Asheville Bookfest, April 13

Press release from Chuck Waters:

Months in the planning and years in the making, Asheville’s Tenth Bookfest on Saturday, April 13, at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, marks a milestone for the annual bibliophile’s bash. Admission is free, and patrons are welcome to browse a variety of books offered for sale by vendors and participate in programs, workshops and discussions at the day-long event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m.

“This is our ninth event over a ten-year span. We have held it at five different locations in the past. and have constantly have searched for better customer traffic, venue scheduling, and costs. We hope Asheville Outlets is our permanent location, and this one promises to be the best on all counts,” said Micki Cabaniss, executive director of Grateful Steps Foundation and Bookfest organizer.

“This year, we have had the best planning committee ever. Many on the committee are publishers, and Western North Carolina Publishers have been friends for years, helping each other serve the area with quality books,” she added.

At press time, participating vendors included John Gordon, Laura Camby McCaskill, Angie Evans, Andy Reed, Barbara Duncan, Joe Longobardi, Lee Pantas, Ryan Gray, Chris Yavelow, Wayne Cox, Larry Morgan, Don Harris, Jason Stokes, Marci Spencer, Rachael Sparks, and Mirra Price. In addition to browsing works on display by Bookfest authors, customers may attend a variety of programs, seminars and workshops throughout the day. The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

STORY TIME, 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.

Multiple authors of children’s books will briefly present their exciting stories:

Laura Camby McCaskillA Collection of Love by Judy Camby
Don HarrisMama’s Quilt and Blizzard, the White River Otter.

YAV PUBLICATIONS, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Chris Yavelow will moderate readers by authors recently published by YAV Publications, including:

Mark SashineI Wonder – An Immigrant’s Song
Tony PonderMy Humor History of Madison County.
Kamryn MannRainbows, Elephants, a Son…Oh My


John Gordon, author of Katelyn’s Killer and Malice at the Manor, will moderate a session with other authors about writing mystery stories.

PISGAH PRESS, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Robin GaiserOpen for Lunch

Sarah-Ann SmithTrang Sen: A Novel of Vietnam

Chris HighlandA Freethinker’s Gospel


A.D. Reed will moderate a discussion and offer advice about a very appealing type of book – the memoir – for new and experienced authors.


Susan Reinhardt, former Asheville Citizen-Times columnist and author of Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle, always delights any audience with her presence.


Angela Evans, author of Invisible: Fiction but Painfully True, and Madelyn Lantz, author of The Singing Pool, will moderate an interactive discussion about the prevention of bullying.


Ryan Gray, whose Twilight in York is currently in production, will lead an informative and interactive discussion with parents.

Grateful Steps Foundation was formed in 2004 with a mission to “help people enrich their lives through publishing.” In addition to publication of dozens of titles by local and regional authors, the Foundation hosts monthly artists’ displays and an interfaith dialogue.

Asheville Outlets is located at exit 33 of I-26. Grateful Steps Foundation is located at Crest Mountain, 30 Ben Lippen School Road, Suite 107, Asheville, NC 28806. For more information, call 252-277-0998, or visit the web site at:

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