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Saturday, August 18, 2 p.m.: Book signing with David Burnsworth, author of Bad Time To Be in It, a Blu Carraway mystery.
The past is never past. Sometimes it repeats itself. And sometimes it comes back to pay a visit.
Blu Carraway, flush with cash and back in business, never had it so good. Or so he thought. The reality is his love life is in shambles, his business partner is spending too much time with women half his age and not enough time on the job, and someone close goes missing.
Blu tries to avoid the first and second by focusing on his work, but it’s the third that very nearly does him and everyone around him in.His business partner goes off the rails, his friends show their true colors, and he realizes that getting closure sometimes means walking away from everything.
With a case from the past gone wrong twice, a loved one in trouble, and an unanswered marriage proposal, it’s a bad time to be in it for Blu Carraway Investigations.
Sunday, August 19, 6 p.m.: After Hours Poetry reading with Alex Manley, We Are All Just Animals & Plants (2016); additional poets TBA.
Alex Manley is a Montreal Writer. A graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program, he was the winner of the 2012 Irving Layton Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve magazine, Carte Blanche, the Puritan, Powder Keg, and the Association of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day feature. This is his debut poetry collection.
Thursday, August 30, 6 p.m.: The Perfect Union Book Group will discuss Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin at Pearl on Union.
Thursday, August 30, 7 p.m.: Author Elizabeth Catte will discuss her book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia at the East Tennessee History Center at a special evening edition of Books Sandwiched In.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Knox County Public Library, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, and Union Ave Books. Copies of Catte’s book will be available for purchase.
Sunday, September 9, 2 p.m.: Authors Deborah Gold and Wendy Welch will talk about their books, Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond, and Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia.
Tuesday, September 18, 6 p.m.: Author Allison Varnes will discuss Property of the Rebel Librarian, her new book for young readers.
Wednesday, September 19, noon: The Bookaholics Book Group will discuss Margaret Drabble’s The Dark Flood Rises.
Wednesday, September 19, 6 p.m.: The Southern Writers Book Group will discuss No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.
Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m.: Lisa Patton will talk about her new novel, Rush, a Southern Independent Booksellers’ Alliance Okra Pick.
Sunday, September 23, 2 p.m.: Knoxville native and award-winning journalist Barbara Aston-Wash will talk about Bless Her Heart, her novel based on the life of Ellen McClung Berry, daughter of Hugh Lawson McClung and Ella Gibbins McClung.
Monday, September 24, 6 p.m.: Kerri Maniscalco, author of Escaping from Houdini, with be joined by Destiny Soria, author of Iron Cast, for a book signing and discussion.
Sunday, October 7, 2 p.m.: Author Charles Dodd White will talk about and sign copies of his new novel, In the House of Wilderness, a story about the modern South and how we fight through hardship and grief to find a way home.
Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m.: Clay Bonnyman Evans will discuss his latest book, Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II.