Photographer and author Tim Barnwell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas. For those who wonder which mountain peaks they are seeing on the many breathtaking outlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this new guide is the book to have. Barnwell identifies the mountain peaks one can see from each overlook, marking the compass heading, distance, and elevation. Major roads, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified. Designed as a driving guide, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas, is also a good companion for hikers who wish to identify the names of the peaks viewed from favorite trails.
A noted photographer with over 30 years experience, Barnwell’s photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Time and Newsweek. His fine art photography can be found in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and other museums across the country. He lives in Asheville, NC. To reserve a copy of Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Nantahala native and Franklin resident, Roy Owenby will share his stories about Appalachian life on Saturday, August 2nd at 3 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage is the culmination of thousands of miles of travel throughout the South in an effort to gather stories that portray the soul of Appalachia. These stories span past and present and offer a full spectrum of human emotion.
A prolific writer, Owenby has written hundreds of articles and short stories. He is also the author of The Owl Knows, a mystery set on the Appalachian Trail. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. as Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, he presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore. In Bearwallow, his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias, Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past—hunting buried treasure and POW camps, unearthing Civil War graves and family feuds, exploring gated communities and tourist traps, encountering changed accents and immigrant populations, tracing Walmart’s sidewalks and carved-out mountains—and pondering the future.
Throughout his book, the parallels Jones draws between seemingly disparate things—like Bearwallow Mountain and Gracias, Honduras—allows him to uncover similarities hidden just under the surface. He meshes narrative and myth, geology and genealogy, fiddle tunes and local color about the briskly changing and oft-stigmatized world of his native southern Appalachians. By doing so, he explores not only the story of his own heritage but also simplistic conceptions of Appalachia and its people. His journey back to the mystical Bearwallow Mountain reveals a peak suddenly in flux.
North Carolina author and storyteller, Sheri Wren Haymore will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26th at 3 p.m. to present her two novels, A Higher Voice and A Deeper Cut. Her novels feature characters with flaws and she tends to as she puts it, “to squish a character until he pops and see what pours out. Or more specifically, what pours back in.” Her books have been described as a blend of Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.
Sheri grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together, they've made a living running a couple of small business, and made a life doing the things they enjoy--traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. Sheri loves music and yoga, inventing gourmet meals from random ingredients, laughing with friends, and most especially spending time with her daughter. A graduate of High Point University, she has burned more pages than most people will ever write, and is currently scribbling a third novel, which may or may not survive the flames.
Baron Wormser will present his writing Tuesday, July 8th at 5:30 p.m.
He is in town to teach the workshop “Writing Across the Genres” for Cullowhee Mountain Arts. Wormser is from Vermont and has written nine books of poetry and five books of prose. He had the honor to be named Poet Laureate of Maine for six years.
Cullowhee Mountain ARTS offers exceptional Workshops in Mixed Media, Painting, Ceramics, Book Arts, Printmaking, and as of 2014, Creative Writing. We believe that the ARTS enliven community life and that in a supportive community ARTS thrive best. Our programs include the annual CMA Summer Faculty Exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum, summer faculty presentations and youth art camps.
For more information regarding the writing workshop that Mr. Wormser is a part of this week call 828-342-6913 or visit: cullowheemountainarts.org
Planning a trip to Panthertown Valley? Join us as Todd Ransom presents his detailed guide to the waterfalls of Panthertown Valley on Saturday, July 19th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley offers explorers detailed directions to three different trailheads, topographic maps of over 20 miles of trails, suggested campsites and tips to ensure an enjoyable and sustainable visit. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Asheville author and “ghostlorist,” Randy Russell will help us celebrate Halloween a little early as he presents his book, The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at City Lights Bookstore. Folks are encouraged to “BYOG,” or bring your own ghost by bringing photos, dressing up, or sharing paranormal experiences. With The Ghost Will See You Now, Russell has organized a state-by-state guide to known Southern hospital hauntings, including 130 haunted locations and 41 ghost stories. Russell is the author of the popular, Ghost Dogs of the South, Ghost Cats of the South and Mountain Ghost Stories. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or click the book links below.
The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, August 21st at 10:30 a.m. as J. Robin Whitley reads from her collection More Than Knowing at City Lights Bookstore. Poet, painter and musician, Robin is also the author of In a Southern Closet, a collection of essays and poetry about the challenges of being a lesbian of faith. She also happens to be a bookseller at City Lights Bookstore.
The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
On Saturday, August 23nd at 6:30 p.m. meet Mark Powell as he presents his new novel, The Sheltering at City Lights Bookstore. Powell’s work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.” Pat Conroy had this to say in the foreword he wrote for Powell’s new novel, “The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace. What you notice first when you come to Mark Powell’s fourth novel is his remarkable gift for language, the bleeding edges around his dialogue, the starch and vigor of his sense of place, the sharp delineation of his characters, and a stylishness all his own. He is that rarity among male writers of fiction in that his female characters are as strongly presented as any of his troubled, endangered males. In these spiritually exhausted times, The Sheltering is a philosophical novel with a belief system that collapses in on itself because the membranes of our storm-tossed faith always seem so gossamer and imperiled. Powell’s dexterous novel is deeply spiritual and deeply religious, but in ways that might scare you to death. You find yourself wanting to believe in his characters even as these unreliable pilgrims can no longer hold on to a firefly’s faith in themselves.”
The author of four novels, Mark Powell, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.
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Jon Sealy will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. to read from his southern gothic noir novel, The Whiskey Baron. Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.
Hailed as a “grand new talent” by Bret Lott and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” by Ron Rash, Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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