Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe March Events
Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm
CHARLIE LOVETT presents LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL
Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in North America. His latest novel combines a love of books, mystery and history. Set in a fictional English cathedral City, the protagonist, Arthur Prescott, buries himself in studying the Holy Grail until a woman upends his solitary life and, together, they begin their own quest for the truth.
Friday, March 3 at 6 pm
V.E. SCHWAB presents CONJURING OF LIGHT*
Schwab’s work spans many genres, from adult to YA to middle grade fiction. Conjuring of Light is the sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series.
*Because of SoCon, this event will be held at the Flatiron Writers Room at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville
Saturday, March 4 at 6 pm
C.M. SURRISI presents VAMPIRES ON THE RUN
Amateur sleuth and wild jumper-to-conclusions Quinnie Boyd is back in a second cozy mystery (The Maypop Kidnapping, 2016)—this time trying to determine if a pair of visiting horror writers are blood-sucking vampires.
Sunday, March 5 from 3 – 5 pm
Three poets together reading from their new books for one great event.
Amie Whittemore, author of GLASS HARVEST, Rochelle Hurt, author of IN WHICH I PLAY THE RUNAWAY, and Matthew Olzmann, author of CONTRADICTIONS IN THE DESIGN.
Tuesday, March 7 at 6 pm
RALPH HARDY presents ARGOS
Ralph Hardy has reimagined the classic story of The Odyssey, told from the point of view of the steadfast companion who never gives up hope of his master’s safe return. It is a tale of loyalty and determination that endures absences and tribulation. This book is for ages 8-12.
Wednesday, March 8 at 6 pm
MICHAEL KNIGHT presents EVENINGLAND
Michael Knight is a Southern author of short stories and several books. His latest work is Eveningland, a group of six short stories and a novella set in or near Mobile, Alabama. This time around, Knight’s characters are of the Southern, white and privileged class, but still grounded in the common human struggles of grief, violence, and marital strife.
Friday, March 10 from 4 – 5 pm
POETRY ON REQUEST with TRACEY SCHMIDT
Local poets engage you in conversation to craft a thoughtful poem just for you.
Friday, March 10 at 6 pm
ZELDA FITZGERALD DAY with MONIKA GROSS
As part of the ongoing project “Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers: the afterlife of the written word,” Monika Gross of At-A-Site Theater will offer intimate one-to-one readings of Zelda Fitzgerald’s writings. Attendees will be invited to choose from a menu of selections and enjoy a one- to three-minute reading. Participants may pick a “memorial” card to take with them from a collection of cards with quotes by Ms. Fitzgerald. www.atasitetheater.com
Saturday, March 11 at 4 pm
POETRY ON REQUEST with KATHERINE SONIAT
Encore event! Local poets engage you in conversation to craft a thoughtful poem just for you.
Sunday, March 12 from 3 – 5 pm
GEORGE and ELIZABETH ELLISON present LITERARY EXCURSIONS IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Essayist, poet, and naturalist George Ellison explores the natural beauty of the Southern Highlands in a series of evocative essays vividly illustrated by artist Elizabeth Ellison. The author and illustrator live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Monday, March 13 at 7 pm
NATALIE GOLDBERG presents THE GREAT SPRING: WRITING, ZEN AND THIS ZIGZAG LIFE
Natalie Goldberg, the beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones, offers a collection of personal stories reflecting her journeys around the world. The essential questions that unify her book are: Where does this life lead,? and Who are we?
Tuesday, March 14 at 7 pm
WALTER ZIFFER presents CONFRONTING THE SILENCE: A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’S SEARCH FOR GOD
Walter Ziffer’s memoir offers his account of a personal struggle to understand his experience of the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia. Ziffer’s memoir recalls the time he watched from a window as thousands stood in his town’s square in Heil Hitler salute during a speech by Joseph Goebbels, the German minister of propaganda. This work also distills his search for meaning and reckoning with the past.
Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm
PHILLIP LEWIS presents THE BARROWFIELDS
Phillip Lewis’ debut novel traces, the ambitions and fates of a father and son across the decades. Centered in a small Appalachian town, Steeped in the Southern Gothic literary tradition, the Barrowfields explores the trials of masculinity.
Thursday, March 16 at 7 pm
TIM GAUTREAUX presents SIGNALS
Tim Gautreaux’s latest collection of short stories contains 12 new stories and nine classics. His fascination with the range of human experiences presents microcosms of the everyday, the struggles, and the surprising challenges that shakes faith, community and mortality.
Saturday, March 18 at 7 pm
MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH with DESPERATION ROAD and David Joy with THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD
Set in the Mississippi Delta, Desperation Road is a story of hard-living characters unable to outrun their violent pasts, even with the best-laid plans for escape or change. In The Weight of This World, a soldier returns from Afghanistan to violence and drugs in Appalachia and a chance at a way out.
Sunday, March 19 at 3 pm
WRITERS AT HOME SERIES with TOMMY HAYS
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 20 at 7 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. Open to writers of all experience levels, whether you’re a New York Times-bestselling author or just thinking about putting pen to paper. Co-hosts include local authors Jake Bible, Beth Revis, Jamie Mason, and Brian Rathbone.
Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm
ANDREW SKURKA presents The Ultimate Hiker’s Guide
Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 35-year-old is best known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips. Join us as he talks gear, tents, and preparation for your adventure, regardless of your skill level.
Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm
ANDREW FORSTHOEFEL presents WALKING TO LISTEN: 4,000 MILES ACROSS AMERICA, ONE STORY AT A TIME
After losing his job, Andrew Forsthoefel decided to to walk from Chadds Fort, PA, to San Francisco. Walking to Listen is his chronicle of that 4,000-mile journey. Along the way, he gathered stories from the people met. From this life-changing adventure, he was humbled by a common thread of human kindness people showed to a total stranger. A great read for recent or soon-to-be grads. You might have heard Andrew talk about his journey on This American Life.
Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm
LISA YARGER & PAM ENGLAND present LOVIE: THE STORY OF A SOUTHERN MIDWIFE and AN ANCIENT MAP FOR MODERN BIRTH
Folklorist Lisa Yarger’s work of creative nonfiction offers a portrait of a pioneering U.S. nurse-midwife in a medically underserved rural area of eastern North Carolina who, over a half-century career,
assisted the births of more than 4,000 home-born babies. Pam England’s book outlines an integrative model of childbirth preparation and recovery. The books provides women with information on preparing for birth, perspectives on how to think and feel about labor, and suggestions on how to tell their stories.
Friday, March 24 at 6 pm
LITERARY KARAOKE with LAURA BLACKLEY
We are thrilled to welcome back Laura Blackley as host extraordinaire for Literary Karaoke, our re-imagining of the lost art of salon. We invite you to read aloud from your favorite works of literature and give it all you’ve got!
Sunday, March 26 at 3 pm
ANDREW AYDIN presents MARCH (a graphic novel trilogy)
Andrew Aydin is the co-author, with civil rights movement icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a trilogy of graphic novels that depicts the story of Rep. Lewis’ experience of this pivotal period in U.S. history. MARCH is the award-winning, #1 best-selling graphic novel trilogy recounting Lewis’s life in the movement. Drawings are by Nate Powell. This event will launch Asheville’s first one city, one book initiative, RISE UP AND READ TOGETHER, which encourages community-wide and intergenerational conversations.
Monday, March 27 at 7 pm
GREG ILES presents MISSISSIPPI BLOOD
Iles delivers readers the highly-anticipated final book of the Natchez Burning trilogy. Set in Natchez, Mississippi, former prosecutor Penn Cage must grapple with grief while trying to preserve the lives of his family members and his own..
Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm
YA PANEL: Coming of Age & First Love
ROSHANI CHOKSHI presents CROWN OF WISHES, SARAH NICOLE LEMON presents DONE DIRT CHEAP, and SHAILA PATEL presents SOULMATED
Crown of Wishes is Roshani Chokshi’s sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. Both novels weave Indian folklore and mythology into their stories.
In Sarah Nicole Lemon’s debut YA novel, Done Dirt Cheap, two teens thrust into both sides of the adult world of law and possible criminality find their friendship strengthened.
Shaila Patel’s romance YA novel, Soulmated, contains elements of fantasy and the real-world dilemma of pleasing one’s parents or following one’s life course. The question is, will destiny triumph?
Join a Book club!
Wednesday, March 1 at 1 pm
MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.
Monday, March 6 at 7 pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
Join hosts and Malaprop’s booksellers Hannah Richardson and Caroline Christopoulos for the LGBTQ Book club! The March pick is Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper.
Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOK CLUB (WILD)
Join co-host and Malaprop’s bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and co-host Maria Fire for the WILD Book club, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. The March pick is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.
Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm
CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
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. The March pick is Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall.
Monday, March 13 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank to discuss Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Tuesday, March 14 at 12 pm
DISCUSSION BOUND BOOK CLUB
Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. Bring your book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of your midday break! The March pick is Guests on Earth by Lee Smith.
Thursday, March 16 at 7 pm
NOTORIOUS HBC* (*HISTORY BOOK CLUB)
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.” The March pick is 1924: The Year that Made Hitler by Peter Ross Range.
Tuesday, March 21 at 7 pm
NEW AND NOTABLE BOOK CLUB
Join us for a discussion of Nutshell by Ian McEwan.
Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm
NEW BOOK CLUB!
BRIDGE THE GAP
Join host Madelyn Anderson for a book club for those interested in exploring perspectives of people with different life experiences or world views, particularly those marginalized in the U.S. We’ll read about the intersection of race, gender, political affiliation, and sexual identification/orientation, as well as discuss ways to take collective action. Meets the last Wednesday of every month. The March pick is Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks.
Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm
WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB
Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation, and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. The March pick is Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire that Never Was by Angèlica Gorodischer and translated by Ursula K. Le Guin.
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