Regional Authors

Western North Carolina is fortunate to claim an abundant community of authors and other artists. Over the years, many of these artists have become good friends of Malaprop’s, and our store is often a first or early stop for them when they publish new work. We believe that their creativity is a large part of what makes our region great. Here’s a small sampling of notable reads that we hope will pique your interest.

The Appalachian Trail: A Biography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358171997
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Published: Mariner Books - June 8th, 2021

Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467543
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Published: Blair - May 25th, 2021

Fatal Scores Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464213151
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - March 2nd, 2021

Hidden History of Asheville Cover Image
By Zoe Rhine (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781467142212
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Published: History Press - June 17th, 2019

Wicked Asheville Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467138802
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Published: History Press - September 17th, 2018

Murder in Rat Alley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492699392
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - December 31st, 2019

The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684421633
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Published: Turner - August 21st, 2018

27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry Cover Image
By Gail Godwin (Contribution by), Ron Rash (Contribution by), Charles Frazier (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780983247517
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Published: Eno Publishers - May 1st, 2012

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A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062088239
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2013

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544290
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Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781449400644
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - April 5th, 2011

Guests on Earth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203801
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Published: A Shannon Ravenel Book - May 13th, 2014

Asheville: A History (Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies #19) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786431762
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Published: McFarland & Company - September 12th, 2007

Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. The city experienced a quick rise to prosperity in the late 19th century under the influence of wealthy benefactors including George W. Vanderbilt and E.W. Grove. A devastating downturn during the Great Depression was followed by slow economic revitalization up until the late 1970s. In the 1990s, however Asheville entered boom time, a period that reestablished the city as a popular retreat for tourists, artists, and retirees. Here in this book is all the fascinating history of Asheville, complete with a rich array of photographs. Multiple appendices reveal details concerning many lesser-known aspects of Asheville's unique history, including city buildings designed by architects Richard Sharp Smith and Douglas D. Ellington, and city projects funded by philanthropist Julian Price.

Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen Cover Image
By Katie Button, Genevieve Ko, Evan Sung (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781250059444
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 11th, 2016

What does it take for us to become our authentic selves? In her memoir, Georganne Spruce, a woman who chooses to define herself rather than follow society’s stereotypes, searches for an authentic identity, creative expression, and a spirituality that uplifts her. On this journey, this dance of life, she learns to release her fear, express her deepest thoughts, stand strong in relationships, and find her spiritual core. As a teacher, she strives to empower those she teaches. This book is more than one woman’s story, for Georganne shares the tools, practices, dreams, and insights she has used to transform life’s challenges into a life she loves.

A Short Time to Stay Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681629513
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Published: Turner - December 6th, 2016

The Line That Held Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425280287
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 9th, 2019

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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476794051
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

There are very few women sculptors who work with fabricated metal: cutting steel, welding, hammering, grinding, and shaping to create beautiful pieces both large and small.  Cathey’s career developed in the western North Carolina, and her subject matter draws heavily on the fauna and flora of the Southern Appalachians.  Rand-McNally’s Best of the Road lists her gallery on Depot Street in Waynesville as a landmark.

This book is a collaboration between Grace Cathey and distinguished historian Sara Evans (author, Carolina native, and seasonal resident).  It introduces Grace, tells the story of how she came to metal art after years as a professional weaver and painter and how her work has grown and changed. This book will inspire all readers.  It also describes some of the techniques, especially process, finishes and use of color, that draw on Cathey’s experience as a weaver, watercolor, and print artist. 

Printed in full color and lushly illustrated throughout, Fire and Steel is primarily an art book that introduces readers to the full range of Grace Cathey’s work, from major pieces of public art installed on the main streets of Waynesville, Hendersonville, and the North Carolina Arboretum, to a variety of custom objects for homes and gardens, and even small pendants.

The Last Ballad: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062313126
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018

Fate stamped Jack Cain's dance card years before his birth. His father, a photographer with Patton's third army, stumbles upon a children’s camp near the German town of Worms. In Camp Rainbow, situated on the former grounds of Hausser Pharmaceutical, he photographs young Gypsies, Slavs, Poles, and Jews being treated to comforts enjoyed only by privileged Germans. When he returns two weeks later, the camp has become a ghost town. Years later, the secret of this camp dies along with Jack’s father. The only remaining clue is a box of photographs. Years later, Jack is a forty-five-year-old surgeon whose life has become a slow funeral.

Every Tree is the Forest / Stories of the Seven-Headed Sewing Machine Flip Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780965865722
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Published: Burning Bush Press of Asheville - March 1st, 2005

Emoke Z. B'Racz was born in Budapest Hungary in 1948, daughter of Magrit Imre B'Racz and Hungarian political activist, winner of The Officer's Cross of The Order of The Hungarian Republic Medal-of-Honor in 1991, Istvan B'Racz. She came to the U.S. in 1964. She is a poet, translator, and bookstore owner in Asheville, NC. Her first published translations from Hungarian were of Gyula Illyes and appeared in 1973 in the New York Quarterly. Stories of the Seven-Headed Sewing Machine came from a volume of collected poems which was published in Budapest in 1988.

Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578541709
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Published: Cosmic Pigbite Press - October 1st, 2019