Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

May & June 2015 
Book News and Events
Indie Bookstore Day

Following the runaway success of last year's California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores onMay 2nd. From Bend to Brooklyn, book lovers should mark their calendars for this special day of literary parties. The 16 exclusive books and art pieces for IBD 2015 will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, only on May 2. Items include a signed, original Chris Ware print; a signed chapbook of original essays by the bestselling author of Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay; a Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas; a color broadside from Stephen King's forthcoming novel Finders Keepers; an original signed,Captain Underpants print and much more. Come by City Lights Bookstore on May 2nd and help us celebrate!


Liar's Night

It will be a night of lying at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. as Kim Michele Richardson and Jamie Mason will present their novels in a joint reading.


Richardson's new novel, Liar's Bench is set in Kentucky, where Richardson lives. It is the summer of 1972 and Mudas Summers is on a quest to find the truth in a town that keeps its secrets all too well. Running through the tale of two Kentucky hangings more than a hundred years apart is the story of Muddy and Bobby finding each other and themselves while forced to grow up fast in a time and place where the KKK is still a power, the South is struggling to find itself, and teens are caught between old and new ways of growing up.


Monday's Lie by Asheville author, Jamie Mason, is a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband isn't what she thought he was. Using spy techniques gleaned from her deceased mother, a former covert operative, Dee Aldrich discovers the truth about the man who she thought was the safe choice.  NYT bestseller, Tana French says, "Dotted with moments of black comedy and pulsing with an undercurrent of sadness."

Kirk Thomas Poetry Reading

Sylva poet, Kirk Thomas will read from his new poetry collection onSaturday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poems are poems inspired by his time in the Saudi Arabian desert when he worked as a military contractor. Before that, Thomas had served for many years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He and is wife moved to a house between Sylva and Franklin in 2011. In addition to his poetry, he has written a number of essays and prose pieces and has, on occasion, rendered some of them into verse. These days he spends his time reading, writing, splitting firewood, and sitting out on his front porch with a glass of wine listening to the creek run by. To reserve copies ofMiscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts please click here.


Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home


Asheville author Tina FireWolf will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Beneath the Chatter.  Tina FireWolf will ignite your fire! Join her to hear how a 3 ft. tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book! She will share her personal story and tales from her book that illuminate  life lessons and help ignite us into Everyday Enlightenment. You will leave with a light heart and wider eyes to the world around you.Beneath the Chatter is an engaging contemplative verbal and visual experience both wise and whimsical, with gentle and yet raw honesty. It invites you into a new way of being--like having a conversation with a most wise self within. Tina FireWolf is a teacher, speaker, energy medicine practitioner, and Spiritual Guide. Tina works to help others discover the power within and learn to express themselves fully in every aspect of life. To reserve copies of Beneath the Chatterplease click here


Coffee with the Poet Featuring William Kelley Woolfitt


The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m.The June gathering will feature William Kelley Woolfitt as he presents his collection, Beauty Strip. Kathryn Byer said of the book, "In the midst of overwhelming natural beauty, rendered with such sensuous language that the reader of William Kelley Woolfitt's first full-length collection well-nigh swoons in delight, hides desecration, the earth left raw and bleeding behind the "beauty strip" the coal companies create to block from view their destruction. Therein lies the metaphorical paradox of this stirring, profoundly moving book of poems, the destruction that lies behind the disguise meant to allow us to keep living our lives in a state of unknowing. Around that troubling central image, however, pulses the natural world, "center and zenith" as Woolfitt describes it in Ring of Earth, echoing James Still's abiding River of Earth. Through the beauty of his poetry, Woolfitt restores the world so carelessly and greedily desecrated. Stephen Spender once described poetry as "enchanted utterance." Here is that utterance. Listen, and listen again, to its songs and its warnings." William Kelley Woolfitt teaches creative writing and American literature at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. His poems and stories appear in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, Tin House online, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Colorado Review, andNotre Dame Review.


The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's Network. To reserve books or for more information on Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


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Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change


OnSaturday, May 2nd at 3 p.m.Seamus McGraw will present his book on climate change at City Lights Bookstore. "Betting the Farm on a Droughtlooks at the issue through the eyes of people who are not ideologically, politically or in some cases even religiously predisposed to believe in man-made climate change, but who are dealing with it nonetheless," says McGraw. During his travels across the country, McGraw collects the stories of farmers, fisherman, ranchers and sportsmen and assembles their various perspectives. What he finds is that a middle-of-the-road approach may be the only path to a sustainable energy future.

Seamus McGraw is a full-time writer who has seen his work published in Playboy, Reader's Digest, Penthouse, Radar, Spin, and The Forward. He has received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, as well as honors from the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also writtenThe End of Country, Dispatches from the Frack Zone. He grew up pitching hay and spreading manure on the same fields the gas companies are now prospecting. He still lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. To reserve copies of his books please click here


A Book to Help All Touched by Cancer



OnSaturday, May 16th at 3 p.m. Diana Kenney will present her book, How Cancer Transformed Our Lives.This guide is designed to be an empowering self-help manual for patients and loved ones as they wade through the many difficulties of battling cancer. Included in the book are helpful hints for emergency room visits, hospital admissions and medical tests, creative management of cancer symptoms and side effects due to radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and suggestions on developing a personal wellness program.  Founder of Good Grief Ministry, Diana runs workshops on grief work, leads support groups, teaches online classes and does pastoral counseling.She has a Doctorate of Ministry in Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Studies from Venus Rising University in Whittier, NC and is certified in Death and Grief Studies from The Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, CO. She is also certified as a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator from Venus Rising Association for Transformation. To reserve copies of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


Timothy Spira Returns with New Field Guide



On Friday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore.  Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians surveys one of America's most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.  Spira introduces hikers to the "natural communities" approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way.  The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list. Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. To reserve copies of his books please click here.

John Lane Presents His First Novel  



Acclaimed poet and naturalist, John Lane will return to City Lights Bookstore onFriday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. to present his first novel.Fate Moreland's Widow is about a mill bookkeeper who struggles with the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice in the aftermath of a long-forgotten tragedy. Ron Rash has said of the book, "John Lane has long been recognized as one of the South's finest poets and memoirists. His poet's eye for detail seamlessly merges with a born storyteller's gift for narrative. Fate Moreland's Widow gives voice to those who endured one of the most painful and neglected chapters in American history."  John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Abandoned Quarrywhich won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC. To reserve copies of his books please clickhere

Brent Martin & Denton Loving Joint Reading


  City Lights Bookstore will host two fine poets for a joint reading on Friday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. Franklin, NC author, Brent Martin and Tennessee poet, Denton Loving will be reading from their most recent works.


Brent Martin's new book,Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Creek is a chapbook collection of essays. He is also the author the poetry chapbooks Staring the Red Earth DownPoems From Snow Hill Road, and A Shout in the Woods. His work has also been featured in the North Carolina Literary Review and in an anthology of nature essays titled, Wildbranch. He currently serves as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West.  


Denton Loving is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds. He works at Lincoln Memorial University where he co-directs the annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. His fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such asRiver Styx, Flyleaf, Fiction Southeast and others.


To reserve copies of the author's books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 
A Tribute to Victoria Casey McDonald

On Friday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m.Faustine Wilson, daughter of the late Victoria Casey McDonald, will present Victoria's last novel at City Lights Bookstore. Living in the Shadow of Slaverycontinues the tale of her great grandmother, Amanda, whose story began in the novelUnder the Lights of Darkness.  As a slave of William Holland Thomas, Amanda faces uncertain times now that the Civil War has ended and all slaves have been declared free. Having never known freedom, she and her family must make difficult decisions on how best to survive in this new existence.

Faustine will also discuss a bit of the history of slavery in western North Carolina and the legacy of Victoria.

Faustine Wilson is the owner of Survival Pride Clothing in downtown Sylva. Her mother, Victoria, was a preacher, teacher, storyteller and historian. She was also the author of four books. To reserve copies of Living in the Shadow of Slavery please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Edward Fahey Returns with a New Novel

Sapphire author, Edward Fahey will present his third novel on Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 City Lights Bookstore. The Gardens of Ailana explores the metaphysical, the idea that there are places on this planet not confined to the logic of men or limitations of science. In this modern-day fictional tale, four people with very different backgrounds, each scarred by a horrific childhood, meet at a place of healing where one's most crippling darkness must be faced down. In the rubble of their lives and broken spirits they learn that in their weaknesses lie their most profound strengths. In their festering wounds they find hope. In The Gardens of Ailanawe see through the souls of mystics, experience laying-on-of-hands from the healer's point of view. Feel at home among wonders and magic. Fahey says, "This is the book others have been laying the groundwork for and building towards." Novelist and teacher, Fahey spent his life hunting magic, seeking out the other sides of reality. His previous novels are Mourning After andEntertaining Naked People. To reserve any of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

A History of the Blue Ridge Fire Towers


Robert Sorrell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday,May 30th at 3 p.m. to presenthis book, Blue Ridge Fire Towers. Fire lookout towers have graced the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains for more than a century. Early mountaineers and conservationists began constructing lookouts during the late 1800s. By the 1930s, states and the federal government had built thousands of towers around the country, many in the Blue Ridge. While technology allowed forestry services to use other means for early detection of fires, many towers still stand as a testament to their significance. Robert Sorrell details the fascinating history of the lookouts in the Blue Ridge's forests. A newspaper journalist and author for more than a decade, Robert Sorrell is a graduate of East Tennessee State University. He has worked as a part  and full-time newspaper reporter at theErwin Record, Elizabethton Starand the Pulitzer Prize-winningBristol Herald Courier. In addition, Robert has authored numerous stories for regional and national magazines, including Grit Magazine,Georgia Magazine and Blue Ridge Country. To reserve copies of Blue Ridge Fire Towers, please click here


Robin Whitley CD Release Party  



Join us at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, June 13th at 6 our colleague Robin Whitley celebrates the release of her album, Ordinary Miracles. She and a few musician friends will play selections from her album. Artist and musician, Robin is also the author of the memoir,In a Southern Closet and the collection of poetry, More Than Knowing. To reserve copies of her books and her CD please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

A Novel About Love, Loneliness and 

Rock 'n' Roll


Asheville author, Allie Marshall will read from her debut novel onSaturday, June 20th at 3 City Lights Bookstore. How to Talk to Rockstars follows wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson. She has a dream job: she interviews rock stars.  Bryn's professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of backstage, bars and drugs that she writes about. That is until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn's obsession with Jude's album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance. Author of Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier said of How to Talk to Rockstars, "This bright, fleet novel is a true delight-an engaging, perceptive, precisely observed and slyly funny meditation on fame and love, in particular, the love of music."

Alli has written for the Mountain Xpress, an alt-weekly in Asheville, N.C., since 2001. She's been the arts section editor since 2013. How to Talk to Rockstars is based in part on her 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians.
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