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Kim Michele Richardson Book Launch In Conversation with Sara Gruen

Kim Michele Richardson

Drinks, Desserts, and Prizes! Before the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd come by City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. for the book launch of Kim Michele Richardson’s new novel The Sisters of Glass Ferry. The book has earned an OKRA PICK award and has been described as a haunting portrait of life in the backwoods of moonshine country in the mid 20th century. The bestselling author of Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen, will join Kim Michele to celebrate the release of The Sisters of Glass Ferry and to talk about books and writing. Gruen had this to say about The Sisters of Glass Ferry, “An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. You simply have to read it."  There will be plenty of Sisters of Glass Ferry-themed snacks and goodies available as well.


Kim Michele Richardson is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.  She is also the author of the novels GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and Liar's Bench. Kim Michele resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Additionally, Kim Michele is a book critic for The New York Journal Of Books, and a contributor to HuffPost. She lives in Kentucky and resides part-time in her beloved, adopted small town in Western North Carolina.

The Sisters of Glass Ferry Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781496709554
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - November 28th, 2017

Godpretty in the Tobacco Field Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617737350
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - April 26th, 2016

Liar's Bench Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617737336
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - April 28th, 2015

Norma Watkins In Conversation with Jean Forrister

Norma Watkins will be returning to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m. (rescheduled from 12/8) to present That Woman From Mississippi, the sequel to her first memoir. She will have a conversation about the book with Jean Forrister. The first book, The Last Resort, describes coming of age in the civil rights movement, with the book ending when she leaves Mississippi. The sequel explores the consequences of exile. The nurturing mother is our model, and society does not easily forgive a woman who leaves her children. Humorous and discerning, the book shows how excruciating it is for women to do what men take for granted: find a harmony in love, work and parenting. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

That Woman From Mississippi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936946952
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Published: The Nautilus Publishing Company - November 30th, 0002

The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781604739770
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 9th, 2011

Sara T. Baker’s Debut Novel

Sara T. Baker will present her debut novel on Friday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Timekeeper’s Son is a literary coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era and the fraying social net of the New South follows the burgeoning impact of one teenager’s careless act on his family and community.


Sara Baker’s fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Cleaver, Confrontation, H.O.W. Journal, The China Grove Journal, The New Quarterly, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish contests. Her poetry has been published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, published by Negative Capability Press, The 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, The Apalachee Review, The Healing Muse, Ars Medica, and elsewhere. Her work has been shortlisted for the Eludia award, she has been a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award, and the Hemingway Days First Novel Contest, among other awards.

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ISBN: 9781944193560
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Published: Deeds Publishing - September 20th, 2016

Robin Whitley to Present Her Debut Novel

Robin Whitley will present her debut novel on Saturday, November 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Finding Home, the characters search for meaning in life and a place where all belong. A story that is a reminiscent mixture of Fried Green Tomatoes and At Home in Mitford, this novel portrays a loving sense of community and home. The rural North Carolina town of Pleasant Quarry becomes a place where all belong. Robin is also the author of the memoir, In a Southern Closet and her collection of poetry titled, More Than Knowing. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781542383837
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 20th, 2017

Denise Kiernan to Present The Last Castle

New York Times Bestselling Author Denise Kiernan will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16th (not 12/9 as originally scheduled) at 3 p.m. She will present her new book, The Last Castle which chronicles the Vanderbilt family and the history of the Biltmore Estate. Kiernan is also the author of the bestselling The Girls of Atomic City and has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476794044
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 26th, 2017

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451617535
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 11th, 2014

John Lane’s New Collection of Poems

John Lane returns to City Lights Bookstore with his new collection of poetry, Anthropocene Blues, on Friday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past. Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel,/bow thrusters, and tax shelters…” And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems--full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage--as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize. But all is not collapsed out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

Anthropocene Blues: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881466256
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2017

Coyote Settles the South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820349282
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Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

Fate Moreland's Widow Cover Image
By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781611174694
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 1st, 2015

Michael Beadle Poetry Reading

Poet and former Haywood County journalist and teacher Michael Beadle will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Primer, at City Lights Bookstore in on Saturday, November 11th, at 3 p.m. The book features poems about childhood and family, discovery and disappointment, triumph and heartbreak. Primer was a national finalist in the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, sponsored by Main Street Rag. Bowers, a former NC Poet Laureate who served as the judge for

the contest, writes, “With courage and a kid’s heart, Michael Beadle brings to life the rites of passage of a small-town boy inching toward the threshold of adulthood.” Beadle is the author or co-author of four books on Haywood County history, including the local history Arcadia series books Waynesville, Haywood County and  Canton. A former reporter with The Mountaineer and Smoky Mountain News, Beadle  was active in the Haywood County arts community for nearly two decades, performing poetry at downtown Waynesville festivals, acting on stage at Haywood

Arts Regional Theatre, emceeing events at Folkmoot festivals and teaching creative writing courses through Haywood Community College.

 

As a writer-in-residence based in Raleigh, he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops throughout the state and serves as the director of the NC Poetry Society’s student contests and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series. To reserve copies of Primer please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Storytime with Deanna Klingel

Deanna Klingel will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16th at 11 a.m. for a special children’s storytime. She will read from her new book, Spirit The Tiny White Reindeer. In the book, readers will discover that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places, especially when Christmas spirit is guiding you. Personifying true Christmas spirit, the tiny reindeer will warm your heart and become a wonderful addition to each family’s holiday traditions. Suitable for children of all ages, this book will help to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. 

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By Deanna Klingel, Steve Daniels (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946329387
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Published: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC - June 21st, 2017

A Natural History of the Nantahala National Forest

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.

Nantahala National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, George Ellison (Foreword by), James Lewis Phd (Commentaries by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467136372
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Published: History Press - August 14th, 2017

Pisgah National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, James G. Lewis Phd (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781626196346
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Published: History Press (SC) - October 21st, 2014

Radney Foster Concert and Book Signing

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.

For You to See the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940595641
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Published: River's Edge Media, LLC - September 15th, 2017

For You to See the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940595658
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Published: River's Edge Media, LLC - September 15th, 2017

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