I have discovered a most captivating place: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. It’s located at 55 Haywood Street in Asheville, NC. It’s large, locally owned and one of the finest such establishments I’ve ever encountered. This is the kind of bookstore where I could easily spend all day.
Inside the store, everywhere my feet and eyes travel, I meet a new section. Books are organized in groups. Easy-to-read signs give the information I need. There’s Staff Favorites, Banned Books, Award Winners, Regional books, Book Club Books, Notebooks and such materials for readers and writers, Staff Favorites, Self-sufficiency and Farming, as well as such usual sections as History, Fiction, Memoir, Biography and on and on. The Cooking shelves and the Children’s corner easily capture my attention. These pictures show how easy it is to be distracted by a new and even more interesting group of books. At first I dash from one spot to another.
Alsace and other staff are friendly and helpful. They search for books of interest to me, and they find them. My husband enjoys a delicious Danish Pastry and some good conversation at the café.
I heard about this place from Michigan friends. One couple told me I must see it and took me there when a group of us were in Asheville last year for a wedding. I couldn’t wait to get back. Other friends had made a special trip to Asheville to hear the author Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) speak. Both the place and the speaker provided them with a most memorable experience. After their encouragement, I made time for a visit while traveling last week.
Did I buy books? Yes, I did! The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline, A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissey, and a writer’s notebook. And I wanted to buy more.
Do make a stop in Asheville whenever you are able. If you can’t get there soon, you are in luck. Their website is helpful and interesting. www.malaprops.com
One can search and shop books and peruse upcoming events of surprising variety. They feature local and nationally known authors. Learn about an interesting variety of book clubs. Don’t miss their recommended reading, newsletter and other information.
You’ll love having this amazing bookstore on your radar.