Jamie Quatro to read at UT library, Jan. 27

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Jamie Quatro. Photo by Kristen Brock.

Jamie Quatro will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, January 27th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

In March 2013, Quatro’s debut story collection, I Want To Show You More (Grove Press), was released to critical acclaim: Dwight Garner of the New York Times calls it, “Subtle, sexy, and reflective.” The collection is a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times, and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker. The collection is currently a finalist for the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.

Quatro’s work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, she is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and in the forthcoming 9th edition of The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters).

Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at Oxford American magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Street Fair and free pizza at library, Wed. 1/15

Start 2014 right at the library’s New Year’s Resolutions Street Fair and Pizza Panel, Wednesday, January 15, at Hodges Library.

Pizza Panel: Communicating and Interacting with Professors, Advisors, Librarians, and Other Campus Academic Support
12:30-1:30 pm
Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library

Ask questions and get tips on how to build relationships with faculty and staff while eating free pizza.

Academic Success Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
2nd floor, Hodges Library

Learn about Career Services, the Writing Center, Student Success Center, and others. Get help, on the spot, with citing sources, resume writing, and computer questions. Earn tickets for a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards.

What does a great paper look like?
2nd floor, Hodges Library
Our larger-than-life display showcases all the elements of a good paper. Check it out.

Star in a library poster
2nd floor entrance, Hodges Library
Want to be UT Famous? Join other campus celebrities to star in your own “READ” poster. Strike a pose reading your favorite book, and your photograph could appear on the Libraries’ next poster. Drop by, bring a favorite book (or borrow one of ours), bring a friend, wear a snazzy costume if you wish, and pose for our professional photographer. Then visit us on Faceboook (/utklibraries) to vote for your favorite student-star. Later photo sessions will be held at the Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library (Thursday, Jan. 16, noon-2:00 pm) and Music Library (Friday, Jan. 17, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm). More info here.

During final exams: longer hours and “de-stress” activities

During finals, campus libraries will be open additional hours and will offer activities to help students “de-stress.” De-Stress For Success activities are co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate, Student Assessment of Instruction System, and the Safety, Environment, and Education Center.

EXTENDED HOURS

Hodges Library:
All floors of Hodges Library will be open continuously from noon, Sunday, December 1, until midnight on Thursday, December 12.

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Watch for our super-fun photo booth!

Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library:
Wed., Dec. 4 – Thurs., Dec. 5 —7:30 am – midnight
Fri., Dec. 6 — 7:30 am – 8 pm
Sat., Dec. 7 — 9 am – 8 pm
Sun., Dec. 8 — noon – midnight
Mon., Dec. 9 – Wed., Dec. 11 — 7:30 am – midnight
Thurs., Dec. 12 — 7:30 am – 6 pm

George F. DeVine Music Library:
Wed., Dec. 4 – Thurs., Dec. 5 — 8 am – 11 pm
Fri., Dec. 6 — 8 am – 5 pm
Sat., Dec. 7 — 10 am – 7 pm
Sun., Dec. 8 — 2 pm – 11 pm
Mon., Dec. 9 – Wed., Dec. 11 — 8 am – 11 pm
Thurs., Dec. 12 — 8 am – 6 pm

DE-STRESS FOR SUCCESS

Hodges Library will host a number of activities to help students who are feeling overwhelmed by final exams. HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs and massage therapists will be on hand to help students unwind. Student Health Clinic staff will offer “Well-Being Tips” for healthful eating and managing stress. Staff from SAIS (Student Assessment of Instruction System) will hand out popsicles for an energy boost on Study Day. Ongoing activities include games, cartoons, and coloring books in Room 251. And watch for our free Photo Booth!

Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library also will host HABIT dogs and will offer snacks, board games, and origami. For an entertaining distraction, join the Pendergrass folks for a screening of the movie Red 2 at 3:30 pm on Monday, December 9.

DE-STRESS
Wed., Dec. 4 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
noon – 2 pm SAIS ice cream Commons
1-4 pm Free massages Commons
5-7 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
Thurs., Dec. 5 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs AgVetMed Library
Fri., Dec. 6 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
Mon., Dec. 9 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs AgVetMed Library
1-4 pm Free massages Commons
3:30 pm movie: Red 2 A118 CVM (Ag campus)
4-6 pm Photo Booth POD Market
5-7 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
Tues., Dec. 10 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs AgVetMed Library
1-4 pm Free massages Commons
4-6 pm Photo Booth POD Market
5-7 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
Wed., Dec. 11 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
1-4 pm Free massages Commons
5-7 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
Thurs., Dec. 12 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs AgVetMed Library
1-4 pm Free massages Commons
Fri., Dec. 13 10 am – noon Well-Being Tips Commons
noon – 2 pm HABIT dogs Melrose exit

Knoxville and the Civil War: you are invited to a lecture

KnoxCivilWar_smallDuring the Civil War, Knoxville, Tennessee was almost equally divided between Confederate and Union sympathizers.

Professor Tracy McKenzie, author of the book on the subject — Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War — will offer a lecture in the John C. Hodges Library on Thursday, November 14. The public is invited. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. A reception and music in the Jack E. Reese Galleria begin at 5:30 p.m.

Lincolnites and Rebels details Knoxville’s complex Civil War experience from the viciously partisan journalism of characters like William G. “Parson” Brownlow to post-war conflicts over the issue of emancipation.

Knoxville in the mid-nineteenth century was a commercial center, and during the Civil War was a strategically important juncture in the railroad that linked the eastern and western theaters of the war. Consequently, Knoxville was under continuous military occupation throughout the war.

Nearly forty-thousand soldiers fought over the town in the fall of 1863. The bloody Battle of Fort Sanders, the climactic battle in the siege of Knoxville, took place 150 years ago this month, less than a quarter mile from the current John C. Hodges Library.

The UT Libraries is marking the sesquicentennial with a new digital collection that highlights the libraries’ excellent holdings of Civil War documents. Selected letters and journals in the Digital Civil War Collection capture the perspectives and personal experiences of soldiers and civilians.

CartesDeVisite2_smallCivil War artifacts from the UT Libraries’ collections are now on display in the Special Collections reading room, 121 Hodges Library. Among the items on display are an Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America signed by an imprisoned Confederate soldier to secure his parole; a Union veteran’s badge cast from bronze taken from Confederate cannons; and the signed carte de visite of General Ambrose Burnside, leader of the defending Union troops at the Battle of Fort Sanders.

The public is invited to interact with fellow Civil War enthusiasts, examine gems from the Libraries’ collections, and enjoy the music of old-time Appalachian string band Boogertown Gap.

“The Librarian and the Banjo”: film screening and discussion

Librarian&Banjo2Music librarian Dena Epstein worked for 25 years to prove the African origin of the banjo and banjo music. The filmmaker who documented the librarian’s contribution to ethnomusicology will host a free screening and discussion of his film, The Librarian and the Banjo, in the Hodges Library auditorium, 2 p.m., Thursday, November 14. Filmmaker Jim Carrier will be in Knoxville for the 16th Annual Banjo Gathering.

The Librarian and the Banjo tells the story of music librarian Dena Epstein, whose trailblazing scholarship documented the musical contributions of African slaves to the New World and proved that the banjo was a slave instrument with West African roots. Her work shattered myths and sparked a remarkable revival of black string band music.

Dena Epstein worked at the Newark Public Library and the Library of Congress in the late 1940s before taking a hiatus to raise her children. As filmmaker Jim Carrier explains on the cover notes to The Librarian and the Banjo:

“On one of many weekend trips to the New York Public Library to find her next research topic, she discovered a citation of the Civil War diary of William Francis Allen, the first author of Slave Songs of the United States. At the time academic musicology dismissed slave music as unoriginal, derivative of white, European music, and not worth studying. Working on her own, Dena pored through 10,000 volumes — novels, slave narratives, diaries of slave owners in Jamaica and Barbados — to gather historical evidence of a rich slave culture.”

Epstein’s subsequent publication of her findings “revolutionized our understanding of American music… Today, we take for granted that African-American music is the tap root of popular American music. We owe much of that knowledge to this music librarian who set out to correct history.”

The Librarian and the Banjo also examines why the banjo, an instrument whose roots spring from Africa and African Americans, was eventually almost completely abandoned by African Americans.

The film’s soundtrack includes music on gourd akontings, minstrel instruments, and bluegrass banjos. Musicians interviewed in the film include the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, as well as local traditional music/banjo expert and park ranger, Bobby Fulcher.

The public is invited to the screening.

Knoxville & the Civil War: lecture, Nov. 14

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The public is invited to a lecture by
Professor Tracy McKenzie,
scholar of Civil War-era Tennessee.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
John C. Hodges Library
6:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium

Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria.
Civil War artifacts will be on display in our Special Collections reading room.

Tracy McKenzie, professor and chair of the department of history at Wheaton College, is the author of two award-winning books on the Upper South during the American Civil War, One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee and Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War. Lincolnites and Rebels explores the civil war within Civil War by tracing the experience of a single community deeply divided between Unionist and Confederate sympathies: Knoxville, Tennessee. The Battle of Fort Sanders (November 29, 1863), the decisive engagement in the campaign to gain control of the city of Knoxville and the railroad that linked the Confederacy east and west, took place less than a quarter mile from the site of the current John C. Hodges Library.
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Winning student artworks to be unveiled Oct. 15

Student Art in the Library will unveil the fall exhibition of student works and announce the prize winners at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, in 135 Hodges Library. Each fall and spring, a committee of library staff members holds a juried exhibition of two-dimensional works by UT students. The selected pieces are installed in our exhibition space in 135 Hodges Library and remain on display throughout the semester. This fall, Student Art in the Library received 68 entries from 29 UT student artists. The Student Art in the Library contest awards a First Prize of $300, a Second Prize of $150, and a Third Prize of $75.

More at: library.utk.edu/artinlibrary

Jess Walter at Writers in the Library, Oct. 7

Jess-Walter-smallJess Walter will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others. His most recent novel, the New York Times-bestseller Beautiful Ruins, has been hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction. Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

Walter’s other publications include The Financial Lives of Poets, The Zero, Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, Over Tumbled Graves, and Every Knee Shall Bow (rereleased as Ruby Ridge). The Financial Lives of Poets was Time Magazine’s #2 novel of the year for 2009; The Zero was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and winner of the LA Times Book Prize; and Citizen Vince was winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel.

Jess Walter lives with his wife Anne and children in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.

Students are invited to an informal chat with the author on Monday, October 7, 3:00–4:00 p.m., in 1210 McClung Tower.

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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Poet Edward Hirsch at Writers in the Library, Sept. 30

Ed_Hirsch_2Poet Edward Hirsch will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium (1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN). The event is free and open to the public.

Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also written four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller, and Poet’s Choice (2006), which is based on his columns for the Washington Post Book World. He edits the series “The Writer’s World” (Trinity University Press). He has edited Transforming Vision: Writers on Arts (1994), Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and To a Nightingale (2007), and co-edited A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (2004) and The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008).

Hirsch holds a B.A. from Grinnell College (1972) and a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania (1979). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and holds seven honorary degrees. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years and now serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

• On Monday, September 30, Hirsch will offer a presentation for UT researchers on what makes a successful Guggenheim application, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Room 405 Tickle Engineering Building.

• Students are invited to an informal chat with the author on Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 to noon, in 1210 McClung Tower.

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Edward Hirsch’s visit is funded by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and the UT Office of Research. Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Poets Jeff Hardin and Kali Meister at Writers in the Library, Sept. 23

Hardin_smallPoets Jeff Hardin and Kali Meister will read from their works at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium (1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN). The event is free and open to the public.

Jeff Hardin is the author of two books of poetry: Notes for a Praise Book (Jacar Press, 2012) and Fall Sanctuary (Story Line Press, 2004), and a recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. His chapbooks are Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press, 2002) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House, 2003). His poems have been featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. He is a professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee.

Meister_smallKali Meister is an award-winning poet, actor, and filmmaker who served as the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence of the UT Libraries, 2008–2009. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her full-length play, After Autumn, was a finalist in the 2010 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the Barter Theatre. She is co-founder of She Wonder Production; its films have been selections of the Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival, the Secret City Film Festival, and the Knoxville Horror Film Fest. Meister teaches theater at Pellissippi State Community College and reading and writing at Roane State Community College.

The poets will hold an informal chat with interested students, 3-4 p.m., Monday, September 23, in 1210 McClung Tower.

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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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