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**MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – August & September 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)

 

Thursday, August 1 

Fred Chappell and Susan Chappell present As If It Were: Poems

These playful poems filled with noble lions, crafty foxes, predacious wolves, longsuffering asses, and fashionable peacocks challenge assumptions and offer fresh observations. 


Friday, August 2 at 6 pm 

Miriam McNamara presents An Impossible Distance to Fall 

When Birdie Wiliams’ father splits after the stock market crash, she sees his biplane on a flyer for a Coney Island barnstorming circus. Searching for answers, Byrdie joins the close-knit family of tattooed ladies, stunt pilots, wing walkers, fire-spinners, and a cute girl-pilot named June.   


Saturday, August 3 at 2 pm 

Where’s Waldo Party

Did you spend July looking for Waldo in Asheville? Join us for our annual Where’s Waldo wrap-up party. We’re celebrating with cupcakes, lemonade, and the chance to win amazing prizes! All are welcome, but you must bring your completed Waldo Passport to the event to enter the prize drawing. 


Sunday, August 4 at 3 pm 

Poetrio: Peg Bresnahan, Brian Amico, and Melissa Crowe 

Poetrio is a monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Peg Bresnahan, author of Hunger to Share, Brandon Amico, author of Disappearing, Inc., and Melissa Crowe, author of Dear Terror, Dear Splendor. 


Monday, August 5 at 6 pm 

L. Chance Shiver presents Oberlin’s Anomaly, in conversation with Tommy Hays

The story of Jack Starkey and his lover, Sheila, who join forces with a group of extraterrestrial warriors fighting to stop the enslavement of human beings and the destruction of planet Earth. Local author L. Chance Shiver will be joined by Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine. 


Wednesday, August 7 at 6 pm 

Elwood Watson, Ph.D. presents Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America

These essays explore the racial landscape in contemporary America, including the Obamas, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, the alt-right, Black Lives Matter, etc. 


Thursday, August 8 at 6 pm 

Christina Proenza-Coles presents American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World

American Founders chronicles the ways men and women of African descent developed and defended New World settlements, undermined slavery, and championed American democracy. 


Saturday, August 10 at 6 pm 

Jamie Mason launches The Hidden Things, in conversation with Joe D’Agnese

A home video goes viral, revealing a stolen painting hanging in a suburban foyer.  Bestselling author of Three Graves Full is back with the story of the real-life unsolved theft of a seventeenth-century masterpiece. Jamie Mason will be joined by Joe D’Agnese, author of Jersey Heat. 


Sunday, August 11 at 3 pm 

George Ellison presents Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography

The behind-the-scenes story of author and icon Horace Kephart, who was instrumental in the creation of the Great Smokies National Park and the Appalachian Trail. 

Monday, August 12 at 6 pm 

Dual Author Event with Michael Diettrich-Chastain and William L. Sparks, PhD

Join us for an inspiring dual author event! William L. Sparks’ Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow and Maximizing Your Potential helps leaders realize their full potential. Diettrich-Chastain’s Changes examines the connection between influence and transformation.

 

Tuesday, August 13 at 6 pm 

Bobbie Pyron launches Stay

The heartwarming story of Piper, a teenager living in a homeless shelter, and a dog named Baby. Homeward Bound will be collecting donations of food, beds, etc. for homeless pets. 


Wednesday, August 14 at 6 pm 

Megan Shepherd launches Midnight Beauties

In the sequel and conclusion to Grim Lovelies, seventeen-year-old Anouk is determined to save her friends, even if it involves marriage her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s witches, and a deadly trial of fire. 


Thursday, August 15 at 6 pm 

Andy Parker presents For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father’s Fight for Gun Safety

Andy Parker’s daughter Alison was one of the journalists killed on live television on August 26, 2015. After her death, Parker became a national advocate for gun safety legislation. Parker’s story of loss and highlights the power of resilience and determination. 


Saturday, August 17 at 7 pm 

Asheville Poetry Review’s 2019 William Matthews Poetry Prize Reading hosted by Keith Flynn

Join host Keith Flynn to celebrate the winning selections of the 2019 William Matthews Poetry Prize: “The Lions of Chauvet” by Jude Nutter, “Blessing” by Sarah Rose Nordgen, and “Approaching My Brother, I Think of Karl Wallenda” by Joshua Martin.  


Sunday, August 18 at 3 pm 

Marla Milling presents North Carolina Day Trips by Theme

Discover hundreds of North Carolina’s top spots by picking a theme, like lighthouses, festivals, state parks, museums, beaches, and more. 


Monday, August 19 at 6 pm 

Joshilyn Jackson presents Never Have I Ever

Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep threatening to spill her secrets in this twisting tale complete with Jackson’s trademark humor. 


Tuesday, August 20 at 6 pm 

Bill Mills presents Losing My Religion: A Memoir of Faith and Finding

William C. Mills is the rector of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. His memoir is about the choices and challenges of being a pastor in the twenty-first-century and highlights the power of community. 


Thursday, August 22 at 6 pm 

Eugen Bacon presents Claiming T-Mo, in conversation with Alexandra Duncan

This story spans one boy’s lifetime on several planets through the eyes of his mother, wife, and daughter, who must navigate the paths to love and acceptance while their very existence is threatened.  


Monday, August 26 at 6 pm

Rosemary Poole-Carter presents Only Charlotte with The Montford Park Players

Only Charlotte is a novel of entanglements in 1880 New Orleans that was inspired by Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. Poole-Carter will discuss this inspiration with members of The Montford Park Players who will be performing the play between August 30 and September 14.


Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 pm at Little Jumbo

Karen Abbott presents The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America, in conversation with Denise Kiernan

Little Jumbo’s speakeasy atmosphere will perfectly compliment the epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation. Reserve your spot and find more details at www.malaprops.com/event. Karen Abbott will be joined by Denise Kiernan, author of The Last Castle. 


Wednesday, August 28 at 6 pm 

Rea Frey presents Because You’re Mine

A single mother takes a short vacation from motherhood, leaving her son in the care of his handsome, charismatic tutor. Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead. Prepare to stay up all night. 


Hendersonville Pop-up: Wednesday, August 28 at 7 pm

Meagan Lucas presents Songbirds and Stray Dogs

Homeless and penniless, Jolene is forced to confront hard truths in this Southern story born of sweet tea, chow-chow, shotguns and porch rocking.  


Thursday, August 29 at 6 pm 

E. Patrick Johnson, PhD presents Black. Queer. Southern. Women.

A powerful exploration of the way African American queer women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities in the American South through the narratives of over 70 women living on society’s margins.

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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!

Monday, August 5 at 7 pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
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 History of Violence: A Novel by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein. 


Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 pm 

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 The Game of Kings: Book One in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.


Wednesday, August 7 at 7 pm
MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Another Country by James Baldwin.


Monday, August 12 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon. 


Thursday, August 15 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. The club is reading Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower.


Monday, August 26 at 7 pm 

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Allison Beatty to dive into the wreck of the wily and wonderful world of sci-fi, weird fiction, speculative fiction, literary horror, and more. This month’s pick is The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino, translated by Ann Goldstein. 


Thursday, August 29 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. This month’s pick is The Noodle Maker: A Novel by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew.

Sunday, September 1 at 3pm 

Poetrio
Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Patricia Colleen Murphy, author of Bully Love, Bruce P. Spang, author of All You’ll Derive: A Caregiver’s Journey, and Doug Stuber, author of Chronic Observer.

Monday, September 2 at 10 am 

Breakfast with two-time Caldecott Honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger 

Treat your kids to a continental breakfast and interactive storytime reading of Why? This beautiful, tactile book features the lovable Bear and the curious Rabbit. Bear just wants to water his flowers, but Rabbit needs to know: why? Bear is looking forward to a peaceful night of stargazing, but Rabbit insists on asking: why? 

Tuesday, September 3 at 6 pm 

Linda Bledsoe presents Through the Needle’s Eye

In Southern Appalachia after World War II, Jessie is charged with mothering her siblings among addiction and poverty. Her grandmother provides a haven for Jessie’s survival to help motivate the child to rise above her circumstances.

Wednesday, September 4 at 6 pm 

Casey Cep presents Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

In the 1970s, Harper Lee traveled to Alabama to research the case of a rural preacher accused of murdering his family. The New Yorker writer Casey Cep covers the murders, courtroom drama, racial politics, and Lee’s struggle with creativity, success, and fame.

Thursday, September 5 at 6 pm 

Jessica Cory presents Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene

Editor Jessica Cory and contributors Wayne Caldwell, Thomas Rain Crowe, Gene Hyde, and Ellen Perry will share selections from this anthology featuring place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry covering issues facing the region and the planet  in an era of rapid environmental change. 

Sunday, September 8 at 3 pm

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall presents Sisters and Rebels

Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. While Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, Grace and Katharine became champions of racial equality. 

Ticketed: Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 pm, at Jubilee Community Church

An Evening with Seane Corn

Seane Corn will present her new book, Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action. This event is co-sponsored by Malaprop’s and Asheville Community Yoga. The ticket price includes a signed copy of Revolution of the Soul. Purchase tickets at https://www.malaprops.com/event/.

Wednesday, September 11 at 6 pm 

Dale Neal presents Appalachian Book of the Dead

An escaped prisoner leaves behind a trail of bodies before disappearing in the deep woods to haunt the neighbors of Yonah, North Carolina and driving four people together, and apart in unexpected ways.

Thursday, September 12 at 6 pm 

David Hopes presents The Falls of the Wyona

Long-time UNCA English professor David Hopes presents the story of four friends growing up in post-WWII Appalachia discover the dangerous perils of their own maturing hearts. With no context for their feelings, high school is a tense, though sometimes funny, artifice of concealment. 

Monday, September 16 at 6 pm 

Tim Reinhardt presents Jesus’s Brother James, in conversation with Terry Roberts

When Mike wakes up in the hospital, he’s introduced to Jesus’s little-known brother, James. A story about the hilarious struggle to find meaning in a chaotic world.

Tuesday, September 17 at 6 pm 

Russell Jones presents Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy

Spirituality can be a resource for stabilization, healing, and growth; but it can also cause harm. Russell Siler Jones helps therapists recognize the ways spirituality can appear in psychotherapy, assess its impact on clients, and draw upon their own spirituality in ethical ways. 

Wednesday, September 18 at 6 pm 

UNC Press presents Rob Christensen, author of The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys
An engaging historical account of the Scott family, who led a grassroots progressive movement in North Carolina. Weaving together interviews and archival research, Christensen examines the ways race and populism informed North Carolina politics during the twentieth century.

Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm 

Dan Kovalik presents The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil

Co-sponsored by the Asheville chapter of Veterans for Peace. An in-depth look at the US threat to “save” Venezuela has always centered upon Venezuela’s vast oil reserves. The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela lets readers know what is at stake in this struggle and urges readers to reconsider which side they are on.

Monday, September 23 at 6 pm

Susan Steinberg presents Machine, in conversation with Sebastian Matthews

Machine follows a group of teenagers during a single summer at the shore after a girl is drowned. This sharply drawn narrative ferociously interrogates gender, class, privilege, and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma. 

Wednesday, September 25 at 10 am 

Storytime with Madelyn Lantz author of The Singing Pool

Join us for a special Storytime reading of The Singing Pool by author Madelyn Lantz.  Illustrated by Joe Longobardi, The Singing Pool is a coming of age story about overcoming prejudice, self-doubt and finding inner peace and strength. 

Wednesday, September 25 at 6 pm 

Jon Sealy presents The Edge of America

As CFO for a Miami holding company and a CIA front, Bobby West is in debt and must evade a local gangster, a group of Cuban exiles, and an Israeli smuggler who want him to pay up. A stunning thriller about greed, power and the limits of the American dream with echoes of Iran-Contra and the Orwellian surveillance state.

Thursday, September 26 at 6 pm 

John Shore presents  Everywhere She’s Not

The man behind the Citizen-Times advice column, “Ask John” shares the hilarious new novel about crazy-making, mind-boggling, gut-wrenching love. It’s 1979 in San Francisco and David is living alone in a seaside motel trying to win back the woman he loves. Everywhere She’s Not explores how rewarding hoping can be, even when you know there’s no hope at all. 

Friday, September 27 at 6:30 pm 

Dear America Discussion Group

Join us for a discussion of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a book about spending 25 years in a country that doesn’t allow just anyone to call it home. Vargas will be the keynote speaker at the Pisgah Legal Justice Forum on October 3rd. Visit www.pisgahlegal.org to register to attend this free event.

Sunday, September 29 at 3 pm 

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green 

Jaki Shelton Green is one of North Carolina’s most acclaimed and popular poets and is our state’s first African-American Poet Laureate. She also won the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2013, was inducted into the state’s Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, and was the first Piedmont Laureate in 2009.

Monday, September 30 at 6 pm 

Kim Michele Richardson presents The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, in conversation with Sara Gruen

Traveling librarian Cussy Mary Carter was born with a rare genetic condition and deep blue skin. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks of Kentucky, she’s going to have to confront prejudice. Inspired by true events, this is a story of courage,  strength, and a passion for books. Richardson will be joined by Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants.

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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!

Monday, September 2 at 7 pm
LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
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 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm 

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 Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado.

Wednesday, September 4 at 7 pm
MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Another Country by James Baldwin.  

Monday, September 9 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper.

Tuesday, September 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 September is Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel.

Thursday, September 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. The club is reading Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson.

Monday, September 30 at 7 pm  

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Allison Beatty to dive into the wreck of the wily and wonderful world of sci-fi, weird fiction, speculative fiction, literary horror, and more. This month’s pick is The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers.

Thursday, September 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. This month’s pick is The Woman Destroyed by Simone De Beauvoir.  

 

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