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City Lights Bookstore

Sylva, North Carolina, USA

City Lights Bookstore specializes in Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Studies, Education, Gardening, General Trade, Modern First Editions, Natural History, Outdoors/Travel - Appalachia.

About City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore is located in Sylva, North Carolina, a small Main Street town nestled in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our goal is to share the literature of the Appalachian region with the world and the world of good books with our community.

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City Lights Bookstore

3 East Jackson Street
Sylva, NC 28779 USA
Phone: (828) 568-9499

Terms of sale for City Lights Bookstore

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express bank cards plus PayPal, money orders or checks in U.S. funds. Libraries invoiced with a purchase order. North Carolina residents please add 7% sales tax or provide a tax exemption ID number. Expedited and international shipping charges will be quoted with confirmation of the order. Digital photo available of any book cover, simply call us (828-586-9499) or email. Dust jackets can be enclosed in a mylar cover for a fee of $3.98 per volume.

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

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We also have a brick-and-mortar store! Visit us at:

3 East Jackson Street
Sylva, NC, United States
Store Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

City Lights Bookstore is a member of:

  • American Booksellers Association

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Interview with Chris Wilcox of City Lights Bookstore

When did you get started in bookselling?
December 1997
What drew you to bookselling?
I had been thinking about pursuing a library degree after burning out as a paramedic. A longtime family friend had been running this bookstore in downtown Sylva since 1986. She hired me as a frontline bookseller and I soon realized I had found my vocation.
Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
Joyce Shields Moore... see above regarding my start in the trade. She sold me the shop in 2010 and continues to be someone I can talk to at critical junctures.
What are your specialties as a dealer?
Appalachia and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. We're also strong in Natural History and other topics related to rural life and the great outdoors.
Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
Yes, we do. We're open seven days a week year-round and keep longer hours than most of our neighbors in this small, mountain town.
If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
We've been lucky to work with a noble bunch of shop cats over the years. Miss Kitty, Charlie, Rowena -- there have some been some real legends skulking through these stacks. We are currently in the reign of Cedric.