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.
Join us on Friday, December 20th at 6 p.m. as Gary Carden offers up Appalachian Christmas tales at City Lights Bookstore. Carden will talk about old rituals still practiced and some of his own childhood memories of Christmas in the mountains, including some of the leaner years during WWII when rationing was at its peak. He will also talk about some of the stories featured in Eliot Wiggington’s Foxfire Christmas. Gary Carden is an award-winning Appalachian author, playwright and folklorist. He has written several books, including the recent Appalachian Bestiary which details some of the creatures featured in Appalachian lore. For more information or to reserve any of Carden’s books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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.
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.
We sell Kobo eBooks and Readers! Help us survive & thrive in this Brave New World.
Get eBooks for your iOS or Android phone or tablet:
1. Create your Kobo account after selecting an eBook from here on our website.
2. Purchase books through a Kobo eReader you bought at City Lights, or start your ebook shopping here at on our website.
3. Download the free Kobo reading app to your preferred device. It's native to Android and iOS. Did you get one of those proprietary Big Data tablets? Try sideloading the Kobo app to a Nook or KenDollFire. This will require plugging it to your computer.