Book Report: Literary events in March

Supposedly March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb… whatever that means. While the weather in Asheville is pretty unpredictable, what’s for certain is the lion’s share of literary events on the horizon. Take your pick: A reading by a renowned poet, a selection of book clubs, new releases and an Akashic Books author coming to Asheville:

• Poet and Rumi translator Coleman Barks (pictured) stops by Malaprop’s on Friday, Mar. 6, in support of his latest book of poetry, Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems 1968-2008. 7 p.m. 254-6734.

Book Clubs: (All interested readers are welcome to attend)
• The Weaverville Evening Book Club discusses Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner on Tuesday, Mar. 3,
7 p.m. Weaverville Library (41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 250-6482).
• The Enka Book Club discusses The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. Enka-Candler Library (1401 Sandhill Rd., Candler, 250-4758).
• The Weaverville Afternoon Book Club discusses Middlemarch by George Eliot on Wednesday, Mar. 4, 12:30 p.m. Weaverville Library (41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 250-6482).
• The East Asheville Book Club discusses A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley on Thursday, Mar. 5, 6:30 p.m. East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 250-4738).
• The Pack Library Book Club discusses Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas on Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2 p.m. Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood St., Asheville, 250-4700).
• The Leicester Book Club discusses Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson on Tuesday, Mar. 10, 1 p.m. Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Rd., Leicester, 250-6480).

• Asheville-based motivational speaker Max Bolka is included in the anthology Success Is A State Of Mind (Insight Publishing Co., 2008), along with Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and Deepak Chopra.

•  Local author (and grandmother) Janie Morrow was recently named one of Writingroom’s Discovered Authors. Her debut collection of poetry is Deep Within The Heart, available through Publishing Room, Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

• Independent local publisher Grateful Steps announces that children’s book The Purple Rain in Zanzibar by Walter Rein; illustrated by Jack Ferrell was awarded a Silver Medal by Mom’s Choice Awards.

• Cuban-American author Achy Obejas is on tour in support of her newest novel, Ruins (on indie-imprint Akashic Books). She’ll stop by Malaprop’s on Friday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m. 254-6734.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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