Dana Wildsmith & Susan O’Dell Underwood Poetry Reading

Dana Wildsmith and Susan O’Dell Underwood will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. They will read from their latest collections of poetry, One Light and The Book of Awe, respectively.

Dana Wildsmith is the author of a novel, Jumping, and an environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, which was a finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is also the author of five collections of poetry. Wildsmith has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park and for Everglades National Park. She lives with her family on an old farm in north Georgia and works as an English literacy instructor at Lanier Technical College.

Susan O’Dell Underwood is currently a Professor of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Carson-Newman University. In addition to The Book of Awe she has published two chapbooks, From and Love and Other Hungers.

One Light Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781680031744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas Review Press - February 20th, 2019

The Book of Awe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781604542486
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Iris Press - October 15th, 2018

Patsy McClure’s Book on the Addie Community

Patsy McClure will present her book, Addie, at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 9th at 3 p.m. In Addie: Memories of a Hobo’s Daughter, Patsy journeys into the past of the unincorporated Jackson County, NC community of Addie. Located along US 74 west of Willets-Ochre Hill, Addie was founded in the 1880’s when a work camp for the construction of the Murphy Branch Western North Carolina Railroad set up in the vicinity. Patsy tells her story of life in the community during the end of the Depression and the WWII era. To reserve copies of Addie, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

George Singleton’s New Short Story Collection

George Singleton will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 16th at 3 p.m.  He will present his new short story collection Staff Picks.  In the tradition of Donald Barthelme, T. C. Boyle, Flannery O'Connor, and Raymond Carver, Singleton creates lingering, darkly comedic tales by drawing from those places where familiarity and alienation coexist. A remarkable and distinct effort from an acclaimed chronicler of the South, Staff Picks reaffirms Singleton's gift for crafting short story collections that both deliver individual gems and shine as a whole.

Staff Picks: Stories (Yellow Shoe Fiction) Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780807170335
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: LSU Press - March 6th, 2019

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, February 22nd 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.

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