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Tennessee Reads Features Coldhearted River Author Kim Trevathan

Trevathan to read October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Carpe Librum Booksellers

Join the UT Library Friends on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. to hear author Kim Trevathan discuss his latest book Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey down the Cumberland.

Coldhearted River is Kim Trevathan’s account of canoeing the Cumberland River, 696 miles from its headwaters near Harlan, Kentucky to Paducah. The once wild river, named because it was as “crooked as the Duke of Cumberland,” is now tamed by a series of TVA dams and is comprised of many large, recreational lakes.

The book documents Trevathan’s journey along the Cumberland through storms, mosquitoes and curious characters; his tiny canoe surviving the wakes of large, powerful motorboats. Photographer Randy Russell, whose images are included in the book, accompanied Trevathan.

Trevathan’s last book, Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water, depicted the author’s canoe journey along the Tennessee with this dog, Jasper.

Trevathan’s talk will also include video footage of the journey, including shots of cows invading the campsite and unusual alters in Kentucky.

This Tennessee Reads event will be held at Carpe Librum Booksellers, 5113A Kingston Pike (next to Gourmet’s Market in Bearden), on Thursday, October 26. The reading begins at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Press, the UT Library Friends, Carpe Librum Booksellers and WUOT.

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