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Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Galleys and Giveaways: Holding On to Nothing

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 21, 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.

Holding on to Nothing

Holding On To Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Blair / October 22, 2019 / $25.95 / Hardcover / 9781949467086

“Shelburne’s stunning debut novel is a long trip into small-town Tennessee…riveting, touching, heart-wrenching, tragic, and beautiful.”—Booklist

“Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne writes with extraordinary love and compassion of the lives of her flawed characters; she shines a clear, calm light on their tragedies, their joys, and their hard-won redemptions.”—Lauren Groff, Florida and Fates and Furies

Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child. Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has any idea how to accomplish that, and the odds are against them in a place with little to offer other than bluegrass music, tobacco fields, and a Walmart full of beer and firearms for the hunting season. Their path is harrowing, but Lucy and Jeptha are characters to love, and readers will root for their success in a novel so riveting that no one will want to turn out the light until they know whether this family will survive.

In luminous prose, debut novelist Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne brings us a present-day Appalachian story in the tradition of Lee Smith, Silas House, and Ron Rash, cast without sentiment or cliché, but with a genuine and profound understanding of the place and its people.

“A book you literally cannot put down.”—Lee Smith, Dimestore and The Last Girls

Holding On To Nothing is a gem.”—Ron Rash, Serena

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Don't miss our #SIBA19 AUTHORinteractions

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 19, 2019

Are you enthralled by authors in conversation, or an event planner looking for inspiration, or a fan of authors of a similar genre coming together to discuss their craft? Maybe all three? Check out our AUTHORinteraction Events on Friday, (9/13) of our #SIBA19 Discovery Show and plan your time accordingly. You can find our full schedule of events here.

9AM: Pat Conroy - Our Prince of Scribes

Moderated by Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the four featured writers will share from their relationships with Pat Conroy, and discuss his influence on their writing lives.

Ashley Warlick, The Arrangement (Penguin)

Ron Rash, The Risen (HarperCollins)

George Singleton, Staff Picks (LSU Press)

John Lane, Neighborhood Hawks (UGA Press)


10AM: Too Good to be True Fiction Authors Panel

Moderator: Sally Brewster, co-owner of Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC 

Rita Woods, Remembrance (Forge Books)

Sarah Loudin Thomas, When Silence Sings (Bethany House)

Jordan Farmer, The Poison Flood (G. P. Putnam's Sons)

Lawrence Reid Bechtel, A Partial Son (BQB Publishing)

Diane Chamberlain, Big Lies in a Small Town (Macmillan)

Patti Callahan Henry, The Perfect Love Song (Thomas Nelson)

11AM: Read Early, Read Often Childrens’ Authors Panel

Moderator: Mary Ruthless, owner of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

Victoria Schwab, Tunnel of Bones (Scholastic Press)

Camille Andros, From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

Frank Sileo, Snitchy Witch (Magination)

Deborah Wiles, Anthem: The Sixties Trilogy (Scholastic Press)

Mike Lowery, Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts (Orchard)

Shanda McCloskey, T-bone the Drone (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

2PM: We Need True Stories Non Fiction Authors Panel

Tracie Harris-Fain of the Book House in Mableton, GA

Les Standiford, Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago and the Rise of America's Xanadu (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Tom Clavin, All Blood Runs Red (Hanover Square)

S. C. Sam Gwynne, Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (Scribner)

Allan Cheney, Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius who Forever Changed a Southern Town (W Publishing)

Michael Buffalo Smith, The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019) (Mercer University Press)

3PM: Cold Mountain Book Series 

Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain, and financial supporter of Hub City Press's Cold Mountain Book Series, will moderate a discussion with the authors of the first three books in the series.

Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl

Mark Barr, Watershed

Carter Sickels, The Prettiest Star

4PM: Writing for the Young Adult Authors Panel

Moderator: Sally Bradshaw, owner of Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL

Mindy McGinnis, Be Not Far From Me (Katherine Tegen Books)

Helene Dunbar, We Are Lost and Found (Fire)

Jill Criswell, Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Blackstone Publishing)

Jenn Bennett, The Lady Rogue (Simon Pulse)

F. C. Yee, The Iron Will of Genie Low (Abrams)

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Don't Miss Thursday's "Pre-Show" events for #SIBA19!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Here’s a day full of reasons to come early and enjoy Thursday with your SIBA friends.

1:30-3:00PM: Chapman Cultural Center Tour and Cider Tasting & Brewery Tour  

Experience Spartanburg culture at the Chapman Cultural Center located at 200 East St. John Street. The tour includes a spin through the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, and Spartanburg County Historical Association Museum followed by a visit across the street to Ciclops Cideri & Brewery, 197 East St. John Street. This is a 7 minute walk from the Marriott Spartanburg.

3:30-5:00PM: “Sunday Drive” to the Glendale Ruins. (RSVP required)
Join Tom Poland, best-selling author of The Last Sunday Drive: Vanishing Traditions in Georgia and the Carolinas (Arcadia Publishing). Board the bus at the Marriott at 3:30 for a short drive to the site of an old mill near the community of Glendale, while Tom treats us to some tales of its long history. Note on accessibility: The tour path includes gravel areas and moderate walking through woods, distance a little over a mile. Generously sponsored by Arcadia Publishing’s YourTown program.

5:00-7:00PM: Gallery Talk and Wine-and Cheese Reception

Private gallery opening of the new exhibit Cut and Paste, featuring collage works from The Johnson Collection, 154 West Main Street. This is an 11 minute walk from the Marriott Spartanburg. The gallery talk will be immediately followed by a complimentary wine-and-cheese reception at Hub City Bookshop, 186 West Main Street, two blocks north of the gallery.

9PM: Join us in Heritage Foyer D & F for TrioLive, a magical blend of music, storytelling, and art. This is a unique and moving experience you will not want to miss. Check out our schedule of events for the line-up of Trio performers.

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Imprinted Holiday Catalog Order Deadline extended to August 29

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SIBA Holiday Catalog

UPDATE: Deadline to order imprinted holiday catalogs has been extended to August 29


Sell even more books this holiday season with the store-branded email newsletter. SIBA is partnering with Shelf-Awareness to provide members with an email-newsletter edition of its holiday catalog. Now the breadth of gift-worthy titles selected for the SIBA Holiday Catalog can land directly in the inbox of each of your book-loving customers with the Shelf Awareness powered e-newsletter.

Each e-newsletter issue links to your bookstore site and social media pages. The wide selection of adult and children’s titles from your regional holiday print catalog can be linked directly to your e-commerce for easy on-line purchasing.

Shelf Awareness is serious about security and privacy and protects customer information, using industry best practices to help ensure confidentiality, availability, and integrity of that information. Shelf Awareness has taken measures to become GDPR compliant, the strict privacy and data handling requirements established by the European Union and will not use subscriber lists for any purpose other than delivering the agreed upon "Powered by Shelf Awareness" mailings developed with your regional association.

August 29: Deadline to order Imprinted Catalogs
September 19: Deadline to order non-imprinted catalogs

Sign up for the SIBA Holiday Catalog | More info

“We’ve seen very, very impressive growth, with significant sales increases in certain titles featured on the Indie Next List. The unsubscribe rate is virtually nonexistent. Those consumers are hearing about titles that indie booksellers are recommending, and it is having a clear impact on sales–Oren Teicher, ABA CEO
praise for the Indie Next List  e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness

“A customer came in yesterday and pointed to her smart phone which had a specific book from the Shelf Awareness email catalog pulled up.  She bought the book as a Christmas gift for her nephew & then found another book from the shelves.  Success!! 
Thanks to everyone at Shelf Awareness for the new idea and sharing it with our customers.  We look forward to the subsequent emailed catalogs & similar success.”Peter Schertz, Owner Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, Colorado
Praise for the MPIBA Holiday E-newsletter,
Powered by Shelf Awareness

“The response we get from the SIBA catalog is overwhelming! We have customers coming into the store even after the holidays with copies of the catalog marked with their notes and wishes!” 
John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, Louisiana

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2019 SIBA Board Ballot

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SIBAIt’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. It is time to vote for your SIBA Board.

SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch. As all of you have full-time jobs, stores to run, employees to hire, train, oversee, and sadly, fire, not to mention your community outreach efforts that often mean being involved in business associations, chambers of commerce, boards, and other volunteer efforts while never forgetting your unending efforts to retain and grow customers, it is imperative that you elect bookseller members to represent your interests in SIBA.  These booksellers commit to being trained in the effective, expensive, in-depth Carver Training required to oversee all SIBA decisions, and spend over 100 hours annually in this work for you. 

Please take a moment to help SIBA be the best organization it can for you--click on the link below to cast your vote for the bookseller you would like to fill the open seat.

The Ballot:

  • Kimberley Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
  • John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

The ballot will close on August 31, 2019. Every SIBA member store gets one vote. You store membership must be current. Stores receive 50 B3! points for voting.


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Bookstores for sale in Franklin, NC.

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bookstores for sale in Franklin, NC. From the listing:  “Ever dreamed of owning 2 well-established bookstores in the heart of Franklin? Here is your opportunity to purchase one turnkey business established in 1983 including 2 bookstores, inventory, fixtures, names of businesses (Books Unlimited & Unlimited Books for Kids) and clientele. Books Unlimited features thousands of book titles from Best Sellers to Regional Authors. In addition, Books Unlimited also carry many great gift ideas including Calendars, Games, Music, Journals and so much more. Unlimited books for kids is separately located in its own store front. Unlimited Books for kids is totally designed around the young reader in mind. Both locations are tenants on Main street in Franklin, NC." 


More info:

Please contact Suzanne Harouff, for more details.

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SIBA ala Facebook Wants to Connect With You.

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SIBA ala Facebook Wants to Connect With You.

1. Like this page on Facebook:
2. This closed Facebook page is for SIBA's Bookstore members:
3. Visit this event and indicate your interest:

Know that we'll be posting content to these regularly and hope that you will comment, share and post the content along. 

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Macmillan Publishers Offers Expedited Shipping for Independent Bookstores, Effective Immediately

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Macmillan Publishers Offers Expedited Shipping for Independent Bookstores, Effective Immediately

Macmillan Publishers is pleased to announce that we will implement expedited shipping for independent bookstores, effective immediately. Under this program, shipments to ship-to locations within the continental United States that have standard ground shipping times of three business days or greater from our Gordonsville warehouse will be made by two-day air. To be eligible, orders must be on a returnable basis, equal or exceed an invoice value of $100, and be placed electronically directly with Macmillan or through your Macmillan sales representative. 

Expedited shipping will not apply to out of stock items or in circumstances that make expedited shipping beyond our reasonable control. 

For those ship-to locations that are typically reached within two days or less under standard ground shipping methods, no changes to their current daily ship schedule will be made. 

Please note that new release orders will be dispatched as per our normal schedule to provide availability in time for publication date. Author event orders, B2B orders, orders placed via phone, fax, mail and/or other orders requiring special handling or processing time will not be expedited. 

For questions, please contact your Macmillan Sales Representative.

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B3! Webinar: Bringing Used Books into the Mix for Higher Sales and Profit

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mark your calendars for Wed, October 16 at 2pm EST, to hear from four booksellers whose bookstores offer a profitable blend of new and used books. With higher profit margins and unique inventory possibilities, adding used and antiquarian books into your mix could be a way to bring in new customers, further meet the needs of existing ones, and improve your cash flow. And it can be fun! Highlighting used and collectible books on social media offers creative opportunities to share unusual jacket designs, hilariously dated subject matter, and ephemera left from a book’s previous owner. Unsaleable used inventory can be turned into journals, buttons, and literary confetti, as Underground Books has done so successfully. Join us to listen to four approaches to selling used books, and blending them into your new book inventory. Please rsvp to attend.

More about our Presenters:

Cathy Graham is co-owner (with Serena Wyckoff) of Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL. They started their bookselling business 15 years ago in the garage, selling used books online. Now they have a full-service shop – almost 7 years open – and most of the books they sell are new.  Cathy’s background includes teaching high school, the US Air Force, a couple of corporate sales jobs, and a Benedictine monastery. She grew up in Orlando, spent many years in Maryland, and a few in Costa Rica. Besides reading, she enjoys cooking, music, wine, cats and goats (although she doesn't have any goats at the moment).

Shane Gottwals was born and raised in Macon, GA, attending Central Fellowship Christian Academy from kindergarten until graduation. He has a B.A. in English from Mercer University, spending a portion of his college years at Oxford University in England. He met his wife, Abbey, at Mercer University. They have four children and live in Warner Robins, GA. The couple opened Gottwals Books in 2007. Shane has extensive retail experience which has helped Gottwals Books (franchising nationwide as "Walls of Books") become one of the largest used/new bookstore chains in the United States. He currently serves on the boards of Covenant Care Adoption Services, Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central Fellowship Christian Academy, and Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Frank Reiss has been buying, selling and trading used, out-of-print and collectible books for over 35 years, first at Acorn Books in San Francisco and, since 1989, as the founder and owner of A Cappella Books in Atlanta, which has earned Hall-of-Fame status from "Atlanta Magazine" and is annually selected in "Creative Loafing's" "Best of Atlanta" issue. In the 1990s Frank served as president of the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Since then A Cappella has focused more on new books and contemporary touring author signings, but carefully selected older books continue to shape the store's unique inventory.

Josh Niesse is the co-owner of two independent brick & mortar bookstores in west Georgia. Underground Books, opened in 2011, is an 1800 square foot bookstore that is literally underground, a few steps below street level off of the historic town square in Carrollton, Georgia, home of the University of West Georgia. Underground Books is primarily used & antiquarian, with about 20% new books. Hills & Hamlets Bookshop is a 600 square foot bookstore, dealing in about 80% new books, opened in 2016 in the progressive planned eco-community of Serenbe.  Niesse co-owns both stores with his wife and fellow bookseller Megan Bell. Niesse has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and worked as a literacy tutor and bartender before becoming a bookseller. 


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