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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.


Anyone else feel like a kid in a candy shop looking at this Malaprop’s display?

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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 locally written books in Asheville.


  • The Puppeteer’s Daughtersby 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 Breatheby Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle | Release date: September 08, 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.
  • Where All Light Tends to Goby David Joy | Release date: March 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

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Part of a series

  • Miss Julia Happily Ever Afterby Ann B. Ross | Release date: April 06, 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 Nowby Hope Larson | Release date: August 4, 2020 | This sequel to her 2018 book, All Summer Long, explores the struggles two best friends experience growing up.
  • Seraphina and the Black Cloakby 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 Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, Firestorm Books & Coffee, and Downtown Books & News to get expert advice from AVL’s local booksellers. 📚

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