Just in case you don’t think of the the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site (52 N. Market St., Asheville) a venue, a stage, a workshop and a an entertainment center, here are two very good reasons why you should:
• Booking It: Papermaking and bookbinding workshop
On Saturday, July 9, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial hosts a hands-on workshop for children, ages preschool through grade six. (Families are invited, too.) Says TWM, “Booking It! is a whirlwind adventure in bookmaking from pressing pulp into paper to filling the finished book with poetry and prose.”
Papermaking artist Stefanie Kimpathoum (Oakmother Papers) will lead workshop participants in the process of making paper from recycled materials and book artist Gretchen Oury (Off-Kilter Press) will explain the process of binding paper into personalized books and journals. Writing instructor Janet Hurley (True Ink) will lead a story and poetry scavenger hunt for inspiration to fill the newly-created books.
Also, performer and young adult author Allan Wolf will close the afternoon with “an entertaining tale of how he took his new book, The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, from inspiration to reality.”
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration is required, limited 25 children. $10 per child. Info: Chris Morton 253-8304.
• Mystery writer Mark de Castrique will sign copies of his first two books of the Sam Blackman Series, Blackman’s Coffin and The Fitzgerald Ruse at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial on Wednesday, July 13, 3-4:30 p.m. De Castrique will also discuss The Sandburg Connection, his new novel due out this October.
According to a press release, “de Castrique has published nine novels and has written extensively on Asheville, especially in his first two novels of the Sam Blackman series. His fiction incorporates dynamic characters that blend with Asheville’s unique history and landmarks. The Sam Blackman Series follows a wounded war veteran, Sam Blackman, as he attempts to unravel the murder of his friend that ultimately lead to clues from the past. The Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, the author Thomas Wolfe, and the historic Grove Park Inn, where F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in the 1930s play roles in the series that unfolds in a suspenseful, compelling narrative.”
Info: Patrick Willis 253-8304.