Author Appearance

Mark Barr Book Signing and Reading

Mark Barr will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 26th at 3 p.m.  He will present his new novel, Watershed, the second title in the Cold Mountain Fund Book Series which is a collaboration between Hub City Press and National Book Award-winning author Charles Frazier. 

Amidst construction of a federal dam in rural Tennessee, Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, meets Claire, a small-town housewife struggling to find her footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South.

As Nathan wrestles with the burdens of a secret guilt and tangled love, Claire struggles to balance motherhood and a newfound freedom that awakens ambitions and a sexuality she hadn’t known she possessed. The arrival of electricity in the rural community, where prostitution and dog-fighting are commonplace, thrusts together modern and backcountry values. In an evocative feat of storytelling in the vein of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong and Ron Rash’s Serena, Watershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. 

Watershed By Mark Barr Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781938235597
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Hub City Press - October 8th, 2019

Brent Martin’s Essay Collection

City Lights Bookstore welcomes back local author Brent Martin on Friday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m. He will read from his new collection The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present. With his new book, Brent Martin guides the reader on a journey through history and the present to explore the concept of wilderness and change in Western North Carolina and what the future holds for the individuals and species who call those mountains home.

 

Brent Martin is the author of a non-fiction book, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend and several collections of poetry including Poems from Snow Hill Road and co-author of Every Breath Sings Mountains with authors Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe. His poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, New Southerner, Chattahoochee Review, and many other journals. He is a Western North Carolina local committed to wildlife preservation and bringing attention to the natural world all around us. 

The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present By Brent Martin Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467142649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - June 17th, 2019

Rod Picott Book Signing and Concert

Singer-songwriter Rod Picott will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. He will present his book of short stories Out Past the Wires and perform songs from his companion album.

Rod Picott is a former construction worker turned singer-songwriter. Born in New Hampshire and raised in South Berwick, Maine he has released nine albums since his debut Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues in 2000. Out Past the Wires is Rod Picott's first work of fiction. To reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Out Past the Wires By Rod Picott Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781940595672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Working Title Farm - June 1st, 2019

Thomas Rain Crowe’s Yvan Goll Collection

Thomas Rain Crowe will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 31st at 6:30 p.m.  He will present the collected poems of Yvan Goll he edited titled, The Inner Trees.  Yvan Goll is one of the most important but neglected European writers of the 20th century Because he wrote in several languages and was not claimed by any country his work is not well known here. This book includes translations spanning sixty years which have been out of print for decades. The translators include Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Bly, W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Patchen, Paul Zweig, and Nan Watkins.


Thomas Rain Crowe is an internationally-published and recognized author and translator of more than thirty books, including the multi-award winning nonfiction nature memoir Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods.

The Inner Trees: Selected Poems of Yvan Goll By Thomas Rain Crowe (Editor) Cover Image
By Thomas Rain Crowe (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781945680250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: White Pine Press (NY) - May 14th, 2019

Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods By Thomas Rain Crowe Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9780820328621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2006

Benjamin Cutler Poetry Launch

Swain county poet Benjamin Cutler will read from his debut collection on Saturday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m. Catherine Carter said of The Geese Who Might Be Gods, Ben Cutler’s first book of poems is rooted in a particular soil, or bone, of this world, the mountains and rivers of the southern Appalachians; but its branches and crowns stretch out to the hope of a post-apocalyptic tomato sandwich and back to Eden. Cutler’s imagination, like his vulture, is endlessly hungry, but it quivers, “lip-torn and breathless”, with empathy for and identification with everything it touches—bees, bats, children, god-geese whose necks write the letter S “for all their secrets.”  These are quirky, accessible poems full of the music of common language. The casual browser, in picking up this collection, need not fear being bullied or patronized—nothing too scary here, unless you count loneliness, death, the perils of love, or the end of the world. But it is in their setting that the poet’s perilous love for the world finds its context and its meaning. The Geese Who Might Be Gods will reward reading and re-reading with passage into a familiar world both rendered strange and seen anew, as on “the first day’s morning—// when everything first opened / and reached for the new light.”

 

Catherine Carter and Megan Lucas will also be on hand to read poems, prose and to introduce Benjamin. To reserve copies of The Geese Who Might Be Gods please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Kim Michele Richardson New Book Launch

City Lights Bookstore will host Kim Michele Richardson to launch her new book on Saturday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is Richardson’s fourth novel and is set in 1930’s Kentucky. The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything---everything except books that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.  Cussy isn’t just a librarian. She’s the last of her kind. Her skin is a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family for the Library Project and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachian mountains and suspicion as deep as the holler.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492691631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Liar's Bench By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617737336
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Kensington - April 28th, 2015

Ann Melton

Ann Melton will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 20th at 3 p.m.  She will present her book While Walking with God.  The events of this book illustrate God’s unlimited and amazing power; he is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. He promises that he will cause all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. That means he will take our failures and mistakes and turn them into something worthwhile.

May these true accounts of many who walk daily with God encourage a closer relationship with and more dependence on our Lord and Savior. May they also be a reminder of God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy, and grace.

While Walking with God By Ann Davis Melton Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781973637189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: WestBow Press - September 10th, 2018

Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers

Joe Landwehr will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. He will present his two volumes of Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers. Part One (A Contemporary Reformulation of Pythagorean Number Theory) is a meandering exploration of the extant teachings of Pythagoras about number.   Part Two (The Construction of the Birthchart by Number) is an explanation of how this Pythagorean sense of number is reflected astrologically, both in moments of historical significance and in the birthcharts and lives of individuals who have changed the course of history.

Joe Landwehr is an astrologer of 45+ years experience, seeking an eclectic integration of astrology, spiritual psychology, and ancient wisdom teachings. Author of several books and Director of The Astropoetic School of Soul-Discovery, brings a wide-ranging spiritual background to his work. He lives in Whittier, NC.

Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers Part One By Joe Landwehr Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780974762623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ancient Tower Press - January 18th, 2019

Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers, Part Two By Joe Landwehr Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780974762630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ancient Tower Press - June 15th, 2018

Horace Kephart Biography w/ George Ellison

George Ellison will visit City Lights Bookstore on Sunday, May 5th at 1 p.m.  He will present the biography he and Janet McCue collaborated on, Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography.  Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain, said of the biography, “This meticulously researched and carefully considered book is a great contribution to the history and culture of the Southern Appalachians.”

Back of Beyond a Horace Kephart Biography By George Ellison, Janet McCue, Frances Figart (Editor) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780937207949
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Great Smoky Mountains Association - July 9th, 2019

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