Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe is everyone’s favorite local indie bookstore since 1982. As the region’s largest locally owned independent bookstore, they offer not only a wide variety of literature but events as well. Find July’s list of happenings and book club meetings below.
Friday, July 1 at 7 pm
TIMBER HAWKEYE READING & SIGNING
Timber Hawkeye, bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless, offers a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world (both within and around us). His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.
Saturday, July 3 at 3 pm
Join Malaprops for their monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at 3 pm! This month will feature Ed Madden (Ark), Christina Parker (Mother May I), and Amelia Martens (The Spoons in the Grass are There to Build a Moat).
Wednesday, July 6 at 7 pm
ERIK LARS MYERS AND SARAH FICKE READING & SIGNING
The authors of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries will be joining for a lively discussion and beer tasting. Erik and Sarah celebrate the publication of the book’s 2nd edition, which has been updated to profile over 140 NC breweries! Reviewers have called it “an indispensable regional beer handbook.” Erik is the president of the NC Craft Brewers Guild and started Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, NC.
Thursday, July 7 at 7 pm
DANE HUCKELBRIDGE READING & SIGNING
Dane Huckelbridge’s new book, The United States of Beer, is an entertaining, irreverent, and informative look at how beer shaped this country’s history. It traces the history of beer from Native American alcoholic drinks to the first US brewery, the first macrobrew revolution, Prohibition, and, finally, the rise of craft beer. Dane is the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit. Beer will be on hand for this event!
Friday, July 8 at 11 am
ESTHER SMITH DEMO & DISCUSSION
Esther Smith will join for a fun-filled hands-on workshop! Esther is the author of Making Books with Kids, a delightful source of activities that will engage kids in craft projects as they create their own books, with sections that focus on design, illustration, binding techniques, and more. Judi Kauffman of Scrapbooking.com Magazine raves that this book is sure to join Esther’s earlier work, How to Make Books, as “one of the best in its category [of] book making.” Esther creates limited edition and artists’ books with Purgatory Press. Her works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitney Museum, and more!
Saturday, July 9 at 3:30 pm
POETRY ON REQUEST
Local poets Katherine Soniat and Tracey Schmidt are hosting this event the second Saturday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm. Come by and have a poem written especially for you!
Monday, July 11 at 7 pm
COLORING AND CABERNET
Join Malaprop’s booksellers Linda-Marie & Cindy at the Battery Park Book Exchange for an evening of wine, coloring, and conversation! We’ll have coloring books available for 25% off at BPBX, or bring your own. Malaprop’s will supply pencils and markers.
Sunday, July 17 at 3 pm
WRITERS AT HOME READING SERIES
Join host Tommy Hays for the monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.
Tuesday, July 19
BETH REVIS LAUNCH PARTY
Malaprop’s is celebrating the publication of local author Beth Revis’ new book, A World Without You! Protagonist Bo, who struggles with mental illness, also believes he can time travel. A trip gone wrong causes him to lose his girlfriend Sofia in the year 1692, where she is threatened with death by the Puritan colony that finds her. As clues point to what’s actually happening with Bo and Sofia, the sense of tragedy mounts. Publishers Weekly calls it “a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.” Beth is the author of the New York Times’ bestselling Across the Universe series.
Saturday, July 23
WILL FREY READING & SIGNING
Will Frey joins with his new book Ease Into Freedom, a practical and illuminating guide to relieving stress. Will is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction in the Program on Integrative Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. The book offers tips on everything from breath to sitting postures and time management. Rob Kramer, author of Stealth Coaching, calls the book “a gentle yet powerful companion to keep on your desk or your bedside.”
Sunday, July 24 at 3 pm
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE PRE-PERFORMANCE WARM-UP
Join to celebrate NC Stage’s theatrical adaptation of Melinda Long’s How I Became a Pirate. Malaprop’s is excited to host a night of lively banter, food, and festivities! More guests TBD as they discuss the play and bring the page to the stage.
Wednesday, July 27 at 7 pm
ERICA WESTLY READING & SIGNING
Erica Westly joins for her new book, Fastpitch, a history of softball that Library Journal hails as “a fast-paced journey through an original American sport . . . [that] will give all readers a sense of nostalgia.” This well-researched book is an exploration of the sport’s invention and its evolution. Erica examines softball’s importance in the fight for gender equality and more. She is a journalist whose work has been published in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Esquire, among others.
Saturday, July 30 at 5 pm
SHARED WORLDS with JEFF VANDERMEER, ANN VANDERMEER, LEAH THOMAS, THOMAS OLDE HEUVALT, TERRA McVOY, JULIA ELLIOTT, TOBIAS BUCKELL, and NATHAN BALLINGRUD
Malaprop’s is excited to host an afternoon of readings from the instructors of Wofford College’s Shared Worlds program, a murderer’s row of sci-fi, fantasy and weird fiction. MC’d by Shared Worlds founder Jeremy L.C. Jones, this event will feature authors Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer, Asheville’s Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias Buckell, Julia Elliott, Terra McVoy, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and Leah Thomas, who will each be reading from their personal favorite passages for an event that promises to be strange, fast-paced and even a little competitive. Now in its ninth year, Shared Worlds is an interdisciplinary program for middle and high school students that emphasizes problem solving, collaborative creation, and experiential learning through the exploration of speculative fiction genres.
Sunday, July 31 at 5 pm
ROBERT BEATTY READING & SIGNING TICKETED EVENT
The highly anticipated sequel to Robert Beatty’s bestselling Serafina and the Black Cloak is here! In Serafina and the Twisted Staff, Serafina is faced with new challenges that include the appearance of mysterious and potentially dangerous strangers who are threatening the safety of her beloved Biltmore Estate. Kirkus Reviews raves: “Beatty continues to build a fascinating magical world, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore Estate developing beyond mere settings into characters themselves.” Characters from the series will make an appearance during this event!
Saturday, July 30 – Sunday, July 31 8 pm-Midnight
HARRY POTTER LAUNCH PARTY and BOOK RELEASE @ 12 MIDNIGHT!
Join your fellow witches and wizards for a night of Potter-mania that will culminate in the release of the newest publication in the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! In this installment, the now grown Harry has to face the darkness of his past, and his youngest son Albus wrestles with his family’s history. This is the first official Harry Potter tale that will be presented on stage, and it will premiere in London on July 30. Malaprop’s will celebrate all things Potter at the store with costumes, refreshments, and fun!
Join a Bookclub!
Tuesday, July 5 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOKCLUB (WILD)
Join co-hosts, Malaprop’s bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett and Maria Fire for the WILD Bookclub, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. The July pick is H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.
Tuesday, July 5 at 7 pm
CURRENT EVENTS BOOKCLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. The July pick is Dark Money by Jane Mayer.
Wednesday, July 6 from 1 to 2 pm
Hosts Catherine Faherty and Carolyn Ogburn will lead a discussion of Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life by Catherine Faherty.
Wednesday, July 6 at 7 pm
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago.
Monday, July 11 at 7 pm
Join host Tena Frank to discuss Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith.
Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm
WORKS IN TRANSLATION BOOKCLUB
Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. The July pick is War, So Much War by Merce Rodoreda.