Saturday, July 8 1:00-3:00 pm :

Jon Decker, author of Golf is My Life

Jon Decker, author of Golf is My Life, will be signing copies of his book. The game of golf has allowed Jon to play and teach the game while moving in career and social circles unimaginable by a boy who grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. This book contains amazing stories and life-changing occurrences in a journey among some of golf's greatest players, world-class athletes, and Hall of Fame coaches.

Blue Ridge Books

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Ten Events (+1) to Celebrate the Things We Love Most!

1. Tuesday, July 11 1:00 pm Mountain Writers of North Carolina—Reading and Writing to be Relevant

The Mountain Writers meet each month at Blue Ridge Books. Anyone interested in writing is welcome to come to our celebration (there will be cake!) and join the discussion on relating to your reader in today’s world. Our conversation will be led by Shane McElrath, MA, lecturer in English at WCU.

2. Wednesday, July 12 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Hand-made Ecuadorian Treasures – READ Sale

READ stands for Rural Education, Advancement and Development and is a non-profit organization. Come browse and purchase items (jewelry, alpaca blankets and so much more) made by the indigenous people of the rural Andean Region of Ecuador. All proceeds will go to supply libraries in that area. We are proud to support this literacy project begun by people in Haywood County.

3. Thursday, July 13 It’s a Party!

Today’s the day! We’re ten years old. There will be free cake and coffee all day until we run out. Come celebrate with us!

4. Friday, July 14 Indoor Yard Sale!

Our biggest sale ever! Don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on some great bargain books and more!

5. Saturday, July 15 Share the Love of the Smokies

The Friends of the Smokies join us in welcoming Daniel S. Pierce, author of Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community. Dr. Pierce will discuss the once thriving community of Hazel Creek and how it vanished as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established.

6. Sunday, July 16 Get a “Head Start” on Reading

For the past few years, our customers have donated pennies, dollars and more to help us purchase books for children enrolled in Head Start in Haywood and Jackson Counties. We’ve donated hundreds of books for the children to take home and now we’d like to invite you to help us purchase some books for the classrooms. Just purchase a book to donate from the Head Start display and we’ll discount your entire purchase!

7. Monday, July 17 11:00 am Barks and Books

Come meet our furry friends, therapy dogs, Julip, Mavis and Raya Sunshine. We love dogs, so we’re inviting dog lovers of all ages to come and meet these wonderful working animals. Children may choose to bring a book and read a story to a dog or just come to meet these loving pooches.

8. Tuesday, July 18 6:30 pm Book Club Bash

The Haywood County Public Library has helped us plan an evening for book club members (although all book lovers are welcome). We will welcome Eric Svenson, who was raised in the book business and has worked for HarperCollins publishers for over 25 years. Eric will give us a sneak preview of books that will be released in the fall AND bring lots of prizes!

9. Wednesday, July 19 3:00 pm An Afternoon with a Scientist!

Join children’s science author and college biology instructor, Dawn Cusick, for a time of science exploration for children. Dawn with be joined and helped by the women from Parents as Teachers, who specialize in learning activities for the very young.

10. Thursday, July 20 1:00 – 4:00 pm Free Chess Lessons for All Ages and Levels of Players

Every Thursday afternoon you’ll find members of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club playing Chess in our meeting room—friendly games, rated games and sometime tournament play. On this Thursday the members will offer free chess lessons to anyone with an interest in the game. If you already know how to play, come and challenge one of the most experienced players.

+ 1 AND. . .for the icing on the cake, or the bow on the present

We’ll be hosting Ron Rash on Tuesday, July 25 at 11. He’ll be here to help us celebrate our anniversary and we’ll be celebrating the release of his novel, The Risen, in paperback. Ron will read, answer your questions, and sign books. We’ll have copies of all of his books and he’ll be happy to sign them.

Join the Smoky Mountain Chess Club every Thursday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm in our events room.  Players of all levels are welcome.



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