Author Appearance

Katherine Soniat Poetry Reading

Katherine Soniat will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 24th at 3 p.m. to read her latest collection of poetry. In her beguiling new collection, Bright Stranger, Katherine invites readers to celebrate the unfinished and unsure. The poems in this volume to not demand or offer certainty, existing instead in the spaces between the real and the imagined, between past, present and future. They explore the human connection with nature, contemplating loss in the erosion of rock spires and rebirth in the blossoming of an amaranth

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ISBN: 9780807162415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - March 14th, 2016

Ann Hite to Present Her New Novel

Ann Hite will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 3rd at 3 p.m. to present her new novel. Set in Black Mountain, NC, Sleeping Above Chaos is a blend of historical research and a tightly woven story. Imagine the relationship triangle from East of Eden and set it deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Add a couple of ghosts, a good measure of dysfunction, and a whole lot of twists and turns, and you have Ann Hite's new Black Mountain novel, Sleeping Above Chaos. Hite's fourth novel returns to Swannanoa Gap, a small town at the foot of Black Mountain, and introduces new characters while revisiting some favorites from her previous novels.

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ISBN: 9780881465846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2016

Bob Mustin Presents New Short Story Collection

Bob Mustin returns to City Lights Bookstore to present his new book, Collateral Damage and Stories on Saturday, July 30th, at 3 p.m. The stories in this collection examine the ways we use imagination to set aside human anguish and move on with our lives. Quirky, richly imagined characters populate these stories, inviting readers to measure them against their own lives and to want to read these stories again and again.

Mustin has been an instructor in writing and has served as a mentor. He continues to write and publish novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. 

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ISBN: 9781943201051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Authormike Ink - April 22nd, 2016

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ISBN: 9780988446847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Authormike Ink - March 25th, 2013

Tim Barnwell’s Newest Vistas Book

Tim Barnwell will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new book. In Great Smoky Mountain Vistas, Tim Barnwell offers panoramic photographs from overlooks in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, aerial photographs of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and articles on popular area attractions and activities to create this unique and comprehensive guidebook. He identifies the mountain peaks you can see from each overlook along Newfound Gap Road, Foothills Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway that view the park, in Cataloochee Valley and Cades Cove, and 360-degree/6-page panoramic views from Clingmans Dome and Max Patch.  

While the mountain peak identifications are a unique component of the book, in also includes a host of articles about activities in and around the park including camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and waterfalls, horseback riding, bears, and nature photography. It features sections detailing the main attractions of the park including Newfound Gap Road, Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, Sugarlands, Little River Road,  Cataloochee Valley, and hidden gems in and outside its boundaries, off the beaten path, such as the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Greenbrier, Max Patch, Tail of the Dragon and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, making this the ideal travel guidebook, possibly the most comprehensive available on the park and its environs. Great Smoky Mountains Vistas celebrates the National Park Services 100th Anniversary in 2016 and is an invaluable companion to Mr. Barnwell’s best-selling Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What You See from the Many Overlooks.

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ISBN: 9780990573104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Numinous Editions - September 1st, 2016

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ISBN: 9780971134836
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Numinous Editions - July 17th, 2014

Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir

Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  
Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many lives: wife, mother, woman in the Air Force, co-owner of a nonprofit, playwright, publisher, and of course, storyteller. To reserve copies of Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal & Lauren Faulkenberry Joint Reading

Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Lauren Faulkenberry will both be presenting their new books, Chasing Chaos and Bayou My Love respectively, on Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30pm at City Lights Bookstore.

The third book in the Entanglement series, Chasing Chaos follows the story of Daphne Saito, a character from the previous installments of the series. Daphne, a beautiful and talented Hollywood screenwriter, might look like she has the perfect life, but on the inside she's lost. Still traumatized by an accident involving her best friend, Greta, five years earlier, Daphne is afraid to love. Danger is on the horizon for all of Daphne's friends—and for her. Katie lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and works as a freelance journalist, a creative writing teacher at Duke, and an author.

Bayou My Love is a story that is part love story, part mystery, and a blend of comedy and drama. It follows 31-year-old Enza Parker, a woman who is struggling to change the trajectory of her life. To prove to her overbearing father she can flip a house on her own, she takes on a project much too ambitious for her — and it puts her in the path of the most alluring man she’s ever met. Lauren is a resident of Whittier, NC. She is a former writing instructor at Western Carolina University, and now she leads workshops at Penland and at Wildacres in book arts, printmaking, and more.

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ISBN: 9780692556238
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Velvet Morning Press - March 1st, 2016

Julia Franks Reading and Book Signing

Julia Franks read from her novel on Saturday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  In Over the Plain Houses, it's 1939, and the federal government has sent Virginia Furman, a USDA agent, into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families how to modernize their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irene Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent's self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irene's fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: she has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband's bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain crevice. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irene, tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt has become a witch.


Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature. To reserve copies of Over the Plain Houses please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781938235214
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Hub City Press - May 1st, 2016

Curtis Blanton’s Book of Humdingers

Curtis Blanton will present his new book Humdingers at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 8th, at 6:30 p.m. James Sellers, the book’s illustrator, will also be in attendance to sign copies. Humdingers tells the stories and tales shared from the people of Western North Carolina.

Blanton and Sellers have been best friends since the 3rd grade, and later joined the U.S. Air Force together. Following their retirement, Blanton and Sellers returned to the mountains to make their way through the trails of their ancestors of Western North Carolina. Blanton and Sellers have collaborated on two previous books titled Tales from the Porch and Fireside Tales. Blanton is also the author of the novel, My Mountains, My Home. To reserve copies of Humdingers please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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By Curtis Blanton, James Sellers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780978556037
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Curtis Blanton - May 17th, 2016

Meditations For Moms and Dads

Shana Smith will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 9th at 3 p.m. She will present her book, Meditations for Moms and Dads: 108 Tips for Parents and Caregivers. Her book boldly claims that a thriving meditation practice is not only possible but an absolute must for the parent/householder.  It isn't an empty claim.  Shana is doing it. Her journey is profound, funny, and fabulous.

Shana Smith is a mom, musician, marine biologist, teacher, and writer.  She is an avid and longtime practitioner of Zen and meditation, a decades-long yogi, and a much sought-after kirtan wallah, or devotional chanting leader. She and her family live in Gainesville Florida.

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ISBN: 9780996545327
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Clearsky Publishing - May 16th, 2016

Carrie Highley's Memoir

Carrie Highley will be presenting her first book and memoir Blue Apple Switchback on Friday, July 15th at 6:30pm at City Lights Bookstore. Follow Carrie through four years of e-mails to Charlie, an older and wiser friend, as she chronicles her transformation from an ideal housewife and mother into an avid road cyclist with a hidden life as a lesbian. The story details her healing bicycle trips as she grapples with the challenges of a clandestine love affair, a divorce, a new career, and parenting her two young sons.

Carrie grew up in the piedmont of North Carolina before moving to the mountains and completing her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation at Western Carolina University. She now lives in Asheville, being an avid member of her community.

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ISBN: 9781631520372
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: She Writes Press - June 7th, 2016


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