A look into WNC publishing, July 2013
• A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, July 2013, 250 pages, $24.95). Asheville-based detective Sam Blackman finds a skeleton on the site of a historic freed-slave commune called The Kingdom of the Happy Land, and is later asked to investigate a burglary where a photograph of The Kingdom of the Happy Land is stolen. See author webpage and video preview.
• Damn Love by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (Ig Publishing trade paper, June 2013, 200 pages, $15.95). Linked short stories about complex gay and straight relationships set in San Francisco and North Carolina; written by an Asheville resident.
• Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway by Leonard Adkins (UNC Press trade paper, June 2013, 432 pages, $18.00). Detailed descriptions and photographs of every trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Appalachian Trail, and other public trails.
Adkins speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. on Thu. July 18 and at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. on Mon. July 22.
• Season of Terror: The Espinosas in Central Colorado, March-October 1863 by Charles F. Price (UP Colorado hardcover, June 2013, 352 pages, $34.95). Non-fiction historical account of the Espinosas, Hispanic serial murderers with a mission to kill every Anglo in Civil War-era Colorado Territory; written by a WNC resident. See author webpage.
Price speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. on Sun. July 21.
• The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (Riverhead hardcover, June 2013, 400 pages, $27.95). Rebellious teenager Thea Atwell is sent to an equestrienne boarding school in WNC where she must take responsibility for her future; see article.
• Mountain Shadow Memories by Joe Cobb Crawford (Laurel Mountain Press trade paper, May 2013, 169 pages, $17.95). Collection of “almost true” Southern Appalachian tales passed down by mountain friends and relatives with story paintings by folk artist Ken Woodall.
Crawford speaks at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. on Fri. July 12 and at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 12 p.m. on Fri. July 19.
• She Walks on Water by Cecil Bothwell (CreateSpace trade paper, May 2013, 244 pages, $12). “A young woman in Haiti, a young man in Japan, a strange connection across species, across the ocean, around the world. It all began with an earthquake.” (from publisher blurb) Written by an Asheville politician and community advocate.
Bothwell speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. on Thurs. July 4.
• Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains by Daniel S. Pierce (Great Smoky Mountains Assoc. trade paper, April 2013, 112 pages, $9.95). UNC:A history professor discusses the history of moonshining beyond its stereotypes.
Pierce speaks at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. on Fri. July 5.
• Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt by Tom Earnhardt (UNC Press hardcover, April 2013, 336 pages, $35). Host of UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina” presents a “richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina,” from the mountains to the coastal plain. (from publisher blurb)
• Music of Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense by Sallie Bissell (Midnight Ink trade paper, April 2013, 384 pages, $14.99). A young woman is murdered in a haunted cabin in Pisgah County and attorney Mary Crow must solve the case; written by an Asheville resident. See author webpage.
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