Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Sept 24-26
Held in Datonya Sept. 24-26, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance was great, as usual. The people, the panels, the publishers -- the 3 Ps. I chatted with friends from my days of an indie bookseller, met up with new friends (bloggers), and discovered great authors.
I moderated a book club panel with 3 awesome panelists. Joshilyn Jackson write gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. Backseat Saints is Joshilyn new novel. Katie Crouch is the author of Men and Dogs and Girls in Trucks. Aaron Curtis is a buyer for Book and Books in Coral Gables. He belongs to the book club Page Against the Machine, which recently added a London off-shoot called Page Against the Regime.
The panel included the audience (all booksellers) to discuss their outreach that worked and didn't work in bringing book club community to their stores. Everyone walked away with new ideas.
Besides meeting and chatting with Joshilyn and Katie (both wonderful and funny women), I met Susan Greg Gilmore, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. Susan is lovely and so upbeat -- watch out for her!
Bravo to Wanda Jewell, the director of SIBA -- she did it again. She is awesome.