Blue Ridge Books
(828) 456-6000
428 Hazelwood Ave.
Waynesville, NC 28786

Our New Location


About Blue Ridge Books

Who are we?

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.

Where are we?

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 ceiling and books galore, who couldn't be happy?

What do we offer?

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

Thursday, May 9 Dinner and Talk by Ron Rash at the Folkmoot Friendship Center 6:00 pm
Rash will discuss stories of the historical events of our area that have found their way into his novels and poetry. Some of the historical events Rash has written about include the local logging industry, the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War, and the WWI German Internment camp in Hot Springs that housed “detained immigrants.” Tickets may be purchased at

Saturday, May 11 Reading at 3:00 pm with George Ellison
Back of Beyond A Horace Kephart Biography
An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for the seminal books Camping and Woodcraft (1906) and Our Southern Highlanders (1913), Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to establish the Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, but is perhaps best known for his decade-long crusade to help protect the Smokies as a national park.

Saturday, May 18 Signing from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm with Charles A. Van Bibber
Valentine’s Day: A Marine Looks Back
Written from the viewpoint of a Marine Corps machine gunner in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, the narrative portrays the wisdom and perspective gained in the years since then, yet two unique features assure that this work is free of any revisionism: Excerpts from letters home show the most personal and private thoughts of a Marine in that place and time. Historic accuracy is further assured by inclusion of declassified Marine Corps reports.

Thursday, May 23 Friends of the Library event with David Joy at 7:00 pm
This event will be held at Waynesville First United Methodist Church.
Tickets are available at Blue Ridge Books.
Each year we enjoy selling books at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. This year’s speaker is a local author with international acclaim—David Joy. David has published 3 novels and a memoir, as well as numerous essays and stories for national publications such The New York Times Magazine. Joy’s most recent novel, The Line that Held Us won the Southern Book Prize for fiction.

Saturday, May 25 Reading at 3:00 pm with Ann Melton While Walking with God
Local resident and author, Ann Melton, will read from and discuss her third book about her Christian journey. Her book contains more than 60 stories about faith that others have shared with Ann about their own faith.Many of the stories come not from close friends, but from individuals that Ann seemed to have encountered randomly.


For more detailed information on each event, be sure to follow us on Facebook!




Need More Info?


Our Team


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.

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.