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Make a Bookseller's Holiday and nominate them for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, August 30, 2018


Make a Bookseller's Holiday and Nominate Them for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus! 

Author James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program has pledged a contribution of $250,000 to provide independent bookstore employees with some extra cash around the winter holidays.

Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association for the fifth time to distribute the bonuses, to be granted in amounts of $750 to $1,500 to individual booksellers. The process to submit nominations is open through September 30, and anyone can nominate. All past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible for this year's bonus, and booksellers can self-nominate. The grant application asks one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” After reviewing the answers, Patterson will select the winners from bookstores across the country. Here's a link to the grant application. Good luck to all nominated booksellers!

In 2017, Patterson donated a record $350,000 to bookstore employees; in 2016, $250,000 to 149 independent bookstore employees across the country; and in 2015, $250,000 to 87 recipients. In 2014, he awarded $1 million in grants to 178 independent bookstores. Over the past decade, Patterson has also given away more than a million books to students all over the United States and visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, Sunrise Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9781250020666 Rush 8/21/2018
"Intriguing, gut-wrenching and full of friendship, heartache and questions of character. A much needed escapist read."

9781335652928 The Boy at the Keyhole 9/4/2018
"The ending caught me totally by surprise and I am still trying to come to terms with what happened"

9780802128782 Virgil Wander 10/2/2018
"comforting with out any saccharine sweetness and with just the right about of dry wit."

9780062856395 Wrecked 10/9/2018
"Ide's combination of comedy and action packed, Hood detective vibes make for a great time (well, for us, maybe not for him)!"

9781501171956 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"So delicious you could have it for dinner!"

9780062843302 Congratulations, Who Are You Again? 11/6/2018
"I promise to be kinder to touring authors forevermore!"

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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As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 29, 2018

As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Kit Mundus Steinaway, Programs Manager at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, reached out to booksellers recently with the message, "As Hurricane Lane races toward Hawaii and the wildfires continue to burn in the western states, I wanted to reach out with a reminder. If you hear of a bookseller who has been impacted by any disaster, please encourage them to contact Binc. We can help with relocation, loss of property or loss of household income. We want to do anything we can to help booksellers in the path of nature's fury.  If you are a bookseller impacted by a disaster contact Binc for financial assistance 866-733-9064 or"


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Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Don't Miss One of the Highlights of #SIBA18: Parapalooza!

Parapalooza happens on Friday, September 14 at 5:45pm Authors read with meaning, feeling, and enthusiasm a single hand-picked paragraph from their book. Every year, booksellers have to elbow their way in (kindly, but assertively) to be part of an hour of big laughs, and hear from a sampling of authors representing various genres for adults and children. And, oh, what a great selection of authors coming your way this year!  One of the stars, and a first-time presenter at SIBA, will be Tena Clark, author of Southern Discomfort, whom Maria Shriver calls, "a pioneering force of nature." Clark has written award-winning songs, contributed to the soundtracks of many movies, including "Hope Floats," and "My Best Friend's Wedding," and television shows including "Desperate Housewives." Clark is also a civil rights activist and crusader for women's rights.

We have a new MC this year, Helen Ellis, author of the Southern Lady Code. Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” What will that mean for the authors in attendance and booksellers in the audience? Time will tell, but I'm sure this "fiercely funny" MC will keep everyone on their toes. 

And what's more, National Geographic is contributing cold beer for attendees. The authors of The National Geographic Atlas of Beer, Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson are part of the line-up. Seriously, amazing authors, an hilarious MC, and cold beer? Does it get any better? See you at Parapalooza!

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Bookstore Displays, Stands, Racks, and Baskets for sale from closing New Orleans' bookstore, The Stacks

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Bookstore Displays, Stands, Racks, and Baskets for sale from closing New Orleans' bookstore, The Stacks

The Stacks, an art & design bookstore in New Orleans, is closing shop and has many items for sale. For more information on these items, and to purchase, please contact Émilie Lamy via email or phone 504.439.0846 

List of Display Items:
  • 6 x Plywood 3-tier display (cards, books, pins...) at $15 each (goes for $29.95 on Clear display Solutions)
  • 1 x Plywood 2-Tier greeting card display at $5 (goes for $12.95 on Clear Display Solutions)
  • 1 x Countertop Two Shelf Birch Display at $5 (goes for $17.95 on Clear Display Solutions)
  • 22 x Adjustable Vinyl Coated 3-Wire Easel for $15 (all of them) 
  • 12 x Adjustable Vinyl Coated Easel (4 ¾ x 3 ¾ inch) for $5 all of them
  • Miscellaneous clear acrylic book easel for $5 all of them
  • 3 x Design Ideas corner risers for $5 each (goes for $34), dimensions L24.5 x W11 x H5
  • 2 x Design Ideas desk risers for $5 each (goes for $51), dimensions L15 x L15 x H6
  • 2 x tall metallic 5.5" Wide Pocket (Fits 5x7") White Vertical Greeting Card Display Spinning Floor Stand at $40 each (usually goes for around $80)
  • 1 x small metallic 5.5" Wide Pocket (Fits 5x7") White Vertical Greeting Card Display Spinning Floor Stand at $20 (usually goes for around $40)
  • 2 x Wooden Posters and Prints Rack at $15 each (usually goes for around $40), dimensions H29 x W25.5
  • 12 Mini Mesh Shop Baskets and Holder for $40 
Register/POS elements:
  • USB receipt printer (Star MicronicsTSP100 ECO with a lot of roll of paper included as well) – $100 (goes for over $200 on Amazon)
  • Cash drawer - $40 (goes for about $80) 
  • Honeywell Voyager 1200g USB barcode scanner  $80 (goes for about $150)
  • DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo - $30 (goes for about $100)

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An Interview with the Owners of Book No Further in Roanoke, VA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 28, 2018


An Interview with the Owners of Book No Further in Roanoke, VA

 Name: Doloris Vest and Craig Coker, owners


Store and Location: Book No Further, 16 Church Ave, SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Number of years as a bookseller: Almost one as an owner and a couple of holiday seasons in the past.

Best part about being a bookseller: Talking books and trying to get the right book in the right hand.

What book(s) are you reading?: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Fist by Sunil Yapa (the Roanoke Valley Reads pick) Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift.


Favorite handsell of 2018: Varina by Charles Frazier about Varina Davis, wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. I pair it with Winnie Davis by Heath Lee, a wonderful biography of Varina and Jefferson’s youngest daughter covering the same time.


Best thing you did this year at your store: Got it open! ;-) Also, I am so glad we have been able to bring attention to the literary community that exists here and bring readers and writers together. Our most successful event was a talk with Liza Mundy, a Roanoke native, on her book Code Girls about women who broke German and Japanese codes in WWII. We’re expecting 100-plus for our event on September 5 with another Roanoker and Beth Macy, author of New York Times Bestseller Dopesick.


Social Media Stats: Our likes are essentially even with the used and chain bookstores in the area who have been open more than 20 years. One of our most popular social posts was of a visit by the Easter Bunny. 

What are some ways you work with your community? Major emphasis in the store on local writers. We’re blessed with a large number of nationally published authors living in Western Virginia. Beth Macy, David Baldacci, Sharyn McCrumb, Diane Fanning, Leah Weiss and others. In our first 10 months we hosted 18 author talks for more than 30 authors, a number of special events including our Grand Opening, Small Business Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day as well as community events like MuggleFest, Spring Festival, Riot Rooster Makers Festival, Dickens of Christmas and others. We work with a lot of non-profits to offer books at their events where they otherwise wouldn’t have the resources, and generally donate some of the proceeds back to the organization, such as the Harrison Museum of African American History. My favorite activity is working with Blue Ridge Literacy. We give each new reader or ESL program completer a book of their choice.


 Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Book City Roanoke, which supports all thing literary in Western Virginia; We work closely with Downtown Roanoke Inc. to promote downtown retail of all kinds.


 Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The most unusual thing is helping customers learn to knit or crochet. If a customer mentions trying to learn and having difficulty, I invite them to the store when it’s quiet and help them through the difficult parts.


Top priority for 2018: Getting established in the store itself, learning customer preferences, and building community awareness that there is an indie store in town.


Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Talking to all the booksellers and exchanging ideas. I’ve made great connections and have people I can call on for nearly any subject. Secondly, would be the webinars on a variety of topics. As the store’s only staff person I don’t always get to listen in, so I love that they are recorded and archived.


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SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 27, 2018

SIBA Installs Two New Directors to the Board of Directors at #SIBA18

SIBA is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members to the SIBA Board whose terms begin in 2019: Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC. Janet and Jamie will attend the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, where they will be welcomed to the board at the SIBA Annual Meeting + Town Hall on Friday, Sept 14 at 9am. Join us in welcoming Janet and Jamie! Congratulations also to Star Lowe of Star Line Books for winning a free hotel stay for one evening in our voter participation raffle.

Janet Geddis is the founder and owner of Avid Bookshop, an award-winning business with two locations in Athens, GA. Janet holds a BA in English & American Literature from NYU and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from UGA's College of Education. Janet is a professionnal writer and accomplished speaker; her most notable public speaking engagements to date were in spring 2018, when she first presented to 1500+ audience members at a TEDx conference and then delivered a well-received UGA English Department keynote speech about the many benefits of being a lifelong reader. Known for her inventiveness (she was the first bookstore owner to use crowdfunding to gather some startup funds in 2010!) and positivity, Janet volunteers in Athens and in the book world whenever possible. Her creative entrepreneurism and open leadership style have garnered her award nominations and significant press coverage, including a feature in Grace Bonney’s first issue of Good Company magazine. In 2016, Janet was one of 40 publishing industry professionals to be chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch list.

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director at Bookmarks. Bookmarks is a literary nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It began as the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, and an Authors in Schools program reaching 7000+ students of all ages annually, and several other book and author events throughout the year. In 2017 the organization completed a successful capital campaign and opened a bookstore and permanent event space in downtown Winston-Salem. Before Bookmarks Jamie worked at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, AL, and for the American Booksellers Association. She is married to Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers Network. She's also a University of Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

 Janet Geddis and Jamie Rogers Southern join board members Kimberly Daniels Taws, Kelly Justice, and Shane Gottwals. Stepping down are Doug Robinson (current Board President) of Eagle Eye Books in Atlanta, GA and Stephanie Crowe of Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL. SIBA appreciates their hard work and will be offering two frontline scholarships to #SIBA19 in their names. Thank them for their service when you see then in Tampa! 

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Job Opening: Sales, Design and Project Manager, Franklin Fixtures, LLC, Cookeville, TN

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, August 27, 2018


Job Opening: Sales, Design and Project Manager, Franklin Fixtures, LLC, Cookeville, TN 

Seeking book industry professional passionate about the creation of Indie bookstores, libraries and educational destinations. Interested in developing fixture design skills mentored by the nation's top bookstore designer? A great opportunity with flexible work location and15-20% travel, this position will help create visibility and credibility in the book markets, have strong detail and math skills along with problem solving and demonstrated emotional intelligence.  We work with passionate (picky), purpose-driven people and need a candidate who enjoys the challenge of being part of our customer's success formula.  The position includes marketing efforts, consultation and fixture design of book related spaces, quotation and project management of orders through delivery, and long term customer service.  Franklin's high-quality fixtures have been the sterling standard serving independent bookstores from 1974 and we are looking for a results-driven self-manager passionate about carrying that tradition and service to Indies forward. 
Interested candidates please contact Lisa Uhrik, Co-owner, Franklin Fixtures, LLC at 931-252-6931 or by email at



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Want to bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank On Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 24, 2018


Want to Bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank on Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Authors, illustrators, and other celebrities from the book industry and beyond have gone the extra mile for the return of #BankOnBooksellers. More than 90 heroes have decorated piggy banks for the auction which will begin on September 9 and ends September 15. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to win one-of-a-swine artwork and help booksellers through emergencies at the same time! The auction kicks off at Noon EST on Sept. 9 and will feature a launch party with all of the piggy banks on display from 5 to 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to see all of the piggy banks in person and also coincides with the Kerrytown Book Festival! If you can’t make it out to Michigan, no worries! All of the pigs will be posted on the auction website and will be available for bidding until Noon EST on Sept. 15. Contact Binc for more information on the auction and for downloadable cards and flyers to promote the auction to your customers.

Beloved bestselling author Alan Gratz (RefugeeGrenade) decorated pigs for the auction and shares with us his very punny experience. He also allowed a sneak peek at his creations. 

"I had the idea to cover my pigs with pig-pun book titles, like "Sow and the Fury." I had a few good ideas, but the best way to REALLY get a great list of pig books was to crowd-source it! I went on Facebook and invited my friends to give me their best pig-pun book titles, and boy, did they go hog wild. The Snoutsiders. A Tail of Two Piggies. Bright Lights, Big Piggy. Lord of the Swine (or Lard of the Flies, your pick). A Wrinkle in Swine. Catcher in the Sty. Frankenswine. The Pig Sleep. A Sausage to India. A Farewell to Farms. Boar and Peace. Swine and Punishment. As I Lay Frying. Silence of the Hams. The Loin, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jurassic Pork. And Hamlet and Pigmalion, of course. I got so many I couldn't hope to use them all. Maybe next year's BINC banks...? I didn't trust my own brushmanship, so I paid a visit to my local craft store. There I acquired letter stickers, paint (for the background), and gloss to paint over them all. I spent a weekend binge-watching BBC mysteries while I painted my pigs and then carefully placed each of the little letter stickers on them with tweezers. When that was done, I coated them twice over with a clear finish, so my sticker-work wouldn't fly away. I'm very happy with the result. They were definitely worth the truffle. I hope they bring home the bacon for BINC!"


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2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Shortlist Announced

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Shortlist Announced

Sponsored by Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and Arts, The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is given to 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 its namesake, 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.”

This year’s finalists are:

  • Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow)

  • Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press)

  • J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books)

  • Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)​

This year’s reception and award ceremony will include a special panel on the life and writings of Pat Conroy and a major announcement about an expansion of the Willie Morris Award.  Previous winners include Kim Wright for Last Ride to Graceland, Amy Greene for Long Man, Terry Roberts for A Short Time to Stay Here, and Tom Franklin for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Two of this year’s finalists, Bren McClain and J.C. Sasser, were part of SIBA’s TRIO, a traveling exhibit of art, music, and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling, and all were Okra Picks, receiving enthusiastic support from SIBA booksellers. Sasser won the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense for Gradle Bird.

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and Arts is a generous sponsor of SIBA, supporting bookseller scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show and continued education through SIBA’s B3! Building Better Booksellers program.


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