Book Report: Off the beaten book path

This week’s roundup includes a reading, but also a book group in the making, a couple of local awards, a film and a yoga workshop. Wondering what all of these have to do with literature? Read on:

• Author Nelma Jean Bryson will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from her latest book, Mama Dal (Booklocker, 2008), Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.  The story is of an Appalachian woman who leaves home to join the Women’s Army Air Corps during World War II. Info: 586-9499

• The Kabbalah Handbook, by local author Gabriella Samuel was nominated for a 2008 international Coalition of Visionary Resources book award.

• The library isn’t just about reading. On Saturday, Sept. 6, Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood St., Asheville, 250-4700) hosts Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: A Coen Brothers’ Film Fest and Critique. View Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? at 2 p.m.

• Then again, most of the time the library is about reading. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 250-4650) begins the monthly series, Reading Proust at the West Asheville Library: The Guermantes Way. Dr. Paul MacDonald leads the reading and discussion group on the 3rd volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search Of Lost Time. The group meets the second Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Info: 250-4750 or email karen.loughmiller@

Dr. Kurt “Kailash” Bruder author of the book and CD Following Sound into Silence: Chanting Your Way Beyond Ego into Bliss (Hay House, 2008), was recently named Best in Show by trade journal New Age Retailer. Kalish leads a workshop entitled Three Yogas Combined: Asana, Nada, & Bhakti at Namaste Yoga Sanctuary on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event runs from 2-5 p.m. and costs $36. Info: 253-6985.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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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