Saturday, April 1, 7 pm
BREN MCCLAIN presents ONE GOOD MAMA BONE.
Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s search for a maternal instinct, called “the mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own. This is Bren’s first novel!
Sunday, April 2, 3 pm
Three poets together reading from their new books for one great event. Lauren K Alleyne, Wiliam Wright, and Rickey Laurentiis.
Monday, April 3, 7 pm
SHOBHA RAO presents AN UNRESTORED WOMAN.
Shobha Rao recounts the human costs of one of the largest migrations in history. In 1947 the Indian subcontinent was partitioned into two separate countries, India and Pakistan. Her characters navigate this new, dangerous terrain.
Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm
CHARLES VESS & EMÖKE B’RACZ present WALKING THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE OF FAERIE.
The book is a lush compilation of fantasy illustrations and writing from Vess, complemented with poetry by Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, Ursula K. le Guin, and others, including our owner, Emöke!
Wednesday, April 5, 7 pm
MICHEL STONE, in conversation with Tommy Hayes, presents BORDER CHILD.
Stone’s second novel is a timely story of a couple in crisis. Lilia and Hector have returned to their Mexican village after living across the border in the U.S. Their baby, Alejandra, disappeared on the way back to Puerto Isadore, and they are struggling to find their child and return to life in their small town.
Tommy Hayes is the director of UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program.
Thursday, April 6, 7 pm
MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL, in conversation with Mallory McDuff, presents CITIZEN SCIENTIST.
Join award-winning author Mary Ellen Hannibal to learn how science is stepping away from the ivory tower and the laboratory and engaging volunteer “citizen scientists,” in preserving the environment, and how you, too, can participate.
Friday, April 7, 7 pm
ERIKA CARTER presents LUCKY YOU.
Erika’s debut novel explores the directionless lives of three twenty-something women who still live in the small Arkansas town where they went to college. When they make a dramatic change and move “off-the-grid,” a chance to gain clarity emerges in this humorous novel.
Saturday, April 8, 4 pm
Poetry on Request
Local poets engage you in conversation to craft a thoughtful poem just for you.
Saturday, April 8, 7 pm
Gay Romance! JEFF MANN presents COUNTRY, N.S. BERANEK presents ANGELS FALL, and STEVE BERMAN presents RED CAPS.
Join these three writers for a fun evening of romantic readings.
Sunday, April 9, 3 pm
Writers at Home with TOMMY HAYS
Join host Tommy Hays for our monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.
Monday, April 10, 7 pm
Mystery Authors Panel
Join our for our latest lively panel, which includes: David Burnsworth, author of Southern Heat; Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife; Elena Hartwell, author of One Dead, Two to Go; Bryan Robinson, author of Limestone Gumption; and Jaden Terrell, author of Racing the Devil. Expect an engaging discussion of characters and craft!
Tuesday, April 11, 7 pm – Ticketed Event
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA, in conversation with Ron Rash, presents SHADOW LANDS at UNCA
The best-selling author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves, launches her latest novel, THE SHADOW LAND. Ron Rash will join Elizabeth on stage in this not-to-be-missed literary event with two of the region’s most beloved best-selling authors.
Thursday, April 13, 7 pm
STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS presents NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US.
With elements of The Great Gatsby, this novel looks at an extended African American family and its members’ colliding visions of the American Dream.
Friday, April 14, 4 pm
Poetry on Request with Tracey Schmidt
A local poet engages you in conversation to craft a thoughtful poem just for you.
Friday, April 14, 7 pm
BONNIE MORRIS & PAT SPEARS present THE DISAPPEARING L: ERASURE OF LESBIAN SPACES AND CULTURE and IT’S NOT LIKE I KNEW HER.
Bonnie’s non-fiction work looks back at the milestones and meaningful places of the lesbian movement since the 1970s and ponders the future of lesbian-identified activism in the U.S. Pat’s novel traces the journey of self-acceptance of Jodie Taylor, a queer, poor, white girl in the Deep South, who flees her north Florida home and lands in Selma, Alabama in 1956.
Saturday, April 15, 7 pm
JOHN KESSEL presents THE MOON AND THE OTHER.
John’s latest work, set in space, is structured around two distinctive colonies on the moon: one matriarchal, the other patriarchal, and they’re on the brink of civil war. Even on the moon, similar struggles over sex, love, familial strife and political machinations surface where humans have resettled to start anew.
Monday, April 17, 7 pm
Writers’ Coffee House
The Asheville/WNC Writers’ Coffeehouse is a monthly gathering where area writers come together to discuss the business of writing, share knowledge, and network.
Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm
PAULA ROBBINS presents ON STRAWBERRY HILL: THE TRANSCENDENT LOVE OF GIFFORD PINCHOT AND LAURA HOUGHTELING.
Paula’s book recovers a little-known love story set in Western North Carolina. It centers around the founder of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, and his brief, youthful romance with Laura Houghteling while they lived in Asheville. Pinchot worked at the Biltmore Estate while Houghteling tried to recover from “consumption” at her family’s nearby retreat.
Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm
TAYLOR BROWN & ROBERT MORGAN present THE RIVER OF KINGS and CHASING THE NORTH STAR.
Taylor and Robert are a dynamic duo of great literary Southern writing. This is not to be missed!
Thursday, April 20, 7 pm
CYNTHIA D’APRIX SWEENEY presents THE NEST.
Cynthia’s best-selling debut novel,set in New York City,plunges readers into in-fighting among siblings who learn that the inheritance each of them has been counting on has been squandered by a ne’er-do-well brother.
Friday, April 21, 7 pm
SCOTT MAHAN presents ARE YOU AFRAID OF SNAKES?: A DOCTOR’S EXPLORATION OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.
Scott’s book describes his sometimes humorous journeys from Africa to Appalachia as he delves into alternative medicine and its clash with Western medicine. Dr. Mahan is an infectious disease specialist whose travels gave him insights into the varied approaches to treatments, cures and sickness.
Saturday, April 22, 11 am
CAROLINE MCALISTER presents JOHN RONALD’S DRAGON.
This picture book biography is the story of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to become world-renowned author J. R. R. Tolkien. Ask her about all the childhood doodles she made that her mother saved! A children’s author was there all along.
Saturday, April 22, 7 pm
HANNAH PALMER presents FLIGHT PATH in conversation with Joe Minicozzi of
After learning that her childhood homes had been leveled during Atlanta’s international airport expansion, Hannah Palmer embarked on a quest to recover the history of a community that had been erased by unchecked Southern “progress.” In her debut memoir, she offers a larger meditation on the human and cultural costs of urban growth.
Sunday, April 23, 3 pm
MARJORIE AGOSÍN & EMÖKE B’RACZ present HOME: AN IMAGINED LANDSCAPE.
Marjorie Agosin, poet and professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, has edited a collection of sixteen essays about place, displacement and the immigrant experience.
She will read along with contributors Emoke B’Racz, Pauline Kaldas, and Dominica Radulescu.
Monday, April 24, 7 pm
JOHN COX presents TO KILL A PEOPLE: GENOCIDE IN THE 20TH CENTURY.
Join us on Holocaust Remembrance Day with a talk from Professor John Cox. His book offers four case studies–the Armenian, Nazi, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides–in an exploration of the various factors that contribute to genocide, such as imperialism and nationalism.
Tuesday, April 25, 4:30 pm
KIM DINAN presents THE YELLOW ENVELOPE: ONE GIFT, THREE RULES, AND A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD.
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. There are only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; and don’t feel pressured to give it all away.
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
LOREN OLSON, M.D., presentsFINALLY OUT: LETTING GO OF LIVING STRAIGHT.
Dr. Olson is a psychiatrist and father of two, who came out at age 40. FINALLY OUT is his memoir and professional observations about the experience of living much of one’s life as a straight person only to experience a profound self-discovery about human sexuality, especially that of mature men.
Thursday, April 27, 7 pm
MEGAN MIRANDA presents THE PERFECT STRANGER.
Friday, April 28, 3 pm
Join us as we celebrate the latest release from one of our favorite local authors.
Friday, April 28, 3 pm
RHAPSODIST LITERARY JOURNAL Student Reading (A-B Tech)
The Rhapsodist Literature & Arts Journal is the work of A-B Tech students and staff. They will read selected works.
Friday, April 28, 7 pm
SETH HAWKINS, M.D., presents VERTICAL AID: ESSENTIAL WILDERNESS MEDICINE FOR CLIMBERS, TREKKERS, AND MOUNTAINEERS.
Seth and his co-authors have written a guide for managing both emergencies and chronic injuries sustained during climbs. Researched and developed by professional healthcare providers and alpinists, the book includes helpful illustrations of common procedures and best practices.
Saturday, April 29 ALL DAY
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY! Come help us celebrate with prizes and games all day.
Saturday, April 29, 7 pm
ALLAN WOLF & JOANNE O’SULLIVAN present WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN? & BETWEEN TWO SKIES.
Inspired by a tragic true event in his past, Allan Wolf examines the circumstances of one boy’s inexplicable murder and the fateful summer leading up to it. Joanne O’Sullivan, who lived in New Orleans for several years, is a journalist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Her debut YA novel is set in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and focuses on characters who realize that love can emerge from the chaos of dislocation.
Sunday, April 30, 2 pm – Ticketed Event at the Masonic Temple Theater – Info at malaprops.com
ROBERT BEATTY presents a sneak preview of Book 3 – SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART.
Join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling SERAFINA SERIES, for this special sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of book 3.
Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN presents LONG BLACK VEIL.
On a summer night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary looking for a thrill, but not the murder that occurs instead. Decades later, the unsolved cold case is reopened, and new evidence sets in motion a series of accusations and revelations that could destroy careers and families. Join us for this mystery thriller! Boylan is best known for her memoir She’s Not There: A LIfe in Two Genders and her appearances on the reality show I Am Cait with Caitlin Jenner.
Every Wednesday at 10 am
MISS MALAPROP’S STORYTIME!
Malaprop’s hosts storytime with Miss Malaprop herself! Join us with your wee ones every week on Wednesdays at 10 am for classic and contemporary stories sure to enchant and entertain. Together, we’ll introduce children to the wonderful world of books! Recommended for ages 3-9.
Join a Book club!
Monday, April 3 at 7 pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
Join hosts and Malaprop’s booksellers Hannah Richardson and Caroline Christopoulos for the LGBTQ Book club! They are reading Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong.
Tuesday, April 4 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOK CLUB (WILD)
Join co-host and Malaprop’s bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and co-host Maria Fire for the WILD Book club, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. They are reading Just Kids by Patti Smith.
Tuesday, April 4 at 7 pm
CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. They are reading Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection by Medea Benjamin.
Wednesday, April 5 at 7 pm
MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.
Monday, April 10 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank to discuss Day of Small Things by Vicki Lane.
Tuesday, April 11 at 12 pm
DISCUSSION BOUND BOOK CLUB
Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. Bring your book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of your midday break! This month’s pick is The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore.
Tuesday, April 18 at 7 pm
NEW AND NOTABLE BOOK CLUB
Join us for a discussion of Transitby Rachel Cusk.
Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm
NOTORIOUS HBC* (*HISTORY BOOK CLUB)
Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. We’re creating a book club that tackles the challenging subjects, hence “NOTORIOUS.” This month’s pick is The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed.
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm
BRIDGE THE GAP
Join host Madelyn Anderson for a book club for those interested in exploring perspectives of people with different life experiences or world views, particularly those marginalized in the U.S. We’ll read about the intersection of race, gender, political affiliation, and sexual identification/orientation, as well as discuss ways to take collective action. Meets the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s pick is We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie .
Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm
WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB
Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation, and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. This month’s book is The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem, translated by Michael Kandel.