Author Appearance

Terry Roberts Reading and Book Signing

Terry Roberts will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 22nd at 3 p.m.  He will present his new novel, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival. Jedidiah Robbins is a man on a crusade. From town to town, his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the Good News with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow. But Jedidiah’s traveling revival company has a secret: in addition to offering the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it also delivers spirits of another kind. Prohibition is in full swing, but The Sword of the Lord train keeps the speakeasies in the towns it visits in business by providing the best that mountain stills have to offer. While beyond the gaze of federal agents, the operation eventually runs afoul of an overzealous small-town sheriff and a corrupt judge, setting in motion a series of events that could land them all in chains. Told with haunting lyricism, this is the story of a preacher full of contradictions, a man for whom the way is never straight and narrow. It bends like the river, a river that leads him in the paths of a different brand of righteousness—and perhaps even to salvation.


Terry Roberts is also the author of A Short Time to Stay Here and That Bright Land. Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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ISBN: 9781684421633
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Published: Turner - August 21st, 2018

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ISBN: 9781630269753
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Published: Turner - June 14th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781681629513
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Published: Turner - December 6th, 2016

Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers, and Fins

Glenda Beall and Estelle Rice will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, November 10th at 3 p.m. They will present Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers, and Fins, a collection of poetry and stories about the pets they have loved over the course of their lives. If you have ever loved a dog, rescued a pet, had an animal change your life, you will enjoy this book. To reserve copies of Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers, and Fins please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

NC Civil War Unionists

Historian Steve Miller will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 30th at 3 p.m. He will present his book, North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession.  His book tells the story of the Tar Heel Unionists who bravely fought to steer their state away from the disastrous future they foresaw.  Steve M. Miller is a native North Carolinian, having been born and raised in Asheboro, where he and his wife, Becky, currently live. His past writings included Slave Escapes and The Underground Railroad in North Carolina, published in 2016 by The History Press. Steve is currently an adjunct history instructor for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and Randolph Community College in Asheboro.

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Published: History Press - February 4th, 2019

Michael Havelin’s New Ben Bones Mystery

Michael Havelin will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, November 17th at 3 p.m. He will present his latest in the Ben Bones Mystery series. In Ben Bones and the Twin Pistols, Ben Bones is called in by a collector of antique guns to help reunite a pair of dueling pistols that had been in his family centuries ago but had become separated. The search seems clear at the start, but quickly becomes complicated when ancient lineage lines diverge, and the twin dueling pistols do, too. Lives hang in the balance. It's a good thing that dueling has been outlawed, but maybe a "secret" rendezvous can be arranged early one morning. "Gentlemen, please name your seconds."

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Published: Michael F Havelin - May 22nd, 2018

Tom Baker’s Historical Novel

The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore will host Cullowhee  author Tom Baker in the Community Room of the library on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 p.m.  His historical novel, The Hawk and the Dove, develops over six war-time periods: the Viking era, the Peninsula War, the U.S. Civil War, World War II, Rwanda, and Vietnam. The hawk and dove flow through these times influencing characters in their struggles.

Tom Baker is a U.S. Army combat veteran from the Vietnam War. He was a grunt with the 101st Airborne Division, a parachute rigger, and spent most of 1968 and early 1969 as a door-gunner for the 1st of the 9th 1st Cav. Tom has been a forester and logger in Western North Carolina for over 40 years.

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ISBN: 9781643505091
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - October 2nd, 2018

Amy Willoughby Burle’s Debut Novel

Amy Willoughby Burle will present her debut novel on Friday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Lemonade Year, Nina's father has died, her marriage is over, and her job is in jeopardy. Her teenage daughter is slipping away from her, and her mother may or may not have fallen off the wagon. When the entire family gathers for the funeral, it is the first time in years that they are forced to deal with their issues.


Amy Willoughby-Burle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out across the Nowhere and a contributor to the anthology Of Mist and Magic.

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ISBN: 9781629724119
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Published: Shadow Mountain - April 3rd, 2018

Celebrating Johnathan Williams

Jeffery Beam will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 28th at 3 p.m to present his new book Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards. The Jargon Society publisher, Jonathan Williams, was a whirlwind of creativity—a poet of considerable stature, book designer, editor, photographer, letter writer, critic, proselytizer of visionary folk art, curmudgeon, gardener, resolute walker, and always an adroit raconteur and gourmand. This book of essays, images, and shouts aims to bring new eyes and contexts to Williams’ influence and talent as poet and publisher.

Jeffery Beam is author of over 20 works of poetry and prose. He is poetry editor emeritus of Oyster Boy Review, a retired UNC-Chapel Hill botanical librarian. He is author of What I Found There: An Informal History of the Jargon Society, and the Rain Taxi interview Tales of a Jargonaut. He resides in Hillsborough, NC.

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By Jeffery Beam (Editor), Richard Owens (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781632260871
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Published: Prospecta Press - September 26th, 2017

Alida Woods Poetry Reading

Asheville poet, Alida Woods will read from her collection on Friday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “Disturbing Borders is filled with wonder(s). This is a collection of unique homecomings in which “borders” take on the many expectations both made manifest and broken, and promises reknit into stronger fabrics. The reader follows happily through literal and figurative landscapes of shadowy tints that only Alida Woods could create,” said Katherine Soniat, author of Bright Stranger.

A native of New England, Alida Woods lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has spent her life among school children as a teacher, school principal, and mentor. Her poems have appeared in The Avocet, The Great Smokies Review, The Westward Quarterly, Front Porch, and The Amsterdam Quarterly.

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Published: Finishing Line Press - January 19th, 2018

Andrew Lawler’s Book on The Lost Colony

Andrew Lawler will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of Mayflower, said  "A fascinating account of one of our country's great historical mysteries. Fast-paced and wonderfully written, with plenty of surprising turns along the way, The Secret Token is a delight."


Andrew Lawler is the author of the highly acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?. He is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate.

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ISBN: 9780385542012
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Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

David Joy Book Launch

City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library will co-host the launch of David Joy’s third novel on Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp when all that you have is gone?

David Joy is the author of The Weight of This World and Where All Light Tends to Go, an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.

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ISBN: 9780399574221
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 5th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780425279793
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 2nd, 2016

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By David Joy, Michael Polomik (Illustrator)
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Published: Bright Mountain Books - August 2011

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