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 | 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 22

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Tomorrow is the start of a Goodreads giveaway for The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard. Add it to your to-read shelf and enter to win.

  1. Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr. (NewSouth Books) was chosen as the Foreword Reviews Book of the Day on Thursday.
  2. For Black History Month we took a look at some delicious heritage in Stephanie L. Tyson’s cookbooks.
  3. After reading 27 Views of Hillsborough (Eno Publishers), we love this a beautiful picture of Hillsborough’s Historic Courthouse.
  4. We all wish we had an artistic and colorful book room like this one.
  5. Last but not least, we took time this week to remember Harper Lee, the literary legend who passed away.

This dog is hoping for a free copy of The Dark of the Island.

Byte-Size Blair | November 24

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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 | October 20

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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 | September 29

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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

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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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