City Lights Info: Hours, etc.


We take off Thanksgiving, Christmas and Boxing Days, plus Jan 1st and 2nd (inventory!)

STORE HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays

open until 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22 


City Lights is located in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked between the Great Smokies and the Balsams, two mountain ranges in the highest part of the southern Appalachians. Our goal is to share the literature of the Appalachian region with the world, and the world of good books with our community.

 Founded by Sylva writer Gary Carden in 1984, City Lights was purchased by Joyce Moore in 1986. In 1993 Joyce moved the store, (paraded up Main Street accompanied by a pipe & drum band, and many friends and neighbors), to Dr. Morgan's former office building on the corner of Spring and East Jackson Streets, one short block up the hill from Main Street. Joyce sold the bookstore to long-time employee, Chris Wilcox in January, 2010.

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Crisp, unread books whether they're old favorites or new publications are fun, but we also have used books, maps, art, cards, gifts and accessories for readers, all of which round out what we trust will be a delightful browsing experience.  Click here to learn more about on-line shopping at City Lights.
 Joyce Moore
Gary in front of the newly opened City Lights Bookstore, Sylva NC

Joyce built a great, good place

from 1986 through 2009.

Gary in front of the newly opened City Lights Bookstore

on Main Street in Sylva, North Carolina circa 1985

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