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MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – January & February 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, January 19th 

Writers at Home 

Join us for the monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

Tuesday, January 21 at 6 pm 

John Russell presents All the Right Circles

As a successful lawyer, Jack Callahan has spent years trying to move in all the right circles. When his biggest client is threatened by a shady Wall Street raider he’s shown the dark and secretive side of the elite.  A rich, multi-generational story of money and morals, power and race, sex and sanity, set in a changing America. 

Wednesday, January 22 at 6 pm 

The Bookstore & You: Beneficial Relationship Building for Authors with Gold Leaf Literary

Caroline Christopoulos and Lauren Harr of Gold Leaf Literary Services, LLC will hold an informational session for authors on best practices for working with bookstores to create a mutually beneficial relationship. They will discuss publishing options and how they affect bookstore relationships, ways to help boost sales, making the most of author events, and more. Christopoulos and Harr have decades of experience in the book industry and have taught courses for authors through the Great Smokies Writing Program, Flatiron Writers Room, and NC Writer’s Network. More on Gold Leaf Literary at www.goldleafliterary.com. This event is free but does require registration. The deadline to register is January 15th. To register, email goldleafliterary@gmail.com with the subject: Malaprop’s session.

Thursday,  January 23 at 6 pm 

E. Patrick Johnson, Ph.D. presents Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women

The reluctant Dr. EPJ is whisked away by a trickster character to the women-only world of Hymen, where he bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South through oral history, magical realism, and poetry. Dr. EPJ must grapple with his privilege as a man and as an academic, and in the process, he gains insights into patriarchy, class, sex, gender, and the challenges these women face. Honeypot reveals the complexity of identity while offering a creative method for scholarship to represent the lives of other people in a rich and dynamic way.

Sunday, January 26 at 3 pm 

Cynn Chadwick launches Things That Women Do

Join us for a launch celebration and author panel featuring Cynn Chadwick, Vicki Lane, Mildred Barya, Laura Hope-Gill, Jennifer McGaha, and Ellen J. Perry. Marie Hefley, editor of the Great Smokies Review, will moderate. In Things Women Do, a blackout during a blizzard at a Tennessee farm finds a group of women sharing startling secrets from the past. 

Sunday, January 26 at 3 pm at Little Jumbo 

CRAFT featuring Ada Calhoun, in conversation with Denise Kiernan discussing Why We Can’t Sleep 

CRAFT: Authors in Conversation is a new series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan. Starting off CRAFT’s inaugural year is author Ada Calhoun, who will join Kiernan to discuss, Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis. A small number of reserved seats will be available to those who purchase the book from Malaprop’s prior to the event. Additional seating and standing room will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 2:30 pm and the event will begin at 3:00.  Attendees who are not already members at Little Jumbo will need to pay a $1.00 fee. The event is otherwise free and the bar offers free parking. Visit littlejumbobar.com for more.

Monday, January 27 at 6 pm 

Cynthia Newberry Martin presents Tidal Flats

Mary Cassatt Miller falls for famous photojournalist Ethan Graham. But it’s complicated. For months at a time, Ethan’s work takes him to Afghanistan, and Cass, who’s passionate about her job in Atlanta, wants a husband who comes home at night. Then, there’s the issue of family–he wants one; she doesn’t. In this elegant and honest debut novel, the couple must navigate that fine line between the things they want for themselves and the life they want together.

Tuesday, January 28 at 6 pm 

Nick Bruel launches Bad Kitty Joins the Team

In the latest installment of Nick Bruel’s phenomenally successful New York Times bestselling Bad Kitty series, we see Kitty as you’ve never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly.) Will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? Find out in this hilarious addition to the series.  

 
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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!

Thursday, January 2 at 7 pm 

CRIME AND POLITICS BOOK CLUB

The Crime and Politics is a book club for people who want to explore the overlap between true crime and public affairs. In January, the club is reading The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale.

Monday, January 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 January is Felt in the Jaw by Kristen N. Arnett.

Tuesday, January 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 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, illustrated by Roz Chast.  

Wednesday, January 8 at 7pm

MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary.

Monday, January 13  at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries by Robert Goldsborough.

Tuesday, January 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 club is reading They Called Us Enemy by George Takei in January. 

Thursday, January 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. The January pick is Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins.

Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm 

NEW! SPANISH-SPEAKING BOOK CLUB

Join host Susan Hills to read and discuss books in Spanish. The club meets on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning in January. The club will start by reading Que Nadie Duerma by Juan Jose Millas.

Monday, 27 January 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. The January pick is  North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud. 

Thursday, January 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. January’s pick is 

Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, translated by Linda Coverdale.

 
 

Sunday, February 2 at 3 pm 

Poetrio

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Elizabeth Jacobson, author of Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, Dana Wildsmith, author of One Light, and Linda Parsons, author of Candescent.

Monday, February 3 at 6 pm 

Abby Artemisia presents The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders

Botanist, herbalist, professional forager Abby Artemisia offers a wealth of herbal information and recipes for tending to minor ailments. Take control of your own health care and that of your family, pets, and livestock, with tips on growing and foraging herbs safely and ethically; secrets to preservation and processing; and easy, soothing recipes. 

Tuesday, February 4 at 6 pm 

Ticketed Launch Party: Catana Chetwynd presents Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend

Snug is a celebration of our quirks and peculiarities and the magic that happens when we find the perfect match. Catana will be joined by her boyfriend John and a book signing will follow their talk and audience Q&A. We’ll also have some celebratory sweet treats! Tickets include a copy of Snug and admission to the event and signing line. 

Wednesday, February 5 at 6 pm 

Phoebe Kilby and Betty Kilby-Baldwin discuss Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation

Cousins and fellow contributors Phoebe and Betty will discuss the collection Slavery’s Descendants, in which twenty five people from a variety of racial backgrounds share personal stories of exhuming and exorcising America’s racist past. Together, they help us confront the legacy of slavery and reclaim a more complete picture of U.S. history, one cousin at a time.

Thursday, February 6 at 6 pm 

Monette Chilson presents Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves

Lilith is misogyny’s original challenger. This anthology-a chorus of voices hitting chords of defiance, liberation, anger and joy-reclaims the goodness of women bold enough to hold tight to their essence. Through poetry, prose, incantation, prayer and imagery, women from all walks of life invite you to join them in the revolutionary act of reclaiming their space and themselves.

Monday, February 10 at 6 pm 

Aleah Wicks presents Fat Dog Farm: Tails of Farm Failures

We all love a good failure, don’t we? This is a humorous, inspirational tale of back-to-the-land dreams that encounter some challenging, but ultimately surmountable rough patches of reality. The book showcases the multi-species family and subsequent farm calamities of Aleah Wicks and her partner, owners of Fat Dog Farm in Tryon, North Carolina.   

Tuesday, February 11 at 6 pm 

David Zucchino presents Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

History has largely forgotten that until the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898, Wilmington was a shining example of a mixed-race community and a government, including black alderman, police officers, and magistrates. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino weaves together individual stories, letters, and official documents to show that the “Wilmington Race Riot” was in fact, the only violent overthrow of an elected government in U.S. history.

Wednesday, February 12 at 6 pm 

Wendi Gratz presents How to Embroider Almost Everything: A Sourcebook of 500+ Modern Motifs & Easy Stitch Tutorials

Asheville based author and creator of ShinyHappyWorld.com offers a fun, comprehensive, and charmingly illustrated book of ideas to inspire and inform your creative endeavors. This book features step-by-step guide to creating over 500 modern motifs, including people, pets, flowers, food, and more. 

Thursday, February 13 at 6 pm 

Jenn Shapland presents My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir, in conversation with Erica Abrams Locklear

When Jenn Shapland discovered archived love letters from McCullers to a woman, she became convinced that McCullers was queer. While immersing herself in research and spending time in McCuller’s environment, the boundary between the writer’s life and identity began to inform Shapland’s own. Shapland will discuss her genre bending biography/memoir with Erica Abrams Locklear, author of Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment. 

Sunday, February 16 at 3 pm 

Writers at Home 

Join us for the monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

Monday, February 17 at 6 pm 

Local Authors Angela Evans, Barbara Willis Kimbrell, and Linda L. Harley 

Join us for an event with local authors and social workers Angela Evans, author of Invisible, the journey of a young man’s battle with anorexia/bulimia, Barbara Kimbrell, author of Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness, about the path to overcoming addiction, and Linda Harley, author of Office in Back, a novel about a married couple’s journey through therapy. 

Thursday, February 20 at 6 pm 

Nancy Hastings Sehested presents Marked for Life: A Prison Chaplain’s Story

A beautifully told narrative of a church pastor who became a state chaplain in high-security prisons for men. Having chronicled many stories of incarceration during her thirteen-year stint, she describes here how she bore witness to misery and miracles within an intractable system.

Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm at LITTLE JUMBO

CRAFT: Andre Frattino, author of Simon Says: Nazi Hunter Volume 1, in conversation with Denise Kiernan

CRAFT is a monthly series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan and co-sponsored by Malaprop’s and Little Jumbo. February’s event will feature Andre Frattino, author of Simon Says: Nazi Hunter Volume 1, in which an artist forced to work for the Nazis during the Holocaust becomes an unlikely vigilante in pre-Cold War Europe. Doors open at 2:30pm. Admission is free but space is limited. Some reserved seats are available for the first folks to purchase Simon Says from Malaprop’s prior to the event!  

Sunday, February 23 at 4 pm 

William Sturkey presents Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

Civil rights historian and Professor at UNC Chapel Hill William Sturkey highlights the often underrepresented revolutionary history of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where, amid the violence of Jim Crow segregation, the African American community remade the city into a place of resilience, opportunity, and growth. Sturkey reveals the personal stories behind both the men and women who struggled to uphold their southern “way of life” against the threat of desegregation, and those who fought to tear it down. 

Wednesday, February 26 at 6 pm

Lee Matalone presents Home Making: A Novel, in conversation with Erica Witsell

Through the characters Cybil, Cybil’s daughter Chloe, and Chloe’s best friend, Beau Matalone weaves a moving, beautiful narrative of home, identity, and coming to grips with family and what it means to make a house a true home. Home Making is a somber, yet hopeful, ode to the stories we tell ourselves in order to make a family. Matalone will be in conversation with Erica Witsell, author of the 2019 novel, Give. 

Thursday, February 27 at 6 pm

Jacob Paul presents Last Tower to Heaven, in conversation with Jessica Jacobs

Jacob Paul’s newest experimental novel grapples with what it means to derive agency and identity from collective trauma. “Part Moses wandering in the desert, part philosophical reflection, part contemporary existential despair, this is a book about what it means to be haunted by both the failures of one’s present life and the weight of the collective past.” -Brian Evenson, author of The Wavering Knife. Paul will be in conversation with poet Jessica Jacobs. 

Friday, February 28 at 6:30 pm @ UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room

TICKETED: An Evening with Erik Larson, in conversation with Denise Kiernan.

Malaprop’s is pleased to partner with The Great Smokies Writing Program and UNC Asheville to host Erik Larson, author of five national bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of the Beasts. Larson’s new book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. Each ticket is $35.00 and includes admission to the event and signing line and a copy of The Splendid and the Vile. To purchase tickets, visit www.malaprops.com.  

 

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, February 3 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 February is She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Tuesday, February 4 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 An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones.

Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm

MALAPROP’S BOOK CLUB

Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko.

Thursday, February 6 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 Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Jane Mayer, Jill Abramson.

Monday, February 10 at 7 pm
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Since We Fell: A Novel by Dennis Lehane.

Tuesday, February 11 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 club is reading the anthology African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity in February. 

Thursday, February 20 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. February’s pick is The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley.

Tuesday, February 18  at 7 pm 

SPANISH-SPEAKING BOOK CLUB

Join host Susan Hills to read and discuss books in Spanish. This month’s pick is Aura: A Novel by Carlos Fuentes, translated by Lysander Kemp. 

Monday, February 24 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 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Thursday, February 27 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. February’s pick is 

Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! by Kenzaburo Oe, translated by John Nathan.

 
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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
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