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, July 26th 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.

The NCLR Celebration

Contributors to the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) will gather at City Lights on Saturday, July 27th at 3 p.m. to celebrate the release of the 2019 publication of the literary journal. NCLR is a fusion of a scholarly journal and a literary magazine that seeks to honor the profound literary history and culture of North Carolina and the writers who have shaped said history. The magazine releases an annual print issue in the summer and is available at independent bookstores and via subscription. 


Featured authors include local poet Catherine Carter whose poetry collection The Memory of Gills received the Roanoke-Chowan Award, Sally Thomas with her poem “Daybreak”, which received second place in the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, and creative nonfiction author of The Book of Awe, Susan O’Dell Underwood. Each contributor plans to read selections from their works featured in the NCLR publication. To reserve copies of the North Carolina Literary Review please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

North Carolina Literary Review: Number 28, 2019 Cover Image
By Margaret D. Bauer (Editor)
ISBN: 9781469654126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: East Carolina University - July 2019

Fred Chappell Poetry Reading

Fred Chappell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new poetry collection, As If It Were.  Inspired by ancient, modern, and contemporary writings, Fred Chappell's sprightly new collection of verse, As If It Were, presents tales, anecdotes, pointed stories, and aphorisms to spark the conscience of readers young and old. Playful and even zany, the humor in these poems pulls readers into a world filled with noble lions, crafty foxes, predacious wolves, longsuffering asses, and fashionable peacocks. Chappell illustrates how the fable offers a timeless form of wisdom, surprising us with revelations that challenge what we think we already know, along with fresh observations of daily experiences. With its informal, even nonchalant tone of address and lush, polished language, As If It Were endows homespun materials with alchemical insights.

Fred Chappell is the author of more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose. He has received the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize. His fiction has been translated into more than a dozen languages and received the Best Foreign Book Award from the Académie Française. He was the poet laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.

As If It Were: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807169605
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - April 3rd, 2019

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