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
Jennifer McGaha - Flat Broke with Two Goats
When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes--a lot
of back taxes--her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed
on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old
cabin in a North Carolina holler. But what started as a last-ditch effort to
settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of
living close to the land.
Elanie Neil Orr - Swimming Between Worlds
From the critically acclaimed
writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets
three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American
civil rights movement...it is the story of finding your place in a changing
world---and having the courage to stand up for what’s right. Elaine was born in Nigeria to medical
missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain
forests of that country. Her family
remained in Nigeria during their civil war.
Elaine lives in North Carolina and her novel is set in Winston-Salem.
Michael Hardy - Kirk's Civil War Raids Along the Blue Ridge
Southern Appalachian Mountains, no character was more loved or despised than
Union officer George W. Kirk. He led a group of deserters on numerous raids
between Tennessee and North Carolina in 1863. At Camp Vance in Morganton,
Kirk's mounted raiders showcased guerrilla warfare penetrating deep within
Confederate territory. As Home Guards struggled to keep Western North Carolina
communities safe, Kirk's men brought fear throughout the region for their
ability to strike and create havoc without warning. Civil War historian Michael
C. Hardy examines the infamous history of George W. Kirk and the Civil War
along the Blue Ridge.
Anna Fariiello - Cherokee (Images of America)
The 21st-century town of Cherokee
sparkles with modern architecture, a bustling shopping district, and numerous
tourist attractions. Beneath its progressive exterior is an ancient homeland
where Cherokee people once lived in villages that occupied parts of eight
modern states. The Cherokee who now live in western North
Carolina are descended from those who did not travel the "Trail of
Tears" but remain on a portion of their original homeland.
Jenny Milchmann - Wicked River
million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from
civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated backcountry honeymoon seems
ideal-a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as
Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as
well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are
not alone in the woods. It’s a mystery,
a romance, a beach read.
- Saturday, May 12th 2:00pm - 4:00pm Nancy Guss The Spirit of the Tree and Other Backyard Tales: Connecting to Creation
The Backyard Tales series are inspired by the author’s
grandmother and relatives who shared their appreciation of nature, God, and
family. The stories within each, along with the interactive section in the
back, provide avenues for readers to talk about our world through past
memories, present experiences or future adventures. The tales take place in any
backyard anywhere on the globe.
- Saturday, May 26th 2:00pm - 4:00pm Angela Jordan The Bridge to Home
Bridge to Home is set
in a fictional town in the Smoky Mountains and tells the story of a woman on a
quest to find her way to her true home. Jane May Gideon’s life has been turned
upside down. Divorced and estranged from her only child, she wants a retreat
from her mundane reality. Seeking peace and solace she quickly finds more than she
bargained for in a sleepy little hamlet in the Smoky Mountains.
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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.