Off-Site | The Red Grove Launch: Tessa Fontaine in conversation with Heather Newton at rEvolve Mercantile

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Join Malaprop's and Punch Bucket Lit to celebrate the launch of Tessa Fontaine's new book, The Red Grove, at rEvolve Mercantile in West Asheville! 

This event is free and open to the public and there is no registration necessary. Doors open at 6:45. There is a small parking lot on site at rEvolve Mercantile (697 Haywood Road) and another pay lot across the street. There is also limited street parking on Haywood Road.

The Red Grove

When her mother goes missing, a young woman uncovers the secrets beneath her protected community.

The Red Grove is a special place, protected. Some say a spell was cast by the community’s founder, Tamsen Nightingale. Some say the mountain lions who stalk the nearby hills guard its mysteries and its people. Some say the mighty redwoods keep them safe.Yet Luce’s mother, Gloria, has gone missing. A man came seeking answers among the Red Grove’s mysteries—a connection to the beyond—and died. And then Gloria vanished. The Red Grove is Luce’s whole world. She is devoted to its mission, its rituals and myths. But she knows that her mother, frustrated free spirit though she might be, wouldn’t just leave without a word, wouldn’t leave her little brother, Roo, and especially their aunt Gem, whose care in that suspended state of everdream depends on Gloria in every way. But as Luce tries to figure out what has happened to her mother, she discovers that this special place is not what it seems and that protection comes at a cost. The debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine's The Red Grove is an exploration of the legacies of violence, the price of safety, and the choices we make to protect what we love.

Tessa Fontaine is the author of THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A MEMOIR IN DEATH-DEFYING ACTS, a New York Times Editors' Choice, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and best book of 2018 by Southern Living, Refinery29, The New York Post and others. Other writing can be found in Outside, The New York Times, Glamour, AGNI, The Believer, LitHub, Creative Nonfiction, and more. Raised outside San Francisco, Tessa is a former professor and has taught in jails and prisons for five years. She co-founded and teaches the Accountability Workshops with writer and pal Annie Hartnett, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, goofy dog and sassy cat.  THE RED GROVE is her first novel. 

Heather Newton’s novel The Puppeteer's Daughters (Turner Publishing 2022) won the NC Indie Author Project book award for adult fiction, was a finalist for the Forword INDIES Book of the Year Award and has been optioned for television. Her short story collection McMullen Circle (Regal House 2022), was a finalist for both the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the W.S. Porter Prize. Her novel Under the Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She  is a faculty mentor for Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab program, and is co-founder and Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room writers’ center in Asheville.

This event includes a book signing. If you would like a signed book but can't attend in person, you may order a signed copy below, prior to the event. If you would like to have your book personalized, please order online or call the store with your order by 4 PM on the day of the event. When ordering online, use the comments field to tell us to whom the book should be personalized. Please do not email with orders or personalization requests. 

If you decide to attend and to purchase books, we ask that you purchase from Malaprop's. When you do this you more dollars in our community and support the work of our store and our events team. Thank you!

Event address: 
rEvolve Mercantile
697 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806
The Red Grove: A Novel By Tessa Fontaine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374605810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 14th, 2024

The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts By Tessa Fontaine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374538408
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 7th, 2019

The Puppeteer's Daughters By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684428595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Keylight Books - March 7th, 2023

McMullen Circle By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646030767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - January 17th, 2022

Under the Mercy Trees: A Novel By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062001344
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - January 18th, 2011