Announcing the 2020 Great Durham Pun Championship, Sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop! Tuesday evening February 4, 7:30 at Motorco Music Hall. Tickets ($20.00 each) are available here:

An evening of fun and games! Come to be amazed, to laugh, to groan, to boycott POTUS’s “State of the Onion” address which will be happening the same night!

Get your tickets early--the last five pun contests were sell-outs!

And a few more punsters are still kneaded! If you think you can take the heat, rise to the occassion, and not turn out half baked, we still need a few more contestants to fill our bracket. Email and tell us why you would be a good punster. Put "Pun Contest" in the subject line.

Here's a quick run-down of the way the contest works:

Pundamonium will reign as a pair of punsters are given a subject. Punster number one will have 10 seconds to come up with a relevant pun. Punster number two then gets ten seconds. On it goes, until someone's pun doesn't pun out. We'll start the evening with 24 contestants, and a couple of hours later the last pun person standing will be crowned the Pun Master of Durham (a.k.a Punster of the Year, or P.O.T.Y). Order will once again be maintained by "Judge" George Gopen, PhD, JD, Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric at Duke. With a name like GoPun....

Now in its ninth year, The Great Durham Pun Championship remains a thoroughly irrespunsible event which threatens the underpunnings of polite society. You have been warned!

A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Durham Literacy Center.

A dentist and a manicurist married…They fought tooth and nail.

Those who get too big for their britches will be…Exposed in the end.

Police were called to a day care where a three year old was…Resisting a rest.

    New at the shop


    Regulator Bestsellers


    Some favorite non-fiction YA titles

The Regulator Bookshops celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the ...

The NYRB Classics series is dedicated to publishing an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.

Literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again.

Published in handsome uniform trade paperback editions, almost all NYRB Classics feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day. Taken as a whole, NYRB Classics may be considered a series of books of unrivaled variety and quality for discerning and adventurous readers.

Some recent releases...

(Click on the covers to read excepts)

Regulator Bookshop NYRB 20th Anniversary Raffle. Sign up in the bookshop for a a terrific raffle. Winner gets

  1. Five new releases from the NY Review of Books!
  2. An one year subscription to the New York Review of Books
  3. The new David Levine 2020 calendar 
  4. All in a brand new NYRB canvas tote bag



Upcoming Events....

January events at The Regulator


Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good (Book Launch)
Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.

Community & Scholars: E. Patrick Johnson, “Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, with Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles Clotfelter, Big-Time Sports in American Universities, in conversation with Barry Jacobs and Dan Kane
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m.


Click here to view the details of our events.

For more on all our events, see our full Events Calendar.

Did You Know....

Prices on our web site are 20% off New York Times bestsellers and 10% off on all other non-academic, non-technical titles There are no shipping charges if you choose to pick up your order at the store--and you don't even have to enter your credit card information for these orders!

Want to know if we have a book in stock or if we can order it for you? Click here to search our inventory online! If it says "On Our Shelves Now," we've got it! If it says "Usually ships in 1-5 days," then we can easily order it for you. Just call us or send us an email with questions.  

45% of the money you spend on this site stays in our community, while none of the money you spend on Amazon stays local. Thank you for your support of Durham and The Regulator, your thoroughly independent, locally owned bookstore!  

 Have Questions? Contact Us!

Indies First

Local Economic Return of Indies v. Chains, from AMIBA

New on Our Site: Create and Find "Wish Lists"

You can now add books to a "Wish List" to save them for later (or so your family and friends can purchase them for you). To get started, log in to your account, search for a book, and click "Add to Wish List." You can even email your list to people (from the "Wish List" tab under "My Account"), for a not-so-subtle hint.

Finding someone's Wish List is easy, too. Just search for their username or email address in the box to the right. Happy browsing!

Subscribe to The Regulator Bookshop RSS