May Day Tarot Reading
Come by City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, May 1st at 6 p.m. for a free tarot reading. While you wait for a reading be sure to ask about our selection of tarot cards.
Jamie Mason Presents Her Thriller Novel
Asheville writer, Jamie Mason, will read from and sign her thriller, Three Graves Full onFriday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Three Graves Full, Mason's first book, finds Jason Getty in a unique position. Having killed a man he wished he had never met and burying him in the backyard of his house, Jason is trying learn to live with what he has done. But then Jason is shocked when police find two more bodies buried in his yard--ones that Jason did not bury. Chris says of this debut: "... a searing, psychologically rich examination of a mild-mannered murderer falling in slow motion into a pit of his own devising."
Sallie Bissell to Read from Her New Mystery
Sallie Bissell returns to City Lights Bookstore to read from and sign her new novel,Music of Ghosts, onSaturday, May 11th at 3 p.m. When a group of college students visit a haunted cabin, deep in the Appalachian woods, one is brutally murdered and her flesh mutilated with disturbing symbols. Attorney, and Pisgah County native, Mary Crow must navigate through ghostly legend and truth to find out who the killer really is. Bissell is a Nashville native and divides her time between her hometown and Asheville. Her previous Mary Crow novels have been favorites of local readers.
Dielle Ciesco to Read and Perform Healing Tonal Music
Dielle Ciesco, author of the novel, The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound, will be reading selections from her book and perform tonal music for healing & inspiration at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 25th at 3 p.m. In her novel, the reader will find that it isn't everyday that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her True Voice?Dielle Ciesco specializes in the transformational power of the voice to heal and connect us with our own Divinity. She is passionate about every Voice, be it the one we use everyday to communicate, the ones we hear inside our heads, the silent voice of wisdom, voices raised in song, or the ones that call us to awaken. The creator of Vocal Toning Meditation, Shamanic Voicework, and Toning for Peace, she is also a featured vocalist on the TLC series with Visionary Music, creators of DNA activation music, and on Richard Shulman's upcoming release, The Bliss of Being. With over 18 years experience as a performer, teacher and healing facilitator, Dielle blends her experiences in vocal toning, sacred sound, meditation, Toltec & Bon shamanism, multidimensional music, Reiki Tummo, coaching, and teaching to assist clients in discovering a deeper connection to their inner truth and wisdom. She teaches workshops, writes, sings, makes art, and works one-on-one with clients. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
June Peacock Presents Her Memoir
June Skinner Peacock will read from and sign her memoir,Window in the Wall, onSaturday, June 8th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. She began to write in earnest at the age of 89. Two years later, having spent more hours at her desk than can be counted, this memoir is complete. It was to be for her family, and will be treasured by each. However, it reaches beyond simple life experiences to be shared with family into the depths of struggle, reinvention, and joy that speak to the resilience of the human spirit.
For all who read this, there is an honesty that will encourage each of us to seek a full and meaningful life, to welcome and accept new challenges of creativity and reflection, to look forward to the future, no matter our age.
During the late fall and winter months, June lives next door to her daughter and son-in-law in Raleigh, NC. Spring, summer, and early fall she spends in the mountains, at her beloved "Cove" in western North Carolina.
Tom Earnhardt to Speak at the Mountain Heritage Center
OnThursday, June 27th at 7 p.m.Tom Earnhardt will be at the Mountain Heritage Center to discuss the natural beauty of North Carolina and present his book, Crossroads of the Natural World. In this richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina, Tom Earnhardt, writer and host of UNC-TV'sExploring North Carolina and lifelong conservationist, seamlessly ties deep geological time and forgotten species from our distant past to the unparalleled biodiversity of today. With varied topography and a climate that is simultaneously subtropical, temperate, and subarctic, he shows that North Carolina is a meeting place for living things more commonly found far to the north and south. Highlighting the ways in which the state is a unique ecological crossroads, Earnhardt's research, insightful writing, and stunning photography will both teach and inspire. Tom Earnhardt, a lawyer by profession, is a committed conservationist and environmentalist. He is also the writer, co-producer, and host of the popular television programExploring North Carolina, which airs on UNC-TV.
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Story Time Every
Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Jackson County Farmers' Market
A young girl, cursed with a strange deformity, finds true friendship among other misfits and follows a mystery that has already caused several unnoticed disappearances. This exciting novel of paranormal friendship takes place in Victorian England and combines modern love for paranormal adventures with the reality of the hardships deformed and strange people faced in this era. -- Ada Graham, City Lights Customer
Writer and Musician Ted Olson to Perform and Read at City Lights Bookstore
Educator, musician, writer and former park ranger, Ted Olson will visit City LightsBookstore on Friday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to read poetry from his new collection, Revelations. He will also perform Appalachian ballads and folk songs.
Olson has written several books, including two collections of poetry, Breathing in Darknessand his new book, Revelations, and a study of Appalachian culture, Blue Ridge Folklife. He has edited numerous books, including four volumes ofCrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual and collections of literary works by authors James Still (including the recent book The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still), Sarah Orne Jewett, and Sherwood Anderson. Olson co-edited the award-winning The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music(with Charles K. Wolfe), and he contributed numerous trail narratives to the popular hiking guide Hiking Trails of the Smokies. Additionally, Olson was the music section editor and associate editor for The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. He has received three Grammy Award nominations for his work as a music historian, most recently this year for Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music. A seasonal park ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the 1980s and 1990s, he now teaches at East Tennessee State University.
New Mystery Set in Charleston's Barrier Islands
WNC resident, Dershie McDevitt will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, May 17th at 7 p.m. to read from and sign her mystery novel, Just Holler Bloody Murder. Vacationing often to Dewees Island, South Carolina, McDevitt draws her story from her love for Charleston's barrier islands. Set on an island very much like Dewees, the novel takes the reader to a world where murder and mystery mix (along with hints of romance) to create a highly entertaining and slightly quirky read. The story is full of wonder, desire and intrigue.
The Biographical Adventure of Two Civil War Journalists
Peter Carlson will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his book,Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy. Eon enjoyed the book and says, "When two correspondents for the New York Tribune embark on a journey to cover the Civil War in the heart of Confederate controlled territories, they are thrilled at the prospect of adventure, glory and of getting a good story. Soon, though they find out the true nature of war after witnessing battle and getting captured, they end up in the prisoner of war camp in Salisbury, NC. This book, though a history, reads like a novel. It is thoroughly engaging while offering unique insights on the function and the perception of the media of that time."
Bill "Skywalker" Walker Visits City Lights Bookstore
Jim Parham Discusses Lightweight Backpacking
Slogging along with a overweight backpack is never fun. Jim Parham, author of the new guidebook,Backpacking Overnights: North Carolina Mountains - South Carolina Upstate, will be at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, June 22nd at 3 p.m.to offer instruction on how to pack for a multi-day excursion in the Southern Appalachians. Jim says, "Space provided does not have to equal space filled. Take only what you need and leave the rest at home." The discussion will include feather light, homemade stoves, freezer bag cooking, how to choose the best sleeping bag, trail safety, and more. Jim Parham is the author of numerous outdoor guidebooks and has hiked, biked, and paddled extensively throughout the Southeast. For more information or to reserve his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Historical fiction at its finest. I bought a copy of the novel as soon as it was officially released after having read a promotional copy. With masterfulstorytelling, Druon makes the world of 14th century French nobility and makes it something so easy to get happily lost in that you might wonder where the past few hours went. Very little of this novel involves swords or the battlefield, and yet the skill with which Druon writes of political maneuvering and intrigue in the court is more than enough to set the hook and keep you reading. I eagerly await the next book in the series. --Jarrett Wilson, WCU intern
The Dark is my favorite children's book I've read this year. I adore both Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket and was ecstatic when I saw both their names on the cover. The bookand illustrations exceeded every expectation. I always marvel at how quirky and clever Klassen and Snicket are when I'm reading their work and The Dark is no different. I love how darkness is personified and made an actual character in the story rather than just something to be feared. It's an absolutely precious bedtime story unlike any other I've ever read.-- Mollie WCU intern
Deborah Schlag Discusses Healing and Overcoming Traumatic Brain Injury
Author Deborah L. Schlag will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, May 4th at 3 p.m. to recount the complicated, challenging process of living with and recovering from a traumatic brain injury in her candid new memoir, Becoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury. It was January 2003 when Schlag, a mother of five, successful small business owner and active member of her community, would see her life change forever. What began as an ordinary commute to take her two younger children to school quickly turned into a nightmare after a devastating accident left Schlag with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
Written with heartfelt candor and informative detail, Becoming the Healer is Schlag's personal account of her eight-year journey of what she rightfully calls "miraculous recovery and transformation." She writes openly and honestly about the impact of the car accident on her, her family, and about the injuries that she sustained.
Thoroughly researched,Becoming the Healer is packed with information, references, recommendations and insights into many non-traditional treatments that aided Schlag in her recovery. The book stands alone as an invaluable guide for TBI sufferers and their loved ones. Schlag both informs and inspires with an accessible story of her tragic injury, written in personal, non-technical medical terms, and her experiences helping others achieve their own recovery.
"No matter what you are experiencing in your life, you have choices," Schlag writes, "the attitude you handle it with, how you handle your experience, what you take away from it and how you can help another with what you learned through it."
Ann Melton Presents Her New Book
Ann Melton will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from and sign her new book, I Will Lift Up My Eyes, onSaturday, May 18th at 3 p.m. Melton says of her book, "In this book you will read true stories of God's unlimited power, which is beyond imagining. You can see that He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or dream. In Romans 8:28 we are promised that all things work together for good for those that love God. That means He will take our failures, mistakes, and heartaches and make them into something beautiful. For more than 50 years I have kept a journal of the glorious things God has done in my life and the lives of family and friends as they experienced the warmth of God's love. It is my prayer that in sharing these stories, the reader will be lifted up in faith and will begin his own special walk with the Lord. No matter where you are, you can come before the Lord in prayer, knowing that He will be waiting with outstretched arms.
Some of the stories in the book are stories that I and others would rather have forgotten, but I believe that it is in our mistakes, heartaches, sorrows, and victories that we learn some of our most valuable lessons. I have recorded these stories in an effort to glorify God and to help others on their journey. I believe that we are all travelers along a difficult road and that as Christians we have a responsibility to help others in their journey. If this book helps even one person, I have achieved my goal."
Coffee with the Poet Featuring Brenda Kay Ledford
The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, June 20th at 10:30 p.m. as Brenda Ledford presents her poetry. Ledford will read from her newly released chapbook, Beckoning. A Clay County native, Ledford is a retired educator. She is a member of the North Carolina Writer's Network and Beckoningwas endorsed by Glenda Beall, director of the Writer's Circle. Beall says of Beckoning, "Brenda Kay Ledford's collection sings harmony and color. She lets us take a peek into her world as she shares her Appalachian roots in verse. We relate to the constancy of seasons in nature and our lives."
The Coffee with the Poet series is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's Network and meets every third Thursday at 10:30 a.m. For more information please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Making of the Bomb
Asheville author, Denise Kiernan, will discuss her book, The Girls of Atomic City,on Saturday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. Imagine boarding a bus or a train knowing that your destination was a total mystery. The only thing you've been told is that your work there will help end World War II, and that everything will be taken care of for you. This was the case for thousands of young women who were recruited by the U.S. government in 1943 to serve the top-secret Manhattan Project. They came from all across the East Coast and the South, from Alabama to Western Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Sylva, NC. It turned out their destination was "Site X", or Oak Ridge, a secret city that appeared on no maps. The individuals who worked there, though they had no idea at the time, were enriching uranium for the first atomic bomb used in combat. The Girls of Atomic City, shares the never-before-told, true story of these remarkable, hardworking, determined young women and the crucial role they played in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. Kiernan explores the mysteries and inner workings of the Manhattan Project through the unique experiences of half a dozen young women who worked in a variety of roles, from secretaries, statisticians and nurses to janitorial staff, calutron cubicle operators and chemists. For many women, working in Oak Ridge was their first taste of independence, their first time away from home. Some had just finished high school, others had college degrees, but all were bound together by a shared spirit of survival, purpose, and sisterhood.
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