| ||Former Cullowhee resident, Marly Youmans will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, November 1st at 3 p.m. to read from and sign her new novel, Glimmerglass. Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about her new book, “This stylish and contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend...serves up an appealing blend of myth, mystery and magic.” Marly Youmans is an award winning author of a dozen books including the recent novel, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. A native of the Carolinas she now lives in Susquehanna with her husband and three children. |
Charles Davidson will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 4th at 3 p.m. to present his book, Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God. School children know of the famous painter’s severed earlobe. Adults know that his paintings have sold for the highest prices ever paid for original art. Artists know that his expressionism bridged nineteenth century impressionism and twentieth century modernism. Readers of his letters know that his life was filled with conflict, suffering, and defeat, and yet with a singular and passionate commitment to his vocation as an artist. But what do we know of Vincent as a theologian with a brush? This illustrated presentation will examine lesser-known aspects of Vincent’s life and sacred dimensions of his spiritually visionary art.
Charles Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology Care and Counseling at Virginia University of Lynchburg, until retiring to Black Mountain, NC where he lives with his wife, dog, cats, saxophone and clarinet.
|Wiley Cash returns to City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. He will read from and sign his novel, This Dark Road to Mercy. Released in paperback in September, This Dark Road to Mercy is a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. Cash is also the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he and his wife live in Wilmington. |
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We will begin our recognition of Memorial Day a few days early as Webster author, Tom Davis will present his memoir at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday November 8th at 3 p.m. The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On chronicles his time in the military where he spent 20 of his 30 plus years serving with the Special Forces (Green Berets). He entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel having served in three combat zones: Vietnam, Bosnia and Iraq/Turkey. Join us as Col. Davis shares stories from his time in service, reads passages from his book and signs copies. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
In celebration of October being LGBT History Month, J. Robin Whitley and Paula Offutt will offer a discussion and reading on Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. They will read from their work and discuss books that helped them come out. Robin, artist, musician, author and bookseller at City Lights Bookstore has written a compilation of poetry, reflections, and essays shows the challenges that the lesbian Christian faces in living an open life, while also seeking to live a life of faith titled, In a Southern Closet. Her newest book, More Than Knowing, is a collection of poetry.
Paula Offutt lives near Leicester. She and her partner share an old house with dogs, cats, and a koi named Haiku. Paula believes that humor is what makes the world go 'round, although love is a close second. She surrounds herself with as much of both as she can. Her first novel, a romance titled Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, won a 2008 Golden Crown Literary Society's (GCLS) award for Debut Author. The fictional town of High Pond is a cross between Hot Springs and Leicester with bits of Lick Skillet and Luck tossed in. Paula's second novel, To Sleep, Book One of the Soliloquy, was a finalist for the 2014 GCLS award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. To Dream, Book Two of the Soliloquy, will be released sometime in 2015.
Join us at the WCU Mountain Heritage Center as Stephanie Jeffries and Thomas Wentworth present their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests on Thursday, November 20th at 7 p.m. This unique hiking guide to the southern Appalachian mountains leads readers to explore the rich forest ecosystems and other natural communities visitors encounter along the trail. Drawing on years of experience guiding forest walks throughout the region, Jeffries and Wentworth invite hikers and nature lovers to see their surroundings in new ways. Readers will learn to decipher clues from the tree canopies, forest floor, and other natural features to appreciate more fully the environmental factors that make the southern Appalachians home to an amazing biodiversity.
These thirty popular hikes in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia range from short walks along Blue Ridge Parkway pull-offs to longer day trips in the region's backcountry. Offering spectacular mountain scenery and natural wildflower gardens, these trails are the perfect place to gain a new appreciation for the natural communities of the region. The talk will be in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center. To reserve a copy of the book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
The Ridgeline Literary Alliance, Inc. and the NC Poetry Society will sponsor a reading on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the City Lights Bookstore. The reading is free to the public and will feature readings by two highly acclaimed poets from North Carolina, Kathryn Stripling Byer and David Radavich.
Kathryn Stripling Byer served as NC's first woman Poet Laureate. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Georgia Review, American Scholar, and Cortland Review, and her essays and political commentary in Shenandoah, Boston Globe, and Raleigh News-Observer, as well as other NC newspapers. Her first book, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was an Associated Writing Programs Finalist, chosen by John F. Nims, and published by Texas Tech U. Press. LSU Press has published subsequent books, including Wildwood Flower, an Academy of American Poets Lamont Selection, Black Shawl, chosen by Billy Collins for the Brockman-Campbell Award, and Catching Light, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Best book of Poetry for 2002. Her most recent book, Descent, received the NC Book Award for poetry. Her chapbook, The Vishnu Bird, is forthcoming in late fall.
David Radavich’s poetry collections include America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, Canonicals: Love’s Hours, and Middle-East Mezze. His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. He has performed in a variety of countries and has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and other groups. His latest book is The Countries We Live In.
To reserve any of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Chappell will present his new poetry collection, Familiars, a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of twenty-six books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was Shadow Box. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.
Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, Christmas in Bethlehem. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Georgia, a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal. Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Robbinsville author, Ray Carpenter will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday November 22 at 3 p.m. to present his book, Beesch. Having learned from his grandfather at an early age to respect the honey bee, Ray made a promise to his grandfather to one day write about honey bees. This promise drove him to research bees his entire life. The result, Beesch, published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, is the story of Allie and Callie, identical twin female worker honey bees—a story that is interlaced with a narrator storyteller who shares the story of the honey bee, its hive, and its environment. The illustrator for the book is Doreyl Ammons Cain,
nature and mural artist from Tuckasegee, NC. Within this book, readers will understand some of the reasons the honey bee is mysteriously disappearing—a “mystery” that has provoked much human thought and concern.
Ray Carpenter is a native of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina where he grew up writing and reading, whistling a song, and carrying a fishing pole on his shoulder to a rushing stream to catch trout. A farm boy, Ray went to school in Robbinsville. After graduation he joined the US Navy, and eventually served aboard the USS Midway and USS Coral Sea, two aircraft carriers. During his enlistment, he continued his educational process, visited many foreign countries, and valued the cultural education he got during his tours around the world. As a poetic writer, Ray endears himself to his readers with a touching love of the beauty of the earth and nature’s secrets, which he unveils with unforgettable candor in his writing. To reserve copies of Beesch, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore to present his new short story collection on Sunday, November 9th at 1 p.m. Something Rich and Strange brings together some of Rash’s best stories published in previous collections and also includes two stories not previously collected. “This selection captures what he does best; revealing the inner workings of men and women bound to the landscape, battling the polarities of existence. Though his characters are Appalachian, their struggles are relatable to all,” says City Lights publicist Eon Alden.
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