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.

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

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A hilarious hirsute history.


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

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Record-breaking award-winner from Lookout Books.


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

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Russell’s latest collection of spooky tales.

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

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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.


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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

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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.

150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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Today, November 19th, marks the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address. This anniversary is being honored by a Dedication Day Ceremony in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA.

You can watch a live stream of the ceremony here. The wreath laying begins at 10 a.m. and opening remarks at 10:15 a.m.

Gettysburg National Military Park will be hosting numerous events throughout the weekend in honor of the Dedication Day anniversary. A full list of these events can be found here.

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James and Suzanne Gindlesperger, authors of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?   will also be on hand for the festivities, with a book talk and signing Saturday, November 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the American Civil War Museum and Gift Center.

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 blairpub.com 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.

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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!

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 http://cakepopsbyrandi.blogspot.com/2011/07/basketball-cake-pops.html)

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 blairpub.com. Also available as an ebook. ACCBasketballBookFameHope to see you there!

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

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Battle of Gettysburg, by Currier and Ives {PD-1923}

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. On July 1-3, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia met Union Major General George Gordon Meade and his Army of the Potomac in the Pennsylvania fields of Gettysburg for a three-day conflict. Though Lee’s invasion into the North had some bursts of initial success, the Confederates were eventually driven out of Pennsylvania and back to Virginia. This defeat dampened any Southern hopes for independence by helping to hasten the Union’s ultimate victory and the end of the war.

so_you_think_you_know_gettysburgGettysburg National Military Park is honoring this anniversary with a week full of special ceremonies and events. This includes ranger guided tours, living history reenactments, and many child  friendly activities. Go here to see a full schedule of anniversary events.

James and Suzanne Gindlesperger, authors of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?will be at the Gettysburg Museum and Gift Center at 3 p.m. on both July 5 and 6 to answer questions about the park’s many monuments. You can also listen to the Gindlespergers speak about the anniversary on Johnstown radio station WNTJ-AM on Monday, July 8 at 7 a.m.

LetUsDieBraveMenInterested in reading more about the Civil War and American history? John F. Blair, Publisher, has an impressive back list of titles focusing on the Civil War, including the particular manner and effects of the war in North Carolina, biographies of significant leaders, and battlefield guides. Browse through our Civil War and Historical pages to learn more.