Upcoming Events

Stuart Dill
10/16 at 2 p.m.—Southern Festival
10/18 at 7 p.m.—Blue Elephant Books, Decatur, GA
10/19 at 5 p.m.—Little Professor, Homewood, AL
10/20 at 4:30 p.m.—Capitol Books & News, Montgomery, AL
10/21 at 1 p.m.—Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
10/24 at 6 p.m.—Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Memphis, TN

Carolyn Sakowski
10/7 at noon—
City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
10/7 at 6 p.m.—Blue Ridge Books and News, Waynesville, NC
10/8 at 1 p.m.—Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, Cashiers, NC
10/13 at 4 p.m.—Highland Books, Brevard, NC
10/14 at 1 p.m.—Foggy Mountain Gifts, Burnsville, NC
10/15 at noon—Curiosity Shop, Murphy, NC
10/20 at 1 p.m.—Parton's Trading Post, Bryson City, NC
10/21 at noon—Shakespeare & Company, Highlands, NC
10/22 at noon—Pumpkinfest, Franklin, NC
10/27 at 4 p.m.—Live Twitter Chat

Daniel Wallace and Others

10/11 at 7 p.m.Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC

Julia Taylor Ebel
10/5 at 6:30 p.m.Deep River Trading Compnay, Jamestown, NC
10/8 at 2 p.m.Pages, Mt. Airy, NC
10/8 at 10 a.m.Chapters Bookshop, Galax, VA
10/21 at 7 p.m.Barnes & Noble, High Point, NC
10/26 at 11 a.m.Barnhills, Winston-Salem, NC

Lin Stepp
10/15 at noonGil's Bookstore, Bryson City, NC
10/22 at 11 a.m.Barber Orchard Store, Waynesville, NC

For more information on author events and tour dates, click here.


John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106






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Thursday | October 6, 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 13

Trace Adkins reading Murder on Music Row by Stuart DillStuart Dill’s Murder on Music Row continues to receive glowing reviews, especially from country music media. Dave Ross at MusicRow.com weighed in on the book to say “The writing style is concise and the dialogue feels real... it’s a home run. Once you get to turning a few pages you’ll find yourself caught in the intrigue like the draft behind a fully-loaded 18 wheeler barreling down interstate I-65.”

CMT.com enjoyed how accurately the book portrays the music industry: “The quality that sets this book apart from other Nashville-based mysteries — including last year's Nashville Noir from the Murder, She Wrote series — is that Dill brings 26 years of Music Row experience to his story. Dill freely mixes real and fictional people in his plot, and Music Row insiders will notice similarities between certain of his characters and actual industry figures.”

Well-read book reviewers seem to enjoy the book as much as music industry insiders do. Library Journal, which gave Murder on Music Row a starred review last month, included the book in their list of “forthcoming first novels that promise good reading” for Fall 2011. “In this absorbing debut tale of excess and entertainment,” says Stevie Godson of the New York Journal of Books, “the truth of both the music business and the artists themselves screams out from every page — testament not only to Mr. Dill’s quarter of a century as an industry insider but also to his acute observation skills.” BookPage also praised the book, saying, “In the process of telling its story, Murder on Music Row also offers one of the most lucid but least ‘teachy’ explanations of how popular music is created and marketed.... Dill balances his serious intentions [of portraying the music industry honestly] with some wickedly deft humor.”

For reviews, readers’ guides, images of celebrities with the book, and more, go to Stuart’s online media kit. To request a review copy, contact Brooke Csuka.

Photo of Trace Adkins with author Stuart Dill is courtesy of Maral Missirian-Dill.


Blair Authors at Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee

As we do every year, Blair will have a booth at Southern Festival of Books in Nashville the weekend of October 14-16, where we’ll be selling $2 books and half-price books. This year, however, two Blair authors are on the festival’s schedule. Stuart Dill, author of Murder on Music Row, is speaking on a panel with Carson Morton, author of Stealing Mona Lisa, on Sunday, October 16, from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a signing from 3 to 3:30. Christopher K. Coleman, author of Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee, will be reading on the Chapter 16 Stage Saturday, October 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., also followed by a signing.

More authors of books distributed by Blair will be at the festival, too. Edith Pearlman, author of the PEN/Malamud–winning short-story collection, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books), is speaking with Ann Patchett. Dot Moore, author of No Remorse (NewSouth Books), and Roger Reid, author of the young-adult titles Longleaf, Space, and Time (NewSouth Books) are festival authors, as well. For a complete schedule, visit Southern Festival’s website.


Hub City to celebrate Waking with Ron Rash: Oct. 11, 2012

Bookmarks 2011Ron Rash will celebrate the release of his new poetry collection, Waking, at the showroom at Hub City Books Tuesday, October 11, at 5:45 p.m.

Rooted in places like North Carolina’s Watauga County, Goshen Creek, and Dismal Mountain, the poems in Waking electrify dry counties and tobacco fields until they sparkle with the rituals and traditions of Southerners in the stir of their lives.

Tickets to the private reception are $40 and include an hour with Ron, hors d'oeuvres from Converse Deli, and reserved seating at the book signing following the event. Proceeds benefit the Hub City Writers Project.

At 7 p.m., Ron will read from Waking and sign books. This event is free and open to the public.


Builders of Hope by Nancy Welsh launches this week

Builders of Hope by Nancy WelshNancy Welsh, founder and CEO of Builders of Hope Inc., teamed up with Wanda Urbanska, coauthor of Simple Living and Nothing’s Too Small To Make a Difference, to tell the story and philosophy behind the organization that recycles housing and creates jobs for at-risk youth, the homeless, and ex-offenders. Nancy Welsh and Wanda Urbanska are celebrating the release of Builders of Hope and the fifth anniversary of the organization at a private party at the North Carolina Museum of Art tonight. The book is generating a lot of press prior to the launch. Nancy was interviewed live on Wall Street Journal Lunch Break Tuesday, October 4. The Wall Street Journal Lunch Break airs every day at noon on WSJ.com, live from the studio at the Journal’s headquarters. It airs for millions of WSJ.com viewers as well as in nearly 84 million homes via Internet TV such as Apple TV and Google TV.

On Monday, October 10, Nancy’s interview on “My Carolina Today” airs (WNCN/NBC 17/Raleigh) and much more media is in the works! For more information, visit the book’s web page.


Trailer for Deadline, based on the novel Grievances, released

BanktownDeadline, the new movie starring Steve Talley and Eric Roberts and based on Mark Ethridge’s thrilling novel Grievances (NewSouth Books), will be in theaters in 2012.

In Deadline, young Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper begins investigating a decades-old civil rights murder, risking his life against forces that want to keep the truth hidden. The book and movie are based on true events and borrow heavily from Ethridge’s long career as a reporter and editor.

Pat Conroy called Grievances “as riveting as the best Grisham courtroom thriller . . . [with] heart that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the final page.”

Watch the Deadline trailer or learn more about the film at DeadLineFilm.com.


North Carolina Library Association in Hickory this week

Blair is exhibiting at the North Carolina Library Association conference at the Hickory Metro Convention Center this week, October 5 – 7, where all our spring and fall 2011 titles will be on display and for sale at half price. We’ll also have information about soon-to-be-published titles, such as Instant Replay: 365 Days of North Carolina Sports Trivia by Jimmy Tomlin (Bandit Books) and the paperback reissue of Ghost Riders by Sharyn McCrumb.

If you’re a librarian attending the conference, be sure to stop by booth #35 and say hello—there may be something in it for you if you mention this post!