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

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About Blue Ridge Books

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.

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. Head Start is near and dear to our heart.  By combining our efforts with donations from our customers, we provide books for preschool students in Head Start.  Recently we have enjoyed partnering with Folkmoot to host authors in their Queen Auditorium.

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.

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

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Paradise Lost Novel

Saturday, June 22nd 1:00-3:00

REBECCA BURNS ALDRIDGE. Join us for a meet & greet with Rebecca. She has a new entry in her Flower Girls Mystery series, Paradise Lost. If you love murder mysteries but prefer them without all the "R rated" material, these books are for you. Enjoyable for anyone in the family that likes a good "whodunit."

Brinkley Novel by Ronnie Evans

Saturday, July 6th 1:00-3:00

RONNIE EVANS. Ronnie has taken on a new local "character", Dr. John R. Brinkley, from the Beta settlement near Sylva in his latest book, Brinkley. Dr. Brinkley became one of the most notable "charlatans" of the 20th century while bilking millions from aging men regarding restoring their sexual virility. He also owned XERA radio station that gave mountain musicians of NC & VA a world stage. Stop by and chat with Ronnie to learn more!

Tracey Enerson Wood
Katharine, the Wright Sister by Tracey Enerson Wood

Monday, Sept 16th 3:30-5:00

TRACEY ENERSON WOOD. We're excited to have this bestselling author make our store one of her stops with her newest work of historical fiction, Katharine, the Wright Sister. This book shines a spotlight on one of the most important and overlooked women in history. It took a strong, smart younger sister to keep Orville & Wilbur on their path to fame and immortality. Come by and chat with Tracey and pick up a signed copy. Release date 09/10.

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

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More Ways to Shop

  • 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 - Owner

Jo - Owner

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

Allison - Owner

Allison - Owner

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

Mary - Store Manager

Mary - Store Manager

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

Shelby - Bookseller

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 $1.75.