Knox County Public Library’s Books Sandwiched In lunch and learn program takes place in the East Tennessee History Center at noon on June 19


Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dave Wells for a discussion of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks at noon on Wednesday, June 19 in the East Tennessee History Center (601 South Gay Street).


“Every day, we see the signs of polarization in American society on the rise,” Wells said. “Whether from the Right or the Left, Americans are increasingly treating each other with contempt on social media and in real life relationships.” 


In Love Your Enemies, the New York Times bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that abuse and outrage are not the right formula for lasting success. Brooks blends cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom and a decade of experience leading one of America’s top policy think tanks in a work that offers a better way to lead based on bridging divides and mending relationships.


Dave Wells is a Tennessee state coordinator for Better Angels, a national civic movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences. Wells is also a business development specialist for a network of independent insurance agencies and a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a double major in history and political science. In his spare time, he enjoys reading historical fiction, biographies and books on nature and science. 


Books Sandwiched In is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Bring a sandwich or pick up something at a downtown restaurant. Drinks will be available for 50 cents.