A Marine Relates His Vietnam Experiences

Charles Van Bibber Valentine's Day A Marine Looks Back

In honor of Independence Day weekend, Waynesville author, Charles A. Van Bibber will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 5th at 3 p.m. for a book signing and reading. Serving as a Marine machine gunner in Vietnam, Charles will recount his experiences in his book, Valentine’s Day: A Marine Looks Back.

A Texas native, Charles has called the Great Smoky Mountains home since 1996. He enjoys the beauty of the great outdoors and frequently hikes in Cataloochee. He is currently working on a follow up account of life after combat. To reserve a copy of his book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

David Webb Discusses His Findings on Judaculla Rock

 Judaculla Speaks by David Webb

Cashiers author, David Webb will present his book about Judaculla Rock at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m.  The product of several years of research and writing, Judaculla Speaks offers insight into the meaning behind the ancient petroglyphs featured on the rock. Webb explains that the images are arranged on a wheel and tell the story of the Garden of Life.  It is widely believed that the relief on the rock is over 13,300 years old. To reserve a copy of Judaculla Speaks please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.


Rose Senehi Presents Her Latest Blue Ridge Novel

Rose Senehi

On Saturday, July 12th at 2 p.m. Rose Senehi will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her latest novel, Dancing on Rocks. The fourth stand-alone book in her Blue Ridge series, Dancing on Rocks weaves through the network of memories, secrets, and mutual dependencies holding together Chimney Rock, an isolated community of 112 people tucked into Hickory Nut Gorge. Thousands of visitors stream through the tourist destination every week. But in reality, the people in the town have only each other.

The author of seven books, her previous novel, Render Unto the Valley, was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal as the Best Fiction Southeast. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 SIBA Book Award as the Best in Southern Literature. Senehi moved from Upstate New York in 1996 to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where she wrote Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass. She spent two years writing and researching the history of the North Carolina village of Chimney Rock so she could weave historically accurate details into this portrait of the iconic mountain community where she now lives. 

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ISBN: 9780615895055
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: K.I.M. Publishing, LLC - March 1st, 2014

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ISBN: 9781932158830
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Ingalls Publishing Group - April 10th, 2011

New Outdoor Sports Guide

Joe Miller Adventure Carolinas

Looking for a new outdoor sport but not sure where to begin? Well, on Sunday, June 1st at 1 p.m. Joe Miller will visit City Lights Bookstore to present his book, Adventure Carolinas. In this unique take-it-with-you guide, outdoors and fitness writer Joe Miller introduces you to sixteen adventure sports in the Carolinas, from water to land and through all four seasons. No matter where you live or what your level of expertise may be, he will lead you to opportunities that range from beginner level to peak experience and equip you with the tools and courage to get outdoors and enjoy nature in new and exciting ways. For each experience, Miller includes location, how to start, associated costs, organizations that can help you begin, physical and mental demands of each activity, and whether the activities are seasonal or competitive. Activities include mountain biking, flat-water and whitewater paddling, scuba diving, climbing, backcountry exploration, skiing, snowboarding and tubing, kiteboarding, hang gliding, and ziplining.

Joe Miller writes the blog and is author of Backpacking North Carolina. In addition to being a hiker and backpacker, Miller is an avid cyclist, a skier-turned-snowboarder, a paddler, a runner, a certified scuba diver, and a longboard skateboarder. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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ISBN: 9781469614168
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of North Carolina Press - May 12th, 2014

Wally Avett’s Murder in Caney Fork

Wally Avett

Meet an early musical influence of The Avett Brothers... their uncle, Wally Avett will be at the bookstore today!


Murphy author, Wally Avett will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 3rd at 3 p.m. to present his mystery, Murder in Caney Fork. In his new book, Avett sets out the trial of the century following the tribulations of Wes Ross in a 1940’s setting. A former marine commando in the Pacific islands during WWII, Wes is adjusting to his rural North Carolina home and learning to be a lawyer in his uncle’s law office. Wes, like his uncles, is a good man, the kind who takes up for the poor and downtrodden and values justice. When the backwoods Caney Fork storekeeper, Frog Cutshaw, rapes a married woman and murders her husband in broad daylight, it brings out the Bible Belt vigilante justice from the community: an eye for an eye, life for a life. Wes is caught in the middle as a participant in the killing of Frog Cutshaw. Soon one uncle is being tried for a murder he planned but did not commit and another uncle defends him, circumstances and witnesses threatening to convict the wrong man. Wes knows all too well who pulled the trigger of the 12-gauge pumpgun, and knows that the shooter could end up on Death Row.


Wally Avett is a retired newspaperman, working many years as columnist and editor-in-chief for Cherokee Scout. Wally will be playing his Roland keyboard and perhaps also a guitar as part of his presentation. He says, "Music helps me make a point or two about stories." To order a signed copy of his new book, contact us.
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ISBN: 9781611944167
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Bell Bridge Books - March 14th, 2014

Lawrence Thackston Returns with a New Mystery

 Lawrence Thackston

Lawrence Thackston, author of  the locally set, The Devil’s Courthouse, will visit City Lights Bookstore to present his new mystery, Tidal Pools on Friday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. Making the most of incredible plot twists, dark settings, and the use of ancient religious rituals, Tidal Pools will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages. In the Galeegi Islands along the coast of South Carolina, the former prime suspect in a 40-year-old, controversial murder case is found dead of a questionable suicide. Tyler Miles, a newly recruited patrolman with the Galeegi Police Department, becomes an unlikely part of the investigation and is immediately swept up in a tidal wave of violence and deceit that threatens to impact the entire Lowcountry. Working side-by-side with Chloe Hart, a research biologist for the EPA, Tyler must find a connection between the suicide and the old murder, all the while facing a new rash of killings and an imminent, destructive threat to the islands and the surrounding marshlands. From behind the screen doors of the island's most impoverished hovels to the marble floors and crystal chandeliers of its finest plantation homes, Tyler will race to unravel the mystery behind the chilling case. And, in his search for justice, he will come face to face with an evil as old as hatred itself, cryptically finding his answers only in what the tide leaves behind.

Born and raised in the palmetto state, Lawrence Thackston is a writer of Southern tales of mystery, suspense, loss, and redemption. His first novel, The Devil's Courthouse, was well-received by critics and has generated a faithful following among his readers. To reserve a copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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ISBN: 9780990009115
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Holladay House Publishing - November 29th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781448947836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Publish America - March 1st, 2010

Sallie Bissell Returns with a New Mary Crow Novel

Sallie Bissell

Sallie Bissell, author of the critically acclaimed Mary Crow mysteries, will return to City Lights Bookstore to read from her latest installment, Deadliest of Sins on Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Recently appointed special prosecutor Mary Crow is sent to rural county in North Carolina, to investigate a possible anti-gay conspiracy between a recent murder and a homophobic preacher. But what starts as an effort to curb hate-crimes turns into a nightmare of abuse and abduction. As Mary delves deeper into the community’s history, she uncovers menacing information about the infamous Highway 74, where people have either disappeared or been found dead. When she uncovers how it's all connected, Mary is forced into a deadly world of stolen innocence. And she may become the next victim...


Sallie splits her time between Nashville and Asheville.  Deadliest of Sins is the sixth book in the Mary Crow series.

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Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780738736228
Availability: Out of Stock Indefinitely: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Midnight Ink - April 8th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780738735849
Availability: Out of Stock Indefinitely: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Midnight Ink - April 8th, 2013

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Rosemary Rhodes Royston

Rosemary Rhodes Royston

The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, June 19th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  June’s Coffee with the Poet will feature Rosemary Rhodes Royston as she presents her chapbook, Splitting the Soil. Thomas Lux praised the collection by saying, “ There's an original consciousness/imagination at work in these poems—true wit, a splendid ear, and the courage to be understood. This is a wonderful collection." Rosemary Rhodes Royston is a poet living in northeast Georgia. Her poetry has been published in Southern Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Town Creek, KUDZU, Coal Hill Review, STILL, New Southerner, FutureCycle, Flycatcher, Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Motif version 3, and Alehouse. Two of her essays are included in the anthology Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching, and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland). She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of The North Carolina Writer’s Network and gathers every third Thursday at 10:30 a.m. To reserve a copy of Splitting the Soil please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499. 

Romance So Hot It Burns Off the Pages

                                                      Eden Glenn   Eden Glenn Dragon Guardian

Come join Waynesville author, Eden Glenn for a booksigning at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m.

The Erotic Romance Ménage novel Dragon Guardian is the first volume in Drakins of Wyrmarach series. Come on by to share in the fun. The author will read and answer questions. There will be wine and chocolate tasting for attendees. Book purchasers will be placed in a drawing for a bottle of Menage a’ Trois wine autographed by Eden Glenn and other promotional items.

In Dragon Guardian, twins, Ethan and Caleb Monroe have gotten used to breaking rules to help their world while exiled in North Florida. Their sensory powers draw them to Cathwren Aldridge just in time to save her from harm. Evil stalks her, and it’s up to Caleb and Ethan to protect her while they figure out just what she is, human or something more?

Wren came to the small town to enjoy a quiet life running her shop, Salynne’s Crystals and Thyme. Now Wren’s on the run from ancient enemies who want her body and her emerging powers. Something is happening, unleashing feelings she can’t deny, feelings that urge her to push the boundaries of pleasure, feelings that whisper she’s something more than ordinary. Her conscience wages war with emotions urging her to climb into bed with these two very sexy dragon shifters and stay there. The trio embarks on a hunt to uncover and eliminate the threat against Wren’s birthright. Together they struggle to discover the destiny of Dragon Guardian and monarchs of Wyrmarach.

Eden Glenn is the pen name for Jude Lowery who settled in Waynesville with her partner the Lady Librarian. A 1983 graduate of Salem International University with a Bachelor of  Arts in Psychology and Equestrian Education, and a Riding Master IV from Meredith Manor International School of Horsemanship. Eden’s previous fiction writing credits include The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp, Dragon’s Unbound, and Dar’kind Promises. She’s also written The Amethyst Desire Collection of novelettes including Raynia’s Magic, Beverly’s Secret, Phoenix Reborn and Shifter’s Legacy. To reserve a copy of her book please contact us.

John Stiles Examines the Perceptions of Christianity

Dr. John Stiles

Sylva native, Dr. John Stiles will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, May 17th at 3 p.m. to discuss his book, All the Damn Christians. In his book, Stiles presents a research-based look at the non-Christian perceptions of the Church. His title, All the Damn Christians, comes directly from a study respondent who wrote, “I would have a much higher regard for the religion itself if it weren’t for all the damn Christians.” Stiles explains to readers that Christians have been called hypocrites for centuries, and even now, many non-believers react defensively at the slightest reference to Christianity. In his book, he shares candid insights as to why the world rejects the faith and illustrates how Christians can turn hypocrisy into opportunity.


Though Dr. Stiles still lives in Sylva, he travels the world as an international speaker and serves as U.S. Director for Hannam University in South Korea. He is a graduate of Montreat College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Southern Mississippi. To reserve a copy of his book please contact us.

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ISBN: 9780982577394
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sonfire Media LLC - February 1st, 2014


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