Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Knoxville History Project: Upcoming Events

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Lectures and Literature & readings

We have so many programs and events that we are involved in, here’s a quick look at what’s coming up!

Put July 18 on your calendar. Our next Maple Hall talk will explore the subject of Summer in Knoxville in literature (Agee, McCarthy, and Giovanni, among others, all dealt with it vividly) and in life, outlining what we know of how Knoxvillians endured summers without air-conditioning 100-200 years ago. Maple Hall, by the way, is air-conditioned, and multiple cold beverages are available.

For more information on upcoming events, visit

Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Music

Man in the (Rearview) Mirror - LaRue Cook - Thursday, July 11th @ 6:30pm
As American identity becomes increasingly fractured, LaRue Cook takes us on a deeply personal journey of self-discovery by a former corporate sports-editor-turned-Uber driver. Part voyeuristic, part inspirational, sometimes hilarious, always thoughtful and probing, Man in the (Rearview) Mirror is a book about learning how to love yourself at a time in America when it is often too easy to hate. With compassion for his passengers and himself, Cook carefully navigates us to a place of forgiveness, patience, and, hopefully, peace.

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss - Margaret Renkl - Friday, July 12th @ 6:00 pm
From New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world. Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

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,