Save the Date for the 2012 Hall of Fame

Join us on Thursday, October 25, for the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville.

Tickets $100 | Table sponsorships $1,200 Includes: three course dinner, photo opportunity with Lisa Alther, silent auction, and time to meet the authors and have books signed.

RSVP by October 18: 865-594-1507

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This year we are proud to honor five East Tennessee writers for their literary contributions and induct them into the Hall of Fame:

  • Inman Majors -- Fiction
  • David Brill -- Non-fiction
  • Richard Jackson -- Poetry
  • Dr. Glenn Reynolds -- Social Media
  • Lisa Alther -- Lifetime Achievement

We're honored to have New York Times best-selling author Lisa Alther as our guest speaker. Born in 1944 in Kingsport, Tennessee, Lisa Alther graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in English literature in 1966. After attending the Publishing Procedures Course at Radcliffe College and working for Atheneum Publishers in New York, she moved to Hinesburg, Vermont, where she has lived for thirty years, raising her daughter. She taught Southern Fiction at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. Having lived in London and Paris, she currently divides her time between Vermont and New York City.

Alther is the author of five novels—Kinflicks, Original Sins, Other Women, Bedrock and Five Minutes in Heaven. Each has appeared on bestseller lists worldwide, having been translated into 15 languages. The first three novels were featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the five novels combined have sold over six million copies. A novella entitled Birdman of the Dancer, based on a series of monotypes by the French artist Francoise Gilot, has been published in Holland, Denmark and Germany.

Alther’s reviews and articles have appeared in many periodicals, including the New York Times, Art and Antiques, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, San Francsico Chronicle, Natural History, New Society and The Guardian. Her novels are studied in university courses in English literature, Southern literature, Appalachian literature, women’s studies, gay and lesbian studies, sociology, and psychology.

One of Alther’s stated aims is to portray the human reality behind cultural stereotypes, particularly those regarding women. She often deals with such material in a humorous fashion, reviewers in both the New York Times Book Review and The Nation having written that she possesses “comic genius.”

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