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!
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!
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.
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)
Sahba Sizdahkhani is our guest performer Saturday. He plays percussion as well as the santour; a traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer. Also performing will be Tashi Dorji, Sarah Louise and Falcon Mitts. Donations for the visiting musician appreciated. http://www.sahbasizdahkhani.com
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!!
After the Zine Workshop we will be hosting a reading around the themes and from the pages of - --you guessed it, Zines!
As part of Zine Fest, the fine folks from Talismanic Potato will be doing a workshop here at DBN. Free!
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 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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a break from your family and visit up with us.
Take part in the 365 day X 28 year tradition!
Closing at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve
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.
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. :-]
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.
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.
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.
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 - Friday the 19th - 7 p.m. - Free Event(!)
Eric Nelson - Kim Winter Mako - Grey Wolfe LaJoie - Annie Tomlinson !!!
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.
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 - 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"
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!
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