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

Our Location

 
 

About Blue Ridge Books

Who We Are

 
Blue Ridge Books is a female-owned business located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We have been a part of the Waynesville community for more than a dozen years. Our store opened in 2007 in the strip shopping center on Main Street. The current owners, Jo and Allison, took over in 2010 and in 2017 moved the store to the historic Hazelwood Village in Waynesville.
 

Proud to be Indie

 
As an independent, locally owned business, the community has always been a major focus of the bookstore. We love to talk about books with our customers, and we listen to what interests them. We also know how important it is to find a child’s first book, a book for someone going through a tough time or just as an escape. It is a wonderful feeling to put a book in someone’s hands that we know they will love. An independent bookstore seeks to strike a balance between popular, well-known titles, and those special books that may escape notice in the broader media.
 

Partnership

 
We also enjoy working with and providing discounts to students, schools, community groups, and book clubs. Near and dear to us are Head Start and READ, two programs that we have supported over the last few years. By combining our efforts with donations from our customers, we provide books for preschool students in Head Start. We also host several yearly craft sales, offering items made in Ecuador. All proceeds go back to Ecuador to purchase books for rural libraries in the Andes that are sponsored by READ.
 

What We Offer

 
The most popular sections in our store contain local books, mystery/thrillers, fiction, and, literally a vault full of gorgeous children's books. We also carry magazines and newspapers for those people that just need a quick reading fix.

We would love for you to visit us and spend time browsing our shelves, but if that isn’t possible for you, you can still shop with us online and take a look at some of our favorites. The online list includes more books than are in stock at the store.

Shop Now!

If you have a special interest in local non-fiction, please give us a call to order regional titles that may not be available through our online system.
 
 

Events at Blue Ridge Books

 
 
Summer Events at Blue Ridge Books

Saturday, July 9th 1:00-3:00 Author John Ross will be discussing his newest book, Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time, that updates the classic French Broad by Wilma Dykeman. Learn all about the history of this magnificent Appalachian River and the areas that surround it. Anyone interested in local history should attend.

Wednesday, July 13th…It’s our 15th birthday!! Drop by so we can thank you for making us your hometown bookstore for the past 15 years (and, hopefully, for many more!)

Saturday, July 16th 1:00-3:00 Join us for a meet & greet with author Danita Dodson as she introduces her book of poetry, Trailing the Azimuth. Enjoy her beautiful poems about solitude
and the search for direction in a world that is complex & uncertain.

Saturday, July 23rd, 1:00-3:00 Drop by the store to meet author Janet Linneman Frazier.
She will be signing the first 2 books from her Christian fiction based Southern Cities Redemption series; Milledgeville: A Novel of Grace and Asheville: A Novel of Hope.

Saturday, August 6th, 1:00-3:00 Author and Search & Rescue Team Member Nancy East
will be discussing her book, Chasing the Smokies Moon and also giving tips for hiking safety.
Nancy is an avid hiker and recorded the fastest known time with her hiking partner for the 801 miles of trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not to be missed!

Coming soon… our long awaited event with Bart Ehrman! Date & time to be announced later.

 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Need More Info?

 
 
*
 
*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our COVID-19 Response

 
  • You can still browse in our store (remember social distancing is 6ft.)
  • Order by phone and we will do curbside delivery.
  • We can mail to you - Books can be shipped directly to you by our distributor.
  • You can order from our shopping page!
 
 

Our Team

 
 
 
Jo
 
 
 

Jo - Owner

Jo enjoys watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s and likes to read thrillers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allison
 
 
 

Allison - Owner

Allison is obsessed with her flower garden and loves regional literature.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary
 
 
 

Mary - Store Manager

Mary went sky diving for her 50th birthday and enjoys suspense books.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Matt
 
 
 

Shelby - Bookseller

Shelby has a large collection of mugs to enjoy her favorite teas. She enjoys anything in the young adult section.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interesting Facts About Blue Ridge Books

 
Locals remember the bank being located here years ago. But few remember that before the bank a modern 300 seat movie theater opened in our building in 1941.
 
 
 
The restored hardwood floors and brick walls are original to our old building. The ceiling, though not original, is a sight to behold.
 
 
 
Our literary clock reminds us that it’s always time for books.
 
 
 
We’re a dog-friendly store! Fresh water is always available for our thirsty furry visitors. Treats are on hand, also. We are not responsible for our staff over-feeding you precious pups!

 
 
 
Carefully designed with your children in mind, the old bank vault has become our bright, happy, young-reader inspired Children’s Room.
 
 
 
The Constitution of the United States came in at #5 on the Blue Ridge Books bestseller list for 2019. You can get your copy for just $1.50.

 
 
 
We’re the only place in Haywood County that carries the Wall Street Journal. We carry The New York Times, too.
 
 

Video