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Independent Booksellers & Publishers


Our LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS staff picks and best sellers

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville

We’re proud to announce that you can now shop online! We offer a massive selection of titles available to ship to your door. Not only do we offer a great selection of books but audio books, music, and videos as well! Shipping is inexpensive and expedient options are available. Click here

City Lights in Sylva

Here’s what City Lights booksellers have been reading lately, as well as some of their old favorites. Please note, some of our older selections may show hardcover editions for titles which are now available in paperback. Click here

Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville

We have an eclectic selection, including a Children’s Section for the very young up to age 8 and a Tween Section. Customers tell us that we have a wonderful selection within each genre. We try to be a place where bookworms feel welcome and get social opportunities to meet other bookworms. Click here

Grateful Steps Publisher – Asheville

At Grateful Steps we routinely publish new books and new authors. We host programs, artist galleries and children’s events. We also take interns from the community on a volunteer basis.  If you have questions regarding anything we do, please contact us.  Click here

Highland Books in Brevard

We love to share our favorite books! Check the shelves in our store to find our blue “Recommendation” cards identifying our picks. And we have green “Recommendation” cards for you, our customers, to fill out with your favorite books. Click here

Malaprops in Asheville

With a staff of various artists, writers, activists, and just plain old bibliophiles, the staff recommendations section of our store is one of the more popular areas of perusal among visitors and regulars alike. Some you’ve heard of before and others you will hear about for the first time. Some you will never hear of again. Click here

Montford Books and More in Asheville

Stepping inside is reminiscent of “the way bookstores used to be,” according to one customer. Updated with a brighter interior, coffee bar and other amenities, the feel, nevertheless, remains the same: a comfortable cozy. With more than 20,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, music sheets and audiobooks, rarely does a visitor walk out without something that piqued their interest. Click here

Spellbound Children’s Bookstore in Asheville

Spellbound is an independent bookstore just for kids, featuring books for babies through teens. We carry primarily new books but also have a small section of used books and select non-book items that encourage reading and creativity, such as plush toys and posters based on classic book characters, bookmarks and bookplates, music, and educational toys and games. Click here

The Book Shelf in Tryon

The Book Shelf, a fixture in downtown Tryon, North Carolina, since 1952, offers national and regional bestsellers, an up-to-date children’s section, unique cards and gifts, along with friendly service and the best view from any bookstore in the Carolinas! Click here



Writing / Writing Education

Writing Changes You…

Your voice is unique. No one has your imagination or your creativity. Writing is a way of sharing with others … your visions and dreams … and opening doorways for them to explore new possibilities…to know themselves in new ways. And this happens through the grace of you giving of yourself. You can learn to reach into your creativity … triggering your imagination to paint with words, to touch people, to move people, to inspire people.

Through writing, you are discovering who you are, as you allow the words and images, the feelings and thoughts, to flow from unfamiliar places… on to the page. Your imagination can bring those little black symbols on the page … alive … by moving you to tears of joy, or terrifying you, or uplifting you and inspiring you… making you gasp, or laugh out loud.

Writing can be a transcendent experience, when you write for yourself … when you let your familiar expectations go. You can be moved and even changed, by your own feelings and imagination … arriving at new and often surprising, perspectives, regardless of whether you publish or sell your work.

Your imagination is one of your greatest gifts. It can help you create meaning, with the power of words. Open to your imagination and to the mystery of who you are. Let your innocence open you to new possibilities within a new moment. From here, let yourself wonder, without having to know where you are going. Then create something, as if out of the blue. Imagination. It’s fun. It can make your heart sing.

If you want what you write to reflect your most creative and imaginative self … if you want to participate in a world of giving and receiving … if you want to lift beyond who you know yourself to be … contact me at 828-683-9331 or . I am available for editing, as well as private sessions for individuals and small groups.  I have thirty years experience in teaching creative writing for television and film scriptwriting, at the University level in California … as well as in editing books, poetry, short stories, fiction for children, and autobiographies.   Alix Jamieson


Asheville Wordfest

Wordfest’s mission is to present poetry as a form of citizen journalism, addressing personal and global issues as a supplement to media. With this intention at its heart, Asheville Wordfest explores the notion of borderlands–these ideological spaces where beliefs, lifestyles, cultural heritage, passions and politics intersect, connecting us in more ways than we are divided. As one of the most diverse poetry festivals in the country, Asheville Wordfest once again features poets representative of a variety of cultural and aesthetic contexts, furthering the exploration of poetry as a unifying force within a diverse world.

Laura Hope-Gill   email:
Buncombe and Region


Great Smokies Writing Program

The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNCA departments of Literature and Language, Creative Writing and Distance Education. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville.

For more information contact:
Tommy Hays, Executive Director,
Nancy Williams, Administrator,, 828.250.2353


WNC Woman Magazine –  a print/Web publication of Infinite Circles, Inc.

The mission of WNC Woman is to celebrate the inherent strength, wisdom and grace of women.  Our print publication and the resources available on our website provide a hub through which women can be interconnected, interdependent and interactive.  Articles and column focus on creative problem solving and the sharing of ideas, information, inspiration and joy.  Women can be insolated by barriers of time and space (commitments and geography),  WNC Woman provides a means to transcend those barriers.

We envision that the collective wisdom of this gathering of women will enliven individual spirit and creative energy to support personal growth and expansion, and serve as a catalyst for positive change for the whole community.  WNC Woman Magazine was founded by Julie Savage Parker and Sandi Tomlin-Sutker in 2002.  Contact Sandi Tomlin – Sutker      P O Box 951    Marshall, NC    28753    828.649.9555


The Writers’ Workshop

The Writers’ Workshop was established in 1985 to promote writers and writing through a diverse program of literary events. As the only non-profit literary center in Western North Carolina, we work to serve readers and writers of all backgrounds. Since our inception, over 21,000 adults, teens and children have participated in our workshops, seminars, readings, contests and retreats. The Writers’ Workshop has played a vital role in sponsoring and promoting local and regional events that showcase the literary arts.

Our programs include classes in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playwriting, journal writing, children’s books, screenwriting, and more. Programs are held in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina. Our Distinguished Author Series is comprised of readings, lectures, discussions, and book signings by prestigious authors.                       387 Beaucatcher Rd. Asheville, NC  28805    (828) 254-8111




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