Born in Ireland and raised in Virginia, the author first came to the Asheville area (which she called home for 17 years) as an undergraduate at Warren Wilson College.
“I came back to the Southeast and suddenly my eyes were open to the native people around me, because I’d lived on a reservation and lived out west where there were so many different nations around us,” Kirstin Squint says.
She’ll launch the book at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
“We’re losing our mountains to unrestricted land development, tourism and gentrification,” says author David Joy, a sentiment echoed in his latest novel, ‘The Line That Held Us.’
“Some days I’m like, ‘Nope, not gonna do that. People are gonna think that’s crazy,’” Smith says. “Sometimes it’s like, ‘Just get it down on the page. Let’s see what happens.’”
Today, at age 85, Wheeler shows little sign of slowing down. Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout is a highly enjoyable chronicle, following a young boy in Boone County, W.V. through a fascinating lifetime, rubbing elbows with Elvis, Chet Atkins and countless other musical peers.
The memoir took shape while the author was pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, but McGaha has been penning and publishing shorter pieces about her grandparents — who lived in Canton — for years.
Amy Reed hopes readers will be inspired by the Nowhere Girls’ self-discovery, by their creation of community, and by the way the two processes work together. “The girls of the school realize that they aren’t enemies, and once they start looking at things that way, things start changing for them internally,” she says.
As it happens, the author has some things in common with the historic figures whose story she tells. Like Vanderbilt, Kiernan was born in New York City, and like the scion and his wife, Edith, Kiernan traveled widely (including a stint in Italy reporting on soccer for ESPN) before settling in Asheville.
Kyle James wrote on boats, planes and trains, and on the back seats of the hitchhiked rides (obtained through a mobile app) that they used to keep within their $150-a-day budget. Writing became a means of letting go.
Gail Godwin returns to Malaprop’s to discuss ‘Grief Cottage,’ in conversation with journalist and historian Rob Neufeld, on Wednesday, June 14.
Revis says she doesn’t know how Lucasfilm selected her to write Star Wars: Rebel Rising, a novel depicting the early life of Rogue One protagonist Jyn Erso. But for many familiar with YA science fiction, the local author seems a natural fit.
Decades after the death of Allan Wolf’s boyhood friend Ed Disney, Wolf and his brother set out along a back road near their hometown of Blacksburg, Va., to find the exact spot where two young assailants shot Disney and left him to die.
Rash will read from and discuss his new novel at UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
There’s more than one way to put on a literary festival. Held around the world, they range in size and focus, some bringing in big-name authors while others draw regional writers. Some incorporate conferences or workshops, others offers booths where authors and publishers can sell their wares. The important thing is to a find a […]
The result was a fish-out-of-water story in which Joanne Gordon, the daughter of a successful radio minister, moves from gay-friendly Atlanta to a small-town Rome, Ga., with her father and new stepmother.
A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice finds a balance between fact and the malleability of memory by wending, dreamlike, between worlds and timeframes. Author Christine Hale presents the at Malaprop’s on Thursday, June 30.
There are tribulations in Perfectly Broken, from infidelity and drug dependency to existential crisis and death. But, Warren is quick to point out, there’s also beauty.
The After Party — which Disclafani will present at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, June 8 — was inspired by the River Oaks community, a wealthy neighborhood in Houston.
“When you write about mental health, you want to start conversations [that are] helpful in the community,” Matthew Quick says. “But where does your responsibility as a writer end?” The author returns to Malaprop’s on Saturday, June 4.
Zentner presents his debut young adult novel, The Serpent King, at Malaprop’s on Saturday, April 9. Local YA author (and Zentner’s longtime friend) Stephanie Perkins will lead a Q&A at the event.