Author Appearance

Amy Willoughby Burle’s Debut Novel

Amy Willoughby Burle will present her debut novel on Friday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Lemonade Year, Nina's father has died, her marriage is over, and her job is in jeopardy. Her teenage daughter is slipping away from her, and her mother may or may not have fallen off the wagon. When the entire family gathers for the funeral, it is the first time in years that they are forced to deal with their issues.


Amy Willoughby-Burle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out across the Nowhere and a contributor to the anthology Of Mist and Magic.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781629724119
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Published: Shadow Mountain - April 3rd, 2018

Celebrating Johnathan Williams

Jeffery Beam will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 28th at 3 p.m to present his new book Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards. The Jargon Society publisher, Jonathan Williams, was a whirlwind of creativity—a poet of considerable stature, book designer, editor, photographer, letter writer, critic, proselytizer of visionary folk art, curmudgeon, gardener, resolute walker, and always an adroit raconteur and gourmand. This book of essays, images, and shouts aims to bring new eyes and contexts to Williams’ influence and talent as poet and publisher.

Jeffery Beam is author of over 20 works of poetry and prose. He is poetry editor emeritus of Oyster Boy Review, a retired UNC-Chapel Hill botanical librarian. He is author of What I Found There: An Informal History of the Jargon Society, and the Rain Taxi interview Tales of a Jargonaut. He resides in Hillsborough, NC.

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By Jeffery Beam (Editor), Richard Owens (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781632260871
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Published: Prospecta Press - September 26th, 2017

Alida Woods Poetry Reading

Asheville poet, Alida Woods will read from her collection on Friday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “Disturbing Borders is filled with wonder(s). This is a collection of unique homecomings in which “borders” take on the many expectations both made manifest and broken, and promises reknit into stronger fabrics. The reader follows happily through literal and figurative landscapes of shadowy tints that only Alida Woods could create,” said Katherine Soniat, author of Bright Stranger.

A native of New England, Alida Woods lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has spent her life among school children as a teacher, school principal, and mentor. Her poems have appeared in The Avocet, The Great Smokies Review, The Westward Quarterly, Front Porch, and The Amsterdam Quarterly.

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ISBN: 9781635344059
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Published: Finishing Line Press - January 19th, 2018

Andrew Lawler’s Book on The Lost Colony

Andrew Lawler will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of Mayflower, said  "A fascinating account of one of our country's great historical mysteries. Fast-paced and wonderfully written, with plenty of surprising turns along the way, The Secret Token is a delight."


Andrew Lawler is the author of the highly acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?. He is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate.

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ISBN: 9780385542012
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Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

David Joy Book Launch

City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library will co-host the launch of David Joy’s third novel on Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp when all that you have is gone?

David Joy is the author of The Weight of This World and Where All Light Tends to Go, an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.

Preorder your autographed copy of The Line That Held Us today.  Use the notes field at checkout to tell us if you'd like a personalized inscription.

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ISBN: 9780399574221
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780399574245
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 5th, 2018

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Where All Light Tends to Go Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425279793
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 2nd, 2016

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By David Joy, Michael Polomik (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780914875604
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Published: Bright Mountain Books - August 1st, 2011

Donna Everhart Reading and Book Signing

Donna Everhart will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m. to present her new novel The Road to Bittersweet. Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, a young woman reckons not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom as jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could--divide the family for good.


USA Today bestselling author Donna Everhart grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She lives in Dunn, North Carolina, with her husband, and a tiny, heart-stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister.

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ISBN: 9781496709493
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Published: Kensington - December 26th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781496705518
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Published: Kensington - October 25th, 2016

A Discussion on Foster Care in Appalachia

 

Deborah Gold and Wendy Welch will be visiting City Lights on Saturday, August 25th at 3 p.m. to present an event on foster care and the lives of children affected by the opioid epidemic in Appalachia.

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ISBN: 9780821422977
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Published: Ohio University Press - February 26th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780821423028
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Published: Ohio University Press - January 8th, 2018

Paige L. Christie’s Second Book

Paige L. Christie will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. She will present the second book in The Legacies of Arnan series, Wing Wind. Janny Wurts, author of the Wars of Light and Shadow series said, “Two fast friends, welded by choice and fate to an incompatible dynamic -- and a love that will try the depth and scope of their human destinies as never before. A powerful second book for a brand new series.”
 

The first book in The Legacies of Arnan series, Draigon Weather, is now available in paperback. In addition to being a writer, Paige is also the Executive Director of the Community Table in Sylva, NC. 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781943419678
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Published: Prospective Press - April 17th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781943419999
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Published: Prospective Press - October 3rd, 2017

A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability

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Clemson University professor, Todd May will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 8th at 3 p.m. He will present his book, A Fragile Life: Accepting our Vulnerability. In his book, May starts with a simple but hard truth: suffering is inevitable. At the most basic level, we suffer physically--a sprained ankle or a bad back. But we also suffer insults and indifference. We suffer from overburdened schedules and unforeseen circumstances, from moral dilemmas and emotional heartaches. Even just thinking about our own mortality--the fact that we only live one life--can lead us to tremendous suffering. No wonder philosophies such as Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, and even Epicureanism--all of which counsel us to rise above these plights--have had appeal over the centuries. May highlights the tremendous value of these philosophies and the ways they can guide us toward better lives, but he also exposes a major drawback to their tenets: such invulnerability is too emotionally disengaged from the world, leading us to place too great a distance between ourselves and our experience. Rather than seeking absolute immunity, he argues most of us just want to hurt less and learn how to embrace and accept what suffering we do endure in a meaningful way.

Offering a guide on how to positively engage suffering, May ultimately lays out a new way of thinking about how we exist in the world, one that reassures us that our suffering, rather than a failure of physical or psychological resilience, is a powerful and essential part of life itself.

Todd May is the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of philosophy at Clemson University.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780226439952
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 1st, 2017

J. G. Hetherton’s Debut Thriller

J.G. Hetherton J.G. Hetherton will present his debut thriller on Saturday, July 14th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Set in Hillsborough, NC, “Last Girl Gone is one of the most sure-footed, accomplished debut thrillers I've read in ages. Readers are going to fall hard for J. G. Hetherton. He's a terrific talent and makes the rest of us look bad. It would be a shame if something were to happen to him…,"  said New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain.

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ISBN: 9781683316176
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - June 12th, 2018

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