About Blue Ridge Books
Blue Ridge Books was established in 2007. We are Waynesville’s only independent bookstore specializing in new books. Our team enjoys hosting authors for weekend events. We also work collaboratively with area schools to supply students and teachers with their reading needs.
We are located in Hazelwood Village, just outside of downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. Our street is packed with quaint, independent shops and restaurants. You can spend an entire day with us and our neighboring merchants. We hope you pay our bookstore a visit. With hardwood floors, a tin roof and books galore, who couldn't be happy?
At Blue Ridge Books, we carry fiction, non-fiction, regional books, children’s books, used books, a large selection of magazines and newspapers, and unique greeting cards. We are happy to special order books that we don’t have in stock at no additional cost.
Events at Blue Ridge Books
Jenny Milchmann - Wicked River
million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from
civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated backcountry honeymoon seems
ideal-a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as
Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as
well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are
not alone in the woods. It’s a mystery,
a romance, a beach read.
Dee Stribling - Just Down the Road
Dee will read from her most recent collection of poem, Just Down the Road
. This collection of poems is a tribute in memory of beloved friends and places embodying the strength, struggle, and tender beauty that can be found in the rural areas where Dee grew up. Dee is a Sundress Academy for the Arts poetry winner, and her work has also been featured in “200 New Mexico Poems” and several other collections.
Royal Phillips - Priest: The Last Confession
In this memoir, local resident Royal Phillips discloses her experiences as the groomed teenage lover of a charismatic, yet predatory priest. He was beloved by his parish and community, yet abusive and deceitful to the young woman he took advantage of. It is the author’s wish to share her story so that others who have experience similar things will know that they are not alone.
Robin Gaiser - Musical Morphine
Robin Russell Gaiser became a Certified Music Practitioner after a career as a performing musician and teacher. As she learned how valuable music could be in easing patients' pain -- both physical and psychological -- she began to share her stories with friends and colleagues in music and medicine. This book is the result.
Michael Beadle - Beasts of Eden
Poet and teacher Michael Beadle is well-known in Haywood County. Michael is the author of four poetry chapbooks and four history books about our area. Currently he is a touring writer-in-residence and teaches creative writing workshops for students and teachers throughout North Carolina.
- Saturday, May 26th 2:00pm - 4:00pm Angela Jordan The Bridge to Home
Bridge to Home is set
in a fictional town in the Smoky Mountains and tells the story of a woman on a
quest to find her way to her true home. Jane May Gideon’s life has been turned
upside down. Divorced and estranged from her only child, she wants a retreat
from her mundane reality. Seeking peace and solace she quickly finds more than she
bargained for in a sleepy little hamlet in the Smoky Mountains.
- Saturday, June 16th 2:00pm - 4:00pm Carlo Gambino Carl Gambino: Life Without the Mob
This is the true story of the author’s life with the name CARLO GAMBINO. It includes: growing up the youngest cousin, his altar boy happenings, his growing up in THE BRONX. his world as a serviceman in Vietnam the hospital care from the VA. his working on Madison Ave. for 30 years for all the designers, and of course, the MOB.
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Jo - Owner
Jo enjoys watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s and likes to read thrillers.
Allison - Owner
Allison is obsessed with her flower garden and loves regional literature.
Mary - Bookseller
Mary went sky diving for her 50th birthday and enjoys suspense books.
Shelby - Bookseller
Shelby has a large collection of mugs to enjoy her favorite teas. She enjoys anything in the young adult section.
Christina - Bookseller
Christina collects geodes and sharks’ teeth and likes to read fantasy novels.
Ellese - Bookseller
Ellese is an avid softball player who loves to read paranormal romance novels.
Fun Facts About Blue Ridge Books
Opened Friday the 13th in July 2007.
Combines our resources with customer donations to purchase over 700 new books a year for Head Start students.
Offers required summer reading books from local school lists at a discount price to students.
Had an author drive through the front store window when delivering her books (no one was hurt).
Is the only place in Haywood County, N.C. to buy The Wall Street Journal.
Bestselling book in the store for ten years is Waynesville by Michael Beadle and Peter Yurko.