City Lights Bookstore is in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our goal since 1984 has been to share the literature of the region with the world, and the world of books with our community.
Upcoming Events - Storytime, every Saturday at 11 a.m.
Just in time for the holiday season, author, poet and educator, Dana Wildsmith will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. to read from her newest chapbook, Christmas in Bethlehem. She will be joined by a couple of her north Georgia musician friends. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Georgia, a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal.
There is a poem for each day of advent in this book, beginning with poems set in the biblical Bethlehem, and then moving in time and place to Wildsmith’s Christmases in Bethlehem, Georgia.
Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and has recently completed a novel. She has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and is a Fellow of the Hanbidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Wildsmith teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College.
City Lights Bookstore’s 15th annual Giving Tree program is underway. We have partnered with local service agencies who have offered anonymous lists of children in need this holiday season. You can help by providing that child with the gift of a good read. Come by the store and select an ornament from our Giving Tree and match-up a book for the age, gender and language listed. We will collect all the books and give them to the agencies in time for the children to receive books for Christmas. All Giving Tree purchases will receive a 20% discount.
For each book purchased from our holiday catalog get 40% off any second book of equal or lesser value that we have on our shelves. Our bookcases are groaning under the weight of the thousands of books we have in-stock… something for everyone on your gift list, not just the avid readers. Stumped? We’re here to help. Ask your friendly local booksellers for suggestions.
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