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In Every Ending, a Beginning: The Regulator

Just a heads up that The Regulator Bookshop in Durham will close briefly for renovations March 4-6.

Tom Campbell and John Valentine have owned The Regulator for forty years, but will celebrate their retirement at the end of the month. (Congratulations!) After which, they’ll hand over the reins to two longtime employees, Elliot Berger and Wander Lorentz de Haas.

A recent e-mail from the bookshop outlined the next steps:

Carpenters, painters, and IT personnel will be hard at work making a variety of improvements. In addition, we will be changing the store around which may disrupt the normal flow of business. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Regulator recently completed an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $50,000. They have since established a Sustainability Fund to “preserve and improve the shop’s place in the community.” To donate, click here.

“Over the years I have spent many an hour in bookstores, not one of them wasted,” says Durham author Robert Wallace. “I love The Regulator. I can’t imagine Durham without it. Its physical existence, its ability to take up space, to be part of this city’s landscape, and just knowing that there are words in books inside a store that I can visit, actually comforts me.”

For more testimonials about The Regulator, click here.

The Regulator is arguably the beating heart of Durham’s Ninth Street, not far from Duke University campus. They hold regular author events; sell both new and used books, as well as e-books for Kobo and audiobooks; and sometimes open their space to community groups. Their website allows customers to check stock, order books, and create wish lists.

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