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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 18, 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.

9780316556323 Circe 2/5/2019
" Miller’s writing is beautiful, clear, and bright."

9781501190070 Watching You 2/12/2019
"a deliciously hard to put down who-done-it that feels all too close to home."

9780393652727 Crudo 9/11/2018
"With any luck, CRUDO will be one of most talked about books this year. I sure hope so."

9780525515029 Small Spaces 9/25/2018
"Creepy in all the right ways, wonderful characters, I loved all of it. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"the page-turning southern memoir of the year, y’all, I mean it. "

9780763694630 Louisiana's Way Home 10/2/2018
"Louisiana Elefante is the kind of twelve-year-old you want to go on a road trip with."

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How SIBA Members can Get Books to Refugee Children

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

How SIBA Members can Get Books to Refugee Children

We reached out to DC Books to Prisons to see how SIBA could support 2,000 Libros, a project to free the minds of our country's youngest prisoners - immigrant children in detention centers. 2,000 Libros is seeking new and gently-used Spanish-language and bilingual books for early to mid-level readers. They enthusiastically agreed to act as an intermediary between SIBA bookstores and detention centers. Here’s how you can help:

  • Bookstores interested in participating please contact Kristin Stadum at 2000libroscampaign@gmail.com for information on shipping, downloadable flyers, and to be part of the official campaign.

  • Participating bookstores can add the 2,000 Libros’ wishlist to their site, to encourage customer purchases for donation. Here’s how the wish list is set up by Politics & Prose on their site.

  • Bookstores needing assistance with shipping costs to detention centers might consider adding that element to their fundraising efforts.

  • If you are an author, industry affiliate, or consumer friend of SIBA, contact your local independent bookstore and let them know about this campaign. It’s easy for them to participate, and your donated purchase also supports the bookstore.

Still have questions? Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com.

For more information on 2,000 Libros, please visit the project's Facebook page or read any of these articles:

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Meet the Bookseller: Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stephanie Crowe with Taylor BrownName: 
Stephanie Crowe

Store and location: 
Page and Palette
32 S. Section Street
Fairhope, Al 36532

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: 
Almost 10 (Oct)

Labyrinth of the SpiritsBest part about being a bookseller?:
I get all the books I want to read and more, love the customers, and want them to read the books I love. 

What book(s) are you reading?:

Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosna

The OverstoryFavorite handsell of 2018:
The Overstory by Richard Powers

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Harper Collins Live facebook video; I also was able to get Paula McLain to come to store

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Bragg with the Page   & Palette staffAn event at Page and Palette


Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)

facebook 13,000
twitter 3500
instagram 1000
email subscribers: 6,000

What are some ways you work with your community?
We work with partners when we need a larger space: our library, Fairhope United Methodist Church, retail partners like Running Wild.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?

Denham Springs Main Street, Denham Strong and the Livingston Parish News are our more frequent collaborators.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
My passion is the book, sales reps, authors, SIBA board and the store and that is my life.

Top priority for 2018:

To get wonderful authors to come to Page and Palette

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The fall Discovery Showis absolutely the best event I attend each year. It is like coming home

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An Interview with Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, GA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An Interview with Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, GA

Name:  Janet Geddis

Store and location: Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: 7

Best part about being a bookseller?: You know this is an impossible question, right? Today I will say this: I have been blown away by the breadth and depth of friendships I've formed as a result of my bookseller role. From publisher reps to authors to coworkers to customers, I have a community of people who really understand me; after all, we speak a common language--the language of books. 

What book(s) are you reading?: I just started Jessica Handler's 2019 novel, The Magnetic Girl. I'm a huge Jessica Handler fan and am loving it already. Yesterday I finished Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey and Jason Reynolds's For Every One

Favorite handsell of 2018: Issue one of Good Company magazine (from Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney)

Best thing you did this year at your store: We've always made it known that we're in support of human rights, free speech, and anti-discrimination, but this year we've become even more outspoken.Through various in-store and offsite events and initiatives, we remind readers far and wide that we see them and want to hear all stories. 

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 9,336 Twitter followers, 8,343 Facebook followers, & 12.8k Instagram followers.

What are some ways you work with your community? In addition to frequent events and book clubs, we have two initiatives that allow us to participate meaningfully as Athens citizens: #avidgivesback and #avidinschools. These programs are ways for us to donate volunteer time, money, and in-kind donations to nonprofits, schools, and organizations that are making our city--and our world--better places. One example is the #avidgivesback project dreamt up by bookseller/Will Walton. For every copy of his May 2018 novel (I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain) that was preordered at Avid, the bookselling staff committed to 25 minutes of volunteer time at the Athens Community Council on Aging's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. 

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Yes, we have so many community partners it's hard to name drop just a few! From various departments and clubs at UGA to famous rock clubs downtown to our nonprofit arthouse cinema to the Clarke County School District to our local library to the leisure services department, we work with groups that touch the lives of nearly every part of the Athens population. 

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? I definitely have passions that carry over into my bookselling life! I'm a professional patient advocate, writer, and speaker at migraine.com, and I've used skills honed in that role to be more of an advocate for my staff and for myself as a small business owner. Oh, and my two cats, who make frequent appearances under the #petsofavid Instagram hashtag. 

Top priority for 2018: We're more than halfway done with the year, and I'm not sure I've made as much progress as I'd wanted to by now on one of my goals: to streamline the business, cut down on costs, and improve our profit margin. I know this is everyone's goal, but I'm making it a priority this year. Slow and steady wins the race, I hope!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: While not listed as a specific benefit when you sign up for membership, the access we have to Linda-Marie and Wanda has been invaluable. To have two industry experts always eager and willing to pick up the phone or exchange some emails about unexpected issues or fun new ideas is amazing. 


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Check out the Writers Coming to #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Saturday, July 14, 2018

Check out the Writers Coming to #SIBA18 Discovery Show

We've begun building the Pinterest Board of Writers coming to the show.  If the writer has a Twitter account, that is what is posted to Pinterest.  In the comment section, you will find the authors name, their new title, publisher, pub date, and event at SIBA where they appear.  We will do our best to update any changes.  Only confirmed authors are on the Pinterest board. Enjoy!  

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Social Media Class for Booksellers at a HUGE discount for SIBA Members! Register by July 31!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Social media and content marketing can be stressful and confusing. Many booksellers need to know how to be more efficient and effective so the time and energy they spend marketing online has greater impact and creates results.

If you’ve seen Sarah Benoit, co-founder and lead instructor at the JB Media Institute, present at the ABA’s Winter or Children’s Institute, you know you’re learning from someone passionate about helping booksellers improve their social media and content marketing strategies. Sarah has developed an online course for booksellers: Social Media and Content Marketing Basics for Booksellers.

Topics covered include:

  • content branding

  • keyword and hashtag research

  • content calendars

  • website usability

  • Instagram and Facebook tracking

  • social media tracking on Google Analytics

  • Facebook and Instagram advertising

  • event marketing


Sarah introduced this course to SIBA booksellers and staff this spring and we are loving and already using what we’ve learned. Sarah’s three-month self-paced online course is now being offered nationally for $299. Contact SIBA for a special code and SIBA member stores enroll for just $149! Registration open till July 31.


Would you like a preview? Attend a FREE introductory webinar on Monday, July 16 from 12-1pm EST.

  • Join the meeting on your computer or laptop go to: https://join.me/jbmediagroup  It will prompt you to download the Join.me desktop app for easier participation or you can click the link to join with your browser.  Conference ID: 804-325-388 #

  • To join using your mobile device like a smartphone or tablet download the mobile apps: https://www.join.me/apps

  • To dial in by phone: (404) 400 - 8750


"The JB Media social media class is very well designed - its structure and flow can help any one at any level of social media expertise! This class is very adaptable to any schedule. The online lessons allow you to work completely at your own pace and Sarah is always available for questions and discussion. This class can answer just about any question regarding social media or content marketing that you have ever had and if the class itself can't, then Sarah can! Highly recommend!”-- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books


"It's one thing to post a couple photos or links, or like a couple videos, and quite another to create a dynamic, engaging, and attractive presence online that enhances and compliments your real-world, brick-and-mortar business. JB Media's holistic approach to social media is the best I've seen for doing that. It goes far beyond just providing a series of tips or tricks to manage a Facebook page. Your course gives people the tools they need to navigate social media effectively and use it productively. You know the proverb "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life"? JB Media teaches people how to fish.”--Nicki Leone, SIBA




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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books and Books, Cavalier House Books, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, Malaprop's, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Again, The Country Bookshop, The Story Shop, Turnrow Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9781590519646 The Long Path to Wisdom 10/23/2018
"Charming, funny and instructive and some a little odd."

9780374110444 The Bus on Thursday 9/14/2018
"This book is a fantastically creepy and fun delight."

9780425290989 I Am Still Alive 7/24/2018
"I held my breath and didn't blink throughout the entirety of Kate Marshall's tightly paced YA thriller. "

9781635572179 Aerialists 2/19/2019
"Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Not only do the characters resist familiar paths and traits, each sentence resists expectation."

9781338150490 A Long Line of Cakes 8/28/2018
"Sweet, silly and absolutely the most wholesome thing since the Little House on the Prairie series."

9781338209969 The House With Chicken Legs 9/25/2018
"A little bit folk tale, a dose of adventure and quite a bit of quirky humor tossed in, The House With Chicken Legs will take readers on a ride they will not soon forget."

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Come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you need a better reason than "it’s hot and sales are slow and I want to see my bookselling friends" to come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20, then here it is: we made more on the $2,000 in retail sales of Proof (a book we published) in June 2018 than we did in the $5,000 retail sales of Range Bucket List in June 2017.


That’s why I’m inviting you all to come, as you’ll meet the man who knows all about this stuff, Josh Floyd of Ingram Spark, and some of the people who‘ve helped us get this little publishing venture (shakily) off the ground. There are a lot of variables in the numbers above so we’ll examine them and take a look at the talent needed and costs that go into making these books and these sales possible. I especially encourage North Carolina bookstores to attend as we will spend lunch brainstorming for North Carolina's Map/plan for IBD 2019.


Also... our town is really something special. Within two blocks of our store you’ll find two yoga studios, an ice cream shop, a cheese shop, a wine shop, an outdoor goods shop, a toy shop, a running shop, a guitar shop, a yarn shop, a theater called The Sunrise, a pizza parlor, a tack shop (horse stuff and cool leather things), some GREAT restaurants, lots of clothing boutiques, the best park in the world, a store that sells chic purses famous nationwide and made by military spouses, two coffee shops, and a growler company. Five blocks away you’ll discover The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, and the Southern Pines Brewing Company. Did I mention that all these are independent, locally owned, or a non-profit?


Come to the revival, check out our town, and see how easy it is to increase your margins and your offerings.


Shoot me an email if you have any specific questions about directions or the town or specific concerns within (or outside) of our topic that you want to discuss. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to let us know you’re coming.


Look forward to seeing y'all soon!


Kimberly


140 NW Broad Street

Southern Pines, NC 28387

910.692.3211 (store)

910.690.1370 (cell)


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Meet the Bookseller: John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

John CavalierName: 
John Cavalier

Store and location: 
Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, LA

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: 
15 (Book Warehouse of Baton Rouge from 2003-2005 and Cavalier House Books from 2005 - Present)

Best part about being a bookseller?:
I've always viewed books as tools - they contain the answers and inspiration for all of our questions. So for me, the best part of being a bookseller is both finding that inspiration for myself and sharing it with others (especially kids)! 

What book(s) are you reading?:

At our store we're all currently doing an online read along of Don Quixote and A Confederacy of Dunces (#DonIgnatius) in conjunction with the Great American Read. So I'm just getting into Don Quixote, but on my bedside table I have copies of The One Click Store, Building a Storybrand and about 20 other books that are dog eared in varying states of completion.

Hello HelloFavorite handsell of 2018:
Probably Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzell. I love picture books that have a simple idea but that have much bigger implications the more you think about them. It's such a simple idea but it so well expressed! It's definitely a title that is well served with some bonus explanation and enthusiasm.

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Well ....the best thing I've done this year isn't technically at the shop but is sort of parallel to the shop and it has occupied the bulk of my attention in getting it off the ground. At the beginning of the year we had the opportunity to create a separate business wholesaling / distributing Louisiana Interest titles. A local, regional (Louisiana and Texas) distributor went under and we snapped up some of their intangible assets like their customer list and title history. We've been working 100 hour weeks to establish the Loozaiana Book Company and so far we've managed to conquer all of the associated paperwork and we're slowly working our lists and growing our customer base! It's an amazing opportunity and we're growing and learning every day!

Cavalier House CrewCavalier House Crew


Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)

Facebook 1576
Twitter 1152
Instagram 748

What are some ways you work with your community?
I am part of the leadership team for our local merchant's association, I'm on the board of our local Main Street organization and my wife and I volunteer huge chunks of time and energy to Denham Strong which is a local volunteer based and city led recovery group that was formed after flooding in 2016 that affected most of our community. I am very civic minded and our store is literally next door to our city hall so I spend a fair amount of time with my friends and foils at city hall both as a volunteer and a gadfly! Also, this past fall we worked with our local newspaper to host a city council debate for a special election to fill a vacated seat and we're hoping to replicate that for our municipal and parish elections this Fall. We also partner with our parish library for special programming and author visits and we host book fairs in a ton of area schools. We've also from time to time hosted book drives and charitable book sales for area schools and nonprofits.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?

Denham Springs Main Street, Denham Strong and the Livingston Parish News are our more frequent collaborators.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
Absolutely, but my passions tend to be more abstract. Things like problem solving and planning and learning are what get me excited, so entrepreneurship is my jam. Bookselling is kind of the perfect job because there is always a new problem or opportunity and I'm literally trading in the things that inspire me the most! So for me, bookselling is kind of a perpetual motion machine of inspiration and action!

Top priority for 2018:

My top priority for 2018 is to establish all of our processes and policies for our distribution company and to grow our customer base as much as possible. On the retail side of things my top priority is to enhance the way I communicate with my staff and to create a better workflow for collaborating on online content and marketing in general.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
My favorite thing about SIBA is definitely the facilitation of discussion among colleagues. SIBA as an exchange of ideas is the most important for me!

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Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018

Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book PrizeThe best in southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent (and independently minded!) Booksellers

Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2018 Southern Book Prize.

Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. They represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers.

2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric DysonMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingFlame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehTumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
Before We Were Yours by Lisa WingateGradle Bird by J C SasserThe Last Ballad by Wiley CashYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

FICTION

Women & Family –
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin)

“Zevin uses her unique voice to tell this sometimes hilarious and witty story in three points of view.  Strong, smart women! A joy to read, and quite meaningful.” – Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Literary -
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (William Morrow & Company)

“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense -
Gradle Bird by J. C. Sasser (Koehler Books)

“This story is the epitome of Southern Fiction, with its wild cast of characters and small-town setting.” – Bess Long, My Sister’s Books, Pawley’s Island, SC

Southern Fiction -
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books)

“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Juvenile Fiction -
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books)

“Sweet, magical, and wholly enjoyable—a little bit of magic, a grandparent in trouble, insurmountable obstacles, and selfless acts of friendship and love. Adorable, well-written, and sweet as fresh swamp water.”  – Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC

Flame in the Mist by Rene Ahdieh (G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

“A fantastical tale woven like fine silk, Flame in the Mist transports readers to feudal Japan where we meet Mariko, and follow her on a quest that’s conclusion will have her questioning everything she thinks she knows about family, honor, and love.” – Star Lowe, Star Line Books, Chatttanooga, TN

NONFICTION

Biography & History -
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
(Picador USA)

 “I'm glad the first chapter is "We Don't Have Time to Cry" because it, and Mrs. King, give strength and honesty if we are to face what our country is (and because I sure had a hard time stopping crying at times). Beautiful straight talking.” – Angie Fleming, Givens Books, Lynchburg, VA

Nonfiction -
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
(St. Martin's Press)

"Michael Eric Dyson is an urgent and impassioned cry for racial justice— justice that will not be reached without a reckoning by white Americans' acknowledgment of its passivity and complicity to its addiction to power." – Caroline Green Christopoulos, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
https://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/discover-southern-authors/siba-book-awards

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