Book Report: literary events this weekend and beyond

• Author Carolyn J. Brown signs copies of A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty. Welty was Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer from Mississippi. She passed away in ‘01, but gave a number of readings in Asheville over the years. Brown’s event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 at Malaprop’s. 3 p.m., free.

• Pisgah Press and Grateful Steps team up for a joint reading on Saturday, Dec. 1. Mike Hopping (MacTiernan’s Bottle), Sarah-Ann Smith (Trang Sen), and poet Donna Lisle Burton (Letting Go) will each read excerpts from and sign copies of their books. 5:30-7 p.m.

• “The mountains of the Appalachia abound with tales of ghosts and mysterious places,” says press for newly-released Appalachia Mountain Folklore by Michael Rivers. The book covers 16 counties and 40 stories, including “The Hanging Tree in Cabarrus County, Battle Mansion in Buncombe County, Green River Plantation in Rutherford County, and the House on the Hill in Jackson County.” Purchase the book at Shiffer Books.

• The Friends of the Library announce a Twenty-Five Cent Hallway Book Sale at Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood St.) on Friday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. According to a press release, “All items in the sale will be 25 cents. Come and fill a box with some great book finds and support the library at the same time.” Info at 250-4700 or email


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She 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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