Sunday, September 4 at 3 pm
Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at 3 pm! This month will feature Janet Joyner (Waterborne), Ginger Murchison (a scrap of linen, a bone), and James Kimbrell (Smote).
Sunday, September 4 at 7 pm
LOUISE PENNY READING & SIGNING at DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE–TICKETED EVENT
We are over the moon about bestselling mystery and thriller author Louise Penny coming to Asheville to celebrate her new book, A Great Reckoning! In this installment of her Chief Inspector Gamache novels, Gamache must unravel a dark mystery that could implicate him in a terrible crime when a strange map is discovered hidden in the walls of a bistro and on the body of a dead professor. The New York Times Book Review gives its highest praise to the series and its author, saying “Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.” Tickets are almost gone; reserve your seat today!
Tuesday, September 6 at 7 pm
FRANK BROWNING READING & SIGNING
In The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture and the Human Future, former National Public Radio science reporter and bestselling author of The Culture of Desire FRANK BROWNING explores human gender geographies around the world, from gender-neutral kindergartens in Chicago and Oslo to femminielli weather casters in Naples, from conservative Catholics in Paris fearful of God and nature to transsexual Mormon parents in Utah. Kirkus Reviewscalls it a “probing, wide-ranging, and illuminating look at society’s current ‘gender conundrum’ . . . A timely, thoughtful contribution to a much-debated issue.”
Wednesday, September 7 at 7 pm
W. SCOTT POOLE LAUNCH & SIGNING
We are celebrating the publication of In the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft, W. Scott Poole’s new book about the iconic weird horror author. Kirkus Reviews praises it as “seamlessly weav[ing] biography and criticism . . . thoroughly enjoyable and highly readable.” The book follows Lovecraft through his life and into his significant afterlife, tracing his influence on modern horror filmmakers, writers, and readers. Scott is the author of Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror and Monsters in America, which received the John G. Cawelti prize and was listed among the AAUP’s “Best of the Best” in 2011. He teaches at the College of Charleston.
Thursday, September 8 at 7 pm
ELIZABETH HEANEY READING & SIGNING
Elizabeth Heaney’s The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans, is a nonfiction account of her time counseling military service members and their families. Told through her own experiences and the words of the people she worked with, Elizabeth approaches veterans’ stories with heartfelt sympathy and underscores their need for support and care. Elizabeth has a private practice in counseling in Asheville and teaches in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Masters of Counseling program.
Saturday, September 10 at 3:30 pm
POETRY ON REQUEST
Local poets Katherine Soniat and Tracey Schmidt are hosting this event the second Saturday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm. Come by and have a poem written especially for you!
Saturday, September 10 at 7 pm
SANDOR KATZ LAUNCH & SIGNING
We are thrilled to welcome fermentation and living foods expert Sandor Katz back to Malaprop’s for the re-release of his classic, Wild Fermentation! This James Beard award-winning author has given hundreds of workshops and presentations across the world, inspiring a global audience to create delicious, healing foods. This book, a New York Times bestseller, has been hailed as starting the fermentation revolution, and Newsweek calls it “the fermenting Bible.”
Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm
BARBARA O’ CONNOR and MONIKA SCHROEDER READING & SIGNING
Join us to celebrate two new middle grade books from award-winning regional authors! Barbara O’Connor’s Wish is the story of a young girl who discovers the meaning of family with the help of a beloved dog. Her last book, On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s, was selected as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2012. Monika Schroeder’s Be Light Like a Bird follows protagonist Wren, who moves to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her grieving mother after her father’s death, where she discovers new friends and a new purpose—to save the town’s wetlands. Booklist calls it “beautifully rendered.” Monika is the author of Saraswati’s Way and My Brother’s Shadow.
Monday, September 12 at 5:30 pm
CABERNET AND COLORING
Join Malaprop’s booksellers Linda-Marie & Cindy at the Battery Park Book Exchange for an evening of wine, coloring, and conversation! We’ll have coloring books available for 25% off, or bring your own. We’ll supply pencils and markers.
Monday, September 12 at 7 pm
LILLAH SCHWARTZ READING & SIGNING
Local yoga teacher Lillah Schwartz of One Center Yoga joins us to talk back care and yoga! Based on her popular series of classes and workshops, Healing Our Backs With Yoga offers a comprehensive guide and workbook for pain relief and healing. Yoga teacher Kim Drye praises the book, saying “Lillah offers an amazing gift: to teach people to trust themselves and their bodies again.” Lillah has had over 35 years of experience of teaching yoga and training with master teachers, including B.K.S. Iyengar and Aadil Palkhivala.
Tuesday, September 13 at 7 pm
ROBERT OLEN BUTLER READING & SIGNING
Pulitzer-prize winning author Robert Olen Butler’s new novel Perfume River is “a deeply meditative reflection on aging and love” (Booklist). It traces the history and fractured present of elderly academic and Vietnam veteran Robert, his wife Darla, and his brother Jimmy, who evaded the draft and lives a bohemian life in Canada. Haunted by the past, they come together to face an uncertain future. Robert is the author of the prize-winning collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and over 16 novels. He teaches at Florida State University.
Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm
REGIONAL FOCUS DISCUSSION & SIGNING WITH CAROLEE DUCKWORTH & BRIAN LANE
Regional authors Carolee Duckworth and her son Brian Lane join us to talk about the ultimate travel experience in their book, YOUR GREAT TRIP TO FRANCE. These two trip planners are transporting us to France with their immersive tour. They have worked to create insider’s experiences of travel destinations, with itineraries tailored for one- and two-week trips. Special features include tips on traveling by train, packing efficiently, and choosing the best and most central places to stay.
Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm
AUTHORS FOR ACTION READING & SIGNING WITH NANCY LOVE
Nancy Love’s book Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy explores the unsettling implications of white power music’s effect on violence and culture. It presents chilling case studies of white power music and, according to Professor Neil Roberts, argues that “we must confront the realities of . . . the often-disavowed transnational white supremacist communities and networks in our political present” to shift the future. Nancy is a Professor of Political Science and a Humanities Council Coordinator at Appalachian State University who is the author of Musical Democracy and the co-author of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics, both published by SUNY Press.
Friday, September 16 at 7 pm
JIM STOKELY PRESENTS WILMA DYKEMAN’S NEWLY DISCOVERED MEMOIR!
Wilma Dykeman’s recently discovered memoir, Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood, is a gorgeous meditation on her childhood in Beaverdam and Asheville during the 1920s and 30s. Remembering moments from history, like the housing market boom and the Great Depression, as well as moments specific to her own youth, like playing in the creek near her house, her first dance lessons, and her father’s death when she was only 14, Wilma weaves a rich tapestry of clear, perfect episodes from her inspired early years. This new memoir will be presented by Wilma’s son, Jim Stokely. Don’t miss your chance to fall in love with Wilma Dykeman–for the first time or all over again!
Saturday, September 17 at 3 pm
DORI KLEBER READING & SIGNING
In her new children’s book More-igami,author Dori Kleber tells the story of Joey, a boy who loves folding but must cultivate the arts of patience and practice when he wants to learn origami. The narrative, which celebrates diversity, is accompanied by “soulful” illustrations from Brian Karas (Kirkus Reviews), and the tale finishes with an origami lesson for its young readers. School Library Journal praises the book’s “warm characters, gentle humor, and sweet illustrations.”
Sunday, September 18 at 3 pm
WRITERS AT HOME READING SERIES
Join host Tommy Hays for the monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.
Monday, September 19 at 7 pm
The Asheville/WNC Writers Coffeehouse is a monthly meeting where area writers come together to discuss the business of writing, gather shared knowledge, and network. Open to writers of all experience levels, whether you’re a New York Times-bestselling author or someone just thinking about picking up a pen and putting it to paper. Co-hosts include local authors Jake Bible, Beth Revis, Jamie Mason, and Brian Rathbone.
Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm
ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM READING & SIGNING
Elizabeth Cunningham, author of the popular and award-winning Maeve Chronicles, joins us with her newest novel, a mystery entitled Murder at the Rummage Sale! Set in 1960, it follows an engaging cast of characters in a small American town as they try to uncover who is behind the death of Charlotte Crowley, leader of the Episcopal Church of the Regeneration and organizer of the titular rummage sale in a narrative that “deftly weaves in aspects of postwar life” (Publishers Weekly). Author Meredith Gould calls the book “Mad Men Meets Church.”
Wednesday, September 21 at 7 pm
RON RASH READING & SIGNING AT THE UNCA HUMANITIES LECTURE HALL—TICKETED
We always love celebrating local author Ron Rash’s books! His newest is The Risen, is the story of brothers Bill and Eugene, whose youthful captivation with the beautiful, worldly Ligeia, who disappears inexplicably, continues to haunt them in their adulthood after the remains of a woman’s body are uncovered in their hometown of Sylva, NC. Booklist praises the novel’s “astute exploration of the clash of cultures” as the narrative progresses from the “free love” 1960s onward. Be sure to get your ticket for this event now!
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm
TIKVA WOLF READING & SIGNING
In Ask Me About Polyamory: The Best of Kimchi Cuddles, NC author Tikva Wolf explores questions of love and open relationships in a graphic novel that was born out of her popular web comic. The work specifically pertains to non-traditional couplings but there’s also plenty of advice that works for folks in monogamous relationships. With characters who are lovingly drawn and inspired by real people and real relationships, the book is a series of “friendly musings” wrapped in a “humorous guide” to love (Library Journal).
Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm
K.G. MACGREGOR and KARIN KALLMAKER READING & SIGNING
In K.G. MacGregor’s newest book, Trial by Fury, Harwood University professor Celia Perone fights for justice after a female student is sexually assaulted by a star athlete. Facing threats from all sides, she seeks help from women’s rights attorney Theodora Constantine, and sparks fly. Originally from the mountains of NC, K.G. is the author of 20 novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winner Out of Love. Several of her titles have won Golden Crown awards. Karin Kallmaker’s lesbian fiction novels include the Goldie and Lammy award-winning 18th & Castro, Just Like That, The Kiss that Counted, Maybe Next Time and Sugarspanning lesbian romance, lesbian erotica and lesbian science-fiction/fantasy. A Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author, she was awarded the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award in 2011. She will read from her newest novel, Captain of Industry.
Sunday, September 25 at 3 pm
ACLU BANNED BOOKS READING
The ACLU has historically championed free speech and academic freedom. The issue of book-banning crops up regularly all over the country, and this year the Western North Carolina chapter of the ACLU of NC will bring attention to it by hosting an afternoon at Malaprop’s, where area writers, artists, musicians and booksellers will read passages from banned books both notable and lesser-known. Please join us as we discuss the issue of freedom of speech and the freedom to read.
Monday, September 26 at 7 pm
AUTHORS FOR ACTION COLORING EVENT with MAKEDA LEWIS!
Atlanta artist Makeda Lewis joins us for this unique event, when our Authors for Action series meets the adult coloring book. Makeda’s powerful new release Avie’s Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Bookis part coloring book and part surrealist poem about protagonist Avie’s self-discovery and embrace of her identity as a young black girl. Filled with striking illustrations, it touches on themes of “feminism, death and rebirth, Afrocentricity, gender issues and power dynamics” (BET.com). Blavity.comwriter Trina Young notes that Makeda is “someone you should pay attention to.”
Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm
TRENTON LEE STEWART READING & SIGNING
Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series for younger readers, joins us to celebrate his new middle grade/YA novel, The Secret Keepers! Protagonist Reuben, a “seemingly ordinary hero [who] proves quite extraordinary” (Kirkus Reviews), lives in the fantastical world of New Umbra, run by a mysterious entity known as the Smoke and patrolled by the Directions. His life is forever changed upon discovering a watch with strange powers. School Library Journal raves that readers “will devour [Stewart’s] latest novel.”
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Every Wednesday at 10 am
MISS MALAPROP’S STORY TIME!
Malaprop’s hosts story time with Miss Malaprop herself! Join us every week on Wednesdays at 10 am with your wee ones for classic and contemporary stories that are sure to enchant and entertain. Together, we’ll introduce children to the wonderful world of books! Recommended for ages 3-9.
Monday, September 5 at 7 pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
Join hosts and Malaprop’s booksellers Hannah Richardson and Caroline Christopoulos for the LGBTQ Book
club! The September pick is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.
Tuesday, September 6 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. The September pick is Between You and Me by Mary Norris.
Tuesday, September 6 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. The September pick is Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century by Jonathan D. Simon.
Wednesday, September 7 from 1 to 2 pm
AUTISM BOOK CLUB
Hosts Catherine Faherty and Carolyn Ogburn will lead a discussion of Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant.
Wednesday, September 7 at 7 pm
MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.
Monday, September 12 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank to discuss Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron.
Tuesday, September 13 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! The September pick is Curationism by David Balzer.
Thursday, September 29 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. The September pick is Arvida by Samuel Archibald.
EXCITING EVENTS COMING IN OCTOBER!!
Saturday, October 1 at 7 pm
CELEBRITY CHEF ALTON BROWN presents EVERYDAYCOOK
Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm
ANN PATCHETT presents COMMONWEALTH
Monday, October 17 at 7pm
JONATHAN LETHEM presents A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY