Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Discount Club Sale and Upcoming Events

Discount Club Sale This Weekend!
We'll be having our spring discount club sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All books in the store will be 20% off for everyone in our discount club. New books, used books, sale books--if it's a book it will be 20% off!* Books ordered during the sale will be eligible for the sale terms as well.
What could be better than a springtime stroll down Ninth Street and a nice leisurely browse through (what we hope is) your favorite bookstore? If you really can't make it to the store, all eligible title will be 20% off on our website as well.
*(With the exception of a very few special orders that come to us at short
Books Worth Buying
So what should you buy during the sale? Well, there's a lot to choose from, as our inventory system tells us we presently have more than 12,000 different titles on hand. Allow me to take a moment to tell you something about each of these books...
Not really! But here are 10 books that might be of interest:

--The Summer Before The War, a new novel by Helen Simonson (the author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)
--The Little Red Chairs, a new novel by Edna Obrien.
--Sunny's Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World by Dimestore Tim Sultan. One of my current favorites!
--H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Now in paperback. 
--Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith. Another of my current favorites! Signed copies available. Be sure to come hear Lee here at The Regulator on Thursday April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
And we still have signed copies of great books from some of our recent events:

Upcoming Events
Former Regulator Jaimee Hills, Rev William J. Barber Jr., and Dr. Danielle Ofri highlight our events for the next two weeks.

Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Michael Muhammad Knight will be at The Regulator Bookshop to discuss his newest book, Why I am a Salafi, in which he posits an alternative Islam that celebrates freaks, misfits, and heretical innovators. This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. This event is free and open to the public.
"Knight's ambitious scope and captivating voice make 'Why I Am a Salafi' a must-read for those interested in an alternative side of Islam." -Publishers Weekly Starred Review
MICHAEL MUHAMMAD KNIGHT converted to Islam at 16, after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and at 17 he traveled to to Pakistan to study Islam at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. He is the author of ten books, including The Taqwacores, Tripping with Allah, Journey to the End of Islam, and William S. Burroughs vs. the Qur'an. He lives in North Carolina.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:00 p.m.
In Galaxie Wagon, Darnell Arnoult navigates the territory of middle age to find humor, heartbreak, and wisdom in a phase of life where the body begins to betray itself, yet romance is still possible and childhood dreams are still attainable. Deceptively simple yet carefully crafted, these engaging poems teach us how memory and attention point us toward our future and grapple with the great paradox: the undeniable knowledge of the finite and an indefatigable belief in the infinite.
"A poet of great compassion and eloquence."-Booklist
A native of Virginia, Darnell Arnoult teaches at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She lived in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC for twenty years and worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.
Join Jaimee Hills (How to Avoid Speaking) and Jennifer Whitaker (The Blue Hour) for the launch of their new poetry collections.
Jaimee Hills's debut collection, winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, "How to Avoid Speaking," explores a philosophy of the awkward, and the memento mori, in an investigation of what it means to own a body and speak through it. A former Regulator Bookshop staffer and alumna of UNC-Greensboro, Jaimee teaches in the English department at Marquette University and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Fairy tales both familiar and obscure create a threshold and Jennifer Whitaker's "The Blue Hour" pulls us over it. With precise language and rich detail, Whitaker's poems unflinchingly create an eerie world marked by abuse, asking readers not just to bear witness but to try to understand how we make meaning in the face of the meaningless violence. Jennifer Whitaker lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she teaches poetry writing and is Director of the University Writing Center at UNC-Greensboro.
Saturday, April 2, 10:30 AM
Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. She is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite children's books with your children, ages 3 to 8. Courtney holds her cozy, inspired story-times every other Saturday morning at 10:30.
Sunday, April 3, 4:30PM -- Please note the time.
Robin Conley will discuss her new book, Confronting the Death Penalty: How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative linguistic methods, Conley explores the means through which language helps to make death penalty decisions possible; how specific linguistic choices mediate and restrict jurors', attorneys', and judges' actions and experiences while serving and reflecting on capital trials.
Robin Conley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Marshall University's Sociology & Anthropology Department. She specializes in the fields of legal and linguistic anthropology.
Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 PM
Award-winning psychologist Kurt Gray, co-author of The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels and Why it Matters with Daniel M. Wegner will be at Kurt Gray the bookstore to discuss this new book. Using cutting-edge research and personal anecdotes, The Mind Club explores the moral dimensions of mind perception with wit and compassion, revealing the surprisingly simple basis for what compels us to love and hate, to harm and to protect.
Kurt Gray is a professor of social psychology at UNC Chapel Hill who received his PhD from Harvard University and is the author of "The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels and Why it Matters" together with his late mentor Dan Wegner.
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Duke Office of Civic Engagement, Bay 8, 1st Floor, Durham, NC
Tuesday, April 5, 5:00 PM (Please note time)
Please join the Duke Office of Civic Engagement on April 5 as we co-host Rev. Dr. William J Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove for a reading and discussion of their new book, The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement. This event is part of an ongoing series on Faith and Civic Engagement presented by Duke University Office of Civic Engagement.
The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and founder of Repairers of the Breach. He is the author of Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is cofounder of the Rutba House for the formerly homeless and director of the School for Conversion. His books include Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (with Shane Claiborne) and The New Monasticism.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00PM
James S. House will discuss his book, Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy, which looks past partisan debates to show how cost-efficient and effective health policies begin with more comprehensive social policy reforms. House demonstrates that the problems of our broken healthcare and insurance system are interconnected with large and growing social disparities in education, income, and other conditions of life and work; that we need to move away from our almost exclusive focus on biomedical determinants of health to place more emphasis on addressing social, economic, and other inequalities for a complete reorientation of how we think about health.
James S. House is Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Great Hall, Trent Semans Center for Health Education, Duke University; 108 Seeley G. Mudd Building, 10 Bryan- Ofri Searle Drive, Durham, NC
Thursday, April 7, 5:45PM  (please note the time)
Danielle Ofri will give the 2016 Nancy Weaver Emerson Lectureship on Medical Ethics: A Singular Intimacy: Connecting the Bridge between Caregiver and Patient. This lecture will be held in the Great Hall, Trent Semans Center for Health Education, Duke University. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Sponsored by The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. Parking is available in the Bryan Research Building Garage on Research Drive.
Danielle Ofri MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. She is the author of Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue and What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. Her books will be offered for sale at the event.
Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm
Join us for a reading and book discussion with author Stephanie Storey's about her novel, Oil and Marble. Storey masterfully chronicles the bitter rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo that lead the artists to create two of the most iconic works in all of western history - in the same town, at the same time: the Mona Lisa and the David. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. Oil and Marble is an art history thriller.
"Tremendously entertaining and unapologetic in its artistic license, Oil and Marble will remind an older generation of the pleasures of Irving Stone's art historical fiction." -Maxwell Carter, The New York Times
Stephanie Storey has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has studied art in Italy and been on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe. When not writing novels and screenplays, she works as a television producer.

See our complete events schedule here:
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(919) 286-2700

Friday, March 11, 2016

Roy Blount Jr., Henry Petroski, Laurent Dubois...

Roy Blount Jr. of NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"
visits The Regulator next Thursday, March 17th--Saint Patrick's Day! We realize Blount is not an Irish name, but we'll still be bringing in some good local beer to help everyone get into the spirit of the evening. Roy Blount Jr., beer, and lots of laughs--does this sound like a good way to spend Thursday evening or what? Roy's new book is Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations. 

If you want to get on television, C-SPAN will be filming Henry Petroski's Regulator event (The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure) on Wednesday, March 23rd. Then the following evening, Thursday March 24, there will be some great live banjo playing (and some more good beer) as we celebrate Laurent Dubois' new book, The Banjo: America's African Instrument.

See more about all our events for the next two weeks below.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 pm
Kit Wienert will read from his new book, Analogs of Eden, a collection of seven poetry chapbooks, most of which were separately published.
Kit Wienert is the founding editor and publisher of White Dot Press, which has produced a series of limited editions of his and other poets' writing since 1976. His writing has appeared in the journals The Lampeter Muse, Credences, Tellus, The Pearl, Exquisite Corpse, and Oyster Boy Review, as well as the anthologies Sparks of Fire: William Blake in a New Age and Gathering Voices.
Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Roy Blount Jr. joins us at The Regulator Bookshop to celebrate St. Patrick's Blount Day (yes, we will have some good beer on hand!) and the release of his new book, Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations.

With wit and charm, Roy Blount Jr., a lifelong eater and author of the new book, Save Room for Pie, tackles a topic rich and fundamental: food. In poems and songs, limericks and fake (or sometimes true) news stories, Blount talks about food in surprising and innovative ways, with all the wit and verve that prompted Garrison Keillor, in The Paris Review, to say: "Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence."

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of Alphabet Juice and books covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee to what dogs are thinking. He is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Blount lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, the painter Joan Griswold.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30 am
Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. She is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite children's books with your children, ages 3 to 8. Courtney holds her cozy, inspired story-times every other Saturday morning at 10:30.

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM
In The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure, acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores Road Taken our core infrastructure from historical and contemporary perspectives and explains how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Recounting the long history behind America's highway system, Petroski reveals the genesis of our interstate numbering system (even roads go east-west, odd go north-south), the inspiration behind the center line that has divided roads for decades, and the creation of such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial parts of our national and local infrastructure.

A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University, where he also chairs of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Petroski has written on many aspects of engineering for professional engineers and laypersons alike, including: To Engineer Is Human, which was adapted for a BBC-television documentary; The Pencil; The Evolution of Useful Things; Design Paradigms; Engineers of Dreams; Invention by Design; Remaking the World; and The Book on the Bookshelf.

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Attuned to a rich heritage spanning continents and cultures, Laurent Dubois's new book, The Banjo: America's African Instrument, traces Banjo the banjo from humble origins, revealing how it became one of the great stars of American musical life. From the earliest days of American history, the banjo's sound has allowed folk musicians to create community and joy even while protesting oppression and injustice.
In the seventeenth century, enslaved people in the Caribbean and North America drew on their memories of varied African musical traditions to construct instruments from carved-out gourds covered with animal skin. Providing a much-needed sense of rootedness, solidarity, and consolation, banjo picking became an essential part of black plantation life. White musicians took up the banjo in the nineteenth century, when it became the foundation of the minstrel show and began to be produced industrially on a large scale. Even as this instrument found its way into rural white communities, however, the banjo remained central to African American musical performance.
The accomplished banjo player Jeremy Marotte will join Dubois, and The Regulator will provide refreshments. Join us for "Beer, Banjo, and Books" in celebration of The Banjo's launch.
Laurent Dubois is Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University.

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Story-time this Saturday morning!

We left our Saturday story-time out of our last email..
and your children/grandchildren are going to want to come! Every other Saturday morning, starting at 10:30, Courtney Saffie a former story-time preschool teacher and current dance educator, shares her favorite children's books with kids ages 3 to 8. Courtney will be doing her cozy, inspired story-time this Saturday morning, and again on Saturday March 19th. Hint: you don't have to have a young child to come watch!   
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Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
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