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Applications for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists open July 9!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 30, 2018
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Applications open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

Applications are now open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists.

Would you like to attend Winter Institute, your regional trade show in 2019,  and receive funding to create a program at your store that impacts your community in a positive way? 

Then you should consider applying for this first-ever year-long scholarship provided by the Binc Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray.  

Carla Gray believed that books could change people and that people change the world.  This memorial scholarship in her honor connects on both fronts, at the intersection of books and activism.  Supporting emerging booksellers and their efforts to make a difference in one's community were essential to Carla. The community outreach project can be anything from providing books to underserved children or bringing a special speaker to your store, the sky is the limit. We want you to think outside the box and hopefully, your project could be shared with other stores. 


You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have at least one year but fewer than 5 years of bookselling experience.
  • Work part-time or full-time at a bookstore in good standing with the ABA and your regional association.
  • Are willing and able to commit one year to complete the scholarship and you intend to remain employed as a bookseller through the implementation of your project.
  • Your store owner agrees to partner with you on your community outreach project.
Click here to apply today!

Questions please feel free to contact Kit Steinaway - kit@bincfoundation.org


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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Magic Time Literary Agency

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 27, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Magic Time Literary Agency 

Magic Time Literary Agency

Author advocates who are passionate about literature and represent award-winning and bestselling authors from around the country. Focusing on creation of national tours, many authors achieve bestseller status through heartfelt representation. It is a great honor to partner with booksellers to create meaningful events with libraries, universities, nonprofits, and professional and civic organizations.

 

http://www.magictimeliterary.com/

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Driving Eureka! Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Driving Eureka! Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System 

by Wanda Jewell

Doug HallDoug Hall is fascinating.  I remember when he came out with Jump Start Your Brain I was so impressed with his energy and mindset.  I was given the opportunity back then to visit his Eureka! Ranch and many times have looked back on that missed opportunity with regret. When I saw that he was going to be at Winter Institute in Memphis, TN, and that Richard Hunt of AdventureKeen was his publisher, I was determined to secure that opportunity again.  I didn't know then that Doug Hall is a Robin Hood of sorts.  He works with the largest corporations to provide the funds to give back to the smaller companies, like indie bookstores.  

Fast forward, Doug Hall invites all of the Regional Boards and Staffs to Eureka Ranch for two and a half days. Booksellers are calling me to find out - What is he selling? What's the deal? Why is he doing this? - and this is why - Doug Hall's mission is to "change the world through systems that enable innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day." And I'm hear to tell you two things: 1. He is well on his way. 2. You want to be part of this.

Doug Hall is an inventor, researcher, and author. He’s a chemical engineer by education who rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor at Procter & Gamble. At P&G, using the principles that would become Innovation Engineering, his team of three invented and shipped a record nine innovations in just twelve months. He’s been named one of America’s top innovation experts by A&E Top 10, Inc. MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, DATELINE NBC, CNBC, CIO Magazine, and the CBC.

Innovation Engineering is a new field of academic study and leadership science focused on System Driven Innovation. It applies Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge, made famous in manufacturing during the 1980s, to strategy, innovation, and how we work together. It’s taught as an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate on college campuses and through off-campus executive education programs that include Innovation Engineering Black Belt (mastery), Silver Belt (leadership), and Blue Belt (innovators).

I'm so excited and grateful that Doug has agreed to spend time with SIBA Booksellers.  He will be at Innisbrook for a four hour session with booksellers on Wednesday morning.  Everyone can innovate and Doug will share the tips & tricks to getting to the meaningful uniqueness that translates into innovations. Don’t just take my word for it!

"The days spent at Eureka! Ranch were among the most productive of any "retreat" I've been involved in...and, I've been involved in many. Doug guided us through numerous ways of thinking about issues and creating innovative solutions. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of Doug's amazing sessions."- Chuck Robinson (former owner Village Books, founder of Chuck Robinson Associates)

"The weekend retreat at Eureka! Ranch made me re-think many of my processes and systems, compelling me to break down the walls of the stagnant models I had build and relied upon. I've since utilized the training I received to better empower my staff, freeing up more of my time for innovation and creative work. I highly recommend training with Doug Hall."--Nicole Sullivan (Bookbar)

"The (free) tools that Doug Hall provided through his Innovation Engineering allow me to approach challenges with a new perspective and a structure by which to engage and empower others around me in meaningful ways."-Ann Seaton (NCIBA Staff)

"Doug's weekend retreat at the Eureka! Ranch was a fully comprehensive weekend filled with information, knowledge, innovation, excitement, and ideas.....ideas.....ideas!!! I highly recommend anyone to take advantage of an opportunity to be a part of this program!"--Donna Fell (Sparta Books)

"Doug's retreat at the Eureka! Ranch was one of the most creative experiences I've had in a training session. He really helped me think outside the box. His ability to be innovative and to explain his concepts to us was unique and downright inspiring. To have the opportunity to sit in a session with him would be a real treat not to be missed!" --Stephanie Crowe (Page & Palette)

 

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Barron's

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Barron's 

Barron's

Fall Discovery Show Special!!! FREE FREIGHT on a minimum of 35 copies.

https://barronseduc.com/

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 24, 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, Bookstore Number 1, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Lemuria, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, The Story Shop, Underground Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9781250020666 Rush 8/21/2018
"Rush is chock -full of many surprises. Patton presents all the fun parts of a sorority: the life-long friendships, exciting rush week, sympathetic and loving staff; and combines it with real life."

9780802128232 Small Fry 9/4/2018
"a fascinating and sometimes disturbing look at the man behind the genius of Apple."

9780062564047 Pride 9/18/2018
" As much I love shorter books sometimes, this one I wanted to be longer. This is one of the best retellings [of Pride and Prejudice] I have read to date."

9781555978181 Sribe 10/2/2018
"Folkloric, tragic, and surreal. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"one of those stories which reads more like southern Gothic fiction, but is as real as it can get. "

9780525559702 The Winters 10/16/2018
"I'm a big fan of the gothic novel, so a modern retelling of du Maurier's Rebecca is RIGHT up my alley."

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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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Matchbook Marketing

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Matchbook Marketing 

Matchbook Marketing

Matchbook is a marketing firm dedicated solely to independent bookstores. Sign up at our booth and receive $100 off any website package and/or $200 off our coop-based Dec/Jan print newsletter for first-time participants.

https://welovebooksellers.com/

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An Interview with Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks, located in Winston-Salem, NC

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 23, 2018

 

An Interview with Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks, located in Winston-Salem, NC

Name: Jamie Rogers Southern


Store and location: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC


Number of years as a bookseller: 16


Best part about being a bookseller: Introducing someone to a book or author they didn't know about and then having that customer come back and say "that was amazing!" I will say, I equally love it if someone has an opposite reaction to a book than I did as it often sparks an interesting conversation.


What book(s) are you reading? The Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking, 10/18), Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner, 10/18), The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (Touchstone, 5/18), Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth (Flatiron, 7/18)


Favorite handsell of 2018: Educated by Tara Westover


Best thing you did this year at your store: Other than successfully opening (!), I am really proud of diversifying our programming and reaching a wider audience than we ever have before. Getting new people in and reaching out into new pockets of our community is really a huge part of our mission and I'm extremely proud of how far we've come this year.


Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 5,362 likes on FB, 1,095 Twitter, 1,825 Instagram, 5,000 e-newsletter subscribers.


What are some ways you work with your community? Oh goodness, where to start. Since we're a nonprofit, we are involved in our community at every level. We work heavily with our schools, we collaborate with approximately 75 nonprofit organizations and companies each year on events, and we try to create opportunities for people to engage with each other. We host a monthly Social Justice Storytime that has highlighted several groups, including recent refugees to our community through World Relief, Autism awareness, domestic violence, and more. We're working with several groups to cultivate community book clubs, like Pride Winston-Salem on an LGBTQ book club, and a local nutrition therapist on a body liberation book club.


Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Several! Some of them include: RiverRun International Film Festival on their films that are based on books or books about film, a/perture-our local indie theatre on basically the same, Family Services, Junior League, Head Start, Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Public Libraries, Winston-Salem Writers, Salemtowne Retirement Community, Piedmont Opera, Winston-Salem Symphony, Kaleideum Children's Museum, Imprints Cares, Hispanic League, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and Old Salem Museums & Gardens.


Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? Well, since my number one passion in life is reading, I'd say yes! I also enjoy wine, so it's also great that we share a space with a local brewery/coffee shop.


Top priority for 2018: This year, we are beginning a new initiative called Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building Collections. It has come out of our work with area schools and the realization that so many books in their collections are incredibly out of date and therefore irrelevant. Most children living in poverty will only come into contact with books through their school libraries. That means the books in our school libraries not only need to be current, children also need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. We have this amazing opportunity to change a child's life. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide our schools with 25,000 new books by 2020. It's very exciting and we can't wait to get these books to the schools.


Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I always get so many new ideas from talking to fellow booksellers and hearing what works/doesn't work in their stores. I always come away from any kind of networking event with one or two ideas to put into action in our store and community.


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The Stars Aligned for a Stellar SIBA Revival in Southern Pines!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 23, 2018

 

A Stellar SIBA Revival in Southern Pines! 

On Friday, July 20, booksellers from McIntyre’s Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Country Bookshop gathered for a SIBA Bookseller Revival.  SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws presented with Josh Floyd of IngramSpark, giving an overview of how bookstores are utilizing Ingram Sparks’ services in various ways. Kimberly and her team shared their experiences working with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. They help local authors publish their own work, or publish for them. Their services include project management, local expertise, and quality book production. The Country Bookshop has published two authors under their imprint, with plans for more. They also offer authors resources to DIY.

Ingram Sparks’ Josh Floyd explained how his program works in bookstores across the country in ways similar to Kimberly’s, from being a part of a program offered to authors, to becoming the printer for a bookstore’s imprint. He praised Eagle Eye Book Shop of Decatur, GA for their success with offering marketing services to authors.

Josh also offered samples of store and business-branded journals, produced by IngramSpark, and an example of a calendar that stores could replicate if they wanted to do a store or community calendar.

Booksellers spent the afternoon brainstorming for next year’s Independent Bookstore Day, NC-Piedmont Style. Look for some great things to happen for the twelve indie stores participating!

Praise from attendees:

"This revival session was jam-packed with good information. My coworker felt we picked up more in that short period that was useful to our store going forward than any other education we participated in this year. It was intimate enough that we felt we had meaningful participation and had opportunities to ask questions/ hear from our fellow booksellers. In short, we look forward to attending our next one!”--Keebe Fitch, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC

"I thought the revival was terrific.  Josh gave a really valuable presentation on using Ingram Spark for setting up a bookstore publishing program. Having Kimberly's first-hand experience with it made it even more useful. I couldn't scribble notes and ideas down fast enough. Equally valuable was the opportunity to network with a few other stores in our area. With inspiration from Josh's presentation and the ability to brainstorm on the spot we were able to flesh out a whole campaign for promoting our stores, NC authors, and Independent Bookstore day through next year! Something that would have taken months of emails otherwise and wouldn't have been half as good (or fun). Thanks to SIBA for giving us this opportunity - and to Ingram for a great program, continued support - and lunch!”--Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Thank you to everyone who came to the revival. We missed those of you who couldn’t join us! Josh did a fantastic job representing IngramSpark, a company that is truly changing the game of what is possible for our stores.” --Kimberly Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Tags:  Eagle Eye Book Shop  IngramSpark  McIntyre's  Quail Ridge Books  Revival  Siba  The Country Bookshop 

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: University Press of Florida

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, July 21, 2018

University Press of Florida 

Univesrity of Press of Florida

Outstanding books on history, culture, literature, the arts, natural history, gardening, and cooking in the Southeast and beyond. Great gift books through Seaside Publishing. Show Special: 48% trade discount titles; 45% short discount titles; no minimum fee; free freight. Good through October 26 with code SIBA18.

www.upf.com

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SIBA Book List on Immigrants and the Refugee Experience

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SIBA Book List on Immigrants and the Refugee Experience

SIBA wants to help readers of all ages better understand the plight of refugees and immigrants as they seek to make new homes and rebuild their lives. We've built on the efforts of Avid Bookshop’s Manager of Children’s Books, Hannah DeCamp, to offer member stores and consumers a book list on the timely topic of refugees. Our list includes titles from Avid's "Books for Kids Featuring the Immigrant or Refugee Experience” as well as titles recommended by publishers. We're continuing outreach to publishers and will keep adding to the list. If you know of a title you’d like us to add, please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com. Consider using the SIBA list on your e-commerce site to prompt awareness of this issue, and purchases for donation to schools, libraries, and those working with immigrant communities. Thank you for your help!


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