Meet Our Local Authors

Our customers include locals, second home residents, and tourists. One of the things that those three groups have in common is a love of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. That must be why our section of regional books is so popular. The section includes a wide variety of fiction by Southern authors, as well as history, memoirs, nature guides and travel books on Western North Carolina and Appalachia. Our area is rich with talented writers and we do our best to support local authors whenever possible. (If you’re an author, call or stop by and speak with Allison to find out if Blue Ridge is a good fit for your book). We devote one bookcase to books about Haywood County. We are proud to offer two works published by the Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society. The first is Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community edited by Curtis W. Wood, Jr. This comprehensive history was written to celebrate the bicentennial of the county. The society also developed a video about the Cataloochee Valley in conjunction with the film department of Western Carolina University.

Other Popular Haywood County books include the Images of America series of books on Waynesville, Canton and Haywood County by Michael Beadle, Cataloochee history by Hattie Caldwell Davis, Waynesville history by Louise Nelson, Civil War era history and fiction by Carroll Jones, and stories by Donald Davis.

Another bookcase is devoted to the Great Smoky Mountains. This section includes guides to the hiking trails, nature guides to the trees, wildflowers, and birds, books of photos and the history of the national park, and books by Bob Plott on the history of the Plott Hound and of hunting in the Great Smokies.

Other shelves in the Regional Section are have books on the Blue ridge Parkway, hiking guides to areas in Appalachia, waterfall guides, field guides, biking and tour guides, books on the Appalachian Trail, and volumes on Cherokee history.

We certainly don’t neglect the amazing Southern and Appalachian novelists. You will always find the likes of Ron Rash, Lee Smith, Charles Frazer, Wayne Caldwell, Sharyn McCrumb, and Thomas Wolfe, as well as many other gifted but less well-known authors.

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