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Famed forensic anthropologist-author returns for library fund-raiser

Leigh Ann Laube • Nov 27, 2010 at 12:53 PM

When Friends of the Kingsport Public Library held their annual meeting in April 2009 featuring a talk by Dr. Bill Bass, they turned away 250 at the door to the library’s Mead Auditorium, which only seats 100.Fans of the famed forensic anthropologist and author will have another chance to hear him on Thursday night, when the organization brings him back to Kingsport as a fund-raiser for the library’s 39,000-square-foot expansion project. Admission is $10, and tickets are available at the library’s circulation desk. Seating in the Nancy Necessary Pridemore Theater at Dobyns-Bennett High School is limited to 540 people.Those who renew their Friends of the Library membership, or join new, will receive $5 off their ticket price, which they can either keep or donate toward the expansion project.Bass will sign copies of his books, which will be for sale that night, beginning at 6 p.m. His presentation will start at 7 p.m.Bass created the world’s first laboratory devoted to human decomposition — the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm. Although he’s retired from UT, he continues to play an active research role at the Body Farm.Read the full report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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