2/25 - AGAINST THE CURRENT by Kim Trevathan

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Union Ave Books welcomes Kim Trevathan to present his new book AGAINST THE CURRENT: PADDLING UPSTREAM ON THE TENNESSEE RIVER. Kim will be joined in conversation by Charles Dodd White, author of HOW FIRE RUNS. This free virtual event takes place on Thursday, February 25th @ 7pm (Eastern) on Zoom. You MUST register at the following link to attend.



In August 1998 Kim Trevathan summoned his beloved 45-pound German shepherd mix, Jasper, and paddled a canoe down the Tennessee River, an adventure chronicled in Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water. Twenty years later, in Against the Current: Paddling Upstream on the Tennessee River, he invites readers on a voyage of light-hearted rumination about time, memory, and change as he paddles the same river in the same boat—but this time going upstream, starting out in early spring instead of late summer. In sparkling prose, Trevathan describes the life of the river before and after the dams, the sometimes daunting condition of its environment, its banks’ host of evolving communities—and also the joys and follies of having a new puppy, 65-pound Maggie, for a shipmate.

Trevathan discusses the Tennessee River’s varied contributions to the cultures that hug its waterway (Kentuckians refer to it as a lake, but Tennesseans call it a river), and the writer’s intimate style proves a perfect lens for the passageway from Kentucky to Tennessee to Alabama and back to Tennessee. In choice observations and chance encounters along the route, Trevathan uncovers meaningful differences among the Tennessee Valley’s people—and not a few differences in himself, now an older, wiser adventurer.

Whether he is struggling to calm his land-loving companion, confronting his body’s newfound aches and pains, craving a hard-to-find cheeseburger, or scouting for a safe place to camp for the night, Trevathan perseveres in his quest to reacquaint himself with the river and to discover new things about it. And, owing to his masterful sense of detail, cadence, and narrative craft, Trevathan keeps the reader at the heart of the journey. The Tennessee River is a remarkable landmark, and this text exhibits its past and present qualities with a perspective only Trevathan can provide.

About the Author (s)

A native of Murray, Ky., Kim Trevathan’s books are Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water (2001), Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey down the Cumberland (2006), and Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin (2013), and Against the Current: Paddling Upstream on the Tennessee River.  His outdoor columns have appeared in The Daily Times, Metro Pulse, and Knoxville Mercury. He has published fiction and essays in the Florida ReviewTexas Review, New Millennium WritingsDistilleryNew Delta Review, and other literary journals. Trevathan has been teaching writing (journalism, creative nonfiction, fiction, and first-year writing) at Maryville College for 19 years.

Charles Dodd White is the author of four novels, including two from Swallow Press: How Fire Runs and In the House of Wilderness. He has received the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the Chaffin Award for his fiction. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is an associate professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College.


Event date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Against the Current: Paddling Upstream on the Tennessee River Cover Image
ISBN: 9781621906254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Tennessee Press - February 4th, 2021

How Fire Runs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804012287
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Swallow Press - October 13th, 2020