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UNC Asheville Athletics & Malaprop’s to Host Roy Williams Book Signing

Monday, October 12th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café and the UNC Asheville Athletics Department will present a book signing with UNC Tar Heels Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams.

Coach Williams will be at UNC Asheville’s Justice Center on Sunday, Decemeber 13th from 1:30-2:30 to promote his new book HARD WORK: A Life On and Off the Court.

Malaprop’s is donating a portion of the sales to the UNC Asheville Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. The book-signing is first come, first served, and only for those with a Malaprop’s “Hard Work” receipt. HARD WORK can be pre-ordered from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in downtown Asheville. Books can also be purchased at the Justice Center on Dec. 13.

For more information, you can contact: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, N.C., 28801 at (828)254-6734.

Barnes and Noble in Biltmore Park to Open September 2nd

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Barnes & Noble

ASHEVILLE, NC – Throughout the generations, stories have never ceased to thrive as they transport us, comfort us, and teach us. Whether it is a new novel or even a new cookbook that you are eager to try, readers know that the first crease in a book binding can mean that they are in store for something unforgettable. And Asheville bibliophiles are in store for just that because a new Barnes & Noble is set to open on September 2nd in Biltmore Park Town Square.

The new store could not be opening at a better time. With schools gearing up for a new academic year, students and educators will love the resource section, where textbooks, study guides, and more will be available to help them get back into their fall routines. In addition, the array of calendars, office supplies, journals, and unique gifts are the perfect way to stay organized post summer vacation.

As the world’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble will boast more than 200,000 titles in your favorite book genres, music selections, DVDs, and magazines. The new store will also feature a membership program, special order service, complimentary Wi-Fi, Starbucks Cafe, and a space for year-round community events. In fact, they will kick off the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a friends and family preview night party on September 1st from 6 to 9 p.m., where a portion of the proceeds will go to Clear Creek Elementary School.

The new store’s ideal location in Town Square will also help meet the needs of customers by helping Biltmore Park become a one stop shopping destination. Located next to the newly opened Hilton Asheville and surrounded by residences, restaurants, a stadium seat movie theater, YMCA, boutiques, spas, and a variety of restaurants, visitors will enjoy spending a whole day knowing that they do not have to use their car to get from place to place. So, if there is a new must-read on your book list, be sure to mark your calendar for September 2nd, and be one of the first to explore Asheville’s newest bookstore.

Author Maura Burd Publishes New Book Set in Asheville

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Maura Burd brings her riveting characters to life in her new romantic suspense Wild Mountain Desire.

Character Shawna Lang returns to the enchanting mountains of Asheville. Away from Asheville for nearly 20 years, Shawna starts out on her trip with a deep longing for romance and adventure. Upon meeting the handsome Gerard Rutherford, Shawna is thrust into a whirlwind of excitement as an enthralling mystery begins to unfurl around her. Shawna must take caution for there are those around her whose dark secrets have the potential to cause her certain harm. And only when she comes face-to-face with the true nemesis will the dark secrets be revealed. Shawna may find the perilous adventure she’d wished for one that she may never escape.

Set in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Wild Mountain Desire will entice readers of both suspense and romance.

Wild Mountain Desire is a riveting book complete with captivating suspense, exciting adventure and delicious, passionate romance.

Maura Burd is an author of romantic suspense, paranormal romance and poetry.

Her books include: White Light Parallel – 8 Stories of Love, A Lover’s Whisper – Poetry, A Lover’s Rapture – Passionate Poetry, Deity of Darkness, its sequel Deity of Darkness – Risen and Wild Mountain Desire.

For more information, please visit Maura’s website www.mauraburd.com.

Western Carolina University Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, July 31st, 2009


CULLOWHEE, NC – Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

A novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist, Conley is the author of more than 50 books. They include “Back to Malachi,” “Ned Christie’s War,” “Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears,” “The Dark Way,” “War Woman” and “Cherokee Dragon.”

Conley has won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for the novels Nickajack and The Dark Island, and for his short story “Yellow Bird: An Imaginary Autobiography.” Earlier this year, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Conley assumed his duties as an endowed professor at Western Carolina University in 2008, prior to which he was a professional writer and served as programs director of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The endowed professorship was established in 1998 and is dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee and Native American culture, heritage and values.

A registered tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, Conley taught throughout the Midwest and was attracted to the mountains of Western North Carolina by the opportunity to connect with ancient Cherokee history. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Conley will be honored, along with the winners of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas’ First Book Awards for Poetry and Prose, during the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Festival at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in late October.

For more information about Cherokee studies, contact the program office at (828) 227-3841.