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**MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – November & December 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, November 3 at 3 pm 

Poetrio: Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Michael Hettich, Rose McLarney

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Kathryn Kirkpatrick, author of The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems, Michael Hettich, author of To Start an Orchard, and Rose McLarney, author of Forage.

Monday, November 4 at 6 pm

NC Arts Council Fellowship Reading

Join us for readings by recipients of the 2019-20 literature fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Tuesday, November 5 at 6 pm

Kristen and Christopher Shockey present Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments

Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments includes 50 recipes for ferments using both the traditional soybeans and rice, as well as chickpeas, black-eye peas, quinoa, and oats; plus 50 additional recipes that creatively incorporate the ferments into condiments, snacks, and meals.

Wednesday, November 6 at 6 pm 

Debra Diamond, Ph.D. presents Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife

Former Wall Street money manager, CNBC commentator, and Johns Hopkins University professor Debra Diamond emerged from a transformative experience in 2008 as a clairvoyant and began putting her psychic abilities to work in hospice care. In Diary of a Death Doula, she reveals life lessons from the dying, as well as those who have already crossed over, ultimately revealing a new way of understanding death.

Thursday, November 7 at 6 pm 

Ken Woodley presents The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Journalist Ken Woodley dedicated his career to the journey of racial healing and reconciliation in the county that shut down its entire public school system from 1959 to 1964 rather than integrate their classrooms. Ken Woodley offers a first-person account of the 18-month fight and ongoing journey of racial reconciliation in the community.  

Sunday, November 10 at 11 am

Conversation and Reading with Author/Illustrators Vanessa Brantley-Newton and Constance Lombardo

Join us for an exciting dual author/illustrator event. Vanessa Brantley-Newton celebrates the recent release of King of Kindergarten and Mama’s Work Shoes. Constance Lombardo launches her debut picture book, Everybody Says Meow. They’ll talk about writing and drawing, and then each will read their latest works. Followed by a Q&A.

Monday, November 11 at 6 pm

Jane S. Gabin presents The Paris Photo 

The story of American soldier Ben Gordon and his relationship with a young mother and her son just after the Liberation of Paris in August 1944. Despite the strength of this relationship during the war, Ben’s eventual return to America separates the trio. Decades later, Ben’s daughter stitches the relationship back together when she discovers a photograph of her late father with an unknown woman and boy. Eager to learn about her father’s past, she decides to travel to Paris to find the people from the photograph.

Tuesday, November 12 at 6 pm 

Marc Grossberg presents The Best People: A Tale of Trials and Errors

A legal drama and social satire set in Houston after Enron and before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Best People portrays a Houston as it is: a glitzy meritocracy populated with larger-than-life characters. It is the landscape where the country-club and café-society sets clash amidst clever legal maneuvering, big law firm politics, a Ponzi scheme, and judicial corruption.

Wednesday, November 13 at 6 pm 

Chris McDougall presents Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

When Christopher McDougall, author of the best-selling book Born to Run, rescued a neglected donkey named Sherman, he wanted running to play a role in Sherman’s rehabilitation. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado. In the recounting of Sherman’s training, Chris shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.

Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm 

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne presents Holding on to Nothing

Lucy Kilgore has plans to escape her rural Tennessee hometown, but finds herself pregnant and tethered to the town and the father of her child, Jeptha. In luminous prose, debut novelist Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne brings us a present-day Appalachian story in the tradition of Lee Smith, Silas House, and Ron Rash, cast without sentiment or cliché, but with a genuine and profound understanding of the place and its people.

Sunday, November 17 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, November 18 at 6 pm 

Lee Smith and Samia Serageldin present Mothers and Strangers

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don’t know, about the person they call Mother. Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes about mothers and expands our notions of motherhood in the South. The writers in Mothers and Strangers explore the reliability of memory, examine their family dynamics, and come to terms with the past. The editors will be joined by contributors Jill McCorkle and Margaret Rich.

Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm 

Melanie Falick presents Making A Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Were Meant to Live

Author and maker Melanie Falick traveled across continents meeting with quilters and potters, weavers and painters, metalsmiths, printmakers, woodworkers, and more to explore the reasons why we make things. In revealing stories and gorgeous original photographs, Making a Life captures all the joy of making and the power it has to give our lives authenticity and meaning. Fleck will be joined by local makers including Jessica Green.

Thursday, November 21 at 6 pm 

Randy Johnson presents  Southern Snow: The New Guide to Winter Sports from Maryland to the Southern Appalachians

Discover the South’s best-kept secrets of winter recreation: snow-covered mountains, remote yet accessible trails, high-quality downhill and cross-country skiing, sparkling resorts and peaceful cabins, and of course, southern hospitality. Randy Johnson is a knowledgeable guide who shares his years of experience enjoying the winter wonders from the mountains of western Maryland down the Appalachian corridor all the way to northern Alabama.

Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm 

Readings from A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia

The natural environment of Southern Appalachia is one of the most biodiverse on earth. This anthology brings together art and science to help the reader experience this immense ecological wealth and get to know Appalachia in the broadest, most poetic sense. Join us for readings by contributors Debra Allbery, Mildred Barya, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Lee Ann Brown, Nickole Brown, Jesse Graves, Cathryn Hankla, Gary Hawkins, John E.Lane, Kevin McIllvoy, Sandra Meek, Thorpe Moeckel, Jim Peterson, Susan Underwood, Lamar Wilson, William Wright. Biologist Chick Gaddy will also talk about his work consulting for this anthology.

Saturday, November 30 

Indies First Small Business Saturday

Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors and readers in support of independent bookstores. Bring your family and friends to Malaprop’s to do some holiday shopping and you might catch your favorite local author in the store or win a prize! The café will feature special seasonal drinks all day long. 

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!

Tuesday, November 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. For November, the club is reading The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch.

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm


Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. 

Monday, November 4 at 7 pm
Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community. In November, the club is reading Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. 

Tuesday, November 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 November is Fewer, Better Things by Glenn Adamson.

Monday, November 11 at 7 pm

Join host Tena Frank for a discussion of Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson.

Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across different periods of history. The November pick is Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn. 

Thursday, November 21 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. November’s pick is The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal. 

Monday, November 25 at 7 pm


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. This month, the club is reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.


Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm 

Celebrating Tiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown

Tiny Love brings together for the first time the stories of Larry Brown’s previous collections along with those never before gathered. We see Brown’s early forays into genre fiction and horror, and then develop his fictional gaze closer to home, on the people and landscapes of Lafayette County, Mississippi. These stories chart Brown’s self-education as a writer and the incredible artistic journey he navigated. Wayne Caldwell, Jeremy Jones, George Singleton, David Joy will participate in a panel discussion about the work of Larry Brown. 

Wednesday, December 4 at 6 pm 

Amy Greene and Trent Thomson present Step Into the Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia

In this beautiful book of photographs and short essays, some of Appalachia’s best-known writers profile each other and the place they call home. Edited by Bloodroot novelist Amy Greene and her husband Trent Thomson, this book also features Wendell Berry, Lee Smith, Crystal Wilkinson, Ron Rash, Wiley Cash, Silas House, Jason Kyle Howard, Adriana Trigiani, and others. Part photo book, part essay collection, and all praise for the mountains and valleys of the region, this book collects some of the region’s greatest literary treasures for a generation of readers.

Thursday, December 5 at 6pm 

Bruce Steele presents One Day at Disney, in conversation with Denise Kiernan

Journalist and Disney fan Bruce C. Steele takes you behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one “ordinary” day at Disney.  On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines – and some even more surprising and diverse workspaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride. 

Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm

Jonathan C. Creasy presents Black Mountain Poems

Black Mountain Poems is an essential selection of the poetry of one of the most important twentieth-century creative movements. In it, editor Jonathan C. Creasy, begins with some of the well-known Black Mountain Poets–Olson, Creeley, Duncan, Levertov, and Williams–but also expands the selection to include artist Josef Albers and musician John Cage, and the often-overlooked women associated with the college, M.C. Richards and Hilda Morley.  

Stephanie Jones-Byrne
Director of Marketing and Author Events
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street | Asheville, NC 28801
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