A Reading with J. Drew Lanham at Western Carolina University

Join us in supporting our WCU Literary Festival partners on campus on February 28th at 6:00pm for a free event featuring poet, memoirist, and conservationist J. Drew Lanham. A MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient, Dr. Lanham is the author of the memoir The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize. He is also the author of the poetry collection Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts and the forthcoming book Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

We'll be selling Dr. Lanham's books outside of the UC Theater, including his latest, Joy Is the Justice We Give Ourselves (Hub City Press). 

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature By J. Drew Lanham Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2017

Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts By J. Drew Lanham Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - April 20th, 2021

Gail Notestine

Gail Notestine will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 24th at 3:00pm. She'll read from her children's book, The Seven Foot Long Dog: A Molly and Grainne Story. 

In the series, Molly O’Hare is finally getting the puppy that she has waited for. Join Molly as she gets, trains, and settles in with her new puppy. Share the adventures of living with a dog that is the size of a small pony, in a house the size of a school bus. Find out what secret her dog has hidden. Laugh and cry with the adorable duo of Molly and Grainne as Molly learns that a best friend doesn’t have to have two legs.

Ms. Notestine is a notable author who has been writing for much of her life. She has garnered considerable recognition for her literary contributions, many of which have been written for children. Perhaps most recognizable is her Molly & Grainne series, which comprises seven books for children ages eight through 13. Among them include "The Seven Foot Long Dog," "Cowboy Tails," "Jingle in the Jungle" and "Olé Molé: A Molly and Grainne Story." The most recent in its series, "Mystery Key: The Adventures of Molly and Grainne," was released in December 2023.

Besides her children's books, Ms. Notestine has published several adult-themed books. Some of Ms. Notestine's books have notably been published under the pen names Elizabeth Aaron, Echo Bird, and Dustbunny Too.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Ms. Notestine has since resided in Texas, Mexico, and other parts of the country before settling in North Carolina. She has also enjoyed a career as the former president of a holding company, an accountant for an oil and gas company, co-owner of a jewelry business, and cattle and horse rancher. Additionally, she had the opportunity to manage a parrot rescue in Florida, which involved caring for 35 macaws.

The Seven Foot Long Dog: A Molly and Grainne Story (Book 1) By Gail E. Notestine, Vivian Mainville (Cover Design by) Cover Image
By Gail E. Notestine, Vivian Mainville (Cover Design by)
ISBN: 9781639447824
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Vgd Legacy Press - April 21st, 2021

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: $25.00

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