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Jim Hartbarger Reading & Signing

Jim Hartbarger will read from his new memoir On the Rim of the Basket: The Memoirs of Coach Jim Hartbarger on Saturday, April 11th at 3:00 p.m.  The memoir recounts his early childhood days, coaching high school and college basketball teams, owning the Jarrett House and his advice to others about recruitment and coaching.  Wilson Scott, a former Western Carolina University basketball player said, “Coach Jim was tough, but fair. First on his list was getting an education. He didn’t accept any excuse.  I have a great deal of respect for him.”  Hartbarger was the head basketball coach at WCU from 1969-1975 and captured two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic District 6 regular season titles and one tournament championship. His team advanced to the 1972 NAIA Championship Tournament.  In 1975, Jim and his wife Jean became the owners of The Jarrett House, a Southern Bed and Breakfast in Dillsboro, North Carolina.  Following the reading, Hartbarger will be signing and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of his memoir please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.

 
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Published: Catch the Spirit of Appalachia - March 18th, 2015

Joseph Bathanti Reading & Signing

Joseph Bathanti, poet, memoirist and novelist, will read from his poetry and his most recent poetic prose on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Some of his work includes The Life of the World to ComeHalf of What I Say is Meaningless: Essays, and Concertina: Poems.  Bathanti’s reading will launch our celebration of National Poetry Month.  Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April and is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  Bathanti is a former North Carolina poet laureate. This honor recognizes a poet and he or she has the opportunity to tour the state as North Carolina’s leading ambassador of literature.  Over the last 35 years, Bathanti has helped people of all walks of life express themselves through writing from prison inmates, to college students, and even to war veterans.  He is currently a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University.  Following the reading, Bathanti will be signing and copies of his work will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Bathanti’s work please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.  

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ISBN: 9780881464702
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Published: Mercer University Press - October 31st, 2013

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ISBN: 9780881464733
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Published: Mercer University Press - June 30th, 2014

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Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 20th, 2014

Carol Bjorlie Reading & Signing

Carol Bjorlie will read from her book Sweet Harmony as well as her book of poems Impossible Brightening on Saturday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m.  Sweet Harmony is part of a Trilogy series that tells the story of thirteen year-old Iris Andersen and her families’ life in their new farm community in Harmony, Minnesota.  The family leaves Richmond, Virginia behind in 1937 and Iris does not have say in this life changing event. She witnesses her first blizzard, tornado, her mother’s depression, her grandfather’s passing and her sister’s battle with Scarlet Fever.  After one year, her parents decide to move back to the South. They aren’t prepared for the community that will not give up on them. Impossible Brightening is her latest collection of poetry. Bjorlie is a member of the Asheville Cello Choir and teaches writing at the North Carolina Creative Retirement at UNCA.  Her motto from a poem title by Lucille Clifton is “I am not done yet.”  Following the readings, Bjorlie will be signing her book and book of poems and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Sweet Harmony and Impossible Brightenings please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.

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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - March 1st, 2015

Deborah Edmonds Reading & Signing

Deborah Edmonds will read from her new novel Fires Creek on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Fires Creek is a blend of murder, mystery and thriller set in a small town in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  Sheriff Harland Duncan has two crimes on his hands.  The first involves the unauthorized burial of a newborn child in a graveyard with connections to the building of the Great Fontana Dam.  The grave looks to be hand dug and it appeared overnight.  Deputy Racheal Dehart is on the case to have a proper burial for the child.  That same evening, a young teacher, Emily Davis goes missing and her car and belongings are found on the highway by her boyfriend.  Edmonds is from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and was influenced by her great- grandmother and grandmother who worked as midwives. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, watching sunsets, and listening to local elders tell stories. Edmonds has also written poetry throughout her childhood and adulthood.  Following the reading, Edmonds will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase.  

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ISBN: 9781495280801
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 30th, 2014

Avram Friedman Presents His First Novel

Avram Friedman

Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel The Silver Maple Conspiracy on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The Silver Maple Conspiracy describes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and his mysterious relationship with nature.  It is a story of the physical changes witnessed during the time-span between the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the first Earth Day, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest, and lastly to the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.  Friedman has been the Executive Director of The Canary Coalition since 2000 and is well-known and respected in his field as a powerful, crystal clear and cogent journalist, documentarian and speaker on issues revolving around the environment, social, political and economic justice.  Following the reading, Friedman will be signing and copies of his novel will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of The Silver Maple Conspiracy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

 

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 11th, 2015

Nevada McPherson Presents Graphic Novels

Nevada McPherson will read from her two graphic novels, Uptowners and Piano Lessons on Friday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  McPherson has written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, one short screenplay that she made into a short film, and two graphic novels:  Uptowners, a dark comedy set in contemporary New Orleans, and Piano Lessons, a gay teen romance set in the 1950’s rural south.  McPherson has received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Following the reading, McPherson will be signing and copies of her graphic novels will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Uptowners and Piano Lessons please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

Carolina McMullen Reading & Signing

Carolina McMullen will read from her new novel Vicenta de Paul on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. As the first novel of her Not Here to Stay series, Vicenta de Paul tells of a baby who is abandoned by her young mother at an orphanage in Rota, Spain in 1914.  She is later adopted by a wealthy couple and raised in the peaceful coastal area of Rota, away from the busy city. Everything seems fine until her mother begins to suffer from depression. Vicenta pulls through the tough time with her caring nanny and friend, ABC.  Romance eventually finds Vicenta, but with more struggles. Her faith, friends, and sense of humor carry her through life, with thoughts of her birth mother. Nan Harper, Mayor of Gulf Breeze, Florida said, “For days after finishing “Vicenta” the characters followed me about. -Can’t wait to read the next…”  Following the reading, McMullen will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase. Carolina McMullen is from Rota, Spain but now resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and four Chihuahuas.

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ISBN: 9780692211625
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Published: Three Bird Press - May 3rd, 2014

Liza Wieland Reading & Signing

Liza Wieland will read from her novel Land of Enchantment on Saturday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Land of Enchantment weaves the lives of three extraordinary women artists, beginning with a half-Navajo woman in the 1980s New Mexico, an assistant for the aging Georgia O’Keefe, and concluding in a stunning connection to the events of September 11.  Wieland is the author of three novels, three collections of short fiction, and a volume of poems.  Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. She Teaches at East Carolina University and lives near Oriental, NC, with her husband and daughter.  Following the reading, Wieland will be signing and copies of her novel will be available for purchase.

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ISBN: 9780815610465
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Published: Syracuse University Press - March 5th, 2015

Jamie Kornegay Presents His Debut Novel

Mississippi author, Jamie Kornegay will visit City Lights Bookstore on Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m. to present his debut novel. Soil, a  City Lights staff pick, is a look at Jay Mize’s descent into madness. “An environmental scientist, Jay believes he can revolutionize sustainable farming. What starts out as a dedicated but light-hearted obsession with composting leads him to moving his wife and son to a rural riverside farmstead in the Mississippi delta. It is not long though before it all begins to unravel for Jay. Soil is a great read, set at a furious pace that does not end until the final page. Forget the great plot and pace, Kornegay’s writing style makes this book hard to put down,” says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden.

Jamie Kornegay lives in the Mississippi Delta, where he moved in 2006 to establish an independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, MS. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi.

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ISBN: 9781476750811
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 10th, 2015

Jacar Press Anthology Poetry Reading

What Matters Anthology Jacar Press

Today at 3 p.m. 

Join us for a reading from, What Matters, an anthology of poems on Saturday, February 22nd at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  This anthology features former North Carolina poet laureate Kathryn Byer, Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, MacArthur Foundation Genius grantee Thylias Moss, National Book Award finalist Alan Shapiro, Yale Series of Younger Poets award Fady Joudah, and 90+ other writers. This book focuses on questions, answers, meditations,and explorations on the why and how of living. Kathryn Byer, Richard Krawiec and  Pat Riviere Seel will be on hand to read from the anthology. Attendees are welcome to share in poetry, essay or discussion what matters to them. City Lights Bookstore and Jacar Press will donate a portion of sales to The Community Table of Jackson County to honor something that matters to us. To reserve a copy of the book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

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