Author Appearance

Ron Robinson Presentation on Business Leadership

Join us on Wednesday, April 20th at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation on business leadership by Ron Robinson.  Would you like to improve your business numbers and market position with happier and more productive people? Unfortunately even 20 years into this New World economy, people are managed with the traditional 20th Century model of Plan, Organize, Direct and Control. A model that slows the implementation of critical decisions when speed is a necessity.  But there is great news! Using a new model for leading organizations through frequent and demanding change, you can achieve greater business success. 

The book, A Business of Leaders, describes what the author learned from losing everything and how he created a business model that assists companies to become nimbler and thrive in today’s new world of continuous uncertainty. Every leadership team implementing the model has created a culture for success with greater capacity, improved business numbers, and market position in the turbulence of the 21st century.  

An active speaker on business leadership, Robinson has traveled the globe improving and turning around Fortune 500, mid-sized, and non-profit organizations.

A Business of Leaders By Ronald Louis Robinson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781087998664
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Published: Land of Sky Advisors - February 22nd, 2022

Charles Dodd White: A Year Without Months

Charles Dodd White will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 14th, at 3 p.m.  He will present his new book, A Year Without Months.  This essay collection explores the boundaries of family, loss, masculinity, and place. Contemplating the suicides of his father, uncle, and son, White meditates on what it means to go on when seemingly everything worth living for is lost. What he discovers is an intimate connection to the natural world, a renewed impulse to understand his troubled family history, and a devotion to following the clues that point to the possibility of a whole life.  

"A Year without Months achieves a lyricism and poignancy reminiscent of Norman Maclean's great family story A River Runs Through It, but Charles Dodd White's voice and story are his own. Many books linger forever in our minds. Only a few also linger forever in our hearts, and this is one of them." Ron Rash, author of In the Valley

Charles Dodd White is the recipient of the Chaffin Award and the Appalachian Book of the Year Award for his fiction. He teaches English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A Year without Months (In Place) By Charles Dodd White Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781952271526
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Published: West Virginia University Press - May 1st, 2022

How Fire Runs: A Novel By Charles Dodd White Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780804012287
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Published: Swallow Press - October 13th, 2020

Avram Friedman: The Truth About Plumbing

Jackson County resident, Avram Friedman, will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 9th at 3 p.m. He will present his new book, The Truth About Plumbing. Avram’s latest is a rich, unique, deeply humorous, philosophical, and educational plunge into the universe of methods modern humanity employs to satisfy its need for freshwater distribution and use. 


For most of his life, Avram Friedman has been a grassroots political activist and community organizer on issues related to peace, preserving the Earth’s environment, and working for social and economic justice. He maintains his North Carolina Plumbing Contractor’s license to this day, although he no longer engages in the practice. Avram has also written Silver Maple Conspiracy and Asteroid Hits the White House.

Truth About Plumbing By Avram Friedman Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9798410821254
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Published: Avram Friedman - February 24th, 2022

Asteroid Hits White House By Avram Friedman Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9798505411346
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Published: Avram Friedman - June 1st, 2021

The Silver Maple Conspiracy By Avram Friedman Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781506132167
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 11th, 2015

Poetry at High Noon

Join us on Wednesday, March 16th at noon for a twin bill poetry reading featuring Brian Brodeur and Steve Scafidi. 

Every Hour Is Late By Brian Brodeur Cover Image
$31.25
ISBN: 9781939574305
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Measure Press Inc. - June 1st, 2019

Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) By Steve Scafidi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780807126943
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Published: LSU Press - March 1st, 2001

For Love of Common Words: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) By Steve Scafidi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780807131374
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Published: LSU Press - April 1st, 2006

The Cabinetmaker's Window (Southern Messenger Poets) By Steve Scafidi Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807154496
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Published: LSU Press - February 10th, 2014

Mignon Durham: Diary of an Appalachian Garden

 Self-taught gardener and native North Carolinian, Mignon Durham will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 19th at 3 p.m. She will present her book, Devotion: Diary of an Appalachian Garden.  Devotion is a reflection of Durham’s passion for collecting, identifying, and nurturing native plants. The lessons shared within will help gardeners of every age find success while offering native plant knowledge that is a vital tool in stemming climate change. 


In 2013 Mignon Durham purchased 2.77 long-neglected acres in Asheville, North Carolina. Her goal was to design and build a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified home. The result is the stunning garden Devotion, mindfully designed with native plants. Masks are required to attend this event.

DEVOTION: Diary of an Appalachian Garden  By Mignon Durham, Mignon Durham (Photographer) Cover Image
By Mignon Durham, Mignon Durham (Photographer)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780578872728
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Published: Mignon Durham - October 14th, 2021

Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession

Join us at 3 p.m on Saturday, March 5th for a presentation by Keith Flynn of his recent collaboration, Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession. With photography by Charter Weeks and text by Flynn, the book documents the effect of “The Great Recession of 2008” on the lives of many working Americans and has been compared to Walker Evans and James Agee’s Let Us Now

Prosperity Gospel By Keith Flynn, Charter Weeks Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781952485350
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Redhawk Publications - August 15th, 2021

Warrior Wannabe: Tom Baker Reading and Book Signing

Jackson County resident and Vietnam War veteran, Tom Baker will present his new memoir on Saturday, March 12th at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. “Tracing his path that begins as a childhood Army brat, to his time in Vietnam, and eventually to the peaceful forests of Southern Appalachia, Tom offers an honest look into what has shaped him into the man he has become. Warrior Wannabe is endearing and at times heart-wrenching, but is told with the sly humor of a gifted storyteller,” said City Lights bookseller Eon Alden.

Tom Baker served most of his tour as a door gunner for the 1st of the 9th, 1st Cav during the Vietnam War. He is the co-founder of the  Jackson County Veterans Organization and the author of the historical novel, The Hawk and the Dove

This event will be in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Masks are required to attend.  Warrior Wannabe and The Hawk and the Dove will be available for purchase at the reading. 

Warrior Wannabe: A Memoir By Tom Baker Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781662466007
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - December 21st, 2021

The Hawk and the Dove By Tom Baker Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781643505091
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - October 2nd, 2018

In Conversation: Heather Newton with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

 

City Lights Bookstore will host a conversation with authors Heather Newton and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle on Thursday, February 17th at 6 p.m. 

They will discuss Heather Newton’s book, McMullen Circle, a linked short story collection, set in the north Georgia mountains. Change is coming to a small community in North Georgia. The wild and willful wife of the headmaster stirs the pot at the local boys' school, while her daughter and friends begin to pay closer attention to the tensions of the adults, and a race-related event in the nearby town finds ties to the quiet campus. This compelling linked collection of stories explores the lives of multiple characters, each with their own distinct voice and outlook. It is also set firmly in time, the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 70s, and place, the North Georgia mountains.

Wiley Cash, author of When Ghosts Come Home, said of McMullen Circle, “These deeply literary, heartfelt, and heartbreaking characters call to mind the work of Elizabeth Strout, Gail Godwin, and Richard Russo, but Heather Newton is her own writer. Her characters are shot through with longing and hope, and in this small community we watch as big dreams and big desires are dreamed and felt, run toward and away from.”

Author of the novel, Under the Mercy Trees, Heather Newton is a writer, teacher, lawyer, and co-founder of the Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville, NC. Under The Mercy Trees won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads Selection and a SIBA Okra Pick, and was long-listed for both the 2012 SIBA Book Award and the American Library Association’s Over The Rainbow project.


Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even as We Breathe, is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. She is co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers' Network.

McMullen Circle By Heather Newton Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646030767
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Published: Regal House Publishing - January 17th, 2022

Under the Mercy Trees: A Novel By Heather Newton Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062001344
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 18th, 2011

The Puppeteer's Daughters By Heather Newton Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781684428588
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Published: Keylight Books - July 26th, 2022

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Even as We Breathe By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781950564064
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Published: Fireside Industries - September 8th, 2020

Judith Corvin-Blackburn: Activating 5D Frequency

Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Judith Corvin-Blackburn, will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 19th at 3 p.m. She will present her book, Activating Your 5D Frequency: A Guidebook for the Journey into Higher Dimensions. This book is a guide to navigating the transition from 3D to 5D and reclaiming the ancient powers of love, creativity, and unity consciousness lying dormant in our DNA.  Ruby Falconer, the co-author of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, said of Activating Your 5D Frequency, "Judith has written a connect-the-dots compendium of our transition from 3D to 5D consciousness. Full of exercises designed to help us recognize and expand 5D consciousness as it already exists, this book also suggests life choices we can collectively implement that will lift our planet to a new level of harmony and cooperation. This book is a worthy contribution to this body of interest."

Judith Corvin-Blackburn, LCSW, DMin, is the author of three books, a Shamanic Minister, a nationally recognized teacher, and co-founder of the Shamanic Multidimensional Mystery School. She lives in the Isis Cove community in Western North Carolina. 

Wearing a mask is required to attend this event.

Activating Your 5D Frequency: A Guidebook for the Journey into Higher Dimensions By Judith Corvin-Blackburn, Barbara Hand Clow (Foreword by), Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D. (Introduction by) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781591433804
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Published: Bear & Company - May 5th, 2020

Bland Simpson's NC Travelogue

Join us on Saturday, November 13th at 3 p.m. for a tribute to North Carolina's natural wonders. Bland Simpson, the celebrated bard of North Carolina's sound country, has blended history, observation of nature, and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of eastern Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state's Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains. In North Carolina: Land of Water Land of Sky, for the first time, Simpson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to bear on the entirety of his home state, combining storytelling and travelogue to create a portrait of the Old North State with care and humor.

Three of the state's finest photographers come along to guide the journey: Simpson's wife and creative partner, Ann Cary Simpson, professional photographer Scott Taylor, and writer and naturalist Tom Earnhardt. Their photos, combined with Simpson's rich narrative, will inspire readers to consider not only what North Carolina has been and what it is but also what we hope it will be. This book belongs on the shelf of longtime residents, newcomers, and visitors alike.

Bland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, the Tony Award-winning string band. In 2005 he received the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor.

All attendees will be required to wear a mask. For more information please call us at 828-586-9499. 

North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky By Bland Simpson, Ann Cary Simpson (Photographer), Tom Earnhardt (Photographer) Cover Image
By Bland Simpson, Ann Cary Simpson (Photographer), Tom Earnhardt (Photographer)
$37.00
ISBN: 9781469665832
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 26th, 2021

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