Knox County Public Library, in partnership with The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, announces a Books Sandwiched In mini-series about diversity. Beginning the series will be Sam Venable, Columnist of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, discussing Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, on Wednesday, January 25, noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street. Books Sandwiched In is a series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. A light lunch will be available for the first 30 attendees.
In Hillbilly Elegy, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate tells of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. He offers a probing look at the struggles of America's white working class, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you are born with it hanging around your neck. "Hillbilly Elegy is a compelling, personal and often painful look at a family dynamic long unseen—and then either ignored or mismanaged—in 20th and 21st century America," Venable said.
Sam Venable is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He has won more than three dozen national and regional writing awards, including the national feature writing award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his 2014 series, "Fragments of Hate." The series was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Sam is the author of twelve books.