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Holiday Catalog HTML and PDF editions now available

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 Holiday Catalog

Holiday Catalog HTML and PDF editions are now available

The SIBA Holiday Catalogs have dropped, and stores should be receiving shipments shortly if they haven't received them already. Drop shipped catalogs have been schedule to arrive at their specified locations as requested.



If you haven't already done so, here is a link to the title list so you can place your orders: Spreadsheet | Edelweiss


We also have pdfs of the catalog available: Cover 1 | Cover 2


HTML versions of the catalog are available for stores that want to post them on their websites. The html catalog has been made responsive and mobile friendly.

  • IndieCommerce Stores: The ABA has the catalog and is installing it on your servers. You'll receive a notification when it is ready to be linked to.

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

    SIBA can either send you the files to host on your own website, or we can host the catalog for you. (If we do that, the web address of your catalog will be SIBA's, not your store's).

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

Email Nicki for more information


The Holiday Newsletter is sent out to your store mailing list, a la Shelf Awareness for Readers, in six editions between November 12 and December 17, with each edition highlighting books from a different section of the holiday catalog. Links click through to the store's own website for purchase:

Email Nicki for more information.



The SIBA Holiday Catalog receives promotional support from SIBA during the holiday shopping season:

  • Catalog titles are featured in the Lady Banks newsletter between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • The Holiday Catalog is featured on Facebook as the December "Lady Banks Bookshelf"
  • A Holiday Catalog Gift Guide is published at (ARTS), linked to a rotating list of SIBA member stores




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Diane Chamberlain: My Love Affair with the Stacks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My Love Affair with the Stacks
by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain“Why do you always pick books that no one else ever reads?”

That’s what my sister’s husband asked me when I, still in high school, came home from the library with four books I’d carefully selected from my public library. I still remember the books: Reynolds Price’s A Long and Happy Life, Sinclair Lewis’s Kingsblood Royal, Joanne Greenberg’s brand new I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and a fourth book I’ll mention later. I wasn’t bothered by my brother-in-law’s question. One of my favorite things to do was to rove through the fiction stacks at my public library to see what jumped out at me. Yes, I also read the books all my friends were reading, but when it came to fiction, I was always hungry for more than just the bestsellers.

Why did I pick those books? I’d never heard of Reynolds Price—and in retrospect, I’m surprised his first novel was in my New Jersey library—but he looked kind of sexy on the back cover and I liked that his protagonist was a teenaged girl. That was enough for me, and reading A Long and Happy Life turned me into a lifelong Price fan intrigued with southern fiction.

A Long and Happy LifeAs for Sinclair Lewis, I’d read Arrowsmith and Main Street in my English class and I was utterly smitten by Lewis’s writing and the social values expressed in his stories. Kingsblood Royal actually became my favorite of his many books. In it, Lewis’s 1940’s protagonist is a white man who learns he is 1/32nd black. The knowledge changes his sense of self as he begins exploring the black culture of the day with new eyes. Growing up in a well-integrated town during the civil rights era, I was fascinated by this story and it gave me much to think about as my treasured hometown endured riots and unrest.

I picked up I Never Promised You a Rose Garden before the book took off and long before it was made into a movie. I was a ‘troubled teen’ at the time (are there untroubled teens?). I was drawn in by the story of a sixteen-year-old girl fighting her psychological demons. It’s a book that will always stay with me.

"One of my favorite things to do is to wander without direction through the nonfiction stacks to see what books jump out at me."

The stacks, both in the library and in bookstores, have played a role in many of the books I’ve written as well. In a way, they’ve been my brainstorming buddies. One of my favorite things to do is to wander without direction through the nonfiction stacks to see what books jump out at me. Years ago, for example, I stumbled across a book about the CIA mind control experiments performed on psychiatric patients during the fifties.  I sat in a corner of the library, devouring that book, as the idea for my novel Breaking the Silence began to take shape in my mind. That was only one of my books that found its inspiration in the stacks.

I Never Promised You a Rose GardenWhen I research my books, I turn often to the Internet for help of course, but I also visit my library and two of my favorite Indies, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina and Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Beach. Since more than half of my twenty-six books are set in North Carolina, there is no place like the local stacks to find the esoteric North Carolina information I need to fuel my stories.

What was the fourth book I picked up at the library that day long ago? It was a small book by Helen Perlman, the 1962 edition of So You Want to be a Social Worker. Although I longed to be a writer, it never occurred to me that I’d be able to support myself with a writing career, so yes, I became a social worker. A social worker who spent time in the stacks, thinking and dreaming. Just as I do today.


The Dream DaughterDiane Chamberlain is the New York TimesUSA Today and Sunday Timesbestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Influenced by her former career as a social worker and psychotherapist, she writes suspenseful stories that touch both heart and mind. Her most recent book, The Dream Daughter, was just released in October, 2018 and is a SIBA Okra Pick.

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Bren McClain Receives $10,000 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bren McClain Receives $10,000 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for


Author Ann Kidd Taylor given Special Recognition for The Shark Club
Distinguished panel honors life and writings of Pat Conroy
Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry Announced

Bren McClain 

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has named the recipient of its 2017 literary award: Bren McClain for her novel One Good Mama Bone (Story River Books). McClain was honored at a ceremony at the New York Yacht Club where she received the award’s $10,000 prize. Author Ann Kidd Taylor received Special Recognition at the ceremony for her novel The Shark Club, for its originality and insight.

Since its inception in 2008, the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, founded by novelist Reba White Williams and her husband Dave H. Williams, has recognized annually a writer whose work is set in the South, exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters—and reflects, in the words of Willie Morris, “hope for belonging, for belief in a people’s better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive.”  Past recipients include Mindy Friddle, Stephen Wetta, Terry Roberts, Katherine Clark, and Kim Wright, 2016’s honoree for her novel Last Ride to Graceland.   

2017 award winner Bren McClain is a native South Carolinian, who now resides in Nashville, TN. One Good Mama Bone is her debut novel and in addition to widespread acclaim was also a finalist for both the Southern Book Prize by the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the 2018 Crook’s Corner Book. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is now at work on her next novel, Took, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner –William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.  

 "I wrote the book of my heart, held it up to the world and said Here's what I think is beautiful.

On learning that One Good Mama Bone won the 2017 Willie Morris Award, McClain said, "I wrote the book of my heart, held it up to the world and said Here's what I think is beautiful. And for that beautiful to be honored in this glorious way is an humbling like no other." 

“Like all the best Southern fiction, One Good Mama Bone is about the mysterious, powerful bonds of family and the eternal longing for home,” says judge Clair Lamb. “Bren McClain finds the universal in a very specific story about two mothers — one human, one animal — equally committed to their offspring. It's a book that lingers in both the mind and the heart.”

New to the ceremony this year was a panel of distinguished guests honoring the life and writings of Pat Conroy. The panel, moderated by Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, included Conroy’s widow Cassandra King, president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Jonathan Galassi, and Willie Morris judge, past recipient, and author of Conroy’s oral biography My Exaggerated Life, Katherine Clark. “Our Willie Morris Award shows a similar interest to the Pat Conroy Literary Center, recognition of and promoting the best of contemporary southern fiction,” remarked Dave Williams.  “So, it seemed only natural that we collaborate with them on a panel celebrating those shared interests. We are pleased and honored to have had them play such a special role in this year’s award ceremony.”

The Willie Morris Awards also announced news of its expansion with the Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry, which will include a prize of $2,500 for an original, unpublished poem that exudes the American South in spirit, history, landscape, or experience. The inaugural poetry award, judged by Susan Kinsolving, will be given in 2019 during the 2018 Willie Morris Award ceremonies.

Reba and Dave Williams were inspired to create the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction in 2008 after Reba learned that her two nieces in high school in Charleston, SC had never read Harper Lee’sTo Kill a Mockingbird.   Reba, who was born in Mississippi and raised in North Carolina, remembered how her own introduction to classic Southern novels as a young student sparked a lifelong love and appreciation for Southern literature and its unique style, elaborate prose, evocative language, and sense of place. Envisaging the future of the Southern literary tradition, Reba decided that Southern writers and novels—especially contemporary works—deserved more attention.  The result was the Willie Morris Award, named for celebrated Southern writer and long-time Williams family friend Willie Morris.  A native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Morris was a journalist, editor-in-chief of Harper’s magazine, and author of several novels set in the South, some of which remain required reading in public schools in his home state.

Authors, agents, publishers and booksellers are invited to submit books for consideration. The winner is selected by a prestigious panel of academics and writers, including previous award winners.  In addition to the $10,000 prize, recipients receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to attend a luncheon and reception in their honor, joined by nearly 100 members of the Southern literary community and New York City publishing community.  

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is now accepting submissions for the 2018 prize, to be awarded in 2019.  



FOR MORE INFORMATION about The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, including submission guidelines, please visit

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Weekly Publisher Promotions, courtesy of NAIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Publisher Promotion Offers, courtesy of NAIBA

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, NAIBA, has given SIBA permission to pass along their weekly list of publisher promotion offers. The program was created by NAIBA as a way to get special deals in front of the booksellers at the time they are placing orders. NAIBA compiles on-going specials into a spreadsheet that is updated and shared every Monday morning:

SIBA will include the link at the top of their weekly newsletter to booksellers, "In the Land of SIBA."

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, October 22, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Itinerant Literate, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Octavia Books, Page & Palette, Quail Ridge Books, and Underground Books.

9780451491336 The Travelling Cat Chronicles 10/23/2018
"A charming, quick read. A lovely gift for anyone who loves... and is loved by...a cat."

9780393609752 Did You Just Eat That? 11/6/2018
"I have a new fear of restaurant menus because of this book."

9780062498823 Harold Snipperpot's Best Disaster Ever 2/5/2019
"Alemagna's mixed media illustrations are delightful and exquisitely riotous, and her ability to channel a child's wide-eyed curiosity is unmatched."

9780062868909 The Hunting Party 2/12/2019
"The Hunting Party is reminiscent of Agatha Christie while still being thoroughly modern. I flew through this story in less than a day."

9780525622109 Finding Dorothy 2/12/2019
"Not only do we come to know Frank and Maude and their lives together but we learn more details about the making of the movie and the role of Judy Garland. What’s not to love!!!"

9780525513926 Four Dead Queens 2/26/2019
"A very fast paced mystery that takes so many twist and turns you’ll find yourself gripping the book for dear life."

9781101907146 The Old Drift 3/26/2019
"Serpell is the kind of debut author that makes you believe in ONLY ever reading debut authors."

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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Source of Income for Bookstores

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, October 19, 2018

Source of Income for Bookstores

If you haven't signed up for DartFrog, now's a great chance. In addition to a guaranteed quarterly stipend, DartFrog is launching a new program that will pay your store $500 every time you refer an author whose manuscript is accepted for publication through DartFrog's new hybrid publishing program. 

There's no cost to your store to join DartFrog. Every three months they send you 15 fully vetted self-published books. You keep the full retail value of the first of each title sold, and then order additional copies through Ingram at your normal discount rate. They also pay you $35 every time you refer a self-published author, plus every store receives a guaranteed quarterly stipend of $100. Click here for more information, or here to see how some stores already display DartFrog's titles. 
If you sign up by Oct 31, they will consider you for their new pilot program that will pay your store $500 every time you refer an author whose manuscript is accepted for publication through their new hybrid publishing program. 
DartFrog is a great opportunity for bookstores. Take a moment to learn more and sign up today. 

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Disaster Relief

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Disaster Relief


Are you a bookseller or store owner that has been affected by Hurricane Florence or Michael? Remember that Binc is here for you. Email us at or call 866-733-9064.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Help your store meet the challenge with this checklist.


Staying Open Despite the Hurricane Because of Your Help

The consequences and difficulties that result from a major hurricane don't always take the form of property damage, and stores and their employees do not need to have suffered physical damage to qualify for assistance.

The thoughtful owner of a bookstore in North Carolina did all they could to prepare for the recent Hurricane Florence. They put books and merchandise on high shelves and most major physical damage was avoided because of their precautions and preparation before the storm. However, because of this store's location and a customer base which is in a large part tourists, they are struggling to pay their mortgage and utilities because access to their area is currently restricted to emergency and storm clean up crews. Cleanup is likely going to take several months and foot traffic will be limited to nonexistent for weeks to come. Binc has stepped in to cover mortgage and utilities for a few months, so that when tourists return their favorite local bookstore will still be there – ready to welcome them back.

If you or a bookseller you know is facing an unexpected hardship, contact Binc and we will help you navigate available resources.

If you'd like to help booksellers facing life's emergencies donate here.

We are counting on you to help booksellers and their families.

Thank you,
Kate & The Binc Foundation Team

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The Love Your Bookstore Challenge!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Love Your Bookstore Challenge! 

There’s a new retail holiday celebrating brick and mortar bookstores! It’s Love Your Bookstore, taking place from Saturday, November 10 to Friday, November 16.

This holiday comes with a challenge: during “Love Your Bookstore” week, readers visit their favorite bookstores and take a picture of the book they’re most excited to gift this holiday season. They must post their photo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter sometime during November 10-16 with the hashtag #loveyourbookstore to be entered to win bookish prizes. The list of prizes is fantastic, and growing as more sponsors join in.

Booksellers can promote the #loveyourbookstore challenge to customers, and involve their local authors and publishers to spread the word through social media. Here’s a link to resources for booksellers to assist in promotions. Raise awareness of the “Love Your Bookstore” holiday in your community and boost an event that celebrates you!!

One of the founding members of this holiday is Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks. She says, “Bookstores are amazing and important places for us all culturally, and we know that booksellers help readers discover and share the magic of books. They create communities of readers that make a difference because books change lives. We want to give everyone a way to celebrate their favorite bookstore.”

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What’s on the Shelf at Lady Banks during November?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What’s on the Shelf at Lady Banks during November?


SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf in the spring, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach(from 17K to 22.5K), and a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) in on social media, and a 10% rise in impressions, 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality. These were all decisions made directly out of the Social Networking Class we took with Sarah Benoit.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s up for November:

  • Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

  • The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred

  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

  • Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

  • City of a Million Dreams by Jason Berry

  • Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood (#OkraPick)

Here’s a link to the collection on Edelweiss.



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Call for EUREKAsiba Presenters!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, October 15, 2018

Call for EUREKAsiba Presenters!

Want to mark this off your bucket list?  Dream of presenting a TED-style talk on an innovative solution you've created.  We want you!  

Items for any potential  EUREKAsiba  bookseller 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: anuals/tedx_speaker_guide.pdf y_duarte_the_secret_structure_ of_great_talks


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