Nevada McPherson Presents Graphic Novels

Nevada McPherson will read from her two graphic novels, Uptowners and Piano Lessons on Friday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  McPherson has written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, one short screenplay that she made into a short film, and two graphic novels:  Uptowners, a dark comedy set in contemporary New Orleans, and Piano Lessons, a gay teen romance set in the 1950’s rural south.  McPherson has received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Following the reading, McPherson will be signing and copies of her graphic novels will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Uptowners and Piano Lessons please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Jamie Kornegay Presents His Debut Novel

Mississippi author, Jamie Kornegay will visit City Lights Bookstore on Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m. to present his debut novel. Soil, a  City Lights staff pick, is a look at Jay Mize’s descent into madness. “An environmental scientist, Jay believes he can revolutionize sustainable farming. What starts out as a dedicated but light-hearted obsession with composting leads him to moving his wife and son to a rural riverside farmstead in the Mississippi delta. It is not long though before it all begins to unravel for Jay. Soil is a great read, set at a furious pace that does not end until the final page. Forget the great plot and pace, Kornegay’s writing style makes this book hard to put down,” says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden.

Jamie Kornegay lives in the Mississippi Delta, where he moved in 2006 to establish an independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, MS. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi.

ISBN: 9781476750811
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 10th, 2015

Joseph Bathanti Reading & Signing

Joseph Bathanti, poet, memoirist and novelist, will read from his poetry and his most recent poetic prose on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Some of his work includes The Life of the World to ComeHalf of What I Say is Meaningless: Essays, and Concertina: Poems.  Bathanti’s reading will launch our celebration of National Poetry Month.  Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April and is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  Bathanti is a former North Carolina poet laureate. This honor recognizes a poet and he or she has the opportunity to tour the state as North Carolina’s leading ambassador of literature.  Over the last 35 years, Bathanti has helped people of all walks of life express themselves through writing from prison inmates, to college students, and even to war veterans.  He is currently a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University.  Following the reading, Bathanti will be signing and copies of his work will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Bathanti’s work please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.  

ISBN: 9780881464702
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Published: Mercer University Press - October 31st, 2013

ISBN: 9780881464733
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Published: Mercer University Press - June 30th, 2014


ISBN: 9781611174533
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 20th, 2014

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