Events and Book News From City Lights Bookstore

September & October 2014 
Book News and Events
Jenny Bennett Returns with a New Novel

Sylva author, Jenny Bennett, returns to City Lights Bookstore onFriday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. with her second book,The Twelve Streams of LeConte. The main character of the book lives in Sylva and there are scenes set in downtown, the library and even City Lights Bookstore. Anne Woodrow is on honeymoon in Scotland when fate gives her a slap in the face: right then and there, her new husband falls in love with another woman. Injured and grieving, she returns home alone and conceives of a project of renewal.  She will climb Mt. LeConte in the Smokies by way of the twelve streams that drain its slopes. Its a journey that will prove to be strenuous and dangerous. The Twelve Streams of LeConte brings together mirroring worlds of adventure tales and mountains.  It speaks the language of people who engage the landscape rather than admire it from a distance, and it unapologetically explores the life of a serious reader.  


Jenny Bennett is also the author of Murder at the Jumpoff. Having hiked extensively in the area, she is well known in the Smokies hiking community for her blog, "Endless Streams and Forests." To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

 Journey to Wholeness

Join us onSaturday, September 13th at 3 p.m. as Georganne Spruce presents her book,Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness at City Lights Bookstore. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, a rebellious woman dares to dream of a different life, one where she, not society, defines who she is. Georganne Spruce chronicles that journey in her memoir Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness.

Now a resident of Asheville, she first visited the area in 1966 when she and her husband spend their honeymoon beneath the mountains. As she began that new life, there was no clear path for a woman who chose not to be a traditional wife and mother. Following her passion to be a modern dancer and later a writer, she created a life journey that empowered her to become her authentic self and live a life of peace, love, and joy.This book speaks to those who believe every life journey is individual. Awakening to the Dance explores how to be open to many spiritual practices and integrate what works into daily life to solve problems and move forward. By being open-minded and willing to explore new ideas,

Georganne discovered how to balance her life, achieve her goals, and accept her true nature as a whole person. 

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Teresa Robbins

The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, September 18th at 10:30 City Lights Bookstore.  The September gathering will feature poet, Teresa Robbins as she presents her collection, God Speaks.  With her book, Teresa hopes her poetry will penetrate the hearts of those who read them, causing them to fall deeper in love with the true Scribe.  She and her husband live in Waynesville, NC. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 


Vincent van Gogh: Theologian with a Brush 


Charles Davidson will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, October 4th at 3 p.m. to present his book, Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God. School children know of the famous painter's severed earlobe. Adults know that his paintings have sold for the highest prices ever paid for original art. Artists know that his expressionism bridged nineteenth century impressionism and twentieth century modernism. Readers of his letters know that his life was filled with conflict, suffering, and defeat, and yet he possessed a singular and passionate commitment to his vocation as an artist. But what do we know of Vincent as a theologian with a brush? This illustrated presentation will examine lesser-known aspects of Vincent's life and sacred dimensions of his spiritually visionary art.


Charles Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology Care and Counseling at Virginia University of Lynchburg, until retiring to Black Mountain, NC where he lives with his wife, dog, cats, saxophone and clarinet.  To reserve a copy of his book, please click here.


Julia Watts to Present Her Books


Knoxville author, Julia Watts will present her books onSaturday, October 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The author of numerous books set in Appalachia, she is also a Lambda Literary Award Winner for her young adult novel,Finding H.F. and last year's Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award winner for Secret City. Her new book, Gifted and Talented is a comic novel about the perils of parenting. 

Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas Guide


Photographer and author Tim Barnwell will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas. For those who wonder which mountain peaks they are seeing on the many breathtaking outlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this new guide is the book to have. Barnwell identifies the mountain peaks one can see from each overlook, marking the compass heading, distance, and elevation. Major roads, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified. Designed as a driving guide, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas, is also a good companion for hikers who wish to identify the names of the peaks viewed from favorite trails.


A noted photographer with over 30 years experience, Barnwell's photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Time and Newsweek. His fine art photography can be found in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and other museums across the country. He lives in Asheville, NC. 


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James Costa Presents Alfred Russel Wallace: The Other Darwin

Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station and WCU biology professor, James T. Costa will visit City Lights Bookstore onFriday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new books celebrating the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. Traveler, explorer, co-discoverer of natural selection and founder of the field of evolutionary biogeography, Wallace was one of the most famous naturalists in the world when he died in 1913, yet has been all but eclipsed by Darwin today.


On the Organic Law of Change(Harvard, 2013) is a facsimile and annotated transcription of Wallace's Species Notebook, the most important field notebook kept by Wallace during his explorations in southeast Asia in the 1850s. In this never-before-published notebook, Wallace recorded extensive evolutionary arguments and reveals his plans for a book arguing for evolution. In the companion volume, Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species(Harvard, 2014) Costa examines the parallel development of Wallace's and Darwin's thinking on species in the years leading up to publication of Darwin's landmark 1859 work, and critically examines allegations that Darwin and his circle conspired to sideline Wallace while stealing his ideas.


Costa's elegant edition of theSpecies Notebook and its concise companion volume provide new perspectives on Wallace's remarkable quest to solve the mystery of species origins during his legendary expedition to Malaysia, Indonesia, and western New Guinea in the 1850s, and re-asserts Wallace's stature as one of the greatest naturalists of all time.


To reserve copies of On the Organic Law of Change andWallace, Darwin, and theOrigin of Species please click here.


Gridiron Diplomat's Carolina Dacha


Whittier author, Tom Kelly will visit City Lights Bookstore onWednesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book,Gridiron Diplomat's Carolina Dacha. Kelly's book details his time spent teaching and coaching  American football in 40 countries including time in Soviet Russia, employed by the KGB. To reserve a copy of please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

War is Beautiful Film Screening



City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library invite you to attend a screening of the just released documentary film, "War Is Beautiful: A Journey into the Spanish Civil War" in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Friday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.

In November of 1937, James Neugass, a young American poet and published writer from New Orleans sailed for Spain along with 3,000 American volunteers to fight the fascist dictatorships of Franco and armies of Hitler and Mussolini.War is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War is a stunning and tragic memoir of wartime life and chronicles Neugass's wartime experiences.

In July of 2012, the author's son traveled to Spain to follow in his father's footsteps and visited many of the historical places his father wrote about in War is Beautiful.

Please join the author's son, Jim Neugass as he shares insights of his trip, of the father he never knew and selected readings of the book. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free.

Joint Reading and Discussion for LGBT History Month


In celebration of October being LGBT History Month, J. Robin Whitley and Paula Offutt will offer a discussion and reading onFriday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. They will read from their work and discuss books that helped them come out. Robin, artist, musician, author and bookseller at City Lights Bookstore has written a compilation of poetry, reflections, and essays shows the challenges that the lesbian Christian faces in living an open life, while also seeking to live a life of faith titled, In a Southern Closet. Her newest book, More Than Knowing, is a collection of poetry.


Paula Offutt lives near Leicester. She and her partner share an old house with dogs, cats, and a koi named Haiku. Paula believes that humor is what makes the world go 'round, although love is a close second. She surrounds herself with as much of both as she can. Her first novel, a romance titled Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, won a 2008 Golden Crown Literary Society's (GCLS) award for Debut Author. The fictional town of High Pond is a cross between Hot Springs and Leicester with bits of Lick Skillet and Luck tossed in. Paula's second novel, To Sleep, Book One of theSoliloquy, was a finalist for the 2014 GCLS award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. To Dream, Book Two of the Soliloquy, will be released sometime in 2015.

Sharyn McCrumb Reading and Signing


New York Times Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will visit City Lights Bookstore for a reading and signing on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. She will read from her new novella,Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past. This new novella expands her Appalachian Ballad series with the return of Nora Bonesteel. When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.


We will also be celebrating the paperback release of her most recent Ballad novel, King's Mountain. An elegant saga crafted with heart and depth, replete with harrowing battle descriptions and gripping family histories, King's Mountain celebrates one of Appalachia's finest hours, as McCrumb once again shares history and legend like no one else.


To reserve copies of McCrumb's books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499  or click here.


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Joint Reading with Two NC Authors

North Carolina authors, Janice Moore Fuller and  Lee Zacharias will visit City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, September 13th at 11 a.m. to read from and sign their books.


Janice Moore Fuller will read from her new collection of poetry, On the Bevel. Her poetry is said to be accessible, lucid,and finely crafted, concentrating on themes that draw the reader in - change, loss, relationships, memory and language. This is wonderfully subtle, nuanced, intelligent and humane collection of poems; a book that deals seriously with the limitations of communication, but also takes a positive stance in engaging with the reader, giving the collection gravitas whilst remaining comprehensible. Fuller has written four collections of poetry and is the Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where she has been awarded the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher by the Faculty Senate and has been selected Professor of the Year five times by popular vote of the students.


Lee Zacharias will read from her new collection of essays, The Only Sounds We Make. These twelve deeply metaphorical essays are both intenselypersonal and vitally concerned with the larger world, including the kingdom beyond our ken. A deeply evocative memoir that explores the ways we attempt to give order to our lives through the powers of memory and speech. Exploring subjects as diverse as her father's suicide, the great migration that changed the racial composition of Chicago's south side, the nature of light, the geology of the Grand Canyon, or the landscape of a writer's desk, Lee Zacharias writes with grace, precision, and candor about the experiences that shape our humanity and our relationships, parents, to our children, and to past, present, and future. Zacharias is the author of, Lessons and At Random, and a book of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night. She has published numerous essays, short stories, and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Emily Hoover to Sign Her Book 

Franklin author Emily Joanne Hoover will visit City Lights Bookstore to sign her book onSaturday, September 20th beginning at noon. She will be available to chat with folks about the funny and outrageous true life tales in her book, Hold on to Your Panties and Have Fun.

Hoover has enjoyed success as a stand-up comedian, teacher and interior decorator. She is known for her quick wit, quick retorts, and for finding fun with strangers in everyday places.

NC Poetry Society/Ridge Line Literary Alliance

Poets Kathryn Stripling Byer and David Radavich will read their poems at a jointly sponsored reading of the Ridgeline Literary Alliance and the North Carolina Poetry Society, hosted by City Lights Bookstore. The reading will take place at the bookstore on October 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. For more information on the readers, please visit the Ridgeline Literary Alliance website


Coffee with the Poet Featuring Wesley Satterwhite


The Coffee with the Poet series continues onThursday, October 16th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The October gathering will feature Wesley Satterwhite.  Wesley Satterwhite is a student in the Master of Arts in Writing program at the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir Rhyne University in Asheville and a co-founder of the City Lights Writing Group. Her poetry has been published in Kakalak and in WNC Woman magazine, where she was nearly rejected because the editors said they only publish work written by women. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill, Wesley is interested in the healing power of telling our stories. As a working mother of two little girls, she is interested in the exquisite beauty of ordinary life. Wesley will be reading from her own work and the work of others whose art lies at the intersection of these two interests.

The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer's Network and meets every third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the Coffee with the Poet series please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

The Wisdom Stone Trilogy Conclusion


Art Ramsay will return to City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, October 25th at 3 p.m. to present the third book in The Wisdom Stone Trilogy. WithIllumination of Stones, readers are treated to an enthralling tale as the main characters race a looming global event and face determined adversaries. Hidden at Sacred Sites centuries ago, powerful Wisdom Stones are awaiting

discovery to release their energy. Each Stone has a message of planetary significance to reveal, setting into motion spiritual transformation for all of humankind. The first two books in the series areThe Seven Stones of Wisdom andThe Tibetan Wisdom Code. By creating this fictional series, Art believes that people can be made aware of spiritual principles in a fun and interesting way.


Art Ramsay's current practice involves working as a Minister of Peace, a Spiritual (Peace) Coach, and seminar facilitator. He has studied and practiced Spiritual Principles for twenty years and brings those experiences to his writing. Through Art's work with people over the years, he found that there are certain aspects of the human psyche that brings stress and a great deal of despair to our daily lives. His writing reflects bringing the awareness of those aspects to his readers in a way that promotes transformation, and  incorporating what works in their lives. If, through reading his books, a person's life is touched in a way that allows inner reflection, then he feels he has fulfilled his purpose. 


Haunted Hospitals of the South


Asheville author and "ghostlorist," Randy Russell will help us celebrate Halloween a little early as he presents his book, The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at City Lights Bookstore. Folks are encouraged to "BYOG," or bring your own ghost by bringing photos, dressing up, or sharing paranormal experiences.  With The Ghost Will See You Now, Russell has organized a state-by-state guide to known Southern hospital hauntings, including 130 haunted locations and 41 ghost stories.  Russell is the author of the popular,Ghost Dogs of the SouthGhost Cats of the South and Mountain Ghost Stories. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or clickhere.   

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