Any city with a literary heritage that can embrace Frances Hodgson Burnett, James Agee, Nikki Giovanni, and Cormac McCarthy is no simple place, and continues to inspire fiction and creative nonfiction. Jack Neely, longtime journalist and executive director of the Knoxville History Project, discusses his organization’s latest book, Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to its Stories and Places, which includes a literary section. Among other things, he’ll consider the awkward question of whether conventionally successful places are less likely to be immortalized in fiction than ugly, dirty, dysfunctional, scruffy, or “weird” ones might be.
- Historic Knoxville: The City as Setting
January 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm