Author Appearance

Nancy Werking Poling Book Signing

Black Mountain author, Nancy Werking Poling will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 17th at 3 p.m. He will present her novel, While the Earth Still Speaks. Set in the mountains of North Carolina, Wayne Caldwell said of her novel, “Nancy Poling has crafted a surprising mix—While Earth Still Speaks is part adventure, part environmental activism, part visionary tale. Uniting it is Elizabeth McNair, who breaks from a stifling marriage ultimately to become her own woman and leave a legacy of courage.”

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780998565118
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Published: Nancy Werking Poling - June 15th, 2019

Anna Fariello’s Folk Book on the John C. Campbell Folk School

Anna Fariello will present her book, Craft & Community: John C. Campbell Folk School 1925-1945 on Friday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  John C. Campbell Folk School is a thriving educational institution in the Southwestern corner of North Carolina that serves thousands of students from all over the world who sign up for classes in folk arts, writing, and local lore. This book features the first twenty years when those who created and sustained the Folk School now appear quite larger than life. It features ten individuals who affected its future and provides an overview of how it came into being. 


Anna Fariello is a research associate professor at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. She has curated over 30 exhibitions, mostly focusing on American crafts and authored three books on Cherokee crafts. To reserve copies of Craft & Community please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780976892342
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Published: Western Carolina University - July 23rd, 2019

Mountains Piled Upon Mountains Anthology

Editor Jessica Cory and contributors Thomas Rain Crowe, Brent Martin, and Ellen Perry will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 24th at 3 p.m. They will present their pieces in the anthology, Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. The anthology features nearly 50 writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engages current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal, and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental change.  


Jessica Cory teaches in the English department at Western Carolina University. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and her work has been published in ellipsis..., A Poetry Congeries, and other journals.

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By Jessica Cory (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781946684905
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Published: West Virginia University Press - August 2019

North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends

Charles F. Gritzner will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends.  North Carolina is considered one of the US headquarters for ghost lights—that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomenon. Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance, or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.

Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights, and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this charming and fascinating book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781949467055
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Published: Blair - July 2nd, 2019

Meagan Lucas: In Conversation with Benjamin Cutler & Andrew K. Clark

Meagan will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. She will be joined by Benjamin Cutler and Andrew K. Clark and they will discuss her debut novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs.  Taylor Brown, author of Gods of Howl Mountain said of Songbirds and Stray Dogs, “Meagan Lucas is a brave new voice in Southern fiction. Songbirds and Stray Dogs packs a double shot of grit and heart, with a story stretching from the beaches of the Carolina Lowcountry to the Land of the Sky and a heroine who doesn’t know the word quit. An unflinching portrait of motherhood, trauma, and the family we make along the way.”


Meagan is a Canadian who found a home in the mountains of North Carolina. Born and raised on a small island in Northern Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their children in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She teaches English at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and is the Fiction Editor at Barren Magazine.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781599487526
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Published: Main Street Rag Press - August 2019

The NCLR Celebration

Contributors to the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) will gather at City Lights on Saturday, July 27th at 3 p.m. to celebrate the release of the 2019 publication of the literary journal. NCLR is a fusion of a scholarly journal and a literary magazine that seeks to honor the profound literary history and culture of North Carolina and the writers who have shaped said history. The magazine releases an annual print issue in the summer and is available at independent bookstores and via subscription. 

 

Featured authors include local poet Catherine Carter whose poetry collection The Memory of Gills received the Roanoke-Chowan Award, Sally Thomas with her poem “Daybreak”, which received second place in the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, and creative nonfiction author of The Book of Awe, Susan O’Dell Underwood. Each contributor plans to read selections from their works featured in the NCLR publication. To reserve copies of the North Carolina Literary Review please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

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By Margaret D. Bauer (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781469654126
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Published: East Carolina University - July 2019

Fred Chappell Poetry Reading

Fred Chappell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new poetry collection, As If It Were.  Inspired by ancient, modern, and contemporary writings, Fred Chappell's sprightly new collection of verse, As If It Were, presents tales, anecdotes, pointed stories, and aphorisms to spark the conscience of readers young and old. Playful and even zany, the humor in these poems pulls readers into a world filled with noble lions, crafty foxes, predacious wolves, longsuffering asses, and fashionable peacocks. Chappell illustrates how the fable offers a timeless form of wisdom, surprising us with revelations that challenge what we think we already know, along with fresh observations of daily experiences. With its informal, even nonchalant tone of address and lush, polished language, As If It Were endows homespun materials with alchemical insights.

Fred Chappell is the author of more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose. He has received the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize. His fiction has been translated into more than a dozen languages and received the Best Foreign Book Award from the Académie Française. He was the poet laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780807169605
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Published: LSU Press - April 3rd, 2019

Brent Martin’s Essay Collection

City Lights Bookstore welcomes back local author Brent Martin on Friday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m. He will read from his new collection The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present. With his new book, Brent Martin guides the reader on a journey through history and the present to explore the concept of wilderness and change in Western North Carolina and what the future holds for the individuals and species who call those mountains home.

 

Brent Martin is the author of a non-fiction book, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend and several collections of poetry including Poems from Snow Hill Road and co-author of Every Breath Sings Mountains with authors Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe. His poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, New Southerner, Chattahoochee Review, and many other journals. He is a Western North Carolina local committed to wildlife preservation and bringing attention to the natural world all around us. 

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$21.99
ISBN: 9781467142649
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Published: History Press - June 17th, 2019

Rod Picott Book Signing and Concert

Singer-songwriter Rod Picott will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book of short stories Out Past the Wires and perform songs from his companion album.

Rod Picott is a former construction worker turned singer-songwriter. Born in New Hampshire and raised in South Berwick, Maine he has released nine albums since his debut Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues in 2000. Out Past the Wires is Rod Picott's first work of fiction. To reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781940595672
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Published: Working Title Farm - June 2019

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