Knox County Public Library is honored to welcome Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett for a discussion of “I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa” by Charles Brandt, at noon on Wednesday, October 19 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, in one of two Books Sandwiched In programs this month, a series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

“This book explores the mysterious story of Jimmy Hoffa, his relationship to Frank Sheeran and details about the assassination of John Kennedy,” Burchett said. “’I Heard You Paint Houses’ is well worth the read and I am looking forward to the discussion about Hoffa and this fascinating time in our history.”

“I Heard You Paint Houses” is a compelling account of a dark side of American history that takes its title from the first words Jimmy Hoffa spoke to Frank Sheeran—to paint a house is to kill a man. But the book is about far more than killing. It is a rich cultural history told from the inside…and it introduces to the reading public to Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a figure as ruthless and as fascinating as a mob legend can be. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)

The public is also invited to a second Books Sandwiched In program this month on October 26, when Jackie Clay, Executive Director of Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, and Ronni Chandler, Executive Director of Project Grad Knoxville, discuss “Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Race and Poverty in Schools and Classrooms” by H. Richard Milner IV and Tyrone Howard. The series continues November 16, when Dr. Stuart Brotman, Distinguished Endowed Professor, UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media, discusses “Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World” by Timothy Garton Ash. On December 7, Books Sandwiched In will feature a panel discussion of “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez, led by Patricia Robledo, Business Liaison for the City of Knoxville.