Tuesday, August 12, 2014

September events at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe

Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm
One of our favorites, Tony Earley, will discuss his newest book, Mr. 
Tall: A Novella and Stories. Featuring a diverse cast of characters including the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer, Earley exhibits the same charms that we loved in Jim the Boy, The Blue Star, and many other of his earlier works. Publishers Weekly says, "Earley has grown up. Even if apple orchards still conceal secrets, mountain hollows house strange denizens, and the trains rumble reassuringly in the distance, there is undoubtedly a hard edge to this collection... 
Welcome, perhaps, to the Late Earley."

Saturday, September 6 from 6 to 8 pm
The beloved author of the Alex Cross books, the Maximum Ride series, the Homeroom Diaries series, Treasure Hunters, and many more will join us for a champagne and lemonade toast and book signing! We'll be celebrating the generous grant Mr. Patterson gave to us as part of his Million Dollar campaign to help indie bookstores. While the reception is open to the public, the signing line requires a ticket. Signing line tickets will be given out on September 6th with the purchase of a James Patterson book from Malaprop's.  (We open at 9am.)

Sunday, September 7 at 3 pm
Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at
3 pm! This month will feature Anne Harding Woodworth (Unattached Male), Quitman Marshall (You Were Born One Time), and Pasckie Pascua (Red is the Color of My Night).

Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm
KAREN ABBOTT IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE KIERNAN Two New York Times bestselling history authors join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night! Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose, returns with more twisted true tales. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War follows stories on both sides of the conflict that prove the adage about the truth being stranger than fiction. Erik Larsen (Devil in the White City) says, "With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage--with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched." She will be interviewed by local author extraordinaire Denise Kiernan, whose book The Girls of Atomic City recently came out in paperback.

Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR ADHD WITH COACH RUDY RODRIGUEZ, LCSW For most adults and children with ADHD, the core issue involves modulating attention. This ADHD seminar will explore the practice of mindfulness in everyday life by sharing simple and practical strategies to practice everyday mindfulness. Please join us for this monthly series on ADD/ADHD.

Wednesday, September 10 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 ninth meeting will discuss Chapter 10: Clear Water: Nurturing the Creative Life (including an expressive arts exercise). The salon meets twice monthly and you are welcome to attend individual sessions or come to them all.

Saturday, September 13 at 3 pm
Legendary author and rockstar god of literature Tom Robbins joins us to talk writing, living, and his new memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. A native North Carolinian, Tom Robbins has been writing books in his unique voice since Another Roadside Attraction came out in 1971. 
Followed by Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume, and many others, Robbins' novels have won many stalwart fans over the years, as our enthusiastic ticket holders know.

Sunday, September 14 at 3 pm
Reza Aslan's first book on religion, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, is an international bestseller. 
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Aslan's newest book, is a New York Times bestseller and was called "[a] lucid, intelligent page-turner" by the Los Angeles Times. Aslan serves on the boards of several organizations devoted to cultural understanding and creativity and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Cooperating Faculty in the Department of Religion at the University of California, Riverside.

Monday, September 15 from 6-9pm
MASTIN KIPP'S GROWING INTO GRACE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY *Ticketed Since creating TheDailyLove.com, Mastin Kipp has worked with thousands of people online through his Love University courses and millions of people visit the Daily Love annually. In Growing Into Grace, Mastin recounts various spiritual principles learned in his life which were introduced to him by teachers such as Joseph Campbell, Caroline Myss, Tony Robbins, George Lucas, Oprah, and so many more. Mastin will lead a lecture and Q & A followed by a book signing. Tickets are being sold exclusively through TheDailyLove.com.

Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm
Neverhome, the entrancing story of a woman who enlists to fight in The Civil War instead of her weaker husband, is Laird Hunt's sixth novel. 
Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain) says, "The Civil War has given us so many great literary works that I couldn't have imagined a new fictional approach that was both stunningly original and yet utterly natural, even inevitable. But this is just what Laird Hunt brilliantly delivers in his new novel.... a masterful work by one of our finest writers." Hunt's recent novel, Kind One, was a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction winner and a finalist for both the 2013 Pen/Faulkner award and the 2013 Pen USA Literary Award in Fiction.

Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm
Set on the North Carolina coast near the end of the American Revolution, Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, explores bonds of blood, love, place, and circumstance. Paul Yoon (Snow Hunters) calls it "a marvel" going on to say, "[w]ith prose as meticulous as brushstrokes, I can think of no other debut filled with such wonder, grace, and beauty." Simpson Smith teaches at Tulane University and holds a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Friday, September 19 at 7 pm
Local witches *Diuvei (Steve Rasmussen) and Lady Passion (Dixie
Deerman) of Coven Odenwilde join us to discuss the revised and expanded second edition of The Goodly Spellbook. Robert Buckland (Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft) says, "The Goodly Spellbook is a well-written, beautifully presented collection of old and new magic, utilizing time-tested spells of all kinds...it details such tools as magical writing, music, chant, dance and song; and it even speaks of the importance of ethics in magic and spellcraft." Lady Passion is a highly skilled diviner, psychic, herbalist, and an R.N. 
and *Diuvei's skills are in astrology, music, and wordcraft, which he employed as a professional astrologer, computer musicologist, and journalist. They are regular activists on behalf of the environment, equality, peace, and social justice.

Saturday, September 20 at 7 pm
A collection of short fiction from six decades of local author Madden's career, The Last Bizarre Tale has earned him comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers. David Madden's recent novels are Abducted by Circumstance and Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War, but he is the author twelve books of fiction in addition to nonfiction, literary criticism, librettos, radio plays and more. His previous novel, The Suicide's Wife, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and made into a movie.

Sunday, September 21 at 3 pm
Please join host Tommy Hays for this monthly series featuring work from the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA.

Tuesday, September 23 at 7 pm
A Tennessee native and long-time journalist, Carol Bradley tells the story of elephants in the US, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and an amazing, resilient former circus elephant named Billie in her latest book. Jane Goodall calls Last Chain on Billie "Powerful and haunting" going on to say, "I urge everyone to buy and read and share this important - and beautifully written - book." Bradley studied Animal Law as a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2004 before writing her first book, Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mill.

Wednesday, September 24 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 tenth meeting will discuss Chapter 11: Heat: Retrieving a Sacred Sexuality and Chapter 12: Marking Territory: The Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness. The salon meets twice monthly and you are welcome to attend individual sessions or come to them all.

Friday, September 26 at 7 pm
ALAN GRATZ READING, SIGNING & CELEBRATION The one and only Alan Gratz joins us to celebrate the publication of his ninth book, The League of Seven! Set in an alternate history, steampunk infused America, The League of Seven is "[a] fast-paced, action-packed adventure of the best kind," according to Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth). One of our favorite local writers, Gratz is also the author of Prisoner B-3087, Fantasy Baseball, Samurai Short Stop, The Brooklyn Nine, and others. Up until the release date of The League of Seven (Aug. 19), you can pre-order the book and receive a specially printed League of Seven prequel short story, "Join, or Die"!

Saturday, September 27 at 3 pm
BLUE RIBBON BAKING FROM A REDNECK KITCHEN WITH FRANCINE BRYSON An homage to a long line of Southern women who cooked for families, friends, church groups, bridge clubs, and more, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen offers up recipes like Soda Pop Cake, Upside Down Apple Pie, and many more from South Carolina baker Francine Bryson. National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Bryson was also a finalist on CBS's "The American Baking Competition."

Join a Bookclub!

Monday, September 1 at 7 pm
Join host Patti Digh for a discussion of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.

Tuesday, September 2 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOKCLUB (WILD) Join host and Malaprop's bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett for the WILD bookclub, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. The September pick is One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty.

Wednesday, September 3 from 1 to 2 pm
Hosts Catherine Faherty and Carolyn Ogburn will lead a discussion of Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism by Paul Collins.

Wednesday, September 3 at 7 pm
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Monday, September 8 at 7 pm
Mystery writer Sallie Bissell will lead a discussion of Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm
Malaprop's bookseller Lauren Napoli will lead a discussion of The Invisibles 1: Say You Want a Revolution by Grant Morrison.

Thursday, September 25 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 September pick is The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq.

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