Harry Alter Books

Harry Alter Books



Envision, if you will, the vibrant, diverse, and idyllic community that is Downtown Sylva. With it's shops bustling, it's cafe's brewing, and eateries buzzing. The sidewalks awash with people feeling invested and happy in the place they're in.

Now imagine Downtown Sylva without it's shops, without it cafes, without it eateries. Vacant sidewalks that serve only as paths corporate offices. A growing shadow of empty buildings gradually robbing Sylva of all that is good in Downtown.

Which do you prefer? Downtown has always ebbed and flowed but the times, they are a changin. Big Box Stores and Online Retailers are doing everything they can to funnel all the money into their own pockets, often leaving small towns stripped of their character. The people that choose to vend and offer services in Downtown Sylva do so because they are INVESTED IN THEIR COMMUNITY! Those business often contribute towards the things that make Sylva what it is today. Building a community for a better tomorrow. But they can't do it without your help. Shop Locally and support YOUR community! Keep Sylva BEAUTIFUL! Invest yourself in where YOU live! Be a part of the change and say NO to online shopping, even if it's temporary. You'll be happier knowing you money is going back into the community rather than some CEO's pocket. Long Live Local!

Regina Nicole Boutique Baxley's Chocolates Humanité Boutique City Lights Bookstore City Lights Cafe Mad Batter Kitchen Thecutcocktaillounge Cotton Leigh Bakery Dixie & Co. Balsam Falls Brewing Co B & B Gifts and Interiors Hollifield Jewelers Guadalupe Cafe Fitzgerald Shoe Shop Tuckaseegee Fly Shop - Sylva Friends of the Library Used BookstoreHarry Alter Books Livingston's Photo The Nichols House Antiques Fusions Spa & Wellness End of Main - Antiques & Home Decor Melissa's Backstreet Takeout Treasure's Unknown Fitzgerald Shoe Eric's Fresh Fish Market Lazy Hiker Brewing - Sylva Taproom Nantahala Brewing - Sylva, NC Outpost Jackson's General Store White Moon Innovation Brewing Black Balsam Outdoors Tuckaseegee Fly Shop The Paper Mill Lounge Harry Alter Books Friends of the Library Used Book Store

Small town charm. Big city selection.

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From Lists to Love Letters, What Do People Leave Behind in Library Books? A California librarian assembles forgotten objects in a heartwarming digital archive

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home? 12/29/2021

22K...more or less!

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home? There’s a reason that some people won’t let go of their physical books — and a new term for it: ‘book-wrapt.’


Happy Holidays! Books are great gifts!

Photos from Spriggly's Beescaping's post 06/07/2021

How adorable!


The holiday windows + the very festive Harry!


The Holiday windows!


Come see beautiful downtown Sylva decked out for the holidays!


Harry Alter Books


Christmas in Sylva - A Holiday Weekend

Big weekend ahead!


Small bookstores are booming after nearly being wiped out


A growing number of shoppers will be supporting their independent neighborhood bookstores on Small Business Saturday


Librarian Shares Photo of Entire Taco Pressed Between Pages of a Returned Book

There are better bookmarks!

insideedition.com Not a single bite appears to have been taken out of the taco librarian Amanda Mae found in a returned book.


City Lights Bookstore

Indie bookstores support independent publishers! Indie Bookstore Day is 4/28 and, in solidarity with indie presses, we’re featuring a rotating display of their books at the front of our shop all month. 📚 📖


Love and beer at the Mad Batter!


Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s

historydaily.org These librarians would adventure through muddy creeks and snowy hills just to deliver books to the people of these isolated areas.


Coming in 2018: The Keepers / Help Meet Our Match

mailchi.mp Support this new NPR and podcast series. The Keepers — stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep.


The big day to shop small is here!


Jackson County, A Gem Waiting to Be Discovered - Simply Taralynn


Thanks Tara for "checking out" Harry Alter Books!😀

simplytaralynn.com It took me a while to break out of the weekend coma that Jackson County had put me ...


Of course, piling books on the bed and snuggling has the same effect!

Book lovers! How amazing is this quilt??
Quilted by Veronica!


Harry's hanging out at his favorite place!


Summertime windows!


92% of people can't guess these book titles from a single sentence summary. Are you up to the challenge?

quizzes.howstuffworks.com You may be a book lover, but can you guess these classics from a single sentence? See if you can read your way to a perfect score with this HowStuffWorks quiz!


16 Reasons To Be Proud Of Being A Book Hoarder


huffingtonpost.com Let's just call it "book collecting."


Jackson County Chamber and Visitor Center

Here is a great article by the Asheville Citizen-Times about the growing craft beer scene in small towns across WNC outside of Asheville. Sylva is predominantly featured.



THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | Official Red Band Trailer | Fox Searchlight

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a c...


New York Today

Watch how books are made by hand in a tiny workshop on the Lower East Side. (Video by Jonathan Wolfe / The New York Times) More: https://nyti.ms/2moEl77


Ohio Bookstore Flips Male-Authored Books, Displaying Them Backwards

heatst.com The Women’s History Month display is meant to draw attention to female authors and silence ‘the male voice.’


The Bobbsey Twins are good cover for an outlaw!


This tiny North Carolina town is an Asheville alternative for the crowd-weary

National recognition for our little corner of the world. Sylva is the coolest town in NC!

washingtonpost.com In Sylva, a city of just 2,600 people, there are plenty of brewpubs, book shops, hiking and fishing.


Thank you Frances McDormand for stopping by during the filming of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." That was the coolest thing ever.


In Tokyo’s library-hotel, guests sleep in the bookshelves

qz.com Only $40 a night.


Google: There Are 129,864,880 Books in the Entire World

And we have 20,000 of them!

mashable.com How many books have ever been published in all of modern history? According to Google's advanced algorithms, the answer is nearly 130 million books, or 129,864,880, to be exact.


Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thing

smithsonianmag.com Young bibliophiles duke it out in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest


The New York Times

“A bookmobile made so much sense, because food trucks work so well in this town.”

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528 W Main Street
Sylva, NC

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 5pm
Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm

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