Author Appearance

Nancy Werking Poling Book Signing

Black Mountain author, Nancy Werking Poling will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 17th at 3 p.m. He will present her novel, While the Earth Still Speaks. Set in the mountains of North Carolina, Wayne Caldwell said of her novel, “Nancy Poling has crafted a surprising mix—While Earth Still Speaks is part adventure, part environmental activism, part visionary tale. Uniting it is Elizabeth McNair, who breaks from a stifling marriage ultimately to become her own woman and leave a legacy of courage.”

While Earth Still Speaks Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780998565118
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Published: Nancy Werking Poling - June 15th, 2019

Anna Fariello’s Folk Book on the John C. Campbell Folk School

Anna Fariello will present her book, Craft & Community: John C. Campbell Folk School 1925-1945 on Friday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  John C. Campbell Folk School is a thriving educational institution in the Southwestern corner of North Carolina that serves thousands of students from all over the world who sign up for classes in folk arts, writing, and local lore. This book features the first twenty years when those who created and sustained the Folk School now appear quite larger than life. It features ten individuals who affected its future and provides an overview of how it came into being. 


Anna Fariello is a research associate professor at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. She has curated over 30 exhibitions, mostly focusing on American crafts and authored three books on Cherokee crafts. To reserve copies of Craft & Community please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Craft & Community: John C. Campbell Folk School 1925-1945 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780976892342
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Published: Western Carolina University - July 23rd, 2019

Marly Youmans Returns with Her New Poetry Collection

Former Cullowhee resident, Marly Youmans will make her return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 7th at 3 p.m. She will be presenting her new poetry collection The Book of the Red King. The book is a collection of connected poems telling the story of the mysterious Red King, the metamorphosing Fool, and the ethereal Precious Wentletrap. The book features beautiful illustrations by famed Welsh artist, Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

Vietnam Photographs From North Carolina Veterans

Award-winning photojournalist, Martin Tucker will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, Vietnam Photographs from North Carolina Veterans.  When American soldiers returned home from Vietnam, most put their memories away. Decades later, North Carolina veterans contributed thousands of dusty and faded personal photographs to what started as a class project at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem. It evolved into a national traveling exhibition and then a permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of History called "A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans." For many of these men and women, this was their first opportunity to show what they couldn't say. Photographer and Vietnam-era vet Martin Tucker presents selected glimpses of those unforgettable experiences.


Martin Tucker is a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. His work has been published via the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Charlotte Magazine, Our State, Humanities Magazine, Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine, US Weekly and, People Magazine. Martin currently teaches photography and digital media at Summit School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1969 and is a lifetime member of the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum Association.

Vietnam Photographs from North Carolina Veterans: The Memories They Brought Home Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781467142199
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Published: History Press - August 12th, 2019

Mountains Piled Upon Mountains Anthology

Editor Jessica Cory and contributors Thomas Rain Crowe, Brent Martin, and Ellen Perry will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 24th at 3 p.m. They will present their pieces in the anthology, Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. The anthology features nearly 50 writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engages current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal, and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental change.  


Jessica Cory teaches in the English department at Western Carolina University. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and her work has been published in ellipsis..., A Poetry Congeries, and other journals.

Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene Cover Image
By Jessica Cory (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781946684905
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Published: West Virginia University Press - August 1st, 2019

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.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781949467055
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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
$29.90
ISBN: 9781501177316
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Published: Gallery Books - August 13th, 2019

Monday's Lie Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781476774466
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Published: Gallery Books - October 13th, 2015

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Three Graves Full Cover Image
$18.40
ISBN: 9781451685046
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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)
$21.75
ISBN: 9781469654126
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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. 

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