Present an Event

Thank you for your interest in presenting an event at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe. We host over 30 events a month and we work hard to find the highest quality teachers, poets, speakers and authors, as well as the right audience for you! Our cafe space is ideal for readings. We can seat 125 people in the café and over 200 when we extend seating into the bookstore. We can provide a digital projector and we have a large projector screen. For events requiring space for over 200 people, we rent off-site venues. We will find the space, supply the books, arrange for any equipment needed, do promotion, and run the event. We have arranged and hosted events of over 1200 people, and have sold books at events of over 2000 people. We are happy to be the official bookseller at your conference, seminar or place of business. We can handle just about anything!

Every week we receive dozens of proposals. In order to ensure the best fit for both Malaprop's and the presenter, we need to receive a formal proposal from you. Please fill out this form: 

Note that we book events 2-4 months in advance.

* If you are a publisher with an author on tour or would like to discuss an authorless event, please email

If you are a poet with a new book or chapbook and would like to be considered for our monthly Poetrio reading series, please send a copy of your new collection, along with contact information to Virginia McKinley, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801. Mark the package "POETRIO SUBMISSION"

If you are a regional, self-published or print-on-demand author, click here for an overview of our consignment program. If the consignment team agrees to carry your book, you may then request an event here:

It may take months to be considered for a spot in our schedule. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that all event proposals will be accepted. 

If you are chosen to present an event, you will be responsible for marketing your event, in addition to all the promotion the bookstore does.

Our promotions include:

• Listing on the web site

• Listing on the hard copy of the calendar which is distributed to our customers

• Offered for listings in local newspaper events calendars

• Included in email newsletter sent twice a month

• In-store promotion

• Posting on our social media

Weeknight and Saturday night evening events are from approximately 7-8:30 pm except during the winter months when we begin earlier. Sunday events begin at 3 pm.

Here is a helpful how-to list if you do not have experience working with bookstores:

Malaprop's is the hub of a thriving literary community. Thank you for offering your talents and teachings to us.