Author Appearance

Michael Amos Cody to Present His Debut Novel

Michael Amos Cody will present his debut novel on Saturday, April 7th at 3 p.m. A living portrait of the artist as a wayward musician, Gabriel’s Songbook is the story of a musician whose talent carries him from the hills of Appalachia to the grime and glamour of Nashville and back home again. Gritty and lyrical, rock ’n’ roll and old-time country, the book transports the reader deep into that age-old dream of making the big time, and shows us the beauty and pathos that lurks underneath.


Michael Amos Cody is a professor in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. After working as a songwriter in Nashville, he earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in The Tampa Review, Yemassee, and other publications, and his albums include Homecoming and Wonderful Life. T

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ISBN: 9781942016366
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Published: Pisgah Press LLC - September 1st, 2017

Diane Cantor to Present Her Novel

Diane Cantor will present her novel on Saturday, April 14th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Set in the early 1970s, When Nighttime Shadows Fall follows Laura Bauer as she decides to leave college and head 50 miles north of her comfortable Atlanta home to manage a federally funded project aiding pregnant teenagers from the back roads of Appalachia. Almost as young as her clients, Laura is immediately confronted with—and almost overwhelmed by—a variety of young women in desperate circumstances, having no other source of prenatal care. Cantor portrays the world of these girls with compassion, hardscrabble humor, and reverence for their families’ capacities to prevail despite hardships.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Diane Cantor has written plays that have been performed in Georgia and a weekly serial for the Savannah Morning-News for several years. Her historical novel, The Poisoned Table, was nominated for the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards First Novel category and is a current selection for the American Association of University Women’s National Adelante book clubs.

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ISBN: 9781611178326
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 30th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780881465464
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2015

Maura Finn Poetry Reading

Maura Finn will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her bilingual poetry collection, Architect of the Divine.  The book is a journey through the heart, restoring it and bringing us back to the love that we are. The poems have the power to transform, uplift, inspire and encourage. They can be used as a map, as medicine, or as meditation.  For those who are called to receive this medicine, this universal story of awakening and heart healing is waiting to be told. 

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ISBN: 9780692074251
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Published: Colibri Press - February 17th, 2018

Holly Kays to Present Her Novel

Debuting her new novel, Shadows of Flowers, Holly Kays will visit City Lights Bookstore on February 9th at 7 p.m. Set amongst the prairies of Wyoming and the mountains of Virginia, the novel follows the story of Dana Stullman, who has her world turned upside down when her boyfriend dies in a car accident. At just 22 years old, she packs up and moves across the country to escape the reminders, but when a crisis in the wind-swept Wyoming wilderness forces her to confront the past, Dana finds herself having to choose a path for the future. Kays is a writer and journalist living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Having earned more than 20 state and national awards during her news reporting career thus far, she covers a range of topics for the regional newsmagazine The Smoky Mountain News. To reserve copies of her book please contact City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

Robert Lee Kendrick Poetry Reading

Robert Lee Kendrick will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 12th at 3 p.m. He will read from his new collection of poetry, What Once Burst with Brilliance.  His poems have been featured in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, Kestrel, The Cape Rock, The James Dickey Review, The San Pedro River Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Main Street Rag. His first chapbook, Winterskin, was published by Main Street Rag in 2016.

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ISBN: 9781604542479
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Published: Iris Press - March 26th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781599485744
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Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - June 10th, 2016

Billy Ogletree Reading and Book Signing

Billy Ogletree will present his new book on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. His book, Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ’s Likeness explores the Christian faith as an intentional, daily commitment to others, a cathartic and uncomfortable journey that leads travelers to Christ’s likeness. The book considers how and why individual Christians and the corporate body of Christ have come to be perceived negatively by so many. It describes the primacy of Christ as the central tenet of Christianity and offers seven "Jesus" life themes for every Christian. These themes, based on a qualitative study of the canonical gospels, assist readers with the development of a framework for a Christlike life.  


Billy T. Ogletree is the Brewer Smith Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. A speech-language pathologist and university educator interested in the communicative success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Dr. Ogletree is a well-cited author of over seventy professional articles, chapters, and books. He is also a long-time Christian who writes for d365, an online devotional series. Dr. Ogletree's devotions emphasize the challenging yet cathartic possibilities associated with following Jesus.

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ISBN: 9781532646065
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - March 14th, 2018

Kim Michele Richardson Book Launch In Conversation with Sara Gruen

Kim Michele Richardson

Drinks, Desserts, and Prizes! Before the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd come by City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. for the book launch of Kim Michele Richardson’s new novel The Sisters of Glass Ferry. The book has earned an OKRA PICK award and has been described as a haunting portrait of life in the backwoods of moonshine country in the mid 20th century. The bestselling author of Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen, will join Kim Michele to celebrate the release of The Sisters of Glass Ferry and to talk about books and writing. Gruen had this to say about The Sisters of Glass Ferry, “An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. You simply have to read it."  There will be plenty of Sisters of Glass Ferry-themed snacks and goodies available as well.

Kim Michele Richardson is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.  She is also the author of the novels GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and Liar's Bench. Kim Michele resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Additionally, Kim Michele is a book critic for The New York Journal Of Books, and a contributor to HuffPost. She lives in Kentucky and resides part-time in her beloved, adopted small town in Western North Carolina.

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ISBN: 9781496709554
Published: Kensington - November 28th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781617737350
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Published: Kensington - April 26th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781617737336
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Published: Kensington - April 28th, 2015

Norma Watkins In Conversation with Jean Forrister

Norma Watkins will be returning to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m. (rescheduled from 12/8) to present That Woman From Mississippi, the sequel to her first memoir. She will have a conversation about the book with Jean Forrister. The first book, The Last Resort, describes coming of age in the civil rights movement, with the book ending when she leaves Mississippi. The sequel explores the consequences of exile. The nurturing mother is our model, and society does not easily forgive a woman who leaves her children. Humorous and discerning, the book shows how excruciating it is for women to do what men take for granted: find a harmony in love, work and parenting. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781936946952
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Published: The Nautilus Publishing Company -

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ISBN: 9781604739770
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 9th, 2011

Sara T. Baker’s Debut Novel

Sara T. Baker will present her debut novel on Friday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Timekeeper’s Son is a literary coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era and the fraying social net of the New South follows the burgeoning impact of one teenager’s careless act on his family and community.

Sara Baker’s fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Cleaver, Confrontation, H.O.W. Journal, The China Grove Journal, The New Quarterly, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish contests. Her poetry has been published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, published by Negative Capability Press, The 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, The Apalachee Review, The Healing Muse, Ars Medica, and elsewhere. Her work has been shortlisted for the Eludia award, she has been a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award, and the Hemingway Days First Novel Contest, among other awards.

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ISBN: 9781944193560
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Published: Sara T. Baker - September 20th, 2016

Robin Whitley to Present Her Debut Novel

Robin Whitley will present her debut novel on Saturday, November 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Finding Home, the characters search for meaning in life and a place where all belong. A story that is a reminiscent mixture of Fried Green Tomatoes and At Home in Mitford, this novel portrays a loving sense of community and home. The rural North Carolina town of Pleasant Quarry becomes a place where all belong. Robin is also the author of the memoir, In a Southern Closet and her collection of poetry titled, More Than Knowing. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


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