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PHOTO SHOOT, the second novel in a Channey Moran series of environmentally conscious thrillers by Jon Michael Riley

Western North Carolina resident Jon Michael Riley, author of fiction novels based on actual major events in recent history, has released the second book in his Channey Moran action/thriller series. Photo Shoot brings the reader face to face  with Somali pirates during the kidnapping of a group of American tourists. Propelled into a gripping evaluation of his life, Channey must survive a rescue mission headed by the notorious Roy Roy while deciding to what lengths he will go to help people he doesn’t even know.  Join us at Malaprops Bookstore 6pm Thursday, March 29th.


Write Here. Write Now.

We host Flatiron Writers workshops and events; in addition, our space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting.Our goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.

**PAN HARMONIA 2018 Schedule

February 2018 Pan Harmonia

Sing to Me of the Night  – Music of JS Bach, Dana Wilson and Latin America
Kate Steinbeck, flute • Franklin Keel, cello • Amy Brucksch, guitar
25 | Sunday, 3 PM • Streamside House Concert, Arden • Advanced reservations online

Streamside Concerts, Arden • Limited seating

$20 Advanced purchase:
$25 day of, if seats are available
Directions will be sent after purchase.

BACH IN A BAR! Join Pan Harmonia at the BLOCK in the YMI March 19

Monday, March 19 at the BLOCK off Biltmore in the YMI

2018 marks 333 years since the birth of JS Bach, yet his profoundly beautiful and brilliantly crafted music remains as compelling as ever. This March the luminous mezzo soprano, Brittnee Siemon, joins Pan Harmonia instrumentalists in performances featuring arias by the Baroque master.

REWRITING LIFE STORIES Donate to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. 

Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).

Asheville Music School’s Sound Effects Benefit Concert April 19

Showcasing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Presented by Charlotte Street Computers April 19 at Isis Music Hall

The sixth annual Sound Effects concert to benefit Asheville Music School will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6 – 10 PM at Isis Music Hall. The featured headliner will showcase AMS teachers and advanced students covering The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in its entirety, with full instrumentation.

CHILDREN FIRST: Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Impact Report Released

Asheville, NC-January 30, 2018 –   Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County released an Impact Report that includes new data on how the organization continues to help remove barriers for students and families who are unable to afford basic necessities, housing and medical care, providing resources, and surrounding students with a community of support. This report can be viewed

CHOOSING RACIAL EQUITY : Asheville City Schools Events spring 2018

At the Asheville City Schools Foundation, we believe that strong public schools are an essential part of breaking the cycle of poverty, dismantling structural racism, and sustaining our democracy. We uphold the value of each student and believe that we have a specific responsibility to increase racial equity in our schools.

We envision a day when all children in the Asheville City Schools discover their unique talents and dreams, fulfill their potential, and our district shines as a national model of excellence with equity.

ADAIR SANDERS presents SUFFER THE CHILDREN: An Allison Parker Mystery @Malaprop’s April 12, 6pm

Join local mystery author Adair Sanders as she presents the fourth book in her much-acclaimed series the Allison Parker Mystery Series.

Book four, Suffer the Children, takes the reader into the uncomfortable reality of homegrown terrorism. Book Five, Wolf, is currently being downloaded from the Muse who directs Adair’s writing. 

This Parkland student quickly amassed more Twitter followers than the NRA. Here’s what she’s been writing.

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post

@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures,  joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.  Continue reading

Your Messy Brilliance by Kelly McNelis – Southeastern Book Tour @ Malaprops March 20

Join us at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe on Tuesday, March 20  6 – 8 pm

Kelly McNelis Releases her New Book on Embracing the Messiness of Life Your Messy Brilliance:  7  Tools For the Perfectly Imperfect Woman

This book is not the typical self-help manual. McNelis provides a practical and down-to-earth road map for women to help them embrace every part of their lives and find power in their imperfections.  “There are so many things we are expected to be as women and it becomes exhausting trying to achieve that standard of perfection,” said McNelis. “This book is about learning to find passion and purpose in your flaws. It’s about utilizing the tools and power you already have in your life to find creativity and joy in the mess of it all.”

BOUNTY & SOUL March Volunteer Needs

It appears that spring has sprung (yay!) and while we know it’s likely we’ll still have another cool snap our garden partners are beginning to wake up and we’re working hard to leverage partnerships with new growers throughout WNC. March is also National Nutrition Month and places like Sunny Point Cafe, who share our passion for the local food movement, are supporting Bounty & Soul throughout the month by including donation envelopes at each table to educate patrons about our mission with an opportunity to make a contribution. Be sure to stop by and support 😀 Keep an eye out for our March e-newsletter with additional ways to get involved and if you know of a local business or organization who would like to coordinate a Healthy Food & Fund Drive or other outreach activity please reach out! 

To GET THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PASSED IN 2019 – Here’s something you can do that’s easy


**COPY AND PASTE this into an EMAIL & send to your Reps and Senators over and over again now through 2019

Dear _______________________

Please pledge to co-sponsor and support the Equal Rights Amendment when it comes up in the 2019 legislative session. The ERA will ensure constitutional equality for women and men equally. Thank you for considering my views.

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