author appearance

Louise Runyon Poetry Reading

                                   Louise Runyon  The Clearing

Poet, Louise Runyon will read from her new collection on Friday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Clearing explores the concept of “clearing” in the personal, geographical, spiritual, individual and communal aspects of our lives. Poet and playwright, Alice Lovelace says this of Runyon’s book, "Runyon has written poems and stories that resonate with home, loss, hope, love, and leaving. Her words are the language of geometry, dreams, memory, and the land.” To reserve copies of The Clearing please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Thomas Rain Crowe Book Signing

                  Thomas Rain Crowe  Beatitude
Tuckasegee author and publisher, Thomas Rain Crowe will have a book signing and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 21st at 3 p.m. He will present, Beatitude Magazine and the 1970s San Francisco Renaissance. Published by New Native Press, the book is a photographic history of the beat-inspired San Francisco literary movement of the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Artists and writers came from all over the country and the world to add their voices to a growing community where Rain Crowe had a front row seat. He also served as an editor for Beatitude Press. Rain Crowe is the author of numerous books, including Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820328621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2006

A House of Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781893239685
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Wind Publications - August 1st, 2007

The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist Cover Image
By Thomas Rain Crowe, Robert Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781893239807
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wind Publications - October 1st, 2008

Tangible Evidence of Jesus

                                  Mary Joyce  Tangible Evidence of Jesus
Sylva author, Mary Joyce will present her book Tangible Evidence of Jesus on Sunday, December 7th at 2 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Tangible Evidence of Jesus was written after the Joyce plodded through much archaeological evidence and academic research. It is intended to be a bridge between scholarly researchers and most of the rest of us. It also was written for those who would like proof of Jesus beyond what is written in Christian Bibles. The writing style deliberately is condensed and to the point with plenty of photos, art and graphics to make it easy for anyone to learn fascinating information about Jesus that generally is not known. Mary Joyce is also the author of The Cherokee Little People Are Real. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Will Harlan Presents Untamed

Will Harlan

Will Harlan will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his biography Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. The book looks at the life of Carol Ruckdeschel, a self taught scientist, who for forty years studied and defended the sea turtles and the surrounding wilderness of Cumberland Island. This national park on the Georgia coast is the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island. Untamed reveals the determined efforts of a woman to protect a wilderness she loves.

Will Harlan is the editor-in-chief of Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and an award winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Oprah. He lives on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina. 

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802122582
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Grove Press - May 6th, 2014

Catherine Carter Reads from Her New Chapbook

Catherine Carter  Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook, Marks of the Witch, on Friday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter’s third book, “Stephen Spender once described poetry as ‘enchanted utterance.’ Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender’s definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives.” Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry are Memory of Gills and Swamp Monster at Home. To reserve copies of any of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  
The Memory of Gills Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807131763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louisiana State University Press - September 1st, 2006

Swamp Monster at Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807142806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louisiana State University Press - February 13th, 2012

Chris Cox Reading


Chris Cox, will read from and sign his essay collection on Friday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The Way We Say Goodbye is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written.

Chris Cox is a columnist for the Smoky Mountain News, and the author of another book,Waking Up in a Cornfield. His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader's Digest and Smoky Mountain Living. He teaches English at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

John Lane Poetry Reading

Jon Lane

John Lane will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. The Old Rob Poems  from New Native Press is a collection featuring a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane’s. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.  

John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose. His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems was released by Mercer University Press in Macon, GA. in 2012. The book includes much of Lane’s published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. Abandoned Quarry won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. Several of his latest prose books are My Paddle to the Sea, published by The University of Georgia Press, and Begin With Rock, End With Water from Mercer University Press. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820344201
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2012

Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881462418
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Mercer University Press - March 30th, 2011

Author David Joy, IndiesFirst Bookseller-for-a-Day







City Lights Bookstore is pleased to announce that it will be hosting local author David Joy as a guest bookseller on Small Business Saturday, November 29. Joy, a Webster resident will be in the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. chatting with customers and recommending his favorite books, including his latest, Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey. His debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go will be released by Putnam on March 3, 2015. It has already garnered early praise from Joy’s fellow authors, including Ron Rash, Silas House, George Singleton and Daniel Woodrell. City Lights owner, Chris Wilcox describes the book, which is set in the southern part of Jackson County, as “dark but lovely”.

Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 29, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.

Indies First also encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to make the indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites.

Other participating Indies First stores and authors may be found on

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to helping support the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods.  Last year, U.S.

consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities.

City Lights is in downtown Sylva at the corner of Spring and Jackson, just up the hill from Sassyfrass Furniture. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday -Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. #IndiesFirst
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Where All Light Tends to Go Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2015

Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey Cover Image
By David Joy, Michael Polomik (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780914875604
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Bright Mountain Books - August 1st, 2011

The Charm of a Simple Country Farm

 Renea Winchester 

On Saturday, November 15th at 3 p.m. Renea Winchester will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her new book, Farming Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Decades before the Farm-to-Table and Sustainable Living movement, Billy Albertson started tending a little strip of land just off Hardscrabble Road in what was then rural Roswell, Georgia. The second book in the Farmer Billy series, Farming transports readers to a simpler time, when roadside vegetable stands were common, friends gathered on the front porch and everyone sat at the grandparent's table for Sunday supper.

Renea’s calloused hands grows GMO free corn that has been in her family for over 100 years. This heritage corn came from her great-grandfather, Lum Winchester, who was the subject of several columns by John Parris and was featured in Roaming The Mountains. She is a literacy advocate and passionately supports indie bookstores. She will offer a raffle to win a gift basket full of seeds, a copy of her book and other goodies. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the historic Monteith House in Dillsboro. Having roots in Bryson City, she and her husband split time between Georgia and North Carolina.
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ISBN: 9780881465044
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2014

Special Holiday Guest Storytime

Gumdrop Tree Zeata Ruff

Zeata Ruff will be a special guest for storytime on Saturday, November 29th at 11 a.m.  She will read from her book, The Gumdrop Tree: A Christmas Story. During the early 1930's through the 1970's, it was tradition in the Southern Appalachian Mountains for families to find a thorn bush when they went into the mountains to cut their Christmas tree. They would decorate the sharp spires with colorful gumdrops for the children to enjoy. The Gumdrop Tree is the story of a young girl who wanted to find the tallest, fattest, most beautiful Christmas tree of anyone in her town. It had to be very special. In this tale, Susie takes a long time to pick out the perfect tree for her family. After the tree stands in the corner with its shiny decorations, her mother sends her next door with a food basket for an elderly neighbor. Susie is very reluctant to leave her beautiful tree. Upon arriving at the neighbor's house, Susie discovers the scraggly branch that that Miss Martha calls her Christmas tree. On her way home, she tries to figure out what she can do so that the elderly lady can have a colorful tree. The Gumdrop Tree is written for children from the age of 4 to 13. It teaches that sometimes it does not take the tallest, fattest, most beautifully decorated Christmas tree to be special. To reserve a copy of please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.



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