Byte-Size Blair | September 22

We had an amazing time at SIBA sharing our 2014 books with some of the friendliest, most passionate booksellers in the entire country, and with our fellow publishers.  Next week, we’ll double-stuff our Byte-Size Blair so that we don’t forget any of last week’s great social media updates, but for now, we leave you with some truly badass Badass Civil War Beards from visitors to our SIBA booth. Didn’t get to take your badass beardie in Norfolk? We’ll be bringing them back at Southern Festival of Books in Nashville next month. Make sure you come see us!

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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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Byte-Size Blair | June 16

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. Jeremy B. Jones gave a great radio interview in anticipation of the official Bearwallow launch party, which was held this past Saturday at Fountainhead Bookseller in Hendersonville. Listen to it here.

2. Speaking of great radio interviews, did you hear Clifton Taulbert, author of The Invitation, on the Tavis Smiley show? The extended interview about Clifton’s latest memoir was thought-provoking, charming, and just plain interesting.

3. On Throwback Thursday, we dug up a classic Blair flyer for an author signing, or “autograph party.” Hand illustrated and totally groovy, circa 1971. Check it out!

4. Just this morning, we tweeted a photo and quote from a great review of the Parkway Playhouse stage adaptation of Sharyn McCrumb’s Ghost Riders.

5. Brad Herzog, author of States of Mind and recent MCM literary crush on our Tumblr, has a new illustrated book coming out and the trailer was featured on Shelf Awareness. Watch it here.

That’s all for now. Sales and Marketing Assistant Anna’s dog Minnie Pearl says enjoy this hot summer day…inside with a book!

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Byte-Size Blair – May 19

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. Bearwallow author in Brevity: Jeremy B. Jones has a beautiful essay about the ties between writing and our senses–particularly smell–in this month’s Brevity.

2. Blair in the Community: The John F. Blair staff volunteered last Friday at the Forsyth County Friends of the Central Library Book Sale. We helped unpack and organize thousands of titles as part of our efforts to give back to Winston-Salem.

3. Beardfellows: Do you know what it means to rire dans sa barbe? We tweeted about it with Anna and Julia Hider, authors of our upcoming Badass Civil War Beards.

4. Pinworthy: We pinned this great image that gives new meaning to the idea of “reading in bed.”

5. More Awards!: In other tweets, we congratulated Hub City author Angela Kelly for her SIBA win and NewSouth author Anna Olswanger for her honor.

And as always, let’s close this update out with a great picture of a beloved Blair staffer’s fuzzy friend. This week it’s Carmen, a dog who wears many hats…like this one.

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