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

Our New Location


About Blue Ridge Books

Who are we?

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.

Where are we?

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 ceiling and books galore, who couldn't be happy?

What do we offer?

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

Saturday, June 8th 3:00pm - Thomas Thibeault
Thibeault is the author of The Man Who Stole Himself. The novel is based on the true story of the slave Robert Smalls who stole a Confederate gunboat and sailed to freedom with his entire family. Small then surrendered the ship to the Union Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont. Thibeault has written the script for the movie based on this novel. Join us at our indie bookstore to hear more about this amazing bit of history and about the transition from indie novel to indie film.

Saturday, June 15th 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Darryl Bollinger

Bollinger will be available to discuss and sign his novels. He has a Masters degree in health care administration from Trinity University and spent twenty-eight years working in the health care industry. Now retired and living in Western North Carolina, Bollinger uses his knowledge and experience to write medical thrillers. He has written six novels so far, the latest, The Cure, is set in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Saturday, June 22nd 3:00pm - Nancy Blanton - Launch Party
If you'd like to meet a fascinating character, join historical fiction author Nancy Blanton and other authors for the local area to celebrate the launch of the award-winning new novel, The Earl in Black Armor. Sample Irish tea and cheese as Blanton describes life in 17th century Ireland, and events leading up to the Irish Rebellion and England's civil war. Blanton will discuss her research, travels, and process for writing this, her third novel, which has already medaled in the national Feathered Quill literary awards and is a finalist for two other awards that will be announced later this year..

Thursday, July 25th - Evening Folkmoot Parade in Hazelwood
We have loved our Hazelwood neighborhood since the moment we moved here. We love our neighbors, including Folkmoot which is just down the street and round the block. On this evening we invite you to join us for the first Folkmoot Lantern Parade down Hazelwood Avenue. We will be having a 20% off storewide sale from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The parade will begin at 9:00 pm. Come spend the evening in Hazelwood. Shops and restaurants will stay open late. Come enjoy our neighborhood!


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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 - 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.

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.