City Lights Bookstore is in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Our goal is to share the literature of the Southern Appalachian region with the world, and the world of books with our community.
WNC resident, Dershie McDevitt will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m. to read from and sign her mystery novel, Just Holler Bloody Murder.
Vacationing often to Dewees Island, South Carolina, McDevitt draws her story from her love for Charleston’s barrier islands. Set on an island very much like Dewees, the novel takes the reader to a world where murder and mystery mix (along with hints of romance) to create a highly entertaining and slightly quirky read. The story is full of wonder, desire and intrigue.
Ann Melton will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from and sign her new book, I Will Lift Up My Eyes, on Saturday, May 18th at 3 p.m. Melton says of her book, “In this book you will read true stories of God’s unlimited power, which is beyond imagining. You can see that He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or dream. In Romans 8:28 we are promised that all things work together for good for those that love God. That means He will take our failures, mistakes, and heartaches and make them into something beautiful. For more than 50 years I have kept a journal of the glorious things God has done in my life and the lives of family and friends as they experienced the warmth of God’s love. It is my prayer that in sharing these stories, the reader will be lifted up in faith and will begin his own special walk with the Lord. No matter where you are, you can come before the Lord in prayer, knowing that He will be waiting with outstretched arms.
Some of the stories in the book are stories that I and others would rather have forgotten, but I believe that it is in our mistakes, heartaches, sorrows, and victories that we learn some of our most valuable lessons. I have recorded these stories in an effort to glorify God and to help others on their journey. I believe that we are all travelers along a difficult road and that as Christians we have a responsibility to help others in their journey. If this book helps even one person, I have achieved my goal.” To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
On Friday, May 31st at 7 p.m. City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the SIBA award nomination finalists, Kathryn Byer and George Ellison. Byer and Ellison will share poetry from their recent works along with some new work. A reception will follow the reading. SIBA is a trade association which represents over 300 bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi.
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance exists to empower, promote, and celebrate bookstores in a spirit of partnership. SIBA was formed to unite in one organization individuals and businesses actively engaged in the writing, selling, publishing, distribution and/or promoting of books in the South. Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin. To reserve any of Kathryn’s or Ellison’s books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.