to the ARTS Calendar:

Events are listed in the weekly Lady Banks newsletter, and a more extensive list is sent out of store events for each state in SIBA territory. Stores earn .50 in B3! credit for each event they submit.

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Indie Playlist Ready for June

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Indie Playlist Ready for June

June's two Indie Playlists, a collection of titles from independent presses, is ready. The themes are: Dystopia and Summer Reads. Plenty of fun with those display options!
Indie Playlists provide additional terms for the titles on the list. Stores are strongly encouraged to create a display around either or both of these themes. The displays need to include some of the books on the list, and can include additional titles of the store's choosing.
There is a $500 prize for the best display; $250 for the bookseller who creates it and $250 for the store. Take a picture and email it to by July 1.
Indie Playlists this month include titles from Catapult, Europa Editions, 7 Stories Press, Grove Atlantic and Beacon Press.

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Beach Reading a la Page & Palette!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, May 24, 2019

The New York Times ran a piece on "What is Beach Reading?" and interviewed a half dozen bookstores, one of which was Page and Palette:


Jodie Smits, Bookseller -- Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL


Tell me about your summertime customers.

We get people from all across the world, people who want to come and learn what the South is really like. I always steer them toward our local authors, like Rick Bragg and Sonny Brewer. People often want to leave here with gifts that really capture the South, so those writers are a great introduction.

What are the best books for someone who wants to understand the South?

“Dispatches From Pluto,” by Richard Grant, Sonny Brewer’s “The Poet of Tolstoy Park,” “My Southern Journey” by Rick Bragg. And Michael Knight’s “Eveningland” — that book sets you on the porch at sunset in the state of Alabama, that’s for sure.

What’s been selling well so far? Any predictions for the top sellers of the summer?

“Where the Crawdads Sing,” of course, and “A Gentleman in Moscow.” A lot of historical fiction, like Julie Berry’s “Lovely War” and Kelly Rimmer’s “The Things We Cannot Say,” too. A lot of women have been buying up all of Anthony Horowitz’s mysteries.

Any other trends you’ve noticed?

Young women are going crazy for “The Mister,” E L James’s new book. It’s a little racy for me — I can’t risk having a heart attack!

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Connect with SIBA during our "office hours" at BookExpo!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Connect with us at BookExpo!

SIBA is holding “office hours” in the ABA Lounge during BookExpo on Wednesday, 5/29, from 3-5pm. Wanda and Linda-Marie are at your service to answer questions, offer guidance, be an audience if you want to practice your elevator pitch to publishers, and offer a smile and encouragement during a very animated, sometimes overwhelming trade show experience. No need to make an appointment; just show up and let us know how we can help.

Have any questions as you prepare for BookExpo? Please email

See you in NYC!

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Help Wanted: Workman Publishing

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Workman Publishing is looking for someone with bookselling experience for a role in the Trade Sales department at Workman. The ideal candidate would draw on their experience working in an indie bookstore to coordinate retail marketing campaigns from Workman's imprints. They can send resumes and cover letters directly to

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B3! Webinar: Life Admin for Booksellers: Do Less, Do Better, and Live More

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Updated: Monday, May 20, 2019

Life Admin for Booksellers on Wednesday, August 7 at 2PM EST


Elizabeth Emens, author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More, spoke about her book at EUREKAsiba, and her message was spot on for many in the audience. She discussed being overwhelmed by invisible labor outside of work and writing Life Admin because this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households.


With a bookseller audience in mind, Emens will share how we can avoid, reduce, and redistribute life admin whenever possible. Please RSVP to attend. 


As preparation for the webinar, SIBA's B3! Book Club is currently reading Life Admin and will discuss it on Wednesday, July 10 at 2PM EST. Booksellers are welcome to join in on SIBA's office hours zoom link. Need a copy of the book? Please email

Elizabeth Emens is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge, where she earned her PhD. She lives in New York City.

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