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**MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – February & March 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, February 3 at 3 pm


Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. In February we welcome Robert Lee Kendrick, author of What Once Burst With Brilliance, Lindsey Alexander, author of Rodeo in Reverse, and Barbara Conrad, author of There is a Field.

Monday, February 4 at 6 pm

Gus Vickery, M.D. presents Authentic Health

A comprehensive guide to healing obesity, diabetes, depression, persistent headaches, and insomnia using both traditional and lesser-known techniques. Dr. Vickery argues that health is a part of us, waiting to be claimed.

Tuesday, February 5 at 6 pm

Lori Leachman, Ph.D. presents The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The heartfelt story of one family’s journey from high school to the Super Bowl championship amidst complex issues of race and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in competitive football.

Wednesday, February 6 at 6 pm

Leonard Pitts, Jr. presents The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II

Pulitzer-winning journalist and novelist Leonard Pitts Jr.’s historical page-turner depicts the lives and moral struggles of individuals from the Jim Crow South as they go on to face violent racial conflict during World War II.

Thursday, February 7 at 6 pm

Robert Turner launches Carrots Don’t Grow on Trees: Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Organic farmer Robert Turner introduces us to his concept of a community where the ‘farm to table’ movement helps connect healthy food and the farmers who grow it, protect local farming, and inform future generations.

Monday, February 11 at 6 pm

Garth Davis, MD presents Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do about It

Garth Davis argues that protein is the problem, and it’s making us fat and sick. He dispels the myths and clears up the confusing messages from doctors, weight loss experts, and the media and suggests that a plant-based diet is the key to health.

Tuesday, February 12 at 6 pm

Laura E. Wolfson presents For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova

This collection by Russian translator Laura E. Wolfson is equal parts essay, travel writing, and memoir. She conveys highly relatable experiences like mundane jobs and communicating in a foreign language, as well as reflections on personal subjects of divorce and battling degenerative lung disease. Wolfson will be joined by Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian, The Swan Thieves, The Shadow Land.  

Wednesday, February 13 at 6 pm

Judy Goldman presents Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap

In this moving memoir, novelist and poet Judy Goldman reflects on the struggle to regain “normal” life after a routine procedure left her husband paralyzed. Their lives changed overnight and brought new meaning to marriage, aging, and personal identity.

Thursday, February 14 at 6 pm

DaMaris Hill presents A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

Scholar and poet DaMaris Hill has compiled a powerful series of “love letters” which serve to honor the legacy of black women and struggle, from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland. Profiles of the women featured are accompanied by poetry and archival photos.  

Sunday, February 17 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, February 18 at 6 pm

Heather Edwards presents Important Parts, in conversation with Patti Digh

Heather Edwards, Sexuality Counselor and founder of the Vino & Vulvas event and Patti Digh, Hendersonville author of Life is a Verb will discuss ways we can use creativity and art to break through barriers to uncovering our true selves… especially when gender or trauma are involved. Edwards’ coloring book offers empowerment through genital doodles across the gender spectrum and neutral anatomical terms for describing any and every type of crotch.

Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm

Kimberly Paul presents Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons from the Dying

This collection of personal stories from an 18-year career in hospice invites us to redefine the role of death and approach it directly. Encourages readers to engage loved ones in conversations about death and allow individual values and personality to be reflected in the circumstances of their passing.

Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm

Marla Hardee Milling presents Wicked Asheville

Resident journalist Marla Hardee Milling sheds light on the seedier side of our city. These stories feature murder, corruption, arson, and disease in Asheville’s history.

Thursday, Wednesday 21 at 6 pm

Dayna and Jim Guido present The Parental Tool Box: For Parents and Clinicians

The Guidos will share solutions for promoting personal development and improving the relationships between children, adolescents, and families using attachment theory, neurobiology, and evidence-based therapy.


Sunday, February 24 at 3 pm

Mark Warren presents Secrets of the Forest

Secrets of the Forest is a 4-volume series on nature and survival skills of the Cherokee. Warren will discuss how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, and shelter.


Monday, February 25 at 6 pm

Jerry Stubblefield presents The Paraclete

The author of Homunculus returns with the story of a scholarly young man struggling to find his identity under the domination of his own aunt’s sexual obsession with him.

Wednesday, February 27 at 10 am

Storytime with J. Rutland, author of Chilly Da Vinci

Special guest author J. Rutland will share the picture book, Chilly da Vinci at our weekly Miss Malaprop’s Storytime. While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci, a self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!

Wednesday, February 27 at 6 pm

Michael Roberto presents The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920 -1940, in conversation with Alvis Dunn

Roberto examines how the driving force of American fascism comes, not from reactionary movements below, but from the top, namely, Big Business and the power of finance capital. A necessity for anyone who fears America tipping ever closer, in this era of Trump, to full-blown fascism.

Every Wednesday at 10 am


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!

Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm


Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. The club is reading The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones.

Thursday, February 28 at 7 pm


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. This month’s pick is Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales by Najla Jraissaty Khoury, translated by Inea Bushnaq.


Friday, March 1 at 6 pm

Pan Harmonia Chamber Music and Poetry Fusion Project

In celebration of its upcoming 20th season, Pan Harmonia has commissioned composter Dosia McKay to create an original, new work for voice, flute, bassoon, and guitar, which will set to music works of three North Carolina women poets. McKay and Pan Harmonia artistic director and flutist Kate Steinbeck will present the poets and the poems for this special project and discuss the creative process.

Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm


Join us for a monthly event featuring three poets. Join us for a monthly event featuring three poets. In March we welcome Susan Underwood, author of The Book of Awe, John Blackard, author of Four Gates to the Mountain, and Nancy Dillingham, author of Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems.

Monday, March 4 at 6 pm

Bruce Spang presents Those Close Beside Me in conversation with Gavin Dillard

In this 1960’s novel a young poet attempts to find himself through a journey to the Cumberland Mountains. Bruce Spang will be in conversation with poet Gavin Dillard.

Tuesday, March 5 at 6 pm

Odyssey High School Student Readings

Join us for reading by the students of Odyssey High School in Asheville.

Wednesday, March 6 at 6 pm

Stephanie Anderson presents One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture in conversation with Mary Saunders Bulan, Ph.D.

Anderson promotes agricultural reform by educating conventional farmers about regenerative farming techniques and showing that the models are accessible and effective.

Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm

CDS LEARNS: Discussions on Education and Parenting

Join Kim Broshar, Peter Sullivan, and Barb King from Carolina Day School for a discussion of  The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development by Richard Weissbourd.

Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm

Zelda Fitzgerald Readings and Trivia

Join local authors Tom Downing, Jason Sanford and visiting historian, Carroll McMahan as they read works of Zelda Fitzgerald. Jim MacKenzie, creator of Asheville’s Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Day will host a Zelda trivia contest with prizes!

Tuesday, March 12 at 6 pm

Omari Scott Simmons presents Potential on the Periphery: College Access from the Ground Up

Simmons co-founded the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a grassroots non-profit mentoring program that helps first-generation, low-income college students. Parents and educators can learn from the challenges he encounters and strategies he employs.

Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm

Jessica Wilkerson presents To Live Here, You Have to Fight, in conversation with Ronni Lundy and Erica Abrams Locklear

White Appalachian women organized and fought for issues like poor people’s rights, community health, and unionization during the War on Poverty. Jessica Wilkerson will be joined by locals Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals and Erica Abrams Locklear, author of Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment.

Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm

Ohio University Press Omnibus

Join us for a reading featuring authors published by the Ohio University Press who are participating in the 42nd Annual Appalachian Studies Association conference at UNC Asheville.

Friday, March 15 at 7 pm

Emily Hillard and Jessica Salfia present 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

55 Strong includes essays by teachers from around the state, images from the picket lines, and material on the history of the labor movement in West Virginia. Emily Halliard is West Virginia-based folklorist and writer. Jessica Salfia is a writer, activist, and teacher in the West Virginia public school system.

Saturday, March 16 at 4 pm

Allan Wolf presents The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again

Educational poetry and “out of this world” illustrations will reveal the wonders of our universe to your children. Allan Wolf is the Asheville based author of The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts.

Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm

Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll present Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy

Appalachian Reckoning is a retort, at turns rigorous, critical, angry, and hopeful, to the long shadow Hillbilly Elegy has cast over the region and its imagining. But it also moves beyond Hillbilly Elegy to allow Appalachians from varied backgrounds to tell their own diverse and complex stories through an imaginative blend of scholarship, prose, poetry, and photography. Editors Harkins and McCarroll will be joined by contributors Kelly Norman Ellis, Jeremy B. Jones, Robert Gipe, Jesse Graves, Robert Morgan, Roger May, Dana Wildsmith, and Ricardo Nazario-Colon.

Sunday, March 17 at 3 pm

Writer’s 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 18 at 6 pm

A Poetry Reading and Discussion of the Animals in Jodie Hollander and Mildred Barya’s Poetry

Come hear readings from Jodie Hollander’s My Dark Horses (2017) and Mildred Kiconco Barya’s Give Me Room to Move My Feet (2009). The poets will engage in conversation about the animal themes in their work.

Wednesday, March 20 at 6 pm

Frances Mayes presents See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy

An intriguing travel narrative by the author of Under the Tuscan Sun captures the magic of Italy’s culture, history, and cuisine in backstreets, markets, and local spots you won’t find in traditional guidebooks.

Thursday, March 21 at 6 pm

George Singleton presents Staff Picks: Stories

An acclaimed chronicler of the South, Singleton creates lingering, darkly comedic tales by drawing from those places where familiarity and alienation coexist.

Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm

Wilton Barnhardt presents Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina

Author and editor Barnhardt discusses this collection of stories and essays from North Carolina’s finest fiction and non-fiction writers, including David Sedaris, Kelly Link, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, and more.

Tuesday, March 26 at 6 pm

Megan Griswold presents The Book of Help

Griswold trained in many alternative healing modalities, including as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, herbalist, and acupuncturist.The Book of Help is a memoir about her lifelong journey to promote spiritual, physical, and emotional wellness.

Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm

Sarah Enni presents Tell Me Everything, in conversation with Stephanie Perkins

When Ivy discovers an anonymous photo sharing site called VEIL, she finds herself captivated by the intimate secrets of her peers… until VEIL turns out to have secrets of its own. Sarah Enni will be in conversation with Stephanie Perkins, author of There’s Someone Inside Your House. Their conversation will be recorded for Enni’s First Draft Podcast. 


Every Wednesday at 10 am
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 4 at 7 pm
Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. This month the club is reading Lawnboy by Paul Lisicky.


Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 pm

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 We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.


Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm

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 issues. This month’s pick is American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer.


Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Oresteia of Aeschylus: A New Translation by Ted Hughes.


Monday, March 11 at 7 pm
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Bonfire: A Novel by Krysten Ritter.


Tuesday, March 12 at 12 Noon

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 Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz.


Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm
Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. This month’s pick is White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg.

Thursday, March 28 at 7 pm

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. This month’s pick is False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia by Maria Sonia Cristoff, translated by Katherine Silver.
Stephanie Jones-Byrne
Director of Marketing and Author Events
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street | Asheville, NC 28801




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