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KNOXVILLE -– Dr. Bill Bass, founder of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Facility and professor emeritus of anthropology, will give a lecture about his latest book at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 in the University Center auditorium.

Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass
Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass
The book, entitled “Flesh and Bone,” is a novel that relies on Bass’s extensive expertise to bring real world facts and details into the story. A sequel to the New York Times bestseller “Carved in Bone,” this book is set in Chattanooga, Tenn., and follows the life of Bill Brockton, a character based on Bass himself.

Jon Jefferson, who co-authored the books with Bass, will join him in the lecture. The UT event will kick off a national book tour for the pair.

They previously co-wrote “Death’s Acre,” a nonfiction work about Bass’s career. “Flesh and Bone” is being published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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.

The lecture and booksigning event will benefit UT’s Benjamin Bohanon Memorial Police Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to UT Police Department staff and their families who attend the university. The scholarship is named for the son of former Knoxville Police Department criminalist Arthur Bohanon, who is a prominent character in the fictional books. The younger Bohanon was a UTPD officer who lost his life in a car accident in 2004.

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.

In addition to the lecture, Bass and Jefferson will be available after the event to sign copies of “Flesh and Bone,” which will be available for sale on site. Admission to the lecture will be $20 per person, and proceeds will go to the Bohanon Police Scholarship.

Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 865-656-4444 or toll-free at 877-995-9961. They can be purchased online at, or in person at Tickets Unlimited outlets throughout East Tennessee, including Thompson/Boling Arena and the Central Ticket Office in the University Center.


Contact: Jay Mayfield (865-974-9409,