Author Appearance

Randy Johnson’s History of Grandfather Mountain

Randy Johnson will present Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon on Saturday, June 4th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. With its prominent profile recognizable for miles around and featuring vistas among the most beloved in the Appalachians, North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain is many things to many people: an easily recognized landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a popular tourist destination, a site of annual Highland Games, and an internationally recognized nature preserve. In this definitive book on Grandfather, Randy Johnson guides readers on a journey through the mountain's history, from its geological beginnings millennia ago and the early days of exploration to its role in regional development and eventual establishment as a North Carolina state park. Along the way, he shows how Grandfather has changed, and has been changed by, the people of western North Carolina and beyond.To tell the full natural and human story, Johnson draws not only on historical sources but on his rich personal experience working closely on the mountain alongside Hugh Morton and others. The result is a unique and personal telling of Grandfather's lasting significance. The book includes more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails, appreciating key plant and animal species and photographing the natural wonder that is Grandfather.


Randy Johnson is an accomplished travel editor and writer. He founded Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program in 1978, was backcountry manager until 1990, and serves on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Advisory Committee.

Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781469626994
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of North Carolina Press - June 6th, 2016

Ashley Terrell Presents Her New Book

Ashley Terrell will present her new book, The Black Sheep Shadow, on Saturday, July 16th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Go inside the world of one courageous sheep as she discovers that her heart was under attack by darkness. As she travels on a spiritual journey to understanding her purpose, overcoming the undertones of low confidence, self-acceptance, and the importance of inspiration, she rises against the odds with forgiveness and strengthening her faith.


Ashley Terrell is the founder of Stella Bistro Foods and Black Sheep Inc. Terrell is the host and co-director of Cooking with Stella (2016) and Unaverage Ash (2016).  She resides on the East Coast where she enjoys blissful sunsets and sounds of ocean waves. To reserve copies of Black Sheep Shadow please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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.

Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from the Abyss Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780996639415
Availability: Available Now
Published: Smashwords Edition - April 11th, 2017

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.

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

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.

Beautiful Country: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
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.

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. 

Winter Skin Cover Image
$11.00
ISBN: 9781599485744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - June 10th, 2016

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