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Bass to keynote Farragut west Knox Chamber Breakfast Series event

Dr. William “Bill” Bass, former The University of Tennessee physical anthropology professor and state forensic anthropologist turned author, will be guest speaker at the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Breakfast at Fox Den Country Club Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Bass said he never thought his career would turn to the literary field.

“I’d published a lot of academic papers, but nothing in the fiction realm,” he said.

Bass and co-writer Jon Jefferson have been establishing themselves in the realm of fiction writing. Their latest book, “Flesh and Bone,” debuted Tuesday, Jan. 23.

“The publisher originally had a print run of thirty-eight thousand copies,” Bass said. “Apparently first day sales did so well they have issued another print run of five-thousand copies.”

The duo ventured into the realm of fiction in 2006 with the book “Carved in Bone.”

“There were supposed to be three books in the series, one coming out each year,” Bass said. “The publisher recently said they thought this might be good as a series and signed us to a contract for two more. We’ll have a book coming out each year between now and two thousand and ten.”

He and Jefferson wrote “Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm, Where the Dead do tell Tales” in 2003.

He and Jefferson are continuing their work on “Death’s Acre 2,” expected to be out in October or November.

Bass is currently involved in two investigations that would be featured in the Death’s Acre sequel. The investigations include Leoma Patterson in Anderson County and examining the remains of the musician known as the Big Bopper in Beaumont, Texas.

For reservations, call the Chamber at 865-675-7057.


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