Southern Independent Booksellers (SIBA) Holiday Catalog

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Us -  Author /Booksellers and Goodies


  • Present a receipt from another local small business and get 10% off your purchase.

  • Spend $30.00 and select a pre-publication copy of a book for free.

  • Spend $50.00 and select a free tote bag.

  • Spend time with our Author /Booksellers:

12:30-2:00PM - Laura Lane McNeal, author of Dollbaby

2:00-3:30PM - Michael Allen Zell, author of Run Baby Run

  • With any purchase, put your name in a drawing for $50 gift card.


Why Shop Local? To Support and Sustain our Community.

The Economy

• Spend $100 at a local business and $68 of that stays in our community. Spend the same $100 at a chain, and our community only sees $43.

• Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
• Independent businesses obey the law and collect state sales tax, which is reinvested in communities and bolsters state budget deficits.

The Environment

• Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
• Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify our community.

The People

• Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
• Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
• More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.



Tuesday, December 1st



Five friends who despite personal struggles are able to create the First Hill--a social media website which connects millions of cancer sufferers and survivors, giving them continual hope and strength during difficult times.


Lilac, an elegantly beautiful brunette, is the idealistic founder whose own family struggled fatefully with the disease and tirelessly propels The First Hill team to stay focused and never settle. Strong willed and yet still humble, she finds professional success early on, but her own romantic relationships are at best elusive.


James, a British documentarian, adds humor and modesty to the novel as he struggles to interview the team and uncover the truth about the successful startup to establish his own career. Through personal interviews and revelations of many reminiscent memories, we not only learn about the struggles of the start up but also about the personal fears, losses, and successes of each team member as well as James himself.


The authentic voices of each character in the novel remind us of our own best friends growing up, while their complicated personal relationships add depth and understanding of the tough choices which face us all when balancing the dynamics of friendship and family. By the end of the novel, Lilac, Mason, Dorian, Benjamin, and Ivy, are not just another bunch of characters, they are the memories of the friends we all shared growing up as we struggled with and embraced adulthood.


This book is available in paperback ($15.00).


Stella Mowen discusses and signs her book, Until the Beat Stops.


If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.



Wednesday, December 2nd


We live today in constant motion, traveling distances rapidly, small ones daily, arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman's, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive.

Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story, an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding.

End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey, and in a Haruki Murakami story, an aging actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role, discovering he has changed, becoming a new person.

Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson, and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and Garnette Cadogan, who relearned how to walk while being black upon arriving in NYC. Freeman's announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.

This book is available in paperback ($16.00).

John Freeman, editor and Garnette Cadogan, contributor discuss and sign their book, Freeman's: The Best New Writing On Arrival.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.




Thursday, December 3rd



In 1833, Edward G. W. and Frances Parke Butler moved to their newly constructed plantation house, Dunboyne, on the banks of the Mississippi River near the village of Bayou Goula. Their experiences at Dunboyne over the next forty years demonstrated the transformations that many land-owning southerners faced in the nineteenth century, from the evolution of agricultural practices and commerce, to the destruction wrought by the Civil War and the transition from slave to free labor, and finally to the social, political, and economic upheavals of Reconstruction. In this comprehensive biography of the Butlers, David D. Plater explores the remarkable lives of a Louisiana family during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.


Born in Tennessee to a celebrated veteran of the American Revolution, Edward Butler pursued a military career under the mentorship of his guardian, Andrew Jackson, and, during a posting in Washington, D.C., met and married a grand-niece of George Washington, Frances Parke Lewis. In 1831, he resigned his commission and relocated Frances and their young son to Iberville Parish, where the couple began a sugar cane plantation. As their land holdings grew, they amassed more enslaved laborers and improved their social prominence in Louisiana’s antebellum society.


A staunch opponent of abolition, Butler voted in favor of Louisiana’s withdrawal from the Union at the state’s Secession Convention. But his actions proved costly when the war cut off agricultural markets and all but destroyed the state’s plantation economy, leaving the Butlers in financial ruin. In 1870, with their plantation and finances in disarray, the Butlers sold Dunboyne and resettled in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where they resided in a rental cottage with the financial support of Edward J. Gay, a wealthy Iberville planter and their daughter-in-law’s father. After Frances died in 1875, Edward Butler moved in with his son’s family in St. Louis, where he remained until his death in 1888. Based on voluminous primary source material, The Butlers of Iberville Parish, Louisiana offers an intimate picture of a wealthy nineteenth-century family and the turmoil they faced as a system based on the enslavement of others unraveled.


David D. Plater discusses and signs his book, The Butlers of Iberville Parish, Louisiana: Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s.


This book is available in hardcover ($35.00).


If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.