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Locally written books in Asheville

From fiction and nature guides to young adults and memoir, these are the books you have to read — or weep.

Bookshelves in Malaprop regional fiction section

Malaprop’s regional fiction section is a literary goldmine.

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What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor. Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about a few locally written books in Asheville.


  • Death’s Pale Flag” by Gary Simonds | Release date: June 27, 2023 | Look behind the curtain of modern neurosurgery and dive into the paranormal in this psychological thriller that follows a brain surgeon and unlikely war hero as he starts to see apparitions.
  • Other Birds” by Sarah Allen Addision | Release date: Aug. 30, 2022 | Secretive neighbors, unresolved longings, unwritten stories — Zoey gets more than she bargained for when she claims her deceased mother’s apartment on a tiny South Carolina island. Plus, you can see the author talk about book in the “Books Across America” documentary.
  • The Puppeteer’s Daughters” by Heather Newton | Release date: July 26, 2022 | This humorous and heartwarming story explores family dynamics via a puppeteer father and the complex legacy he hopes to leave for his daughters.
  • Even As We Breathe” by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle | Release date: Sept. 8, 2020 | The first novel ever published by an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this World War II-era story centers on a young Cherokee man who navigates new life roles and raises broader questions about identity, culture, and history.
  • Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Godwin | Release date: May 5, 2020 | Immerse yourself in a friendship that spans decades and defines the two women who carry it — through loss, secrets, and an ever-changing world.
  • Appalachian Book of the Dead” by Dale Neal | Release date: Sept. 3, 2019 | This tale of Southern Gothic persuasion follows a couple as they deal with the lingering presence of a macabre killer after he vanishes in the North Carolina forest.
  • Where All Light Tends to Go” by David Joy | Release date: Mar. 3, 2015 | Joy’s first book, a dark tale of a young man seeking redemption, was an Edgar Award finalist for best first novel. It’s also the basis of an upcoming American crime thriller film starring Billy Bob Thornton and Robin Wright.

For the family

Learn something new

  • Biltmore Industries & Tryon Toy-Makers” by Bruce E. Johnson | Release date: July 22, 2023 | After a decade of research, Johnson shares the biographies of Eleanor P. Vance and Charlotte L. Yale, who operated a woodworking and weaving business for the Vanderbilts before starting their own company — inside, you’ll find never-before-published information + photographs.
  • The Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton” by Ann B. Ross | Release date: Apr. 2, 2021 I While author and documentary filmmaker Hutcheson is based in Raleigh, we’re including him for this extensive portrait of the legendary Haywood County moonshiner that features photos, essays + interviews. Bonus: There’s a foreword from Jackson County-based author David Joy.
  • Discovering the Appalachian Trail: A Guide to the Trail’s Greatest Hikes” by Joshua Niven and Amber Adams Niven | Release date: June 1, 2022 | Featuring stunning original photos, the essays in this work detail the healing nature of hiking the iconic trail.
  • The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origin of National Parks” by Dennis Drabelle | Release date: Nov. 1, 2021 | This lavish tome tells the fascinating story of how the national park movement began and spread around the world.

Part of a series

  • Miss Julia Happily Ever After” by Ann B. Ross | Release date: Apr. 6, 2021 | The 25th and final installment of this best-selling series sees the beloved protagonist navigating all manners of struggles related to her long-awaited wedding.
  • All Together Now” by Hope Larson | Release date: Aug. 4, 2020 | This sequel to her 2018 book, All Summer Long, explores the struggles two best friends experience growing up.
  • Seraphina and the Black Cloak” by Robert Beatty | Release date: June 14, 2016 | The first book in the Serafina introduces Serafina, a child secretly living in the Biltmore’s basement.

Personal stories

Need more recommendations? Stop by spots like Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, Firestorm Books & Coffee, and Downtown Books & News to get expert advice from AVL’s local booksellers.

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