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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/

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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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Apr
19
JC Walkup’s Saga of Texas (Saturday, April 19 at 3pm)
On Saturday, April 19th at 3 p.m. JC Walkup will present her book at City Lights Bookstore. Partners is a gritty tale of post Civil War Texas. Violence and hardship take center stage as a young man from Scotland, Ian McPhelen, struggles to find a place in the world. JC Walkup is a graduate of the University of Texas. A native of Texas, she now lives in Haywood County and is one of the founders of the literary magazine, Fresh. To reserve a copy of her book please contact us.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
25
Sonja Condit’s Tale of a Haunted House (Friday, April 25 at 6:30pm)
Greenville, SC author, Sonja Condit will present her debut novel on Friday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Starter House is the story of a woman who falls in love with a dusty-rose colonial cottage. Its the home she has been dreaming of for her and her family. Despite the history of the house, she and her husband eagerly move in. Soon though, she realizes there is something malevolent present. Something only she can sense. Kirkus Review says, “Good, scary fun, packed with emotional nuance."

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Apr
26
A Tribute to UNC Athletes and Their Pro Careers (Saturday, April 26 at 3pm)
Asheville writer Tim Jackson will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 26th at 3 p.m. to present his book, Gone Pro: North Carolina. This new book profiles athletes from the University of North Carolina who excelled while at the school, then continued on to have successful professional careers. Part history, part fact-guide, and all tribute to UNC's athletic programs. Combining a trivia-buff's eye for detail with a journalist's knack for storytelling, Gone Pro: North Carolina follows sports superstars like Vince Carter, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Lawrence Taylor beyond their days in Carolina blue. Jackson also looks at lesser-known or bygone athletes, like Asheville’s own Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, whose legacy still permeates Chapel Hill, but has faded nationally over the last half-century.

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
3
Wally Avett’s Murder in Caney Fork (Saturday, May 3 at 3pm)
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 Appalachian 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. To order a copy of his new book, call City Lights Bookstore 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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May
9
Sallie Bissell Returns with a New Mary Crow Novel (Friday, May 9 at 6:30pm)
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.

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
15
Coffee with the Poet Featuring Louis-Virie Blanche (Thursday, May 15 at 10:30am)
The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, May 15th at 10:30 a.m. This month will feature artist, musician and poet, Louis-Virie Blanche. He will offer, as he puts it, “the gumbo of his Cherokee, Choctaw, Blackfoot, French Creole and African roots into a soulful, intriguing mix of creative wordplay.” The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and meets every third Thursday each month.

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
16
Romance So Hot It Burns Off the Pages (Friday, May 16 at 6:30pm)
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 andThyme. 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 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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May
17
John Stiles Examines the Perceptions of Christianity (Saturday, May 17 at 3pm)
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 call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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May
17
Brent Martin’s New Chapbook (Saturday, May 17 at 6:30pm)
Poet and artist, Brent Martin will read from his new chapbook, Staring the Red Earth Down, on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. Martin is a lifetime writer, educator, and conservationist living in Cowee, North Carolina. He has an M.A. and A.B.D. in history from Georgia State University and serves as the Southern Appalachian Regional Director for The Wilderness Society in Sylva, NC. He is the author of three other chapbook collections of poetry, Poems From Snow Hill Road, A Shout in the Woods, and Every Breath Sings Mountains, which was co-authored with fellow Appalachian writers Thomas Rain Crowe and Barbara Duncan. Staring the Red Earth Down is Martin’s fourth and most recent collection of poetry.

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
24
George Singleton Returns with a New Short Story Collection (Saturday, May 24 at 3pm)
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.

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May
31
Alexandra Duncan to Read From Salvage (Saturday, May 31 at 6:30pm)
Asheville YA author 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?

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
1
New Outdoor Sports Guide (Sunday, June 1 at 1pm)
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 getgoingnc.com 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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
6
Lawrence Thackston Returns with a New Mystery (Friday, June 6 at 6:30pm)
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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
14
Robbin Monteith’s Vampire Tale (Saturday, June 14 at 3pm)
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. Robbin Monteith has lived in Bryson City for many years. She and her sister owned Sweet Dreams Bakery in Sylva.

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Jun
19
Coffee with the Poet Featuring Rosemary Rhodes Royston (Thursday, June 19 at 10:30am)
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.

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
20
Charles Dodd White’s New Novel (Friday, June 20 at 6:30pm)
Charles Dodd White will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 20th 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

Location: Street: 3 East Jackson Street City: Sylva, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28779 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
21
Nelma Jean Bryson Introduces Her New Mystery Series (Saturday, June 21 at 3pm)
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.

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Jun
6
Alexandra Duncan will be promoting Salvage (Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 6:30pm)
Alexandra Duncan will be promoting Salvage (added from HarperCollins)

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