Matt Peiken | BPR News

Malaprop’s Books reopened Tuesday under North Carolina’s social-distancing guidelines, but any enthusiasm to return to business life as normal was muted. Only two customers had registered in advance for reopening-day appointments to shop inside the downtown Asheville store.

“There is naturally going to be an amount of nervousness because we haven’t done things like this before,” said Justin Souther, the manager at Malaprop’s.

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Emöke B’Rácz has survival in her blood. In 1956, Her father came to the United States from Hungary as a political exile. B’Rácz was 15 years old when she and the rest of her family followed him to Connecticut.

“I did not speak the language. In Hungary, I was an ‘A’ student, and in the United States, I was at the bottom of the class,” she recalled because I couldn’t say anything very well.

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Local best-selling author Sara Gruen isn't shy about standing up for what she believes in.  The author of novels like "Water for Elephants" and "At the Water's Edge" has often donated in support of animal advocacy groups and rescues.  Now she's standing against North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 and in support of independent bookstores.  When award-winning writer Sherman Alexie canceled his May 18 Asheville appearance in protest of HB2, Gruen and others organized to fill the slot with an anti-HB2 fundraiser that instead would

Great Books of 2015

Dec 17, 2015
The Indie Bob Spot

The holiday season is critical to the success of  book stories around the country.  While those who claim to be "real readers" declare they buy books all year long, its no surprise that December is the busiest month of the year for independent book stores. Linda Marie Barrett is General Manager with Malaprops Book Store in Asheville.  She spoke with David Hurand about some of her stores' most popular books of 2015.