Fall Travel Books
Pequot’s Food Lovers’ guides to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Though not Instagram famous, the couple is known to Boston
Globe readers for, among other writing, their series on iconic New
England eateries. Lyons hopes Harris and Lyon’s regional expertise will appeal to local booksellers—who, like publishers, are
angling to survive and even thrive in the digital era.
This fall, John F. Blair in Winston-Salem, N.C., is publishing
regional travel titles including the first three bound installments of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail Guides by
the nonprofit group Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, as
well as Vanishing Landmarks of Georgia by Joseph Kovarik. The
publisher also distributes the nonprofit Hub City Press, located
in Spartansburg, S.C., which is
releasing Wild South Carolina by
mother-daughter team Susan
Hamilton and Liesel Hamilton,
with photography by Tori Steyn.
If history is any indication,
these books will find a home at
independent bookshops in the
“Local bookstores support
local authors, and local authors support their local bookstores,”
says Anna Sutton, v-p of sales and marketing at John F. Blair.
Because North Carolina has “an enormous literary community,”
she says, the publisher has been fortunate in placing its regional
travel titles at stores including Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville,
Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in
Asheville, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and the Regulator
Bookshop in Durham.
“We’ve always taken pride in our regional section,” says
Justin Souther, assistant bookstore manager at Malaprop’s.
“While we do carry a wide array of world travel guides, we
pay close attention to local guides, especially hiking guides
and trail maps, and have a robust selection of local travel
books, since Asheville is such a tourist
Allison Lee, co-owner of Blue Ridge
Books, says that the store’s most popular titles in the local travel section are
hiking guides, regional wildflower field
guides, and hiking maps. “The two
regional publishers that are most
important to us are the Great Smoky
Mountains Associations and John F.
Blair,” Lee says, adding that the store