City Lights Bookstore is in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our goal is 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.
On Saturday, August 23nd at 6:30 p.m. meet Mark Powell as he presents his new novel, The Sheltering at City Lights Bookstore. Powell’s work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.” Pat Conroy had this to say in the foreword he wrote for Powell’s new novel, “The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace. What you notice first when you come to Mark Powell’s fourth novel is his remarkable gift for language, the bleeding edges around his dialogue, the starch and vigor of his sense of place, the sharp delineation of his characters, and a stylishness all his own. He is that rarity among male writers of fiction in that his female characters are as strongly presented as any of his troubled, endangered males. In these spiritually exhausted times, The Sheltering is a philosophical novel with a belief system that collapses in on itself because the membranes of our storm-tossed faith always seem so gossamer and imperiled. Powell’s dexterous novel is deeply spiritual and deeply religious, but in ways that might scare you to death. You find yourself wanting to believe in his characters even as these unreliable pilgrims can no longer hold on to a firefly’s faith in themselves.”
The author of four novels, Mark Powell, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.
Jon Sealy will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. to read from his southern gothic noir novel, The Whiskey Baron. Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.
Hailed as a “grand new talent” by Bret Lott and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” by Ron Rash, Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettablecharacters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Jackson County resident, Timm Muth will read from and sign his new fantasy novel on Saturday, August 30th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Disciple of the Flames chronicles the story of Darn, whose life as a herder’s son was hard, dirty and not in the least adventurous. Fate intervenes when on a journey with his father, a stranger saves Darn from a near fatal rousting by local bullies, eventually leading to Darn’s induction into a powerful religious and military order: The Disciple of Flames.
Muth lives near Sylva, NC and spends an awful lot of time hiking, biking and looking for shiny rocks all over Cowee Mountain. Disciple of Flames is his first novel. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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