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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Shop Independent Durham Week Starts Saturday!
Keep Your Dough in Durham
Saturday November 28 through Sunday December 6th The Regulator will be joining more than 50 other locally owned independent businesses in Durham to celebrate Shop Independent Durham Week. The 55 participating businesses will be offering special sales and promotions throughout the week. See the complete listing on the Sustain-a-Bull website: http://www.sustainabull.net/
Here at The Regulator we'll have dozens of our most present-able books on sale, 20% off. Look for the red "Holiday Sale" tags in the store, or you can see the complete list of these sale titles at this link. And we'll be hosting great events all week long, starting with a children's storytime Saturday morning at 10:30. Highlights next week include no fewer than three new books about basketball, a new cookbook from local chef extraordinaire Sara Foster and more. See below for our complete events listing.
So what's the big deal about shopping at locally owned, independent businesses, you might ask?
For one thing, there's a big economic benefit for our local community.
Studies have shown that for every $100.00 spent at a locally owned independent business, $45.00 stays in the local community.
Spend that $100.00 at a local outlet of a national chain and only $13.00 stays local.
Spend $100.00 at a national on-line retailer and pretty much nothing stays in our community.
At The Regulator, 21% of the money you spend here goes directly to our employees. 24% goes to other local folks who bring us supplies, keep our computers running, broker our insurance, file our taxes, etc. etc. And to our great local publishers and authors, whose books we sell.
But there's more to it than just dollars and cents.
The Regulator provides a comfortable, relaxed space where people can spend time surrounded by books, in the company of people who care about books. This is a place where friendly, charming, informative, and often amazing conversations happen every day, sometimes between total strangers. A place where you can "listen in" as parents read stories to their young children. A place where you can hear and talk with authors from all over the world. A place where you can join in our "community conversations," like those we've recently hosted about race and mortality.
When you shop at The Regulator you are supporting a place that gives back to the community, that enriches the life of our community, that does things that create community in the first place. We thank you for your support, and we pledge to continue our efforts to uphold our end of our partnership with our fair city. And meanwhile, we hope you will remember to
Shop Independent Durham!
If you are looking for books for children, you can't do any better than checking the new "Best Books for Young Readers" catalog from the Association of Booksellers for Children. You can see these titles through this link on our website: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/holiday/ABC/index.html or you can pick up a physical copy of the catalog in the bookstore.
Saturday, November 28, 10:30 a.m. (please note the time)
Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. Her love of reading stemmed from reading as a child and it continued to blossom and grow as she got older. Some of her favorite authors include Dr. Seuss, Todd Parr, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, J.K Rowling, Jeannette Walls, Harper Lee and more. She reads whenever she has the chance and is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite childrens books with your children.
In The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama, Alex Wolff looks into how basketball affected President Obama as he was growing up, the part it played in his campaigns and in his time in the White House. During the Obama presidency, there has been an ongoing exchange between basketball and politics. "Audacity of Hoop" is part biography, part political analysis and part cultural study, with 125 photos of Obama playing.
Alexander Wolff is a writer for Sports Illustrated and has written several books about basketball. He is the former owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves, a basketball team in the Premier Basketball League.
Sara Foster, the award-winning cookbook author and restaurateur continues the tradition of soulful yet simple, seasonally inspired cooking, where tradition meets modern. Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection presents fresh, satisfying creations that are casual enough for everyday family meals, but special enough to serve friends and guests. Foster will bring samples from her collection to the reading.
Sara Foster is the owner of Foster's Market, the acclaimed gourmet take-out store/café in Durham, North Carolina, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. She is also the author of several cookbooks, including The Foster's Market Cookbook, winner of the Best Cookbook Award from the Southeast Booksellers Association, Fresh Everyday, Sara Foster's Casual Cooking, and Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen. Sara has appeared on numerous television shows including Martha Stewart Living Television and NBC's Today Show. She has also been featured in magazines such as More, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, and Bon Appétit.
Johnny Moore's book has everything a fan of the Blue Devils would want to know, trivia, history, places to visit in Durham. If you're a Tar Heel fan, Art Chansky's book is the counterpoint, with significant sites in Chapel Hill, history and trivia about UNC-CH. We'll hear about the 100 Things Duke Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and the 100 Things North Carolina Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Johnny Moore works at Duke University where he is a radio and television producer. Moore is the coauthor of The Blue Divide and has been involved with Duke athletics for nearly 40 years. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2005. Moore has interviewed many Duke coaches and players. He lives in Durham.
Art Chansky is the other coauthor of The Blue Divide. Chansky, originally from Boston, graduated from UNC where he covered sports as a student reporter. He has been fascinated with the Carolina-Duke riv alry since 1968. Chansky is the author of The Dean's List; Light Blue Reign; and Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina, Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops.
with Rob McDonald, Daniel Wallace, Jill McCorkle, Zelda Lockhart and Bronwen Dickey
Friday December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Rob McDonald photographed 25 writers and their homes in North and South Carolina for Carolina Writers at Home. The writers discuss the environment that works for them and explain the objects that surround them. The book shows where these writers live and gives some fascinating insight into their writing process. Local writers Daniel Wallace, Jill McCorkle, Zelda Lockhart, and Bronwen Dickey will join Rob McDonald to read from their sections.
Rob McDonald, who is originally from rural Marion County, SC, teaches literature and writing at Virginia Military Institute. He was a nominee for the 2014 Vienna PhotoBook Prize and a recipient of a 2013 fellowship in visual arts from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
POETS FROM THE HERON CLAN Saturday December 5, 7:00 p.m. Poems from the Heron Clan is the third volume of an anthology series of poets from the USA and Asia. There are 33 poets in this volume, including 16 from North Carolina. Poets from India, Thailand, and South Korea are also included. Local poets Meg Wethington, Phil Morse, Kitty Bergel, and Elio Soldi will be in the shop to share their poetry. There will be an open microphone after the feature poets for more local talent to read.
NICOLE SARROCCO NC School of Science and Math Sunday December 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (please note the time and location) Lit by Lightning: An Occasionally True Account of One Girl's Dust-ups with Ghosts, Electricity, and Granny's Ashes is the debut novel from Nicole Sarrocco who teaches at the NC School of Science and Math. Lit by Lightning is both personal and universal. It is a story with a Southern perspective about finding grace in chaos, creating meaning from nonsense, and for heaven's sake not making too much of a spectacle of yourself. The reading will be at the NC School of Science and Math.
While this is Sarrocco's first novel, the sequel to Lit By Lightning, Ill-Mannered Ghosts is expected to come out in 2016. She has also written a poetry collection titled Karate Bride (2005). Her poems have appeared in various journals, most recently in Kakalak. She lives just outside the city limits of Raleigh, NC, in a haunted house with her husband, daughter, son, dog, and groundhogs. Sarrocco teaches English and History at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
BARRY SAUNDERS Wednesday December 9, 7:00 p.m. And the Horse You Rode in On, Saunders, is a compilation of Barry Saunders' News and Observer columns from 1999 to 2005. Saunders provides his opinion, complaints, context and recommendations on issues of interest to Triangle residents. He's hilarious, sometimes outrageous in this review of the events, people and places that made the news in NC in the earliest years of the 21st century.
Barry Saunders has written his sometimes polarizing columns at the Raleigh News & Observer since 1993. He has a reputation as the most loved and hated columnist the newspaper has. Saunders lives in Durham.
SATURDAY STORYTIME with Courtney Saffie Saturday December 12, 10:30 a.m. Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. Her love of reading stemmed from reading as a child and it continued to blossom and grow as she got older. Some of her favorite authors include Dr. Seuss, Todd Parr, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, J.K Rowling, Jeannette Walls, Harper Lee and more. She reads whenever she has the chance and is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite children's books with your children.
For children age 3-8. Note the time.
JUDY HOGAN Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. In The Sands of Gower: The First Penny Weaver Mystery, Penny Weaver begins the "empty nest" phase of her life with a two week vacation in a bed and breakfast in Wales. When a German guest is murdered Penny and Detective Inspector Kenneth Morgan work on solving the case. Penny and Kenneth find a strong attraction developing between them. Penny's outspoken American character conflicts with the more conservative locals and during this post WWII period British feelings about Germans complicate the case.