Burke’s latest novel, Into the Savage Country (2015), is a historical adventure set in the American West of the 1820s — at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a masterpiece of historical accuracy and exciting storytelling” and raves that it’s “a raucous tale of a young man’s dream colliding with reality.”
Before moving to Knoxville, where he currently works as a screenwriter, Shannon Burke was a New York-based paramedic, a milieu that informed the author’s two previous novels, Safelight (2005), a love story between a disaffected paramedic and a professional fencer with HIV; and Black Flies (2008), a New York Times Notable Book, which the author is working to adapt for television.
Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
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