Byte-Size Blair | March 28

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Easter weekend is over but as you finish your chocolate bunnies we hope you’ll take a look at these delightful links.

  1. National Puppy Day was last week and Publishers Weekly was just in time with this great review of The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.
  2. We love this picture of the off-Broadway cast of Fly with a copy of The Tuskegee Airmen (NewSouth Books).
  3. Congratulations to Matthew Neill Null, author of Honey from the Lion (Lookout Books) for winning an award that Ralph Ellison, Cormac McCarthy, Anne Sexton, Junot Díaz, and Anthony Doerr, among others, have won in the past.
  4. Have you ever wondered how much a librarian is worth? This infographic sheds some light on that for you.
  5. Sadly, over the weekend a great NC literary advocate and bookseller passed away. Here is our small tribute to Nancy Olson of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.

Take some time to enjoy the spring weather this week!

Byte-Size Blair | March 21

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

If you’re in NC like we are, in the past week you made it through primary voting, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the first (chilly) day of spring. Congratulations, now unwind with some social media highlights from the week.

  1. Puppy video? Yes please! Slow motion puppy video? Even better!
  2. Whether voting day made you excited or exhausted, this look at the rise of North Carolina Republicans is sure to be of interest to voters statewide.
  3. Not quite ready for St. Patrick’s Day to be over? We can recommend some green books for you.
  4. Asheville loves this banjo-playing author of Bearwallow.
  5. Spring has sprung! If you’re gearing up for a scenic road trip perhaps this vintage poster for the Blue Ridge Parkway will help you pick a destination.

Today is World Poetry Day so curl up with some nice verse tonight.

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Byte-Size Blair | March 14

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram, give us a look. In the meantime, enjoy this collection of posts.

  1. Today is Pi Day! Celebrate by making this delicious buttermilk pie from chef Stephanie L. Tyson at Sweet Potatoes restaurant.
  2. Award season has begun in the book industry. Check out these talented Blair finalists.
  3. For Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day we’re proud to share this Essence interview with author and activist Sybil Haydel Morial, author of Witness to Change.
  4. Fun and educational, here’s an infographic about book cover design.
  5. Seeking creative indie booksellers who explain the industry with puppets? We’ve got you covered.

Now go enjoy some pie like this little guy!

Photo courtesy of Michael McGurk/Rex

Byte-Size Blair | February 29

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Don’t forget to add The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard to your Goodreads shelf and enter to win a free copy!

  1. The late Coretta Scott King praised one of the books in our Black History Month campaign, calling it “invaluable and indispensable” (NewSouth Books).
  2. Our authors are multi-talented. Check out this piece about Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s playwright debut, Hiram: Becoming Hank Williams.
  3. This week we had a beer in honor of John Steinbeck’s birthday.
  4. We love this Dr. Seuss-inspired snow sculpture at his alma mater Dartmouth.
  5. We’re wrapping up Black History Month today with a special poetry feature, Voices Beyond Bondage.

Happy Leap Day everyone!

Byte-Size Blair | February 1

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

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day so keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine in the forecast.

  1. Today is the start of Black History Month and we’re celebrating by featuring a book a day on our Facebook page. See more here and check out the first post from Greensboro, NC.
  2. Take a peek inside Neil Gaiman’s personal library and look forward to a new Minotaur book from Steven Sherrill this fall.
  3. Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr. (NewSouth Books) is quite popular at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC. Check out Ross’s upcoming tour dates here.
  4. Publishers Weekly calls The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard an engrossing story.
  5. Links We Love: Bookstores and Libraries – The Most Wonderful Places on Earth.

It’s nice to be back in the Byte-Size game! This dog agrees!

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Byte-Size Blair | February 2

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.

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

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’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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