Tenth Anniversary Asheville Bookfest

The Tenth Anniversary Asheville Bookfest, organized by Grateful Steps Foundation and sponsored by numerous area businesses, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Asheville Outlets.

Among the highlights of the Bookfest will be a panel discussion on preventing bullying, featuring three area writers. Angela Evans will open the presentation with a discussion of her new book Invisible: Fiction but Painfully True, along with Rev. Brent LaPrince Edwards of St. James AME Church in Asheville (You Can’t Bully Me Anymore) and Madelyn Lantz (The Singing Pool). Also on the schedule is a discussion of mystery writing featuring John Gordon, author of Katelyn’s Killer and Malice at the Manor, R.F. Wilson, author of the Rick Ryder Mysteries, and fellow members of the Asheville Mysterians.

Other discussions will focus on memoir writing and drug use prevention. All panels, discussion groups, and readings will be held in the Food Court. Admission to all events is free.

Recent books featured at the Bookfest will include Joy on the Mountain: Guarded Secrets Revealed, by Wilma Styles; A Mighty Forest, a Mighty World, by gn holt; A Freethinker’s Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World, by Chris Highland; Open for Lunch, a memoir by Robin Russell Gaiser, and Caught in the Net, a children’s book about three friends and their journey of rescue and self-discovery, written by Candy Card and illustrated by Geraldine Holroyd.

Asheville Outlets is hosting its annual Asheville Parks & Recreation Truck City AVL and Kids Day on the same day. Both events have traditionally attracted thousands of fans, and Bookfest organizers anticipate great foot traffic for their event as a result.

Asheville Outlets is located at 800 Brevard Road, just south of Exit 33 on Interstate 26. In addition to Asheville Outlets, the Bookfest is cosponsored by the Asheville Mysterians, Charlotte Street Computers, Malaprops Bookstore and Café, Mountain Xpress, and One Click Fix Computer Repair.

For more information, call (828) 277-0998, visit www.gratefulsteps.org, or email micki@gratefulsteps.org.