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8/15: Deadline to order imprinted holiday catalogs (here)
8/15: Deadline: Four Questions Survey (here)
8/15: Fall Okra Pick Nominations Due (here)
8/31: Deadline to place your SIBA Board Ballot (here)
9/1: Advanced registration for #SIBA19 closes (here)
9/13: #SIBA19 Discovery Show (register)
9/19: Deadline to order non-imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

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SIBAAugust 15 is the deadline for several important things. Please take a few minutes to check these off your list:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Read more about SIBA's Circle of Sites Program (aka the "banner for dues" program) and find out whether your store is eligible to participate and receive free membership dues.


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 
  • 3:30-5:00PM: “Sunday Drive” to the Glendale Ruins. (RSVP required)  
  • 5:00-7:00PM: Gallery Talk and Wine-and Cheese Reception
  • 9PM: Join us in Heritage Foyer D & F for TrioLive

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The deadline to order the imprinted SIBA Holiday catalog is AUGUST 15 -- that is, TODAY. However, orders for non-imprinted catalogs can still be placed until September 19. The title list is now available to download.

Stores that order the print catalog also have access to digital editions for their websites, and email newsletter versions powered by Shelf Awareness

Sign up for the SIBA Holiday Catalog | Title List |  More info


Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

Schedule | Hotel | Register | Exhibitors | Attendees | Authors


Featuring author and Asheville Citizen-Times columnist N. John Shore Jr.'s breakout novel, "Everywhere She's Not." "I highly recommend you read this book; you will thank me later.” — Jon Mayes, Advance Reading Copy. 55% retailer discount.


The Crook's Corner Book Prize Long List: The Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation announces its annual Longlist for best debut novel set in the American South. Now in its seventh year, the $5,000 prize will be presented in January 2020. Edelweiss Collection

Binc / Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship Winners Announced: Deanna Bailey of Story on the Square in McDonough, GA is the SIBA recipient of the Binc/Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship. Thanks to the scholarship, nine booksellers from communities across the United States will attend independent booksellers’ association trade shows. The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarships provide opportunities to diverse booksellers who are traditionally underrepresented within the industry. read more

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:


BESTSELLERS: August 11, 2019


Hardcover Fiction

1. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
2. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070
3. Chances Are . . .
Richard Russo, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947746
4. City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead Books, $28, 9781594634734
5. The Turn of the Key
Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press, $27.99, 9781501188770

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
2. Three Women
Lisa Taddeo, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $27, 9781451642292
3. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Jia Tolentino, Random House, $27, 9780525510543
4. The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, A Guide to Living in a Beautiful State
Preethaji, Krishnaji, Atria, $26, 9781501173776
5. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $28.95, 9780525521037

Special to the Southern List
Books that appear on the Southern Bestseller List, but not on any other region's list

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SIBA Holiday CatalogImportant Dates:

August 15: Deadline to order imprinted Catalogs
September 19: Deadline to order non-imprinted catalogs

Click here to place your catalog order.

Click here to read more about the Holiday Catalog, including the new Catalog Email Newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness

Print | Email (NEW!) | Web


Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email to be added.

Have You Eaten Grandma The Beekeeper of Aleppo Dominicana 

9781940696904 Bluets 9/3/2019
"What can be said about "Bluets" that could do justice to its profound impact on my life? This book -- my favorite book of all time, if I'm picking sides -- shattered what I thought was and could be artistic expression. Nelson's searing honesty and unflinching validation of her internal experience gave me the courage to look into the world and find its beauty. In her 2001 poem "The World," Nelson proclaims 'believe / me, it's / the voice / of a miserable / motherfucker / that whispers / you cannot / realize / your / world.' This book started in me such a realizing, and guides me still as I work to understand the world in its truest, and most beautiful, form." -- Ryan Alderman, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

9780062889362 After the Flood 9/3/2019
"This is the post-apocalyptic world I want to live in! After the Flood was so much more than a book about a mom trying to find her daughter; it was about loss, trust, making hard decisions, flaws and motivation. The writing was stunning and the characters were ones that will stick with you long after the final page. I will be sending this out as a monthly subscription choice as it was one I won't forget!"-- Olivia Schaffer, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9781534445970 Permanent Record 9/3/2019
"This book surprised me in the best way. I thought it was going to be more Romance but instead it was a coming of age story about learning from mistakes and taking responsibility. I really enjoy Mary H.K. Choi's writing in Emergency Contact, and I thought this was a great second novel from her. Add this book to the list of great books about finding yourself. " -- Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

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