Jackson County resident, Timm Muth will read from and sign his new fantasy novel on Saturday, August 30th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Disciple of the Flames chronicles the story of Darn, whose life as a herder’s son was hard, dirty and not in the least adventurous. Fate intervenes when on a journey with his father, a stranger saves Darn from a near fatal rousting by local bullies, eventually leading to Darn’s induction into a powerful religious and military order: The Disciple of Flames.
Muth lives near Sylva, NC and spends an awful lot of time hiking, biking and looking for shiny rocks all over Cowee Mountain. Disciple of Flames is his first novel. To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station and WCU biology professor, James T. Costa will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. to present his new books celebrating the naturalists Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. Traveler, explorer, co-discoverer of natural selection and founder of the field of evolutionary biogeography, Wallace was one of the most famous naturalists in the world when he died in 1913, yet has been all but eclipsed by Darwin today.
On the Organic Law of Change (Harvard, 2013) is a facsimile and annotated transcription of Wallace’s Species Notebook, the most important field notebook kept by Wallace during his explorations in southeast Asia in the 1850s. In this never-before-published notebook, Wallace recorded extensive evolutionary arguments and reveals his plans for a book arguing for evolution. In the companion volume, Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species (Harvard, 2014) Costa examines the parallel development of Wallace's and Darwin's thinking on species in the years leading up to publication of Darwin's landmark 1859 work, and critically examines allegations that Darwin and his circle conspired to sideline Wallace while stealing his ideas.
Costa’s elegant edition of the Species Notebook and its concise companion volume provide new perspectives on Wallace’s remarkable quest to solve the mystery of species origins during his legendary expedition to Malaysia, Indonesia, and western New Guinea in the 1850s, and re-asserts Wallace's stature as one of the greatest naturalists of all time.
To reserve copies of On the Organic Law of Change and Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Janice Moore Fuller Lee Zacharias
North Carolina authors, Janice Moore Fuller and Lee Zacharias will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 13th at 11 a.m. to read from and sign their books.
Janice Moore Fuller will read from her new collection of poetry, On the Bevel. Her poetry is said to be accessible, lucid, and finely crafted, concentrating on themes that draw the reader in – change, loss, relationships, memory and language. This is wonderfully subtle, nuanced, intelligent and humane collection of poems; a book that deals seriously with the limitations of communication, but also takes a positive stance in engaging with the reader, giving the collection gravitas whilst remaining comprehensible. Fuller has written four collections of poetry and is the Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where she has been awarded the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher by the Faculty Senate and has been selected Professor of the Year five times by popular vote of the students.
Lee Zacharias will read from her new collection of essays, The Only Sounds We Make. These twelve deeply metaphorical essays are both intensely personal and vitally concerned with the larger world, including the kingdom beyond our ken. A deeply evocative memoir that explores the ways we attempt to give order to our lives through the powers of memory and speech. Exploring subjects as diverse as her father’s suicide, the great migration that changed the racial composition of Chicago’s south side, the nature of light, the geology of the Grand Canyon, or the landscape of a writer’s desk, Lee Zacharias writes with grace, precision, and candor about the experiences that shape our humanity and our relationships, parents, to our children, and to past, present, and future. Zacharias is the author of, Lessons and At Random, and a book of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night. She has published numerous essays, short stories, and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
To reserve copies of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Join us on Saturday, September 13th at 3 p.m. as Georganne Spruce presents her book, Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness at City Lights Bookstore. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, a rebellious woman dares to dream of a different life, one where she, not society, defines who she is. Georganne Spruce chronicles that journey in her memoir Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness.
Now a resident of Asheville, she first visited the area in 1966 when she and her husband spend their honeymoon beneath the mountains. As she began that new life, there was no clear path for a woman who chose not to be a traditional wife and mother. Following her passion to be a
modern dancer and later a writer, she created a life journey that empowered her to become her authentic self and live a life of peace, love, and joy.
This book speaks to those who believe every life journey is individual. Awakening to the Dance explores how to be open to many spiritual practices and integrate what works into daily life to solve problems and move forward. By being open-minded and willing to explore new ideas,Georganne discovered how to balance her life, achieve her goals, and accept her true nature as a whole person.
Robbin Monteith (a.k.a Carly Robbins), of Bryson City will present her book, Secrets of Those That Are, on Saturday, June 14th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. When nurse, Katelynn Anthony, befriends an elderly patient, Katelynn discovers a unique bond with her charge. Her evenings with Lera McConnell are spent recalling the elderly woman’s fascinating past. Soon though, Katelynn begins to realize there is a purpose to Lera’s recollection and central to it all is Navar, the love of Lera’s life. Navar is not simply a long lost lover, though. He is a vampire, hundreds of years old, a knight and the Lord of Go-Barth Castle. The power hidden in the secrets of Lera’s story attracts an evil that looms over both women.
|Sylva resident, Nelma Jean Bryson will present her new book, Bottomless Uprising on Saturday, June 21st at 3 p.m. First in the Montgomery Sisters Mysteries series, Bottomless Uprising, sets the pace when a small mountain town is shocked by a discovery at the local lake, Bottomless. For those swept up in the events that follow, life will never be the same. Nelma Jean Bryson has written several books, mostly based on her family and people from her past. Bottomless Uprising is her first mystery novel and she loves the characters so much that two more books are in the works. |
Charles Dodd White will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. to read from his new novel. A Shelter of Others tells of the families we’re born into, the families we make for ourselves, and how tightly woven are the ties that bind. His work has often been compared to the writing of William Gay and Daniel Woodrell. White has also written the novel, Lambs of Men and a short story collection titled, Sinners of Sanction County. He is the recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, an individual artist grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He currently lives with his wife and boys in Candler, NC.
Check out Gary Carden’s review of Sinners of Sanction County
Dr. Harold Littleton, Jr. will visit City Lights Bookstore to present the second volume in his Founders of the Faith series, Paul: A Would Be Apostle on Saturday, June 28th at 3 p.m. His novel takes a look at the impact Paul had on shaping the Anti-Semitic mindsets that have lasted centuries. Harold E. Littleton, Jr. grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina where his parents imbued in him a commitment to public service and social responsibility through their careers of education and health care. Littleton’s teaching career includes appointments at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, UNC-Charlotte, Mars Hill College, Gardner-Webb University, and Western Carolina University. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at UNC-Asheville. The Founders of Faith series is a proposed trilogy that will focus on New Testament characters using recent archaeological discoveries and scholarship.
George Singleton will read from his new short story collection on Saturday, May 24th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Between Wrecks takes readers on a raucous bar crawl through an America both startlingly familiar and hilariously absurd, examining paranoia, fear, relentless “truths,” longstanding personal habits gone awry, and what it means to look toward a horizon that may or may not be a mirage. NPR Morning Edition had this to say about Singleton’s writing, "George Singleton writes about the rural South without sentimentality or stereotype but with plenty of sharp-witted humor…. A raconteur of trends, countertrends, obsessions and odd characters." His previous short story collection, Stray Decorum, is a staff pick of Eon’s. Singleton has written several short story collections and two novels. He lives in South Carolina.
To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Asheville young adult author, Alexandra Duncan will read from her new book, Salvage on Saturday, May 31st at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Salvage is a thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family. Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? City Lights booksellers, Emily and Jen both loved this book.
A wonderful complex story for any fans of the Beth Revis series, Across the Universe. Full of spaceships, feminist theory, and dynamic characters. --Emily
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