City Lights Bookstore * 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva, NC


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Phone 828-586-9499


Sharon Wallen Presents Her Memoir: Hatched

Sharon Wallen will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 9th at 3 p.m.  She will present her book, Hatched: How Nine LIttle Chicks Cracked My Shell.  Imagine yourself in the midst of your busy, modern life. There you are - overwhelmed, perhaps even teetering on the edge of exhaustion - when your child asks to hatch a bunch of chicken eggs. Your blood pressure instantly skyrockets when you think of adding even one more thing to your list ... and a quick No falls from your lips.

But what sort of miracles might spring forth if you said Yes! instead?

In this memoir, the author shares 12 powerful lessons that flowed from a transcendent moment of Yes! Join her as the first cracks appear in the confining shell of her normal routines, preprogrammed expectations, and limiting beliefs. Share in a refreshing shift of perspective as the story unfolds, one that allows her to create a new life of greater presence and purpose.

Be prepared for these insights to wake you up to new choices in how you think, how you show up, how you parent, how you eat, how you love, how you make decisions, and how you let go. Formerly published as What I've Learned From Chickens, this expanded edition also tackles the tough issues of addiction and divorce.

We all have more power than we think to live our best life. Let this delightful and authentic story inspire you to begin to live yours.

Hatched: How Nine Little Chicks Cracked My Shell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578322216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mastery & Me - December 2nd, 2021

Beer & Food Photography

Asheville journalist and photographer Jon Page visits Sylva with his recent book, The Craft Brewery Cookbook. Page will demonstrate how to create enticing photos of food & drink. Saturday, June 25th from 3:30-5 p.m. at Lazy Hiker Brewery & Mad Batter Kitchen (617 W. Main Street, Sylva).

The Craft Brewery Cookbook: Recipes To Pair With Your Favorite Beers Cover Image
By John Holl, Jon Page (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781648960321
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - May 10th, 2022

Pre-Order Melanie McGee Bianchi's Debut Collection

This debut short story collection will be available on June 24th. Pre-order your copy today.

A young maid at an upscale resort hides her banjo-playing freight hopper brother. An unlikely romance bridges a quarter-century age gap and a 150-year-old murder. A man tries to turn his sheltered mother’s backyard shed into a pricey vacation rental. A gig worker must shake off her darker identity to become a professional baby namer. This mesmeric debut collection of stories set in the Appalachian mountains weaves together the curious and the sublime, with Bianchi’s lyrical style cutting straight to the heart of the matter.

"Bianchi has created worlds that seem simultaneously magical and rooted in the grit of rural reality – a vexing combination that dares the reader at every turn. Her rich charac-ters grow within us in uncomfortable and compelling ways that force the next page turn."
-Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even As We Breathe

The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735774749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackwater Press - June 24th, 2022

City Lights Bookstore T-Shirt


Support the bookstore, buy our t-shirts!  The initial print-run is limited to white and burnt orange on a soft, black cotton shirt. 

We're tickled to have connected with Macon County artist, Matt Gauck who created the "reading by lightning bug" drawing to highlight the southern Appalachian setting of this City Lights Bookstore.

Price: $20.00

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