September 21 marks the birthday of Alexander Key, who wrote or illustrated more than a dozen books for children and young readers in a career that ran from the 1940s to the ‘70s. While Key was born in Maryland and spent time in Chicago, Florida and Alabama (where he died in 1979), for most of […]
Photos by Alicia Funderburk, taken at Robbins’ Malaprop’s Bookstore reading and book signing on Saturday, Sept. 13. According to author Tom Robbins, he didn’t hit his stride as a novelist until Jitterbug Perfume. It was his fourth novel, published in 1984; Robbins was 52. Not that there’s a right age to hit one’s stride as […]
As Stephen Colbert said, “a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.” So no need to feel guilty about indulging in Isla and the Happily Ever After, the just-published YA romance by local author Stephanie Perkins. The summer before her senior year in high school, Isla (pronounced eye-la) bumps into her […]
For those who know the name Wilma Dykeman but don’t know much about one of Asheville’s most famous daughters, an upcoming lecture series will explore her life as an historian, journalist, environmentalist, teacher, novelist and traveler. ” (Photo of Wilma Dykeman at Carmel, Calif. in 1936 from the Wilma Dykeman Collection at D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections)
Nichols reads and signs his book, “The More You Ignore Me,” which takes a humorous look at web trolls. Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Local author Jacob Tomsky (now based in Brooklyn) just published his likely-to-be-a-best-seller, “Heads in Beds,” a “reckless memoir” of the hotel industry. The book goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20; Tomsky appears at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Nov. 29.
West Asheville poet and author Allan Wolf demonstrates how the flying scene from “Titanic” could never have happened using his 5-foot foam rubber model of the ship. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Whether you’re overweight or underweight, young or old, active or a couch potato, neither family history nor genetics necessarily predict whether someone will have Type 1 diabetes. Asheville’s SuzinBean Sweeney talks about her experience with the disease — and a children’s book she’s written about it.
The final installment of this series on an author event at Malaprop’s in which unpublished authors pitched their book ideas. In a surprise ending, Pitchapalooza turned up two winners.
Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, aka The Book Doctors and the masterminds behind “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published,” are coming to Malaprop’s this Friday for Pitchapalooza, in which one lucky author will win an introduction to a literary agent. It all hinges on having the perfect book pitch. This is my story about working on the fail proof one-minute spiel.
Xpress talked to the comedian and author before her Malaprop’s event last week. Click through for the video.
In the wake of releasing the ninth book he’s co-written with presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, local author/historian Bill Forstchen now finds himself in the throes of the Republican primary. And Gingrich’s huge win yesterday, Jan. 22, in the South Carolina primary, has brought renewed interest to the campaign.
Friday, Jan. 27 is one of those dates with a ton of events vying for your attention (including Casey Driessen with Free Planet Radio, pictured). Here are a handful — mark your calendar!
If your New Year’s resolution was to read more, or at least spend more time in the vicinity of books, here’s a good start. An author event, a book signing, and the return of The Flood Reading Series to Posana.
The weather’s getting nippy, but it’s still a great time to get out and check out some events that won’t break the (piggy) bank. From winter gardening and holiday shopping to local authors and uplifting musical performances, this weekend’s got everything you need to lure you out of the house on the cheap. And as always, leave us a comment if you’ve got any more low-cost events you’d like to share.
Three intriguing (and very different) readings are on the near horizon, ranging from satirist Gary Shteyngart (tonight at Malaprop’s) to young adult author Katie Crouch and novelist Karen White.
May is just around the corner, along with a calendar-full of readings, booksignings, poems, short stories and autobiographical anecdotes. Donald David (pictured here) will read from his newly-released Tales from a Free-Range Childhood.
The author of Under the Tuscan Sun and, most recently, Every Day in Tuscany celebrates the release of the latter in paperback with an author event (Wednesday, March 16) and Tuscan reception, catered by Laurey’s.
The Friday, Jan. 21 reading event discusses the life of famed strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and includes a slide show.
With everything else in the works, don’t forget to lineup your fall and winter reading (you don’t want to be caught at the first teacher conference/doctor’s appointment/family holiday get-together/snow storm without a good book). To help you decide what to read, check out these author events.
Among those honored in the Oct. 17 ceremony will be WNC author Robert Morgan (seen here) and frequent Asheville visitor novelist Allan Gurganus.