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 | 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!


Byte-Size Blair | September 22

We had an amazing time at SIBA sharing our 2014 books with some of the friendliest, most passionate booksellers in the entire country, and with our fellow publishers.  Next week, we’ll double-stuff our Byte-Size Blair so that we don’t forget any of last week’s great social media updates, but for now, we leave you with some truly badass Badass Civil War Beards from visitors to our SIBA booth. Didn’t get to take your badass beardie in Norfolk? We’ll be bringing them back at Southern Festival of Books in Nashville next month. Make sure you come see us!

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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

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.


Byte-Size Blair | September 8

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.

Fall is fast approaching and that means we are celebrating the upcoming releases of our latest books–Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm by Bob Garner, The Ghost Will See You Now by Randy Russell, and a book based on the much-loved Tumblr account of the same name, Badass Civil War Beards. Plus, we’re gearing up for our and our distributed lines’ Spring/Summer 2015 titles. It’s also festival season! This past weekend, we hosted our famous $2 book sale at the Bookmarks! Book Festival in downtown Winston-Salem. In two weeks, we’re off to Virginia for the SIBA Conference. Then, in early October, we head to Music City for the Southern Festival of Books. And as if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we’re also throwing a party this month to honor 60 years of John F. Blair, Publisher. Here are some of our favorite posts from the past few whirlwind weeks.

1. Author Ray McAllister called our Blair president for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Carolyn and some of her best friends from high school, known as the “Mimosa Belles,” answered that call.

2. Speaking of Ray McAllister, one of his books was the subject of this “meta-shelfie”: Wrightsville Beach at Wrightsville Beach!

3. In a recent Words with Friends, distributed line NewSouth Books netted a couple of great reviews for two of their young reader titles, Matzo Frogs and Greenhorn.

4. September 19 is International Talk like a Pirate Day and we’re celebrating with a month-long sale on three of our best-loved pirate titles! Now that’s a deal you can’t arrr-gue with (sorry)!

5. Billy Bowater, a hilarious and insightful novel by E.C. “Redge” Hanes, received a glowing review from Foreword. His launch party is this week in Winston-Salem.

Thanks for checking in with us for Byte-Size Blair. We’ll be back next week with photos from Bookmarks! and the Billy Bowater launch party, among other tasty tidbits from the world of independent publishing. We’ll close out with Blair pet Minnie Pearl enjoying her long Labor Day weekend in the mountains.


Byte-Size Blair | August 4

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 a big one. We said goodbye to a coworker, welcomed a new one, lost a friend and literary icon, and celebrated our state’s readers and writers.

1. Our beloved former publicist got married this weekend, but before she did, we made her our literary lady for Woman Crush Wednesday.

2. Louise Shivers, who wrote Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, passed away last week. Read our goodbye here.

3. Billy Bowater by Redge Hanes is a must-read for the folks at Duke Magazine. The political satire is available now and we’ll be celebrating its launch at SECCA early next month!

4. This August, some of our favorite food books are 30% off. See what we’ve got cooking in our Kitchen Favorites!

5. Did y’all happen to see the great article in Shelf Awareness about the indie book business in North Carolina? Turns out our communities are thriving along with their independently-owned bookstores.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what we’ve been up to at Blair. This week, we’ll also be sending out our August newsletter so sign up to receive it in your inbox if you haven’t already.

(The worst part about saying goodbye to Trisina is saying goodbye to her adorable dog, Oatmeal! We expect many office visits from the both of them.)

Fashion Week Oatmeal


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.

Carmen rolls in the grass on the bald