A Family Event with Denise Kiernan

Union Ave Books is proud to invite kids of all ages and their families to hear from Denise Kiernan and her newest book WE GATHER TOGETHER: STORIES OF THANKSGIVING FROM THEN TO NOW.

This event will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 11 AM in our store.


About the Author:

Denise Kiernan is an American journalist, producer, and author who lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has authored and co-authored several award-winning and bestselling history titles, including The Girls of Atomic City, The Last Castle, and Signing Their Rights Away. You can visit her online at DeniseKiernan.com, on Instagram @iamdenisekiernan, on Facebook @DeniseKiernanAuthor, and on Twitter @DeniseKiernan.


About the Book:

This young readers adaptation of the New York Times bestselling We Gather Together shares the true story of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday, and the way gratitude is looked at in America


Fiction: Thanksgiving is an American holiday that began when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and met the Indigenous tribes already living there.

Fact: Thanksgiving celebrations existed before the United States of America and were celebrated in other countries as well.

Fiction: American Thanksgiving was always on the fourth Thursday in November.

Fact: Thanksgiving’s day, date, and even its existence was at the discretion of the president and other leaders until the date was officially established by Congress and signed into law by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941.

Fiction: George Washington is the person who decided we should celebrate Thanksgiving as a nation at the same time each year.

Fact: Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor and author, petitioned five presidents until she convinced Abraham Lincoln to declare a national day of Thanksgiving in November of 1863, starting an annual tradition continuing to this day.

There is much fiction surrounding the creation of Thanksgiving in America. Denise Kiernan debunks myths, provides facts, and explains how and why Thanksgiving evolved in the United States the way it did—and what gratitude means to society.

This young readers adaptation of Kiernan’s We Gather Together should be required reading in every school in America today.


"A great addition to any library...shares a new side of the story of Thanksgiving." –School Library Journal

"Kiernan...helps to rewrite harmful narratives in an age-appropriate way for a new generation...hugely useful for parents and educators looking for better materials to describe this time of year. " –Kirkus



Event date: 
Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
We Gather Together (Young Readers Edition): Stories of Thanksgiving from Then to Now By Denise Kiernan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593404386
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - September 26th, 2023