Malaprop’s Bookstore hosted a book launch and signing for Stay, Bobbie Pyron’s new book, on August 13th in conjunction with Homeward Bound, soliciting gently used clothing and household items, as well as pet food and supplies to support animal companions whose humans are without permanent homes.

The event was organized by local Asheville author, Bobbie Pyron, in anticipation of her new children’s book. The book launch event was free and open to the public. The event was hosted by Malaprop’s Bookstore, an independent bookstore that was established in 1982 to support poets, novelists, and writers of all kind.

Bobbie Pyron’s new book, Stay, is a story about a girl named Piper, whose life is turned upside down when her family moves into a shelter in a whole new city. She misses her house, her friends, and her privacy—and she hates being labeled the homeless girl at her new school.

While Hope House offers Piper new challenges, it also brings new friendships, like the girls in Firefly Girls Troop 423 and a sweet street dog named Baby. So when Baby’s person goes missing, Piper knows she has to help. But helping means finding the courage to trust herself and her new friends, no matter what anyone says about them—before Baby gets taken away for good.

Told in alternating perspectives, this classic and heartfelt animal tale proclaims the importance of hope, the power of story, and the true meaning of home.

You can purchase Bobbie’s book at your preferred vendor — click here for options.