Bite-Size Blair | April 13

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

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!

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Byte-Size Blair | December 22

It’s an end of the year wrap-up! We had a wonderful year here at Blair, our 60th! Not only did we get to celebrate six decades of independent book publishing, we also put out some great new books.

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Our 2014 releases garnered a bevy of great reviews from all over the country. Plus, we were still receiving great reviews (and awards!) for our 2013 books. Below is our wrap up of all the love our authors received this year. To read more about these and all our books, visit our website at blairpub.com.

REVIEWS

JANUARY
Voices of Cherokee Women (Fall 2013)
Kirkus Reviews

FEBRUARY
Met Her on the Mountain (Fall 2013)
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

B.O.Q.
Publishers Weekly

The ACC Basketball Book of Fame (Fall 2013)
NCL Online

Met Her on the Mountain
NCL Online

Voices of Cherokee Women
NCL Online

MARCH
B.O.Q.
Library Journal
BookPeople’s Blog

APRIL
B.O.Q.
North Carolina Libraries

So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2
North Carolina Libraries

Bearwallow
North Carolina Libraries

MAY
B.O.Q.
Wilmington Star News
Chapter 16

JUNE
B.O.Q.
Reading Reality
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Boom! Magazine
Wilmington Star News

Bearwallow
Citizen-Times
Shelf Awareness

So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2
York County’s Cannonball Blog
Midwest Book Review

JULY
Bearwallow
The Times-News Online

Voices of Cherokee Women
NC Historical Review

AUGUST
Bearwallow
The Iowa Review

So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2
Civil War Librarian

SEPTEMBER
B.O.Q.
UNC University Library Blog

Bearwallow
WNC Magazine

OCTOBER
Chained to the Land
The News Star

Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm
Midwest Book Review
The Herald-Sun

NOVEMBER
Voices of Cherokee Women
Appalachian Journal

Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland
The Southeastern Librarian

The Ghost Will See You Now
Myrtle Beach Online

Badass Civil War Beards
Midwest Book Review

DECEMBER
The Ghost Will See You Now
The Advocate

AWARDS

Met Her on the Mountain
Finalist – Thomas Wolfe Award
Gold – Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), True Crime
Winner – North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace History Book Award

Porch Dogs
Gold – IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Animals/Pets
Bronze – Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), Animals/Pets

Long Gone Daddies
Gold – Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), Regional Fiction (Southeast)
Finalist – Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award

Byte-Size Blair | October 20

We’re 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.

We had a great time at Southern Festival of Books despite the torrential rain. Distributed authors from NewSouth Books (Clifton Taulbert and John Pritchard) and Hub City Press (Jon Sealy and Lee Zacharias) were a big hit, as were new titles from Bob Garner, Randy Russell, and the minds behind Badass Civil War Beards. Here are our top five social media updates from the past few weeks.

1.) First of all, thanks again to everyone who came out for our 60th! Feel free to tag yourself in any of our photos from the event, all viewable on Facebook.

2.) Sharknado? More like Sharkicane! A rare up-close feeding frenzy was spotted on Cape Lookout last week. To be honest, we much prefer the area’s wild horses.

3.) Bob Garner is touring the state with his latest book, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm, and the Herald-Sun gave it a great review!

4.) Have you entered our messy desk contest yet? The winner gets cash and two runners-up get gift certificates!

5.) Throughout October, we’re selling some of our favorite spooky titles for 30% off on our website. Plus, orders over $30 get free shipping! That’s a lot of folklore-bang for your buck!

In lieu of an adorable animal photo, we give you this scene from Southern Festival, during the most torrential wave of the weekend-long downpour. Thank goodness all the readings and panels were happening inside!

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Byte-Size Blair | October 6

We’re 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.

It’s October–official kick-off month of the holiday season–and we are happily knee-deep in new books, conferences, and author events.

1. Jeremy B. Jones continues traveling with Bearwallow and banjo, charming readers across the country.

2. Badass Civil War Beards arrived just in time for Southern Festival of Books, and we got ready by taking a few “book face” photos during our staff meeting. More to come!

3. We celebrated 60 years of independent publishing last week with a party in downtown Winston-Salem! Thanks to everyone who came out. We’ll post a whole album of photos soon.

4. Bob Garner’s new book, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm is here! And we could think of no better heralding than Bob himself, uttering his favorite phrase, in this classic “Sh*t Bob Garner Says” video.

5. This article about E.C. “Redge” Hanes’ novel Billy Bowater was reprinted in tons of papers, including The Winston-Salem Journal and Herald Sun.

Speaking of our anniversary, here is a picture of beloved Blair pet Faulkner Frankowski in his 50th anniversary t-shirt!

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Byte-Size Blair | September 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 FacebookTwitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Tomorrow is our 60th Anniversary Party, and with that, we’ll be kicking off a lot more throwback action on our web and social media pages. Look for pictures from our six decades of publishing books about the South, and from our party festivities.

1. We are in the middle of two spectacular Goodreads giveawaysThe Ghost Will See You Now and Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm are up for grabs, so make sure you sign up to win.

2. This book sculpture took our breath away!

3. The Mountaineer wrote about Blair author and noted banjoist Jeremy B. Jones in anticipation of his visit to Canton, NC.

4. The rarity of the interviews that Lynette Tanner gathered for Chained to the Land was a highlight of this review from The NewsStar.

5. Also, a wave of good news from distributed line NewSouth books.

As is customary, we’ll end our post with a photo of a beloved Blair pet. This one is a throwback to the late 80s/early 90s–vintage cute!

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Byte-Size Blair | September 15

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

1. The fall publishing season is upon us (as is the magnificent fall weather!), which means that new books are arriving from the printer. Last week, we received these three beauties, which are all on sale now at blairpub.com.

2. NC Live’s blog featured library recommendations from their collection of “homegrown” e-books and half the list was from Blair.

3. E.C. “Redge” Hanes’ new book Billy Bowater was launched in  style last week at SECCA in Winston-Salem.

4. We’re glowing from a recent review of our latest Real Voices, Real History™ title, Chained to the Land by Lynette Ater Tanner.

5. Last week, we retweeted Anna Olswanger’s update about Greenhorn, the film adaptation of her young adult book from distributed line NewSouth Books.

Thanks for joining us for another installment of Byte-Size Blair. For that, you get a cookie…or rather, this adorable photo of a dog stealing your cookie.

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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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