And the winner is…

The winner of the ‪#‎DogPeople‬ Photo Contest is Andy Norwood of Tennessee, whose wife Shannon is shown here with their son’s dog Pal!

Congratulations to the Norwood family! They will receive a signed copy of Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s new memoir The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, a $50 gift certificate to Parnassus Books, and Blair will donate $50 in their name to Barkie’s Legacy in Ocoee, FL where their son Patrick volunteers.

Thank you to all of the animal lovers who voted in the photo contest. Your votes made a difference to the dogs at Barkie’s Legacy.

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#DogPeople Photo Contest

In honor of Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s new memoir The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, the #DogPeople Photo Contest winner will receive a $50 gift card to their favorite indie bookstore, a copy of The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, and a $50 donation made in their name to the shelter or dog rescue of their choosing.

You can vote at here. Tell your friends!

Byte-Size Blair | March 28

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

Easter weekend is over but as you finish your chocolate bunnies we hope you’ll take a look at these delightful links.

  1. National Puppy Day was last week and Publishers Weekly was just in time with this great review of The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.
  2. We love this picture of the off-Broadway cast of Fly with a copy of The Tuskegee Airmen (NewSouth Books).
  3. Congratulations to Matthew Neill Null, author of Honey from the Lion (Lookout Books) for winning an award that Ralph Ellison, Cormac McCarthy, Anne Sexton, Junot Díaz, and Anthony Doerr, among others, have won in the past.
  4. Have you ever wondered how much a librarian is worth? This infographic sheds some light on that for you.
  5. Sadly, over the weekend a great NC literary advocate and bookseller passed away. Here is our small tribute to Nancy Olson of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.

Take some time to enjoy the spring weather this week!

Byte-Size Blair | March 21

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

If you’re in NC like we are, in the past week you made it through primary voting, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the first (chilly) day of spring. Congratulations, now unwind with some social media highlights from the week.

  1. Puppy video? Yes please! Slow motion puppy video? Even better!
  2. Whether voting day made you excited or exhausted, this look at the rise of North Carolina Republicans is sure to be of interest to voters statewide.
  3. Not quite ready for St. Patrick’s Day to be over? We can recommend some green books for you.
  4. Asheville loves this banjo-playing author of Bearwallow.
  5. Spring has sprung! If you’re gearing up for a scenic road trip perhaps this vintage poster for the Blue Ridge Parkway will help you pick a destination.

Today is World Poetry Day so curl up with some nice verse tonight.

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Byte-Size Blair | March 14

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram, give us a look. In the meantime, enjoy this collection of posts.

  1. Today is Pi Day! Celebrate by making this delicious buttermilk pie from chef Stephanie L. Tyson at Sweet Potatoes restaurant.
  2. Award season has begun in the book industry. Check out these talented Blair finalists.
  3. For Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day we’re proud to share this Essence interview with author and activist Sybil Haydel Morial, author of Witness to Change.
  4. Fun and educational, here’s an infographic about book cover design.
  5. Seeking creative indie booksellers who explain the industry with puppets? We’ve got you covered.

Now go enjoy some pie like this little guy!

Photo courtesy of Michael McGurk/Rex

Byte-Size Blair | March 7

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You’ve made it through Monday! Treat yourself with these fun links.

  1. We were blown away by this art exhibit called “The Impact of a Book”
  2. The invitations are in and you’re invited! If you live near Wilmington, join us for The Dark of the Island Launch Party on March 19th.
  3. Relax with these scrumptious tea and biscuit combinations.
  4. So many books and so little time. We know the feeling.
  5. March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday but we believe in celebrating this artist all year round.

Tomorrow is the publication date for The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard. Congratulations Philip!

Byte-Size Blair | February 29

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

Don’t forget to add The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard to your Goodreads shelf and enter to win a free copy!

  1. The late Coretta Scott King praised one of the books in our Black History Month campaign, calling it “invaluable and indispensable” (NewSouth Books).
  2. Our authors are multi-talented. Check out this piece about Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s playwright debut, Hiram: Becoming Hank Williams.
  3. This week we had a beer in honor of John Steinbeck’s birthday.
  4. We love this Dr. Seuss-inspired snow sculpture at his alma mater Dartmouth.
  5. We’re wrapping up Black History Month today with a special poetry feature, Voices Beyond Bondage.

Happy Leap Day everyone!