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Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café – April & May Events

Malaprop’s Café has evolved into the meeting place in our town. Our café boasts a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee roasted locally. We offer free wireless service and eight plug-in stations. Our baristas embrace the role of community catalyst. Join us whenever you can!


Monday, April 2 at 6 pm

TEACH-IN: ELISABETH ROSENTHAL presents AN AMERICAN SICKNESS: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Join this NYT reporter and Harvard-trained MD for a look at the US’s broken health care system and a productive discussion about what can be done to fix it.

Tuesday, April 3 at 6 pm

VICTORIA PRICE presents THE WAY OF BEING LOST: A Road Trip to My Truest Self

After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds, and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor.

Wednesday, April 4 at 6 pm

PETER LOEWER presents LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT: The Hidden Language of Flowers

Welcome to the mysterious and sometimes scandalous world of the language of flowers. Since the days of Queen Victoria (and earlier, the harems of the Middle East) flowers have allowed lovers and friends to express themselves without saying a word.

Thursday, April 5 at 6 pm

JOHN KESSEL presents PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS

Kessel’s latest fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way. Critics are praising this one!

Saturday, April 7 at 4 pm* Note special time

LAURA THEODORE presents JAZZY VEGETARIAN’S DELICIOUSLY VEGAN: Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen

Highlighting holiday entertaining to everyday ideas for preparing quick plant-based meals for the family, this is the ultimate guide for the vegan home chef from the host of the PBS cooking show! Expect to be thoroughly entertained.

Sunday, April 8 at 3 pm

POETRIO

Join us for a monthly celebration of poetry (and a celebration of National Poetry Month) featuring three poets. This month, we welcome J. K. Lawson and two NC Poetry Society Poets: Beth Copeland and Bill Griffin.

Monday, April 9 at 6 pm

FRANCES MAYES presents WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT

From the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, comes the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year, written with Frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship.

Tuesday, April 10 at 6 pm

JENNIFER PHARR DAVIS launches THE PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience

Join this record holder of the FKT (fastest known time) on the Appalachian Trail as she reveals the secrets and habits behind endurance and chronicles her incredible accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running.

Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm

ERIC G. WILSON presents POLARIS GHOST

Inspired by the work of David Lynch and William Blake, this is a fractured Bildungsroman interrupted by meditations on marriage, addiction, depression, and parenting–a fascinating hybrid rising from a mix of memoir, journalism, scholarship, and cultural analysis.

Thursday, April 12 at 6 pm

ADAIR SANDERS presents SUFFER THE CHILDREN: An Allison Parker Mystery

Join this local mystery author as she presents the fourth book in her much-acclaimed series.

Friday, April 13 at 5 pm* Note special time

ASHEVILLE WORDFEST EVENT

ALASTAIR McINTOSH presents POACHER’S PILGRIMAGE: An Island Journey

Join Scottish writer and activist McIntosh for a tour of the islands of the Outer Hebrides, hosts to an astonishing range of mysterious structures – stone circles, beehive dwellings, holy wells and ‘temples’ from the Celtic era.

Saturday, April 14 at 2 pm* Note special time

MIDDLE GRADE WRITER KATE BEASLEY presents GERTIE’S LEAP TO GREATNESS

Calling all 5th and 6th graders! Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn’t need her–not one bit!

Sunday, April 15 at 3 pm

WRITERS AT HOME

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 16 at 6:30-8 pm

WRITERS COFFEE HOUSE

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.

Tuesday, April 17 at 6 pm

LAUGHING HEART LITERARY FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER

Join Amy Greene and Trent Thompson, co-founders of the Laughing Heart Literary Festival, for an evening of great Southern literature and learn about their efforts to increase literacy in underserved mountain counties.

Wednesday, April 18 at 6 pm

MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH presents THE FIGHTER

A blistering novel of violence and deliverance set against the mythic backdrop of the Mississippi Delta.

Thursday, April 19 at 6 pm

AMY WILLOUGHBY-BURLE presents THE LEMONADE YEAR in conversation with Sara Gruen

Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. As Nina struggles, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.

Friday, April 20 at 6 pm

MEG WOLITZER presents THE FEMALE PERSUASION

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric, multi-layered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

Saturday, April 21 at 7 pm

UNCA’S LIPINSKY AUDITORIUM

CHARLES FRAZIER presents VARINA in conversation with Wiley Cash

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War through the story of Varina Howell, Jefferson Davis’s wife and widow.  This is a free event. PREORDER FIRST EDITIONS FROM US!

Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm

ANN B. ROSS presents MISS JULIA RAISES THE ROOF

The nineteenth installment of the beloved and New York Times-bestselling Miss Julia series. With her husband Sam off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia reckons it’s about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community.

Monday, April 23 at 6 pm

CDS LEARNS: Discussions on Education and Parenting

Join Steve Henry, Director of Athletics at Carolina Day School, and Dr. Robert Swoap, Professor of Psychology at Warren Wilson College for a discussion of student athletics, sports psychology, and parenting student-athletes. The book, Let Them Play: The Mindful Way to Parent Kids for Fun and Success in Sports, by Jerry Lynch is 10% off at Malaprop’s.

Tuesday, April 24 at 6 pm

REP PICKS NIGHT

Join our Penguin Random House sales representatives for a night of recommendations for upcoming titles. Get your summer reading lists ready!

Wednesday, April 25 at 6 pm

MIDDLE GRADE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR CONSTANCE LOMBARDO presents MR. PUFFBALL: Escape from Castaway Island

Join us for a celebration of the third installment of the beloved Mr. Puffball series!

Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 9 pm

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

Independence for us means locally-owned, human-curated, non-book-devaluing-data-mining-algorithm-driven-giant-corporation, community-minded, warm, friendly, smart and sassy, and downright FUN in the most bookish ways! Special IBD books and items for sale and in-store frivolity all day long!

Sunday, April 29 at 3 pm

CATHERINE REID presents THE LANDSCAPES OF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: The Enchanting Island that Inspired L. M. Montgomery

From the Lake of Shining Waters and the Haunted Wood to Lover’s Lane, readers will be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novel. Using Montgomery’s journals, archives, and scrapbooks, Reid explores the many similarities between Montgomery and her unforgettable heroine, Anne Shirley.

Monday, April 30 at 6 pm

ELAINE NEIL ORR presents SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement.

Tuesday, May 1 at 6 pm

DENISE KIERNAN paperback launch of THE LAST CASTLE: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home, in Conversation with Wiley Cash

Join us for an engaging conversation all about writing, history, and the Vanderbilts.

Denise Kiernan and fellow best selling author Wiley Cash (The Last Ballad) will discuss the fascinating history of the Biltmore Estate.

 

Wednesday, May 2 at 6 pm

TOM PERROTTA presents MRS. FLETCHER

The author behind Oscar-nominated film Little Children and the acclaimed HBO series, The Leftovers,  tackles contemporary issues of identity, sexuality, and parenting as Mrs. Fletcher’s obsession with the pornography site MILFateria.com threatens to upend the suburban status quo.

 

Friday, May 4 at 6 pm

TARA JENSEN presents A BAKER’S YEAR: Twelve Months of Baking and Living the Simple Life at the Smoke Signals Bakery

As part of the 14th Annual Asheville Artisan Bread Festival, the owner of Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall, NC will share the seasonal harmony and insights behind her wood-fired baking philosophy.

 

Saturday, May 5 at 6 pm

ELIZABETH HUNT presents REX

A beautifully illustrated children’s book about Rex the puppy and his journey to find a home with a loving family. Hunt is a graduating senior at UNCA.



Sunday, May 6 at 3 pm

POETRIO

Join us for a monthly celebration of poetry featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Holly Iglesias, Ross White, and Alida Woods.

 

Monday, May 7 at 6 pm

DIANE LONG presents NOTES ON YOGA: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli

The first full guide to Scaravelli Yoga by students of the legendary teacher herself.  Both beginner and expert yoga practitioners will benefit from Scaravelli’s unique approach.

 

Tuesday, May 8 at 6 pm

RICHARD POWERS presents THE OVERSTORY

A group of strangers attempt to save the last of the United States virgin forests. A tribute to trees and a reminder of the danger inherent in putting too much distance between humans and nature from the National Book Award winning author of The Echo Maker.  

 

Wednesday, May 9 at 6 pm

ODYSSEY SCHOOL SHORT STORY WRITERS

Local Middle School scribes will take the mic to read their work in our cafe.

 

Thursday, May 10 at 6 pm

JOSHUA DARTY presents ASHEVILLE’S RIVERSIDE CEMETERY and ANNA M. FAREILLO presents CHEROKEE

Learn about local and regional history through the figures resting in our local cemetery and the cultural preservation efforts at work in Cherokee, North Carolina.

 

Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm

ASHLEY ENGLISH presents SOUTHERN FROM SCRATCH: Pantry Essentials and Down Home Recipes

English will talk about how to create Southern staples from scratch and add seasonal produce,  jams, and relishes for unique twists on Southern favorites. Bring Mom along for a Mother’s Day treat complete with snacks!

 

Monday, May 14 at 6 pm

RENEE HODGES presents SAVING BOBBY: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community

In this deeply personal memoir about the opioid epidemic, Hodges struggles alongside her nephew to overcome the shame and stigma that prevent recovering addicts from rejoining the world.

 

Tuesday, May 15 6 pm

DEBORAH HARKNESS presents THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS: The Complete Guide to a Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life

This beautifully illustrated handbook to the All Souls trilogy features detailed character bios, maps, recipes, and fascinating science behind the creatures, magic, and alchemy behind the bestselling series. Purchase your book at Malaprop’s and receive a priority ticket to the signing line.

 

Wednesday, May 16 at 6 pm

CATHRYN HANKLA presents LOST PLACES: On Losing and Finding Home in conversation with Rick Chess

Founded in fieldwork and reflection, this memoir follows the author from rural to urban landscapes as she transforms living spaces and her personal life after a divorce.

 

Thursday, May 17 at 6 pm

MARGARET BRADHAM THORNTON presents A THEORY OF LOVE

A moving novel that explores the reconciliation of identity, love and work. “Lush, evocative and romantic, this story captivated me until the very last page.” — Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

 

Saturday, May 19 at 6 pm

TAMMY BILLUPS presents SOUL HEALING WITH OUR ANIMAL COMPANIONS: The Hidden Keys to a Deeper Animal-Human Connection, with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Billups will explain how shared energy and emotional wounds affect our animals’ well being as well as our own. Dogs from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be joining us for a lesson in the path to mutual healing.

 

Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm

WRITERS AT HOME

Join host Tommy Hays for our monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

 

Monday, May 21 at 6:30-8 pm

WRITERS COFFEEHOUSE

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.

 

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 pm

TOM McCONNELL presents THE WOODEN KING in conversation with ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

A glimpse at WWII Czechoslovakia through the eyes of pacifist, retired professor, and patriarch, Viktor Trn who finds himself caught between the Nazis and the Soviets.

 

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm

Authors for Action! event: TOMMY CALDWELL presents THE PUSH: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, Co-sponsored by Carolina Climbers Coalition

Tommy Caldwell was one of two men to complete the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. A memoir about extreme athleticism, perseverance, growth, and connection from the man credited with redefining the sport of rock climbing.  Carolina Climbers Coalition will be here to share their work with us, too.

 

Thursday, May 24 at 6 pm

JENNY MILCHMAN presents WICKED RIVER

A romantic honeymoon amid six million acres of isolated wilderness becomes a sinister struggle for survival when a Manhattan couple realize they are not alone in the woods.

 

Saturday, May 26 at 6 pm

TESSA FONTAINE presents THE ELECTRIC WOMAN

A fascinating memoir about America’s last traveling sideshow. Circus life taught Fontaine to tame her fears, swallow self doubt, and ultimately endure the loss of her mother.   

 

Sunday, May 27 at 3 pm

JON PINEDA presents LET’S NO ONE GET HURT

Pearl and her father are squatting in the swamps of the American South when she meets the landowner’s son. A gripping coming of age story that highlights the devastating effects of inequality.

 

Tuesday, May 29 at 6 pm

GRAHAM HOPPE presents GONE DOLLYWOOD: Dolly Parton’s Mountain Dream (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia)

Hoppe explores the ways Dollywood simultaneously reinforces, upends, and profits from the “hillbilly” stereotype and what it reveals about race, ethnicity, and gender in Appalachian regional identity.

 

Wednesday, May 30 at 6 pm

YA Event: KAITLYN SAGE PATTERSON presents THE DIMINISHED and ASHLEY POSTON presents GEEKERELLA: A Fan Girl Fairy Tale

Ashley Poston introduces us to Elle Wittimer, who enters a sci-fi cosplay contest to escape her step family in a modern take on the classic romance. Kaitlyn Sage Patterson presents the tale of two diverse teenagers brought together to save the Alskad Empire in a novel that challenges the status quo.

 

Thursday, May 31 at 6 pm

KEVIN PATTERSON presents LOVE’S NOT COLOR BLIND: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities

Patterson teaches us how to increase inclusivity by recognizing and confronting the racism (shaming, exclusion, fetishism, etc.) people of color encounter in polyamorous communities.

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café

55 Haywood St.

Asheville, NC 28801

828-254-6734

http://www.malaprops.com/





Every Wednesday at 10 am

MISS MALAPROP’S STORYTIME!

Malaprop’s hosts storytime with Miss Malaprop! 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.



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Join a Book club!



Tuesday, May 1 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 selection for both May and June is Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding.

 

Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm

WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOK CLUB (WILD)

Join co-hosts Linda-Marie Barrett and Maria Fire for the WILD Book club at the Battery Park Book Exchange. This month’s title is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

 

Wednesday, May 2 at 7 pm

MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


Monday, May 7 at 7 pm

LGBTQ BOOK CLUB

Join host Alex Ruiz for a discussion of Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns by Andrea Gibson.

 

Tuesday, May 8 at 12 Noon

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 Devotion (Why I Write) by Patti Smith.



Monday, May 14 at 7 pm

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little.



Thursday, May 17 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 Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler, translated by Shaun Whiteside.



Thursday, May 31 at 7 pm

WORKS IN TRANSLATION

Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation, and the cultural, political and artistic influences that shape them. This month’s book is Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel, translated by Ros Schwartz.

 

Melanie McNair

Director of Marketing and Author Events, Assistant Manager 
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
Find out more information about upcoming events on our website: www.malaprops.com/event

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