Byte-Size Blair | August 18

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. One of our most engaging social media posts to date was this picture of a dashing young Mr. Blair with his catch of the day that we posted for Throwback Thursday.

2. On Wednesday, we revisited Millie-Christine, “one of the most amazing people you’ve never heard of.”

3. B.O.Q. is still garnering great reviews!

4. Don’t forget to (Friday) follow our distributed lines on Twitter. Authors and distributed authors who tweet, make sure you say hello to @blairpublisher.

5. Speaking of distributed lines, Eno Publisher’s latest in the 27 Views series, 27 Views of Charlotte, is on sale now!

That’s all for now, folks. It’s busybusybusy at Blair this week, so in lieu of a Blair pet, we give you this inspirational cat photo.

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Byte-Size Blair | August 11

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. Thanks to the Hider sisters, two-thirds of a set of triplets and the authors of one of our upcoming fall titles, Badass Civil War Beards, for giving us this great reblog for #ManCrushMonday. 

2. On Tuesdays, we celebrate our distributed lines and their authors in a series we call Words with Friends. This week, we shared an interview in Oklahoma Magazine with NewSouth author Clifton Taulbert about his memoir The Invitation.

3. Another NewSouth author, co-editor of Voices Beyond Bondage Erika DeSimone had a beautiful guest blog up at Huffington Post about a forgotten literary movement, 19th-century African-American poetry.

4. Bearwallow author Jeremy B. Jones will be joining Dancing on Rocks author Rose Senehi, along with many other greats like Robert Morgan, at Writers on the Rock next month. 

5. Finally, we love this photo from the early days of John F. Blair, Publisher. We’re celebrating our 60th birthday this year! Can you guess what year this photo was taken?

That’s all for this week on Byte-Size Blair. We’ll sign off with the newest Blair pet, Molly, who’s a real intellectual.

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Byte-Size Blair | August 4

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Last week was a big one. We said goodbye to a coworker, welcomed a new one, lost a friend and literary icon, and celebrated our state’s readers and writers.

1. Our beloved former publicist got married this weekend, but before she did, we made her our literary lady for Woman Crush Wednesday.

2. Louise Shivers, who wrote Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, passed away last week. Read our goodbye here.

3. Billy Bowater by Redge Hanes is a must-read for the folks at Duke Magazine. The political satire is available now and we’ll be celebrating its launch at SECCA early next month!

4. This August, some of our favorite food books are 30% off. See what we’ve got cooking in our Kitchen Favorites!

5. Did y’all happen to see the great article in Shelf Awareness about the indie book business in North Carolina? Turns out our communities are thriving along with their independently-owned bookstores.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what we’ve been up to at Blair. This week, we’ll also be sending out our August newsletter so sign up to receive it in your inbox if you haven’t already.

(The worst part about saying goodbye to Trisina is saying goodbye to her adorable dog, Oatmeal! We expect many office visits from the both of them.)

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Byte-Size Blair | July 28

We’re back (really, really back!) with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

When our social media manager got back from vacation, she was overwhelmed by everything our authors and our distributed lines had been up to while she was away. Below are our five favorite attempts at catching up.

1. In a miniature version of Byte-Size (Bit-Size?), we posted about Jeremy B. Jones‘ cross-country book tour, new reviews for So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2, and an Eno Publishers author’s appearance in the pages of the Paris ReviewRead all about it on Tumblr.

2. Also on Tumblr, Ted M. Dunagan and The Salvation of Miss Lucretia were reviewed in Southern Literary ReviewDid you know Dunagan has won three Georgia Author of the Year awards?

3. Just a friendly reminder that Blair, our beloved boss Carolyn, and Jeremy B. Jones will all be making appearances at the Bookmarks Festival in September.

4. We happened to stumble across this great photo of Old New Orleans, a photo that’s featured in one of the spooky stories in Randy Russell’s upcoming collection, The Ghost Will See You Now.

5. Sailing to Alluvium and its author John Pritchard got some love in a recent review for Chapter 16.

And speaking of summer vacations, Blair pet Carmen looks like she’s enjoying hers.

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Byte-Size Blair | July 7

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. And if you’re still in the mood to celebrate the early days of the United States, check out these “revolutionary” titles from Blair (and one hilarious gif, courtesy of Funny or Die.)

2. Bearwallow author Jeremy B. Jones has been busy touring the South with his amazing memoir about the influences of place and ancestry on identity. Here’s one of our favorite photos from a recent signing, proving you’re never too young to start loving books!

3. The October release of beloved UNC-TV foodie Bob Garner’s new book, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm, may still be a few months away, but we’re already excited. Why? Because even just proofing the book made our mouths water (and tickled our funny bones.) We think this pin pretty much sums it up.

4. One of Blair’s favorite volunteer activities these past few years has been World Book Night, butunfortunately, last week, WBN announced they would be suspending operations in the United States. We’ll miss them dearly and shared a few photos on our Tumblr from our time as givers.

5. Just a friendly reminder that our July newsletter will be out this Thursday.

Our social media maven will be out of the office next week, so for now, enjoy this double-dose of Office Manager Artie’s adorable old pal, Snuffy.

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Byte-Size Blair | June 30

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Wow! We can’t believe it’s almost July. The end of June has brought with it big thunderstorms and a nice little cool snap (which is now, sadly, over), as well as some of our favorite posts of the summer so far!

1. Artie reading Chasing MoonlightBlair employee Artie suggested a great post last week, one to celebrate the 109th anniversary of Moonlight Graham’s brief career as a professional baseball player. There’s a whole lot more to the story and you can read about it here. In the photo above, see Artie celebrate Moonlight’s anniversary his own way, by reading Chasing Moonlight at SEA-TAC on his way home from an Alaskan vacation. Welcome back to the sticky Southern summer, Artie!

2. In other news from our beloved backlist, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break was just named one of SIBA’s Lady Banks’ favorite Proustian books of the summer. What does that mean? You’ll have to read to find out. And once you do, you can find a good porch chair, a cold glass of tea, and revisit Minotaur, which has recently received quite a bit of love as one of Telegraph’s 10 Best Food & Drink Books of All Time.

3. We pinned this great video from our friends over at Our State Magazine about two buddies in search of all of Stone Mountain Park’s historic stills. With over 150 discovered, no wonder Wilkes County is sometimes called the moonshine capital of the world. Although Virginia’s often the focus of many moonshine myths and legends, we know more than a few from our native state.

4. Our #FridayFollow this week was also an announcement for a great new program from NC LIVE. Now through the end of the year, NC LIVE’s Homegrown Initiative will provide state libraries with access to e-books published by North Carolina presses, John F. Blair among them. We thought it was a great time to celebrate our friends and neighbors on social media.

5. Last but not least, Steve Almond, who wrote Lookout Books’ distributed title God Bless America and contributed a story in their Astoria to Zion, recently had a great post up on AWP’s Writer’s Notebook. We thought we’d post our tweet about it instead of our tumble because Steve Almond also recently relented and got a Twitter account and the world needs to know!

We’ll see you next week for more Byte-Size Blair, and for now, enjoy this picture of our president’s husband and their adorable golden Carmen (with a stylish summer buzz cut), taking a break on the Mountain-to-Sea trail last month.

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Byte-Size Blair | June 23

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. Only a few weeks after the passing of Dr. Angelou, North Carolina lost another great writer and one of our most beloved authors here at Blair. Claiborne S. Young, author of Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina and Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina & Georgia, was a sailor’s (and a publisher’s) best friend. We said goodbye here.

2. Jeremy B. Jones celebrated Bearwallow at the official launch party. Books were signed, pictures were taken, a great time was had by all.

3. Ever wondered what our warehouse looks like? It’s every book lover’s dream: stacks on stacks!

4. Former Blair employee and current NCWN executive director Ed Southern was interviewed for Charlotte Talks, so we made him the focus of our Words with Friends last Tuesday.

5. One of Twitter’s best hashtags is #FridayReads, and we had a great suggestion, our newest release. See it here.

And your adorable Blair pet of the week is…Ernest Tubb. Tough as nails, soft as a pillow, hungry as a bear.

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