Upcoming Events....


May Events at The Regulator


May 1, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Come celebrate Children’s Book Week with Amy Godfrey, storyteller extraordinaire! For children ages 2-5. Siblings and caregivers are also welcome. Free.

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs for an evening of poetry.Nickole Brown will be reading from her new chapbook, To Those Who Were Our First Gods. Jessica Jacobs be reading from my new book, Take Me With You, Wherever You're Going.  This event is co-sponsored by Jacar Press. Free and open to the public.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books in March 2019. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, was winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and serves as the Associate Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions and won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, where she volunteers at a four different animal sanctuaries. Currently, she’s at work on a bestiary of sorts about these animals, but it won’t consist of the kind of pastorals that always made her (and most of the working-class folks she knows) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it—these poems speak in a queer, Southern-trash-talking kind of way about nature beautiful, damaged, dangerous, and in desperate need of saving. A chapbook of these poems called To Those Who Were Our First Gods recently won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize.

Saturday, May 4, 4:00 p.m.
In celebration of national Children's Book Week, The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Zeno Alexander (aka Stephen Messer) for a reading and signing of his new adventure novel for the middle grades, The Library of Ever.

Zeno Alexander's The Library of Ever journeys across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge. With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored―until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom -- and Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian who must face down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves. The Library of Ever is perfect for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12) and book lovers everywhere!

“Unusually clever.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Zeno Alexander (Stephen Messer) spent years exploring the world's libraries before settling down in his lavish underground bunker, where he regularly hosts exquisite dinner parties and tends to his collection of extinct plants. His friendship with the famous librarian, Lenora, has turned into a series of biographical works devoted to chronicling her adventures. His bunker is rumored to be located in Durham.

Wednesday, May 8, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

About our Storyteller:

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!

Sunday, May 12, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Durham Animal Protection Society holds a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Come visit our furry friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please note the time and date.

Wednesday, March 15, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

NORMAN FISCHER: The Spiritual Power of the Imagination
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Norman Fischer, author of The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, for a reading and book signing.

In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the “six perfections”—generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.

“This book gives me hope. In times like these, when we cannot afford to indulge in hopelessness, Norman Fischer offers us a vision of the human imagination as a spiritual practice and a source of courage and love. Now, more than ever, we need his vision of ourselves and of the world.”—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. His numerous books include What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms.

The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, 978-1611805048, Shambhala (pub. date April 30, 2019)

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm
The Regulator welcomes Scott Huler for a reading and signing of his new book, A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas along the Route of John Lawson's 1700 Expedition. Huler will be joined in conversation with Dan Richter, professor of Environmental Science with Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment.

In 1700, a young man named John Lawson left London and landed in Charleston, hoping to make a name for himself. For reasons unknown, he soon undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious Carolina backcountry. His travels yielded A New Voyage to Carolina in 1709, one of the most significant early American travel narratives, rich with observations about the region's environment and Indigenous people. Lawson later helped found North Carolina's first two cities, Bath and New Bern. In 2014, Scott Huler made a surprising decision: to leave home and family for his own journey by foot and canoe, faithfully retracing Lawson's route through the Carolinas. Combining a traveler's curiosity, a naturalist's keen observation, and a writer's wit, Huler finds surprising parallels between Lawson's time and our own, with the locals and their world poised along a knife-edge of change between a past they can't forget and a future they can’t quite envision.

Scott Huler is the author seven books of nonfiction. He has written on everything from the death penalty to bikini waxing to NASCAR racing for such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times. His award-winning radio work has been heard on "All Things Considered" and "Day to Day" on National Public Radio and on "Marketplace" and "Splendid Table" on American Public Media. He has been a staff writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Raleigh News & Observer and a staff reporter and producer for Nashville Public Radio. He was 2011 Piedmont Laureate in creative nonfiction and a 2014-2015 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He currently works as the senior writer at Duke Magazine and lives in Raleigh, with his wife, the writer June Spence, and their two sons.  

Daniel D. Richter is Professor of Soils and Forest Ecology with Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Wednesday, May 22, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Lewis Shiner, author of Heroes and Villains, for a reading and signing of his new book, Outside the Gates of Eden.

What happened to the idealism of the 1960s? This question has haunted a generation. Using the music business as a window into half a century, Outside the Gates of Eden follows two men from their first meeting in high school to their final destination in the twenty-first century.

From San Francisco to Woodstock, from campus protests to communes, from the Village to Austin’s outlaw country music, Outside the Gates of Eden charts the rise and fall of the counterculture—and what came after.

“A powerful piece of work ... The prose is terrific, and the sense of time and place is first rate. A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams.” -- George R.R. Martin.

Lewis Shiner was born in 1950 and played in rock bands from high school on. Previous novels include Black & White, the award-winning Glimpses, and the cyberpunk classic Frontera. He’s written about music for the Village Voice, Pulse, Crawdaddy, and others. His short fiction has been reprinted in a number of best-of-the-year anthologies, and his latest collection is Heroes and Villains: Three Short Novels and a Fable. He lives in North Carolina.

Wednesday, May 29, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Mandy Carter and Matt Meyer for a talk on “Intersectional and Intergenerational Organizing Skills & Strategy.” This event is co-sponsored by the Duke University Libraries’ Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and PM Press. This event is free and open to the public.

Two renowned radical justice organizers/activists/authors discuss learnings and challenges for successful movement-building in an era of ascendant white supremacy. Mandy Carter and Matt Meyer seek to engage deeply with intergenerational audiences about strategic organizing and intersectional movement-building in this current socio-political moment, drawing on historic lessons from such diverse figures Bayard Rustin, Black & Puerto Rican political prisoners, the Black Manifesto movement for reparations, and much more.

Together, Mandy and Matt are co-editors, with Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, of We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press, 2013), an essential text for organizers committed to the intersections of resisting structural racism and war/imperialism. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  Matt has also written and edited several other books that appear on the bookshelves at Firestorm, most recently "White Lives Matter Most: And Other ‘Little’ White Lies" (October 2018, with foreword by Sonia Sanchez) and "Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions" (2017).

Mandy Carter is a Durham-based Black Queer activist who co-founded Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition. She works in the Carolinas and nationwide for racial, gender, and LGBTQ justice.

Matt Meyer is a white Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and activist who currently serves as chair of the International Peace Research Association, and co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s National Council.


Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for an evening of poetry at The Regulator Bookshop with poets Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Tyree Daye. This event is co-sponsored by Jacar Press. Free and open to the public.

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner and Cardinal forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press 2020. Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, the 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writers-In- Residence and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Whiting Award.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a self-described “queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist.” She is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, a transmedia-enabled community school and lending library based in Durham and co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of black LGBTQ brilliance with her partner Julia Roxanne Wallace. In 2012, Alexis founded Brilliance Remastered, a multifaceted educational project to support visionary underrepresented graduate students and emerging community accountable scholars. Alexis is also a widely published author and essayist on topics from the abolition of marriage to the power of dreams to the genius of enslaved African ancestors. Alexis has won a number of awards and honors including being named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Black Woman Rising and a Reproductive Reality Check Shero in 2010, a recipient of the Too Sexy for 501-C3 Trophy in 2011 and one of Advocate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012. Gumbs earned her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke.



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