Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

March & April 2014 
Book News and Events
Tami Rasmussen's Appalachian Mystery

Franklin resident, Tami Rasmussen will be at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, March 1st at 3 p.m. to present her book,Murmur.  Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Franklin, North Carolina, Murmur is the narrative of a horrific murder, and the shocking mystery threatening a way of life in the remote location of White Rock Mountain and Hickory Gap. Murder, mystery, fear, and great loss cloak this isolated mountain community.Murmur is about the mountain folks who live here, and their perseverance during the tumultuous 1970s. Without electricity, telephone service, or running water, Sonny Branch, is in her element. Resisting modern amenities and lifestyle, she is a strong and capable mountain women. Love and despair brings Sonny Branch to her knees when outsiders threaten the kinship for all of the colorful characters living in this small mountain commune. This event was originally set for January but had to be rescheduled due to weather.   

Donna Glee Williams' Debut Novel Release Party

Jackson County resident, Donna Glee Williams will present her debut novel on Friday, March 14th at 6:30 City Lights Bookstore. "The Braided Path, invites readers to travel with Len Rope-Maker, her son Cam, and his sweetheart Fox as they set out on a path that will lead them further from home and yet closer to each other. In this tale of a utopian craft society whose inhabitants are named, defined by, and relied upon for their gifts, the power and necessity of community and collaboration are beautifully rendered. Williams' lyrical, earthy prose and sensitive characterization wove a spell that transported me to this world and brought it to life," says Pam Duncan, author ofMoon Women and Plant Life.  In addition to the reading, Tara Melton-Miller, mixed media artist, will demonstrate Japanese kumihimo, a braiding technique very like one that appears in the book. Donna Glee Williams is a writer, seminar leader, and creative coach and has seen her work published in anthologies, newsstand glossies, literary magazines, academic journals, reference books, big-city dailies, online venues, and spoken-word podcasts, as well as on stage and CD recordings.  These days, her focus is on speculative fiction, aka fantasy and science fiction.   

A Discussion on Self Care and Caring for the Injured


In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Deborah Schlag will return to City Lights Bookstore to offer up a discussion on self care and providing care for the injured onSaturday, March 29th at 3 p.m. Schlag is the founder of Awakenings: Center for Inner Healing & Empowerment which brings healing to others and enables them to move forward in their own process.  She is also the author of, Becoming the Healer, a book that reveals her own struggle in overcoming traumatic brain injury. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

A Tribute to UNC Athletes and Their Pro Careers


Asheville writer Tim Jackson will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, April 26th at 3 p.m. to present his book, Gone Pro: North Carolina.  This new book profiles athletes from the University of North Carolina who excelled while at the school, then continued on to have successful professional careers. Part history, part fact-guide, and all tribute to UNC's athletic programs. Combining a trivia-buff's eye for detail with a journalist's knack for storytelling, Gone Pro: North Carolina follows sports superstars like Vince Carter, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Lawrence Taylor beyond their days in Carolina blue, while also looking at lesser-known or bygone athletes, like Asheville's own Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, whose legacy still permeates Chapel Hill, but has faded nationally over the last half-century.  

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A Fictional Tale of Mountain Mystery That Sparked International Romance

Jackson County Author, Edward Fahey will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. to present his novel. The Mourning After is a novel about love not confined to a single lifetime, or even slowed by death. Exploring spirituality and the psychology of human relationships, it is written in a haunting, mystical style that caught the attention of readers on the other side of the ocean. Just back from a long tour of what he calls spooky sites of magic and legend, Edward finds he has created quite a stir overseas, and that a romance has followed him home. In England, Lynden Carter read excerpts on Facebook. She called it achingly beautiful. Love grew out of their exchanges, and they decided to meet in America. Since that time they have travelled between the two continents.  KIRKUS said of Edward's book, "Fahey's dreamlike ... [and] powerful prose ... delivers a remarkably written tale .... An engaging, introspective novel." Clarion Review has called it, "Masterful".

While his career revolved around massaging celebrities and others, Edward has spent his life hunting magic. His parents having come back as ghosts, he seeks out other sides of reality. He has communed with mystics and healers, camped in deserts, lived on a ship, travelled out-of-body, even fought his way into the fury of hurricanes; always reaching for something deeper and more profound. He tours decrepit castles, graveyards, abandoned monasteries, and ancient ceremonial sites, seeking contact with lingering ancient spirits.  To reserve a copy of The Mourning Afterplease call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.



Anne Clinard Barnhill's Novel of Elizabethan Intrigue


Anne Clinard Barnhill will return to City Lights Bookstore to read from her newest historical novel onSaturday, April 12th at 3 p.m.  Queen Elizabeth's Daughter is the  gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I's young cousin and ward.  When Mary falls in love with a man not of Elizabeth's choosing, her place of privilege is suddenly very much in question.  The young couple could be risking death by defying the wishes of a wrathful queen.  Anne has been writing or dreaming of writing for most of her life. For the past twenty years, she has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry, and short stories.  She lives with her husband of 30 years in North Carolina 

JC Walkup's Saga of Texas


OnSaturday, April 19th at 3 p.m.JC Walkup will present her book at City Lights Bookstore.  Partners is a gritty tale of post Civil War Texas.  Violence and hardship take center stage as a young man from Scotland, Ian McPhelen, struggles to find a place in the world.  JC Walkup is a graduate of the University of Texas. A native of Texas, she now lives in the mountains of Western Carolina.  To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.   

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Enjoy a morning of yoga at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, March 8th.  Following story time, youngsters are invited to a fun children's yoga session from 11:30-11:50 (parents are welcome to participate).  Adult Gentle Yoga follows from noon - 1pm. There is no fee, but donations are welcome.  All donations will go to the local Reading Rover program, a mobile lending library for area youth.  BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat or Blanket).  Hot tea will be provided following the yoga session.  For any questions please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


BJ Jones Presents His Novels

OnSaturday, March 15th at 2 p.m. folklorist and storyteller, B.J. Jones will visit City Lights Bookstore to offer up the tall tales and sweeping historical and spiritual perspectives told within the pages of his two novels, Do Angels Have Big Ears? and the followup, The Glory Door.  

Jones spent many years in advertising and was a Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director of J. Walter Thompson in Chicago.  He is most remembered by the Oscar Mayer commercial featuring a boy singing "My bologna has a first name and it's O-S-C-A-R" which went on to become the most watched commercial in the history.  To reserve a copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


Coffee with the Poet Featuring Terry Michelsen

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, March20th at 10:30 Terry Michelsen presents her latest collection of poetry, If After You are Gone.  A Jackson County resident, Terry moved to the mountains of  North Carolina in 2001.  She has also written another collection of poetry, titled Soaring on the Wings of WordRaging River, a memoir and Birds of Spirit, a novel.  

The Coffee with the Poet Series gathers every third Thursday and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's Network.  For questions about the Coffee with the Poet series or to reserve any of Terry's books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Sonja Condit's Tale of a Haunted House

Greenville, SC author, Sonja Condit will present her debutnovel onFriday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.Starter House is the story of a woman who falls in love with a dusty-rose colonial cottage. Its the home she has been dreaming of for her and her family.  Despite the history of the house, she and her husband eagerly move in.  Soon though, she realizes there is something malevolent present.  Something only she can sense.  Kirkus Review says, "Good, scary fun, packed with emotional nuance."  

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