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Celebrate Book Lovers Day with GSCSA

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As August 6th approaches and our Summer Stack Club comes to an end, you may be wondering what else is out there that can connect you to wonderful, local, captivating works. On August 9th, at the GS Leadership Center of East Tennessee, authors Allison Varnes and Terry Lee Caruthers and illustrator Daniel Wiseman will all be in attendance with Girl Scouts to showcase their books. At the end of the readings, there will be a Q&A, and a chance to purchase books and have them signed by the writers and artist. Find more info on each of the featured guests below! 

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Allison Varnes

Allison Varnes is an author, a professor of children’s and young adult literature, a dog mom to her Yorkie, Annie, and is a Girl Scout alum! Her works, Property of the Rebel Librarian and Say It Out Loud, were both published by Penguin Random House. 

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Terry Lee Caruthers

Terry Lee Caruthers is a Knoxville, Tennessee native and works with the Knox County Library System as a special projects librarian. She studied at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in pre-law and later children’s literature and services. 

Terry's 9th grade English teacher, Deborah Battle, is credited for introducing Terry to creative writing. Today, Terry enjoys writing both picture books and novels and living in South Knoxville with her three rescue cats. She also frequently updates her blog where she posts short stories that cover a range of topics. Her newest book, The Faithful Dog, was published in July 2022 by Black Rose Writing. 

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Daniel Wiseman

Daniel Wiseman is a local illustrator located in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has illustrated more than 16 books and does not plan on ending his career anytime soon. Daniel is the illustrator of Girl Scout alum Kristen Bell’s picture book, The World Needs More Purple People, which was recently showcased in a live Girl Scout virtual event.

When not illustrating, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the outdoors. He also is the co-host of Remote with Rob & Dan, a podcast between two long-time friends that covers living and working remotely. 


This special Girl Scout event will feature book signings by the featured guests, Allison Varnes, Terry Lee Caruthers, and Daniel wiseman, book themed activities, a book swap, and more! Registration is required for this event.

If you’re interested in events like these or any other Girl Scout opportunities, join today! Learn more about Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians at girlscoutcsa.org and find a troop by texting the word “JOIN” to 59618 or sending an email to info@girlscoutcsa.org.

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Special thanks to Union Ave Books in Knoxville for handling book sales at this event!