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

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Book Signing

  November 14th at Art After Hours, 7PM

 Wake Forest Mayor is signing her book at the bookstore!
How many readers of this post ever dined at Jovi's, the restaurant that Mayor Vivian Jones and her sister Jonnie Anderson operated on Jones Street? If you want to walk down that memory lane, or just want to hear more about it, come to their book signing on November 14th at 7PM.
Some of you know the story, fabulous food and setting, no longer here due to "progress" of the development of the town.
But this is no ordinary book reading/signing, as this is no ordinary book. The book is a combination history and cookbook! Jovi's recipes!
There's more. We are looking for volunteers to prepare and bring a dish for the evening. Call Lauren or Drew at the bookstore if you want to contribute. Please, someone bake the tiny little biscuits!




Our evolution to a store that has more to do with art continues. We now have for your viewing pleasure and purchase the art of  Rose Welty, Anne Elizabeth Howard,   Kittie  Deemer,  Mary Margaret Steele, Betty George,  and Diana Cook.   

Banned Book List!!!!!!!!

                                 Last Year's Top Ten

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence


                   Selected Titles from Top 100 Banned Books

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye
, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath
, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird
, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple
, by Alice Walker
, by James Joyce
, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies,
by William Golding
, by George Orwell

, by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men,
by John Steinbeck

, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World
, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm
, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises
, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying
, by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms
, by Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God
, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man
, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon
, by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind
, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son
, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
, by Ken Kesey
, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls
, by Ernest Hemingway

The Call of the Wild
, by Jack London

Go Tell it on the Mountain
, by James Baldwin

All the King's Men
, by Robert Penn Warren

The Lord of the Rings
, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Jungle
, by Upton Sinclair

Lady Chatterley's Lover
, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange
, by Anthony Burgess
The Awakening
, by Kate Chopin

In Cold Blood
, by Truman Capote

The Satanic Verses
, by Salman Rushdie

Sophie's Choice
, by William Styron

Sons and Lovers
, by D.H. Lawrence

Cat's Cradle
, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace
, by John Knowles

Naked Lunch
, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited
, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love
, by D.H. Lawrence

The Naked and the Dead
, by Norman Mailer

Tropic of Cancer
, by Henry Miller

An American Tragedy
, by Theodore Dreiser

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike



Shameless Commerce Section

    We know you love sales. Something is on sale everyday in the store. Might be fiction, might be cookbooks. Watch the board out front or call for information

 Book Coming !!

Your humble book store owner is publishing a book, a memoir that follows my father's journey home from WWII to be part of my small town community of Hildebran, NC, between Hickory and Morganton, NC. 

I take his letters to my mother during his time in Italy and a few other places in 1944-5 and I weave them into the story of his efforts to help others in Hildebran begin a little league baseball program, a dozen years after the war.

The memoir is structured around his letters and an afternoon of baseball that he helped organize for boys in Hildebran, Henry River and Valdese. The book is titled The Second Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played. The game in question was played in 1957.

Those who love baseball, appreciate memoir about family and fathers and sons, and have an interest in WWII history should find the book rewarding. Release date around December 1st.

The rest of this will be of interest to my friends and family from Hildebran. In the story, the following boys and men are a part of the story one way or another.

Melvin Ruggles      Charlie Bridges       Mills Bridges      Tommy Keller      Louie Page

Billy Cline                 Druey Lambert      Ted Icard            Jerry Rudisill        Ray Childers

Tommy Parham      Roger Smith    Clayton Lowman   Jesse "Punk" Raby   Clyde Houston

Herb Livertt            Paul Fowler             Winston Yoder        Terry Smith   Norman Bess

Joe "Mickey" Lynn         Elliot "Red" Holloway       Gary Wilkerson      Joe Brown

Dale Abernathy      Francis Orders   Charlotte Yoder Bridges (my mother)

My Grandparents       Laura Ida Miller Yoder and Oliver Macmillan Yoder




Saturday ALL DAY Parents Read to Children

EVERY Saturday at 10:30am

We are changing the nature of our Saturday morning storytime. Our attendees have turned out to be very young children who actually need to be in a lap, most appropriately the lap of mom or dad. Although we occasionally will have guest readers and storytellers for any older children, we believe this will work best as a time for parents to come and read to or read with their children.

So each Saturday we will set aside some recommended readings for parents to explore with children and if you like what you see here's a deal, 20% off your first purchase and 10% off any other selection you buy from us.

We have a fine selection of books for all ages and we are getting ready to stock the shelves with new books. Come see what we have!


The Northern Wake Storytellerís Circle 

Next Story Circle November 16th, Sunday at 3PM

Whether we are sitting around the kitchen table or speaking at a conference, the world is filled with stories. The Storyteller's Book Store hosts The Northern Wake Storytelling Circle, an open group of storytellers, students and listeners, who love a good story. Facilitated by Claire Ramsey, The Northern Wake Storytelling Circle meets twice a month. For more information, contact Claire at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 919-556-3903.








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