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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Bill Bass, founder of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Facility and a professor emeritus of anthropology, will give a lecture about his latest book at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the auditorium of the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center on UT’s campus.

“Carved in Bone” co-authors Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass

The book, entitled “Carved in Bone,” is a novel that relies on Bass’s extensive expertise to integrate real world elements and experiences into the story, set in the fictional Cooke County, Tenn. Jon Jefferson, who co-authored the book with Bass, will join him in the lecture. The pair previously co-wrote “Death’s Acre,” a nonfiction work about Bass’s career.

Dr. Bass is considered one of the nation’s foremost forensic anthropologists. The Forensic Anthropology Facility, also known as the Body Farm, has contributed invaluable information to the field of forensic anthropology by establishing a research framework for time since death.

Bass’s lecture with Jefferson will look at some of the real-life forensic cases that Bass worked on throughout his career that contributed to the book. The authors, who wrote the book under the pen name Jefferson Bass, will also give a reading. The UT event will kick off a national book tour for the pair.

Admission to the lecture will be $20 per person, and proceeds will go to UT’s Dr. William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Endowment. The endowment is used to provide support for students to travel for research and other outreach related to their degrees.

Tickets will be available purchase with cash or a check beginning at 9 a.m. on the 26th through the time of the event outside the University Center auditorium. In addition to the lecture, Bass and Jefferson will be available an hour before and an hour after the event to sign copies of “Carved in Bone,” which will be available for sale on site.

“Carved in Bone” is being published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The lecture and book signing are sponsored by WUOT 91.9 FM and Metro Pulse.


Contact: Jay Mayfield (865-974-9409)