Author Talks: Rita Sims Quillen
Join us for a virtual author talk with Rita Sims Quillen on September 16th at 7:00 pm on Google Meet. We’ll be discussing her novel Wayland, the sequel to her earlier novel Hiding Ezra.
Rita Quillen’s novel Hiding Ezra was published in 2014 from Little Creek Books; it was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and 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.
Author Talks: Kirstie Goode
Kirstie Goode writes Contemporary Romance and YA books that are full of emotion and suspense. She enjoys writing relatable characters that you will love and maybe want to strangle at the same time. She enjoys a good plot twist and is a happily ever after enthusiast. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three boys, who have taught her how to wrestle appropriately. She can’t imagine her life without books, her Mac, and all of her amazing characters that live in her imagination. She adores traveling to new places, Tennessee football (which means she’s extremely loyal), and living out her very own happily ever after.
Author Talks: J. Dianne Dotson
J. Dianne Dotson dreamed up other worlds and their characters as a child in the 1980s in East Tennessee. She formed her own neighborhood astronomy club before age 10, to educate her friends about the universe. In addition to writing stories, she drew and painted her characters, designed their outrageous space fashions, and created travel guides and glossaries for the worlds she invented. As an adult, Dianne earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and spent several years working in research.
Author Talks: Larry D. Thacker
Larry D. Thacker is a Kentuckian writer, artist, and educator now hailing from Johnson City, Tennessee. His poetry is in over 170 publications, including Spillway, Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Illuminations, American Journal of Poetry, Poetry South, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Appalachian Heritage. His short stories can be found in past issues of the Still: The Journal, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Dime Show Review, Vandalia Journal, Story and Grit, Pikeville Review, and FEED. His stories have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net recognitions.
Author Talks: Hannah B Olsen
Join bestselling author Hannah B. Olsen, in conversation with Kate Woodworth of Kingsport Public Library, as she chats about her debut YA fantasy novel A KNIGHT FOR A QUEEN, an exciting, action-packed, gender-swapped retelling of Cinderella!
Author Talks: Sharon Cameron
Ruta Sepetys is in conversation with Sharon Cameron. Sharon is the author of one of Reese Witherspoon’s Book of the Month Club picks and Ruta has written several NYT’s Best sellers—among them is “Between the Shades of Grey” about Lithuanian citizens taken to a Soviet prison camp in Siberia during WWII and was made into the movie “Ashes in the Snow”. Both writers now live in Nashville.
Author Talks: Dr. Kellie Brown
April 8th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are pleased to host Dr. Kellie Brown, author of The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation during the Holocause and World War II. Dr. Brown has received much attention for her work both nationally and internationally and we look forward to having her share with us about the role music played during this time in our history on this special Day of Remembrance.
Author Talks: Robert Gipe
Kingsport native Robert Gipe, a nationally recognizedauthor and community arts organizer, will share with us the third novel in his successful Canard County trilogy, Pop: An Illustrated Novel on March 11th. Pop follows three generations of a family as they reckon with the changing landscape of Appalachia during the Trump era.
Author Talks: Angie Hyche
Kingsport organizational expert, Angie Hyche will discuss her new book, Unholy Mess–What the Bible says About Clutter. In our culture of abundance, we are called to have a healthier relationship with our belongings. This book provides tips and scriptural references for us to refocus our joy in our relationship with God and not on what we buy or do with our stuff!
Author Talks: Charles Dodd White
To begin our series, Charles Dodd White will join us to discuss his book How Fire Runs: A Novel, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s 2020 Fall Book Pick. Charles received the 2018 Appalachian Book of the Year from the Appalachian Writer’s Association for his earlier book In the House of Wilderness. How Fire Runs: A Novel is set in rural Appalachia and is told through the voices of three different present-day narrators.