The Black Cultural Programming Committee will offer the opportunity tonight to hear and interact with national best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey.
The event will begin with a lecture revolving around his writing, the issues presented in his novels and the promotion of his newest book, Between Lovers.
Dickey, whose books have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Essence magazine, will also sign books.
"He's young, so a college campus can really relate to his work," BCPC historian Kenyetta Suggars said. "That's one of the reasons we thought he would be good to bring this semester."
University of Tennessee's campus is merely one stop in a cross-country book tour by Dickey.
His previous book signing tours for Sister, Sister, Friends and Lovers, and Milk in My Coffee took him coast to coast and helped move those novels to No.1 on the Blackboard Bestsellers List and pushed his Liar's Game to New York Times best seller status.
Dickey, originally from Memphis, is recognized by his readers for engaging with controversial issues, especially those dealing with race. Although tonight's lecture is untitled, the heavy issue of racism may be part of the evening's talk.
"Especially in a time when we have all this racial tension going on, he'll probably ... touch on that," Suggars said
Dickey, who earned a degree in computer system technology from the University of Memphis, has worked as a computer programmer, a middle school teacher, an actor and even performed his own stand-up comedy act in the short time before he focused on becoming a full-time novelist, according to the author's Web site.
"I think that it'll be good for people to come out and see somebody who's come from similar places that they've come from and see how successful he's become," Suggars said.
"We want anybody and everybody to come," Sonya Phillips, SGA representative for the BCPC, said.
After the lecture, there will be a reception with refreshments where students will be able to talk with the author about his books and ask him questions.
The book signing will also take place after the lecture, and all of Dickey's published books will be for sale.
"If you have a book that you want him to sign, or if you want to take pictures with him, you can do that," Phillips said.
The lecture will take place tonight at 7 in the University Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
"I think this is something that everyone can enjoy," Suggars said..