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M. Scott Douglass will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 21st at 3 p.m. to read from his new collection of poetry, Just Passing Through. The author of four other collections of poetry, Douglass is also the managing editor and book designer for Main Street Rag, the publishing company he helped found in 1996. His poetry has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Iodine Poetry Journal, Midwest Review, North American Review and others. To reserve copies of Just Passing Through please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Legendary singer/songwriter Radney Foster will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. for a concert and book signing. Known for penning dozens of Top Forty, Top Twenty, Top Ten hits for both himself and Nashville's elite, he felt driven to tell stories longer than the three minutes allowed for radio. His short story collection, For You to See the Stars, is a testament to his talent, showing the diversity of his voice, bringing lyrical prose to the page, and presenting Radney Foster to a whole new audience. The CD of the same title includes the ten songs that inspired these stories. The event is free and open to the public though seating will be limited. If you would like to reserve a seat please place a prepaid order for the book. One book purchase reserves one seat. For more information or to reserve copies of For You to See the Stars please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Gregg Clark will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book, Ghost Country. Clark is an 8th Grade English and History teacher at Macon Middle School in Franklin, North Carolina. He and his wife, Pauletta, also a Macon County teacher, own and operate Where Shadows Walk, Historic Ghost Tours of Western North Carolina. Clark, whose ancestors date back to the founding of the region, pairs his passion for history, legends and ghosts with his love of the great American short story. Clark’s book, Ghost Country features 31 ghost stories from all across Western North Carolina. In Ghost Country readers will hear, for the 1st time, the true and dark haunting tale of the final surrender of the American Civil War on Franklin’s Main Street. They’ll hear the never-before told tales of Granny Beck, the Witch of Caney Fork. They’ll learn of strange beasts, demons, legends, killers and the ghosts that haunt the past and the present in the mystic, misty southern Appalachian Mountains.
Marci Spencer will return to City Lights Bookstore to present her new book on Saturday, October 28th at 3 p.m. Created in 1920, the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest dominates the rugged southwestern corner of North Carolina. Rivers such as the Cheoah, Cullasaja, Chattooga, Nantahala and Tuckasegee carve deep gorges, making the region one of the wettest in the nation. The Whitewater River tumbles over the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Power companies dammed local rivers, creating some of North Carolina's most scenic recreational mountain lakes. The high peaks, secluded coves and forested woodlands of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Panthertown Valley and Buck Creek Serpentine Pine Barrens and other areas hold cultural and natural history secrets. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer reveals the history and splendor of the Nantahala National Forest.
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