Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beer and conversation with Richard Russo!

Crack open a (free) beer and enjoy up-close conversation with our old friend, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo--at The Regulator Monday night at 7:00. 
We thought it only fitting to bring in a few cold ones after reading how the Sunday New York Times ended their great review of Russo's new book of stories, Trajectory:

"Thoughtful and warmhearted, Russo's fiction has the engaging quality of tales told by a friend, over drinks, about a person we know in common. And so we lean forward, eager to hear what happened next." 

Richard Russo is one of my all-time favorite authors, and Trajectory is a marvelous addition to his writing. See you Monday night!
 Our Upcoming Events: Jugtown Pottery Thursday, and "Eddie the Electron" Saturday morning
You can see our complete events calendar on our website
Thursday, June 15, 7:00PM
Steve Compton, author of Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art & Craft in Clay, comes to The Regulator for a special reading and book signing in celebration of Jugtown's 100th anniversary.

A century ago, a modestly successful Raleigh portrait and landscape painter named Jacques Busbee arrived by train in Seagrove, NC, not knowing that Compton his future-- and the history of pottery-making in the state-- was about to change forever. Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017 tells the story of the founding and success of his and Juliana Royster Busbee's remarkable folkcraft enterprise. The author's in-depth research and archival photographs describes how this improbable venture left its indelible mark on a remote Southern community. Today, nearly 100 potters make and sell their wares within a few miles of Jugtown-all because a century ago, the Busbees and their Jugtown potters found a new way to make old jugs.

Stephen C. Compton is an independent scholar and an avid collector of historic, traditional North Carolina pottery. He has served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center, a museum and educational center located in Seagrove, North Carolina, and is a founding organizer, and former president, of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors' Guild.
Saturday, June 17, 11:00AM
Join us for the launch party of Eddie the Electron Moves Out, the second book in the science picture book series by author Melissa Rooney. (For ages 5-10)
Melissa Bunin Rooney grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, attended the College of William and Mary, and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC. One of her passions is introducing scientific concepts to children and fueling their interest, especially when they don't immediately understand. Visit her at
Monday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator is thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo (Empire Falls) for a reading, Q and A, and booksigning of his new collection of short fiction, Trajectory. Cold beer will be served! 
Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the Russo blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms. In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice.
Richard Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.

Wednesday, June 21, 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, June 21, 6:00PM -- 7:45PM
Thursday, June 22 at 7PM
New York Times crossword puzzle creator Christina Kelly comes to The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing of her debut novel, Good Karma. In a gated community in Savannah, Georgia, Catherine and Ralph's visions of retirement couldn't be more different. While Catherine is intrigued by their quirky neighbors, Ralph's golf-and-poker routine seems to be interrupted only by his flirtations with their zealous real estate agent. As the pair drift further apart, Catherine cannot help but sense her marriage is at risk. Then, she meets recent widower Fred at the dog park. United by their dogs, they embark upon a friendship that could be something more-until she discovers that he's not quite what he seems.

Christina Kelly is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an occasional contributor to the New York Times crossword section. A native of Westchester, New York, she now lives with her husband in Savannah. Good Karma is her first novel.
Tuesday, June 27, 7:00PM
Students from the Duke Young Writers Camp will read from their work at The Regulator Bookshop. All are welcome.
This summer marks the 34th year that young writers from all over the country and around the world have been coming to Duke University to craft stories, poems, scripts, and essays. Every two weeks for six weeks out of the summer, approximately 100 to 140 adolescents form a creative writing community at Duke Young Writers' Camp. Selected by their instructors, between fifteen and twenty of those writers will share at The Regulator their poetry and excerpts from stories, scripts, and essays.
Wednesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 7:00PM
Jane Williams, author of Mysterious Moments:  Thoughts That Transform Grief comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing.  
Mysterious Moments is a collection of 10 narratives based on real life experiences of loss from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, and developmental phases of life.  It is unique, compared to books based on stages and phases of grief, as it allows us to better understand the idiosyncratic and often mysterious grief process.
Dr. Jane Williams is a clinical psychologist who has worked for over 25 years with individuals who have experienced trauma, life threatening illness, and grief. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and Harvard Medical School. At Harvard, she trained in medical crisis counseling and later developed the Medical Crisis and Loss Clinic at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Dr. Williams has helped develop grief programs, made national presentations at grief conferences, and published peer-reviewed articles on grief. She recently retired from Wake Forest Medical School.
Thursday, June 29, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes New York Times bestselling author Daniel Wallace (Big Fish) for a reading and booksigning of his newest book, Extraordinary Adventures: A Novel.
Edsel Bronfman works as a shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only 79 days to find someone to take with him.
The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.
Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.
Saturday, July 1, 7:00PM
Join us at The Regulator as we welcome New York Times bestselling author and Durham native Heather Havrilesky in celebration of the paperback release of her new book, How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life -- a hilarious, frank, and witty collection from the author of the beloved advice column Ask Polly in New York magazine's The Cut.
Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you put off having a baby for your career? Heather Havrilesky of the wildly popular Ask Polly advice column is here to guide you through the "what if's" and "I don't knows" of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect. Whether she's responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the anxious or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you're not alone.
Heather Havrilesky writes New York Magazine's Ask Polly advice column and Bookforum's Best Seller List column. She is the author of How to Be a Person in the World (Doubleday, 2016) and Disaster Preparedness (Riverhead, 2011). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and several anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles with a loud assortment of dependents, most of them non-deductible.
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