Colorful Fact-filled Picture Book of WSU Authored by Alumna, New Dates Set for Book Signings of ‘WSU Cougars from A to Z’ in Pullman and Seattle

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Carla Nellis, author of a historical, well-illustrated picture book, WSU Cougars from A to Z, is being featured at upcoming book signings in Pullman and Seattle. The book reveals fun and little-known facts about Washington State University, entertaining readers of all ages.

Washington State University alumna Carla Nellis is the featured author at a series of book signings in the Pacific Northwest with the successful launch of her book, WSU Cougars from A to Z. Nellis reveals fun and little-known facts about WSU, such as the movie for which Ferdinand’s was named, how a class project led to the Cougar Fight song, and why live cougars once traveled with the football team.

     New dates are now confirmed for book signings featuring Nellis and WSU Cougars from A to Z. Nellis will be signing books at The Bookie on the WSU campus on September 22, from 10am to 1pm, and after the Cougar football game from 4:30 – 6:30pm. The talented author will also be signing copies of her book at WSU Connections at Westlake Center on September 27, from 4-6 pm, and inside the CenturyLink Exhibition Center before the WSU-Oregon football game on September 29, from 4:30 to 7:30pm.

     Nellis is a longtime elementary teacher who wants to encourage children in higher education. “I have always wanted to write a book and I love picture books,” said Nellis “I’m also fascinated by history and a Coug. So when you combine those passions with all these amazing facts I found about WSU, I knew this was the book I was meant to write.”

     The father-daughter team of watercolor artists Stephan Moss and Naphtali Morden illustrated WSU Cougars from A to Z. They capture the spirit of Washington State University in their paintings, including downtown Pullman, Martin Stadium, and the Victory Bell.

     “The illustrations had to be spot on,” said Nellis. “Stephan and Naphtali have done a wonderful job portraying important moments in Cougar history, as well as landmarks on campus that everyone will recognize.” Nellis also features unique historical photos, showing key figures in WSU history and memorable campus events in the book.

     Already, WSU Cougars from A to Z is getting a big response from alumni and Cougar fans. “Nellis’ work provides a short-course in Cougar history, including many facts, photos, and expressive poems framed within the 26 letters of the alphabet,” said C. James Quann, WSU Registrar Emeritus, and Coordinator, Veteran’s Research. “This book is a must read for Cougars young and old, as well as future Cougars.”

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About the author: Carla Nellis is a public elementary school teacher. She holds a BA in Communications from Washington State University, and an MA in Educational Technology. A proud Life Member of the WSU Alumni Association and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Nellis enjoys traveling, reading, and visiting cool coffee houses in the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in 2010, Green Beanie Books set out with a mission to celebrate America’s great universities. Its beautiful hardcover books will walk you through the hallowed halls and share the traditions of America’s finest universities. These fact-packed books include historical photos with colorful illustrations even the youngest fan will enjoy.

What others are saying about WSU Cougars from A to Z:

“Beautifully written for all ages, WSU Cougars from A to Z captures the essence of Washington State University. Discover fascinating facts behind the cherished traditions and culture of WSU. Definitely for the coffee table, Cougar fans will treasure this book for years to come.
                                                                    ~Joshua Blake Mettee
                                                                    CEO/President, American West Books, Inc.

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