Byte-Size Blair | March 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 Facebook, TwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

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!

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Byte-size Blair | March 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 Facebook, TwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

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 | 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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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 | 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 | August 11

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.

1. Thanks to the Hider sisters, two-thirds of a set of triplets and the authors of one of our upcoming fall titles, Badass Civil War Beards, for giving us this great reblog for #ManCrushMonday. 

2. On Tuesdays, we celebrate our distributed lines and their authors in a series we call Words with Friends. This week, we shared an interview in Oklahoma Magazine with NewSouth author Clifton Taulbert about his memoir The Invitation.

3. Another NewSouth author, co-editor of Voices Beyond Bondage Erika DeSimone had a beautiful guest blog up at Huffington Post about a forgotten literary movement, 19th-century African-American poetry.

4. Bearwallow author Jeremy B. Jones will be joining Dancing on Rocks author Rose Senehi, along with many other greats like Robert Morgan, at Writers on the Rock next month. 

5. Finally, we love this photo from the early days of John F. Blair, Publisher. We’re celebrating our 60th birthday this year! Can you guess what year this photo was taken?

That’s all for this week on Byte-Size Blair. We’ll sign off with the newest Blair pet, Molly, who’s a real intellectual.

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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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