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**MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – September & October 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!  (Listen to Audiobooks and Support Malaprop’s Bookstore)


Tuesday, September 25 at 6 pm

Michele Young-Stone presents Lost in the Beehive

Gloria Ricci is followed by bees. Bees are there when her mother loses twins; when she develops romantic feelings for a girl; when she flees to 1960’s Greenwich Village; and when she learns that her husband has a dark side. It’s only when Gloria needs the bees the most that she discovers why.


Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm

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

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) began in 1972, with a group of friends working together to change their lives through outdoor sports. NOC Stories is a collection of 62 stories by former NOC staff and illustrate the center’s birth and influence over a period of 25 years. This event will bring a handful of contributors together to tell a tale that will interest whitewater sports enthusiasts and fans of the NOC, as well as those interested in digging deep into our region’s history.

Thursday, September 27 at 6 pm

Bobbie Ann Mason presents Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader

A brilliant and multifaceted collection by the author of Shiloh and Other Stories and the novels In Country and The Girl in the Blue Béret.  The short stories, chapters from Mason’s novels, excerpts from nonfiction and Mason’s recent explorations in flash fiction convey skill across literary genres.

Friday, September 28 at 6 pm

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

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. When plague sweeps through the region, Nedra turns to the darkest, most forbidden practice of necromancy in search of a cure. Beth Revis will engage in a discussion with fellow writer, F.T. Lukens, author of The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic.

Monday, October 1 at 6 pm

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

Kelley introduces us to the story of Belton Platt, A.K.A. “Money Rock”, a major player in the Charlotte drug trade in the 1980s. Platt’s struggle to change his life amid racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, and mass incarceration suggests that change cannot last before we fully reckon with the past.

Tuesday, October 2 at 6 pm

Megan Shepherd launches Grim Lovelies

Seventeen-year-old Anouk is a Beastie, an animal spelled into human form, destined to serve. She lives in a parisian prison, in constant envy of the Pretties, glamorous and privileged humans with the freedom to fall in love. When her evil mistress- and maker- is murdered, Anouk is accused of the crime. In the next three days, Anouk and her Beastie friends must elude the underground magical society known as the Haute, and solve the case before the magic fades and their human forms are stripped away.

Wednesday, October 3 at 6 pm

Abigail DeWitt presents News of Our Loved Ones

A gripping story about the Delasalle family living in Nazi-occupied Normandy at the time of the D-Day bombings. Moving back and forth in time, told from varying points of view, DeWitt explores the process upon which family histories are passed down and influence who we become.

Thursday, October 4 at 6 pm

Kathryn Schwille presents What Luck this Life

All aspects of life in a conservative town are exposed when debris from the Columbia space-shuttle disaster rains down upon Kiser, Texas. Among the mangled and horrifying human remains, a group of residents navigates the aftermath, ultimately revealing profound truths about the human condition.

Friday, October 5 at 6 pm

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

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 helps us trace the painful influences and failures that have brought us to this place, and offers us the opportunity to accept the hard realities and challenges necessary to restructure our culture.

Saturday, October 6 at 6 pm

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

Meet the authors featured in this powerful and timely anthology about the challenges of growing up female in America. Tackling the complexities of racism, sexuality, immigration, Islamophobia, identity, rape culture, gaslighting, etc. all young adults will benefit from these diverse perspectives.

Sunday, October 7 at 3 pm


Join us for our monthly event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Marilyn Annucci with The Arrows That Choose Us; Shelby Stephenson with Our World; and Mark Cox with Readiness.

Monday, October 8 at 6 pm

Kate Moore presents The Radium Girls in conversation with Denise Kiernan

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.

Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm

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

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.

Wednesday, October 10 at 6 pm

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

Bold and hilarious essays exploring the unspoken challenges of life as a woman by Erin Gibson of the Throwing Shade podcast. Erin feels that oppression is both organized and chaotic, purposeful and unintentional. That doesn’t make it impossible to dismantle, it just means we have to recognize and destroy the problems one by one.

Thursday, August 11 at 6 pm

Signe Pike presents The Lost Queen

The first installment of a trilogy based on new scholarship which introduces Languoreth, the twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. The tale of this passionate queen battling to preserve the old religion under threat by Anglo-Saxon colonization will appeal to fans of The Mists of Avalon and Outlander.

Friday, October 12 at 6 pm

Melissa Lenhardt presents Heresy

When Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour are run off their ranch by cattleman, the women take up their guns and form first and only all-female gang in the American West. After a few heists, the Pinkertons and rival male gangs are hot on their trail, and Hattie and Margaret must save their newfound family from ruin.

Saturday, October 13 at 6 pm

Jessica Hopper presents Night Moves

Pitchfork writer and music consultant for This American Life leads us through journal entries from her time in early 2000s Chicago, where she struggled to get by as a DJ in a music scene dominated by boys. Hopper hilariously communicates the spirit of the city and the indie- punk scene as she and her friends partied in decrepit houses, rode bikes through crumbling streets, and bore witness to a transformational period in Chicago’s history.

Monday, October 15th at 6 pm

Lou Berney presents November Road in conversation with Jamie Mason

Guidry is a New Orleans street lieutenant in the pocket of a mob boss and he knows too much about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Guidry finds the perfect cover by joining a beautiful woman with two kids and a dog stranded on the roadside. She’s determined to give her kids a new life, but Guidry is running to save his. “Nothing less than an instant American classic. Haunting, thrilling–and indelible as a scar.”– A.J. Finn

Tuesday, October, 16 at 6 pm

W. Scott Poole presents Wasteland

Discover how the atrocities of World War l have lingered in the collective psyche, influenced literature and film, and inspired the roots of modern horror. From the slaughter at Verdun to H.P. Lovecraft or the Balkans to the set of Universal Pictures, this book will appeal to horror fans and military history buffs alike.

Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm

David Williams presents When the English Fall

This debut dystopian novel imagines the repercussions of climate change through the eyes of Jacob, an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania. Jacob and the Amish are in the best position to survive the immediate collapse of modern civilization, until desperation and violence in the cities begin to spread, threatening the survival of the peaceful, quiet community.

Sunday, October 21 at 3 pm

Writers at Home

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.

Monday, October 22 at 6 pm

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

A native Romanian, Radulescu has also published in French and English. Her work explores the territory between language as a human experience and the universal power of silence. This collection takes poems from two French-language collections, Un Cri dans la neige ( A Cry in the Snow) and Journal aux yeux fermés ( Journal with Closed Eyes) and makes their beauty accessible to English language readership for the first time.

Tuesday, October 23 at 6 pm

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

An essay collection of the “Highland Views” column in the Asheville Citizen-Times starting in November of 2016 which seeks to bridge the gaps between secular and spiritual thought. The brief essays include “secular devotionals” on Francis of Assisi and Thoreau, to Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder, and reference the sacred texts from a variety of world religions.

Wednesday, October 24 at 10 am

Miss Malaprop’s Storytime with Featured Author, Jean Reagan

Jean Reagan, the bestselling author of How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Scare a Ghost will read from her delightful books for children!

Thursday, October 25 at 6 pm

Rachel Haley Himmelheber presents The Lucky Ones Get to be People

In the wake of an ill-fated affair with her professor, a young woman begins a cruel sexual relationship with an intellectually disabled neighbor. A cop and a robber prepare for Christmas as their romantic fortunes shift. An elementary school teacher’s struggles with the demands of her mentally ill spouse lead her to act unethically with one of her students. A young couple’s sexual fetish has them stealing keys to the public library. Two workers in a family business get stoned and make a bet that could change the dynamics of their family. A young boy works to manage his mentally ill mother, while a mother remembers the havoc her post-partum depression wreaked on her family. And a dark riff on “Sleeping Beauty” explores the destruction of a relationship and the dangers of having a predatory heart.

Friday, October 26 at 6 pm

Charles Dodd White presents In the House of Wilderness

Rain is a young woman under the influence of a charismatic drifter named Wolf and his other “wife,” Winter. After months of wandering homeless through the cities, small towns, and the landscape of Appalachia, Rain wants out. But Wolf will not let her part easily, and the only way out is through an episode of violence. A harrowing story about the modern South and how we fight through hardship and grief to find a way home.

Saturday, October 27 at 2 pm

Anastasia Higginbotham presents Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness

Finally, a picture book to facilitate conversation about race between white parents and children. Colorful collages complement the story of a white child who witnesses her white parents’ avoidance and discomfort in response to the police officer shooting of an unarmed black man. The books exhibit familial interactions that fully engage with the issues while maintaining hope in the possibility of lasting change is possible. A starting point for critical discussions about the role of white people in dismantling racism.

Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm

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

Backyard bear sightings are on the rise in Asheville, and Malaprop’s Children’s Buyer and Bookseller Amy Cherrix can help us get to know our new neighbors! Once a threatened species, rising numbers and habitat expansion of North Carolina Black Bears are a topic of interest for citizens, scientists, and conservationists. Cherrix will present field research and lead a discussion about urban wildlife. This is the second publication in the Scientists In The Field series for children and young adults.

Monday, October 29 at 6 pm

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

Gavin Edwards, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and bestselling author of The Tao of Bill Murray, explores and celebrates how Tom Hanks lives his life, and embodies optimism and integrity in his movie roles. Paired with original illustrations from R. Sikoryak, this book is a loving retrospective of his film career and personal philosophy.

Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm

Dacre Stoker presents Dracul

In the terrifying and ingenious prequel to the classic novel, Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker reveals the first 102 pages of Dracula were never published. Unfolding through a combination of narrative, journal entries, and letters, Dracul tells the story of Bram Stoker’s childhood confrontation with the bloodsucking, undead entities in his novel. This is the perfect combination of classic vampire lore and Halloween gore!

Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm

Therese Fowler presents A Well Behaved Woman in conversation with Denise Kiernan in the Ingles Room of UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center

A remarkable woman in her own right, Alva Smith married into the Vanderbilt family, threw elaborate balls, and aided their rise in social status while she simultaneously challenged the expectations of married women of her time, and helped drive the women’s suffrage movement. Fowler tells her story, contrasting wealth with desperate poverty, social ambition with social scorn, and friendship with betrayal. This book will appeal to readers of Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, as well as those interested in the history of the Vanderbilts.

Tuesday, October 30 at 5 pm*

An Evening with Jan Karon at First Baptist Church of Asheville

*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. Tickets and details at

6:00 p.m. Jan Karon in conversation with Episcopal Priest Rosa Lee Harden in the Sanctuary, free admission, open to the public, no ticket is required.

Over the course of fourteen novels, millions of readers have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of Jan Karon’s Mitford series. Now, for the first time, readers will have the chance to walk with Father Tim through a collection of prayers, sermons, and inspirational passages that incorporates material from each of the novels. In addition, fans will get to hear directly from author Jan Karon, in a brand-new essay about her own personal journey in faith and the ways that the Mitford novels have impacted her. Full of advice and inspiration from the characters that fans have followed for years, this beautifully designed compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford reader.

October, 31 at 6 pm


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.

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.

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Monday, October at 1 at 7 pm


Join host Alex Ruiz for a discussion of Intro to Alien Invasion, written by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier, and illustrated by Nancy Ahn.

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm


Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm

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. This month’s pick is The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger.

Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 pm


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. The pick for September is Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado.

Wednesday, October 3 at 7 pm


Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Monday, October 8 at 7 pm


Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of House of Spies: A Novel by Daniel Silva.

Tuesday, October 9 at 12 Noon


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 I Remember Better When I Paint: Art and Alzheimer’s: Opening Doors, Making Connections by Berna G. Huebner, designed by Deborah Lange, and illustrated by Hilgos.

Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm


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 Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez.

Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm


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 Epitaph of a Small Winner: A Novel by Machado de Assis, translated by William L. Grossman.


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.




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