Online Discussion with the Author of Preaching Happiness

City Lights Bookstore will host a virtual discussion with Ginny Sassaman, author of Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World, and co-founder of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA). Sylva poet and former GNHUSA board member Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin will also join the discussion, along with Dave Molinaro who is the volunteer leading the drive for a Charlotte, NC Wellbeing Index. This Zoom event will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2nd.

“ Preaching Happiness is a book you will find yourself returning to again and again for its wisdom and guidance,” says Rev. Joan Javier-Duval of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. “The sermons presented here artfully combine personal story and social science research to pose new ways of thinking and living,” she says. 

Through a series of secular sermons on a wide range of happiness skills, Preaching Happiness teaches and encourages the soul-deep transformation needed to live a full and happy life while also creating conditions for maximum well-being for all humans, animals, and the planet 

“This is my cause, this is my passion, this is my life’s work,” says author Ginny Sassaman. “Part of my goal in writing this book is to get these words out there. They are needed now more than ever,” she says. 

Praise for Preaching Happiness : 

From the “Midwest Book Review: “Deftly written, impressively informative, exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking, Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and college/university library … collections. (It is) a life enriching, life-enhancing DIY guide.”

“Preaching Happiness is an important voice in our quest for a more joyful and just world. Ginny Sassaman’s down-to-earth wisdom both elevates and elates.” – Tal Ben-Shahar, co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV 

“Ginny Sassaman shares several practical lessons on the importance of bringing happiness more fully into our collective consciousness. Through very accessible storytelling, Sassaman speaks to the urgency with which we must create the conditions that support the well-being of people, animals, and the planet. This book serves both as an excellent primer for all who seek to increase their own levels of happiness, as well as a refreshing validation for those who have been steeped in the Gross National Happiness movement for years. It is a collection of sermons every book club should have on their list.” – Paula Francis, co-founder of GNHUSA 


To reserve a book and/or a spot on the Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email

Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781578690268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rootstock Publishing - May 8th, 2020

Virtual Discussion with George Singleton and Jeremy Jones

Join us for a virtual discussion with George Singleton as we celebrate the release of his new book, You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton. He will be joined by Jeremy Jones, author of Bearwallow. With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, George Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. Now Tom Franklin introduces this master of the form with a compilation of acclaimed and prize-winning short fiction spanning twenty years and eight collections, including stories originally published in outlets like the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and many more.


To reserve a spot for the September 23rd at 6 p.m. Zoom event please contact City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 or by email

You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - September 15th, 2020

Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780895876249
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Blair - Blair - June 3rd, 2014

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