Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

January & February 2015 
Book News and Events
Coffee with the Poet Featuring Kirk Thomas

The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, January 15th at 10:30 a.m. The January gathering will feature Jackson County resident, Kirk Thomas. He will read selections of poetry he has written over the course of his life. Kirk retired from the Army in 1995 and then worked for military contractors until 2008 where his time in the deserts of Saudi Arabia  became a major influence on his poetry. Once he had fully retired, he and his wife fulfilled a longtime dream by moving into a house in the woods between Sylva and Franklin.


The Coffee with the Poet series meets every third Thursday of the month and is cosponsored by the Netwest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's Network. For more information on the Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


John Lane Poetry Reading

John Lane will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his new poetry collection onSaturday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. The Old Rob Poems  from New Native Press is a collection featuring a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane's. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.  

John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose. His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems was released by Mercer University Press in Macon, GA. in 2012. The book includes much of Lane's published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. Abandoned Quarry won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. Several of his latest prose books are My Paddle to the Sea, published by The University of Georgia Press, and Begin With Rock, End With Water from Mercer University Press. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC.
Thomas Rain Crowe Book Signing

Tuckasegee author and publisher, Thomas Rain Crowe will have a book signing and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 21st at 3 p.m. He will present, Beatitude Magazine and the 1970s San Francisco Renaissance. Published by New Native Press, the book is a photographic history of the beat-inspired San Francisco literary movement of the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Artists and writers came from all over the country and the world to add their voices to a growing community where Rain Crowe had a front row seat. He also served as an editor forBeatitude Press. Rain Crowe is the author of numerous books, including Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods.

Elizabeth Harris Book Signing


South Carolina author Elizabeth Harris will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her novel,What am I to do Now, Mama? onSaturday, February 28th at 3 p.m.  Coy Bronson is a talented man who left the mountains of North Carolina to follow his dream to California. Despite many obstacles, Coy leans on his mother's encouragement and develops a successful career as an actor, director, producer, and writer-a career that takes him from Hollywood to New York and Europe during World War II.

Elizabeth Harris, aka Carolyn Havelka, grew up in Burnsville near Asheville, North Carolina. She began writing at a young age of thirteen. She was influenced and encouraged by her high school classmates to followed her dream of writing, but never became serious and kept it on the back burner until the last few years. She has enjoyed many countless days of research collecting all the uncovered information which goes into her writing. She and her husband, John, now resides outside of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. To reserve a copy please click here.


Catherine Carter Reads from Her New Chapbook


Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook,Marks of the Witch,on Friday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state poet laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter's third book, "Stephen Spender once described poetry as 'enchanted utterance.' Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender's definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter's Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives." Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry areMemory of Gills and Swamp Monster at Home. To reserve copies of any of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

City Lights Bookstore 30th Anniversary



In February we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of City Lights Bookstore.  Founded by Sylva playwright and storyteller Gary Carden in February 1985, City Lights was purchased by Joyce Moore in 1986. In 1993 Joyce moved the store to Dr. Morgan's former office building on the corner of Spring and East Jackson Streets, one short block up the hill from Main Street. Joyce sold the bookstore to long-time employee, Chris Wilcox in January, 2010. Offering new and used books, gifts and more our goal is to share the literature of the Appalachian region with the world, and the world of good books with our community. Over the years we have hosted many great events. We've helped launch every one of Ron Rash's books since he came to Western Carolina University. We closed the street in front of the bookstore to hold a balcony reading in which Tom Robbins presented Villa Incognito to an assembled crowd of several hundred fans. Kathryn Stripling Byer, Sharyn McCrumb, Robert Morgan, Susan Wittig Albert and Mary Alice Monroe are just a few of the other great authors we have had during our 30 years as the community's local indie bookseller.

To celebrate and thank our community for three decades of amazing support we will offer a few February promotions. First, we are launching a new event attendance card program. Ask us for an event attendance card, get the card initialed by a staff member for each event attended. Attend five events and receive a $25 gift card. Next, to show our love we will have a week long sale starting on Valentine's Day. From February 14th through February 20th receive 20% off all items excluding gallery items and special orders. Visit us on Valentine's Day for free chocolate and other goodies and take advantage of the sale to give the gift of a good read to your valentine.   

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Chris Cox Reading

Chris Cox, will read from and sign his essaycollection onFriday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The Way We Say Goodbyeis sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written.

Chris Cox is a columnist for theSmoky Mountain News, and the author of another book,WakingUp in a Cornfield. His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader's Digest andSmoky Mountain Living. He teaches English at Southwestern Community College 


Will Harlan Presents Untamed

Will Harlan will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, February 6th at 6:30 read from and sign his biographyUntamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. The book looks at the life of Carol Ruckdeschel, a self taught scientist, who for forty years studied and defended the sea turtles and the surrounding wilderness of Cumberland Island. This national park on the Georgia coast is the country's largest and most biologically diverse barrier island. Untamed details the determined efforts of a woman to protect a wilderness she loves.


Will Harlan is the editor-in-chief ofBlue Ridge Outdoor Magazineand an award winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Oprah. He lives on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina. To reserve copies of Untamedplease click here.
Louise Runyon Poetry Reading


Poet, Louise Runyon will read from her new collection onFriday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.The Clearingexplores the concept of "clearing" in the personal, geographical, spiritual, individual and communal aspects of our lives. Poet and playwright, Alice Lovelace says this of Runyon's book, "Runyon has written poems and stories that resonate with home, loss, hope, love, and leaving. Her words are the language of geometry, dreams, memory, and the land." To reserve copies of The Clearingplease call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


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