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KNOXVILLE — Knox County Public Libraries and the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences are hosting public readings and discussion of James McBride-s New York Times bestseller “The Color of Water: A Black Man-s Tribute to His White Mother.”

James McBride

The book is part of the Life of the Mind Program for freshmen students entering UT this fall.

Dr. Lynn Champion, director of academic outreach in UT’s College of Arts and Sciences, said public discussions will be held in six Knox County library locations: Lawson McGhee Library, Cedar Bluff Branch, West Knoxville Branch, Farragut Branch, Bonny Kate Branch, and Carter Branch.

Participants may register and check out the book at any of these library branches, Champion said.

Faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences will lead group discussions of the book at the following locations and dates:

6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, led by Dr. Ed Campion.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, Lawson McGhee Library, Dr. Mary Jo Reiff.

6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, West Knoxville Branch, Dr. John Zomchick.

6:30-7:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, Farragut Branch, Dr. Lorri Glover.

6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, Bonny Kate Branch, Dr. Jan Simek.

6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, Carter Branch, Professor Michael Combs.

For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Champion, director of academic outreach, College of Arts and Sciences, (865) 974-5332 or Nancy Peterson, Knox County Public Libraries, (865) 215-8709.