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Maura Finn will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her bilingual poetry collection, Architect of the Divine. The book is a journey through the heart, restoring it and bringing us back to the love that we are. The poems have the power to transform, uplift, inspire and encourage. They can be used as a map, as medicine, or as meditation. For those who are called to receive this medicine, this universal story of awakening and heart healing is waiting to be told.
Robert Lee Kendrick will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 12th at 3 p.m. He will read from his new collection of poetry, What Once Burst with Brilliance. 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.
Billy Ogletree will present his new book on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. His book, Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ’s Likeness explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily commitment to others, a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers to Christ’s likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many. It describes the primacy of Christ as the central tenet of Christianity and offers seven "Jesus" life themes for every Christian. These themes, based on a qualitative study of the canonical gospels, assist readers with the development of a framework for a Christlike life.
Billy T. Ogletree is the Brewer Smith Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. A speech-language pathologist and university educator interested in the communicative success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Dr. Ogletree is a well-cited author of over seventy professional articles, chapters, and books. He is also a long-time Christian who writes for d365, an online devotional series. Dr. Ogletree's devotions emphasize the challenging yet cathartic possibilities associated with following Jesus.
Emily B. Martin will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. to present the latest installment in her Creatures of Light series. The third and final book, Creatures of Light, is a novel filled with adventure, betrayal, and a queen's lifelong struggle to love and trust herself.
Park ranger by summer, stay-at-home mom the rest of the year, Emily B. Martin is also a freelance artist and illustrator. An avid hiker and explorer, her experiences as a ranger helped inform the character of Mae and the world of Woodwalker. When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.
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