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UT Humanities Center Public Books Circle: A Children’s Bible: A Novel

Join our next Public Books Circle meeting with Dawn Coleman!

What if apocalyptic climate change were in our very near future? In A Children’s Bible: A Novel, a group of teens and children must chart their own course when a hurricane devastates the estate that their negligent, perpetually intoxicated parents have rented for a summer idyll. Teenage Evie tells the story of the children’s escape from their guardians and of their foray into an altered, dangerous world. Amid the chaos, her younger brother Jack’s children’s Bible provides a bleak, uncanny guide to survival. The novel was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, one of The New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year, and named one of the best novels of the year by Time, The Washington Post, NPR, Esquire, and the BBC.

Lydia Millet has written more than a dozen novels and story collections, often about the ties between people and other animals and the crisis of extinction. Her story collection Fight No More received an Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2019, and her collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. She also writes essays and opinion pieces and has worked as an editor and staff writer at the Center for Biological Diversity since 1999. She lives in the desert outside Tucson with her children and boyfriend.

How It Works

Our Public Books Circle meets online twice a month and is free and open to the public. Each of our sessions is led by a UT professor, and everyone is welcome to add their voice to the discussion!

  • Register for the book discussion meeting by clicking on the registration link below (you'll be sent a confirmation email with your own unique link to the discussion)
  • Buy a copy of the book (Union Ave Books in downtown Knoxville will be happy to handle your order )
  • Read, enjoy, and join the book discussion online on the date of the event!

Dawn Coleman is associate professor of English and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel (2013) and numerous essays on American literature and religion. This academic year, she is a faculty fellow at the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, where she is writing a book titled “Inventing Secular Womanhood in American Literature, 1850-1890.”

Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Classics, English, History, Humanities Center, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL), Philosophy, Religious Studies


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