Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel The Silver Maple Conspiracy on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Silver Maple Conspiracy describes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and his mysterious relationship with nature. It is a story of the physical changes witnessed during the time-span between the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the first Earth Day, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest, and lastly to the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. Friedman has been the Executive Director of The Canary Coalition since 2000 and is well-known and respected in his field as a powerful, crystal clear and cogent journalist, documentarian and speaker on issues revolving around the environment, social, political and economic justice. Following the reading, Friedman will be signing and copies of his novel will be available for purchase. To reserve copies of The Silver Maple Conspiracy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.