Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Malaprop's announces July events

Sunday, July 6 at 3 pm
Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at
3 pm! This month will feature Pat Riviere-Seel (Nothing Below But Air), Maryann Jennings (Remember Me As a Time of Day), and Jean Cassidy (Toward the Clearing).

Wednesday, July 9 at 7 pm
Join us for a series of salons discussing Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés' 
seminal work, Women Who Run With the Wolves, over the coming months. 
This fifth meeting will discuss Chapter 6: Finding One's Pack: 
Belonging as Blessing and Chapter 7: Joyous Body: The Wild Flesh. The salons meet twice monthly and you are welcome to attend individual sessions or come to them all.

Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm
Bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry returns to Malaprop's to share her newest (and 10th) novel, The Stories We Tell. Joshilyn Jackson (Someone Else's Love Story) says, "Henry loses you in a landscape peopled with secret keepers, storytellers and liars, and proves that in the end, love is the only reliable compass. This is everything you expect from Patti Callahan Henry--lyrical writing, characters worth rooting for, a sure-footed belief in the power of goodness--plus a twisty plot that will keep the pages turning long into the night." 
Henry is also the author of And Then I Found You, Coming Up for Air, and The Art of Keeping Secrets, among others.

Saturday, July 12 at 7 pm
We got Ann Vandermeer in April, now we get Jeff in July! His Southern Reach Trilogy, which began with Annihilation, has already earned him comparisons to writers as diverse as Atwood, Lovecraft, Borges, and H.G. Wells. The second book, Authority, just came out and the final book, Acceptance, will arrive in September (but you can pre-order from us now). A staff favorite, Vandermeer is the author of Wonderbook, The City of Saints & Madmen, and many others, and often collaborates with his wife, Ann. Recently they co-edited The Time Traveler's Almanac. 
Jeff has won the World Fantasy Award three times.

Monday, July 14 at 7 pm
This workshop will use elements from the AWA method described in Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider, and has been adapted worldwide to groups of writers and non-writers to build individual skill, creativity, and to nurture writing voice and craft. Annie will write along with the group to create a safe, honest, and non-hierarchical space for new work. Accomplished and beginning writers learn from one another in a generous atmosphere of both critical craft and personal respect for the value of every voice. 
 This event is open to the public. Please join us!

Tuesday, July 15 at 7 pm
The follow up to Suzanne Palmieri's debut novel The Witch of Little Italy, The Witch of Belladonna Bay unfolds in Alabama as Palmieri continues her concoction of mystery, romance, and a dash of the supernatural. Author Wendy Webb (The Fate of Mercy Alban) says, "Reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, this bewitching tale of ghostly mystery, love and family ties will enchant you from the very first page and linger in the air around you long after the last." Palmieri is also coauthor of Empire Girls and I'll Be Seeing You, writing as Suzanne Hayes.

Wednesday, July 16 at 7 pm
Laura Lane McNeal's debut novel Dollbaby, had bookseller Laura Donohoe a-flutter after she read it. She says, "Laura Lane McNeal has written a moving coming-of-age story nestled against the vivid backdrop of New Orleans during the 60's and 70's and brimming with thought provoking commentary on Civil Rights, Vietnam, family secrets and the unfair judgments we sometimes make about the people in our lives. I couldn't put it down - a powerful debut!" A native of New Orleans, McNeal has worked in advertising, marketing, and the arts.

Thursday, July 17 at 7 pm
JEREMY B. JONES: APPALACHIAN CULTURE THROUGH SONG & MEMOIR Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, he presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore. Ron Rash (Nothing Gold Can Stay) calls Bearwallow "a deeply satisfying memoir" and Robert Morgan (The Road from Gap Creek) says Jones's prose is "vivid and fresh."

Saturday, July 19 from 10-11 am
Please join us for a poetry slam featuring local youth. Further details TBA.

Saturday, July 19 at 7 pm
DOUGLAS STEVENSON OF THE FARM DISCUSSION & SIGNING In 1971, over 300 hippies left San Francisco in 60 school buses to found The Farm Community on 1750 acres in Tennessee. Today it is the largest, and one of the most successful, radical endeavors to blossom from the counter culture. Many of the children born on The Farm, delivered by the community's midwives, chose to strike out on their own and settle in Asheville, a place in sync with their values and with a strong sense of community. Join author and founding Farm member Douglas Stevenson, along with his son Jody and other members of The Farm's second generation, for a lively discussion on the importance of community in our lives. Stevenson is the author of The Farm Then & Now and Out to Change the World and was recently a featured speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair.

Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm
Author Virginia Pye follows a missionary family in early 20th century China in her debut novel, River of Dust. Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) calls it, "Terrific, tremendous, wonderful...a strong, beautiful, deep book." Pye's fiction and essays can be found in The North American Review, The Tampa Review, and The Rumpus, among others. 
She has worked with the literary organization James River Writers in Richmond, VA for many years.

Wednesday, July 23 at 7 pm
A Plunder of Souls, the third in D.B. Jackson's popular historical urban fantasy series, continues the story of Ethan Kaille, a conjurer and thieftaker in 18th century Boston.  Faith Hunter (the Jane Yellowrock series) says, "The Thieftaker series is a tour de force...definitely the best new series of the decade!" Jackson, who holds both a Master's and Ph.D. in American History, "is an increasingly reliable tour guide to America's Colonial past," according to Publishers Weekly. He is also the author of Thieftaker, Thieves' Quarry, and additional Thieftaker stories.

Wednesday, July 23 at 7 pm
Join us for a series of salons discussing Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés' 
seminal work, Women Who Run With the Wolves, over the coming months. 
This sixth meeting will discuss Chapter 8: Self-Preservation: 
Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Bait. The salons meet twice monthly and you are welcome to attend individual sessions or come to them all.

Thursday, July 24 at 7 pm
Staff favorite Chris Bohjalian returns to Asheville with his latest novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. The author of Light in the Ruins, Trans Sister Radio, and many other bestsellers, "Bohjalian's impressive 16th novel charts the life of a teenage girl after a nuclear disaster. . .[Emily's] admiration for kindred spirit Emily Dickinson serves to humanize her plight, as does an epiphany in the book's bittersweet conclusion," according to Publishers Weekly. In a review of The Light in the Ruins, the Miami Herald said, "One of the pleasures of Bohjalian, author of the bestselling Midwives and Oprah pick The Sandcastle Girls, is the deft way he reveals his characters." 
Bohjalian has received numerous awards for his work, including the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide.

Friday, July 25 at 7 pm
CELEBRATION OF THE WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS Please join us for a celebration of The William Matthews Poetry Prize winners! A yearly contest curated by Asheville Poetry Review, the guest judge for the 2014 prize was Billy Collins. The event will be hosted by APR Editor Keith Flynn.

Saturday, July 26 from 1-4 pm
Meet the authors of the recent addition to the Images of America series, Asheville's Albemarle Park, and have a book signed. The book features information on the history, architecture, and culture associated with this gorgeous area of Asheville, as well as many photos of the area and the people involved in creating it.

Saturday, July 26 at 7 pm
Ali Abunimah, the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse and co-founder and director of The Electronic Intifada, shares his new book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine. Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, says, "This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy." Abunimah is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and was recently featured on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan González.

Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm
From the critically-acclaimed author of Motor City and All Souls' 
Day, Motor City Burning is hard-boiled thriller that touches on the SNCC, the race riots in 1968 Detroit, and all the swirling cultural and political conflict of that era. Of Motor City Burning, Nelson DeMille, author of dozens of beloved crime novels, says: "A wonderfully atmospheric novel that captures time and place, an illumination of a pivotal point in history. Bill Morris is an exceptionally gifted and savvy writer. The comparison to Graham Greene is fully merited." A native of Detroit, Morris's work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, and Popular Mechanics among others.

Wednesday, July 30 at 7 pm
Barbara J. Taylor's debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, began with stories of a family tragedy and a legendary blizzard and became a novel about what breaks family bonds and puts them back together again. Jay Parini (The Last Station) calls it "a lyrical, passionate novel that will hold readers in its thrall" and Publishers Weekly named it a Best Summer Books 2014 pick. A native Scrantonian, Taylor received her MFA from Wilkes University and teaches in the Pocono Mountain School District.

Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm
Throughout the month of July we'll be partnering with other local businesses in a Where's Waldo Hunt. Today we'll draw names of our winners and celebrate! More details to come.

Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm
YOUR STORY AS CHANGE AGENT WITH MATTHEW SANFORD Malaprop's is thrilled to welcome Matthew Sanford, inspirational speaker and yoga teacher, back to Asheville. Drawing upon his book, Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, he explores how one's personal story can become an agent for change, not just for oneself but for the world as well. Matthew is the founder of the non-profit organization Mind Body Solutions, whose mission is to transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.

Join a Bookclub!

Tuesday, July 1 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOKCLUB (WILD) Join host and Malaprop's bookseller Linda Barrett for the WILD bookclub, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. The July pick is The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.

Wednesday, July 2 at 12 pm
Hosts Catherine Faherty and Carolyn Ogburn will lead a discussion of Martian Time Slip by Philip K. Dick.

Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

Monday, July 7 at 7 pm
Join host Patti Digh for a discussion of We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo.

Monday, July 14 at 7 pm
Mystery writer Sallie Bissell will lead a discussion of Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7 pm
Malaprop's bookseller Lauren Napoli will lead a discussion of Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch.

Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm
Join host and Malaprop's bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers--and their literature--in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. The July pick is City of Angels by Christa Wolf.

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