Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

March & April 2015 
Book News and Events
Betsy Keller Complementary Medicine Presentation

Betsy Keller will be presenting Donna Eden and David Feinstein's books on Energy Medicine and giving a free presentation on complementary medicine onThursday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. This event is part of a weekend workshop that Eden and Feinstein be holding in Asheville, March 20-22, 2015. Award winning authors, as well as husband and wife, Eden and Feinstein work together to spread the word of Energy Medicine, which is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioral problem has a counterpart in the body's energies and can be treated at that level. Every conceivable health problem, psychological challenge, or dysfunctional habit can be improved if not overcome by intelligently shifting the energies in the body. They have taught classes in Energy Medicine throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Australia. They have helped thousands learn how to manage their energy systems. Several of their books includeEnergies of Love, Energy Medicine, The Little Book of Energy Medicine, Energy Medicine for Women, Promise of Energy Psychology andEnergy Psychology for the Energy Medicine Practitioner. 


Carolina McMullen Reading & Signing

Carolina McMullen will read from her new novelVicenta de Paul onSaturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. As the first novel of her Not Here to Stay series, Vicenta de Paultells of a baby who is abandoned by her young mother at an orphanage in Rota, Spain in 1914.  She is later adopted by a wealthy couple and raised in the peaceful coastal area of Rota, away from the busy city. Everything seems fine until her mother begins to suffer from depression.  Vicenta pulls through the tough time with her caring nanny and friend, ABC.  Romance eventually finds Vicenta, but with more struggles. Her faith, friends, and sense of humor carry her through life, with thoughts of her birth mother. Nan Harper, Mayor of Gulf Breeze, Florida said, "For days after finishingVicenta the characters followed me about. -Can't wait to read the next..."  Following the reading, McMullen will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase. Carolina McMullen is from Rota, Spain but now resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and four Chihuahuas. To reserve copies of Vicenta de Paul please clickhere.

Nevada McPherson Presents Graphic Novels

Nevada McPherson will read from her two graphic novels,Uptownersand Piano Lessons on Friday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  McPherson has written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, one short screenplay that she made into a short film, and two graphic novels:  Uptowners, a dark comedy set in contemporary New Orleans, and Piano Lessons, a gay teen romance set in the 1950's rural south.  McPherson has received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing and a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Following the reading, McPherson will be signing and copies of her graphic novels will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Uptownersand Piano Lessons please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Joseph Bathanti Reading & Signing


Joseph Bathanti, poet, memoirist and novelist, will read from his poetry and his most recent poetic prose on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Some of his work includes The Life of the World to Come, Half of What I Say is Meaningless: Essays, andConcertina: Poems.  Bathanti's reading will launch our celebration of National Poetry Month.  Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April and is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.  Bathanti is a former North Carolina poet laureate. This honor recognizes a poet and he or she has the opportunity to tour the state as North Carolina's leading ambassador of literature.  Over the last 35 years, Bathanti has helped people of all walks of life express themselves through writing from prison inmates, to college students, and even to war veterans.  He is currently a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University.  Following the reading, Bathanti will be signing and copies of his work will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Bathanti's work please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.   

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Katherine Soniat


The Coffee with the poet series continues onThursday, April 16th at 10:30 a.m.  The April gathering will feature Katherine Soniat.  She will read selections of poetry from her new chapbook The Goodbye Animals.  This collection won the 2014 Turtle Island Quarterly Chapbook Prize Award. Jared Smith, a competition judge said, "The poems encompass our birth from the amniotic fluid of mother and of universe, the animals and plant life that share this ark with us before melting back into the ark as we do, the loves and lives of those we know and are of a part."  Her work has been published in such journals as TriQuarterly, Poetry, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, Georgia Review, andThe Southern Review.  Sonait loves to travel and the sense of place plays a significant role in her work. The Grand Canyon, the Bavarian Alps, the Andes and Crete are a few areas she has included in her writing.  She  currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writers' Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  


The Coffee with the Poet series meets the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the Netwest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's network.  For more information on the Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

April 13-16

David Joy Presents His Debut Novel


Webster author, David Joy will present his new novel onFriday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Where All Light Tends to Go, a staff pick of both Chris and Eon, is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate. "Expertly balancing beauty and brutality, David has written a novel that stays with the reader long after the final page has been read.  Where All Light Tends to Go, though very much an Appalachian tale, is the story common to many young men who are trying to escape their desperate circumstances," says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden. Ron Rash had this to say about the book, "A savage and moving account of a young man's attempt to transcend his family's legacy of violence.Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature." To help celebrate Innovation Brewing has brewed a special Where All Light Tends to Go Stout. We will have free samples available during the reading at the bookstore and following there will be an afterparty at Innovation to continue the celebration. Innovation will offer a discount on the stout if shown proof of purchase of David's book at City Lights Bookstore. David Joy's stories and creative nonfiction have appeared inDrafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review, andFlycatcher, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.  To reserve click here


Coffee with the Poet Featuring Mary Ricketson



The Coffee with the poet series continues onThursday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m.  The March gathering will feature Cherokee County resident, Mary Ricketson.  She will read selections of poetry from her first full-length collection Hanging Dog Creek.  Her poems include topics about fear, hardship, courage and the joys in everyday life.  Ricketson has been writing for over 20 years.  Her work is inspired by nature and her profession as a mental health counselor. She won the gold medal for poetry in the 2011 Cherokee County Senior Games/Silver Arts and silver medal for 2012 and 2013, and first place in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th anniversary national poetry contest.  


The Coffee with the Poet series meets the third Thursday of every month and is cosponsored by the Netwest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's network.  For more information on the Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Liza Wieland Reading & Signing 



Liza Wieland will read from her novel Land of Enchantmenton Saturday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Land of Enchantment weaves the lives of three extraordinary women artists, beginning with a half-Navajo woman in the 1980s New Mexico, an assistant for the aging Georgia O'Keefe, and concluding in a stunning connection to the events of September 11.  Wieland is the author of three novels, three collections of short fiction, and a volume of poems.  Her work has been awarded two Puchcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. She Teaches at East Carolina University and lives near Oriertal, NC, with her husband and daughter.  Following the reading, Wieland will be signing and copies of her novel will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies ofLand of Enchantment please click here.

Carol Bjorlie Reading & Signing  



Carol Bjorlie will read from her book Sweet Harmony as well as her book of poemsImpossible Brightening on Saturday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m.  Sweet Harmony is part of a Trilogy series that tells the story of thirteen year-old Iris Andersen and her families' life in their new farm community in Harmony, Minnesota.  The family leaves Richmond, Virginia behind in 1937 and Iris does not have say in this life changing event. She witnesses her first blizzard, tornado, her mother's depression, her grandfather's passing and her sister's battle with Scarlet Fever.  After one year, her parents decide to move back to the South. They aren't prepared for the community that will not give up on them. Impossible Brightening is her latest collection of poetry. Bjorlie is a member of the Asheville Cello Choir and teaches writing at the North Carolina Creative Retirement at UNCA.  Her motto from a poem title by Lucille Clifton is "I am not done yet."  Following the readings, Bjorlie will be signing her book and book of poems and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Sweet Harmony and Impossible Brightenings please call City Lights at 828-586-9499. 

Steven Harvey Reading & Signing



Steven Harvey will read from his book TheBook of Knowledge and Wonder onSaturday, April 18th at 3 p.m.The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was eleven, out of the 406 letters she left behind. As son and mother collaborate in the creation of their story, it has the perennial theme of abiding love, despite the odds that fuel the tale. Harvey is a Professor of English at Young Harris College. He received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Virginia. He is a former Governor's appointee to the board of the Georgia Humanities Council and a book reviewer for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper.Following the reading, Harvey will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies ofThe Book of Knowledge and Wonder please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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Avram Friedman Presents His First Novel

Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel The Silver Maple ConspiracyonSaturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The Silver Maple Conspiracydescribes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and his mysterious relationship with nature.  It is a story of the physical changes witnessed during the time-span between the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the first Earth Day, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest, and lastly to the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.  Friedman has been the Executive Director of The Canary Coalition since 2000 and is well-known and respected in his field as a powerful, crystal clear and cogent journalist, documentarian and speaker on issues revolving around the environment, social, political and economic justice.  Following the reading, Friedman will be signing and copies of his novel will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of The Silver Maple Conspiracy please clickhere.

Deborah Edmonds Reading & Signing

Deborah Edmonds will read from her new novelFires CreekonSaturday, March 21st at 3:00 City Lights Bookstore.  Fires Creekis a blend of murder, mystery and thriller set in a small town in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  Sheriff Harland Duncan has two crimes on his hands.  The first involves the unauthorized burial of a newborn child in a graveyard with connections to the building of the Great Fontana Dam.  The grave looks to be hand dug and it appeared overnight.  Deputy Racheal Dehart is on the case to have a proper burial for the child.  That same evening, a young teacher, Emily Davis goes missing and her car and belongings are found on the highway by her boyfriend.  Edmonds is from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and was influenced by her great- grandmother and grandmother who worked as midwives. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, watching sunsets, and listening to local elders tell stories. Edmonds has also written poetry throughout her childhood and adulthood.  Following the reading, Edmonds will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Fires Creekplease call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Jamie Kornegay Presents His Debut Novel


Mississippi author, Jamie Kornegay will visit City Lights Bookstore on Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m. to present his debut novel. Soil, a  City Lights staff pick, is a look at Jay Mize'sdescent into madness. "An environmental scientist, Jay believes he can revolutionize sustainable farming. What starts out as a dedicated but light-hearted obsession with composting leads him to moving his wife and son to a rural riverside farmstead in the Mississippi delta. It is not long though before it all begins to unravel for Jay. Soil is a great read, set at a furious pace that does not end until the final page. Forget the great plot and pace, Kornegay's writing style makes this book hard to put down," says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden.

Jamie Kornegay lives in the Mississippi Delta, where he moved in 2006 to establish an independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, MS. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi. To reserve a copy of Soil, please click here.


Jim Hartbarger Reading & Signing  



Jim Hartbarger will read from his new memoirOn the Rim of the Basket: The Memoirs of Coach Jim Hartbarger onSaturday, April 11th at 3:00 p.m.  The memoir recounts his early childhood days, coaching high school and college basketball teams, owning the Jarrett House and his advice to others about recruitment and coaching.  Wilson Scott, a former Western Carolina University basketball player said, "Coach Jim was tough, but fair. First on his list was getting an education. He didn't accept any excuse.  I have a great deal of respect for him."  Hartbarger was the head basketball coach at WCU from 1969-1975 and captured two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic District 6 regular season titles and one tournament championship. His team advanced to the 1972 NAIA Championship Tournament.  In 1975, Jim and his wife Jean became the owners of The Jarrett House, a Southern Bed and Breakfast in Dillsboro, North Carolina.  Following the reading, Hartbarger will be signing and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of his memoir please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.


William Everett Reading & Signing 



William Everett will read from his new bookSawdust and Soul onSaturday, April 25th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The book was also written with John W. de Gruchy.  Sawdust and Soul is about an American ethicist and a South African theologian who reflect on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation.  Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends and the natural environment.  Everett taught Christian ethics in graduate schools for over thirty years before turning to woodworking.  In addition to his academic books and articles, he is the author of Red Clay, Blood River, an-eco-historical novel, as well as Turnings, a collection of his poetry.  He lives in the hardwood forest of western North Carolina with his wife, Sylvia, a liturgical artist in many media.  Following the reading, Everett will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies of Sawdust and Soul please click here.

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