Mary Joyce Returns with a New Book

Sylva author, Mary Joyce will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 12th at 3 p.m. to present her latest book. Underground Military Bases Hidden in North Carolina Mountains compiles information gathered by Joyce over several years about secret military facilities in North Carolina. The information about the secret bases is mostly from those with military, law enforcement and high security backgrounds plus citizens who have stumbled upon evidence. Joyce is also the author of Cherokee Little People Were Real and Tangible Evidence of Jesus.

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ISBN: 9780991181520
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Published: Mary A. Joyce - June 23rd, 2015

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ISBN: 9780991181513
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Published: Mary A. Joyce - April 4th, 2013

Carolina McMullen Returns with Her Second Novel

Carolina McMullen will read from the second book in her Not Here to Stay series at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 25th at 3 p.m. In Téa de León, Téa who lives in the town next to Vicenta's, is the daughter of hard-working farmers who are hired as the land keepers for a very wealthy old woman.  Téa finds trouble everywhere she goes and because of it, she ends up trapped by the unwanted attention from the bitter landlady who takes on the task of changing the rural girl into a socialite.  An unexpected change no one would see coming.


Born in Rota, Spain, Carolina now lives in Charleston, SC with her husband. Her novels were inspired by inspired by the many stories her grandmother told her when she was a young girl. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780692407134
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Three Bird Press - May 7th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780692211625
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Published: Three Bird Press - May 3rd, 2014

Growing Up in Appalachia

On Saturday, August 8th at 3 p.m. Wilford Corbin will present his book, The Boys of Battle Branch at City Lights Bookstore. The Boys of Battle Branch is a collection of short nonfiction pieces which relates the experiences of Corbin who grew up in Macon County during the middle of the twentieth century.  The reader will find these stories to be delightfully quaint, sometimes touching and often humorous.  

Corbin is also the author of A World Apart: My Life Among the Eskimos of Alaska. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Ellen Bass Reading and Book Signing

On Thursday, July 9th at 6 p.m. author Ellen Bass will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her books. Her poetry collections include Like a Beggar and The Human Line. She is also the author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. It is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child – and those who care about her. Bass will also be leading a writing workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts from July 5th to the 10th. Registration is currently waitlisted. To be placed on the waitlist send an email to To reserve copies of Ellen’s books please call 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781556594649
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 25th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780061284335
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 4th, 2008

Coffee with the Poet Featuring William Kelley Woolfitt

William Kelley Woolfitt

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. The June gathering will feature William Kelley Woolfitt as he presents his collection, Beauty Strip. Kathryn Byer says of the book, “In the midst of overwhelming natural beauty, rendered with such sensuous language that the reader of William Kelley Woolfitt’s first full-length collection well-nigh swoons in delight, hides desecration, the earth left raw and bleeding behind the “beauty strip” the coal companies create to block from view their destruction. Therein lies the metaphorical paradox of this stirring, profoundly moving book of poems, the destruction that lies behind the disguise meant to allow us to keep living our lives in a state of unknowing. Around that troubling central image, however, pulses the natural world, “center and zenith” as Woolfitt describes it in Ring of Earth, echoing James Still’s abiding River of Earth. Through the beauty of his poetry, Woolfitt restores the world so carelessly and greedily desecrated. Stephen Spender once described poetry as “enchanted utterance.” Here is that utterance. Listen, and listen again, to its songs and its warnings.” William Kelley Woolfitt teaches creative writing and American literature at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. His poems and stories appear in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, Tin House online, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Colorado Review, and Notre Dame Review.

The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. To reserve books or for more information on Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Brent Martin & Denton Loving Joint Reading

City Lights Bookstore will host two fine poets for a joint reading on Friday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. Franklin, NC author, Brent Martin and Tennessee poet, Denton Loving will be reading from their most recent works.

Brent Martin’s new book, Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend is a chapbook collection of essays. He is also the author the poetry chapbooks Staring the Red Earth Down, Poems From Snow Hill Road, and A Shout in the Woods. His work has also been featured in the North Carolina Literary Review and in an anthology of nature essays titled, Wildbranch. He currently serves as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West.  

Denton Loving is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds. He works at Lincoln Memorial University where he co-directs the annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. His fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as River Styx, Flyleaf, Fiction Southeast and others.

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ISBN: 9781599484990
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Published: Main Street Rag - December 31st, 2015

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ISBN: 9781883197230
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: New Native Press - September 1st, 2007

A Novel About Love, Loneliness and Rock 'n' Roll

Asheville author, Allie Marshall will read from her debut novel on Saturday, June 20th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. How to Talk to Rockstars follows wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson. She has a dream job: she interviews rock stars.  Bryn’s professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of backstage, bars and drugs that she writes about. That is until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn’s obsession with Jude’s album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance. Author of Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier said of How to Talk to Rockstars, “This bright, fleet novel is a true delight—an engaging, perceptive, precisely observed and slyly funny meditation on fame and love, in particular, the love of music."

Alli has written for the Mountain Xpress, an alt-weekly in Asheville, N.C., since 2001. She's been the arts section editor since 2013. How to Talk to Rockstars is based in part on her 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians.

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ISBN: 9780981575780
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Logosophia, LLC - May 1st, 2015

Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home

Asheville author Tina FireWolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Beneath the Chatter.  Tina FireWolf will ignite your fire! Join her to hear how a 3 ft. tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book! She will share her personal story and tales from her book that illuminate  life lessons and help ignite us into Everyday Enlightenment. You will leave with a light heart and wider eyes to the world around you. Beneath the Chatter is an engaging contemplative verbal and visual experience both wise and wAhimsical, with gentle and yet raw honesty. It invites you into a new way of being--like having a conversation with a most wise self within. Tina FireWolf is a teacher, speaker, energy medicine practitioner, and Spiritual Guide. Tina works to help others discover the power within and learn to express themselves fully in every aspect of life. To reserve copies of Beneath the Chatter please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780692274064
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Tina Firewolf - October 25th, 2014

John Lane Presents His First Novel

Acclaimed poet and naturalist, John Lane will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. to present his first novel. Fate Moreland’s Widow is about a mill bookkeeper who struggles with the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice in the aftermath of a long-forgotten tragedy. Ron Rash says of the book, “John Lane has long been recognized as one of the South’s finest poets and memoirists. His poet's eye for detail seamlessly merges with a born storyteller's gift for narrative. Fate Moreland's Widow gives voice to those who endured one of the most painful and neglected chapters in American history."  John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Abandoned Quarry which won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC.

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By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611174694
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 1st, 2015

Timothy Spira Returns with New Field Guide

On Friday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore.  Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.  Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way.  The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list.  Timothy Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

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ISBN: 9781469622644
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 2nd, 2015


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