ACC Men’s Basketball Is About to Begin

Practice for the 2013-2014 ACC men’s basketball season is officially allowed to begin tomorrow, Friday, September 27. Though many schools are no longer holding traditional “Midnight Madness” celebrations to welcome the season, the race for the championship is officially on.

Will the players this season compare to those featured in Dan Collins’ The ACC Basketball Book of Fame? Visit Collins’ website and let the discussions begin!

Vote below and let’s see which school gains the most support.

Find a full list of first practices, exhibition games, and “Midnight Madness” celebrations at ACC schools here.

The ACC Basketball Book of Fame is available at and wherever books are sold.

Are you a Blue Devils or Tar Heels fan? Check out the Duke and UNC ebook versions that we made just for you!

Blair Staffers Rock SIBA Trade Show

This weekend Blair staffers went to New Orleans for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association trade show and the good times did roll!

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Trisina mans the Blair booth

We got to catch up with some of our favorite indie booksellers from around the South and share our excitement for forthcoming titles. JKS Communications was handing out king cake, and our resulting prize took watch over the table.

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Blair’s booth gets a new spokesman

After the conference we were free at night to explore the sights, sounds, and especially tastes, of the city. Our streetcar ride through the impressive houses of the garden district introduced us to beaded trees.

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New Orleans – a city so decadent that jewels drip from the trees

One delicious dinner at Arnaud’s included a mushroom and crab cake shaped like a crab.

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I could get used to puff pastry being a staple of every meal.

We stopped at Pat O’Brien’s for their famous, and deadly, hurricane while wandering down Bourbon street. Trisina’s souvenir glass somehow made it all the way back to North Carolina without a scratch. Looks like there will be more hurricane consumption to come!

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Can you tell from the picture how giant this glass is? It’s giant.

Caught up in the festive spirit some of our group were swept into a store to buy masks.


Blending in on Bourbon Street

Luckily for Angela, Blair’s former vice president of sales and marketing, her frozen margarita provided her with a red tongue that perfectly matched her new red mask.

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We miss you, Angela!

Thanks for a great time in the big easy fellow book lovers of the south.glitterSee you next year in Norfolk!

Blair Staffers Heading to the Big Easy

This weekend Blair staffers will be heading to New Orleans, LA, for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association annual trade show.

Blair will be offering great promotions for booksellers, as well as handing out prizes to those who follow our live tweets and pick up on our hinted passwords. Follow @BlairPublisher and #SIBA13 for the latest updates. We hope to see some of you there.

Bring on the beignets and muffulettas!

Blues Trivia Answers Revealed

Thank you to everyone who entered our Blues Trivia Contest, inspired by David Wesley Williams’ Long Gone DaddiesThree lucky winners, from Arkansas, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, received a free audiobook version of the book narrated by David Kudler.

9780895875938-cov2.inddCheck out the answers to the tough trivia questions by Williams below and stay tuned for more great promotions and contests from Blair.

Long Gone Daddies is available at and wherever books are sold. Also available as an ebook.


1. What word is mysteriously absent from the lyrics to the song “Mystery Train”?
Answer: “Mystery” Check out the full lyrics here.

2. What Memphis-born daughter of a preacher man initially turned down the chance to record the song “Son of a Preacher Man”?
Answer: Aretha Franklin

3. In Chuck Berry’s song “Back to Memphis,” where does his mama say he can wear his pajamas?
Answer: Walking Down Beale Street. Find the full lyrics here.Chuck Berry

4. What was the nickname for Joe Strummer’s character in the film “Mystery Train”?
Answer: Elvisjoe strummer

5. Why was the distinctly Texas band ZZ Top part of the first class of inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame?
They recorded many of their albums in Memphis.zz top

6. In author Barry Hannah’s short story “High-Water Railers,” the “presence of rock and roll electrons in the air” causes what?
Answer: Plane crashesbarry hannah

7. In Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel #9,” what was a benefit of being a “Tennessee hustler”?
Answer: He didn’t have to work. Find the full lyrics here.

8. When Elvis returned to Memphis after his hitch in the army, what did he say he missed about the Bluff City?
Answer: “Everything”Elvis

9. What pivotal moment in Elvis’s life did author Charles Portis, of True Grit fame, chronicle during his early days as a newspaperman for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis?
Answer: The illness and death of his mother.elvis and mom

Good luck next time and happy reading!

Time for the “ACC Basketball Book of Fame” Launch Party

It’s party time! And everyone is excited.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Dan Collins’ The ACC Basketball Book of Fame tomorrow, September 11, at The Community Arts Cafe, 411 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Come and grab some bball cake pops. (image via

Who can resist sports-themed cake pops?
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Get your book signed then stick around to enjoy refreshments and original music performed by “Country” Dan Collins. Not only will Collins be debuting some new songs inspired by his favorite ACC players, he will also be leading a sing-along of Sail with the Pilot for long-time North Carolina ACC viewers.

What self-respecting ACC fan would insulate their drink with anything besides a basketball koozie?

Win one of these! What self-respecting ACC fan would insulate their drink with anything besides a basketball koozie?

Do you know which ACC player got a special call from author Stephen King? Or which players were almost recruited by Bobby and Teddy Kennedy for Harvard and by Frank Sinatra for the University of Nevada in Las Vegas? How about which player’s free throw style earned him the nickname “the Cobra”?

Show off your ACC knowledge by answering these questions and more in our trivia challenge.

Be like Mike and dominate in the trivia challenge.

Are you a Carolina super fan? For Tar Heels and Blue Devils supporters we’ve also put together The ACC Book of Fame: Duke Edition and The ACC Book of Fame: UNC Edition. 

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Get this fan an ebook!

Can’t make it to the party? The ACC Basketball Book of Fame is available wherever books are sold and at Also available as an ebook. ACCBasketballBookFameHope to see you there!

Robert Inman Returns to Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3

Robert Inman, former anchor for Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3, returned to the newsroom this week to talk about his new book, The Governor’s Lady. 20 years later and you’ve still got it, Bob!

“Bob” Inman hosting WBTV’s Newsbreak in 1992

Robert Inman discussing his work in 2013

The Governor’s Lady is available at and wherever books are sold. Also available as an ebook.