Author Appearance

Carina Heckert Presents Her New Book

Cari Heckert

Carina Heckert will present her new book on Thursday, May 31st at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The HIV epidemic in Bolivia has received little attention on a global scale in light of the country’s low HIV prevalence rate. However, by profiling the largest city in this landlocked Latin American country, Carina Heckert shows how global health-funded HIV care programs at times clash with local realities, which can have catastrophic effects for people living with HIV who must rely on global health resources to survive. These ethnographic insights, as a result, can be applied to AIDS programs across the globe.


In Fault Lines of Care, Heckert provides a detailed examination of the effects of global health and governmental policy decisions on the everyday lives of people living with HIV in Santa Cruz. She focuses on the gendered dynamics that play a role in the development and implementation of HIV care programs and shows how decisions made from above impact what happens on the



Carina Heckert grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Smoky Mountain High School in 2002 before beginning her travels and studies. She is now an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

To reserve copies of Fault Lines of Care please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780813586908
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Rutgers University Press - June 1st, 2018

A.J. Stewart’s Debut Novel


Glenville author, A.J. Stewart, will present her novel on Friday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m.  Her debut, Hey, Brother is set four years after the United States was essentially wiped off the map. Jane Campbell and her siblings, Will and Duke, are living life on their own terms. But an unfortunate accident forces them to return to the one place they had hoped they would never see again: home. When they arrive, they find the idyllic mountain town they left behind has been taken over by a totalitarian regime, led by a National Guard unit gone rogue. When the Guar begins reducing rations and refusing life-saving medications, the Campbells take matters into their own hands. 

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ISBN: 9781684016815
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Mascot Books - June 5th, 2018

NOC Stories Panel

On Saturday, June 2nd at 3 p.m. a panel of contributors for the new book, NOC Stories will visit City Lights Bookstore.  NOC Stories describes the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s first 25 years, a time of explosive growth in whitewater sports and instruction.  Compiled by Payson Kennedy and edited by Greg Hlavaty, NOC Stories presents a history of the Nantahala Outdoor Center as seen through the eyes of early leaders and some of its dedicated staff. This history spans the years 1972-1997 and approaches the story of the NOC’s inception and growth in conjunction with the explosive growth of paddlesports and paddle instruction; in a very real sense, the great strides in paddle instruction and the growth of whitewater sports parallel the growth of the NOC. The contributors who will be in attendance are Payson Kennedy, John Burton, Bunny Johns, Villa Brewer, Tom Gonzalez, Florrie Funk, Maggie Parkes, and Cathy Kennedy.

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By Payson Kennedy (Compiled by), Greg Hlavaty (Editor)
ISBN: 9781634041416
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Published: Menasha Ridge Press - May 15th, 2018

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

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ISBN: 9780062473738
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Published: Harper Voyager Impulse - March 21st, 2017

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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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ISBN: 9781986904322
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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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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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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)
ISBN: 9781467139113
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Published: History Press - January 8th, 2018


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