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Wonderland Book Club featuring Melanie McGee Bianchi, Author of “The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories”

June 30, 2023 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Melanie McGee Bianchi will be the guest author at Wonderland Book Club on Friday, June 30, 2023! Melanie will present her book, The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories.
We start at 10:15 a.m. (Quail Ridge Books opens at 10 a.m.) and will end by noon with a group photo (be sure to stick around for that!).

Melanie’s book, The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories, is available for a Quail Ridge Books discount.

All Wonderland news is available at the Wonderland Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WonderlandBookClub. We’ll continue to send two monthly NCWN/Wonderland Book Club emails.

Please RSVP on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WonderlandBookClub so Quail Ridge has a good count.

Please invite your friends to come to this meeting. Mention that it’s free and they don’t have to be a member of the NC Writers’ Network or Wonderland Book Club to join us–we welcome all interested folks!

Meet Melanie McGee Bianchi, author of The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories, at Wonderland Book Club
co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network
Location: Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd · Raleigh, NC
Friday, June 30, 2023
Time: 10:15 a.m. to noon (Quail Ridge Books opens at 10 AM), FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
MASKS ARE OPTIONAL~ Quail Ridge Books no longer requires masks.
We will be meeting UPSTAIRS.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories

The Ballad of Cherrystoke & other Stories is a collection of short fiction published in 2022 by Blackwater Press and distributed in the U.S. and the UK. The title story received national notice (published in the Summer Prize Issue of the Mississippi Review in 2020) and the book was honored as a “Distinguished Favorite” in the Short Stories category of the NYC Big Book Awards in fall 2022. Other stories in the book have appeared in print literary magazines from Atlanta to Ireland.

In a review of the book published by the Southern Literary Review, reviewer Jon Sokol wrote, “Melanie McGee Bianchi… gives the reader a true sense of this place we call Southern Appalachia as she explores the bleak-wintered towns, sun-dappled farms, shady glens, lush mountains through the eyes of a downright odd cast of characters who inhabit these places… In The Ballad of Cherrystoke, Bianchi gives us another much-needed antithesis to the harmful stereotypes that continue to plague this beautiful, magical tragic region and its people.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melanie McGee Bianchi

Melanie McGee Bianchi is the author of The Ballad of Cherrystoke & Other Stories. Melanie has worked as a lifestyle journalist for more than 25 years, and is currently the editor of three magazines: Asheville Made, Bold Life, and Carolina Home + Garden. She has published humor essays, poetry, and hundreds of feature articles. Melanie has received a Pushcart Nomination for poetry, was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review Chapbook Poetry Prize, and holds a Gold Award for special-section editing from the International Festivals & Events Association. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and teenage son.


June 30, 2023
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
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Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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