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MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – March & April 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)

Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm 

Poetrio

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Esteban Rodríguez, author of Dusk & Dust; Jeanne Larsen, author of What Penelope Chooses; and Catherine Carter, author of Larvae of the Nearest Stars. 

Monday, March 2 at 7 pm

Meredith Leigh discusses The Ethical Meat Handbook, 2nd Edition with Laura Lengnick and Keia Mastrianni

Local farmer, butcher, chef, teacher, non profit executive director, consultant, and writer Meridith Leigh argues that eating diversely may be the most revolutionary action we can take to ensure the sustainability of our food system. The Ethical Meat Handbook 2nd Edition challenges us to take a hard look at our dietary choices, increase self-reliance, and enjoy delicious food that benefits our health and our planet.

Tuesday, March 3 at 6 pm 

Reading Group Choices 

Are you a book club host or participant looking for the most discussable books? Are you an avid reader looking for your next pick? Join us for an evening with Mary Morgan from Reading Group Choices, an organization committed to recommending great reads! For more information, visit https://readinggroupchoices.com

Wednesday, March 4 at 6 pm 

Andrea L. Dennis presents Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America

Should Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”? Few would seriously subscribe to this notion of justice, yet prosecutors have used rap lyrics to secure convictions and an alarming number of aspiring rappers are behind bars. Rap on Trial places this disturbing practice in the context of hip hop history and exposes what’s at stake. It’s a gripping, timely exploration at the crossroads of contemporary hip hop and mass incarceration.

Tuesday, March 10 at 6 pm 

Jabob Tobia presents Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

As a young child in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia was told they were “a boy,” acting feminine labelled them “a sissy” and brought social isolation. It took Jacob years to discover that being “a sissy” isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s a source of pride. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again.

Wednesday, March 11 at 10 am 

Storytime with Susanna Shetley, author of The Jolt Felt Around the World

Join us for a special Miss Malaprop’s Storytime featuring guest author Susanna Shetley, author and creator of the parenting blog Zealous Mom. In The Joy Felt Around the World, mother Earth becomes so heavy with trash that one day, with a great jolt, she starts falling from the sky. Leaders around the world frantically begin developing plans for Earthlings to evacuate and flee to other planets, only to find their requests denied. The other planets don’t want anything to do with the Earthling inhabitants! What will they do? Where can they go? The Earthlings must figure out how to save their dying planet before it’s too late.

Sunday, March 15 at 3 pm 

Writers at Home 

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 16 at 6 pm 

Jeff Sharlet presents This Brilliant Darkness

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Family and Sweet Heaven When I Die comes a deeply personal and light-bearing inquiry into the ways we live with suffering.  In the spirit of James Agee and W. G. Sebald, This Brilliant Darkness is collection of images and reflections framed by the two years between his father’s heart attack and his own—a time defined by insomnia and late-night driving and the companionship of other darkness-dwellers: night bakers and last-call drinkers, frightened people and frightening people, the homeless and the lost (or merely disoriented), addicts and people on the margins.   

Tuesday, March 17 at 6 pm 

Mary Cecilia Jackson launches Sparrow in conversation with Amy Reed

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Mary Cecilia Jackson’s devastating but hopeful YA debut is about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future. She will be in conversation with Amy Reed, author of The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World. 

Wednesday, March 18 at 6 pm 

Greg Gbur presents Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics

The question of how falling cats land on their feet has long intrigued humans. In this playful and eye-opening history, physicist and cat parent Gregory Gbur explores how attempts to understand the cat-righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration.

Thursday, March 19 at 6 pm 

Addie Tsai presents Dear Twin

In this LGBTQIA young adult novel, Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their lives.

 

Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm 

Rick Jackson presents North Carolina Murder & Mayhem

From the capture of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph in the mountains to the seaside murder of the Hermit of Fort Fisher, dark deeds have touched every part of North Carolina. Author Rick Jackson tells the stories behind some of the most famous, and most heinous, crimes in the history of the Old North State.

Monday, March 22 at 6 pm 

UNC Press presents Jim Grode, editor of Great Day Hikes on North Carolina’s Mountains-To-Sea Trail, in conversation with Marcia Bromberg

This is the first-ever guide to day hikes along the crown jewel of North Carolina foot trails. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to the outdoors, this official guide from Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is your go-to companion for exploring all the trail has to offer. He will be in conversation with Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail board member Marcia Bromberg. 

Wednesday, March 25 at 6 pm 

Peg Alford Pursell presents A Girl Goes Into the Forest, in conversation with Christine Hale

Following her acclaimed debut, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, award-winning author Peg Alford Pursell explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables. A Girl Goes into the Forest immerses readers in the complex desires, contradictions, and sorrows of daughters, wives, and husbands, artists, siblings, and mothers. She will be in conversation with Christine Hale, author of A Piece of Sky, a Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations. 

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium

TICKETED: N.K. Jemisin presents The City We Became

We are pleased to partner with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and English Department for this event, which will be held  in Lipinsky Auditorium on the UNCA campus. Winner of 3 consecutive Hugo Awards for the Broken Earth Trilogy, N. K. Jemisin’s new novel is hailed by Neil Gaiman as “a glorious fantasy.” Asheville is Jemisin’s only stop in the Southeast and she will sign books following reading and audience Q&A. Tickets include a copy of The City We Became and books will be available to pick up at the event. Visit www.malaprops.com for tickets and more information. 

Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm @ Little Jumbo

CRAFT: Therese Anne Fowler, author of A Good Neighborhood, in conversation with Denise Kiernan

CRAFT: Authors in Conversation is a series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan and co-sponsored by Little Jumbo and Malaprop’s. Kiernan’s guest for March is Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman. Fowler will discuss the craft of writing as well as her new book, A Good Neighborhood. Doors open at 2:30 pm and the event begins at 3:00. A small number of reserved seats will be available to those who purchase A Good Neighborhood from Malaprop’s prior to the event.  

Tuesday, March 31 at 6 pm 

Nora Shalaway Carpenter launches The Edge of Anything

Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons. A vibrant #ownvoices debut YA novel about grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship. 

Every Wednesday at 10 am
MISS MALAPROP’S STORYTIME!
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.

Join a Book Club!

Monday, March 2 at 7pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. The pick for When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen. 

Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm

WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOK CLUB (WILD)

Join former Malaprop’s General Manager Linda-Marie Barrett for the WILD Book club at the Battery Park Book Exchange. This month, the club is reading Sugar Run: A Novel by Mesha Maren. 

Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm

MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Florida by Lauren Groff.

Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm 

CRIME AND POLITICS BOOK CLUB

Crime and Politics book club is for people who want to explore the overlap between true crime and public affairs. In January, the club is reading Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. 

Monday, March 9 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. 

Tuesday, March 10 at 12 noon

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. The pick for March is Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained by David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro. 

Tuesday, March 18  at 7 pm 

SPANISH-SPEAKING BOOK CLUB

Join host Susan Hills to read and discuss books in Spanish. This month’s pick is 

Doce cuentos peregrinos by Gabriel García Márquez. 

Thursday, March 19 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. March’s pick is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. 

Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm
WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB
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. The club is reading Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories by Silvina Ocampo, translated by Daniel Balderston. 

Monday, March 30 at 7 pm 

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Allison Beatty as we dive into the wreck of the wily and wonderful world of sci-fi, weird fiction, speculative fiction, literary horror, and more. In February, the club is reading The Once and Future King by T. H. White.  

 

Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm 

Wes Browne presents Hillbilly Hustle, in conversation with Ronni Lundy

Knox Thompson thinks he’s working a hustle, but it’s a hustle that’s working him. Trying to keep his pizza shop and parents afloat, he cleans out a backroom Kentucky poker game, only to get roped into dealing marijuana by the proprietor—an arrangement Knox only halfheartedly resists.

Sunday, April 5 at 3 pm 

Poetrio

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. In April, we welcome Kathy Goodkin, author of Crybaby Bridge; Stellasue Lee, author of Queen of Jacks; and Jennifer Read Hawthorne, author of Life As a Prayer.

Monday, April 6 at 6 pm 

Grief Speaks 

Grief Speaks gives creative voice to ordinary people navigating the lonely path of grieving a death. Gather in community to witness songs and poems from the journey; leave knowing you’re not alone. Co-sponsored by Four Seasons.

Tuesday, April 7 at 6 pm 

Jason Miller presents Langston Hughes

Drawing on unpublished letters and manuscripts, Miller addresses the most beloved African American poet of the twentieth century’s often ignored contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as his complex and well-guarded sexuality. 

Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm 

Bart Ehrman presents Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, revealing early understandings as intimately connected with the social, cultural, and historical worlds out of which they emerged. Only later, in the early Christian centuries, did they develop into the notions of eternal bliss or damnation widely accepted today. 

Monday, April 13 at 6 pm 

Jennifer Wisner Kelly, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, and Hadley Moore

Join us for a reading with Jennifer Wisner Kelly, author of Stone Skimmers; Lisa Van Orman Hadley, author of Irreversible Things; and Hadley Moore, author of Not Dead Yet and Other Stories. 

Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm 

Charles Waters presents Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

The folks behind Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship are back with a dictionary for middle-grade readers aimed at creating a better, more inclusive world. Each word is explored via a poem, inspirational quote, suggestions for how to translate the word into action, and an illustration by artist Mehrdokht Amini. 

Wednesday, April 15 at 6 pm 

Sarajane Case launches The Honest Enneagram

North Carolina writer, speaker, and creator of the hit Instagram account, @enneagramandcoffee offers an introduction to the Enneagram, along with information about each type and beautiful illustrations. 

Thursday, April 16 at 6 pm 

Oliver Gloag presents Albert Camus: A Very Short Introduction

The inspiring story of Camus’ life. Gloag presents Camus as a staunch defender of many progressive causes, fiercely attached to his French-Algerian roots, a writer of enormous talent and social awareness plagued by self-doubt, and a crucially relevant author whose major works continue to impact our views on contemporary issues and events.

Sunday, April 19 at 6 pm 

Writers at Home

Join host Tommy Hays for our monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

Tuesday, April 21 at 6 pm 

Lee Smith presents Blue Marlin

This novella from New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls follows Jenny, an adventurous thirteen-year-old, down to Key West for a patched-up family vacation following the discovery of her father’s illicit affair.

Wednesday, April 22 at 6 pm 

David Daley presents Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy

Unrigged tells the story of the citizens who fought and won big victories for voting rights in many states, including North Carolina, defeating efforts to rig elections and gerrymander maps and restoring and expanding the vote to students, former felons, and Native Americans. Co-sponsored by Democracy NC.

Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm 

Gerry LaFemina with Gary Hawkins

Sebastian Matthews will introduce poets Gerry LaFemina, editor of Poet Sounds, and author of Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping: Prose Poems, and Gary Hawkins, author of Worker and Creative writing faculty at Warren Wilson College.

Friday, April 24 at 6 pm 

TICKETED: Sue Monk Kidd presents The Book of Longings

Malaprop’s is pleased to partner with The Center for Faith and Life at First Baptist Church of Asheville to present New York Times bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd! Kidd will be discussing her new book, The Book of Longings with author Elaine Neil Orr. Each ticket is $32.50 and includes admission to the event and signing line and a copy of The Book of Longings. For tickets and info, visit www.malaprops.com.

Saturday, April 25 at 10 am

Storytime with Tameka Fryer Brown, author of  Brown Baby Lullaby

Join us for a special storytime featuring Tameka Fryer Brown, author of Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood. In her new book, Brown Baby Lullaby, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.

Saturday, April 25 from 9am to 9pm 

Independent Bookstore Day

Help us celebrate independent bookstore day! Spin the wheel to win exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise like totes, onesies, signed books, and more! 

Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm 

CRAFT: Wiley and Mallory Cash in conversation with Denise Kiernan

CRAFT: Authors in Conversation is a series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan at Asheville’s premier cocktail lounge Little Jumbo. Wiley and Mallory Cash will join Denise to discuss their work and inclusion in Step Into the Circle, edited by Amy Greene and Trent Thomson. Doors open at 2:30 pm and the event begins at 3:00. Learn more at malaprops.com/event.

Sunday, April 26 at 4 pm 

Keith Flynn presents The Skin of Meaning

In The Skin of Meaning, Flynn seeks the meaning in the bombardment of digital information, hoping to restore the mystery in our involvement with language, challenging our assumptions about the world, and providing evidence of another invisible one bristling like an underground river beneath our feet.

Monday, April 27 at 6 pm 

Carter Sickels presents The Prettiest Star, in conversation with Wiley Cash

Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, The Prettiest Star shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, the men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them. An urgent story about the politics and fragility of the body, of sex and shame. The Prettiest Star is the third book in the Cold Mountain Fund series published by Hub City Press with support from Charles Frazier.

Tuesday, April 28 at 6 pm 

Megan Campisi presents Sin Eater

For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater–a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to shoulder the transgressions of the dying to grant their souls access to heaven. The Handmaid’s Tale meets Alice in Wonderland in this gripping and imaginative historical novel. 

Wednesday, April 29 at 6 pm 

Sarah Jones Decker presents The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-Tos, and Huts

Whether you have spent a night or six months on the Appalachian Trail, every hiker eventually experiences one of the trail’s iconic lean-tos or huts. The Appalachian Trail organizes and assembles all 250 shelters for the first time in this informative and unique resource packed with trail and shelter photos, information, and detailed maps.

Thursday, April 30 at 6 pm 

Orison Books: Frank Paino presents Obscura

Frank Paino sheds his singular light on the most obscure corners of history and human nature, assembling a hagiography of unorthodox saints. Paino’s poems teach us to look deeply at the unsettling realities from which we instinctually look away—and they show us the rich rewards of beauty and wisdom we can gain by doing so.

Every Wednesday at 10 am
MISS MALAPROP’S STORYTIME!
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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Join a Book Club!

Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm

MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Sellout: A Novel by Paul Beatty

Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm 

CRIME AND POLITICS BOOK CLUB

Crime and Politics book club is for people who want to explore the overlap between true crime and public affairs. The pick for April is Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. 

Monday, April 6 at 7pm

LGBTQ BOOK CLUB

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. The pick for April is Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker. 

Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30pm

WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOK CLUB (WILD)

Join former Malaprop’s General Manager Linda-Marie Barrett for the WILD Book club at the Battery Park Book Exchange. This month, the club is reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 

Monday, April 13  at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of  California Girls by Susan Mallery. 

Tuesday, April 14 at 12 noon

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. The pick for April is Dancing with Merce Cunningham by Marianne Preger-Simon.

Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pm 

Club de Lectura Spanish Language Book Club

Join host Susan Hills to read and discuss books in Spanish. This month’s pick is               .

Thursday, 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. In April the club is reading Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. 

Monday, April 27 at 7 pm 

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Allison Beatty as we dive into the wreck of the wily and wonderful world of sci-fi, weird fiction, speculative fiction, literary horror, and more. 

Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm
WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB
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. In April, the club is reading I’m Gone by Jean Echenoz, translated by Mark Polizzotti

 
 
Stephanie Jones-Byrne
Director of Marketing and Author Events
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street | Asheville, NC 28801
828.254.6734
Please support independent bookstores. Learn more at indiebound.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stephanie Jones-Byrne
Director of Marketing and Author Events
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street | Asheville, NC 28801
828.254.6734
Please support independent bookstores. Learn more at indiebound.org

 


 

 
 
 
 

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