Mountains Piled Upon Mountains Anthology

Editor Jessica Cory and contributors Thomas Rain Crowe, Brent Martin, and Ellen Perry will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 24th at 3 p.m. They will present their pieces in the anthology, Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. The anthology features nearly 50 writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engages current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal, and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental change.  


Jessica Cory teaches in the English department at Western Carolina University. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and her work has been published in ellipsis..., A Poetry Congeries, and other journals.

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By Jessica Cory (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781946684905
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Published: West Virginia University Press - August 2019

North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends

Charles F. Gritzner will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends.  North Carolina is considered one of the US headquarters for ghost lights—that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomenon. Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance, or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.

Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights, and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this charming and fascinating book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781949467055
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Published: Blair - July 2nd, 2019

Meagan Lucas: In Conversation with Benjamin Cutler & Andrew K. Clark

Meagan will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. She will be joined by Benjamin Cutler and Andrew K. Clark and they will discuss her debut novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs.  Taylor Brown, author of Gods of Howl Mountain said of Songbirds and Stray Dogs, “Meagan Lucas is a brave new voice in Southern fiction. Songbirds and Stray Dogs packs a double shot of grit and heart, with a story stretching from the beaches of the Carolina Lowcountry to the Land of the Sky and a heroine who doesn’t know the word quit. An unflinching portrait of motherhood, trauma, and the family we make along the way.”


Meagan is a Canadian who found a home in the mountains of North Carolina. Born and raised on a small island in Northern Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their children in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She teaches English at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and is the Fiction Editor at Barren Magazine.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781599487526
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Published: Main Street Rag Press - August 2019

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