Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day!

We'll be joining hundreds of other independent bookstores
on Saturday to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

Here at The Regulator there will be a children's story time at 10:30, and we'll be raffling off a book bag full of free books every hour, starting at 11:00.

We'll have an "Oldest Discount Club Membership Card"
contest, with the winner getting a $50.00 gift certificate and two runners-up getting $25.00 gift certificates. (Check the date on your discount club card!). And from 4 to 5 there will be an Open Mic downstairs where folks can
share your favorite poem, story, or passage, or share your favorite Regulator Bookshop story or memory.

We'll be selling nifty Independent Bookstore Day canvas tote bags
(14" x 15"), with original artwork by Lisa Brown, for a mere $12.00.

IBDay Tote

Come enjoy some independent spirit! We thank you! 
 Our Upcoming Events for the next two weeks.  

You can see our complete events calendar on our website

You are not going want to miss making the acquaintance of one Ms Ginny Moon on Thursday evening May 4th.  As our "friends" at Amazon put it, Ginny Moon is "The Coming of Age Novel Critics Are Raving About." But wait, Amazon will say anything if someone pays them to do it. But no one is paying me a dime to say that this is a wonderful, original, refreshing new novel! Come meet Ginny and her good friend, author Benjamin Ludwig. Refreshments will be served!

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00AM -- 6:00PM  
YOU ARE INVITED! Celebrate "Independent Bookstore Day" with your pals at The Regulator. We are one of 400 Indie Bookshops celebrating nationwide! For more information:

Here are the events we are currently planning at The Regulator:
▴Kids Story Time with storyteller Amy Godfrey at 10:30AM  
▴Oldest Membership Card contest (customer who presents the oldest Regulator discount club membership card wins a gift-certificate to The Regulator)
▴ Final day IBOP* Field Guide passport-stamping *(Indie Booksellers of the Piedmont;
▴Hourly free raffle of book totes full of Advance Reading Copies
▴Open Mic at The Regulator from 4-5pm -- Read your favorite poem, passage, or share your favorite Regulator Bookshop story or memory
▴Free (digital) audio books from
The Regulator has partnered with and audiobook publishers to offer FREE audio books on Indie Bookstore Day! To receive the free offer, visit The Regulator Bookshop on April 29, 2017 to receive certificates from for a variety of free audio books. 

Sunday, April 30, 4:00PM -- 6:00PM
Kevin McLaughlin comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new book, Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience. His co-author and the subject of the book, Opwonya Innocent, will attend the event via Skype from Uganda. Opwonya Innocent was born three years after unrest started in northern Uganda and three years before the formation of the anti-government Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. At ten, Innocent was abducted by Kony's army and taken to a training camp for child soldiers, where brutality and violence became his new reality. Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience reveals, in his own words, Innocent's struggle to heal from the trauma he experienced and a growing awareness of a desire to help others and his tireless effort to realize meaningful, positive change.
Kevin McLaughlin has a background in policy and communications work at the local, state and federal government levels. McLaughlin lives in Durham, where he works with local government, nonprofit agencies, local businesses and religious institutions to address issues surrounding social justice, inclusivity and community development. He earned a BA from Miami University in public administration and American studies, and a Master of Public Administration from the UNC--Chapel Hill.

Wednesday, May 3, 10:15 AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. Whether on the ground in a traditional storytime or in the air with her aerial storytelling troupe, she loves to bring the joy of books to kids of all ages. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!

Thursday, May 4, 7PM
The Regulator welcomes Benjamin Ludwig for a reading and book signing of his acclaimed debut novel, Ginny Moon.  
Ludwig See the world differently. Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager- but Ginny is autistic. Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It's a story about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up.

"Ludwig's excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.... Ludwig brilliantly depicts the literal-minded and inventive Ginny."─ Publishers Weekly, starred review

A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism.  Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. His website is available at

Friday, May 5, 7:00PM
Professor Edward Balleisen comes to The Regulator for a talk about his new book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff.
In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America-and the evolving efforts to combat it. Starting with an early 19th-century American legal world of "buyer beware," this unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern regulatory institutions to protect consumers and investors, from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including the savings and loan crisis, corporate accounting scandals, and the recent mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without enabling a corrosive level of fraud, this book reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust.
"Balleisen's lucid, engagingly written mix of institutional and legal history, behavioral economics, and entertaining anecdotes illuminates this land of bilk and money."--Publishers Weekly
Edward J. Balleisen is associate professor of history and public policy and vice provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America. He lives in Durham.

Monday, May 8, 7:00PM
Professor Kumarini Silva joins us at The Regulator to discuss her new book, Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State.  What is "brown" in-and beyond-the context of American identity politics? How has the concept changed since 9/11? Kumarini Silva argues that "brown" is no longer conceived of solely as a cultural, ethnic, or political identity; it has also become a concept and strategy of identification-one rooted in xenophobic, imperialistic, and racist ideologies to target those who do not neatly fit or subscribe to ideas of nationhood. Interweaving personal narratives, ethnographic research, Silva maps junctures where the ideological, political, and mediated terrain intersect, resulting in an appetite for all things "brown" (especially South Asian brown) by U.S. consumers, while political and nationalist discourses and legal structures conspire to control brown bodies and argues that the representation mediates and manages the anxieties that come from contemporary global realities, in which brown spaces, like India, Pakistan, and the Middle East pose key economic, security, and political challenges to the United States. While racism is hardly new, what makes this iteration of brown new is that anyone or any group, at any time, can be branded as deviant, as a threat.
Kumarini Silva is assistant professor of communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the coeditor of Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture.
Tuesday, May 9, 7:00PM
Professor Noah Strote comes to The Regulator for Fascism and How to Overcome It: A Conversation and Book Launch.
Fascism is on everyone's minds. Our focus has been on identifying it and understanding its causes. History, though, provides another set of lessons about how to overcome it. In this talk and discussion, Professor Noah Strote will discuss his work on Germany's transition from fascism to democracy, with attention to the lessons it has for us today.
Noah Benezra Strote is assistant professor of European history at North Carolina State University. His new book, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany is a bold new interpretation of Germany's democratic transformation in the 20th century, focusing on a group of intellectuals who shaped the post-Nazi reconstruction. A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Strote currently lives in Durham.
Wednesday, May 10, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. Whether on the ground in a traditional storytime or in the air with her aerial storytelling troupe, she loves to bring the joy of books to kids of all ages. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00PM
David Blevins comes to The Regulator for a talk and signing of his new book, North Carolina's Barrier Islands: Wonders of Sand, Sea, and Sky.
Barrier Islands
Nature photographer and ecologist David Blevins offers an inspiring visual journey to North Carolina's barrier islands. Blevins has captured the incredible natural diversity of North Carolina's coast in singular detail. Featuring over 150 full-color images from Currituck Banks, the Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores, and the islands of the southern coast, North Carolina's Barrier Islands is not only a collection of beautiful images of landscapes, plants, and animals but also an appeal for their conservation.
David Blevins is a nature photographer and forest ecologist based in Raleigh,. His previous book is Wild North Carolina.
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Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700

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