About Blue Ridge Books
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.
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
also enjoy working with and providing discounts to students, schools, community
groups, and book clubs. Near and dear to us are Head Start
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
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
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.
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
April 2nd at 3:00 pm Discussion and Book Signing by Mark Warren
Author and Environmental Award
Winner Mark Warren will Present “The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We
Can Use Them Today”. This program will cover some common native plants and
their uses as food, medicine and crafts. Mr. Warren is the author of a four-volume
series on nature and primitive skills called “Secrets of the Forest.” All four
volumes will be available at free event.
April 4th at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Local Writer Round-Up at Blue
with local authors. A variety of genres
will be represented.
If you are a
local author interested in participating in this event, please call or email
the bookstore and speak with Allison.
This event is designed as an opportunity for self-published authors who
are beginning to publish and market their work to feature their work. Space is limited.
April 9th at Noon Luncheon and Book Discussion with Dr. Bart
Bart D. Ehrman
will read from and discuss his new book, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. In clear and compelling terms, Bart
Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, ranging from The Epic of
Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, focusing especially on the teachings
of Jesus and his early followers. Dr. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New
Testament and the history of early Christianity, the author or editor of more
than thirty books, and a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This is a
ticketed event which will take place at HART theater in the Harmon’s Den
Bistro. Tickets must be purchased in
advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call or visit Blue
For more detailed information on each event, be sure to follow us on Facebook!
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 - Store Manager
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
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.
restored hardwood floors and brick walls are original to our old building. The
ceiling, though not original, is a sight to behold.
literary clock reminds us that it’s always time for books.
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!
designed with your children in mind, the old bank vault has become our bright,
happy, young-reader inspired Children’s Room.
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.
the only place in Haywood County that carries the Wall Street Journal. We carry
The New York Times, too.