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Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson Present Kill The Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell

07/24/2018 - 6:00PM

In an irreverent new series in the tradition of Terry Pratchett and Monty Python, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Star Wars: Phasma reinvent fantasy, fairy tales, and floridly written feast scenes. Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosen. And...

Jonathan Santlofer presents The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir

07/25/2018 - 6:00PM

Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower's Notebook is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. "This is deeply moving ... beautifully written and modulated, with a dollop of droll, black humor. It is such an achievement, like running uphill against a strong wind."--Joyce Carol Oates On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers...

Rasha presents Oneness--The Meditations: A Journey To The Heart Of The Divine Lover

07/26/2018 - 6:00PM

Every now and then a book comes along that is so powerful that words cannot describe the experience people start having when they read it. These rare, life-changing books always seem to show up at the perfect moment in time, exactly when we all need it the most. "Oneness" is such a book--one that will change your life.In February 1998, Rasha began a profound dialogue with the universal Presence, "Oneness"--the Divinity we all share. Word for word, she transcribed the principles for a new...

Works in Translation Book Club

07/26/2018 - 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. This month's pick is For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri, translated by Paul Bowles. 

Robert Beatty signing and reception for Willa of the Wood

07/28/2018 - 2:00PM

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina.  Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.  Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work-the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the...

Sera Beak presents Redvelations

07/29/2018 - 3:00PM

In her remarkable spiritual memoir Red Hot & Holy (Sounds True, 2013), Sera Beak told the story of how she lost and found her soul as a modern woman. With Redvelations, Sera ventures further down the soul path, revealing her unorthodox experiences of the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the undeniable power of the soul that this forgotten figure brings to life. By transparently sharing her soul's journey, Sera illuminates our common struggles in an uncommon way and...

Jo Piazza presents Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win: A Novel and Glynnis MacNicol presents No One Tells You This: A Memoir

07/30/2018 - 6:00PM

Jo Piazza presents Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win: A Novel  From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all--political power, a happy marriage, and happiness--but isn't sure just how much she's willing to sacrifice to get it. Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide...

Christopher Swann presents Shadow of the Lions

07/31/2018 - 6:00PM

We are proud to welcome back Chrsitopher Swann for the paperback launch of In the Shadow of LIons.  How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? That is just one question Christopher Swann explores in this compulsively readable debut, a literary thriller set in the elite--and sometimes dark--environs of Blackburne, a prep school in Virginia. When Matthias Glass's best friend, Fritz, vanishes without a trace in the middle of an argument during their senior year, Matthias tries to move...

Malaprop's Book Club

08/01/2018 - 7:00PM

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.  

Jaime Fleres presents Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters

08/01/2018 - 6:00PM

Birth Your Story is about using writing to remember, process, heal and honor the entirety of your birth experience. You are forever changed, and how you tell the story can determine whether the power of birth serves or hinders your life. Whether you're pregnant or birthed decades ago, a seasoned or novice writer, man or woman, this book is for you. The book inspires and supports you to write your birth story, takes the intimidation and other obstacles out of writing, offers accessible...

Billy T. Ogletree presents Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ's Likeness

08/02/2018 - 6:00PM

Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ's Likeness explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily commitment to others--a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers to Christ's likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many. It describes the primacy of Christ as the central tenet of Christianity and offers seven " Jesus" life themes for every Christian....

Malaprop's Presents an Evening with Colleen Hoover

08/03/2018 - 6:00PM

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Where's Waldo Party and Prize Drawing

08/04/2018 - 2:00PM

Have you been looking for Waldo in Downtown Asheville during July?  We're having a wrap-up party to celebrate on Saturday, August 4, at 2 p.m. If you've completed your Waldo passport, you'll be entered for a drawing for great prizes. Must be present to win. Thanks for participating.

Cecil Bothwell presents Fifty Wheys to Love Your Liver

08/04/2018 - 6:00PM

Cecil Bothwell is back at it with another improbable batch of short fiction, Fifty Wheys to Love Your Liver. Deadly serious or wildly funny they cascade from his faulty noggin like lava into a community center swimming pool. It's his 11th book and 2nd “collection of fictitious tropes.” The current assemblage of unlikely tales either occur in Asheville, North Carolina, or involve people involved with Asheville in some way, and ever and always guest appearances by the numerous...

Poetrio: Lisa Dordal, Henrietta Goodman, Emily Rosko

08/05/2018 - 3:00PM

 Join us for a monthly celebration of poetry featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark, Henrietta Goodman, author of All That Held Us, and Emily Rosko, author of Weather Inventions. 

LGBTQ Book Club

08/06/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Alex Ruiz for a discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.  

WILD Book club

08/07/2018 - 6:30PM

Join former Malaprop’s General Manager and Bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and co-host Maria Fire for the WILD Book club at the Battery Park Book Exchange. This month’s title is Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.  

Current Events Book Club

08/07/2018 - 7:00PM

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 selection for August is No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid.  

Susanna Kearsley presents Bellewether

08/07/2018 - 6:00PM

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page. It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks...

Amber Tamblyn presents Any Man

08/08/2018 - 6:00PM

In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture. A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home-- the place doesn't matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of...

Maia Toll presents The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals

08/09/2018 - 6:00PM

Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants -- whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers -- has fascinated us for centuries. Contemporary herbalist Maia Toll adds her distinctive spin to this tradition with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant'...

Carley Mattimore presents Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa: Teachings from Zep Tepi, the Land of First Time

08/12/2018 - 3:00PM

It was predicted by indigenous tribes in Africa that when the White Lions return to their sacred lands in Timbavati we would be in a time of evolutionary and spiritual awakening. On Christmas Day in the year 2000, Marah the White Lion was born, the first "way-shower" to arrive and help us awaken to our divine origins, when we were one with all life in Zep Tepi, the land of first time. Our spiritual warrior selves are being summoned to heal the separation between us and nature, to be the change...

Michelle Shine presents Mana Gardening: Empower Yourself & Live a Better Life

08/13/2018 - 6:00PM

Two top-level research scientists living in one of the most beautiful places in the world found themselves struggling to be happy. Their search for the essence of true happiness led them to an ancient Hawaiian inner garden concept that empowers the wisdom from within. They call this path Mana Gardening, in honor of the Hawaiian belief in 'Mana--the spiritual energy, or consciousness that lives within all things. This guide takes you step by step through this unique and relaxing method that...

Mystery Book Club

08/13/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or, on the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King.  

Donna Lucey presents Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas in conversation with Denise Kiernan

08/14/2018 - 6:00PM

In this seductive, multilayered biography, based on original letters and diaries, Donna M. Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. With uncanny intuition, Sargent hinted at the mysteries and passions that unfolded in his subjects' lives. Elsie Palmer traveled between her father's Rocky Mountain castle and the medieval English manor house where her mother took refuge, surrounded by artists, writers, and actors. Elsie hid...

Discussion Bound Book Club

08/14/2018 - 12:00PM

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. This month's pick is Stolen by Isabella Stewart.

Susan Anderson presents Paul's Prayers: A Mother's Account of Raising an Autistic Son

08/15/2018 - 6:00PM

Paul's Prayers is the story of a moderately autistic young man navigating life with a spiritual intelligence that runs further than most people can walk. Written by Paul's mother, this insightful memoir gives readers a unique look at the challenges and joys of raising her autistic son in a large Catholic family. The first of six children, Paul's early years were an exciting and confusing time for his parents. At the time, very little information on autism and its early signs was available...

Notorious HBC* (*History Book Club)

08/16/2018 - 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 Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba.

Brooke McAlary presents Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World

08/16/2018 - 6:00PM

Free yourself from the frantic and embrace the joy of slow... Are you constantly striving to keep up with life's busy expectations? It's easy to feel consumed with the desire to "succeed" and "acquire," and miss the simple opportunities waiting for you to slow down: a walk in the forest, sharing laughter with family, a personal moment of gratitude... Once upon a time, it became clear to Brooke McAlary that the key to happiness was discovering a simpler, more fulfilling existence. She put the...

Byron Ballard presents Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time

08/17/2018 - 6:00PM

"Earthwork" is a word used to describe a constructed bank of dirt, often raised in ancient cultures as a means of defense. Earth Works is a book of essays and rituals for a time of deep cultural change, a shift that author Byron Ballard calls "Tower Time." The first part of the book explores scenarios in these chaotic times and suggests possible reframing to understand the historical underpinnings and the long-term effects on both the planet and its inhabitants. The second part of the book--...

Jerald Pope presents Owl Girl

08/18/2018 - 11:00AM

A long-form, wordless novel in color. In the world of fairy tales, a little girl wanders alone in a dark wood. Suddenly a huge owl swoops down, picks her up and takes her to its nest! There she joins the owl family and grows up as an owl - with magical fairy-tale results. One day she sees a woodsman and follows him back to his village. Will she be accepted for who she is? Will she have to chose between her owl family and humankind? We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at...

Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes present Remember Who YOU Are: Achieve Success. Create Balance. Experience Fulfillment.

08/19/2018 - 3:00PM

  It's the elusive trifecta every working woman desperately seeks. Do you find yourself trying to be everything to everyone? Do you run yourself ragged but still feel something is missing? The struggle is real and all too common. Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes are two award-winning, c-suite executives who together have accumulated 60 plus years of work experience at the highest levels, 60 years of marriage, and raised four successful children. Collectively, they have managed more...

Madeline Uraneck presents How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted

08/20/2018 - 6:00PM

An immigration story of crossing cultural bridges and finding family.  When Madeline Uraneck said hello to the Tibetan woman cleaning her office cubicle, she never imagined the moment would change her life. After learning that Tenzin Kalsang had left her husband and four children behind in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India to try to forge a better life for them, Madeline took on the task of helping her apply for US visas. When the family reunited in their new Midwestern home, Madeline...

Terry Roberts launches The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival Show

08/21/2018 - 6:00PM

Jedidiah Robbins is a man on a crusade. From town to town, his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the Good News with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow. But Jedidiah's traveling revival company has a secret: in addition to offering the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it also delivers spirits of another kind. Prohibition is in full swing, but The Sword of the Lord train keeps the speakeasies in the towns it visits in business by providing the best...

Debby Schriver presents Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom

08/22/2018 - 6:00PM

"This book is much more than a tome about the incredible amount of harm done to children isolated in destructive groups and movements; it is a testimony to the courage and resilience of individual souls, even when they are very young. . . . Whispering in the Daylight is compelling for anyone concerned with child welfare and individual freedom." --Steve K. D. Eichel, president, International Cultic Studies Association  "This is a fascinating depiction of a destructive cult. What...

Orison Prize Winners Carly Joy Miller and Gabriel Houck

08/23/2018 - 6:00PM

Carly Joy Miller presents Ceremonial.  In her debut poetry collection, Carly Joy Miller surprises and enraptures on every page. The visceral poems of Ceremonial figure the body at its most sublime and at its most feral, with equal attention. With an unflinching eye, Miller crafts psalms of petition and praise from the raw material of life. Gabriel Houck presents You or a Loved One: Stories An unhappy switchboard operator at SaveLine comforts distressed callers while her own life...

Gary Machlis presents The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water. A Special Founders Day Celebration of National Parks

08/25/2018 - 3:00PM

This is a turbulent time for the conservation of America's natural and cultural heritage. From the current assaults on environmental protection to the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, and disparity of environmental justice, the challenges facing the conservation movement are both immediate and long term. In this time of uncertainty, we need a clear and compelling guide for the future of conservation in America, a declaration to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders....

TEACH IN: Michael Gerhardt presents Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know

08/26/2018 - 3:00PM

Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know(R) is the step back and deep reflection on the law of impeachment that everyone needs now. Written in an accessible and lively question-and-answer format, it offers a timely explanation of the impeachment process from its very meaning to its role in politics today. The book defines the scope of impeachable offenses, and how the Constitution provides alternative procedures and sanctions for addressing misconduct in office. It explains why the only...

David Joy presents The Line That Held Us

08/28/2018 - 6:00PM

From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again. When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only...

An Evening About Fostering and Adoption in Appalachia with Authors Deborah Gold and Wendy Welch

08/29/2018 - 6:00PM

Deborah Gold, author of Counting Down When Deborah Gold and her husband signed up to foster parent in their rural mountain community, they did not foresee that it would lead to a roller-coaster fifteen years of involvement with a traumatized yet resilient birth family. In Counting Down, Gold tells the story of forging a family within a confounding system. We meet social workers, a birth mother with the courage to give her children the childhood she never had herself, and a father...

Tony Wolff presents Lightening Up: The Yoga of Self Acceptance

08/30/2018 - 6:00PM

Lightening Up, The Yoga of Self-Acceptance offers an antidote to the striving for performance and achievement so common in modern yoga. Yoga has become another sport, a way to perform, to always improve and as such leads to much self-criticism and doubt. With great respect for the teachings of TKV Desikachar, a nod to Buddhism, a healthy dose of mindfulness practices, a guide to how anatomy and neurophysiology can influence a more balanced practice, and more than a dash of humor and common...

Works In Translation Book Club

08/30/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host and Bookstore manager Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation, and the cultural, political and artistic influences that shape them. This month's pick is The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer.  

Asheville Poetry Review's 2018 William Matthews Poetry Prize Reading with Rosa Lane and Mary B. Moore, hosted by Keith Flynn

08/31/2018 - 6:00PM

The editors at THE ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW are pleased to announce the WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE RECIPIENTS for 2018. Rosa Lane, from El Cerrito, CA, was awarded first prize for her poem, "The Long Meadow," and will receive $1000, plus publication in The Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 25, Issue 28, 2018), which will be released in December, 2018. Alfred Corn was the final judge. Second prize is awarded to Kathleen Spivack, from Watertown, MA, for her poem, "M....

Georgann Eubanks presents The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year

09/01/2018 - 4:00PM

Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state. She begins in January with the most ephemeral of southern ingredients—snow—to witness Tar Heels making ice cream. In March, she takes a midnight canoe ride on the Trent River in search of shad, a bony fish with a savory history. In November, she visits a Chatham County sawmill where the possums are always...

Georgann Eubanks presents The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year

09/01/2018 - 6:00PM

Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state. She begins in January with the most ephemeral of southern ingredients--snow--to witness Tar Heels making snow cream. In March, she takes a midnight canoe ride on the Trent River in search of shad, a bony fish with a savory history. In November, she visits a Chatham County sawmill where the possums are...


09/02/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Michael Beadle, Anne Harding-Woodworth, and Adrian Rice. Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of The Eyes Have It  Michael Beadle is the author of Beasts of Eden  Adrian Rice is the author of The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017

LGBTQ Book Club

09/03/2018 - 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. The September pick is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 

Current Events Book Club

09/04/2018 - 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. This month's pick is TBA. 

WILD Book club

09/04/2018 - 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 pick for September is Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot.

Jacqui Castle launches The Seclusion

09/04/2018 - 6:00PM

While on a routine assignment scouting the viability of dwindling natural resources outside the massive urban centers most American citizens call home, Patricia 'Patch' and her co-worker Rexx discover a relic from the past containing dangerous contraband--unedited books from before The Seclusion. These texts will spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that sees Patch's father arrested by the totalitarian Board. Evading her own arrest, Patch and Rexx set out across a ruined future United...

Malaprop's Book Club

09/05/2018 - 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. View this month's pick at https://www.malaprops.com/malaprops-bookclub. 

Teach in: Carol Anderson presents One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

09/09/2018 - 3:00PM

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin. In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to...

Mystery Book Club

09/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Join host Tena Frank at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, for Malaprop's Mystery Book Club! This month's pick is Garden of Lamentations: A Novel by Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. 

Discussion Bound Book Club

09/11/2018 - 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. View this month's pick here. 

Candice Ransom presents Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday

09/15/2018 - 11:00AM

In the hilarious follow-up to Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten, strong, sassy, and funny Amanda Panda is having a birthday crisis! Amanda Panda's birthday is tomorrow. She'll be the first kid in her class to turn six! But when she gets to the bus stop, her best friend/worst enemy Bitsy announces that today is HER birthday! And her party is planned for Saturday, the same day as Amanda's! Birthday dreams ruined, Amanda's can't keep her temper in check at school. By...

Carol Adams presents Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time

09/19/2018 - 6:00PM

Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. Our food choices have much more of an impact than most people imagine. They not only affect our personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of justice, misogyny, national security, and human rights. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges...

Notorious HBC* (*History Book Club)

09/20/2018 - 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. This month's pick is The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty by Alexander Lee. 

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. 

Beth Revis presents Give the Dark My Love

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. Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra...

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...

Amy Reed, Amber Smith, Jaye Robin Brown, Alexa Duncan, and Tracy Walker read from 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...

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...

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...

Cecil Bothwell presents Fifty Wheys to Love Your Liver

08/04/2019 - 6:00PM

Cecil Bothwell is back at it with another improbable batch of short fiction. Deadly serious or wildly funny they cascade from his faulty noggin like lava into a community swimming pool. Relationships run afoul of disparate musical taste: Paul Simon or Bob Dylan? Angie has lists, lots of them. Almost no one in a work share co-op is satisfied with their trades and a bike shop owner ponders cosmology while adjusting brakes and chains. Oh, and then there’s the crocodile. We ask that you purchase...

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