Will Harlan will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his biography Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. The book looks at the life of Carol Ruckdeschel, a self taught scientist, who for forty years studied and defended the sea turtles and the surrounding wilderness of Cumberland Island. This national park on the Georgia coast is the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island. Untamed reveals the determined efforts of a woman to protect a wilderness she loves.
Will Harlan is the editor-in-chief of Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and an award winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Oprah. He lives on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.
|Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook, Marks of the Witch, on Friday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter’s third book, “Stephen Spender once described poetry as ‘enchanted utterance.’ Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender’s definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives.” Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry are Memory of Gills and Swamp Monster at Home. To reserve copies of any of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.|
Chris Cox, will read from and sign his essay collection on Friday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Way We Say Goodbye is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written.
Chris Cox is a columnist for the Smoky Mountain News, and the author of another book,Waking Up in a Cornfield. His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader's Digest and Smoky Mountain Living. He teaches English at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
John Lane will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. The Old Rob Poems from New Native Press is a collection featuring a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane’s. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.
John Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose. His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems was released by Mercer University Press in Macon, GA. in 2012. The book includes much of Lane’s published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. Abandoned Quarry won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. Several of his latest prose books are My Paddle to the Sea, published by The University of Georgia Press, and Begin With Rock, End With Water from Mercer University Press. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, SC. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
On Saturday, November 15th at 3 p.m. Renea Winchester will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her new book, Farming Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Decades before the Farm-to-Table and Sustainable Living movement, Billy Albertson started tending a little strip of land just off Hardscrabble Road in what was then rural Roswell, Georgia. The second book in the Farmer Billy series, Farming transports readers to a simpler time, when roadside vegetable stands were common, friends gathered on the front porch and everyone sat at the grandparent's table for Sunday supper.
Renea’s calloused hands grows GMO free corn that has been in her family for over 100 years. This heritage corn came from her great-grandfather, Lum Winchester, who was the subject of several columns by John Parris and was featured in Roaming The Mountains. She is a literacy advocate and passionately supports indie bookstores. She will offer a raffle to win a gift basket full of seeds, a copy of her book and other goodies. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the historic Monteith House in Dillsboro. Having roots in Bryson City, she and her husband split time between Georgia and North Carolina.
| ||Former Cullowhee resident, Marly Youmans will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, November 1st at 3 p.m. to read from and sign her new novel, Glimmerglass. Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about her new book, “This stylish and contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend...serves up an appealing blend of myth, mystery and magic.” Marly Youmans is an award winning author of a dozen books including the recent novel, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. A native of the Carolinas she now lives in Susquehanna with her husband and three children. |
Charles Davidson will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 4th at 3 p.m. to present his book, Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God. School children know of the famous painter’s severed earlobe. Adults know that his paintings have sold for the highest prices ever paid for original art. Artists know that his expressionism bridged nineteenth century impressionism and twentieth century modernism. Readers of his letters know that his life was filled with conflict, suffering, and defeat, and yet with a singular and passionate commitment to his vocation as an artist. But what do we know of Vincent as a theologian with a brush? This illustrated presentation will examine lesser-known aspects of Vincent’s life and sacred dimensions of his spiritually visionary art.
Charles Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology Care and Counseling at Virginia University of Lynchburg, until retiring to Black Mountain, NC where he lives with his wife, dog, cats, saxophone and clarinet.
|Wiley Cash returns to City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. He will read from and sign his novel, This Dark Road to Mercy. Released in paperback in September, This Dark Road to Mercy is a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. Cash is also the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he and his wife live in Wilmington. |
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We will begin our recognition of Memorial Day a few days early as Webster author, Tom Davis will present his memoir at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday November 8th at 3 p.m. The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On chronicles his time in the military where he spent 20 of his 30 plus years serving with the Special Forces (Green Berets). He entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel having served in three combat zones: Vietnam, Bosnia and Iraq/Turkey. Join us as Col. Davis shares stories from his time in service, reads passages from his book and signs copies. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
In celebration of October being LGBT History Month, J. Robin Whitley and Paula Offutt will offer a discussion and reading on Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. They will read from their work and discuss books that helped them come out. Robin, artist, musician, author and bookseller at City Lights Bookstore has written a compilation of poetry, reflections, and essays shows the challenges that the lesbian Christian faces in living an open life, while also seeking to live a life of faith titled, In a Southern Closet. Her newest book, More Than Knowing, is a collection of poetry.
Paula Offutt lives near Leicester. She and her partner share an old house with dogs, cats, and a koi named Haiku. Paula believes that humor is what makes the world go 'round, although love is a close second. She surrounds herself with as much of both as she can. Her first novel, a romance titled Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, won a 2008 Golden Crown Literary Society's (GCLS) award for Debut Author. The fictional town of High Pond is a cross between Hot Springs and Leicester with bits of Lick Skillet and Luck tossed in. Paula's second novel, To Sleep, Book One of the Soliloquy, was a finalist for the 2014 GCLS award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. To Dream, Book Two of the Soliloquy, will be released sometime in 2015.
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