Author Appearance

Lawrence Thackston’s New Mystery Novel

Award-winning author, Lawrence Thackston returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new mystery-thriller set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Carolina Cruel. Thackston, author of Tidal Pools, and The Devil’s Courthouse, once again, brings his unique brand of page-turning suspense to the world of crime fiction.

Carolina Cruel is a Southern tale of race, politics, crime and corruption in which two reporters will make startling connections between an executed mass murderer, the fallout from the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre and the hanging of one of the state’s most prominent citizens. And in their search for answers, they will discover a cruelty so devastating; it will change countless lives forever.

Carolina Cruel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998575506
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Rivers Turn Press - June 16th, 2017

Tidal Pools Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990009115
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Holladay House Publishing - November 29th, 2013

The Devil's Courthouse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781448947836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Publish America - March 2010

Rosalind Bunn Storytime

Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters Three, Sophie May and the Shoe Untying Fairy, and The Butter Bean Lady. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Donna Glee Williams to Present Her Second Novel

Donna Glee Williams will present her second novel, Dreamers, on Friday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Driven by duty towards a dreamless death… By the time she's sixteen, the town's Dreamer has long ago given up her own life. She only dreams for others now, every morning delivering up to them the divine guidance that comes to her in the night. In exchange, they treat the Dreamer like their queen. All her bodily needs are provided, but love and relationships are forbidden to her. Now something unexpected is happening. Something entirely new. A foreign man has come to the village, wearing a scarlet vest and a gold finger-ring that is far, far too good for a mere Water-Bearer. His strange amber eyes have found the Dreamer’s and she longs to be free. But maybe freedom isn't the only cost of being the Dreamer: When her dreams begin to question the authority of the self-serving Chief Interpreter, will she survive his fury? To reserve copies of Dreamers please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Urban Fantasy Appreciation Reading with Lauren Devora & Randi Janelle

Join local urban fantasy authors at City Lights Bookstore for a reading and general lovefest for the fantastical--in our stories and in our lives on Saturday, July 15th at 3 p.m. They'll invite you to partake in a quiz "Are you Living an Urban Fantasy Novel?" Randi and Lauren find their lives are similar to one--you may be surprised by how much of your life is urban fantasy as well!


Lauren Devora has been writing ever since she knew how to use a pencil. Children of Lilith was first imagined during a particularly rough session of math homework when Lauren was 15. That night the story gained 25 pages and a cast of characters. Her math homework was never finished. Now after 10 years, she is beyond giddy to witness her book go off into the world.


Randi Janelle is an author, photographer, performance poet, yoga instructor, cat whisperer... She calls Asheville home, but has lived and toured in Australia and New Zealand, and understands the phrases "fair dinkum" and "keen as." She's writing a novel series; the first is The Story: Deviation (available to revel in!), and the second book, The Story: Possession is making its way into this world. She's joined the circus, well, the Literary Circus--a troupe of fellow authors to showcase and encourage literary acts of wonder. And to top it off, she's sharing channeled material for personal and global evolution, assisting in a new era called the Age of Omniscience with her business Create the Leap.

To reserve copies of their books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness

 Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new synthesis of shamanic healing and psychotherapy. Sharing the ageless wisdom of their collective shamanic experiences and personal journeywork, the authors show how soul whispering allows you to break free from your patterns of dysfunction, rekindle a profound soul connection, and shift your story from one of wounding and suffering to one of initiation and vibrancy.

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ISBN: 9781591432258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bear & Company - May 23rd, 2017

Dan Pierce’s History of the Hazel Creek Community

UNCA history professor, Dan Pierce will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his new book, Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community. It’s amazing to read about all the things that happened on Hazel Creek. A famous writer mysteriously arrived and settled into a remote log cabin. A mine opened and showed great promise until things turned very sour. One of the biggest lumber companies in the country set up shop and brought opportunity and prosperity for all. TVA decided to build a very large dam to help America win World War II and a once bustling town found itself inconveniently within the boundaries of our nation’s most popular national park. Author Dan Pierce masterfully tells the story of this infinitely complex, supremely controversial, and absolutely fascinating mountain community. To reserve copies of Hazel Creek please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Garret Woodward’s Book of Bluegrass Interviews

Smoky Mountain News arts and entertainment editor, Garret Woodward will visit City Lights Bookstore on Thursday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m.  He will present his book, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage which features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music, including: Balsam Range, Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Peter Rowan, Raymond Fairchild, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more.


In 2015, Woodward won first place in the North Carolina Press Association awards for “Arts & Entertainment Reporting” for his cover story “Bless Your Heart — The State of Women in 
Bluegrass.” In 2016, he was nominated for “Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The NCPA also recognized him with another first place in 2016 for “Lighter Columns” for his weekly column in the Smoky Mountain News, “This Must Be the Place.” 

If You Can't Play, Get Off the Stage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692877654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Smoky Mountain Living Press - April 22nd, 2017

Michael Havelin to Read from His Mystery Novels

Noted Asheville author Michael Havelin will be reading from his mystery novels and short stories and answering any and all questions about his writing on June 17,  at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.

Michael has written eight novels and is hard at work on another in his Ben Bones series. Over the course of his creative life, Mr. Havelin has had a varied career. He’s been a solo blues performer and rhythm guitarist in a revival big band. He’s been a photographer of motorcycle road racing, has authored how-to photography manuals and articles, and has been the publisher/editor of two national magazines. Michael has taught computers to the U.S. Army and nature photography and writing at the college level. He’s even practiced law for several years. A northerner by birth, he lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also does woodworking, works as a sign language interpreter and runs, a critique group for mystery/thriller authors.

Come and share this insightful writer’s life as he discusses his life and work. For question or to reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Joint Reading: Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard & David Dalton


City Lights Bookstore will host three authors for a joint reading on Saturday, July 22nd at 3 p.m. Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard and David Dalton will all be on hand to share and talk about their respective work. Charles is the author of Sinners of Sanction County, Lambs of Men and A Shelter of Others. He teaches in the English Department of Pellissippi State Community College.  Gavin Dillard is a poet and songwriter. He is the author of seven books of homoerotic poetry, two anthologies of poetry and several popular songs. His newest book, a June release, is called Graybeard Abbey.  David Dalton is the author of Fugue in Ursa Major and Oratorio in Ursa Major, the first two books of what will be an apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy. To reserve copies of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

North Carolina Moonshine: An Illicit History

Frank Stephenson Jr. and Barbara Mulder will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 22nd at 3 p.m. They will present their new book, North Carolina Moonshine: An Illicit History. North Carolina holds a special place in the history of moonshine. For more than three centuries, the illicit home-brew was a way of life. NASCAR emerged from the illegal moonshine trade as drivers such as Junior Johnson, accustomed to running from the law, moved to the racetrack. A host of colorful characters populated the state’s bootlegging arena, like Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, known as the Paul Bunyan of moonshine, and Alvin Sawyer considered the moonshine king of the Great Dismal Swamp. Some law enforcement played a constant cat-and-mouse game to shut down illegal stills, while some just looked the other way.

Barbara Nichols Mulder and Frank Stephenson Jr. are longtime employees of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Both grew up in rural Hertford County, North Carolina when moonshine was big business and moonshine stills could be found anywhere. While growing up, they heard numerous moonshine stories and knew people who were involved in moonshine one way or another. Their personal experience of and deep appreciation for the rural southern life experience was the catalyst for their writing this book.

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ISBN: 9781467118323
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: History Press - January 9th, 2017


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