And the winner is…

The winner of the ‪#‎DogPeople‬ Photo Contest is Andy Norwood of Tennessee, whose wife Shannon is shown here with their son’s dog Pal!

Congratulations to the Norwood family! They will receive a signed copy of Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s new memoir The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, a $50 gift certificate to Parnassus Books, and Blair will donate $50 in their name to Barkie’s Legacy in Ocoee, FL where their son Patrick volunteers.

Thank you to all of the animal lovers who voted in the photo contest. Your votes made a difference to the dogs at Barkie’s Legacy.

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#DogPeople Photo Contest

In honor of Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s new memoir The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, the #DogPeople Photo Contest winner will receive a $50 gift card to their favorite indie bookstore, a copy of The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, and a $50 donation made in their name to the shelter or dog rescue of their choosing.

You can vote at here. Tell your friends!

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 | November 24

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 Turkey Week, everybody! We can’t believe the holiday season is here… or maybe we can, because we’ve been gifted with so much great book news. Obviously, our books were on the good list this year.

1. Maybe Minnesotans aren’t thrilled about their grape salad, but we couldn’t be happier that Well, Shut My Mouth! and Soul Food Odyssey (July 2015) author Stephanie L. Tyson was the chef behind North Carolina’s must-have Thanksgiving addition, according to The New York Times.

2. Speaking of 2015 titles, Tiya Miles, the MacArthur fellow behind our upcoming novel The Cherokee Rose, was featured with her husband in a great article in Montana State’s newsletter.

3. The Messy Desk contest is coming to an end, so make sure you “like” your favorite entries, because we are announcing the winner and runners-up on Tuesday, November 25.

4. Foreword Reviews featured Badass Civil War Beards for No Shave November (make sure to enter our #NSN contest!)

5. We’re happy to share space on this list with Jeni’s Ice Creams, but seriously… when are they going to open a storefront in Winston-Salem?

We know many of you hate to start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving has even arrived, but c’mon! This is too cute.

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Byte-Size Blair | November 10

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.

Last week was pub week for our final fall season title, Badass Civil War Beards! We’ll miss you fall season, but we are so pumped for spring! (P.S.–The spring catalog is up online now!)

1.) Badass Civil War Beards tops this list of 10 Most Perfect Presents for Guys This Holiday!

2.) If you haven’t purchased your copy of Badass yet, make sure you do so you can take an awesome book face photo like the Blair staff.

3.) The Ghost Will See You Now author Randy Russell appeared on The Paranormal View radio show!

4.) Speaking of radio, the Badass Hider sisters were on Cincinnati public radio.

5.) We’ve had an amazing 60th anniversary year, but we have one more thing on our wish list.

Blair pet Carmen was back at it during a busy weekend hiking the Mountains-to-Sea trail with her owners.

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Byte-Size Blair | November 3

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.

November already! We can’t believe it.

1.) If you missed the hilarious interview in Cincinnati Magazine with Badass Civil War Beards authors Anna and Julia Hider, it’s time to play catch-up!

2.) #SpineChillingReads was trending on Twitter and we were happy to throw The Ghost Will See You Now into the ring.

3.) As our 60th Anniversary comes to a close, we couldn’t help but celebrate Throwback Thursday with another gorgeous shot from Mr. Blair’s Winston-Salem upbringing.

4.) Also, it’s officially No Shave November, so set those whiskers to growing!

5.) What were you for Halloween? Publicist Sally rocked her one-step costume.

See you next week!

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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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