KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Public Library is hosting their next “Behind the Book” event tonight – a discussion with Milligan University Music Professor Dr. Kellie Brown.

The discussion will take place at 7 p.m. and will take place virtually – the link is available at

In this year’s “Behind the Book” series, discussions were held with regional authors and illustrators to learn more about their books.


Brown has been a member of the Milligan University Music Faculty since 1998 and chairs the Music Department, Professor of Music, and Conductor of the Milligan Orchestra. She is a frequent clinician and performer across the country and serves as the assistant conductor and associate concertmaster of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her accomplishments and teaching, Brown is an accomplished writer and researcher who has published in magazines such as the American String Teacher, the Music Educators Journal, and Contributions to Music Education. As an internationally recognized authority on music during the Holocaust, Brown has spoken widely at academic institutions and conferences.


The book being discussed tonight is Brown’s most recent book – “The Sound of Hope: Music for Consolation, Resistance and Salvation during the Holocaust and World War II”. It was published by McFarland Publishing in 2020.

In its review of this book, the Washington Post stated that it “… has done an admirable job of bringing so much important research into one volume.”

“We want to share the work of local writers and illustrators with the community, and this series offers us an opportunity,” said Kate Woodworth, librarian and series coordinator. “If we start the series with virtual conversations, we can safely make that conversation available to the community.”

Hannah B. Olsen, Larry D. Thacker, and J. Dianne Dotson will be featured in the next discussions behind the book. visit For more information, contact the Kingsport Public Library at (423) 224-2539.