Local author to read at WCU Lit Festival

Mar 19, 2014

Western Carolina University will be celebrating literature and creativity during its 12th Annual Spring Literary Festival held March 31 through April 4.

The Lit Festival has dubbed Friday, April 4 as “WCU Day” in honor of Western’s 125th Anniversaryand will feature the works of WCU alumna, staff member and local children's author Anna Browning.

Browning will read her recently published children’s book, "Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks" at 11 a.m. Friday, April 4. Signed copies of the 32-page hardcover book  will be available for purchase throughout the week.

Copies can also be found at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, Jellie Bellies in Maggie Valley, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva and online at www.anna-browning.com. Browning's illustrator, Josh Crawford, who is also a graduate of Western, will be at “WCU Day” to show off his amazing talents.

For a schedule of Lit Festival events, visit www.litfestival.org.

"Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks" is an exciting story about a young boy who has always wanted his own moon rocks. One night, while documenting a full moon from his tree house observatory, Tanner notices the moon starting to brighten into a blue color. What will this mysterious light do? Read Browning's first book to find out how Tanner’s tree house turns into a spaceship to get him to the moon and back, and see if Tanner is able to finally collect the moon rocks he has always wanted.

Browning grew up in Haywood County and attended Pisgah High School (class of 2005). She has B.S. in communication disorders from WCU and a B.A. in English from UNC-Charlotte.

Browning worked as a pre-K teacher assistant at Hazelwood Elementary School from August 2010 to December 2011. It was here that she discovered her passion for children’s books and began writing. In addition to being a children’s author, Browning works at WCU as an administrative support associate in the Writing and Learning Commons.

Josh Crawford, graduate of Tuscola High School (2005) and Western Carolina University (2010), illustrated the book. Crawford graduated from WCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design, and he currently works as a graphic designer for MedWest-Harris.

Look for two new books from Browning to be released in 2014.