Library sets three special programs

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Readers

Daytime Doc Film Series: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 
Feb 18 | 1:30 | Lawson McGhee Library

In honor of Black History Month and Toni Morrison’s birthday, we will be viewing Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019).

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel Beloved in 1988 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993, Toni Morrison is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest storytellers. The film features interviews with Morrison as well as Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz and Barack Obama.

Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times writes, “The Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison has a voice like a warm blanket, and it spreads across the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am irresistibly; when it’s over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room.” Viewers are encouraged to stay after the screening to discuss this amazing film!

Daytime Docs is a monthly film series featuring documentaries that bring awareness to diverse perspectives and life experiences through the power of visual storytelling. Screenings will take place on every third Sunday of the month in the downstairs meeting room at Lawson McGhee Library.

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project 
Feb 25 | 3:30 | Central Cinema (1205 N. Central Street) | FreeJoin us for the Knoxville premiere of the critically acclaimed 2023 documentary about Knoxville native and poet, Nikki Giovanni – her life, her involvement from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter and her perennial desire to escape to Mars. The HBO documentary, made by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, was awarded the grand jury prize for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
Historic footage for the movie was provided by the library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS). Watch the trailer here.

Brush Hour: Be Yourself with Beauford Delaney
Feb 27 | Karns | 6:00
Brush Hour is a no-skills necessary painting class for teens and adults. We will explore abstract self-portraits inspired by Knoxville-born artist Beauford Delaney.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library


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