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Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home

Asheville author Tina FireWolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Beneath the Chatter.  Tina FireWolf will ignite your fire! Join her to hear how a 3 ft. tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book! She will share her personal story and tales from her book that illuminate  life lessons and help ignite us into Everyday Enlightenment. You will leave with a light heart and wider eyes to the world around you. Beneath the Chatter is an engaging contemplative verbal and visual experience both wise and wAhimsical, with gentle and yet raw honesty. It invites you into a new way of being--like having a conversation with a most wise self within. Tina FireWolf is a teacher, speaker, energy medicine practitioner, and Spiritual Guide. Tina works to help others discover the power within and learn to express themselves fully in every aspect of life. To reserve copies of Beneath the Chatter please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780692274064
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Tina Firewolf - October 25th, 2014

George Ellison & Libby Hargrave Offer a Talk About Horace Kephart

Horace Kephart

Naturalist and historian George Ellison and Libby Kephart Hargrave, 

great-granddaughter of Horace and Laura Kephart will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 27th at 3 p.m. They will offer presentations on Horace Kephart. Horace Kephart came to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1904 and began studying the disappearing culture and the vastly diverse natural history of the region. He is the author of Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft.

George Ellison will present A Room of One’s Own, about the places in western North Carolina most closely associated with Kephart, especially his boarding house and office in Bryson City. Ellison is the author of numerous books and essays and writes a weekly nature column for the Asheville Citizen-Times. He lives in Bryson City.

Libby Kephart Hargrave, great-granddaughter of Horace and Laura Kephart, will present Horace Kephart: His Way Back,  a program that takes an intimate look into the life of Horace Kephart, including information about his wife Laura, his parents and his children.

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By Horace Kephart, George Ellison (Introduction by), Janet McCue (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780937207703
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Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - May 16th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780937207642
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Published: Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Associa - October 13th, 2009

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Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokies Cover Image
By George Ellison, Elizabeth Ellison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609496852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press (SC) - May 22nd, 2012

Blue Ridge Nature Journal:: Reflections on the Appalachian Mountains in Essays and Art (Natural History) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596291393
Availability: Out of Stock Indefinitely: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: History Press - October 1st, 2006

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By George Ellison, Elizabeth Ellison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596293564
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Published: History Press (SC) - November 18th, 2011

John Lane Presents His First Novel

Acclaimed poet and naturalist, John Lane will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. to present his first novel. Fate Moreland’s Widow is about a mill bookkeeper who struggles with the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice in the aftermath of a long-forgotten tragedy. Ron Rash says of the book, “John Lane has long been recognized as one of the South’s finest poets and memoirists. His poet's eye for detail seamlessly merges with a born storyteller's gift for narrative. Fate Moreland's Widow gives voice to those who endured one of the most painful and neglected chapters in American history."  John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Abandoned Quarry which won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC.

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By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611174694
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 1st, 2015

Timothy Spira Returns with New Field Guide

On Friday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore.  Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.  Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way.  The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list.  Timothy Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

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ISBN: 9781469622644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 2nd, 2015

Edward Fahey Returns with a New Novel

Sapphire author, Edward Fahey will present his third novel on Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  The Gardens of Ailana explores the metaphysical, the idea that there are places on this planet not confined to the logic of men or limitations of science. In this modern-day fictional tale, four people with very different backgrounds, each scarred by a horrific childhood, meet at a place of healing where one's most crippling darkness must be faced down. In the rubble of their lives and broken spirits they learn that in their weaknesses lie their most profound strengths. In their festering wounds they find hope. In The Gardens of Ailana we see through the souls of mystics, experience laying-on-of-hands from the healer's point of view. Feel at home among wonders and magic. Fahey says of The Gardens of Ailana, “This is the book others have been laying the groundwork for and building towards.” Novelist and teacher, Fahey spent his life hunting magic, seeking out the other sides of reality. His previous novels are Mourning After and Entertaining Naked People. To reserve any of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Kathryn Byer & Richard Krawiec Joint Poetry Reading

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer and Richard Krawiec will be reading from their new collections of poetry on Sunday, June 14th at 1 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Kathryn’s new chapbook from Jacar Press, The Vishnu Bird, is both a memorial and memoir in lyric poetry. This clean-spoken, deeply-felt chapbook remembers the poet’s dear friend by tracing his vocation of anthropology and honoring his spiritual depth through vignettes from the speaker’s own past.


Richard Krawiec will read from Women Who Love Me Despite. Krawiec is the author of two other collections of poetry, two novels, short story collection and four plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice with the North Carolina Arts Council.

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ISBN: 9781941209219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Press 53 - April 1st, 2015

Kirk Thomas Poetry Reading

Sylva poet, Kirk Thomas will read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poems are poems inspired by his time in the Saudi Arabian desert when he worked as a military contractor. Before that, Thomas had served for many years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He and is wife moved to a house between Sylva and Franklin in 2011. In addition to his poetry, he has written a number of essays and prose pieces and has, on occasion, rendered some of them into verse. These days he spends his time reading, writing, splitting firewood, and sitting out on his front porch with a glass of wine listening to the creek run by. To reserve copies of Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780996141000
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Ground Ripple Press - April 13th, 2015

Steven Harvey Discussion & Signing

There is a reason why we can’t let go of haunting memories and they can’t let go of us. Memories, especially bad ones, can be clues to who we really are. They can help us sharpen our understanding of the meaning and purposes of our lives. Steven Harvey, author of The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, will lead a discussion on why monstrous memories are, in fact, our friends on Saturday, April 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was eleven, out of the 406 letters she left behind. As son and mother collaborate in the creation of their story, it has the perennial theme of abiding love, despite the odds that fuel the tale. He is a professor Emeritus of English at Young Harris College, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ashland MFA, Senior Editor of River Teeth Magazine, the creator of The Humble Essayist  website, and the author of three collections of personal essays. Following the reading, Harvey will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies of The Book of Knowledge and Wonder please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781940906089
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Published: Ovenbird Books - November 24th, 2014

William Everett Reading & Signing

William Everett will introduce his new book Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation on Woodworking and Spirituality on Saturday, April 25th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The book is a conversation between Everett, an American ethicist, and John DeGruchy, a South African theologian, reflecting on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation. Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends and the natural environment.  Everett taught Christian ethics in graduate schools for over thirty years before turning to woodworking.


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ISBN: 9781625644633
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Cascade Books - December 16th, 2014

Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change

Seamus McGraw

Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292756618
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: University of Texas Press - April 15th, 2015

The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980646
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012


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