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Carson-Newman to host Rabun book signing, celebrate release of “Feathers,” Nov. 19

Julie Rabun

(Nov. 13, 2015)—Carson-Newman University will host a book signing for Julie Rabun and her new children’s book, “Feathers,” Thursday, Nov. 19. It will be in the Omega Gallery of the Warren Art Building from 3-5 p.m.

“Feathers” is a story about community and friendship, told from the perspective of a diverse cast of birds. The book is full of colorful illustrations with a unique blend of photography, handmade drawing and computer-aided design.

Rabun, Carson-Newman’s Art Department chairperson and an associate professor of art, wrote, designed and illustrated the book entirely on her own. Still, she says the book was created with plenty of support from her co-workers.

“I think it’s important for people in and outside of Carson-Newman to see what we’re producing in this community,” Rabun says. “This is really a big collaborative effort.”

Sapling Grove Press, an independent publishing company created by Carson-Newman professors David and Dr. Susan O’Dell Underwood, published “Feathers.”

Julie Rabun’s ‘Feathers’ is a charming look at making new friends and learning how to love each other’s differences,” says Mike Lowery, illustrator of “Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School” and various other books. “The book is a great read for anyone who has ever felt out of place, lost … or even a little homesick.”

A Knoxville native, Rabun has illustrated several other published books and is also a professional graphic designer, artist and photographer. She has taught at Carson-Newman University for 14 years.

The event is free and open to the public. The Warren Art Building is located in the heart of Carson-Newman’s campus near Branner Ave.

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