New at the shop


    Regulator Bestsellers


    Some favorite non-fiction YA titles

Regulator Local Featured Author

Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Writer Jacqueline K. Ogburn is the author of ten picture books and a middle-grade novel for children, The Unicorn in the Barn. Her books have earned starred reviews and have been translated into Korean, French, Greek and Japanese.

Her 15 minutes of fame came when her picture book, The Bake Shop Ghost, was read on National Public Radio by Daniel Pinkwater. Ms. Ogburn collaborated with composer Jonathan Schwabe to write a musical based on the book, which was performed at the Maude Powell Music Festival. Filmmaker Lorette Bayle directed a short film of the story, featuring award-winning actresses Kathryn Joosten and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The Bake Shop Ghost film was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, receiving several jury and audience awards, including Best Short Film at a showcase at Cannes

You can watch the entire short film online here.

Bayle and Ogburn collaborated again on a new short film, Scarlett-Angelina. Ogburn wrote the screenplay, which is based on another of her picture books. Bayle directed and produced the film, which has been shown at festivals both in the U.S. and abroad.

Ogburn’s first novel, The Unicorn in the Barn, a middle-grade fantasy, is set in the fiction town of Chinaberry Creek, N.C., and based on the farm where her grandmother and mother grew up. Rebecca Greene illustrated the book and discusses her research and process in this blog post. There is another Durham connection in the book: Ogburn consulted with Bobby Schopler, a vet who works at the Duke Lemur Center, about the medical aspects of the story.

Ms. Ogburn grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and worked in New York in book publishing for ten years. She and her husband live in a suddenly hip neighborhood in Durham, N.C., where she writes and works at a local major university.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Unicorn in the Barn


Regulator Featured Publisher


Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.  

Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.

We take inspiration and courage from our namesakes, the Haymarket Martyrs, who gave their lives fighting for a better world. Their 1886 struggle for the eight-hour day – which gave us May Day, the international workers’ holiday – reminds workers around the world that ordinary people can organize and struggle for their own liberation. These struggles continue today across the globe—struggles against oppression, exploitation, poverty, and war.

Since our founding in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 500 titles. Radically independent, Haymarket seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. Our authors include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman,

Upcoming Events....

October events at The Regulator


Wednesday, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30;  10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.

STAGE READING & DISCUSSION: “If This Were a Movie,” a play by Almir Imsirevic
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

CAT WARREN, “What the Dog Knows Young Readers’ Edition” (BOOK LAUNCH)
Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 13, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

[OFFSITE: MOTORCO] RICKY MOORE, “Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook”-  
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at  6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) --Please note location and time. Location: Motorco Music Hall,  723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC

Karla FC Holloway, “A Death in Harlem” (Book Launch)
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.  **Please note 6:30 p.m start time**

SHALOM GOLDMAN with Tom Campbell, “Starstruck in the Promised Land: How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel”
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

ELAINE FUNARO, “Harpsichord Diaries: A Musical Journey”
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

MARIA DEGUZMAN, “Understanding John Rechy”
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Series: MEET & GREET with Poet li-young Lee
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.  Please note 7:30 p.m. start time

Saturday, Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. -- Please note time

ANN PATCHETT Book signing
Monday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.

Heather Havrilesky, “What If This Were Enough”
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 31 -- Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Thursday, October 31, 3:00PM -- 5:00PM


Click here to view the details of our events.

For more on all our events, see our full Events Calendar.

Did You Know....

Prices on our web site are 20% off New York Times bestsellers and 10% off on all other non-academic, non-technical titles There are no shipping charges if you choose to pick up your order at the store--and you don't even have to enter your credit card information for these orders!

Want to know if we have a book in stock or if we can order it for you? Click here to search our inventory online! If it says "On Our Shelves Now," we've got it! If it says "Usually ships in 1-5 days," then we can easily order it for you. Just call us or send us an email with questions.  

45% of the money you spend on this site stays in our community, while none of the money you spend on Amazon stays local. Thank you for your support of Durham and The Regulator, your thoroughly independent, locally owned bookstore!  

 Have Questions? Contact Us!

Indies First

Local Economic Return of Indies v. Chains, from AMIBA

New on Our Site: Create and Find "Wish Lists"

You can now add books to a "Wish List" to save them for later (or so your family and friends can purchase them for you). To get started, log in to your account, search for a book, and click "Add to Wish List." You can even email your list to people (from the "Wish List" tab under "My Account"), for a not-so-subtle hint.

Finding someone's Wish List is easy, too. Just search for their username or email address in the box to the right. Happy browsing!

Subscribe to The Regulator Bookshop RSS