Tucker, (PressExposure) February 16, 2009 -- When Spring Book Show 2009, the South's largest bargain book show, comes to the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta on March 6-8, the South's leading independent bookstore owners will be among the largest group of buyers in attendance.
The independent bookstore owners will be at the show not only to buy books for as much as 85 to 90 percent off suggested retail price, but to attend educational sessions organized by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a membership organization for home-town independent bookstores.
According to SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewel, the educational workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday (March 6), with Resource Roundtables on a variety of topics led by SIBA board members and staff. Event topics include: "Book Clubs" with Sally Brewster of Park Road Books; "Authors 'Round The South" with Lady Banks (Nicki Leone of SIBA staff); "Event/Author Proposals" with Karin Wilson of the Page & Palette book store; and "Creating Community Events" with Janet Bollum of The Muse Book Shop.
The roundtables will be followed at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. by "The South is Full of STARS - A Tour of the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service" led by SIBA newsletter editor Lady Banks (Nikki Leone).
Friday training will conclude with two 11:15 a.m. to noon presentations: "Using Bargain Books as Added Value to Events." Sseasoned bargain book buyers explain how to work the Spring Book Show and how to buy with an eye on events. Panelists include Melinda Cowan (Book Nook), Doug Robinson (Eagle Eye Book Shop), Karin Wilson (Page & Palette) and Janet Bollum (The Muse Book Shop)
"Why Staff Meetings?" Safety, Selling, Serving Issues presented by Kelly Justice (Fountain Bookstore).
Education scheduled for Saturday (March 7) will feature a 9 a.m. to noon presentation on the SIBA Governance Model by Miriam Carver, co-founder of the Carver Governance Model, divided as follows: 9 - 10 a.m. - "What Does It Mean To Serve on the SIBA Board? 10 to 11 a.m. - "How Can Carver Governance Work for Me in My Bookstore? 11 a.m. to noon - "Why Good Governance Matters." "We extend a cordial welcome to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance members to the show," said Spring Book Show organizer Larry May. "SIBA members have a long history of partnering with the show, helping to make it the largest in the South, and perhaps the largest in the nation."
That partnership is especially important in the current recessionary economy which is challenging independent bookstores. Bargain books, which usually enjoy higher markups than new titles, can be an important part of the economic mix helping stores to survive in tough economic times.