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Wednesday, March 29, noon: The Bookaholics will discuss A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.
Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again.
A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy — would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather — as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.
An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man’s path through extraordinary times, A God in Ruins proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
Sunday, April 9, 7 p.m.: Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and First Presbyterian Church will host an evening with bestselling author Anne Lamott at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, in downtown Knoxville.
This event is sold out.
Lamott, who is known for her ability to address issues of faith, family, and community with wit, wisdom, and a touch of irreverence, is the author of several bestsellers, including Small Victories, Stitches, and Help, Thanks, Wow.
In Hallelujah Anyway, Lamott suggests that we can begin to find meaning in our lives by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” Recognizing the presence and importance of mercy there and everywhere else can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and to more honest connections with each other. “Mercy is radical kindness,” she says, and “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
Wednesday, April 26, noon: The Bookaholics will discuss Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a young woman’s confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations. The partially autobiographical novel explores the subtle bonds between parent and child and the complexities of love and grief.
Do you party at bookstores? We do, especially on Independent Bookstore Day! Join the celebration on Saturday, April 29.
We’ll have door prizes, giveaways, readings, and light refreshments.
About Independent Bookstore Day: Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to giveaways, readings, refreshments, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.