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Wednesday, September 27, noon: The Bookaholics will discuss The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.
When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits struggling against their meager circumstances. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony, whose feud with his next-door neighbor threatens to ruin his family. Georgie is a sex worker who half-heartedly joins a born-again movement to escape her profession and drug habit. And Jimmy Phelan, the most fearsome gangster in the city and Maureen’s estranged son, finds that his mother’s bizarre attempts at redemption threaten his entire organization.
Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places.
Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m.: Fall into Poetry with the Atomic Blondes. Linda Parsons, poet, playwright, and editor, will read new work and from her recent poetry collection, This Shaky Earth. Rita Sims Quillen, also a novelist and musician, will share work from her distinctive volume, The Mad Farmer’s Wife, and throw in a song. Susan O’Dell Underwood, co-publisher at Sapling Grove Press, will “Holler” for us and read from her debut collection, Love and Other Hungers.
Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m.: An evening with Denise Kiernan, best-selling author of The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home.
Join Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with Denise Kiernan at the East Tennessee History Center. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6 p.m., and Kiernan will speak and present a slideshow about The Last Castle at 7 p.m. and sign copies of the book afterward.
Tickets for this event are $10 each and can be purchased online, at Union Ave Books, and at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop. Ticket holders may purchase copies of The Last Castle from Union Ave Books at the event at a discount of 10%.
“A great history that has motivated me to make another trip to Asheville! Loved it!” — Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL, for the American Booksellers Association’s October 2017 Indie Next List
Saturday, October 7, 2 p.m.: Book signing with A. D. Asher, author of My Friend the Sunsphere.
Asher created this children’s photo storybook with the intention of helping children fall in love with Knoxville, this city they’re growing up in or even just visiting. This engaging story with captivating photos will spark young imaginations and bring families closer, as parents and children read and laugh together.
Thursday, October 12, 6 p.m.: Book signing with New York Times best-selling novelist Wiley Cash, who will read from his new novel, The Last Ballad.
Set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, The Last Ballad is the chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill. It is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice.
Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now-forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.
Sunday, October 15, 2–4 p.m.: Book signing with memoirist Jim Minick, who will read from his first novel, Fire Is Your Water. This event is a fundraiser for the Appalachian Community Fund, and 20% of sales will be donated to the fund.
Sacred chants are Ada Franklin’s power and her medicine. By saying them, she can remove warts, stanch bleeding, and draw the fire from burns. At age 20, her reputation as a faith healer defines her in her rural Pennsylvania community. But on the day in 1953 that her family’s barn is consumed by flame, her identity as a healer is upended. The heat, the roar of the blaze, and the bellows of the trapped cows change Ada. For the first time, she fears death and doubts God. With her belief goes her power to heal. Then Ada meets an agnostic named Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero.
Wednesday, October 18, 6 p.m.: The Southern Writers Book Group will discuss A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.
One of the most celebrated novels of its time, the Pulitzer Prize winner A Summons to Memphis introduces the Carver family, natives of Nashville and residents, with the exception of Phillip, of Memphis, Tennessee. During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon in March, New York book editor Phillip Carver receives an urgent phone call from each of his older, unmarried sisters. They plead with him to help avert their widower father’s impending remarriage to a younger woman. Hesitant to get embroiled in a family drama, he reluctantly agrees to go back south, only to discover the true motivation behing his sisters’ concern. While there, Phillip is forced to confront his domineering siblings, a controlling patriarch, and a flood of memories from this troubled past.
Wednesday, October 25, noon: The Bookaholics will discuss Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood.
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.
Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m.: Book signing with David Brill, who will read from his new book, Into the Mist: Tales of Death and Disaster, Mishaps and Misdeeds, Misfortune and Mayhem in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The beautiful, mist-shrouded Smoky Mountains can, and sometimes do, turn deadly. David Brill’s book depicts men and women in extreme situations, struggling to survive against brutal and often deadly adversity. Readers will piece together the events leading to a tragic encounter between an elementary school teacher and two black bears in the park’s backcountry; share in the heroic response of the park’s rangers in the face of brutal weather events, including the March 1993 “Storm of the Century” and their successful efforts to rescue hundreds of stranded visitors and ultimately prevent loss of life and limb; experience a lone hiker’s final moments as he succumbs to bitter cold without benefit of a shelter as wind-driven snow piles ever higher on the trail; learn how the body of a murdered Jane Doe discovered in a park stream led to a cross-country hunt for her killer; and much more.
Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.: Book signing with poet Cathy Kodra. She will also read from her new book, Under an Adirondack Moon.