Author Appearance

Garret Woodward’s Book of Bluegrass Interviews

Smoky Mountain News arts and entertainment editor, Garret Woodward will visit City Lights Bookstore on Thursday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m.  He will present his book, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage which features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music, including: Balsam Range, Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Peter Rowan, Raymond Fairchild, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more.


In 2015, Woodward won first place in the North Carolina Press Association awards for “Arts & Entertainment Reporting” for his cover story “Bless Your Heart — The State of Women in 
Bluegrass.” In 2016, he was nominated for “Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The NCPA also recognized him with another first place in 2016 for “Lighter Columns” for his weekly column in the Smoky Mountain News, “This Must Be the Place.” 

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ISBN: 9780692877654
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Published: Smoky Mountain Living Press - April 22nd, 2017

Michael Havelin to Read from His Mystery Novels

Noted Asheville author Michael Havelin will be reading from his mystery novels and short stories and answering any and all questions about his writing on June 17,  at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.

Michael has written eight novels and is hard at work on another in his Ben Bones series. Over the course of his creative life, Mr. Havelin has had a varied career. He’s been a solo blues performer and rhythm guitarist in a revival big band. He’s been a photographer of motorcycle road racing, has authored how-to photography manuals and articles, and has been the publisher/editor of two national magazines. Michael has taught computers to the U.S. Army and nature photography and writing at the college level. He’s even practiced law for several years. A northerner by birth, he lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also does woodworking, works as a sign language interpreter and runs, a critique group for mystery/thriller authors.

Come and share this insightful writer’s life as he discusses his life and work. For question or to reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Joint Reading: Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard & David Dalton


City Lights Bookstore will host three authors for a joint reading on Saturday, July 22nd at 3 p.m. Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard and David Dalton will all be on hand to share and talk about their respective work. Charles is the author of Sinners of Sanction County, Lambs of Men and A Shelter of Others. He teaches in the English Department of Pellissippi State Community College.  Gavin Dillard is a poet and songwriter. He is the author of seven books of homoerotic poetry, two anthologies of poetry and several popular songs. His newest book, a June release, is called Graybeard Abbey.  David Dalton is the author of Fugue in Ursa Major and Oratorio in Ursa Major, the first two books of what will be an apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy. To reserve copies of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

North Carolina Moonshine: An Illicit History

Frank Stephenson Jr. and Barbara Mulder will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 22nd at 3 p.m. They will present their new book, North Carolina Moonshine: An Illicit History. North Carolina holds a special place in the history of moonshine. For more than three centuries, the illicit home-brew was a way of life. NASCAR emerged from the illegal moonshine trade as drivers such as Junior Johnson, accustomed to running from the law, moved to the racetrack. A host of colorful characters populated the state’s bootlegging arena, like Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, known as the Paul Bunyan of moonshine, and Alvin Sawyer considered the moonshine king of the Great Dismal Swamp. Some law enforcement played a constant cat-and-mouse game to shut down illegal stills, while some just looked the other way.

Barbara Nichols Mulder and Frank Stephenson Jr. are longtime employees of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Both grew up in rural Hertford County, North Carolina when moonshine was big business and moonshine stills could be found anywhere. While growing up, they heard numerous moonshine stories and knew people who were involved in moonshine one way or another. Their personal experience of and deep appreciation for the rural southern life experience was the catalyst for their writing this book.

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ISBN: 9781467118323
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Published: History Press - January 9th, 2017

Revival of the Hippie Counterculture

Forrest Rivers will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 15th at 3 p.m. for his presentation on Revival of the Hippie Counterculture. Forrest Rivers is a local speaker and author. His book, The Hippie Revival and Collected Writings, is an inspiring collection of writings(long essays, short reflections, poetry, haiku and guest writings) that reflect the essence of the Hippie Spirit: peace, unity and love. When he is not writing and speaking, Forrest can be found hiking in the woods with his faithful dog Abbie, dancing to reggae music, playing percussion and teaching government courses at his day job as a community college professor. To reserve copies of The Hippie Revival and Collected Writings please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Sue Wasserman Book Signing

Asheville photographer and writer, Sue Wasserman will visit City Lights Bookstore to sign copies of her new book, A Moment’s Notice, on Saturday, April 8th at 3 p.m. Comprised of pieces about gratitude, patience, presence, and other meditations inspired by mountain nature, A Moment’s Notice is at once a field guide to the region and a meditation on what it means to exist in the world. Sue casts her well-trained eye on Southern Appalachian wildlife and translates what she sees and experiences in nature into thoughtful reflections. Included are the common names of the flora and fauna depicted.

A freelance writer, Sue’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Southern Living, American Style, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Asheville Citizen-Times.

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ISBN: 9781684193684
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Published: - November 1st, 2016

Danny Johnson to Present His Debut Novel

Danny Johnson will read from and sign his debut novel, The Last Road Home, on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Ron Rash, author of Serena said of the book, In this intense and well-written debut novel, Danny Johnson probes deep into the cauldron of racial relations in the 1960’s South. The Last Road Home introduces an exciting new voice in Southern Literature.”

Danny Johnson's writing follows the tradition of Southern authors whose characters most often represent the disenfranchised in society, examining their struggles to overcome in a world that does not acknowledge them to be of value nor recognize their humanity. His work has appeared in Remembrances of Wars Past Anthology, South Writ Large, Sheepshead Review and Fox Chase Review.

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ISBN: 9781496702494
Published: Kensington - July 26th, 2016

Joint Poetry Reading

On Saturday, September 17th at 3 p.m., Linda Parsons and Sue Weaver Dunlap will visit City Lights Bookstore for a joint poetry reading. Linda will read from her fourth collection, This Shaky Earth. Parsons's poems are leavened with a hunger to understand the growing pains of childhood, to face the turning seasons with grace, to know that all will be well as we navigate this sometimes shaky earth. She is a poet, playwright and an editor at The University of Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, Asheville Poetry Review and others.


Sue will read from her collection, Knead. Georgann Eubanks, author of the Literary Trails of North Carolina series, said of Knead, “Sue Weaver Dunlap has laid the table full. These warm and aromatic poems combine to create an Appalachian family memoir.” She lives in the deep Southern Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee.


To reserve copies of these poetry collections please call City Lights bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Nancy McIntyre to Present Her Novel

Nancy McIntyre will read from and sign her novel on Friday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Rush of River Over Rock is the story of a part wolf/dog, found badly injured in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the woman who gives him a home.


Nancy McIntyre has lived in the mountains of North Carolina on and off all her life, always returning to them. She now lives in a small cabin with no electricity or running water, adjacent to the Black Mountain range. To reserve copies of Rush of River Over Rock, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Bronwen Dickey Presentation and Book Signing

The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore are partnering in a presentation  and book signing with Bronwen Dickey on Thursday, August 25th at 7 p.m. The presentation will be in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Dickey will discuss her book, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon which examines the history and myths of the breed. Hal Herzog, WCU professor, and author Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, said about Pit Bull, "This is one of best dog books you will ever read. But, it is also about the big stuff – the moral status of animals, the science of nature and nurture, the role of race in our culture. In Pit Bull, Bronwen Dickey weaves a tale in which the most divisive of animal issues becomes a metaphor for deep-seated conflicts in American society." Publishers Weekly added, "[Dickey] illuminates many of the facts and exposes many of the myths surrounding pit bulls and dogs in general... Dickey's immersive and illuminating work deserves a wide audience."

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony. She lives in North Carolina.

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ISBN: 9780307961761
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Published: Knopf - May 10th, 2016


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