Author Appearance

Book Signing: Jayne Zanglein

Meet the author of The Girl Explorers, Jayne Zanglein, on Saturday, June 26th beginning at 3 p.m. She will greet folks and sign books.

The Girl Explorers is the inspirational and untold story of the founding of the Society of Women Geographers--an organization of adventurous female world explorers--and how key members served as early advocates for human rights and paved the way for today's women scientists by scaling mountains, exploring the high seas, flying across the Atlantic, and recording the world through film, sculpture, and literature. Some notable members include Blair Niles, Amelia Earhart, Gloria Hollister, and Anna Heyward Taylor.


Jayne Zanglein is a lawyer by profession and The Girl Explorers is her first non-law book. A Professor Emeritus, she teaches law at Western Carolina University.

The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World By Jayne Zanglein Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728215242
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Sourcebooks - March 2nd, 2021

Charles Dodd White Drive-Up Book Signing

 Help us celebrate the release of Charles Dodd White’s new novel, How Fire Runs, by driving up and saying hello on Saturday, October 17th, starting a 3 p.m. We’ll have Charles set up outside the store signing books. To get books signed be sure to social distance and have a mask or face shield on. 

How Fire Runs is set in rural Appalachia and told through the voices of three different present-day narrators. This harrowing novel about white supremacists attempting to take over a small town focuses an unflinching eye on America's ongoing, fraught relationship with racial and political injustice. David Joy, author When These Mountains Burn, said of White’s writing, "Line for line, White is one of the most talented writers at work in the American South."


Charles Dodd White is the author of the novel In the House of Wilderness, also from Swallow Press. He has received the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the Chaffin Award for his fiction. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he teaches English at Pellissippi State Community College.

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

In the House of Wilderness: A Novel By Charles Dodd White Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780804012102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Swallow Press - September 10th, 2018

Online Discussion with the Author of Preaching Happiness

City Lights Bookstore will host a virtual discussion with Ginny Sassaman, author of Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World, and co-founder of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA). Sylva poet and former GNHUSA board member Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin will also join the discussion, along with Dave Molinaro who is the volunteer leading the drive for a Charlotte, NC Wellbeing Index. This Zoom event will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2nd.

“ Preaching Happiness is a book you will find yourself returning to again and again for its wisdom and guidance,” says Rev. Joan Javier-Duval of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. “The sermons presented here artfully combine personal story and social science research to pose new ways of thinking and living,” she says. 

Through a series of secular sermons on a wide range of happiness skills, Preaching Happiness teaches and encourages the soul-deep transformation needed to live a full and happy life while also creating conditions for maximum well-being for all humans, animals, and the planet 

“This is my cause, this is my passion, this is my life’s work,” says author Ginny Sassaman. “Part of my goal in writing this book is to get these words out there. They are needed now more than ever,” she says. 

Praise for Preaching Happiness : 

From the “Midwest Book Review: “Deftly written, impressively informative, exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking, Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and college/university library … collections. (It is) a life enriching, life-enhancing DIY guide.”

“Preaching Happiness is an important voice in our quest for a more joyful and just world. Ginny Sassaman’s down-to-earth wisdom both elevates and elates.” – Tal Ben-Shahar, co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV 

“Ginny Sassaman shares several practical lessons on the importance of bringing happiness more fully into our collective consciousness. Through very accessible storytelling, Sassaman speaks to the urgency with which we must create the conditions that support the well-being of people, animals, and the planet. This book serves both as an excellent primer for all who seek to increase their own levels of happiness, as well as a refreshing validation for those who have been steeped in the Gross National Happiness movement for years. It is a collection of sermons every book club should have on their list.” – Paula Francis, co-founder of GNHUSA 

 

To reserve a book and/or a spot on the Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email more@citylightsnc.com.

Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World By Ginny Sassaman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781578690268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rootstock Publishing - May 8th, 2020

Virtual Discussion with George Singleton and Jeremy Jones

Join us for a virtual discussion with George Singleton as we celebrate the release of his new book, You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton. He will be joined by Jeremy Jones, author of Bearwallow. With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, George Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. Now Tom Franklin introduces this master of the form with a compilation of acclaimed and prize-winning short fiction spanning twenty years and eight collections, including stories originally published in outlets like the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and many more.

 

To reserve a spot for the September 23rd at 6 p.m. Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email more@citylightsnc.com.

You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton By George Singleton Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781938235696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - September 15th, 2020

Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland By Jeremy B. Jones Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780895876249
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Blair - Blair - June 3rd, 2014

Launch for Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle's Even as We Breathe

Join us outside City Lights Bookstore on the evening of Thursday, September 10th, to celebrate the publication of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle's new novel, Even as We Breathe. Starting at 6 p.m., she will address the passersby with selections from her book. After the reading, there will be an alfresco autographing on the patio at City Lights Cafe. Following the signing, those of us who are of age will progress next door to the lawn in front of The Paper Mill Lounge to hoist a glass in honor of Saunooke Clapsaddle.

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) resides in Qualla, NC. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe (The University Press of Kentucky) was just released. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water is winner of The Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012), a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). After serving as Executive Director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette (National Board Certified since 2012) returned to teaching English and Cherokee Studies at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.

 

Here are links to a couple of recently-aired radio interviews: 

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

A Conversation with Ron Rash

Join us for a virtual conversation with local bestselling author Ron Rash as he discusses his new story collection, In the Valley.   EVENT LINK

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In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA By Ron Rash Cover Image
$26.95
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ISBN: 9780385544290
Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories By Ron Rash Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062349354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 11th, 2015

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The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina (Southern Revivals) By Ron Rash Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781611175141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of South Carolina Press - December 19th, 2014

The Risen: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062436320
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 25th, 2017

Serena: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061470844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2009

Burning Bright: Stories By Ron Rash Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061804120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 1st, 2011

Conversations with Ron Rash (Literary Conversations) By Mae Miller Claxton (Editor), Rain Newcomb (Editor) Cover Image
By Mae Miller Claxton (Editor), Rain Newcomb (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496825551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 1st, 2020

Raising the Dead By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781604542219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Iris Press - February 14th, 2013

Waking By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781891885822
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Published: Hub City Press - October 1st, 2011

Eureka Mill By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938235443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 16th, 2018

One Foot in Eden: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312423056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 3rd, 2004

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The World Made Straight: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312426606
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 20th, 2007

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories By Ron Rash Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062202727
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Published: Ecco - March 11th, 2014

Poems: New and Selected By Ron Rash Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062435521
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Published: Ecco - February 21st, 2017

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Above the Waterfall: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062349323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 5th, 2016

Lee Lyons Signing and Reading - POSTPONED

POSTPONED - Lee Lyons will be visiting City Lights Bookstore on .... She will present her latest Novel, Southern Shamrock. Southern Shamrock is a story of a mother consumed with grief at the loss of her son who discovers her family’s Irish Heritage, new aspects of herself, and how to let go. The novel, while being fictional, is heavily inspired by events from Lee's own life, mainly the loss of her own son and her own personal rediscovery of her own Irish Heritage. The novel has received praise from members of the literary community, such as Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper and other works, who called the novel “engaging”.


Lee Lyons is an author, thespian, storyteller, and resident of Highlands, North Carolina, where she is an active member of the Highlands Writer’s Group and The Highlands Cashiers Players, and shares her stories with the Asheville Storytelling Circle. She is also a member of the Foothills Writers Guild of Anderson, South Carolina. To order a copy of Lee Lyons' new book, Southern Shamrock, please contact us at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499

Southern Shamrock By Lee Lyons Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945338830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: FPS Publishing - August 21st, 2019

Michael Hettich Poetry Reading -- POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE.

 

Michael Hettich will be visiting City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 21st at 3 p.m. Michael will be presenting his latest book of poetry, To Start an Orchard, a collection of poems with themes about the mysterious and ever-changing relationships between humanity and nature. This collection of poetry has received praise from members of the literary community, with poets like Richard Jones, author of Red Deer, claiming “his dreamlike stories remind us how little we truly see and how often we sleep through the day’s deep revelations.”

 

Michael Hettich is a poet and has received multiple awards including The Tampa Review Prize in Poetry, the David Martinson-Meadow Prize, a Florida Book Award, and several Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. Michael also holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Miami, an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Denver, and a BA in English from Hobart College. His work has appeared in many journals such as Orion, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Poetry East, Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, The Literary Review and many other notable outlets. 

 

Michael is a former professor at Miami Dade College, where he served as a professor of English and Creative Writing and Lead Professor in the Honors College. He also served as the co-advisor for their student literary magazine. During his time at Miami Dade, he received several honors including the Mac Smith Endowed Teaching Chair in Environmental Ethics before retiring in 2018. Michael currently resides in Black Mountain, North Carolina with his wife, Colleen. To order a copy of Michael Hettich's new book, To Start an Orchard,  please contact us at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-586-9499.

The Frozen Harbor By Michael Hettich Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9781945063121
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Red Dragonfly Press - August 1st, 2017

To Start an Orchard By Michael Hettich Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781950413133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Press 53 - September 6th, 2019

Brannen Basham Book Discussion and Signing POSTPONED

POSTPONED. Join writer and horticulturalist Brannen Basham on Saturday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. where he will partake in a book signing after a discussion of his latest book, A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature. The book takes readers through six chapters that discuss issues and questions related to the environment and humanity and can be read in any order the reader desires. 

Brannen Basham is a writer and horticulturalist living in Western North Carolina. Together with his wife Jill, he owns Spriggly's Beescaping, a small business focused on nature education and habitat restoration. He is a weekly nature writer for The Sylva Herald and also writes for Smoky Mountain Living Magazine. In addition, Brannen presents workshops regularly throughout the Western North Carolina Region and provides pollinator/wildlife-focused landscaping services including design and implementation. To reserve a copy of Brannen Basham’s latest book, A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina 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

Holly Kays to Present Her Book Trailblazers & Traditionalists

Join Waynesville author Holly Kays as she presents her newest book, Trailblazers & Traditionalists: Modern-day Smoky Mountain People, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Drop by starting at 2 p.m. to get an autographed copy and chat with the author, or wait till 3 p.m. for a book reading and exploration of some of the many fascinating stories contained in the book's pages.

Trailblazers & Traditionalists is a compilation of 33 feature stories previously published in The Smoky Mountain News, where Kays works as a journalist. Each piece highlights the life of a different mountain resident, offering an intimate look into the lives of some of the diverse and fascinating people who call this region home. From the first entry — the story of Ella Bird, one of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ two living Beloved Women — to the last — which is that of Mike Creason, who for four decades has been teaching the children of Western North Carolina to swim — this book celebrates people from all walks of life.

“I wrote these stories over a period of about five years of full-time work as a newspaper reporter, in that span easily interviewing thousands of people and writing hundreds of stories,” said Kays. “The stories that made it into this book are the stories that stuck with me. They’re the stories that resonated with me personally as well as professionally, and I hope they’ll do the same for my readers.”

 Readers will meet Payson Kennedy, co-founder of paddling powerhouse Nantahala Outdoor Center; David and Susan Belcher, beloved former leaders of Western Carolina University; Jennifer Pharr Davis, who in 2011 set the unofficial record for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail; and George Ellison, a celebrated writer and naturalist who makes his home in a remote cove adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 In reading a pre-publication version of Trailblazers & Traditionalists, Ellison — himself a prolific and award-winning author — said he was impressed by the contents.

 “This collection will become a popular item in its designated niche, by which I mean the loosely-defined but widely-read category of books with journalistic origins in newspapers and magazines,” Ellison said. “The content and style of Kays’ stories are anything but folksy; indeed, they are remindful of the sort of lengthy and in-depth stories associated with The New Yorker magazine.”

While Trailblazers & Traditionalists features some well-known names, its pages also contain many lesser-known ones that nevertheless have riveting stories attached to them.

Subjects include alpaca farmer Joe Moore, who refers to his animals as “livestock you love”; Danny Gibson, who has spent the past 10 years leading pack mules up and town the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Jim Mills, whose passion for fly fishing has led him to become a sought-after rodmaker; and Darwin Thomas, a heating and air conditioning technician with a second life cultivating greenhouses full of carnivorous plants.

Regardless of their specific interest, readers are sure to find a story — or two, or more — that appeals to them over the course of this book’s nearly 200 pages.

Holly Kays is a journalist and author who makes her home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. In 2017, she published her debut title, a novel called Shadows of Flowers. Set amid the windswept prairies of Wyoming and rounded mountains of southwest Virginia, the novel follows the story of Virginia native Dana Stullman, whose world turns upside down when her boyfriend dies in a car accident. Becoming lonelier than she could have imagined, Dana finds solace in an unexpected friendship, but her life remains paralyzed until a crisis in the Wyoming wilderness forces her to confront the past and choose her path into the future.

Trailblazers & Traditionalists: Modern-Day Smoky Mountain People By Holly Kays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781733802710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Smoky Mountain News - November 16th, 2019

Shadows of Flowers By Holly Kays Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780692991633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Smoky Mountain News - December 1st, 2017

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