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Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe May Events

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK!

Monday, May 1 – 8

2017 marks the 98th anniversary of this weeklong celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Check out our awesome events for teens and tweens this week!


A Reading List For The Spirit

Spirituality and Health magazine has assembled its picks for the Best Books of the past year. Among them you will find reflections on mortality, explorations of depression, and insights from authors from a wide range of traditions. Some of the books examine the mind body connection for better mental health. One suggests that creating your own spiritual biography may help you recognize the times you’ve already brushed up against grace in your life. Check out the diverse selection here. { read more }


AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS : “Racism, fascism, and genocide past and present” April 24

Dialogue with John Cox, author of To Kill a People (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

55 Haywood Street, Asheville

7:00 pm on Monday, April 24 (“Yom HaShoah”: Holocaust Remembrance Day)

April 24 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, often the occasion for superficial platitudes such as “Never again!,” a well-meaning but hollow term. Fascism, racism, and genocide continue to plague our world. 


When I Think About Giving Up Writing

Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author

by Teri Vlassopoulos in Catapult Magazine

I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.
 

We’re two years into my daughter’s life and we still don’t quite have a bedtime routine. It skips around depending on so many variables, and while she’s a good sleeper once she’s actually asleep, getting there is more of a process than a routine. Often by the time she’s out, I am too, having drifted off in the dark along with her.  


UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program Announces New Additions to its Spring 2017 Lineup

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) has added new workshops with new faculty to its spring semester lineup of workshops for local writers of all levels. Joining Tommy Hays, Megan Shepherd, Heather Newton, Katherine Soniat and other popular GSWP faculty, will be newcomers Meta Commerse of Story Medicine Asheville, and Dale Neal, formerly of Asheville Citizen-Times. Classes in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and more will be offered in community locations in Asheville, Hendersonville and Burnsville. Classes range from five to 15 weeks.


Grateful Steps Foundation & Publishing House

What Are Grateful Steps?

The name “Grateful Steps” emerges from a life of witnessing miracles and experiencing great love of family and friends. As the world evolves, people are increasingly aware of the power of gratitude. It is a way of being in the world, a way that reminds us to take things “one step at a time” and to be grateful for every step we are able to take, even through the most challenging landscape.

Who Are We?

Grateful Steps is a nonprofit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures. We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours. The first title we published, in fact, was a novel about the troubled romance between a Jewish woman and Muslim man, The Other Half of My Soulby Bahia Abrams. Being an independent publisher means carrying the responsibility of amplifying as many voices as we can. For this reason, Grateful Steps considers all writers (provided a work is not rooted in hatred toward any one group of people) and helps them bring their book in excellent form into the world. Some books come to us ready to go. Others take years to find their fully imagined state. Grateful Steps editors work with authors until the books are the best possible reflection of the creative spirit in the author and in the living world. Visit our online store to see our wonderful books.  Visit our Website:  Grateful Steps

 


Featured Book WHOSE NAMES HAVE SLIPPED AWAY – 2016 poems by Kathy Nelson

 

Finishing Line Press announces the publication of Whose Names Have Slipped Away, a chapbook of poems by Kathy Nelson.

Whose Names Have Slipped Away, published by Finishing Line Press, is poet Kathy Nelson’s second chapbook collection of poems. The poems in this collection are meditations on nature observed through the lens of relationship and through the universal experience of impermanence.

Poet Tina Barr says that “Kathy Nelson’s work ministers to the deep places within us; she explores difficult interpersonal arenas with conviction and courage.” Editor and poet Nancy Dillingham calls Kathy Nelson’s poems “brilliant distillations of moments in nature … (that) mirror, and become metaphor for, the eternal struggles between daughters and mothers.”

Kathy Nelson is a poet living in Asheville, NC. The music of words has enthralled her from the beginning. Although she has advanced degrees in several disciplines, including literature, engineering, and theology, and has worked in widely varying fields, including teaching, telecommunications, and hospice chaplaincy, poetry has been the thread through all of them. She has felt both fed and ignited by the poetry of Jane Hirschfield, Marie Howe, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Wendell Berry, Tina Barr and many others. Like many poets, Kathy finds that writing is a way of integrating and understanding her experience and is, therefore, essential. Her poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals.

The cover art for Ms. Nelson’s new book features a photograph taken by her father in the 1960s.

Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. Finishing Line Press and editor Leah Maines were featured in both the 2001 and 2002 Poet’s Markets.

Publication Date: October, 2016

To order online, go to http://wwwfinishinglinepress.com.

Or, you may order by mail ($14.99 plus $2.99 shipping, check or money order):

Finishing Line Press PO Box 1626  Georgetown KY 40324  finishingbook@aol.com  859-514- 8360

You can also contact the author by email at nelsonkathye@gmail.com, or  visit her website at http://kathynelsonwriter.com.


Featured Book: KALEIDOSCOPE by Tina Barr

The latest and perfectly named book of poems by Tina Barr, Kaleidoscope, carries the reader through thievery and wonder, devotion and sin, sickness and love, and from Tennessee to Turkey, in a rhythmical display of poetic vision. Barr plays words like music. The very tempo of that music, gears that unfold the tight weave of language threaded throughout, surprises the reader’s expectations with the breadth that Barr achieves from her palette of words. (Reviewed by Vanessa Loh)   Go to: Kaleidoscope Paperback/Amazon


Featured Book & CD: TOWARD the CLEARING by Jean Cassidy

 

Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, english horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians and readers. Jean’s work has previously been published in the Great Smokies Review, the Online Publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, North Carolina. 

In Ordinary Time        Click to hear Susan Shinn read the poem with piano accompaniment by Lytingale


Asheville Authors - 50 Women writers

Featured Book : A NEW WOMEN’S ANTHOLOGY by 50 Asheville Authors

A Great Gift Idea

Two of Mountain Made’s most popular authors, Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham, are co-editors and contributors of a new anthology by 50 women writers entitled It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree – celebrating the lives of women and their connections with their families. Visit us on the web or come on down to the Mountain Made Art Gallery  

Monday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM
Sunday 12PM – 5PM
1 Page Ave, ste 123, Asheville NC


Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe

Mission Statement

A gathering of books on diverse subjects that seem important to the educational benefit of the reader.

A gathering of people who are drawn to peaceful coexistence and the realization that knowledge is more valuable than money.

A place for readers who concern themselves with humanity and her development.

A place where the best reads, the best company, and the best coffee complete the picture.

A place where the books are the stars.

A place where the reader and book meet and a journey begins.  Click her for Malaprops’ Events  www.malaprops.com


Jane Hirshfield — photo by Curt Richter

Writers’ Almanac Interview with Jane Hirshfield

Welcome to The Writer’s Almanac Bookshelf, where you’ll find highlighted interviews of poets heard on the show.

Your new collection of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and your latest volume of poems, The Beauty, both came out earlier this year. Were you working on these books simultaneously? Does writing about poetry affect the writing of the poems themselves? 

Thinking about poems — how they work, what they do, and why we need what they alone can do — is a lifelong pleasure for me. It brings a kind of intimate knowledge that can’t help but influence how a person then writes. Attention alters what it touches. But for me as a poet, this happens only in subterranean and indirect ways. Continue reading


Shining Rock Poetry Anthology

Shining Rock Poetry Anthology & Book Review

Shining Rock is a mountain in Appalachian North Carolina; we choose it as a title for our anthology because of its metaphorical properties.  As co-editors, we come to poetry with a strong commitment to the literary traditions that challenge readers to become continually educated by poetry.  We favor poems that practice difficulty not for its own sake, but because it provokes readers to new experiences of elucidating opacity, analyzing complexity, and discovering, in the concrete density of this poetry, meanings for themselves.  We favor poetry that promotes the strenuous engagement of the imagination. This poetry yields more upon rereading, thus the design for an anthology.

Our first issue features poetry by John Bensko, Beth Copeland, Jane Hirshfield, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Elanor Wilner, and William Wright, with essays by Alice Friman and Taije Silverman. Cover art ( Emily Dickinson Cartoon) by Rosanna Bruno, with book reviews on new books by Hirshfield and Bensko.  Please visit the website


The Writers’Workshop

Since 1985, our mission is to provide programs that educate and nurture writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds. We’ve helped thousands of adults, children and teens improve their writing and reading skills.  Our goal is to raise $12,500 this year to continue our award-winning programs in NC, SC, NY and IN; to offer free writing classes to young people in Western North Carolina at area libraries; to give workshop scholarships to low-income writers; and to provide cash awards for our contest winners.

Only your tax-deductible donation will make these worthy goals possible! A donation of $75 or more includes a year’s membership, which entitles you to discounts on all workshops and contests. To donate or to join The Writers’ Workshop, please click on register. As always, any amount would be greatly appreciated! Continue reading


What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines

The Editor’s Job

A magazine editor is a person who enjoys bringing new writing to the world in a publication that will be seen, read, appreciated, and talked about.

This is the first fact anyone submitting to a magazine should understand. There may be two editors, or five, or a rotating group of a dozen student-editors on a board, but for purposes of this essay, let’s consider one who, if not totally in charge, has a large say in what goes on. This editor is committed to the magazine, to it reaching a readership, to its identity and survival.    


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