Holiday Pet Photos with Pat Thomas
The pet holiday photo shoot will be onSaturday, November 2nd, from 10am - 3pm at City Lights Bookstore. Bring your clean, well-behaved fur-friend by the shop to have holiday-themed photos taken by photographer, Pat Thomas. There is a $10 sitting fee that will be donated to ARF (Jackson County Humane Society). Folks will be able to order printsonline, or, they can order a CD with all the images for $25, and make as many prints (or order holiday CARDS!) as they would like. For more information please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
WNC Patriot and Legend: Robert Henry
On Saturday, November 16th at 3 p.m. Richard Russell will present his book about the life and legend of Robert Henry at City Lights Bookstore. Robert Henry: A Western Carolina Patriot offers a look into the life of one of WNC's most unusual and fascinating historical figures. Soldier, surveyor, attorney and entrepreneur, the eccentric Robert Henry seemingly did it all, including predicting his own death.
Richard Russell is an author and owner of Reminiscing Books, based in Asheville, NC. He has a 2009 Special Recognition from the WNC Historical Association as well as being the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award recipient.
Dana Wildsmith Presents Her Christmas Chapbook
Just in time for the holiday season, poet and educator, Dana Wildsmith will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. to read from her newest chapbook, Christmas in Bethlehem. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith's family farm in Bethlehem, Georgia, a farm introduced through Wildsmith's earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal.
There is a poem for each day of advent in this book, beginning with poems set in the biblical Bethlehem, and then moving in time and place to Wildsmith's Christmases in Bethlehem, Georgia.
Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and has recently completed a novel. She has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and is a Fellow of the Hanbidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Wildsmith teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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Saturday at 11 a.m. Back at the bookstore for the winter
The City Lights American Girls Club will meet on Saturday, November 9th and Saturday,
December 14th both starting at noon.
City Lights Bookstore's 15th annual Giving Tree program will begin onThursday, November 21st. We have partnered with local service agencies who have offered anonymous lists of children in need this holiday season. You can help by providing that child with the gift of a good read. Come by the store and select an ornament from our Giving Tree and match-up a book for the age, gender and language listed. We will collect all the books and give them to the agencies in time for the children to receive books for Christmas. All Giving Tree purchases will receive a 20% discount. For more details please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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Elaine Orr to Present Her Novel, A Different Sun
Elaine Orr will read from and sign her novel,A Different Sun onFriday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m.at City Lights Bookstore. In A Different Sun, twenty-year-old Emma Bowman arrives in West Africa in 1853 as the continent's first white woman missionary. She has followed her new husband, Henry, a worldly but troubled man. Here, Emma will either survive a trial by fire-or succumb to a crisis of faith. Among the Yoruba people, Emma learns to recognize the grim reminders of the brutal slave trade. And as her husband battles fever, his gift of a writing box with its diary becomes Emma's solace. Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill, and the newly released Guests on Earth, had this to say aboutA Different Sun, "As lyrical and passionate a novel as has ever been written, A Different Sun shines in the mind like a rare gem... A memorable and altogether original story."
Elaine Neil Orr is a professor of English at North Carolina State University where she teaches world literature and creative writing. She is also on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in the Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville.
Coffee with the Poet: Workshop with Kathryn Byer
The Coffee with the Poet Series continues onThursday, November 21st at 10:30 a.m. Kathryn Byer will lead a workshop on pulling poems together into a collection ready for publication. She will also talk about and read from her first collection of poetry, Girl in the Midst of Harvest, which was recently republished by Press 53. Kathryn has published six books of poetry and served as North Carolina's first woman Poet Laureate from 2005 through 2009. Her most recent collection, Descent, won the 2013 SIBA Book Award for Poetry.
The Coffee with the Poet Series gathers every third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of theNorth Carolina Writers Network
. For more information about Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Coffee with the Poet: Sharing Christmas Poems
The Coffee with the Poet Series continues on Thursday, December 19th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Folks are encouraged to bring favorite Christmas poems to share with the group. Whether it is a poem personally penned or a well-loved classic, please join us and share!
The Coffee with the Poet Series gathers every third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of theNorth Carolina Writers Network. For more information about Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson
Kids had to grow up fast during the Pleistocene! This magnificentspeculative adventure novel from sci-fi master, Kim Stanley Robinson will stay with the reader long after flipping to the final page. I was sucked in from the first line, "We had a bad shaman." Loon is an orphaned youngster reluctantly apprenticed to his pack's shaman. Not really sure that he's cut out for the role, Loon nonetheless loves one aspect of the job: painting on cave walls. This well-told tale will appeal to a wide variety of readers, but those who are drawn to subjects such as creativity, survival, rites-of-passage, memory, anthropology and vocation shouldn't miss it. -- Chris (Robin loved this one too)
New Epic Fantasy from WNC Author Mindi Meltz
Mindi Meltz will present her new novel, Lonely in the Heart of the World, onSaturday, November 9th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Publishers Weekly offered up this Starred Review: "The search for love resonates throughout this fiercely imaginative epic . . . In her leisurely but potent narrative, Meltz sustains a rhapsodic tone that embraces both the sacred and the decidedly profane, and presents humanity as both threatening and compassionate. The disparate elements harmonize in unexpected and startling ways. Sometimes gushing, frequently heart-tugging, and always gripping . . . this tale will reward the reader with a pantheistic glimpse of destruction, rebirth, and the tantalizing nature of desire and union." Mindi Meltz's first novel, Beauty, was published in 2009. Her publications also include essays in WNC Woman of Asheville, NC (2009), Animus of Wells, Maine (2001), and a literary anthologyEarth Beneath, Sky Beyond by Outrider Press & the TallGrass Writers Guild of Crete, IL (2000). She holds an MA in Transpersonal Psychology. Her writing, based in nature and dream, has been inspired by teaching, counseling, and field biology work in many landscapes. She grew up in Maine and now lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Click here to reserve a copy.
Tommy Hays Reading and Book Signing
Asheville author Tommy Hays will present his latest book,What I Came to Tell You, onSaturday, November 23rd at 3 p.m.at City Lights Bookstore. What I Came to Tell You is a book for young readers (9-12 yrs old) and tells the story of twelve-year-old Grover as he deals with the loss of his mother. With his father withdrawn and overworked, Grover finds comfort working on his art in the bamboo groves near his Asheville home. As tensions rise within his family, new neighbors offer an unlikely source of relief from the grief that grips them all. Kerry Madden, author ofGentle's Holler, says of the book, "Like the artistry of Grover's weavings in the bamboo forest, Tommy Hays' What I Came to Tell You captures the heartbeat of a young boy's journey to find his way after a tragic loss in Thomas Wolfe country in Asheville, North Carolina. It's a story of learning to listen with your whole heart and head, one filled with grace, grief, and ultimately, hope, as a broken family weaves itself back together in a dazzling tapestry of love and joy." Hays is the author of The Pleasure Was Mine, In the Family Way, and Sam's Crossing. He is the executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, which publishes The Great Smokies Review. To reserve copies of his books please click here.
The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P.S. Duffy
P.S. Duffy's first novel is simply an excellent read. Though it is set during WWI, this is not a war novel. It is a story about family, friendshipand survival in a world washing away the old ways with the tide of a modern war. When Angus MacGrath leaves his family and his beloved boat in Nova Scotia, he thinks he will fight the war safely in London as a cartographer. His main objective is to locate his dear friend, his wife's brother who has gone missing. Soon though, he finds himself on the front, as officers are a rare commodity on the line. Duffy has done well to offer a uniquely Canadian perspective of that time. This is a book that can be enjoyed by all.
Holiday Catalog Sale!
Look for the catalog insert in The Sylva Herald and The Smoky Mountain News or come by the store, grab one and start browsing!
Buy a book featured in the catalog and get 40% off any second book of equal or lesser value that is on our shelves.