Marci Spencer will return to City Lights Bookstore to present her new book on Saturday, October 28th at 3 p.m. Created in 1920, the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest dominates the rugged southwestern corner of North Carolina. Rivers such as the Cheoah, Cullasaja, Chattooga, Nantahala and Tuckasegee carve deep gorges, making the region one of the wettest in the nation. The Whitewater River tumbles over the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Power companies dammed local rivers, creating some of North Carolina's most scenic recreational mountain lakes. The high peaks, secluded coves and forested woodlands of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Panthertown Valley and Buck Creek Serpentine Pine Barrens and other areas hold cultural and natural history secrets. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer reveals the history and splendor of the Nantahala National Forest.
Legendary singer/songwriter Radney Foster will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. for a concert and book signing. Known for penning dozens of Top Forty, Top Twenty, Top Ten hits for both himself and Nashville's elite, he felt driven to tell stories longer than the three minutes allowed for radio. His short story collection, For You to See the Stars, is a testament to his talent, showing the diversity of his voice, bringing lyrical prose to the page, and presenting Radney Foster to a whole new audience. The CD of the same title includes the ten songs that inspired these stories. The event is free and open to the public though seating will be limited. If you would like to reserve a seat please place a prepaid order for the book. One book purchase reserves one seat. For more information or to reserve copies of For You to See the Stars please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Gregg Clark will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book, Ghost Country. Clark is an 8th Grade English and History teacher at Macon Middle School in Franklin, North Carolina. He and his wife, Pauletta, also a Macon County teacher, own and operate Where Shadows Walk, Historic Ghost Tours of Western North Carolina. Clark, whose ancestors date back to the founding of the region, pairs his passion for history, legends and ghosts with his love of the great American short story. Clark’s book, Ghost Country features 31 ghost stories from all across Western North Carolina. In Ghost Country readers will hear, for the 1st time, the true and dark haunting tale of the final surrender of the American Civil War on Franklin’s Main Street. They’ll hear the never-before told tales of Granny Beck, the Witch of Caney Fork. They’ll learn of strange beasts, demons, legends, killers and the ghosts that haunt the past and the present in the mystic, misty southern Appalachian Mountains.
James Costa will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new book, Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. In it, Costa goes beyond the portrait of Charles Darwin as a brilliant thinker to concentrate on him as a nimble experimenter delving into some of evolution's great mysteries. James T. Costa is a professor of biology at Western Carolina University, executive director of Highlands Biological Station, and a trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust. The author of Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species; The Annotated Origin; and The Other Insect Societies, he lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Macon County author, Matthew Baker will return to City Lights Bookstore to present his new book on Friday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. He will present My Mountain Heroes: Stories of Inspiration & Courage From Macon County’s Greatest Generation. In this first volume, Matthew tells the stories of some of the mountain people he has come to admire over the course of his life. To reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Sharyn McCrumb will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 16th at 7 p.m. She will present her new novel, The Unquiet Grave.This finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia is based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today.
Doug Woodward will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. to present his new book. You Took Your Kids Where? poses the question must adventure disappear from your life as children enter? The answer: Not at all! It can be the best learning experience your family will ever encounter. Doug Woodward and his wife Trish have spent decades living at ease in nature and traveling the world - with children and on a budget. Your family can, too, with Woodward's stories and planning guides. Bringing with him expertise from another lifetime - working with teens to build boats in his basement workshop and planning odysseys to rivers of the West in an old school bus - Doug easily adapted these skills and his engineering background to family life on the mountain, as well as the adventures to which he and Trish would introduce their children.
Mark Powell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new novel, Small Treasons. With writing that is both devastating and tender, Mark Powell brings his acclaimed eye to an American marriage on the verge of rupture, spinning an all-too-current tale of the world we live in and the world we fear--and how we may not be able to tell the two apart. Ron Rash said of Small Treasons, “A beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel.”
Powell is the author of four previous novels. In 2009 he won the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State.
Kimberly Childs will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 7th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Remember Me as Loving You. In this colorful memoir, Kimberly Childs quests for the love and home her glamorous, alcoholic mother is unable to provide. Jeanne Gibson is a mountain woman with unusual charisma--a real-life Holly Golightly--who marries Broadway's meanest producer, David Merrick, and proceeds to self-destruct. Bounced from place to place, Childs grows up in Lady Eden's English boarding school, London's prestigious Savoy Hotel, a Kentucky farm with an outhouse, a Manhattan private girls' school, and amidst Broadway's theaters.
Seeking connection on the streets and in the communes of 1960s San Francisco, Childs discovers serenity through meditation and the Dances of Universal Peace. Aspiring for transformation, she finds home in an Indian Guru's ashram--then realizes she must trust her own instincts and courageously walks away. A touching story of compassion and forgiveness, Remember Me As Loving You is a compelling read that will be an inspiration to anyone who has found themselves betrayed by the people they love.
Bob Plott will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, August 19th at 3 p.m. to present his new book. Plott Hound Tales reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound. Bob Plott is the great-grandson of George Plott who first brought Plott bear hounds to America. He is also the author of Strike and Stay: The Story of the Plott Hound, A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains, Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands, and Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains. He and his family continue to raise the family Plott hounds at their Plott Ridge Kennels near Eufola, North Carolina.
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