Downtown Books & News

Purveyors of Used & Rare Books ★ Fine Art Gallery

★Downtown Books & News★

Purveyors of Used & Rare Books ★ Fine Art Gallery

Birds LLC
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

Birds LLC

Poetry reading with visiting authors Sampson Starkweather, Lauren Hunter, Paige Taggart, Chris Tonelli, Dan Boehl and Elaine Bleakney.  Brought to us by way of our friends at Juniper Bends!

Papyrus Nugator and DBN's Birthday
Jul
1
6:00 pm18:00

Papyrus Nugator and DBN's Birthday

July first will be the start of our 29th year on Lexington Avenue.  In honor of such our founder, Emöke B'Racz along with several of her family members, will be featured on the News Gallery walls.  The title of this family show is Papyrus Nugator. Come celebrate the work of Downtown Books & News and Malaprop's founder!


Hurdy Gurdy Listening Party
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Hurdy Gurdy Listening Party

Please join us in welcoming John Gernandt, Voice of the Sidhe, Fare Thee Now and Hope Huntington.  It will be an evening of traditional and original medieval music including Asheville's only Hurdy Gurdy Band.

Marcyanne's Poetry Playtime
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Marcyanne's Poetry Playtime

An evening of poetry; with visiting authors as well as some of our own.

Jasmie Cindy (Oakland), Suzanne Doogan (Baltimore), Lily Herman (Baltimore), Maya Martinez (Baltimore), Anne Symons (Asheville) and Ronika McClain (Asheville)

JUNIPER BENDS
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

JUNIPER BENDS

We are so excited to have Juniper Bends poetry reading back!

Stephen Goldman, Amy Upham, Mackenzie Kozak and Meg Winnecour.

Don't be late, seating fills up!!

Zine Fest - - Zine Workshop
May
6
3:30 pm15:30

Zine Fest - - Zine Workshop

As part of Zine Fest, the fine folks from Talismanic Potato will be doing a workshop here at DBN.  Free!

http://www.ashevillezinefest.com

https://www.facebook.com/thetalismanicpotato/

No book buying
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

No book buying

Not so much of an event as the absence of one.  

Saturday the 22nd, there will be no book buying.  

See you the Friday before or the Friday after!

Poetry Reading and Listening Party
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading and Listening Party

Poetry and tunes.

Free event.  April 13th at 7 p.m.

Music - - Mems from Baltimore and from Asheville, Abraham and Alec.

Poets - - Micala Smith, Marcyanne Hannemann and Glenda Romua

Paintings by Suzanne Joy Teune
Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Paintings by Suzanne Joy Teune

We are very pleased to announce an art opening for Suzanne Joy Teune.

Suzanne is a painter who creates her own hand made water color paints using locally sourced plants.

There will be an open mic poetry reading as well as drinks and snacks.

See you then!

Music event with John Bohannon
Apr
6
7:30 pm19:30

Music event with John Bohannon

Please join us Thursday April 6th for a listening party.  John Bohannon will be performing with local musicians Wes Tirey and Eric Arn.  We encourage a $5-10 donation for the touring musician.

Eugene Chadbourne
Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

Eugene Chadbourne

Experimental musician and author Eugene Chadbourne will be at Downtown Books & News on April 1st!

He is touring in support of his new thousand page, three pound book (tome if you will) "Dreamory".  Expect a reading and live music performance.

The event is free, but buy a book or CD, I mean come on. 

 

http://www.eugenechadbourne.com

Love & Rage:  A Valentines for the Times
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Love & Rage: A Valentines for the Times

Our next art opening is coming up on 2.10.17

Dozens of artists - - Dustin Spagnola, Lauren Deworde, Megan Kelley, Alli Good, Priya Ray, Joshua Spiceland, Blake Lee Ferguson, Liz Williams, Trish Tripp, Lisa Nance, Gus Cutty, Ian Wilkinson, Hailie Rudig, Justine Briggs, Jen Toledo, Justin Rabuck, Cayce Moyer, Mecaria Bakes, Milo Marlow, Melissa Hunsucker, Nathanael Roney, Alice Stearns, Cameron Zarrabzadeh, Marissa Zarrabzadeh, Dave Nalesnik, Andy Herod, Maxx Feist, Julie Wade, Peter Parpan - -

Live music  - - Lunar Creature, Don Howland & The Bassholes, Prince of Sleep - -

Poetry - - Lisa Nance, Nathanael Roney, Joel Herring - -

Gonna be huge.

We only ask you to bring your love and rage.

Poetry Reading
Feb
6
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading

Local and visiting poets take to the DBN stage for another Monday night poetry reading.

Rachel Bell, Miles Preston-Clark, Marcyanne Hannemann, Mary Moore Dalton and BLANKET.

As always, a gratis event.

Artwork by Thomas Reeves
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

Artwork by Thomas Reeves

Join us in celebrating the wonderful work of Thomas Reeves.  

Warm and heartbreaking, Thomas' show consists of several dozen pencil portraits of homeless men.  

Wine and small eats.  Hope to see you there.

Nov
24
11:00 am11:00

Open Thanksgiving Day

Need a break from turkey and fam'?  We're here for you.

Mr. Ethan will be running the shop Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gobble Gobble!

Juniper Bends
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

Juniper Bends

Our wonderful, quarterly poetry reading is back Friday the 18th.

 Readers Katherine Soniat, Eric Nelson and Brandon Amico.

A free event and sometimes there's even a bit of wine.

Often seating fills up, so don't be late. :-]

Long Weekend Tour
Nov
12
6:00 pm18:00

Long Weekend Tour

Please join us for The Long Weekend Tour with music and poetry by Joe Carlough, memoir works by Katie Haegele and live music with the Tall Tall Trees.  

Joe Carlough is a printer from Philadelphia. He’s been making zines and designing books for the past 8 years, and designs & prints chapbooks professionally for a range of clients from hobbyists to Random House authors. He enjoys hosting events, and has lately been attempting to inject more music into his performances. Here is his website: displacedsnail.com

 

Katie Haegele is a freelance writer and a longtime zinester from Philadelphia. Her third book of creative nonfiction will be published by Microcosm Publishing in 2017. She’ll be reading stories from this collection (teaser: they’re all about cats). Here is her website: thelalatheory.com

 

Mike Savino is not your grandaddy’s banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit from NYC. A pioneer in the the world of experimental and psychedelic banjo music, Mike Savino has released two records and one EP on his own label Good Neighbor Records, Tall Tall Trees (2009), moment(2012), and The Seasonal EP (2014). Since 2012 Tall Tall Trees has been touring relentlessly, mystifying audiences with his “continually refreshing and innovative approach to the banjo” (Paste Magazine). Often performing solo, Savino’s modern take on the one-man band involves running his  homemade instrument, dubbed the Banjotron 5000 through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements to support his lyrically driven songs. talltalltrees.com

As always; a free event, though donations (for the artists) are appreciated.

 

Not A Costume
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

Not A Costume

We are excited to have back with us poets from Hyannis House.  

Hyannis House is a space for students who are affected by sexual violence, women, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and allies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Hyannis House provides resources, sexual assault education and prevention, as well as programming that promotes education and awareness on LGBTQ and women’s issues.

https://msp.unca.edu/hyannis-house-0

Art Opening with the Open Hearts Art Center
Oct
1
6:00 pm18:00

Art Opening with the Open Hearts Art Center

Please join us Saturday October first for a group art opening with the Open Hearts Art Center.  Starts at seven p.m. with a performance at 8 p.m.  Drinks and light nibbles per tradition.
Open Hearts Art Center is an organization that serves adults with mental, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.  Below is a link to their website and a short video.
http://openheartsartcenter.org
https://vimeo.com/30317189
Bearded Strangers
Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Bearded Strangers

Stop by on Sunday and visit with Manon Guenot author of the photo-work Bearded Strangers

Bearded Strangers is a self-published, quality photograph book of hairy Asheville men.  Each photograph accompanied by a quote from the subject.  Text in English and French (Manon is European).

So stop in, Manon is lovely and the book is beautiful, fun and all local. 

Juniper Bends
Aug
19
7:00 pm19:00

Juniper Bends

Juniper Bends - Friday the 19th - 7 p.m. - Free Event(!)

Eric Nelson - Kim Winter Mako - Grey Wolfe LaJoie - Annie Tomlinson !!!

Live Music!
Jul
25
7:30 pm19:30

Live Music!

Elisa Faires, Dean Cercone, Spook Fish and Soul Worm.

Free show, but donations for the artists are highly encouraged and the right thing to do.

Live music with John Gernandt
Jul
23
7:00 pm19:00

Live music with John Gernandt

Multi instrumentalist and balladist John Gernandt will be doing a lovely set to bring the evening of July 23rd.  Saturdays are always mighty fine at DBN, this one promises to be even more so.

Make Beautiful Things
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Make Beautiful Things

Make Beautiful Things - A Ritual in Fairytale & Energy Show

Written and performed by Michelle Embree with musical accompaniment by Lady Baby Miss

"This Powerful storytelling masters a mixing of lyrically prose, spell casting, & the phenomena of shared memory.

WITNESS the funeral proceedings of The Great Legend Quarrel

CELEBRATE the birth of The Great Legend of the Seers"

 

Art opening with CJ Randall
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

Art opening with CJ Randall

Please visit with us the evening of July 8th to celebrate the fantastic and fantastical works of CJ Randall.  

A Dark Faerie Masquerade Ball with DJ Cosmo Q.

Prizes for costumes - - raffles - - all kinds of fun!

 

DBN turns 28!
Jul
1
9:00 am09:00

DBN turns 28!

It's our birthday and we want to share the fun with you.

All used items 25% off!

Find the golden tickets and win prizes!

Live music in the evening with Shane Parrish, Wes Tirey and Hidden Gate

 

We Begin in the Middle by Jacqueline Maloney
Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

We Begin in the Middle by Jacqueline Maloney

We here at the News Gallery are excited to share the work of Jacqueline Maloney on our walls.  Event will start at seven p.m. with wine and food.  

http://jacquelinekmaloney.blogspot.com

"I paint and draw in a space between nature and dream.  In nature, I try to see other life with the intention to form a relationship.  Assuming nothing, open to everything.  This kind of observation is a meditation practice, in which I find stillness, meaning and beauty.  As with other forms of meditation, I find it enriches my sense of belonging to this landscape, and presence with it as it unfolds to my senses.  Time is replaced by light, temperature, and the natural rhythms of the earth.  Science opens its door to a countless wordless languages as plants, stones, water flowing, become familiar to me.  And my own dreams find their way into my waking life, weaving into my awareness of my surroundings.  Each moment contains the beauty I study in a landscape, the spirits and dream beings I discover therein, and the emotions coursing through me that make it all meaningful.  From this way of being in the world a personal mythology springs, making magic between the lines, connecting me to a deeper truth."  

 

 

Oxford American Summer Issue Release Party
Jun
4
5:00 pm17:00

Oxford American Summer Issue Release Party

Oxford American editor Eliza Borne and executive director Ryan Harris will be on hand, as well as OA contributor Jeremy B. Jones, who will read from recent work.  Arkansas-bred banjoist Joe Sundell will provide a musical backdrop to the evening.

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