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Brenau alumni featured in first Authors Showcase Nov. 1

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GAINESVILLE - Brenau University will feature graduates who have produced books on a variety of subjects ranging from a photographic record of the Georgia coast to how to dress for divorce in the first Alumni Authors Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Brenau Trustee Library on the Gainesville campus.

The event, free and open to the public, provides opportunities for individuals to meet and talk with Brenau alumni authors one-on-one, buy books and get author signatures. Books will be for sale through the university's Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. Visitors can enter to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Featured Brenau authors include Chris Barber from Hoschton, a 1982 graduate who served for years as a police SWAT squad officer before turning to writing. His book, Charging Your Mind-set, is geared toward circumstances, a positive driven life style, and a means of emphasizing the importance of settling a crisis.

Shakeera Forrest of Atlanta, a 2010 Brenau graduate, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in marketing from Walden University. Her book, Are You Who You Want 2 Be? Trust Your Intuition, examines her journey growing up without parents and how she applied techniques to become successful.

Lynn M. Jones, an Indiana native who earned a master's degree from Brenau in 2004, is chair and professor of interior design at the university. She serves on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation board of reviewers. She recently completed an update to her book, Beginnings of Interior Environments.

Brandy Nagel, a 1991 graduate, is a marketing catalyst and social media coach. Her first book, From Wedding Gown to Divorce Dress: 12 Things to Do with Your Wedding Gown After the Divorce is Final, is a witty and whimsical take on, well, what to do with the wedding dress after the divorce is final. Her Digitally Famous books provide advice on visibility campaigns for job seekers and small-business owners.

Lee Anne White, a 1982 graduate from Cumming, is an artist, photographer and gardening expert. Her books, which include The Mutable Sea, Her Own Way, and Patio & Walkway Ideas That Work, invite readers to explore the creative process and tap into their creative potential.

Mary Pat Ward King will represent her 1972 Brenau classmate, the late Kitty McKenna Brothers, author of Kookin' With Kitty, inspired after Kitty's seven-year battle with cancer. Compiled by classmates to benefit the Katherine McKenna Brothers Scholarship Fund at Brenau University and the Tidwell Cancer Foundation in Columbus, Ga., the Brothers Scholarship is still given annually to a deserving Brenau student.

More information on the even, authors and their works, visit http://www.brenau.edu/alum/calendar-of-events/authors/.


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