“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.
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.
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.
Brevard native and best-selling YA novelist Megan Shepherd, the author of the Victorian Gothic Madman’s Daughter series, recently announced that she had sold The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, a middle-grade fantasy in the vein of The Secret Garden. The book had sold at auction, meaning that editors at several publishing houses bid for the chance to take it on.
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.
On March 3, the first book from new publishing house, Orison Books — “a nonprofit literary press that focuses on work that engages the life of the spirit — goes on sale. The first work is I Scrape the Window of Nothingness from poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu.
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
With her trace of a foothills accent and her cup of herbal tea, Beth Revis comes across as a down-to-earth person. A casual observer might not pick her out as the creator of a bestselling science fiction series. She is, though. Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy takes readers from a starship a couple of centuries […]
Psychotherapist Bryan E. Robinson is a veteran author, having written 35 self-help and scholarly books on stress and workaholism over the years. His most recent such work is “The Smart Guide to Managing Stress.” Only now, however, is he unveiling his first work of fiction, 12 years in the making. “Limestone Gumption” launches with great fanfare on Friday, March 7, at Malaprop’s Bookstore. Photo by Jon Michael Riley
Authors Susan Reinhardt, Bob Mustin, Leslee N. Johnson and Veronica Watts launch new books.
Upcoming readings, book launches, book signings and two writing contests contest.
Awards, a book launch, and holiday gift ideas — all from local literary luminaries.
Local poet Barbie Angell launches her new book of “poems for children and the child-like,” with a Sunday, Sept. 30 event at Altamont Theatre. There’s a 6 p.m. set for children and a 7 p.m. set for everyone. David Earl also performs.
Local author Sarah Addison Allen returns with her newest magical-realism novel, The Peach Keeper. The book will be released on Tuesday, March 22.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon comes out in paperback on Wednesday, Feb. 9; Malaprop’s holds a book signing event.
The Return to Love: A Users Guide to Mending a Broken Heart, written by local psychotherapist Robert Peter Jacoby and illustrated by Brian MacGregor, is a playful, beautiful book exploring the nature of human emotions and how all of our feelings, in essence, stem from love.
Readings in the near future include Monique Truong (author of Bitter in the Mouth), Jordan Flaherty (author of Floodlines), Rick Rothacker (author of Banktown) and Myla Goldberg (author of The False Friend).