Author Appearance

Denise Kiernan to Present The Last Castle

We have signed copies available! (as of 12/22/17)

New York Times Bestselling Author Denise Kiernan returned to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16, 2017 to present her new book, The Last Castle which chronicles the Vanderbilt family and the history of the Biltmore Estate. Kiernan is also the author of the bestselling The Girls of Atomic City and has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781476794044
Published: Atria Books - September 26th, 2017

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451617535
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Atria Books - March 11th, 2014

John Lane’s New Collection of Poems

John Lane returns to City Lights Bookstore with his new collection of poetry, Anthropocene Blues, on Friday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past. Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel,/bow thrusters, and tax shelters…” And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems--full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage--as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize. But all is not collapsed out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

Anthropocene Blues: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780881466256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - February 1st, 2021

Coyote Settles the South (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book #4) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780820349282
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

Fate Moreland's Widow (Story River Books) Cover Image
By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
$28.74
ISBN: 9781611174694
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 1st, 2015

Michael Beadle Poetry Reading

Poet and former Haywood County journalist and teacher Michael Beadle will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Primer, at City Lights Bookstore in on Saturday, November 11th, at 3 p.m. The book features poems about childhood and family, discovery and disappointment, triumph and heartbreak. Primer was a national finalist in the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, sponsored by Main Street Rag. Bowers, a former NC Poet Laureate who served as the judge for

the contest, writes, “With courage and a kid’s heart, Michael Beadle brings to life the rites of passage of a small-town boy inching toward the threshold of adulthood.” Beadle is the author or co-author of four books on Haywood County history, including the local history Arcadia series books Waynesville, Haywood County and  Canton. A former reporter with The Mountaineer and Smoky Mountain News, Beadle  was active in the Haywood County arts community for nearly two decades, performing poetry at downtown Waynesville festivals, acting on stage at Haywood

Arts Regional Theatre, emceeing events at Folkmoot festivals and teaching creative writing courses through Haywood Community College.

 

As a writer-in-residence based in Raleigh, he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops throughout the state and serves as the director of the NC Poetry Society’s student contests and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series. To reserve copies of Primer please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Storytime with Deanna Klingel

Deanna Klingel will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16th at 11 a.m. for a special children’s storytime. She will read from her new book, Spirit The Tiny White Reindeer. In the book, readers will discover that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places, especially when Christmas spirit is guiding you. Personifying true Christmas spirit, the tiny reindeer will warm your heart and become a wonderful addition to each family’s holiday traditions. Suitable for children of all ages, this book will help to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. 

Spirit, the Tiny White Reindeer Cover Image
By Deanna K. Klingel, Steve Daniels (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946329387
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Published: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press - August 4th, 2017

A Natural History of the Nantahala National Forest

Marci Spencer will return to City Lights Bookstore to present her new book on Saturday, October 28th at 3 p.m. Created in 1920, the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest dominates the rugged southwestern corner of North Carolina. Rivers such as the Cheoah, Cullasaja, Chattooga, Nantahala and Tuckasegee carve deep gorges, making the region one of the wettest in the nation. The Whitewater River tumbles over the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Power companies dammed local rivers, creating some of North Carolina's most scenic recreational mountain lakes. The high peaks, secluded coves and forested woodlands of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Panthertown Valley and Buck Creek Serpentine Pine Barrens and other areas hold cultural and natural history secrets. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer reveals the history and splendor of the Nantahala National Forest.

Nantahala National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, George Ellison (Foreword by), James Lewis Phd (Commentaries by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467136372
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Published: History Press - August 14th, 2017

Pisgah National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, James G. Lewis Phd (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626196346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press (SC) - October 21st, 2014

Radney Foster Concert and Book Signing

Legendary singer/songwriter Radney Foster will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. for a concert and book signing. Known for penning dozens of Top Forty, Top Twenty, Top Ten hits for both himself and Nashville's elite, he felt driven to tell stories longer than the three minutes allowed for radio. His short story collection, For You to See the Stars, is a testament to his talent, showing the diversity of his voice, bringing lyrical prose to the page, and presenting Radney Foster to a whole new audience. The CD of the same title includes the ten songs that inspired these stories. The event is free and open to the public though seating will be limited. If you would like to reserve a seat please place a prepaid order for the book. One book purchase reserves one seat. For more information or to reserve copies of For You to See the Stars please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

For You to See the Stars Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781940595641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: River's Edge Media, LLC - September 15th, 2017

For You to See the Stars Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781940595658
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: River's Edge Media, LLC - September 15th, 2017

The Lost Hauntings of Southern Appalachia

Gregg Clark will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book, Ghost Country. Clark is an 8th Grade English and History teacher at Macon Middle School in Franklin, North Carolina. He and his wife, Pauletta, also a Macon County teacher, own and operate Where Shadows Walk, Historic Ghost Tours of Western North Carolina. Clark, whose ancestors date back to the founding of the region, pairs his passion for history, legends and ghosts with his love of the great American short story. Clark’s book, Ghost Country features 31 ghost stories from all across Western North Carolina. In Ghost Country readers will hear, for the 1st time, the true and dark haunting tale of the final surrender of the American Civil War on Franklin’s Main Street. They’ll hear the never-before told tales of Granny Beck, the Witch of Caney Fork. They’ll learn of strange beasts, demons, legends, killers and the ghosts that haunt the past and the present in the mystic, misty southern Appalachian Mountains.

Ghost Country: The Lost Hauntings of Southern Appalachia Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780998589909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Press Co - July 13th, 2017

Darwin’s Backyard

James Costa will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new book, Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. In it, Costa goes beyond the portrait of Charles Darwin as a brilliant thinker to concentrate on him as a nimble experimenter delving into some of evolution's great mysteries.  James T. Costa is a professor of biology at Western Carolina University, executive director of Highlands Biological Station, and a trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust. The author of Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species; The Annotated Origin; and The Other Insect Societies, he lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory Cover Image
$32.14
ISBN: 9780393239898
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 5th, 2017

The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of on the Origin of Species Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674060173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belknap Press - April 15th, 2011

Matthew Baker’s New Book on His Mountain Heroes

Macon County author, Matthew Baker will return to City Lights Bookstore to present his new book on Friday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. He will present My Mountain Heroes: Stories of Inspiration & Courage From Macon County’s Greatest Generation.  In this first volume, Matthew tells the stories of some of the mountain people he has come to admire over the course of his life. To reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Sharyn McCrumb to Present Her New Novel

Sharyn McCrumb will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 16th at 7 p.m. She will present her new novel, The Unquiet Grave.This finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia is based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today.

 

 

The Unquiet Grave: A Novel Cover Image
$29.90
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ISBN: 9781476772875
Published: Atria Books - September 12th, 2017

Prayers the Devil Answers: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476772844
Availability: Backordered at our warehouse
Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel (Ballad Novels #10) Cover Image
$20.69
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ISBN: 9781250011411
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 9th, 2014

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