Tuesday, April 1 at 5 pm
ALEXANDRA DUNCAN BOOK LAUNCH
Local author Alexandra Duncan celebrates the publication of Salvage, her first novel, with us! A librarian with a penchant for writing feminism into her stories, her work has been published in several Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies. Kirkus Reviews says of Salvage, “Haunting, colorful environments distinguish this debut novel about a girl fighting for survival in the far future.” Please join us for a reading, signing, some chai, and a general good time!
Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm
ENNEAGRAM SERIES WITH SANDRA SMITH: TYPE 2 & TYPE 5
Learn about the Enneagram System as panels of Enneagram types speak to their experience of their particular personality style. Certified Enneagram consultant Sandra Smith introduces basic concepts of the Enneagram and explores the gifts and challenges of each type.
Thursday, April 3 at 7 pm
BREATHING ROOM: SPIRITUAL DECLUTTERING WITH LAUREN ROSENFELD
Local author, educator, speaker, and spiritual intuitive Lauren Rosenfeld discusses her new book, Breathing Room: Open Your Heart By Decluttering Your Home, which she co-authored with Dr. Melva Green. Dr. Green is a psychiatrist who has been featured expert on the TV show “Hoarders”. Rosenfeld will share the 10 principles of spiritual decluttering and offer a demonstration of activities we can all do to open up our space and our hearts. She is also the co-author of Your To Be List, of which Dr. Joan Borysenko said, “A lot of books are advertised as life-transforming, but this one actually is.”
Friday, April 4 at 7 pm
BEATRIZ WILLIAMS READING & SIGNING
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams joins us to discuss her most recent novel, A Hundred Summers. Williams is the author of Overseas and the forthcoming The Secret Life of Violet Grant. Set on the Rhode Island shore in 1938, A Hundred Summers has been praised as “an all-encompassing period-perfect read” (RT Book Reviews) and Shelf Awareness says it “delivers swoons and intrigue against the backdrop of the 1938 New England hurricane…. Williams evokes the era effortlessly”.
Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm
In honor of National Poetry Month, Poetrio is overflowing its banks and welcoming several poets instead of just three! Join us for readings and signings by Elaine Bleakney (For Another Writing Back), Sue Lefler (contributor to What Matters), and Leila Wheless (contributor to What Matters) plus Pat Riviere-Seel (contributor to What Matters, Nothing Below But Air). The editor of the anthology What Matters, poet Richard Krawiec, also joins us for this event.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7 pm
DR. JUDITH ORLOFF READING & SIGNING
Nationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff has been exploring the connections between physical, emotional, and spiritual health for more than two decades. Her work has been praised by the likes of Ram Dass and Deepak Chopra and she has appeared on NPR, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, and others. Her latest book, The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life, synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine.
Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm
NEW WORLDS YA PANEL
Young adult authors Jessica Spotswood, Megan Shepherd, Alexandra Duncan, and Tiffany Trent join us for this exciting event. Their books cover many New Worlds through steampunk,
alternate history, dystopian, and historical fantasy, but all have a strong sense of place. Jessica Spotswood is the author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles: Born Wicked, Star Cursed, and Sister’s Fate (due out in August 2014!). Asheville author Megan Shepherd is the author of The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity. Local author Alexandra Duncan, fresh off her book launch, is the author of Salvage. Tiffany Trent is the author of The Unnaturalists and The Tinker King.
Friday, April 11 at 7 pm
SHEILA TURNAGE READING & SIGNING
North Carolina author Sheila Turnage brings back Mo and Dale from Three Times Lucky in her latest, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Three Times Lucky won a Newbery Honor Award and was a Newsday Top 12 Children’s Books of 2012 pick. Newsday said, “An irresistible narrator–a literary descendant of Scout Finch.” Malaprop’s children’s book buyer Laura Donohoe says of The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, “Mo LoBeau is back in top form. Turnage blends adventure, ghosts and top-notch detective work with a wonderful story of a small town re-discovering some of its history. Bring the whole family for this one!” These books are recommended for ages 10 and up.
Saturday, April 12 at 10 am
WRITING CHARACTER-BASED CONFLICT: DESIRE FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH AMY WILLOUGHBY-BURLE
Local author and editor Amy Willoughby-Burle leads this free workshop. Whether from the front seat or the back, what your characters “want” drives your story. This workshop will help you discover your characters’ hidden motives and how getting to know your characters better can uncover potential conflict from within. Using a series of guided exercises and writing time, you will learn how to create the most powerful conflict of all–that which already lies deep within your character.
Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm
ASHLEY ENGLISH LAUNCH PARTY, TASTING & DEMO
WNC’s own maven of homemade living Ashley English returns with Handmade Gatherings: Recipes & Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Parties. Join us as Ashley discusses her book, shares some goodies, and shows us how to use some of her ideas to spiff up our own gatherings. Ashley English is the author of the Homemade Living series from Lark Books, Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, and Home Dairy, as well as The Year of Pies. You can also find her work at Small Measure, Where Women Cook, The Zenchilada, Design*Sponge, Taproot, and Verve magazine.
Sunday, April 13 at 3 pm
CELEBRATING BULGARIAN WRITERS: VIRGINIA ZAHARIEVA & ALBENA STAMBOLOVA IN CONVERSATION WITH ELIZABETH KOSTOVA
We are pleased to welcome Virginia Zaharieva, author of Nine Rabbits, and Albena Stambolova, author of Everything Happens as it Does, for a celebration of Bulgarian writers. Nine Rabbits is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva’s work made available in North America. Everything Happens as it Does won the 2012 Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Contemporary Bulgarian Writers Contest. The event is co-sponsored by Black Balloon Publishing, Open Letter Books, and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, which was established to support contemporary Bulgarian literature and to foster exchange between Bulgarian writers and the Anglophone world.
Monday, April 14 at 7 pm
WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ANNIE FAHY
This free workshop will use elements from the AWA method described in Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider. Annie will write along with the group to create a safe, honest, and non-hierarchical space for new work. Accomplished and beginning writers learn from one another in a generous atmosphere of both critical craft and personal respect for the value of every voice.
Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm
ANNE CLINARD BARNHILL & JASON SMITH READING & MAGIC
In Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, North Carolina author Anne Clinard Barnhill explores the Elizabethan court and the choices available to the Queen’s favorite ward, Mary Shelton. She is also the author of At the Mercy of the Queen, which Library Journal called “a stunningly engrossing and fast read” in a starred review. Anne will discuss the new novel while her son, Jason Smith, discusses magic in the book and offers a little actual magic, too! Please note the time for this event.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm
PATTI DIGH READING & SIGNING (AND LIVE STREAMING!)
Our incredible local writer, blogger, bookclub leader, author interviewer, and role model Patti Digh joins us to discuss her latest book The Geography of Loss. The author of Life is a Verb, Creative is a Verb, Four Word Self Help, and What I Wish for You, Digh travels the U.S. and the world teaching others about mindfulness. This event will be live-streamed, so even if you can’t be in the Malaprop’s café with us, you can still be here! Live-stream audience members will be able to ask questions and get books signed and personalized to be shipped out after the event.
Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm
ROBIN O’BRYANT READING & SIGNING
The delightfully funny author of Second Helping: A Collection of Best-Loved Columns froms Robin’s Chicks returns with Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves. Kirkus Reviews calls Ketchup is a Vegetable “A cheeky, amusing motherhood memoir.” Robin O’Bryant is a syndicated humor columnist, mother, writer, blogger, and foodie living in Mississippi.
Friday, April 18 at 7 pm
FRANCES MAYES READING & SIGNING
Frances Mayes shares the story of her coming-of-age in the South in her new memoir, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls Under Magnolia “[a] gutsy, honest portrait of the artist as a young girl” and Pat Conroy says, “Frances Mayes describes the birth of her extraordinary sensibility, the deep-pooled clarity of her writing, her giddy love of nature, and her sharp and satirical eye for those who brought her up to honorable womanhood in the tortured South of her girlhood.” The author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Mayes has also written several books of poetry and nonfiction as well as a novel.
Saturday, April 19 at 3 pm
TAD HILLS READING & SIGNING
New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator Tad Hills brings his beloved feathered duo back in Duck & Goose Go to the Beach. Hills is also the author and illustrator of the Rocket books, including How Rocket Learned to Read. His Duck & Goose books have received numerous awards and loads of praise. Duck & Goose Go to the Beach is recommended for children ages 3-7 years.
Saturday, April 19 at 7 pm
SPRING FLING QUEER LADIES SPEED DATING
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and love (or maybe just friendship) is in the air! Spring has sprung, so come bring your favorite book and join us for a night of conversation with fellow bibliophiles as we present our first ever Queer Ladies Speed Dating, hosted by our bookseller Justin. Registration is required and, once registered, your $10 ticket includes a $10 gift card to Malaprop’s. Wine and snacks are included with admission and you can enjoy 10% off books the night of the event. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 9th. You must be 21 or over to attend. Contact Justin at email@example.com to register or for more info.
Sunday, April 20 at 3 pm
WRITERS AT HOME READING SERIES
Please join host Tommy Hays for this monthly series featuring work from the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA.
Monday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm
SELF PUBLISHED & SMALL PRESS LOCAL AUTHOR EVENT
Please join us as eight of our local authors with recent self published titles read and sign books. Each author will present their work for ten minutes and the presentations will be followed by Q&A. This is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with many local writers, hear their diverse works, and ask them about the process of writing and publishing.
Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm
SALLIE BISSELL LAUNCH PARTY
Come celebrate the publication of the latest Mary Crow novel, The Deadliest of Sins, with local mystery author Sallie Bissell! Bissell is the author of five previous Mary Crow novels and hosts our Mystery Bookclub. The Mary Crow series has earned Bissell comparisons to Patricia Cornwell and praise from Nelson DeMille, Mystery Scene magazine, and People magazine.
Thursday, April 24 at 5 pm
Dr. Susan Harlan of Wake Forest University will curate this series of Shakespeare Salon discussions. Each month, Dr. Harlan will lead a conversation about a different Shakespeare play. Please join us!
Friday, April 25 from 4-5 pm
READINGS FROM THE RHAPSODIST
Please join us for readings from AB Tech’s Literary and Arts Journal, The Rhapsodist.
Friday, April 25 at 7 pm
TUPELO HONEY COOKBOOK READING, SIGNING & TASTING
The combo that made the first Tupelo Honey Café cookbook such a success, Elizabeth Sims and Chef Brian Sonoskus, will join us to discuss the delicious second course! More gorgeous photos and delightful recipes grace the pages of Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. We hope you’ll join us for a sampling and a celebration of one our favorite local restaurants.
Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm
KIDS AUTHOR BIRTHDAY PARTY CELEBRATING ROSEMARY WELLS
Come celebrate the amazing work of Rosemary Wells, author of Yoko Finds Her Way and Stella’s Starliner! Our fabulous bookseller host, Robin, will be here to handle reading and entertainment. Goodies will be shared, too! This monthly event is free and open to children of all ages and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
Sunday, April 27 at 3 pm
NC POETRY SOCIETY READING
NCPS poet Pat Riviere-Seel, author most recently of Nothing Below but Air, will host a reading featuring four NCPS poets: Anthony S. Abbott (The Angel Dialogues), Peg Bresnahan (In A Country None Of Us Called Home), Marilyn McVicker (Some Shimmer of You, forthcoming in summer 2014), and David Radavich (The Countries We Live In).
Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
WORLD BOOK NIGHT GIVER RECEPTION
Please join the booksellers at Malaprop’s to share your experiences about why you chose your particular WBN book and how you gifted it. A casual wine and cheese gathering of booklovers and bookgifters!
Wednesday, April 30 at 7 pm
KIM CHURCH READING & SIGNING
North Carolina author Kim Church reads from her debut novel, Byrd. The story of a woman and the consequences of the adoption she chooses for her son, Jill McCorkle says of Byrd, “Brilliant writing–lively and heartbreaking at every turn.” Church’s writing has appeared in many journals including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly.