Storyteller’s Bookstore
158 S. White Street
Wake Forest, 27587
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We Are Selling The BookStore

Lauren and I have decided to sell the bookstore.
More about our decision later in this post, but first some basic information.
The store will remain a bookstore, with a new name, under the ownership of Sue and Dave Lucey. Some readers will recognize Sue from the Writers Night in the Forest series.
Why sell? Simply put, seven years has been long enough for me (Drew) to scratch the itch to own a bookstore. Some of those reading this will know that the store is not how I earned a living, I had a psychiatric practice for 40 years, but in undergraduate school I was an English major. I opened the the store as a kind of "internship" to restore myself to my default identity, English major.
I will early next year celebrate my 69th birthday as fully retired and wallowing in reading and writing. In addition, Lauren's psychotherapy practice is growing and the space in the back of the bookstore is no longer adequate for expansion of her work.
Lauren and I are proud of what we accomplished with the store. I began it as the Kindle was born, and in the time of the great recession, and now we have taken the store from a money losing entity to a break-even operation. We made no money, rather, we have run the store as a service to the community, for people who value bookstores and for the more than 60 local authors who have sold their books in Storytellers.
Sue and Dave will bring a renewed energy and vitality to the new version of the store and continue its contribution to the locale as a wholesome and family-friendly anchor. I think the conditions are right for them to even make a little money here.
Our sincere thanks to all who supported the store, To the local authors who have books here, we will be in touch.
Sue and Dave will be here tomorrow night at Art After Hours if you want to come meet them and hear some of their thoughts about the future.















Independent book review of The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played from Kirkus Reviews

(The first independent book review of my just-out memoir is reproduced in full below)



Bridges, Drew

iUniverse (154 pp.)

$24.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback, $3.99 e-book

ISBN: 978-1491747797; October 24, 2014


Drew Bridges (Family Lost and Found, 2006) pens a quiet elegy to his father, recounting a childhood baseball game that “mayseem small and inconsequential, but I think…changed me.”

This memoir tells the story, pitch by pitch, of a Saturday afternoon baseball game in Hildebran, North Carolina, in 1957.

There isn’t anything in particular that makes the game so great: It’s low-scoring—the players only drive in three runs—and aside from catching a line drive, Bridges didn’t have much of a role in its outcome. What makes it great,though, is the sensation that the author felt during it: “I sat on the bench feeling a kind of energy, a glow, watching it unfold, teammates sitting on my right and left side. Amazingly, I was a part of it all.” This is the lesson—the moment that the young author learned the value of teamwork and cooperation. Bridges is a clear, entertaining writer, and his memoir is full of intriguing, if not always entirely distinguishable, characters—most of them neighborhood boys who went on to play in college sports. Aside from the author’s father, the most memorable person is Melvin Ruggles, the no-nonsense umpire who keeps the game under control by force of will. Yet for readers, the most engaging moments will come not from the game, but from the author’s interpretations of his father’s wartime letters to his mother, which lead off each chapter. How does Bridges reconcile the reticent, “imperfect” man who raised him with the sentimental,sometimes anxious, and sometimes very silly, person in these letters? In one disclosure that Bridges cannot rectify, his father writes, “I’ve learned to hate people, especially groups of people….I just like to get as far away as possible.” This is the opposite of his father, the baseball coach, who showed a group of poor boys what it meant to be a team—and it allows Bridges to see his father as a fuller, deeper person in this book.

Kirkus Reviews/2014



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