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Online Discussion with the Author of Preaching Happiness

City Lights Bookstore will host a virtual discussion with Ginny Sassaman, author of Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World, and co-founder of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA). Sylva poet and former GNHUSA board member Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin will also join the discussion, along with Dave Molinaro who is the volunteer leading the drive for a Charlotte, NC Wellbeing Index. This Zoom event will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th.

“ Preaching Happiness is a book you will find yourself returning to again and again for its wisdom and guidance,” says Rev. Joan Javier-Duval of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. “The sermons presented here artfully combine personal story and social science research to pose new ways of thinking and living,” she says. 

Through a series of secular sermons on a wide range of happiness skills, Preaching Happiness teaches and encourages the soul-deep transformation needed to live a full and happy life while also creating conditions for maximum well-being for all humans, animals, and the planet 

“This is my cause, this is my passion, this is my life’s work,” says author Ginny Sassaman. “Part of my goal in writing this book is to get these words out there. They are needed now more than ever,” she says. 

Praise for Preaching Happiness : 

From the “Midwest Book Review: “Deftly written, impressively informative, exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking, Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and college/university library … collections. (It is) a life enriching, life-enhancing DIY guide.”

“Preaching Happiness is an important voice in our quest for a more joyful and just world. Ginny Sassaman’s down-to-earth wisdom both elevates and elates.” – Tal Ben-Shahar, co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV 

“Ginny Sassaman shares several practical lessons on the importance of bringing happiness more fully into our collective consciousness. Through very accessible storytelling, Sassaman speaks to the urgency with which we must create the conditions that support the well-being of people, animals, and the planet. This book serves both as an excellent primer for all who seek to increase their own levels of happiness, as well as a refreshing validation for those who have been steeped in the Gross National Happiness movement for years. It is a collection of sermons every book club should have on their list.” – Paula Francis, co-founder of GNHUSA 

 

To reserve a book and/or a spot on the Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email more@citylightsnc.com.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781578690268
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Published: Rootstock Publishing - May 8th, 2020

Virtual Discussion with George Singleton and Jeremy Jones

Join us for a virtual discussion with George Singleton as we celebrate the release of his new book, You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton. He will be joined by Jeremy Jones, author of Bearwallow. With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, George Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. Now Tom Franklin introduces this master of the form with a compilation of acclaimed and prize-winning short fiction spanning twenty years and eight collections, including stories originally published in outlets like the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and many more.

 

To reserve a spot for the September 23rd at 6 p.m. Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email more@citylightsnc.com.

You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781938235696
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Published: Hub City Press - September 15th, 2020

Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780895876249
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Published: Blair - Blair - June 3rd, 2014

Launch for Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle's Even as We Breathe

Join us outside City Lights Bookstore on the evening of Thursday, September 10th, to celebrate the publication of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle's new novel, Even as We Breathe. Starting at 6 p.m., she will address the passersby with selections from her book. After the reading, there will be an alfresco autographing on the patio at City Lights Cafe. Following the signing, those of us who are of age will progress next door to the lawn in front of The Paper Mill Lounge to hoist a glass in honor of Saunooke Clapsaddle.

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) resides in Qualla, NC. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe (The University Press of Kentucky) was just released. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water is winner of The Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012), a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). After serving as Executive Director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette (National Board Certified since 2012) returned to teaching English and Cherokee Studies at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.

 

Here are links to a couple of recently-aired radio interviews: 

 
 
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ISBN: 9781950564064
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Published: Fireside Industries - September 8th, 2020

A Conversation with Ron Rash

Join us for a virtual conversation with local bestselling author Ron Rash as he discusses his new story collection, In the Valley.   EVENT LINK

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In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544290
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Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062349354
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Published: Ecco - August 11th, 2015

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The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina, Twentieth Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781611175141
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - December 2nd, 2014

The Risen: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062436320
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Published: Ecco - July 25th, 2017

Serena: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2009

Burning Bright: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061804120
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Published: Ecco - February 1st, 2011

Conversations with Ron Rash (Literary Conversations) Cover Image
By Mae Miller Claxton (Editor), Rain Newcomb (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496825551
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - December 30th, 2019

Raising the Dead Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781604542219
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Published: Iris Press - February 14th, 2013

Waking Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781891885822
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Published: Hub City Press - October 1st, 2011

Eureka Mill Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938235443
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Published: Hub City Press - October 16th, 2018

One Foot in Eden: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312423056
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Published: Picador - January 3rd, 2004

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The World Made Straight: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426606
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Published: Picador - March 20th, 2007

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062202727
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Published: Ecco - March 11th, 2014

Poems: New and Selected Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062435521
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Published: Ecco - February 21st, 2017

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Above the Waterfall: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062349323
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Published: Ecco - July 5th, 2016

Lee Lyons Signing and Reading - POSTPONED

POSTPONED - Lee Lyons will be visiting City Lights Bookstore on .... She will present her latest Novel, Southern Shamrock. Southern Shamrock is a story of a mother consumed with grief at the loss of her son who discovers her family’s Irish Heritage, new aspects of herself, and how to let go. The novel, while being fictional, is heavily inspired by events from Lee's own life, mainly the loss of her own son and her own personal rediscovery of her own Irish Heritage. The novel has received praise from members of the literary community, such as Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper and other works, who called the novel “engaging”.


Lee Lyons is an author, thespian, storyteller, and resident of Highlands, North Carolina, where she is an active member of the Highlands Writer’s Group and The Highlands Cashiers Players, and shares her stories with the Asheville Storytelling Circle. She is also a member of the Foothills Writers Guild of Anderson, South Carolina. To order a copy of Lee Lyons' new book, Southern Shamrock, please contact us at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781945338830
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Published: FPS Publishing - August 21st, 2019

Michael Hettich Poetry Reading -- POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE.

 

Michael Hettich will be visiting City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 21st at 3 p.m. Michael will be presenting his latest book of poetry, To Start an Orchard, a collection of poems with themes about the mysterious and ever-changing relationships between humanity and nature. This collection of poetry has received praise from members of the literary community, with poets like Richard Jones, author of Red Deer, claiming “his dreamlike stories remind us how little we truly see and how often we sleep through the day’s deep revelations.”

 

Michael Hettich is a poet and has received multiple awards including The Tampa Review Prize in Poetry, the David Martinson-Meadow Prize, a Florida Book Award, and several Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. Michael also holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Miami, an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Denver, and a BA in English from Hobart College. His work has appeared in many journals such as Orion, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Poetry East, Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, The Literary Review and many other notable outlets. 

 

Michael is a former professor at Miami Dade College, where he served as a professor of English and Creative Writing and Lead Professor in the Honors College. He also served as the co-advisor for their student literary magazine. During his time at Miami Dade, he received several honors including the Mac Smith Endowed Teaching Chair in Environmental Ethics before retiring in 2018. Michael currently resides in Black Mountain, North Carolina with his wife, Colleen. To order a copy of Michael Hettich's new book, To Start an Orchard,  please contact us at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

The Frozen Harbor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945063121
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Published: Red Dragonfly Press - August 1st, 2017

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Published: Press 53 - September 6th, 2019

Brannen Basham Book Discussion and Signing POSTPONED

POSTPONED. Join writer and horticulturalist Brannen Basham on Saturday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. where he will partake in a book signing after a discussion of his latest book, A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature. The book takes readers through six chapters that discuss issues and questions related to the environment and humanity and can be read in any order the reader desires. 

Brannen Basham is a writer and horticulturalist living in Western North Carolina. Together with his wife Jill, he owns Spriggly's Beescaping, a small business focused on nature education and habitat restoration. He is a weekly nature writer for The Sylva Herald and also writes for Smoky Mountain Living Magazine. In addition, Brannen presents workshops regularly throughout the Western North Carolina Region and provides pollinator/wildlife-focused landscaping services including design and implementation. To reserve a copy of Brannen Basham’s latest book, A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

 

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781093979305
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Published: Independently Published - April 30th, 2019

Holly Kays to Present Her Book Trailblazers & Traditionalists

Join Waynesville author Holly Kays as she presents her newest book, Trailblazers & Traditionalists: Modern-day Smoky Mountain People, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Drop by starting at 2 p.m. to get an autographed copy and chat with the author, or wait till 3 p.m. for a book reading and exploration of some of the many fascinating stories contained in the book's pages.

Trailblazers & Traditionalists is a compilation of 33 feature stories previously published in The Smoky Mountain News, where Kays works as a journalist. Each piece highlights the life of a different mountain resident, offering an intimate look into the lives of some of the diverse and fascinating people who call this region home. From the first entry — the story of Ella Bird, one of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ two living Beloved Women — to the last — which is that of Mike Creason, who for four decades has been teaching the children of Western North Carolina to swim — this book celebrates people from all walks of life.

“I wrote these stories over a period of about five years of full-time work as a newspaper reporter, in that span easily interviewing thousands of people and writing hundreds of stories,” said Kays. “The stories that made it into this book are the stories that stuck with me. They’re the stories that resonated with me personally as well as professionally, and I hope they’ll do the same for my readers.”

 Readers will meet Payson Kennedy, co-founder of paddling powerhouse Nantahala Outdoor Center; David and Susan Belcher, beloved former leaders of Western Carolina University; Jennifer Pharr Davis, who in 2011 set the unofficial record for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail; and George Ellison, a celebrated writer and naturalist who makes his home in a remote cove adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 In reading a pre-publication version of Trailblazers & Traditionalists, Ellison — himself a prolific and award-winning author — said he was impressed by the contents.

 “This collection will become a popular item in its designated niche, by which I mean the loosely-defined but widely-read category of books with journalistic origins in newspapers and magazines,” Ellison said. “The content and style of Kays’ stories are anything but folksy; indeed, they are remindful of the sort of lengthy and in-depth stories associated with The New Yorker magazine.”

While Trailblazers & Traditionalists features some well-known names, its pages also contain many lesser-known ones that nevertheless have riveting stories attached to them.

Subjects include alpaca farmer Joe Moore, who refers to his animals as “livestock you love”; Danny Gibson, who has spent the past 10 years leading pack mules up and town the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Jim Mills, whose passion for fly fishing has led him to become a sought-after rodmaker; and Darwin Thomas, a heating and air conditioning technician with a second life cultivating greenhouses full of carnivorous plants.

Regardless of their specific interest, readers are sure to find a story — or two, or more — that appeals to them over the course of this book’s nearly 200 pages.

Holly Kays is a journalist and author who makes her home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. In 2017, she published her debut title, a novel called Shadows of Flowers. Set amid the windswept prairies of Wyoming and rounded mountains of southwest Virginia, the novel follows the story of Virginia native Dana Stullman, whose world turns upside down when her boyfriend dies in a car accident. Becoming lonelier than she could have imagined, Dana finds solace in an unexpected friendship, but her life remains paralyzed until a crisis in the Wyoming wilderness forces her to confront the past and choose her path into the future.

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ISBN: 9781733802710
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Published: The Smoky Mountain News - November 16th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780692991633
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Published: The Smoky Mountain News - December 1st, 2017

Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia

Brian Lee Knopp will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 8th at 3 p.m. His book, Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia is a fearless, take-no-prisoners account of P.I. culture, an unforgettable portrait of personal loss and failure, and a blistering ride through the heart of Southern Appalachia. This revised 2nd Edition features a cover redesign, a new preface, a superb review by Charles Frazier, a bonus chapter with a story considered too dark to tell in the 2009 edition, and other surprises!


Brian Lee Knopp is a retired private investigator who provided legal support investigations to civil and criminal attorneys for over thirty years. A graduate of the John E. Reid Technique, the country’s preeminent interview, and interrogation program, Knopp held state certifications as both a capital case investigator and a sentence mitigation specialist. He wrote the 2009 best-selling memoir Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia (Cosmic Pigbite Press). He also created and contributed to the collaborative novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Burning Bush Press 2011).  Knopp taught composition at Warren Wilson College and nonfiction writing for The Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville. His nonfiction work has appeared in Stoneboat Journal, WNC Magazine, Now & Then, and The Great Smokies Review. His book reviews, essays, and poems have been published in several regional magazines and anthologies. He lives somewhere in the mountains near Asheville with his own pittie, Odin.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780578541709
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Published: Cosmic Pigbite Press - October 1st, 2019

Dan Pierce’s New History of NC Moonshine

UNCA professor, Dan Pierce will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new book, Tar Heel Lightnin': How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World.  Wiley Cash, the author of The Last Ballad, said of the book, “Tar Heel Lightnin' is by turns illuminating and hilarious. Daniel Pierce is the rare academic who distills history to its most essential elements, ensuring that his readers will come away enlightened and entertained. For North Carolinians, the region we call home may influence our preferences in cuisine and sports teams, but there is no doubt that moonshine is as essential to our culture as pork and basketball. As usual, Pierce holds a mirror up to the South, allowing us to see ourselves, our culture, and our history through the clarity of his prose.”

 

 

Tar Heel Lightnin': How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469653556
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains Cover Image
By Daniel S. Pierce, Steve Kemp (Editor), Kent Cave (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780937207758
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Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - April 19th, 2013

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