Book Report: Local literary events

• Writer and filmmaker Angela Shelton was born in Asheville. Best known for the documentary Searching for Angela Shelton, in which she interviewed other American women with her same name and learned that 70 percent of them were victims of sexual violence, Shelton was a co-screenwriter for the film Tumbleweeds with her then-husband Gavin O’Connor. She currently spearheads the online female-empowerment cooking show Stirring Up Trouble.

Shelton is on tour for her new book, Finding Angela Shelton, and will stop off at Malaprop’s on Sunday, April 27, 12-2 p.m. She’ll also sign books at the Asheville Barnes and Noble from 3-5 p.m.

On Monday, April 28, a screening of Searching for Angela Shelton will show at UNC-A’s Humanities Hall. 8 p.m., free. A Q and A with Shelton follows.

Robert Morgan (author of Gap Creek and Boone) and storyteller Sheila Kay Adams present the program, Early Immigrants in WNC at A-B Tech‘s Ferguson Auditorium on Thursday, May 1. The event is at 1:30 p.m., following a 1 p.m. program of music and a performance of Willa Cather’s My Antonia by Jan Caldwell. For info, click here or call 505-1973.

• Personal life coach Ellen Hitchcock reads from her book Nature’s Magical Moments: Reflections on Nature and Self at Malaprop’s on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

• New Age instrumental artist Chris Spheeris has recorded more than 12 original CDs and more than 60 soundtrack scores. He also creates what he’s coined “transformational poetry.” Speeris will make a number of local appearances:

Thursday, May 1, at Osondu Booksellers in Waynesville. Spheeris reads from his poetry collection, Wide Awake and Dreaming. 7 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door. Info: or 231-9245.

Friday, May 2, at The Essence Center in Weaverville. Spheeris leads a meditation titled, “Expansion & Forgiveness: exploring unity awareness as a source of peace & reconciliation.” 7:30 p.m., $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Saturday, May 3, at The Essence Center in Weaverville. The artist performs a music and spoken word concert. 8 p.m., $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Sunday, May 4, at Jubilee in Asheville. Spheeris holds a CD-release concert. 7 p.m., $25 advance, $28 at the door.

Info: or 231-9245, or purchase tickets at Malaprop’s.


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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