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Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the next installment of the Behind the Book series, featuring Rita Sims Quillen, on September 16 at 7 p.m.

Behind the Book will feature discussions with regional authors and illustrators to find out more about their books. The discussion will be held virtually via Google Meet (link available at

Rita Sims Quillen is the next author in the series. There will be a discussion of her novel Wayland, the sequel to her earlier novel Hiding Ezra. Hiding Ezra was published in 2014 from Little Creek Books and was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition. A chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect just published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled “Talking Appalachian.” Quillen is also a musician, playing guitar, mandolin, piano, dulcimer, autoharp, bass and bodhran, and she recently began writing songs. She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia.

“We want to provide a platform to local authors to connect with the public,” said Kate Woodworth, librarian at Kingsport Public Library. “The authors represent a variety of genres so the community can experience a wide range of literary interests.”

Upcoming Behind the Book discussions will feature David Hrivnak and David Hoover. Visit or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539 for more information.