Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Discount Members Sale This Weekend!

Our special “Royal Wedding” Discount Club Sale starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday. In honor of the goings-on in Jolly Old England this Friday morning, all of our books in English will be on sale!

Wednesday April 27th through Sunday May 1st, discount club members will get:
20% off on all new books
30% off on all sale books and used books

If you can’t make it to the store—if you’re in London for the wedding this weekend?—you can order by phone (919-286-2700) or through our web site (www.regulatorbookshop.com). The 20% new book discount will apply to most special orders placed during the sale as well.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The (Hilarious) Future of Books

Leave it to McSweeney's.

Some highlights from James Warner's article:

2020: All Books Will Be
Cross-Platform and Interactive.
Future "books" will be bundled with soundtracks, musical leitmotifs, 3-D graphics, and streaming video. They'll be enhanced with social bookmarking, online dating, and alerts from geo-networking apps whenever someone in your locality purchases the same book as you— anything so you don't have to actually read the thing.

2030: All Books Will Be
Crowdsourced and Cloud-Based.

2040: Authors Will
Become Like Tamagotchi.

2050: Analog Reading Will Be
Digitally Simulated.

2070: We Will All Become Cyborgs.

2080: A Golden Age of
Informational Fluidity.
For the benefit of those people at future-of-publishing panels—there's always one, for some reason—who insist it's really not about the text but the smell of the book, books will by this time be available exclusively as lines of fragrances. Subsequently, humans will modify themselves into a species with a powerful olfactory sense, able to read underwater by decoding strings of pheronomes. Aroma-bibliography will triumph, as vast epics are composed for newly developed scent receptors, transforming the rising seas into a giant bath of community-assisted transmedia content. Also around this time, the oral literature of dolphins will be deciphered and will turn out, inexplicably, to be all about vampires.

Read the whole glorious piece at: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2011/3/24warner.html

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Alexandra Styron here tomorrow night!

Great reviews of Reading My Father from

--USA Today: http://tinyurl.com/3gpl4rz

--Entertainment Weekly: http://tinyurl.com/42o7kaf

--The folks at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: http://tinyurl.com/62mdy9t

And then there's this from the bookstore's email:

By any standard, William Styron was one of the major literary voices of the last 50 years. The author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice, he also penned an extraordinary book about serious depression as viewed from the inside: Darkness Visible.

Now his youngest child, Alexandra Styron, has written a remarkable memoir about her father: a man who, though a gifted, successful writer, was haunted by the "noonday demon" of depression throughout his life. Although the book is told through the lens of "a childhood in an intellectually glittering, artistically engaged, and emotionally precarious household" (Geraldine Brooks), Reading My Father is not primarily concerned with wallowing in family tragedies. Rather it is a clear-eyed, compassionate look at the toll that Styron's illness took on his own life, on his writing, and on his family. And it is one of the best books about a writer that I have ever read.

Alexandra Styron has clearly inherited her father's skills as a writer and storyteller. And in the final analysis, she has not written a dark book--there are too many wonderful characters and incredible stories here for that. It is a beautifully written, deeply humane look at a great writer and a troubled human being.

The Regulator is honored to host Alexandra Styron's inaugural event for Reading My Father this Wednesday evening (April 20th) at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Paris USED to be the Food Capitol of the World...

But that's so over:

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Local cookbook author and owner of Foster’s Market, Sara Foster, will launch her new book, Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Soulful, Traditional, Seasonal, with a reading, signing and tasting. Bill Smith, local chef and author, writes, “In her Southern Kitchen, Sara uses her simple yet sophisticated style of cooking to introduce us to the foods she grew up with in Tennessee. Some of the recipes are traditional, others have been adapted to modern times. All will tempt people who love to cook.”

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Food writer and cooking instructor Sheri Castle will discuss and sign copies of her new book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Samples will be served! “Castle has written an Asparagus-to-Zucchini compendium of delectable recipes with deep southern soul,” write Matt and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern. “Interwoven throughout is Castle’s own narrative—of a North Carolina gal who found her way home through cooking and gardening—told in an engaging, encouraging voice that home cooks will enjoy having close to the stove.”

Friday, April 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
James Beard nominee and chef/owner of Lantern Restaurant Andrea Reusing will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes. Samples will be served! With an emphasis on local ingredients, this collection is a “mix of childhood favorites, standbys that can be prepared quickly, simple restaurant dishes, and celebration dishes to feed a crowd.” This is a book to sit-down-and-read, as well as open-and-use.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Cookbook author Patricia Wells will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season. The author of ten previous books, Wells also runs a well-known cooking school in Paris and Provence. She was also the restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune from 1980 to 2007.