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Join the Friends of the Kingsport Library on Monday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. for the unveiling of artwork by award winning artist Charles Vess at the Kingsport Public Library.

Vess has created two pieces of artwork for the Children’s section of the Kingsport Public Library. Attendees can meet Charles Vess, hear him share the creative process behind his international award-winning artwork, specifically about the two pieces he has created for the Kingsport Public Library’s Children’s Section, and be there for the unveiling of the work.

“We are pleased that Kingsport Public Library will be home to such special pieces of original art,” said Chris Markley, library manager.

Vess began creating comic books as a child and refined this gift as he earned a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at Parsons School of Design while establishing himself as an illustrator with Marvel Comics and National Lampoon among other publications. He has written and illustrated several books and received a number of prestigious awards for his artwork including the Eisner Award (three times) and the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist (twice!). He has collaborated with authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. LeGuin. Saga Press is releasing the 50th anniversary edition of Le Guin’s timeless Earthsea series in October, which contains over 50 Vess illustrations.

Vess will also have a limited number of books containing his illustrations available for purchase.

Visit or call the library at 423-229-9489 for more details.