Author Appearance

William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree Fundraising Concert

William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree will perform a fundraising acoustic concert at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 16th at 6:30pm. Donations will be collected for a friend, Aaron Shapiro, to help raise money for a volunteer trip to Malawi to assist with the construction of a school. 
William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree have been playing traditional mountain music together in WNC for the past five years. Their self-titled CD is on sale in the bookstore and will be available during the performance. For further information regarding this event, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Stephen Crimi Book Signing

Stephen Crimi will be presenting his first book, Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from the Abyss at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 13th at 3p.m.  Katabatic Wind is an inspired collection of essays drawn from the lost unknown sacred tradition of the West. Using the lens of mythology, pre-Socratic Greek thought, this book illumines how these traditions shadow life lived today. The kernel of these essays is loss, longing for return, and the grief of living in a society without an inkling of its sacred origin story.

Stephen Crimi has a degree in English literature from Union College, and spent over a decade in traditional Yoga study at Yoga Anand Ashram in Amityville, NY. He's done time as an editor, estate gardener, cook, massage therapist, and most recently, running a biodynamic garden and fiber farm, Philosophy Farm, for twelve years with his wife of three decades, Krys. They now live in Asheville, in the mountains of North Carolina, where they continue to write and publish.

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ISBN: 9780996639415
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Published: Logosophia - June 21st, 2016

John Lane Presents His New Book

John Lane returns to City Lights Bookstore to present his latest book, Coyote Settles the South, on Friday, August 19th, at 6:30pm. Ron Rash, author of Serena, says “John Lane takes readers into the heart of nature as well as into the nature of the heart, and he writes with wonder, wisdom, and profound attentiveness.”

Coyote Settles the South is about Lane’s journey through the Southeast, as he visits coyote territories, meets and observes those who interact with the animals, and gains insight on the migration of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.

Lane is a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College. He has published several volumes of poetry, essays, and a novel, as well as a selection of his online columns, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.

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ISBN: 9780820349282
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Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Newton Smith

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The May gathering will feature former WCU English professor and poet, Newton Smith and he will share some of his recent poetry.

The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network and gathers the third Thursday of each month. For question about Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499

J.R. Thorton Presents His Debut Novel

J.R. Thorton will present his first book, Beautiful Country, at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 22nd at 6:30pm. Beautiful Country follows the story of 14-year-old Chase Robertson who is forced to move to Beijing after the death of his older brother. In China, he trains every day with the Beijing junior national tennis team and quickly learns of the cut-throat world of Chinese sport. Chase is caught up in secrets and must fight to protect his bond with his new friend while negotiating the complex rules of a new country.

J.R. Thornton graduated from Harvard in 2014 where he studied History, English, and Chinese. As a 14-year- old, he spent a year living in Beijing studying the Chinese language and training with the Beijing junior tennis team. An internationally ranked tennis player as a junior, he later competed for the Harvard men’s team and on the professional circuit.

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ISBN: 9780062411914
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

Tyler Cook Presents His New Fantasy Novel

Tyler Cook will present the first book of his new fantasy series, Aluria, at City Lights Bookstore. This event will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 3 p.m. Aluria tells a story about heroism, love and hope when teenager Jason Conner allows an extra-terrestrial spirit to inhabit his body. Follow Jason on his journey to protect the innocent and hunt down the guilty, and avenging those that were taken from him.

Cook continues to write in his hometown of Franklin, working on the next installment in The Aluria Adventures.

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ISBN: 9781519750303
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 14th, 2016

Robert Lee Kendrick Poetry Reading

Robert Kendrick will be presenting his first collection of poetry, Winter Skin, at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 20th at 3p.m. Ron Rash comments, “Robert Lee Kendrick’s poems transport the reader into the deep, dark souls of his narrators, but the elegance of his language gives the poems a rough, hard-earned grace. Winter Skin marks the debut of a very talented poet.”

Kendrick grew up in Illinois and Iowa, but found a home in South Carolina. He now lives in Clemson with his wife and their dogs. His poems appear in The Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, Kestrel, The James Dickey Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Main Street Rag, and more. To reserve copies of Winter Skin, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

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ISBN: 9781599485744
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Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - June 10th, 2016

Fred Chappell to Present His New Fantasy Novel

Poet and novelist, Fred Chappell will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his new fantasy novel. In A Shadow All of Light, a young man sets off on a journey to become the apprentice of a master shadow thief. His mysterious master challenges him with difficult mental and physical tests, setting in motion adventures with con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates.

Fred Chappell is a former professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. His 1968 novel Dagon was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Academie Francaise. Chappell's literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He has also won two World Fantasy Awards.

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ISBN: 9780765379122
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Published: Tor Books - April 12th, 2016

Paul Willis Poetry Reading

Canton resident, WWII veteran and poet, Paul Willis will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 14th at 3 p.m. He will read from his collection, Reflections of a World War II Veteran. Willis fought in the hedgerows of Normandy, across Europe and survived the Battle of the Bulge. His poetry reflects his rich personal experiences and his love of history. To reserve copies of Reflections please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.



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