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MALAPROPS BOOKSTORE & CAFE – February & March Events

Friday, February 16 at 6 pm

KRISTIN HANNAH presents THE GREAT ALONE at UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall*

Ticketed Event!

Join us for a celebration of bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s gorgeous new novel set on the frontier of Alaska in the mid-70s. You know and love her from The Nightingale. Here’s your chance to get your hands on her newest book and meet this prolific and acclaimed scribe. Great Smokies Writer Program (our co-sponsor) teacher Christine Hale will interview Hannah onstage.

Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm

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

Monday, February 19 at 3 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.

 Tuesday, February 20 at 6 pm

HACKING THE HOUSING CRISIS : Workarounds to Home Ownership for Working Folks

Join Malaprop’s alum Cindy Norris, real estate broker; Charlotte Fitzpatrick, lending expert; Eva Clement, attorney; and Wesley Green, homeowners’ insurance broker for a presentation of creative ways to enter the housing market. There will be ample time for your questions, too.

 Wednesday, February 21 at 6 pm

JOHN LELAND presents HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group, he anticipated hearing of challenges, loneliness, and about the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise.

Thursday, February 22 at 2:30 pm

In-store Signing: POET ANDREA GIBSON presents TAKE ME WITH YOU

Andrea Gibson’s poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today’s society. A devoted fan base sees Gibson’s work as a rallying cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room. For readers of Rupi Kaur and Atticus, the latest release is a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.

Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm


“Treeless wonders” of the Southern Appalachians, grassy balds have long baffled scientists and enchanted outdoor enthusiasts. This book tells the story of these unique ecosystems and offers enthusiasts a guide to 19 representative hiking trails across three states: Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Sunday, February 25 at 3 pm


Retrace Western North Carolina’s cultural and natural history with one of its most beloved storytellers and folklorists, John Parris. This second collection of Parris’s work has been repackaged with an updated cover and is back in print for the first time in decades. This new edition includes the complete original text and illustrations of this southern classic.

 Monday, February 26 at 6 pm


Asheville artist and teacher Gwen Diehn challenged herself to draw 10,000 objects and she succeeded! Come see the fruits of her labor in her original sketchbooks–many of which are handmade–and take home a catalog to linger over and to share.

 Tuesday, February 27 at 6 pm

Malaprop’s Cat Lovers present a reading from CAT POEMS*

*A fundraiser for Brother Wolf

Across the ages, cats have provided their adopted humans with companionship, affection, mystery, and innumerable metaphors. Cats cast a mirror on their beholders; cats endlessly captivate and hypnotize, frustrate and delight. And to poets, in particular, these enigmatic creatures are the most delightful and beguiling of muses (Charles Baudelaire: “the sole source of amusement in one’s lodgings”) as they go about purring, prowling, hunting, playing, meowing, and napping, often oblivious to their so-called masters (Jorge Luis Borges: “you live in other time, lord of your realm–a world as closed and separate as a dream”). Brother Wolf will be here with some cats ready to be adopted!

 Wednesday, February 28 at 6 pm

THOMAS MIRA Y LOPEZ presents THE BOOK OF RESTING PLACES: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead, in conversation with Ross White

In the aftermath of his father’s untimely death and his family’s indecision over what to do with the remains, Thomas Mira y Lopez became obsessed with the type and variety of places where we lay the dead to rest. The result is a singular collection of essays that weaves together history, mythology, journalism, and personal narrative into the author’s search for a place to process grief.

Friday, March 2 at 6 pm

Poetry event hosted at Flatiron Writers Room


Dodge the SoCon crowd downtown and head West to hear two of our favorite poets read in the warm and cozy Flatiron Writers Room at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville.

Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm


Join us for a monthly celebration of poetry featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Todd Boss (Tough Luck), Eric Wright (All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned), and Laurie Wilcox-Meyer (Circling Silence).

Monday, March 5 at 6 pm

CHRIS DOMBROWSKI presents BODY OF WATER: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Elusive Fish

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions–poetry and fly-fishing; one child, with another on the way; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter a miraculous email: “Can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami.”

Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide.

Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm

ELIZABETH OSTA presents SAVING FAITH: A Memoir of Courage, Conviction, and a Calling

Journey back to the 1960s and 1970s with author Elizabeth Osta as she recalls in clear detail a lived experiment in activism, spirituality, education, Catholicism, the meaning of vows, and the dreams and sometimes harsh realities of following a calling. Elizabeth Osta came of age as a nun, teacher, and activist with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester, New York during Vatican II’s aggiornamento, or the bringing up to date of the Catholic Church. But would Catholicism’s new open-minded perspectives be enough to satisfy her intuition that something else, just as sacred, might be waiting for her outside the convent walls?

Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm

BRENDAN REICHS presents GENESIS, in conversation with Stephanie Perkins (THERE IS SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE)

YA superstar Stephanie Perkins will be here to help us celebrate the blistering sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. This book is action packed! Brendan is a hoot, y’all, so you won’t want to miss hearing him talk about his books and about trading life as a litigation attorney for the writing life.

Thursday, March 8 at 6 pm

BILL KOPP presents REINVENTING PINK FLOYD: From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, local (and national!) music journalist Bill Kopp celebrates the ingenuity with which Pink Floyd rebranded itself following the 1968 departure of Syd Barrett. Not only did the band survive Barrett’s departure, but it went on to release landmark albums that continue to influence generations of musicians and fans.

Friday, March 9 at 6 pm

SALLY ATKINS presents NATURE-BASED EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY: Integrating the Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy, in conversation with Elizabeth Colton

This book integrates the fields of expressive arts and ecotherapy to present a nature-based approach to expressive arts work. It highlights attitudes and practices in expressive arts that are particularly relevant to working with nature, including cultivating an aesthetic response to the earth and the relationship between beauty and sustainability.

Monday, March 12 from 6:30-8 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.

Tuesday, March 13 at 6 pm


Join us in celebrating the paperback release of this beautiful and poignant novel. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi–and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.

Wednesday, March 14 at 6 pm

An Evening with Illustrator and Author MAIRA KALMAN

Her books, projects, and credits are too copious to list here, but you might know Kalman’s signature style from her work with The New Yorker magazine, from her recent book for adults, Beloved Dog, or her children’s book, Ooh La La, Max in Love. We are over the moon that she will be in our store for an event that is free and open to all!

Thursday, March 15 at 6 pm


Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at 40,000 feet, one of our favorite scribes of literary suspense unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

Friday, March 16 at 6 pm


Join a special iteration of our Literary Karaoke series for Asheville’s Third Annual Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Day festivities. Tom Dowling, Michael Crosa, and Allison Stinson will read and you are invited to sign up that night to read from jazz-age literature, too! Monika Gross from At-A-Site Theater will be offering one-to-one readings of Zelda’s writing following the karaoke party. Costumes encouraged, but not required, for even more fun!

Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm


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

Monday, March 19 at 6 pm


When her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father, Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction in this provocative new novel from NYT bestselling author, Amber Smith. Debut author Brenda Rufener delivers a heart-wrenching and evocative story about Linden, a homeless teen secretly living in her high school. Together with her makeshift family of friends, Linden struggles against the domestic violence of her past and begins to shape a bright future.

Tuesday, March 20 at 6 pm

KELLY McNELIS presents YOUR MESSY BRILLIANCE: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman

The remarkable truth you are about to discover–one that you already know deep down in your bones–is that the idea of perfection can’t bring you the joy, passion, and purpose you are craving. What you are looking for, as author and Women For One founder Kelly McNelis will show you, is your messy truth. It’s the part of you that’s perfectly imperfect and that contains your wholeness: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Wednesday, March 21 at 6 pm

YA author FRANK MORELLI presents NO SAD SONGS, in conversation with Doug Gibson

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined.

Thursday, March 22 at 6 pm

SUSAN HARLAN presents LUGGAGE (part of Bloomsbury’s OBJECT LESSONS series)

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. You can’t think about travel without thinking about luggage. And baggage has baggage. Susan Harlan takes readers on a journey with the suitcases that support, accessorize, and accompany our lives. Along the way, she shows how the materials of travel – the carry-ons, totes, trunks, and train cases of the past and present – have stories to tell about displacement, home, gender, class, consumption, and labor.


Sunday, March 25 at 3 pm

Middle-Grade author CYNTHIA SURRISI presents A SIDE OF SABOTAGE: A Quinnie Boyd Mystery

Gusty’s café has been a community hub in Quinnie Boyd’s small Maine town for decades. Quinnie’s dad runs the restaurant, just like Quinnie’s granddad and great-granddad before him. But the family business now has unprecedented competition with the opening of Restaurant Hubert. The work of a bad-boy chef from Boston, the fancy new restaurant offers an experimental, farm-to-table fine dining experience to Maiden Rock.

Monday, March 26 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)


*Ticketed Event

Inspector Lynley fans, rejoice! Elizabeth George delivers in Lynley and Havers’ latest mystery. We are thrilled to bring this much celebrated and beloved author to Asheville for the first time. To celebrate, we are taking her to the elegant theater at the Masonic Temple, the beautiful Art Deco masterpiece and Asheville’s original opera house! Each ticket comes with a copy of the new book, and Elizabeth will sign these and her earlier books at the event. Go to for more details!

Tuesday, March 27 at 6 pm

Our First TEACH-IN of 2018!

VEGAS TENOLD presents EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America’s most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups were part of a disorganized counterculture that seemed far from the mainstream. But much has changed since then. Racially-motivated violence has been on open display at rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley, Pikesville, Phoenix, and Boston. Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn; a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee; and a rising star in the movement, nicknamed the “Little Fuhrer” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who understands political power and is organizing a grand coalition of far-right groups to bring them into the mainstream.

Wednesday, March 28 at 6 pm

SCOTT PALY presents GET IT TOGETHER: Cultural and Practical Tips to be a Successful Adult

Local author Paly’s book is about taking control of your life. That’s it. What you do with that control is entirely up to you. Inside, you’ll find things you may not have learned in school, but you absolutely need to know. The tips, advice, and exercises are helpful at any age, but especially for a young person wanting to become an independent high schooler or adult.

Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm


An international thriller involving New York photographer, Channey Moran, who joins a group of mercenaries traveling to Somalia to rescue Americans taken by force from their sailboat in the Indian Ocean. Channey’s job is to stage a fashion shoot as a camouflage for getting mercenaries in place to go after the pirates holding the Americans. The book borrows from Riley’s experience as a highly successful career photographer. Help celebrate this local author’s second book in this exciting series!

Saturday, March 31 at 11 am

Picture Book Signing


A heartwarming and lavishly illustrated picture book to remind young readers that even in the darkest of times, “words change worlds.” When Cate the caterpillar discovers a dried-up garden and the grumpy critters who call it home, it’s up to her to show Davey Dung Beetle, Pete Potato Bug, and Walter Worm how to make it bloom. Can Cate teach them to use the magic of friendship and the power of positive thinking to bring their garden back to life? A perfect Spring gift book for the little ones in your life.


Every Wednesday at 10 am


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.


Melanie McNair

Director of Marketing and Author Events, Assistant Manager 
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
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