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Adam Ross, celebrated journalist and novelist, will read from his work on Monday, January 28, as part of the Writers in the Library series at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The reading will be 7:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium It is free and open to the public.

Ross’s first novel, Mr. Peanut, published in 2010, was a New York Times Notable Book. It involves both a murder mystery and an exploration of love and marriage.

His 2011 book of short stories, Ladies and Gentlemen, was included in the Kirkus Reviews list of best books of the year.

Ross grew up in New York City but has lived in Nashville since 1995. He wrote a column for the Nashville Scene, the city’s alternative weekly paper, from 1999 to 2003. He has published nonfiction articles in The New York Times Book Review, the Daily Beast, the Wall Street Jour­nal and other publications. His fiction has appeared in Carolina Quarterly and FiveChapters.

Ross also was a child actor, appearing in commercials, TV shows, radio dramas and a movie, The Seduction of Joe Tynan. He also was the New York state champion in wrestling as a high school student.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Marilyn Kallet, director of UT’s Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, writer-in-residence at UT Libraries (

For more information about Adam Ross, visit his website.

Upcoming Writers in the Library events will feature:

  • February 11: Thomas Lynch, Irish-American poet, essayist, and fiction writer.
  • February 25: Valerie Laken, author of the novel Dream House and the short story collection Separate Kingdoms.
  • March 11: T Cooper, novelist and author of Real Man Adventures.
  • April 8: Adam Prince, a UT graduate and author of the short-story collection The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men.
  • April 15: Poets Marilyn Kallet and Arthur Smith, both UT English professors.
  • April 25: Winners of UT’s creative writing awards.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,

Holly Gary (865-974-2225,