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Coffee with the Poet Featuring Pasckie Pascua

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, August 20th at 10:30 a.m. and will feature Asheville poet, Pasckie Pascua. He will read selections from his book, Red is the Color of My Night. The poems and prose in Red is the Color of My Night reflect the often ragged but mostly warm wisdom of a journeyman who witnessed and experienced a life that defies his reserved demeanor and inviting smile.

The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. To reserve a copy of Pascua’s book or for questions about Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

Growing Up in Appalachia

On Saturday, August 8th at 3 p.m. Wilford Corbin will present his book, The Boys of Battle Branch at City Lights Bookstore. The Boys of Battle Branch is a collection of short nonfiction pieces which relates the experiences of Corbin who grew up in Macon County during the middle of the twentieth century.  The reader will find these stories to be delightfully quaint, sometimes touching and often humorous.  


Corbin is also the author of A World Apart: My Life Among the Eskimos of Alaska. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Ellen Bass Reading and Book Signing

On Thursday, July 9th at 6 p.m. author Ellen Bass will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her books. Her poetry collections include Like a Beggar and The Human Line. She is also the author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. It is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child – and those who care about her. Bass will also be leading a writing workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts from July 5th to the 10th. Registration is currently waitlisted. To be placed on the waitlist send an email to  registrar@cullowheemountainarts.org. To reserve copies of Ellen’s books please call 828-586-9499.

 
Like a Beggar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594649
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 25th, 2014

The Courage to Heal 4e: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780061284335
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 4th, 2008

Dean Nimmer Presentation and Book Signing

Artist Dean Nimmer will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, June 16th at 5:30 p.m. to present his book, Creating Abstract Art. The book explores techniques for successful abstract paintings and includes 40 exercises that explore original ideas and inventive techniques for creating abstract art including shadow hunting, working with haiku poetry paintings and so much more. Nimmer will be teaching a weeklong workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts from June 14th to June 19th. Visit www.cullowheemountainarts.org for registration information for this and other upcoming workshops.

 

Dean Nimmer is the former Chair of the Painting, Printmaking programs at Mass College of Art, where he taught from 1970 to 2004. He has exhibited his art in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. His artworks are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum, Harvard University art collection and many other museums across the country and abroad.

 

To reserve copies of Creating Abstract Art please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

Coffee with the Poet Featuring William Kelley Woolfitt

William Kelley Woolfitt

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. The June gathering will feature William Kelley Woolfitt as he presents his collection, Beauty Strip. Kathryn Byer says of the book, “In the midst of overwhelming natural beauty, rendered with such sensuous language that the reader of William Kelley Woolfitt’s first full-length collection well-nigh swoons in delight, hides desecration, the earth left raw and bleeding behind the “beauty strip” the coal companies create to block from view their destruction. Therein lies the metaphorical paradox of this stirring, profoundly moving book of poems, the destruction that lies behind the disguise meant to allow us to keep living our lives in a state of unknowing. Around that troubling central image, however, pulses the natural world, “center and zenith” as Woolfitt describes it in Ring of Earth, echoing James Still’s abiding River of Earth. Through the beauty of his poetry, Woolfitt restores the world so carelessly and greedily desecrated. Stephen Spender once described poetry as “enchanted utterance.” Here is that utterance. Listen, and listen again, to its songs and its warnings.” William Kelley Woolfitt teaches creative writing and American literature at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. His poems and stories appear in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, Tin House online, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Colorado Review, and Notre Dame Review.


The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. To reserve books or for more information on Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Brent Martin & Denton Loving Joint Reading

City Lights Bookstore will host two fine poets for a joint reading on Friday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. Franklin, NC author, Brent Martin and Tennessee poet, Denton Loving will be reading from their most recent works.

Brent Martin’s new book, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend is a chapbook collection of essays. He is also the author the poetry chapbooks Staring the Red Earth Down, Poems From Snow Hill Road, and A Shout in the Woods. His work has also been featured in the North Carolina Literary Review and in an anthology of nature essays titled, Wildbranch. He currently serves as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West.  

Denton Loving is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds. He works at Lincoln Memorial University where he co-directs the annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. His fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as River Styx, Flyleaf, Fiction Southeast and others.

 
Crimes Against Birds Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781599484990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag - December 31st, 2015

Poems from Snow Hill Road (New Native Press Stewardship) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781883197230
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: New Native Press - September 1st, 2007

A Novel About Love, Loneliness and Rock 'n' Roll

Asheville author, Allie Marshall will read from her debut novel on Saturday, June 20th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. How to Talk to Rockstars follows wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson. She has a dream job: she interviews rock stars.  Bryn’s professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of backstage, bars and drugs that she writes about. That is until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn’s obsession with Jude’s album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance. Author of Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier said of How to Talk to Rockstars, “This bright, fleet novel is a true delight—an engaging, perceptive, precisely observed and slyly funny meditation on fame and love, in particular, the love of music."


Alli has written for the Mountain Xpress, an alt-weekly in Asheville, N.C., since 2001. She's been the arts section editor since 2013. How to Talk to Rockstars is based in part on her 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians.

How to Talk to Rockstars Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780981575780
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Logosophia, LLC - May 1st, 2015

Lisa Horstman Storytime

Lisa Horstman will visit City Lights Bookstore for a special storytime on Saturday, August 1st at 11 a.m. She will read from her new book published by the Great Smoky Mountain Association, Sabrina. Her book tells the story of a brave young flying squirrel who is trying to fit in with her new family of red squirrels. When she saves the day, her new friends realize it is ok the be a little different.


Lisa is also the author of the popular books, The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball  and The Troublesome Cub.

Sabrina: A Great Smoky Mountains Story Cover Image
By Lisa Hortsman, Steve Kemp (Editor), Lisa Hortsman (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780937207802
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - March 26th, 2015

The Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball Cover Image
By Lisa Hortsman, Steve Kemp (Editor), Lisa Hortsman (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9780937207215
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - March 30th, 1997

The Smokies Yukky Book Cover Image
By Doris Gove, Lisa Horstman (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780937207482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - January 1st, 2006

Kerry Madden will Present Her Harper Lee Biography

To celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, Kerry Madden will present her biography on Lee on Saturday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m.  Intended for ages 12 and up, Harper Lee looks at a down-to-earth Southern woman who has shunned publicity for a simpler life. Madden will also present her book on storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham who was a dear friend of Harper Lee. Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Kathryn and self-taught folk artist Tin Man Charlie Lucas. Go Set a Watchman is due out July 14th. Kerry is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and also teaches at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference in Tennessee. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between Birmingham and Los Angeles.

Harper Lee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670010950
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Viking Children's Books - March 19th, 2009

Nothing Fancy about Kathryn & Charlie Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780982852804
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Mockingbird Publishing - April 18th, 2013

Joseph Millar Poetry Reading

Joseph Millar will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, July 14th at 6 p.m. for a poetry reading. He is the author of four collections of poetry and has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2008 Pushcart Prize. He has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares.  Millar teaches in Pacific University's low-residency MFA. He will be leading a poetry writing workshop with Cullowhee Mountain Arts from July 12th through the 17th. For registration information please visit www.cullowheemountainarts.com. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

Blue Rust Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780887485497
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - January 4th, 2012

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