Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Knoxville History Project: Brown Bag Lecture with Jack Neely

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Lectures and Literature & readings

“Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to its Stories and Places”

Join Jack Neely for a Brown Bag Lecture and book signing as he discusses his latest book, Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor's Guide to Its Stories and Places, a comprehensive and engaging guide to scores of sites and institutions relevant to the city's endlessly fascinating, but often little known, history. Jack will also identify historic locations across the city that define Knoxville's uniqueness as an Appalachian town deeply rooted in the past, as well as the remarkable individuals who have left their mark on the "scruffy city", making it quite possibly the most American of cities. A book signing will follow the lecture.

A well-known local author and historian, Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project and for many years authored the popular "Knoxville's Secret History," column in the Metro Pulse. Other publications include Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth, Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City, From The Shadow Side: And Other Stories Of Knoxville, Tennessee, and The Marble City: A Photographic Tour of Knoxville's Graveyards.

The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 18, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a "Brown Bag" lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks are available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Story Thyme

  • April 3, 2019 — October 30, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Grow with us! Pre-school age children are invited to join the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum for Story Thyme in the Garden. Every week we’ll learn a new theme as we explore the garden, read a story book, and do a fun craft. Remember: Story Thyme is rain or shine!

When: Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. from April through October

Where: Outdoor Explorer Classroom, located at 2649 Boyd’s Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914

Cost: FREE for Garden members and 37914-37915 neighbors; $5 suggested donation for participating non-members

Questions? Call us at 865-862-8717 or email info@knoxgarden.org

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717, www.knoxgarden.org

Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Music

Mysteries of Union Avenue with Knoxville History Project
Friday September 6 at 6:00pm at Union Avenue Books

All very old streets have mysteries, and Union Avenue, which forms the southern border of Market Square, may have more than its share. One of America’s most idealistically progressive initiatives was launched from a building diagonally across the street from a shabby burlesque house that featured profanely bizarre clowns and dancing girls. Occasionally, on the street outside, you might encounter French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre; Indian head of state Jawaharlal Nehru; doomed journalist Ernie Pyle; Bill Johnson, the last surviving slave of a U.S. president; and a shadowy character called Webfoot Watts. As it happens, they all had business on Union Avenue. As part of Knoxville’s First Friday, 20% of all proceeds from the evening at Union Ave. Books will support KHP. Come out for the program and plan to buy a book or a gift for someone.

Because You're Mine by Rhea Frey - Tuesday September 10 @ 6:00
Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe. But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt? Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him. Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead. But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. And what will happen to Mason, as the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light? Perhaps it's no mystery someone is gone after all… Because You're Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense. Prepare to stay up all night.

With a degree in creative writing from Columbia and six traditionally published books under her belt, Rea has helped hundreds of clients refine, hone, and craft their own ideas into full-fledged books. Whether it’s working on a book proposal to sell to a publisher, ghostwriting a memoir, or consulting on a great idea, Rea’s fifteen years in the publishing industry will clarify the message, mission, audience, and ultimately help find a home for a client’s work. When she’s not promoting her novels, NOT HER DAUGHTER, and her upcoming release, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE, you can find her creating writing workshops, ogling her sexy husband, homeschooling her incredible daughter, or plotting her next great adventure.

Linda Parsons "solo launch" for Candescent
September 29 at UAB

Pauletta Hansel is the former Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. She publishes widely and is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. She has served as Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College in Kentucky and leads writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. Palindrome, Hansel’s sixth collection, is brave and brilliant. The vision of its title—a word that spells itself in both directions—infuses the whole with understanding that, as she was her mother’s daughter, so she has become mother to the child who is her mother suffering dementia. Whether writing in fixed forms, free forms, or from her mother’s written memories, Hansel creates a way to bear her readers, her mother, and herself though this harrowing time. This is a hard-won, heart-won book. —George Ella Lyon

Linda Parsons coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM’s weekly reading series, with Stellasue Lee and is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She publishes widely and is the copy editor for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s literary website. She also serves as playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville. [In Candescent,] Linda Parsons honors grief. She shares with us her knowing that as the threads of our lives unravel, so too, gifts materialize in ways we never dreamed. Here, trauma is transformed into a journey of enlightenment. We come to understand that what first appears as a door marked “Loss,” the author walks through victorious, fully revitalized, with a flare of capriciousness. She finds a new depth of being, and joy in every breath taken. —Stellasue Lee

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