November 6, 2019
Notes from the Advisory Council

Bookselling: Built by Collaboration
By Beth Wagner, Phoenix Books
NEIBA booksellers come from a from a wide range of stores, urban to rural, tiny to large (just look at our membership map). While our operations may differ, we share similar goals: to serve the communities in which we live and work. We have much to learn from each other. 

It’s always struck me how generous booksellers are in sharing their expertise with other booksellers. Need a recommendation for a hard to find title? Ask a fellow bookseller. Looking for a new credit card processor? Can’t remove that weird stain from the carpet over by board books? There’s advice for that, too. 

Our Fall Conference is a success because of this generosity. A standout moment this year was the popular coop session, From Hassle to Habit. Booksellers Suzanna Hermans ( Oblong Books ), Gabriel Moushabeck ( Booklink Booksellers ), and Emily Crowe ( An Unlikely Story ), along with sales rep Katie McGarry (HMH), presented a range of strategies for managing coop and improving our stores’ bottom lines. Booksellers left the session with actionable game plans, relevant no matter the specifics of our stores.

What kinds of education sessions would you like to see in the coming year? Let’s keep the conversations flowing: weigh in on the NEIBA Bookseller Member Forum on Facebook .   (Not a member? E-mail with your FB e-mail address to receive your invitation!)

In the meantime, handouts for all education sessions are available on the NEIBA website.
ALERT: The NEIBA office has moved!
As of Friday, November 1, NEIBA's office is located at One Beacon Street in Boston.

Mail will forward from 1955 Massachusetts Avenue,
but our new mailing address is as follows:
New England Independent Booksellers Association
One Beacon Street, 15th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Our office phone number will remain the same:

Please note: NEIBA's fax number has changed to 617-830-8768.

We hope to see you in our new space soon!
Holiday Catalog Available for IndieCommerce Sites
To link the NEIBA Holiday Catalog to your IndieCommerce site, use the following: “/holiday/NEIBA/holidaycatalog.html”

For example: /holiday/NEIBA/holidaycatalog.html

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Bobbie Combs .
Spooky Social Media Spotlight
Booksellers celebrate Halloween across the NEIBA territory! From right to left, top to bottom: Yankee Bookshop, Papercuts JP, Wicked Good Books, Wellesley Books, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, and Oblong Books.
Food for Thought
A round-up of pieces across publications.

Ten authors on the most divisive
question in fiction, and the times
they wrote outside their own identities.

An indie bookseller urges publishers to pay
more attention to the way they ship books.
Promotions for Holiday/Re-Stock Orders
Wondering which publishers/wholesalers have special
promotions for holiday and re-stock orders?

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SIBA seeks Executive Director
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional not-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future. Wanda Jewell, the incumbent, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as Executive Director.

Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime – high energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance.

Priorities for SIBA’s next Executive Director are to continue strong governance practices, enhance strategic capabilities, promote organizational sustainability, build advocacy and partnerships, strengthen communication, improve programmatic and operational focus, seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion, and pursue ways technology can enhance SIBA’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Additional details about the position and qualifications sought are available online. Organizational information can be found on SIBA’s website – . Inquiries about the position and the search process should be addressed to: .

SIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.
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Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday November 3, 2019

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound  

1. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
2. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
3. Blue Moon New!
Lee Child, Delacorte Press, $28.99, 9780399593543
4. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
5. Agent Running in the Field
John le Carre, Viking, $29, 9781984878878
6. The Guardians
John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385544184
7. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
8. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
9. The Institute
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567
10. Find Me New!
André Aciman, FSG, $27, 9780374155018
11. The Night Fire
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $29, 9780316485616
12. The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
13. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
14. Nothing to See Here New!
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062913463
15. What Happens in Paradise
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316435574
1. Blowout
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
2. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637
3. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
4. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
5. Me
Elton John, Holt, $30, 9781250147608
6. Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse
John Lithgow, Chronicle Prism, $19.95, 9781452182759
7. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
8. The Beautiful Ones New!
Prince, Spiegel & Grau, $30, 9780399589652
9. Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life New!
Twyla Tharp, S&S, $27, 9781982101305
10. Janis: Her Life and Music New!
Holly George-Warren, S&S, $28.99, 9781476793108
11. Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me New!
Adrienne Brodeur, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9781328519030
12. Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith, Knopf, $24.95, 9780525657682
13. Home Work New!
Julie Andrews, Hachette Books, $30, 9780316349253
14. The Pioneers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781501168680
15. Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II New!
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney, Morrow, $28.99, 9780062905680
1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
3. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
4. The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
6. The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95, 9780525435006
7. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
8. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
9. The Best American Short Stories 2019
Anthony Doerr, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328484246
10. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
11. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
12. Girl, Woman, Other New!
Bernardine Evaristo, Grove Press/Black Cat, $17, 9780802156983
13. Killing Commendatore New!
Haruki Murakami, Vintage, $17, 9780525435761
14. A Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $17, 9780345545008
15. Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty, Flatiron Books, $17.99, 9781250069832
1. Upstream: Selected Essays New!
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $17, 9780143130086
2. The Library Book New!
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
3. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
4. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $22.99, 9780062316110
5. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
6. These Truths: A History of the United States
Jill Lepore, Norton, $19.95, 9780393357424
7. White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
8. The Best American Food Writing 2019
Samin Nosrat, Sylvia Killingsworth (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328662255
9. Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560
10. Calypso
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
11. The Spy and the Traitor
Ben Macintyre, Broadway Books, $18, 9781101904213
12. Leadership: In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $18, 9781476795935
13. In Pieces
Sally Field, Grand Central, $17.99, 9781538763032
14. Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk New!
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $15, 9781984897695
15. Braving the Wilderness New!
Brené Brown, Random House, $18, 9780812985818
1. Good Omens New!
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
2. Doctor Sleep
Stephen King, Pocket, $10.99, 9781982138868
3. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
4. Slaughterhouse-Five New!
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
5. The Goldfinch New!
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $10.99, 9780316055420
6. The Way of Kings New!
Brandon Sanderson, Tor, $9.99, 9780765365279
7. The Reckoning New!
John Grisham, Dell, $9.99, 9780525620938
8. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
9. The Shining
Stephen King, Anchor, $8.99, 9780307743657
10. The Crossing Places New!
Elly Griffiths, Mariner, $8.99, 9781328622372
1. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
2. The Crayons' Christmas
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $19.99, 9780525515746
3. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
4. Dinosnores
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781523508136
5. Good Night, Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9781328852137
6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening New!
Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illus.), Dutton, $16.99, 9780525467342
7. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142501122
8. Blueberries for Sal
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698
9. Three Cheers for Kid McGear! New!
Sherri Duskey Rinker, AG Ford (Illus.), Chronicle, $17.99, 9781452155821
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar New!
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
1. Guts
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545852500
2. A Tale of Magic...
Chris Colfer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780316523479
3. White Bird: A Wonder Story
R.J. Palacio, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $24.99, 9780525645535
4. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
5. Beverly, Right Here New!
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763694647
6. Smile
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545132060
7. Small Spaces New!
Katherine Arden, Puffin Books, $8.99, 9780525515043
8. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Kwame Mbalia, Rick Riordan Presents, $17.99, 9781368039932
9. Allies New!
Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, $17.99, 9781338245721
10. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks New!
Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illus.), Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, $17.99, 9781481438285
1. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
2. The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Philip Pullman, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $22.99, 9780553510669
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $47.99, 9780545791427
4. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9781338236576
5. The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book Four)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781484746448
6. Dog Man Unleashed New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935203
7. Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel, #7)
Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338304510
8. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever
Rachel Renée Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781534427204
9. Dog Man New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545581608
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) New!
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947