--Shop Independent Durham Week starts Saturday. We start the week off with some very special guests. And we'll be part of 50 local businesses offering special deals from Saturday November 29 through Sunday December 7.
--Announcing our Holiday Sale Titles. 25 hand-picked, engaging, present-able books, 20% off through the end of the year.
--We invite you to check out the new "Good Reading" link on our web site.
--We go Beyond Books, including a selection of "subversive" games
--Our December author events.
Shop Independent Durham Week
Starting this Saturday, November 29th, and running through Sunday December 7th, The Regulator will be joining with 49(!) other locally owned-independent businesses to celebrate Shop Independent Durham Week. All over town, the businesses that make Durham unique will be offering discounts, deals, contests and give-aways. See www.sustainabull.net for all the details.
Here at the Regulator will be offering 20% off on a couple dozen great, giftable books, and we will be raffling off $100, $50, and $25 gift certificates.
We'll be kicking things off on Saturday (which also happens to be "Indies First" day at independent bookstores all over the country) with:
--Guest Bookseller Appearances by local authors Jim Wise (10:00 a.m.), David Cecelski (11:00), Lee Smith (1:00), and Laurent Dubois (3:00), and
--Local musicians James Olin Oden (guitar and vocals) and Donovan McCain (mandolin) will be playing Appalacian, flamingo and Celtic music from 12:30 to 2:30.
Come join the fun!
Support your community this holiday season! Keep your dough in Durham! Plan your holiday shopping on the sustain-a-bull web site!
Our Holiday Sale Titles
We have hand-picked 25 engaging, (and sometimes quirky) books that we will have on sale, 20% off, through the end of the year. We hope you might find one or two of these titles to be perfectly present-able for the right person on your list. These titles are marked with red "Holiday Sale" tags in the store, and you can see the whole list on our web site, at https://www.regulatorbookshop.com/holiday-sale-titles-1
I especially enjoyed picking the "quirky" titles for this list, among which are:
Then there is the newly revised and updated edition of Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes. Got a hardware geek on your list? (And we are not just talking about computers here. We're talking waterworks, the power grid, bridges, communication, shipping, aviation recycling, etc.). How does our modern society physically function? And what is all that stuff that we often see driving around? What does it do? Why does it look like it does? Days of fun and fascination await the right recipient of this book.
We've recently added a "Good Reading" menu at the top of our web site, where we have links to recommended reading from our staff, from librarians, from book reviews, and from the judges who select major book awards. Here (http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/good-reading) you can learn, for example that the number one title that public library staff across the country most enjoyed recommending in 2014 was The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin, published by our friends and neighbors down the road in Chapel Hill. ("The Storied Life..." comes out in paperback December 2nd).
We'll be adding to these pages frequently. If you're looking for good reading, add our web site to your bookmarks!
Even die-hard booksellers like us will admit, when pressed, that there are times when a yet another book might not be the best present for someone. For these folks, we have a bunch of new "non-book items" including a great selection of puzzles, ranging from 60 to 1000 pieces.
We have also brought in a table full of "Cooperative Games" from Canada. With most games, the players compete among each other to see who wins. With cooperative games, the players have to cooperate with each other to reach a goal. Some of these games can be played by folks as young as 3 years old, others are good for teenagers and adults. But let the buyer beware! Some folks may consider these games to be un-American (they are from Canada, after all) and subversive. We think that just adds to their appeal.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 7p.m.
When an orphan sets out on his vision quest in Anung's Journey, he sees clearly that his purpose in life is to find the greatest chief of all and tell him of the many acts of kindness the mothers and fathers of the village have given to him. In his quest to find the greatest chief, Anung travels through the 13 tribes of the First Nations, across forests, plains, water, and desert. Along the way, he is accompanied by Turtle, the interpreter of all languages. He finds friends in the most unlikely of places--a squirrel's nest, a mother bear's den, and a city filled with people from every tribe. At each stop, Anung and his drum sing of his mothers and fathers and his quest to meet the greatest chief. This ancient legend, told in the beautifully poetic style of Carl Nordgren, begs to be read aloud and savored. The book for young readers and families also features 10 beautiful paper cut illustrations by artist Brita Wolf.
LYNN CHANDLER WILLIS
Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.
In Lynn Willis' latest offering, Wink of an Eye: A Mystery, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. His dad was a deputy with the Sheriff's department and was found hanged in their backyard. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Against his better judgment, Gypsy agrees to snoop around to see what he can find. Between dealing with his now married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter, and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him. Willis will be in the store to read and sign books.
Friday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend's weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott's debut short story collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott's language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters' lives. Elliot will be in the store to read and sign books.
AN EVENING WITH LIVINGSTON PRESS
Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
We're happy to host a lively reading by three fiction authors: Gregg Cussick, L.C. Fiore, and Miriam Herrin. Come hear stories of crashing dirigibles (My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible), the mingling of eco-terrorists and Christian evangelicals (Green Gospel), murder, intrigue, and a journey that winds its way through Carolina, Boston, and eventually through the jungles of Southeast Asia (Absolution).
ART CHANSKY & JOHNNY MOORE
Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.
A complete look at the storied basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, this guide is penned by two authorities on the subject-Art Chansky, a bestselling author and sports reporter who has covered the famed match up since his days as a student reporter at UNC and Johnny Moore, who has been intimately involved with Duke athletics for nearly four decades. Segmenting the various commonalities the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have shared for more than 60 years and nearly 250 meetings on the court, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of the rivalry between these two schools that stand a mere 10 miles apart. The Blue Divide: Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road offers new details on long-forgotten stories as well as a chance to better understand where the pride and passion of today comes from between the two contiguous competitors. Chansky and Moore will be in the store for a discussion and signing.
Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis gave rock and roll its devil's edge; caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his thirteen-year-old second cousin-his third wife of seven; ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women; nearly met his maker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he started with; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock-and survived it all to be hailed as "one of the most creative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience." Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer's life as he lived it, and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard of Southern life: Rick Bragg. He will be in the store for a reading/discussion and signing.
Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.
Solitary, graceful, and contemplative, cats have inspired poets from Charles Baudelaire to Margaret Atwood to serve as their chroniclers and celebrants. They have appeared, wrapped in their inscrutability, in verse both sensual and spiritual, weary and whimsical. With Familiars, the beloved North Carolina novelist and poet Fred Chappell proves himself a worthy addition to the fellowship of poets who have sought to immortalize their beloved cats. Chappell will be in the store to read and sign books.