Last December the Regulator Bookshop and the Durham community celebrated the Regulator’s 40th anniversary. Forty years during which the Regulator Bookshop has become an anchor of Ninth Street and an iconic part of Durham.
Over the decades great literature, local culture and a diversity of views & opinions have been celebrated with readings & discussions at the Regulator. We have hosted readings by Al Gore, Martin Amis, Mike Krzyzewksi, Dean Smith, Vivian Howard, Margaret Maron, and Colson Whitehead just to name a few of more than a thousand amazing writers and opinion makers.
Founders Tom Campbell and John Valentine have built a wonderful bookshop, one of national renown and a strong foundation for us to build on.
Even with the advent of online ordering and e-readers, there is nothing like browsing the shelves of a bookshop: flipping through books, encountering unfamiliar authors & titles, sharing recommendations, and meeting with friends.
We believe that a vibrant independent bookshop is a cornerstone of a thriving city like Durham, especially in these tumultuous times.
In addition to our investment, this sustainability fund is to ensure the Regulator remains on Ninth St. and helps to expand the mission of the store. The fund will also help cover upgrades to the store itself. Specifically:
We want to especially emphasize the store’s independence by:
In other words, a place to come to find literary, cultural, political & local gems that get overlooked by the media & mainstream bookstores.
Additionally, we hope to develop a community literacy outreach program in cooperation with existing organizations and set up an annual literary festival.
If you share this vision please contribute to our Regulator Sustainability Fund. As a token of our gratitude we have set up a ‘perks’ list matching the amount you feel comfortable giving.
If you cannot donate but still want to contribute please help us spread the word by sharing this page on social media, emailing your friends, or just telling someone about it! Thanks.