This weekend in books

Thursday, March 11
• Pulitzer Prize-winning local journalist and author Cathy Mitchell ventures inside the mind of a Boykin Spaniel looking for a good home in Save a Spaniel. Read a review of the book here. Stop by Mitchell’s reading at Malaprop’s at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 12
• David Keller appears as part of the Lenten Authors Series at Accent on Books. 6 p.m.

• Thomas Mullen, author of the acclaimed debut novel The Last Town on Earth, will discuss his new book The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. Read a review here. Mullen appears at Malaprop’s at 7 p.m.

• Elizabeth Westall performs Gary Carden’s acclaimed play, Birdell, in Western Carolina University‘a Coulter Hall. 7 p.m.  Fundraiser for the new Jackson County Library: $15/$10. 

Saturday, March 13
Rose Senehi‘s latest novel, The Wind in the Woods, is both engaging and harrowing.  A serial killer is on the loose in the Appalachian mountain — but life goes on. Tiger Morrison works at his summer camp, awkward 9-year old Alvin is experiencing his first taste of freedom at that same camp, Tiger’s daughter wants to hike the Blue Ridge and two experienced hikers — Annie and Ruthie — may have already met their end on the trail. Senehi reads from and discusses her book at Malaprop’s at 1 p.m.

• Hendersonville-based author Leanna Sain signs copies of her books Gate to Nowhere and Return to Nowhere at Barnes & Noble at Biltmore Park. 1-4 p.m. 

• When writer Julia Hughes Jones heard the Martin Luther (the 16th century Protestant Reformation leader, not the 20th century Civil Rights leader) quote, “Girls begin to talk and to stand on their feet sooner than boys because weeds always grow up more quickly than good crops,” she was understandably disturbed. “When I first read the above quotation several decades ago, I wanted to know why anyone would say such a thing,” she writes. “What I discovered is that Martin Luther’s reflection was, and continues to be, the echo of ancient philosophical and theological conjecture about female inferiority. Luther was primed to believe this fallacy by centuries of both great and small minds that came before him.” That lead to her book, The Secret History of Weeds, which Jones will discuss at Malaprop’s at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 14
• Rose Senehi gives another local reading and signing, this one at the Asheville Mall Barnes & Nobel from 1-4 p.m.

• Local author Nan Chase shares her latest book, Eat Your Yard! (Which includes ideas for edible landscapes and recipes and tips on canning, pickling, dehydrating, freezing, juicing and fermenting). Malaprop’s at Malaprop’s at 3 p.m.

• Dr. Roger Miller leads a talk and discussion on The New Codependency, the work of Melodie Beattie. Accent on Books at 3 p.m., $10.


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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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