Open everyday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 828-456-6000
Blue Ridge Books was established in 2007 and is Waynesville’s only independent bookstore specializing new 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. We enjoy hosting authors for weekend events. We also work with schools to supply students and teachers with their reading needs.
Hear Donald Davis tell stories from his newest book, Cripple Joe: Stories from my Daddy, on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 at Blue Ridge Books. Donald Davis, our favorite storyteller, grew up in Haywood County and many of the stories in this collection recall his time growing up here.
Donald Davis has remarked that he "didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them" from a family of traditional storytellers that has lived on the same western North Carolina land since 1781. Considered by many to be the father of family tales, Donald turns the focus of his newest collection on his own father, Joe. As Donald reveals in the opening story, when he was 28, he mistakenly thought his father had died. Until learning of the mistake, he lamented that he'd been "too young and immature to know to ask for the stories that would have filled out his life." Given a "second chance," Donald asked those questions for the next 22 years. In this collection of 20 tender and often humorous storiesincluding one that tells how the elder Davis came to be called "Cripple Joe"he shares the lessons he learned from his father. The late Wilma Dykeman wrote in an article for the New York Times, "I could have listened all morning to Donald Davis. . .
His stories often left listeners limp with laughter at the same time they struggled with a lump in the throat." If you are already a Donald Davis fan, here's his latest offering. If you have yet to discover him, here's your chance to see what all the excitement is about.
The author of eighteen books and more than forty original recordings, Davis is the recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The event space will open at 5:30 pm. Tickets for reserved seats are optional and can be obtained by making an advance purchase of a book or CD by Davis.