Michael Havelin Returns with a New Ben Bones Novel


Asheville author, Michael Havelin will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 15th at 3 p.m. to officially launch his latest book in the Ben Bones series, Ben Bones & the Uncivil War. In the 6th book in the Ben Bones saga, a family stands divided on states rights and two brothers end up serving on different sides of the Civil War. 150 years later, twin descendants seek to collect their great-grandfather’s pension and 150 years of accrued interest. Ben Bones, Genealogical Consultant and self-proclaimed Articulator of Family Skeletons, is called in to find and claim the pension for the sisters. However, a simple research job turns complicated and the bodies begin to pile up in this captivating mystery novel. 

Michael Havelin is a former-northerner-turned-local-author living and writing in Asheville, North Carolina. He runs WNCMysterians.org, a critique group for mystery/thriller authors. He will read a few select passages from his novel, answer questions from attendees, and sign books. To order copies of Ben Bones & the Uncivil War please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

NetWest Open Mic

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network and City Lights Bookstore will host an open mic night at the bookstore on Friday, June 21st at 7 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. for a 10-minute reading session. The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state.  They provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. For more information please visit their website.

Mason Lackey Book Signing


Mason Lackey will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 22nd at 3 p.m.  She will present her books, Come Walk with Me and Horris the Horrible Germy Worm. Come Walk with Me is a poetry collection that reflects on childhood memories, the beauty of nature, and seeing the beauty in our surroundings. Horris the Horrible Germy Worm is a children’s book and is a playful story with an important message to children about health. To reserve copies of her books, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Brent Martin’s Essay Collection

City Lights Bookstore welcomes back local author Brent Martin on Friday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m. He will read from his new collection The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present. With his new book, Brent Martin guides the reader on a journey through history and the present to explore the concept of wilderness and change in Western North Carolina and what the future holds for the individuals and species who call those mountains home.


Brent Martin is the author of a non-fiction book, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend and several collections of poetry including Poems from Snow Hill Road and co-author of Every Breath Sings Mountains with authors Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe. His poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, New Southerner, Chattahoochee Review, and many other journals. He is a Western North Carolina local committed to wildlife preservation and bringing attention to the natural world all around us. 

The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467142649
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: History Press - June 17th, 2019

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