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General Info
Although the business side of bookselling was new to me, the incessant drive to have my own store finally bore fruit in 1982 when the opportunity arose to play hard at what I believed to be the best thing any one could ask for. I didn't have a million dollars to invest. Still, to me, my bookstore was 2000 square feet of the most magical space in downtown Asheville, and I named her Malaprop's.I wanted Malaprop's to be a place where poetry matters, where women's words are as important as men's, where one is surprised by excellence, where good writing has a home, where I could nurture my addiction to literature, and play, enjoy, and entertain people drawn to quality books.The abandoned state of downtown ( you could walk 3 blocks in any direction before you found a door not nailed down ) gave me the chance to invest all my money in inventory, since rent was almost free. My biggest inventory was in poetry and Southern literature. I wrapped every purchased book in the European tradition of craft paper and red ribbon. This was one of my earliest creative innovations: "Malaprop's wrap." Continuing this European flavor, we fixed up the basement and turned it into a caf . By 1983, we were serving fruit salads, bagels and really good coffee. The caf was a great success, despite the steep stairs customers had to negotiate to get down and up.

Regular Hours

Cafes Gourmet Gourmet Foods
Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown Asheville
Book Stores, Cafeterias, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cafeterias

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Malaprops rocks! Great stop on...

Malaprops rocks! Great stop on Haywood Street for a cup of joe or chai, interesting book selections and special events.



great book store

Has it all, excellent book choices, helpful staff, great coffee bar and entertainment on weekends.