City Lights Bookstore is in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town tucked in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our goal is to share the literature of the region with the world, and the world of books with our community.
Upcoming Events - Storytime, every Saturday at 11 a.m.
Sylva author, Jenny Bennett, returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. with her second book, The Twelve Streams of LeConte. The main character of the book lives in Sylva and there are scenes set in downtown, the library and even City Lights Bookstore. Anne Woodrow is on honeymoon in Scotland when fate gives her a slap in the face: right then and there, her new husband falls in love with another woman. Injured and grieving, she returns home alone and conceives of a project of renewal. She will climb Mt. LeConte in the Smokies by way of the twelve streams that drain its slopes. Its a journey that will prove to be strenuous and dangerous. The Twelve Streams of LeConte brings together mirroring worlds of adventure tales and mountains. It speaks the language of people who engage the landscape rather than admire it from a distance, and it unapologetically explores the life of a serious reader.
Jenny Bennett is also the author of Murder at the Jumpoff . Having hiked extensively in the area, she is well known in the Smokies hiking community for her blog, “Endless Streams and Forests.” To reserve copies of her books 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.
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