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10/30 - HILLBILLY HUSTLE by Wesley Browne w/ Robert Gipe

Union Ave Books welcomes Wesley Browne to present his new novel HILLBILLY HUSTLE. Wesley will be joined in conversation by Robert Gipe, author of WEEDEATER. This free virtual event takes place on October 30th @ 7pm (Eastern) on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book HILLBILLY HUSTLE in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event. 

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Knox Thompson thinks he’s working a hustle, but it’s a hustle that’s working him. Trying to keep his pizza shop and parents afloat, he cleans out a backroom Kentucky poker game only to be roped into dealing marijuana by the proprietor—an arrangement Knox only halfheartedly resists.
Knox’s shop makes the perfect front for a marijuana operation, but his supplier turns out to be violent and calculating, and Knox ends up under his thumb. It’s not long before more than just the pizza shop is at risk.


Wesley Browne is the founder and host of Pages & Pints Reading Series at Apollo Pizza in Richmond, Kentucky. He lives with his wife and two sons in Madison County, where he practices law, co-owns and helps manage local restaurants and a music venue, and coaches sports. This is his debut book.

Robert Gipe lives and works in Harlan County, Kentucky. POP is his third Ohio University Press novel. His first, Trampoline, won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Appalachian novel of the year. His second novel, Weedeater, was a Weatherford finalist. For the past thirty years he has worked in arts-based organizing and is the founding coproducer of the Higher Ground community performance series. He has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies, is a playwright, and is currently a script consultant on a forthcoming television show based on Beth Macy’s Dopesick.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 7:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Hillbilly Hustle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949199284
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: West Virginia University Press - January 15th, 2020

Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780821423097
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ohio University Press - March 14th, 2018

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