Author Appearance

North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends

Charles F. Gritzner will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends.  North Carolina is considered one of the US headquarters for ghost lights—that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomenon. Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance, or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.

Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights, and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this charming and fascinating book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina.

North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781949467055
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Blair - July 2nd, 2019

A History of St. David’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church

June Smith will present her book at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m. Do the Little Things That You Have Seen Me Do and Heard About is a history of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, NC from 1883 to 2017.

Jamie Mason’s New Thriller

Jamie Mason returns to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 14th at 3 p.m. She will present her new thriller novel, The Hidden Things.  New York Times bestselling author, Tana French said, " Hidden Things is a treat: a heist story taken to pieces and expertly put back together at off-kilter angles into a startling, smart, vivid book."  

Jamie is also the author of Three Graves Full and Monday’s Lie. She was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Washington, DC. She's most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina.

The Hidden Things Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501177316
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Gallery Books - August 13th, 2019

Monday's Lie Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781476774466
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Gallery Books - October 13th, 2015

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Three Graves Full Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451685046
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Gallery Books - August 20th, 2013

The NCLR Celebration

Contributors to the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) will gather at City Lights on Saturday, July 27th at 3 p.m. to celebrate the release of the 2019 publication of the literary journal. NCLR is a fusion of a scholarly journal and a literary magazine that seeks to honor the profound literary history and culture of North Carolina and the writers who have shaped said history. The magazine releases an annual print issue in the summer and is available at independent bookstores and via subscription. 

 

Featured authors include local poet Catherine Carter whose poetry collection The Memory of Gills received the Roanoke-Chowan Award, Sally Thomas with her poem “Daybreak”, which received second place in the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, and creative nonfiction author of The Book of Awe, Susan O’Dell Underwood. Each contributor plans to read selections from their works featured in the NCLR publication. To reserve copies of the North Carolina Literary Review please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

North Carolina Literary Review: Number 28, 2019 Cover Image
By Margaret D. Bauer (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781469654126
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: East Carolina University - July 1st, 2019

Two New Photographic Collections by Tim Barnwell

Asheville photographer, Tim Barnwell will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his two books of photography, Faces & Places of Cashiers Valley and Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast

 

The Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley project was initially begun in 2010 as a one-time arrangement between Mr. Barnwell and the Cashiers Historical Society.  The society wanted to raise awareness about the historic sites in Cashiers Valley and encourage people to preserve specific structures. In addition to the portraits, landscapes, architectural studies, and oral history interviews produced by Mr. Barnwell, chapters were added on the “History of Cashiers” and the “Cashiers Historical Society” to provide additional context. Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley is the culmination of over eight years of work by Mr. Barnwell and the Cashiers Historical Society.

 

Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast, is the culmination of nine years of work.  Best known for his touching and evocative images of Appalachia, here he turns his keen eye and documentary talents to focus on the shrimping and fishing industries of the southeastern coast. This exploration took him to the Outer Banks and seaside towns of North Carolina, dozens of seaboard locations in South Carolina and Georgia, and Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine, Florida, historic home of the shrimping industry in America. 

Dale Neal Returns with His New Novel

Asheville author, Dale Neal will visit City Lights bookstore on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new novel, Appalachian Book of the Dead. Ron Rash said of the novel, "Appalachian Book of the Dead is a novel whose excellence defies easy categorization. To call it a metaphysical thriller conveys only a part of the novel’s strengths, for the novel’s characters are as complex and vividly realized as we’d expect in more character-driven fiction.  Dale Neal’s novel, once begun, will be hard for any reader to put down.” 


Dale Neal is also the author of The Half-Life of Home and Cow Across America. He currently teaches fiction at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Graduate Center in Asheville.

Appalachian Book of the Dead Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781970137897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sfk Press - September 3rd, 2019

Fred Chappell Poetry Reading

Fred Chappell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new poetry collection, As If It Were.  Inspired by ancient, modern, and contemporary writings, Fred Chappell's sprightly new collection of verse, As If It Were, presents tales, anecdotes, pointed stories, and aphorisms to spark the conscience of readers young and old. Playful and even zany, the humor in these poems pulls readers into a world filled with noble lions, crafty foxes, predacious wolves, longsuffering asses, and fashionable peacocks. Chappell illustrates how the fable offers a timeless form of wisdom, surprising us with revelations that challenge what we think we already know, along with fresh observations of daily experiences. With its informal, even nonchalant tone of address and lush, polished language, As If It Were endows homespun materials with alchemical insights.

Fred Chappell is the author of more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose. He has received the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize. His fiction has been translated into more than a dozen languages and received the Best Foreign Book Award from the Académie Française. He was the poet laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.

As If It Were: Poems Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807169605
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Published: LSU Press - April 3rd, 2019

Todd May Returns with His New Book


 

Clemson University professor, Todd May will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 19th at 3 p.m. He will present his latest book, A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us.  With this book, Todd May has answers. He's not the sort of philosopher who tells us we have to be model citizens who display perfect ethics in every decision we make. He's realistic: he understands that living up to ideals is a constant struggle. In A Decent Life, May leads readers through the traditional philosophical bases of a number of arguments about what ethics asks of us, then he develops a more reasonable and achievable way of thinking about them, one that shows us how we can use philosophical insights to participate in the complicated world around us. He explores how we should approach the many relationships in our lives--with friends, family, animals, people in need--through the use of a more forgiving, if no less fundamentally serious, moral compass. With humor, insight, and a lively and accessible style, May opens a discussion about how we can, realistically, lead the good life that we aspire to.

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226609744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 22nd, 2019

A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226439952
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 1st, 2017

Mary Joyce’s Book on Bigfoot

Mary Joyce will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. She will present her latest book Bigfoot: Beyond the Footprints.  Joyce said of her book, “There is so much more to know about the Bigfoot than their footprints.  They have families. They have made friends with some humans. They have helped and even rescued people in trouble. They have preferences, language, and unique biology. This book presents all this and more as reported by eyewitnesses and research scientists.”

Bigfoot: Beyond the Footprints Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780991181537
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Published: Mary A. Joyce - October 1st, 2019

Cherokee Little People Were Real Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780991181513
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Published: Mary A. Joyce - April 4th, 2013

Underground Military Bases Hidden in North Carolina Mountains Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780991181520
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Published: Mary A. Joyce - June 23rd, 2015

Mark Barr Book Signing and Reading

Mark Barr will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 26th at 3 p.m.  He will present his new novel, Watershed, the second title in the Cold Mountain Fund Book Series which is a collaboration between Hub City Press and National Book Award-winning author Charles Frazier. 

Amidst construction of a federal dam in rural Tennessee, Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, meets Claire, a small-town housewife struggling to find her footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South.

As Nathan wrestles with the burdens of a secret guilt and tangled love, Claire struggles to balance motherhood and a newfound freedom that awakens ambitions and a sexuality she hadn’t known she possessed. The arrival of electricity in the rural community, where prostitution and dog-fighting are commonplace, thrusts together modern and backcountry values. In an evocative feat of storytelling in the vein of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong and Ron Rash’s Serena, Watershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781938235597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 8th, 2019

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