Doug Woodward will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. to present his new book. You Took Your Kids Where? poses the question must adventure disappear from your life as children enter? The answer: Not at all! It can be the best learning experience your family will ever encounter. Doug Woodward and his wife Trish have spent decades living at ease in nature and traveling the world - with children and on a budget. Your family can, too, with Woodward's stories and planning guides. Bringing with him expertise from another lifetime - working with teens to build boats in his basement workshop and planning odysseys to rivers of the West in an old school bus - Doug easily adapted these skills and his engineering background to family life on the mountain, as well as the adventures to which he and Trish would introduce their children.
Mark Powell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new novel, Small Treasons. With writing that is both devastating and tender, Mark Powell brings his acclaimed eye to an American marriage on the verge of rupture, spinning an all-too-current tale of the world we live in and the world we fear--and how we may not be able to tell the two apart. Ron Rash said of Small Treasons, “A beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel.”
Powell is the author of four previous novels. In 2009 he won the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State.
Kimberly Childs will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 7th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Remember Me as Loving You. In this colorful memoir, Kimberly Childs quests for the love and home her glamorous, alcoholic mother is unable to provide. Jeanne Gibson is a mountain woman with unusual charisma--a real-life Holly Golightly--who marries Broadway's meanest producer, David Merrick, and proceeds to self-destruct. Bounced from place to place, Childs grows up in Lady Eden's English boarding school, London's prestigious Savoy Hotel, a Kentucky farm with an outhouse, a Manhattan private girls' school, and amidst Broadway's theaters.
Seeking connection on the streets and in the communes of 1960s San Francisco, Childs discovers serenity through meditation and the Dances of Universal Peace. Aspiring for transformation, she finds home in an Indian Guru's ashram--then realizes she must trust her own instincts and courageously walks away. A touching story of compassion and forgiveness, Remember Me As Loving You is a compelling read that will be an inspiration to anyone who has found themselves betrayed by the people they love.
Bob Plott will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 19th at 3 p.m. to present his new book. Plott Hound Tales reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound. Bob Plott is the great-grandson of George Plott who first brought Plott bear hounds to America. He is also the author of Strike and Stay: The Story of the Plott Hound, A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains, Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands, and Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains. He and his family continue to raise the family Plott hounds at their Plott Ridge Kennels near Eufola, North Carolina.
Award-winning author, Lawrence Thackston returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new mystery-thriller set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Carolina Cruel. Thackston, author of Tidal Pools, and The Devil’s Courthouse, once again, brings his unique brand of page-turning suspense to the world of crime fiction.
Carolina Cruel is a Southern tale of race, politics, crime and corruption in which two reporters will make startling connections between an executed mass murderer, the fallout from the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre and the hanging of one of the state’s most prominent citizens. And in their search for answers, they will discover a cruelty so devastating; it will change countless lives forever.
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters Three, Sophie May and the Shoe Untying Fairy, and The Butter Bean Lady. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Donna Glee Williams will present her second novel, Dreamers, on Friday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Driven by duty towards a dreamless death… By the time she's sixteen, the town's Dreamer has long ago given up her own life. She only dreams for others now, every morning delivering up to them the divine guidance that comes to her in the night. In exchange, they treat the Dreamer like their queen. All her bodily needs are provided, but love and relationships are forbidden to her. Now something unexpected is happening. Something entirely new. A foreign man has come to the village, wearing a scarlet vest and a gold finger-ring that is far, far too good for a mere Water-Bearer. His strange amber eyes have found the Dreamer’s and she longs to be free. But maybe freedom isn't the only cost of being the Dreamer: When her dreams begin to question the authority of the self-serving Chief Interpreter, will she survive his fury? To reserve copies of Dreamers please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Join local urban fantasy authors at City Lights Bookstore for a reading and general lovefest for the fantastical--in our stories and in our lives on Saturday, July 15th at 3 p.m. They'll invite you to partake in a quiz "Are you Living an Urban Fantasy Novel?" Randi and Lauren find their lives are similar to one--you may be surprised by how much of your life is urban fantasy as well!
Lauren Devora has been writing ever since she knew how to use a pencil. Children of Lilith was first imagined during a particularly rough session of math homework when Lauren was 15. That night the story gained 25 pages and a cast of characters. Her math homework was never finished. Now after 10 years, she is beyond giddy to witness her book go off into the world.
Randi Janelle is an author, photographer, performance poet, yoga instructor, cat whisperer... She calls Asheville home, but has lived and toured in Australia and New Zealand, and understands the phrases "fair dinkum" and "keen as." She's writing a novel series; the first is The Story: Deviation (available to revel in!), and the second book, The Story: Possession is making its way into this world. She's joined the circus, well, the Literary Circus--a troupe of fellow authors to showcase and encourage literary acts of wonder. And to top it off, she's sharing channeled material for personal and global evolution, assisting in a new era called the Age of Omniscience with her business Create the Leap.
To reserve copies of their books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness. Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new synthesis of shamanic healing and psychotherapy. Sharing the ageless wisdom of their collective shamanic experiences and personal journeywork, the authors show how soul whispering allows you to break free from your patterns of dysfunction, rekindle a profound soul connection, and shift your story from one of wounding and suffering to one of initiation and vibrancy.
UNCA history professor, Dan Pierce will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new book, Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community. It’s amazing to read about all the things that happened on Hazel Creek. A famous writer mysteriously arrived and settled into a remote log cabin. A mine opened and showed great promise until things turned very sour. One of the biggest lumber companies in the country set up shop and brought opportunity and prosperity for all. TVA decided to build a very large dam to help America win World War II and a once bustling town found itself inconveniently within the boundaries of our nation’s most popular national park. Author Dan Pierce masterfully tells the story of this infinitely complex, supremely controversial, and absolutely fascinating mountain community. To reserve copies of Hazel Creek please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
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