Author Appearance

Dana Wildsmith & Susan O’Dell Underwood Poetry Reading

Dana Wildsmith and Susan O’Dell Underwood will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. They will read from their latest collections of poetry, One Light and The Book of Awe, respectively.

Dana Wildsmith is the author of a novel, Jumping, and an environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, which was a finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is also the author of five collections of poetry. Wildsmith has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park and for Everglades National Park. She lives with her family on an old farm in north Georgia and works as an English literacy instructor at Lanier Technical College.

Susan O’Dell Underwood is currently a Professor of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Carson-Newman University. In addition to The Book of Awe she has published two chapbooks, From and Love and Other Hungers.

One Light Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781680031744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas Review Press - February 20th, 2019

The Book of Awe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781604542486
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Published: Iris Press - October 15th, 2018

Patsy McClure’s Book on the Addie Community

Patsy McClure will present her book, Addie, at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 9th at 3 p.m. In Addie: Memories of a Hobo’s Daughter, Patsy journeys into the past of the unincorporated Jackson County, NC community of Addie. Located along US 74 west of Willets-Ochre Hill, Addie was founded in the 1880’s when a work camp for the construction of the Murphy Branch Western North Carolina Railroad set up in the vicinity. Patsy tells her story of life in the community during the end of the Depression and the WWII era. To reserve copies of Addie, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

George Singleton’s New Short Story Collection

George Singleton will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 16th at 3 p.m.  He will present his new short story collection Staff Picks.  In the tradition of Donald Barthelme, T. C. Boyle, Flannery O'Connor, and Raymond Carver, Singleton creates lingering, darkly comedic tales by drawing from those places where familiarity and alienation coexist. A remarkable and distinct effort from an acclaimed chronicler of the South, Staff Picks reaffirms Singleton's gift for crafting short story collections that both deliver individual gems and shine as a whole.

Staff Picks: Stories (Yellow Shoe Fiction) Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780807170335
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: LSU Press - March 6th, 2019

In Conversation with Jim McKairnes

Former CBS programming executive, Jim McKairnes will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m. He will be in conversation with his long-time friend Jeff Ginn as they discuss Jim’s book, All in the Decade: 70 Things about 70s TV That Turned Ten Years Into a Revolution. To reserve copies of All in the Decade please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

David Gates w/ Tim Osment

City Lights Bookstore and The Jackson County Public Library have partnered for an event featuring David Gates and Tim Osment on Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m in the Community Room of the library. They will present David’s book, The Way I See It, a look at his life growing up in Appalachia, becoming blind, and the determination to succeed despite his many hardships. City Lights Bookstore will have copies of The Way I See It available on sale at the library. 

North Carolina Heritage Foods

Georgann Eubanks visited City Lights Bookstore on Friday, December 7th to present her latest book, The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year.  We have signed copies available.

Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state. She begins in January with the most ephemeral of southern ingredients--snow--to witness Tar Heels making snow cream. In March, she takes a midnight canoe ride on the Trent River in search of shad, a bony fish with a savory history. In April, she highlights how garlicky green ramps, traditionally savored by many Cherokee people, is endangered by its increasing popularity in fine restaurants. In November, she visits a Chatham County sawmill where the possums are always first into the persimmon trees.

The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781469640822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 4th, 2018

Frankie: A Life Cut Short

Ronald Evans will present his book Frankie: A Life Cut Short on Friday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. His book examines the unsolved murder of Frances S. Bullock who was brutally stabbed to death in her Franklin, NC home in 1963.

Ronald C. "Ronnie" Evans is a retired television engineer, a performing musician, and now a first-time author. His previous writing experience was limited to writing commercial copy and news reports when working in radio, and assisting in writing grants for equipment in television. He is a native of Franklin. To reserve copies of Frankie: A Life Cut Short please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Conversations with America

Randy Bell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, Conversations with America: Confronting the Divisive Challenges of Our Time.  In this series of essays, author Randy Bell raises questions about what it means to be an American in the early 21st century. Covering a range of issues from government and its responsibility to its people, international relations, the economy and business, religion, discrimination, and human rights, Bell makes a case for reasoned conversation and the rejection of knee-jerk responses to complex challenges.

These essays are intended to provoke critically needed conversations between family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and political parties. The book is a call for respectful conversations that consist not just of talking, but also listening fully to what others are saying...conversations that help the continual development of each reader’s perspectives and opinions.

Conversations with America: Confronting the Divisive Challenges of Our Time Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780989542852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McKee Learning Foundation - August 21st, 2018

Lee Zacharias & Abigail DeWitt Book Signing and Reading

Lee Zacharias and Abigail DeWitt will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 27th at 3 p.m. to present their novels.

Zacharias’ Across the Great Lake is a haunting novel of nautical adventure, love, ghosts, and tragedy on the Great Lakes. In her eighty-fifth year, Fern Halvorson recalls her childhood journey on a great coal-fired ferry in the icy winter of 1936--and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated voyage.

Across the Great Lake Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780299320904
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 18th, 2018

The Only Sounds We Make Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938235009
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Published: Hub City Press - May 1st, 2014

News of Our Loved Ones: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062834720
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Published: Harper - October 2nd, 2018

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