An evening with Sam Venable

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Author to speak at Tennessee Reads book club on April 12

You are invited to join Tennessee Reads for an evening with author and award-winning Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Sam Venable, Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., at the University Club (Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive).

Venable will discuss his book Rock-Elephant: A Story of Friendship and Fishing, a poignant account of his 27-year friendship with Ray Hubbard, a sewing machine repairman, lay preacher and excellent bass angler. Although the two men were very different, they shared a love of the outdoors and bass fishing that allowed them to develop a deep and lasting friendship.

Tennessee Reads is a book club that celebrates the outstanding literature of Tennessee and features titles from the University of Tennessee Press.




Award-winning student authors to read works

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Final Writers in the Library features creative writing students on April 25

Students in UT’s Creative Writing Program compete annually for the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes in fiction and poetry. Winners will be announced April 12 and will read from their award-winning works at the final WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY event of the season, 7 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The prizes were endowed by the same long-time UT English professor, author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

Winners of the 2005 John C. Hodges Graduate Fiction Award are Jessica Weintraub, for her story Base Pairs, and Brad Tice, for his story How to Become an American Boy. Poetry Award winners are Brad Tice for his poem “Arabesque,” and Casie Fedukovich, for her poem “Dichotomy of Fur and Feather.”

Author of Harbrace Handbook made significant contributions to University Libraries, English lit

Dr. John C. Hodges came to UT Knoxville in 1921 and was named head of the English department in 1938, remaining in that position until his retirement in 1962.

His enthusiastic commitment to learning did not end with retirement, however. Three years earlier he had begun the task of improving the university’s library collection, and he continued to serve voluntarily as coordinator of library development, soliciting contributions of both books and money until his death in 1967.

His 41 years at the University were marked by far-reaching contributions to the study of English literature and the improvement of educational methods. Dr. Hodges’ influence on the teaching of English continues today through his Harbrace College Handbook, the most widely used college text in the country.

The current John C. Hodges Main Library, which opened in 1987, was constructed around the John C. Hodges Undergraduate Library built in 1969.






Experience “storetry” at Writers in the Library

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Featuring poet & printmaker Kevin Bradley on April 4

YEE-HAWwallostoretry-thumb.jpgKevin Bradley, talented poet, printmaker and co-owner of Yee-Haw Industries, will be the featured author at the April 4 WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY event. Bradley will read his poems and talk about the process of hand-printing giant versions of the poems on a letterpress. Some of these 9-foot-high creations – which Bradley calls “storetry” – will be on display at the reading.

Yee-Haw Industries, owned and run by Kevin Bradley and Julie Belcher, is located on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Yee-Haw is famous for letterpress posters and woodcut prints.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.




Experience “storetry” at Writers in the Library

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Featuring poet & printmaker Kevin Bradley on April 4

Kevin Bradley, talented poet, printmaker and co-owner of Yee-Haw Industries, will be the featured author at the April 4 WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY event. Bradley will read his poems and talk about the process of hand-printing giant versions of the poems on a letterpress. Some of these 9-foot-high creations – which Bradley calls “storetry” – will be on display at the reading.

Yee-Haw Industries, owned and run by Kevin Bradley and Julie Belcher, is located on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Yee-Haw is famous for letterpress posters and woodcut prints.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.






“Love Your Libraries” Fun Run Benefits University of Tennessee Libraries

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More than 130 runners turn out to support University Libraries

Thirteen is a lucky number for the libraries at the University of Tennessee this year, as it marks the 13th anniversary of the annual “Love Your Libraries” 5K Fun Run. The race, which took place on Feb. 19, is sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate to benefit the UT Libraries.

The success of the event is the work of many hands. Graduate students solicit sponsors and organize the event, the Knoxville Track Club clocks and ranks runners, and UT Athletics matches Fun Run proceeds dollar-for-dollar. UT Athletics support of the Libraries has become a tradition. At the 2005 Fun Run, UT Lady Vols soccer team players were on hand to cheer runners across the finish line.

The race attracts serious competitors, as well as avid library supporters who pay the race fee and participate in a one-mile Fun Walk. Non-runners customarily include babies in race buggies and dogs sporting Fun Run t-shirts.

Of the 177 registrants, 132 completed the 3.1-mile course through the heart of UT’s campus. Overall winners were 16-year-old Andrew Shankles with a winning time of 17:43; Vijay Vulava, 37, with a time of 20:06 and Elliot Hallum, 22, finishing with a time of 20:25. Male and female masters were Kenneth Harrell and Sheree Hidalgo; Grandmasters were Keith Hall and Elaine Evans.

This year, in honor of UT’s Environmental Semester, during which environmental issues were a central theme in classes and campus events, Fun Run proceeds will be used to purchase materials with an environmental focus.






Student Artists–Make Your Break into the Art Scene

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Students can submit their work to a juried exhibition
ArtInTheLib4a.jpgStudent artists have a new opportunity to show off their works–the University Libraries are sponsoring “Student Art in the Library,” a juried exhibition that will showcase only student art.

“This is a great opportunity for students to exhibit their artwork in a professional venue,” Jennifer Beals, Art and Architecture Librarian, said. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate work or professional positions in the arts need exhibit experience in their resumes, Beals continued.

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