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2013 poetry books

New poetry books from Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC.

Have you noticed a theme developing on the covers of new poetry books? Dogs. Pups. Canines. Furkids. Above are the latest additions to my personal library: Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs and Billy Collins’ Aimless Love.

Last weekend was spent in one of my favorite North Carolina cities: Asheville. I facilitated a (very small) writing critique session for Asheville Writers. (This morning I received an invitation to present at a writers conference in Asheville in the spring – more details soon!)

I purchased the books above at Malaprop’s—an uber-popular Asheville book store. I discovered through facebook updates that Triangle Writers‘ Barbara Davis had just been there moments before signing her new book The Secrets She Carried. Some other places for booklovers to check out in Western North Carolina:

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar – Asheville
I hosted a writing workshop last year. This two-floor jewel is a great place to get tipsy on both its namesakes.

Firestorm Cafe & Books – Asheville
This very hipster spot was one of the stops on my Bonnaroo book tour in 2011. Get tea with their fancy Australian presses.

City Lights – Sylva
I have been meaning to go here. Have only heard good things!

But back to my question—are you noticing a theme with poetry book covers? Any more dogs surfacing on shelves?