Bite-Size Blair | April 13

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Tomorrow is National Library Workers Day…now that’s a celebration that we can get behind!

  1. Tiya Miles is back at it with an article about Easter on Huffington Post’s Black Voices.
  2. These chicks just might be our spirit animals!
  3. Bob Garner’s book received a wonderful review by the The Sun News.
  4. We want to nurture a love of literature in everyone – regardless of age or experience with books.
  5. What books did you read this weekend? We’d love to hear about them!

That’s all, folks! Get outside and enjoy those blooms!

Byte-size Blair | April 6

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We hope that everyone has recovered from their candy-induced stomach aches!

  1. Distributed line Lookout Books published an awesome interview with Parnassus Books. Read it here!
  2. It’s National Poetry Month – check out the titles by our fantastic poets. This is a perfect opportunity to order 27 Views of Greensboro!
  3. Our own Tiya Miles read at Country Bookshelf in Montana last week. There are some great pictures and a video, too.
  4. A review of The Ghost Will See You Now was published by the Tennessee Library Association.
  5. Today is the LAST day to enter our Goodreads Giveaway!

That’s all for this week, but keep in mind that tomorrow is National Coffee Cake Day, and that coffee cake pairs very well with a good book.

Byte-Size Blair | March 30

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Keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine this week! Meanwhile…

  1. We got a little nostalgic last week. Check out these #tbt photos of Blair from the past 60 years!
  2. The Cherokee Rose keeps hitting it out of the park…this week, it’s a Book of the Week from Publisher’s Weekly.
  3. Buzzfeed introduced us to a terrible Tumblr – Kindle Cover Disasters.
  4. Searching for an alternative to candy for Easter baskets this year? Try this.
  5. Don’t forget about the exciting giveaway we’ve arranged for you!

Tomorrow is National Crayola Crayon Day…get coloring!

Byte-size Blair | March 23

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Happy National Puppy Day!

  1. Catch a sneak peak of The Cherokee Rose and Tiya Miles in action. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the book for yourself!
  2. The Barbecue Man branches out. Last Wednesday he spoke at CHOP NC.
  3. You think the printed book is dead? We say…
  4. The IndieFab finalists for Book of the Year were announced last week –  congrats to Bearwallow and Badass Civil War Beards!
  5. #WomenInFiction is trending on Twitter. We’re rather fond of our women writers and the characters they’ve created. Who are your favorites?

On this Monday, snuggling with a good book is encouraged!

Byte-Size Blair | February 2

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Happy Groundhog’s Day, Book Lovers!

1. The reviews are starting to roll in for The Cherokee Rose, debut fiction from MacArthur “genius” Tiya Miles. Here’s a great one from Kirkus!

2. THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DURING A BLIZZARD: 2015 EDITION (and also any year).

3. Ann Patchett stumped for Binocular Vision author Edith Pearlman on her blog.

4. The Hider sisters of Badass Civil War Beards were featured on Strong is Our Sexy.

5. Reader’s Digest featured excerpt from Blair favorite, Porch Dogs.

That’s all for this week, folks. Stay warm!

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Byte-Size Blair | January 19

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We’ve all sufficiently recovered from the holidays, and now’s the time to celebrate some of our favorite social media posts from our time away.

1. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

2. 2015 might just be the perfect year to #readharder.

3. 2015 is also the year for #diversebooks.

4. We love this photo of the Tuskegee Airmen, subjects of one of our favorites from NewSouth Books.

5. We are so excited about our Spring titles, which include books from a MacArthur genius, a new cookbook from Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, and a big, beautiful guide to the Hunt collection of English earthenware.

It’s a beautiful day in Winston-Salem. Blair pet Carmen says “take me on a walk!”

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Read Harder Challenge

We aren’t the only ones making literary resolutions for 2015Book Riot has introduced #ReadHarder, a list of personal reading challenges. We’ve included them below with some suggestions from Blair and our distributed lines. Click on the cover images for more information. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions for the categories where we haven’t provided a title.

Original post here.

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25

Badass_CivilWar_Beards

A hilarious hirsute history.


A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65

BinocularVision

Record-breaking award-winner from Lookout Books.


collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)

Ghost_Will_See_You_Now

Russell’s latest collection of spooky tales.

27ViewsCharlotte

Just one of Eno’s “27 Views” of North Carolina cities.

Print

26 authors from the pages of Lookout Books’ sister publication, Ecotone Magazine.


A book published by an indie press

Anything we publish or distribute comes from a Southern indie press!

Anything we publish or distribute comes from a Southern indie press!


A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ

Pre-order this spring 2015 title by MacArthur "genius" Tiya Miles.

Pre-order this spring 2015 title by MacArthur “genius” Tiya Miles.

From the chef and co-owner of Winston-Salem's famed Sweet Potatoes Restaurant.

From the chef and co-owner of Winston-Salem’s famed Sweet Potatoes Restaurant.


A book by a person whose gender is different from your own

If you identify as female, consider Jeremy B. Jones' place-based memoir.

If you identify as female, consider Jeremy B. Jones’ place-based memoir.

If you identify as male, Judy Goldman's heartbreaking memoir about the bond between sisters is for you.

If you identify as male, Judy Goldman’s heartbreaking memoir about the bond between sisters is for you.


A book that takes place in Asia

Though the titular ship travels all over, many of the stories in this collection focus on its time in Japan and the Pacific Theater.

Though the titular ship travels all over, many of the stories in this collection focus on its time in Japan and the Asian Pacific.


A book by an author from Africa


A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.)

A stunning collection of eyewitness accounts from our Real Voices, Real History (TM) series.

A stunning collection of eyewitness accounts from our Real Voices, Real History (TM) series.

Another collection of personal accounts, these from the women of the Cherokee Nation.

Another collection of personal accounts, these from the women of the Cherokee Nation.

A unique community in South Carolina with deep roots in West Africa and an often overlooked influence  on American life.

A unique community in South Carolina with deep roots in West Africa and an often overlooked influence on American life.


microhistory

A culinary tour of North Carolina by one of its favorite foodie sons, Bob Garner.

A culinary tour of North Carolina by one of its favorite foodie sons, Bob Garner.


YA novel

A girl in the mountains of Georgia moves into the repressive home of her fire-and-brimstone grandparents after her father dies in an accident.

A girl in the mountains of Georgia moves into the repressive home of her fire-and-brimstone grandparents after her father dies in an accident.


sci-fi novel

As close as we've come to true sci-fi, this techno-mystery involves the government, biophysicists, terrorists, and a girl with a preternatural ability.

As close as we’ve come to true sci-fi, this techno-mystery involves the government, biophysicists, terrorists, and a girl with a preternatural ability.


romance novel

Not your typical romance, the late Shivers' novella is sure to get your heart racing.

Not your typical romance, the late Shivers’ novella is sure to get your heart racing.


National Book AwardMan Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade

Although it didn’t win, Binocular Vision was a National Book Award finalist and did take home the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.


A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)

We'll call this a "reimagining," as the mythical Minotaur makes his way through the South.

We’ll call this a “reimagining,” as the mythical Minotaur makes his way through the South.


An audiobook

LongGoneDaddies

Fathers, grandfathers, music, and Memphis.


A collection of poetry

From distributed line Hub City, a tribute in verse to the working class.

From distributed line Hub City, a tribute in verse to the working class.


A book that someone else has recommended to you

All of ’em.


A book that was originally published in another language


A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)


A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)

A staff favorite for its great cover and its genuine spookiness.

A staff favorite for its great cover and its genuine spookiness.


A book published before 1850

The infamous "biography" of the Swamp Fox.

The infamous “biography” of the Swamp Fox.


A book published this year

A baker’s dozen from Blair and our distributed lines are coming out this spring.


self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Because you ma'am are perfect just the way you are.

Because you ma’am are perfect just the way you are.