On Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Marci Spencer will return to City Lights to present her newest book, Pisgah National Forest: A History. When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first forestry school and the heart of the East’s first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Shining Rock Wilderness and Mount Pisgah. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer treks through the human, political and natural history that has formed Pisgah National Forest.
After retiring as a nurse practitioner, Marci earned her certificate as a North Carolina environmental educator and a Blue Ridge naturalist. She is the author of Clingman's Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
|Whittier author, Tom Kelly will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book, Gridiron Diplomat’s Carolina Dacha. Kelly’s book details his time spent teaching and coaching American football in 40 countries including time in Soviet Russia, employed by the KGB. To reserve a copy of please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. |
|The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The September gathering will feature poet, Teresa Robbins as she presents her collection, God Speaks. With her book, Teresa hopes her poetry will penetrate the hearts of those who read them, causing them to fall deeper in love with the true Scribe. She and her husband live in Waynesville, NC. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.|
Franklin author Emily Joanne Hoover will visit City Lights Bookstore to sign her book on Saturday, September 20th beginning at noon. She will be available to chat with folks about the funny and outrageous true life tales in her book, Hold on to Your Panties and Have Fun.
Hoover has enjoyed success as a stand-up comedian, teacher and interior decorator. She is known for her quick wit, quick retorts, and for finding fun with strangers in everyday places. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, October 16th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The October gathering will feature Wesley Satterwhite. Wesley Satterwhite is a student in the Master of Arts in Writing program at the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir Rhyne University in Asheville and a co-founder of the City Lights Writing Group. Her poetry has been published in Kakalak and in WNC Woman magazine, where she was nearly rejected because the editors said they only publish work written by women. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill, Wesley is interested in the healing power of telling our stories. As a working mother of two little girls, she is interested in the exquisite beauty of ordinary life. Wesley will be reading from her own work and the work of others whose art lies at the intersection of these two interests.
The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and meets every third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the Coffee with the Poet series please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
New York Times Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will visit City Lights Bookstore for a reading and signing on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. She will read from her new novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past. This new novella expands her Appalachian Ballad series with the return of Nora Bonesteel. When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.
We will also be celebrating the paperback release of her most recent Ballad novel, King’s Mountain. An elegant saga crafted with heart and depth, replete with harrowing battle descriptions and gripping family histories, King's Mountain celebrates one of Appalachia's finest hours, as McCrumb once again shares history and legend like no one else.
To reserve copies of McCrumb’s books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Art Ramsay will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 25th at 3 p.m. to present the third book in The Wisdom Stone Trilogy. With Illumination of Stones, readers are treated to an enthralling tale as the main characters race a looming global event and face determined adversaries. Hidden at Sacred Sites centuries ago, powerful Wisdom Stones are awaiting
discovery to release their energy. Each Stone has a message of planetary significance to reveal, setting into motion spiritual transformation for all of humankind. The first two books in the series are The Seven Stones of Wisdom and The Tibetan Wisdom Code. By creating this fictional series, Art believes that people can be made aware of spiritual principles in a fun and interesting way.
Art Ramsay's current practice involves working as a Minister of Peace, a Spiritual (Peace) Coach, and seminar facilitator. He has studied and practiced Spiritual Principles for twenty years and brings those experiences to his writing. Through Art's work with people over the years, he found that there are certain aspects of the human psyche that brings stress and a great deal ofdespair to our daily lives. His writing reflects bringing the awareness of those aspects to his readers in a way that promotes transformation, and incorporating what works in their lives. If, through reading his books, a person's life is touched in a way that allows inner reflection, then he feels he has fulfilled his purpose. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
North Carolina author, Linda Phillips will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. to present her debut YA novel, Crazy. A novel written in verse, Crazy, draws from the author’s own experiences of coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness while growing up in Oregon. In Crazy, Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she's carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness. No one in Laura's family will talk about her mother's past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. Laura finds some refuge in art, but when her mother suffers a breakdown after taking painting back up again herself, even art ceases to provide much comfort. Eloquent and compelling, this powerful novel-in-verse tackles complex themes in a way that will have readers rooting for Laura to find the courage to get the answers she needs.
To reserve a copy of Crazy, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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Knoxville author, Julia Watts will present her books on Saturday, October 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The author of numerous books set in Appalachia, she is also a Lambda Literary Award for her young adult novel, Finding H.F. and last year's Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award winner for Secret City. Her new book, Gifted and Talented is a comic novel about the perils of parenting. To reserve copies of her books, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Sylva author, Jenny Bennett, returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. with her second book, The Twelve Streams of LeConte. The main character of the book lives in Sylva and there are scenes set in downtown, the library and even City Lights Bookstore. Anne Woodrow is on honeymoon in Scotland when fate gives her a slap in the face: right then and there, her new husband falls in love with another woman. Injured and grieving, she returns home alone and conceives of a project of renewal. She will climb Mt. LeConte in the Smokies by way of the twelve streams that drain its slopes. Its a journey that will prove to be strenuous and dangerous. The Twelve Streams of LeConte brings together mirroring worlds of adventure tales and mountains. It speaks the language of people who engage the landscape rather than admire it from a distance, and it unapologetically explores the life of a serious reader.
Jenny Bennett is also the author of Murder at the Jumpoff . Having hiked extensively in the area, she is well known in the Smokies hiking community for her blog, “Endless Streams and Forests.” To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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