Author Appearance

Marlin Barton Book Signing

Join us on Saturday, November 6th at 3 p.m. as Marlin Barton presents his latest novel, Children of Dust. Ron Rash, author of Serena and In the Valley said of Children of Dust, "In Marlin Barton's superb new novel, two men, one black, one white, find common cause in an attempt to understand their shared ancestor, Rafe Anderson, and the mysterious deaths of two of his newborn children, but what makes Children of Dust most memorable is Barton's refusal to simplify and judge. His characters are never caricatures, and they reveal that the greatest mysteries of all lie within the human heart. Marlin Barton is one of our most underrated writers, and I hope this novel gains him the attention he's long deserved." 

Marlin Barton lives in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to Children of Dust, he's published two earlier novels and three story collections. Stories of his have been included in Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and he received the Truman Capote Prize for his short fiction. Barton teaches in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, and he also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College.

All attendees will be required to wear a mask. To reserve copies click the link below or call us at 828-586-9499.

Children of Dust By Marlin Barton Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781646030798
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - September 10th, 2021

Dave Waldrop's New Book of Puns

Webster writer Dave Waldrop and Whittier artist/musician Alma Russ combined their unique talents to create a visual language experience in Roll Your Eyes Now.  Alma's vivid colors and non-linear style capture Dave's puns and bring them to life for the reader. Kids' humor for all ages. They will present Roll Your Eyes Now at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva on Sunday; October 31 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Here's what our friend Ben Woody had to say about the book: ''If you live in a small town, there are instances when you see someone coming toward you on the street, or down the aisle at the grocery store, and you frantically think of ways to avoid them. The inevitable small talk will be mind-numbing. You have known this person your entire life and you know nothing interesting has happened to them in 16 years. This is a dreaded encounter. Dave Waldrop is not one of these people. Folks go out of their way to run into Dave Waldrop, and, my friends, I know why. Dave Waldrop is a born story-teller. Entertainment and language flow into each other and out of Dave like a rushing river. He has the gift of gab, sure, but he also cultivates it. The very breath of Life is in him. Dave creates, collects, and spins great stories. His writing is an extension of his life. He has done for others. I can't think of anyone I would rather read, talk to, and just be with except for maybe Bob Dylan; but Bob Dylan doesn't live in Sylva and Dave Waldrop does.'' 

To reserve copies of the book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Roll Your Eyes Now By Dave Waldrop, Alma Russ (Illustrator), Brad Waldrop (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Dave Waldrop, Alma Russ (Illustrator), Brad Waldrop (Foreword by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781665302128
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lanier Press - October 22nd, 2021

Meet Ed Southern, Author of Fight Songs

Ed Southern will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 22 at 5 p.m.  He will present his new book, Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South. The publisher says it is, “A wry and witty commentary on college sports and identity in the complicated social landscape of the South.” Ed Southern, lifelong Wake Forest University Demon Deacons fan, set out to tell how he got tangled with the two giants of his favorite sport: the Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. He set out to tell how a North Carolina native crossed the shifty, unmarked border between Tobacco Road and the Deep South and how the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, from beyond the grave, introduced him to his wife, a Birmingham native and die-hard Alabama fan. While he was writing that story, though, 2020 came along. Suddenly his questions had a new focus: Why do sports mean so much that so many will play and watch them in the face of a global pandemic? How have college sports shaped how southerners construct their identities, priorities, and allegiances? Why is North Carolina passionate about college basketball when its neighbors to the South live and die by college football? Fight Songs explores the connections and contradictions between the teams we root for and the places we plant our roots; between the hopes of fans and the demands of the past, present, and future.


Ed Southern, a resident of Forsyth County, NC, is well-known to the state’s literary community as the director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Discussion of his book will be a thought-provoking pre-game activity ahead of the Mustangs’ home football game vs. the Mountaineers. Masks will be required for attendance at the book event. To reserve copies of Ed’s book please call us at 828-586-9499. 

Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South By Ed Southern Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blair - September 7th, 2021

Seasons of A Magical Life Book Signing

Teacher, folklorist, and writer H. Byron Ballard will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 23rd at 3 p.m.  She will present her latest book, Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan  Path for Living. This book is for those who are inspired to reconnect with the seasons, whether they live in the country, the city, or anyplace in between. Seasons of a Magical Life serves as a guide to earth-based spirituality and ritual living.

A resident of Asheville, H. Byron Ballard is a senior priestess and is the co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions

Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan Path of Living                                       By H. Byron Ballard, Amy Blackthorn (Foreword by) Cover Image
By H. Byron Ballard, Amy Blackthorn (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781578637232
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Weiser Books - August 1st, 2021

Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia By H. Byron Ballard, Alex Bledsoe (Foreword by) Cover Image
By H. Byron Ballard, Alex Bledsoe (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738764535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Llewellyn Publications - February 8th, 2021

Celebrating the Natural World: Brannen Basham and Jill Jacobs Booksigning

Join us at Bicentennial Park in downtown Sylva for a celebration of the natural world on Saturday, October 9th at 1 p.m. Brannen Basham and Jill Jacobs will present Brannen’s A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us and their collaborative book, Finding Home: A Story of Mason Bee

A Guide to the Wonderful Around Us explores sixty nature-based topics broken down into six chapters. Finding Home, written by both Basham and Jacobs, shows readers an inside look at the lives of six beneficial native creatures through an engaging and educational tale of a mason bee’s search for a new home.

Brannen Basham and Jill Jacobs are owners of Spriggly’s Beescaping. Spriggly’s is a nature education and habitat restoration business with a special focus on supporting native plants and pollinators. Visit sprigglys.com to discover other publications, informative videos, and educational resources.

To reserve copies of their books or for more information please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499. 

A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature By Brannen Basham Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781093979305
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Independently Published - April 30th, 2019

Christy Alexander Hallberg: In Conversation with Meagan Lucas

Christy Alexander Hallberg and Meagan Lucas will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 19th at 5 p.m.  They will discuss Hallberg’s new book, Searching for Jimmy Page. In this debut novel, the unraveling of eighteen-year-old Luna Kane's haunted past begins in the winter of 1988, when her dying great-grandfather, a self-proclaimed faith healer, claims he hears phantom owls crying in the night. Can you hear the music? His words trigger Luna's repressed memory of her dead mother's obsession with Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin's legendary guitar wizard. Desperate to learn the truth about her mother's suicide, to tease fact from family lore in order to weave her own personal narrative, Luna embarks on a pilgrimage from her family's farm in the pines of eastern North Carolina to England, to search for the man whose music her mother held sacred, Jimmy Page.

 

Christy Alexander Hallberg teaches literature and writing online at East Carolina University. She serves as Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as North Carolina Literary Review, storySouth, Main Street Rag, Fiction Southeast, Riggwelter, Deep South Magazine, Eclectica, Litro, STORGY Magazine, Entropy, and Concho River Review. Her flash story Aperture was chosen Story of the Month by Fiction Southeast for October 2020 and was selected by the editors of the annual Best Small Fictions anthology series for the 2021 edition. She lives near Asheville, NC.


Meagan Lucas is the author of the award-winning novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs (Main Street Rag Press, 2019). Meagan’s short work has been published or is forthcoming in journals like The Santa Fe Writers’ Project, Still: The Journal, MonkeyBicycle, Cowboy Jamboree, BULL, Pithead Chapel, and others. She is Pushcart-nominated.

Masks are required to attend the event. To reserve copies of Searching for Jimmy Page and Songbirds and Stray Dogs please click the links below. 

Searching for Jimmy Page By Christy Alexander Hallberg Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604892918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Livingston Press at the University of West Al - October 20th, 2021

Songbirds and Stray Dogs By Meagan Lucas Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781599487526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Press - August 1st, 2019

Ann Melton Book Signing

Ann Melton returns to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 2nd at 3 p.m. She will present her most recent book, When God’s In It, a collection of stories that deliver the message that blessings follow those who follow the Lord.

Masks are required to attend the event. To reserve copies, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Meet the Author: Mike Jones

Mike Jones will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 14th, at 3 p.m. to help raise money for the Community Table. He will present his novel, Dear Old Town, where Francis Todd returns to his Southern coastal hometown to lay his father to rest, but a host of memories from his childhood, centering around the unsolved 1956 murder of a schoolmate, threaten the closure he seeks. Will he succeed in keeping the ghosts he left behind at bay? Or will he finally make sense of the past and come to terms with the present?

Robert Michael "Mike" Jones is a retired Episcopal priest. He lives with his wife Beth in Sylva, N.C., with a large yellow dog of indeterminate breed. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren, of whom they are inordinately proud. The author has a number of post-graduate degrees, some of which are legitimate. He follows the Chicago Cubs and collects vintage tea cozies. This is his first novel.   A portion of the sales from the event will be donated to the Community Table, which does fine work feeding folks in need here in Jackson County. To reserve copies of Dear Old Town, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Book Signing: Michael Amos Cody

Michael Amos Cody will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 28th at 3 p.m. He will present his new story collection, A Twilight Reel. Cody, a native of Madison County, NC, and a professor of English at East Tennessee State University, is becoming widely recognized as one of the leading voices of contemporary Southern Appalachian literature. Writer Leah Hampton, the author of F*ckface, describes his writing this way: “Cody blends traditional and modern elements, wry humor, spooky darkness, and his intimate knowledge of the region to bring us a deftly rendered Appalachian story cycle.”

This collection, with a story set in each of the twelve months of 1999, chronicles life in the fictional western North Carolina town of Runion, which first appeared in Cody’s 2017 novel Gabriel’s Songbook. Like Thomas Wolfe’s Altamont, Runion stands in for places Cody grew up in and knows as only a native son can.

Masks are required to attend this event. To reserve copies of Cody's books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

A Twilight Reel: Stories By Michael Amos Cody Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781942016663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pisgah Press LLC - May 27th, 2021

Gabriel's Songbook By Michael Amos Cody Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781942016366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pisgah Press LLC - September 1st, 2017

Avram Friedman Book Signing

Avram Friedman will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 4th at 3 p.m.  He will present his latest book of fiction, Asteroid Hits the White House.  On November 2, 2020, the day before the national election in the United States of America, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, tremendous social upheaval over racially charged police brutality, and the worst extended hurricane season in recorded history, an asteroid came very close to hitting the earth. This actually happened. 

In this literary work of alternate-reality immersed in dark humor, the asteroid doesn't miss. The resulting consequences and reactions are dramatic, horrifying, inspiring, hopeful, sad, and sometimes hilarious.

Avram Friedman, a resident of Jackson County, NC, is a life-long political/environmental/social activist, former Director of the Canary Coalition, VP of the local NAACP branch, solar energy technician, writer, video-documentarian, journalist, and licensed plumbing contractor. Asteroid Hits White House is his first venture into satirical Science Fiction and his second published work of historical fiction after The Silver Maple Conspiracy. To reserve copies of Avram’s books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

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

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

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