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Behind the Book Festival

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the first Behind the Book Festival on June 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Glen Bruce Park. Featuring book signings, author panels, book readings and more. The keynote speaker is Pura Belpre Young Adult award winning author Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. 

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. 

Visit the Library website, for more information or contact the Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539.  


June 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Glen Bruce Park
414 Broad Street
Kingsport, 37660 United States
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Kingsport Public Library
(423) 229-9489
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Each year the city enters into partnership agreements with multiple community partners some of whom in turn support the city by organizing events or promoting events of members and affiliates. By creating a common source for the dissemination of information about community events the city will be furthering its support of those community partners which in turn support the city. Moreover, the city wishes to and will benefit from highlighting gatherings which will be of benefit and enjoyment to the public.

Community partners may communicate their events or those which they promote to the city which will disseminate the information through the event calendar. Furthermore, the city of Kingsport will publish on the calendar those community events which are held on city property. In order to achieve the city’s goals only those events described herein will be published on the This is Kingsport event calendar which will be curated by city staff.