Dave Waldrop's New Book of Puns

Webster writer Dave Waldrop and Whittier artist/musician Alma Russ combined their unique talents to create a visual language experience in Roll Your Eyes Now.  Alma's vivid colors and non-linear style capture Dave's puns and bring them to life for the reader. Kids' humor for all ages. They will present Roll Your Eyes Now at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva on Sunday; October 31 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Here's what our friend Ben Woody had to say about the book: ''If you live in a small town, there are instances when you see someone coming toward you on the street, or down the aisle at the grocery store, and you frantically think of ways to avoid them. The inevitable small talk will be mind-numbing. You have known this person your entire life and you know nothing interesting has happened to them in 16 years. This is a dreaded encounter. Dave Waldrop is not one of these people. Folks go out of their way to run into Dave Waldrop, and, my friends, I know why. Dave Waldrop is a born story-teller. Entertainment and language flow into each other and out of Dave like a rushing river. He has the gift of gab, sure, but he also cultivates it. The very breath of Life is in him. Dave creates, collects, and spins great stories. His writing is an extension of his life. He has done for others. I can't think of anyone I would rather read, talk to, and just be with except for maybe Bob Dylan; but Bob Dylan doesn't live in Sylva and Dave Waldrop does.'' 

To reserve copies of the book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Robert Kendrick Poetry Reading

Robert Lee Kendrick will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 30th at 3 p.m. He will read from his new collection of poetry, Shape the Bent Straight.  His poems have been featured in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, Kestrel, The Cape Rock, The James Dickey Review, The San Pedro River Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Main Street Rag. His first chapbook, Winterskin, was published by Main Street Rag in 2016. Iris Press released his collection What Once Burst with Brilliance in 2018. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Shape the Bent Straight             Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599488059
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Main Street Rag - June 9th, 2020

What Once Burst With Brilliance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542479
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Iris Press - March 26th, 2018

Winter Skin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599485744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - June 10th, 2016

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

Order Except Antarctica signed by Todd Sturgell

This funny and informative book was released on July 6th, 2021. 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.

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 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."

Perfect Black Cover Image
By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780813151168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 3rd, 2021

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