The result was a fish-out-of-water story in which Joanne Gordon, the daughter of a successful radio minister, moves from gay-friendly Atlanta to a small-town Rome, Ga., with her father and new stepmother.
A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice finds a balance between fact and the malleability of memory by wending, dreamlike, between worlds and timeframes. Author Christine Hale presents the at Malaprop’s on Thursday, June 30.
There are tribulations in Perfectly Broken, from infidelity and drug dependency to existential crisis and death. But, Warren is quick to point out, there’s also beauty.
The After Party — which Disclafani will present at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, June 8 — was inspired by the River Oaks community, a wealthy neighborhood in Houston.
“When you write about mental health, you want to start conversations [that are] helpful in the community,” Matthew Quick says. “But where does your responsibility as a writer end?” The author returns to Malaprop’s on Saturday, June 4.
Zentner presents his debut young adult novel, The Serpent King, at Malaprop’s on Saturday, April 9. Local YA author (and Zentner’s longtime friend) Stephanie Perkins will lead a Q&A at the event.
After a full career in law, Surrisi found that she had completed her middle grade mystery at precisely the right moment.
Chapel Hill-based author Lindsay Starck took on epic subject matter for her debut novel: The biblical story of Noah. But rather than the ark building it’s his spouse who captured Starck’s imagination.
The first half of Taylor Brown’s novel, Fallen Land, takes place in the Blue Ridge as a pair of orphaned lovers flee a group of bounty-reward seeking marauders. The book began as the title short story from Brown’s collection, The Season of Blood and Gold.
When Smith’s eldest son, Jonah, was in his last year of high school, she decided to give him a series of cooking lessons so he’d be self-sufficient when he left home. Those tutorials sparked the idea for a memoir that deftly stitches together family life, stories from her stints as the drummer in The Blake Babies, Antenna and The Mysteries of Life, and personal food-related memories.
“We try to honor the local literary of whatever locale we happen to be in that year,” says Nort Carolin Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern. The three-day fall conference rotates locations throughout the state and this year it returns to Asheville, taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20-22.
“The idea that black people and white people have distinct music and culture has its roots in racist thinking.”,” says author David Gilbert. It’s a concept he delves into in The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace. Gilbert holds a book launch and discussion at Malaprop’s Saturday, Nov. 14.
Raleigh-based author Diana Chamberlain will read at Malaprop’s Saturday, Nov. 7, and at the Swannanoa Library Sunday, Nov. 8.
By the time the protagonist of Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars made it into print, he had already gone through at least two of his nine lives. Author and illustrator Constance Lombardo will mark the book’s release with a launch party at Malaprop’s Wednesday, Sept. 30.
This sentence appears in the preface to Above the Waterfall, the newest novel by Ron Rash: “I watch last light lift off level land.” It’s just one of thousands of slight, deftly crafted lines. But there, before the story even begins, Rash slows the pace and announces himself, not just as a craftsman of rich, dark Southern fiction but also as a poet. He’ll present the novel at Malaprop’s on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins is set to release the fifth book in his Quinn Colson series, The Redeemers, this month. Atkins has written 17 novels to date, and has been deemed by bestselling author Michael Connelly as “one of the best crime writers at work today.” Atkins reads and signs The Redeemers at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe on Monday, Aug. 3.
Local journalist Marla Hardee Milling shares stories of how Asheville became the town it is today in her new book, “Only in Asheville: An eclectic history.” She’ll sign copies at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, July 22.
Robert Beatty was a successful tech pioneer before embarking on his new career as a novelist. His middle grade tale, Serafina and the Black Cloak, is set in the basement of local landmark the Vanderbilt house.
Matthew Quick, author of “Silver Linings Playbook,” has just published new novel “Love May Fail.” Quick reads from and signs the book at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe on Monday, June 29.
Faustine Wilson is the owner of Survival Pride Clothing in downtown Sylva and the daughter of the late author Victoria Casey McDonald. Wilson presents her mother’s last book, Living in the Shadow of Slavery, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Saturday, June 27.
YA authors Megan Shepherd, Carrie Ryan, Gwenda Bond and Renee Ahdieh all read at Malaprop’s on Friday, June 12, as part of the Dangerous Ladies Tour.