Author Sara Gruen gets lost in her books. “I wasn’t able to immerse myself completely with Water for Elephants,” she says of her 2006 best-seller that became a film starring Reese Witherspoon. “The type of circus I was writing about no longer existed.” For her new book, Gruen spent a total of five weeks in the British Isles, researching, absorbing the culture and immersing herself — literally.
The author of short story collection MacTiernan’s Bottle, recently released his new dystopian novel, rhythms on a flaming drum through Pisgah Press.
It may be a closed industry event, but, having to do with books, booksellers and the publishing industry, ABA’s Winter Institute is bringing a “powerhouse of authors” to Asheville — a number of which will appear at public readings.
Local author Michelle Baker writes poems that sometimes reach 15 or 20 pages in length. But when one hit the 40-page mark, “I thought, ‘This isn’t going to stop anytime soon,’” she says. That poem grew and morphed and eventually became The Canoe, a novel that weaves together two lives touched by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Baker gives a reading and signing at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Nov. 15
Not only is Ann Patchett an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and nonfiction writer, she’s also an international spokesperson for the independent, locally-owned bookstore. At a reading hosted by Malaprop’s and staged at the Lipinski Auditorium at UNCA on Tuesday, Nov. 5, an impressive crowd gathered to hear Patchett present her latest literary offering. “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” is a collection of thoughtful, beautifully written essays about life, love, writing and books. Photo by Kevin Mann.
Author T. Cooper appears at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Jan. 19, to present his book “Real Man Adventures” about his female to male transition.
Carolyn J. Brown signs copies of her new Eudora Welty biography, Pisgah Press and Grateful Steps team up for an author event, Shiffer Books releases “Appalachia Mountain Folklore,” and Pack Library holds books sales on Fridays in December.
The final installment of this series on an author event at Malaprop’s in which unpublished authors pitched their book ideas.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.
In preparation for Friday’s event with The Book Doctors at Malaprop’s, I’ve been honing the elevator pitch for a memoir I hope to someday publish. What do you think?