Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

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!

Third Thursday at Maple Hall: "Riot of 1919 - Centennial Discussion with Robert Booker
Thursday 8/15 at 6:30pm

East Tennessee History Fair
Saturday, 8/17

Tennessee Theatre Tour
Tuesday, 8/27 at 7:00pm

Long Table Dinner in the Old City
Sunday, 10/6

For more information on upcoming events, visit http://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/

Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Music

Reading with Linda Parsons and Pauletta Hansel
Sunday, August 18, 2 pm

This reading follows our poetry workshop the previous day for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's/dementia, sponsored by the Knoxville Writers' Guild and the Alzheimer's Association. (If you're interested in the workshop, please register at knoxvillewritersguild.org.) At UAB, Pauletta will read from her Weatherford Award-winning collection, Palindrome, and I from my new collection, Candescent, both of us writing through our journey as caregivers to our mother and father, respectively. We'll share lighter fare as well!

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