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.
Dielle Ciesco, author of the novel, The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound, will be reading selections from her book and perform tonal music for healing & inspiration at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 25th at 3 p.m. In her novel, the reader will find that it isn’t everyday that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her True Voice? Dielle Ciesco specializes in the transformational power of the voice to heal and connect us with our own Divinity. She is passionate about every Voice, be it the one we use everyday to communicate, the ones we hear inside our heads, the silent voice of wisdom, voices raised in song, or the ones that call us to awaken. The creator of Vocal Toning Meditation, Shamanic Voicework, and Toning for Peace, she is also a featured vocalist on the TLC series with Visionary Music, creators of DNA activation music, and on Richard Shulman's upcoming release, The Bliss of Being. With over 18 years experience as a performer, teacher and healing facilitator, Dielle blends her experiences in vocal toning, sacred sound, meditation, Toltec & Bon shamanism, multidimensional music, Reiki Tummo, coaching, and teaching to assist clients in discovering a deeper connection to their inner truth and wisdom. She teaches workshops, writes, sings, makes art, and works one-on-one with clients. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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.