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


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Covid-19 precautions: we are allowing entry to nine masked browsers at a time. Book orders will mail for as little as 99 cents. Curbside service also available: 10-6 Mon.-Sat. and 10-3 Sun. 

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Used Book trade-ins limited to small batches, considered Wed. or Sat. until 5 p.m. 

Phone 828-586-9499

For curb service, redial after a few minutes if your call goes straight to voicemail.


Pre-order Except Antarctica signed by Todd Sturgell

This funny and informative book will be released on July 6th, 2021. Pre-order signed copies now, and let us know if you'd like author/illustrator Todd Sturgell to personalize yours.

Preview YouTube video Book Talk: Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell


SKU: 9781728233260-01
If possible, would you like your autographed book to include a personalized inscription by the author? Tell us how you'd like it to be worded.

Pre-order the New Book by Wiley Cash

"The eagerly awaited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, a tender and haunting story of a father and daughter, crime and forgiveness, race and memory." Due out on Sept. 21, 2010. Pre-order today!

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ISBN: 9780062312662
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

Pre-order the New Poetry Collection by Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson has a new poetry collection coming out on August 3rd from the University Press of Kentucky. City Lights is pleased to offer pre-order options for both the hardcover and paperback editions. Perfect Black promises to be a lovely book with illustrations by Ronald W. Davis and a foreword by Nikky Finney.

From the foreword: "In Perfect Black, Crystal Wilkinson walks us back down the road she first walked as a girl, wanders us through the trees that lined the road where she grew up, where her sensibilities as a woman and a writer were first laid bare. In one of the first poems that opens the collection she is a woman looking back on her life, on the soil and mountains that first stamped the particular sound of her voice and she is deeply inquisitive about how it all fell into place: "The map of me can't be all hills & mountains even though I've been country all my life. The twang in my voice has moved downhill to the flat land a time or two." Perfect Black is a book of poems and legends about ancestry, culture, and the terrain of a Black girl becoming. It is a narrow and spacious terrain that enters the bloodstream of this black writing girl's body early. It is a country that she never truly exits even though different zip codes continue to fly through her wild, wondrous, winding life. We read and we hold on too."

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By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780813151151
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 3rd, 2021

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By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780813151168
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 3rd, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions

City Lights Bookstore is offering phone, curbside, and online service, and at this time, we are allowing entry to as many as nine customers at a time. Please wear a mask and allow others a six-foot berth. Our curtailed hours are 10-6 Mon.-Sat. and 10-3 Sun.  We monitor this NC Dept. of Health and Human Services page and this CDC page for the latest guidance.

We've canceled in-store events for the foreseeable future. 

We are taking common-sense precautions and hope you will, too:

  • wiping down all hard surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day
  • waving hello, not shaking hands
  • maintaining > 6-foot social distance 
  • washing hands often
  • wearing face masks
  • avoiding touching our faces
  • staying home if sick


We hope that all will be well. We want to be here, selling books, etc., for another 35 years. But we do need to sell books to pay the rent, utilities, meet payroll, and so on. Things have been going okay, but if you can't visit us, we would greatly appreciate:

Thanks for reading!


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