Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

July & August 2014 
Book News and Events
A Marine Relates His Vietnam Experiences

In honor of Independence Day weekend, Waynesville author, Charles A. Van Bibber will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, July 5th at 3 p.m. for a book signing and reading. Serving as a Marine machine gunner in Vietnam, Charles will recount his experiences in his book,Valentine's Day: A Marine Looks Back.

A Texas native, Charles has called the Great Smoky Mountains home since 1996. He enjoys the beauty of the great outdoors and frequently hikes in Cataloochee. He is currently working on a follow up account of life after combat. To reserve a copy of his book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


Coffee with the Poet Featuring Karen Holmes

The Coffee with the Poet Series continues onThursday, July 17th at 10:30 Karen Holmes visits City Lights Bookstore to read from her collection, Untying the Knot. She describes her book by saying, "it is the story of my sudden separation after 30 years of marriage, the divorce and my healing. I describe it as a memoir in poetry."

The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and is co-sponsored by the NetWest Chapter of theNorth Carolina Writer's Network. For more information on the Coffee with the Poet series please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Explore the Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley

Planning a trip to Panthertown Valley? Join us as Todd Ransom presents his detailed guide to the waterfalls of Panthertown Valley onSaturday, July 19th at 3 City Lights Bookstore.Waterfalls of Panthertown Valleyoffers explorers detailed directions to three different trailheads, topographic maps of over 20 miles of trails,  suggested campsites and tips to ensure an enjoyable and sustainable visit.  To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.   

Appalachian Culture Through Song and Memoir


Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. as Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, he presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore. In Bearwallow, his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias,

Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past-hunting buried treasure and POW camps, unearthing Civil War graves and family feuds, exploring gated communities and tourist traps, encountering changed accents and immigrant populations, tracing Walmart's sidewalks and carved-out mountains-and pondering the future.

Throughout his book, the parallels Jones draws between seemingly disparate things-like Bearwallow Mountain and Gracias, Honduras-allows him to uncover similarities hidden just under the surface. He meshes narrative and myth, geology and genealogy, fiddle tunes and local color about the briskly changing and oft-stigmatized world of his native southern Appalachians. By doing so, he explores not only the story of his own heritage but also simplistic conceptions of Appalachia and its people. His journey back to the mystical Bearwallow Mountain reveals a peak suddenly in flux.

Jeremy Jones earned his M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. His essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and awarded the Emma Bell Miles Prize. His work appears in numerous journals and magazines, including Crab Orchard Review,Our State Magazine, andQuarterly West. He will be teaching in the English Department at Western Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2014.  
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David Webb Discusses His Findings on Judaculla Rock

Cashiers author, David Webb will present his book about Judaculla Rock at City Lights Bookstore onFriday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. The product of several years of research and writing, Judaculla Speaks offers insight into the meaning behind the ancient petroglyphs featured on the rock. Webb explains that the images are arranged on a wheel and tell the story of the Garden of Life.  It is widely believed that the relief on the rock is over 13,300 years old. To reserve a copy of Judaculla Speaksplease call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Mary Joyce to Present Her Books


Mary Joyce will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her findings on the Cherokee Little People. Her new book,Cherokee Little People Are Real, contains oral transcript information originally published in 2001 but also includes photographs, maps and completely new chapters with previously unpublished material. Mary has also written, Tangible Evidence of Jesus, which looks at the wealth of information discovered about Jesus not recorded in Christian Bibles.  To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.   

Two Novels of Suspense and Romance



North Carolina author and storyteller, Sheri Wren Haymore will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26th at 3 p.m. to present her two novels, A Higher Voice and  A Deeper Cut. Her novels feature characters with flaws and she tends to as she puts it, "to squish a character until he pops and see what pours out. Or more specifically, what pours back in." Her books have been described as a blend of Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.

Sheri grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together, they've made a living running a couple of small business, and made a life doing the things they enjoy--traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. Sheri loves music and yoga, inventing gourmet meals from random ingredients, laughing with friends, and most especially spending time with her daughter. A graduate of High Point University, she has burned more pages than most people will ever write, and is currently scribbling a third novel, which may or may not survive the flames.
Coffee with the Poet Featuring J. Robin Whitley


The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, August 21st at 10:30 a.m. as J. Robin Whitley reads from her collection More Than Knowing at City Lights Bookstore. Poet, painter and musician, Robin is also the author of In a Southern Closet, a collection of essays and poetry about the challenges of being a lesbian of faith. She also happens to be a bookseller at City Lights Bookstore.  


The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of theNorth Carolina Writer's Network.  To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.   
Children's Book News and Reviews
Find Waldo in Sylva


Where's Waldo? In Sylva, of course.  The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different downtown businesses this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more.  

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a "Find Waldo Local in Sylva!" passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to City Lights Bookstore to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at all twenty businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.  Join us at City Lights Bookstore for a Waldo party on July 31st at 4 p.m.!

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Rose Senehi Presents Her Latest Blue Ridge Novel 

On Saturday, July 12th at 2 p.m. Rose Senehi will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her latest novel,Dancing on Rocks. The fourth stand-alone book in her Blue RidgeseriesDancing on Rocksweaves through the network of memories, secrets, and mutual dependencies holding together Chimney Rock, an isolated community of 112 people tucked into Hickory Nut Gorge. Thousands of visitors stream through the tourist destination every week. But in reality, the people in the town have only each other.


The author of seven books, her previous novel, Render Unto the Valley, was awarded a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal as the Best Fiction Southeast. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award as the Best in Southern Literature. Senehi moved from Upstate New York in 1996 to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where she wrote Pelican WatchWindfall, and Shadows in the Grass. She spent two years writing and researching the history of the North Carolina village of Chimney Rock so she could weave historically accurate details into this portrait of the iconic mountain community where she now lives. 
Stories that Portray the Soul of Appalachia 

Nantahala native and Franklin resident, Roy Owenby will share his stories about Appalachian life onSaturday, August 2nd at 3 p.m.  Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage is the culmination of thousands of miles of travel throughout the South in an effort to gather stories that portray the soul of Appalachia. These stories span past and present and offer a full spectrum of human emotion.  

A prolific writer, Owenby has written hundreds of articles and short stories.  He is also the author of The Owl Knows, a mystery set on the Appalachian Trail.  To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


Mark Powell Presents His New Novel

On Saturday, August 23nd at 6:30 p.m. meet Mark Powell ashe presents his new novel, The Sheltering at City Lights Bookstore. Powell's work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him "the best Appalachian novelist of his generation."  Pat Conroy had this to say in the foreword he wrote for Powell's new novel, "The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace. What you notice first when you come to Mark Powell's fourth novel is his remarkable gift for language, the bleeding edges around his dialogue, the starch and vigor of his sense of place, the sharp delineation of his characters, and a stylishness all his own. He is that rarity among male writers of fiction in that his female characters are as strongly presented as any of his troubled, endangered males. In these spiritually exhausted times, The Sheltering is a philosophical novel with a belief system that collapses in on itself because the membranes of our storm-tossed faith always seem so gossamer and imperiled. Powell's dexterous novel is deeply spiritual and deeply religious, but in ways that might scare you to death. You find yourself wanting to believe in his characters even as these unreliable pilgrims can no longer hold on to a firefly's faith in themselves."

The author of four novels, Mark Powell, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.
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Saturday at 11 a.m.  
Special Storytime with Catman2


Harold Sims of Catman2 will visit City Lights Bookstore for a special edition of our Saturday storytime on July 12th at 11 a.m. Catman will show a video featuring a song telling the story Kevin, a feral cat who lived at the Catman2 shelter. Kevin was kind and befriended new cats when they came to the shelter. As Kevin aged his upper teeth grew long and some cats started to bully him. Not wanting to become a bully himself, Kevin found a way to tame the bullies by holding his head up high and never becoming angry. The song urges others to heed Kevin's example--to never, never become a bully.  

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