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City Lights Bookstore

3 East Jackson Street
Sylva, NC 28779

United States

828-586-9499; morecitylightsnc.com

Type: Bookstore — new books, used books

Web site: http://citylightsnc.com/

Events: http://citylightsnc.com/event

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Description: City Lights Bookstore is located in Sylva, North Carolina a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Our goal is to share the literature of the Southern Appalachian region with the world, and the world of good books with our community. Our New Book inventory is designated as "on our shelves now" at http://citylightsnc.com and is integrated with LibraryThing. Most of our books (New and Used) related to the Appalachian region can be found on Biblio at: http://www.biblio.com/bookstores/CityLightsBookstore.html

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Upcoming events

Jan
31
John Lane Poetry Reading (Saturday, January 31 at 6:30pm)
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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
6
Will Harlan Presents Untamed (Friday, February 6 at 6:30pm)
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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
21
Thomas Rain Crowe Book Signing (Saturday, February 21 at 3pm)
Tuckasegee author and publisher, Thomas Rain Crowe will have a book signing and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, February 21st at 3 p.m. He will present, Beatitude Magazine and the 1970s San Francisco Renaissance. Published by New Native Press, the book is a photographic history of the beat-inspired San Francisco literary movement of the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Artists and writers came from all over the country and the world to add their voices to a growing community where Rain Crowe had a front row seat. He also served as an editor for Beatitude Press. Rain Crowe is the author of numerous books, including Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
27
Louise Runyon Poetry Reading (Friday, February 27 at 6:30pm)
Poet, Louise Runyon will read from her new collection on Friday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The Clearing explores the concept of “clearing” in the personal, geographical, spiritual, individual and communal aspects of our lives. Poet and playwright, Alice Lovelace says this of Runyon’s book, "Runyon has written poems and stories that resonate with home, loss, hope, love, and leaving. Her words are the language of geometry, dreams, memory, and the land.” To reserve copies of The Clearing please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
28
Elizabeth Harris Book Signing (Saturday, February 28 at 3pm)
South Carolina author Elizabeth Harris will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her novel, What am I to do Now, Mama? on Saturday, February 28th at 3 p.m. Coy Bronson is a talented man who left the mountains of North Carolina to follow his dream to California. Despite many obstacles, Coy leans on his mother’s encouragement and develops a successful career as an actor, director, producer, and writer—a career that takes him from Hollywood to New York and Europe during World War II. Elizabeth Harris, aka Carolyn Havelka, grew up in Burnsville near Asheville, North Carolina. She began writing at a young age of thirteen. She was influenced and encouraged by her high school classmates to followed her dream of writing, but never became serious and kept it on the back burner until the last few years. She has enjoyed many countless days of research collecting all the uncovered information which goes into her writing. She and her husband, John, now resides outside of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
6
David Joy Presents His Debut Novel (Friday, March 6 at 6:30pm)
Webster author, David Joy will present his new novel on Friday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Where All Light Tends to Go, a staff pick of both Chris and Eon, is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate. “Expertly balancing beauty and brutality, David has written a novel that stays with the reader long after the final page has been read. Where All Light Tends to Go, though very much an Appalachian tale, is the story common to many young men who are trying to escape their desperate circumstances,” says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden. Ron Rash had this to say about the book, “A savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature.” To help celebrate Innovation Brewing has brewed a special Where All Light Tends to Go Stout. We will have free samples available during the reading at the bookstore and following there will be an afterparty at Innovation to continue the celebration. David Joy's stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
7
Avram Friedman Presents His First Novel (Saturday, March 7 at 3pm)
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. Avram 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, Avram 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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
14
Carolina McMullen Reading & Signing (Saturday, March 14 at 3pm)
Carolina McMullen will read from her new novel Vicenta de Paul on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. As the first novel of her Not Here to Stay series, Vicenta de Paul tells of a baby who is abandoned by her young mother at an orphanage in Rota, Spain in 1914. She is later adopted by a wealthy couple and raised in the peaceful coastal area of Rota, away from the busy city. Everything seems fine until her mother begins to suffer from depression. Vicenta pulls through the tough time with her caring nanny and friend, ABC. Romance eventually finds Vicenta, but with more struggles. Her faith, friends, and sense of humor carry her through life, with thoughts of her birth mother. Nan Harper, Mayor of Gulf Breeze, Florida said, “For days after finishing “Vicenta” the characters followed me about. -Can’t wait to read the next…” Following the reading, Carolina will be signing and copies of her book will be available for purchase. Carolina McMullen is from Rota, Spain but now resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and four Chihuahuas. To reserve copies of Vicenta de Paul please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
19
Coffee with the Poet Featuring Mary Ricketson (Thursday, March 19 at 10:30am)
The Coffee with the poet series continues on Thursday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. The March gathering will feature Cherokee County resident, Mary Ricketson. She will read selections of poetry from her first full-length collection Hanging Dog Creek. Her poems include topics about fear, hardship, courage and the joys in everyday life. Mary has been writing for over 20 years. Her work is inspired by nature and her profession as a mental health counselor. She won the gold medal for poetry in the 2011 Cherokee County Senior Games/Silver Arts and silver medal for 2012 and 2013, and first place in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th anniversary national poetry contest. The Coffee with the Poet series meets every third Thursday of the month and is cosponsored by the Netwest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s network. For more information on the Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
21
Deborah Edmonds Reading & Signing (Saturday, March 21 at 3pm)
Deborah Edmonds will read from her new novel Fires Creek on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Fires Creek is a blend of murder, mystery and thriller set in a small town in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Sheriff Harland Duncan has two crimes on his hands. The first involves the unauthorized burial of a newborn child in a graveyard with connections to the building of the Great Fontana Dam. The grave looks to be hand dug and it appeared overnight. Deputy Racheal Dehart is on the case to have a proper burial for the child. That same evening, a young teacher, Emily Davis goes missing and her car and belongings are found on the highway by her boyfriend. Deborah is from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and was influenced by her great- grandmother and grandmother who worked as midwives. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, watching sunsets, and listening to local elders tell stories. Deborah has also written poetry throughout her childhood and adulthood.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
27
Nevada McPherson Presents Graphic Novels (Friday, March 27 at 6:30pm)
Nevada McPherson will read from her two graphic novels, Uptowners and Piano Lessons on Friday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Nevada has written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, one short screenplay that she made into a short film, and two graphic novels: Uptowners, a dark comedy set in contemporary New Orleans, and Piano Lessons, a gay teen romance set in the 1950’s rural south. Nevada has received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Mar
28
Liza Wieland Reading & Signing (Saturday, March 28 at 3pm)
Liza Wieland will read from her novel Land of Enchantment on Saturday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. Land of Enchantment weaves the lives of three extraordinary women artists, beginning with a half-Navajo woman in the 1980s New Mexico, an assistant for the aging Georgia O’Keefe, and concluding in a stunning connection to the events of September 11. Liza Wieland is the author of three novels, three collections of short fiction, and a volume of poems. Her work has been awarded two Puchcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. She Teaches at East Carolina University and lives near Oriertal, NC, with her husband and daughter.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
9
Kim Michele Richardson (Saturday, May 9 at 6:30pm)
Kim Michele Richardson (added from Random House)
Jun
6
Alexandra Duncan will be promoting Salvage (Saturday, June 6 at 6:30pm)
Alexandra Duncan will be promoting Salvage (added from HarperCollins)

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