Knoxville’s September Book Club

Knoxville’s September Book Club


Sep 27 2023


September 27th at 7 PM
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Becky Trupe


Addison's Bookstore
Addison's Bookstore
Addison's Bookstore 126 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

New Member Induction will start at 6:45 PM. This is an opportunity for any new members to meet the host and get the lay of the land before the regular members join. We’re always welcoming new members (almost every month) so please don’t be shy – you’re so welcome to join us and this time is just for you!


This month, The Gloss: Knoxville is returning to Addison’s Bookstore in downtown Knoxville for their “Bring Your Own Book Club” Evenings! There is an additional $5 fee per person (payable at the door). Addison’s allows us to bring in our own food and drink, so bring a dish or snacks to share if you like, potluck style! Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the host. Free parking available in the Jackson Avenue lot.

About the book

True Biz by Sara Novic

True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the headmistress, who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another’s—and changed forever.

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

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