Storyteller’s Bookstore
158 S. White Street
Wake Forest, 27587
(919) 556-3903

The Storyteller's Book Store

Wake Forest's Independent Book Store

The Storyteller's Book Store is Wake Forest's premier independent book store supporting local authors, hosting author readings and writing workshops, and partnering with other art and literary organizations! We seek to be inclusive and to represent all thoughtful and respectful points of view.

Find us at

158 S. White Street, Wake Forest

in the old downtown part of Wake Forest

Beside The Coffee Company



Welcome New Partners 

The Book Store proudly welcomes our two newest retail partners. The first is Elizabeth Newhouse and her collection of small antique items and collectables. Elizabeth is well known around the Wake Forest area having operated this sort of business in several locations. You can be pretty much guaranteed to catch Elizabeth and her husband Neal in the store mid-days Monday and Friday, and you are invited to browse her offerings during any store hours. 

The other partner is a trio of creative women, collectively known as the Anne Marie Group. They describe themselves as follows: The AMG Group is comprised of three talented ladies: Ann Marie Doria, Amy Yinger and Cindy Baker. Ann Marie and Amy are fabric crafters, i.e, knitting, crochet, tatting, felting and sewn products. Cindy is a soap maker. Her products are all natural and include herbs, honey (which comes from her hives) and does not include lye or any harsh ingredients. The scents that Cindy adds are lasting and delightful. 

This Friday, the 13th of March, is an Art After Hours Friday, and we will celebrate the arrival of these new partners with a reception in their honor beginning at 6PM.



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



"Every story paints a picture, every picture tells a story"...... this is our new spirit statement as we add talented local artists to our world.



The Bookstore proudly displays the work of


 Anne Elizabeth Howard,  Diana Cook, Betty George, and Kittie Deemer and  Marcia Striethorst

New Bookstore Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

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Storyteller's Bookstore In the News

Celebrating Black History Month

Over 30 people enjoyed the poetry and readings from Jackie Dove Miller, Rodney Harris, and Brenda Byers.


She offers help for grieving children, teens

Congratulations to Carolyn Zahnow featured on WRAL and in the Midtown Raleigh News, News & Observer for beginning a support group for grieving children and teens. Check out her story here!!

Tell Us a Story

Congratulations to Claire Ramsey and the Storyteller's Circle who were featured in the January 4, 2012 edition of the Midtown Raleigh News, News & Observer.
Check it out!!



Wake Forest Book Store a Unique Experience

Drew Bridges, owner of The Storyteller's Book Store was features in the News and Observer on March 13, 2011. Check it out!!

The Storyteller's Book Store offers books, storytelling audio CD's, and crafts by local artisans. There's something for everyone! Support your local, independent bookstore!!

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”
                                                              ~Muriel Rukeyser


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