Welcome to the Blair Virtual Booth

We’re really going to miss seeing all of you in person this fall. Hanging out with book people is the most fun thing we do. And we’ll admit we might have overhyped the whole regional show experience to a certain debut novelist whom you’ll meet below. She, like all of the authors we’ve showcased, will miss you most of all. For that reason, we hope you’ll take a minute to make sure you don’t miss them and their amazing books. They did videos for you, folks! Videos from their backyards, their bathrooms(!), and their book-lined dens. Lee Smith even did an on-location interview from Key West!

Blair is a nonprofit press based in Durham, NC. On our list you’ll find amazing fiction and poetry from all over the US. And you’ll find nonfiction titles that center on the culture and history of the American South.

We’re distributed by Consortium, so you can find great deals at that booth. Or get more information from our regional reps, Bill McClung and Associates and Parson Weems.

We hope you’ll come by for an appointment or during our office hours. We’d love to see you!

~ The Blair Team

Blair Presents

Lee Smith
Blue Marlin

Silas House
A Parchment of Leaves | The Coal Tattoo | Clay’s Quilt

Heather Frese
The Baddest Girl on the Planet

Featured Titles from Blair

The Baddest Girl on the Planet

By Heather Frese
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AUTHOR EVENT 9/25 @ 1 PM: See below for more details and to register!

Debut novel and winner of the LEE SMITH NOVEL PRIZE. “This sun-and-salt-kissed coming-of-age story reads like a wry, honest chat with a close friend.” —Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness


By Wayne Caldwell
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VIDEO: A Poem from Wayne Caldwell

A poetry collection from Wayne Caldwell, author of the novel Cataloochee, that renders the experience of living out life in a single, exquisite place—“in the shadow of the mountain my father said was mother to us all”—Mount Pisgah in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Rules for Being Dead

By Kim Powers
VIDEO: A Message from Kim Powers

“Kim Powers’s haunting and spellbinding novel, Rules for Being Dead, reads like an intoxicating blend of the best of Shirley Jackson, Alice Sebold and Fannie Flagg.” —Starred Review, Shelf Awareness

All the Songs We Sing

Edited by Lenard D. Moore, Introduction by Jaki Shelton Green
On Edelweiss

All The Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective “is a complex, nuanced ballad, an important ensemble of voices worth listening to and spending careful time with. The artists of the . . . Collective have not only brought the noise, they’ve brought the music.” —Southern Review of Books

Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers

By Peter J. Barr / Photos by Kevin Adams
Sample pages

A hiking and photographic guide to North Carolina’s lookout towers, which were elevated perches used to detect fire in remote locations. Many were erected on the beautiful peaks of the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina during the 1920s and 1930s and survive today as sentinels of this wild land.

COVID-19 Helpers

By Beth Bacon and Kary Lee
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Winner of the 2020 Emory Global Health Institute Competition. Here’s a book that provides children honest yet positive information about Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 Helpers gives kids the facts of the pandemic but also offers hope and ways to help. Spanish language edition also available

Blue Marlin

By Lee Smith
On Edelweiss

AUTHOR EVENT 9/25 @ 1 PM: See below for more details and to register!

Iconic, NYT bestselling novelist Lee Smith brings her masterful storytelling magic to this jewel of a book that follows Jenny, an adventurous thirteen-year-old, down to Key West for a patched-up family vacation after the discovery of her father’s illicit affair. Available for the first time as in stand-alone form.

A Parchment of Leaves | The Coal Tattoo | Clay’s Quilt

By Silas House
On Edelweiss

AUTHOR EVENT 9/25 @ 1 PM: See below for more details and to register!

Blair is thrilled to reissue Silas House’s popular Appalachian trilogy: Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and A Coal Tattoo. Nearly two decades after House’s arrival in the literary world, these books remain as timely and more readable than ever. “House is a master…a writer of startling abilities.” —Atlantic Journal Constitution


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