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November 2017 News from Malaprop's!
A Note from Emöke: Giving Thanks
I do believe that giving thanks every day is essential to a good life. The end of this month is the time to celebrate Thanksgiving. Most of us make time to celebrate by getting together with family and friends, share nourishment, and appreciate each other's company.
We at Malaprop’s and Downtown Books and News extend our thanks to the 300 authors (local and international) who write and read for us. We are deeply appreciative of their contribution to the cultural aspects of our community. We have been nourishing and partaking actively in this community for 35 years and cannot truly thank enough those who have been part of our journey…and that is you, the readers of our selection of great books.
Life moves at a fast pace, and it is comforting that some things are present and can be counted on to be there for a respite. Good company and good books create somewhat an insulating circle around the heart, and we all can continue our work for this community where we chose to put our roots.
Every day we appreciate and are thankful for your presence and support in Malaprop’s and Downtown Books and News. The Asheville community is a wonderful gathering of people. Thankfulness in our hearts insures that, within this hectic world, we will remain steadfast and ready to serve our local, vibrant reading community.
Keep us in mind and keep reading our fabulous selections and staff recommendations.
- Emöke
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Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 4-6pm
Asheville Renaissance Hotel
The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site are pleased to announce the 62nd annual presentation of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award honoring the author Julia Franks for her work Over the Plain Houses.  After the presentation, Ms. Franks will provide comments and read excerpts from her award winning novel.
The program will also feature excerpts from the four finalists' works:
Jim Stokely reading from Wilma Dykeman's Family of Earth
Dan Pierce, Ph.D., reading his novel Hazel Creek
Ron Rash's The Risen and
Stephanie Powell Watts' No One is Coming To Save Us
A reception will follow the program.  Reservations are required. Tickets are $5 for WNCHA members and $10 for the general public and may be purchased on-line at - under the "Upcoming Events" section, click on the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award link.  Or call the Smith-McDowell House at 828-253-9231 Wednesday-Saturday from 10-4pm.
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Congratulations to Malaprop’s children’s book buyer and author, Amy Cherrix!
AAAS and Subaru of America, Inc. are proud to announce the books that were selected for the longlist of the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books. The Prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages. AAAS believes that, through good science books, this generation, and the next, will have a better understanding and appreciation of science.

The finalists will be announced in November and the winners will be announced in January 2018. This year marks the 12th year that AAAS has partnered with Subaru to choose outstanding science books for children, middle schoolers, and young adults.

Middle Grade Science Books category:

Amy Cherrix,
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code

Steve Jenkins, Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics

Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti, Go for Lift Off! How to Train Like an Astronaut

Claire Eamer, Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home

Patricia Newman, Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti, To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space

Alexandra Siy, Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space

Claire Eamer, What a Waste!: Where Does Garbage Go?

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Justin’s book reviews
The Consequences, Nina Weijers
A fascinating, constantly surprising book that insists on going places you'd never expect it to. In tackling topics like the nature of art, desire and family (but in relatable, human terms), Weijers has written a novel that begs to be pondered long after you've put it down.

In the Distance, Hernan Diaz
While In the Distance 
can be read as a revisionist Western -- and totally enjoyed and chewed on as such -- what makes Diaz's book truly exceptional is how far beyond a simple genre it goes. A beautiful, thoughtful and often heartbreaking exploration of lonesomeness, the simple confusion of just living, and the magnificent need for human connection.

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Patricia’s book reviews
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, Norman Ohler
Shocked, shocked, I say. This brief, translated history of the members of the Third Reich on drugs was a genuine surprise. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Well, the opioid crisis and the mass, industrialized production of narcotics has a richer, more disturbing history than I knew.
Photo by Glennsajan source's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, Joshua Green
Green gained unparalleled access from insiders still speaking to Trump and Bannon and from those who are not. This is the account of the inner workings, the strategy, and the ad hoc nature of the whole enterprise from Bannon's early days.
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Katie’s musing on It

9 thoughts I had while re-reading Stephen King's It.
I ended up with more questions than I should have.
1. It is like I have to speak in capitalizations when talking about it. Every time this book has come up in conversation, I end up shouting "I'm reading It.” Usually, the conversations concludes quickly with blank faces and me looking like a lunatic screaming at the heavens. People, no matter the subject, don't appreciate a 6-foot woman yelling at them.
2. Stephen King either hates or really loves small towns. This is the 
third book by him that I've read/re-read and the second to feature the Town as a character. I imagine that his towns don't get invited to many family functions, or if they do, they get relegated to the garage drinking cheap beer.
3. "Ayuh" is not a word. No matter how many times I read it in It. I will not be convinced that a person has ever uttered this in a sentence. Granted, I was born and raised in the south. But I will go to my grave that this word is fake.
4. Why on earth do people read this book as children? Where were the adults? Why did the adults let us do this? Why did my mom say this was okay? At what point did killer other dimensional beings that turn into clowns seem like a good idea for her 14-year-old kid?  
5. 20 years later, I am asking myself the exact same questions. Why am I reading this again? What adult told me this was okay? I should never be allowed to pick books for myself. Inevitable I have to sleep with the lights on.
6. Really that bathroom scene is more on the nose than I realized from my first reading.
7. The creepiest thing about It is Stephen King's descriptions. At one point, he was describing the Losers Club, and I was afraid of being put on a watch list and not be allowed in public parks anymore.  
8. Space turtle. Seriously, a space turtle. Why a turtle from space? What if it had been a cat from space?  A divine, otherworldly cat would have been amazing! I would name the space cat, Bob. And, what does Bob do in his off time? He sips tea and knits.
9. This book will never end. I've been reading It for years now. At this point, I'm becoming a citizen of Derry, Maine.
Featured November Events
Friday, Nov 3 at 6pm
Michael Carlebach presents Some of Us
Wednesday, Nov 8 at 6pm
Lady Passion & Duvei double launch Rituals & Sabbats + Candle Magic

Wednesday, Nov 15 at 6pm Megan Miranda presents Fragments of the Lost 
Sunday, Nov 19 at 3pm
Writers at Home Series with Tommy Hays 
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