Author Appearance

Revival of the Hippie Counterculture

Forrest Rivers will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 15th at 3 p.m. for his presentation on Revival of the Hippie Counterculture. Forrest Rivers is a local speaker and author. His book, The Hippie Revival and Collected Writings, is an inspiring collection of writings(long essays, short reflections, poetry, haiku and guest writings) that reflect the essence of the Hippie Spirit: peace, unity and love. When he is not writing and speaking, Forrest can be found hiking in the woods with his faithful dog Abbie, dancing to reggae music, playing percussion and teaching government courses at his day job as a community college professor. To reserve copies of The Hippie Revival and Collected Writings please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Sue Wasserman Book Signing

Asheville photographer and writer, Sue Wasserman will visit City Lights Bookstore to sign copies of her new book, A Moment’s Notice, on Saturday, April 8th at 3 p.m. Comprised of pieces about gratitude, patience, presence, and other meditations inspired by mountain nature, A Moment’s Notice is at once a field guide to the region and a meditation on what it means to exist in the world. Sue casts her well-trained eye on Southern Appalachian wildlife and translates what she sees and experiences in nature into thoughtful reflections. Included are the common names of the flora and fauna depicted.

A freelance writer, Sue’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Southern Living, American Style, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Asheville Citizen-Times.

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ISBN: 9781684193684
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: - November 2016

Danny Johnson to Present His Debut Novel

Danny Johnson will read from and sign his debut novel, The Last Road Home, on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Ron Rash, author of Serena said of the book, In this intense and well-written debut novel, Danny Johnson probes deep into the cauldron of racial relations in the 1960’s South. The Last Road Home introduces an exciting new voice in Southern Literature.”

Danny Johnson's writing follows the tradition of Southern authors whose characters most often represent the disenfranchised in society, examining their struggles to overcome in a world that does not acknowledge them to be of value nor recognize their humanity. His work has appeared in Remembrances of Wars Past Anthology, South Writ Large, Sheepshead Review and Fox Chase Review.

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ISBN: 9781496702494
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Kensington - July 26th, 2016

Joint Poetry Reading

On Saturday, September 17th at 3 p.m., Linda Parsons and Sue Weaver Dunlap will visit City Lights Bookstore for a joint poetry reading. Linda will read from her fourth collection, This Shaky Earth. Parsons's poems are leavened with a hunger to understand the growing pains of childhood, to face the turning seasons with grace, to know that all will be well as we navigate this sometimes shaky earth. She is a poet, playwright and an editor at The University of Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, Asheville Poetry Review and others.


Sue will read from her collection, Knead. Georgann Eubanks, author of the Literary Trails of North Carolina series, said of Knead, “Sue Weaver Dunlap has laid the table full. These warm and aromatic poems combine to create an Appalachian family memoir.” She lives in the deep Southern Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee.


To reserve copies of these poetry collections please call City Lights bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Nancy McIntyre to Present Her Novel

Nancy McIntyre will read from and sign her novel on Friday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Rush of River Over Rock is the story of a part wolf/dog, found badly injured in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the woman who gives him a home.


Nancy McIntyre has lived in the mountains of North Carolina on and off all her life, always returning to them. She now lives in a small cabin with no electricity or running water, adjacent to the Black Mountain range. To reserve copies of Rush of River Over Rock, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Bronwen Dickey Presentation and Book Signing

The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore are partnering in a presentation  and book signing with Bronwen Dickey on Thursday, August 25th at 7 p.m. The presentation will be in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Dickey will discuss her book, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon which examines the history and myths of the breed. Hal Herzog, WCU professor, and author Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, said about Pit Bull, "This is one of best dog books you will ever read. But, it is also about the big stuff – the moral status of animals, the science of nature and nurture, the role of race in our culture. In Pit Bull, Bronwen Dickey weaves a tale in which the most divisive of animal issues becomes a metaphor for deep-seated conflicts in American society." Publishers Weekly added, "[Dickey] illuminates many of the facts and exposes many of the myths surrounding pit bulls and dogs in general... Dickey's immersive and illuminating work deserves a wide audience."

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony. She lives in North Carolina.

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307961761
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Knopf - May 10th, 2016

Katherine Soniat Poetry Reading

Katherine Soniat will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 24th at 3 p.m. to read her latest collection of poetry. In her beguiling new collection, Bright Stranger, Katherine invites readers to celebrate the unfinished and unsure. The poems in this volume to not demand or offer certainty, existing instead in the spaces between the real and the imagined, between past, present and future. They explore the human connection with nature, contemplating loss in the erosion of rock spires and rebirth in the blossoming of an amaranth

Bright Stranger: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807162415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - March 14th, 2016

Ann Hite to Present Her New Novel

Ann Hite will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 3rd at 3 p.m. to present her new novel. Set in Black Mountain, NC, Sleeping Above Chaos is a blend of historical research and a tightly woven story. Imagine the relationship triangle from East of Eden and set it deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Add a couple of ghosts, a good measure of dysfunction, and a whole lot of twists and turns, and you have Ann Hite's new Black Mountain novel, Sleeping Above Chaos. Hite's fourth novel returns to Swannanoa Gap, a small town at the foot of Black Mountain, and introduces new characters while revisiting some favorites from her previous novels.

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ISBN: 9780881465846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 2016

Bob Mustin Presents New Short Story Collection

Bob Mustin returns to City Lights Bookstore to present his new book, Collateral Damage and Stories on Saturday, July 30th, at 3 p.m. The stories in this collection examine the ways we use imagination to set aside human anguish and move on with our lives. Quirky, richly imagined characters populate these stories, inviting readers to measure them against their own lives and to want to read these stories again and again.

Mustin has been an instructor in writing and has served as a mentor. He continues to write and publish novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. 

Collateral Damage and Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943201051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Authormike Ink - April 22nd, 2016

Sam's Place: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988446847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Authormike Ink - March 25th, 2013

Tim Barnwell’s Newest Vistas Book

Tim Barnwell will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new book. In Great Smoky Mountain Vistas, Tim Barnwell offers panoramic photographs from overlooks in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, aerial photographs of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and articles on popular area attractions and activities to create this unique and comprehensive guidebook. He identifies the mountain peaks you can see from each overlook along Newfound Gap Road, Foothills Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway that view the park, in Cataloochee Valley and Cades Cove, and 360-degree/6-page panoramic views from Clingmans Dome and Max Patch.  

While the mountain peak identifications are a unique component of the book, in also includes a host of articles about activities in and around the park including camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and waterfalls, horseback riding, bears, and nature photography. It features sections detailing the main attractions of the park including Newfound Gap Road, Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, Sugarlands, Little River Road,  Cataloochee Valley, and hidden gems in and outside its boundaries, off the beaten path, such as the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Greenbrier, Max Patch, Tail of the Dragon and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, making this the ideal travel guidebook, possibly the most comprehensive available on the park and its environs. Great Smoky Mountains Vistas celebrates the National Park Services 100th Anniversary in 2016 and is an invaluable companion to Mr. Barnwell’s best-selling Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What You See from the Many Overlooks.

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ISBN: 9780990573104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Numinous Editions - September 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780971134836
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Numinous Editions - July 17th, 2014


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