May 17 - May 28, 2016
Tuesday, May 17
BAG LUNCH ARTS: Annie Martin discusses her book, “The Magical World of Moss Gardening,” at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 12 p.m. 828-884-3151.
BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Optimist’s Daughter” and “One Writer’s Beginnings” by Eudora Welty are the subjects of a book discussion at the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 2 p.m. 828-250-4752.
AUTHOR READINGS: Nicholas Warr, Tom and Polly Davis, and Cindy Henry McMahon read from their memoirs, “Phase Line Green,” “The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On,” “Stumbling Through Enlightenment,” and “Fresh Water from Old Wells” at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6 p.m. 828-697-4725.
YOUNG STORYTELLERS: Third and fourth graders in the Weaverville Elementary Storytelling Club perform storytelling at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 6:30 p.m. 828-250-6482.
BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell is the subject of a book discussion at the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Rd., Fairview, 7 p.m. 828-250-6484.
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The Black Mountain Mystery Book Club discusses “Monkey’s Raincoat” by Robert Crais at the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 7 p.m. 828-250-4756.
SALLY MANN: Sally Mann presents her new memoir, “Hold Still,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.
Wednesday, May 18
BOOK CLUB: The Library/Senior Resource Center Book Club meets at the Haywood Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville, 2 p.m. 828-356-2507.
BOOK DISCUSSION: “The American Claimant” by Mark Twain is the subject of a book discussion at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston Ave., Swannanoa, 4 p.m. 828-250-6486.
AUTHORS FOR ACTION: Authors, including Sara Gruen, Charles Frazier, Joshilyn Jackson, Kim Michele Richardson, Jamie Mason, Beth Revis, and Jake Bible read their responses to a writing prompt and answer questions at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 6:30 p.m. $20; $50 for VIP cocktail party at 5. 828-254-6734.
STORYTELLING: Zane Chait tells three Ray Bradbury short stories at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6:30 p.m. 828-697-4725.
Thursday, May 19
BOOK DISCUSSION: “Independence Day” by Richard Ford is the subject of a book discussion at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville, 2:30 p.m. 828-250-6488.
BOOK CLUB: The Canton Book Club meets at the Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, 3:30 p.m. 828-648-2924.
SHARYN MCCRUMB: Sharyn McCrumb presents her newest novel, “Prayers the Devil Answers,” at the Haywood County Friends of the Library Meeting at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 7 p.m. 828-452-5169.
BLACK BOX STORYTELLING: David Joe Miller, Pete Koschnick, and Charlie St. Clair present “Three Storytellers Walk Into a Bar” at Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. $12; $10 advance. 828-575-2844.
Friday, May 20
TEEN BOOK CLUB: The Teen Book Club for ages 14-18 meets to discuss “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness at Spellbound Children's Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Avenue. 828-708-7570.
SHARYN MCCRUMB: Sharyn McCrumb presents her newest novel, “Prayers the Devil Answers,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. 828-586-9499.
RICK BASS: Author and geologist Rick Bass is the keynote speaker for the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference at Brevard College’s Porter Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Brevard College Dr., Brevard, 7:30 p.m. 828-884-8327.
Saturday, May 21
BANNED BOOK CLUB: Blue Ridge Books hosts the Banned Book Club at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 10 a.m. 828-456-6000.
STORYTELLING ON THE SQUARE: Uncle Ted White, Sharon Clarke, Casey Nees, Lloyd Arneach, Donna Washington, and other storytellers perform in Morganton’s Historic Courthouse Square, 101 E. Union St., Morganton, 12 p.m. 828-764-9260.
DEBBIE DADEY: Children’s author Debbie Dadey presents her newest Mermaid Tales book, “Twist and Shout,” at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 204, Asheville, 3 p.m. 828-708-7570.
JOY RESOR: Joy Resor reads from her book, “Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m. 828-456-6000.
LIN STEPP: Lin Stepp presents her newest Smoky Mountain series novel, “Welcome Back,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. 828-586-9499.
MIDDLE GRADE AUTHOR PANEL: Authors Jake Bible, Barbara O’Connor, Constance Lombardo, Doug Gibson, and Monika Schroeder talk about their middle grade novels at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. 828-254-6734.
PHILIP GERARD: Philip Gerard presents his new suspense novel, “The Dark of the Island,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.
RON RASH & MARJORIE HUDSON: Ron Rash and Marjorie Hudson read from their works as part of the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 7:30 p.m. 828-884-3151.
Sunday, May 22
WRITERS ON THE ROCK: Local outdoor experts and authors Danny Bernstein, Karen Chavez, Tim Barnwell, Stephanie Jeffries, Ryan Lubbers, Jim Proctor, Marci Spencer, Timothy Spira, and Neil Regan share their expertise and sign their books at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 1 p.m. Free with park admission. 828-697-1870.
WORKSHOP: The Meditation Center hosts “Manifesting With Your Words,” a workshop on how the words we think, speak, and write contribute to our lives, at 894 E. Main St., Sylva, 2 p.m. $10. 828-356-1105.
AUTHOR CONVERSATION: Elizabeth Kostova, author of “The Historian,” talks with Garrard Conley and Garth Greenwell about their novels, “Boy Erased” and “What Belongs to You,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. 828-254-6734.
Monday, May 23
WRITER’S COFFEEHOUSE: The Writer’s Coffeehouse, hosted by Jake Bible, discusses the business of writing at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.
SPRUCE PINE GEOLOGY: The Mitchell County Historical Society presents Dr. Alex Glover speaking about the history of the Spruce Pine Mining District at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville, 7 p.m. 828-688-4371.
Tuesday, May 24
YA AUTHORS: Megan Miranda and Megan Shepherd discuss their newest YA novels, “The Safest Lies” and “The Hunt,” as well as tips for writing YA novels, at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 4:30 p.m. 828-884-3151.
JEFF HALPER: Jeff Halper, CEO of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, presents his new book, “War Against the People,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828 254-6734.
Wednesday, May 25
COOKIN’ THE BOOKS: Cookin’ the Books, a book club focused on cookbooks, meets at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 12 p.m. 828-356-2507.
OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE: The Other Worlds Are Possible Book Group meets at Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-255-8115.
RIEN FERTEL: Rien Fertel presents his new book, “The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.
Thursday, May 26
BOOK DISCUSSION: Michael Pass, MD, and William Everett, PhD, host a discussion of “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 4 p.m. 828-452-5169.
MARY PALMER DARGAN: Nationally acclaimed landscaper and author Mary Palmer Dargan discusses the 8 key ingredients of landscape design and signs her books at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, 4 p.m. 828-743-0215.
TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB: The Works in Translation Book Club, hosted by Justin Souther, discusses “Our Lady of the Nile” by Scholastique Mukasonga at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828 254-6734.
LISTEN TO THIS: Comedian/storyteller Tom Chalmers hosts the Listen to This Storytelling Series on the 35below stage at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 7:30 p.m. $15. 828-254-1320.
Friday, May 27
OPEN MIC: The NC Writers’ Network hosts an open mic at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 7 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:45. 828-586-9499.
RICK YANCEY: YA author Rick Yancey celebrates the release of the final book in the 5th Wave series, “The Last Star,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Ticketed; requires a purchase of the novel. 828-254-6734.
Saturday, May 28
ANIMAL RIGHTS: The Asheville Animal Rights Reading Group meets at Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 2 p.m. 828-255-8115.
APPALACHIAN REMEDIES: Naturalist, author, and storyteller Ila Hatter demonstrates “Appalachian Home Remedies and Wildcrafted Herbs” in the pavilion behind the historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 865-436-7318, ext. 325.
JAMES KAUTZ: Local author James Kautz presents his new novel, “Digger,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. 828-586-9499.
MIRIAM HERIN: Miriam Herin reads from her new novel, “A Stone for Bread,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m. 828-456-6000.
ASPERGERS WRITING CIRCLE: Firestorm Café & Books hosts the WNC Asperger’s Adults United Writers’ Circle at 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 4 p.m. 828-255-8115.
HARRISON SCOTT KEY: Humorist Harrison Scott Key presents his memoir, “The World’s Largest Man,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.
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