Calendar of Events
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Ijams Nature Center: An Evening with Cindy Ross
Ijams Nature Center and Mast General Store will present an Ijams Camp Scholarship Fundraiser featuring author, photographer and speaker Cindy Ross on Tuesday, May 21. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the presentation begins at 6:30.
The program is FREE for current Ijams members. The cost for nonmembers is $5 and will go toward a scholarship for an at-risk or underserved child to attend a week of Ijams Nature Adventure Summer Camp this summer. Donations also will be accepted.
During her multimedia presentation, Ross will share how parents can provide experiential education closer to home for their own children during a multimedia presentation about her most recent book, The World is Our Classroom – How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education.
The book shares Ross’ expertise gleaned from 24 years of mothering as a writer, an outdoor adventurer and a home-school facilitator, through presentations and workshops. By sharing her story, along with honest insights from her children about the importance of their unusual education, Ross aims to empower parents to believe they can be their children’s best and most important educators.
Ross will sign books after the presentation and will have the following books available for purchase: The World is Our Classroom, Scraping Heaven, Journey on the Crest and A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.
For more than 35 years, Ross has found peace, happiness and contentment while walking and cycling the trails across North America. As a single woman, she crossed the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail, penning and illustrating her first book, A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.
When she and her husband had children, their travels became a family affair. With two small children in tow, they embarked on a five-summer, 3100-mile trek, using llamas as kid carriers and packers to carry supplies and diapers across the Rocky Mountains. The journey took five summers, 500 miles at a time. The last stretch through New Mexico was desert, so they traded llamas for tandem mountain bikes and trailers loaded with 100 pounds of gear for the last 650 miles to the Mexican border. She captured it all in her sixth book, Scraping Heaven – A Family’s Journey Along the Continental Divide.
The trek opened Ross’ eyes to the value of experiential education. Inspired, she created a new way to supplement her children’s education by developing learning opportunities in 12 countries while they lived simply and traveled on foot and bicycle.
Ijams Visitor Center Multipurpose Room
At Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
This program is FREE for current Ijams members; the cost for nonmembers is $5.
Friends of the Knox County Library: Award-Winning Journalist/Author Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg's momma doesn't own a single cookbook, but that hasn't kept her
from knowing what it takes to put a great meal on the table.
"Home Cookin' with Rick Bragg" will feature his momma's biggest fan talking
about his recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's
Table, on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Ronni Lundy, author
of Victuals, will join Bragg on stage.
Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Bragg's loving
tribute to the South, his family, and his extraordinary mother, Margaret.
Skillet by skillet, the stories and recipes come from Bragg's ancestors,
from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a
thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of three best-selling
memoirs and numerous other books, Bragg is the recipient of the Southern
Independent Booksellers Alliance's 2019 Southern Book Prize for Nonfiction
for The Best Cook in the World as well as the organization's 2019 Conroy
Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at knoxbijou.org<https://knoxfriends.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f00ba5328fdad3b9526f
a709&id=8959b49143&e=7349c2cb69> . The ticket price includes a copy of The
Best Cook in the World. The event will be hosted by Friends of the Knox
County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, and Union Ave Books.
For more information about this event, please visit
Marilyn Kallet: Spring Poetry Events
Marilyn Kallet, City of Knoxville's Poet Laureate
*March 22, noon: Poetry reading for WDVX, inaugural show for the new series. Visit Knoxville, 301 South Gay Street, Knoxville.
*March 22 and 23, 7 p.m.: Discussion leader with Dawnie Steadman, Regal Cinemas, premiere of “To Dust,” featuring Matthew Broderick, set at the Body Farm.
March 28, 4 p.m., Poetry workshop, ETSU, hosted by Jesse Graves. GRAVESJ@mail.etsu.edu
*March 28, 6 p.m., Poetry reading and workshop, “Writing Praise Poems in Troubled Times,” Johnson City Public Library. 100 West Millard Street, Johnson City.
*April 4, 7 p.m. Poetry reading with Donna Doyle, Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Central United Methodist Church, 201 Third Avenue, Knoxville.
April 13. Reading for the Botanical Gardens, in Linda Parsons Marion’s garden! 11-1 p.m., 2909 Fountain Park Boulevard, Knoxville. firstname.lastname@example.org (Fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical Gardens).
April 21: 11:15-12:30, Reading with Patricia Clark and Alice Friman, North American Review poetry conference, Bartlett Hall, Room 1000. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
April 26, noon, poem for the Mayor’s State of the City address.
April 27-May 5, residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar.
May 2nd, 6-8:30 p.m., Marilyn Kallet will be honored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at the Soirée, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. For tickets, contact VCCA Executive Director Joy Heyrman, email@example.com. (Fundraiser for the Virginia Center).
June 7-18, Mentor for “Writing the River” residency in Auvillar, France. Sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Knoxville History Project: Upcoming Events
We have so many programs and events that we are involved in, here’s a quick look at what’s coming up!
Maple Hall Third Thursday: Jennifer Montomery on the Dixie Lee Highway
Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm
Knoxville Walking Tours
Civil War - 4/26 at 10:30am
Gunslingers - 4/26 at 5:00pm
The Early Years - 4/27 at 1:00pm
Shadow Side - 4/27 at 7:30pm
The Early Years - 5/3 at 10:30am
Shadow Side 2 - 5/3 at 8:00pm
Music History - 5/4 at 4:00pm
Gunslingers - 5/5 at 3:30pm
For more information on upcoming events, visit http://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/
Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events
Knox Young Writers Open Mic Night
Sunday May 19th, 6-7:30pm
Union Ave Books
Join us for a special night celebrating the young writers of Knoxville at a literary open mic on Sunday May 19th at 6:00pm with a musical appearance by the Pinklets!
Tuesday, May 21st - 7 PM - Rick Bragg w/ Ronni Lundy @ The Bijou Theatre
Join Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, and Union Ave Books for an evening with Rick Bragg. Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist, and author of two best-selling memoirs and numerous other books, will talk about his most recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table, with Ronni Lundy, the author of Victuals. Each $30 ticket includes a copy of The Best Cook in the World. Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Bragg's loving tribute to the South, his family, and his extraordinary mother. Skillet by skillet, the stories and recipes come from Bragg's ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they inspired.
For more information on all our events, visit our website. Free and open to the public. UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180, www.unionavebooks.com