Diehard Tar Heels have a new way of expressing their UNC pride.
At Peacock Alley Gifts on Saturday, coauthors Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd held a book signing for “Goodnight Carolina” — their reimagining of the classic children’s book.
A humble nod to Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon,” the Chapel Hill-inspired version takes readers on an adventure that explores the landmarks of the town.
Fox and Lloyd are both graduates of UNC who now live in Chapel Hill. Fox’s family also owns the clothing boutique Julian’s on Franklin Street.
The book takes readers on an adventure across campus and town, past the Old Well and Bell Tower, and into the heart of Franklin Street, by the Varsity Theater and Sutton’s Drug Store.
The authors asked textile collage artist Elaine O’Neil to do the illustrations for the book, which are all photographs of textile designs created by O’Neil.
“It seemed like a dream opportunity to do this book; it was an amazing collaboration,” O’Neil said. “‘Meant to be’ kind of thing.”
The town is literally embedded into the book — actual pieces of menswear clothing were used in the illustration of Julian’s.
Fox said the whimsical illustrations in the book have such intricate textures and layers that readers continue to find new things to look at and be engaged in.