Who We Are
Foggy Pine Books is a small, locally owned, independent bookstore. We sell new and used books for adults and children, and literary gifts. 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 they were a very small child. So much, in fact, that they taught themself to read at the age of 3 because no one had the time to read them as many stories as they wanted to hear. This love of reading and stories clung, steadfastly, through childhood and adolescence. After changing their major many times in college at Appalachian State University, they finally decided on English Literature. The classes they took, with passionate and knowledgeable professors, only served to increase their appetite for literature.
After graduation, there were many jobs and ideas about future career paths but, still, their love of books never waned. Mary was lucky enough to have made friends with their former boss, Karen Hall Walker, at Black Bear Books. When Karen mentioned she wanted to sell the store, Mary had to take the chance to make their dreams come true.
Foggy Pine Books was opened on May 23rd, 2016 and stayed in a smaller space for a year and a half before moving to a new, larger location in January of 2018. And here we are now, five years later & many customers stronger.
Our story is just beginning. Will you be a part of Foggy Pine history?