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WCU Art/Education Professor to Hold Book Signing December 11

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 5, 2013 - Dr. Read Diket, professor of art and education/director of Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University, along with her daughter, Tally Scully, and Tally's niece, Callie LaValle, recently published their first book, "Houdini and the Magic Molt." Scully and LaValle wrote the educational children's story, and Dr. Diket created the illustrations. Dr. Diket will hold a book signing for the new publication on WCU's campus December 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of Wilkes Hall. The book cost $20 and is also available for purchase at www.backyardscienceimprint.com.

The creative process for the book began when Scully and her husband, Mike, purchased an ootheca and watched the hundreds of tiny mantises emerge from the mantis egg case. They became enthralled with the creatures and their molting process, and Scully was inspired to write a children's book about a Chinese preying mantis who finds magic in the process of molting. Her niece provided input from a child's perspective, and between the two of them, a science-based educational book with an inspiring story was born. Scully then enlisted the assistance of her talented artistic mother, Dr. Diket, to provide beautiful illustrations to accompany their tale. This three generational book is appropriate for adults and children alike.

"This is book about family values, the journey to find yourself through the missions you undertake, the balance that we must all find in our lives, and the magic to be discovered in all of nature," Scully said. "One needs only to step outside and explore the backyard to forever feel the imprint of science on their life."

For more information about te book, contact Dr. Diket at backyardscienceimprint@gmail.com.

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Pictured are (right) Dr. Read Diket, professor art and education/director of the Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University, her daughter, Tally Scully, presenting the first copy of their book, "Houdini and the Magic Molt," to Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU. Scully, along with her niece Callie LaValle, wrote the educational children's story, and Dr. Diket created the illustrations. The book is available for purchase at www.backyardscienceimprint.com.