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From Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Upcoming Events

Bobbie Ann Mason presents Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader

09/24/2018 - 6:00PM

Please note that the date of this event was originally Thursday, September 27th and has been rescheduled to Monday, September 24th.    Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a "literary phenomenon." Anne Tyler hailed Mason as "a full-fledged master of the short story." Mason's work, charged with a spirit of exploration, garnered both popular and critical acclaim. This reader collects outstanding...

CANCELLED Michele Young-Stone presents Lost in the Beehive

09/25/2018 - 6:00PM

Michele had to cancel her event with us but looks forward to a future visit.  Named one of O Magazine's "Best New Books of Spring" From the author of Above Us Only Sky and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, a touching new novel set in the 1960s about the power of friendship, love, and accepting your past in order to find a future. For nearly her entire life, Gloria Ricci has been followed by bees. They're there when her mother loses twin children; when she...

Payson Kennedy presents NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Since 1972

09/26/2018 - 6:00PM

All fans of whitewater sports have been impacted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in one way or another. In 1972, the NOC was the outgrowth of an idea that friends working together to pursue their outdoor passions could change lives for the better. Today, the center is a seminal Southeastern paddling hub. Compiled by Payson Kennedy and edited by Greg Hlavaty, NOC Stories is a collection of 62 entertaining stories by NOC staff veterans--memories that describe the center's first...

Works In Translation Book Club

09/27/2018 - 7:00PM

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. Meets the last Thursday of every month. The September pick is Outlaws by Javier Cercas. 

RESCHEDULED to 9/24 : Bobbie Ann Mason presents Patchwork

09/27/2018 - 6:00PM

Please note that this event was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 27 and will now be held on Monday, September 24th at 6pm.   Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a "literary phenomenon." Anne Tyler hailed Mason as "a full-fledged master of the short story." Mason's work, charged with a spirit of exploration, garnered both popular and critical acclaim. This reader collects outstanding examples...

Beth Revis presents Give the Dark My Love in conversation with F.T. Lukens and Carrie Ryan

09/28/2018 - 6:00PM

A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis. Beth will be joined in conversation by F.T. Lukens, author of The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic and Carrie Ryan, author of City of Thirst. Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only...

Abbey Mei Otis presents Alien Virus Love Disasters: Stories in conversation with Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters

09/30/2018 - 3:00PM

Abbey Mei Otis's short stories are contemporary fiction at its strongest: taking apart the supposed equality that is clearly just not there, putting humans under an alien microscope, putting humans under government control, putting kids from the moon into a small beach town and then the putting the rest of the town under the microscope as they react in ways we hope they would, and then, of course, in ways we'd hope they don't. Otis has long been fascinated in using strange situations to explore...

LGBTQ Book Club

10/01/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. Meets the first Monday of every month. This month's pick is Intro to Alien Invasion, written by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier, and illustrated by Nancy Ahn. 

Pam Kelley presents Money Rock: A Family's Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

10/01/2018 - 6:00PM

Meet Money Rock. He's young. He's charismatic. He's generous, often to a fault. He's one of Charlotte's most successful cocaine dealers, and that's what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history--by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic--of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually...

WILD Book Club

10/02/2018 - 6:30PM

Join former Malaprop's General Manager and bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and poet Maria Fire at the Battery Park Book Exchange for meetings of the WILD (Women in Lively Discussion) book club. This woman-only book club seeks to have fun by reading books (fiction & non) by women writers that intrigue us. They ordinarily meet at 6:30 P.M. on the first Tuesday of the month. The October selection is Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Megan Shepherd launches Grim Lovelies

10/02/2018 - 6:00PM

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything--especially humanity--comes at a price. Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those...

Current Events Book Club

10/02/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Bruce Roth and people interested about what is happening in the world for a lively discussion on topics of current interest, including war and peace, the economy, the environment, plus other hot political topics. Meets at 7 pm the first Tuesday of every month.The selection for September and October is The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger. 

Malaprop's Book Club

10/03/2018 - 7:00PM

The Malaprop's Book Club, hosted by Jay Jacoby, explores a diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction books determined by member suggestion. They meet in the cafe the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. The pick for October is Pulitzer Prize winning The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 

Abigail DeWitt presents News of Our Loved Ones

10/03/2018 - 6:00PM

Set in France and America, News of Our Loved Ones is a haunting and intimate examination of love and loss, beauty and the cost of survival, witnessed through two generations of one French family, whose lives are all touched by the tragic events surrounding the D-Day bombings in Normandy. What if your family's fate could be traced back to one indelible summer? Over four long years, the Delasalle family has struggled to live in their Nazi occupied village in Normandy. Maman, Oncle...

Kathryn Schwille presents What Luck this Life

10/04/2018 - 6:00PM

The Columbia space shuttle and its contents rain down on the people of Kiser, Texas, in Kathryn Schwille's imaginative debut novel set six weeks before the invasion of Iraq. What Luck, This Life begins in the aftermath of the space shuttle's break-up, as the people of Piney Woods watch their pastures swarm with searchers and reporters bluster at their doors. A shop owner defends herself against a sexual predator who is pushed to new boldness after he is disinvited to his family reunion. A...

Bud Harris presents An Open Letter to the Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

10/05/2018 - 6:00PM

This short work is a challenge to face the reality behind our shock and heartbreak, to understand the core of what is happening in our culture, and how to take a major step forward together in caring for each other. Every child has the right to be safe in school. School murders, church murders, and other mass murders are one of the most important challenges facing us today. Dr. Harris explores how our common pain should lead to a determined effort to understand the very core of these...

Amy Reed, Amber Smith, Jaye Robin Brown, Alexa Duncan, and Tracy Walker Discuss Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real about Injustice, Empowerment, and growing up female in America

10/06/2018 - 6:00PM

From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an anthology of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America. This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors--including award-winning and bestselling writers--touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today's America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope...

Poetrio

10/07/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Marilyn Annucci, Shelby Stephenson, and Mark Cox.   Marilyn Annucci presents The Arrows That Choose Us.  Shelby Stephenson presents Our World.  Mark Cox presents Readiness.    We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling...

Kate Moore presents The Radium Girls in conversation with Denise Kiernan

10/08/2018 - 6:00PM

The true story of the women who worked in radium-dial factories during the First World War. When the gruesome side effects of their exposure were covered up, the women stood up to corruption, and became heroes of the worker’s rights movement. Kate Moore will be joined by Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City, the story behind the women who built the atomic bomb in WWll.   In The Radium Girls, the Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the...

Mystery Book Club

10/08/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, for Malaprop's Mystery Book Club! The October selection is House of Spies: A Novel by Daniel Silva.   

Connie Tuttle presents A Gracious Heresy: The Queer Calling of an Unlikely Prophet

10/09/2018 - 6:00PM

Take one wildly naive, deeply flawed, completely unconventional woman and stir in God. Add to the mix that she is a lesbian, feminist, army brat, and single mom, and what you get is an earnestly radical Christian on a mission. Her response to an insistent call to prophetic ministry is acutely human and terminally messy. Prone to veer off course, she wrestles angels who repeatedly return her to her trajectory. The prophetic ministry to which she is called ends up taking place in hundreds of...

Discussion Bound Book Club

10/09/2018 - 12:00PM

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Meets the second Tuesday of every month at noon. This month's selection is I Remember Better When I Paint: Art and Alzheimer's: Opening Doors, Making Connections, written by Berna G. Huebner, designed by Deborah Lange, and illustrated by Hilgos. 

Erin Gibson presents Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death

10/10/2018 - 6:00PM

Erin Gibson of Throwing Shade will present her debut book of essays featuring absurd political satire, social commentary, and vagina jokes. This collection of funny and moving essays boldly and hilariously explores the unspoken challenges of life as a woman. "Whether it's shaming women for having their periods, allowing them into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation, Erin feels that...

Signe Pike presents The Lost Queen

10/11/2018 - 6:00PM

The Mists of Avalon meets the world of Philippa Gregory in the thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth--a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland--twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And...

Melissa Lenhardt presents Heresy

10/12/2018 - 6:00PM

They were the first and only all-female gang in the American West. Though the newspapers refuse to give them credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Now, they've got a rival male gang on their trail and an old score to settle.  Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw.  After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For...

Jessica Hopper presents Night Moves

10/13/2018 - 6:00PM

Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber...

Dale Bailey presents In The Night Wood

10/14/2018 - 3:00PM

In this contemporary fantasy, the grieving biographer of a Victorian fantasist finds himself slipping inexorably into the supernatural world that consumed his subject.  Failed father, failed husband, and failed scholar, Charles Hayden hopes to put his life back together with a new project: a biography of Caedmon Hollow, the long-dead author of a legendary Victorian children's book, In the Night Wood, and forebear of his wife, Erin. Deep in mourning from the loss of their young...

Lou Berney presents November Road in conversation with Jamie Mason author of Three Graves Full

10/15/2018 - 6:00PM

Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America--a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone. Frank Guidry's luck has finally run out. A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans' mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it's his turn--he knows too...

W. Scott Poole presents Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

10/16/2018 - 6:00PM

The roots of modern horror are found in the First World War. It was the most devastating event to occur in the early 1900s, with 38 million dead and 17 million wounded in the most grotesque of ways, owing to the new machines brought to war. If Downton Abbey showed the ripple effect of this catastrophe above stairs, Wasteland reveals how bloody battlefields, screaming asylums, and desolated cities and villages made their ways into the darker corners of our psyche. Historian W...

CDS LEARNS: Discussions on Education and Parenting featuring The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock and Fernette Eide

10/17/2018 - 6:00PM

Join Dr. Diane Milner, Principle of Carolina Day School for a conversation about Dyslexia and learning differences in children. The book, The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain  by Brock and Fernette Eide is 10% off at Malaprop’s. This event part of a series of book discussions in partnership with Carolina Day School and Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe about children, parenting, education, and related topics led by faculty and staff...

David Williams presents When the English Fall

10/18/2018 - 6:00PM

A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart.  Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor. There are shots now and again, bursts here and there, far away, and I cannot sleep. I think of this man in his hunger, shot like a rabbit raiding a garden. For what, Lord? For stealing corn intended for pigs and cattle, like the...

Notorious H.B.C. (History Book Club)

10/18/2018 - 7:00PM

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.” We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm. Our pick for October is The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez. 

Writers at Home featuring Tina Barr celebrating the launch of Green Target

10/21/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for Writers at Home, hosted by Tommy Hays. The featured author is Tina Barr and will include a celebration of the launch of her newest book, The Green Target. Tina Barr’s 6 volumes of poetry include the just released Green Target (winner of the Barrow Street Press Book Prize, judged by Patricia Spears Jones), Kaleidoscope (Iris Press), The Gathering Eye, (Tupelo Press Editor’s Award) and 3 chapbooks, all winners of national chapbook competitions. Her poems have been published in...

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu and Luke Hankins present A Cry in the Snow and Other Poems

10/22/2018 - 6:00PM

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu's poetry dwells in spaces of paradox, seeking out the words, metaphors, and images that capture both the peaceful stillness of snow and the desperate cry of human experience. A Cry in the Snow often draws on these two fertile tropes: the beauty of nature and the power and limitations of language. A trilingual poet who has published in French, English, and her native Romanian, Radulescu seeks to harness the elemental aspects of human experience, working...

Chris Highland launches A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

10/23/2018 - 6:00PM

From the Introduction to A Freethinker’s Gospel: “This book is a collection of fifty-two essays originally published as “Highland Views” columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina). The initial column, “Can a Secular Person have Devotion?,” appeared the first weekend in November, 2016. You’ll see from the selections here that I am literally all over the map with secular and spiritual topics. There have been “secular devotionals” on Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thoreau,...

Story Time with Children's Author Jean Reagan

10/24/2018 - 10:00AM

Our weekly Story Time event, but better! Jean Reagan will share books from her bestselling series (How to Babysit a Grandma, How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Catch a Santa, How to Surprise a Dad, etc.) and present her most recent release, How to Scare a Ghost. In How to Scare a Ghost, Guided by a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, two children show young readers how to set the stage for a spooktacular Halloween by carving...

Rachel Haley Himmelheber presents The Lucky Ones Get to be People

10/25/2018 - 6:00PM

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Works In Translation Book Club

10/25/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. Meets the last Thursday of every month. The pick for October is Epitaph of a Small Winner: A Novel by Machado de Assis, translated by William L. Grossman.

Charles Dodd White presents In the House of Wilderness

10/26/2018 - 6:00PM

Rain is a young woman under the influence of a charismatic drifter named Wolf and his other “wife,” Winter. Through months of wandering homeless through the cities, small towns, and the landscape of Appalachia, the trio have grown into a kind of desperate family, a family driven by exploitation and abuse. A family that Rain must escape. When she meets Stratton Bryant, a widower living alone in an old east Tennessee farmhouse, Rain is given the chance to see a bigger world and find herself a...

Anastasia Higginbotham presents Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness

10/27/2018 - 2:00PM

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a a picture book that invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice. "Quite frankly, the first book I've seen that provides an honest explanation for kids about the state of race in America today." --Elizabeth Bird, librarian "A much-needed title that provides a strong foundation for critical discussions of white people and racism, particularly for young audiences. Recommended...

Amy Cherrix presents Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

10/28/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for a fun and informative event with our own Malaprop's Bookseller and Children's Buyer, Amy Cherrix! North Carolina's black bears were once a threatened species, but now their numbers are rising in and around Asheville. But what happens when conservation efforts for a species are so successful that there's a boom in the population? Can humans and bears live compatibly? What are the long-term effects for the bears? Author Amy Cherrix follows the scientists who, in cooperation with...

Gavin Edwards presents The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy

10/29/2018 - 6:00PM

In The World According to Tom Hanks, through deep research and interviews, Gavin Edwards will explore and celebrate how Tom Hanks lives his life, mirroring the way that he embodies optimism and integrity in his movie roles. This book, paired with original illustrations from acclaimed illustrator R. Sikoryak, will give insight into the actor by collecting the best stories about how he behaves in the world, providing a loving retrospective of his film career, and putting it all into the...

Therese Fowler presents A Well Behaved Woman in conversation with Denise Kiernan at UNCA

10/30/2018 - 7:00PM

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Therese Anne Fowler will be joined in conversation by Denise Kiernan, author of The Last Castle. This event is part of the University of North Carolina Asheville's Visiting Writers Series. It will be held in the Mountain View Room in Sherrill Center. For more info visit https://english.unca.edu/visiting-...

Therese Fowler presents A Well Behaved Woman in conversation with Denise Kiernan at The UNCA Kimmell Arena

10/30/2018 - 7:00PM

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Therese Anne Fowler will be joined in conversation by Denise Kiernan, author of The Last Castle.  Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and...

An Evening with Jan Karon at First Baptist Church

10/30/2018 - 5:00PM

Malaprop’s Bookstore in collaboration with the Center for Faith and Life at First Baptist Church of Asheville invites you to join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Series, Jan Karon. Please note that admission into this event includes a ticketed option and a free option:  5:00 p.m. VIP Meet and Greet in the Dining Room, where light refreshments will be served. $24 ticket price includes pre-signed and personalized copy of Bathed in Prayer. Buy your...

Dacre Stoker presents Dracul

10/30/2018 - 6:00PM

The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's--and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate...

Frankenreads

10/31/2018 - 6:00PM

Join us for refreshments and a dramatic reading of Frankenstein to celebrate All Hallows Eve and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Frankenreads is an international event organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America, and similar events will be held all over the world.  More details to come! 

Chaya Bhuvaneswar presents White Dancing Elephants

11/02/2018 - 6:00PM

A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha's birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange "rescue" mission aimed at stripping their mysterious powers. A brief but intense affair between two women culminates in regret and betrayal. A boy seeks memories of his sister in the legend of a woman who weds death. And fragments of history, from child...

Poetrio

11/04/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. In November we welcome Gabrielle Calvocoressi, author of Rocket Fantastic Poems, Thomas March, author of Aftermath, and  GennaRose Nethercott, author of The Lumberjack's Dove. 

Lee Zachariasin presents Across the Great Lake in conversation with Tommy Hays

11/05/2018 - 6:00PM

A haunting novel of nautical adventure, love, ghosts, and tragedy on the Great Lakes. In her eighty-fifth year, Fern Halvorson recalls her childhood journey on a great coal-fired ferry in the icy winter of 1936--and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated voyage. As his wife lies dying in the brutally cold winter of 1936, Henrik Halvorsen takes his daughter Fern away with him. He captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across the icy lake. The five...

LGBTQ Book Club

11/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. This month's selection is Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow. 

Lee Zacharias presents Across the Great Lake in conversation with Tommy Hays

11/05/2018 - 6:00PM

A haunting novel of nautical adventure, love, ghosts, and tragedy on the Great Lakes. In her eighty-fifth year, Fern Halvorson recalls her childhood journey on a great coal-fired ferry in the icy winter of 1936--and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated voyage. As his wife lies dying in the brutally cold winter of 1936, Henrik Halvorsen takes his daughter Fern away with him. He captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across the icy lake. The five...

Current Events Book Club

11/06/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Bruce Roth and people interested about what is happening in the world for a lively discussion on topics of current interest, including war and peace, the economy, the environment, plus other hot political topics. This month's pick is TBA.

Kristina McMorris presents Sold On a Monday

11/06/2018 - 6:00PM

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE. The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever...

WILD Book Club

11/06/2018 - 6:30PM

Join former Malaprop's General Manager and bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and poet Maria Fire at the Battery Park Book Exchange for meetings of the WILD (Women in Lively Discussion) book club. This woman-only book club seeks to have fun by reading books (fiction & non) by women writers that intrigue us. The November 2018 selection is A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe. 

Malaprop's Book Club

11/07/2018 - 7:00PM

The Malaprop's Book Club, hosted by Jay Jacoby, explores a diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction books determined by member suggestion. The November 2018 selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Jennie Liu presents Girls on the Line

11/07/2018 - 6:00PM

Sixteen-year-old Luli has just aged out of the orphanage where she grew up, and her childhood friend Yun helps her get a job at the factory where Yun works. Both girls enjoy the freedom of making their own decisions and earning their own money--until Yun gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who's rumored to be a human trafficker. China's restrictive family planning laws put Yun in a difficult position: she'll either have to have an expensive abortion or face crippling fines for having a child out of...

E. C. Ambrose presents Elisha Daemon

11/08/2018 - 6:00PM

Elisha was once a lowly barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of 14th-century London; now, he may be the most powerful magus alive. He faces the necromancers, a shadowy cult of magi who draw their power from fear and murder--and who have just unleashed the greatest plague the world has ever known upon a continent already destabilized by wars, assassinations, and religious conflict Empires and armies are helpless with no clear enemy to fight. The Church loses its hold upon the faithful as...

Susan Harlan presents Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables

11/11/2018 - 3:00PM

What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family's cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One's Own brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design reporting. English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by...

Mystery Book Club

11/12/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Song of the Lion: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel by Anne Hillerman.

Anne Fitten Glenn presents Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History

11/12/2018 - 6:00PM

Details TBA    We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on our website in advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Make sure you write your preferences in the comments if you purchase online.

Ben Fountainin presents Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolutionconvo with Wiley Cash

11/13/2018 - 6:00PM

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis. Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt's New Deal and the...

Discussion Bound Book Club

11/13/2018 - 12:00PM

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. The Novemeber 2018 selection is TBA. 

Leslie Zemeckis presents Feuding Fan Dancers in conversation with Tessa Fontaine

11/14/2018 - 6:00PM

Some women capture our attention like no others. Faith Bacon and Sally Rand were beautiful blondes from humble backgrounds who shot to fame behind a pair of oversize ostrich fans, but with very different outcomes. Sally Rand would go on to perform for the millions who attended the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, becoming America's sweetheart. Faith Bacon, the Marilyn Monroe of her time--once anointed the "world's most beautiful woman"--would experience the dark side of fame and slip into drug use...

Notorious H.B.C. (History Book Club)

11/15/2018 - 7:00PM

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 Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response by Peter Balakian. 

Michael Tisserand presents Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

11/15/2018 - 6:00PM

In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged--and the deep secret he explored through his art. The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due--in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America's color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as...

Robin Gaiser presents Open for Lunch

11/16/2018 - 6:00PM

Details TBA 

Carla Hall presents Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

11/17/2018 - 2:00PM

Carla Hall has been eating soul food her whole life and cooking it her whole career. In her highly anticipated new book CARLA HALL SOUL FOOD: Everyday & Celebration (Harper Wave; 978-0062669834; October 23, 2018; 336 pages; $29.99) she shares over 150 of her favorite recipes--a combination of easy weeknight meals, centered around seasonal vegetables, and rich celebration dishes for special occasions. These recipes have roots in history and heritage but are also Hall’s present-day ...

Writers at Home

11/18/2018 - 3:00PM


Barbara Kingsolver Signs Unsheltered

11/29/2018 - 1:00PM

Please note that this is a signing only event. Barbara Kingsolver will not be speaking and will not sign copies of her other titles. She will only sign Unsheltered and will not be personalizing copies. The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Malaprop's is thrilled to...

Works In Translation Book Club

11/29/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. This month's selection is Heartsnatcher by Boris Vian, translated by Stanley Chapman. 

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