Who We Are
Foggy Pine Books is a small (in a very real sense--we have 425 sq ft to work with), locally owned, independent bookstore. We believe that every community should have a dedicated, involved, and passionate bookseller. We aim to fill that role in Boone. Our books are carefully curated, some bestsellers and some from independent publishers and local writers. We aim to support local writers and artists in our space and give back to the community as much as possible. We believe in the power of books to connect, explore, teach, and transform. These experiences are ones we long to pass on to our community members and down to the next generation of book worms.
This quote from Henry Miller in The Books in My Life sums up our feelings quite nicely:
"A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
Mary Ruthless, the owner/operator, has loved books since she was a very small child. So much, in fact, that she taught herself to read at the age of 3 because no one had the time to read her as many stories as she wanted to hear. This love of reading and stories clung, steadfastly, through childhood and adolescence. After changing her major many times in college at Appalachian State University, she finally decided on English Literature. The classes she took, with passionate and knowledgable professors, only served to increase her appetite for books.
After graduation, there were many jobs and ideas about future career paths but, still, her love of books never waned. Mary was lucky enough to have made friends with her former boss, Karen Hall Walker, at Black Bear Books. When Karen mentioned she wanted to sell the store, she had to take the chance. And here we are now.
Our story is just beginning. Will you be a part of Foggy Pine history?