At McIntyre's Books

Since 1989, McIntyre's has been known for being one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in the South, offering a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including books on cooking, gardening, mysteries, and North Carolina authors. Find out our staff's recommended readings and holiday gifts, upcoming author events, what's new in the bookstore, and so much more!

The Influence of Presidents

As the world turns and the news outlets fulminate, laugh, bemoan, and cringe at what is coming out of Washington or Florida during a dinner in a packed room, while the rest of us average Joes wonder at the wild uncertainty that is gripping society, I’ve been musing on the influence of politics, and particularly Presidents, on the artistic psyche. I’ve been selling books for a long time, I have seen trends come and go, and I really do think that presidential temperament has a bearing on... Full Post >

Children’s Storytime

As the flowers bloom in the Fearrington gardens and nature puts on a fresh new face, so too has the McIntyre’s Children’s room. We’ve brightened up the shelves with new paint, moved some sections around and brought in some fabulous gift items. As always, our selection remains curated so come on in and let us help you find just the right book or gift for that special young person in your life. We are very excited to also add to our offering of family opportunities at Fearrington by... Full Post >

Pete’s Spring Picks

Often, publishers and editors send advance copies of upcoming book releases to bookstores so their staff are ready to advise readers as soon as the book hits the shelf. Here’s a trio of books that Pete loved - he’s looking forward to getting them into reader’s hands this spring. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. Pete got a galley of Hartnett’s debut novel from its Chapel Hill-based editor, and deems it, “the most enjoyable book since Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore.” The... Full Post >

Valentine’s Picks for The Little Ones

We love our children all year round but when Valentine’s Day rolls around it gives us a chance to share a few extra hugs and kisses, as well as some lessons about love. I’d love to share some new books that are perfect to share in this season of love. When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali & Alice Lotti gives us a glimpse into those often silly feelings we have and goofy things we do when we first fall in love. Elephant hides every time he sees his crush, he bathes... Full Post >

Wine for Your Valentine

Avoid the plonk* this Valentine’s Day and invest in a little viticultural primer like The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson. Valenwine: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This slim guide helps you choose a good bottle, serve it properly (step away from the mason jar): think: decanting, breathing, pouring, tasting, and pair wine with your meal. While there are sadly, no suggested pairings for Cocoa Puffs, there is a heady chapter on describing wine with common tasting... Full Post >

Love Isn’t In The Air

It’s that time of year again - roses are everywhere and you can’t get into your favorite restaurant unless you made reservations weeks in advance. Yes, Valentine’s Day rears its commercial head once again and I’m here to talk mysteries, love, relationships and a whole bunch of other stuff I don’t know anything about (except mysteries, I do know mysteries). When it comes to mysteries there really isn’t much love involved, unless it’s tragic love or a cozy set in a tea shop,... Full Post >

In a World . . .

Good readers make good writers, right? So here’s a little rundown from this weekend’s fiction writing workshop with local author Steve Peha. Steve’s "Five Facts of Fiction" come straight from his newly published instructional, Be A Better Writer. Fiction is all about character: fully rounded ones have quirks, secrets, and a back story. Fiction is all about what your character wants, and the conflict between intention and obstacles. Fiction is all about how your character... Full Post >

A Very Happy New Year

According to a Harvard study, it turns out that a wandering mind is the leak in your happiness bucket. Mindfulness creates a state of flow and well-being. Happiness is found by anchoring your thoughts in the present moment, even if you are at the dermatologist. When your focus needs more focus, here are six ideas. One: a set of sharp, bright pencils and a coloring book. I saw that eye roll. Yes, this is new-agey; I have no comeback. But it works. Two: a brand new journal. Write down... Full Post >

2016 Staff Favorites

There were so many great books to choose from in 2016, but I put everyone’s feet to the literary fire until they coughed up just one pick. Keebe went with Lee Smith’s Dimestore: “wonderful snippets from the life of one of my favorite authors.” After a long awkward pause during which Pete struggled with some deep-level Sophie’s Choices, he finally picked The Sellout by Paul Beatty: “after twenty years, people are finally noticing how talented this guy is.” Mouse called The... Full Post >

Donald Davis & CORA

Master storyteller Donald Davis filled the Fearrington Barn on Saturday and Sunday, delighting audiences with his annual holiday yarns. McIntyre's is always honored to be the finale of Mr. Davis's annual nation-wide tour! In its 25th year with McIntyre’s Books, Davis’ performances raised critical relief for CORA, Chatham County’s Food Bank: over $1,000 was raised and over 1,500 pounds of canned goods were donated over the weekend. McIntyre’s owner Keebe Fitch looks forward to... Full Post >