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CREATING A SPACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE UP SPACE.

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Building  Community,

Celebrating Culture,

 & Engaging the

Creativity of Black People

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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Books at

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Come shop our curated collection of

 Black books every Friday & Saturday from 11am-5pm!

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Upcoming Events

  • Apr 27, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Independent Bookstore Day celebrates the resilience, creativity, and importance of indie bookstores as essential pillars of literary culture and community engagement. Join us for a book swap, giveaways, and plenty of literary fun for all ages!
  • May 04, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Knoxville, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Come out to view works by students of West Haven Elementary, curated by art teach Chloe Melton!
  • May 11, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us on May 11th for an exhibition reception with featured artist Kalil White. Her work will be on display at The Bottom until the end of May!
  • Apr 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Transformative explorations of self-expression & mental well-being through empowering sessions led by Shade Tree Therapy. Each gathering is designed to provide a nurturing space for writers of all levels.
  • Apr 20, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Explore the beauty and significance of black hair with us at our Black Hair Love event! This event will feature a panel discussion, an interactive hair care demo, and a special take-home gift.
  • Apr 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    This workshop will dive into black hair care while celebrating its beauty! The highlighted book for this workshop is "Malashia's Magical Twists" by Hailey Robinson. Hailey Robinson, an author and licensed hair care specialist, will be joining us to share her book and lead an interactive workshop!
  • Apr 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom Knox, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    This Black Creatives Meetup will be an evening filled with community building, sharing stories and connecting through music. Musicians Küf Knotz & Christine Elise will lead a short performance and share more on their experiences of channeling music as a form of therapy.
  • Apr 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ebony & Ivory Brewing, 2300 N Central St #101, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join The Bottom for an in-person book club opportunity, hosted by Bookshop Director, Annastasia.
  • Apr 13, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us on April 13th for an exhibition reception with works by Cicely Hill. Her work will be on display at The Bottom until the end of April.
  • Mar 27, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Transformative explorations of self-expression & mental well-being through empowering sessions led by Shade Tree Therapy. Each gathering is designed to provide a nurturing space for writers of all levels.
  • Mar 23, 2024, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    This workshop will equip LitKidz with a deeper understanding of nature and a sense of environmental responsibility. Please RSVP for each LitKid you bring.
  • Mar 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
    Join us in collaboration with UT Downtown Gallery for a unique poetry workshop! Centered amongst the exhibition “Y’all Don’t Hear Me: The Black Appalachia, An Ode to Nikki“, attendees will be pushed to think outside of the box, explore senses and perspectives, and draw inspiration from moments.
  • Mar 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join The Bottom for an in-person book club opportunity, hosted by Bookshop Director, Annastasia.
  • Mar 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Celebrating the women who advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, join us for an afternoon Tea Party! Each ticket include tea, homemade refreshments from local businesses, plus a special take-home gift and discounts on in-store purchases!
  • Mar 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Tiny Bookshop Concerts are a series of live performances showcasing local talent in an intimately empowering environment, think Tiny Desk Concert but with even more vibes & tea time.
  • Mar 16, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us for a unique storytelling workshop where attendees will use a variety of mediums to weave stories into their own commemorative art piece!
  • Mar 09, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us on March 9th for an exhibition reception with Stephen Phillips! His work will be on display at The Bottom until the end of March
  • Mar 09, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Regal Downtown West, 1640 Downtown W Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37919
    Join The Bottom for a special showing of Oscar-nominated film, American Fiction, at the Regal Downtown Westt! We'll meet at the theater for this movie based on the book Erasure by Percival Everett. Either just purchase the movie ticket or purchase the ticket with a copy of the book.

"The Gem Theatre is now some sort of nightclub and Mulvaney Street is gone. Completely wiped out. Assassinated along with the old people who made it live. I looked over and saw that the lady who used to cry “Hot fish! Good hot fish!” no longer had a Cal Johnson Park to come to and set up her stove in...Mrs. Abrum and her reverend husband from rural Tennessee wouldn’t bring us any more goose eggs from across the street...All gone, not even to a major highway but to a cutoff of a cutoff. All the old people who died from lack of adjustment died for a cutoff of a cutoff." 

- Nikki Giovanni, an exerpt from "400 Mulvaney Street" 

Now Hall of Fame drive, Mulvaney Street was a monumental source of black community before Knoxville's Urban Renewal projects in 1959-1974. 
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