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
Reading and Discussion with David Joy at Smoky
David Joy is one of our most
successful local writers. We’re holding
the reading for his third novel, The Line
that Held Us,
at our wonderful Hazelwood neighbor, Smoky Mountain Roasters. Come enjoy the book discussion, baked goods
and delicious tea and coffee drinks.
Joy’s work has been called
“darkly stunning Appalachian noir” and his writing has been compared to Cormac
McCarthy, Flannery O’Conner, Ron Rash, and Wiley Cash. David Joy’s first novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, debuted to great acclaim and was named
an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel.
His stories and essays have most recently appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Garden &
Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. He is also the author of the novel, The Weight of this World and the memoir,
Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.
The Line that Held Us begins with an accidental death and the cover-up, then
moves to the dark series of events that follow. The powerful story examines the
strong bonds of family and friendship. Although Joy is known for the sense of
place in his novels, he also possesses a rare skill in writing about the
relationship between characters. All of
his novels are set in Western North Carolina, a place that Joy says he has
absolutely no intention of ever leaving.
Saturday, August 11
3:00 pm Reading and Discussion
with Bill Ogletree
Bill Ogletree is the
Catherine Brewer Smith Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at
Western Carolina University. Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to
explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily
commitment to others—a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers
to Christ’s likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and
the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many.
Saturday, August 18 2:00 - 4:00pm Book Signing with Local Mystery Author J. Marshall Gordon
In Malice at the Manor
, Penny and her design professor find a garden docent dead in a hundred-year-old western North Carolina estate garden. This leads Penny and her precocious C.S.I. wannabe sidekick Kalea to a Civil War battle flag scam, a deadly reenactment, and a search for a man in black. One reviewer calls the story a fast-paced romp with a lovable cast of quirky characters, villains and southern charm. Another notes: “As avarice and artifacts collide in the world of Civil War collectors and reenactors…the reader is drawn into a complex web of deceit where death still lingers long after the guns of the Blue and Gray fall silent.”
Saturday, September 29th 3:00
pm Reading with Juliana Love
Juliana Love is the
author of the Summer Ray series of books, which are being made into films. She makes her home in Gettysburg and enjoys
including history in her novels. Juliana is also a descendent of Colonel Robert
Love. She is his 4x great-granddaughter and is eager to learn about her
grandfather and the amazing history of Waynesville. She plans to add her
grandfather and the town to her Summer Ray series, as the grand finale in the
last book, which will also be included in the film series.
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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.