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Edward Fahey Returns with a New Novel

Sapphire author, Edward Fahey will present his third novel on Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  The Gardens of Ailana explores the metaphysical, the idea that there are places on this planet not confined to the logic of men or limitations of science. In this modern-day fictional tale, four people with very different backgrounds, each scarred by a horrific childhood, meet at a place of healing where one's most crippling darkness must be faced down. In the rubble of their lives and broken spirits they learn that in their weaknesses lie their most profound strengths. In their festering wounds they find hope. In The Gardens of Ailana we see through the souls of mystics, experience laying-on-of-hands from the healer's point of view. Feel at home among wonders and magic. Fahey says of The Gardens of Ailana, “This is the book others have been laying the groundwork for and building towards.” Novelist and teacher, Fahey spent his life hunting magic, seeking out the other sides of reality. His previous novels are Mourning After and Entertaining Naked People. To reserve any of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

A Tribute to Victoria Casey McDonald

On Friday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. Faustine Wilson, daughter of the late Victoria Casey McDonald, will present Victoria’s last novel at City Lights Bookstore. Living in the Shadow of Slavery continues the story of her great grandmother, Amanda, whose story began in the novel, Under the Lights of Darkness.  As a slave of William Holland Thomas, Amanda faces uncertain times now that the Civil War has ended and all slaves have been declared free. Having never known freedom, she and her family must make difficult decisions on how best to survive in this new existence.

Faustine will also discuss a bit of the history of slavery in western North Carolina and the legacy of Victoria.


Faustine Wilson is the owner of Survival Pride Clothing in downtown Sylva. Her mother, Victoria, was a preacher, teacher, storyteller and historian. She was the author of four books.

 
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ISBN: 9780990876625
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Published: Catch the Spirit of Appalachia - December 19th, 2014

Under the Light of Darkness: Love and Marriage in the Antebellum South for Slaves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780985372897
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Published: Catch the Spirit of Appalachia - July 15th, 2013

Kirk Thomas Poetry Reading

Sylva poet, Kirk Thomas will read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poems are poems inspired by his time in the Saudi Arabian desert when he worked as a military contractor. Before that, Thomas had served for many years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He and is wife moved to a house between Sylva and Franklin in 2011. In addition to his poetry, he has written a number of essays and prose pieces and has, on occasion, rendered some of them into verse. These days he spends his time reading, writing, splitting firewood, and sitting out on his front porch with a glass of wine listening to the creek run by. To reserve copies of Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 
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$9.95
ISBN: 9780996141000
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Published: Ground Ripple Press - April 13th, 2015

Steven Harvey Discussion & Signing

There is a reason why we can’t let go of haunting memories and they can’t let go of us. Memories, especially bad ones, can be clues to who we really are. They can help us sharpen our understanding of the meaning and purposes of our lives. Steven Harvey, author of The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, will lead a discussion on why monstrous memories are, in fact, our friends on Saturday, April 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was eleven, out of the 406 letters she left behind. As son and mother collaborate in the creation of their story, it has the perennial theme of abiding love, despite the odds that fuel the tale. He is a professor Emeritus of English at Young Harris College, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ashland MFA, Senior Editor of River Teeth Magazine, the creator of The Humble Essayist  website, and the author of three collections of personal essays. Following the reading, Harvey will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies of The Book of Knowledge and Wonder please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9781940906089
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Published: Ovenbird Books - November 24th, 2014

William Everett Reading & Signing

William Everett will introduce his new book Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation on Woodworking and Spirituality on Saturday, April 25th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The book is a conversation between Everett, an American ethicist, and John DeGruchy, a South African theologian, reflecting on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation. Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends and the natural environment.  Everett taught Christian ethics in graduate schools for over thirty years before turning to woodworking.

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ISBN: 9781625644633
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Published: Cascade Books - December 16th, 2014

Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change

Seamus McGraw

Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780292756618
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Published: University of Texas Press - April 15th, 2015

The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980646
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Jim Hartbarger Reading & Signing

Jim Hartbarger will read from his new memoir On the Rim of the Basket: The Memoirs of Coach Jim Hartbarger on Saturday, April 11th at 3:00 p.m.  The memoir recounts his early childhood days, coaching high school and college basketball teams, owning the Jarrett House and his advice to others about recruitment and coaching.  Wilson Scott, a former Western Carolina University basketball player said, “Coach Jim was tough, but fair. First on his list was getting an education. He didn’t accept any excuse.  I have a great deal of respect for him.”  Hartbarger was the head basketball coach at WCU from 1969-1975 and captured two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic District 6 regular season titles and one tournament championship. His team advanced to the 1972 NAIA Championship Tournament.  In 1975, Jim and his wife Jean became the owners of The Jarrett House, a Southern Bed and Breakfast in Dillsboro, North Carolina.  Following the reading, Hartbarger will be signing and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of his memoir please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.

 
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ISBN: 9780991380398
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Published: Catch the Spirit of Appalachia - March 18th, 2015

Joseph Bathanti Reading & Signing

Joseph Bathanti, poet, memoirist and novelist, will read from his poetry and his most recent poetic prose on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Some of his work includes The Life of the World to ComeHalf of What I Say is Meaningless: Essays, and Concertina: Poems.  Bathanti’s reading will launch our celebration of National Poetry Month.  Established in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April and is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  Bathanti is a former North Carolina poet laureate. This honor recognizes a poet and he or she has the opportunity to tour the state as North Carolina’s leading ambassador of literature.  Over the last 35 years, Bathanti has helped people of all walks of life express themselves through writing from prison inmates, to college students, and even to war veterans.  He is currently a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University.  Following the reading, Bathanti will be signing and copies of his work will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Bathanti’s work please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.  

Concertina: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881464702
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Published: Mercer University Press - October 31st, 2013

Half of What I Say Is Meaningless: Essays Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780881464733
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Published: Mercer University Press - June 30th, 2014

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The Life of the World to Come Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611174533
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 20th, 2014

Carol Bjorlie Reading & Signing

Carol Bjorlie will read from her book Sweet Harmony as well as her book of poems Impossible Brightening on Saturday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m.  Sweet Harmony is part of a Trilogy series that tells the story of thirteen year-old Iris Andersen and her families’ life in their new farm community in Harmony, Minnesota.  The family leaves Richmond, Virginia behind in 1937 and Iris does not have say in this life changing event. She witnesses her first blizzard, tornado, her mother’s depression, her grandfather’s passing and her sister’s battle with Scarlet Fever.  After one year, her parents decide to move back to the South. They aren’t prepared for the community that will not give up on them. Impossible Brightening is her latest collection of poetry. Bjorlie is a member of the Asheville Cello Choir and teaches writing at the North Carolina Creative Retirement at UNCA.  Her motto from a poem title by Lucille Clifton is “I am not done yet.”  Following the readings, Bjorlie will be signing her book and book of poems and copies will be available for purchase.  To reserve copies of Sweet Harmony and Impossible Brightenings please call City Lights at 828-586-9499.

Impossible Brightening Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780878397846
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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - March 1st, 2015

Deborah Edmonds Reading & Signing

Deborah Edmonds will read from her new novel Fires Creek on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Fires Creek is a blend of murder, mystery and thriller set in a small town in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  Sheriff Harland Duncan has two crimes on his hands.  The first involves the unauthorized burial of a newborn child in a graveyard with connections to the building of the Great Fontana Dam.  The grave looks to be hand dug and it appeared overnight.  Deputy Racheal Dehart is on the case to have a proper burial for the child.  That same evening, a young teacher, Emily Davis goes missing and her car and belongings are found on the highway by her boyfriend.  Edmonds is from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and was influenced by her great- grandmother and grandmother who worked as midwives. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, watching sunsets, and listening to local elders tell stories. Edmonds has also written poetry throughout her childhood and adulthood.  Following the reading, Edmonds will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase.  

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781495280801
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 30th, 2014

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