Friday, July 17, 2015

New neighbors, new events, and reading is good for us!

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Odds and Ends: New Ninth Street neighbors, opportunities to donate books for children and to promote literacy, the benefits of reading
Welcome to our new Ninth Street neighbors!El Chamo

 

 

We've been hearing great things about our two new Ninth Street neighbors:

 

Epa Chamo Venezuelan Arepas Bar and Grill, 730 Ninth Street  https://www.facebook.com/epachamovenezuelanarepas  

 

 

 

and Vintage Home South: purveyor of charming home décor, 764 Ninth Street.

VintagHomeSouth  http://www.vintagehomesouth.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/vintagehomesouth  

 

 

 

Take a stroll down the block and say hello to our tasty and tasteful new locally owned businesses!

 

 

 

 

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Promote reading in Durham!

--A reminder that we are a drop-off spot for donations for Book Harvest  (http://bookharvestnc.org/) an organization that does a wonderful job of putting books in the hands of area children in need. If you are finally ready to part with some of your old children's books (your 16 year old is probably not going to be rereading "Hop on Pop" anytime soon...), donate those books to Book Harvest!

 

--The Durham Literacy center is looking for book groups to sponsor students in their community literacy program. If you think your book group might be interested, email Samantha Smith (samantas@live.unc.edu) for more information.

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Here are links to a couple of recent articles we found interesting (because they imply we'd all be better off if we read more books!)

--Reading literary fiction increases our empathy for other people: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/oct/08/literary-fiction-improves-empathy-study 

--Screen addiction is taking a toll on children:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/screen-addiction-is-taking-a-toll-on-children/?emc=eta1 

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And finally, we just have to let you know that:

--On this day in 1947, Jack Kerouac set out on his first cross-country road trip  

Upcoming Events

JON ACUFF

Friday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes-by choice or necessity-and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Throughout Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, And Never Get Stuck, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories-not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.

 

YA BOOK CLUB

Friday, July 17th, 6:00 p.m.

Come one, come all to the greatest book club of all! Do you love YA? Are you interested in discussing or starting to read YA? The we'd love to have you! This is a book club for all ages, the only requirement is that you are interested in the young adult genre. (This is to discuss the book alone, not a writer's group). Hosted by Isabel of Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews. Snacks will be provided. This month we'll be reading The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

 

TOM YOUNG

Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m.

In Tom Young's latest novel The Hunters we find our heros in a Somalia infested with armed clans, pirates, poverty, and, increasingly, terrorism. Parson and Gold are about to face all of them firsthand. An al-Shabaab leader called The Sheikh has declared all aid a sin against God, and he launches attacks against planes and convoys to stop it. If that weren't bad enough, a Hollywood actress and activist has flown into Somalia to make a documentary, and, as far as Parson is concerned, she might as well paint targets on their backs. The mission becomes even more complicated when they encounter a wounded teenage al-Shabaab fighter, who might be seeking asylum--or a chance to kill. Young will be in the store for reading and signing.

 

As well as being an author and journalist, Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries.  

   

SUSAN CRANDALL

Monday, July 20, 7:00 p.m.

The Flying Circus is a story of three people from very different backgrounds-an

emotionally damaged WW1 pilot; a privileged young woman left penniless; and the son of flying circus

German immigrant farmers, on the run from shocking accusations, set adrift by life-altering

circumstances.  As they embark on a journey across America's heartland in the Roaring Twenties, they explore the expanding role of aviation-from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing. Forming an unlikely makeshift family composed of members as adventurous as they are vulnerable and as fascinating as they are flawed, the three companions uncover a world of self-discovery within themselves-but nevertheless, one of them must pay the price.

 

A Midwesterner based in Indianapolis, Susan Crandall is a critically acclaimed author. Her last book, Whistling Past the Graveyard, won the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Fiction and

garnered rave reviews from Shape magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Fort Worth

Star Telegram and many more.

 

 

KATIE ROSE GUEST  PRYAL

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 p.m.

Entanglement tells the story of awkward, twenty-one-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor.  After college, Greta's father kicks her out. She moves to L.A. with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.  When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne's desperate tactics just push Greta farther away. Reeling, Daphne betrays Greta while throwing a dangerous man in her path. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?

Katie Rose Guest Pryal works and lives in Chapel Hill as a novelist, journalist, and lawyer.  She contributes regularly to The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Toast, Dame Magazine, and other national venues.  

 

SAMUEL FROMARTZ in conversation with Steven Petrow

Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 p.m.

Samuel Fromartz chronicles a rip-roaring baking adventure with his latest book In Search of the Perfect Loaf:  A Home Baker's Odyssey.  In 2009, Fromartz was offered the perfect loaf assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie.  For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and bread-baking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.   

 

Samuel Fromartz is a veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection of the food, farming and the environment. He is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

 

KATHLEEN DUVAL

Thursday, July 30, 7:00 p.m

Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America's marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost:  Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida's Gulf Coast.

 

Kathleen Duval teaches Early American history and American Indian history at UNC. Her previous books include The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent, winner of the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award from the Arkansas Historical Association. She is also co-editor of Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America.

  

Learn more on these and all of our upcoming events  

on the Events Calendar on our web site.  

Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer reading and July Events

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May We Suggest?

Summertime, and the readin' is easy. Books are jumpin', right off of our shelves. In wisdom they're rich, and their covers good lookin'. So come on and browse now, don't be shy. (Apologies to DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin).

 

Well yes, there is a special pleasure to reading in the summer. Here in Durham at least its often too hot and humid to spend much time outside. What to do? Well, to ruin yet another classic song (The Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea")--"Readin a good book, in the A/C, oh yeah; On the sofa in my living room, that's where I'll be.."

 

But you're going to need a whole stack of good books next to that sofa, or you'll have to get up every time you're ready for a new book! We suggest the following plan of action. Browse first, then get horizontal and read.

 

It happens that we've just shelved 20 boxes of new sale books in the coolest part of The Regulator, our downstairs "Bargain Basement." So you can be chill and pile up the bargains.

 

Upstairs, here are a few new paperbacks that have caught our eye:

 

--Dear Committee Members, a novel by Julie Schumacher. A beleaguered professor of creative writing writes letters of recommendation for his students. You'll be laughing out loud as you read this-which makes it a great book to read in a public space!

  Vacationers

--The Vacationers, a novel by Emma Straub. A perfect beach read-a marvelous novel about a quite imperfect family vacation. An wonderfully well-written combination of wit and warmth.

 

--In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. An award-winning tale of a harrowing 1879 voyage to the Arctic. Warning: you may find yourself wanting to go out and stand in the hot sun after reading this one.

 

--Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local-and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy. The story of the Basset Furniture Company in southwest Virginia. We sold dozens of copies of this book in hardback, and it made lots of lists of the "Best Books of the Year."

Upcoming Events: including Yoga, Civil Rights, and Moore's Law

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 4th 

 

SAGE ROUNTREE

Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

In Everyday Yoga: At-Home Routines to Enhance Fitness, Build Strength, and Restore Your Body, certified coach and registered yoga teacher Sage Rountree shares Everyday Yoga the yoga positions and exercises she has developed in her own yoga studio and working with active people during her popular yoga clinics around the country. She guides experienced yoga practitioners and yoga beginners on the best ways to design and develop their own at-home yoga routines.

 

Sage Rountree lives in Chapel Hill and co-owns the Carolina Yoga Company with locations in Carrboro, Durham, and Hillsborough where she heads the 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training program. She is the author of six books, including The Athlete's Guide to Yogaand Racing Wisely.

 

BENJAMIN HEDIN

Wednesday July 8, 7: 00 p.m.

In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now, follows Benjamin Hedin as he set out to look for the Civil Rights movement of the 21st century. "I wanted to find the movement in its contemporary guise," he writes, "which also meant answering the critical question of what happened to it after the 1960s." He profiles legendary figures, like John Lewis, Robert Moses, and Julian Bond, and also visits with contemporary leaders such as William Barber II and the staff of the Dream Defenders. But just as powerful--and instructional--are the stories of those whose work goes unrecorded, the organizers and teachers who make all the rest possible. In these pages the movement is portrayed as never before, as a vibrant tradition of activism that remains in our midst.

 

Benjamin Hedin has written for The New Yorker, Slate, The Nation, and The Chicago Tribune. He's the editor of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, and the producer and author of a forthcoming documentary film, The Blues House.

 

MEG GOODHAND AND OMAR CURRIE

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 pm

Featuring Omar Currie reading King and King

Please come out to enjoy Omar's story time and help support Safe Schools NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students and educators in North Carolina with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The Regulator will provide books that you may purchase (at a 20% discount) to donate to a local school or teacher to help promote awareness and a diverse inclusive curriculum in schools. The books will be dispersed at the 1st annual SafeSchools conference in November.

 

S T KIMBROUGH, JR.

Saturday, July 11, 3:00 p.m.

Out of the experience of living in Europe as a youth, a tragic accident, a lengthy hospitalization and loss of a leg, The Cadillac Poems of Steven Forris Kimbrough 1958-2010 offers a collection of the poetry of the late Steven Forris Kimbrough. With a mastery of multiple languages, a deep love of nature, an earnest concern for the poor and marginalized (especially Native Americans), a desire to love and be loved, and a deep faith, his poetry is filled with images, metaphors, and a keen understanding of human nature and emotion with which everyone can identify.

 

ARNOLD THACKRAY

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm

Gordon Moore led nothing short of a revolution. In Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore's life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of twentieth-century technology is littered with overblown "revolutions." Moore's Law is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like.

 

Arnold Thackray is active in the public life of scholarship, serving on a number of boards, including those of the American Council on Education, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is a fellow of the Royal Societies of Chemistry and of History, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.

 

JON ACUFF

Friday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes-by choice or necessity-and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Throughout Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, And Never Get Stuck, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories-not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.

 

YA BOOK CLUB

Friday, July 17th, 6:00 p.m.

Come one, come all to the greatest book club of all! Do you love YA? Are you interested in discussing or starting to read YA? The we'd love to have you! This is a book club for all ages, the only requirement is that you are interested in the young adult genre. (This is to discuss the book alone, not a writer's group). Hosted by Isabel of Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews. Snacks will be provided. This month we'll be reading The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

 

TOM YOUNG

Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m.

In Tom Young's latest novel The Hunters we find our heros in a Somalia infested with armed clans, pirates, poverty, and, increasingly, terrorism. Parson and Gold are about to face all of them firsthand. An al-Shabaab leader called The Sheikh has declared all aid a sin against God, and he launches attacks against planes and convoys to stop it. If that weren't bad enough, a Hollywood actress and activist has flown into Somalia to make a documentary, and, as far as Parson is concerned, she might as well paint targets on their backs. The mission becomes even more complicated when they encounter a wounded teenage al-Shabaab fighter, who might be seeking asylum--or a chance to kill. Young will be in the store for reading and signing.

 

As well as being an author and journalist, Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries.  

 

Learn more on these and all of our upcoming events  

on the Events Calendar on our web site.  

Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Four books, four authors--a week at The Regulator

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Four Books and Four Authors--next week at The Regulator

 

I've been having a fine time these last 10 days or so reading books by the authors who are visiting The Regulator in the coming week. Three books of non-fiction, one of fiction. Each as different from the others as can be, but each completely engrossing. How about I tell you something about them?

 

The first is  Lesser Beasts: A Snout to Tail History of the Humble Pig by Mark Essig. Mark Essig moved to Asheville in 2006, to teach at nearby Warren Wilson College. His curiosity peaked by a historical marker that said that "livestock drovers" once traversed a Lesser Beasts road near his home, he tried to find out more. It turned out the livestock in question was pigs, giant herds of them, which were driven from Tennessee to South Carolina and Georgia, where they fed slaves and sharecroppers. Fascinated, Essig set out to learn all about pigs-and he shares the fruits of his labors in his engaging new book. Pigs were so important in early America that in 1845 it was noted that a family "is in a desperate way when the mother can see the bottom of the pork-barrel." Thus the phrase "scraping the bottom of the barrel" To say nothing of "pork barrel spending."

 

Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable protein, pigs are nothing short of a gastronomic godsend yet their flesh is banned in many cultures, and the animals themselves are maligned as filthy, lazy brutes. As Essig reveals in "Lesser Beasts," swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous.

 

Even in some odd corners of the developed world there are folks who still eat a lot of pork. (We'll take a vote Monday night on who has the best barbecue in the Triangle-and hope that no fights break out!). All you "true cue" fanatics out there will enjoy hearing from Mark Essig, Monday night, 7:00, at The Regulator.

 

 

Next up is our friend Charlie Thompson, "farmer turned activist and Duke University professor" (at the Center for Documentary Studies). Charlie's new book is Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S. Mexico Divide. Fluent in Spanish, Charlie and his wife Hope traveled the length of the U.S./Mexico border, talking with and taking pictures of Border Odyssey folks on both sides. What emerged is a tapestry of stories-some sad, some terrible, some surprising, some heartening. And though Charlie has clearly done his research, he doesn't write like an academic. He engages with people from all walks of life, Mexican and American, and tells their stories. Stories of how the border, the wall, and the policies of both the U.S. ad Mexico have changed their lives. As Thompson says in the book:

 

"We needed to go to the place where countless innocent people had been kicked, cussed, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. It would become clear that the border, la frontera,was more multifaceted and profound than anything we could have invented about it from afar."

 

This is a wonderful, clear-sighted book. Your thinking about the border will be changed by reading it. Charles Thompson will read from and discuss his new book Tuesday at 7:00 at the Durham County Main Library, downtown at 300 North Roxboro St.  

 

 

Wednesday evening brings Joel K. Bourne Jr. with his new book, The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World. I don't often call a book "important," but I feel Bourne the need to use that word with this book. Bourne begins The End of Plenty with some pretty scary facts. Thanks to the "Green Revolution" that got underway in the 1960's, world-wide food production between 1960 and 2000 was able to roughly keep pace with a doubling of planetary population during that time, from 3 billion to 6 billion. But since 2000, the world has consumed more grain than it has produced 8 years out of 12, whittling down global stockpiles to less than 70 days of consumption. Going forward, we need to factor in global population growth of nearly 80 million people a year and the disruptive agricultural effects of global warming. Hmm...

 

Bourne's book though is not all doom and gloom. Much of the book is taken up with stories of people all around the world who are doing things that can be part of the solution to the end of plenty. (And Bourne is clear that there is not one solution, but that many will be needed). Joel Bourne, a contributing writer for National Geographic, has traveled the world researching this book. His travels bring him to The Regulator Wednesday at 7:00. Everyone who likes to eat should consider coming to hear him.

 

 

OK, now we're ready for a little fictional break. Thursday night we host Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, who will read from his new novel, Love May Love May Fail Fail. Kirkus Reviews may have the best summary of this new novel's plot: "When a metal head princess, a reformed junkie, a fast-talking woman of God, and a despondent retired teacher walk into a book, unpredictable chaos ensues." But how could Kirkus leave out the dog named Albert Camus?

 

Love May Fail follows forty-something Portia Kane and some of her former high school buddies as they try to help their inspiring old high school English teacher, who is now down on his luck. Meanwhile, of course, Portia and her friends all have issues of their own. Portia, for example, has just escaped her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, and is now living with her hoarder mother in southern New Jersey. The movie rights to Love May Fail have already been sold. Come by the bookshop Thursday at 7:00 to hear who Mathew Quick thinks would make a good Portia!

 

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Regulator Bookshop
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Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
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