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Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests

 Stephanie Jeffries and Thomas Wentworth

Join us at the WCU Mountain Heritage Center as Stephanie Jeffries and Thomas Wentworth present their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests on Thursday, November 20th at 7 p.m. This unique hiking guide to the southern Appalachian mountains leads readers to explore the rich forest ecosystems and other natural communities visitors encounter along the trail. Drawing on years of experience guiding forest walks throughout the region, Jeffries and Wentworth invite hikers and nature lovers to see their surroundings in new ways. Readers will learn to decipher clues from the tree canopies, forest floor, and other natural features to appreciate more fully the environmental factors that make the southern Appalachians home to an amazing biodiversity.

These thirty popular hikes in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia range from short walks along Blue Ridge Parkway pull-offs to longer day trips in the region's backcountry. Offering spectacular mountain scenery and natural wildflower gardens, these trails are the perfect place to gain a new appreciation for the natural communities of the region. The talk will be in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center. To reserve a copy of the book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


 

Joint Poetry Reading

 Kathryn Byer

David Radavich

The Ridgeline Literary Alliance, Inc. and the NC Poetry Society will sponsor a reading on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the City Lights Bookstore. The reading is free to the public and will feature readings by two highly acclaimed poets from North Carolina, Kathryn Stripling Byer and David Radavich.


Kathryn Stripling Byer served as NC's first woman Poet Laureate. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Georgia Review, American Scholar, and Cortland Review, and her essays and political commentary in Shenandoah, Boston Globe, and Raleigh News-Observer, as well as other NC newspapers. Her first book, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was an Associated Writing Programs Finalist, chosen by John F. Nims, and published by Texas Tech U. Press. LSU Press has published subsequent books, including Wildwood Flower, an Academy of American Poets Lamont Selection, Black Shawl, chosen by Billy Collins for the Brockman-Campbell Award, and Catching Light, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Best book of Poetry for 2002. Her most recent book, Descent, received the NC Book Award for poetry. Her chapbook, The Vishnu Bird, is forthcoming in late fall.


David Radavich’s poetry collections include America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, Canonicals: Love’s Hours, and Middle-East Mezze. His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. He has performed in a variety of countries and has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and other groups. His latest book is The Countries We Live In.


To reserve any of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


 
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781935708926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Press 53 Carolina Classics Editions - July 9th, 2013

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Descent Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807147504
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Louisiana State University Press - February 1st, 2013

Middle-East Mezze Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781935514114
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Plain View Press, LLC - November 21st, 2010

America Bound: An Epic for Our Time Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781891386688
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Plain View Press, LLC - February 15th, 2007

Fred Chappell & Dana Wildsmith Reading

Fredd Chappell

Dana Wildsmith

Former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Chappell will present his new poetry collection, Familiars, a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of twenty-six books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was Shadow Box. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.


Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, Christmas in Bethlehem.  This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Georgia, a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal. Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


 
Familiars Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807157497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louisiana State University Press - August 14th, 2014

Christmas in Bethlehem Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781938853524
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Published: Futurecycle Press - September 8th, 2013

A Story of the Destiny of the Honey Bee

 Ray Carpenter

 

Beesch

Robbinsville author, Ray Carpenter will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday November 22 at 3 p.m. to present his book, Beesch. Having learned from his grandfather at an early age to respect the honey bee, Ray made a promise to his grandfather to one day write about honey bees. This promise drove him to research bees his entire life.  The result, Beesch, published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, is the story of Allie and Callie, identical twin female worker honey bees—a story that is interlaced with a narrator storyteller who shares the story of the honey bee, its hive, and its environment. The illustrator for the book is Doreyl Ammons Cain,

nature and mural artist from Tuckasegee, NC. Within this book, readers will understand some of the reasons the honey bee is mysteriously disappearing—a “mystery” that has provoked much human thought and concern.


Ray Carpenter is a native of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina where he grew up writing and reading, whistling a song, and carrying a fishing pole on his shoulder to a rushing stream to catch trout. A farm boy, Ray went to school in Robbinsville. After graduation he joined the US Navy, and eventually served aboard the USS Midway and USS Coral Sea, two aircraft carriers. During his enlistment, he continued his educational process, visited many foreign countries, and valued the cultural education he got during his tours around the world. As a poetic writer, Ray endears himself to his readers with a touching love of the beauty of the earth and nature’s secrets, which he unveils with unforgettable candor in his writing. To reserve copies of Beesch, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


 

Ron Rash Book Returns with a New Book of Collected Stories

 Ron Rash

Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore to present his new short story collection on Sunday, November 9th at 1 p.m. Something Rich and Strange brings together some of Rash’s best stories published in previous collections and also includes two stories not previously collected. “This selection captures what he does best; revealing the inner workings of men and women bound to the landscape, battling the polarities of existence. Though his characters are Appalachian, their struggles are relatable to all,” says City Lights publicist Eon Alden.


Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062349347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - November 4th, 2014

The Ron Rash Reader Cover Image
By Randall Wilhelm (Editor), Ron Rash
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611174144
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: University of South Carolina Press - September 9th, 2014

The Cove: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061804205
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2012

Raising the Dead Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781604542219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Iris Press - February 14th, 2013

Pisgah National Forest: A History

Marci Spencer

On Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Marci Spencer will return to City Lights to present her newest book, Pisgah National Forest: A History.  When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first forestry school and the heart of the East’s first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Shining Rock Wilderness and Mount Pisgah. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer treks through the human, political and natural history that has formed Pisgah National Forest.


After retiring as a nurse practitioner, Marci earned her certificate as a North Carolina environmental educator and a Blue Ridge naturalist. She is the author of Clingman's Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies. To reserve copies of her books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


 
Pisgah National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, James G. Lewis Phd (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626196346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press (SC) - October 21st, 2014

Clingmans Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies (Natural History) Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, George Ellison (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781609497880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - April 2nd, 2013

Gridiron Diplomat’s Carolina Dacha

Carolina Dacha Whittier author, Tom Kelly will visit City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. to present his book, Gridiron Diplomat’s Carolina Dacha. Kelly’s book details his time spent teaching and coaching  American football in 40 countries including time in Soviet Russia, employed by the KGB. To reserve a copy of please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Teresa Robbins

God Speaks by Teresa Robbins  The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  The September gathering will feature poet, Teresa Robbins as she presents her collection, God Speaks.  With her book, Teresa hopes her poetry will penetrate the hearts of those who read them, causing them to fall deeper in love with the true Scribe.  She and her husband live in Waynesville, NC. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
God Speaks Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780983763840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Diamond Dmt Publishing LLC - April 10th, 2014

Emily Hoover to Sign Her Book

Emily Joanne Hoover

Franklin author Emily Joanne Hoover will visit City Lights Bookstore to sign her book on Saturday, September 20th beginning at noon. She will be available to chat with folks about the funny and outrageous true life tales in her book, Hold on to Your Panties and Have Fun.

Hoover has enjoyed success as a stand-up comedian, teacher and interior decorator. She is known for her quick wit, quick retorts, and for finding fun with strangers in everyday places. To reserve a copy of her book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


 
Hold on to Your Panties and Have Fun Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781467025881
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Authorhouse - December 2nd, 2011

Sharyn McCrumb Reading and Signing

Sharyn McCrumb

 

New York Times Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will visit City Lights Bookstore for a reading and signing on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. She will read from her new novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past. This new novella expands her Appalachian Ballad series with the return of Nora Bonesteel. When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.


We will also be celebrating the paperback release of her most recent Ballad novel, King’s Mountain. An elegant saga crafted with heart and depth, replete with harrowing battle descriptions and gripping family histories, King's Mountain celebrates one of Appalachia's finest hours, as McCrumb once again shares history and legend like no one else.


To reserve copies of McCrumb’s books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

 

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9781426754210
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Abingdon Press - October 7th, 2014

King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel (Ballad Novels #10) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250011411
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 9th, 2014

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