Author Appearance

Memoirs of a Casino Dealer

Robert Wagner will visit City Lights Bookstore to present his memoir on Saturday, June 9th at 3 p.m. In The Cardslinger, Robert offers vignettes about the hilarity, naughtiness, depravity, and revenge that ensue at an average casino.

 

Robert has worked at casinos from Las Vegas to Florida. He’s worked games with more than a million and a half dollars riding on them and in writing The Cardslinger, Robert’s goal is to do what he does best, which is make people laugh. To reserve copies of The Cardslinger please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781976329722
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 28th, 2017

Emily B. Martin Reading and Book Signing

Emily B. Martin will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. to present the latest installment in her Creatures of Light series. The third and final book, Creatures of Light, is a novel filled with adventure, betrayal, and a queen's lifelong struggle to love and trust herself.  

Park ranger by summer, stay-at-home mom the rest of the year, Emily B. Martin is also a freelance artist and illustrator. An avid hiker and explorer, her experiences as a ranger helped inform the character of Mae and the world of Woodwalker. When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780062688972
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Published: Harper Voyager - March 6th, 2018

Ashes to Fire: Creatures of Light, Book 2 Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062473738
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Published: Harper Voyager Impulse - March 21st, 2017

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780062473714
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Published: Harper Voyager Impulse - June 14th, 2016

Joshua Wilkey’s Appalachian Essays

Joshua Wilkey will present his essay collection on Friday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Writing Appalachia: One Year of Essays started as a way to get into the daily discipline of writing turned into a blog with much wider appeal than Wilkey ever imagined. The essays in this book, many of which first appeared on his blog, This Appalachia Life, reveal the complexities of Appalachia. Wilkey argues that any story about Appalachia that doesn't have the potential to break a reader's heart might be glossed over in some way. In the pages of this book, Wilkey strips away the veneer of oversimplification, victim-blaming, and historical amnesia to reveal the region's people and circumstances in historical and cultural context. The essays are simultaneously personal and scholarly, framing Wilkey's lived experiences growing up in poverty through the lens of his training as an historian and scholar. To reserve copies of Writing Appalachia please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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$10.00
ISBN: 9781986904322
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 16th, 2018

Jane Williams to Present Her Book on Transforming Grief

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Jane Williams will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 10th at 3 p.m. She will present her book, Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief. The book contains ten stories based on real-life experiences of loss. These diverse stories all culminate in the grievers, despite their suffering, experiencing moments of transformative thinking, allowing them to reframe their grief. Dr. Williams has worked with individuals who have suffered trauma, life-threatening illnesses and grief for over 25 years. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and Harvard Medical School. To reserve copies of Mysterious Moments please call City Lights bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781618460295
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Library Partners Press - March 27th, 2017

Reception for Anna Fariello’s New Book

Anna FarielloThere will be a reception to celebrate the release of Anna Fariello’s new book on Friday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m. Cherokee is a pictorial history of the town of Cherokee and examines how it became the modern, bustling town it is today. Anna Fariello is the author of three books on Cherokee arts and crafts and has published numerous chapters and articles over her career.

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$21.99
ISBN: 9781467116534
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - March 5th, 2018

Southern Harvest Cookbook

Cathy ClearyCathy Cleary of Asheville will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. She will present her book, The Southern Harvest Cookbook. The book is designed for food from the garden or farmer’s market and offers recipes for all four seasons. Beautiful photography by Katherine Brooks accompanies the scores of wonderful southern recipes. In addition to growing and cooking food, Cathy is also an advocate. Fifty percent of the author’s proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations working on issues of food justice, sustainable agriculture, food security and edible education initiatives.

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By Cathy Cleary, Katherine Brooks (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781467139113
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Published: History Press - January 8th, 2018

Wildflower Walks & Hikes: North Carolina Mountains

Trail expert, Jim Parham, will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m.  He will present his new book, Wildflower Walks & Hikes: North Carolina Mountains. Jim’s new guide lists 59 hikes recommended for viewing western North Carolina’s diverse wildflowers. Meant to be on the trail, the book also features over 300 photographs to help identify flowers.

Jim Parham is the author of more than a dozen trail guides covering the Southern Appalachians. A recognized regional trail expert, he draws the distinctive maps for his own guidebooks and for books by other Milestone Press authors. Parham lives at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To reserve copies of any of Jim’s guides please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Michael Amos Cody to Present His Debut Novel

Michael Amos Cody will present his debut novel on Saturday, April 7th at 3 p.m. A living portrait of the artist as a wayward musician, Gabriel’s Songbook is the story of a musician whose talent carries him from the hills of Appalachia to the grime and glamour of Nashville and back home again. Gritty and lyrical, rock ’n’ roll and old-time country, the book transports the reader deep into that age-old dream of making the big time, and shows us the beauty and pathos that lurks underneath.

 

Michael Amos Cody is a professor in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. After working as a songwriter in Nashville, he earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in The Tampa Review, Yemassee, and other publications, and his albums include Homecoming and Wonderful Life. T

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781942016366
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Published: Pisgah Press LLC - September 2017

Diane Cantor to Present Her Novel

Diane Cantor will present her novel on Saturday, April 14th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Set in the early 1970s, When Nighttime Shadows Fall follows Laura Bauer as she decides to leave college and head 50 miles north of her comfortable Atlanta home to manage a federally funded project aiding pregnant teenagers from the back roads of Appalachia. Almost as young as her clients, Laura is immediately confronted with—and almost overwhelmed by—a variety of young women in desperate circumstances, having no other source of prenatal care. Cantor portrays the world of these girls with compassion, hardscrabble humor, and reverence for their families’ capacities to prevail despite hardships.


Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Diane Cantor has written plays that have been performed in Georgia and a weekly serial for the Savannah Morning-News for several years. Her historical novel, The Poisoned Table, was nominated for the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards First Novel category and is a current selection for the American Association of University Women’s National Adelante book clubs.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781611178326
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 30th, 2017

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780881465464
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 2015

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