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From Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Upcoming Events

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

08/22/2019 - 6:00PM

In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy's lifetime--from his early years with his mother Silhouette on planet Grovea to his travels to Earth where he meets and marries Salem, and together they bear a...

David Joy presents Gather at the River, with contributor Scott Gould

08/25/2019 - 3:00PM

From editors David Joy and Eric Rickstad comes Gather at the River, an anthology of twenty-five remarkable essays on fishing from an ensemble of contemporary authors. Their experiences explore the ways we come to water, for renewal and reverie, or to simply stand waist-deep in a river and watch the trout rise. Gather at The River is more than a collection of big fish stories; it's Ron Rash writing about the Appalachia of his youth and C.J. Box revealing the river where he wants his ashes...

Science Fiction Book Club

08/26/2019 - 7:00PM

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 disturbing fiction with a healthy mix of underappreciated classic and contemporary books. Click here to see a full schedule of what the club is reading. Club attendees get 10% off the book at Malaprop's!   The club meets the at Malaprop’s on the last Monday of every month at 7:00pm. ...

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

08/26/2019 - 6:00PM

Join author Rosemary Poole-Carter and The Montford Park Players for a conversation about how the novel Only Charlotte was inspired by Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale. The play will be performed at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater between August 30 and September 14. Learn more at www.montfordparkplayers.org. Rosemary Poole-Carter explores aspects of an uneasy past in her novels Only Charlotte, Women of Magdalene, What Remains, and Juliette Ascending, all set in the post-Civil War South...

Karen Abbott presents The Ghosts of Eden Park, in conversation with Denise Kiernan at Little Jumbo

08/27/2019 - 6:30PM

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Hendersonville Pop-up: Meagan Lucas presents Songbirds and Stray Dogs

08/28/2019 - 7:00PM

In Songbirds and Stray Dogs, Jolene has been abandoned by her addict mother on the steps of her spinster aunt’s door at eight years old. She’s spent the last thirteen years living in the shadow of the pain her mother caused and trying to prove herself worthy of her aunt’s stingy love. Unintentionally she becomes pregnant. When the father refuses her and her aunt kicks her out, Jolene tries to outrun her shame by heading to the mountains. Homeless, penniless, alone, and chased by demons...

Rea Frey presents Because You're Mine in conversation with Emily Carpenter

08/28/2019 - 6:00PM

Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else's care. She'll do anything--anything--to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe. But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won't hurt? Noah,...

Works in Translation Book Club

08/29/2019 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop's Bookstore Manager Justin Souther to discuss writers -- and their literature -- in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. Click here to see a list of the monthly selections. Attendees receive 10% off the club's current selection at Malaprop's!  The club meets the last Thursday of every month at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe. 

UNC Press presents E. Patrick Johnson, PhD, author of Black. Queer. Southern. Women.

08/29/2019 - 6:00PM

Malaprop's is proud to partner with UNC Press to present E. Patrick Johnson, PhD, author of Black. Queer. Southern. Women. and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Learn more at uncpress.org. Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a...

Poetrio

09/01/2019 - 3:00PM

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. Please note that Elizabeth Jacobson has been rescheduled to February 2020.

Breakfast with two-time Caldecott Honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger presenting WHY?

09/02/2019 - 10:00AM

Join two-time Caldecott and Geisel Honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger for an interactive storytime with complimentary doughnuts and orange juice!  Why? Why? Why? asks Rabbit. Bear answers patiently . . . except sometimes, Bear just doesn't know why. Why? tells a disarmingly simple story about the lovable characters Bear and the unfailingly 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 all...

Linda Bledsoe presents Through the Needle's Eye

09/03/2019 - 6:00PM

Through the Needles Eye is told through the authentic voice of Jessie, a precocious girl raised in the Blue Ridge Foothills of Southern Appalachia after World War II. Saddled with an alcoholic narcissistic father and a passive mother, Jessie is charged with mothering her siblings as generational curses and poverty never cease to overwhelm her family. As providence would have it, Granny Isabelle sets her eagle eye upon Jessie, the child neither parents nor teachers think worthwhile....

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

09/04/2019 - 6:00PM

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to...

Crime and Politics Book Club

09/05/2019 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

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

09/05/2019 - 6:00PM

Mountains Piled upon Mountains features nearly fifty writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engage current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal, and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental...

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall presents Sisters and Rebels

09/08/2019 - 3:00PM

Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes in the North, Grace and Katharine reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works and organizing efforts brought the nation's attention to issues of region, race, and labor. In Sisters and Rebels, National Humanities Award-winning...

An Evening with Seane Corn, author of Revolution of the Soul

09/10/2019 - 6:30PM

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Dale Neal presents Appalachian Book of the Dead

09/11/2019 - 6:00PM

Angel Garcia Jones left behind a trail of bodies before disappearing in the deep woods. Believed dead to be dead though his body was never found, Angel still haunts the neighbors of Yonah, North Carolina.Cal and Joy McAlister are new arrivals from Chicago. A retired commodity trader, self-sober alcoholic, and heart attack survivor, Cal finds himself growing restless. His wife, Joy, a physical therapist turned potter, wants to reshape her life and marriage. The caretaker of a girl's summer camp...

David Hopes presents The Falls of the Wyona

09/12/2019 - 6:00PM

In The Falls of the Wyona by David Brendan Hopes, four friends growing up on the banks of a wild Appalachian river just after WWII discover, almost at the same time, the dangerous, alluring Falls and the perils of their own maturing hearts. Seen through the eyes of his best friend Arden, football hero Vince falls in love with the new kid, Glen. They have no context for their feelings, and the next few years of high school become a tense, though sometimes funny, artifice of concealment. The...

Writers at Home

09/15/2019 - 3:00PM

Join us for the monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on...

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

09/16/2019 - 6:00PM

Life can be challenging and overwhelming. After finding his wife in bed with another man, Mike meets the mysterious Father Coady, who promptly shoots him in the head (accidentally). When Mike wakes up in the hospital, he's introduced to Jesus's little-known brother, James, who is a poor stand-in for the Divine. Meanwhile, Amber a work-obsessed businesswoman also encounters the mysterious Father Coady and begins to fall in love with him, to the chagrin of her ever-urbane boyfriend, Paul. Fate...

Russell Jones presents Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client's Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy, in conversation with Bryan E. Robinson

09/17/2019 - 6:00PM

Spirituality is an important part of many clients' lives. It can be a resource for stabilization, healing, and growth. It can also be the cause of struggle and even harm. More and more therapists--those who consider themselves spiritual and those who do not--recognize the value of addressing spirituality in therapy and increasing their skill for engaging it ethically and effectively. In this immensely practical book, Russell Siler Jones helps therapists feel more competent and confident about...

UNC Press presents Rob Christensen, author of The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys

09/18/2019 - 6:00PM

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina’s most influential political family, Rob Christensen tells the story of the Scotts and how they dominated Tar Heel politics. Three generations of Scotts—W. Kerr Scott, Robert Scott, and Meg Scott Phipps—held statewide office. Despite stereotypes about rural white southerners, the Scotts led a populist and progressive movement strongly supported by...

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

09/19/2019 - 6:00PM

Since 1999 when Hugo Chavez became the elected president of Venezuela, the US has been conniving to overthrow his government and to roll back the Bolivarian Revolution which he ushered into Venezuela. With the untimely death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, and the election of Nicolas Maduro that followed, the US redoubled its efforts to overturn this revolution. The US is now threatening to intervene militarily to bring about the regime change it has wanted for twenty years. While we have been...

Susan Steinberg presents Machine, in conversation with Sebastian Matthews

09/23/2019 - 6:00PM

A haunting story of guilt and blame in the wake of a drowning, the first novel by the author of Spectacle Susan Steinberg's first novel, Machine, is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, Spectacle, gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers--both locals and wealthy out-of-towners--during a single summer at the shore. Steinberg captures the pressures and demands of this world in a voice that effortlessly slides from...

Jon Sealy presents The Edge of America

09/25/2019 - 6:00PM

Bobby West is on the edge. As chief financial officer for a Miami holding company and a CIA front, he has overleveraged his business in the go-go 1980s financial culture. He turns to a deal-with-the-devil money laundering operation with a local gangster, Alexander French-a deal which quickly goes south when $3 million goes missing. Now Mr. French, a group of Cuban exiles, and an Israeli smuggler named Adriana Chekhov are all after Bobby West to pay up. With echoes of Iran-Contra and the...

Storytime with Madelyn Lantz author of The Singing Pool

09/25/2019 - 10:00AM

Join us for a special Storytime reading of The Singing Pool by author Madelyn Lantz. In The Singing Pool, Wendy moves to a new neighborhood and faces religious intolerance and isolation. In her dreams she finds her inner voice, restoring her sense of purpose and belonging. Written by Madelyn Lantz and Illustrated by Joe Longobardi, The Singing Pool is a coming of age story about overcoming prejudice, self-doubt and finding inner peace and strength. The Singing Pool is a...

John Shore presents Everywhere She's Not

09/26/2019 - 6:00PM

David is a brilliant young man living alone in an old seaside motel in San Francisco in 1979. He has just destroyed the life that he and his live-in girlfriend Kate spent two years building together.  He has no idea why he did the terrible thing he did. All he knows is that he's appalled he did it, and desperately wants Kate back.  Fat chance. Kate, who loves David, is many things. Stupid isn't one of them. Everywhere She's Not is about crazy-making, mind-boggling, gut-wrenching...

Dear America Discussion Group

09/27/2019 - 6:30PM

Join us for a bookclub-style discussion of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas will be the keynote speaker at the Pisgah Legal Justice Forum on October 3rd at 7 pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Tickets to the forum are free but registration is required. Click here to learn more about the forum and pre-event reception. Copies of Dear America will be 10% off at Malaprop's through September 27. The paperback is released on September 3 and can be...

Jaki Shelton Green with Mary Ellen Lough

09/29/2019 - 3:00PM

Details TBA.  Green has published three previous collections of poetry: Dead on Arrival, Conjure Blues, and singing a tree into dance. In 2003 she received the North Carolina Award for Literature. She lives in Mebane, NC. She can be found on the web at www.sistawrite.com. She will be joined by Poet Mary Ellen Lough.  This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not...

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

09/30/2019 - 6:00PM

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything--everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to...

Maia Toll launches The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals

10/01/2019 - 6:00PM

This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on our website in advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Make sure you write your preferences in the comments if you purchase...

Katey Schultz launches Still Come Home, in conversation with Abigail DeWitt

10/02/2019 - 6:00PM

This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on our website in advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Make sure you write your preferences in the comments if you purchase...

M. Randal O'Wain presents Meander Belt: family, loss, and coming of age in the working class south, in conversation with Mesha Maren

10/04/2019 - 6:00PM

This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on our website in advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Make sure you write your preferences in the comments if you purchase...

Poetrio: Mildred Barya, Ryan Walsh, and Annie Woodford

10/06/2019 - 3:00PM

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month we welcome Mildred Barya, author of Give Me Room to Move My Feet,  Ryan Walsh, author of Reckonings,  And Annie Woodford, author of Bootleg.   This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they...

Thomas Goldsmith presents Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown The Making of an American Classic

10/07/2019 - 6:00PM

Recorded in 1949, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" changed the face of American music. Earl Scruggs's instrumental essentially transformed the folk culture that came before it while helping to energize bluegrass's entry into the mainstream in the 1960s. The song has become a gateway to bluegrass for musicians and fans alike as well as a happily inescapable track in film and television. Thomas Goldsmith explores the origins and influence of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" against the backdrop of Scruggs's...

Martin Tucker presents Vietnam Photographs from North Carolina Veterans

10/07/2019 - 6:00PM

When American soldiers returned home from Vietnam, most put their memories away. Decades later, North Carolina veterans contributed thousands of dusty and faded personal photographs to what started as a class project at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem. It evolved into a national traveling exhibition and then a permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of History called "A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans." For many of these men and women, this was...

Tony Reevy presents The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg

10/13/2019 - 3:00PM

Bon vivant, railroad historian, photographer, pioneering food critic, chronicler of New York's café society, and noted newspaperman, Lucius Beebe (1902-1966) was an American original. In 1938, with the publication of High Iron: A Book of Trains, he transformed the world of railroad-subject photography forever by inventing the railroad picture book genre. In 1940, he met creative and life partner Charles Clegg (1916-1979), also a talented photographer. Beebe and Clegg produced an...

Mab Segrest presents Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South

10/14/2019 - 6:00PM

In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she "had become a woman haunted by the dead." Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family's history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina. Memoir of a Race Traitor became a classic text of white antiracist practice. bell hooks called it a "courageous and daring [example of] the reality that political solidarity, forged in struggle, can exist across...

F.T. Lukens launches Monster of the Week, in conversation with Julian Winters

10/15/2019 - 6:00PM

Spring semester of Bridger Whitt's senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. He also has this incredible job as an assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger's perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his...

Jenny Brown presents Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now

10/21/2019 - 6:00PM

With an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court and several states attempting to outlaw abortion altogether, many activists are on the defensive, hoping to hold on to reproductive rights in a few places and cases. This spirited book shows how feminism can start winning again. Jenny Brown uncovers a century of legal abortion in the United States until 1873, recalls women's experiences in the illegal days, and shows how the women's liberation movement of the 1960s really won abortion rights....

UNC Press presents Daniel S. Pierce, author of Tar Heel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World

10/22/2019 - 6:00PM

From the late nineteenth century well into the 1960s, North Carolina boasted some of the nation's most restrictive laws on alcohol production and sale. For much of this era, it was also the nation's leading producer of bootleg liquor. Over the years, written accounts, popular songs, and Hollywood movies have turned the state's moonshiners, fast cars, and frustrated Feds into legends. But in Tar Heel Lightnin', Daniel S. Pierce tells the real history of moonshine in North...

Tim Barnwell presents Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast

10/24/2019 - 6:00PM

This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase the books you want to be signed at our events from Malaprop’s. When you do this you are not only supporting the work it takes to run an events program, you are also telling the publishers that they should keep sending authors here. Can’t make it to the store for the event? Call us or order the book on our website in advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Make sure you write your preferences in the comments if you purchase...

Cat Warren presents What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World

10/26/2019 - 10:00AM

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others. Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he's only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That's a group that includes cadaver dogs, tracking, trailing, and apprehension dogs; dogs that can locate unmarked graves of Civil War...

Emily Wallace presents Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South, in conversation with Ronni Lundy

10/29/2019 - 6:00PM

An illustrated glovebox essential, Road Sides explores the fundamentals of a well-fed road trip through the American South, from A to Z. There are detours and destinations, accompanied by detailed histories and more than one hundred original illustrations that document how we get where we're going and what to eat and do along the way. Learn the backstory of food-shaped buildings, including the folks behind Hills of Snow, a giant snow cone stand in Smithfield, North Carolina, that resembles the...

An Evening with Ann Patchett

10/30/2019 - 6:30PM

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Crime and Politics Book Club

11/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Jane Mayer.

Crime and Politics Book Club

12/05/2019 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading The Spider and the Fly: A Writer, a Murderer, and a Story of Obsession by Claudia Rowe. 

Crime and Politics Book Club

01/02/2020 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar. 

Crime and Politics Book Club

02/06/2020 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. 

Crime and Politics Book Club

03/05/2020 - 7:00PM

Join host and Malaprop’s Bookseller Patricia Furnish to discuss a range of books across true crime and public affairs. The club is reading Bad Blood by John Carryrou. 

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