Author Appearance

Robert Lee Kendrick Poetry Reading

Robert Lee Kendrick will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 12th at 3 p.m. He will read from his new collection of poetry, What Once Burst with Brilliance.  His poems have been featured in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, Kestrel, The Cape Rock, The James Dickey Review, The San Pedro River Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Main Street Rag. His first chapbook, Winterskin, was published by Main Street Rag in 2016.

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ISBN: 9781604542479
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Iris Press - March 26th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781599485744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - June 10th, 2016

Billy Ogletree Reading and Book Signing

Billy Ogletree will present his new book on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. His book, Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ’s Likeness explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily commitment to others, a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers to Christ’s likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many. It describes the primacy of Christ as the central tenet of Christianity and offers seven "Jesus" life themes for every Christian. These themes, based on a qualitative study of the canonical gospels, assist readers with the development of a framework for a Christlike life.  


Billy T. Ogletree is the Brewer Smith Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. A speech-language pathologist and university educator interested in the communicative success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Dr. Ogletree is a well-cited author of over seventy professional articles, chapters, and books. He is also a long-time Christian who writes for d365, an online devotional series. Dr. Ogletree's devotions emphasize the challenging yet cathartic possibilities associated with following Jesus.

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ISBN: 9781532646065
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - March 14th, 2018

Kim Michele Richardson Book Launch In Conversation with Sara Gruen

Kim Michele Richardson

Drinks, Desserts, and Prizes! Before the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd come by City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. for the book launch of Kim Michele Richardson’s new novel The Sisters of Glass Ferry. The book has earned an OKRA PICK award and has been described as a haunting portrait of life in the backwoods of moonshine country in the mid 20th century. The bestselling author of Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen, will join Kim Michele to celebrate the release of The Sisters of Glass Ferry and to talk about books and writing. Gruen had this to say about The Sisters of Glass Ferry, “An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. You simply have to read it."  There will be plenty of Sisters of Glass Ferry-themed snacks and goodies available as well.

Kim Michele Richardson is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.  She is also the author of the novels GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and Liar's Bench. Kim Michele resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Additionally, Kim Michele is a book critic for The New York Journal Of Books, and a contributor to HuffPost. She lives in Kentucky and resides part-time in her beloved, adopted small town in Western North Carolina.

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ISBN: 9781496709554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington - November 28th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781617737350
Availability: Out of Stock Indefinitely: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Kensington - April 26th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781617737336
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington - April 28th, 2015

Norma Watkins In Conversation with Jean Forrister

Norma Watkins will be returning to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m. (rescheduled from 12/8) to present That Woman From Mississippi, the sequel to her first memoir. She will have a conversation about the book with Jean Forrister. The first book, The Last Resort, describes coming of age in the civil rights movement, with the book ending when she leaves Mississippi. The sequel explores the consequences of exile. The nurturing mother is our model, and society does not easily forgive a woman who leaves her children. Humorous and discerning, the book shows how excruciating it is for women to do what men take for granted: find a harmony in love, work and parenting. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781936946952
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: The Nautilus Publishing Company - November 30th, 0002

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ISBN: 9781604739770
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 9th, 2011

Sara T. Baker’s Debut Novel

Sara T. Baker will present her debut novel on Friday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Timekeeper’s Son is a literary coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era and the fraying social net of the New South follows the burgeoning impact of one teenager’s careless act on his family and community.

Sara Baker’s fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Cleaver, Confrontation, H.O.W. Journal, The China Grove Journal, The New Quarterly, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish contests. Her poetry has been published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, published by Negative Capability Press, The 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, The Apalachee Review, The Healing Muse, Ars Medica, and elsewhere. Her work has been shortlisted for the Eludia award, she has been a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award, and the Hemingway Days First Novel Contest, among other awards.

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ISBN: 9781944193560
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Sara T. Baker - September 20th, 2016

Robin Whitley to Present Her Debut Novel

Robin Whitley will present her debut novel on Saturday, November 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Finding Home, the characters search for meaning in life and a place where all belong. A story that is a reminiscent mixture of Fried Green Tomatoes and At Home in Mitford, this novel portrays a loving sense of community and home. The rural North Carolina town of Pleasant Quarry becomes a place where all belong. Robin is also the author of the memoir, In a Southern Closet and her collection of poetry titled, More Than Knowing. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781542383837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 20th, 2017

Denise Kiernan to Present The Last Castle

We have signed copies available! (as of 12/22/17)

New York Times Bestselling Author Denise Kiernan returned to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16, 2017 to present her new book, The Last Castle which chronicles the Vanderbilt family and the history of the Biltmore Estate. Kiernan is also the author of the bestselling The Girls of Atomic City and has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.

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ISBN: 9781476794044
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Atria Books - September 26th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781451617535
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Atria Books - March 11th, 2014

John Lane’s New Collection of Poems

John Lane returns to City Lights Bookstore with his new collection of poetry, Anthropocene Blues, on Friday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past. Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel,/bow thrusters, and tax shelters…” And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems--full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage--as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize. But all is not collapsed out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

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ISBN: 9780881466256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 2017

Coyote Settles the South (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820349282
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

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By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611174694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 2015

Michael Beadle Poetry Reading

Poet and former Haywood County journalist and teacher Michael Beadle will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Primer, at City Lights Bookstore in on Saturday, November 11th, at 3 p.m. The book features poems about childhood and family, discovery and disappointment, triumph and heartbreak. Primer was a national finalist in the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, sponsored by Main Street Rag. Bowers, a former NC Poet Laureate who served as the judge for

the contest, writes, “With courage and a kid’s heart, Michael Beadle brings to life the rites of passage of a small-town boy inching toward the threshold of adulthood.” Beadle is the author or co-author of four books on Haywood County history, including the local history Arcadia series books Waynesville, Haywood County and  Canton. A former reporter with The Mountaineer and Smoky Mountain News, Beadle  was active in the Haywood County arts community for nearly two decades, performing poetry at downtown Waynesville festivals, acting on stage at Haywood

Arts Regional Theatre, emceeing events at Folkmoot festivals and teaching creative writing courses through Haywood Community College.


As a writer-in-residence based in Raleigh, he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops throughout the state and serves as the director of the NC Poetry Society’s student contests and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series. To reserve copies of Primer please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Storytime with Deanna Klingel

Deanna Klingel will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, December 16th at 11 a.m. for a special children’s storytime. She will read from her new book, Spirit The Tiny White Reindeer. In the book, readers will discover that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places, especially when Christmas spirit is guiding you. Personifying true Christmas spirit, the tiny reindeer will warm your heart and become a wonderful addition to each family’s holiday traditions. Suitable for children of all ages, this book will help to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. 

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By Deanna Klingel, Steve Daniels (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781946329387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC - August 4th, 2017


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