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


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Book orders mail for as little as 99 cents! Browse the stacks or opt for curb service: 10-6 Mon.-Sat. and 10-3 Sun. 

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Used book trade-ins are considered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Drop off a maximum of one milk carton's worth of books until 5 o'clock on trade-in days.

Phone 828-586-9499

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Craig Gralley's Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

We look forward to hosting author Craig Gralley on June 3rd at 3 p.m. for a presentation of his history of the former NASA and NSA facility now known as the PARI or the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. Gralley, a former CIA senior executive, was an analyst, manager, and chief speechwriter for three agency directors. He’s now a freelance writer and the author of Hall of Mirrors—Virginia Hall: America’s Greatest Spy of World War II, a Kirkus Reviews “Best Book.” His work has been published in the Washington Post, World War II Magazine, Elan, and the literary journal The Sun, among others. Craig graduated with honors from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and holds master’s degrees from Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute: An Untold History of Spacemen & Spies By Craig Gralley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467152181
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - April 24th, 2023

WCU Student's Review of Black Country Music by Royster

Kiara O'Malley, a Western Carolina University student in Lyn Ellen Burkett's History of Country Music class wrote a book review on Francesca T. Royster's Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions.  Enjoy!


Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions (American Music Series) By Francesca T. Royster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477326497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

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

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