Wednesday, November 8, 2017

An Announcement from Tom and John

 A major but very positive transition is coming up here at The Regulator.
After 40 years, co-owners Tom Campbell and John Valentine are announcing that they will be retiring on March 1, 2018. John and Tom are very pleased that on that date they will be turning over the bookshop to the excellent, capable hands of two long-time employees, Wander Lorentz de Haas and Elliot Berger.  
John and Tom will bid more formal goodbyes at a later date, but for now we'd just like to say that it has been a great privilege to run an independent, community bookstore in our fair town all of these years. We've had a great run, and we'd like to thank every one of the many thousands of marvelous people who have walked through our door over these years and kept this wonderful, unique place alive and thriving. Thank you!  
We can't imagine finding better people to carry on the spirit of the bookshop than Wander and Elliot. We think you're going to like what they have in store for you (so to speak...!).
Long live The Regulator!
Tom and John 
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Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Upcoming Events at The Regulator

 No more tricks...but we still have some treats in store for you!
Our upcoming events include Sarah Perry tonight, followed by Violins of Hope, the murder of a bookstore owner in Chapel Hill (not to worry--it's fiction!), and a look back at the Congress of Racial Equality. Here's our events schedule for the next two weeks.   
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Sarah Perry, author of the debut memoir After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search,for a reading and book signing. When Sarah Perry was 12, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was murdered in their home in rural Maine, just a few feet from Sarah's bedroom. The killer escaped unseen. Switching between heartwarming portrayals of her first years with her mother, and the devastation the murder wrought on her own life and those of the Bridgton community, After the Eclipse cuts deep into our society's obsession with female violence and its portrayal in the public eye.
"[Perry] is a wonderful writer...Beauty and tenderness rise up through the darkness...[She] succeeds in restoring her mother's humanity, and her own." -Bliss Broyard, The New York Times Book Review
Sarah Perry is a Davidson alumna who holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She is the recipient of a Writers' Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. She lives in Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 2, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes music historian James Grymes for a reading and book signing of Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour, his new book of Violins of Hope remarkable stories about violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker, has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man's harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family's history and the history of his people, it is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.
Violins of Hope is a National Jewish Book Award winner and the inspiration for the Mallarme Chamber Players new concert, Violins of Hope, to be performed at The Judea Reform Temple in Durham on November 9; for ticket information:
James Grymes is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Wednesday, November 8, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 PM
The Regulator welcomes Layton Green, author of Written in Blood, a literary thriller set in the Triangle area about a two copycat murders with links to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and a Poe novella.  
"Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned Atlanta police officer, is finally returning home to Creekville, North Carolina--a bohemian community near Chapel Hill--when a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer's community. As questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed--and that one or both of them may be his next target.
Layton Green is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW (International Thriller Writers). In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. (
Thursday, November 9, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Nishani Frazier, author of Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism Harambee2 , for a reading and book signing. BLACK POWER! It was a phrase that consumed the American imagination in the '60s and '70s and inspired a new agenda for black freedom.  The black power movement embodied more than media stereotypes of gun-toting, dashiki-wearing black radicals; the movement opened new paths to equality through political and economic empowerment. By providing an understanding of the tensions between black power and the mainstream civil rights movement as they manifested themselves as both local and national forces, Harambee City sheds new light on how CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) became one of the most dynamic civil rights organizations in the black power era.
Nishani Frazier is associate professor of History at Miami University. She is the coeditor, with Manning Marable and John McMillan, of Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience.
Friday, November 10, 7:00PM
Jeanette Stokes will join us for a reading and book signing of her book, Just Keep Going: Advice on Writing and Life, in celebration of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South's 40th anniversary. She will be joined by authors Julia Scratliff-O'Grady, Erin Lane, Meghan Florian, and Danyelle O'Hara.
RCWNSNC whose mission is to weave feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world, began in 1977 to support and connect women who understood their lives and work as ministry. The RCWNSNC has expanded to include a wide variety of programs and resources on feminism, faith, creativity, spirituality, and justice. Please join us.
Jeanette Stokes founded the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South in 1977 and serves as its Executive Director. A graduate of Smith College and Duke Divinity School, she is an ordained Presbyterian minister living Durham and the author of several books.
Sunday, November 12, 2:00PM
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 2:00 - 3:30. Note the time and date.
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Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Friday Night! A Very Special Event...

Listen Up! The author of a wonderful, important, riveting new novel will be at The Regulator Friday night, in conversation with Lee Smith event you are not going to want to miss!  
Friday evening at 7:00 Wiley Cash will be in conversation with the marvelous Lee Smith, discussing Cash's powerful new book, The Last Ballad. The Last Ballad is a fictional account of a woman named Ella May Wiggins, who, until now, was a largely forgotten textile worker in Gastonia, North Carolina in the late 1920's. (Wiley Cash grew up in Gastonia in the 1980's). Ella May worked in terrible conditions in a textile mill, six days a week, 12 hours a day, for $9.00 a week. Her alcoholic husband had left her, and four of her nine children died from malnutrition or diseases she couldn't afford to treat.   
Last Ballad 3.0 Realizing that her life as a mill worker was killing her children, Ella May became a union organizer, and the protest songs she wrote became one of the union's most powerful recruitment tools. (Pete Seeger once called Ella May Wiggins the greatest songwriter in America). The 1929 Gaston County textile mill strikes were an infamous event in our country's labor history, and Wiley Cash brings the strikes and Ella May's world fully to life in his new novel. There's an amazing story here, and Wiley Cash simply blows it away. Almost 80 years on, Ella May Wiggins has found a storyteller worthy of her tale.
If you don't want to rely solely on my word, here are some of the reviews the book has already received:
"Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world. Fraught with the turmoil of social change, The Last Ballad moves inexorably toward a devastating moment of reckoning. A timely and topical portrait of a community in crisis." (Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train)

"Cash pulls no punches in this gorgeous, gut-wrenching novel, and that's entirely as it should be for a story of desperate people. In an era when American workers are besieged as they haven't been since the Great Depression, I can think of no more relevant novel for our times." (Ben Fountain, Author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)

"Inspired by the events of an actual textile-mill strike in 1929, Cash creates a vivid picture of one woman's desperation. . . . A heartbreaking and beautifully written look at the real people involved in the labor movement." (Kirkus Reviews)

"It's impossible not to hear echoes of Steinbeck in Cash's sprawling, multi-voiced account of a battered, hopeless woman who rises up to become the symbol of a movement... Ella May Wiggins, it seems, sings not only of the forgotten past, but for our time too." (Chapter 16)

"Beautifully and courageously told. Wiley Cash dares give voice to people lost in the margins of history, and he brings to life their inspiring fight for justice with graceful prose, honesty and intensity, and best of all, a wonderful bigness of heart." (Lydia Peelle, author of The Midnight Cool)

"Resonates with pain, love, the struggle of life and the gross injustices of the world. I hated leaving Ella May's world, reveled in watching her bravery against unspeakable odds and her unending support of racial equality... A riveting story." (Louisiana Book News)

"With his vibrant imagination, vigorous research, and his architectural skill in structuring this novel, Wiley Cash has lifted the events of the past into the present and immortalized a time that holds valuable lessons for our country today." (Charlotte Observer)

 "Wiley Cash's third novel is a sweeping, old-fashioned saga with an inspirational but ill-fated heroine at its center... Ella May is such a rich, sympathetic character... Powerful and moving, exploring complex historical issues that are still with us today." (
See you at The Regulator Friday night!
Upcoming Events: More good times to be had at  
The Regulator!
Wednesday, October 18, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Wednesday, October 18, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM
OFFSITE: 21c Museum Hotel, 111 North Corcoran Street 
This is a ticketed event; Tickets prices vary. (See details below.)
7:00 pm event tickets are $30
5:30 pm VIP tickets are $100 and include a signed, personalized copy of Orphan Train and an intimate reception before the event. All proceeds
benefit the Durham Literacy Center! Event details can be found here:   
Join the Literacy Center for an intimate event with bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at on October 19 at the 21c Museum Hotel. Kline will talk about the true story behind her #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train (about the 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest as indentured servants). Copies of Orphan Train and her new novel, A Piece of the World will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of The Regulator.
Thursday, October 19, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes David Goodwin, author of Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, for a reading and book signing. Left Bank of the Hudson is a smart history of Jersey City through the microcosm of a small artist community repurposing a building and forming a collaborative network. Goodwin offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty and addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities. Left Bank of the Hudson provides an illustrative lesson to government officials, scholars, students, activists, and everyday citizens attempting to navigate the "rediscovery" of American cities.
David J. Goodwin works by day as a librarian at Fordham University School of Law. An alum of Drexel, St. Bonaventure, and Fordham University, Goodwin is a past commissioner and chairman of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy.
WILEY CASH in conversation with LEE SMITH
Friday, October 20, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Wiley Cash in conversation with Lee Smith for a reading and signing of Wiley's wonderful new book, The Last Ballad.
The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers.
A native of North Carolina, Wiley Cash has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction and most recently, the memoir, Dimestore: A Writer's Life.Smith lives in Hillsborough with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.
Saturday, October 21, 3:00 PM (note the time)
Piedmont restaurant co-owner Jamie DeMent will discuss her new book, Farmhouse Chef The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm, which offers 150 recipes for every occasion--from down home to downright elegant--inspired by Coon Rock Farm's yield through the four seasons. DeMent's deliciously observant stories illuminate what life is really like on a working farm. The Farmhouse Chef will inspire those who may not have a lot of time to cook, let alone farm, but who care about eating and preparing seasonal, healthfully grown food.
Jamie DeMent farms and cooks on Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough. A well-known cooking teacher, she also owns, with her partner, Richard Holcomb, Piedmont Restaurant in Durham and Bella Bean Organics.
Monday, October 23, 7:00PM
Please join us at The Regulator Bookshop as we celebrate the launch of Dr. Kia Caldwell's newest book, Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race and Policy. Dr. Michele Berger will join Dr. Kia Caldwell in conversation about her book. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be provided.
Kia Lilly Caldwell is an associate professor of African, African American, and Diaspora studies at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of "Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity."
Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also the Director of the Faculty Fellows Program at the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Jeffrey Meyer, author of the book, A Call to China, for a reading and book signing. A child of American missionaries disappears at a Beijing festival in 1940 and is never seen again. Set against the background of revolutionary change in 20th century China and America, China-born and American-raised Olivia hears her "call to China" and embarks on her own mission through the exotic country to find the sister she never knew.
Jeff Meyer (Ph.D., University of Chicago) taught at UNC Charlotte from 1971 until 2008. He is a specialist in the religions of China and East Asia.
Wednesday, October 25, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter will discuss his new book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity. For decades, leaders in higher education have voiced their intention to expand college education to include disadvantaged groups. In Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, Clotfelter presents quantitative comparisons across selective and less selective colleges from the 1970s to the present, in exploration of three themes: diversity, competition, and inequality. Clotfelter shows that exclusive colleges have benefited disproportionately from America's growing income inequality. Despite a revolution in civil rights, billions spent on financial aid, and the commitment of colleges to greater equality, stratification has grown starker. Top colleges cater largely to children of elites.
"A deeply researched, stimulating, and thoughtful analysis of the role of undergraduate education in America in sustaining the growing inequalities of our nation. A treasure trove of relevant data and careful analysis."-Harold T. Shapiro, Princeton University
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke.
Thursday, October 26, at 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Lane Windham, author of Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide, for a reading and book signing. Through close-up studies of workers' campaigns in shipbuilding, textiles, retail, and service, Windham overturns myths about labor's decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash a new wave of worker organizing. Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story is a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women's history.
Lane Windham is a fellow with Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.
TRICK-OR-TREAT ON NINTH ST. (and a Scary Story Time!) 
Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m
Come Trick-or-Treat on 9th Street! The Regulator Bookshop will join our fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming Halloween trick or treaters. The bookshop will hold a "Scary Stories Storytime" starting at 4:00. And we will, (of course!) be handing out candy to all our trick or treaters.

Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700