Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Sidewalk Sale and a Discount Club Sale

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Its all happening on Ninth Street this weekend!
Saturday we will be joining our fellow Ninth Street merchants for a big Ninth Street Sidewalk Sale from 10-6. And all day Saturday and Sunday we'll be having a Discount Club Sale, with all books in the store 20% off for discount club members.
 
Sunny skies are in the forecast. What could be better than a stroll down Ninth Street? Meet your neighbors, browse, grab a bite to eat. We'll see you on the street-or better yet, on the sidewalk and in the bookstore!
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Upcoming Events 
 
9TH ST. SIDEWALK SALE
Saturday, October 14, 10AM -- 6PM
Take an autumn stroll down 9th Street as The Regulator joins our neighboring independent businesses for a big old-time sidewalk sale! We'll have lots of bargains both in the store and out on the sidewalk!
 
DISCOUNT CLUB SALE
Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15
All books in the store will be 20% off for discount club members. Shop early and often!
 
JULIE J. THOMSON
Tuesday, October 17 at 7PM
The Regulator welcomes Julie J. Thomson, editor of Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College, a photography book about Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, NC. This event will be taking place during The Click! Photography Festival.
During its relatively brief existence (1933-1957), Black Mountain College was an experimental liberal arts college that placed the arts at the center of its curriculum with faculty from the American avant-garde such as Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. While Black Mountain College is best known for its contributions to the visual arts, literature, music, and dance, Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College shows how photography was also an important part of the curriculum. Josef Albers and Hazel Larsen Archer played important roles in this, including inviting many notable photographers to teach during the college's summer sessions.
 
Julie J. Thomson is an independent scholar and curator who lives in Durham. She has been researching and writing about photographers at Black Mountain College since 2015.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 18, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)
Wednesday, October 18, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Durham-Chapel-Hill-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association
 
CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM
OFFSITE: 21c Museum Hotel, 111 North Corcoran Street 
This is a ticketed event; Tickets prices vary. (See details below.)
7:00 pm event tickets are $30
5:30 pm VIP tickets are $100 and include a signed, personalized copy of Orphan Train and an intimate reception before the event. All proceeds
benefit the Durham Literacy Center! Event details can be found here: www.durhamliteracy.org/kline   
 
Join the Literacy Center for an intimate event with bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at on October 19 at the 21c Museum Hotel. Kline will talk about the true story behind her #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train (about the 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest as indentured servants). Copies of Orphan Train and her new novel, A Piece of the World will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of The Regulator.
 
DAVID GOODWIN
Thursday, October 19, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes David Goodwin, author of Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, for a reading and book signing. Left Bank of the Hudson is a smart history of Jersey City through the microcosm of a small artist community repurposing a building and forming a collaborative network. Goodwin offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty and addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities. Left Bank of the Hudson provides an illustrative lesson to government officials, scholars, students, activists, and everyday citizens attempting to navigate the "rediscovery" of American cities.
David J. Goodwin works by day as a librarian at Fordham University School of Law. An alum of Drexel, St. Bonaventure, and Fordham University, Goodwin is a past commissioner and chairman of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy.
 
WILEY CASH in conversation with LEE SMITH
Friday, October 20, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Wiley Cash in conversation with Lee Smith for a reading and signing of Wiley's wonderful new book, The Last Ballad. Last Ballad
The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers.
 
A native of North Carolina, Wiley Cash has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction and most recently, the memoir, Dimestore: A Writer's Life.Smith lives in Hillsborough with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.
 
JAMIE DEMENT
Saturday, October 21, 3:00 PM (note the time)
Piedmont restaurant co-owner Jamie DeMent will discuss her new book, The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm, which offers 150 recipes for every occasion--from down home to downright elegant--inspired by Coon Rock Farm's yield through the four seasons. DeMent's deliciously observant stories illuminate what life is really like on a working farm. The Farmhouse Chef will inspire those who may not have a lot of time to cook, let alone farm, but who care about eating and preparing seasonal, healthfully grown food.
Jamie DeMent farms and cooks on Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough. A well-known cooking teacher, she also owns, with her partner, Richard Holcomb, Piedmont Restaurant in Durham and Bella Bean Organics.
 
KIA CALDWELL
Monday, October 23, 7:00PM
Please join us at The Regulator Bookshop as we celebrate the launch of Dr. Kia Caldwell's newest book, Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race and Policy. Dr. Michele Berger will join Dr. Kia Caldwell in conversation about her book. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be provided.
Kia Lilly Caldwell is an associate professor of African, African American, and Diaspora studies at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of "Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity."
Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also the Director of the Faculty Fellows Program at the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
 
JEFFREY MEYER
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Jeffrey Meyer, author of the book, A Call to China, for a reading and book signing. A child of American missionaries disappears at a Beijing festival in 1940 and is never seen again. Set against the background of revolutionary change in 20th century China and America, China-born and American-raised Olivia hears her "call to China" and embarks on her own mission through the exotic country to find the sister she never knew.
Jeff Meyer (Ph.D., University of Chicago) taught at UNC Charlotte from 1971 until 2008. He is a specialist in the religions of China and East Asia.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 25, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
CHARLES CLOTFELTER
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter will discuss his new book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity. For decades, leaders in higher education have voiced their intention to expand college education to include disadvantaged groups. In Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, Clotfelter presents quantitative comparisons across selective and less selective colleges from the 1970s to the present, in exploration of three themes: diversity, competition, and inequality. Clotfelter shows that exclusive colleges have benefited disproportionately from America's growing income inequality. Despite a revolution in civil rights, billions spent on financial aid, and the commitment of colleges to greater equality, stratification has grown starker. Top colleges cater largely to children of elites.
"A deeply researched, stimulating, and thoughtful analysis of the role of undergraduate education in America in sustaining the growing inequalities of our nation. A treasure trove of relevant data and careful analysis."-Harold T. Shapiro, Princeton University
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke.
 
LANE WINDHAM
Thursday, October 26, at 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Lane Windham, author of Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide, for a reading and book signing. Through close-up studies of workers' campaigns in shipbuilding, textiles, retail, and service, Windham overturns myths about labor's decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash a new wave of worker organizing. Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story is a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women's history.
Lane Windham is a fellow with Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.
 

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Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/

Monday, October 2, 2017

October's Literary Calendar

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From the Bible to Bankers to Biltmore
...and a whole lot more. Here is a listing of our October events.  
 
Some immediate highlights include Wednesday night's discussion of the history and impact of Durham's Self-Help Credit Union; local mystery author Eryk Pruitt on Monday October 9; Sarah Vowell (offsite) the same night (Mon., Oct 9); a fascinating history of Asheville's Biltmore Estate on Tuesday October 10; Cathy Davidson talking about The New Education on Thursday October 12; and a fabulous Ninth Street Sidewalk Sale all day Saturday October 14. 
October Events
 MARC BRETTLER and AMY-JILL LEVINE
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00PM
Marc Brettler joins co-author Amy-Jill Levine at The Regulator for the release of the 2nd edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament.
In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put the New Testament writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences and explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years. For non-Jewish readers interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity and for Jewish readers who want a New Testament that neither proselytizes for Christianity nor denigrates Judaism, The Jewish Annotated New Testament places these writings in a context that will enlighten students, professionals, and general readers.
 
Marc Z. Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. Amy-Jill Levine professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and an affiliated professor of Jewish Studies at Cambridge University.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 4, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!
 
HOWARD COVINGTON JR. with Martin Eakes
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Howard E. Covington, Jr. for a reading and signing of his new book, Lending Power: How Self-Help Credit Union Turned Small-Time Loans into Big-Time Change. Joining Howard Lending Power Covington at this event will be Martin Eakes, Self-Help's co-founder and current CEO. Lending Power narrates the compelling story of Self-Help's founders and coworkers as they built a progressive and community-oriented financial institution. With nearly two billion dollars in assets, Durham-based Self-Help shows that such a model for nonprofits can be financially successful while serving the greater good. At a time when calls for economic justice are growing ever louder, Lending Power shows how hard working and dedicated people can help improve their communities.
 
Howard E. Covington, Jr. is a freelance historian and biographer and the author or coauthor of several books, including Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition; and Favored by Fortune: George W. Watts and the Hills of Durham. An award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, Covington received the Ragan Old North State Award for nonfiction in 2004.
 
WENDALL THOMAS
Thursday, October 5, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes UCLA Professor Wendall Thomas, author of Lost Luggage, for a reading and book signing. Lost Luggage is the first in a series of mystery adventure novels featuring Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo. The novel follows Cyd on her first safari, where she is framed by endangered animal smugglers.
 
E. Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, script consultant, and film and television writer. She graduated with double degrees from UNC-CH and grew up in Chapel Hill and Durham.
 
PHIL COHEN
Saturday, October 7, 3:00PM
The Regulator welcomes union organizer and author Phil Cohen who will talk about his new book, The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace, which describes an organizing campaign in a textile mill in west Tennessee in 1989.
 
In the spring of 1989, union organizer Phil Cohen journeyed to Jackson, Tennessee, to sort out the troubled situation at a historic cotton mill as a representative of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. In the tumultuous months ahead, he would come to fear for his life and consider desperate measures to salvage the union's cause. A compelling, dramatic story that alternated between major triumphs and frustrating setbacks, The Jackson Project provides a rare look at the labor movement in the American South from an insider's perspective.
 
Phil Cohen left home at sixteen, managed a skid-row hotel and drove taxis in New York City before moving to Chapel Hill, where he became a union activist while working as a municipal bus driver. In 1988 he joined the staff of ACTWU (now known as Workers United), from which he has since retired. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he has recorded four albums with vocalist Patricia Ford.
 
APS Cat Adoption Event
Sunday, October 8, 2:00PM
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 2:00 - 3:30. Please note the time and date.
 
A to ZINE!: MAKE A ZINE FROM START TO FINISH with TRISTIN MILLER
Sunday, October 8, 2:00PM--5:00PM
Greensboro artist Tristin Miller will host her popular zine-making workshop at The Regulator Bookshop. For ages 13 and up. Class fee: $25. includes materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is recommended. To register, email the instructor: tristinmillerart@gmail.com
 
ERYK PRUITT
Monday, Oct. 9, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Durham author and filmmaker Eryk Pruitt in conversation with author Katy Munger, creator of the Dead Detective series, for the launch of Pruitt's Southern fiction crime thriller, What We Reckon.
Meet Jack Jordan, a smooth-talking con artist. He's snuck into Lufkin, Texas, in the dead of night with little more than a beat-up Honda, a hollowed-out King James Bible full of cocaine, and enough emotional baggage to sink a steam ship. His partner-in-crime, Summer Ashton, has stuck by him through thick and thin, but lately she's been hearing voices. Unfortunately for both of them, she's the brains of the operation. "What We Reckon is the insane love child of James Cain and Jim Thompson, a modern piece of folk lore covered in gasoline and set on fire. This baby rocks like a motel bed during a cheap honeymoon. You need it." -Joe R. Lansdale, author of Honky Tonk Samurai
 
Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham with his wife Lana and cat Busey. His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the US. He is the host of the Noir at the Bar series in Durham.
 
DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH SARAH VOWELL,
Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701
Free and open to the public
Join us for our very special Durham Reads Together 2017 headliner event! Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell is the New York Times' bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture, Including, most recently, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States In addition to her noteworthy influences on the literary world, Ms. Vowell is also known for her editorial contributions to public radio and her voiceover work as superhero Violet Parr in the Pixar Animation Studios film, The Incredibles. Further, Ms. Vowell has served as a columnist for several major publications, including Salon.com, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, and her essays have appeared in the New York Times. Ms. Vowell's work incorporates exhaustive research and is interspersed throughout with witty observations and wonderful dry humor.
 
Ms. Vowell's highly anticipated presentation will be in interview format with humorist, cartoonist, and artisanal pencil sharpener, David Rees. In addition to his many talents, Mr. Rees is also known for his recent National Geographic Channel show, Going Deep with David Rees. There will be a book signing following the presentation.
 
SARAH VAN GELDER
Monday, October 9, 7:00 PM
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, 27707 
Sarah Van Gelder, author and co-founder/editor of YES! Magazine will talk about her work at YES! and her 2016 book, The Revolution Where You Live, which highlight what ordinary Americans are doing to transform their communities to address issues of climate, economic, and racial justice.
 
DENISE KIERNAN
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Denise Kernan (The Girls of Atomic City) for a reading and signing of her new book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home. Last castle The Last Castle tells the incredible true story behind Asheville's Biltmore Estate-the magnificent gilded-age mansion that is the largest, grandest private residence ever built in the United States. Each year, more than 1 million visitors tour Biltmore's gorgeous gardens and cavernous halls. But even more striking than the property's staggering dimensions is the story of how this extraordinary place came to exist, the luminaries who made it their playground, and the setbacks faced by its inhabitants. The Last Castle reveals a fascinating saga of unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance
 
Denise Kiernan's previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller. Kiernan has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 11, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
DANA COEN: 25 SHORT PLAYS
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Dana Coen, editor of Twenty-Five Short Plays, Selected Works from the University of North Carolina Long Story Shorts Festival, for a dramatic presentation of three plays taken from the book, with actors Michael Shannon, Jane Holding and John Paul Middelsworth. Dana Coen, who is Director of the UNC Writing for the Screen and Stage Program, will also discuss the Long Story Shorts Festival in its seventh year at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Long Story Shorts One Act Festival features performances of short plays written by undergraduate students in the Writing for the Screen and Stage program at UNC-CH. Marking the first five years of the festival, the anthology Twenty-Five Short Plays showcases works written to be performed in ten minutes with a small production budget. *Please note that some mature language is used during this performance.
 
A former New York actor, director, and produced playwright, Dana Coen has written extensively for television, including the Fox series Bones, and eight seasons with the CBS series JAG. He was also a staff writer for television comedies and did comedy development for Walt Disney Studios.
 
CATHY DAVIDSON
Thursday, October 12, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Cathy Davidson, author of The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, for a reading and book signing. If we want our students to succeed in our age of precarious work and technological disruption, we need a revolution in higher learning. In The New Education, Davidson profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. We can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.  
 
"Davidson's The New Education manages to pull of the neat trick of being relevant and fascinating for both the consumers and the producers of higher education. This is a book that I recommend to every tuition-paying parent and newly-enrolled student, as well as to all who make their living in academe."-Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed.
 
Cathy N. Davidson is a Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.  Davidson has held two distinguished chairs at Duke University in English and Interdisciplinary Studies and is the co-founder and director of the world's first and oldest academic social network, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC.org or "haystack"). She, and HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg, received the Educator of the Year Award (2012) from the World Technology Network for "Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology in Education. Davidson was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama in 2011, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla
 
  
9TH ST. SIDEWALK SALE
Saturday, October 14, 10AM -- 6PM
Take an autumn stroll down 9th Street as The Regulator joins our neighboring independent businesses for a big old-time sidewalk sale! We'll have lots of bargains both in the store and out on the sidewalk!
 
And later in the month....(more details to come)
 
JULIE J. THOMSON  
Tuesday, October 17 at 7PM
The Regulator welcomes Julie J. Thomson, editor of Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College. This event will be taking place during The Click! Photography Festival happening in Durham.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 18, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)
Wednesday, October 18, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM
For more info.: http://www.meetup.com/Durham-Chapel-Hill-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association
 
[OFFSITE: 21c Museum Hotel] CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM
This is a ticketed event; Tickets prices vary. (See details below.)
7:00 pm event tickets are $30. 5:30 pm VIP tickets are $100 and include a signed, personalized copy of Orphan Train and an intimate reception before the event. All proceeds benefit the Literacy center. To order tickets to the event: https://www.durhamliteracy.org/kline
  
DAVID GOODWIN
Thursday, October 19, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes David Goodwin, author of Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, for a reading and book signing.
 
WILEY CASH in conversation with LEE SMITH
Friday, October 20, 7:00PM Last Ballad
 
The Regulator welcomes Wiley Cash in conversation with Lee Smith for a reading and signing of Wiley's great new novel The Last Ballad (Which Tom thinks is absolutely fabulous!) 
 
 
 
JAMIE DEMENT
Saturday, October 21, 3:00 PM (note the time)
Piedmont restaurant co-owner Jamie Dement will discuss her new book, The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm.
 
KIA CALDWELL
Monday, October 23, 7:00PM
Professor Kia Caldwell joins us at The Regulator for a talk and book signing of Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy, about the effect of women's activism on public health and the treatment of HIV in Brazil.
 
JEFFREY MEYER
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Jeffrey Meyer, author of the book, A Call to China, for a reading and book signing.
 
[OFFSITE: The Kitchen Specialist] ELIZABETH HEISKELL
Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 PM -- 8:00PM
Please note that this is a paid, ticketed event; pre-registration is required.
Location: The Kitchen Specialist, 3407 University Drive, Durham
Join us at The Kitchen Specialist for a one-time event as Chef Heiskell prepares recipes from her new cookbook, What Can I Bring? Southern Food For all Occasions. Tickets are $20 and includes heavy appetizers. For tickets: https://app.getoccasion.com/p/n/8ymgzdcc
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, October 25, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
CHARLES CLOTFELTER
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter will discuss his new book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity.
 
LANE WINDHAM
Thursday, October 26, at 7:00PM
   
TRICK-OR-TREAT ON 9TH ST!
Tuesday, October 31, 3:00PM -- 5:00PM
Come Trick-or-Treat on 9th Street! The Regulator will join our fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming Halloween trick or treaters. The bookshop will hold a "Scary Stories Storytime" starting at 4:00. And we will, (of course!) be handing out candy to all our trick or treaters.
 
 

Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/

Monday, September 18, 2017

Congratulations are in order..

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 Congratulations to two Durham authors (and friends of The Regulator), Nancy MacLean and Tim Tyson, who both made the "long-list" for this year's National Book Award in nonfiction. 
There are just ten books on the long-list, so the fact that two of the books were written by Durham authors is pretty special. As is the fact that both of these books had SRO events at The Regulator. So big, major, super, over-the-top congrats to Nancy and Tim! May you both win!
 
 
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B Tyson 
 
Tom Recommends
I've been reading a great new paperback, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman. 
 
Tales of Two Americas is a collection of short pieces, mostly non-fiction, Two Americas written by an incredible line-up of 36 contemporary American authors, including folks like Sandra Cisneros, Richard Russo, Julia Alvarez, Anthony Doerr and Ann Patchett.  
 
The book is eloquent testimony to the power of storytelling to engage, humanize, create empathy, and deepen our understanding. You can read these pieces in any order-straight through, or start with your favorite authors, or start with authors you don't know. However you read it, I guarantee you'll emerge from your reading looking at the world with a fresh pair of eyes.
 
 Upcoming Events
AN EVENING OF SPECULATIVE FICTION & FANTASY with BECCA GOMEZ FARRELL, MUR LAFFERTY &  JAMES MAXEY
Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7PM
North Carolina proved fertile ground for nurturing Rebecca Gomez Farrell's first book, the epic fantasy Wings Unseen. To celebrate its release, Gomez Farrell returns to the Triangle and will be joined by local authors Mur Lafferty and James Maxey to read from their works. From dragons to invisible flesh-eaters to murder mysteries in space, this trio offers a little bit of everything sci-fi and fantasy.

Rebecca Gomez Farrell is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her debut fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, is being published by Meerkat Press and she will have new short stories in the Dark Luminous Wings and Through A Scanner Farkly anthologies this fall. A former Carpe Durham contributor, Becca's food and drink blog, the Gourmez.com, has garnered multiple accolades and influences every tasty bite of her fictional world building. Becca lives in Oakland, CA, with her tech wizard husband and two trickster cats.

James Maxey's mother warned him if he read too many comic books, they would warp his mind. Readers interested in sampling Maxey's odd ramblings might enjoy his science-fantasy Bitterwood series, the secondary world fantasy of his Dragon Apocalypse novels, his superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, or the steam-punk visions of Bad Wizard. In 2015, James was selected as the Piedmont Laureate. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his lovely and patient wife Cheryl and too many cats.

Mur Lafferty is a pioneer in podcasting and an exciting new voice in urban fantasy. Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her Ditch Diggers program is a Hugo finalist for the 2017 Best Fancast Award and The Shambling Guides 1 & 2, her urban fantasy novels from Orbit Books, have both won the Manly Wade Wellman Award. She started the I Should Be Writing podcast in 2005, making it one of the longest-running writing podcasts in existence. and co-founded Pseudopod, an Escape Pod spin-off presenting "the best in audio horror." In 2015, she was inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame for her solo work, and the shows she's hosted and/or created for Tor.com, Lulu, and Angry Robot Books. 
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, September 20, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!
 
NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)
Wednesday, September 20, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM
 
MICHAEL HARDT
Thursday, September 21, 7:00PM
Join us for a talk and book signing at The Regulator with Michael Hardt, author of Assembly, co-written with Antonio Negri. Assembly draws from ideas developed in Hardt and Negri's well-known Empire trilogy and lays out how contemporary social movements can better harness power to effect lasting change. They challenge the assumption that social movements should return to the leader-driven movements of the past and instead advocate for more democratic, multitude-driven decision making.
 
Michael Hardt teaches in the Literature Program at Duke University. He is co-author, with Antonio Negri, of the Empire trilogy: Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009), as well as Declaration (2012) and Assembly (2017).
 
JOHN STADDON
Monday, September 25, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes John Staddon, author of The Englishman: Memoirs of a Psychobiologist, for a reading and book signing.
Staddon's memoir traces his unusual path to becoming an academic and scientist -- from WWII London, to colonial Africa, and finally, to America, where he followed a slightly erratic graduate-school trajectory that ended up in a Harvard basement. The main part of The Englishman is about science; how biology transformed Staddon's worldview; Darwin; the evolving cybernetic revolution; and the experimental methods of influential and opinionated behaviorist B. F. Skinner. Staddon endeavors to make the scientific portion of his memoir as simple and nontechnical as possible, although a couple of graphs have intruded.
 
John Staddon is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Emeritus, at Duke University. He is a Faculty Affiliate at the John Locke Foundation and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York (UK). He has published more than 200 research papers and six books.
 
BRYANT SIMON
Tuesday, September 26, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire: A Hamlet Fire Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives, for a reading and book signing.
 
Simon uses a long-forgotten factory fire in small-town North Carolina to show how cut-rate food and labor have become the new American norm. For decades the small, quiet town of Hamlet, North Carolina, thrived thanks to the railroad. But by the 1980s, it had become a post-industrial backwater, a magnet for businesses looking for cheap labor with little or almost no official Hamlet newspaper oversight. One of these businesses was Imperial Foods. This factory that had never been inspected caught fire and 25 workers-mostly single mothers, many of whom were black-perished behind locked doors. 80 years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, industrial disasters were supposed to have been a thing of the past. After spending several years talking to the survivors of the fire, award-winning historian Bryant Simon has written a vivid, potent, and riveting social autopsy of this place and time that shows how cheap labor, cheap government, and cheap food came together in a way that was bound for tragedy.
 
Bryant Simon is a professor of history at Temple University. He is the author of Boardwalk of Dreams, Everything but the Coffee, and The Hamlet Fire (The New Press). His work and commentary have been featured in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and numerous other outlets. He lives in Philadelphia.
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, September 27, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
HOLLIS ROBBINS
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 PM
The co-editor of the new Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers will discuss this highly praised anthology, which offers an extraordinary range of voices of African American women in print before, during, and after the Civil War. Edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this collection comprises work from 49 writers arranged into sections of memoir, poetry, and essays on feminism, education, and the legacy of African American women writers. Many of these pieces engage with social movements like abolition, women's suffrage, temperance, and civil rights, but the thematic center is the intellect and personal ambition of African American women and includes well-known writers like Sojourner Truth, Hannah Crafts, and Harriet Jacobs, as well as lesser-known writers like Ella Sheppard, who offers a firsthand account of life in the world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. Taken together, these incredible works insist that the writing of African American women writers be read, remembered, and addressed.
 
An extraordinary historical record." -The New York Times Book Review
 
Hollis Robbins is Chair of the Humanities Department at Peabody Institute and Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She was recently named 2017-2018 Delta Delta Delta Fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park
 
DAREN WANG
Thursday, September 28, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Daren Wang, the Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival, for a reading and book signing of his first novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires. Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain) calls Wang's debut, "a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War."

Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father's barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South. As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.

Daren Wang is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country. Before launching the festival, he had a twenty-year career in public radio, both national and local, with a particular focus on books and authors. Wang has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paste magazine, and Five Points magazine, among others. The Hidden Light of Northern Fires is his first novel.
 
  
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