Erin from Quitting My Day Job
I used to live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and there were two awesome independent booksellers in the area:
1. The Regulator in Durham, NC (http://www.regulatorbookshop.
com/) The Regulator has been around since 1976. It has a cool, vintage feel to it while still staying current. My favorite part is the basement where they host readings and signings. These events happen often! I went to Sarah Dessen's signing for a "Along for the Ride" at the Regulator.
2. Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, NC (http://www.quailridgebooks.
com/) Quail Ridge has a HUGE selection of books and music. I was extremely impressed. They host a variety of book clubs, music performances, and signings. Quail Ridge is a great place to shop and hang out!
They attract some fairly big names for their events, so some are held at alternate locations. I've been to signings for Jodi Picoult (that one was held a local university in order to have more room), Lois Lowry, and Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Heights"). All three experiences were enjoyable!
Thanks Erin for sharing your favorite bookstores. I do travel to Raleigh occasionally and hope to check out these bookstores during my next visit. Too bad it isn't any time soon because they have a lot of great author events in the upcoming weeks.
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