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

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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.


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.

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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

Please join us for our first VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT with Ron Rash. Of course, we’d have preferred to welcome Ron in person, but that’s not possible this year.

Why are we excited about this book? Because along with the short stories, In the Valley contains a novella that continues the story of Serena.

This collection of nine short stories and a novella features the return of the ruthless Serena Pemberton, a character introduced in Rash's Serena, published in 2008 and a PEN/Faulkner finalist. Rash's readers will recognize the themes here--family honor and pride, generational change, wounds of the past, hard living, and cruelty--but while the stories are familiar, they are also uniquely new and fresh. This is undoubtedly the work of a short story author of remarkable skill who cares for the South, in all its complexities. The title novella is so gripping and at times horrifying that it explains why Rash chose to return to Serena Pemberton. She is an unforgettable character. Rash's writing is never easy, but it is also lovely, moving, and rich in history and culture, just like the Appalachian region it so beautifully captures. Highly recommended for both those just discovering Rash and for returning readers.

Would you like an invitation? Just come in and purchase the book by Saturday, August 23. Then, give us your email address and download the ZOOM app on your electronic devise. We’ll email you the link to join the event. Since Ron won’t be here to sign books, each book will have a hand signed bookplate. There will be a time for questions the end of the reading.

  • You can still browse in our store (remember social distancing is 6 ft.)
  • 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!

Temporary Store Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday- Saturday.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe!

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


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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 - Store Manager

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.

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.