Smart bets: BookOpolis

If it sounds massive that’s because, when it comes to book arts, creativity incubator Asheville BookWorks is a really big deal. The West Asheville-based center hosts BookOpolis — three days of exhibits, demonstrations, talks and workshops. An opening reception, held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., showcases books by local and international artists and music by William Oldfather. Saturday, Sept. 20, includes a printed paper toy souvenir demo table, and a 2 p.m. talk by Elisa Pellacani, an artist from Spain. Pellacani’s Asheville appearance “reciprocates a visit to Spain by Laurie Corral and Gwen Diehn earlier this year [and] honors a wonderful on-going exchange between book-arts communities in both WNC and Barcelona,” according to a press release. Pellacani leads the workshop “book seeds: small but powerful” on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1-5 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $70; other BookOpolis events are free. ashevillebookworks.com. Photo courtesy of Asheville BookWorks

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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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