• Local author Jeff Baker recently published Heard Around the Fire: Teachings of Grandfather Fire. The book, out on the Sacred Fire Press imprint, intends to provide readers with tool for navigating life. Lessons about the heart and mind, spirituality, gratitude, compassion, pain, healing, community and more, are imparted by the element of fire as spoken through Huichol shaman David C. Wiley. The lessons are given at sacred fire events and recorded between February 2001 and August 2005.
"Why is Grandfather appearing to us as this particular time?" Baker asks in the book's intro. ""He says that our modern culture has become very disconnected from the natural world and that we are not listening to what the Gods are telling us through natural events, omens and signs."
Learn more here and at a talk and book signing, held at Malaprop's on Wednesday, Oct. 13. 7 p.m. Free.
• Accent On Books announces its next reading group on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. The book selection is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel — a reimagining of Henry VIII's court.
• Local Lark Books editor Kathleen McCafferty just complete work on Craft-In, "a box-set of 12 craft booklets featuring all indie crafters including local artists Julie Armbruster, Alli Good, John Murphy (author of Stupid Sock Creatures and Closet Monsters), Katy Yellen (catzillacrafts.etsy.com), Jodi Rhoden (Short Street Cakes), MelMac Pink (Asheville Hoops), and Suzie Millions (artist, and author of The Complete Book of Retro Crafts). Suzie Millions designed all of the 12 awesome booklets, each one featuring a different craft project by a different indie crafter." Suzie Millions will launch the collection with an event at Barnes & Nobel on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1-3 p.m.
According to a press release, Millions "has made special little ghoul girl kits for us to make, and Jodi’s sending along some of her awesome Short Street Cake cupcakes. There are FREE limited kits and cupcakes, and Craft-In will be available for sale." Learn more here.
• Perhaps most intriguing about Nothing Left to Burn by Charlottesville, Va.-based author Jay Varner is that it's a memoir. It's the story of a boy who grows up with a fire fighter father and a grandfather who seems preternaturally obsessed with fire.
Varner reads at Malaprops on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. Free.